Why Yugioh (and honestly card games) died for me in 2018. Post YCS Secaucus and NAWCQ Experience

I’ve been putting this off for awhile. Days, then weeks and finally months because I didn’t want to admit it to myself. Like a spouse in an unfulfilled marriage, I just kept going along because I feared change more than a stagnant lifestyle. While melodramatic that’s basically how Yugioh has been for me since YCS Secaucus way back in May of this year. Konami made the correct decision to ban Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King and with it killed my ability to win at the game with relative ease. Ever since then I grew more and more frustrated as my tier one deck became a high functioning rogue deck. To make matters worse, the community further deteriorated due to new time rules at events, toxic gameplay and unsurprisingly far greater powercreep. However, I’ve been feeling hostile to not just Yugioh, but Magic the Gathering also. I feel obligated to force out an event summary for the last three events I went to because they both changed my opinion on the game. That being said as a basic TLDR for everyone in case it was not obvious: this blog is probably dying because I’m tentatively done with card games.

Also disclaimer: I wrote this as I thought it so instead of prose it just sounds like how I talk. I apologize for how awkward it may be. Also I wrote this under a lot of stress so there may be some typos and such… Yeah I’m doing a great job hyping this. Woohoo…)

 

Event Summary

Well after dropping that casual bombshell I’m going to fly through these event summaries because they can all be summed up in 3 short words:

“I scrubbed out”

And while you can easily just say “ah you’re quitting because you’re bad at the game” I don’t see it that way actually. I see it as I have a ceiling with which I’m willing to play the game. I  never play-tested online since coming back into the game competitively a few months ago because it’s not fun for me. I never go to locals because the uber ride is expensive and I honestly have disdain for the players at said locals. For these reasons I admitted to myself that I would have a hard time beating players who made this game their life. I got as far as I did mostly from a solid understanding of my deck and frankly in hindsight luck. Masterpeace was a win condition. Most games pre-banlist were basically just… did they have an out? Without him everything became hard. Maybe my lack of practice finally got me, but I definitely didn’t win as often playing floodgate control despite how good Dinomight Knight is. Anyway, I should turbo through these events already. Luckily, since they maybe my last post I have pictures to offer!

YCS Secaucus

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This was an event that we drove too following the release of Dark Saviors. Two of my friends had the deck while I was playing True Draco. I won’t lie. I really wanted to play Sky Strikers. I think the deck is really cool, but I was not willing to pony up the $500 needed to get 3 copies of Sky Striker Mobilize Engage and 3 Sky Striker Mecha Widow Anchor. This tournament (right in my home state actually) would be the beginning of my downward spiral toward hating this game.

 

Round 1: Vs Chain Burn…

No Yugioh player ever wants to play against Chain Burn. Much less in the first round of an event when you’re not expecting it. Game 1 I lost to getting burned out. Games 2 and 3 I made a lot of cute plays to avoid burn damage (like using Waterfall of Dragon Souls to sack off my targeted monster to draw cards!), but game 3 he still managed to ruin my day.

Loss 1-2

Round 2: Vs Sky Striker Pure

This matchup was my first time seeing how hard the pure sky striker matchup was. Basically if they resolved Afterburners the tempo loss actually just wrecked me. Anti-spell wasn’t even good enough since my deck couldn’t even OTK. Game 1 he wipes out all of my cards so I lose. Game 2 I somehow outgrind him and win. Game 3 I narrowly beat him in a simplified gamestate.

Win 2-1

Round 3: Vs Altergeist

This was a horrible match or rather game. This guy was playing the trap Scrubbed Raid (named appropriately for any player actually using it) he was able to engineer a gamestate totally by accident due to his annoyed demeanor where I could never attack, but he could never out my board. In hindsight I should’ve surrendered because we started game 2 as they called time in the round so I lost.

Loss 0-1

Round 4 No Show…

Round 5: Vs Sky Striker Dark Magician

Game 1 I utterly rekt him with floodgates. Game 2 he draws half his deck with Spellbook of Wisdom into Sky Striker Mobilize Engage and I die. We draw due to the new time rules as we start game 3 in time…

Draw

Round 6: Vs Sky Striker Lair Monarchs

This was the only match of the event that made me happy. I was able to resolve Mettatron the 12th the true dracocombatent to summon Superheavy Samurai Steam Train King. He ran over his Ether, the Heavenly Monarch and then banished my opponent’s graveyard for over 4000 damage total.

Win 2-0

Round 7: Vs Pure Sky Strikers

I got outgrinded twice…

Loss 0-2

Round 8 Another No Show…

Round 9: Vs Altergeist

There was somehow a repair this round as if to add insult to the injury that we were playing Yugioh at 9pm despite the new EOM procedures. I beat my opponent in 2 fair back and forth games. Nothing much to say here.

Win 2-0

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Somehow with my stellar record of 5-1-3 I got around 260th place out of 1306 players. This is the crutch I still use to try and justify how terribly I did at this event. I got 2 whole byes, which while they helped my score only left me feeling that I didn’t even earn this paltry score…

I might as well give my thoughts on the end of match procedures now since they were first tested at this event and I sent the day discussing them with many players and even a judge. Every player I spoke with hated them. The judge liked them. I felt that they had a good intention, but failed to do their job. Matches still went into overtime that lasted up to an hour. Players began to side deck burn cards just so they could win in whatever phase time was called in. The worst part is that they caused players to game the system by slowplaying. I agree fully that something has to be down to make Yugioh events not end at midnight, but that the new rules at their onset totally failed to do so. My opinions actually changed as I write presently, but more on that later.

As a final aside I want to shoutout my friends at Drexel who won the School Duel on Day 2 of the YCS, my parents for letting us spend the night at my old house after day 1 and this one dude I ran into cosplaying Weevil Underwood at the venue.

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ARG Atlantic City

Following Secaucus, my group united to go to ARG Atlantic City since one of our friends had a contact who could get us a free hotel room for one night. We went in Friday night and had one of most fun nights of Yugioh goat control, beer and debauchery that I’ve ever been a part of. It was truly superb.

