Hi everybody. I participated in the Las Vegas Regional this weekend going 7-0-1 and coming in 1st place with Gouki including the new nightmare support. I was not going to make a report for this since it was a smaller regional with 152 people in attendance but I never got around to making my YCS Dallas report so I decided to do one for this regional. I do not get to play in many events anymore as I choose to vend over playing when I get the choice. This meant this Vegas regional was my third "Premier" event in the last couple of years. Those previous two were a Vegas Regional in Zoo format where I conceded to a younger teammate giving him his first top 8 and I played go 2nd Spyrals with Tough at Dallas and finished 42nd. So going into this event I have not really done anything in Yu-Gi-Oh for a while.
Going into this tournament I was prepared to play Spyral as I felt that I had the best grasp on the deck and it was a deck that gained a lot from the new nightmare support. One of my teammates from my stores sponsored team #Royalty named Tom topped the recent San Jose Regional with Gouki and was talking about how the deck was just a better version of Spyral that does not fold to a Ghost Ogre. He was working on a list since the San Jose Regional and I trusted him taking his list to the regional with minimal changes in the side deck. I did not have my invite for this season and was hoping to get one so I could make fun of my local players who do play and still didn't have one.
I arrived in Vegas at 4am and decided to just not sleep and hang out with the other people in my suite. That all changed at 7am when I decided a 30 minute nap would not hurt. 4 snoozes later I woke up at 7:50, showered and headed to the venue which is connected to the Resort we were in. The tournament was ran well with Konami representatives there and it started on time.
Round 1: Against Pendulum: He goes first with Dragon Shrine and I ash it. He stalls for a bit before passing his turn and I OTK him. Game 2 I end up having to play a grindy gouki game and play through his backrow that was sided in. I end up getting there after he warnings my link and I have rematch to keep going.
Round 2: Against Pendulum: I win the dice roll and go off doing the full combo and setting imperial milled by curious. He just scoops and doesn't want to show me what he is running. I side for going second since after seeing the full combo I doubt he would let me go first again and he chooses to go first and makes an electrumite which I use ghost ogre on. He proceeds to pendulum 2 and make another electrumite, special an astrograph and end the turn with 4 pendulum monsters in hand, a scale and those two monsters. I make an isolde and went for the otk path, he acted like he had something to stop me but I knew his hand.
Round 3: Against Lair Infernoids: This was a tale of two types of games. I ended up winning this because in game 1 I went off with the combo to otk him and in game 3 I went off with the combo and set the imperial to stop his hand of spells. Game 2 though I lost because I made a borreload dragon, If I just sat on my gouki monsters I could have won in two turns but I went for borreload to push the clock up a turn and to avoid harmadik. This was the wrong move because it actually gives him more outs as well as possibly makes his two backrows alive. He ends up going void vanishment which i ogre, flips a set imagination which I ash and flips a second imagination to take the game.
Round 4: Against my teammate who was also running Gouki: Game 1 he goes first and I stop his play only for him to have soul charge and bring everything back. The thing was this made his board too good which he hadn't actually practiced with and it took his first turn to around 25 minutes. I actually still could have broke his board and tried to win the game but his last draw off gryphon which he used to set a rematch was imperial order. Game 2 I go off with the combo and pass with about 5 minutes left in the round, he tries to break it with kaijus and while it creates a board that he cant beat it creates a board that cant negate what he is doing and his mini combo puts us into time where I kill him and we end up drawing. He wanted his invite and ended up getting it just missing out on top 8 due to misplaying in time in the last round.
Round 5: Against Altergeist: I have no idea what the new stuff does and have to ask to read the old stuff again to make sure I don't misplay. He asks to read all of my stuff as well so I play very quickly to NOT end up in a draw again. Game 1 I have a hand where I went invoker over isolde to start the combo because I opened up Iblee and got veilered, I use rota for super agent to keep going and he has droll and lock to effectively end my turn. He couldn't clear the invoker though so I used the effect next turn and he negated it with the altergeist dog. At this point I just went for it knowing that even if he stops the otk, the pluses from all the gouki cards would allow me to try again next turn as well. He flipped anti-spell on me to stop rematch from going off but knightmare phoenix just cleared that and super agent cleared the other one and I continued going off for the win. Game 2 he uses duality for rivalry of the warlords and sets 5. He activates anti-spell which i promptly red reboot. All in the clear I go for the otk combo with a tri-gate and he tells me that i already had enough for game, to which I just replied not if you had a set enemy controller or scapegoats.
