Luckey Li brings us a great highlight reel from the 2018 European YoYo Contest! Check out tricks and behind-the-scenes action from some of your favorite players including Tal Mordoch, Janos Karancz, Riccardo Fraolini, Quentin Godet, and more!
Check out full results, scoring breakdowns, and video of the winners from the 1A Division of the 2018 European YoYo Championship!
1st Place – Tal Mordoch
2nd Place – Michael Malik
3rd Place – Kacper Palatynski
Check out full results, scoring breakdowns, and video of the top winners from the Women’s Division at the 2018 European YoYo Championship!
1st Place – Veronika Kamenska
2nd Place – Dominika Stanislawska
3rd Place – Karolina Zahrubska
Check out full results and scoring breakdowns of the top winners from the International Open Division at the 2018 European YoYo Championship!
1st Place – Open – Luckey Li
2nd Place – Open – Ye Tong
3rd Place – Open – Ryotaro Miura
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Check out full results, scoring breakdown, and videos of the top winners from the 2A Division at the 2018 European YoYo Championship!
1st Place – 2A – Matyas Racek
2nd Place – 2A – Quentin Godet
3rd Place – 2A – George Stoyanov
Check out full results, scoring breakdown, and videos of the top winners from the 3A Division at the 2018 European YoYo Championship!
1st Place – Takuma Inoue
2nd Place – Palli Gudmundsson
3rd Place – Lorenzo Sabatini
Check out full results, scoring breakdown, and videos of the top winners from the 4A Division at the 2018 European YoYo Championship!
1st Place – 4A – Prochazka Frantisek
2nd Place – 4A – Lorenzo Sabatini
3rd Place – 4A – Quentin Godet
Check out full results, scoring breakdowns, and the top three freestyles from the 5A division at the 2018 European YoYo Championship!
1st Place – Takuma Inoue
2nd Place – Viktor Kollar
3rd Place – George Stoyanov
The 2018 East Coast Masters was the first modern yoyo contest in Pittsburgh, and the turn-out and skill level were both great! Check out video of the winners below, and huge thanks to Recess for hammering away at school programs in the area to build a player base, S.W. Randall Toyes on keeping up a steady yoyo club for all these kids to attend, and all the organizers for putting together a great event.
Check out video of the winners from the 1A Division!
1A Division – First Place – Colin Beckford
1A Division – 2nd Place – Luke Trautwein
1A Division – 3rd Place – Chandler Steele
The 2017 Hungarian Nationals was held just a week ago (there were some organizing issues that led the 2017 event to be delayed and not run until 2018), and we’ve got full scoring breakdowns and video of the winners. Check out the videos below, and then hit their YouTube page for more competitors!
1A Division – 1st Place – Janos Karancz
4A Division – 1st Place – Norbert Jenei
5A Division – 1st Place – Viktor Kollar
Open Division – 1st Place – Tal Mordoch
Video is up for the winners of the 2018 South Japan YoYo Contest, and the amount of talent on display is mind-blowing. Japan Nationals is gonna be amazing.
Izuri Hasumi took the 1A division with an intense but problematic routine. He was still able to power through a lot of small mistakes and mostly stick to his music cues, which shows how much work he’s put in. A clean version of this would could definitely be a Japan Nats contender for Top 3.
1A – First Place – Izuru Hasumi
Ryo Yamashita took the 2A division with a solid routine that only had a few minor losses of control and could probably win any 2A Division in the US easily. The level of play for 2A is so high in Japan that it’s hard to say how this routine will play out at Japan Nats, but it’s definitely up to snuff.
2A – First Place – Ryo Yamashita
Ryosuke Ito put together a nice 3A routine that led off with some interesting asymmetrical tricks, but definitely struggled to land it clean. The routine was difficult enough to pull off a win, but he’s got some work to do before Nationals.
3A – First Place – Ryosuke Ito
Yuki Uchida brought a stunning offstring routine that has definitely pushed him out to the front of the pack for Japan Nationals contenders. With 4th Place finishes at the last two World YoYo Contests, Yuki Uchida is definitely a rising star and one of the most exciting new contenders in offstring.
4A – First Place – Yuki Uchida
2015 Japan National Champion Hideo Ishida took the 5A division with a strong routine and minimal flubs. Hideo is a gifted and practiced player, and a clean run with this routine could definitely make some waves at Japan Nationals this year, as well as Worlds.
5A – First Place – Hideo Ishida
Videos are finally up from the 2017 Russian Yoyoing Competition, and looks like they were worth the wait. The scene in Russia has gone through a pretty dramatic downturn, with them losing nearly all of their “casual” player base in a very short time period. It was a pretty typical boom-to-crash scenario, but without a large retained player base afterwards to keep it sustainable. Luckily the players who have remained are all pretty amazing, and there is still a TON of talent there to inspire the next generation of Russian players. Check out the winners from this December 2017 contest!
