Posts Tagged Live-Berichterstattung|live coverage

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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Unter den Hut geschaut: The Konami Book of Etiquette Part 2|Unter den Hut geschaut: Der Konami Schreiber-Knigge Teil 2

It's been another busy week. I've been on Podcasts twice and written a couple more articles. I recommend listening to the A Question of Gluttony if you want to know about Cryptozoic's point of view regarding the WoW TCG Core Format, Edwin VanCleef and some other topics on the mind of many players. If you're German, also be sure to check out the Podcast, where we're specifically talking about the future of the game in Germany!

Back to Yu-Gi-Oh! In this week's column, I'm talking about doing coverage for official websites. There are certain guidelines you'll have to follow and I'm trying to line out as many of them as possible so it's easier for you to get a head start in the writer's business! Be sure to check out: Unter den Hut geschaut: The Konami Book of Etiquette Part 2.

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A new project, Unter den Hut geschaut & Coverage|Neues Projekt, Unter den Hut geschaut & Coverages

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 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 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, it will draw in quite a few players. You can follow all the action on 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!

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On my way to Austria|Auf dem Weg nach Österreich

When you're reading this, I'm somewhere between Leipzig and Vienna. Tomorrow, the Austrian WoW TCG Nationals will take place and my good friend and fellow Bootcamp L.E. member Lukas Heihs was kind enough to invite Christian, Ronny and myself over to help out as staff on site!

You were probably already guessing correctly what I'd be doing and yes, you're right, there'll be a cool coverage of the event that will go live on! It's certainly been a while since I've been doing (German) coverage for the WoW TCG, but I think I can still put something together that will both inform and entertain you guys.

As always, if you have any questions or feedback regarding the coverage, get in touch with me (easiest way is ICQ: #44734926)! I'll probably be providing you with updates via my twitter feed, so be sure to check that out as well!

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The Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2011|Die Yu-Gi-Oh! Weltmeisterschaft 2011

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2011The past weekend, I was busy doing coverage for the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2011. It was the second time I've been at Worlds (after I head judged the 2008 World Championship) and it has been a very rewarding experience again! (I'd also like to point out that both times I've been there, a Japanese player won – if that ain't reason enough for the Konami headquarters to fly me in for all future World Championships, I don't know what is!)

Given the special nature of the event, we couldn't generate some of the most sought-after content (e.g. Feature Matches) – we didn't want to put even more pressure on a player who was already fighting on the world's highest stage by exposing all of his plays to a huge audience. This led to some negative feedback as expected, but I think that PJ and I were still able to provide you with a great live impression of what was going on on site, even with the restrictions in place.

I really had a blast in Amsterdam and am very happy to have been part of this special tournament! Granted, there were a few disappointments (lack of cocktail bars in Amsterdam), but all things considered, I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on the event.

World Championship 2011 Playmat showing Utopia!Speaking of memorablia, I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the exclusive Utopia playmats that have been given out this weekend. It's the exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2011 Playmat and it's already changed hands on eBay for more than 400,- €. I considered keeping it, but I honestly can't pass such an opportunity and put my playmat up for auction. Go check it out and send me a price suggestion, here's the link one more time: Worlds Playmat.

If you've been to Amsterdam and / or enjoyed following up on the coverage, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought about the event / the coverage!

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Off to Madrid!|Ab nach Madrid!

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Qualifier: European ChampionshipAlright folks, I'm off to Madrid. Gotta catch a plane to arrive at the hotel in time for some pre event briefing and other preparation stuff.

You can check out the live coverage of the World Championship Qualifier: European Championship on the official Konami website. Additionally, there's a chance I can keep you posted on Twitter, but don't count on it!

For feedback regarding the coverage, you can reach me via ICQ (#44734926), the aforementioned Twitter, maybe Facebook (guess I won't have the time to be active there), even less likely Google+, but most certainly on (although I might not reply immediately, I WILL read your feedback there)! See you in Madrid!

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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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