Tournament Report for Asia Championship Qualifier – Hong Kong
So I entered this tournament knowing that even if I do get in to top 4 I would not receive an invite to the Asia Championships because I am not a Hong Kong resident. That’s whatever. Just going to sell some stuff and see if I can top 32. I played pretty standard blue eyes, except I was maining 1 lightning vortex and did not play pot of cupidity. I will discuss my decklist later….
So I get to Hong Kong on like Tuesday and check into my hotel. I basically just hang out and eat food and do vacation stuff. Friday comes I finally go to Smiling Plaza to play some Yugioh. I run into a guy I met last year at CNC and we basically hang out all weekend. I play a few games at his store. Pick up some sleeves and stuff. The tournament is on Sunday so I decide Saturday I’ll go to Smiling Plaza earlier to get some games in. I get there too early and it seems nobody cares at all that there is a big tournament the next day cause it was super empty and nothing opened until after 2pm……So I left and ate some 叉烧 (Catonese BBQ) My friend messages me and said his store is open so I go there and basically stay there all night playing YGO.
I wake up take the subway and then walk super far to the convention center. I packed like tuna in my bag cause I’ve been to enough tournies in America where eating was not an easy task. Not a problem here. They had subway, mcdonalds, a grocery store…..all kinds of stuff inside this convention center…..Soooo im there waiting for my mainland china friends to arrive so I can finish my deck and get my pre-registration slip so I can go inside the conference rooms……they arrive quite late and had me feeling extra stressed out waiting for them last minute to arrive……ANWAY enough story…
Player meeting completely in Cantonese with random English words here and there and I totally didn’t understand it all…..My friend tries to translate everything said about all the rules that will result in a game loss, but there were too many and he forgot some after explaining others. I think the most important ruling here was this
Obedient Lullaby --- You were not allowed to check your opponents deck if they said the card was no longer in their deck. If you suspected them of lying you MUST call a judge and the judge verifies for you whether or not there is a copy of the targeted card in the deck.
Round 1 vs Zombie Synchro Turbo stuff…
Game 1 Me 8000 Him 8000-0
He starts us off with a pot of cupidity. He checks his ten cards and then does a lot of unizombie shurunai combo stuff…I don’t know really. He ended up passing with psy-framelord Omega on the field. I play Melody of Awakening dragon pitching my in hand Blue Eyes. He chains Omega to the melody. He hits my in hand harpies feather duster. He uses maxx C. I think for a second. Assume he doesn’t have any real hand traps that could be a threat and just drop 8000 exactly on the board and win using alternate, spirit, spirit(synchro)…..
Game 2 Me 8000 Him 8000-6300-5300-0
He starts off better this time and passes his turn with Omega and a Black Rose Moonlight. I use lightning vortex. He lets both die and basically just scooped…..I didn’t even have that strong of a hand but he lost all motivation to play after I lightning vortex’d his field after he thought he had such an amazing set up first turn to stop me from playing anything…..
Round 2 Nekros (friend of my friend, literally ate breakfast with the guy that morning, thought he was playing blue eyes….)
Me 8000 Him 8000-5000-0
I open horrible hand. Set stone pass. He draws laughs and sets one and passes. I assumed he was playing blue eyes by the conversation we had that morning…..I flip my stone Summon another stone and make princesspirte, use her effect and hit a dragon shrine. I dragon shrine a blue eyes and just atk his f/d and poke for 3k. His face down was glow up bulb. I still thought he was playing blue eyes….He scoops
Game 2 8000 Him 8000-0
He goes first. Draws five and just puts his head down…..He passes with no play….I open very strong with dragon shrine and double Gospel of Revival and melody for alternate…..I just go all out and attack for 8000 on my turn…..Thats when he drops his hand on the table and shows me he was playing Nekros and opened just doodoo….
Round 3 My friend Vincent from Shenzhen Blue Eyes mirror (he ran cupidity)
Game 1 Me 8000-7900-2400-0 Him 8000-2000-500
So I started off pretty strong with the set up but he was able to slowly pick it apart thanks to phoenix wing wind blast and solemn strike. I think I had a board of dark matter dragon and galaxy eye ciphon dragon during my MP2 that he popped with both to shut me out and basically I had no way to come back…..
Game 2 8000-7000-0 Him 8000
This game was horrible for me. I opened up with three copies of Ancient Stone in hand. I set one pass. He set two backrow and passed. I flipped Ancient Stone and summoned another one. I decided to just go for a quick 1200 poke before going into princess in case he has PWWB or Solemn Strike again….He flipped fucking Drowning Mirror Force shuffling back in my stones…..He drops a spirit dragon…..I draw an ancient stone…..and then an ancient stone….So in this game out of the 9 cards I drew 5 of them were ancient stone……and thanks to his double spirit dragon I didn’t get to use any….
