Top 8 Profiles

Ladies and gentlemen, may we present the final 8 competitors remaining in today’s competition to you…
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Santoni Lorenzo travelled here from Italy!
Santoni Lorenzo travelled here from Italy!

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[b]Age:[/b] 20

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

[b]Occupation:[/b] Job hunting

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
I advanced to the Top 8 of Italy’s National Championship twice. My goal for this weekend is to win the YCS so I can list a little more next time.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b]
Mermails – I think it’s the best Deck in the format. It features a great number of combos that can get you out of almost any situation. Even with bad hands, the Deck can come back and that’s another important factor.

[b]Will you attend the European Championship and what’s the best thing about it being held in Amsterdam?[/b]
Yes, I’ll be there. It will be my first time in Amsterdam, so I don’t quite know what to expect, but it’s called the “Venice of the North” in Italy and Venice is already rather beautiful.

[b]What has been the best play you’ve watched all weekend?[/b]
Mermails is a difficult Deck to play since you have so many combos. The best one that I pulled off this weekend was discarding [a drag] to summon [a teus]. I then followed it up with [megalo], discarding [a ocea] and [a gunde], [a ocea] came back thanks to the effect of [a gunde] and I then activated the effect of [a ocea] to get my hands on [a teus]. I then went on and [ss]ed a number of Xyz Monsters to finish the game this way!
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Vincent Ralambomiadana had the hometown advantage!
Vincent Ralambomiadana had the hometown advantage!

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[b]Age:[/b] 25

[b]Hometown:[/b] Paris, France

[b]Occupation:[/b] I work in a card shop in Paris.

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
Winner of a YCS, I ended up second place in the DS Worlds in 2010, I won a National Championship and a Fortune Tour stop and a few other larger events.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b]
Bujin – I opted against playing one of the “go to Decks” and so I picked Bujin. I still think that Mermail might be the better Deck, but it has served me well this weekend thus far.

[b]Will you attend the European Championship and what’s the best thing about it being held in Amsterdam?[/b]
Yes, but it might be my last tournament. I want to build on my gaming career and try out some other games and this might make it a little bit too hard to also play Yu-Gi-Oh! on a competitive level.
Amsterdam is a great place to party, I quite like the coffee shops there and we had a great time back in 2008 (when the European Championship last went there).

[b]What has been the best play you’ve watched all weekend?[/b]
In the Top 32 against Claudio, we were in the time out and there were only 3 extra turns remaining. I knew that I couldn’t recover, but I could still win with [adrag] because it could attack directly and he couldn’t attack over it in his last turn thanks to its effect. That’s how I advanced to the Top 16.
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Thomas Cavaliere came from the other end of France!
Thomas Cavaliere came from the other end of France!

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[b]Age:[/b] 22

[b]Hometown:[/b] Strasbourg, France

[b]Occupation:[/b] Student

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
Top 8 at YCS Brighton, Top 32 at YCS Brussels, YCS Turin and YCS Bochum.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b]
Spellbooks – it’s the Deck I felt most confident with and I also don’t like the other Decks that are viable competitors in this format too much.

[b]Will you attend the European Championship and what’s the best thing about it being held in Amsterdam?[/b]
Yes, I will definitely be there. Amsterdam’s quite a fun city.

[b]What has been the best play you’ve watched all weekend?[/b]
I used [sb fate] to banish a card from my opponent’s side of the field!!!

(He thought long and hard about this one!)

I also want to give a shout-out to my friends from DragonBlanc who helped me make it here.
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Only 17 year old Daniel Hannig is the real wildcard in our Top 8!
Only 17 year old Daniel Hannig is the real wildcard in our Top 8!

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[b]Age:[/b] 17

[b]Hometown:[/b] Brilon, which is in Sauerland, Germany

[b]Occupation:[/b] Pupil

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
I won a Battle City tournament in Dortmund and a few other smaller events.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b]
Chain Burn – I think it is a real competitor in the current environment since it performs rather well against many of the popular Decks!

[b]Will you attend the European Championship and what’s the best thing about it being held in Amsterdam?[/b]
Yes, I will. What I like the most about Amsterdam is that it’s rather close to my place of living, so we won’t have to travel that far.

[b]What has been the best play you’ve watched all weekend?[/b]
I watched Piran Asci unleash the power of Infernities and I just stood there not believing what was happening. I thought about picking the Deck myself, but if I would have known what was possible with it, I might have went with it, too.
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France was putting up great numbers today and here's another fine Duelist from La Grande Nation: Leo Giner!
France was putting up great numbers today and here's another fine Duelist from La Grande Nation: Leo Giner!

