My First FoW Tournament (Can Bahamut save the day?)

My locals hosts a FoW tournament on both Thursdays and Sundays. Unfortunately, I work at both of those times so I haven’t been able to go to a tournament all semester. That was until today where I got off for winter break. I didn’t have a devoted deck so I threw my build together today at 2:30 for the 4:00 tourney.

My Deck:

Main Deck:

(First Disclaimer of many: Some of these names might be wrong)

J/Ruler: Faultgold, the Dragoon/Bahamut, the Dragon King

Resonators:

  • Guinevere, the Jealous Queen x4
  • Lancelot, the Knight of Mad Demon x4
  • Rukh Egg x4
  • Flame Sprite x4
  • Hunter in Black Forest x2
  • Susanowo, the Ten-Fist Sword x1
  • Cthugha, the Living Flame x4

Spells/Regalia:

  • Thunder x4
  • Demonflame x4
  • Laevateinn, the Demon Sword x4
  • Split Heaven and Earth x2
  • Flame King’s Shout x2
  • Duel of Truth x1

Stone Deck:

  • Little Red, the Pure Stone x1
  • Fire Magic Stone x9

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Side Deck:

  • Vlad Tepes x1
  • Split Heaven and Earth x2
  • Flame King’s Shout x2
  • Fetal Movement in Outer World x2
  • Marybell, the Steel Doll x3
  • Deathscythe, the Life Reaper x3
  • Susanowo, the Ten-Fist Sword x1

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Why Bahamut?

I was torn between running Bahamut or Vlad Tepes at the event. On the one hand I’ve playtested with Vlad more than any other J/Ruler in this game. She was the first ruler I ever really liked and I’ve ran multiple Vlad builds ever since I first cracked a Vingolf box a few months ago. On the other hand though, I thought Bahamut was more suited to combating Reflect/Refrain which is currently the most meta J/Ruler.

Disclamer 1: I totally built this deck with the plans to combat Reflect World, a Reflect Refrain variant built around taking extra turns with the card Alice’s World. My roommate beat me multiple times with that deck in recent weeks. Frustrated I tried to build around the best way to disrupt that strategy hoping/assuming I could handle anything else. For that reason I chose to main Bahamut and side Vlad for the likely Blazer sighting.

 

My Match-Ups

Round 1: Vs Naya Sylvia/Reflect&Refrain

I played a close friend in what was both of our first FoW tournaments. The game was more or less even until I made in hindsight a glaring misplay. Yeah I know, yet another misplay that I’ll never let myself live down. So he flips Slyvia and in response I banish both of my resonators to the Demon Sword before he targets them. This causes Sylvia to kill his Wind Spirte, but ultimately it didn’t matter because he still got to untap his stones. I should’ve waited and banished the targeted resonator to make the effect fizzle. Using this extra mana he played Lancelot to kill me.

Game 2, my opponent sided into Reflect/Refrain and I foolishly sided hate for Sylvia. However, Susanowo proved himself still relevant sniping my opponent’s Gwiber. However, this game ended up still taking over 40 minutes due to me being a blockhead in hindsight. My opponent had 3 Artemis Bows on board holding back Bahamut so I kept tapping for stones and fighting him with my resonators. To be fair I had settled on the game plan of winning off Split Heaven and Earth so I was trying to hold out for Thunder to take out his last 2 life post-Split. That Thunder never came though and I lost to 2 pumped Lancelots combined with his own Thunder.

Loss: 0-2

We both made a considerably number of misplays (my opponent didn’t banish Perceval to save his Lancelots a few times, for example). All in all it was a great match albeit an underwhelming start to the day. Though it was probably the most enjoyable match-up I played all day too.

 

Round 2: Vs 4 Color Banzai Grimm With Matchsticks

Oddly enough I played against my opponent during downtime at the Yugioh Regional on the 12th. For this reason I knew all about his Banzai Grimm deck prominently featuring Little Matchstick Girl. However, my deck was well-positioned against his thanks to my maindecked Flame King’s Shout. I took Game 1 off said shout when it took out his 2 Hunters in Black Forest and his Tinkerbell.

