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North America WCQ: Cosplay Spotlight – Bandit Keith & Joey Wheeler!

June 23rd, 2019

While the World Championship Qualifier brings together Duelists who qualified over the last year, the WCQ also brings together fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series!

We found Bandit Keith – well, really Shawn Patton from Pittsburgh – in the crowd at the WCQ alongside Joey Wheeler – actually Alexis, also from Pittsburgh at the 2019 North America WCQ.

They didn’t play in the WCQ itself as neither of them secured an invite.  Alexis doesn’t play competitively, and Shawn has a Bandit Keith-themed Machine Deck, ready to take on all challengers!

Shawn and Alexis can be seen at Tekko, a local anime convention and usually run a Yu-Gi-Oh! trivia panel.

Both Shawn and Alexis have been involved in the game since the beginning.  Shawn also judged at all levels of tournaments from 2004 to 2014, going all the way up to Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series and Canadian National Championships!  “When Shawn texted me and said ‘do you wanna go to the WCQ in town’ I said ‘yeah!’  I looked up if any voice actors were gonna be there and I saw that Wayne Grayson was going to be there” which was convenient because Alexis is known for her Joey cosplay.  “I don’t have a Deck but I might play a Sealed tournament with [Shawn].”