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  1. 2016-17 A Season in Review

    2017 the Tournament Report Similar to my multi-tournament report from last year I’m going to take you through my year in yugioh. This time however I’m going to just highlight all the events I attended this year and give the highlights I probably won’t be going as in-depth, mostly because I don't remember much as some of this I am writing a year later. I was going to do an entire fall 16 to nationals report but I’ll highlight only the best from fall 2016 UDS Chicago Jarrid Centamore and I last second decide to drive 13 hours to Chicago with Corey, where when we get there we find out there’s no hotel booked like we were told. I go X-0 day 1 and lose out to not top, Furman wins. Jarrid and I fly back from Chicago because Corey is staying until later in the week ARG Springfield I get really tired and lose a match I shouldn’t because I played around strikes when if he had it I would have lost anyway. Last round I lose on stream to Furman ( bricking again), we agree to split and he loses in the finals. This trip was one of the most fun trips I’ve ever been in but it has too many inside jokes and things for me to explain and write out ARG Invitational Lose to Ryan and Calvin and then last round get paired vs Corey and g3 he double twins my set 5 summons denko for my last backrow I have 11 outs left in my deck n have 4 turns and I don’t draw one. Timeline PRELUDE: Massachusetts Regional Chapter 1 ARG CT Chapter 2 ARG MA Chapter 3 YCS ATL Chapter 4 ARG AC Chapter 5 YCS Pittsburgh Chapter 6 ARG Richmond Chapter 7 VA Regional Chapter 8 Nationals Chapter 9 ARG Providence Chapter 10 ARG 15k Prelude: Massachusetts Regional Furman says he’s stuck in New York for a funeral and really wants to go to a regional so he somehow cons me into coming ( it wasn’t that hard I love yugioh). Earlier this year my car had been involved in a 5 car accident all because some lady didn’t want to hit a deer she decided to hit other people on a highway ( living in the middle of nowhere is very fun). So I’m driving a 1997 Cherry Red Cadillac clearly made for a very old lady ( my grandmother, bless her heart). I get him from NY and we head off. Luckily due to the time difference there’s a YCS Sydney Stream so until we arrive at about 5am we get to watch our pal Bohdan attempt to win his second YCS which I thought he was going to but sadly he did not : ( . We stop at a 24 hour donut place which since I haven’t eaten in a very long time tastes so amazing like these donuts might have been made some extra ingredients to make them so delicious idk. We sleep in for a little bit while the store goes and sets up for the regional. When we get to the parking garage for the hotel I put down the window to get a ticket. Suddenly the lights inside the car flash and I’m like woah that’s weird, some smoke starts happening and would you believe when it’s 20 degrees outside and we have a like 5 hour drive home the fuse blew… I can’t find where the box is so I can’t even swap one we probably don’t need so my dad’s only other advice is try to reset the fuse or lodge the window loose. How you ask? Kick the door repeatedly. So I kick the door repeatedly and nothing happens we go into the regional. I go out a little bit later to check on it or see if maybe it reset. Like 5 minutes later for some reason the window finally goes up! So we don’t have to go to Walmart and buy ski masks to drive home and prevent us from freezing to death. Chapter 1: ARG CT This will probably be the shortest chapter and probably less than a paragraph. Nothing particularly exciting happened to me. I played in a team war with my friends, ending up playing 3 of them in the tournament. Play Michael State lose die roll and get Siegfried emptiness g1 and g3. Tyler and I found this crazy bbq place that was amazing the first 3-5 bites you took then every additional bite after that became worse, it was the weirdest sensation I ever had with food ever. The only other exciting thing to happen was on the drive back whatever cellular thing powers iphones died so I got to drive home just hoping we don’t die. Chapter 2 : ARG Springfield Probably going to be one of the longer chapters because I actually didn’t lose out this tournament and how fun this trip was. For starters, half of our car backed out the day of; one of our friends backs out then his replacement backs out shortly after that. So the car is Furman Tyler and me we drive toward the event with none of us having a deck. We were all banking on the fact that by the time we reached NYC the YGOSINGLES delayed package would be delivered ( use promocode dgzbodz5 at checkout). Luckily the package arrive and we all have enough zoo cards that are smiling at us. Granted, now that I have these cards doesn’t exactly help me because I have no idea how to play them and I barely know what the metalfoe half of my deck does. I play 1 game prior to the tournament with Jessy Samek who is playing the standard Kaiju zoo deck just he has no idea what a single one of his cards do. The next events that transpire names have been changed to protect the innocent: So like any other trip we start smoking in the hotel bathroom as it’s also like 10 degrees outside or some cold shit. When we go to leave some idiot leaves the door open too long and the smoke detector goes off and myself and another panic and head to another room with our friends that way worst case if we get kicked out we could go in and pretend to book another room. Minutes go by and we’ve heard nothing but the alarm is still going off. One of the people from that room calls someone in the room we are now in and the half of the phone conversation I got from it was “Are you guys ok?” “What the cops are there?” “You’re all getting arrested oh man that’s serious” Turns out there was no one on the line for most of that conversation and I was just being fucked with but I couldn’t tell the difference at the time. So no one from the hotel ever came and we continue on as normal. We all want food but of course the only place open this late is of course dominoes and the following transcript is the series of dominoes called placed between our room and one very disgruntled dominoes employee Call #1 Caller: ( places our entire order via phone then gives address) Dominoes: Sorry we don’t deliver out there Caller: even if we pay you more you won’t deliver to us? Dominoes: no that’s not how any of this works Caller: that’s so fucking gay Dominoes: sir I’d appreciate it if you would stop using that term Caller: well I’d appreciate it if you would deliver our food and stop being gay about it Dominoes: WELL GUESS WHO ISNT EATING TONIGHT ! ( click) Call #2 I don’t really remember the exact conversation of this call since I was still dying from the first one but it basically was just a screaming match between the two with “ It’s ok if you like taking dick man I’m just trying to get some food” and other things being thrown around from both sides. Needless to say dominoes gets angry and after yelling back and forth hangs up. We find another pizza place who delivers and ends up messing up a lot of order but not before we get one last dig in Call #3 Dominoes : Dominoes how may I help you Caller: hey buddy just calling to let you know I am eating tonight Dominoes: go fuck yourself asshole. So now onto the actual event finally. Literally minutes before round 1 Furman convinces we somehow do not need emeral in our zodiac deck. I repeat WE DO NOT NEED EMERAL IN OUR ZOODIAC DECK. We turn our list in playing a nice adamante ( 2500 vanilla) over emeral. He quickly realizes how stupid he sounded and instead said “ well I guess instead of emeral drident we can go drident utopia”. I could already tell how this tournament would go. Round 1 I play vs chaos max blue-eyes and I open turn 1 a fantastic board of Drident + Utopia. I drident one of his guys, he returns back a blue-eyes and has chaos max. I negate his attack with utopia. Then the next turn I make lightning and pray. I attack and he doesn’t use return to protect his guy so somehow I can win. Round 2 2-0 I played a zoo guy who didn’t really know what he was doing so I was able to win quickly Round 3 1-2 I’m up g1 then g2 and g3 I get twin twister’d anti-spell’d to not be able to win anymore. Round 4 1-1 I play vs a very inexperienced zoo player who probably should have 3-0’d me but we have to settle for a draw, he has the audacity to ask me to roll for the win because he doesn’t want the draw ruining his record. Round 5 Mike Albanese 2-0 He wins the roll and lets me go first and he has 60 cards. I opened emptiness g1 and g2 :/ sorry. This was actually the first time I played emptiness in like I don’t even know how long so I had to keep drawing it. Round 6 2-1 Tyler asked me to defend my deckchoice to him and he said “ if anyone ever goes drident anti-spell how do you ever win like it’s just over you lose” Well Tyler was watching as my opponent g3 goes drident anti-spell I normal summon rat he allows it and then I make my own drident to which he responds “ I didn’t think you’d do that” and I kill him that turn. Round 7 Tahmid Zaman 2-0 I play vs infernoid again and he draws much better than Albanese did. I remembering winning g1 just off of him not getting to Devyaty fast enough. G2 looked very bleak and I had to draw a majespecter, luckily with them being my spirit animals I do and it puts me far enough back to win the game Round 8 Gaetan Georges It comes down to the last round again, I’ve blown this enough times to know what to expect. I get the feature standard. This is going to be like my 3rd time losing last round on feature. Except instead I’m playing vs a Georges. I don’t have any superpowers but if I had one ( albeit a shitty one) I cannot lose to someone with the last name Georges. I have no cards and I draw terrortop to make giantrainer and draw 3 and win the game. Finally broke my curse. Pretty good tournament every single person in our hotel room except Furman and Tyler topped I think we had 7 or 8 of the top 16 with us. Gaetan says he can’t wait for all of us to get game losses for our European zoo cards. Day 2: Top 16 Gaetan gets a gameloss for his lullaby’s despite his entire deck being American (ironic) . We play in Top 16 I go first and open giantrainer combo and my 3rd draw is emptiness he doesn’t play a single card Top 8 Nick Ma I have known Nick for years. I have never once beaten Nick, not even at a local. Despite putting him on no cards several times he’s always been able to beat me, plus him having the play in a seemingly cancerous mirror doesn’t feel good. G1 he ends with triple counter and a good board. I do the same g2. G3 I maxx him and he maxx me back I special terrortop tribute for kirin to kill his guy and