Game 2 I sided in the remaining Shouts, but winded up defeating him in the air with Bahamut attacks.

Win: 2-0

My opponent was very quirky and nice. It was really great that he understood Yugioh (my round 1 opponent did too) so we had a lot of fun making references and such. He also had a hilarious RWBY sub-theme to his deck that I really enjoyed seeing (He ran cards that looked like the main 4 girls from RWBY, an internet cartoon show I recently got caught up on).

 

Round: Vs  Dark Alice/Blazer/Vlad (Dank) Control

So my opponent made it very clear to me before, during and after the match that he was lacking a large amount of the cards for his deck (due to not being able to buy them before the tournament and leaving some on his desk). I played against him at the pre-release so I knew from that, he was really good. I’m honestly sure that if he had all the cards he was lacking that I would’ve lost or at the least had a harder time.

Game 1 he scooped after Bahamut hit him twice and sided into Blazer for game 2. Upon seeing Blazer I realized I messed up not switching to Vlad. Bahamut suddenly sat ironically scared by the combination of Blazer + Deathscythe (which demoted him to a janky kill spell that would lead to my own death to Blazer. Luckily, this was where my opponent gave me an out with his stone deck:

  • Ruler’s Memoria x2
  • Shadow’s Memoria x1
  • Magic Stone of Heaven’s Rift x4
  • Gruesbalesta x1
  • Darkness Stone x2

He told me post game that the Heaven’s Rifts should’ve been basic dark stones. However, the fact that they weren’t allow me to hit him for 18 damage off Split Heaven and Earth game 2. I could’ve won had I hit him with Split twice, but he made me discard 1 copy using Nyarlathotep, the Usurper. After that I ended up using my FlameKing Shouts, Demonflames and Thunders to keep him off the board while I tried to draw into another Split. I didn’t see it and lost though.

Game 3 I switched to Vlad and got in a decent amount of damage with Flame Sprite and Lancelot before he managed to stack multiple Robes of the Flame Rat to shut my creatures down. However, Vlad drains combined with a Split still did him on turn 6.

Win: 2-1

So my opponent showed me that he too was packing Vlad in his side, but didn’t switch to her for some reason. It was a tense match and easily the most serious couple of games I played today. Still it was a good challenge overall.

 

So with this record I took 3rd Place at the tournament and got this Christmas Lumia Promo!

 

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Standings were like:

  1. Dracula
  2. Naya Sylvia
  3. Bahamut (Me)
  4. Sylvia Yamata-no -Orochi Reanimator
  5. Banzai Matchstick Grimm
  6. Dank Control Trio

Yeah another disclaimer is that this was a free to enter 6-person tournament. Whether or not this removes the legitimacy is up to you, but I found it to be a very competitive, yet laid-back atmosphere. I really liked that.

 

What I learned:

  • Maxing out on my ratios was probably not the best move: There were cards like Duet of Truth that I sided out every match, while at the same time other power cards like Cthugha/Lancelot were surprisingly hit or miss all day. Playing Bahamut I judgmented/J-Activated on turn 1 multiple times. This put my opponents on a fast clock, but at the same time made cards like Lancelot really dead. Also once Bahamut had to stop attacking and start tapping for stones it really hurt my momentum.
  • Always be prepared for the worst possible match-ups: I should’ve prepared for Sylvia or at the least for something other than the noticeably absent Reflect World deck.
  • Bahamut is perfectly countered by Blazer+Deathscythe. However, Blazer is then effectively countered by Vlad and Reflect/Refrain. This triangle is really interesting and makes side-boarding J/Rulers alot more difficult.

 

MVPs of Today:

  1. Split Heaven and Earth: I know that not every deck will die to Split, but those that do die very hard.
  2. Laevateinn, the Demon Sword: This card is broken allowing Bahamut to J-Activate and attack on turn 1. I’m legitimately glad that Blazer exists now just so this isn’t tier 0.
  3. Rukh Egg: This little Sangan wannabe made Cthugha good. Everytime I sacked it I was beyond happy.

