Top 8 Profiles

[p]Here they are, the 8 Duelists who came out on top of a field of 1.455 players that all wanted to become the next YCS winner!
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Alpay Engin came close before and wanted to go all the way today!
Alpay Engin came close before and wanted to go all the way today!

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[b]Name:[/b] Alpay Engin
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[b]Age:[/b] 18
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[b]Hometown:[/b] Cologne, Germany
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[b]Occupation:[/b] Pupil
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[b]What were your expectations prior to the tournament?[/b]
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I expected to make it to the second day, but I wasn’t quite sure if I could reach the knock out portion. Although I certainly hoped for it and now I’m here once again!
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[b]Deck you’re playing this weekend and why:[/b]
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Wind-Up since it’s still the most versatile and fast Deck in the format. It’s the last time it has the potential to win an event in a long time and I wanted to pay my last respects to it!
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[b]Best play this weekend:[/b]
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In Round 11, I had to win to advance to the knock out portion. The game went back and forth with the momentum shifting several times. I came out on top and felt extremely relieved right after!
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Piyal Peiris came back from a hiatus and is on track to winning his first YCS!
Piyal Peiris came back from a hiatus and is on track to winning his first YCS!

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[b]Name:[/b] Piyal Peiris
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[b]Age:[/b] 18
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[b]Hometown:[/b] Bonn, Germany
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[b]Occupation:[/b] I’m getting into computer science at the moment and learning all about it!
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[b]What were your expectations prior to the tournament?[/b]
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I was hoping to reach the knock out portion and thought it was quite possible.
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[b]Deck you’re playing this weekend and why:[/b]
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I’m playing a Dino Rabbit Deck as I own most of the cards so it was easy to put together.
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[b]Best play this weekend:[/b]
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My opponent started and set 2 back row cards. I had [storm], followed it up with [rabbit], set 4 cards of my own and that was pretty much game!
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Sheik Soegriemsingh is the Dutch representative in the Top 8!
Sheik Soegriemsingh is the Dutch representative in the Top 8!

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[b]Name:[/b] Sheik Soegriemsingh
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[b]Age:[/b] 23
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[b]Hometown:[/b] Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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[b]Occupation:[/b] I’m working as a front end developer and I’m also studying at the same time.
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[b]What were your expectations prior to the tournament?[/b]
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I expected to lose the first round, survive for a few more rounds and then drop out frustrated. I’m mostly here to hang out with my friends and have a great time!
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[b]Deck you’re playing this weekend and why:[/b]
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I’m playing Dino Rabbit; it was the only Deck left – it’s not my own Deck and I borrowed it from a friend.
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[b]Best play this weekend:[/b]
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Yesterday in the last round (round 8), I was up against Mermail and I set [guaiba], faking a Night Assailant or something similar. He took the bait and used [mind] on it and that helped me to get an edge over him.
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Sandor Malinowski piloted Six Samurai all the way into the remaining 8!
Sandor Malinowski piloted Six Samurai all the way into the remaining 8!

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[b]Name:[/b] Sandor Malinowski
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[b]Age:[/b] 26
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[b]Hometown:[/b] Bielefeld, Germany
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[b]Occupation:[/b] I’m attending evening classes at the moment to get my Abitur.
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[b]What were your expectations prior to the tournament?[/b]
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I wanted to win! Let’s quote Alexander the Great: “He who constantly strives for greatness will eventually achieve it!”
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[b]Deck you’re playing this weekend and why:[/b]
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I’m a dedicated Six Samurai player.
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[b]Best play this weekend:[/b]
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My opponent played Dark World, he played [cd] in the first round, discarding 5 Dark World monsters. I was quite stunned, he then [ss]ed [utopia] and [tiras] and passed. I drew into 2 [united], [dojo] and [portal] and drew into [elder]. I [ss]ed it, followed it up with [kizan] and thanks to all my Continuous Spell Cards, I added more and more cards to my hand. In the end, I was able to send back [tiras] with [enishi] and I ended up with a [grandmaster] with 4100 ATK on the field. That was rather game breaking and he felt really beaten up. So much for Dark World starting with [card d]…
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Nikolaus Boulmpasakos, representing Greece with pride!
Nikolaus Boulmpasakos, representing Greece with pride!