bounce the other guy. Then pendulum summon and he can’t win anymore from that. Ned punts to Tahmid in top 8 Jessy wins in top 8 so top 4 is Tahmid Jessy and Myself. I will play Jessy in top 4 and I will have the play so I feel good. I stand in line at the concession stand when Jessy walks up. I go to pay for my Gatorade and he pulls out money and says “ no, I’m buying this for him it’s the least I can do for him”. To this day this is the most savage things any of my opponents has ever said to me. Top 4 Jessy Samek We sit down at the feature and I am ready to murder him. For whatever reason Ned decided to be on PPG ( you know the “best team” in the world) and Team War Council was down 1 point to them in the Team War. If I won here we would play Jobber. Prior to g1 Jessy says “ just don’t draw terrortop or Kirin”. I draw my first card kirin ok nice, I draw my second card terrortop. I considered playing the game with just those two cards to add insult. Basically I giantrainer him and it’s impossible for him to win. G2 I draw very awkward and lose to him having multiple whiptails for my bunbuku. G3 my hand is terrortop terrortop taketomborg rescue rabbit dimensional barrier. Before I go on last night in the hotel Jessy asks “ do you think it’s correct to hold ghost ogre for Coach Bearman to make them level 8s rather than just hitting terrortop” I said yea maybe. Well fuck me. I special terrortop and he’s acting too calmly to have this combo done to him again. I get to Bearman and he ogres. My board is now just drident and I set barrier. He slumbers me I barrier him and I still do not draw a pendulum monster and I lose because somehow I drew 0 pendulums in my 18 pendulum card deck L. The snow during day 2 starts coming down super hard but Tyler says we cannot leave without the donut place I told him about from the Mass Regional. We find it and buy like 30 donuts and it was delicious. We then go to shitty Olive Garden; it was less delicious and disappointing. Around the corner from Furman’s house I make a wrong turn in the dark and had to turn around. Suddenly out of nowhere a cop follows me. I get 3 turns then into Furman’s cul-de-sac and finally he throws his lights on. Furman’s neighborhood is so white that just for turning around and going down the same road legally twice he thought we were up to no good. He asks to see all of our IDs, normally I wouldn’t comply because as Tyler said moments later I have a real problem with authority such as police and TSA. He checks all of our id’s says he knows Furman’s brother, a firefighter, then in literally a 5 second glance learned all of our names, where we lived and told us our story he said “ ok so you’re dropping off Aaron, then you’re driving to Mullica Hill to drop off Tyler”. I’m not sure if the cop was just lonely and looking for some friends cause it really seemed like he was super bored and wanted to hangout. Chapter 3: YCS Atlanta Because I am literally mentally unhinged I think it’s a smart idea to drive 12 hours to Atlanta. Day 0 we register and then decide to go see this movie everyone is talking about, Get Out, in Atanta…… I’m white….. So I’m the only White Person in the theater and not only that outside of the event I was the 5th white person my friends saw that day. During the movie under the cover of darkness when it’s revealed the whole white family is on it I decide to scream “ this is why you can’t trust white people”. To which resulted in applause from the audience. I was almost certain I would be murdered when the lights when on after this movie. I went into this event with the most standard deck ever. Now, every single person in South Jersey actually knew the fusion sub combo was a thing we just all thought there’s no way this isn’t just gimmicky garbage. The eventual winner of the event Corey actually told one of the people who were still going to play it “ cut this it just seems gimmicky”. Boy were we wrong. I didn’t play paleo for this event because Tyler was trashing me in playtesting despite him saying he thought it was the other way around. I felt my dupes and toads lost a lot of value with whiptails and Kaiju’s and cl2 dridents. I decided to play Kaiju Zoo the worst mistake of my life. I lend Corey my frogs and try to convince him to not play it but he swears by it. Round 1 I play a Paleo deck and win easily and feel confident in my analysis of that matchup Round 2 I play Paleo and it’s the same result Round 3 I play Miguel Soto who is playing crystrons and me not knowing what a single card does and getting maxx’d every turn just makes me fold Round 4 I play a Zoo mirror and win unexcitingly Round 5 I play paleo. Now when I say I play paleo I played maybe paleo idk. G1 I win quickly g2 I get raigeki’d then a barrier statue beats me down and I can’t draw any one of like 20 outs to it. G3 my hand is 4 Kaijus and Tenki. I’m furious. My single emeral draw is slumber. I’m livid. My draw for turn is slumber, I’m convinced I’m on a prank show. I then draw a zoo thoroblade for another tenki. Get absolute no where. Despite my opponent being quite literally the worst opponent I’ve ever played and never bringing back a paleo when he uses a trap. I eventually emeral back my 2 of my kaiju’s to make my slumbers live and I draw a fucking kaiju off my emeral. I’m convinced I was in a nightmare. Then my opponent ( who is a 500 pound monster who the meme about a chairbreaking on zodiac was posted about) laughs about his draw and goes “ RA SPHERE MODE”. I then on my next turn have to diamond dire the sphere mode and my own direwolf because if it gets back to him I can’t win anymore. Despite all of this somehow I am winning this match through all of this. Sphere mode being the first one my opponent then draws raigeki, dark hole, dupe frog, dark hole all in perfect sequence to beat me and laughs as I walk away before I get convicted of a felony. I drop from the tournament at x-2 because I know my deck is shit because of the Kaiju monsters in it. Jessy loses to Jackie, Furman loses last round of day 1. Corey goes undefeated. Now lets get into the real part of this tournament We go to a chain of wing places and after eating a questionably fellow in the parking lot as we passes him goes “ hey I got plenty of wares for sale, would any of you like to purchase perfume, ipads, iphones, tvs, or a taser.” Now I’m a man of opportunity so I immediately ask him to repeat that last one and he pulls out an iPhone taser and a police taser so of course we buy them because who in their right mind turns down buying a taser from a man’s trunk in an Atlanta parking lot. Later that night I’m down $400 rolling when Corey walks up picks up the dice and rolls snakes for me to go even. It was probably at that moment I should have known he was winning. Day 2 we live pretty much before top 32 starts because we decided to drive to an event 12 hours away. As per usual we bet on every match and make a bracket. I lost the die roll to pick the matches so I got Corey’s opponents. When Corey desires’d into Swap + Ronin in top 16 or top 8 I paid out the rest of the tournament because I knew. Chapter 4: ARG Atlantic City Any excuse to play paleo I’ll take! I forgot I had to take my midterm online by Saturday at noon so I’m hoping I find time inbetween rounds to do that. Round 1 I play vs Invoked and my opponent has game on board but I have Apocrypha set so if he for no reason makes a second fusion I win. He does and I win. Cool! Round 2 I play zoo and I win pretty easily. Round 3 At the time of me writing this months later I can’t exactly remember what happened here. I just know it was so insane that the people who saw it couldn’t believe it and it was like my opponent had to have the perfect 6 cards to out my situation ( which he did). Round 4 I play my TWC teammate despite me playing for my new sponsor CardOverflow ( checkout CardOverflow.com and their facebook group) G1 I win very easily. G2 I lose very easily G3 I have to double desires and he instead of making an emeral allowing him to play again ( this is a point where they played minimal thoroughblade and only rat n whip) he makes rhapsody to banish a paleo I can chain to bring out and my reckless greed where he can just keep the 1200 def rhapsody n nothing in my deck can run it over. I’m winning the game because I have toad and he’s out of monsters due to how he played. I have 3 cards left in deck. When I have 2 left in deck he draws raigeki and puts me on tilt so now I lose a game he still cannot win because of deckout. I explain to my team captain that I’m going to drop for my midterm and he says our team is doing terrible and 2 other people already dropped so I do my midterm and then leave the tournament for reasons. Day 2 I go to the rainforest café with Nishaad, Albanese and the rest of Virginia squad. I quickly learn that Ryan Levine is one of the most entertaining duelists I know. I spend $10 on a glorified Slurpee because they took milkshakes off their menu. By far the most boring event of the season. Chapter 5: YCS Pittsburgh I hadn’t played anything but paleo for two months. Had no idea what any of the new cards did. Threw together a draco zoo deck that seemed cool cause this masterpeace card seemed neat. Furman plays like 2 cards different. Here’s my tournament report Round 1 G1 turn one I get maxx c’d as the first card played on me I go to resolve my effect and notice Ash in my hand. The night before I said I am sure I will forget to negate Maxx c with Ash. There’s that round. I beat like 2 pure zoo decks in a row and then play vs pure draco like round 4 or 5 and lose because I don’t know what all their cards do and they always have demise + desires. I’m convinced I actually suck because I can’t ever seem to get past rd 5 of a konami event. In our top 32 draft I have first pick and instead of choosing Furman I pick Mike Albanese who and I quote said “ I have the best deck in the room”. Furman immediately gets picked second not because it was the correct decision, but because I’m in a pod with local people who don’t really know players. I then pick Tyler Nolan as my second pick because Tyler said and I quote “ I have the best deck in the room”. Despite both of them losing literally immediately in top 32 ( I think Tyler lost in like record time). The rest of my team all makes top 8 ,with Furman beating one of my guys, then top 4 is 3 of my guys and Furman I agree to split because after seeing Furman’s top 8 match I know he might finally win. Also after top 32 I took out a bet on Furman to win with like 10 to 1 odds in my favor. Solid event payday wise. When we got home my best Friend Brandon Brady hands me his binder and says I want you to have this. I simply refused to take it and had to force him to take it with him. It was at that moment I knew my days as a duelist