Dear international readers, for you we made the following staff introduction available in English!

Jede Veranstaltung birgt ihre eigenen Herausforderungen und Gelegenheiten. Dies gilt nicht nur für den eigentlichen Ablauf des Events, sondern in besonderem Maße auch für einen anderen Bereich, den wir bei AMIGO in den letzten Jahren konsequent ausgebaut haben: Der Live-Berichterstattung von unseren Meisterschaften, kurz der Coverage.

Bereits seit der letzten Deutschen Pokémon Meisterschaft arbeitet unser Team fleißig an zahlreichen Neuerungen und Verbesserungen, wie ihr teilweise schon in den Coverages für die Arena-Cups in Berlin und Bremen erleben konntet. Während im Hintergrund das Team von AMIGO werkelt, seien hier die Volunteers vorgestellt, die euch aus Salzburg live auf dem Laufen halten …

Lydia Hombach, Writer

Hello everybody,

My name is Lydia Hombach. I am 18 years old. I started playing the Pokémon TCG on a more or less competitive level in 2012 and since one year I have been helping on events as a volunteer. If you already read some of our earlier coverages, you may already know me.

Beside from playing the Pokémon TCG I like to play table tennis and I study engineering in Konstanz, where I live.

I love to catch the atmosphere at big events and to write about all the things happening, to keep players and fans, who cannot be at the tournaments, up to date. I do also think live coverages are a great thing to promote the game!

I am really looking forward to another awesome Arena-Cup in Salzburg!


Christian Scherer, Writer

Hello Pokémon friends and readers of our coverages,

I’m Christian Scherer. I’ve been in the AMIGO Coverage Team for about 4 years and I’ve been reporting from many different events for you (neraly all of my articles are in German although): In the beginning I mainly covered the great Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG National Championships, but in the meantime I have been involved in some coverages for the German SET Championship and also for the German Pokémon Championship.

My Pokémon experience is quite little: During my childhood I played the first editions of the video game on Game Boy and even collected some of teh first trading cards, but then my interest became less and less over the years. When I became a volunteer for AMIGO the topic was relevant again and that’s how I got back to the game last year.
At the moment I’m helping my parents to organize tournaments in their store. I even have taken care of the last two Pokémon prerelease tournaments – apart from uncountably many tournaments for other games.

But in the end what I like most is covering the great tournaments of the world for you and telling you everything you need to know about the event. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Arena Cup because this is the second tournament in Austria for me and even the first time in Salzburg. I hope I can do some sightseeing there the day before.


Eskil Vestre, Photographer

Hello, Pokémon players!

My name is Eskil O. Vestre, and I’ve been involved with Pokémon for fifteen years now. I’ve lived most of my life in Norway, but I also lived three years in Germany and two in Japan.

I started playing the TCG in 1999, and from 2000 to 2002 I was a very competitive player who went to the US through travel awards three times. From 2003 to 2011 I worked as Organized Play Manager for the Norwegian distributor for Nintendo and Pokémon TCG, also working as webmaster for, where I posted tournament coverage and more.

These days I cover Norwegian Pokémon events for, but I also cover music festivals and shows for a Norwegian music magazine.

I love big events and enjoy traveling around to visit as many different ones as I can. I’ve been Head Judge At Norway Nationals, Denmark Nationals and UK Nationals. At the World Championships, I’ve been judge or translator at 10 times, and Head Judge once (Junior division, Worlds 2012).

I’m looking forward to a great weekend at an exciting international event, where I’ll do my best to keep everyone up to date all day about everything that’s going on!


Tobias Baumbach, Feature Match

Hello everyone,

I’m Tobias Baumbach, I am 28 years old and live in Leipzig.

I started playing the Pokémon TCG just around the german release in 1999. After playing it for almost 2 years, I started to discover the fun having with tournament organization and live coverage. Back at this time I was an admin on, so I was with a huge community that joined our events all over Germany, Austria and Swiss. These have been five great years, but unfortunately I took a very long break from TCGs.

In 2013 I started playing again and pretty fast I was involved into organization stuff again in form of being the league leader and TO in Leipzig. This was my first step back into the volunteer team of Amigo, followed by joining the Rolling Thunder team as well. So I started to become a judge not only in Leipzig and wanted to join the bigger events all over Germany – and even Austria now.

At the AC Salzburg I will join the coverage team for the first time since over 10 years and I am really excited for it. Also seeing that the events and the team becoming international makes me even more proud to be a part of the team, looking forward to meet all those interesting teammates.

I wish everyone an awesome weekend in Salzburg!


Natürlich wird euch neben unserem schriftlichen Content mit Artikel, Ergebnissen und Fotos auch wieder jeder Menge Video-Content erwarten. Hier werden im Laufe des Tages ausgewählte Feature Matches sowohl für das Sammelkarten- als auch das Video-Spiel hochgeladen und unsere AMIGOs Mario und Tobias lassen euch mit zahlreichen weiteren Videos und Interviews in die Atmosphäre dieser besonderen Veranstaltung eintauchen.

Folgt uns unter dem Hashtag #AC2015Salzburg auf Twitter und Facebook und teilt eure eigenen Eindrücke!

Ich freue mich auf einen weiteren tollen Arena-Cup mit einem großartigen Team (welches wir im Rahmen der Coverage am Samstag natürlich komplett vorstellen werden) und wünsche euch viel Spaß – entweder als Teilnehmer vor Ort oder als Leser und Zuschauer unser Live-Berichterstattung. Man sieht sich …

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