Top 8 Duelist Profiles

Yesterday saw 1466 players walk through the door to take a shot at winning the largest European premier event of all time. Now just eight remain. Time to find out a bit more about each one and how their journey to the final has been (with accompanying cheesy music – you’ll have to add that yourselves).


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Christos Mourikis wanted to show off the 'serious face' he has been practicing
Christos Mourikis wanted to show off the 'serious face' he has been practicing

Age: 25

Hometown:
Athens, Greece

Deck you played this weekend:
Dragon Rulers. It’s the best Deck of the format – not as powerful as last format but still has much more options than any other Deck out there.

Previous Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG achievements:
In 2008 I made top eight of the European Championship in Amsterdam and in Madrid at the 2012 WCQ I made the Top 16.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I really had no idea that I would top. I was told by everyone that I would fail because everything was going wrong! My plan ticket was cancelled and I didn’t arrive until after midnight on the Friday so I thought my weekend was cursed. I can’t believe I’m here!

What was your best play all weekend?
Today three of my opponents in a row drew five cards with [6s] and I still won! I am really proud that I managed to win those games under those circumstances!

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Thierry Garcia (right) travelled to the YCS with his friend who had helped him test
Thierry Garcia (right) travelled to the YCS with his friend who had helped him test

Age: 20

Hometown:
Lyon, France

Deck you played this weekend:
Evilswarm. Dragon Ruler was going to be the most played Deck and [ophion] is really good against it. I’ve won every Dragon match, I’ve lost to two Spellbook Decks but won all the other matches.

Previous Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG achievements:
I reached the top cut in my Nationals twice before now.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I knew I had a good chance because I playtested really thoroughly for the whole of the last month so was confident that I knew how to beat most opponents.

What was your best play all weekend?
I just played a mirror match and used my [ev baha] to take his Bahamut and then his Ophion, it was enough to win the game!

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Alpay Engin is no stranger to the top cut!
Alpay Engin is no stranger to the top cut!

Age: 18

Hometown:
Cologne, Germany

Deck you played this weekend:
Dragon Ruler – it’s the best Deck out the at the moment. Evilswarms are the worst matchup for me – the feature match was a really tough game.

Previous Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG achievements:
I won YCS Bochum which was the previous biggest tournament in Europe and I have reached the top cut of every YCS I have played in – from Barcelona last year until now. ([i]Editor’s note: That’s an amazing achievement![/i])

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I didn’t think I would top as I hadn’t tested too much with Dragon but it’s too good with [ravine] and [debris] and I have managed to play out of situations all weekend!

What was your best play all weekend?
Starting with two [sack] and three tokens on my first turn if I start with [trooper], Debris and Ravine. It’s the best move – in the Top 16 I opened with the best hand and managed to have three Dracossack, two tokens and two backrow cards!

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We have to take Michel Gruner's picture so often next time we will make him dress as Yugi
We have to take Michel Gruner's picture so often next time we will make him dress as Yugi

Age: 25

Hometown:
Munich, Germany

Deck you played this weekend:
Dragon Rulers with [nonag]. In the mirror match [nonag] is like a better version of [crimson blader]. I had to play Dragons because it’s the best Deck – [return] and [6s] are the most amazing cards and they both fit in the Deck really well.

Previous Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG achievements:
I won YCS Brussels which was Sealed, came second in the European Championship in Frankfurt, and won the European Championship in Madrid. That year in came top eight at the World Championships too. I was also a National and World Videogame Champion, and winner of the first YCS in Bochum in 2010.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
Since the top cut of YCS Brussels I have tested alot with my friends and really felt confident. I am now undefeated in 19 rounds as I only had draws in the tournament never a loss.

What was your best play all weekend?
I activated Sixth Sense and called five: it was the right number!
It should be noted that this was said with a certain degree of sarcasm!

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Joshua Schmidt is a previous World Championship competitor
Joshua Schmidt is a previous World Championship competitor

Age: 18

Hometown:
Gießen, Germany

Deck you played this weekend:
It had to be Dragon Rulers! There’s nothing else that can compare in terms of resource management.

Previous Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG achievements:
I got third at the World Championship in 2012 after coming in the top four of the WCQ that same year.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I was really confident coming in to the event and tested a lot so I expect to be able to make the top cut of this event.

What was your best play all weekend?
When you’re playing Dragon Rulers there are so many good plays, I think I’ve made the best play out of all of the options every time and that’s how I’ve managed to make the top eight!

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Thsi is Jake Mcgee's first YCS!
Thsi is Jake Mcgee's first YCS!

Age: 15

Hometown:
Middlesborough, UK

Deck you played this weekend:
Dragon Ruler – it’s the best Deck by far and I was able to get hold of all the cards. If I couldn’t play Dragons I wouldn’t have come to the event!

Previous Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG achievements:
This is my first premier event so I haven’t got any previous achievements, but I’m pretty proud of this one!

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I didn’t think I would make the top cut at all, I was just hoping I could make day two! I haven’t done a great deal of testing.

What was your best play all weekend?
Opening with the double Dracossack and three tokens through [afd]. I love that play, it’s such a strong opening!

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Ferkos Vagelis never has good luck with Card Trooper!
Ferkos Vagelis never has good luck with Card Trooper!

Age: 26

Hometown:
Crete, Greece

Deck you played this weekend:
Dragon Rulers, it’s the best Deck out there at the moment and my motto is ‘if you can’t beat them, join them!’

Previous Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG achievements:
This is my first YCS top but I won the YCS Trial in Milan which was sealed!

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I didn’t think I would do that well before the event – I was unlucky in testing but have managed to pull through!

What was your best play all weekend?
I always have really bad luck with [trooper] so I am using [transmig] in my Deck. Earlier my [return] and [6s] got sent to the Graveyard and I put them back in, then drew Sixth Sense and drew six cards from it!

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Patrik Reider said Trap Stun was his top card for the weekend!
Patrik Reider said Trap Stun was his top card for the weekend!

Age: 21

Hometown:
Graz, Austria

Deck you played this weekend:
Dragon Ruler – it’s really fun to play and of course it is the best Deck!

Previous Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG achievements:
I came in the top eight in YCS Bochum, Leipzig, top sixteen in YCS Sheffield and Brussels too.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I didn’t expect to reach the top because I didn’t play too much in the lead-up to the event but as we got further in I got more and more confident especially at the end of day one!

What was your best play all weekend?
My opponent activated a [reckless] and Chained another and then I played [trap stun]! He had a sad face after that!
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