Raphael Neven - Game Psychology – “Experiences with CCG"

Raphael Neven – Game Psychology – “Experiences with CCG”

Hi Yu-Gi-Oh Community! I am here to tell you guys something about my first months in CCG, my experiences at MTS London and to give some insight in how to progress as a player.



MTS London


My decision to attend the Major Tour Stop in London was actually pretty last minute. I became part of CCG a few weeks after Euros in Berlin and this seemed a perfect opportunity to meet my new teammates. I knew almost everyone by name but only a few I had met personally, like my friend Themis. I arrived on friday at Stansted Airport quite late in the evening and because I was very tired I did not bother to find my way through public transport and just took a cab. Very expensive but my biggest mistake was asking my taxi driver his opinion about the Brexit. ( For a schoolproject, so it seemed interesting to get some first hand opinions, god I never have been more wrong! ) After his 45 minute xenophobic rant about how the UKs problems are all the fault of everyone but the British.. I arrived at my hotel. Themis was there to pick me up and at the hotel I met the first (and most hilarious)  guy of the team, Aaron.


Aaron was part of the so called ‘back office’ (The guys who take care of almost everything like Website/YouTube design, video coverage etc.) Later weekend I would meet the other back-office guys Alex and Andrei and I discovered how much bigger CCG is than just a group of players.


Themis and I prepared our decks and got some sleep. I chose to run blue-eyes, because I was pretty bored with the format and wanted to play something new. I tested Blue-Eyes with Themis the week before when I visited him at Normans awesome house in Cologne. The deck could run Brilliant fusion and Pot of Desires which are extremely strong spells, so on paper it all looked fine.

I knew the Monarch matchup would be very difficult but we still went with it.


Some interesting things happened during my feature match, like Ali laughing his ass of when I had to use Soul Charge on a Effect Veiler, 2 Maxx C, Glow-up Bulb and a Sage with Eyes of Blue to stay alive. Worst. Soul Charge. Ever. Or that time when I used pot of desires turn 1 and banished all 3 copies of Blue-Eyes White Dragon. You can find all of our feature matches on our YouTube channel, and my reaction to banishing all 3 Blue-Eyes on Facebook:



I did not perform as well as I wanted to, by not making the top cut. This got me pretty sad but I had a good talk with Themis afterwards, mainly that I should not be so stressed and should try to enjoy the time I had left with the boys. So that is what I did. We had dinner at a Irish-kind-off bar/restaurant and I had a great time.


The next day I played my last rounds and some Goat Control side events, losing to Aaron in the second round, and after the tournament, we went back to hang out with the team and some of the judges and I got introduced to a very interesting kind of playing Yu-Gi-Oh: Cube. Cube format is like a battle pack format, but with cards from all sets. The draft aspect in combination with the ‘all monsters are all types’’ rule make this very interesting. This different formats, like Goat Control, are the perfect way to stay interested in the game during a period of waiting for the new Forbidden and Limited list.


For more information about Cube:



Overall, I had a great time in London and i think attending Major Tour Stops and of course YCSes is the best way to become a better and more experienced player. I attended every Konami Premier event this year and 2 Major Tour Stops and even if you do not reach the top cut (like for me at London) it can still be a blast and very educative. Mainly by playing in a more competitive atmosphere, vs players you don’t know. Having a group of friends/players to help you and discuss decks/card choices with helps a lot, this does not necessarily has to be in the form of a team.


As the youngest member of CCG i know there is so much more to learn and i am already experiencing progress since I joined.


At YCS Rimini I tried a different approach Themis suggested, to focus on playing relax and it worked, I played my most comfortable tournament yet even though before the tournament I felt much more pressure than usual.

This experience thought me to focus my energy on staying calm after I lost a game/match and try to figure out what went wrong. Competitive players can get really frustrated because of losing ( Like myself, I get frustrated by a loss very easy) but we should really try to prevent this, as this is a big waste of energy, energy you need for the rest of the tournament. I hope to continue making progress and see all of you at YCS Liverpool!





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