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Top 8 Profiles

07.12.2014 | 17:28 |

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 eight cut and what they think about their chances of winning the tournament today.

 


Emre

 




Name: Emre Kizilates

Age: 15

Country: Germany, Frankfurt

What Deck are you playing today? I’m the last remaining Evilswarm Player. It’s my Deck of choice ever since it came out, I think it’s still a strong pick. You can do a lot of bad plays, but if you figure out the combos you can pull off a lot of good plays as well.

What do you think about your chances of winning today? To be honest, I think my chances of winning today are low. Competition is strong and Evilswarm is not the best Deck at the moment.

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? I’m maindecking Chaos Trap Hole as a tech card to improve my Match-Up against Shaddolls and Burning Abyss. It worked out so far.

What is your card of the year for 2014? That has to be Soul Charge, the card can turn games around.

 


Luca

 




Name: Luca di Pietro Paolo

Age: 16

Country: Rome, Italy

What Deck you playing today? I decided to run Qliphorts today, as it’s the best Deck at the moment. It has decent Match-Ups against Shaddolls as well as Burning Abyss. I simply like it the most out of the big three.

What do you think about your chances of winning today? After I’ve come so far today I think that I have good chances of winning the whole event.

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? I’m playing Vanity's Fiend in my Side Deck, because it is a win condition against Shaddolls and a good option against Burning Abyss.

What is your card of the year for 2014? My card of the year is Fire Lake of the Burning Abyss. It fits perfectly into Burning Abyss and makes the Deck even better than before.

 


Daniele

 




Name: Daniele Stella

Age: 17

Country: Italy, Catania

What Deck are you playing today? I’m running Qliphorts. A Deck that can maindeck 3 Vanity's Emptiness and 3 Skill Drain is the best Deck to me.

What do you think about your chances of winning today? I playtested a lot so I feel very well prepared. In the tops everything is possible.

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? I maindeck 3 Night Beam and 3 Mystical Space Typhoon. They give me the edge in the Burning Abyss Match-Up.

What is your card of the year for 2014? That’s Wiretap, I made Top 8 of my National Championship just because of this card. I negated a Black Horn of Heaven on my Evilswarm Exciton Knight with it.

 


Oleksandr

 




Name: Oleksandr Atamanenko

Age: 18

Country: Rome, Italy

What Deck are you playing today? Qliphorts: it’s the strongest and most consistent Deck at the moment.

What do you think about your chances of winning today? After coming so far I think I can and want to win this event.

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? I’m playing Soul Drain and Apoqliphort Towers in the Main Deck. I side 2 copies of Xing Zhen Hu to lock down backrow, it works similar to Denko Sekka in Shaddolls.

What is your card of the year for 2014? That’s Infernity Archfiend, because it was restricted to one.

 


Fabio

 




Name: Fabio Polito

Age: 21

Country: Italy, Turin

What Deck you playing today? I’m running Burning Abyss for the 3rd time in a row at a YCS. I want to finish the year with the Deck.

What do you think about your chances of winning today? I tested a lot with my friends, but I’m not quite so sure.

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? I maindeck Night Beam and a copy of The Beginning of the End.

What is your card of the year for 2014? That’s Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning. The card is so strong, it steals games.

 


Themis

 




Name: Themis Gkyzis

Age:20

Country: Greece, Athens

What Deck are you playing today? I play Chaos Shaddolls. I expected to play a lot of Burning Abyss Decks. My metacall was correct, I just beat three in a row and I don’t like to play the Mirror Match. So I thought that Shaddolls would be the best option for this event and they maindeck a copy of “Pappa” Dark Armed Dragon. *smiles*

What do you think about your chances of winning today? It’s my first Top 8, now anything is possible.

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? I side Smashing Ground to beat Qliphorts. It worked out pretty well so far.

What is your card of the year for 2014? Even though it’s an old card it still is Dark Armed Dragon.

 


Luigi

 




Name: Luigi Alici

Age: 20

Country: Italy, Treviso

What Deck you playing today? In a triangle metagame like this I thought Burning Abyss would be the best Deck. It doesn’t lose to Shaddoll and after siding the Match-Up gets even better.

What do you think about your chances of winning today? I feel self-confident about my Deck.

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? I play Majesty's Fiend in the Side Deck against Shaddoll.

What is your card of the year 2014? That’s Alich, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, because we share the name.

 


Alpay

 




Name: Alpay Engin

Age: 19

Country: Germany, Cologne

What Deck you playing today? Burning Abyss is the most consistent Deck over 11 Rounds of Swiss and 5 more in the Knock Out portion.

What do you think about your chances of winning today? I’m well prepared, I just need the little bit of luck.

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? I maindeck Maxx "C" and it was a good decision. It helps a lot in the Match Match.

What is your card of the year 2014? Soul Charge: it pushed a lot Decks to top tier.