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About TonySK

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  1. Young the Giant
  2. Coheed and Cambria. SSTB came out in 2002.
  3. Castlevania Castlevania 3 Super Castlevania IV Castlevania: Rondo of Blood roms are plentiful for the first three and they aren't particularly expensive to find online if you wanted to buy them. Rondo of Blood got a rerelease that can be downloaded on the PSN for vita and psp. The remake is in 2.5D but it also includes the original and Symphony of the Night. I chose these 4 games over the other games in the series because you said you were looking for something short. These games fit the bill as they're only a few levels long but they make up for it with monstrous difficulty.
  4. I was thinking about writing some articles with a friend about different decks and how to play them with specific matchup advice and card choice explanations since there really isn't a lot of this type of conversation going around in any type of productive manner since other sites tend to focus less on competitive play and more on niche stuff or casual play and I was wondering if anybody on here would be interested in reading and posting in threads like that.
  5. So now that the tournament is over I figured I'd write up another short tournament report detailing my matches from a combination of my memories and short posts from discord about the games. Overall the WQ had just a bit under 280 players. During the pre-tournament meeting we were informed to expect 8 rounds of swiss unless there was a clear top 8 before then, in which case they would announce which round would be the final one. They also announced that there would be no eomp. Instead, of the game went to time both players would be assessed a loss. This was met with a loud chorus of boos from just about everyone there. I think its bad for the game since there are decks that just eat clock without doing a lot, but those decks are also usually gone within 3 rounds are the inexperienced pilots knock themselves out of the event. For this tournament I decided to play Kagero much like I did at springfest. I'll post my full decklist at the end. My biggest decision for the event was whether to run 4x DO The Ace or 4x Nouvelle in my G-Zone. I decided to play 4x Nouvelle since I was only running 8 Overlords. Also, my thought process was that most players are expecting 2x Nouvelle, 4x Ace as its become the accepted standard and would burn g guards and hand resources to block nouvelle and save multiple perfect guards for the Ace. Instead, I'd just never stride the Ace. Round one Vs Dark Irregular So this is a matchup that I have a bit of experience with irl and online. I was expecting one of two things from the second I saw his starter: We're either going to time out of the round or I'll win. DI really doesn't have the power to match my decks and I gobble up resources but Blade-Wing decks have a lot of stall power. I was relieved when his grade 3 ride was into scharhrot vampir. He wound up playing Blade Wing Sullivan with the intention of riding it over Scharhrot but wound up soul charging all of them. His stride turns were ineffectual, he had 2 of them, and with no way to refresh his deck he wound up decking out. 1-0 Round two Vs Angel Feather This is the matchup I dread. AF is a good deck overall, but it tends to eat a lot of clock up. My opponent was playing the full Nociel ride chain and on his first grade 3 turn he had 5+ minutes of time with his play. I asked him to move faster or cut his combo short as he wasn't advancing his board position but instead powering up units on a turn where he couldn't kill me. Fast forward in the matchup and we stay fairly even. He has a 1 damage lead on me. I have 4 cards in hand after striding in to Dragonic Blademaster "Taiten" and clearing his board. He has 9 cards in hand and 3 of them are PGs. My plan was to use this turn to burn up his hand resources so that I could win with Nouvelle on the next turn. Instead, before I could declare my attack time was called. The judge came over and asked if either of us wanted to admit defeat. The AF player wanted me to because he had a one damage lead. I accepted the double loss. He timed out in his next round and was out of the tournament. Angel Feather players should wear watches. 