were numbered. I started dueling because of my friends who got me into it and basically every single person I started with has disappeared now and Yugioh has pretty much died in my area. Chapter 6 ARG Richmond I really can’t handle writing out my boring zoo matches so I’m doing the barebones of this one. Jessy wins $50 on a single lottery ticket in NJ Jessy Wins $30 on a single lottery Ticket in Maryland Jessy Wins $500 on single lottery ticket in Virginia We go to get gas in a very “urban” part of Richmond and had someone ask if we had time to talk about Jesus. Round 5 I play vs Mermail lose the die roll and he does a combo that takes every card from my hand and does the wackiest shit I’ve ever seen. He does this g3 through flying c and I can’t even be mad. I lose last round to Ben because I sided out fusion sub as he’s maining retal c and I learn I don’t really know how to play my zoo cards without it. Furman loses to Noah in top 4. Nothing happens memorable on the way back. Not a bad trip but just ehhhh. Chapter 7: Virginia Regional I literally have nothing to write about this, I didn’t show up until like round 3 or 4. Literally the only thing written here is how Silverman bet Nishaad $30 he couldn’t eat a stick of butter and keep it down. So after the tournament we drive to wegman’s buy a stick of butter so Nishaad can eat it live on camera, not only keeps it down but then also eats an entire meal after it. Chapter 8: Nationals Season I’m probably going to go in depth into this one a decent amount since the amount of work I put into my deck for the event. Nick approaches me with a heavy draco small zoo deck. I think it’s an interesting concept playing it at one local and it beats all the pure zoo decks. I then start testing it on duelingbook with mixed results. The deck went thru many stages, at one point the deck played handtraps then baobaoon. There were 3 ARGs and 2 nationals prior to ours so we were just hoping no one else saw how absurd Dinomight and True Draco Heritage was. Atlanta comes and a few people play shuffle reborn get featured but didn’t do well. I’m genuinely curious how too since almost the entire field was pure zoo, I’m pretty sure they were even laughed at on stream for playing it which is crazy now. At this point I’d settled on no baoboon, flying c mained, and still super heavy Draco. Nick and I played at a ps4 tournament and I beat 4 pure zoo matchups only losing to the mirror in time. Nick and I end up splitting the tournament and we are 100% sure our deck is insane. Then Euros happens and Marcello wins with shuffle reborn, it wasn’t the end of the world but it gave them another play each turn to try and extend themselves. Also the last ARG before our nationals someone topped with a super heavy Draco zoo deck but luckily they were like 15th seed and got knocked out round one. I start playing 12 matches on dueling book every night between rated or friends to see how the deck would go long term. It proves to be very successful with the only match-up I’m afraid of being the mirror and the only people who were on our deck was Furman Nick and I so that doesn’t sound likely (again would live to regret it). Right now my deck is very ugly and is currently at 45 cards and the only cards I would even consider cutting are flying c but I’m too hypnotized by it ( boy would I change my mind). I fly out to Chicago Thursday and up until the tournament, Chicago was the most fun I had ever had at an event. Thursday we went to a dine-in theater to see Spiderman. Friday we all agree if we drop we are going to go to an anime rave next to the event. There’s some very fun side adventures with this that I wish I could write but the people probably wouldn’t want me to tell. The Tournament Round 1 pairings go up and I’m at table 447 which I take as another omen. Before the tournament I told Tyler I was so confident I was winning nationals, I even started to compile a list of reasons why I was destined to win/ not destined. The reasons for were : -On an almost entirely full flight to Chicago I had a whole row to myself -I got a free steak at Gibson’s steakhouse for driving a total of 7 hours to go pick up Jessy Samek at an airport didn’t sleep for like 2 days ( further building karma) -At gibsons a table of business men ordered their cake and then decided they didn’t want it and give it to us for free - I won every coinflip in gambling -I never lost gambling for an uber ride The reasons I weren’t going to win nationals Not found. Now back to round 1 I win the die roll. I am ecstatic that’s game. I win. I feel great. I draw my opening hand of 5 field spells and die. Immediately. G2 I open a drident + hammerkong as my only play but I can field a draco on his turn, I get hit with Twin + Raigeki. At this point I’m literally convinced I fucked up and that my deck actually sucks, I’m so distraught. To make matters worse Nick lost to dinosaur making Furman the only person to win round 1 with the deck and that’s because he had two byes. I momentarily consider dropping because another one of my friends dropped because Tyler convinced him to play set rotation and Tyler didn’t know you had to set two different field spells, so his deck sucked. 0-1 Round 2 vs Paleo Luckily enough for me and bad luck for him I’ve logged so many hours with the paleo deck that even without master peace he didn’t stand a chance. It was not a hardfought match. 1-1 Round 3 vs Pure Zoo I’m literally just going to not write much on any of my pure zoo matchups because not many were very memorable as my deck should easily steam roll them excluding them opening the nuts. 2-1 Round 4 vs Pure Zoo I play someone from my local and I remember I won because I made a soul read the one game that could have put me in a bad position and the other was easily won. 3-1 at this point I’m starting to gain a little confidence in my deck back but I’m convinced I cannot go the distance in this long of a tournament. Round 5 Wen Tong X I know this guy simply as the guy Furman played in top 4 and Furman played without an entire extra-deck. G1 despite him having a much further along advantage I win g1. G2 or G3 he has a a zoo monster with a bunch of whips going to attack, I said attack declaration is fine at which point he says “ you know you can’t respond now right? “ to which I say no I think I’ll use my card in the battle step to which he responds “ that doesn’t exist you literally just made that up” obviously I call a judge, one who I always see at philly regionals comes over and after giving his ruling I see him walk away, look at me and just start laughing n pointing at my opponent. Obviously I won thanks to making up my own game mechanics clearly. 4-1 Round 6 Pure zoo Literally do not remember this round at all I won let’s even say he gave a hard-fought match who knows at this point now. 5-1 Round 7 vs Pure zoo Until we get to topcut this will probably be the match I write the most on because what happened in it is absolutely INSANE. First off after like 3 minutes in I’m so close to just pissing myself and the pace that which my opponent was playing was not helping. I win g1, he wins g2. G3 I maxx him when I was behind and he gives me like 5 cards. I draw to 8 cards in my hand, set one ask “ is that ok” I get no response, I wait a couple more seconds then I go to tribute for dinomight and he responds “ what the hell are you doing I’m in my battle phase” I’m shocked. I literally don’t know what he’s saying. He then says that I set a backrow and passed. While my hand is currently, a zoo monster. Diagram, Barrage, and soul charge and a barrier that didn’t even get set. He argues saying I passed and that he drew which I didn’t even notice. I call a judge and am thinking I might just have to give up before my bladder bursts. A flood judges comes over, rules in my favor ( surprise ? ) appeals, wait like 10 minutes for a lead to come over. Keep in mind the only reason one of the leads ruled in my favor was because I had 7 cards in my hand, not because my hand was the pure stones but only because I didn’t discard for handsize, my opponent gets a gameloss and I immediately rush off 6-1 round 8 Gabe Molina Draco zoo mirror This ends up being the first die roll that I win and I am so grateful for it. G1 I open the full combo of force strix+ masterpeace+ drident+ emeral and another masterpeace loaded so he concedes G2 I only lose because my desires does very unfortunate things for me G3 my hand is not good for the mirro. I have to play desires first which draws into Rat for the diagram and odd zoo + draco cards I help. However, my desires banished my 4 draco traps and my other masterpeaces so I’m literally all in. I make Dweller + masterpeace and hope he can’t crack it, he can’t and I win thanks purely to the die roll. 7-1 Round 9 Christian Georges Pure zoo If I had a super power it would be a very weak one, it would simply be that I cannot lose to someone with the name Georges. I have defeated Christian and his brother both in spectacular fashions that I would not get lucky enough against anyone else for. I don’t remember much of the match besides the fact that I maxx c’d him one game then ignorantly put back maxx c with emeral over like an extra deck guy I could have needed and my emeral draw was maxx c. 8-1 I finished day 1 X-1 but there’s 3 rounds tomorrow and I love to not make it so I’m not feeling confident and I’m just ready to accept my what feels like 100th bubble. Nick Furman Bryan and Tyler are all X-2 so pretty much all of us have to hope we get in for day 2. The rest of my room and the other room besides Tyler decide to go to the anime rave and the prior lead-up is one of the most cringe things I’ve ever had to experience. ( Names have been changed to protect embarrassment) Basically a group of my friends are arguing over who has more game. So they all agree to some bet of who can get the most girls at the rave. So they all scamper off and then I see on snapchat it’s just them all standing around awkwardly together ( as expected). However, the real story from it is still to come……. Day 2 Round 10 Chris Leblanc He doesn’t draw a monster g1 so I win relatively quick. G2 he desires then still doesn’t have a monster sets like 5 and passes. I grind through some backrows then he has to desires again. The only zoos he is playing with are 2 rats and a ram he has like 4 cards in deck. I make a misstep thinking when he goes to make chakanine I will twin my return and his backrow to play around enemy controller ( I don’t remember the exact line I thought of but he could have done something sick if he had enemy controller). Just he doesn’t make chak, and in the end phase I don’t twin because I want to hold my dinomight to start getting aggressive since my only fielded monster is a zoo that I’m sure will get barriered. Needless I draw a better card than dinomight so I then twitch and pitch dinomight and he goes “ why didn’t you do that in the endphase” I don’t say what I was playing around and he flips barrier. His next turn he normal maxx c but the literal most damage he is doing a turn is like 700 so I easily take it. I get told at this point I’m pretty much a lock but I’m still nervous. 