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2014 Player Recognition

I would likely begin by saying the purpose of this article is not to offend anyone. It is simply meant to recognize those who have been successful this year at Konami events. For those players who believe ARG events are premier, feel free to dedicate hours of your time collecting data and adding the additional 17 ARGs that took place this year into your own article. My article however was inspired by Samuel Pedigos article in 2013 and uses a similar calculation method.

2014 was an incredibly interesting year for the Yugioh community. Konami decided to change Yugioh history by implementing a top 16 draft policy at American YCSes starting in Atlanta. This action arguably had good and bad effects on the game, but Im sure everyone can agree it made winning an event much more skillful. In addition to this Sehabi Kheireddine became the first Canadian/North American to win the World Championship!

Congratulations to the 2014 Champions:

North American YCS:
YCS Atlanta: Christian Georges
YCS Chicago: Thomas Mak
YCS Las Vegas: Denny Yu
YCS Philadelphia: Chris LeBlanc
YCS Toronto: Patrick Hoban
YCS Dallas: Billy Brake
YCS Anaheim: Patrick Hoban

European YCS:
YCS Sydney: Anders Koh
YCS Berlin: Alpay Engin
YCS Paris: Peter Gross
YCS Madrid: Joshua Schmidt
YCS London: Marcello Barberi
YCS Milan: Daniele Stella
YCS Sydney: Peter Mitro

Latin & South American YCS:
YCS Brazil: Carlos Henrique De Araujo Freitas
YCS Mexico: Alejandro Vivaldo Reyes Suarez
YCS Peru: German Manuel Ramirez Pina

World Championship Events:
North American WCQ: Korey McDuffie
Central American WCQ: Jose Lagunez
South American WCQ: Roger Antonio Vera Moran
European WCQ: Eugen Heidt
Oceanic WCQ: Donald Thompson
World Championship: Sehabi Kheireddine

Top 15 Best Players of 2014
The calculation method I used to determine the top 15 best players of 2014 was similar to Samuel Pedigos in 2013 because I believed this was an accurate measurement of year-round success. 2-points are given for each top at a premier event, 1-point for each win during the single elimination rounds and an additional prestige point for each win or Worlds appearance. If two players had the same amount of points they will simply be tied in the rankings because I believe any additional factors such as European/American player or the prestige of the top would be too subjective.

1st: Patrick Hoban
Top 16: YCS Atlanta
Top 32: YCS Las Vegas
Top 16: NA WCQ
Champion: YCS Toronto
Champion: YCS Anaheim

2nd: Sehabi Kheireddine
Top 32: YCS Atlanta
Top 8: NAWCQ
Champion: World Championship
Top 32: YCS Toronto
Top 2: YCS Dallas
Top 32: YCS Anaheim

3rd: Marcello Barberi
Top 32: YCS Paris
Top 8: European WCQ
Champion: YCS London
Top 32: YCS Milan

Jonathon Ritzau
Top 4: YCS Sydney
Top 16: YCS Atlanta
Top 2: Oceanic WCQ
Top 16: YCS Sydney

Eugen Heidt
Top 32: YCS Berlin
Champion: European WCQ
Top 4: YCS Madrid

6th: Alpay Engin
Champion: YCS Berlin
Top 64: European WCQ
Top 32: YCS London
Top 8: YCS Milan

7th: Tahmid Zaman
Top 32: YCS Atlanta
Top 32: YCS Chicago
Top 32: YCS Philadelphia
Top 8: NA WCQ
Top 32: YCS Dallas

Luigi Alici
Top 8: YCS Berlin
Top 16: YCS Paris
Top 64: European WCQ
Top 4: YCS Milan

Leo Giner
Top 4: YCS Paris
Top 32: European WCQ
Top 16: YCS Madrid
Top 16: YCS Milan

Sean McCabe
Top 8: NA WCQ
Top 8: World Championship
Top 2: YCS Toronto

11th: Joshua Schmidt
Top 16: YCS Berlin
Top 32: YCS Paris
Champion: YCS Madrid

Barret Keys
Top 8: YCS Sydney
Top 16: YCS Toronto
Top 2: YCS Anaheim

13th: Marcel Burri
Top 32: YCS Berlin
Top 32: YCS London
Top 2: European WCQ

Paolo Pacchiana
Top 16: European WCQ
Top 8: YCS Madrid
Top 8: YCS London

Robert Boyajian
Top 16: YCS Sydney
Top 4: YCS Las Vegas
Top 4: YCS Peru

That is a total of 1 Australian, 6 North American, and 8 Europeans on the list with Patrick Hoban leading and being the most successful player of the year! Once again congratulations to everyone who has had a successful year, and may you continue to do so in 2015! If you discover any errors, or any players that should be on the list but are not, feel free to inform me!

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Tingy    463

oceanics wasnt won by eugne heidt, its donald thompson

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Very interesting to see this all laid out. Thanks for the time and effort, Konami does not exactly make this that easy to put in one page.

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kadu    4

Eugen Heidt
Top 32: YCS Berlin
Champion: European WCQ
Top 4: YCS Madrid

 

13th: Marcel Burri

Top 32: YCS Berlin
Champion: European WCQ
Top 4: YCS Madrid

 

They are not the same person. 

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