Pro Player Talk: Peter Mitrothanasis (YCS Sydney 2014 Winner)

Peter Mitrothanasis is one of Australia’s older and more accomplished players, winning 2014 YCS Sydney II with Artifact Shaddolls. He’s no stranger to the YCS, coming 4th last year, Top 32 in 2018, Top 32 in 2016. Alongside those achievements he has also made the top cut of the Oceanic WCQ with a Top16 finish in 2019, 3rd place in 2018, and Top 16 in 2014. In the National Championships, he has reached Top 16 in 2019, 2nd in 2018, Top 16 in 2015, and Top 4 in 2014. We were able to catch up to have a chat to learn how he was able to achieve so much.

Peter Mitro player


Hey Peter, how are you feeling about this weekend?

I am feeling very confident as usual. I’m never not confident. It’s all about mindset. If you walk in think you’re going to win, you’re already half way there!


What deck are you playing?

Salamangreat. I like it because I can play over 15 tech cards in my deck. This allows me to prepare myself for any situation I can come across and have more control over the course of the game.


When did you decide on this deck and what other decks did you consider?

I decided on this deck when Chaos Impact came out and I considered Orcust and Sky Striker but they didn’t make the cut.


How do you approach big events and what is your goal?

My goal is to win the whole event and settle for nothing less and I approach it by playing a lot of games beforehand to be well tested. If you’re prepared for every match up and have played it several times you can intimidate your opponent by playing without hesitation or much thought. This gives me more time to think when a curve ball happens!


How do you stay on top of your game through the long day?

I eat a lot of food but it has to be healthy. High sugar and fat content food makes you sleepy and lose concentration and we don’t want that. Also drink a lot of water.


How long have played this game and how did you improve to get where you are today?

I have played this game for 7 years and I improved by playing a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh! whether it’s locals or online or fun games. I never turn down fun game when someone asks at locals.


What would be one piece of advice you would give to aspiring players?

I tell them to work on improving and never give up. Everyone starts from somewhere and goes at their own pace. You really need to have the right mindset to get better!


Which locals do you play at and what is it like?

Games Corner Parramatta. It’s a small store but the owner is nice and the community is great!


Any shoutouts or final words?

Shoutouts to my wife and my café. They’re the two greatest thing’s in my life and I’m grateful to have them around.

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