9-1 Round 12 Joseph Chou This match is basically for fun since we are both X-1 and in. He wins the roll and goes standard drident emeral backrow. I think I lose out to like twin and then can’t beat his double drident next turn. G2 I do standard draco things and win. G3 his end board is tornado dragon drident emeral set warning set cyclone with handtraps. Basically I think I could have possibly gotten another turn but I didn’t set my whole hand when I diagram’d so he cyclones my one backrow and then I’m forced to pop my card in hand when I could have draw 2 and at least tried to mount an offensive. Tyler and Bryan lose out, Furman won his last round and Nick beat Jeff Jones the last round to make it Standings go up I’m 33rd , play 32nd don’t recognize the name just gonna assume it’s pure zoo. Top 64 Pure zoo G1 I lose the die roll, get maxx c’d on my turn 1 ( when my hand is already dogshit). At one point I set a zephyros tribute for a master peace then my opp can finally out the master peace. End phase I go to return mp , as I can bounce it back with zephyros then tribute it again. My draw for turn is actually another master peace, the literal worst draw in my entire deck. So instead I just tribute for that one and save my zephyros which annoys my opponent greatly despite it literally being worse than any zoo since I already have a live way to summon a master peace. Now a brief interruption. For as much at times where the zoo formats where not enjoyable there was something that stood out to me. If you let someone play long enough at some point they might just start making extra deck guys and before they know it their extra deck will become entirely depleted. I noticed this early on in the format that a lot of people will just assume they have to keep making new guys every turn when the game state hasn’t changed at all and they are really just throwing their names away. Basically my opponent has used his emeral, his combo, and I’m sitting on a master peace with one bullet in the grave. I never have to pop something because he can never actually threaten my master peace due to him not having enough extra deck guys left. However, the clock has ticked down to long and I realize that I should have scooped a long time ago but I’m resolved to my fate of losing in top 64 g1 in time. I’m literally ready to concede but then suddenly there’s hope. My opponent activates soul charge for 5, since he doesn’t have a battle phase that’s another turn he can’t threaten master peace and now my master peace is looking huge compared to his life points. I finally see another zoo and There’s 60 seconds on the clock when Furman sits down next to me. I still cannot win through my opponents board in the amount of turns I’m going to have so I feel defeated…. When the craziest thing happened. My opponent conceded because he couldn’t kill master peace. With 30 seconds left on the clock he scoops up and reaches for his side deck. I look baffled. He’s up in life and has an army of monsters I cannot fight through. I touch my side deck in disbelief knowing I won’t actually have to put a single card in. Buzzer dings before either of us exchange a card. Judge walks over and declares me the winner. My opponent didn’t know how time worked for g1. Despite being depressed and playing an unwinnable game for 40 minutes I somehow won. I feel so relieved that at least I’m getting a prize card. Top 32 Denny Vu I don’t remember g1 or g2 very much, I don’t remember if I won g1 or if he did. However G3 ( it might hve not even been game 3 this match until this point was all a blur) was the point where I actually thought to myself that I was winning the tournament or at least qualifying for worlds. I get Flying C’d and I have a tenki’d rat. My opponent is at 8000. Due to Barrier, apocalypse’s halving eff, then my opponent not drawing a zoo on crucial turns. I attacked my opponent down from 8000 mostly with a flying c and a tenki’d rat. When my opponent conceded, despite him running out of zoos due to desires it felt to me like the craziest victory I had ever gotten, two insane wins in a row this had to be a sign? Before this round I beg one of my friends to get me anything to drink, he returns with a pepsi ( I’m a diehard Coke fan) but my headache from no caffeine isn’t the time to get picky and it would later inspire some quality memes when I lost on stream with a pepsi next to me about how I sold out. Top 16 Robert Scarpelli Draco Zoo Mirror G1 he went first desires makes drident Master peace I clear it and establish my own trap peace and after a few actions on his next turn he concedes to which I assume was he banished his other peaces off desires. I never got ask. G2 he makes a board and I have dark hole waiting. I dark hole his board and do zoo things. He summon ignis on his turn and I just don’t play a card. I’m terrified of master peace coming down but my next turn he concedes and my friends told I I looked shocked. I’m curious on his perspective and thought during the match but the way the mirror felt to me I was just always terrified and never felt like I was winning and was sort of scared and happy when he scooped. Nick loses to Furman in top 16, Furman and I wouldn’t play until top 4. Marcus loses to Roland and that’s who I’m facing now. Both were playing pure despite me wanting to play the more inbred zoo mirror deck, which was Marcus’. After getting moved 3 times while trying to start, then getting deck checked we get chosen for a feature. We then go to high roll and I too energetically throw my dice I roll and 6 and the other one goes to land on 5 but rolls off. I re roll, one lands on a 5 and the other falls off. I then think I roll like a 6 and he rolls like a 8 or 9 or something so I once again do not have the play but it’s pure zoo so I don’t feel to bad about that. G1 He opens standard I’m able to crack it but I get Maxx c’d. At this point several things run through my mind. 1 I’ve lost every die roll of top cut, I’ve gotten Maxx c’d going second everyone of my rounds. I don’t get tilted easily but this sorta felt like I had the wind punched out of me. I accidentally don’t put barrage under my bull because I’m so distracted from getting maxx’d in a game I feel I otherwise couldn’t lose. A couple people on the DGZ discord called me out on this and swear that somehow that barrage being there would have won me the game but they are in fact wrong. He cracks my board next turn. Then my next turn I have a choice of summoning dinomight that does nothing or rat. I summon rat and he has barrier, I have barrier for his turn but I’m too far gone at this point. One of my friends swore summoning a dinomight that literally would have been a vanilla was right but upon rewatching it actually would have been worse, and everyone else assured me they would have also summoned rat in my situation. G2 I open enough to make a decent board and my desires draws into maxx c in a game that I think he can’t win without it anyway, I literally would have traded anything to just draw maxx c g3 instead of here. In-between g3 I’m actually ridiculously nervous as I’m about to play the most expensive game of yugioh of my career so far and I’m going second and was told by everyone Roland will make Dweller t1 vs me which honestly like I think none of my other opponents might not have been playing. I side in basically almost my whole side deck, gameciels, 3rd twin, anything that might give me a chance to come out on top. I could also just hope he doesn’t open the stones but as fate would have it I learned I was not destined to win nationals. Roland ends with Drident Emeral Dweller set 4. The Backrows being twin, solemn warning , soul charge ( he did not need it), and another I don’t remember. I draw n I’m not even thinking n don’t look to see what I drew ( it was ram ram I believe) I’m only hoping it’s gameciel. He doesn’t shotgun dweller so gameciel could have done a decent amount here, granted it would have not even come close to winning me this game but I could have at least had a fighting chance. Instead I go to summon dinomight he twins both my backrow, then my zoo is stopped and I concede. I’ve never felt so defeated. I didn’t make it to the finals but losing here was essentially losing in the finals and I began to feel what it feels like to get second and how when people make jokes to the runner up about who they lost to. It just feels like they have something over you and a crushing defeat forever, granted I couldn’t win and Roland definitely deserved it and then went on to Top Worlds as well but I still felt absolutely soul crushed. I then have to play Furman in the playoff for 5/6th I concede as A if anyone has a shot at going to worlds I’d hope it’s my friend who literally has the dream of going, I don’t have a passport, and I am dead exhausted. The judges literally had to wake me up from laying down across to chairs to play. Then I sign slip they ask me if I’m sure and if I know what I’m doing, I agree. Then I try to go to back my makeshift chair bed. I have to play again, I concede again ( I wish I hadn’t after seeing my opponents deck I could have at least gotten 7th a number I like) and go back to trying to sleep on my makeshift bed. I then ask hey since I haven’t really slept or eating in like 24 hours hows about you let me go get some food to which I get responded with a no and this event suddenly transformed from being the most fun to my least fun event ever. Several people asked me in the award ceremony why I looked so miserable and just assumed it was I wasn’t going to worlds. It was actually because I had been trapped in a bubble for hours, sleep deprived, not able to get my cards signed by Aster Phoenix, not having eating anything real since Friday and then also the losing part. Our flight is at 5 am, TSA decided to not open until super later than usual which makes me furious as I already hate their entire useless institution. Then as we get on the runway due to a delay in boarding we just miss taking off before the crazy freak storms started get delayed, I fall asleep for an hour and a half, wake up still haven’t taken off. Finally another 30 minutes later the pilot says I’m going for it and we leave. I get home around noon and literally pass out for more than 24 hours. At which time I wake up to my phone blowing up with the craziest story. Remember the anime rave? Well on Saturday my friend asked me hey