Pro-Talk: Raphael Neven

We are here with Raphael Neven from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Raphael is the winner of YCS Prague Vol. 2 and came all the way from Atlanta to participate at YCS Bochum. He works as a private chauffeur and studies history. The job is perfect, because it leaves him enough time to study.

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[b] Hi Raphael, thank you for taking your time to talk to us. Please tell us how did you come to play [ygo]?[/b]
[quote] I knew [ygo] from back in the days. A few years ago, I got sick and had to spend some time in hospital. My dad brought me the cards to hospital to cheer me up. I rediscovered the game again and after I got cured, I started to go to my locals. The first YCS I went to was YCS Leipzig in 2012. I did horrible, but it was such a great experience that I decided to try and go as much events as possible. As soon as I got a job and earned my own money, I decided to travel and attend every event there is. [/quote]
[b] You won YCS Prague – has anything changed? [/b]
[quote] I was really happy and it was such a relieve, because I was really nervous in Top 4 and the finals as well. I felt a lot of pressure to finally win an event. I already came close to my goal a few events before but ran out of steam in Tops. I wanted to win for me and for my team. Losing really hits me hard and that’s something I always wanted to work on. I go on tilt when I start losing.
Since my win I feel more pressure. People expect more from me. Even though they tend to tell me: “ Don’t worry, you won a YCS!” That’s not my mindset. What happened in the past is not relevant anymore. What matters is what’s going on now and what’s going to came. What’s past is past. Of course I feel honored when people ask me to sign cards and playmats for them.
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[b]You’ve been to Atlanta last weekend – did you notice any difference between US & EU YCS?[/b]
[quote] Me and some friends of mine went to New York to see stuff and have a great time. The city was great and we had a lot of fun. The event itself went smooth and fast. I had all kinds of weird experiences with Duelists from the States, but I made a lot of new friends as well. So, I had kind of a mixed experience there. I will be going back again for sure.
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[b] Do you have any advice for Duelists who want to improve?[/b]
[quote] The best advice I can give is: go to every premier event possible. It’s the experience that counts. I went to every event from 2014 onwards and there were a lot of events where I only made it to Day 2 or even worse. But in the end, it all paid off. In the end it’s the experience that counts. I also made a lot of internatoinal friends during my travels. One day, you will reach a point where attending your locals won’t help you to improve as a player anymore. You have to see and play new people and new opponents to get better. Joining a team staffed with international players helped me out a lot.
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[b] Tell us about your tournament experience[/b]
[quote] I’m playing Pendulum FTK for Bochum currently holding an x:1 record. My team convinced to run the FTK version, because initially I wanted to go for the regular version. I didn’t feel very comfortable with it going into the event. I wasn’t very familiar with the combos, but I start to get the feeling and tend to improve round by round.
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[b] How do you feel about the current metagame[/b]
[quote] I like the new list a lot, but I feel that the FTKs have to be addressed. These decks are unhealthy. The metagame would be amazing without those decks. You need to run an insane amount of handtraps to survive. SPYRAL would not beat you before you could anything. Without the FTKs it would be a healthy format.
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[b] Do you have any final words[/b]
[quote] Shoutouts to my Team Complexity Card Gaming, that’s it!
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