1-1 Round three vs Seven Seas Granblue I was surprised that I moved up in the standings after taking the loss, but this was indicative as to how many players were double lossing in the first two rounds. Seven Seas is a difficult matchup for Kagero since my primary method of control via removal is a moot point since the deck relies on calling from the drop zone. As good as his deck is, though, it still lacks a consistent stride turn finisher. I used my first two stride turns to set up Vortex Desire and Taiten plays. Neither got through. He wasted a lot of hand cards breakriding and striding on the same turn. I had to do weird things to stay in the fight like striding into Air Elemental Sebreeze and using Lizard General Conroe to get back some counterblast. Ultimately I pinned 5 damage on him and strided into Nouvelle for the game. 2-1 Round four Vs Neo Nectar One of my closest friends and the guy I practice the most with for vg plays Neo Nectar in real life. Since GBT-07 came out he hasn't won a single fight against me. This was no different. I was actually surprised at how my opponent had made it this far with only one loss as he seemed to misplay every single stride turn he had. This game did not last very long. He fumbled through 2 awkward Verano turns and one wasted Primavera stride that put no pressure on the board. 3-1 Round five vs Gurguit Gold Paladin This was also a worrisome matchup as superior calling a bunch of units can also render my retire skills moot as he always has a way to call more units despite a low handsize. I certainly felt like I was at a disadvantage to start the match. All in all, I became more confident as time went on as his stride turns were ineffectual. He really didn't have an answer for Denial Griffin and so I was able to pick off significant RGs on his turn. I used up nearly all of my g zone resources in this game, which ended 5 seconds before time was called. A crowd actually gathered to watch the final turns as this was the last game being played in the round. I'd burned through 4 G-Guards, Vortex Desire, Sebreeze, 3 Taiten, 2 Nouvelle at this point in the game. On the previous turn he strided into Gurguit for the first time all game and I wound up guarding and intercepting with all but two cards in my hand to stay alive. It was at this point that my of my opponents friends shouting "WHAT DO YOU HAVE LEFT" when I discarded The End to stride. I played Nouvelle again. My opponent lost while holding two perfect guards. 4-1 Round six vs Messiah Link Joker I was feeling myself at this point. I felt I had a genuine opportunity to take the whole thing after stumbling in r2. I was also place on table 13 so I knew I had a real chance to make the cut as long as stayed alive. I was talking with the players around me about our losses and explained how if the angel feather player hadn't eaten so much early game time I would have won. My opponent reveals that he was watching because that was his teammate and told me I had no chance in hell of winning on my next turn. I didn't bother explaining Nouvelle to him, which rendered all three of those PGs moot. I draw my pre-mulligan hand and see now grade 1s. I don't panic, but return 4 to deck. Again, I see no grade 1s. I draw for first grade 1s. I grade 1s. I take a deep breath and accept that the odds are no longer in my favor. Link Joker is a matchup that is stupidly advantageous in my favor since I don't rely on rear guard plays unless I'm going in for big damage or the entire game. He takes his turn, rides into Destiny Dealer, and drives checks a crit. My damages are The X and