How things didn’t [Spyral] out of control Philly Regional November 11th Tournament Report

Not really excited to discuss this because to make a long story short I scrubbed out hard at this regional. I had a good deck built (really), but between a few misplays and some bad breaks everything went to hell.

My Deck:

Main Deck

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Best card in the deck was Terraforming hands down. This card easily set up the deck’s basic combos and unbricked my hands.

Worst card in the deck was Psy-Framegear Gamma. Despite his impressive price tag I never had a situation where I got to use him as anything, but a 1 for 1 negate (Not to mention the time I banished the Driver off Desires).

Extra Deck

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MVP was obviously Dragon Buster, followed by Diamond Dire and Bagooska. Black Rose came up one. I made Tsukuyomi once to discard 2 dead Gammas.

Side Deck

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Gamaciel was the best card in my side deck easily.

Match-ups: 

Round 1 Vs Nimble Mermails

My opponent had max rarity Mermails employing the Nimble Engine for easy access to the Link Monster Mistar Boy. Unfortunately his only answer to ABC Dragon Buster was to fairly try to attack over it with Abyss Megalo. The hightlight of this round was when he used Mind Control to take my Decode Talker (while I had Decode + Buster) and then played Dark Hole. He only realized afterwards how neg this play was.

Win 2-0

Round 2 Vs Pendulum Magicians

Game 1 he smacked me with the power of Wavering Eyes when I tried to Twin Twister his scales. I lost from that point (which was sadly 1 minute into his first turn). Game 2 he used Winter Cherries to banish all of my Buster Dragons, but I had Anti-Spell so I still won easily. Game 3 I made Black Rose to wipe out his board and he never recovered.

Win 2-1

Round 3 Vs Cyber Dragons

Yup I was pretty happy before I realized that my opponent was on a rogue deck THAT HAPPENS TO HAVE A GREAT MATCH UP AGAINST ME. Game 1 I win off Anti-Spell and the luck that he never had a Cyber to fuse with my Buster. Game 2 one of the most tilting things to happen me occurred. His board was Cyber Dragon Infinity and a regular Cyber Dragon with a full Graveyard. My hand was Raigeki, Systerm Down and the last ABC piece needed for Buster. I baited the Infinity with Raigeki, but when I play System Down he chains Artifact Lancea which was the last card in his hand. Unable to out his board or make Buster I lose. Game 3 I brick and end on Bagooska pass. He summons Cyber Dragon fuses with my Bagooska and then beats me to death with it.

Loss 1-2

Round 4 Vs True King Dinosaurs

Game 1 I played through his True King of All Calamities and beat him. Game 2 I play through his board of Decode, Ultimate Conductor Tyranno, and Laggia, but I make a crucial misplay. I had 2 Dragon Busters out (one set by the Conductor). His hand has 2 cards. He played Dragonic Diagram and I banish it with Buster. He then summons another Ultimate Conductor Tyranno and runs over my Buster for game….

I never recovered from the pain of that loss and it loomed over me for the rest of the event…

We played Game 3 in time. He played through Ghost Ogre and Gamma to assemble a huge board whereas I failed to do anything so I lost after he used Laggia to negate my Buster Dragon.

Loss 1-2

Round 5 Vs Spellbook True Draco

My opponent bricked game 1 and literally did nothing to stop me from attacking him/accrue advantage. Game 2 I had the Kaijus for his Master Peace and I won way too easily.

Win 2-0

Round 6 Vs Pure True Draco

Not sure what to say here. He obliterated me (figuratively not literally) game 1. Game 2 I Kaiju’d his Master Peace and won. Game 3 he broke my board and killed me. Dude showed me some cards from Precious Memories (which seems to be another Weiss Schwarz style game), so that was cool I guess.

Loss 1-2

At this point with little chance to top the regional and nothing but stress I dropped out of the tournament…

What did I learn? 

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Well once again that Psy-Framegear Gamma was a mistake. I bricked with it in my hand 5 times and not once did the seemingly obvious scenario of Gamma negate handtrap make Omega during my turn come up.

The new format post-November 6th Banlist is actually really diverse in terms of what decks can be piloted. I would honestly say my only “problem” with Yugioh is that Ash Blossom is $70 and is without a doubt a staple in the format. That being said Ash didn’t actually feel that unfair. I don’t know maybe I’m just losing it, but Ghost Ogre was more back-breaking when it came up.

Basically the title is a nod to that fact that I never played against Spyrals. I sat next to Spyrals quite a bit though. As this might help more than my experience here’s a list of the decks I saw at the regional:

  • Spyrals
  • True Draco
  • Trickstar
  • ABC
  • Invoked
  • Burning Abyss
  • Mermails
  • Cyber Dragons
  • True King Dinos
  • Pendulum Magicians
  • Blue Eyes White Dragon
  • Red Eyes Black Dragon
  • Kozmo

So credit where its due. Konami fixed the tier 1 format and it feels little bit like 2014 (the golden age of deck diversity).

And in case it wasn’t obvious I didn’t buy the Ash Blossoms, Ghost Ogres, System Downs or Twin Twisters. I want to give thanks to friends in our little Yugioh circle for loaning them to me and for giving me encouragement throughout the event.

Thanks for reading as usual.

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Everything Card Game related I did in October 2017

October was a busy month for me due to adult life so I’m going to slam a bunch of event summaries and photos into this one post. I honestly wish I posted more, but here’s what I got.