Round 4 Blue Eyes mirror
Note- This guy was a big rulesharking asshole that literally made me rage while playing him……I don’t even want to explain how many times he called the judge and tried to get me a gameloss He was being a dick about life points too Like I had paper, he didn’t. He asked if I’d put it in the middle so I did so he could see too. Then when he attacked me for 3000 he was like no no no don’t write it there write it here(this game was all in Chinese he didn’t speak English like my last 3 opponents)….And after he already sharked me on 3 fucking rulings(like miniscule things that none went in his favor) that shit pissed me off so I snatched my paper told him this is my fucking paper if you want to keep lifepoints get your own paper….
Game 1 Me 8000-5000-4900 Him 8000-0
OMG I don’t even want to talk about this fucking guy…..He made it so I could no longer look at card translations on my phone for the entirety of the tournament. Including my own cards. I pre-translated all the top decks and famous cards and stuff just to make the tournament you know…some what fucking playable for myself and had gotten an ok about it from one judge, but in the end the head judge said I couldn’t do it. Even though I was only looking at 1 individual card and not entire cards in the deck trying to gain unfair advantage by reading what things do or whatever to figure out combos….idk….in the end I had to start calling the judge for translations anytime I wanted to know the specifics of a card text….This guy was a douchebag the entire game and told me to hurry up with my plays when my turn literally just started after he slow played….
Game 2 Me 8000 Him 8000-2500-Game loss
Sooooo I’m just shitting all over this man with Double Spirit plays and stuff. He manages to clear my board after he used both of his pot of cupidity and well he basically had no cards left in his deck except spells (I got to check his deck with dark matter, he only had like trade ins and melodies and a few gospel left) So what I remember is this. Time was called as soon as I drew a card for my turn when I only had a Azure eyes on board. I use azure eyes and he chains maxx C. Draws a card, shuffles it into his hand. I ask how man are in his hand, and he responds 7….I quickly realize this man just ended his turn with 7 cards in hand without discarding. Since he was being an ass the whole time I immediately just call for a judge. I tell the judge what happened. They verify with him if what I said was true about all he did was activate maxx C and then draw one. He says yes. They then explain to him how he broke the rules and made an unrepairable game state since he shuffled in the draw and ended his turn with an illegal hand size limit. I wouldn’t have even did this to him if he wasn’t such a fucking ass hole the ENTIRE GAME…I sign the paper…He looks at me. I say sorry, shrug and walk away….
Round 5 me 8000-1600-0 him 8000-6900 This guy was literally sleeping n the floor in the hallway the entire event….. Nekroz
Game 1 I get in one poke before he drops a Trishula with Djinn…I attempt to PWWB and he had another trishula to stop it…..Nothing I could do…..
Game 2 8000-5300-0 Him 8000
I open up with spirit and white spirit. He opens terror top into PK breaksword, forces me to go into azure eyes. He makes trishula with Djinn….first turn…..a few turns go by, I don’t see any of my side decked cards and I just can’t play yugioh at all…..he wins
At this point I assumed I was out of the tournament and was only going to stay in it to try and give my friend better tiebreaks. He was sitting next to me this round. He lost too in time vs a guy that played for time and side decked in things to make sure he would win….double scarecrow and stuff…..it worked out for him….
Round 6 vs BA SR PK whatever you want to call it Rank 3 shit…This is was my friend’s Girlfriend..she looked super nervous and just assumed I was amazing at the game. Ironically it didn’t affect her play though
Game 1 8000-6500-4000-2100 Her 8000-6500-5000-3900-900
So this game was a long back and forth battle. The game basically started with her making a dante getting a scarm and setting two backrow…both of which were solemn strike…… Between her farfa plays and my big dragons trying to get pokes in. It was not until I had Ciphon dragon to snatch away the dante she brought back with Cir that I was able to win the game. This was a very very long game. She made quite a few impressive plays but she milled all of her Anti Spell Fragrance off the first dante she made which helped me stay in it since she didn’t get any effects off the mill.
Game 2 8000-6500-1500 Her 8000-6800-3800-0
This game started off with my dragon shrining for a spirit and bringing it back. She chained her facedown PK sword to try and negate spirit dragon but I just chained spirit to drop a blue eyes so I could banish the PK trap (had to explain this one to her about it getting banished because it was no longer on f the field anymore to be negated) She had some terrortop shenanigans with the PKs and made a lot of rank 3s I had to solemn strike one. She was in control of this game for a while thanks to Beatrice and farfa plays. I Finally drew santa claws and tributed away the Beatrice so I could go off without stupid farfa banishing my cards. This was another game that consisted of me using Ciphon to take away her single dante and just play keep away with it until I could make a push for game. We were in time when I made a push she couldn’t stop as she depleted all of her resources and I finally had a spirit dragon to negate the BA gy effects from happening….
