A Masterful Performance in Indianapolis
07 July, 2013 in Play! Pokémon
Edmund Kuras Rises to the Top to Become Pokémon TCG Masters Division U.S. National Champion!
The Masters Division final match was one of the most competitive in U.S. Nationals history, with each player earning a hard-fought victory before Edmund Kuras secured the final win to seal the championship title. In the end, his “Deck and Cover” proved to be too strong for Ryan Sabelhaus’s Team Plasma deck.
Pokemon.com: Congratulations, Edmund. That was a fantastic match. How are you feeling?
Edmund: I'm on top of the world. I feel like I got really lucky to be here and win a National Championship. This will probably be my last Nationals as I'm going to Europe for school next year.
Pokemon.com: Tell us how you got to Nationals this year. You almost didn't make it, we understand.
Edmund: To get into school in Europe I had to take really rigorous classes and study a lot. I had to choose studying over playing Pokémon for the most part since it's just my hobby. I couldn't make it to a lot of tournaments, but I made the most of my free time by attending a couple Battle Roads and a City Championships, as well as a couple of League nights. I got barely just enough Play Points to play.
Both of the Masters Division finalists had a huge group of fans rooting them on.
Pokemon.com: How have you done in previous big tournaments?
Edmund: I made the top-32 twice, and the top-128 once in previous Nationals. I also got to the top-8 at Worlds.
Pokemon.com: Let's talk your choice to play the Accelgor Deck and Cover deck.
Edmund: It's a very consistent deck. You can get all your attackers out really quick, and then it slows down your opponent tremendously. What I like about this deck also is there are matches when my opponent literally can't do anything.
Pokemon.com: You were running only one Dusknoir with the Sinister Hand Ability in your deck. Some people were running more. Why did you go in this direction?
Edmund: There are some match-ups where I'd like to have Dusknoir always out, but I'm going for more consistency. I'm always trying to get the Deck and Cover lock out first, then worry about Dusknoir later.
Pokemon.com: What do you feel is your toughest match-up among the other popular decks?
Edmund: Against Keldeo/Blastoise, it feels like flipping a coin. If you don't go first against that deck, you're out.
Pokemon.com: Are you going to have to make changes to your deck leading up to the World Championships now that it's won Nationals?
Edmund: It was pretty well-known before Nationals, but I think a lot of people didn't think it was that good of a deck. I think I'll have to make changes because people are going to prepare for it, and more people are going to play it at Worlds.
Pokemon.com: What was it like being up on the main stage to see that many people watching your match?
Edmund: I liked it. It felt pretty good to see my friends watching me and cheering me on.
Congratulations again to Edmund and all of our Pokémon TCG National Champions!
Edmund leans back to celebrate his victory after a tough battle against Ryan Sabelhaus.