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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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UPDATE: Paris Travel Guide|UPDATE: Kleiner Reiseführer für Paris

Update: Granted, it took me ages. However, the Google Map I initially promised was created today. Hope it will help some of you guys! See you in Paris!

My first few travel experiences to France haven't been too positive, however, they gradually became more enjoyable. There are a number of ways to increase your chances of having a pleasant stay in the country (even if you happen to be German like me). This little travel guide is my way of sharing my experiences with you, to help you finding your way around Paris and enjoying the trip a bit more.

Getting to and fro Charles de Gaulle airport

Fortunately, it's rather easy to find your way from the Charles de Gaulle airport to the city center. Simply head for the “RER” signs as these will lead you to the express trains that head towards the city center. The ticket for a journey to the city center is around 9,- €. The easiest and sometimes ONLY way to pay (if you want to avoid standing in line for hours) is via credit card, so have one handy when you reach the train station inside the airport.

Most of the times I've travelled to Paris, I had to change at “Paris Nord”. Keep in mind that this station will be listed as “Gare Du Nord” on some train maps, so don't go crazy if you can't find “Paris Nord” on them.

Once you're in “Gare Du Nord”, you'll most likely have to switch to a subway line. Every line has its own color and number, so simply follow the signs to make your way to the correct track. Never put your train ticket away! Most of the times you have to switch from train to subway or even from one subway line to another, you'll need your train ticket to make your way to the new track.

Interacting with the French:

The French are extremely fond of their language, culture and cuisine. If you approach a French citizen and start a conversation in another language, they'll sometimes feel “insulted” as you're poisoning their ears with your foreign bullshit. The easiest way to avoid this trap is starting every conversation in French.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you have to speak 3 sentences in French before switching to English, but a simple “Bonjour” can already work wonders. Look very sorry for not being able to express more of your thoughts in French and continue with basic English. Keep your sentences short and precise (I'm rather miserable when it comes to that). Last but not least: Be nice and keep in mind that you're a guest in their country (I recommend always doing this when you're on holiday in another country). This is a winning combo that will get you quite far in Paris.

Let me share my favorite “dealing with the French” story with you: A friend of mine went to a bakery in the morning and tried to order a baguette with what he remembered of his French classes back from his days in school. He came up with some form of a “Good morning” and tried to start the conversation by being nice and asking how the clerk was doing. The woman couldn't quite make out what he was saying and even when he tried to say: “I want to buy a baguette“, she seemed rather clueless.

At the same time, a French guy came in. He didn't greet the woman, he didn't smile, he pointed to a baguette, simply said the word, he was handed it over, paid and disappeared without saying another word.

Don't always try too hard. It can work against you.

soul's Pro advice:

  • I highly recommend the “MetrO” app that is available for iPhones (and maybe Android phones, but I don't own one, so do your own research please). The app can show you the fastest way around Paris and also works in flight mode (simply download the city map before making your trip). Therefore, you won't have to pay the ridiculous roaming costs and still have access to all the train connections at your fingertips.

  • Book. Your. Flights. Now.

    It's not a huge deal to make your way from Charles de Gaulle airport to ANY place in the city center. Don't wait for Konami to announce the exact details of the location, you can always book your hotel later.

  • When trying to find your way with the help of technology, keep in mind that there's another train station with “Charles De Gaulle” in the name. It should be “Charles de Gaulle-Etoile” or something like that. This is NOWHERE NEAR “A√ɬ©roport Charles de Gaulle”, so make sure you're looking up the correct connection.

  • Print out the tube map and mark the most important spots (airport (upper right corner), location of your hotel, event venue and train stations where you'll need to switch between lines). Even if your phone breaks down, you won't be lost completely.

  • If you're the type, check out the city. There's quite a lot to see for people who are into “touri-stuff” (I personally despise it and don't care for seeing sights like the Eiffel tower, etc. – I'll do so when I turn 40. Or 50. Or 80.)

Alright, that's it already. I hope this guide will be of some use to you and we'll see each other at the YCS Paris. Be sure to stop by, say hi and let me know what you thought about this guide.

P.S.: I'll also create a Google Map with all the important information in it once the location has been announced, so be sure to check back to the site.

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Unter den Hut geschaut: The Quiet before the Storm|Unter den Hut geschaut: Die Ruhe vor dem Sturm

This is my favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! time of the year. We got a new limited and restricted card list and the next big tournament is just around the corner. Everybody's keeping their deck ideas to themselves as they want to surprise the competition at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Paris and win the whole thing!

It almost feels like there's a storm coming. I dedicated an entire article to this very special time of the year: Unter den Hut geschaut: The Quiet before the Storm.

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Unter den Hut geschaut: How much change is enough?|Unter den Hut geschaut: Wie viel Abwechslung braucht das Spiel?

The hot news are still coming for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. The latest surprise was Konami's announcement of the next European Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS), which will be held in April in Paris, France. Still, I felt there's a big unanswered question that's worth looking into: How much change is enough?

With the game always evolving and a big change already on the horizon (the rulings change about Ignition Effects that won't be able to be used immediately after the summon of a monster) as well as the upcoming Exceed Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! seems to enter yet another level. Here's my take on the subject: Unter den Hut geschaut: How much change is enough?

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Unter den Hut geschaut: The OP program 2011|Unter den Hut geschaut: Das Organized Play 2011

The big news of the week has been the announcement regarding the Organized Play programs 2011. Basically, the American structure will be adapted for the European markets. Which isn't too bad, a similar OP program in all the various markets can help to make the players feel like they belong to one huge community.

Still not answered is the question about a new Fortune Tour. Taking into account all the information we received during the course of the last weeks, I tried to come up with a best guess as to what will happen in September. Read it in my weekly column: Unter den Hut geschaut: The OP program 2011

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

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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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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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