Welcome to Day 1 of the 200th YCS in Utrecht, the Netherlands
22.09.2018 | 9:52
After the thunderstorm on that passed over Europe from Thursday evening on, we were wondering how this would affect the attendance numbers. But after having roughly 1.700 preregistrations yesterday we managed to crack the 2k mark for the Main Event. This is the first time ever in YCS history we have more than 2.000 Duelists in a European Event! The overall number heading into Round 1 is 2.354 (this number might change due to late registrations). This is so huge, and we are so proud to be part of the whole team providing you with the coverage to this event.
The whole weekend is geared towards a making this a huge event for everyone here in Utrecht as well as for all of you at home. Later on, this day the United States and Mexico will start their events to continue the festivities. The time difference between Utrecht and Columbus, Ohio is 6 hours, Mexico City is 7 hours behind Germany. We will try to sty in contact with our US colleagues to keep you updated about their number of participants. We will be playing 9 rounds of Swiss today and 3 more tomorrow. Then we well be cutting the field to Top 64 and continue with the Knock-Out Rounds.
We introduced a new prize system for this YCS, therefore we also changed our Public Events schedule. The huge Public Events like the Attack of the Giant Card as well as the Mega Regional will now exclusively take place on Sunday. For Saturday there are on-demand Events where you can earn Points to trade in for cool prizes, even a Giant Card.
As usual there will be a huge number of Public Events today and even more on Sunday. Feature Matches will be on our live stream on Twitch and YouTube. On written coverage, we will be focusing on Quick Questions, Interviews and Pubic Events. Of course, this content will be accompanied by Strategy Content in order to provide you at home with all the ideas and innovation players came up with.