Posts Tagged Coverage

Summer vacation in Rimini|Sommerurlaub in Rimini

In a way, summer vacation started today! If you've been reading some of my recent articles or been following up some of my posts on Facebook and the WoW TCG forums (like the forum of the Bootcamp L.E.), chances are you already know what I'm talking about: 3 of my friends (Christian, Ronny and Schmalle) and I will take a trip to Rimini together in a camper van! We'll leave Leipzig tomorrow afternoon and be on the road for pretty much the rest of the day. We should arrive Rimini sometime Thursday afternoon after spending the night somewhere in Southern Bavaria in the camper van.

Why Rimini, you might ask? Well, turns out the European Continental Championship of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game will take place the upcoming weekend there. Naturally, we'll all try our luck in the main event and why not spend some more days there, enjoying the sun and company of good friends?! I'm rather excited and can't wait for the tournament to begin! On the one hand, I'm a little afraid I might scrub out early again, but I'm hopeful that my preparation will suffice and help me to advance to day 2 with a comfortable record.

On Saturday, we'll be drafting. I love drafting and tend to think of myself as a rather competitive limited player, however, I wasn't doing that well in the drafts parts of past events (save the iPod draft side events – I can't complain about my record there). Let's just wait and see how it will turn out this time, in any case, I'm hopeful.

Being the crazy fools we are, we decided to provide you with a coverage of our trip (some might remember an epic trip to Budapest which was featured in similar fashion)! We'll start with that as early as tomorrow, when a first opening blurp will go live on Be sure to check it out and leave some comments!

nexTab.deWhat else is there to say? Well, my business is doing OK, now that most of the hassles with German bureaucracy have been taken care of. I'm still waiting for a final decision regarding health care, but I guess I'll do fine as long as I don't get sick. So keep your fingers crossed!
Fabian found a nice appartment in Berlin and might take it, so we should soon be able to work on some projects together and I expect business to take off then.

So yeah, all in all, I'm doing OK. Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to do some of the work as I'm constantly at home; I still haven't found a great solution for that particular challenge. If you can come up with some good ideas, be sure to pass them on.
On the relationship front, I'm doing great. Wincy is simply amazing, it's just she doesn't like some particular traits of this country too much (well, we share that passion in a way), so she can be a little grumpy at times. I still consider leaving the country together with her, but I don't want to do so just now. First, I want to see if my own business can turn into a success and bring in enough money to make a living. If that won't work out, I guess it will finally be time to leave Germany for good.

In a nutshell: I've been able to leave some bullshit behind (German bureaucracy) and there are exciting times ahead. First a vacation in Italy, then a trip to Dortmund to catch up with some old friends and then a trip to Madrid for the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Qualifier – European Championship. Who knows, maybe I'll even start picking up a tan again with all that time in South European countries?! Let me know what you think and wish me well.

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Online Petition for the Nationals Coverage|Online-Petition für die DM-Coverage

Yesterday, I had been asked for (what felt like) the 354th time, if I would be present at this year's German Nationals. I declined and explained that I did receive an invite by Amigo, however, we couldn't come to an agreement regarding the compensation for the event.

Unlike so many before him, Giocci didn't just say “Hm, that sucks” and leave it at that; he decided to take action. He started an Online Petition with the goal of collecting 5.000 votes to convince Amigo to have me there.

I find it amusing on the one hand, but feel honored at the same time. Collecting 5.000 votes is certainly no easy task (some of my older fans might still remember how hard it was to collect 1.000 votes to see Matthias in the Hot Sauce Field Trial), but feel free to throw in your vote if you want to see me at this year's German Nationals.

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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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Unter den Hut geschaut: The importance of Coverages|Unter den Hut geschaut: Die Bedeutung einer Coverage

You may pick any 2

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.

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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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Unter den Hut geschaut: Italy vs. Germany|Unter den Hut geschaut: Die deutsch-italienische Rivalität

I'll be leaving the house any minute to catch my flight to Milan. As you should know, this very weekend, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series will make a stop in Italy on its first ever tour through Europe. I decided to talk a little about the rivalry between Europe's 2 biggest “Yu-Gi-Oh! nations”!

This article will let you know how this epic feud started. It's like a Yu-Gi-Oh! history lesson: Unter den Hut geschaut: Italy vs. Germany.

Don't forget to check out the official coverage of the event. We'll have PJ on the team, the great guys from Konami and last but hopefully not least yours truly!

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