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YCS Prague 2017 Vol. 2 Top 8 Profiles

26.11.2017 | 15:11 |

After eleven rounds of Swiss across the two days and two further knockout rounds, there are only eight elite Duelists left. Here is a closer look at the players that have made it to the Top 8 and what they think about their chances of winning the tournament today.

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Top 8 Duelists of YCS Prague 2017 Vol. 2

 


Lorenzo Santoni

Name: Lorenzo Santoni
Age: 23
Country: Italy, Florence
What Deck are you playing today? SPYRAL, the going 2nd version. The Deck lost a lot of consistency lately and it is more fragile than before. We added SPYRAL Tough and are able to play around potential handtraps. Evently Matched is another good reason for going second.
How do you feel about your chances of winning today? I hope to win, like I always do. I came here very well prepared and feel confident with the Deck.
Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? We run PSY-Framegear Epsilon in the Side Deck. It negates trap cards and worked out very well against Trickstars and other rogue Decks. The MVP card of the weekend was SPYRAL Tough.
Final words? Shoutouts to CCG and to my closest friends Gabriele and Francesco.

 


Raphael Neven

Name: Raphael Neven
Age: 20
Country: Netherlands, Rotterdam
What Deck are you playing today? SPYRAL, going 2nd like the whole team. It gives us the edge in the mirror match. We expected a lot of going 1st SPYRAL for this event, so we decided to build a Deck that is not dependent on the die roll. It is such a relief not having to worry about the die roll.
How do you feel about your chances of winning today? I‘m not sure, we’ll see how far it goes.
Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? I run PSY-Framegear Epsilon against Trickstars in the side board. I didn’t have a particular MVP card. The whole Deck was my MVP!
Final words? Shoutouts to Team CCG!

 


Joshua Schmidt

Name: Joshua Schmidt
Age: 22
Country: Germany, Stuttgart
What Deck are you playing today? SPYRAL – going 2nd version like my whole team. SPYRAL beats every other the Deck, due to its sheer power Level. So, we decided to focus on the mirror match and going 2nd almost always.
How do you feel about your chances of winning today? There are a few other good guys in the Top 8, but my chances are pretty good. Our Deck is very good Deck.
Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? Not really, the whole Deck is pretty consistent.
Final words? Shoutouts to team CCG and to girlfriend and family.

 


Elias Stahlberg

Name: Elias Stahlberg
Age: 17
Country: Germany, Berlin
What Deck are you playing today? Lightsworn – last year I topped with a similar Deck. I’m familiar with the Deck and feel very confident with it. Unfortunately, this will be my last YCS due to school.
How do you feel about your chances of winning today? I lost to SPYRAL in Swiss twice. It is my worst Match-Up! There are a lot of SPYRALs in the Top 8, so we’ll see. It will very much depend on my draws.
Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? Fairy Tail - Snow was the best card besides That Grass Looks Greener.
Final words? Shoutouts to Jack Verna, Harald Rose and Kha.

 


Dinh Khang Pham

Name: Dinh Khang Pham
Age: 22
Country: Germany, Wilhemlshaven
What Deck are you playing today? Trickstar – it’s a one card engine. It is very flexible and can run a lot of handtraps, which help a lot against SPYRAL. The maindecked Scapegoats also put in some work.
How do you feel about your chances of winning today? I feel like my Match-Up against SPYRAL is very good. I just hope to not face the 60-card Deck.
Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? Scapegoats won me a lot of matches. They help me build a strong board and help me handle big attack monsters.
Final words? Shoutouts to Team Trent, my girlfriend Victoria, Kian, Leonard, Sven, Marc, Subas, Lucas and all of my other friends.

 


Fabio Zuccato

Name: Fabio Zuccato
Age: 19
Country: Italy, Udine
What Deck are you playing today? SPYRAL – 2nd it is more versatile. The die roll doesn’t matter that much.
How do you feel about your chances of winning today? I’m really happy to be in the Top 8. At the last two YCS I lost in Top 16. Finally, I reached my goal to get to Top 8! I’m very happy.
Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? I run PSY-Framegear Epsilon against Trickstars. You can bluff Evenly Matched by entering the battle phase, forcing the opponent to flip Reincarnation.
Final words? Shoutouts to all my friends from Italy like Marco Perosa, Riccardo Del Torre and Siro Passalacqua and to all my friends, who couldn’t come here like Pierluigi Sorrentino and Gianluca De Cecco. Also, I would like to thank all my friends, who supported me by playtesting and cheering for me at the event. And last but not least thanks to my local shop.

 


Patrick Döbelin

Name: Patrick Döbelin
Age: 23
Country: Germany, Karlsruhe
What Deck are you playing today? SPYRAL – going 1st. I feel like there is not much advantage in going 2nd. The build is very similar. And I rather take the risk of going first and my opponent not drawing into handtraps.
How do you feel about your chances of winning today? Very hard, I have to play Joshua Schmidt now, but it’s not impossible to beat him.
Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? I run Foolish Burial Goods instead of Double Summon. I feel like it is more versatile.
Final words? Shoutouts to Collin Laible for supporting me a lot over the last years. Mühe and Niko Schlierkamp for playtesting and my local store “Raid’n’Trade”.

 


Raymond Torres

Name: Raymond Torres
Age: 27
Country: Germany, Augsburg
What Deck are you playing today? Trickstar – I don’t like SPYRAL that much. The combos are always the same and it gets tiresome over a long event like this. I didn’t want to fall for it and Trickstars can maindeck a lot of handtraps.
How do you feel about your chances of winning today? As long as I don’t have to play the Lightsworn Deck I’m quite optimistic.
Any tech cards you want to let the world know about? We run Eater of Millions. The Deck has troubles getting over beaters. This card helps us solve this problem. In the side board we run Clashing Souls against Pendulum. It’s a small version of Evenly Matched. It helps me clear boards.
Final words? Shoutouts to Team 1000% and to Shsner, who couldn’t be here this weekend.