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I don’t think I’ve ever posted about it on the blog, but I love Yugioh goat control. It’s all that I love about the game. It’s a back and forth, slow grindy format where card advantage and value matter the most (or just jamming like a madman and hoping you win). I would go more in-depth, but this is already likely going to be my longest post so let’s just call it “old school” Yugioh, but an actual competitive format. My friends and I play it often to unwind and gamble a few bucks!

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The Actual Event:

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So by this point the format was solved with Gouki and Trickstar Sky Striker as the two best decks. My draco deck on the fringes once more, I tried to jam as much hate for the meta decks as possible.

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Round 1: Vs Gouki

Game 1 my opponent Extra-Linked me and I surrendered. Game 2 we grinded and I beat him. Game 3 we grinded, but they called time while I had more life so I won. My opponent refused to shake my hand after the match lamenting that the new time rules stole the game from him. Admittedly had our game dragged on he would’ve probably won. Still this made a lasting negative impression on my since the new rules were in turn leading to poor sportsmanship…

Win 2-1

Round 2: Vs Pure Sky Striker

Game 1 I did beat my opponent off the back of floodgates. Game 2 we entered a grind game and I lost. Game 3 I made a single misplay by killing my opponent’s Decode Talker instead of their hornet bit token (which I thought was a Phantom Skyblaster token). This gave them the ability to out my board and beat me. This match taught me that the Sky Striker match-up was indeed winnable, but that I could not make a single mistake at any point or else I would auto-lose.

Round 3: Vs Mekk Knight Invoked

Game 1 bricked opening Inspector Boarder and all Draco spells so I lost without any counterplay. Game 2 I bricked again. This was both mentally excruciating and also funny since my opponent was the same Mekk-Knight Invoked player I gave the win to at the last Philly Regional so he could get his invite…

Round 4: Vs Trickstar Sky Striker

We grind game 1 and I won in the end. He takes game 2 and ultimately beats me in time game 3.

Loss 1-2

Round 5: Vs The Most Confident Gouki Player in History

Game 1 he Extra Links me and I scoop. Game 2 we grind and I win. Game 3 we both open unplayable hands and I make Beelze and hit him until he loses…

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This was my opening hand and my first two draws…

He opened double Gouki Rematch and his own Cherries, which he used to removed MY ISOLDE…

Despite winning this match I was so frustrated I dropped from the event after this round.

Win 2-1 -> Drop

 

ARG Win a Mat 

I was given access to unlimited side events so I ended a win a mat while my friends continued in the main event. I think I tweaked my deck, but all I remember is putting Inspector Boarder in the side deck.

Round 1: Vs Tramids

I gave my opponent the utmost respect and did everything in my power to utterly destroy him. He was taking advantage of Neo Spacian Grand Mole at 3 and used it to bounce my monsters, but he couldn’t keep up with me in damage output both games.

Win 2-0

Round 2: Vs Gouki FTK

I had the most outlandish talkative opponent this round (which I only won due to the dieroll). Game 1 we grind and I win. Game 2 I flip Rivalry of Warlords and he fails to out it. We had so much witty banter that you would think we were old friends and not tournament rivals. He said and I quote, “I thought we were friends!” in response to me flipping up Rivalry. It was a surprisingly fun experience that never expected to have playing against an FTK deck.

Win 2-0

Round 3: Vs Altergeist

Game 1 he starts to out advantage me so I scoop. Game 2 I beat him using Inspector Boarder which locked out his monster effects. Game 3 he plays right into my Evenly Matched and never recovered from it.

Win 2-1

And so I won the event and received the 2016 ARG mat!

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I actually really like this mat (I’m a sucker for stained glass!). This was my highlight of the actual ARG and my best tournament result in the last three months of Yugioh).

Last thing to note was that after my friends also scrubbed out we had another night of Yugioh, beer and goats (in a new hotel room) which was once again amazing!

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We ended up playing goats so late that night that we gave up on attending the Day 2 of the ARG and went back to Philly after sleeping in.

 

NAWCQ

And we’ve reached it the highest tier of Yugioh and personally I first time in my life I really traveled for it. We went to Fort Worth Texas for the World Championship Qualifier!

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While there I ended up making a crucial mistake which allowed me a major insight as a Yugioh player and as a human being.

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So one of friends after failing to win the Last Chance Qualifier at YCS Secaucus allowed me to borrow his expensive Trickstar Sky Striker cards so I could play the deck. Basically to make a long story short I was awful with the deck (that I picked up the Thursday night before we left for Texas. I couldn’t win a single game and got overly frustrated even trying to play the deck. My lack of playtesting combined with my disdain for the deck’s playstyle got me burned out (no pun intended) on it after barely an hour of practice.

 

Round 1: Vs Light of Sekka Burning Abyss

Game 1 he beats me quickly. Game 2 I beat him. Game 3 I had game through his board of Dante, and double Black Luster Soldier, but I forgot my own Psyframe lord Omega return effect which prevented me from making Borreload Dragon…

So I lost…

Loss 1-2

And then after round 1 of the North American World Championship Qualifier I dropped from the event and sold all of my expensive cards to the vendors.

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Crazy huh?

Travelling halfway across the country to play Yugioh and then basically rage quitting immediately? I know it sounds pretty bad, but I realized that if I wasn’t having fun there was literally no reason to play. I wish I had just played True Draco wherein even if I lost I’d at least enjoy the deck that I was playing. Trickstar Sky Striker with proper practice would’ve likely allowed me to do well at the event, but as I never bother to practice anyway there really was no chance of that. And with my Ash Blossoms, Borreload, Isolde and Saryuya Skull Dread all sold my foray into competitive Yugioh had at last ended.

 

The Aftermath

So you might be thinking that my Nats trip was a disaster after dropping so early. Quite the contrary in fact, I had a blast. While I was saddened by my mistake I made the most of it and indulged in pure Yugioh madness.

First of all I got pretty decent prizes for… well just showing up actually (not the card though, I bought that).

