Posts Tagged YCS
I’m sorry, but it took me forever to find the time to write a status update in the first place. Unfortunately, I did not feel like translating it into English as well. So feel free to try your luck with Google Translate.
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!
The past weekend, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series stopped in Brighton. Here’s a link to the coverage in case you’re interested.
After everything was said and done and the dust had settled, the whole community started to complain about the seemingly unbeatable Dino Rabbit decks that rocked the tournament. Are they really that broken and is it really a problem that a new deck claims the top spots? I’m trying to answer these questions in Unter den Hut geschaut: Rabbit Season.
Wow, it’s Friday already. The last week certainly flashed by in a hurry. I was constantly busy and worked 10+ hour days on 4 of the 5 days this week. Plus, there’s a coverage just around the corner, so no rest for me this weekend. But let’s start from scratch.
At the beginning of the week, I kickstarted my new project TCG Source. It’s a new website where I try to collect all the important news about the Yu-Gi-Oh! and the WoW TCG – the two trading card games that are most dear to me. I already published an article there, trying to explain what the site is about. Basically, you simply need to visit it once a day and you’ll (soon) know exactly what’s going on in Yu-Gi-Oh! and WoW world. It’s as simple as that! One great example is the info page about the YCS Brighton. After you’ve read over it, you won’t have any questions and you’ll know exactly how to get there, how much it costs and where you can spend the nights.
The site’s still in Beta mode, though. I need more staff to update it regularly and there are also some more sections that are supposed to go live in the upcoming week. Until then, you may want to already become a fan on Facebook or follow its Twitter feed!
Then there’s yet another weekly column which went live just a few minutes ago on eTCG.de: The Plus Community. In it, I’m trying to draw a few connections between card prices and some weird ways in which the Yu-Gi-Oh! community is acting.
I also spent all Wednesday trying to break down Yu-Gi-Oh! into as few words as possible. So if you don’t know what the whole buzz about this exciting game is about, check out this article on GameHead.com: Beginner’s Guide: Yu-Gi-Oh! (I just realized the good people running the site were so happy with the article it made it all the way into the featured slider on the main page. Guess it paid out to invest so much time in it).
Still, tomorrow’s gonna be the busiest day of the week (that’s a Spanish proverb, by the way), as I’ll be doing coverage of the “Battle of Cards” in Hamburg. It’s a gigantic 2 day tournament and thank’s to some prizes sponsored by tcgmarket.eu, it will draw in quite a few players. You can follow all the action on eTCG.de: Coverage Battle of Cards Hamburg.
Did I mention I have to finish another article for a website that’s gonna be relaunched in a few days? Well, that concludes this blog post, hope you guys will enjoy your weekend!
Although I was mighty busy producing a number of articles for the Official Coverage of the YCS Paris, I still found the time to take some videos during breaks. If you wanna watch them one after another, go and check out my Playlist of the YCS Paris.
Alternatively, here’s a full list:
- YCS Paris – taking a look at the venue prior to the start of the tournament
- YCS Paris – Master Player Lists are up!
- YCS Paris – Opening Announcements / Player Briefing
- YCS Paris – End of Round 1
- YCS Paris – Prior to the beginning of Round 2
- YCS Paris – Oli macht Pause (deutsch)
- YCS Paris – Taking a look at the YCS Trial on Day 2
- YCS Paris – The Top 32 come to a close!
- YCS Paris – Award Ceremony
- YCS Paris – Introduction to the Finals!
Let me know what you think and leave a comment!
In this week’s article, I wanted to put the focus on the volunteers; the great guys that help to make a huge event like the YCS possible in the first place. The question I asked is rather simple: What does a typical day prior to the major event look like?
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.