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Videos of the YCS Paris|Videos der YCS Paris

YouTube.comAlthough 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:

Let me know what you think and leave a comment!

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Live Coverage YCS Paris|Live-Coverage der YCS Paris

The YCS comes to Paris!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
  • Pictures
  • Statistics (metagame breakdown, etc.)
  • and more!

So there's plenty of stuff in it for you. You can find the coverage at

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 ( 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.

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Coverage HDK 2011

Yesterday, the “Epiphany Tournament 2011” (that's a literal translation, the German name is “Turnier der Heiligen Drei Könige” or just “HDK”) was held. I was live on site and thanks to the help of Ronny, I was able to provide all you crazy duelists out there with a live coverage until 10 pm. Then Ronny (and the internet in his pocket) left, so the rest got uploaded today.

Coverage of the HDK 2011

The final result is quite cool. We got a number of Feature Matches, Top 8 Decklists, a little Blog as well as some Deck Features. On top of that, I posted a few updates on Twitter and uploaded a Playlist on with 6 videos! Take a look and let me know what you think: Live-Coverage of the HDK 2011.

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This was YCS Milan|Das war die YCS Mailand

Grazie, Italia!

I've returned from my trip to Milan where I helped out as part of the coverage team. Let's start by saying that this was one of the best Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament experiences I've had outside of Germany (if you're on foreign ground, it's always a little different compared to your homecountry – that's not me trying to say that tournaments in Germany are better than tournaments anywhere else in the world, it's just that there's no language barrier involved in German tournaments, etc. and therefore it's an entirely different thing).

The tournament was a roaring success with more than 900 players making their way to our venue near the Malpensa airport! I wasn't expecting such an international audience; I was pleasantly surprised to see so many Swiss, French, British, German and Spanish players in Milan. Although our staff was one writer short compared to Bochum, we were able to produce an almost identical amount of content (in terms of the number of articles, we were only 1 behind). Additionally, we played one round less, so that meant we had less time to write all these articles. It might be hard to grasp if you've never worked in a coverage team, but that meant we improved quite a lot and not just “a little bit”. It's cool to be part of a team that keeps on growing and getting better!

That's not all, though. What fascinated me just as much was the fact that I only interacted with extremely helpful and pleasant people all weekend. Starting with my arrival at the Malpensa airport, continuing with my check in at the hotel and so on, I couldn't have asked for better treatment. Italy really set the example for me over these 4 days and I hope my future trips will be just as enjoyable!

YCS Milan Country Breakdown

Back to the tournament; we had a great Top 32 featuring players from 11 different nations. This trend continued throughout the Tops, until it was France vs. the UK in the finals. Noel Garde (France) won the first Duel against Mat Collins (UK), but the Brit started an epic comeback with lots of memorable moves. Even if you're not a big fan of Feature Matches, you absolutely have to check out the Final Feature Match!

The coverage can be found here: Official Coverage YCS Milan. I would really appreciate some feedback, so if you spot some mistakes or awkward wordings / phrasings, please let me know. I want to improve and provide you with an even better coverage experience in the upcoming tournaments next year!

P.S.: I uploaded 2 videos to Deck Profile Mario Richert and A closer look at the Top 32.

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The Darkmoon Faire Antwerp|Der Dunkelmond-Jahrmarkt Antwerpen

If you've been following my blog the past weeks, you knew that the DMF Antwerp was held the past weekend. After all, I organized a trip to the event. Here are some bits about it:

Our drive couldn't have gone much better. That is, considering that the holidays started on that very weekend for Nordrhein-Westfalen and there were some smaller traffic jams. And Antwerp being a pain in the ass for car drivers as it's full of one way streets. If you've taken a wrong turn, you were often forced to drive around the whole block as there was just no other way and you had to follow one one way street after another until you finally got back to one of the few “bigger” streets. Anyway, the city was decent enough so we set foot in it on Friday evening and took a walk to the local game store… only to find out that everybody was leaving.

Timmo Shadestep - the hero of our choice!

Well, that was almost that for Friday evening. I didn't playtest a lot prior to the event and couldn't come up with any fancy ideas, so I just stuck with the “best deck” that the Bootcamp playgroup came up with: Timmo Shadestep. The deck WAS good, however, I wasn't. I made some misplays and started with a 0 – 2 record.