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[b]Age:[/b] 23

[b]Hometown:[/b] Paris, France

[b]Occupation:[/b] I’m a croupier.

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
I ended up in the Tops of my National Championship 3 times. I also made it to the Top 32 at the YCS Paris back in 2011 as well as Top 8 in European Championship in Birmingham back in 2010.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b]
I played Geargia because I like the way the Deck plays. It’s easy to control the game with it and generate card advantage. It’s the full package and I’m running 18 Traps, so it feels like the opposite of Mermails. I have good match-ups against many Decks in the field since my Deck is so consistent and it’s my first tournament this year, so I just listened to what my friends told me.

[b]Will you attend the European Championship and what’s the best thing about it being held in Amsterdam?[/b]
I’m afraid I can’t attend it. I would have loved to attend, though, Amsterdam has quite a few tempting qualities.

[b]What has been the best play you’ve watched all weekend?[/b]
I was playing against Alpay Engin and he was running a card I didn’t know: [amc]. He is one of the most skilled players in my opinion; I wasn’t quick enough to understand what was going on and before I realized, he had me beat with it.
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Peter Groß was standing tall once again!
Peter Groß was standing tall once again!

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[b]Age:[/b] 22

[b]Hometown:[/b] Vienna, Austria

[b]Occupation:[/b] Student

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
I won 2 YCS before (back to back in different formats!) and I also advanced to the finals in Brussels. I won my National Championship in 2010 and added quite a few more Top 8 finishes, among them at the last YCS in Paris.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b]
Mermail – I couldn’t beat them so I joined them. Sometimes games are simply “too easy when the Deck works.

[b]Will you attend the European Championship and what’s the best thing about it being held in Amsterdam?[/b]
Yes, absolutely. I’ve been in the city before just last year, that’s why I’m not as excited, but I think it’s better than Bochum.

[b]What has been the best play you’ve watched all weekend?[/b]
I saw Michael Ciplak convince his opponent Alpay Engin to give up in the Feature Match although Alpay had the game in the bag! That was mighty impressive (refers to this match).

I also want to thank my friends Claudio Kirchmair, Luco Chetoni, Federico Zoppini for defeating every Deck I put together so I ended up with Mermails instead.
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Luca Meroni was piloting the other Geargia Deck into the Top 8!
Luca Meroni was piloting the other Geargia Deck into the Top 8!

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[b]Age:[/b] 20

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

[b]Occupation:[/b] I’m a chef.

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
Top 16 at the last National Championship in Italy, Top 8 at the 2012 European Championship.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b]
Geargia – I think that it is a very consistent Deck with nice match-ups all around. I prefer to play Decks that rely on cool combos so it is a great fit for my playing style.

[b]Will you attend the European Championship and what’s the best thing about it being held in Amsterdam?[/b]
Yes, I will definitely attend. The other question… it’s difficult, Amsterdam has many fine qualities. Let’s say “the overall culture”.

[b]What has been the best play you’ve watched all weekend?[/b]
In the Top 16, he had [bujin yam] and [bujin mika] and I just had 2 monsters set. We both had 5 face-down Spell or Trap Cards. I flipped [g armor], he chained [fiendish], I chained [mst], this happened one more time, so the chain was huge. I then got a [g accel], I flipped [g mk2], I summoned [g arsenal], Tributed it to summon [geargiano] and Xyz Summons followed. This got me [gk alucard] to destroy his [horn]. I then [ss]ed [g accel], I overlaid it with [g armor] to [ss] Number 82, I detached, attacked directly and that won me the game!
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The second Italian Duelist in our Top 8: Luca Meroni!
Aoued Benabdallah!

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[b]Age:[/b] 27

[b]Hometown:[/b] Le Mans, France

[b]Occupation:[/b] Salesman

[b]Previous accomplishments:[/b]
I have done well in a number of Regionals, so this is my first major success at a larger event.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b]
Evilswarm – it has a very good chance against both Mermail and Geargia thanks to [ophion] and I was expecting those Decks.

[b]Will you attend the European Championship and what’s the best thing about it being held in Amsterdam?[/b]
Maybe. I heard it’s a pretty place!

[b]What has been the best play you’ve watched all weekend?[/b]
I applied a [66] with [safe zone] and [df] against a Bujin player. He had no chance to come back from that.
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