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YCS Madrid: Top 8 Profiles

07.09.2014 | 15:49 |

After nine rounds of Swiss across the two days and two further knockout rounds, there are only eight elite Duelists left from the original pool of 463. Here is a closer look at the players that have made it to the top eight cut and what they think about their chances of winning the tournament today.

 


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Name: Federico Zoppini


Age: 23


Country: Italy


What Deck are you playing today? Shaddolls because I think that out of the Decks that came from Duelist Alliance it is the best Deck. I can OTK or control the game and most of the time I don’t like to play with Xyz Monsters because of other people having Shaddoll Fusion


What do you think about your chances of winning today? I really don’t know, I can wish!


Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? I am playing with two copies of Burst Rebirth. I normally bring back Shaddoll Beast with it and then have lots of plays on the next turn.

 


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Name: Tom Paine

Age: 19

Country: UK

What Deck are you playing today? Shaddoll

What do you think about your chances of winning today? I haven’t lost a game today so as long as I’m lucky and believe in the heart of the cards (and no-one OTKs me with Red-Eyes Wyvern) I’ll be fine. Someone did it to me yesterday and it really hurt.

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? Oh loads. Thunder Dragon has been awesome this weekend because you can make Constellar Pleiades from Soul Charge which is a great move and I’m using three copies of Super Polymerization (if you watched the stream earlier you would have seen him OTK his opponent using two copies of Super Polymerization in the Battle Phase). I am also playing Tempest Magician and using that with Number 61: Volcasaurus to burn them to death but in the last game I did 11000 damage using both Tempest and Arcanite Magician.

 


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Name: Umut Serin

Age: 35

Country: Germany/Turkey

What Deck are you playing today? Shaddoll with Dragons. I would say that I am the only Shaddoll player who tried to OTK every game with the Deck; I can still control the game but I prefer to play the rush version.

What do you think about your chances of winning today? It can happen that you lose in just one minute. Whenever you’re in the top eight or the top four it’s so close that you’re thinking about how you can win. Usually when I get as far as this I will win – it’s usually the top 32 stage at which I go out (laughs). It’s not easy for old mohawk men!

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? Because I am old I find old cards so I found Burst Rebirth the day before it was announced on the Konami strategy site. I can OTK with 100 Life Points so the cost does not matter so much. I nearly always play it in the opponent’s End Phase – a lot of the time for Shaddoll Dragon so that on the next turn I can flip it and return a card to hand to help with my OTK abilities.

Anything else to add? I would also like to shout out to my friends that test with and all the people who love me and that I love.

 


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Name: Carlos Perez

Age: 25

Country: Spain

What Deck are you playing today? Burning Abyss. I think it’s a very funny Deck, there is a always a Special Summon to happen. I really love Monarchs so the opportunity to play these in my Deck was really appealing.

What do you think about your chances of winning today? This is my first time in the top cut of a tournament of this Level. I have played in enough of them that I think it could be my turn in the line.

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? I use Supply Squad and Raiza the Storm Monarch in my version. Raiza is the better Monarch for me because Super Polymerization cannot use it.

 


Alpay Engin insisted he photobombed Eugen's top 8 picture

Alpay Engin insisted he photobombed Eugen’s top 8 picture




Name: Eugen Heidt

Age: 20

Country: Germany

What Deck are you playing today? Shaddoll Artifact, if you draw Artifact Moralltach and it’s dead then it really sucks for you but I still think it’s the better option than the Dragon version.

What do you think about your chances of winning today? It would be a really good year for me if I won after winning the European Championship and going to the World Championship.

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? I play a single copy of Double Cyclone in the Main Deck which has been okay for me but I sided it out a lot. I played against an Evilswarm Deck and couldn’t get rid of my own Vanity's Emptiness or his Dimensional Fissure but drew into Double Cyclone which really helped.

 


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Name: Joshua Schmidt

Age: 19

Country: Germany

What Deck are you playing today? Shaddoll Artifact; the same as Eugen. The Light engine has more impact than the Dragon version in my opinion.

What do you think about your chances of winning today? I’m still waiting for my first YCS win, it is definitely time. I have reached the top cut 10 or 11 times and it is getting a bit annoying not winning!

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? It’s more like what I don’t play – no Bottomless Trap Hole, Solemn Warning or Soul Charge because I wanted to max out on the Trap cards such as Vanity's Emptiness. I play three copies of Vanity's Emptiness and it’s still the best card at the moment.

 


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Name: Federico Pastore

Age: 20

Country: Italy (Rome)

What Deck are you playing today? Shaddoll Artifact – I tested the Dragons a lot and I found the Artifact version is a lot more consistent because it has more of a chance against the strong Trap cards such as Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror. In the mirror match it is also better to have the Artifacts because they have more attack.

What do you think about your chances of winning today? This is my first time in the top cut, I have played in three YCS tournaments before and have also judged at many tournaments so it’s really really hard because I think there are seven better players than me in the top eight.

 


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Name: Paolo Pacchiana

Age: 19

Country: Near Milan, Italy. I’m excited to have a YCS not too far from me soon.

What Deck are you playing today? I call it Burning Shaddolls, it’s 54 cards. My friend gave me the idea for the Deck and I put it together and tested it for the last week and decided I would try it in the YCS. My friends who I test with also helped me to make the choice. I didn’t expect it to do this well, I thought I would go 0-3 and drop but had a bet that I would win the tournament (laughs).

What do you think about your chances of winning today? Now I am against one of my friends so it will be very difficult but if I have really good matchups for the rest of the day I think I could win.

Any awesome tech cards you want to let the world know about? The Beginning of the End – I play three of them and it is really really good. I play a lot of Dark Monsters so it’s really great for me.