Asia Championship 2017: Duelist Profile (Winter Qualifier)

Here are 8 duelists who have earned their invitation by winning their respective region’s Winter Qualifier.

 

Kong Tze Hing

Age: 25

Notable Yu-Gi-Oh! Accomplishments:
1st, Asia Championship 2017 Hong Kong Winter Qualifier (JP)
3 – 4th, YOT Taiwan 2016
2nd, Asia Championship Plus 2014

Where are you from? Which card shop(s) do you frequent?
Hong Kong. Players’ Club.

When and how did you started playing Yu-Gi-Oh?
I was introduced to this game by a friend in 2008.

How did you prepare for the Asia Championship 2017?
I practiced with my friends at Players’ Club.

What is your favourite card that was released this year in 2017? Why?
“Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King”. It is a well-designed card.

 

Law Ming Fung

Age: 20

Notable Yu-Gi-Oh! Accomplishments:
1st, Asia Championship 2017 Hong Kong Winter Qualifier (TC)
9 – 18th, Asia Championship 2016
5 – 12th, Asia Championship SP 2015
5 – 16th, Asia Championship 2015
7th, Asia Championship 2013

Where are you from? Which card shop(s) do you frequent?
Hong Kong. Players’ Club, the best shop in Hong Kong.

When and how did you started playing Yu-Gi-Oh?
I was introduced to the franchise when I was 4-years-old, but only started playing the card game in 2011.

How did you prepare for the Asia Championship 2017?
I play a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh! and various TCGs to strengthen my thinking abilities.

What is your favourite card that was released this year in 2017? Why?
“Emerging Emergency Rescute Rescue”. Because my favourite card is part of the artwork.

 

Teoh Zhen Pei

Age: 25

Notable Yu-Gi-Oh! Accomplishments:
1st, Asia Championship 2017 Malaysia Winter Qualifier
5 – 8th, Asia Championship Plus 2014
9 – 26th, World Championship 2013

Where are you from? Which card shop(s) do you frequent?
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I usually hang out at Gamers Arena and Viva Home Mars.

When and how did you started playing Yu-Gi-Oh?
I was introduced to this game by a classmate when I was 15-years-old, and have been playing since for a decade.

How did you prepare for the Asia Championship 2017?
I research on the trends in the current metagame.

What is your favourite card that was released this year in 2017? Why?
“Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring”. This is a very useful card for negating many popular cards in the current metagame.

 

Francis Amoroso

Age: 25

Notable Yu-Gi-Oh! Accomplishments:
1st, Asia Championship 2017 Philippines Winter Qualifier

Where are you from? Which card shop(s) do you frequent?
Philippines. Courtside Robinson Galleria.

When and how did you started playing Yu-Gi-Oh?
Back in 2005 when I was in my 2nd year of High School, I came across the anime and that sparked my interest in playing the card game.

How did you prepare for the Asia Championship 2017?
I practice daily with my friends, and study the various builds of currently popular decks.

What is your favourite card that was released this year in 2017? Why?
“Unending Nightmare”. Because it’s great against the current metagame that is heavily reliant on Field Spell cards and Continuous Spell/Trap Cards.

 

Clarence Foo

Age: 26

Notable Yu-Gi-Oh! Accomplishments:
1st, Asia Championship 2017 Singapore Winter Qualifier

Where are you from? Which card shop(s) do you frequent?
Singapore. I frequently visit Active Games Collection in Serangoon, and Excel CS at Jcube, Dhoby Ghaut.

When and how did you started playing Yu-Gi-Oh?
My elder brother was playing the card game way back in 1998, and he taught me the basics of the game, as I was captivated by the manga, gameplay and artwork. It wasn’t until 2007 that I introduced this card game to my classmates and together we started playing the card game together.

How did you prepare for the Asia Championship 2017?
I did not make any preparation. I will build my deck at the very last minute.

What is your favourite card that was released this year in 2017? Why?
“Zefraath”. It single-handedly made Zefra viable, but sadly Pendulums have been severely weakened by the New Master Rule.

 

Zhang Ka-Ho

Age: 30

Notable Yu-Gi-Oh! Accomplishments:
1st, Asia Championship 2017 Taiwan Winter Qualifier (JP)

Where are you from? Which card shop(s) do you frequent?
Changhua, Taiwan. I frequently play at 新竹新世紀 and 零壹.

When and how did you started playing Yu-Gi-Oh?
During the first year when I just started working in Hsinchu, I chanced upon a card shop and picked up the card game to keep myself entertained after work.

How did you prepare for the Asia Championship 2017?
I try a new deck every week at the weekly local card shop tournaments to find a suitable one that fits my playstyle.

What is your favourite card that was released this year in 2017? Why?
Zoodiac. I won the Taiwan Winter Qualifier using them.

 

Huang Shin-En

Age: 28

Notable Yu-Gi-Oh! Accomplishments:
1st, Asia Championship 2017 Taiwan Winter Qualifier (TC)
5 – 8th, World Championship 2014
1st, World Championship 2013
9 – 23rd, World Championship 2007

Where are you from? Which card shop(s) do you frequent?
Taipei, Taiwan. I frequent 崇文社 and 決鬥者王國.

When and how did you started playing Yu-Gi-Oh?
I started playing in Senior High with my classmates and we have been playing ever since.

How did you prepare for the Asia Championship 2017?
I discuss and practice with various top players in Taiwan.

What is your favourite card that was released this year in 2017? Why?
“Dragonic Diagram”. Also known as the True Draco Field Card, this card has opened up plenty of possibilities for many other decks.

 

Phuttichai Khajonkeittikoon

Age: 19

Notable Yu-Gi-Oh! Accomplishments:
1st, Asia Championship 2017 Thailand Winter Qualifier
1st, YOT Hong Kong 2014

Where are you from? Which card shop(s) do you frequent?
Thailand. Modern Card.

When and how did you started playing Yu-Gi-Oh?
I started playing Yu-Gi-Oh! back in 2012 because I enjoyed watching the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime.

How did you prepare for the Asia Championship 2017?
I watch tournament videos and practice with my friends.

What is your favourite card that was released this year in 2017? Why?
“Firewall Dragon”. Because it has an overpowering effect.


This article was originally published on Yu-Gi-Oh! Events and has been republished with permission.

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