Welcome to YCS Milan 2018
08.12.2018 | 10:32
Hello and welcome to YCS Milan 2018! It’s been a while since we’ve been to Milan. For the last three years we’ve been to Rimini to host the YCS in Italy. Although Rimini was great for all the non-Yu-Gi-Oh! related activities, like the bars and the beach, it was hard to get there from most other countries than Italy.
Actually, we are not directly in Milan, but in Malpensa, which is roughly 30 kilometers away from the city. Looking back in history, YCS Milan 2014 was one of the largest events we ever hosted: we had roughly 1.500 Duelists entering the Main Event. Danielle Stella from Italy won the event with his innovative Qliphort Deck, beating a field full Burning Abyss and Shaddoll. Funny enough, Burning Abyss is still a strong contender in the current metagame. Shaddoll, well, you know what happened to them.
For this event we have 1.767 Duelists in the Main Event. This is the largest Italian YCS ever and the third largest overall. Thank you all for this huge attendance! What a great way to end 2018. A week prior to this YCS we received a new Forbidden & Limited List taking care of some of the most problematic cards in the current format. Duelists here in Milan seemed pleased, but also uttered criticism that there is still a lot that needs to be taken care off. We'll see who the list will affect the metagame after the event. For the first time in quite a while, we didn’t have a YCS in the United States prior to a European one. So, this time it’s the United States looking at Europe to see what will prove victorious.
We will be playing 8 rounds of Swiss today and 3 more tomorrow. Duelists with 15 points or higher are allowed to play on in Day 2. Then we well be cutting the field to Top 32 and continue with the Knock-Out Rounds. As usual there will be a huge number of Public Events. 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. Stay tuned for all the action at YCS Milan 2018.