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I received the qualifier mat, a pack of sleeves and…

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A Millennium item die!

Now these may not seem like much, but the whole event people were trying to buy and trade for them. The vendors were offering $65 for the mat, die and sleeves. Some of the better Millennium items like the Puzzle were selling for even more. One of my friends opened a misprinted gold Puzzle which he sold for $150!

Here are some the things I saw at the event:

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(Giant card structure deck duels)

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(Character pillars)

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(Duel Links Previews)

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While a terrible meme I was amused to find Table 500

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I got a card autographed by House of Champs’ John Moore! (I wish I brought a sharpie for more autographs…)

 

Duelist League…

I also entered a few side events!

Which were run HORRIBLY!

I entered a $2 Duelist League tournament, but it started without me. Annoyed I entered another one (receiving an entry card for each attempt) and got to have some meme matches with my beloved True Draco deck.

Round 1: Vs Trickstar Burn

My opponent was the girlfriend of a guy I traded with earlier while wondering the venue. He was cheering her on along with her other friends during the match. She did not seem to know what she was doing playing a burn focused Trickstar deck with Contract with Don Thousand. I beat her game 1, but our game took forever. Game 2 she used Trickstar Reincarnation to banish all of my Draco monsters, but Dinomight Knight preventing me from actually closing the duel so we drew in time as she had much more life.

Draw

Round 2: Vs Cyber Dragons

I 2-0’ed this guy so fast that we kept playing for fun afterwards until he finally beat me with Waking the Dragon (which I had no outs to the Raid Raptor Ultimate Falcon).

Win 2-0

Round 3: Vs Gouki

Game 1 he makes a weird board (funny how anything less than an Extra Link just seems quaint), but he sniped my hand with Neo Spacian Aqua Dolphin so I couldn’t break his board. Game 2 he twin twistered my Rivalry and OTK’d me through Shared Ride…

Yugioh is a fun game…

I kid you not…

At the time of writing this I haven’t played it since.

Loss 0-2

Anyway the reason the side event was so poor was that our Judge was also judging 3 other events all running at the same time so he was not there to give rulings or ensure that the  rounds progressed…

 

VA Duel

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The high point of the weekend was watching the incredibly bizarre Voice Actor duel between Jean Claude Magnum and Zigfreid Von Schroeder. Yeah you heard that right. The guy who lost to Mai Valentine in ep 80 and never seen again vs the villain from the filler arc who tried to hack Kaiba’s computer. Somehow they were able to make this a very engaging, funny and epic duel.

And that was it…

My friends all scrubbed out and we went home.

 

Final Thoughts 

So I should close this nonsense by giving a final explanation of what I learned. I didn’t enjoy playing Yugioh after Master Peace got banned and I couldn’t win anymore. I only enjoyed hanging out with the friends I made through the game (and still do) because I really enjoy these people. Yugioh is a part of my life. I’ll never truly quit it (at worst I’ll keep playing Duel Links on my phone) . I also don’t want to risk the friendships that the game has given me. So I’ll keep my True Draco deck or some other semi-functional jank deck together that can steal a game off a meta deck if the stars align. Maybe if the game got cheaper, the format became less stale or they printed a new archetype that I wanted to play I’d be more excited, but right now the future seems  pretty bleak. Granted as I write this, it’s the off season with no events, but I can’t see myself running back to competitive Yugioh even when they finally reprint Ash Blossom as a tin promo finally crashing her insane price.

Oh and as for the EOM procedures, the Yugioh community despite hating them have gotten used to them now so there’s no reason to really complain. The format has shifted to decks that can win while wasting time (Gouki) or deal at lot of damage quickly (Trickstar Sky Striker). This has just made life harder for trap card based decks, which doesn’t do me any favors since I like playing those type of decks.

 

Why are cards games dead for me overall though? 

Well it’s pretty clear that the only ones I play are Yugioh and Magic. And I realized long ago that I was only playing Magic because I had a few friends who played it. If my buddy doesn’t go to Friday Night Magic I don’t go. It’s that simple. I never edit my deck except for an hour before heading to FNM. I never even bothered to learn my deck’s own combos because I really don’t care. I’ve lost many games of Commander due to simply not knowing how to win. And even if I stop playing Yugioh there’s no reality that I would replace it with Magic. To be clear I feel the same way I do about Goats as I do with playing Commander with my friends, it’s a blast and I enjoy it. That being said I have even less desire to play against strangers or even consider playing it competitively.

Also I realized recently that for too long my life as been completely linked to trading card games. That’s all people would say there is to me. That upsets me now and makes me want to change myself… or at the least try to.

Nothing is 100%. Maybe I’ll want to play competitively again when Ash is a tin promo, or when Firewall Dragon is finally banned (Decode Talker is the real Vrains ace monster after all!). But at the moment I’m going to try and find a new direction for my life. I’ll still have decks to play, but it’s no longer something I’m really actively thinking about.

I don’t expect anyone to have read this far (nor do I really want anyone to). Though if you did thank you sincerely for patronizing this blog which many times I did want to make into a real thing. A mecca of many card games coming together because there is no reason you can’t love many of these games. But time drags on and what was once a fun use of time has now become a tiresome chore. I’m probably going to let the blog die this year. It’s not fun to write about something you have no passion for.

Thanks for coming though. Especially if I change my mind and end up looking like an over-dramatic tool. Seriously though.

Thank you.

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When the Dominaria Pre-Release is Lit (4/21/18 Magic the Gathering 2HG Pre-Release Summary)

I went to the Dominaria Pre-Release this weekend. The event was very fun and I got some of the best pulls in ages. Having not played much Magic the Gathering in the last few months this was a nice change of pace.

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Starting things off right, I opened 2 cool looking Legendary creatures in my pre-release kit. I instantly knew we would be building Green/White tokens to combo with Shalai, Voice of Plenty.

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The rest of my pool was crazy in terms of just good cards. I couldn’t deny being pretty ecstatic here.

