Top 8 Profiles

[p]Here they are, the remaining 8 players in today’s competition. Learn where they’re from and how they got here…
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This weekend's Top 8 finishers!
This weekend's Top 8 finishers!

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[p]Let’s introduce them to you one by one!
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Konrad Grünewald is the youngest Duelist still in competition!
Konrad Grünewald is the youngest Duelist still in competition!

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[b]Age:[/b] 16

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

[b]Can you tell us about your previous accomplishments?[/b] I made it to the final 8 at the last German Nationals. This is my second larger event!

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b] Inzektors. I couldn’t get my hands on the Wind-Ups in time.

[b]Which other events will you attend this year?[/b] The European Championship! I’m not sure if I can make it yet, but I’ll definitely try!
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Alexander Gadalla had his breakout performance this weekend!
Alexander Gadalla had his breakout performance this weekend!

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[b]Age:[/b] 25

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

[b]Can you tell us about your previous accomplishments?[/b] I did well in a number of local tournaments and made Top 16 at the last German Nationals, so I guess this is my real breakout performance!

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b] Inzektors. I preferred it to other Decks during playtesting.

[b]Which other events will you attend this year?[/b] The German National Championship for sure. Other than that, I didn’t make any plans so far.
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A familiar face: Ioannis Mourelatos came all the way from Greece!
A familiar face: Ioannis Mourelatos came all the way from Greece!

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[b]Age:[/b] 31

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

[b]Can you tell us about your previous accomplishments?[/b] Top 16 YCS Bochum has been my biggest accomplishment so far.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b] Inzektors with a unique build. I don’t play [sangan] nor [tour guide], but I got more consistency thanks to all the searchers I’m running. It’s a lot of fun to play and I liked it a lot.

[b]Which other events will you attend this year?[/b] All the future European YCS tournaments as well as the European Championship!
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One of Austria's finest players: Patrik Rieder!
One of Austria's finest players: Patrik Rieder!

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[b]Age:[/b] 19

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

[b]Can you tell us about your previous accomplishments?[/b] Top 8 YCS Bochum, Top 16 at my National Championship and a Top 8 at a Summer Cup.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b] Wind-Up. I think it can do well against most Decks in the field as it’s rather flexible. However, it’s not that easy to play, but I think I’m doing quite well so far.

[b]Which other events will you attend this year?[/b] I would like to attend the YCS Toulouse as well as my National and the European Championship!
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Michel Grüner is only missing a World Championship title, but he wouldn't mind adding another YCS Trophy to his resume!
Michel Grüner is only missing a World Championship title, but he wouldn't mind adding another YCS Trophy to his resume!

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[b]Age:[/b] 23

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

[b]Can you tell us about your previous accomplishments?[/b] National Champion 2006, Pharaoh Tour Winner 2006, Pharaoh Tour Finalist 2007, DS World Champion 2007, reigning European Champion, Winner YCS Bochum.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b] Dino Rabbit. It allows you to run 3 extra [sj] and 2 [wrath], so it’s very hard to beat!

[b]Which other events will you attend this year?[/b] YCS Toulouse, the German National Championship, the European Championship and of course the World Championship so I can finally win it!

I want to greet Alistair who came over all the way from America and who lent me half my Deck as well as all my other friends that helped me out to build the Deck! Thank you everyone!
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The locals outperformed themselves and here's another one: Fabian Renner!
The locals outperformed themselves and here's another one: Fabian Renner!

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[b]Age:[/b] 21

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

[b]Can you tell us about your previous accomplishments?[/b] I made it to the Semi Finals at the German Nationals 2009, I came in 45th at YCS Bochum and finished in the Top 8 of the eTCG.de Finals in Frankfurt!

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b] Inzektors. I would have liked to play Dino Rabbit, but couldn’t get my hands on some of the cards. I didn’t like playing Wind-Up, so I chose what is in my opinion the third best Deck in the format as it better fit my style.

[b]Which other events will you attend this year?[/b] The German National Championship, the European Championship and probably YCS Toulouse.
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Stephan Sluis ... again!
Stephan Sluis ... again!

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[b]Age:[/b] 20

[b]Where are you from?[/b] Rotterdam, Netherlands

[b]Can you tell us about your previous accomplishments?[/b] Winner YCS Paris, Top 8 YCS Brighton, Finalist European Championship 2010, Top 8 Worlds 2010.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b] Dino Rabbit. In my opinion, it’s still the best Deck. [laggia] turn 1 can be back breaking against so many Decks and I think it has the best match ups overall. That’s why I decided to play it.

[b]Which other events will you attend this year?[/b] I think I’ll go to Toulouse, I’ll definitely be at Euros and probably the other YCS that will be held later this year.
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He's well known in the UK and now wants to rise to international fame: Simon He!
He's well known in the UK and now wants to rise to international fame: Simon He!

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[b]Age:[/b] 21

[b]Where are you from?[/b] Manchester, UK

[b]Can you tell us about your previous accomplishments?[/b] I made it to the Semi Finals of the first Pharaoh Tour Finals, made it to Top 8 the second time and all the way to the finals the following year. Top 16 European Championship 2006, I often made it to the final stage in my National Championships, but I have yet to win one.

[b]What Deck did you play this weekend and why?[/b] Dino Rabbit. It’s the most consistent Deck, it doesn’t have a real weakness and that’s what makes it so strong. I would have liked to play something more creative and not so straightforward, but I think it’s very hard to pull off at the moment. I hope this will change soon again.

[b]Which other events will you attend this year?[/b] YCS Long Beach, YCS Toulouse, maybe another YCS in America before June, but it will depend on if I can find the time between work and all.
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