Lava Flow Dragon. The latter is the grade 1 I still didn't have. I draw for my second grade 1. I g-assist again. This time I'm able to ride into Lizard General Conroe. I pay my g assist cost and continue to play. Skip ahead to his ride to grade 3. I had the option of guarding his Alter Ego Messiah and wasting a lot of my to ensure a no pass as I was already at 4 damage or I could take my chances and eat the 1 and block his rear guard. I rolled the dice and ate a crit, didn't pull a heal. Game over. I was really salty at this point and it didn't help that my opponent had entered the game acting like a smug asshole (I would later learn that this is the default attitude of french canadians everywhere). I didn't shake his hand and simply signed the slip and put my stuff away. He kept holding his hand out for this handshake, smirking at me. I explained that I wasn't happy with the game and didn't want to shake his hand. So he got up, walked around the table, and as he past me he shouted 'GG'. So I turned around and told him to fuck off. Not my best moment. 4-2, top 26 finish. They announced after the round ended that round seven was going to be the final round of swiss. I was feeling devastated over how out of my control the previous round had went so I wound up entering the free fight section. As long as I beat two people I'd get a crappy Kagero promo. Free Fight Round One vs Touken Ranbu This person had no chance to beat me. I wound up letting them put me at 4 damage so that I could breakride into The X. I wound up with 3 attacks for game. 1-0 Free Fight Round Two vs Nova Grappler I crippled his restand abilities with Denial Griffin and had another good breakride into the X. After seeking the mate I wound up with 8 drive checks on the final turn for game. 2-0 After this I completed a survey bushiroad was passing out. Part of it was based around how well they give out information for events on fb and the other half was how to make tournaments better. I wound up checking the box stating that events should be full swiss with best of three games. Props: Paying $25 american to stay at a hostel in old toronto. Dominating every game I didn't lose Toronto massage parlors That mall with animatronic dinosaurs I went to the CFL game I went to bushiroad paying their judges actual money positive exhange rates THE BEAST restaurant and their ginger beer Slops: No eomp Best of one format not finding grade ones Deck List: Grade 0: 1x Dragon Knight, Sadegh (Starter) 1x Lizard Soldier, Conroe 1x Perdition Dragon, Buster Rain Dragon (Crit) 1x Perdition Dragon Knight, Tovarre (Crit) 4x Dragon Knight, Jannat (Crit) 4x Gattling Claw Dragon (Draw) 2x Seal Dragon, Artpique (Draw) 4x Perdition Dancer, Agafia (Heal) Grade 1: 4x Lava Flow Dragon 3x Lizard General, Conroe 2x Spear of Flame Dragon, Tahr 4x Escort Dragon Attendant, Reas (Perfect Guard) Grade 2: 3x Dragonic Burnout 2x Perdition Dragon, Dragonic Neoflame 2x Dragon Knight Nehalem 2x Emperor Dragon Knight Nehalem 2x Dragon Knight, Nadim Grade 3: 1x Dragonic Overlord (Break-Ride) 3x Dragonic Overlord The End 4x Dragonic Overlord "The X" G-Zone: 1x Air Element, Sebreeze 1x Supreme Heavenly Emperor Dragon, Vortex Desire 2x Supreme Heavenly Emperor Dragon, Dragonic Overlord "The Ace" 3x Supreme Heavenly Emperor Dragon, Dragonic Blademaster "Taiten" 4x Transendance Divine Dragon, Nouvelle Vague L'Express 3x Flame Wing Steel Beast, Denial Griffin (G-Guard) 1x Flame Emperor Dragon King, Asyll Orb Dragon (G-Guard) 1x Supreme Heavenly Emperor Dragon, Defeat Flare Dragon (G-Guard)
  6. Where: Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference When: September 10th (11th if you play weiss or buddyfight) Format: Double Elimination with Swiss Pairings, Best of one with a 25 minute time limit until top 8, top 8 features full matches with a 50 minute clock. I'm planning on going to this one as it's roughly four hours away from my place in WNY. Wondering if anybody would be meeting up there?
