The 22 year-old emerged as a worthy winner having dueled against the cream of players from all corners of Europe, and will now head to the World Finals in Long Beach, California, in August.
The European Finals took place at the UK’s Birmingham NEC venue, and saw 183 players taking part. After two days of dueling, Sébastien Gonzalez from Belgium lost out to Stephan Sluis from The Netherlands, while Rodrigo won his place in the final after overcoming Stefano Memoli from Italy.
All four of the finalists will now be entered to the World Finals, which will include the top players from the US, Canada, Central and South America, Asia, Oceania and Europe to compete for the title of champion.
During the course of the World Finals weekend, Konami is also offering public events that are open to everyone. Events include Regional Qualifiers, King of the Hill events, and (for Duelists age twelve and under) Dragon Duels.
There will also be activities for Yu-Gi-Oh fans looking for something more casual than a tournament setting, and Special World Championship 2010 packs will also be given away to select participants.
The Yu-Gi-Oh Video Game World Championship will also be held, pitting world-class Duelists from around the globe on the center stage, as they compete using Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia on Nintendo DS.
The World Championships follows a strong turn-out for the European event. 21 countries were represented at the NEC, with 14 preliminary rounds played across the weekend, before the top eight players entered a knock-out competition to determine the winner.
Prizes on offer included Flip video cameras, rare cards and boosters. All attendees also received a commemorative playmat.