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Top 8 Player Profiles

26.09.2010 | 16:39 |

After 8 rounds of Swiss yesterday, an additional 3 rounds of Swiss today AND 2 more rounds in the knock out portion of the tournament, these 8 players made it to the final 8! Let us introduce them to you real quick!

 

Here’s a group photo of the last 8 players in the event

 

Top 8 YCS Bochum

Top 8 YCS Bochum

 

Weng Tran

 

Weng Tran overcame Scraps and advanced to the Top 8!

Weng Tran overcame Scraps and advanced to the Top 8!

 

[b]Where are you from?[/b] Hamburg, Germany

[b]How old are you?[/b] 20

[b]Which deck are you playing today?[/b] Anti Meta

[b]Why are you playing that deck?[/b] “I always play this deck and I know it inside out!”

[b]What was your hardest match-up?[/b] “I had to face Johann Descamps in round 8 (I played him again in the Top 32). We played until he only had 2 cards left in his deck, but I was able to win the match!”

[b]What’s your favorite place for the next YCS in Europe after YCS Italy?[/b] “I would like to play in an event in England. I really enjoyed Birmingham!” (he’s referring to the WCQ: European Championship)

[b]Do you have any tips for new players?[/b] “New players often don’t know about the importance of the Side Deck. You have to get familiar with the process of exchanging cards from your Main and Side Deck so you can win even the most impossible matches!”

 

Patrik Rieder

 

Patrik Rieder, representing Austria!

Patrik Rieder, representing Austria!

 

[b]Where are you from?[/b] Graz, Steiermark, Austria

[b]How old are you?[/b] 18

[b]Which deck are you playing today?[/b] An extremely aggressive X-Saber deck!

[b]Why are you playing that deck?[/b] “I think it’s the best and most versatile deck in the format!”

[b]What was your hardest match-up?[/b] “I had to play a Gladiator Beast deck featuring [df]. With [darksoul], [emmersblade] and [faultroll] shut down, it was pretty hard to win this match.”

[b]What’s your favorite place for the next YCS in Europe after YCS Italy?[/b] “I would love to have a YCS in Austria!”

[b]Do you have any tips for new players?[/b] “Play fair and always try your best!”

 

Eden Zamir

 

Eden Zamir, putting Israel on your Yu-Gi-Oh! map!

Eden Zamir, putting Israel on your Yu-Gi-Oh! map!

 

[b]Where are you from?[/b] Israel

[b]How old are you?[/b] 19

[b]Which deck are you playing today?[/b] Bash Plant! (PJ calls it Dark Debris)

[b]Why are you playing that deck?[/b] “It’s pretty simple. I don’t have access to some other popular cards, so I picked a deck that works well with [decree]!”

[b]What was your hardest match-up?[/b] “I played Johann Descamps with his Absolute Zero deck. It seemed to be topdeck based, so I couldn’t quite make him out.”

[b]What’s your favorite place for the next YCS in Europe after YCS Italy?[/b] “Imaginationland!” (He had a conversation with PJ earlier about “YCS Tel Aviv”!

[b]Do you have any tips for new players?[/b] “Don’t copy and paste decklists; you MUST be original!”

 

Stefan Faust

 

Stefan Faust is packing Blackwings!

Stefan Faust is packing Blackwings!

 

[b]Where are you from?[/b] Altenstadt, Hessen, Germany

[b]How old are you?[/b] 19

[b]Which deck are you playing today?[/b] Blackwings

[b]Why are you playing that deck?[/b] “I like this deck the most and think it’s one of the most consistent decks in the format. I added 2 copies of [rai oh] and that helped me to turn some matches around!”

[b]What was your hardest match-up?[/b] “The top 16 match vs. Pitai Meyer. The game could go either way and we just threw everything we had at each other. I felt like I was constantly on the losing edge, but eventually turned it around and won!”

[b]What’s your favorite place for the next YCS in Europe after YCS Italy?[/b] “I don’t really care that much, I can’t attend them all anyway.”

