World Championship Points Play-Off: Duelist Profiles

Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls at home, we would like to present you the Top 8 Duelists during the 2018/19 season. These Duelists fought hard to get where they are now. They played tons of events to earn enough points to take port in this Play-Off. In the end it was really close between the 1st and 2nd seed and 8th and 9th place. Dinh-Kha Bui sneeked into the Play-Offs by becoming 8th and knocking Thomas Rose out of the race. However, all of the grinded the whole year long and their success is well-deserved! Check out their profiles.

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Sebastien Ma
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[b]Name: [/b] Sebastien Ma
[b]Age: [/b] 23
[b]Country: [/b] France, Paris
[b]How do you feel right now? [/b] I feel stressed out. I’m tired and didn’t sleep a lot prior to the match. And since this is a very important match, I’m very excited.
[b]What deck are you playing today? [/b] Sky Striker, I‘ve been playing the deck all season long and I feel like it is the most versatile deck.
[b]How do you feel about the Playoff? [/b] I started early on last year to collect points and it was my goal to go to worlds.
[b]Final Words? [/b] [ygo]
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Dinh-Kha Bui
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[b]Name: [/b] Dinh-Kha Bui
[b]Age: [/b] 23
[b]Country: [/b] Germany, Berlin
[b]How do you feel right now? [/b] I feel excited, because it is a decisive game and there is a lot on the line for me. I wasn’t chasing worlds right from the beginning. But after a few good results at previous YCSs and good results at regionals I was motivated to get more points and eventually go to Worlds. In the end I was lucky to be 8th .
[b]What deck are you playing today? [/b] Crusadia Danger Thunder Dragon – it is the deck that I was most familiar with and I didn’t have time to test a lot. So stuck with it.
[b]How do you feel about the Playoff? [/b] I feel like it’s a great idea but losing Round 1 sucks.
[b]Final Words? [/b] Shoutouts to my team Seventh Sense, BB-Land Berlin and especially to Chung, Oz, Jack, Rasmus and Thomas Rose, who would have deserved to be here as well.
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Raphael Neven
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[b]Name: [/b] Raphael Neven
[b]Age: [/b] 21
[b]Country: [/b] The Netherlands
[b]How do you feel right now? [/b] Very nervous, there is a lot at stake right now. I worked the whole year for this and the first match is so important.
[b]What deck are you playing today? [/b] Thunder Dragon, I think it is the most powerful deck and for an event like this I feel like it’s the best choice.
[b]How do you feel about the Playoff? [/b] I like it, because it rewards good and consistent players. On the other hand a single match decides my faith. I cannot imagine that this was the intention of the whole thing
[b]Final Words? [/b] Shoutouts to Team ARG, all my friends who supported me on my journey, my family and our sponsors.
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Joshua Schmidt
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[b]Name: [/b] Joshua Schmidt
[b]Age: [/b] 23
[b]Country: [/b] Germany
[b]How do you feel right now? [/b] Now I’m fine, it was so important to win the first match due to the way the playoffs are designed.
[b]What deck are you playing today? [/b] Crusadia Guardragon Danger, it is a deck that I wouldn’t run in the long event like Euros. I built the deck to beat Striker. Against all the other decks it’s still strong enough to fight through handtraps.
[b]How do you feel about the Playoff? [/b] The points system is a lot better now, other nations are allowed to take part in the race as well. I don’t like that it’s single Elimination, but I guess it will improve over the years.
[b]Final Words? [/b] Shoutouts to my girlfriend, my family and my team and everybody that helped me playtest.
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Paul Schuffenecker
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[b]Name: [/b] Paul Schuffenecker
[b]Age: [/b] 30
[b]Country: [/b] France
[b]How do you feel right now? [/b] I’m very disappointed because I lost my first match against Joshua Schmidt and my dreams of going to worlds are shattered. I made a big mistake in Game 3 and couldn’t recover.
[b]What deck are you playing today? [/b] Salamangreat! I chose it, because I built it to play against Sky Striker and Thunder Dragon. It is geared towards winning Game 1.
[b]How do you feel about the Playoff? [/b] When I topped Utrecht in 2018 I noticed that I earned a lot of points and I decided to go accept the challenge. After the system changed, I kept on. I feel like the system is unfortunate. After grinding for points the whole year long, one loss means elimination. I wish it was different.
[b]Final Words? [/b] Shoutouts to my Team Bendo Cards Player (BCP), to my family and all the people who supported me.
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Jake Quinsee
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[b]Name: [/b] Jake Quinsee
[b]Age: [/b] 26
[b]Country: [/b] The UK
[b]How do you feel right now? [/b] It feels great to be here! That’s what I’ve been working for the whole year long. My goal was to go to Worlds at least once in my [ygo] career.
[b]What deck are you playing today? [/b] Danger Crusadia – I built it especially for this event. I was expecting different match-ups like Sky Striker. If I knew I would have made a few changes to the deck.
[b]How do you feel about the Playoff? [/b] From a viewer’s perspective I feel like it is a good system. From my point it feels a little unfair to have only single elimination. I’ve been hustling for points since September 2018 and one loss will mean I’m out. If you asked me, I would let them play everyone against everyone and then top 4. Then you have proved yourself to be the best in Europe.
[b]Final Words? [/b] Shoutouts to everyone that supported me from the start to now. I really appreciate it. I have a lot of great friends in the game and I don’t think that I would be here without them.
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Jonas Koschel
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[b]Name: [/b] Jonas Koschel
[b]Age: [/b] 21
[b]Country: [/b] Germany, Bochum
[b]How do you feel right now? [/b] I’m excited! I was sick the whole week long and now I’m very happy to be here. If it wasn’t for the playoffs, I guess, I wouldn’t be here. I know it was the worst time of the year to get sick, but it is what it is.
[b]What deck are you playing today? [/b] Thunder Dragon – I think it is the best choice for a short event like this. It is not as consistent as Sky Striker for example, but I feel like it was the best choice for this event.
[b]How do you feel about the Playoff? [/b] I like it a lot. It’s another chance to go to Worlds and now there is a chance for the smaller countries as well. Prize Support is great! But I would love to see Double Elimination the next time.
[b]Final Words? [/b] I want to say thanks to my mom for taking care of me. I wouldn’t be here without you!
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Adrian Dursun
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[b]Name: [/b] Adrian Dursun
[b]Age: [/b] 22
[b]Country: [/b] Germany
[b]How do you feel right now? [/b] I feel fit, I had enough sleep and I’m looking forward to my Top 8 match. Actually, I’m quite calm and relaxed.
[b]What deck are you playing today? [/b] Sky Striker, it’s the deck that I’m most comfortable with. I was considering a change, but I was afraid to lose my confidence.
[b]How do you feel about the Playoff? [/b] The new system is a lot better than last year. It would be great to see the 1st place to receive an invite to worlds without having to go through the playoffs. I feel like that’s the right reward for the effort the 1st place put in.
[b]Final Words? [/b] Shoutouts to my girlfriend, my brother and my team.
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Best of luck to all of you and may the best Duelist win!

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