 

Decks/Match-ups:

We built Green/White tokens and Blue/Black control for the event. My partner’s deck was based around his promo Urgoros, the Empty one.

Round 1: Vs Rakdos Voltron and Azorius Control 

Our opponents seemed nice enough, but I had a strong concern when we handed us their unsleeved decks to be cut. The Azorius guy was mana screwed for ages, while the Rakdos guy suited up a Saproling token for battle. I got Shalai out on turn 3 thanks to Broken Bond and the game was them trying to hold off Shalai unsuccessfully with bounce spells. Eventually we got enough mana to activate Shalai with a few soldier tokens out and from there we won the game handily.

Win 1-0

 

Round 2: Vs Golgari Saprolings and Bant Control 

We got Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy combined with a turn 3 turn Spore Swarm (Thanks Llanowar Elves) to get in early board control against our opponents. I added in the tokens from Sergeant at Arms and soon we had a Shanna at around 8 power being boosted further by the Triumph of Gerrard Saga enchantment. Our opponents tried to stall out, but once I top-decked Shalai after a long board stall she got off one activation of her ability turning our soldier/saprolings into a horde of 2/2s. One massive swing took our opponents from 30 to 16 along with decimating their board. The game was over.

Win 1-0

 

Round 3: Vs 4-Color Sagas and Green/White Tokens 

So our opponents managed to provide the only “feelsbadman” moment of the day by refusing to split the prize for first with us. We then fell behind early to their History of Benalia into Rite of Belzenlok. They then slapped a copy of On Serra’s Wings on the demon and started to beat us down in the air. My partner never drew a 2nd black mana for his removal spells so we fell behind fast. We managed to answer the Demon token with Time of Ice, but  then they slapped an Arcane Flight on Grunn, the Lonely King and we couldn’t answer it plus the threats on the ground…

Also no Shanna or Shalai all game. I just kept looping the Mending of Dominara while my partner played mono blue control…

Loss 0-1

We got 3 packs as prize support.

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And in those packs I opened-

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Muldrotha, the Gravetide! So with the exception of the Fist of Suns Legendary  and the new Sun Titan Bird, I opened every card I wanted from the new set! I can safely say this pre-release was a lot of fun and super worth. Thanks for reading as alw-

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Wait a second…

I think there’s another monster hiding under my pre-release pulls.  Did something else appear this weekend?

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As expected of the most belligerent boss monster printed in ages to cut in on my blog post. I’ll give my thoughts on him some other time.

Thanks for reading as always and have a good day!

4/7/18 Philadelphia Regional 15th Place True Draco Yugioh Deck Profile and Tournament Report

I got 15th place this time at the Philadelphia Regional with an attendance of over 600 players! It was a very long day with many horrific ups and downs, BUT this is the highest I’ve ever placed in Philly regional after many years of attending it. I’m very tired still ,so I’m going to jam literally everything into this one blog post before the details all slip away.

Context:

April 7th 2018 Philadelphia Regional

Format: 10 Rounds of Swiss

Metagame: Pendulum Magicians, True Draco, Pendulum FTK, Trickstars, ABC, Rogue Decks galore

Tournament started at 11am and ended at MIDNIGHT

 

My Deck:

True Draco

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So I made a few noticeable changes to the list from Maryland.

Changes:

  • I added an extra deck including a Winter Cherries package and a Scapegoat package.
  • I moved 2 Cosmic Cyclone to the main.
  • I added 1 Scapegoat, 1 Unending Nightmare to the main
  • I cut 1 Pot of Duality, 2 Monarchs Erupt, Solemn Judgment from the main deck.
  • I added the expensive hand-traps to the side, cutting Sphere Mode and D Barrier.

Deck:

Deck ran the same way fundamentally.  Scapegoat gave the deck a potential sack factor and made it less likely for the opponent to blind make Abyss Dweller turn 1 (which is the weakness of the no Extra Deck build). I expected the mirror, which is why I added Cosmic to the main, but no Draco mirrors were played that day.

BTW I want to just say this really quick. I would be totally fine with Master Peace getting banned if we can keep Dragonic Diagram at 3. I saw many decks use Diagram that will all die if the field spell gets banned.

Anyway, let’s speed through my TEN rounds, shall we?

 

Match-ups:

Round 1: Vs Budget Ties of the Brethren ABC

Game 1, opponent bricks and beat him down. Game 2 he bricks again and I beat him. Dude said it was his first regional and he was using Effect Veilers instead of Ash Blossoms. The struggles of a shy budget player are real.

Win 2-0

 

Round 2: Vs Mekk-Knight Invoked

Game 1 he loses to Skill Drain, literally just a turn 2 skill drain shut down his whole deck. Game 2 I opened Card of Demise, MP (Master Peace) and 3 copies of Imperial Iron Wall. He Ashs (Force of Wills) my Card of Demise, so make a Trap-Trap MP and set the last Iron Wall. The Wall prevents his play. We grind for a bit, but I defeat him off MP + Iron Wall. This was the only match-up I resolved Scapegoat all day.

Win 2-0

 

Round 3: Vs ABC

Game 1 he sets Gold Gadget and passes. I summon Amano, extra tribute Summon Maiden using Apocalypse to pop his set Gadget. The two monsters then hits him for big damage. In his standby phase I flip Anti-Spell. He scoops.

Game 2 he stabilizes against me with Imperial Order and Tornado Dragon, but I out his Tornardo Dragon with Ignis and deny his Dragon Buster with Imperial Iron Wall. The simplified game-state of Ignis + Iron Wall vs Imperial Order did not work out well for him.

Win 2-0

 

Round 4: Vs Pendulum FTK

Game 1 I open Anti-Spell and he loses quickly. Game 2 he FTKs me. I had him to go as far as searching Instant Fusion before I scooped. Game 3 I Solemn Judgment his first Pendulum Summon and he never recovers.

Win 2-1

 

Round 5: Vs Pendulum FTK

Game 1 he FTKS me. I should add that without my sided hand-traps I can’t interact with the FTK going second at all. Game 2 I open the floodgates and beat him. Game 3 I side my handtraps, see none of them…

BUT HE FAILS THE FTK!