can I bring a girl back to the room I met at the rave, I said I don’t care but if anything in the room goes missing I will literally murder you. Then my other friend and him high roll for who gets the honor of umm let’s say “ making her acquaintance”. My closer friend loses and leaves defeated. We then learn that she had both of their numbers and texted my friend the next day complaining about how upset she was that he wasn’t the one who got to make her acquaintance as the one who did was most displeasing and she went into further detail which then ended in a group chat blowing up his spot for like 3 days straight. Chapter 9 ARG Providence quick trip I went to ARG Providence and Stayed with Albanese. We had the great idea of exploring the urban city streets at 430 am. Then it’s now 6 am we plan to wake up at 7. I don’t wake up and after seeing the tournament am thankful for that. I get to the event like round 4 when I wake up and there’s just draco mirrors everywhere which I am so happy I did not have to play. I gave Drew Carter my deck to play and he lost to Blake in top 4. Mike forgot to write soul charge on his deck list and loses in top 16 to the game loss. All of TWC played Pure Draco despite all my urgings not to for how absolutely garbage that deck is, I would literally put it in the top 3 worst decks I have ever played. Now onto the real reason why I went to Providence I’ve been waiting to be 21 forever, like literally 21 years. Casinos in RI are 18 so of course I go to Twin River with Tej and have literally all of the sponsorship money from nats and then other money I brought to blow. Blackjack minimums are like $25 and crowded so I don’t do that. I find a roulette table slam $100 on black, it comes up Red. Tej comes at one point I think we are both up $200 ( I’m in like 250 at this point). Then the dealer ( spinner?) changes and I lose all of that because it was literally green 3 times in 5 spins which we were just not ready for. I play some blackjack and people can witness first hand what I mean when I say never lucky as my 21 was beaten by the dealer’s 21 2 of the like 6 hands I played. I’m down 500 at this point and Tej is like oh well and then we say “ another 200 on black” moral of the story it was red. Pretty sad weekend. Chapter 10 ARG 25k I already know I’m playing DracoZoo for this event so there’s not really anything to really build for. Joseph Chou flies in a couple days early and shows me some neat combos, which to this writing in middle of September people could really help to learn. We enter the 3v3 go X-1 and get 5th so get nothing, standard never lucky. I get into an altercation with a certain player who got into my teammates / friends face but I won’t get into that. I talk that night about how I want to main barrier but everyone else assures me it’s terrible since it does nothing to draco cards, I argue it puts them on one plan for a turn but don’t change my deck. Round 1 Joe Bogli Joe’s a really nice guy who was really cool with me drawing maxx c twice for his windwitch. I learned a new combo before rd 1 and actually messed it up against him and forgot to end on drident g1 whoops. Other than that, it’s really just I opened maxx c game 1, and then I had maxx c for his t3 windwitch g2. 1-0 Round 2 Pure zoo Win g1 easily, g2 I think I lose control of very quickly. At which point my sponsor Josh walks over and my opponent in the middle of my turn after I have made like 3 xyzs already says, I will now use zodiac combo and draws maxx c off of it which Is super tilting mid combo. I break his board because he’s awful and then He has no cards, will be drawing to 1 and has a second zodiac combo. He draws for turn then combos and plays the Raigeki he drew off combo. I lose and am furious. I’m glad someone got to witness my opp comboing into runner runner so the story was believable. 1-1 Round 3 Pure zoo My opponent was very nice and just admitted he didn’t have much experience with his deck, I think our match was like 5 minutes total. 2-1 Round 4 Pure zoo Very uneventful match, Master peace just held it down. Sorry for the bad writing if anyone at this point is actually still reading I’ve grown so tired of writing about zoo matches. Round 5 I lose the roll, it’s the mirror he soul charges for like 5. I consider scooping then I realize he made an Emeral with 1 monster in grave and had to do something super weird like drident himself to get 3 in grave, he fields a master peace and I’m considering just not playing the game out since my hand is literally 4 zoo normal summons. I decide to as my golden rule of if I let my opponent play long enough they’ll beat themselves, eventually he does. I think he tries to retard check me by going to return a guy in battle phase hoping I’ll pop the return and not be able to win, of course I then just pop the guy it brings out and attack for game and I win a game that I had 0 business winning. G2 he appointers my draw, has warning, and barriers me so I couldn’t win no matter what G3 I draw no zoo but a bunch of barriers we approach time. I end up resolving 3 barriers and winning the game and he gets furious that I had 3 barriers when in all reality if I hadn’t opened 3 barriers and opened any combo cards+ 1 barrier I would have simply one turn 1 so I felt his complaining was just unnecessary especially after he handed me a g1. 4-1 round 6 Joey Chou Quite literally the one person in the room who I do not want to play. I lose the roll he combos g1 and I concede t1 . G2 I open and all zoo hand + barrier to his nuts but he’s not expecting barrier in the mirror and in a long drawn out game where I draw no dracos I’m able to take it somehow. G3 he has enough to deem a good hand, I can crack his board but when my barrage gets maxx c’d I know I can’t win :/ . 4-2 Round 7 Calvin Tahan Feature My record vs the Card Guys ( mostly just Ryan and Calvin) is literally abysmal. It seems fitting I get one more shot to defeat card guy Calvin. I win the roll and open soul charge which I literally said before the event I don’t actually know what to do with this card I know 0 combos with it I just know when I play it usually it means I have won. And it did! G2 he plays his soul charge card and I have my soul charge card again but I drew double barrage and no monsters. I sided in Ash because someone told me Calvin was playing DracoZoo so I look kind of stupid for putting those in, especially looking back when I saw a Kaiju g1 but I thought nothing of it. G3 I open Rat + Diagram but the rest of my hand is bricks. I think and summon rat first thinking if I Throw rat out first he won’t ogre thinking I have the extender. It works out and he hand traps my diagram instead so at least I end on a zoo board instead of nothing. I win because he drew like all zoo normal summons I think. In the video Feature my teammate and Deon are doing commentary and my teammate wrongly says that just rat is drident rank 4 which in no world in link format is it. Deon then swears I know none of the combos in my deck and then calls me out continuously during my match saying I do not know any of the combos that he himself admitting to not knowing and then upon hearing a fake combo that he does not know says that I don’t know how to do it properly. Maybe I’m just being extremely nitpicky and annoying but when someone calls me out for misplaying I take it pretty seriously because I try to play optimal at all points, and saying I don’t know my deck because I don’t know an imaginary combo that you yourself just said you didn’t know then pretend to know like what kind of logic is that. Then g3 when my diagram gets ogre’d he swears I somehow can still end with full combo despite you know….. not being able to get master peace with my diagram? Rant over sorry. 5-2 The annoying part about this event was halfway through they announced it is no longer cut to top 32 but top 32 pays but only 16 plays. At this point Tyler, Bryan and I are all X-2 Bryan went 5-0 so he should be locked if he wins. Round 8 I win the roll and know my opponent is one pure zoo with kaijus . So instead of summoning master peace on spells on my turn I set heritage and return and summon dinomight so that way depending on what his hand looks like I can summon the corresponding master peace on his turn. Everyone that I asked agreed this was the right play. However, as luck would have it. My dinomight gets ash’d my return gets cosmic’d and then I lose my board. I draw disciples and I find a line where if he pops the wrong card I can come back but it ends up not mattering as he simply has a second cosmic anyway. G2 my hand is absolutely awful, the only two playable cards in my hand ( diagrams I believe) get ash and ogre’d and I just concede before he ever gets a turn. He then tells me he lost rd 1 and 2 so now I feel even worse and standings go up and I get my $50 of shame and he gets like 18th weird. This was a tilting loss because If I just played wrong I would have won but playing correctly and only losing to a higher combination of ash, cosmic, cosmic, zoo , extender caused me to lose. It was a frustrating loss especially since I really wanted to go to this tournament even more so than Worlds but then didn’t enjoy what the format devolved even more so than nationals. Bryan throws his match and Tyler simply gets floodgated a bunch in the mirror. On the way back my gps tells me last second to take an exit I miss it and we get stuck in 2 hours of bumper to bumper traffic for quite literally 0 reason as it was simply PA drivers couldn’t merge lanes. Day 2 in the parking lot we started playing Rock Paper Scissors for ignorant amounts of money I end up winning around $400 which make up for the mediocre weekend. That’s my lackluster year in a nutshell. A special thanks to CardOverflow for adopting myself and all of Team War Council. Congrats to Furman for the best year had by any Yugioh player perhaps ever despite getting 9th at worlds then having the guy you lose to get a match loss and not dq’d : ( . Thanks to Jessy for beating me and ruining my goal of an ARG win. I thought I would be transferring to Pittsburgh for a hybrid undergrad/law school program but I never took my LSAT so I’ll still be in Yugioh for a bit. If anyone actually read all of this I am so sorry for you. I'm sure I forgot a lot of fun things that happened or just genuinely forget how games went at all!
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    I know it's 2016 and all but since they've been doing it for years and there was even a documentary on it. I am still amazed at how fast South Park turns around episodes.