 

I have a long way to go to avoid misplays like with the Slyvia match-up, BUT I’m confident I can keep improving at this game. I had a lot of fun at the tournament. The people, the matches and the atmosphere was really intense, but at the same time relaxed. I’m going to edit Bahamut for the future or at start working on a new Vlad build. I’m really excited for the next time I can compete 🙂

Thanks for reading as always.

 

I hate Pendulum Summoning and Pendulum Magicians, but at least my godlike luck hasn’t failed me! (Yugioh Regional)

So after making the dangerous life decision to enter the main event I underwent a long day of:

  • Losing to Pendulums
  • Opening value
  • Either getting amazing or awful Reasoning mills

As per the usual I should be sleeping right now, BUT we gotta get this sordid tale posted. If only because today was pretty crazy.

 

My Deck:

Main Deck

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I played Infernoids (closest thing to “meta” deck I thought). This deck is very strong and fun, BUT it can be played around and OTK’d very easily.

Extra Deck

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I made 4 Extra monsters in matches all day. Omega is MVP of the extra hands down.

Side Deck

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This was my side deck. Royal Decrees put in the most work overall.

 

Match-Ups

Ok so in the interest of time and efficiency I’ll be posting each of the TEN rounds in this format:

  • Round #
  • Opponent’s Deck
  • Opponent’s Demeanor
  • What I learned/Worst Mistake/Best Play
  • Result

 

Round 1

Magicians

Kind/Friendly

ALWAYS READ THE CARDS: I got cheated Game 3. I had Attondel on board and he has a Castel with no materials and an Oafdragon Magician. I normal summons Skullcrobat Joker and adds PERFOMAGE Mirror Conductor to invert Attondel and kill me. I don’t believe he intentionally cheated me, but I was demoralized afterwards.

Loss: 0-2

 

Round 2

Magicians

Quiet/Withdrawn

Felgrand is trash against Dracoslayer: I overlayed Omega into Felgrand…

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These are all the Extra monsters I made all day. I lost every game I made something other than Omega and of course this game by losing my Omega. Though he had multiple Damage Jugglers in grave so it may not have mattered. Also as a funny side note the vendors were selling Damage Juggler(A Common for Clash of Rebellions) for $2…

Loss: 0-2

 

Round 3

Graydle-Kaiju

Demoralized

You can never bet on your match-ups: So the interesting and saddening highlight of this match is that my opponent had optimized his Graydle-Kaiju deck to fight Pendulum Magicians and in order fought:

  • Blackwings
  • Blackwings
  • Infernoids (Me)

His first line to me was “please beat me so I can go drink” In hindsight I can’t even blame him

Win: 2-0

 

Round 4

Volcanic-Plants

Comical/Easygoing

Infernoids wreck grave-based value no duh: Plants and Volcanics don’t like Infernoids. Together they just hate infernoids more. That being said this was probably the most interesting deck I faced all day. If anything it was the most original. Though it was not however the most interesting deck I saw though.

Win: 2-0

 

Round 5

Satellarknights

Pensive/Tense

Always wait for the target: I lost game 2 when he summoned Altair and I shotgun banished his Deneb allowing him to target another Teller, make Castel kill my Royal Decree and beat me. Luckily, when the same situation came up game 3 I righted the wrong.

Win: 2-1

And then the losing streak renewed…

 

Round 6

Pure Performage

Friendly/Talkative

NEVER BLACKROSE A PLUSHFIRE: For some reason I forced a Black Rose Dragon to nuke his monsters/Pendulum-Scale while he had Plushfire on board. He then summoned Damage Juggler, rebuilt his board and killed me.

Loss: 1-2

 

Round 7

Perfomage Magacians

Quiet/Serious/Middle-Aged/Youtuber

Never leave Deactron in Attack mode: I punted a Game 1 I could’ve won by summoning a Decatron at 1200 lifepoints to have the Devyyaty and Ununcu on board. My opponent had 1 card in hand and then top decked Luster Pedulum to run over Decatron for game. He was a former Youtuber for Yugioh though so that was pretty cool.