He ends on a standard Pendulum board which I break winning the match!

Win 2-1

 

Round 6: vs ABC…

I was at Table 1! I was excited and legit confident! But…

My opponent and I got deck-checked…

I messed up and wrote 2 Winter Cherries on my decklist sheet when I was running 3…

So I got a game loss…

He then makes turn 1 Buster in game 2 and I didn’t see Amano Iwato….

Loss 0-2

At this point the judge said I had to play the rest of the regional with only 2 Cherries in my side deck (which is why there are only 2 in the photo).

I was super tilted. I’m still actually super tilted. If not for the support of my friends I would’ve dropped out of frustration and gone home then.

 

Round 7: Vs Shaddoll Dinos

Game 1 I bricked so badly that he killed me with a single unopposed Overtex Qoatlus. I literally went set pass until I dead. Game 2 I Solemn Judgment his Evenly Matched and used Return to pop his Ultimate Conductor Tyranno winning the game. Game 3 we grind down to a super simplified game state, but I ripped Card of Demise after Dark Holing his UCT and his Black Rose (which I had to Chalice to protect my Dark Hole). The Card of Demise led to MP and he surrendered.

Win 2-1

 

Round 8: Vs Metalfoe True Draco

Game 1: He takes a 5-8 minute turn 1 ending on a board with Abyss Dweller, Monster/Trap Master Peace, and Odd Eyes Vortex Dragon. I failed to break his board due to Dweller and lose quickly. Game 2 I opened double Cosmic Cyclone and Chalice going first and I stunt all of this potential plays beating him.

Game 3 I opened my side deck ASH!

BUT

I DIDN’T

KNOW WHAT TO NEGATE!!!

He keeps comboing and I sit there thinking on each effect dumbfounded on how  to stop him. I negate his Astrograph search, but he just destroyed another card to keep going. He ends on Monster/Trap MP, Vortex Dragon and Zefra Mettaron. My hand is Double Amano, Raigeki, Dark hole, and I draw an Apocalypse for turn…

I out his board with Dark Hole+Raigeki but he brings back his MP with return and easily beats me with it…

Loss 1-2

Now x-2 I have to not drop another game to avoid potentially missing the top.

 

Round 9 Vs: True King Dinos

Game 1 I disrupt his first turn with MP thanks to Apocalypse. He doesn’t recover and surrenders. Game 2 he goes turn 1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier into Phantom Fortress Enterblathnir to banish 2 cards from my hand, but he has no other plays. I break his board, but used Demise so I can’t hit him. Low on resources he searches the Fire True King, but I use Chalice to negate his Oviaraptor search! His diagram prevents him from outing my Maiden/Ignis so he’s forced to pass. I break his board with MP on the following turn for game.

Win 2-0

 

Round 10: Vs Pendulum FTK

Game 1 he FTKS me…

No surprises here.

Game 2 I side in the floodgate brigade and he loses to Anti-Spell.

Game 3

I don’t open any handtraps….

I resolve myself to lose the game…

BUT HE MESSES UP THE FTK!!!

He makes a standard Pendulum board which I was unable to crack! We get into a grind game, but a timely rip of Card of Demise finally brought me the win.

Win 2-1

 

Final Thoughts

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And that’s how I managed to get 15th place at Philadelphia Regional after over 5 years of scrubbing out there…

There are some edits I’d like to make, but I don’t believe True Draco will live for long. I pray that Konami does not ban Dragonic Diagram. I really enjoy playing this deck and would keep playing it without Master Peace (at least until I can break Counter Fairies). Also my respect for the Philly Regional is gone. I used to think it was a lost of good players, but it’s really a room of blowhard players surrounding like 20 or so quality ones. Also my friend got his deck stolen. Really a somber event overall. I left this regional after filling out my top cut paperwork again, more frustrated than anything else.

Thanks for reading as always.

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.

WHY I HAVEN’T POSTED IN MONTHS: SUMMER 2017 AND THE DEATH OF TOOMANYCARDGAMES?!

It’s only due to a mix of sleep deprivation, extreme happiness and slight intoxication that’s finally getting me to address the elephant in the room. I haven’t posted here in almost 2 months. The world of card games has changed while I remained inert and silent. Banlists dropped, formats changes and did buy plenty of product, but I did it all in silence. Why you may ask? Well I realized something pretty important. Trying to play and collect all of these card games was already a pipe dream. Maintaining interest and following set releases is really hard. That’s why I started to branch out and hire guest writers (who I actually paid) to specialize in each game. Still even that was impossible to keep up. What happened to make things so difficult? Well it was quite simple really. I finished college.

During my time in school I could devote my money and far too much of my time to all this card game stuff. Summer 2017 brought me into the world of adulthood wherein even following ONE card game is a challenge. When you combine that with how honestly on the fringe I was with most of these games, it became pretty likely that I wouldn’t be able to follow them. That being said there was a time when I truly cared about this blog. It would be wrong to just let it die quietly.

So here’s:

  • My 5 AM unfiltered thoughts on each card game as of right now
  • Literally every major card game event/thing that happened to me since my last post
  • My thoughts on the recent Yugioh banlists (Can you believe I missed those? Geez)

 

Unfiltered Thoughts: 

Yugioh

My fanatical love of this game and franchise is unquestionable. The floor of my apartment has been coated in Yugioh cards for weeks at a time.

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My collection of anime decks has long surpassed 100 completed decks. I’ve got them all organized by series in the corner of my room now.

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It’s a 100% established fact that Yugioh is my favorite trading card game. I’ve even been dabbling back and forth with meta…

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(aka bricking) but I still consider myself  both a very die-hard and eccentric collector.