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  11. WARNING: NOT A LOT OF YUGIOH WILL BE PLAYED IN THIS REPORT! Chapter 1: Old Faces, New Faces, and going Places Chapter 2: A Game of Ant Thrones Chapter 3: O-He-Oh YO ! Chapter 4: High Steaks Gambling in Oh-He-OH Chapter 5: Fuck Pittsburgh Chapter 6: the Ballad of Ol' Man Sticky Fingers Chapter 7: Will this be the End? I finished my first year of college and for the first time was not being forced to work some meaningless minimum wage job and could literally spend my whole time doing absolutely nothing. What better way to do that then playing Yugioh. This report will cover my yugiventures from YCS Providence through the 25k. It’s going to be written in the format of those classic school assignments where you must tell everyone what you spent your summer doing. Chapter 1: Old Faces, New Faces, and going Places Throughout this format Team War Council has not been playing. We had not topped a single event in all of 2016 due to our most pivotal members focusing on work, school, being banned, or an utter hatred of the format. Randomly one night; not even sure how it all started I began talking heavily with Corey Roca. A Skype call was Corey Roca, Myself and a new face William “Johan” Burke. Before this Corey and I were acquaintances we had occasionally fucked around at events and this one time He convinced me and a bunch of my friends to drive to Delaware but outside of that not much. We bullshitted on Yugioh talk and eventually I convinced Corey to drive to a local near me. Little did I know this is where everything would change. After this I began talking to Corey heavily. I had been joking heavily with one of my closest friends Brandon Brady that we were going to go to YCS Providence. I hadn’t seen Brady in over 6 months so this was entirely a joke until about a week prior he messages me saying “ so we are going right”. I had no intention of going previously, but then when he showed up I assembled him and Tyler Nolan to come. Last minute we had a new arrival on Team Providence in George Funk who could finally travel to an event and needed help finding his squad. We left super late due to being stuck in Accident traffic on the parkway on the way to Jarrid Centamore’s house to pick up a Qliphort deck for me to play. ( I was convinced Qliphort Demise was gonna rock this event with it still being relatively unrespected prior). Leaving super early didn’t help getting my Qli deck as we managed to get to Tyler’s at like 3 pm and then Georges like 4pm. We stopped at a Random diner because there was literally no food on the way to Providence. On the way back to the highway we saw 5 cop cars on one black man, the usual. We arrive at George’s hotel and learn it is the same as ours and boy are we not pleased. Apparently when Hotel’s are booked literally last minute you get some pretty shitty places. We stayed with Steven McMerty and Corey, resident lovers and soul mates. Chapter 2: A Game of Ant Thrones To say it had been the worst Hotel ever would be an understatement. Within minutes of arriving Tyler had conquered the Ant-people and assumed the role as their King leaving a pile of bodies to those who may oppose his reign. It became very hot in our room. Corey called the front desk and then would enter the most eccentric character in our cast. Meet Hotel repairman Angel. Angel was no ordinary man. He was a man beyond that of genius. After fiddling with the plug he gets the air back on and says don’t touch the plug it’s bad and will prob shut off again. It’s then he asks what brings you to Providence it’s then that Corey says to him “ we are here to play yugioh, we are huge fucking nerds”. Angel then somehow gets on the topic of girls and asks us if we would like to solicit any prostitutes or if we would like to purchase any illegal substances. It was at that moment that we realized Angel was no ordinary Air conditioner repairman, he was a pimp. Corey and Angel bond and were exactly the same person he takes his leave reminding us again if we need to get any “ delicious pussy” all we need is ask and he is our guy. For those that do not know Corey he speaks without a filter leading me to finally say “ do you have Tourettes or something” which would become the response whenever Corey would spout some nonsense about “fist my asshole dad” or whatnot. I test a game with the Qlimise deck vs McMerty’s magician deck. This is the first time we are seeing this deck. I literally win 0 games. I then test with Tyler. Tyler was playing a form of Fire King Kozmo and hated his deck. Furman promised to send me a list McCabe was playing and he sent me was the gem that would be born into the format that was “Demise Kozmo”. Both Tyler and I played Games vs Corey and McMerty and instantly were sold the deck seemed so solid. 3 Farmgirl was amazing. Demise was amazing. Traps felt so good again. Later into the night Tyler then decided that he actually didn’t like Demise that much and wanted to cut it for Maxx c, which is essentially what their list would do, going second. Lastly on our list was Brady, now brady grabbed a pile of nekroz cards off my desk and was intent on playing that after seeing the Nekroz Kaiju deck. After not winning a game he became disheartened. A spellbook joke was made in the hotel room which then led Brady to building a Spellbook Demise deck featuring Tyler’s favorite card Moon-Mirror Shield. Brady won more games in the hotel room that night than anyone else. We went to sleep super late and woke up in like 2 hours. I didn’t have enough time to shower which kills me since not showering is my actual nightmare. I take a yugioh player shower and we are off to the convention center. We arrive with less than 25 minutes until rd 1. I decide there is no way I can write a decklist and get the cards I need for Demise Kozmo and that since this Qli deck fucking sucked there was no way I would play it. I lent it out and did not enter the tournament. This would also be a joke as I commonly love to not play as I hate waking up and entering events, especially Konami ones. Rd 1 Tyler Wins, Corey losses to Dark Planet deck, Merty wins and Brady plays against fluffals and loses because he does not know what they do. Brady has not played since HAT format. Brady eventually somehow is still in the tournament until rd 6 where he still has a live record but doesn’t show up because he wants food. Tyler is out by Round 5 losing to two idiots. Corey is also out. Leaving only McMerty. There were 9 rounds of swiss Day 1 and it is after Round 8. McMerty is 8-0 with the magician deck. In between rounds he partakes in a bit of the Devil’s dice with Resident Loser Brandon “ Brando” Cheng and Corey. The cops come and kick them out. Rd 9 pairings go up and Merty isn’t there to play Hoban and he gets a bye into top 32 as there is only 2 rounds tomorrow. We all go back to the hotel and are assigned suicide watch schedules to make sure Merty does not kill himself. This next part is essential for a lot of this story telling. In South jersey there is an infamous group of friends known as Don Squad. They are a tribe consisting of friends who hangout and play together and commonly hate each other. Don Squad inhibits much of the South Jersey region. Recently this spring, Don Squad rendered a peace treaty with that of Tito Squad of Central Jersey and formed one larger “Don Squad”. Prior to ARG Pittsburgh the only member of Don Squad to have a top was Steve Gleason who topped 32’d YCS Atlanta. At Pittsburgh 2 tito squad members topped. At ARG Charlotte Turner Brattan, an enemy to the Don himself, top 16’d and which lead to a new rule among their squad. “No top, no opinion” a common phrase uttered in their group chat when someone would dissent. Don squad comes into our hotel to play and I Crave Ice Cream. Only problem it is midnight. We then Assemble an elite Ice Cream hunting team of Myself, Brady, the Don himself, and Merty because if left along he might kill himself. Merty makes several jokes on the way about killing himself one of which cleverly involved a jet ski. Ice Cream place after Ice Cream place is closed but there is hope. Brady led us to a sex toy shop that pretended to be an ice cream place and we lost hope. Then, Brady found a place called “Duck & Bunny” which served dessert. We walked in and immediately noticed this place was very weird. It was essentially someone’s house but with a bunch of Hipsters in it. Someone asks us what we would like and when we reply ice cream they said they don’t have it and we leave defeated. Not before grabbing a pile of business cards for this “snuggery” at least we learned a new word. We then ventured to Walmart to just buy ice cream. Walmart was closed because Providence clearly doesn’t believe in life after 11pm. We are then forced to go to Wendy’s. for Frosty’s. On the way back I still really want food so we stop at a gas station and there’s nothing. There’s a dunkin donuts next to it and I could use some breakfast. Brady hops on my hood and we go through the drive through this way with Brady swinging his feet in the air like a schoolgirl. I tell Brady if he asks for the unattractive girl at the window’s number I’ll buy his food. He then says “ excuse me miss my handsome friend in the passenger seat was wondering If he could get your number” she looks at the passenger seat to Don and then replies to Brady “ sorry I am gay”. Don is left defeated as we return to the hotel. We return to day 2 for essentially no reason. Tyler leaves the Ant People defeated and to rebuild their kingdom free of his tyranny. I learn that Furman didn’t make it despite going x-1 day 1. Steve Gleason however did make it. Along with Both McCabe and Frazier with the Demise Kozmo deck. Gleason wins in Top 32. And Defeats Tyree in top 16. In top 8 he plays a young kid playing Monarch. His opponent opens the literal nuts both games and defeats Steve. He officially joins the DS club and learns they don’t come with a charger and goes off to buy one. Tahmid is in top 4 and Silverman, Jessy Samek Brandon Cheng and Myself each randomly pick a person at $50 a person. I get laughed at when I get Tahmid due to his history of losing. Tahmid wins in top 4 and I’m facing Brando’s champion in the finals. I try to convince him to split as I’m concerned BA cannot beat Monarch. He refuses and then Tahmid swiftly defeats the Bryan Pham look a like and win the YCS. I win $150 and then Furman asks me if I want it for 1600 paying 100 a week. I accept because I love dumb prize card purchases. The ride back we find a random pizza place in the middle of the woods whose pizza making skills was blessed by the gods themselves. We then hit a torrential rain storm and that’s all. Chapter 3: O-He-Oh YO ! Now that one pointless Yu-Gi-Oh trip was over what was to stop us from going on another. Brady upon on arrival back said let me know when we are leaving for Origins. I thought he was joking. Sure enough the week of he arrives at my house. A couple