I went to the Philadelphia Regional today and finished x-2 after 9 rounds playing True Draco. Right off the bat this regional report is not going to be as amazing as my last two, BUT this was a good regional over all.
In my opinion…
Anyway I’m gonna also turbo through this because I’m very tired.
True Draco… just like the last two times…
Put simply this build was incorrect…
In my fear over the prevalence of Altergeist and Pendulum FTK I forgot to focus on the mirror match and normal Pendulum Magicians. I do think however this build was close to perfect and I only bricked (Opened an unplayable hand) 4 games all day. The big difference in my build were the 3 copies of Typhoon in the main deck. Literally my nod to the Pendulum FTK deck…
Which I didn’t play against all day…
Round 1: Vs The Weather Painters
I did not know what any of my opponent’s cards did, but as I learned what they did I kept getting more and more frustrated that I didn’t completely obliterate this guy. He seemed very casual and new so my natural nice guy mode took over and I almost punted the game twice . Rest in Peace the Amano I discard to Twin Twister when I couldn’t pop his backrow due to The Weather Painter Aurora…
Still beat him though…
Round 2: Vs True Draco (Mirror Match)
My opponent and I played the same list except he ran Cosmics over Typhoons. Those gave him game 1 rather easily. Game 2 I almost punted again when I got too excited over seeing I had game and I forgot to search Ignis before attacking…
The devil’s luck gave me game 2 despite that misplay, but Game 3 he beat me with Zaphion the Timelord…
Round 3: Vs Trickstars
Game 1 beat him handily. Game 2 I somehow stabilize with Master Peace at 400 life. He doesn’t find Lilybell in time and we squeaked out an undeserved win.
Round 4: Vs ABC Knightmare
Game 1 he opens all hand traps, but I manage to land Ignis to beat him. Game I cherries his Dragon Buster forcing him to just end on Saryuya/Dweller. I play through both over the course of 2 turns and beat him.
Round 5 Vs Zefra
Game 1 I win (thanks vague understanding of Zefra). Game 2 I actually synchro summon Scarlight to out his board, but I could not finish him. Regrettably I misplay during in hisensuing 8 minute turn and he runs over my suddenly 0 atk Scarlight due to Utopia Beyond with the 1900 atk Zefra. Game 3 I had Anti-spell though so it was pretty free.
Round 6 Vs BA Dinos
My opponent didn’t play a Dinosaur card until roughly turn 30 of our 20 minute game 1. I ended with 5 cards in deck as I combated the good old Cir Dante loop until I finally found Amano. Game 2 I popped his Overtex easily with Apocalypse effect in game and he just couldn’t recover.
Round 7: Vs Trickstars Again
Somehow I once again stablize against Trickstar at 400 life and steal the win game 1. Game 2 I brick with Triple Card of Demise and get beaten down by scapegoat into link monsters. Game 3 we grind back and forth, but I take it. This guy proved to me that Trickstar can destroy Draco thanks to well-timed Heavy Storm Dusters, Droll&Lock Birds and Scapegoats.
Round 8: Vs Pendulum Magicians
I opened Typhoon. Heritage, Triple Amano game 1…
In hindsight I wasted too much time trying to figure out what to Typhoon when I realistically couldn’t play out of that hand. Game 2 I punt the game lose my Spell/Trap Master Peace to Mystical Beast Jackal’s negation…
Round 9: Vs Mekk Knight Invoked
Game 1 open Master Peace, double Maiden, he ogres my Diagram. Then I draw card of Demise for on the following turn…
Game I make yet another punt and side to go second, but choose to go first. Luckily the single copy of Imperial Iron Wall I sided him prevented him from actually doing anything. Game 3 I side in every single floodgate and grind him out slowly.
My friend and I dropped at this point to avoid having to fill out invite paperwork again. After which I went home tired, bitter and weirdly apathetic.
Like I went in wanting to get top 8, but I left likely around 40th. That being said my technical play was awful and I made way too many mistakes today. On the plus side though. I played a different deck allmost each round of this regional. I consider that an example of a good format. Despite the problems of Pendulum FTK and Draco, the format is somehow diverse and the games of Yugioh are sometimes back and forth. Lowkey I just need to learn to chill out. Almost all of my problems today came from getting overly worked up.
Anyhow, thanks for reading as always.