Status: Actively Following, Buying, Collecting, Playing

 

Magic the Gathering 

Magic will always be my second favorite game. It has a richness and depth that both intrigues and terrifies me. I know almost every Yugioh that exists. I don’t know half of the Magic cards that exist. Since I moved to my new apartment my Yugioh cads have littered the floor while my Magic cards have gone untouched. I like watching Magic (especially StarCityGames replays) that much I know. However when it comes down to playing it I barely do or try to. All of my passion for

Status: Actively Following Standard and Modern, Infrequent Play due to Yugioh

And now for all of those other games…

 

Pokemon

I have never liked that in Pokemon it feels like comebacks are infrequent. Once you’re losing in prize cards it feels impossible to catch up. And yes I know there are supporter/trainer cards that support the losing player. They just don’t feel like enough to me. Also actually watching Pokemon feels like Legacy or Vintage Magic to me. I just can’t play the game anymore and I haven’t followed it in months. My deck has long since rotated.

Status: Has 2 rotated decks and half a binder, Not Collecting or Playing

 

Force of Will

I honestly loved this game. I gave it a lot of time, money and attention all for it to completely fail me. I sold all but my most beloved cards from the era in which I played. Some swell chap in Germany bought my whole collection on Ebay. I pray those cards are serving him well. I occasionally see spoilers for new cards and to be honest I loved playing Force of Will (my decks still exist), but I don’t think I’ll be playing it ever again.

Status: Morally opposed to it in every way, has a binder and 2 decks as a keepsake

 

Naruto 

Naruto was a weird mix of Pokemon and Magic that I honestly found very enjoyable. Unfortunately Naruto died in like 2013 and there’s no changing that. I only ever had one friend (after Middle school) who played/collected the cards and he’s back in New Jersey. These cards now rest in half of a binder while I ponder how to get rid of my bulk.

Status: Half of keepsake binder and 2 tins of unwanted bulk left

 

My Little Pony 

I never gave this game a fair attempt. We played it incorrectly a few times (trying to force multiplayer), and I think I only played it normally twice. This game was just a bit tedious and the only novelty was that concept of “fighting” with the ponies. Oddly enough all my decks are still built, but this game is likely to waste away in my storage box.

Status: Like 6 decks just lying around

 

Cardfight Vanguard 

I don’t like playing this game. I really like the artwork of certain cards and I enjoyed collecting those cards (back when I had money to throw away). However, now I can’t say I would ever willingly play Cardfight. The gameplay just upsets me and I don’t know if that will ever change. I do still love the Bermuda Triangle and Angel cards. Somehow I never made a binder for them though.

Status: 2 large piles of cards that really need a binder

 

Wixoss

Wixoss died when my friend Kenny vanished. He was the biggest advocate for this game. Without him I lost all interest as did my friend group. I stopped following the show and the sets. My decks are still together, but Kenny took all my other cards so those 4 decks are all I have left.

Status: Selector Abandoned Wixoss

 

Weiss Schwarz

Weiss is the best card game to not play. I love getting cards of my favorite anime characters because I’m a colossal nerd. Just having the cards makes me happy. Actually playing the game however has never worked out. With the exception of one Sword Art Online player, EVERY PERSON I’ve ever played Weiss with has gotten incredibly mad during the course of the game due to a bad card flip or pull. Like they would get so angry that I would feel uncomfortable. This made Weiss increasingly unpleasant to play so I dismantled all my decks. I still love the cards, but adding to a Weiss binder is all I plan to do if even that.

Status: One binder filled to capacity (also these status posts sure have degraded over time huh?)

 

Fire Emblem Cipher

Uh I learned how to play this at 2 AM. I remember nothing about how to play. I’m not a Fire Emblem fan, THOUGH I am enjoying the phone game so that may change. I can’t really comment on the game.

Status: I swear I have these cards somewhere…)

 

What happened:

Philly Regional

I attended the Philly Regional on September 9th. I borrowed a friend’s True Draco Demise deck. This is a chunk of it.

20170908_205027I went 4-4-1 and placed 140th out of  roughly 500. While not great this was the highest I’ve ever placed in Philly.

 

Ixalan Pre-Release

I attended the Ixalan Pre-release immediately before writing this post. I went 3-0-1 running Jund Dinosaurs (because I do what I want).

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I split with round 4 opponent so we could each get the most packs.

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This is the second time I’ve ever done so well at a pre-release. I haven’t gone 3-0-1 since Dragon’s Maze.

I’ve constructed a number of yugioh anime decks.

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Along with buying The Ur-Dragon Commander 2017 pre-con. Ur-Dragon has since replaced Progentitus as my commander.

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I bought a box of Battle of Light’s Revenge and multiple 2017 Starter decks.

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I opened Triple Dimensional Barrier in 3 Mega Tins. Honestly it was a good haul all around.

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I’ve bought the entire Yugioh collections of two people and absorbed most of the cards from a third person.

 

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And I got to watch a Hane-Hane get hit by Raigeki

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There is probably more, but I can’t think of anything else right  now.

 

Yugioh September 18th 2017 Banlist (TCG) 

Zoo died the death it deserved ages ago finally opening the format up to new strategies. True Draco is still viable as Master Peace Turbo. Dinosaurs are now OTK or bust. Lightsworns can sack better. Most of the other hits are irrelevant. There are tons of cards that should’ve been hit also, but I still like this banlist.

Whelp my eyes hurt…. like a lot. It’s time to stop.

What’s next for this blog? I honestly don’t know. I doubt I’ll have time to give it the attention it deserves. It may die. It may not. I thank you regardless for following the mad adventures of one man in his quest to perish suffocated under cardboard.

Thanks for reading as usual.

Hour of Devastation Pre-Release Summary: The day the Second Sun Approached us with an army of horses…

I entered the Hour of Devastation 2-headed giant pre-release earlier today. I was sold on this set for its flavor and story (mostly established characters like the gatewatch getting owned), unlike Amonkhet which was the first Magic Pre-Release I had skipped since I started playing.  This summary is going to be pretty brief also.

Our Decks:

My partner played Green/White Midrange and I played Red/Black Control. MVP of my deck were the 4 copies of Open Fire.

