Pro-Talk: Galileo de Obaldia
24.02.2019 | 11:22
We are at Day 2 of YCS Düsseldorf 2019. It’s still early in the day and we sat down with Galileo De Obaldia for our Pro-Talk series. Galy came all the way from Panama to take part in this YCS. He almost couldn’t make it, but we don’t want to take away too much preemptively.
Hi Galy, thank you for taking your time to talk to us. The first thing we would like to know is, how did you get in touch with Yu-Gi-Oh!?
I’m from Panama originally, but I grew up in the UK. My dad moved to the UK for educational reasons. After graduating from school, I decided to move back to Panama again. The first time I got in touch with the game was already during my time in the UK. My younger brother started to play the game and that’s how I got into it. The game itself got me hooked and afterwards I started going to locals and play competitive. In my home country I started playing even more. I live in Panama City and we have a local store there, where I spent a lot of my spare time.
One day I participated at the Irish Open and got in contact with PJ Tierney. Back then he was a member of Team United Gosus and he introduced me to Claudio Kirchmair. That’s how I got in touch with them for the first time and ever since, I’m a proud and the most accomplished member of United Gosus.
How come you are playing in YCS Düsseldorf?
Well, basically I came to Europe to visit my family in the UK. It was a nice coincidence that YCS Düsseldorf was scheduled for the same weekend. I just had to take a different flight and could spend time with my biggest hobby and friends. It’s always nice to meet people from all over the world that share the same passion.
At first, I almost couldn’t make it into the Main Event and I felt pretty disappointed. I was here on Friday to preregister, but we ended up doing an interview with Jake and Oli. That’s how I spent my Friday, so I decided to register Monday morning. When I heard that the event will get capped, I was shocked at first. I didn’t want to miss out the chance to play in the event. Oli helped me out and got me into the Main Event. Afterwards the news of YCS 2 came out and I felt it was such a relief for anybody, because I knew how I felt when I heard that I might not be able to play.
You are one of the most successful Duelists, if not the most! What is the secret to your success?
Of course, I’m proud of what I achieved in my Dueling career, but it’s not what defines me as a person. First and foremost, I’m playing Yu-Gi-Oh! for fun. I guess that’s the reason why I feel less pressure than the regular Duelist and I end up doing less misplays over the course of an event. I’m pretty sure that’s the key to my success.
What was your biggest success?
In an informal championship ranking that’s made by fans, which takes all the Konami Premier Event tops into account, I’m in the lead. Joschua Schmidt is close on my heels and probably he is going to overtake me after this event. I’m also quite proud to be the only player in the world that went to worlds four times. My record was 1st, 2nd, 3rd and one Top 8. I never did any worse than Top 8 at Worlds and that’s my biggest accomplishment.
What Deck are you running for this weekend?
I took Sky Striker to this event. Basically, that’s the only Deck I was familiar with. I didn’t have time to prepare at all, so I went with a tried and proven strategy. I ended up with a 6:2:1 record after Day 1, which is ok, considering that I wasn’t familiar with Salamangreat at all. It might not have been the best choice, but I’m ok with my result.
How do you feel about the current metagame
I think it is pretty good. There are different viable Decks in the current metagame. The players are not forced into a certain Deck in order to be successful. I just wish there weren’t any Autowin Decks like the Thunder Danger, that end up with a huge board and two negates. You either need lots of handtraps to beat the Deck or autolose. That’s kind of frustrating.
In my 12 years of competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! I felt like Nekroz was the best format ever. I feel like it was a very skillful format and I had the best run of my life. Up until Wolds I had a 23:0 run only to lose in the finals. I finished 16:0 at the WCQ and 7:0 at Worlds, only to lose in the finals against Shunsuke.
What keeps you going?
After all, it’s travelling and friends that keeps me going. Yu-Gi-Oh! turned out to be a great way to spend time with friends in different places. The travelling part did get a lot more important to me lately. I really love to see new places and meet old friends. We have a good time together and that’s what matters the most.
Do you have any tips for new Duelists on how to improve?
I think the key is having humility and always trying to learn from people who are better than you. I would tell people to not only look at mistakes, but also look at what people did right at Feature Matches. Coverage from big events is good chance to learn and improve as a player.
Do you have any final words
Shoutouts to United Gosus, Hernan and all my friends and family.