2013 Worlds Qualifier: Riccardo Maganza

Here we have another Italian player who has qualified for Worlds 2013, Riccardo Maganza!


Congratulations on your invite to Worlds! How did you earn your points?

Thanks! It was strange because I did really bad at Autumn Battle Roads and was actually thinking of taking a break from the game but then I started winning Regionals and now I have 480 points: something I would’ve never imagined! This is the breakdown of my points:

0 points

1x 1st
2x Top 4
110 points

1x 1st
2x Top 4
1x Top 8

370 points

480 total

For those who may not know you, can you tell us a bit about your history in the game?

I’m 16. I started playing in the 2006-2007 season when I was eleven, and I got Top 8 at my first ever Nationals in Juniors. From then I managed to qualify to Worlds every year in Seniors without even going once! Ah, it’s hard to be broke!

Last year I aged up and I got a fair amount of points playing Durant (yes, even when Darkrai was in format) but at some point I kinda took a break and so I ended up without an invite.

This year has been really different as you can all see!

What has been your favorite deck to use this season? What have you been using currently?

My favourite deck is definitely what I’ve been using currently. It’s a nice concept my friend Alessandro, who’s also qualified, created. We call it MTV because it’s based on Mewtwo, Victini V-Create and Tornadus EX. In the past two weekends we’ve earned a total of 3 top 4 and a win with the same exact list!

I won my Regional in autumn with Terrak City which nobody really considered down here. But I made a couple of games with it and I also watched Gino playing it and it really fitted my playstyle so I kept on testing it and built a perfect list for me!

At Cities I got points playing all kinds of things. I Top 4’d with Rayeels and Blastoise-Keldeo but I’ve never really liked those and won with a really straightforward Darkai-Hammers.

What do you attribute your success to this season?

Consistency. I’ve learnt that if I want to get good results at this game I have to play consistent decks.
Whatever I play, I always make sure it’s consistent. I rarely try to counter a specific metagame and instead I try to build decks with very few bad starts possibilities and that can easily get out of a late game N.

How do you feel about the current state of the game?

I don’t like this format at all. I hate first turn wins. Everyone should be able to at least draw a card and play a turn… Moreover, I keep seeing skill-less players at top tables.. I think this format doesn’t award skill but rather the choice of the deck and the consequent luck involved in pairings.

What are your plans now that you have your invite?

I don’t really now how I’m going to Vancouver. I really want to. I’ll test really hard for Nationals to get the paid trip because I feel this year I’ve improved a lot and not going would be a real pity..

I think I’ll try to go even without the paid trip, anyway. I still don’t know how but I have time to think about this LOL

What do you enjoy most about the Pokémon TCG?

I’ve met my best friends through this game and my life would have been really empty without it!

I can’t see myself not playing Pokémon in the future! It’s just a part of me! I love everything and everyone!

Do you have any hobbies besides Pokémon?

I play the keys in a progressive rock band! We cover Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Yes and stuff like that!

Is there anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

I really hope I’ll be able to see you in Vancouver! It’d be my first world after having qualified so many times. I really want to make it this time!

Thanks for answering the questions, Riccardo! Sometimes we forget that money is a part of the game, too. Even if you earn your invitation to Worlds, you still have to pay for your trip there. Hopefully he is able to get to Vancouver for Worlds and finally experience the event. Good luck, Riccardo!