Top 8 Profiles

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!
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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!

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

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[b]Age:[/b] 25

[b]Hometown:[/b] Würzburg, but I’m living in München.

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

[b]How did you qualify for the EC?[/b]
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.

[b]What was your expectation prior to the event?[/b]
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.

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
I can tell you about the best move of my opponent. I had a [draco] and a [veiler] and 2 Tokens. My opponent had 2 cards in hand, he drew 1, he went for [catastor], I used [veiler] on [ev kery], he then brought out [vaskii], so I lost my complete field; I fell down to 500 and thought it was all over.
(I was able to make a [11] the following turn and still turn things around, but I didn’t see that series of plays coming.)
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Fabian Renner is a back to back Top 8 competitor at Euros!
Fabian Renner is a back to back Top 8 competitor at Euros!

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[b]Age:[/b] 23

[b]Hometown:[/b] Ludwigsburg, Germany

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

[b]How did you qualify for the EC?[/b]
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.

[b]What was your expectation prior to the event?[/b]
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!

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
I was on the bubble and I went up against a Prophecy player. He started with [sb jud] and he added 4 cards to his hand. He had 3 face-down Spells or Traps in his back row; [pwwb], [sb fate] and [bom]. I had [ev mand] and [ss]ed it, followed it with [ev castor], attacked over [sb mag] and I then used [bom] on [kycoo]. He now should have activated [sb fate], so I could also trade his last monster.

In [mp] 2, I realized I need to go for [ophion]. He activated [bom] on it, so I just Set 2. I expected his last card to be [mst]. He didn’t have it, which means I can activate [eev] the following turn.
I didn’t expect him not to either activate [sb fate] or [mst] or [pwwb], handing me the win in this way.
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Chris Bountaloudis is representing Greece with pride!
Chris Bountaloudis is representing Greece with pride!

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[b]Age:[/b] 17

[b]Hometown:[/b] Athens, Greece

[b]Deck you played this weekend:[/b]
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.

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

[b]What was your expectation prior to the event?[/b]
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!

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
In this round, in game 1, I couldn’t do anything. I Set [mf], he went for [ev castor], he attacks with everything and [mf] turns the whole game around! He didn’t expect me to Main Deck the card and that’s what made the difference!
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One of the remaining Italian competitors: Valerio Rozza!
One of the remaining Italian competitors: Valerio Rozza!

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[b]Age:[/b] 24

[b]Hometown:[/b] Lodi, Italy

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

[b]How did you qualify for the EC?[/b]
I earned my invite in Milan.

[b]What was your expectation prior to the event?[/b]
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!

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
I activated [card destruction] and I chained 2 [super rejuv]! That felt quite good!
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Sergio Soldani is putting his money on the Spellbooks this weekend!
Sergio Soldani is putting his money on the Spellbooks this weekend!

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[b]Age:[/b] 18

[b]Hometown:[/b] Southern Italy

[b]Deck you played this weekend:[/b]
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.

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

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

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
I had [ssh], [priestess], [sb jud], [bom], [sb cres] and [sb life]. I [ns]ed [priestess], I activated [sb cres], which got me [sb mag], which got me [sb secrets]. I activated [sb jud], I banished [sb jud] to destroy my own [ssh] that I played before it and that helped me to add [sb secrets], [sb master], [sb eternity].
I Set [bom] and another [sb jud] and added [jowgen]. There was next to nothing my opponent could do after this opening!

I decided to cut [justice] as I wanted to run [priestess] for this purpose only – destroying my own cards.
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The third German Duelist in the Top 8: Patrick Döbelin!
The third German Duelist in the Top 8: Patrick Döbelin!

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[b]Age:[/b] 18

[b]Hometown:[/b] Karlsruhe, Germany

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

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

[b]What was your expectation prior to the event?[/b]
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.

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
I started with [gunde], 2 [a drag] and [tidal]. With [draco] together with 2 Tokens on my first turn and [moulin], there was very little my opponent could do after that!
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And yet another Italian Duelist: Filippo Galletti!
And yet another Italian Duelist: Filippo Galletti!

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[b]Age:[/b] 21

[b]Hometown:[/b] Milan, Italy

[b]Deck you played this weekend:[/b]
Dragon Rulers – you can [ss] 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?!

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

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

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
I won 1 game by [ns]ing [maxx] and I then attacked to deal lethal!
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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!

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[b]Age:[/b] 22

[b]Hometown:[/b] Venice, Italy

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

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

[b]What was your expectation prior to the event?[/b]
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!

[b]What was your best play all weekend?[/b]
It was a Spellbook mirror and my opponent ended the turn with 2 back row cards and [sj]. I then had 2 [priestess], so I could wipe his back row, went for [draco] in [mp] 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!
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