I was able to equal my score in the following 2 rounds, but already asked prior to the start of round 3 if I could help working on the coverage if I would drop out of the tournament. Carl Crook, the Organized Play and Sales and Marketing and everything Manager for Cryptozoic in Europe appreciated it, so I almost thought the tournament was over for me (as a player). After a mirror match I lost in round 5 (at least this time I made no misplays!), I dropped and set myself the goal of writing as many articles as the other writer Robbe. I love competition! Robbe was a nice guy, but had next to no experience, so I thought it could be possible to catch up despite him having had 5 more rounds to write articles.

At the end of the day, I was 2 articles short (9 compared to Robbe's 11), but I think I still didn't do too bad. You can check everything out right here: Live Coverage DMF Antwerp!

Fortunately, some members of the Bootcamp were a little better prepared than myself, so Ronny Schmertosch and Christian Kurze both stole a spot in the top 8, playing their respective versions of the Zaritha deck that Karl Rößler, another member of our team, has been playing and tweaking for quite a while now.

Christian "c shorty" Kurze

In the end, it was Christian who claimed the win for the team! He ended up with the better match-ups and took out each and every opponent this weekend without ever losing a single round, giving him a perfect 17 – 0 record in games (which translates to a 14 – 0 record in matches – the top 8 were all best of 3)! He's rather new to the game, so for me this is a great example what an amazing community like the Bootcamp can do for an individual; you pick up the game A LOT faster and learn about some of the more advanced moves in no time! You end up with useful decklists that can help you earning a title like a DMF win!

Right after the event, we drove back to Berlin. This time without the traffic jams, so we were “only” on the road from 7 pm (Sunday) to 3 am (Monday). Thanks to some energy drinks, the whole trip went without any incidents! For me, it was a rewarding experience to do something for the German community by organizing a little trip to the event and also doing something for the community as a whole by working as a member of the staff.

Let me know what you think about the coverage and leave your 2 cents about the event! I'm looking forward to seeing some of the amazing guys again next year, either in Paris or in Cologne!

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Live Coverage YCS Bochum|Live-Coverage der YCS Bochum

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series

This is it! The YCS has finally made its way over the Atlantic Ocean and will make its European debut this very weekend in Bochum, Germany! We'll be LIVE on site, providing you with all the updates of what's happening at probably the biggest European tournament this year.

To be a little more precise: We'll have 3 writers on site – PJ, Anh Huy and myself -, an upgrade to the team of Birmingham. Together with some of the great guys working for Konami, we'll make it our mission to give you the best coverage experience possible! Let us know what you think and get in touch – the easiest ways would be Twitter (PJ, Huy and soul) or ICQ (#44734926). You may also post here or in one of the popular message boards, but I guess I won't find the time between writing articles to check my blog and / or those sites.

Alright, that's it for now. I'm looking forward to the weekend, seeing and working with some great people! Be there or be square!

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Coverage of the final of the Pro Challenge|Coverage des Finales der Pro Challenge

This past weekend, the final of the Pro Challenge was held. It was a unique tournament in a couple of ways:

  • It was the first time a “normal Tournament Organizer” (not the distributor of the game) was running a series of nationwide qualifiers for an event.
  • Lots of great prizes were given out, comparable to those of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series!
  • The tournament was making use of the new restricted and limited list, making it the first major tournament to be played in that format.
  • It was an event series that received heavy promotion from – closing the gap between online and offline.

A little more than 110 players showed up, less than expected, but not bad nonetheless. An additional 70 players showed up for the side events alone, a lot more than expected! All in all, we were pleased with the attendance.

I was responsible for the live coverage of the event. I wrote a number of articles, focusing on deck features and opinions on the new format. I think you'll certainly be able to get some ideas on what to play for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series that will be held in 4 weeks.

Be sure to also check out my Twitter feed. I tagged most posts with the “#EPC” hash-tag. Here's a quick link to a Twitter search for Tweets with that particular hash tag. Meanwhile, all the videos were uploaded on Be sure to check those out as well!

As you can see, there's quite some stuff to discover. The tournament was a great success and we all had a blast. I hope I was able to transfer that into the coverage. Feedback's appreciated!

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