days before the tournament the announce the generations duel which both me and Tyler can play degenerate FTk’s , this time with all the best cards in the game, so of course he’s now on board. Lastly, Furman who did not have a ride was also on board. So leaving super late at night we set off to the desolate wastleland that is Oh-He-Oh. We stop for gas and Furman see’s that the Sunoco station is giving out free stickers at each pump, so he of course takes them. All of them. At every pump. At every island. Throughut the whole gas station. We go through another torrential rain storm this time I can feel myself hydroplaning and can’t keep going 80 so I make Brady drive. I wake up and we arrive at Furman’s hotel where he’s staying with Billy and pals. Billy makes a weird noise and laugh upon seeing us and this causes Brady to think that he is some sort of bellhop as he came and took Furman’s bags and left. “ did that homeless jesus guy come steal Furman’s stuff”. Furman leaves to go hang out with his cool friends ( we’ll get more into that later). The three of us go to the waffle house next door. Now I would never wish for my worst enemies to be exiled in OH-He-Oh but damn there’s so many waffle houses it also makes the state bearable. I don’t eat because I never eat in the morning. We find our hotel and convince them to let us check into our room hours early since we arrived 6 hours before we should have. Now compared to our last hotel our hotel this event was amazing. We had an entire Kitchen, an actual table, an actual bathroom, and to top it all off Tyler would not have to enslave an entire species of insect. We sleep so long in the hotel that days might have gone by. We leave to go to the city and due to Apple Maps being terrible with walking directions we trust Tyler, the person without a smartphone to guide us in a city that he we were briefly at last year for less than 12 hours and before that he hadn’t been to in 5 years. We end up walking to the entire other end of the city before finally realizing we literally were one block away where we parked. Finally we arrive and holy shit are the registration lines long. We get in one and 20 minutes goes by and we haven’t moved at all. I say enough is enough and go to the website to pre-reg. Tyler tells me how this will never work. With-in 5 minutes I have my badge and am laughing at them in the line. They eventually repeat this process using my phone and we can finally eventually enter. I ended up telling the entire line to do this and couldn’t believe how this many people were not able to think of such a simple solution. We arrive onto the 4th fourth floor because yugioh is segregated and finally get to the event. It’s Thursday the 2nd day and there is probably less than 50 people total in the event hall. Tyler and I register for the Gen-Duel and feel confident. We find Furman who is with the cool kids so I won’t bother him. You see Furman hangs out with a lot of the “in” crowd in yugioh. Due to Tyler being the only one of us with real tops we certainly don’t qualify leading Furman to not hear a word I say like I actually died. Now Tyler this entire trip so far has been saying “ WE have the BEST DECK EVER!” “ this is the single greatest deck ever allowed in a konami format”. Brady goes off to hangout with Homeless Jesus and thus begins the first Yugioh of the report Rd 1 Gen Duel Matt Cairoli vs Tyler Nolan Of course we get paired against each other rd 1 and we split. I win the die roll and brick with the deck. I then brick g2 as well leading me to believe that Tyler actually meant this is the “WORST DECK EVER”. Rd 2 Matt Cairoli vs Random guy I win the die roll and FTK Him g1 and g3 nothing exciting. Tyler also wins Rd 3 Matt Cairoli vs Random See rd 2. Tyler picks up a loss Rd 4 Matt Cairoli vs Mermail I lose the die roll he lets me go first and I ftk him. G2 he trishes me multiple times and makes herald. Game 3 I brick. Worst deck ever. Tyler loses to BA wind-up Well that’s over neither of us won a side-event we traveled all this way for and we never stop making fun of Tyler. We leave and take a very long time to decide where to get food as to not waste our Waffle house tokens this early on. Upon walking back we find a homeless “Veteran” asking for money. We sort of go to walk out of the way when he confronts us. I don’t remember exactly how it happened. But somehow he became very aggressive specifically at Tyler eventually saying he was gonna fuck Tyler’s mom so Tyler then also became very aggressive, the most we’ve ever seen out of Tyler. We rush away to not get stabbed when Brady says “ oh shit was that Billy Brake” Tyler talks us into this “ WORLD FAMOUS” Taco place that is surely will Turn his so far 3 strike Day around. ( every time you fuck up on a trip you get a strike, if you exceed a certain amount consequences happen. So far Tyler got us lost in the city, convinced me to play the worst deck ever, and I’m lapsing on the 3rd one). We arrive at this very small place. The line doesn’t move for 15 minutes. When we finally order our tacos our tortillas the size of someone’s palm. I am immediately let down that Tyler failed us once again. Chapter 4: High Steaks Gambling in Oh-He-OH We eventually go to Walmart to take advantage of our full fridge. Our items bought include. Brady rides a fat person electronic scooter throughout the store leading the locals to believe we all have the Autism. - a shit ton of lemonade - a package of grapes - a Full sized watermelon - a frozen bag of hash browns We arrive back at the hotel and kill enough time before we can finally make a waffle house journey. This time we look on the menu and see the Waffle House steak. I’ve long talked about how I wanted the consequences for losing a roll to have to be you must buy a Denny’s steak and eat it but this seemed like the next best thing. Out of 3 dice I roll an 18 so it comes down to Brady and Tyler. Brady loses the roll and demands a re-do. He loses. He demands a third try and loses again. We are now set on forcing Brady to order the Waffle House Steak this trip. I enjoy some delicious waffles before going back to the hotel to think of what deck I am going to play for the event. I talk about playing a pendulum deck but after several games with Tyler I hate it and resort back to EDM the deck I’d been playing prior. I had not been playing so I made a few changes based on what I thought would be good. I mained twin twisters and sided mega zaborg escalation for BA. Nothing really special. So I won’t go into too much detail. I did side multiple drowning mirror forces because of how I will always find an excuse to side a mirror force. We wake up and this time make it on time after not walking around the entire city. Corey and them however barely make it in time for pairings to go up. Rd 1 Matt Cairoli vs Monarch Die Roll Loss G1: he sets 3. I erebus a backrow back and he shows me 2 more set brilliants and an in hand garnet. G2: He does mediocre monarch things and I do insane monarch things 1-0 I met up with Corey inbetween rounds when someone comes up to us saying “ excuse me I’d like to buy your binders, I am a vendear ( I spell it this way because that is how he pronounces it)”. So I show him my binder, which the 1st two pages are super book of moon and the 3rd page, is all prize cards. He continues to flip through the book and asks me how much I want. I tell him a retail price and he goes “ sorry I cannot afford that” to which Corey repsonds “ I guess that makes you not a vendear”. He walks to the table next to us as we make vendear jokes forever waiting for the next round to go up. Rd 2 EDM vs BAPK I just remember that my opponent is from Texas and that he topped this event. G1 I open really well but he opens better. Our game gets very very drawn out in which he uses Beatrice eff to bring out a Dante Pilgrim 3 times and each time take a card from my hand. I am not able to capitalize a couple turns due to fog blades and by the time I can I am too far behind. G2: I open insane and the ends immediately G3: I open drowning twin twister and all spells. He opens set backrow pass. He flips anti-spell which I twin then my draws get me no-where and I set drowning. I eventually drowning him but can never get anything going and we go into time but it did not matter as there was no way I could win anyway. The last time I played BA was very popular but most weren’t playing fogblade. That card caused me to play very awkwardly the match and I wasn’t ready for a match-up I had 0 testing for. Tyler played Furman this round and lost. Round 3 No Match I show up and my opponent does BAPK things and I scoop due to my prior concerns and wish him luck. So I ask Tyler for the revised explosion deck and go sign up for what I came here for. Brady also drops and I convince him to sign up too as our pod is literally no one and 4 people get a mat that doesn’t exist elsewhere. This report is going to be very light as explosion isn’t very fun. Rd 1 I play vs Plant Synchro and win g1 and g3 Rd2 I play vs Masked heroes and I win the die roll so he can’t dark law me g1 or g3 Rd 3 I play vs Brady and roll a 12. I know I’ll win as he has 0 outs to anything I do but I offer to split and just hope he wins his last round. RD 4 I play vs tellarknight and I lose the die roll. I don’t think it will be that hard. G1 he opens shock master. G2 I win. G3 he bricks and I go off and when I flip my cards for turn he shows me the card in his hand he drew was hanewata. Brady plays vs a clown blade deck. He wins g1. Then g2 the guy goes shock master and he never gets to play. Then g3 brady Sides wrong and and draws poorly and and his opp makes trapeze, feral imp, and 2 other xyzs. His deck was actually probably the best deck in the event. I get 2nd and Brady doesn’t get top 4 sadly. Tyler finishes x-2 with his majespecter deck and Furman finishes x-1-1. I think we once again go to Waffle House this time we force Brady to order the steak. To which he is not happy about spending $10 on a waffle house steak. We go to Steak and Shake after for ice Cream and go back to the Hotel. The next door me and Brady sleep in as we don’t have to and Corey Johan take Tyler to all go play. When I wake up I see the livestream is Corey winning his last round so I know he topped. We go to the convention center and find out Furman got 32nd at x-2-1. Tyler lost the the second round of day 2 and both Corey and Johan made it. All 3 win in top 32 and top 16. Corey and Johan play each other in top 8 and Corey barely scrapes out in the magician mirror. Furman gets super lucky in both top 8 and top 4 to win his matches at which time I realize it is his day. The Finals Aaron Furman vs Jake Phinney G1: Furman quickly wins and I am so hype that furman is about to win . G2: Phinney opens vanity’s fiend