Hello! This is FF-TCG Producer, Kageyama Taro, and here comes another “From the Producer” post!
So, I know that I didn’t end up writing much at all about the German Championships last time, as I was too busy writing about Gamescom, but it’s not like I didn’t write anything at all. I was just so excited to be writing about Gamescom that I ran out of room! So I would like to write about the championships themselves here in this post. Let’s take a look at the matches involving the 16 best players that made it through to the German regional championships.
The German Championships were held over the last two days of Gamescom, on the Friday and the Saturday. The show itself was really loud and buzzing, so it seemed slightly inappropriate to hold a trading card game tournament there, but we were able to ensure a nice play environment by using a meeting room slightly away from the main event hall. However, this may have made it harder for some people to come and see the action, which was a shame. Next time it might be worth showing the games live on a monitor at a different booth perhaps… This would help us to spread the word about FFTCG as well!
Now, let’s get down to the tournament. On the first day we held four Swiss rounds, with 8 winners going forward to the second day. So basically, half of the players were knocked out on the first day. Many of the 16 competitors were using decks heavily featuring Wind element cards, however generally they were all very different deck types.
Within that overall framework, the main focus seemed to be on the use of Ice cards. Some mixed these with Water to maintain match control, whilst others used Fire and Lightning to deal high damage from the start, so there really were many different strategies on show. It can be hard to handle an opponent who uses something like 2-035H Shelke, followed by 1-007R Gadot and then 1-016C Tifa on you in the first turn!
There were also a lot of players who used 1-044R Sephiroth, playing boldly and still putting down once their hands had emptied. I thought it was very interesting how many of these players would open by putting down 1-044R Sephiroth on turn one, in what is admittedly a big gamble, but the appeal of forcing your opponent to discard two of the cards he kept back in his hand right at the start, and also leave a power 7000 forward on the table is undeniable!
The play styles and deck compositions that you see vary quite a bit from country to country, so many people are surprised when I write these reports, but my own personal take is that it helps to show FFTCG from many different angles, and it will probably help improve people’s skills too by actively studying these regional differences.
Ok then, so after the first day had seen the ice element prominent in the first four rounds, what were the decks that rose to the top of the pile to feature in the top 8?
The distribution was:
- Fire and Ice
- Water only
- Fire and Lightning
- Golbez deck from Opus 1
- Golbez deck from Opus 2
- Wind only
- Ice and Lightning
- Earth and Wind
It is quite rare to see all 8 finalists with completely different deck types, but to look at it another way, the well-balanced meta-game environment allows all kinds of compositions to be put to use. This is the point where I want to indulge in some self-congratulation on making such a great overall balance… am I allowed to do that here?!
Anyway, having so many different decks in the competition makes for a lot of variation in the matches and it goes without saying that there were some heated battles taking place over day 2 of the tournament. Amongst these exchanges, one player in particular managed to maintain a very good pace on his way to victory; Mr. Kaspar Wolf who employed the Fire and Ice deck.
With a strong and determined play style, he went straight on the attack without wavering in the face of his opponents, with his deck composition very much supporting these tactics. He was only packing a miniscule 11 Backup cards in his whole deck, but played skillfully to keep up a thoroughly offensive game, throwing Forward after Forward out to attack his opponents. This aggressive strategy saw him through to the final 8 in style.
Kaspar’s momentum did not waver after breaking through to the final tournament stages either. He shot through the first round of the finals into the semis and then the final itself, exhibiting awesome moves right from the first turn of his first championship game. In the first turn of his first tournament game he discarded one card from his hand and deployed 1-043H Snow to the field, following up by discarding the rest of his hand and bringing on 1-044R Sephiroth. This left him with no cards in his hand, but it also forced his opponent to discard two from their hand, employing the powerful yet risky opening I mentioned above.
Unfortunately for Kaspar, Sephiroth was hit by the EX burst effect of 1-178R Leviathan that was turned over for the damage and returned to his hand, but Snow continued to deal damage to his opponent.
As the game progressed into the middle stages, Kaspar’s opponent tried to halt Snow’s advance by lining up forwards of his own, but he forced open a path using the powers of 1-003C Red Mage and 3-032R Shiva, to continue inflicting damage. After this he exploited powerful forwards like 3-033L Genesis to push on to victory.
Kaspar’s ferocious attack still did not falter in the second round of the final either, again using up his whole hand to bring on 3-005C Imaginary Brawler and 1-044R Sephiroth in the first turn. His opponent, Mr. Patrick Rüger had chosen to go first and discarded one card to play a backup, leaving him with a hand of 4 cards, so being forced to discard two of these was a bitter blow early on in the game.
It looked like Kaspar would push through to win again this time too, but Patrick pushed back with high-utility forwards such as 3-144L Lenna and 3-142H Famed Mimic Gogo. Even though Kaspar subsequently managed to sweep them away with 3-147L Zodiark,
Patrick then used 3-135H Syldra to return all the Forwards and magnificently bring it all back to one all.
However, this still could not blunt Kaspar’s offensive play. This time he deployed 2-035H Shelke, followed by 2-004C Ephemeral Phantom to keep up the pressure with repeated attacks. Once Patrick had lined up his forwards he then went in for the kill with the deadly 3-147L Zodiark, destroying everything and getting the third round for the overall win.
This was how the first ever FFTCG German champion rose to claim his throne, but the top 4 players from the tournament will all go on to compete in the European championships in October. All four of them are highly skilled competitors, so the German delegation are bound to whip up a storm there!