Taking a closer look at the Top 20 tables
07.07.2012 | 20:29
We’re getting closer to the conclusion of the first day of the European Championship 2012 and slowly but surely, we can see some Decks emerging ahead of the rest. Time to take a very close look at the top-ranked Duelists of and see what they’ve been bringing to the table!
Nicolas Petz’ opponent Alberto Ruozzi Lopez was busy packing up, which meant that yet another Dino Rabbit player had to learn about the inner workings of Petz’ Watt Deck! Seems like he found some more ways to improve the build he piloted at YCS Brighton as he’s still undefeated!
Sitting right next to them on table 2 were Alessandro Longo and Vasilis Koltoukis, two more Dino Rabbit pilots that might have to face Petz the following round. He certainly wouldn’t mind from what he told me, after all that’s exactly why he put the Deck together in the first place!
Ioannis Mourelatos is another regular in our Coverage; after all, he made it to the Top 16 in Bochum (Feature Match Top 16) and he had a second impressive run in Leipzig where he even reached the Semi Finals (Feature Match Semi Finals) with his very own take on the Inzektor archetype. It’s not much of a surprise that he’s relying on his favorite Deck again and he had to overcome Thierry Cyganek, who was bringing Wind-Ups to the table.
Table 4 and 5 were already done with their matches, so I continued investigating at table 6, where Anthony Tutu, who played Wind-Ups, had to overcome Giovanni Paolini (Dino Rabbit).
Moving on, we have Jake Quinsee on table 7, still piloting Wind-Ups and Landry Santos, relying on the very same archetype. Seems like the effects of the North American World Championship Qualifier could be felt at the top tables.
Table 8 was just done with their match, where Ben Goodridge’s Wind-Ups had to fight it out with Alexandros Stantzopoulos Chaos Dragons. That’s the first appearance of the Chaos Dragons in our list!
Table 9 had left already and that’s why I took a picture of Table 10 instead, where Besnik Kajtazi (Chaos Dragon) was pitted against Urh Kovacic, playing the very same Deck.
Making up the pairing of Table 11 were Christoph Pracht (Wind-Up) and Tom Larkin (Chaos Dragons). So not much innovation here either. The same remains true for Table 12, where Dennis Borgmann (Chaos Dragons) faced Amadeus Hildebrandt (Wind-Up). Fortunately, I was quite taken aback when I asked about the Deck types of the players at Table 13…
Francisco Chen is running “Chaos Dragons without Dragons”. When all he saw was a confused gaze, he went on and explained that it works like an Anti Deck. He had me there, so that’s what we’ll be seeing in the Feature Match at some point this weekend. His opponent was piloting Wind-Ups.
Both Table 14 and Table 15 were already done, so I moved on to Table 16.
This is when I came across Edoardo Dorigo, who is running Chain Burn! His opponent was Teodor Hurtigh Isaacs, one of the many Chaos Dragon players.
Table 17 and 18 were also done already, so the final two tables in my short summary were 19 and 20.
Nothing too new here either, with Johnny Ruberto (Dino Rabbit) facing Mihai Cornea-Graham (Dino Rabbit) and Matthieu Inclair (Chaos Dragon) pitted against Alessandro Di Gioia (Wind-Up).
It seems like Nikolas Petz is on an impressive winning streak and I’m curious to find out if he can make it all the way to the Top 64. 2 more wins might be all he needs and to take his innovative Deck to the top.
Francisco Chen and Edoardo Dorigo receive some other honorable mentions for relying on some Decks that can only be described as underdogs. We’ll definitely take a closer look at Edoardo’s innovation during the next round, so stay tuned for that!