Anaheim, CA (Nov. 4, 2012) – Bushiroad USA Inc. concluded its North American Championship for the Cardfight!! Vanguard World Championship 2012 series on Sunday, November 4, following two days of tournaments and special events at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Over 750 players participated in Saturday’s Cardfight!! Vanguard Los Angeles Qualifiers making it the largest North American Cardfight!! Vanguard tournament to date. Donald Buckley and Masashi Teruyama finished first and second respectively in the qualifiers to capture the last two positions among the 16 finalists competing for the North American Championship, which took place the following day on November 4. Donald Buckley was unable to participate in the finals, and was replaced by third place finisher Austin Pham.
Both Teruyama and Pham joined finalists who had previously topped Cardfight!! Vanguard qualifiers in Toronto, Dallas, Mexico, Seattle, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. The North American Finals saw Brandon Smith, the first place finisher from Toronto, going undefeated to win the North American Championship. He will be joined by second place finisher, Christopher Sok, third place finisher Gabriel Espinosa de los Monteros Escobedo, and fourth place finisher Raymond Wong, as they represent North America in the Cardfight!! Vanguard World Championship taking place in Tokyo, Japan on December 9.
Other side events included autograph and panel sessions with voice actors Carol-Anne Day and Roger Rhodes from the Cardfight!! Vanguard animated series, and Cardfight!! Vanguard card illustration artist Kazuo Matsushima. Even Bushiroad CEO Takaaki Kidani and Bushiroad SEA President Masayuki Goto actively participated in the festivities facing off against attendees in the Cardfight!! Vanguard Gunslinger event. Also taking place alongside Sunday’s championship was a Cardfight!! Vanguard Team Tournament which drew over 400 participants and saw team TKR ELITE (Jon Hoover, Justin Seo, Chris Todd) finish first.
This is definitely something to behold. A diverse group of players as well as both CEO Takaaki Kidani & Masayuki Goto playing Vanguard has definitely helped give the game and Busiroad a great image. It speaks volumes that two of their top men are playing the game with the fans and how diverse the players are.
We wish the 4 finalists good luck in the World Championship next month.