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Unter den Hut geschaut: 2010 in review|Unter den Hut geschaut: Jahresrückblick 2010

2010 was a hell of a year for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game! Many good things happened for the community, most notably the start of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series in Europe.

On the last day of the year, I thought it would be cool to take a look back and check what happened throughout the year. Unter den Hut geschaut: 2010 in review.

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Unter den Hut geschaut: Upper Deck’s loss of the Yu-Gi-Oh! license|Unter den Hut geschaut: Der Lizenzverlust von Upper Deck

I asked my dear readers if they were interested in the story of how Upper Deck lost the Yu-Gi-Oh! license (as I stumbled upon an article about the issue). The feedback was very positive, so I tried to sum up all the important happenings in the “the biggest thing in Yu-Gi-Oh! history”.

My research brought up some stuff that almost sounds unbelievable – although I knew quite a lot about it, I was still caught by surprise at times. You can find it all in my weekly column: Unter den Hut geschaut: Upper Deck's loss of the Yu-Gi-Oh! license.

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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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Essen Toy Fair Spiel 2010|Das war die Spiel in Essen 2010


The last 5 days, the Spiel in Essen was held – the largest gaming fair in the world (yes, that includes the GenCon). My good friend Christian asked me ages ago to not plan something for this very weekend, however, just 7 days prior to the faire, I was still not sure if I would or should go. In the end, I decided to make the trip (despite the train tickets being ridiculously expensive) to catch up with some of my friends, have some talks with Amigo, Cryptozoic, Konami and… well, play some card games.

My friends from Cryptozoic and Konami were caught up in meetings most of the time and there wasn't too much to talk about with Amigo, so I checked out the rest of the faire after I played some cards (on Saturday, I went 2 – 1 in the draft besides playing a horrible deck and on Sunday, I won the tournament which in turn gut me an Archives Uncut Sheet). It was probably the first time I was able to check out the faire; in the past I always helped out at some booth and was pretty caught up. Anyway, I came across the booth of the great guys from Gary Games, who introduced their very own game to the visitors: Ascension.

Ascension Board Game (Chronicle of the Godslayer)

My friend and former colleague (back in the Upper Deck days) Ryan O'Connor gave me a demo of the game and I had to say I liked it. I'm not a huge board game person, but Ascension is a little like a mix between a board and a trading card game. Some claim it's just another Dominion clone”, but even though it's also a “deckbuilding game” (a game in which you're building and improving your deck while the game's underway), there are some bigger differences between the two games (most notably: You never know what's coming in Ascension while you can decide on a strategy for Dominion right at the beginning of the game – I guess that's something intriguing to TCG players and that's why I feel like Ascension is the better fit for me).

I was lucky enough to get to know some of the cool guys from Gary Games better, including the owner (and Magic Hall of Famer) Justin Gary. I learned that Ascension has picked up a lot of momentum in the US and they're still in the process of getting it on track in Germany. Fortunately, I could be of help to the guys and make some introductions, so hopefully we'll soon see it in game store shelves all over Germany. You really should give it a try or at least check out the website of the game:

I also received a The Spoils demo. It seemed to be a good TCG, however, it seems to suffer from the same problem that already killed Vs. System: It's simply too complex for mediocre players to master, so they'll eventually get frustrated, getting beaten up by veteran players over and over again. It's too early for me to give you a recommendation, but I guess I'll keep you posted (don't expect me to drop the WoW TCG for any other TCG, that's not gonna happen).

The upcoming weekend, I'll be in Leipzig for the 5 year celebration of the local Enchilada. On Friday evening, we'll also be playing some other games and among them will be Ascension (and maybe also The Spoils). So expect some more information about the new games soon!

Let me know what you think about the Spiel and the games (in case you tried them already).

P.S.: Now, you can also find a review of Ascension in darkpact's gaming Blog.

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The WCQ: European Championship 2010|Der WCQ: European Championship 2010

Last weekend, the World Championship Qualifier: European Championship 2010 took place. I was part of the live coverage team and tried to give you a good impression of what was happening on site. The last time I did an English coverage was roughly 2 years ago, it was the first time we worked with this team (PJ Tierney was the other writer) and everything went live on a brand new site. Still, we overcame the odds and were able to produce a good result; the website even crashed temporarily under the load.

The lucky winner, Rodrigo Togores, who took home the win with his Frog OTK deck!

In the end, it was Rodrigo Togores Moli who overcame more than 180 other players to win the title of European Champion 2010! He piloted the notorious Frog OTK deck, feared by a lot of Duelists, but often considered not consistent enough to win a larger tournament. Rodrigo proved the competition wrong, mastering it and taking it to a superior finish!

While the tournament couldn't have been run much more successful from an organizational point of view, I was not entirely satisfied with my own performance. It was a little frustrating having to go over articles several times with the language barrier causing me slight problems. Even though my English is certainly not bad, it takes a lot more time to polish up an English article than a German article. The coverage system also took some getting used to and further slowed me down. I'm positive that we'll find some ways to master these challenges in the future so my “articles per round” ratio will go up again.

Speaking of the future, the next big European Yu-Gi-Oh! event will be the first stop of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series outside of North America. It's rather likely that I'll be a part of the coverage team there as well and keep you guys up to date. Alright, that's pretty much it for the moment. Just one more thing: As our editor on site had to face the same problem I did with English “only” being his second language, there might be some awkward phrases, typos or spelling mistakes in the coverage. It would be nice if you could point these out to me so I can improve and produce even better results in the future! You can find the live coverage here.

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