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2009 Dragon Duel Champion Naveen Shankar

March 3rd, 2010


KDE:  How old are you and where are you from?

NAVEEN:  I turned 13 on January 7th, and I am from Silver Spring, Maryland.

KDE:  When and how did you first become interested in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME?

NAVEEN:  When I was young I collected a different card game. One day my dad showed me Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards and I found the art and the complexity of the cards a lot more enjoyable. I started collecting cards after that.

KDE:  What is the name of the local store where you play?

NAVEEN: Dreamwizards.

KDE:  What is your favorite card?

NAVEEN:  Dark Magician Knight. I love the art.

KDE:  What Deck did you use to win the 12-and-Under National Championship? How did you design it?

NAVEEN:  I played Blackwings. It was a pretty standard build I made using ideas from SHONEN JUMP Championship builds.

KDE:  How did it feel to win the 12-and-Under National Championship and a trip to Japan?

NAVEEN:  I was really tired when I actually won the trip to Japan. The full force of it hit me later. I was ecstatic!

KDE:  What did you do to prepare for your trip to Japan?

NAVEEN:  Blackwing was the deck I was playing at the time anyway, so I guess I prepared by just going to locals and regionals.

KDE:  What was the weirdest experience or food you had in Japan?

NAVEEN:  The lack of showers and the prevalence of public baths.

KDE:  What were you looking forward to seeing at Jump Festa?

NAVEEN:  I am a big anime fan, I like Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Whistle!, Prince of Tennis (I love how they’re making “New Prince of Tennis”), and liked Dragonball Z while it was running, so I was looking forward to seeing anything cool about those mangas, as well as playing any video games that were being promoted.

KDE:  What was the most interesting Deck you Dueled against in Japan?  Describe the Deck theme and some key cards that the Deck used.

NAVEEN:  I played against a cool Empty Jar deck. It’s a deck that uses Book of Eclipse/Moon and Book of Taiyou in conjunction with Morphing Jar, Morphing Jar #2, and Needle Worm to deck the opponent out. It also used Hand Destruction to get the opponent to put monsters in the graveyard as fuel for “The Shallow Grave.”

KDE:  What did you enjoy doing most in Japan?

One was going to Jump Festa, the other was eating ramen.


  • Take a look at Naveen’s Blackwing Deck
  • Check out Naveen’s trip to Japan to attend Jump Festa