Interview with YOTMY 2019 AP Champion
Huang He Nan won the Asia Premier of YOT Malaysia 2019 last weekend on 7th April, displaying a wide range of emotions upon his victory.
Today, we interview him to find out more.
Can you introduce yourself?
Huang He Nan from Guangdong, Huizhou
I study in Guangzhou, am at currently in my Year 2 of college.
When did you start playing? What was your first deck？
I have been playing for eight years. I started by playing HERO Beat.
Why did you choose Trickstar for YOT Asia Premier？
I chose Trickstar because I played Sky Striker at the YOT Main Event on Day 1 and obtained very poor results. Returning to the hotel that night I decided to change my deck, and ended up with Trickstar. It was used by my friend (Ah Ming) during a previous tournament (Duel City Xiamen), which he won first place in.
What is your most memorable duel/game?
4th round, when I face off against former YOTSG2017 Champion Lai Cheuk Shing,
I lost the first game, but managed to recover and win the second and third game.
During the 7th round, I played against a local player who piloted Salamangreat. Similarly, I won the second and third game to win the match.
At the third game, he finally destroyed his faced-up Imperial Order, by using Salamangreat Foxy, and then activated Twin Twisters to target two of my set cards.
I chained my set Super Polymerization to fuse his Knightmare Phoenix and Gazelle for Violet Chimera, which won me that game. It was a very satisfying comeback.
And of course, the most unforgettable moment was when I won the championship for Asia Premier.
Favourite card in the deck?
Trickstar Light Stage. Because it is the card I least want to see playing against, and the one I always want to draw when playing the deck. It is a really strong card.
You were very emotional after you won. Can you explain to our viewers why?
After the moment I won last round, I burst into tears and cheered enthusiastically. I told myself “I made it! I made it!”
I have been playing for about two years after I returned to the OCG, and have never made any achievements thus far. Hence I wanted to make a name for myself. Thankfully, the deck responded to my wishes.
For your victory, who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank many people. To the LongDao card shop owner, XiangJie for supporting me and even lending me money to support my trip to Malaysia. Since I started college in Guangzhou, he has always gone above and beyond to help me, being more of a friend than a brother.
Secondly, I would like to thank Xibin from , for being willing to provide me with a job opportunity at the shop. Because of that, I could save enough to travel to Malaysia.
Many thanks to store manager Ah Ming for providing me with the deck skeleton for my deck.
Also, thank you to Ah Xun who managed to locate the copies of Super Polymerization and its corresponding Fusion Monsters.
All in all, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone from Méng Zhī Xīng Chén.
Also a huge shoutout to:
- My friends who travelled along with me to Malaysia: Yankim, Fat Sheep, Passerby, Giggs. Your support during my prize presentation added to my satisfaction and joy of winning.
- To my friends back in Guangdong University GDUT Yu-Gi-Oh! QQ Group, for the joy and fun of hanging out together.
Dragon, Wangcai, Blackrock, Aqua, Gintama, Chairman, Ke Liuqiang, Colossu, Kirino, School Uniform.
- To my comrades at The Woods Gaming, thanks for your continuous support. I learned a lot from everyone.
Hierophant, Maple Leaf, Xu, Cat Food, Professor dragon, Curator, Jasmine, Cold Wind, Gaiu, Rake, Little Bear
- To Wind-up Yu-Gi-Oh QQ group， a shout out to everyone too:
Love Will Come Again, Aunt, Zheyan, Child Prodigy, Dream Cold, Sneer, Dark Hole, Caidian, Kizan
- To Huizhou’s group of Yu-Gi-Oh! players, thank you for your support as well. Ever since I got to know everyone, the competitive spirit in me started, and I dared to dream of winning.
Yezou, Orange, Li, Fruit, Tofu, Burning Blood, Mie, Black, Bird, Lemon
- There are also many more I wish to thank, and I am sorry if I forgot to mention you.
- Lastly, I would like to thank my parents, friends and dormmates for supporting the stubborn me in achieving my dreams.
How did you celebrate?
I decided to treat my friends in Guangzhou to a feast after I return.
What advice do you have for players who wish to play better?
Trust yourself, train hard and learn more about other decks.
Will we see you for ACQ and the next YOT?
99%！But I will have to first discuss with my family. As for the next YOT, it will depend on the location and date of the event.
我第一天的YOTMY 2019 Main Event选择了闪刀姬，打得特别差劲；
回到酒店的晚上我决定更换卡组，选择了好朋友、之前在中国决斗都市 厦门站（Duel City Xiamen）获得冠军的阿明（A Ming）的淘气仙星（Trickstar）卡组。
第四轮对阵YOT冠军品味哥（Lai Cheuk Shing），在先输一局的情况下赢下了第二局和第三局；
第七轮对阵当地的转生炎兽玩家，同样地输了第一局，赢了第二局，在第三局，他最后用转生炎兽 狐狸破坏了自己场上表侧的王宫的敕命，然后用双龙卷指定了我的两张后场，我连锁发动盖放的超融合，把对手的梦幻崩影·凤凰和转生炎兽作为素材融合召唤转生炎兽 堇色奇美拉，直接导致他输掉了这场比赛。
A lengthy interview which, hopefully, managed to illustrate the emotions behind a player’s journey to victory. From the game we know and love, comes joy, fun, banter, tears and cheers.
Congratulations once more, He Nan!