Loss: 1-2

 

Round 8

Burning Abyss

Horn of Heaven is Real: I got hit by Horn of Heaven at least 4 times over the course of the very short match. Also I learned that Skill Drain wrecks my deck at least when fighting against #30 Acid Golem of Destruction.

Loss: 0-2

 

Round 9

Opponent didn’t show up, i got a buy and played against some passerby

Magicians

Quirky/Talkative

Don’t Turbo into Star Eater: My opponent had a beautiful Ghost Rare Star Eater he made instinctively each game. It got in the damage, but obviously I had the outs.

Win: 2-0 (This was my first win against a Pendulum deck all day…)

Majespecter

Quiet/Decisive

Don’t Xyz Summon in Majespecter?: My opponent made many question overlays with his Majespecters. That and he kept calling 5 on my reasonings…

Win: 2-0

 

Round 10

Yang Zing

Annoying

Lose 1 Turn wrecks Noids/Calm the salt: My opponent had me dead to rights using traps like Fiendish Chain and Lose 1 Turn. I let the tension get to me and I attempted to scoop up my cards and forfeit. I regained my composure and played it out after apologizing. I got destroyed anyway, but it was the right thing to do.

Loss: 0-2

 

Post-Round 10

I got into a 3-way duel

Vs Psyframe and Magicians (Both Friends)

Psyframe pal flipped Anti-Spell Fragrance and Magician mate opened 2 Weavering Eyes, Oafdragon, Apex Avian and Odd-Eyes Fusion. I pulled out the win after resolving Devyaty.

Win 1-0

Vs Psyframe

We didn’t get to game 3, my opponent whiffed on 2 blind mind crushes though. It was rough.

 

My Thoughts

I got scraped/demolished/trashed and wrecked by virtually everything that set a Pendulum Scale all day. In order to make a viable non-Pendlum deck in the current era of Yugioh I think Anti-Spell Fragrance has become a staple. If I keep trying to play competitive Yugioh (which I really shouldn’t) I may have to buy it.

MVP of the Day

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The strength of Infernoid is mostly the power of Devyaty to wipe out backrow. I won most of my games off its effect and lost the most games when it was played around post-wipe and my opponent managed to rebuild their scale.

Top 5

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Devyaty: For hitting the P-Scale and rogue deck backrow (when able)

Decatron (Because legitamately I topdecked him at least twice today when I had literally no other outs to the board)

Raiden (Same as Decatron, his mills turned the tables in 2 games)

Patrulea: Did I mention I hate backrow?

Lyla: (See Patrulea)

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Weirdly Reasoning either milled half my deck or flipped 1 monster and whiffed every game all day. I can’t nor will say Reasoning was bad, but it was very bizarre. Foolish is here became I didn’t play it all day and I sided it out literally every match.

 

Thoughts on Infernoids In this Format?

Every Magician player I’ve met told me that Infernoid is a hard match-up for them. I’m still not sure if it was just my inexperience with the match-up, but after how each of my match-ups went (literally going 4-6, with a bye losing to Pendulum decks 4 times) I think the match-up is unfavorable. I sided in 3 MST and 3 Fairy Wind literally every match-up, used them as best I could and still got wrecked. Though I’m probably going to either keep working on this deck or jump ship to something more defensive (Traps.Deck). I don’t begrudge the Infernoids and I still cherish this sacky, but fun deck.

And now for the part of the post that invalidates literally everything I’ve written this far. Despite getting destroyed I went so plus off of my pulls and trades overall that this event PAID for itself.

Rather than type I’m going to post pictures and let them do the talking.

Thanks for reading as always.

 

Dankest Pulls and the actual morale of the story

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Not only 1 of these is actually that Dank

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Shout out to my friend who got a deck profile with his Fluffal deck. I’m going in your footsteps man!

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3 of this DDD fusion at a great discount (Reiji intensifies)

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In my 3 AM excitement over actually posting pictures of Kozmo Bank Destroyer I almost forgot the most important rule that was reaffirmed for me at the regional. Always go with friends, acquaintances or colleagues. There was nothing more stress-relieving than having a shoulder to cry on after getting wrecked and having soft jabs to take after you open broken.

