Philly Regional Dec 2016: RIP Dieroll Format

Well, it’s about 1 AM as I start this post. I pretty much just got back from the Philadelphia regional. As usually with these posts I’m exhausted, tired and about to collapse as I write this. That being said it’s been one crazy day and I need to post about it.

 

I played ABCs at the regional. This was my build:

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I guess it’s Empowered ABCs?

Why didn’t I play Brilliant? Well after playing it in Nekroz I feel that:

  1. The risk of bricking with Brilliant isn’t worth the risk
  2. Brilliant can clog your board so you can’t tag out ABC Buster Dragon

Why didn’t I play Dimensional Barriers or Desires?

Because I have limits on my card game spending and buying the Strikes/Cyclones and Anti-spells were already way outside my comfort zone.

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Dragoedies was hit or miss. I managed to resolve his scale effect twice, but both times it won me the game. The main deck Ghost Ogre was really good and was only weakened by my admitted misplays. The 2 C Crush Wyvern didn’t hurt.

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The 3 Cosmic Cyclone in the main was very good. There were a few games where Twin Twister would be better, but the banish factor was almost always relevant. I had to buy the Anti-Spell Fragrance at the venue, but it was very strong. Also Strike… Strike is amazing. It was the MVP all day. Not even a question.

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I barely saw ABC Dragon Buster. If I did I won that game. I never made Traptrix or Ancient Fairy…. which also made the trap holes alot worse. In hindsight Cairngorgon might’ve been a good card to run.

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So like Artifact Lancea was awful. It never blocked System Down, it had fringe use against Dark Magician, but nothing in the mirror. Cycle Reader though put in some good work.

 

Match-ups:

Round 1: Vs Blue Eyes White Dragon

(Won the Die Roll)

Surprised to be playing something not named ABC or Metalfoes I missed up game 1 tagging out Buster Dragon too early. He shuffled away my piece with Alsei and I lost afterward. Game 2 open the standard board and beat him. Game 3 we go into time and he makes #38 Hope Harbringer, but I have 2 lv 4s on the field. I make Lightning and swung for game.

Win: 2-1

Round 2: Vs Dark Magicians

(Won the Die Roll)

Game 1 I slow him down with Anti-Spell. He draws out of the essentially turn 1 stun, but forgot Navigation needed a Dark Magician on field so he couldn’t stunt my plays. Game 2 he walked right into Dragoedies scale effect losing his Dark Magician to the shrink effect. I beat him handily even under Skill Drain after that.

Win 2-0

Round 3: Vs ABC

(Lost the Die Roll)

Game 1 he makes the standard ABC board (Buster Dragon, Tsukuyomi, and traps). I try to out is, but he disrupted my play and twin twistered both my strikes. Game 2 I make the exact same board and loses failing to out it. Game 3 Cycle Readers stunts his turn 1 buster. We system downed me twice and I misplay using GOSR on his Norden. I ended up getting outgrinded from there.

Loss: 1-2

Round 4: Vs ABC again

(Won the Die Roll)

Once again I make the standard ABC board and he scoops not revealing what he’s playing. I side generic going second stuff and he bricks the turn one ABC setup. I take him down to 1500 life turn 2 with the nuts Buster, Tsukuyomi and another piece (thanks gadget). He makes Cairngorgon to nerf my Buster and then makes his own. On my turn  set Dragoedies in the scale and he reads it twice before I attack his ABC Dragon Buster with A Assualt Core. He activate Drag’s effect and he tries to Cairngorgon. I tell him Drag doesn’t target. He tries to chain tag out Buster. I tell him he can’t tag out in damage step. He looks overtly tilted as I take him to 100 life. He scoops the following turn after I throw up Emeral and Gear Gigant (with more fodder for Dragoedies).

Win: 2-0

Round 5: Vs another ABC (Wow?!)

(Won the Die Roll)

Ok so this is the only round that ruins my dieroll format argument as I won the dieroll, bricked/opened nothing great and lost. Game 2 we both exchange system downs to make Buster sad forever. I ended up using galaxy cyclone to banish rhapsody in berserk to prevent his Tsukuyomi from killing mine. Still was too little too late and lost game 2 to being outgrinded.

Loss: 0-2

Round 6: Vs Yang Zing Metalfoes

(Won the Die Roll)

I was on the verge of dropping from exhaustion, but I was renergized by the sight of my most hated deck Metalfoes (full disclosure I’ll explain why I hate metalfoes later). Anyway I GOSR his scale after making a weak abc turn 1 board. This is enough to stunt him and then I banish his scales with Buster Dragon on my second turn. Game 2 his opens Steelen, Goldriver, The Yang Zing Spell searcher and double Combination. Once again I GOSR his scale and he passes setting both combos. I make the board and he scoops.