At this point I just didn’t care anymore….I was already x-2 and assumed I was out of the tournament. I sold my ghostrick mat and just waited for the last round to start
Round 7 vs Blues Eyes w/ Chaos Max
Game 1 8000-7000 8000-5000-1000-0
I go first and have an okay hand with glow up bulb and stuff in it but I don’t really know what he was playing…..So I keep it simple and just dragon shrine for a white spirit dragon and stone, bring out a spirit dragon and pass….he uses advanced ritual art for Chaos Max and I just say OH he then uses melody discarding a blue eyes to grab chaos max and alternate….he attempts to use alternate on my spirit and I chain to drop blue eyes and that’s how he got the 1000 damage in He passes turn after using trade in on his in hand blue eyes and sets 2 backrow and I look at my hand of glow up bulb, silvers cry and gospel…..I bring back spirit, I hit a Gospel of Revival, so I just say OH and assume the other one is fake too cause who the fuck sets two back row with twin twister going around, I wrote him off as a bad player after seeing that unnecessarily set gospel (which he could have used to make No 38 and didn’t) I drop glow up bulb and make spirit, tribute spirit for moonlight dragon, I check his gy with no ancient stones and two blue eyes in it already, bounce back his alternate, and then bring back glow up bulb to make crystal wing synchro dragon and smash over the Chaos Max. I know I left out some detail but after he draws I tell him every card in his hand which was 2 chaos max and 2 alternate dragon plus whatever the new one was (this amazed him somehow….i guess he never met someone that pays attention to what the fuck the opponent is doing and searching for)
Game 2 8000 him 8000-2000-0
He opened up with a strong play of xyz but not synchros (or no38) and I just lightning vortex’d his board and killed him. He complained of having a bad hand…..Naw not a bad hand, he just summoned bad monsters….
So the tournament is supposed to be over for me at this point and I gave back all the cards I borrowed to my friends which was most of my side deck and a blackrose moonlight dragon. We wait like 40 min after time is called for 1 fuckign match to end so we can see who made it in and who didn’t
I seriously want to get this out of the way now. OCG rounds are 35 min and it goes to time literally every round. People play for time and side for time. Slow playing is a HUGE problem and the judges don’t do anything about it.
They post up the paper and I check it just to see how far away I was from top 32. I look at it . Double check it like 4 times just to make sure and somehow I squeezed in at the very last spot at number 32. UNFORTUNATELY….it was top 25…….7 players did not have to play in the tournament because of their ranking from the ranking league or whatever and I didn’t know that until I told my friend hey I need my side deck back I made it into top 32….my hopes and dreams were all crushed when he explained it and I went on to sell half my trade binder. So the tournament was top25. I was 32nd My friend I stayed in for was the number 1 loser at 26th and at the end of the day I made way more money than what I paid for a week of hotel in Hong Kong….so not bad I suppose…I’m still counting this as top 32 lol
My deck list
6 Blue eyes (alternate)
2 White Spirit Dragon
3 Sage Knight
3 Ancient Stone
2 Maxx C
1 White stone of Legend
1 glow up bulb
1 effect veiler
3 Trade In
2 Silvers Cry
2 dragon shrine
1 foolish burial (I liked being able to grab glow up if I need it)
1 lightning vortex
1 harpies feather duster
1 twin twister
1 soul charge
1 monster reborn
1 Solemn Strike
100% standard nothing special
3 Graydle Eagle
2 shadow imprisoning mirror
2 drowning mirror force
2 anti spell fragrance
2 royal decree
1 maxx c
1 twin twister
2 santa claws
The only card in my entire main deck that was different from everyone else besides that fact that I just hated pot of cupidity was Lightning Vortex. I really liked this card in my testing vs Metalphoe and DDD as it allows me to pitch a card that I want to get rid of and clear their board. Most of the set ups now in the OCG don’t actually have any protection from S/T (except boards that include No38) Metalphoes main play is to try and make a ultimaya and crystal wing and sit on it with their solemn strikes, but all of their cards are just monster negaters, same with D/D/D. Lightning was only really not that great in the mirror match because of the easy access to No 38, spirit into azure or spirit into stardust spark So I would usually side it out in the mirror.
Graydle eagle is just and amazing out vs blue eyes and nekroz. Smash it into something your opponent used Djinn on and now you have Djinn Lock on them and people usually side out spell/trap hate vs blue eyes because of the low trap count. Unfortunately I did not see it through out the day….
Shadow mirror- ba and ddd, no explanation
Drowning mirror – its good in the mirror match and against DDD as well and BA since it doesn’t target and sends all back
Anti Spell Fragrance,this one I didn’t get to test too much but the theory behind it is in the mirror match after you make your big play just set up an anti-spell fragrance and your opponent is now one turn behind you pretty much the entire game, unfortunately it was never relevant and didn’t matter
Royal decree I played because I didn’t have book of eclipse or swords of concealing so I just threw in something in case I played against some random trap heavy junk (stella knight, qli, whatever)
3rd maxx C was to side in when going second game 2 against DDD (which I did not play against)
Twin twister is obvious
Santa Claws, we do not have Kaiju and it outs a lot of things. Its good in the mirror to tribute away a spirit dragon, its good against BA to tribute a Beatrice or a Dante fusion, it just breaks apart a lot of fields….not good vs nekroz though because you can’t SS lol
So that’s basically it. This is like 8 pages in Word right now so I’m going to just end it here with pros and cons
Getting top 32
Blue Eyes being fun to play
Friends and money
The tournament being top 25
here is an image dump of every picture i took while in hong kong (not my first time here)