 

Spyral Fever

So I have to thank the tier 0 nightmare of Spyrals for one of the most fun Yugioh trips I’ve had in ages. Basically as I’m sure you know if you’ve come this far into card gaming chaos that they released a new Yugioh set called Circuit Break and that in this set there was a new card called Spyral Double Helix which propelled the Spyral deck from fun jank deck to tier 0 powerhouse. I had said Spyral deck and had for the first time in ages that opportunity to play a meta Yugioh deck.

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As you probably already know I flipped that deck on ebay immediately right before the set dropped. This funded my trip to New York City to hang out with friends, go to Sneak Peek and ultimately the Brooklyn Regional!

 

Circuit Breaker Sneak Peak

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So first of all I need to make the sad declaration that Circuit Break was not kind to me (or most of my crew). I opened 15 sneak peek packs and my best pull was the Ultra Rare RivalArrival card…

 

I didn’t even open enough Altergeists to build a deck, but luckily that was a temporary problem. Being a prominent deck in the new anime I spent the weekend and the rest of the month trading/buying the rest of the deck. I would’ve done the same with the Rokkets, but many of them are Secret Rares so I’m hoping to wait until the Special Edition comes out to lower their prices. 

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Sneak Peek Mat Tournament 

We entered a sneak tournament where my buddies played each other in the finals (we bamboozled the store by having one friend scoop so they could play for the mat later (and let us leave to get dinner).

Round 1 Vs Paleo

Loss 1-2

I got to play against a youtuber (Davinator212) with my Zoodiac Stun deck (don’t try this at home kids). Regrettably I lost in time due to a misplay.

The worst misplay of the day though goes to my buddy who set his Time Pendulumgraph trap card in his Pendulum Scale…

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He went on to lose this match and has been ripped on for it ever since.

 

Goat Format

So due to an increasing disdain with modern yugioh I really got onboard when one of my mates said we should all play goat format. I don’t know if I ever brought this up before, but seems as good a time as ever. Basically goat format is yugioh with the 2004/2005 banlist so the games are glacially slow and reward slow card advantage and grinding. I can safely say these games have been some of my most beloved games of Yugioh. We played quite a bit of goat during the trip so it’s fresh in my mind.

 

Brooklyn Regional

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So the first thing I should say is that I put 0 effort into my deck and scrounged together an ABC deck literally the Saturday before the regional. I also added the additional condition of not borrowing a single card from my friends. Sound hard? Well it was. I played a very bad deck:

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You know the deck is bad when I didn’t even take a photo of it at the venue. Ignore the Dragon’s Ravine and the fact I don’t recall the rest of my extra deck…

Round 1 Vs Pendulum Magician

Loss 0-2

I was completely overwhelmed by what was at the time the best deck.

Round 2 Vs Pendulum Magician

Win 2-1

My opponent made several misplays while his buddies hovered around him.

Round 3 vs Pure True Draco

Loss 0-2

Opened triple Ghost Reaper game 1, my set rotation lock was outed immediately by cosmic cyclone.

Round 4 Vs Lightsworn

Win 2-0

My opponent was not very good, I went out of my way to win with Topological Bomber Dragon for fun.

Round 5 Vs Invoked Draco

Win 2-1

Between his bricks and my decent plays I managed to win.

Round 6 Vs Spellbook True Draco

Loss 1-2

I was getting pretty tired at this point and I couldn’t focus during the duel. Once again the set rotation lock failed.

Round 7 Vs Pure True Draco

Win 2-1

I have no recollection of this match and didn’t make any notes on it…

Round 8 Vs True Draco ABC

Loss 0-2

I opened Oracle of Zefra thus making my combo dead. I got steamrolled.

Round 9 Vs Pure ABC

Win 2-0

I Ghost Reaper’d his Dragon Buster both games. It was pretty anticlimactic.

What this tournament taught me was something I already knew, but never took to heart. I could easily have competitive success in Yugioh if I actually cared to construct a complete deck. I’m not going to say I didn’t make tons of misplays, but after awhile you just get the flow of the game down pat. My deck held me back, but I still got 93rd place.

Highlight of the Regional was definitely getting Italian pro player Marcelo Barberi’s autograph. In hindsight I wish I got a card signed, but I didn’t have a sharpie on me.

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Other than that here are some of the best Yugioh board states I saw/created during the month of October:

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And finally my acquisitions from the Regional/Sneak Peaks:

 

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Magic Standard Showdown?!

My buddy told me that at the Thursday Standard Showdown for Magic that the attendance was so low that they would give us packs just for entering. I threw together a deck of the draft bulk I found at the store, bought a few more copies of Lord of the Accursed and tadah! Black-White Zombies.

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Unfortunately, a bunch of people showed up and we actually had to play in the tournament…

Round 1 Vs UB Control

Loss 1-2

The mere fact I took a game off a real deck made my heart almost stop. In Oketra’s Name iss actually a really good card.

Round 2

BYE

Round 3 Vs 4 Color EDH Control Stuff

Win 2-1

I played my friend and actually won the match thanks to janky enchantments I sided in.

Round 4 Vs Jund Energy

Loss 0-2

Yeah this wasn’t even a real fight…

And the final joke was that we did get packs just for entering, but our pulls were…

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Yep Standard Showdown, once and never again…

 

And that’s about it for my October adventures is squandering precious resources on shiny cardboard. I’m going to a Yugioh Regional tomorrow so hopefully won’t take me a month to discuss what happened.

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Thanks for reading as usual.