Pro-Talk: Interview with Michael Forner

Michael Forner came in second at this year’s WCQ in Utrecht. He qualified for Worlds and got 4th. We took the chance of meeting him here in Rimini and spoke to him about his Worlds experience and why he chose to run Wind Witch Invoked.

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Michael Forner
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[b] Hi Michael, thanks for taking time to talk to us. Please introduce yourself and tell us how you qualified for the World Championship. [/b]
[quote] Hi, my name is Michael Forner. I’m from Treviso, Italy. I qualified for Worlds at this year’s European Championship in Utrecht. It was my first premier event top and it got me to Worlds. I felt very lucky, because I didn’t expect that. I won Croatian Nationals to qualify for the WCQ. I was running a Zoo deck back then with Appointer of the Red Lotus in the Side Deck. I still think that it was a really good side deck choice. Funny enough, the card sparked in price after the event. [/quote]
[b] How did you get to start playing [ygo]? [/b]
[quote]I started playing at school. We just played for the fun of it until a friend of mine took me to a local. I had so much fun there and started to go there on a regular basis. I would call this experience the starting point of my career. After that I went on to play on a competitive level and started travelling to international events. My first big event was YCS Rimini in 2015 and I started travelling to bigger events only 1 year ago. [/quote]
[b] How was your Worlds experience? [/b]
[quote]It was a wonderful experience, because it was my first time to ever travel to a different continent. We had guided trips and a lot of spare time to see the city. Konami did a good job in making us have a good time. On top of it all, I finished 4th and won the prize card. To sum it up: I had a wonderful time. The only downside to the story is that Asian players do not speak English very well. We had a lot of communication problems, because they were asking for translations of the cards. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any extra time for sorting this out. The time was missing during rounds. [/quote]
[b] How do you prepare for such an event? [/b]
[quote]When we received the Forbidden & Limited List I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for the event. I decided to go with Wind Witch Invoked for the event. I was not keen on playing mirror matches all the time. And during playtesting I figured out that [zombie world] is a very strong tech card against True Draco and Dinosaurs. Due to [terraforming] I was able to search it and have it at hand when I needed it. In fact, I was the only player at Worlds not running [diagram] in my deck! After I had decided on what to run, I was working on the perfect build by playtesting a lot with my friends. Going to Worlds might be a once in a lifetime chance, so I wanted to come prepared in the best way possible.[/quote]
[b] Would you make any changes to your deck? [/b]
[quote]I developed a very good build and felt very confident with it. [cwsd] put in a lot of work. [zombie world] was also very good. Even my side deck was good. I had a good boarding plan and the handtraps I sided in worked out very well. The only thing I would change is adding more cards against Dinosaurs to my main deck. [/quote]
[b]Are you satisfied with your result? [/b]
[quote]Yes and no… I was happy to get the chance and play at the event. I’m also happy with the result and the prize card. On the other side, being on site and having the chance to become World Champion, I wanted to win the whole thing! In hindsight, I would say that Dinosaur was the best choice for this format, but you have to be willing to play a lot of mirror matches. I also felt like the OCG players had more time to play the mirror match and advantage was on their side. [/quote]
[b] What are your goals for this season and Rimini? [/b]
[quote]Top 32 is my goal for this event. For the new season, I will be working on going to Worlds again, either by points or by WCQ. But at the moment, my most important goal is to pass the exam I have to take on Monday. It is a re-examination, because I messed up at school last year. Until yesterday I was unsure if would be able to come here. I even have books right here with me to study![/quote]
[b] Did you notice any changes when you meet people? [/b]
[quote]I’m still the same person as before. I gained self-confidence out of my success and people tend to look at me different. I feel like I’m more known within the community and get more respect. Sometimes players come to me and ask me for advice on cards and decks. That feels very good.[/quote]
[b] Do you have any advice for new players? [/b]
[quote]I would tell them to attend a lot of events at their locals as well as on an international level. It is very important to get to know how big events go down and that you feel with the competitive scene. Playtesting with friends also helps a lot. Talk to people, discuss decks and ideas and learn from other players. What helped me a lot to get where I am today, was getting a different perspective by understanding other players. [/quote]

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