QQ: How did you get to Berlin?

Today’s event is well underway and so far, all the Duelists I came across only had great things to say about this weekend’s event and the city of Berlin. Since it’s my adopted home, I felt like inquiring a bit further, asking them how they got here and whether they enjoyed the city so far.
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Jan and Eric didn't have to travel far this weekend!
Jan and Eric didn't have to travel far this weekend!

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[b]How did you guys get here?[/b]
[quote][b]Eric:[/b] There are 7 of us here today. We’re all from Brandenburg (the state surrounding the city of Berlin), but we’re all living pretty close to Berlin. It took us like 40 minutes to get here from home, so it couldn’t have been much better!
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[b]What are your goals for the weekend?[/b]
[quote][b]Jan:[/b] I have some high expectations and I’m running a Mermail Deck this weekend. Unfortunately, I lost against Noble Knights in the second round just now despite a Spell Canceller in hand…
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[b]Eric:[/b] I’m mostly here to trade and meet some new people. That’s one of the best things about these larger events.
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[b]How did you prepare for the event?[/b]
[quote][b]Jan:[/b] We put together most of the popular Decks (well, except Noble Knights…) and we tested a lot. I have been playing Mermails forever, so I didn’t want to switch to a different Deck; I feel rather confident with it.
[b]Eric chimed in:[/b] He also has a faible for WATER monsters…[/quote]
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Stefan Nelemans from the Netherlands (right) was trading with Firat from Germany!
Stefan Nelemans from the Netherlands (right) was trading with Firat from Germany!

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[b]How did you get here?[/b]
[quote][b]Stefan:[/b] We came here by car. It took us around 8 hours since traffic was crazy…
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[b]Did you also check out some sights already?[/b]
[quote][b]Stefan:[/b] We arrived yesterday, but after such a long ride, we didn’t feel like checking out the city. I didn’t mind too much since I’ve been to Berlin before; I love the city!
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[b]How did you prepare for the event?[/b]
[quote][b]Stefan:[/b] We played in a lot of local tournaments and we even playtested a couple of days. I ended up playing Hieratic Rulers and I’m 1 – 1 at the moment.
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Ray (on the right) came all the way from the US to trade today!
Ray (on the right) came all the way from the US to trade today!

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[b]How did you guys get here?[/b]
[quote][b]Ray:[/b] I’m from Texas and I arrived here on Friday after a 20 hour flight. It was pretty terrible and I arrived here yesterday night. I’m jetlagged like crazy, but since I don’t play in the Main Event, it’s not too bad.
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[b]Will you also check out some sights at some point?[/b]
[quote][b]Ray:[/b] I definitely want to. I think I’ll try tomorrow once I’m feeling a bit better. In the meantime, I’ll trade some more cards, which is always fun. I get to know a lot of people so it’s not too bad.
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Andrea Giacobone & Pietro DÈttole travelled here from Italy!
Andrea Giacobone & Pietro DÈttole travelled here from Italy!

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[b]Where are you guys from and how did you get here?[/b]
[quote][b]Pietro:[/b] We’re living close to Milan, Italy and came here by plane.
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[b]Did you also check out some sights already?[/b]
[quote][b]Andrea:[/b] Not yet, but we will try either tonight or Sunday evening. We will fly back on Monday, so our schedule is a little tight, but we’ll try to fit it in.
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[b]How did you prepare for the event?[/b]
[quote][b]Pietro:[/b] We did a lot of testing and I also checked out the coverage of some other recent events so we would know what to expect. We ended up playing Fire Fist because it’s one of the best Decks of the format. I expect Mermails to win, however, in my opinion it’s the best Deck at the moment. Unfortunately, I’m not having that much experience with the archetype, otherwise I would probably play it as well.

[b]Andrea:[/b] I’m playing Hieratic Dragons. I like fast Decks and they are very well positioned in the current environment in my opinion.
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As you can see, everybody is excited to check out Berlin and play in today’s competition. Which only begs the question: Why aren’t [i]you[/i] here?
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