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Top 8 Profiles

30.06.2013 | 19:53 |

When we got the ball rolling yesterday morning, 1142 players showed up, all eager to end up where these 8 elite Duelists are right now: 1 step away from winning a ticket for the World Championship in Las Vegas!

Without further ado, meet your Top 8 Duelists of the WCQ: European Championship 2013!

 


The last remaining players in competition in the Yu-Gi-Oh! European Championship 2013!

The last remaining players in competition in the Yu-Gi-Oh! European Championship 2013!


 


Michel Grüner won the title before; could experience prove key today again?!

Michel Grüner won the title before; could experience prove key today again?!


 


Age: 25

Hometown: Würzburg, but I’m living in München.

Deck you played this weekend:
Dragon Ruler – I tested a lot of Decks, but I didn’t like the fact that Prophecy can’t win against Decks that run Eradicator Epidemic Virus. You have so many options in the Deck that you can adapt to all situations and that’s what I like about the Deck.

How did you qualify for the EC?
I enrolled in the Czech National Championship. I couldn’t make it to the German Nationals, so I made the trip and earned an invite there.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I hadn’t played the game for quite a while, so I didn’t aim too high. I definitely wanted to advance to the knock out portion, but I didn’t think I’d come this far.

What was your best play all weekend?
I can tell you about the best move of my opponent. I had a Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack and a Effect Veiler and 2 Tokens. My opponent had 2 cards in hand, he drew 1, he went for Ally of Justice Catastor, I used Effect Veiler on Evilswarm Kerykeion, he then brought out Reptilianne Vaskii, so I lost my complete field; I fell down to 500 and thought it was all over.
(I was able to make a Number 11: Big Eye the following turn and still turn things around, but I didn’t see that series of plays coming.)

 


Fabian Renner is a back to back Top 8 competitor at Euros!

Fabian Renner is a back to back Top 8 competitor at Euros!


 


Age: 23

Hometown: Ludwigsburg, Germany

Deck you played this weekend:
Evilswarm – it was the only Deck that was available. I don’t mind it too much, it has a good match-up against Dragons.

How did you qualify for the EC?
I did well enough in a Regional. I don’t know if I qualified last year where I also advanced to the Top 8, though, so maybe even earlier.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I definitely thought that the Tops were within reach. My new goal is to win at least 1 more match so I can go to Vegas!

What was your best play all weekend?
I was on the bubble and I went up against a Prophecy player. He started with Spellbook of Judgment and he added 4 cards to his hand. He had 3 face-down Spells or Traps in his back row; Phoenix Wing Wind Blast, Spellbook of Fate and Book of Moon. I had Evilswam Mandragora and Special Summoned it, followed it with Evilswarm Castor, attacked over Spellbook Magician of Prophecy and I then used Book of Moon on Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer. He now should have activated Spellbook of Fate, so I could also trade his last monster.

In Main Phase 2, I realized I need to go for Evilswarm Ophion. He activated Book of Moon on it, so I just Set 2. I expected his last card to be Mystical Space Typhoon. He didn’t have it, which means I can activate Eradicator Epidemic Virus the following turn.
I didn’t expect him not to either activate Spellbook of Fate or Mystical Space Typhoon or Phoenix Wing Wind Blast, handing me the win in this way.

 


Chris Bountaloudis is representing Greece with pride!

Chris Bountaloudis is representing Greece with pride!


 


Age: 17

Hometown: Athens, Greece

Deck you played this weekend:
Spellbooks – I had the chance to get my hands on all the cards of the Deck. I prefer the play style compared to Dragons and that’s why I went with it.

How did you qualify for the EC?
I enrolled in a Regional at last year’s European Championship.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I felt very confident, but when I was on the bubble, I lost some of it. I’m even happier to make it this far for that reason now!

What was your best play all weekend?
In this round, in game 1, I couldn’t do anything. I Set Mirror Force, he went for Evilswarm Castor, he attacks with everything and Mirror Force turns the whole game around! He didn’t expect me to Main Deck the card and that’s what made the difference!

 


One of the remaining Italian competitors: Valerio Rozza!