Also I want to give congratulations to my friend who got 13th place with his Magician deck and his invite at this regional Through his playtesting, smart investing (getting 12 Apex Avians back when it was $3 apop) and expert plays he built and managed the deck like bro.

Actually done…

 

 

Magic the Gathering Draft and Force of Will box opening? High rolling at its best (Return to Ravnica/Twilight Wanderer)

So in the spirit of study breaks this week I’ve done multiple card gaming events (finals be damned!)…

Sorry finals, I know I still fear you…

Anyway, with the Ygo Regional tomorrow it’s time to blog fast.

Return to Ravnica Draft

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So I drafted Izzet after a pack 1 Steam Vents (shockland easy!). I passed over Epic Experiment pack 2 for the foil Explosive Impact, but was passed a Mercurial Chemister. Pack 3 I believe I took the guildgate over some off-color bulk rare.

Match-Ups (Sort…of)

Round 1: Vs Izzet

I played the mirror match against a friend. It literally became a battle of who could assemble more creatures and which of those creatures had any form of evasion. I took game 1 off of Sphinx of Chimes. Sadly I lose games 2 and 3 (2 to being on the draw in a race of a match-up and game 3 to trying to race Lobber Crew pings with Doorkeeper mills).

Loss 1-2

Round 2: Vs Azorius

This match-up was a steamroll. My opponent was trying to stall against my Tenement Crasher. He bounced it twice, but it just came back for repeated attacks. Games 1 and 2 went by quickly in my favor, but I had to leave for work so I dropped from the event. I gave my opponent the match win.

Win 2-0, but not really

In hindsight I may have goofed making a flavor deck, but I had a lot of fun with this set.

Building the New Yugioh Decks (Speedroids)

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So as a side project behind Infernoids I finally acquired all of the Speedroid monsters! I got these to build an anime deck for Yugo (totally not named fusion). It’s been very fun so far despite having only seen 2 duels. There are alot of graveyard synergies in the build to utilize. The major issue of the deck is that I have no Clear Wing Synchro Dragon (#FlavorFail) and Speedroid Taketomborg restricts you to summoning Wind monsters the turn you use its effect. Still from the initial games this looks to be a very fun casual deck.

Twilight Wanderer Box Split 

Ok so this is was the best box I’ve ever split. While my first box split was meh, my 2nd split was ok and my 3rd split made me want to quit opening this game entirely (as I did write on this blog at some point). This was the first ever opening where both players left satisfied.

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So I pulled (with the help of my roommate’s insane luck) to open a stamped Valentina (which was what I wanted more than anything else from this set.

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I’m pretty hyped for building some degenerate Overlord Valentina deck. Before anyone says something, NO I’m not running or buying all Seven SKL rulers. I’m only getting Arla and Rezzard to combo with Melgis (and maybe old Valentina). With these 3 she’s at 1000 Atk/Def, putting her out of Flame range and giving access to some of the most potent God’s Arts and Names. HOWEVER, this is a challenge for another night as the regional is literally a few hours away. I really want to enter the main event for old times sake, but the final due Monday is a looming threat. I’ll probably end up making a poor decision, but I’ll pull through somehow. Here’s more pictures of pulls before I frantically mull over sidedeck choices and Hydrology terms.

Thanks for reading as always.

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TTW Pre-Release Summary: Everyone I bid you Hello and…

I got back the FoW pre-release like 2 hours ago. I had a beyond satisfying experience despite the event lasting almost 6 hours. That being said between the misplays I made and the mountains of salt I caused, there is definitely room for improvements in the future.

Now that being said I have class…

In like 9 hours, so this blog post will be fairly fast.

Hopefully…

The Deck:

Red/Black Dark Alice Control

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So I had a good time because I opened REALLY well. I think I got the 4th best pulls at the event. Between Dark Faria x2 and Beat of the Phoenix Wings x2 I had a lot of removal. My only major mistake was not running Burn to Cinders until round 3. Anyway,

My Match-ups:

Round 1: Vs Red/Black Furnace

My opponent was overwhelmed by Dark Alice’s God’s Art (#Shrivel4Life). He tried his best to kill her, but I got too far ahead in the life race while he kept attacking her. This happened 2 games in a row.