Our Match-Ups:

Round 1: Vs 18 land UW Approach and 15 land WB Zombies

We started out in the standard sealed boardstall. They cast Unconventional Tactics on Wildfire Eternal which hit us allowing them to cast Approach of the Second Sun for free. We tried to race the Second Sun, but they stalled us out by combining Crested Sunmare with Mirage Mirror to make an army of indestructible horses. Eventually they drew into the 2nd sun and a 7th land defeating us.

Loss 0-1

Round 2: Vs Esper Gideon and Red/Green Midrange

I messed up this round and thought that Without Weakness could be used on any creature. I used it (2 of them in fact) to protect our Crop Elite from an Open Fire and an Invocation Slaughter Pact.  None of us released this error for 2 turns and by then he had a huge lead. I should also point out that despite being Esper, our opponent never drew into land other than Swamp.

Win 1-0

Round 3: Vs White/Black Zombies (Also featuring Gideon) and Red/Green Aggro

The Red/Green player kept a 1 lander and never drew a 3rd land. Our opponent’s only creature was the Maruading Boneslasher which could never block so we just kept attacking them.

Win 1-0

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We won 6 packs, opened nothing to really warrant writing about and went home. This set is very cool in terms of flavor, not so much in terms of monetary value. Regardless it was at the least an interesting experience.

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Thanks for reading as usual.

Yugioh ARG Atlantic City YosenZoo Kaiju Deck Profile and Tournament Report Good Synergy or Horrible Mistake?

Two friends went to ARG Atlantic city playing their homebrew deck Yosenju-Zoodiac-Kaiju. Each played the exact same list. How did their tournament go?

Deck List:

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Duelist A

The reason behind why I ran this deck is that I wanted to run the best deck that required 0 thinking or time commitment. This was the most consistent and required least amount of thinking throughout the whole day, which was my main goal. Myself and a friend of mine played a nearly identical main, side and extra deck. Today I played Yosenzoo Kaiju, a deck that was designed specifically to go second and OTK (since every deck this format wanted to go second, and most didn’t play mirror force traps). Main-decking 4 board wipes, and multiple ways to 2-card combo, the deck specialized in making the typical zoo combo but overlaying for Tiger King instead of Daigusto Emeral, and setting Fire Formation Tensu, allowing the Yosenju engine (which you search off bullhorn because they’re beast warrior) to completely go off. In a lot of testing, we left the main deck at 46 to try and mitigate lawnmowing mills and we felt that (also running pot of desires) there was not a single card we could cut to make room.

 

The Combo:

Any way of summoning rat and a slumber OR Zoo and 1 Yosenju and Raigeki or kaiju and zoo and 1 Yosenju.

It’s same as zoo setup, except you search a Yosenju with Bullhorn and then make Tiger King with the 2 rats to set Tensu (or Tenki if you used Zoodiac Barrage) and Yosenju swarm.
Round 1: Pure Zoo (I think) 2-0

This is probably the fastest match I’ve ever had in my life. It was a total of 4 turns, and ended in less than 5 minutes. He went first and opened standard zoo combo, made Emeral+Drident and set 2 passed. I draw for turn with an opening hand of Tenki, Twin twisters, Kama 1, Kama 2, Kama 3, and Slumber. I twin twister ditch Kama 3 to which he reveals my body and chalice. I then slumber, search Kama 1 with Tenki, and then summon Kama’s 1,2,3, bounce my opponent’s kaiju back to my hand, and then attack for game for a total of 2 turns.

Game 2 he opened very similar, and I opened slumber zoo for the combo, ending the match in 4 turns.

 

Round 2: Infernoid Zoo (2-1)

Game 1 he wins die roll and goes first, setting up a board of decatron (with Devyaty-negate monster-effect), Drident, Rafflesia, and Totem bird. I Kaiju the Totem bird, slumber, and then OTK with Barrage and 2 Yosenjus in hand.

Game 2 He goes first again and sets up a similarly unbreakable board. I don’t draw slumber so it’s harder to bait out/break, but I set myself up (backed by storming mirror force) to not die. I survive the turn because storming mirror force is broken, and all I need to do to swing for game (he was at 300 life) was topdeck any monster. I draw a dead Tensu, set it, and wait for him to kill me as long as he didn’t’ mess up.

Game 3 I draw Maxx c Lancia going second so there was just no way I was losing, especially when he left arm offering’d his hand for an instant fusion to bring back zoo. He took the maxx c challenge and I drew 6 cards, Slumber’d for game and held Forbidden Chalice in hand for Fairy Tale Snow.

 

Round 3: Pure Zoo (1-2)

Game 1 I bricked double Chalice, Tensu, Raigeki, Kama 2, Kama 3. I cleared his board but got hit by Solemn Strike to my Kama 2, by which he had enough resources to otk me next turn.

Game 2 I pulled off the yosenju combo and won.

Game 3 He opened an unbreakable board and I had no board clears.

 

Round 4: Metalfoe Zoodiac (0-2)

Next to Paleo, this is my second-to-worst matchup, as I simply lose to a board that they can bring back next turn if I can’t otk.

Game 1 his opening board was Majespecter Kirin, Totem bird, Drident, Emeral, Metalfoes Counter and a Fullmetalfoes Fusion set. I Kaiju’d totem bid and slumber’d, but he chained maxx c and I couldn’t OTK with Kirin on board and the maxx c/fullmetal combination.

Game 2 I elected to go first (my 3 strikes and 2 barriers in the side were for against pendulum-based decks and Paleo) but drew none of the 5 traps that I sided in, even after desires for a 6-card opening hand.

 

Round 5: Lunalight Zoo/Fusion Draw Norden Turbo Zoo (1-2)

Game 1: He went first and apparently, this deck turbo makes Elder Entity Norden, fusion substitute, and draws 4 cards. I didn’t have twin twister and he had double strike barrier set.

Game 2: I OTK’d with the combo.
Game 3: He opened the nuts again and I couldn’t contest.

 

Round 6: Invoked Artifact Windwitch (2-1)

Game 1: I surprised him with the OTK.

Game 2: Given limited options, I had to go for the OTK, even chalice-ing the scythe, but I had no idea he ran Drowning Mirror Force, which ended up winning the game for him.

