Bonus Content from Based Loli:
"Chapter 2: Love (From Starless to Stardom)
"Everything always works out for me." Cue adorable laugh.
Bordam Teneck is the embodiment of love. Love for what he does, love for himself, and love for everyone else. Like Ed Acepcion, he is so empathetic to a possible fault, but his motivators are entirely different.
Understanding Bodan isn't as easy as "haha fat" or even "I know Jono." If Ed can be classified as the closest to an accurate representation to a human being, Bodan would be in that same tier. Multifaceted and true to himself in the way he lives and conducts himself; imperfect, yet that's what makes him beautiful and lovable. We compare people to teddy bears, but I think Bodan is the closest possible to that comparison.
There is a certain warmth about him that I've never seen any reciprocate nigh my own father. In many ways, they mirror each other. One of them, to me, might be in their reliability. I've always seen my father as invincible - I still do. To me, Bodan is the same both physically and mentally. His body has endured so much and his mind has taken so much grief throughout his life; so much so that he having the strength to smile and laugh every day is nothing short of inspiring.
His statement before his Finals match was equally nothing less than poetic. "Everything always works out for me," followed by a laugh filled with, as some may not expect, relief. As if a weight (no pun intended) has been removed from his shoulders. He may not have won yet, or won at all, but he is the real champion from an unbiased perspective. Many, myself included, have had the pleasure of watching Bodan grow. Unlike the greats like Patrick, who always felt like they had to prove themselves to someone (Christian), Bodan didn't have that. Moreso, he really didn't care. Nothing works out for Bodan. It's the hard work that Bodan meticulously invests every day, the metaphorical blood and sweat as he puts his nose to the grindstone, that paves the way for "things to work out." He makes it look easy every time, all while shouldering so much.
After all, fundamentally the only person he wanted to prove himself to was himself alone. And perhaps Jono. Heh.
Like with Ryan, if you want to read about how Bodan is a fantastic duelist, it'd take a quick youtube search. Not just of Bodan, however, but perhaps a comprehensive search of 70% of the game's best players would also suffice. Behind every great man is one even greater. Bodan has always been one step ahead of the competition and I would go as far as to call him a ygo "terraformer." One example of many that quickly comes to mind is the advent of Phantom Skyblaster in Sky Striker, an edge he found and the rest of the world pirated and attempted to lay claim to.
Bodan, leaving parts of your life behind wasn't a mistake. Living your life the way you want to is a fantastic choice as long as whatever you do really makes you happy. Seeing you play on twitch yesterday warmed my heart because you were radiating bona fide joy in its most raw. It's those moments which got me to start pursuing ygo competitively, those glimpses of joy where you don't care about winning or losing and only wish to continue playing. That moment of clarity where everything comes together perfectly, and regardless of result, the moment of sweet satisfaction in complete understanding is what makes competition so beautiful. There isn't much I can say to console you in regards to the result, but the means to get there and the success was inspirational at worst.
What do you get when you combine the raw intelligence of Aaron Riker, the kindness of Ed Acepcion, the wildness of Drew Carter, the resilience of Ryan Levine, the humor of Calvin Tahan, and the quiet determination of Patrick Hoban?
Well, you wouldn't get Bodan exactly. He's more than a mere comparison and much more personalized than that.
But you'd be pretty close.
It's a little selfish to say so, but I'm glad you're a part of my life Bodan and I am extremely proud of you. You spent your life playing at your absolute best and it's paid off. You're awesome and in many ways I strive to emulate you daily.
To others reading this, I get that calling Bodan fat is funny to you, and Bodan is too kind to say otherwise. So I'll overstep my boundaries and speak in his stead, not representing his his opinions in any way. You open the door for random people to say mean and hurtful things about someone who couldn't hurt a fly unless intoxicated. Instead of doing that, perhaps we could be a little more (just a little) uplifting. A very intelligent strategy Bodan incorporated is the concept of "network = net worth" which I'm sure attributed to his rise in capability. Since many know and love him (as he certainly loves you), I encourage to comment either "okay" (James) or comment your favorite memory with Bodan. Mine has to be where he told Amanda LaPalme's boyfriend at the time he could "drink him under the table" and promptly died while being belligerent in a sushi restaurant.
Congratulations Bodan. You'll always mean so much to me. Not rat boy though."