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[b]Name:[/b] Nikolaus Boulmpasakos
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[b]Age:[/b] 21
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[b]Hometown:[/b] Athens, Greece
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[b]Occupation:[/b] I’m studying International Relations.
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[b]What were your expectations prior to the tournament?[/b]
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I wanted to win it!
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[b]Deck you’re playing this weekend and why:[/b]
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I’m playing Mermails with [undine] because they can summon [moulin] really quick. You can constantly search your Deck which allows you to play more than 40 cards without suffering. Basically, you can add a few Side Deck cards to your Main Deck.
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[b]Best play this weekend:[/b]
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Just now in the Top 16, my opponent had received a Game Loss and we would only play 1 game. He then started with [tgu] for [maity]. I went for my Extra Deck and look through some of the monsters there, giving away that I’m playing Mermails. This leads to him calling “monsters” for the effect of [16], which was exactly what I wanted to accomplish.[br]
The following turn, he [lance]’d my [pike] when I declared an attack and that meant I could go crazy with [hole] to wipe the field and catch him off guard! With 2 [amark], it wasn’t so hard to beat him afterwards. It wasn’t really an actual play, but more tricking my opponent into making a mistake.
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I wanted to give a shout out to my Ionnis Mourelatos and my brother Vasilis Boulmpasakos!
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Ly Phi-Long is feeling confident in his choice of Bubble Beat!
Ly Phi-Long is feeling confident in his choice of Bubble Beat!

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[b]Name:[/b] Ly Phi-Long
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[b]Age:[/b] 24
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[b]Hometown:[/b] Strasbourg, France
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[b]Occupation:[/b] I work in the pharmaceutical industry.
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[b]What were your expectations prior to the tournament?[/b]
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It’s my first Top 8, so I didn’t really expect to do so well this weekend.
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[b]Deck you’re playing this weekend and why:[/b]
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I play Heroes because it’s simply my favorite Deck. I feel I can do pretty well against most of the popular Decks, so it seemed like a fine choice.
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[b]Best play this weekend:[/b]
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I think the finishes in the Feature Match were quite cool!
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We got another Bubble Beat player in our Top 8: Matthias Beu
We got another Bubble Beat player in our Top 8: Matthias Beu

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[b]Name:[/b] Matthias Beu
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[b]Age:[/b] 19
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[b]Hometown:[/b] Karlsruhe, Germany
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[b]Occupation:[/b] I’m studying mathematical science.
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[b]What were your expectations prior to the tournament?[/b]
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I didn’t really have any expectations. I’m quite surprised I’ve made it thus far!
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[b]Deck you’re playing this weekend and why:[/b]
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Bubblebeat; I didn’t quite feel like coming up with a different Deck idea.
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[b]Best play this weekend:[/b]
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I beat my opponent in one turn; that involved [stratos], [bubbleman], [excalibur], I used its effect and followed it up with [reborn] on [stratos] for a second [bubbleman] and [ban]. That was quite something!
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The reigning European Champion Stefano Memoli wanted to add another title to his resume!
The reigning European Champion Stefano Memoli wanted to add another title to his resume!

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[b]Name:[/b] Stefano Memoli
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[b]Age:[/b] 25
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[b]Hometown:[/b] Milan, Italy
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[b]Occupation:[/b] I work for a railroad company.
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[b]What were your expectations prior to the tournament?[/b]
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I wasn’t sure if I could advance to the Top 8; I was hoping to make it to the knock out portion and that was that.
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[b]Deck you’re playing this weekend and why:[/b]
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Fire Fist – I tested the Deck a lot with a friend. He gave me lots of advice and he might have played it even better than me, but I got a little luckier and that’s why I’m here. Without his help, I definitely couldn’t have done it!
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[b]Best play this weekend:[/b]
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I used [rabbit] to [ss] [ff tigerking]. I then activated [ff tensen] so I could also [ns] [ff dragon] and I followed it up with [ff tenki]. That meant I was something like 5 cards ahead, never allowing my opponent to get into the game!
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