Game 3: A bit of a grind because I bricked, but stalled out long enough to kaiju Crystal wing, slumber, and OTK.

I only played Round 6 because my friends were finishing up a side event,  I ended up giving my opponent the win and dropping.

 

Looking back: Nothing can keep up with the consistency and the 1-card combo that zoo requires. Nor the strikes or mirror forces that I couldn’t twin twister enough of. I can live with Drident, but Kirin, strikes and barrier still hurt.

 

MVP of the day: Storming Mirror Force. Nearly every time I drew the card I won the game, or it saved me from losing badly when I bricked. It’s just way too strong.

LVP of the day: Juragedo. I was originally going to play Yosenju Tsujik, but I couldn’t find one (because honestly who owns that card) so I tried to replace with Juragedo. In theory, it helped beat over drancia if they popped rat since it special summons during battle phase, and it’s essentially a swift scarecrow I draw into to prevent getting OTK’d with an open board and running only 4 traps. Card was awful all day, and every time I drew it I lost.

That just about summarizes my experience. Shoutout to all my friends for letting me borrow cards and I’m sorry the deck didn’t perform better.

 

Duelist B

Round 1 – Pure Zoo

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Opponent went first and opened Terrortop, strike, warning, and dimensional barrier.  I did not open any form of backrow removal and got otk’d

Game 2 was strange.  I pushed for some damage and set torrential in main phase 2.  I thought I was safe, but then my opponent summoned Denko sekka.  Why did he side in Denko? I have no idea.  He didn’t even know I was playing Yosenjus, and on top of that I was only playing 4 trap cards in the entire deck.  The Denko tech confused me, but it won him the game so I guess it was the right move.

Round 2 – Pure Zoo

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Opponent went first and opened very well.  He negated my slumber with my body as a shield, which allowed me to use a second slumber.  I flipped vanities during his standby phase and continued to beat him down with Jizukiru over the next several turns.

Game 2 was almost exactly like the first.  He summoned Drancia/Emeral and set backrow.  He then negated my first slumber.  I followed up with a second slumber.  Poked for game.  Very boring for both of us.

Round 3 – Pure Zoo

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He opens the sheep combo and sets double strike and barrier.  GG.

Game 2 he literally burns himself to death with all the strikes and instant fusions.

Game 3 he plays into Needle Ceiling and Torrential Tribute.  Then he activates Lullaby of obedience, calling Terrortop, and gets nothing.  Then he messes up the rat combo.  Despite his several misplays he still wins because I didn’t draw a single monster all game.  In fact, the only monster I drew all MATCH was the Kama 1 in game 2.

Round 4 – Paleozoic

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Game 1 I opened Twin Twister, for the first time all day!  That card alone was enough to win.

Game 2 I actually managed to otk with Slumber, Twin Twister, and Yosenjus.  Despite playing a deck that was built specifically to otk, this was the only time all day that I actually drew into one of the several possible otk’s.

Round 5 – Paleozoic

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He stuns me with his traps on my first turn.  Then made double toad with backrow.  GG

Game 2 he does the same thing, but instead makes triple toad and Opabinia.  GG

Then I dropped.

 

This version of the deck failed miserably.  It was 46 cards…much larger than any other variant I had made before.  This diluted my chances of seeing cards like twin twister.  In testing, the 46 card deck did not seem to be a problem since every card was something I was okay with seeing in my opening hand…if I also drew a monster with it.  I don’t know what the odds of this happening were, but in the over 10 games I played, I drew almost no monsters and had to set fake backrow.  Immediately after I dropped I decided to cut the deck down to 42 cards and play in a side event.  The event was an 8 man (3 round) tournament similar to the last chance qualifier at nationals.

Round 1 – Windwitch, Artifact, Invoked

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He went first and make the ultimate providence-like monster and crystal wing with backrow.  He had one card in hand (Aleister).  I opened a kaiju, slumber, and barrage.  He activated Maxx “c”, but I didn’t care and just pushed for game.

Game 2 he goes first, but I open Artifact Lancea.  Chaining lancea to his invocation let me otk him the following turn with the rat/tensu combo.  He tried to stop my combo with artifact scythe, but I had chalice in hand.

Round 2 – 60 card Infernoid

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Game 1 he goes first and opens void feast.  I deal with the double decatron with book of moon and slumber.  Push for game with rat combo.

Game 2 I open lancea and shut off his lawnmowing mills.  I can’t otk on my turn so I make Rhapsody in Berserk and banish the threats he had in grave.  He has no plays the following turn because everything good is gone and scoops his cards.

Round  3 – Yosenju Kaiju

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Believe it or not, I played against a Yosenju kaiju player in round 3.  He was bad though so it was a free win.  I watched him play in a previous round and he thought that he could negate the draw effect of toy vender with vanity’s emptiness.  Also I was tired and made a pretty bad misplay.  The only monster on board was my Drancia. He activated slumber and I forgot to chain Drancia to pop itself to force slumber to fizzle out. Whoops.  Also he sided flying “C” to stop my xyz summons.  Chalice made flying “C” a non-issue.

I ended up winning the side event (prize was a mat and an invite to the ARG invitational).  Super small tournament means no glory.  This was basically just another way to playtest changes to the deck.

Comparing my performance in the main event and the side event gives me some insight on how to move forward:

Based off the matchups I would say that the pure zoo matchup is more difficult that I had seen in playtesting.  This is undoubtedly due to the amount of backrow they can set.  Would cutting my deck size down improve this matchup for me?  I would assume so, but haven’t tested yet.  Seeing backrow removal is essential for my deck to function…as is seeing monsters.  Bricking cost me the main event, but I think it was probably due to my own bad deck building.  Smaller is better.

Infernoids is the deck’s easiest matchup since noids play virtually no backrow.

Paleo is impossible to beat.

Main take-away: Reduce deck size.  Add more backrow hate.  Consider playing another deck at Brooklyn regional (maybe BA).

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(Submitted by friends)