1A – 1st Place – Ilya Agaryshev
1A – 2nd Place – Ivan Maslin
1A – 3rd Place – Yuri Karpinskiy
X Division – 1st Place – Alexey Stein
X Division – 2nd Place – Sergey Talanov
X Division – 3rd Place – Danila Potapov
Hey, guys! It’s Keiran Cooper coming at ‘cha with a recap of HRYZ (HRadecké YoYo Závody) 2017! This competition took place on December 2nd in the Králové region of the Czech Republic, and joins SLYZ as one of the many regional competitions throughout the Czech Republic. HRYZ was the first Czech competition to take place after YYMCR (Czech Nationals) in November.
The winner of 1A Pokro (short for pokročilý, meaning advanced) was Matous Tomes. Matous is a 2014 Worlds finalist, 3-time Worlds semifinalist, and currently ranked 3rd in the Czech Republic. As one of the most competitively relevant players in the country, it’s no surprise Matous managed to make up for a restart (major deduction, -1) and come out on top. His freestyle’s build is very similar to that of his recent YYMCR freestyle with a couple of changes to the overall format and music.
Coming in second place is the 2016 and 2017 Czech national champion, Michael Malík. Michael’s overall build from this competition carries a lot of stark differences in pacing and execution – compared to his YYMCR or semifinal from Worlds, his speed and trick density have drastically increased. I’d argue a potential catalyst for his change in speed could be attributed to the use of a new YoYo, as he has switched from the Edge to the new ND Ultra. With this change in speed and overall density, I can see Michael potentially pushing his way into top 3 at EYYC next year.
Third place went to one of the most prolific online players, Tony Šec. Throughout the European competition season, Tony has competed in a handful of 2-minute formatted competitions, and is arguably one of 2017’s most competitively active players overall. Compared to his EYYC final from earlier this year, Tony’s execution and performance have both improved tenfold. Going into EYYC 2018, I’m excited to see more risky and technical content from Tony.
Outside of top 3 in 1A Pokro, I was really impressed with Jonáš Ožana’s freestyle. A relatively new face to the competition scene, Jonáš ended up taking 11th overall with a really cool freestyle. Amidst the looming competitive meta, Jonáš managed to showcase a set of a-typical tricks met with tremendously unique flow. Next generation for sure.
The winner of the “X” division was the current Czech champion, František Procházka. Using a similar trick build to his YYMCR freestyle, František delivered a sick freestyle to some Childish Gambino. I’m excited to see what he has to bring to the table for EYYC next year – new European champion in the making?
Those were my favorites from HRYZ! I’ve been following the European scene for quite some time – it’s great to see such growth! Shout out to SLUSNY for covering the competition in its entirety, check out the rest of the freestyles here.
Hey everyone! Colin here with a short recap with one of the last contests in the US competition circuit of 2017. It’s been a very interesting and competitive year all-around, so it’s always good to reflect on it in a real contest setting.
I think one thing that many people have noticed is that there is clearly a meta that people of all skill levels are attempting to adjust to, with varying success all around. It’s really interesting (and we could/may do a whole episode on this alone) to see how this works out for a select group of people only and why it doesn’t work out for everyone. Anyways, this shift towards an ideal build of tricks/performance was obvious at Illinois States, so it’s just something I wanted to touch up upon before we got to covering the yo-yoing here.
The winner of the 1A division was (in my opinion) the most skilled player in the midwest area currently, Chandler Steele. Chandler has had an amazing improvement rate in 2017 and became a competitive beast, winning Ohio States, Illinois States, MidEast regionals, making Worlds finals, and placing 6th at US Nationals. Chandler’s style is very reflective off of the current meta that I mentioned above, but he puts his own interesting twist on things by incorporating unique emphasis (like that little knee bounce at :41). Chandler being extremely successful this year puts himself in a great position for 2018, and I’m hyped to see what he has in store. Definitely a deserved win here.
Michael Stecz placed 2nd with a pretty awesome freestyle as well. I haven’t seen Michael yo-yo in quite a while, so all of his tricks always surprise me when I get to see them on video or in person. Michael also has a really unique style that focuses on a casual pace in which he doesn’t try to rush anything, with tricks that blend a lot of great old-school and current ideas. Really loved that Michael was able to get 2nd at this contest with a freestyle that primarily focused on tricks, and tricks alone.
Connor Seals placed 3rd with an extremely performance-oriented freestyle. Although it was a nice contrast to the rest of the freestyles from the event, it seems as though the lack of technical execution (scoring) set Connor far behind 1st place, showing the difficulty in creating a freestyle that has a good balance in high levels of tech and performance. It’ll be interesting to see how Connor builds off of this perspective going into 2018.
Outside of the top 3, another freestyle I enjoyed was Blaise Becker’s. Blaise is a new face to the competitive scene on a high level like this but he has very good tricks. At such a young age as well, I know that he has a bright future in yo-yoing if he keeps it up.
Out of all of the routines in the X divisions, I was probably most impressed with Connor’s winning 4A routine. Connor’s 4A style is very similar to his 1A I would argue, in terms of focusing on making everything look good and having great performance value. Also, Connor is one of the few US players who can do soloham, and although he was not able to do much of it in this routine, I’m curious to see if he will implement it more in the future.
So, those were some of my favorites from this year’s Illinois States! Illinois States was one of the largest state competitions of this year, with almost 50 1A competitors! It’s great to see the midwest scene growing again. Watch all of the freestyles on YoYo Contest Central’s Youtube channel here.