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?
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.
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.
Round 1 – Pure Zoo
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).
(Submitted by friends)