Posts Tagged Darkmoon Faire|Dunkelmond-Jahrmarkt

Coverage YCS Leipzig / WoW DMF Cannes

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series came to Leipzig, Germany!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

Although it looked a little different, I quite enjoyed myself in 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 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!

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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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Trip to DMF Antwerp|Fahrt zum DMJ Antwerpen

After a number of bad news for fans of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, I decided it is about time to give you guys some stuff to look forward to again: I'm organizing a group trip from Berlin to the Darkmoon Faire Antwerp!

We would rent a car and pick all interested players up. Like I said, we'll start in Berlin, but we'll also pass Braunschweig, Hannover, Bielefeld and Dortmund. So this might also be a good chance for you if you're living in one of those cities. More information can be found on

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