482 became eight. Eight became four. And now those last four have become one. A single duelist has proven himself the best over 481 others, all qualified through premier events or outstanding rankings. One elite competitor beat out all comers to prove that today, he was the best of the best the nation had to offer.
That duelist was Max Suffridge, the new 2005 U.S. Champion of Yu-Gi-Oh!
After going 9-1 in the Swiss rounds yesterday, Suffridge plowed through quarterfinals opponent Brent Yetter to claim his spot in Japan representing America. He was then pitted against his former round nine opponent, Bryan Coronel, in a rematch from the previous day. After again defeating the deadly Team Overdose member, he faced Miguel Garcia of Team Nexus in the finals and controlled the entire match with a bit of luck and a lot of skill and tech.
Garcia, Coronel, and Suffridge will be joined by fellow Top 4 finisher Jerry Wang in August as they travel to Japan to represent the U.S. There, they will find that the only thing more challenging than defeating each other may be trying to work as a cohesive team. International play styles will test these four brilliant duelists in ways they cannot anticipate, and while one chapter has closed and Max Suffridge has claimed his day in the sun, the final challenge still lies ahead.
August 6 will pit these four against the rest of the world. But for now, congratulations to Max Suffridge, the 2005 U.S. Champion!
Stay with us here at Metagame.com as we bring you bios of the Top 8 competitors, more feature matches, and the wrap-up of U.S. Nationals 2005!
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