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Top 8 Profiles

23.02.2014 | 16:53 |

After 11 rounds of Swiss and 2 more rounds in the knock out portion of today’s competition, we have dwindled a field of 1208 Duelists down to just 8!
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The UK's Matthew Mills striking a pose!

The UK's Matthew Mills striking a pose!


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[b]Age:[/b] 16

[b]Hometown:[/b] Exeter, UK

[b]Occupation:[/b] Pupil

[b]Deck you played this weekend:[/b]
Fire Fist – I like that it has a good match-up against most of the other Decks and it’s very consistent.

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
I topped a lot of Regionals and I’ve won a few of them, but that’s pretty much it.

[b]What’s your goal for 2014?[/b]
Now that I’ve come so far, I want to go on and win YCS Berlin!

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
Opening [myrmeleo] with 5 Traps in hand already against Bujin. There was next to nothing he could do that match!

[b]If you were to design a card, what would it do?[/b]
It would have to be a support card for HEROes. It should feature a high ATK and it’s effect should read something like: “When this card is summoned, add 1 HERO card from your Graveyard to your hand.”
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Aris Samaras has advanced to the Top 8 with Geargia!

Aris Samaras has advanced to the Top 8 with Geargia!


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[b]Age:[/b] 19

[b]Hometown:[/b] Athens, Greece

[b]Occupation:[/b] Student

[b]Deck you played this weekend:[/b]
Geargia – I had nothing else to play!

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
Top 8 at YCS Turin and Top 32 at the European Championship in 2012 and I also reached the Tops at a couple of National Championships in Greece.

[b]What’s your goal for 2014?[/b]
I want to attend Worlds this year!

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
The problem is that this Deck is mostly pulling off the same combos. It’s always [burei] and [bureido] and then attack for game.

[b]If you were to design a card, what would it do?[/b]
It would be a card that would shut down Chain Burn! Like a searchable Quick Play Spell that reads: “When your opponent deals direct damage with a card effect, you take no damage and he takes double the damage he would have inflicted!”
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Luigi Alici already had quite the resume and he added another Tops appearance today!

Luigi Alici already had quite the resume and he added another Tops appearance today!


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[b]Age:[/b] 19

[b]Hometown:[/b] Venice, Italy

[b]Occupation:[/b] I want to be a musician.

[b]Deck you played this weekend:[/b]
Fire Fist – It’s one of my favorite Decks and in the current environment, it’s very well positioned. It’s consistent and I came up with a couple of ideas to gain the upper hand in mirror matches, that’s why I chose it.

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
Top 32 YCS Paris
Top 32 at YCS Toulouse
I also topped 3 years in a row in my National Championship.

[b]What’s your goal for 2014?[/b]
I want to go to Worlds this year, so I need to do well at the European Championship!

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
I started so bad in a mirror match and I had no monsters left in my Main Phase. Instead of playing [mf] or [prison], I used [moaa] to use my opponent’s monsters against him! I ended up winning because of that!

[b]If you were to design a card, what would it do?[/b]
There are a lot of cards that I like, so it’s very hard to come up with something. It should be something that works similar to [rai oh], but that’s not quite as strong so it won’t get limited. Let’s say 1600 ATK, WATER, Level 3 (so you can search it with [a pike]) and it prevents your opponent from adding cards from his Deck to his hand except by drawing.
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The second Italian Duelist in the Top 8 today is Mattia Graziuso!

The second Italian Duelist in the Top 8 today is Mattia Graziuso!


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[b]Age:[/b] 22

[b]Hometown:[/b] Florence, Italy

[b]Occupation:[/b] Cab driver

[b]Deck you played this weekend:[/b]
Fire Fist – we splashed Traptrix to make the Deck more consistent. Rather than 2 random cards that you would get with [ccd], you get a [bth]!

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
I topped my National Championships the last 3 years in a row!

[b]What’s your goal for 2014?[/b]
I want to win a YCS or the European Championship so I can attend Worlds!

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
The one move I enjoyed the most was when I played Federico Zoppini. He played [mst] in my End Phase and he chained [full house], but I had a [road] to counter it!

[b]If you were to design a card, what would it do?[/b]
Generally speaking, I enjoy powerful cards like Chaos Emperor Dragon – Envoy of the End, but those tend to end up a little too strong. Let’s add a new boss monster for the Gravekeepers! It should allow you to [ss] even when you have [necrov] on the field!
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Besnik Kajtazi has gone through recovery and he's now back at the top!