  7. This is the version of the deck I've been using to dick around with some friends. It has access to some pretty explosive plays thanks to Ties and Transmodify. I don't like the cocks and am definitely going to drop 'em. A-Assault Corex3 B-Buster Drakex3 C-Crush Wyvernx3 Cockadoodledoox2 Galaxy Soldierx3 Gold Gadgetx2 Silver Gadgetx3 One Day of Peace Terraformingx3 Ties of the Brethrenx3 Transmodifyx3 Twin Twistersx3 Union Hangarx3 Upstart Goblin Endless Trap Holex2 Solemn Warning Extra Deck ABC-Dragon Buster ABC-Dragon Buster ABC-Dragon Buster Clear Wing Synchro Dragon Scrap Dragon Abyss Dweller Bujintei Tsukuyomi Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer Cyber Dragon Infinity Cyber Dragon Nova Diamond Dire Wolf Gear Gigant X Number 39: Utopia Number S39: Utopia the Lightning Traptrix Rafflesia
  8. A pool of low information, under-educated, possibly racist, and mostly older generation voters pushing for something that goes against their self-interests? Sounds like some good old fashioned american exceptionalism to me. Also, "we're tired of experts". And this
  9. would you ever tag team an escort again
  10. So now that the even is over and I'm back home I thought I'd post a short report on how the event went even though I didn't win. All in all, for my first vg tournament, it was a success. My teammates were first timers and we wound up going 4-2 on the day, ending at table 12. Overall attendance was in the 900s, so there were 300+ teams. Pairings at springfest are done swiss style but the tournament itself is double elimination. Rounds were best of 1 with a 20 minute time limit before eomp, which was two turns each. EOMP also had a 10 minute time limit. If the match went to time in eomp both teams were given the loss. Pre tournament stuff: In the weeks leading up to the event one of my team members set up a flow chart of all of the decks used to top previous events and where they were seated. His goal was to find a pattern in where certain decks were placed so that we could avoid bad matchups. He wound up coming to two conclusions when deciding out line up: 1) Standard player seating saw the best player sitting in the B seat, second best in A, and worst in C. 2) Control decks were seating in A, Consistent decks were in B, and more offensive decks were in C. With that in mind we set our seating up with me as A with Kagero, B with Neo Nectar, and C with Aqua Force. I got A slot because I'm genuinely the second best player on the team and Chaos Breaker LJ was prevalent in A slot and I had the best matchup against that deck. B player was our best guy and his deck was wildly consistent at cranking out high columns every turn. He wasn't playing the infinite attack loop but he could go over 100k at times. Our C player was also the least experienced tournament player, so we figured this would be safest for him. He'd actually never played at anything higher than a local before this. I don't remember all of my mates games so I'll describe mine as best as I remember. Round One: Vs Great Nature My first thought was holy shit because I had under prepared for this clan as it was definitely something we'd anticipated seeing in the C slot. It really didn't matter as my checks and draws led to me having to ride into DOTE, which is always a bit shit, and I wound up dropped the game quickly. The rest of my lost so after one round our backs were to the wall. 0-1 Round Two: Vs Pale Moon When I started practicing for the event on cardfight area Pale Moon was seeing a lot of play so I had a lot of experience against the deck. I was able to start rushing him down at Grade 2 with 2 of the new Nehalems on RG and Dragon Mage, Asticah on VG and had him at 5 damage before striding. He had one turn to use Harri against me and I was able to guard everything before killing him on the next turn. The Aqua Force player won his match so we got to continue on to the next round. 1-1 Round Three: Vs Link Joker Just kidding, this was the first round where we got to sit down and chat with our opponents before getting informed of a re-pair. Vs Shadow Paladin Abyss Legion I got hammered in this round after having to G-Assist. The Good news is the team had my back and picked up the slack for a matchup I shouldn't have lost. 2-1 Round Four: Vs ??? This was the second round of re-pairs and our opponents didn't want to chat and talk about opening hands before leaving like the last set of guys. Vs LJ The matchup I'd been prepared for all event. My whole reason for sitting in the A slot was so that I could gobble up Chaos Breaker players because I just didn't care about RG slots getting locked. I accrued a lot of advantage after two turns of striding and my opp hadn't ridden into Chaos Breaker, opting for Chaosbringer instead. He'd also used the brand new Messiah stride from FC2016 which I thought was an awkward choice. I strode into Mustafa, put him on 4 damage. He responded by omega locking my left column. I returned the favor on the next turn by seeking the mate. He put me on two to pass and I broke his guard with a draw trigger and a crit. On to the next round. 