Top 8 Profile YCS Rimini 2017

After eleven rounds of Swiss across the two days and two further knockout rounds, there are only eight elite Duelists left. Here is a closer look at the players that have made it to the Top 8 and what they think about their chances of winning the tournament today.

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Top 8
Check out the top 8 of YCS Rimini! These players are still having a shot at winning the new Prize Card. Below, we will profile each player on his own.
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Sören
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[b]Name: [/b] Sören Becker
[b]Age: [/b] 21
[b]Country: [/b] Germany, Dresden
[b]What Deck are you playing today? [/b] Pure Zoo, I feel like it still is the most consistent deck and has the best outs to any given situation. There is a lot of room for tech cards in the deck and it only needs a single card to build a field.
[b]How do you feel about your chances of winning today? [/b] Everything is possible! Luck is still a deciding factor in this game depending on the die roll and who goes first.
[b]Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? [/b] I run [bom] and [b]Blind Destruction[/b] in the Main Deck. Both were my MVP cards this weekend. [ash] came in pretty handy as well. I hit [maxx] 8 times!
[b]Final words? [/b] Shoutouts to Tom Viergutz and Jan Krug for lending me some cards and all my friends in Dresden. I’m keeping it up for you. [/quote]
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Lorenzo
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[b]Name: [/b] Lorenzo Roma
[b]Age: [/b] 20
[b]Country: [/b] Munich, Germany
[b]What Deck are you playing today? [/b] Pure Zoo, consistency is most important in long and grindy events like this. I tried True Draco for Euros and my result was accordingly. So, I decided to trade raw power for consistency.
[b]How do you feel about your chances of winning today? [/b] I feel great, it’s my 1st YCS top ever. I feel very confident. My deck is very good, but I don’t know if I can handle the pressure.
[b]Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? [/b] I run [b]Floodgate Trap Hole[/b] and [b]Heavy Storm Duster[/b] in the Main Deck. My handtraps had move to my Side Board to make room for all of this cards. I also decided to drop [mbaas]. The reason is that breaking a big board doesn’t make any sense, so I rather try grind out and overwhelm my opponent afterwards.
[b]Final words? [/b] Shoutouts to my team Complexity Card Gaming, Tom Paine, Jawad Chowdhury and Piere Luigi Sorentina. Thanks for the playtesting and the advice. [/quote]
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Joshua
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[b]Name: [/b] Joshua Schmidt
[b]Age: [/b] 21
[b]Country: [/b] Germany, Gießen
[b]What Deck are you playing today? [/b] Pure Draco: I couldn’t find time to prepare a lot. I never was a fan of Zoo and mirror matchs all day long. I rather looked for a deck that wins against Zoo even when losing the die roll. For this event, I figured out True Draco was the way to go. I also relied heavily on the playtesting within my team.
[b]How do you feel about your chances of winning today? [/b] I feel quite good, I took my revenge and won againt my worst Match-Up. It was the gut I lost to in Swiss. After all, I think my chances of winning are quite good. There are only Zoo decks left and my deck is geared towards beating them.
[b]Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? [/b] We maindeck [cherry] and want to go second every time. [cherry] is such a strong card in the current metagame. It takes my opponents [z drident] and Zoo does nothing without it. Furthermore Zoo needs a lot of materials to get rid of my big monsters. They run out of resources pretty fast.
[b]Final words? [/b] Shoutouts to Team Complexity Card Gaming and my girlfriend!
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Jonas
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[b]Name: [/b] Jonas Spreng
[b]Age: [/b] 18
[b]Country: [/b] Germany, Kronau
[b]What Deck are you playing today? [/b] Pure Zoo, I already got second at German Nationals this year and felt very confident with it. So I decided to take it to Rimini as well.
[b]How do you feel about your chances of winning today? [/b] My goal was to go to Top 32. I already exceeded my expectations. I feel like my chances are quite good. My deck is geared towards the mirror match.
[b]Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? [/b] I run [b]Heavy Storm Duster[/b] and [b]Floodgate Trap Hole[/b] in my Main Deck. In my opinion both cards are format breaking cards.
[b]Final words? [/b] Shoutouts to my Team [ygo] Elite Squad.[/quote]
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Armando
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[b]Name: [/b] Armando Guiseppe Mandile
[b]Age: [/b] 22
[b]Country: [/b] Italy, Napoli
[b]What Deck are you playing today? [/b] Pure Zoo, it’s still the top tier deck and it is my favourite deck in the current metagame.
[b]How do you feel about your chances of winning today? [/b] It is my first Top 8 in a YCS and it feels like a dream came true. The pressure is high and I’m already very exhausted.
[b]Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? [/b] The best card today is in my side deck: [lotus]. It’s a great tech against Zoo and True Draco.
[b]Final words? [/b] I want to give shoutouts to my friend Stefano Esposito, because the list was his idea.
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Andreas
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[b]Name: [/b] Andreas Vrellos
[b]Age: [/b] 19
[b]Country: [/b] Greece, Athens
[b]What Deck are you playing today? [/b] Pure Zoo, my friends told it is still the best deck.
[b]How do you feel about your chances of winning today? [/b] I guess my experience is in my favour. I’m very satisfied with my current achievement. After all this is my 1st YCS Top 8.
[b]Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? [/b] It is a pretty standard build. [s str] put in a lot work for me.
[b]Final words? [/b] I want to thank my friends that didn’t playtest with me.
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Themis
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[b]Name: [/b] Themistoklis Gkyzis
[b]Age: [/b] 23
[b]Country: [/b] Greece, Athens
[b]What Deck are you playing today? [/b] Pure Zoo: each card as has huge impact on the game state. Every single card is more powerful than my opponents card. The deck is also to create a form of soft lock that helps you create a game state that requires my opponent to have certain cards to break it.
[b]How do you feel about your chances of winning today? [/b] I’m pretty happy after my struggles to get here. I’m also very calm and focussed, because of two people that were supporting throughout the event.
[b]Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? [/b] I’m siding [b]Blind Destruction[/b] to beat the mirror. When going second, I switch into a trap heavy deck and start playing the grind game and gain plus 1s from each card as much as possible.
[b]Final words? [/b] Shoutouts to Team CCG, Vale Metzler and the person who has been supporting me from home all the way.
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Top 87
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[b]Name: [/b] Matteo Mordanini
[b]Age: [/b] 20
[b]Country: [/b] Italy, Rome
[b]What Deck are you playing today? [/b] Pure Zoo, I feel it is the deck at the moment. The deck wins games with a single card. All the other decks need at least two cards or more to go off.
[b]How do you feel about your chances of winning today? [/b] I’m excited! This is my 1st YCS top. I have to admit that luck was on my side the whole weekend long. I might be able to win, but it also depends very much on my match-ups.
[b]Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? [/b] I maindeck 3 copies of [mbaas]. It’s one of the best cards in the mirror match. I decided to run it in the Main Deck, because I expected a lot of Zoo for this event.
[b]Final words? [/b] High hopes will be great!
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