Besnik Kajtazi has gone through recovery and he's now back at the top!


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[b]Age:[/b] 26

[b]Hometown:[/b] Cologne, Germany

[b]Occupation:[/b] Chemist

[b]Deck you played this weekend:[/b]
Mermails – It’s the best Deck in the format! You have plenty of options turn for turn and it can also [ss] a bunch of monsters all in one turn to finish games out of nowhere. Do I need to say anything else?

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
I topped my National Championships and the European Championship before, but then my illness forced me to take a long break. My biggest successes were back in 2008, but I hope I can start my real comeback now.

[b]What’s your goal for 2014?[/b]
I want to be able to walk again and I’m getting really close. Everything else is secondary and that includes tournament successes.

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
Just now in the Feature Match. I played against Chain Burner, I was able to [ss] [armades] and it attacked exactly for game with my opponent having no chance to stop it!

[b]If you were to design a card, what would it do?[/b]
I would like to see something like a [dad] for the LIGHT archetype. Here goes:

Light Armed Dragon, 8 Stars, LIGHT, 2800 ATK, 1500 DEF, You can special summon this card (from your hand) when you have exactly 3 LIGHT monsters (and no other monsters) in your Graveyard. Once per turn: You can banish 1 LIGHT monster from your Graveyard and target a card your opponent controls; destroy that target.
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This was a photobombing contest between Björn Christian Schulze and our scorekeeper!

This was a photobombing contest between Björn Christian Schulze and our scorekeeper!


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[b]Age:[/b] 19 (he wishes…)

[b]Hometown:[/b] Berlin, Germany

[b]Occupation:[/b] Barkeeper

[b]Deck you played this weekend:[/b]
Chain Burn – it’s the cheapest Deck in the format!

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
I won a number of regional tournaments in the Berlin area and topped a couple of larger events like the National Championships in Germany, etc.

[b]What’s your goal for 2014?[/b]
I want to go to the gym more often.

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
I had 2 great situations: The first was with [mind crush]. I used [duality] to add [jar of greed] to my hand. My opponent then activated [mind crush] and he named “Pot of Greed” – that seemed pretty strong.
The second situation: My opponent had 4 of his monster slots filled (3 of them being Ojama Tokens). I then [ss]ed a [lava golem], but he used [bth] on it. So I activated a second [ojama trio] and all of his zones were full. He didn’t have another out remaining in his Deck.

[b]If you were to design a card, what would it do?[/b]
I’ll play Chain Burn forever and I already have all the cards I need to make it work.
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 Ole Wegner is the last Hieratic player remaining in competition today!

Ole Wegner is the last Hieratic player remaining in competition today!


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[b]Age:[/b] 20

[b]Hometown:[/b] Flensburg, Germany

[b]Occupation:[/b] Student

[b]Deck you played this weekend:[/b]
Hieratic Dragons – It can run [sd] and still function – there are few Decks that have this advantage going for them!

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
I reached the Top 32 at YCS Bochum last year.
I also did rather well at a number of local tournaments.

[b]What’s your goal for 2014?[/b]
I want to advance with my studies so I can soon start to teach kids.

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
My opponent Stefano Memoli had [lchain], [sack] and a Token and I played [tefnuit], I tributed it for [su], I then [ss]ed [con ptol], I returned [corseca] to my hand, I summoned it and then a Dragon Ruler, [crimson blader] and [gdtc]. That was enough to turn the game around!

[b]If you were to design a card, what would it do?[/b]
It needs to be a very balanced card, let’s say a [ddraw] for Wind-Ups!
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Alpay Engin has probably the most impressive resume of all Top 8 competitors!

Alpay Engin has probably the most impressive resume of all Top 8 competitors!


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[b]Age:[/b] 19

[b]Hometown:[/b] Cologne, Germany

[b]Occupation:[/b] Pupil

[b]Deck you played this weekend:[/b]
Mermails – the Deck features a number of strong combos, you have enough destructive effects, you can defend yourself easily with [a sphere] and it’s explosive.

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
Top 8 YCS Barcelona
Won YCS Bochum 2013
Top 16 YCS Lille
Top 64 European Championship 2013
Finalist YCS London
Top 8 YCS Turin

[b]What’s your goal for 2014?[/b]
I want to go to the World Championships!

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
I played [bahamut], my opponent had [a gaios], I attacked with it, he didn’t respond and I found [lance] in the Damage Step. He wasn’t too happy.

[b]If you were to design a card, what would it do?[/b]
[ddraw] for Wind-Ups!
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