Win 2-0

I knew my opponent as a former Magic player. He was a really good sport. After the thrashing I caused, we discussed with the nearby finished players about how unbalanced the format was allowing players to use the pack opened J/rulers  against the Draft Ruler Clockwork Furnace. It left the people who opened relevant J/Rulers (like myself) a glaring advantage. The top 4 of the tournament not surprisingly was all people who opened rulers.

Round 2: Vs Red/Blue Knights Furnace

My opponent opened Lancelot, Hector and Guinvere (also he wasn’t playing with sleeves…). I won game 1 after like 30 minutes after a long war with attrition with Dark Alice. He then swiftly killed me on turn 4 game 2 with perfect on curb Lancelot attacks. Then we drew in time game 3.

Draw 1-1-1

Another issue is that people went into time every single round. I think the nature of the draft format just gravitated toward longer games. My opponent seemed very good. I didn’t get to know him much from the games though.

Round 3: Vs Dark Alice Mirror

So we had a pretty fair mirror though my opponent had far better finishers than I did (like the phoenix thing). I made a colossal misplay game 1 when I forgot I set Flash of the Demon Sword in my chant standby and mist the chance to clear his board. Game 2 I finally sided in Burn to Cinders (after I got blown out by it game 1) and learned it was crazy good with Dark Alice. I was beaten up for ages Game 2 until he finally killed me with 3 cards left in deck with a Demon Sword to give the Dark Alice the swiftness needed to kill me.

Loss 0-2

I always remember my misplays and I think this will be one that I’ll never live down. I’m not sure I could’ve won (as this was one of the store’s best regular players that I was up against), but it was definitely a miss that cost me the game. Also this guy opened in my humble opinion the best pool in the store with multiple 4 CMC swiftness dragon Dark Arlas and both Dark Alice’s Cat and the Demon Sword.

Round 4: Vs Red/White Fairy Furnace

Legit my round 4 opponent was seemed depressed over the state of pack ruler decks crushing the furnace decks and I couldn’t really blame him. I beat him game 1 with a perfect curb of creatures (Mech Knight is really good, especially in this format where you can always play him on turn 2). Game 2 he got a lot of early game aggression with Flame Sprite and Light Fairy, but Dark Alice would have none of that blasting the fairies into oblivion .

Win 2-0

Arguments over the Sealed Rules

There were some flaws with this sealed format. I know I had a great time because I opened a really strong deck and didn’t have to struggle that much, but I could tell that many people were frustrated by the rules. I heard these arguments for how FoW sealed should work:

  • All players can play any ruler in the block even if they don’t pull it (just proxy it)
  • All player can play any ruler from that set even if they don’t pull it (just proxy it)
  • All players play Clockwork Furnace (The Draft Ruler)

I also heard both support and counterarguments for each one of these.

  • Giving everyone the most options is best vs Everyone will play Blazer if we allow the whole block, because he’s the best
  • Giving options limited by the set is more flavorful vs Everyone will play Slyvia if we allow the whole set because she’s the best
  • Clockwork Furnace is a legitimately fair J/Ruler vs Clockwork Furnace is boring and no one wants to play him

I don’t know the right answer and being a relatively new player I’m not someone to ask. I made a lot of slip-ups during play, but I think I learned alot for the future.

Thoughts:

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These are legitimately some of the best FoW pulls I’ve ever had. Whenever I’ve split boxes with my friends I always opened a maximum of 0-1 J/Ruler or just lost money. For example, after splitting the SKL box I was really upset about my pulls. I guess this is karma paying me back for those dank pulls. Either way I have to build Dark Alice Control now (as building as many FoW decks as possible has become my recent muse).

Thanks for reading as always.