One of the remaining Italian competitors: Valerio Rozza!


 


Age: 24

Hometown: Lodi, Italy

Deck you played this weekend:
Dragon Rulers – it is simply the best Deck in my opinion.

How did you qualify for the EC?
I earned my invite in Milan.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I advanced to the Top 32 and was expecting to repeat my performance. Now I’m in the Top 8 after I dropped the first game in the Top 16 match and I couldn’t be happier!

What was your best play all weekend?
I activated Card Destruction and I Chained 2 Super Rejuvenation! That felt quite good!

 


Sergio Soldani is putting his money on the Spellbooks this weekend!

Sergio Soldani is putting his money on the Spellbooks this weekend!


 


Age: 18

Hometown: Southern Italy

Deck you played this weekend:
Spellbooks – I think it’s the most consistent Deck and that’s what it takes in a large tournament where you play this many rounds.

How did you qualify for the EC?
I qualified at one of the many Regionals.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I tested a lot. More than enough I would say. So I felt really confident and the tops certainly seemed within reach.

What was your best play all weekend?
I had Spellbook Star Hall, High Priestess of Prophecy, Spellbook of Judgment, Book of Moon, Spellbook Library of the Crescent and Spellbook of Life. I Normal Summoned High Priestess of Prophecy, I activated Spellbook Library of the Crescent, which got me Spellbook Magician of Prophecy, which got me Spellbook of Secrets. I activated Spellbook of Judgment, I banished Spellbook of Judgment to destroy my own Spellbook Star Hall that I played before it and that helped me to add Spellbook of Secrets, Spellbook of the Master, Spellbook of Eternity.
I Set Book of Moon and another Spellbook of Judgment and added Jowgen the Spiritualist. There was next to nothing my opponent could do after this opening!

I decided to cut Justice of Prophecy as I wanted to run High Priestess of Prophecy for this purpose only – destroying my own cards.

 


The third German Duelist in the Top 8: Patrick Döbelin!

The third German Duelist in the Top 8: Patrick Döbelin!


 


Age: 18

Hometown: Karlsruhe, Germany

Deck you played this weekend:
Mermails – I couldn’t get my hands on any of the other Decks!

How did you qualify for the EC?
I did well in a number of Regionals.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I honestly expected to drop early and enroll in Public Events instead. Now all that counts is the next round, everything after that is only half as important.

What was your best play all weekend?
I started with Mermail Abyssgunde, 2 Atlantean Dragoons and Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls. With Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack together with 2 Tokens on my first turn and Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord, there was very little my opponent could do after that!

 


And yet another Italian Duelist: Filippo Galletti!

And yet another Italian Duelist: Filippo Galletti!


 


Age: 21

Hometown: Milan, Italy

Deck you played this weekend:
Dragon Rulers – you can Special Summon a number of monsters in 1 turn, you can make Rank 7 Xyz Monsters without having any cards in your hand; what’s there not to like?!

How did you qualify for the EC?
I ended up on 3rd place in a Regional.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
My target was to reach the Top 4, but I’m already very happy that I made it this far.

What was your best play all weekend?
I won 1 game by Normal Summoning Maxx "C" and I then attacked to deal lethal!

 


Federico Zoppini beat his personal nemesis, Jack Bruun, this weekend to advance to the Top 8!

Federico Zoppini beat his personal nemesis, Jack Bruun, this weekend to advance to the Top 8!


 


Age: 22

Hometown: Venice, Italy

Deck you played this weekend:
Spellbooks – I like controlish Decks and it has a good match-up in the first game against Dragons.

How did you qualify for the EC?
I was runner-up at YCS Barcelona.

What was your expectation prior to the event?
I wasn’t certain if I could make it this far, but now I’m hoping to advance to the Top 4 and represent Italy at the World Championship!

What was your best play all weekend?
It was a Spellbook mirror and my opponent ended the turn with 2 back row cards and Solemn Judgment. I then had 2 High Priestess of Prophecy, so I could wipe his back row, went for Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack in Main Phase 2 and destroyed the rest of his field. That was against Jack Bruun, so I felt very happy that I finally got my revenge after he beat me to it in Barcelona!