We’re back with some more Worlds qualifier interviews! This time around we have a player from Germany, Marc Lutz! Let’s hear what he had to say.
Congratulations on your invite to Worlds! How did you earn your points?
In Europe, Regionals are the key to earning a Worlds Invite. We don’t have any SPTs, but we can play a lot more Regionals than everyone else around the Globe. I live in Germany, but I visited Switzerland and the UK to get enough points to qualify. I would’ve still been able to play in Austria, France, Italy, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, if necessary. I didn’t participate in last year’s World Championship, but I still managed to get 667 CP (so far).
3 1st (2 Darkrai/Hydreigon, 1 Garbodor/Landorus)
1 Top2 (Darkrai/Hydreigon)
1 Top4 (Darkrai/Lugia)
2 1st (Darkrai/Hammer, Mewtwo/Eelektrik)
1 Top4 (Darkrai/Hydreigon)
1 Top8 (Darkrai/Hydreigon)
1 1st (Darkrai/Lugia)
3 Top2 (2 Darkrai/Terrakion/Roserade, 1 Darkrai/Landorus)
1 Top16 (Darkrai/Mewtwo)
For those who may not know you, can you tell us a bit about your history in the game?
I started playing around Base Set and was still a kid back then and didn’t even know tournaments existed. At the time the, for some people, dreaded Holon Phantoms-On format started, I participated in my first tournament ever (a Battle Road). I won the event undefeated and continued to play whenever I got the chance to. I hate going to Worlds since there’s a ton of money you wind up spending for the event, but I did attend 2008 and 2009. I decided to try becoming a World Champion this year and we will see how it works out!
What do you attribute your success to this season?
Darkrai. The card won me over 600 CP and never let me down.
What has been your favorite deck to use this season? What have you been using currently?
I felt that Darkrai, while being a fantastic card itself, should be played with a “partner” to help it out with some trouble other decks might cause. I started the season with Darkrai/Hydreigon, but the deck dropped out soon due to the overly presence of Rayquaza/Eelektrik. When Regionals came around, I felt that Darkrai/Terrakion would give me the best shot at beating the top 2 Decks (which where Darkrai and RayEels). At a later Regional, I figured Darkrai/Landorus could break the format.
When Cities came around, I gave Darkrai/Hydreigon another try, mainly because people stopped relying on RayEels due to Landorus. At the ECC I went back to the deck that won Worlds 2012, Darkrai/Mewtwo. Mewtwo made the Blastoise Matchup a lot more enjoyable. Finally, with Plasma Storm, I gave Darkrai/Lugia a try and it never let me down: despite all those Lasers, Lugia managed to earn his place on Darkrai’s side, winning a Regional for me, thus being the most favorite deck I’ve used all season!
How do you feel about the current state of the game?
The past two seasons were extremely bad. In fact they were so bad that I almost stopped playing entirely. I began playing Yu-Gi-Oh! again, but I quickly discovered that the game is even worse than Pokémon! With the rotation to BW-On and no Junk Arm/Portrait shenanigans, I enjoyed playing the format a little bit more than I did the past two years combined. I’m pretty sure that Plasma will finish of my dream of being able to play in a good format ever again. Sigh.
What are your plans now that you have your invite?
Doing as much testing as I can for Nationals and the Professor Cup, afterwards I will take a little break and fly to Vancouver to win Worlds!
What do you enjoy most about the Pokémon TCG?
Winning is all I ever cared about. Since the format doesn’t allow you to win with skill anymore, I am content with just being around the people that share their love for Pokémon.
Do you have any hobbies besides Pokémon?
I watch Anime and I also used to play a lot of games, but there’s only so much I can do with graduating being around the corner!
Is there anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
I’ll see you guys in Vancouver!
Well, there you have it – another European qualifier! Marc certainly had some interesting things to say, and we wish him the best of luck at Worlds. He’s a player to look out for.