Trying to Become a “High Roller” in FoW and Ygo

Some guidelines for this post:

  1. I’m a total hypocrite
  2. I have a problem
  3. I have successfully gone too deep in a very short period of time

Our story beings a on November 24th when I decided to try and build a “meta” FoW deck and ends a few hours ago with me having spent over $100 on less than 10 cards.

First and foremost in my quest to git gud at Force of Will I tried to buy a myriad of pricey staple cards for the game.

A Random Bizarre Occurrence 

I wanted to update my Vlad deck (really to make it more fun). I saw a Mono-Green build on Youtube and wanted to test it out so I tried to get the budget pieces on Tcgplayer. Then this happened…

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The vendor literally sent me the same order twice in what is perhaps the most hilarious shipping error I’ve ever seen. Luckily, the cards were so cheap they told me to just keep them.

And then…

Returning to the Quest to Git Gud 

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I found some great deals on Ebay for Susanowo, the Ten-Fist Sword (playset for $8) and Fiethsing, Magus of Holy Wind (playset for $18). In addition after reading Athos the Three Musketeers I thought he was pretty cool so I ordered him too (Puss in Boots deck incoming). As you might’ve realized though is that the bottom card isn’t FoW. I also found a decently priced playset of Void Seer (set for $4.50) and jumped on it.

Full Disclaimer: I may have failed utterly to not try and get back into competitive Yugioh. 

The shackles of Konami can’t be broken so easily. I had the bulk of the Infernoid deck built during my Nekroz days. Though I never finished the deck due to Infernoid Decatron being pricey ($5 a pop) and also being satisfied with Nekroz. However, this week all caution was thrown to the wind and I bought everything else for the deck.

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So Not only did I buy/trade for 2 Decatrons on Thursday, but I also bought this guy, PSY-Framelord Omega…

This card ran me $40 (actually a fair price). I originally planned to sell it after the upcoming Yugioh regional, but after watching this card and using it I’m just not sure. Omega is actually one of the best Yugioh cards I’ve seen released in ages. This card deserves to be $40, which is something I never thought I’d have to write.

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I have not abandoned Nekroz! It’s become my fun deck, where I test out weird ideas. As of right now I’m torn between adding Performages or Gishkis as sub-engines.

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I kind of like that Infernoids are picking up the torch that Nekroz dropped. Ages ago I posted here about building 1 meta Yugioh deck. And today it’s apparent not only that I built all 3, but that only one of them is even remotely viable.

Anyway, I playtested Infernoids all Thursday night against the guy whol sold me the Omega. I got a lot of great practice with the deck.

Infernoid Matches

Round 1: Vs Shaddolls

This was a very strong match-up in favor of Infernoids. Your monsters are strong enough that you never need to summon from your Extra Deck. Furthermore, Psy-Framelord Omega can bounced in response to your opponent’s Shaddoll Fusions to deny them value. Also banishing their Shaddoll Fusions from the grave is very strong. I only lost to a turn 1 Imperial Iron Wall.

Win3-1

Round 2: Vs Psyframes

This was a very hard match-up. I got into an Omega showdown, where we both had him out on the field. Sadly I got out-grinded 2 games in a row. He kept using Psyframe Overload to banish my Noids face-down. Once those combined with Omega got rolling there was really no stopping it.

Lose 0-2

Round Vs Majespector Pendulums

Ok so Majespecters are absurd. They all search new cards on summon and when you Pendulum Summon them, they can overcome the drawbacks of their spell/trap cards. It was pretty late at this point you we only played one game. I learned from this game though that the actual meta is still eons ahead of my pre-sidedecking.

Lose 0-1

Ok so onto tonight’s exploits:

Local Yugioh Tournament

I entered my friend’s Yugioh Tournament. I wanted to test Infernoids under some pressure before the regional.

Round 1: Vs U.A.

My opponent had taken a break from Yugioh (and had ironically traded me the Decatron only yesterday). He could’ve killed me in the first game, but made a misplay and I ended up winning (you never forget to normal summon!). Game 2 he sided in Dimensional Fissure, but I I used Decatron to pop it. He summoned Mighty Slugger right into my Torrential Tribute. After which he couldn’t summon the high level monsters in his hand so I won handily.