[b]Do you have any tips for new players?[/b] “You should try to get a good idea of how the popular decks are working so you can counter their strategies. Only if you know how to use your deck, you can do well at tournaments!”

 

Michel Grüner

 

Michel Grüner, jack of all trades!

Michel Grüner, jack of all trades!

 

[b]Where are you from?[/b] Munich, Bavaria, Germany

[b]How old are you?[/b] 22

[b]Which deck are you playing today?[/b] X-Sabers

[b]Why are you playing that deck?[/b] “I think it’s the best deck in the format at the moment.”

[b]What was your hardest match-up?[/b] “I played Gladiator Beasts in the last Swiss round. I lost, but made it to the tops regardless.”

[b]What’s your favorite place for the next YCS in Europe after YCS Italy?[/b] “I would like to play in the Netherlands again and England would be my second choice.”

[b]Do you have any tips for new players?[/b] “You have to test a lot and try to reduce the number of mistakes you’re making constantly.”

Michel wanted to greet Besnik who showed up despite not feeling too well, Columbo Boy, Sibbe and all his fans!

 

Christos Anestakis

 

Greece is the only European nation who has both won a European and a World Championship. Can Anestakis Christos follow in the footsteps of his countrymen?

Greece is the only European nation who has both won a European and a World Championship. Can Anestakis Christos follow in the footsteps of his countrymen?

 

[b]Where are you from?[/b] Thessaloniki, Greece

[b]How old are you?[/b] 20

[b]Which deck are you playing today?[/b] X-Sabers

[b]Why are you playing that deck?[/b] “I think it’s the best deck! It doesn’t really have a lot of bad match-ups!”

[b]What was your hardest match-up?[/b] “I played a mirror match against Vincent Ralambomiadana from France. I lost that one, but it was my only loss.”

[b]What’s your favorite place for the next YCS in Europe after YCS Italy?[/b] “Greece! We have a World Champion and a European Champion, we NEED a YCS!”

[b]Do you have any tips for new players?[/b] “Just enjoy the game and love your deck! It won’t let you down then!”

 

Baris Bulut

 

The only Gladiator Beast player in the Top 8: Baris Bulut

The only Gladiator Beast player in the Top 8: Baris Bulut

 

[b]Where are you from?[/b] Munich, Germany

[b]How old are you?[/b] 20

[b]Which deck are you playing today?[/b] Gladiator Beasts

[b]Why are you playing that deck?[/b] “Gladiator Beasts are one of the most aggressive decks and making it hard for my opponent to play defensively.”

[b]What was your hardest match-up?[/b] “I played Florian Chitic yesterday; after he won the German Nationals 2008 with the deck, I decided to play it myself and I’m still playing it for this reason! He’s like my role model!”

[b]What’s your favorite place for the next YCS in Europe after YCS Italy?[/b] Munich, Germany!

[b]Do you have any tips for new players?[/b] “Think a lot and don’t forget to practice with your decks.”

 

Ron Fiedler

 

Ron Fiedler would be fine with the next YCS being held in Switzerland!

Ron Fiedler would be fine with the next YCS being held in Switzerland!

 

[b]Where are you from?[/b] Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

[b]How old are you?[/b] 19

[b]Which deck are you playing today?[/b] Ron.Dec – Machina with some Anti elements

[b]Why are you playing that deck?[/b] “I have been playing with this deck for the past 2 months. It’s a lot of fun, I did pretty well and I think it’s consistent enough.”

[b]What was your hardest match-up?[/b] “I lost my match in the first round. I made a mistake while side decking as I didn’t side out [poa], with only 3 more minutes on the clock. Otherwise, I could have drawn into some form of defense and win.

[b]What’s your favorite place for the next YCS in Europe after YCS Italy?[/b] “I wouldn’t mind having another YCS in Germany! Switzerland would also be cool.”

[b]Do you have any tips for new players?[/b] “Start by taking a look at the popular decks. It’s OK to copy them at first, but you should start to work in your own ideas to make them better. If you’re getting more familiar with the process, you can create very strong decks and make it to the top!”