Round 6: I play against my friend Kenny Nguyen top 32 Worlds Competitor who was running True Draco. This is a pretty easy match-up for the Gouki deck and one of my teammates who also runs Draco tells him that it is insanely hard. I get game 1 pretty quickly going off with the combo and game 2 I evenly him leaving him just a Master Peace which i make pop before I make borreload and proceed to take that match.
Round 7: against Infernoid Lair: He is running 50 cards and tells me to go first. I put him on either either an invoked build or a grass build but either way I combo and search the imperial to set and he can't do anything saying that he probably should have went first but he didn't know I could do all that. Game 2 he make a saryuja turn 1 and set a backrow, in my standby he flips void feast sending his last card and I skillfully top decked ash to basically win the game right there. I just make an isolde into a cerebus and he scoops right there. He ends up getting eight place at least.
Round 8: against B.A. Infernoid: He is running 60 cards and just beat my teammate on True Draco last round making himself the last 7-0. His build makes his deck very grindy which means it can not do much on the first turn without other cards. We get deck checked and we are off to Game 1 where I win the dice roll go off with the combo and set solemn judgment off curious milling it, he thinks for a bit and scoops up his cards. The crowd of people watching the duel remark that my deck is insane and unfair which is normally code for good. Game 2 he goes first and ends with a underclock taker pointing at a beatrice which sent a fairy-tail snow. I special junk forward, summon gouki suprex and special another gouki to go off. He uses fairy-tail snow on one my suprex to clog the zone and stop me from searching twice but I just go off and end up firewall bouncing the set suprex, kaiju his beatrice followed by killing it with knightmare cerebus and using knightmare unicorn on his fairy-tail snow back to send it back to the deck. I end up with my main combo board and a set imperial but he does survive. He summons fiendish rhino and specials harmadik. He reads my knightmare cards again and thinks about his options since I have a knightmare mermaid lowering his monsters attack,knightmare gryphon which doesn't allow them to activate their effects on field unless they are linked and knightmare goblin stopping them from being targeted. This is backed up with a tri-gate negate and an imperial so it really limits his options. He makes dante and passes. I just tri-gate banish it and attack for the win.
It was a good regional overall and not just because I won. I went down with 4 other teammates from #Royalty and we came in 1st, 5th and 17th. One dropped early to go "walk around" which was code for go gamble and the other was forced to drop because he gave a teammate the win which I did not understand why but he also didn't care much so it was okay. I am very proud of this team because when I started working with them they were good local players in my mind but they had no results at tier 2 or premier events. In a little less than a year every member has done something whether it is a ARG Win, YCS/UDS tops to even regional tops for the newer players. I just try and be the best Brady Brink I can be <3. Now I have to debate if I am actually going to go play at Nats. My deck profile is up already on my teams new youtube channel as well as some other places but I will include it down below also. I plan on doing a video on the main combo and otk combo as well that will probably be up tomorrow morning. If you got through all of this thanks, as I know it is a lot. If you have any questions let me know and I will try and answer them.
Decklist: 40 cards (I don't remember how to do all the cool formating like back in the day for this)
3x Gouki Headbatt
3x Gouki Suprex
2x Gouki Octostretch
2x Gouki Twistcobra
1x Gouki Bearhug
1x Gouki Riscorpio
3x Junk Forward
3x Blue Mountain Butterspy
1x Spyral Super Agent
1x Knightmare Corruptor Iblee
3x Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
3x Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
2x Gouki Re-Match
1x Reinforcement of the Army
1x Monster Reborn
1x Moon Mirror Shield
1x Divine Sword - Phoenix Blade
3x Solemn Strike
1x Solemn Judgment
1x Solemn Warning
1x Imperial Order
2x Infinite Impermanence
Side: 15 Cards
3x Evenly Matched
3x Red Reboot
3x Twin Twisters
2x Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
2x Waking the Dragon
1x Raidraptor - Ultimate Falcon
1x The Last Warrior from Another Planet
Extra Deck: 15 Cards
2x Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights
1x M-X Saber Invoker
1x Knightmare Mermaid
1x Knightmare Phoenix
1x Knightmare Unicorn
1x Knightmare Cerebus
1x Knightmare Goblin
1x Knightmare Gryphon
1x Binary Sorceress
1x Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion
1x Tri-Gate Wizard
1x Firewall Dragon
1x Borreload Dragon