Win 2-0

Round 2: Vs Rock Stun

These games were fast, but skillful. My opponent summoned Thunder King Raioh and set 4 turn 1. I summoned Decatron and he tried to Ring of Destruction in response, however I had a Void Seer to chain. I then used Decatron to become Patrulea to pop another spell/trap. After that I summoned something to force his Thunder King effect and finally played Reasoning. After I flipped 10+ Infernoids he scooped.

Game 2 he went Thunder king set 2 turn one. I summoned Patrulea and he chained Lose 1 Turn. I then summoned Decatron and became Harmadik to pop his Thunder King Raioh. I then overlayed the 2 of them into Gem Knight Pearl. I got in the quick damage with Pearl before it died to Fossil Dyna. Luckily I topdecked my side-deck Royal Decree for his Vanity’s and then Deyvaty came down to clean up the mess.

Win 2-0

Round 3: Vs Hand Shaddolls

Game 1 I made a turn 1 Omega, which my opponent couldn’t kill so the Framelord just monkeyed around all game putting back Infernoids into my graveyard and sneaking me peeks at his hand. I learned that Void Seer can be used on Shaddoll Squamata’s flip effect, which turned out to be really relevant. Pirmais also proved to be really good in shuffling a set monster back into the deck (dodging any potential Doll effects) Eventually he got beaten by Omega and Attondel.

Game 2 will forever be the game I should’ve died immediately. I opened:

  • Void Seer x2
  • Antra
  • Attondel
  • and MST

This card can’t do much of anything. Worse yet my opponent made a first turn El Shaddoll Grysta (which can negate the summons of Infernoids) and set a monster. Even I summoned Antra, he’d just negate and kill it I drew a 2nd MST and passed. He summoned an Ice Hand, flipped up his Fire Hand and attacked me with all 3 monsters putting me at 2550. I was on the verge of scooping but then I top decked Charge of the Light Brigade. I took a deep breath and played it. I milled 2 Noids and added Raiden, who got another Noid milled with his effect. I dropped Antra which he negated, allowing me to follow up with Attondel (Grysta is once per turn luckily). Raiden ran over his Ice Hand in combat (I had no backrow so it couldn’t trigger). I then tributed Raiden to banish his Shaddoll Fusion before using a Void Seer protected Attondel to run over Grysta and Fire Hand. From there Attondel ran over everything until I won.

Win 2-0

MVPs:

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I give credit where credit is due. These cards won me every game over the last 2 days.

Decatron makes this deck function. He sets up every Synchro/Xyz play and clears the field of floodgates.

Patrulea is like having main decked MSTs, which are searchable via Decatron.

Lyla is another MST that also mills, Raiden has also been amazing to be fair.

Attondel doesn’t deserve to be a common. He won many of my games just because for some absurd reason he gains an unconditional second attack if he kills a monster in battle.

Void Seer saved my butt and I’m very glad I main-decked 3 copies despite the awful round 3 opening hand.

Spoils:

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While not directly useful to me, the Stellarknight Constellar Diamond paid for my tournament entry.

However, this story was not merely about buying an expensive Yugioh card and doing well at a friendly local. A wayward duelist appeared attempting to flip FoW cards for cash. This man offered me a really good deal.

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I got 3 Cheshire Cats for $40…

I never thought I could find such a good deal. I needed this card for my Valentina deck, but I was always too cheap to actually buy it. Actually getting it feels like slightly surreal.

So yeah this is why for the moment I feel like a “high roller” (probably using this term wrong). As of right now my plans for the rest of the month are as follows:

  • Enter the Twilight Wanderer Pre-Release (My first FoW event!) on Sunday
  • Split a box of Twilight Wanderer with my friends at college on the 11th
  • Enter the Yugioh Regional on the 12th (I’m still planning to do side events, though part of me always wants to enter the main event)

Relating to what I posted about last time I’m working on a powerpoint on card vending for anyone interested. I’ll probably put that up over winter break as my finals are technically right in front of me.

Anyways, thanks for reading as always.