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Top 8 Profiles

24.02.2013 | 16:53 |

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!

 

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!

 

Name: Alpay Engin

Age: 18

Hometown: Cologne, Germany

Occupation: Pupil

What were your expectations prior to the tournament?

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!

Deck you're playing this weekend and why:

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!

Best play this weekend:

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!

 

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!

 

Name: Piyal Peiris

Age: 18

Hometown: Bonn, Germany

Occupation: I'm getting into computer science at the moment and learning all about it!

What were your expectations prior to the tournament?

I was hoping to reach the knock out portion and thought it was quite possible.

Deck you're playing this weekend and why:

I'm playing a Dino Rabbit Deck as I own most of the cards so it was easy to put together.

Best play this weekend:

My opponent started and set 2 back row cards. I had Heavy Storm, followed it up with Rescue Rabbit, set 4 cards of my own and that was pretty much game!

 

Sheik Soegriemsingh is the Dutch representative in the Top 8!

Sheik Soegriemsingh is the Dutch representative in the Top 8!

 

Name: Sheik Soegriemsingh

Age: 23

Hometown: Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Occupation: I'm working as a front end developer and I'm also studying at the same time.

What were your expectations prior to the tournament?

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!

Deck you're playing this weekend and why:

I'm playing Dino Rabbit; it was the only Deck left - it's not my own Deck and I borrowed it from a friend.

Best play this weekend:

Yesterday in the last round (round 8), I was up against Mermail and I set Jurrac Guaiba, faking a Night Assailant or something similar. He took the bait and used Mind Control on it and that helped me to get an edge over him.

 

Sandor Malinowski piloted Six Samurai all the way into the remaining 8!

Sandor Malinowski piloted Six Samurai all the way into the remaining 8!

 

Name: Sandor Malinowski

Age: 26

Hometown: Bielefeld, Germany

Occupation: I'm attending evening classes at the moment to get my Abitur.

What were your expectations prior to the tournament?

I wanted to win! Let's quote Alexander the Great: "He who constantly strives for greatness will eventually achieve it!"

Deck you're playing this weekend and why:

I'm a dedicated Six Samurai player.

Best play this weekend:

My opponent played Dark World, he played Cyber Dragon in the first round, discarding 5 Dark World monsters. I was quite stunned, he then Special Summoned Number 39: Utopia and Tiras, Keeper of Genesis and passed. I drew into 2 Six Samurai United, Shien's Dojo and Gateway of the Six and drew into Elder of the Six Samurai. I Special Summoned it, followed it up with Legendary Six Samurai - 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, Keeper of Genesis with Legendary Six Samurai - Enishi and I ended up with a Grandmaster of the Six Samurai 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 Destruction...

 

Nikolaus Boulmpasakos, representing Greece with pride!

Nikolaus Boulmpasakos, representing Greece with pride!

 

Name: Nikolaus Boulmpasakos

Age: 21

Hometown: Athens, Greece

Occupation: I'm studying International Relations.

What were your expectations prior to the tournament?

I wanted to win it!

Deck you're playing this weekend and why:

I'm playing Mermails with Genex Undine because they can Summon Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord 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.

Best play this weekend:

Just now in the Top 16, my opponent had received a Game Loss and we would only play 1 game. He then started with Tour Guide From the Underworld 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 Number 16: Shock Master, which was exactly what I wanted to accomplish.
The following turn, he Forbidden Lance'd my Mermail Abysspike when I declared an attack and that meant I could go crazy with Dark Hole to wipe the field and catch him off guard! With 2 Atlantean Marksman, 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.

I wanted to give a shout out to my Ionnis Mourelatos and my brother Vasilis Boulmpasakos!

 

Ly Phi-Long is feeling confident in his choice of Bubble Beat!

Ly Phi-Long is feeling confident in his choice of Bubble Beat!

 

Name: Ly Phi-Long

Age: 24

Hometown: Strasbourg, France

Occupation: I work in the pharmaceutical industry.

What were your expectations prior to the tournament?

It's my first Top 8, so I didn't really expect to do so well this weekend.

Deck you're playing this weekend and why:

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.

Best play this weekend:

I think the finishes in the Feature Match were quite cool!

 

We got another Bubble Beat player in our Top 8: Matthias Beu

We got another Bubble Beat player in our Top 8: Matthias Beu

 

Name: Matthias Beu

Age: 19

Hometown: Karlsruhe, Germany

Occupation: I'm studying mathematical science.

What were your expectations prior to the tournament?

I didn't really have any expectations. I'm quite surprised I've made it thus far!

Deck you're playing this weekend and why:

Bubblebeat; I didn't quite feel like coming up with a different Deck idea.

Best play this weekend:

I beat my opponent in one turn; that involved Elemental HERO Stratos, Elemental HERO Bubbleman, Heroic Champion - Excalibur, I used its effect and followed it up with Monster Reborn on Elemental HERO Stratos for a second Elemental HERO Bubbleman and Blade Armor Ninja. That was quite something!

 

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!

 

Name: Stefano Memoli

Age: 25

Hometown: Milan, Italy

Occupation: I work for a railroad company.

What were your expectations prior to the tournament?

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.

Deck you're playing this weekend and why:

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!

Best play this weekend:

I used Rescue Rabbit to Special Summon Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King. I then activated Fire Formation - Tensen so I could also Normal Summon Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon and I followed it up with Fire Formation - Tenki. That meant I was something like 5 cards ahead, never allowing my opponent to get into the game!