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Lessons learned at Worlds|Lehren der Weltmeisterschaft

The past week, I didn't find the time to write a column – the World of Warcraft TCG World Championship simply kept me too busy to put an article together. The event was amazing and even though I scrubbed out of the main event, I had a blast watching my friends make it all the way up to the final 8! I also didn't do too bad on the second largest Darkmoon Faire of all times with more than 270 players. In the end, I got beaten in the semi finals by my good friend Duncan, which meant I would walk away with something like 900,- € in prizes!

As expected, I learned quite a lot at Worlds (as I made a couple of silly mistakes). I wrote a long tournament report that will go live on DailyMetagame at some point soon, however, the lessons I learned also apply to other card games. Therefore, I decided to sum them all up and turn that into my weekly column for, Unter den Hut geschaut: Lessons learned at Worlds.

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WoW TCG Worlds – here I come!


(if you really don't get the reference, shame on you and watch this video)

For the first time ever, I'll attend the World of Warcraft TCG World Championship as a player this year. On the one hand, I'm really excited and look forward to the event, on the other, I still haven't played a single game to prepare for the big event come Friday. Fortunately, my teammates of the Bootcamp L.E. have found some time to playtest and from what I heard, they have a pretty good idea what's playable and what isn't. I'll take yet another trip to Leipzig to learn everything there is to know about the format tomorrow and will then start my preparation.

If you've been following the blog, you already know that I'm quite busy these days. My company nexTab and the new project TCG Source are keeping me extremely busy and while it's rewarding to see both taking off, it's also depressing to not find any time for my favorite hobby.

Well, I guess in the worst case, we'll just throw a big party in Rotterdam. Best case would be several Bootcamp L.E. members rocking the Top 16! Keep your fingers crossed for us and hopefully see you in Rotterdam!

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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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