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Yu Yu Hakusho
An Interview with Kris
By Aaron Fletcher
Metagame Breakdown: Kris Perovic
Out there in Yu-Gi-Oh! land there is a certain
player who has reached top eight in over a quarter
of all fifteen Shonen Jumps. Known online as
‘Superman’, Kris Perovic has quickly become a force
to be reckoned with on the competitive scene and
hotly tipped to be the next Shonen Jump Champion.
Kris has taken the time to complete an interview for
all the readers of Pojo, which I thank him greatly
As said in previous articles, if you would like
to read coverage on Kris, and all other Shonen Jump
championships, please visit www.metagame.com.
- Could you briefly outline your
accomplishments in Yu-Gi-Oh! and explain what
you think it is about yourself which makes you
such a good player across multiple formats?
I've T8'd in 4/15 SJCs. I don't really think
that's good at all and I try not to brag about
it (especially because Dario Longo and Emon
Howeveryouspellit overshadow me). I mean, I
think T8ing 40% of the time is pretty good and
that's what I aim for but sometimes things just
happen, you know? I would say that I consider
myself to be a great player, but there's no room
to inflate your ego in this game. I just prefer
to have people play me and discuss the game with
me and make up their own opinions about me.
So, you have been placed into day two on
four SJC but have never outright won an SJC. Do
you feel that Emon should have given you the win
for the SJC Houston and why?
I told everyone on Over Dose a while ago that
if we were to play one another for the title, I
wouldn't want it to be given to me. I hear a lot
of people saying, "Emon should've given it to
Kris," and stuff like that. Honestly, if he did
give it to me, who would respect that win?
Everybody would say, "You only won because Emon
gave it to you," and I don't want that. Besides,
I've come to terms with the fact that I'll never
win a SJC. Good things like that just don't
happen. All I hope to do at this point is get
far enough in events where OD can consistantly
take home a nice payday and I can beef up my
You're a part of Team Overdose, one of the
greatest teams to hit the Yu-Gi-Oh! scene. What
assets do you think that you bring to this team
and in return what does Overdose offer you?
I conceptualize and playtest a lot of unusual
things because I don't like getting caught up
believing that there's nothing else to use
except Sakuretsu, Smashing, Enemy, and Dekoichi.
I don't like to settle and I think I bring that
quality to the rest of the team. I keep an eye
and an ear on the internet community and foreign
metagames. I give my opinion, like everyone
else, and it influences the decisions OD makes.
All of us play our part, however small (Hi
Bonez!), but without anyone of us I'm sure we
wouldn't have had as much success as we've had
Too often in Yu-Gi-Oh! at a competitive
level players often fall into the trap of
belittling others. Has winning changed you, and
do you believe in this Yu-Gi-Oh! elite?
I call it like I see it. I don't sugarcoat
things. I'm like that outside of YGO too. I may
not be the nicest YGO player, but I'm probably
the most honest. There are tens of thousands of
people who play this game, but I'm sure everyone
knows the same 30 or so because they stand out
because of their credentials, personality, etc.
It really is empowering to know that you're
known. I think I do a good job of keeping myself
in check most of the time, but it's hard because
anytime I say something mean I get blamed for
having an ego. It's like I'm not allowed to tell
a bad player why he's bad or why the wrong move
is the wrong move. I think everyone needs to
chill out, recognize that the people who stand
out in this game are just people, and stop
giving them such a hard time.
Recently on the Pojo forums a thread
entitled with my name appeared where you felt
that you were the one who pioneered the DDT deck
type for this format. Could you outline your
views on this and why you felt you deserve the
title 'pioneer' of the DDT deck type?
I think anyone who was paying attention to
the game between the time since the new ban list
was announced and SJC Houston should understand
and agree with why I feel the way I do on this
subject. Going into detail anymore is only going
to set myself up for someone to call me an
egotistical maniac later on. (You're trying to
get me into trouble!)
With the March banned and restricted list
people thought that the 'Airblade' deck was dead
with two of its key cards getting restricted.
What prompted you to run this deck when most
others thought it would fail at SJC Houston?
I played the deck for months before it hit
American soil. I wanted to go to St. Louis and
play it because I was extremely confident in my
ability to win. However, McNabb just sold his
Crush for 1200 and the ticket to St. Louis was
600. That doesn't include the price of picking
up the cards last minute. It was also a
Pre-Release weekend so I felt I stood to profit
more by staying home. When Houston came around
one week later, I didn't have any other deck in
mind. I accepted that the deck was much slower,
had less room to misplay but however could still
win consistantly... so I just went with it.
What approach would you take to side against
your deck type, DDT, effectively?
You are a sneaky one. I'm definately not
answering this question.
What deck types would you look out later in
this format and why?
There are a lot of viable deck types at the
moment that will live on, and a lot of
not-so-viable ones that will still see play. In
addition to the plethora of decks we have at the
moment, we can surely expect Chaos/Recruiter
later in the format along with some decks main
decking Banisher of the Radiance. Outside of
that, I'm afraid, I've nothing to say, as I
don't really try to inspire innovation. ;)
Do you have anything else to say, or any
shout outs to make?
You should all know that I'll gladly accept
Troopers or Stones for my birthday (4/7)!! No joke!!
Also, I'd like to say that all of us on OD miss
Rhymus and wish he would come back to the US
already. I hope American players haven't forgotten
about him. Hi Mom! Hi Dad! Hi Cherish!
So there you have it, an interview with Kris
Perovic. One of the key impressions that I got from
this interview is how hard this individual actually
works at this game. It just goes to show that four
Shonen Jump top eight’s do not come easily and he
has put time and effect into this game.
From this interview and talking to Kris over the
Internet, I infer Kris has this ‘bluntness’ about
him. Sometimes this trait won’t make you the most
popular person there is, but it certainly means its
easier to cut the rubbish and get straight in there,
in short its an honorable trait in Yu-Gi-Oh!
I wish Kris the best of luck at future Shonen
Jumps, and in his future endeavors.
On a final note, all Card Troopers and Magical
Stone Evacuations can be sent to me for Kris, only
Until Next Time!
If you would like an interview, and think your
one of the meta’s better known players please send
me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.