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Last weekend, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series came to Germany for the 2nd time. YCS Leipzig (or to be more specific: YCS Schkeuditz) attracted more than 1100 players and just as expected, we had quite a blast!
For the 8th time now, I’ve been able to do coverage for Konami’s official site. I was able to beat my own expectations and wrote 26 articles over the course of 2 days. I think that having shorter breaks between events (YCS Brighton took place just 2 months ago) helps tremendously to get into the art of doing coverage a lot faster after the event’s started. I now know how to make the most of my time and optimize my workflow and the result looks quite appealing. At least that’s what everybody who followed the coverage was saying.
The next stop of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series in Europe has already been announced; in a little less than 2 months, YCS Toulouse will take place and take us all back to France where Stephan Sluis, the winner of YCS Paris AND YCS Leipzig, started his incredible run. I’ve already received a confirmation that I’ll be serving as part of the coverage team again, so I’m looking forward to it and I’m eager to find out if I can beat my own record.
As always, feedback regarding the coverage is much appreciated, so drop me a message if you have anything to say about it.
WoW TCG – DMF Cannes
Alright, so much for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. There are also some news regarding the other TCG I like to follow up: The World of Warcraft TCG. The weekend before YCS Leipzig, the WoW TCG premier event series, the Darkmoon Faire, stopped for the first time in Europe this year. Darkmoon Faire Cannes was a Sealed Event and if you’ve been following my past performances, you’ll know that I tend to do rather well in these events.
Lady luck was on my side once again and I made it all the way to the semi finals. Just like in Rotterdam before, I got paired against Duncan and unfortunately, I made a slight mistake which cost me the game. I had lethal damage on board twice and got decked out the turn before I could attack for game, so it was a rather weird way to get eliminated from the tournament. You can read all about it in the Feature Match, so go and check it out!
Jörg also reached the Top 16 and as you might expect already, we brought home a few prizes with us. All of them are up for sale, so get in touch with me if you would like a brand new iPod Touch 32 GB White 4G. I also got a couple of iPod Nanos in various colors. Oh, and if you’re looking for some loot cards, head over to BootcampLE.de/Store and check out all of our offers!
There’s more happening at the moment as I’m also starting to get into a third TCG. If you’re running your own website that’s somehow related to TCGs, I recommend checking back tomorrow. I’ve got some exciting news for you and you don’t want to miss this opportunity!
In case you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, you might not know that the biggest Yu-Gi-Oh! card text revision in history is taking place just now! Kevin Tewart explained the changes in a 5-part series on Konami’s Strategy Site and I recommend giving it a read.
Alternatively, you may read more about it in my weekly column: Unter den Hut geschaut: The new Card Texts – Part 1.
You can check out the live coverage of the World Championship Qualifier: European Championship on the official Konami website. Additionally, there’s a chance I can keep you posted on Twitter, but don’t count on it!
For feedback regarding the coverage, you can reach me via ICQ (#44734926), the aforementioned Twitter, maybe Facebook (guess I won’t have the time to be active there), even less likely Google+, but most certainly on eTCG.de (although I might not reply immediately, I WILL read your feedback there)! See you in Madrid!
As you will certainly know by now, there’s another European YCS heading your way. At least if you’re living in Paris; if not, it’s time to get going and make your way to the French capital (and before you get lost, be sure to check out my little travel guide)!
We expect plenty of players, 800 or more will most likely make the trip and spend some days (and nights – pun intended) in Paris. To handle all of those people, we’ll have a fantastic staff team on site, with more than enough judges to answer your every question. You might have already guessed it (as I’m speaking of “we”): I’ll be a member of the staff team as well. Once again, yours truly will be doing coverage together with some amazing people from Konami and last, but certainly not least, my good friend PJ Tierney.
As always, our coverage will feature
- Quick Questions
- Deck Features
- Feature Matches
- Statistics (metagame breakdown, etc.)
- and more!
So there’s plenty of stuff in it for you. You can find the coverage at TCG.Konami-Europe.net/Coverage.
In case you want to provide us with feedback or care to share your ideas with us, you can reach me via ICQ / AIM (ICQ #44734926), e-mail (email@example.com) or Twitter (@soul_warrior – you may also follow the feed on the right hand side of this page). It’s also possible to get a hold of me while the event is actually taking place (it’s most likely I’ll reply fast on ICQ, then Twitter and expect me to need some time to realize an e-mail just came in).
One last thing: We’re very much interested in crazy deck ideas (preferrably those of the successful kind). If you’re playing in the YCS and you’re running something we’ve never seen before, be sure to send us a copy of the list prior to the event (please make sure it’s formatted correctly; that means proper English card names) – like NOW! This will raise your chance of getting a deck feature AND make our jobs easier, so it’s a win win! You don’t have to explain the whole strategy of the deck, but we would like to know what makes your deck so special, so give us a little heads up.
That’s it for now. Expect the live features to go up on Saturday at around 11 AM. I hope to see you at the YCS or hear from you during / after the event!
P.S.: Check out the official Konami site for the latest information about the event.
Soon, Hyper Librarian and 2 Meklord cards will be released in the US as promos for the Shonen Jump Magazine. With the new rule that cards that haven’t been released in Europe won’t be legal over here, we’ll soon have 2 rather different formats.
I had been writing about the format split about 4 months ago already, however, back then I focused on the reasons for it and not the implications that came with it. This time, I want to focus on the latter and additionally, I’m using them as an example to explain the rules you should follow when you’re trying to be an official writer for Konami: Unter den Hut geschaut: Hyper Librarian and the Konami Writer’s Book of Etiquette.
The big news of the week has been the announcement regarding the Organized Play programs 2011. Basically, the American structure will be adapted for the European markets. Which isn’t too bad, a similar OP program in all the various markets can help to make the players feel like they belong to one huge community.
Still not answered is the question about a new Fortune Tour. Taking into account all the information we received during the course of the last weeks, I tried to come up with a best guess as to what will happen in September. Read it in my weekly column: Unter den Hut geschaut: The OP program 2011
If there was one topic haunting me all week, it has certainly been coverages. I had phonecalls about it, I put some thought into ideas for future coverages and I’m looking for ways to do coverages in some areas other than TCGs. Writing about it seemed to be the logical thing to do.
So there you go, a weekly column about the importance of coverages. I think that they truly can make the difference in an event. If there’s no coverage, the winner won’t rise to immediate fame, etc. Go check it out: Unter den Hut geschaut: The importance of Coverages.