Welcome to WCQ: European Championship 2014!
Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls. Welcome to the Passenger Terminal in the centre of Amsterdam, Netherlands. This beautiful building is perched on the river and takes in over 150 ships with 300.000 passangers every year. However, this weekend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG has taken over for the biggest European-scale event of the year.
You may have seen the prefix ‘WCQ’ before tournaments before such as Regional and National Championships. This stands for World Championship Qualifier and every one of these tournaments has been leading up to this weekend: European Duelists’ one and only chance to earn the right to compete as one of the world’s elite.
Four Duelists from this weekend will be invited and flown to this year’s World Championships in Rimini, Italy. There they will face off against successful competitors from the rest of the globe to determine the true champion for 2014. Those in attendance include winners of National Championships such as Spain’s Jorge Longarte; hometown hero Kevin Langenberg from the Netherlands; Jean-Lou Bernard who has won the Belgian National Championship two years running and Jack Bruun, YCS winner and runner up, who won his native Swedish Championship this year.
Back to this weekend and those of you that were around for the WCQ: European Championship 2013 in Frankfurt may remember that only two Decks stood a chance of progressing at that tournament. This year couldn’t be more different, as we are expecting a plethora of inventive ideas to come through and continue on through the tournament to the knock-out stages.
The recently-conceived HAT Deck (containing [icehand] and [firehand], Artifacts and Traptrix Monsters) still remains popular, while Dragon Rulers, Geargia and Madolche are all extremely viable. Mermails, Infernity and Lightsworn – helped by the [i]Realm of Light Structure Deck[/i]) are all expected to get a look-in so watch out for some great Feature Matches and Deck Profiles this weekend.
As you expect we will be coming at you with Player Profiles, Metagame Analysis, some Quick Questions and other exciting features but in an exciting announcement we can also reveal that we will be live streaming this event for you to watch online! Click here to watch Feature Matches through the weekend with commentary from our team of Yu-Gi-Oh! experts.
It’s set to be a big one, the European Championships always see players from each country coming together to support one another so with the World Cup running parallel (and some key European teams still involved) this weekend will be full of competition and celebration, with some disappointment on the side for some unlucky competitors.
Stay tuned for more over the course of the weekend; and welcome to the WCQ: European Championship 2014 in Amsterdam!