Win 2-0

Round 7: Vs Paleozoic Graydle Frogs

(Lost the Die Roll)

In perhaps my trippyiest match of the day my opponent opened traps and Card of Demise, but only a Dupe Frog. However he floodgates my Diamond Dire Wolf and Quakings my Abyss Dweller and Gear Gigant. This left me only a Castel with no materials to fight his def position Dupe Frog (with the ABC pieces stuck under facedown monsters I could never get to ABC Dragon Buster). He keeps trying to make monster which I use up all my traps and life to stop (I solemn striked his Toadally Awesome’s summon and its graveyard effect). Eventually I draw Dragoedies and use it’s pendulum scale effect to out Dupe Frog. He keep on grinding from there until our lives are 1400 (me) to his 1000. I bait his 3rd Toadally Aweome and use my set instant fusion to make Utopia the Lightning to swing over Toadally for game. That game 1 took 25 minutes…

Game 2 I scoop after his summons Toad+Opabina, but we still start game 3 in time. He summons a frog to xyz with, but I flip vanity’s and attack his Ronin with A Assault. From there I waited out until I won due to the lifepoint advantage. (Pro move was not attacking his set 2000 def frogs with A at the start).

Win: 2-1

Round 8: Vs abc…again…. 😥

(Lost the Die Roll)

Game 1 he makes the board, I fail to out it and he OTK’s me.

Game 2 I make the board and he scoops.

Game 3 I Lancea him to prevent turn 1 buster, but can’t make a decent board turn 2 and lose.

Loss: 1-2

Round 9: Vs Heroes

(Lost the Die Roll)

He makes the standard hero board after I GOSR his goblinbergh (which was a misplay, though he had instant fusion anyway). Anyway I fail to out the Darklaw, Bahamut Shark _ Toadally board.

Game 2 I open double A, double B and GOSR…

I don’t think I need to write anymore.

Loss: 0-2

 

The End?

I placed 96th in the regional of about 400 people, which beats my place at the last regional at least. I made a lot of misplays, I in some cases did pretty well I hope. The best part of the regional is that all day I played against nothing, but friendly players, not a single awful one in the bunch.

Pick-ups of the day and survivors of me selling my deck.

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Yep I sold almost every else of that ABC deck (He didn’t take the terraformings and some commons, dweller or utopia and refused to sell the pictured 4 cards).

My best pick up of the day pictured next to the best bad ABC support.

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My day’s spending broken down for my own sanity:

$20 (Entry Fee) +$35 (Invoker) + $24 (Anti-Spell) + $7 (Dollar rare binder) + 3 (Small Binder Purchase) + $3 (Pkm card) + $4 (Uber there and back) = $96 – $185 (ABC deck) + $10 (squirrel playmat) + $20 (Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon playmat I found left on the floor…) $6 (Frogs) + $2 (Magnet Warriors) + $2 (Eye of Time) + $1 (Tenki) = $130

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Always plus ladies and gentlemen.

Cash > Cards

And before anyone tells me how neg I went selling the deck for that: 2 things

  • One I believe that there’s a real value in the ease of selling IRL to avoid (ebay/tcgplayer fees and shipping)
  • Second there’s a real satisfaction to being handed cash

Anyway, time to collapse and my bed and pretend I’ll use this M-X Saber Invoker for Zoodiacs when they come out in February…

Toadally…

Oh yeah one more thing. I keep showing Jumbo Drill and Torque Tune Gear because they were the most fun I had while playing ABC. Neither was consistent enough to keep in my final deck, but both allowed for crazy plays involving Cyber Dragon Infinity, Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend and Trishula…

Anyway, thanks for reading as usual.

I’ll play Infernoid BA or Kozmo Kaiju as my “meta-ish” decks from now on. And of course my current favorite deck Gate Guardian.

 

3 AM even more tired update:

I gotta shout-out my crew and their highlights of the day.

  • Friend losing to Prediction Princess Guard Dog Control
  • Friend getting cheated when opponent claims Vanity’s Emptiness doesn’t stop ritual spells (Always call a judge fam)
  • Friend trading a Paleozoic Main Deck (NO Toadally Awesomes included) for a Nintendo 3DS
  • Fellow ABC playing friend not playing a single ABC all day
  • Friend opening double Superbia, Zerato, double Nastens

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  • My friend’s store/team Card Overflow taking first place in the regional (Also said friend going x-3 with Strikeless Metalfoes)
  • Friend playing Heroes beating some guy who bullied a little kid (True Hero confirmed)

 

 

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