3-1 Round Five: Vs GC Nervous about getting a re-pair and wary of the fact that we were getting to high tables and I'd originally predicted a 3-2 record before going into the event my team shuffled off to our next round. Worried about another re-pair we shuffled, cut, and patiently waited to get bussed off to another table...but it didn't happen. I saw Tick Tock Worker as my opps starting VG and knew I was in for some fun. To be quite honest, I've played a lot of Gear Chronicle online so I was aware of how to handle my guards and I wasn't worried about my RGs getting put on the bottom of the deck. I was just scared of leading the game and getting overwhelmed on a big turn where he had History Maker Dragons and Nextage. Well, it wound up happening. After getting to G3 I used up Vortex Desire on one turn and performed legion on the next to force him into using up two g guards, dropping his hand size to 0, and put him on 5 damage. After a lot of deliberation he deciding to make Nextage, called History Maker and I was ready to get broken in half. I took the hit from Nextage, he pulled no triggers, and I blocked Chronojet, History Maker, and the unit History Maker called. On the next turn, knowing my opp was fresh out of G-Guards, I strode into Nouvelle L'Express and hit him with the Final Flash. After the match he mentioned that he was actually thinking about striding into Warp Drive Dragon on that turn instead, but that ultimately wouldn't have mattered. 4-1 Round Six: Vs Aqua Force (Blue Wave) Now at table 12, officially in the top 24 for the event, and two rounds away from a top cut appearance, I was hype as could be. In fact, I was a bit overconfident as I looked at the started vanguards for my my opponents. I was against Blue Wave, B was against Nova Grapplers, and C was against another Kagero deck. All of these on paper looked like winnable matchups but I was definitely worried because I didn't open any grade 2s. I felt even more confident that my opponent was going to lose when he opened no grade ones and opted not to g-assist. I should have G-assisted to 2 instantly. Any advantage lost would have been instantly regained by the time I hit 3 and he would have been behind. Ultimately, this choice cost me the game and I lost for the 3rd time in the day. All I could do at this point was watch on as our Aqua Force player beat a sub-par DOTL deck. It all came down to our Neo Nectar player and he wound up losing to the Novas on a Busterd turn. Final Record: 4-2 (Top 24) Props: Great Event Got to meet the President of Bushiroad, who was hanging out and smiling awkwardly at players who turned stuff in to the lost and found.\ Exceeded my own expectations The cool two player mats at every table, I kinda wish yugioh would copy this even though people would just put their spellgrounds on top of 'em. Getting to name our decklists (A: From Steak 2 Sorbet: Welcome 2 The Buffet, B: Ahsha Don't Like You and She Likes Everyone, C: My Heart Will Go On) Slops: Not winning (duh) Double elim And for good measure, a pic of the deck I was playing for the event: G0: 1x Dragon Knight Sadegh (Starting Vanguard) 1x Lizard Soldier Conroe 4x Gatling Claw Dragon 2x Draw Trigger 6x Crit Trigger 4x Heal Trigger (Because I like to match and really like them I used all Perdition triggers) G1: 2x Lizard Soldier Bellog 2x Lizard General Conroe 2x New Tahr 3x Lava Flow Dragon 4x Aermo PG G2: 2x New Nehalem 2x Old Nehalem 2x Dragon Mage Asticah 3x Dragonic Burnout 2x Dragonic Neoflame G3: 1x Dragonic Overlord (BR) 4x The X 3x The End G4: 1x Vortex Desire 2x Mustafa 2x Root Flare Dragon 2x The Ace 4x Nouvelle L'Express 1x Sebreeze 1x Scryew 1x Dizmel 2x Asyll Orb Dragon
  11. okay, I'll bite. I messaged you on skype but it says you're offline
  12. To try and move the discussion away from jingoism and back to politics, I am curious about how the alt right sees a few things: 1) Our underfunded public education system 2) Our lack of unions and workers rights, especially compared to other countries in the western world (paid vacations, maternity leave, living wages)
  13. When: 5/28-5/29 Where: Westchester County Center 198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606 Vanguard is on Saturday, Weiss and Buddyfight on Sunday. A little over a week out from the event and I was wondering any DGers were going to be making the drive for the event. I'll be there with some friends for VG Friday and Saturday.
  14. It can be done
  15. That's the same format bushiroad uses for vanguard