Hi readers! As you all would know, The Yu-Gi-Oh! North American World Championships Qualifiers (NAWCQ), which is also the last WCQ of the year, has just ended, with Patrick Hoban of Atlanta, Georgia, The United States of America (USA) capturing the title this year with Dragon Rulers!
Alongside Hoban, the next top 5 finalist of this year's championships (NAWCQ), will also be representing the hopes of all duelists in North America this year in the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships 2013 set to take place in Las Vegas, USA, in August.
The six finalists of this year's NAWCQ are:
1st place: Patrick Jefferson Hoban (Dragon Rulers)
2nd place: David J. Keener III (Prophecy)
3rd/4th place: Norberto Leon (Prophecy)
3rd/4th place: Stephen J. Silverman (Dragon Rulers)
5th/6th place: Aaron Christopher Riker (Dragon Rulers)
5th/6th place: Robert Boyajian II (Dragon Rulers)
It came to no surprise that Dragon Rulers took the North America WCQ this year as they boasted superior results all around the world in various WCQs. Despite on-going debates of whether Dragon Rulers or Prophecy is the better deck to play in this format, the consistency and advantage-reaping abilities of Dragon Rulers eventually showed, with Patrick Hoban ousting David Keener for the title this year.
Below are the pictures of the six North America representatives for the World Championships this year!
From left to right: 1st row (Patrick Hoban, David Keener, Norberto Leon)
2nd row (Stephen Silverman, Aaron Riker, Robert Boyajian)
Credits for picture: Konami
During my follow-up on the NAWCQ this year, I also managed to follow a Youtube link to one of the highlights of this year's championships. A duel between Seto Kaiba and Maximillion Pegasus!....Well, not the actual anime characters of course, but their voice actors instead!
Click on the link to watch this exciting match!
Darren Dunstan, who voiced Pegasus in the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, duelled against Eric Stuart, who voiced Kaiba in the same anime, in a live match which was shown on the huge screen. Eric Stuart used a Blue-Eyes deck...well, naturally since he voices Kaiba lol. On the other hand, Darren Dunstan borrowed a Wind-Up deck from Billy Brake for the match.
Despite the entertaining duel brought to the crowd by the two voice actors (sometimes using the anime effect instead if the actual card effect lol), what caught my attention was the deck that Eric Stuart was using. He used the new cards from the upcoming structure deck: Saga of Blue-Eyes White Dragon, which was set to be released in September. Through Eric Stuart, the TCG names of the remaining four new cards in this deck was confirmed.
The following names are the official TCG names for "Saga of Blue-Eyes White Dragon".
OCG name: Blue-Eyed Maiden
Official TCG name: Maiden with Eyes of Blue
OCG name: Dragon's Mausoleum
Official TCG name: Dragon Shrine
OCG name: Roar of the Silver Dragon
Official TCG name: Silver's Cry
OCG name: Castle of Dragonic Souls
Official TCG name: Castle of Dragon Souls