which could be troublesome but instead makes a burning abyss board instead. Furman Has the easiest gameshot if he didn’t draw his one of pilot. He still tries to go for game and cannot and ends with Forerunner double dark lady and eventually loses a game that if he just paid passively could not lose. G3: Furman opens Card of demise, double kozmotown, a kozmo, and a call. He shuffles back the card and draws a dark destroyer. Then demises and sets double call mojo and has dark destroyer in yard. Phinney’s hand is 5 burning abyss monsters. I am going wild that furman just won. Phinney drew terrortop for turn, he special it. Had furman just call’d back dark destroyer the game ended there. He did not instead he waited for the first dante. Then Furman just loses control of the game and loses. Even if he was afraid of Phinney having a PK monster to normal after popping the terrotop he could simply just mojo one away and summon farm girl and still win. Even if he was still afraid then with Phinney’s only out being foolish he could have not banished DD and just call’d it back again and then popped again. Sadly this doesn’t happen and Furman’s luck runs out and he gets second. We go to Texas de Brazil and eat a fuckton then leave to go home. On the way back we have the watermelon that we never ate at the Hotel. So while going 100 down an open highway we chuck it out the sunroof. Sadly it wasn’t as cool as we hoped. We later stopped at a sex- toy shop for the experience and that was also not what we hoped. It was just filled with lonely truckers and a very old lady. Chapter 5: RIP DN My entire nationals experience was aids so here’s the highlights -I lost my LCQ to someone who sided amorphage cards in vs a deck that doesn’t special from the extra. -Furman didn’t catch a dragonite -I didn’t lose my license for speeding -I saw white people get an apple from a stranger to smoke out of so the hotel doesn’t smell. -When we stayed at arg pittsburgh we got the president’s suite due to overbooking the regular room pailed in comparison and was $700 cheaper a night -Johan lost in top 16 to someone who drew both anti-spells g3 and screamed I only play 2. Glad to know someone is proud of only playing 2 of your only wincon - Turner sat at the wrong table the last round of nats to not top the event - I talk about my disdain for Pittsburgh despite probably going to college there for Law School. -Furman and I pick up Billy at an Airport in the middle of cornfield -the judge told me to calm down when I was creating Johan’s personal hype section during his top 16 match when I thought he was gonna win it all. -There was so much testing done for this event with the Pendulum deck which spawned a lot of skype calls and countless hours dn testing. Good shit Johan. The rest of us sucked. -TWC Learns of GANG GANG GANG GANG Now that Nats was over the real event was next. While the rest of the people I tested the pendulum deck with all converted to blue-eyes besides McMerty for god knows what reason; I stayed with the deck til the very end. I believe I changed 0 main deck cards from my nationals deck and only changed my side to include new things like typhoon, kaijus. I also took Tyler’s advice over Corey’s to play Twin Twister as playing X amounts to Anti-spell creates almost impossibility of losing sided games to it. Also, vs Ba Mst was never enough. Chapter 6: The Ballad of Ol’ Man Sticky Fingers Now if you aren’t going to read the rest of this report I strongly suggest reading this part: Jarrid and I catfish Corey into believing he is showing up to play yugioh and smash Jarrid’s friend on Facebook who Corey tried hitting up. He drives from Delaware to Central Jersey an 1 hour and a half drive. He arrives and finds out but is at least excited to go to a local. This local is notorious for being cartoony and just absolutely crazy. There’s so many hilarious stories to come out it. Corey plays and We’ll skip to round 3. Corey plays vs lets call him Duelist the locals own psychotic nutcase. Duelist’s hobbies include every drug under the sun and being absolute batshit crazy. Duelist is playing Qli Demise and Corey is playing blue-eyes. Throughout their g1 Duelist resolves Card of Demise to draw 9 cards and makes a comment about how Corey is so lucky. Game 2 Duelist is made short work of by Corey’s Twin Twister at which point Duelist starts making faces and talking shit to Corey. At this point Corey says “look I’m not gonna argue with someone who has a stain on their mat and look you got sticky fingers” Duelists say fuck you and storms off. 5 minutes later he comes running back and says “ if you ever say that to my fucking face again I will beat your face in don’t ever disrespect me” he goes on and on and Corey responds “ look I’m white also I will simply just call the cops” Duelist storms off and comes back one more time before going outside this last time Corey says to the store worker “ excuse me sir I am being assaulted is there anything you can do about this”. About 30 minutes later the store manager who hates anyone related to me or Furman comes and takes him outside and says “look buddy I’m gonna need you to level with me. Did you really call him sticky fingers” Corey promised he would never come back. Chapter 7: Will this be the End? I bought points with the intention of selling them but both my buyers backed out so I ended up entering with 2 byes. We arrive Friday early so Jarrid can play the player’s championship he decides on playing Monarch and quickly regrets it. I thought I was entering the 3v3 with Tyler and Porter but when they don’t show up until 5 mins before rd 1 starts I joined Johan and McMeaty. Mcmeaty playing the majespecter deck, I’m playing the same deck and Johan decides to play Ba. Corey joins Tyler and hilarity ensues. Round 1 Team Dad’s Matt Cairoli vs Monarch G1 I lose the die roll and he opens insane. He was so far ahead that I realized my only chance of winning the game was to just make him keep playing it. I noticed he loved activating cards so if I just continued throwing out little things I could force responses. He was one of those players that will pantheism nonstop even though there is nothing they are digging for they are just making their clock slower. I focus on just making sure he never establishes a prime and just force him to summon at least an ether a turn and by the time he realizes what I am doing it was far too late. G2: He bricks and my only play is summon buku and set odd-eyes in scale. He’s still bricked next turn and I kill him my next turn. 1-0 Round 2 Team Dad’s Matt Cairoli vs Kozmo G1: I’m terrified of this match-up as if they open tin can demise it’s usually too much. He opens mediocre and my darklady quickly kills him. G2: I get anti-spelled and scoop immediately G3: an Early kaiju makes me take an extremely powerful lead but he is able to hold out. He eventually has a forerunner and pilot out. I make absolute and go to ram into the forerunner, being turn player and being cl1 knowing he will summon slip to pop my scale lets me wait for him to summon slip to summon meteorburst and destroy his life 2-0 Round 3 Team Dad’s Matt Cairoli Vs Nicky Reardon G1: he opens well too well for me to do anything G2: I igknight reload for 4 and draw 5 terrible cards. Don’t remember if I won a game or not at the time of writing this just remember this is how it ended. Johan wins and luckily McMeaty beats Collin’s ace win condition of the clock. 3-0 Round 4 Team Dad’s Matt Cairoli vs Edgar Collazo’s Team I don’t remember the match-up I just remember winning instantly and it coming down to McMearty as BA struggled with Blue-eyes 4-0 Got 1st yay So back to Tyler and Corey. Tyler wrote Corey’s list and both forgot that since there was brilliant fusions in his deck that he should write seraphinite on his deck list. Great start to the weekend Porter Tyler Jarrid and I go to Cheeburger Cheeburger the name of the same place we made fun of 2 arg philly’s prior. Turns out the place was amzing. All of us ordered a 1 pound burger and I thought I could finish mine despite it falling apart. When I go to pay I was told my paypal card was declined. I was very confused but handed my debit card. When I check my paypal it says negative $2300. I panic and when I check my email I see an ebay case has opened against me from the buyer in England saying the Ultra Minerva I sent him was an ocg copy. The entire ride home I am sick on the verge of vomiting. When I get home I finally do and I sleep 0 hours before the event while I figure out my options. The only reason I showed up to the event was because Jarrid was at my house and drove down to come. I have 2 byes so I have plenty of time to do nothing and don’t want to play. When round 3 pairings come up I briefly consider just dropping but I see the name I’m playing and must show no Mercy. Round 3 Matt Cairoli vs Drew Carter ( EDM) I played Drew at ARG AC in swiss and top 16 both times left him defeated. His saying now to me is that I don’t know how to lose. I’m glad he agrees. G1: I quickly take g1 due to my monsters stopping his opening hand G2: He opens the definition of monarch nuts and I scoop after my first turn G3: my opening is very subpar but I have to make do. I set scales and he says thinking. I don’t falter and he says that’s fine. I pendulum clear board. Main phase 2 make norito and pit the set card which was twin twister. Had he flipped it I would have scooped on the spot. It’s not over though my norito negs 1 more spell and eventually dies and I’m left with just my kirin I draw an avian for turn that puts me back in the game when we are both in a neutral point. He activates stomforth and I think and realize I have to let it go through and just hope he can’t tribute. He banishes pantheism showing tenacity stormforth and pantheism. I think for a while and give him tenacity knowing I have to negate it with my avian as if I allow him to get to pantheism he will be able to make use of the double prime my kirin put back. Eventually the scary part is over and I win. 3-0 After a win like that my confidence was restored a little and am happy to continue playing Round 4 Matt Cairoli vs Griffin Gamrat Domain Monarch Before sitting down I know he’s playing domain as it’s just the play style of the person. Normally I would not berate my opponent like this but I know this guy from prior experiences. He played my friend and Team mate Tej Trivedi at the last 25k where he was playing Tellar vs Tej’s nekroz. Gamrat opened thunder king all 3 games and somehow didn’t win because instead of simply just attacking with his tellar monsters kept trying to make trivvers and delteros’ into tej’s black horns. When your nekroz opp bricks all 3 games and you have tking and they set 3 idk why you’d play into it. Needless to say he doesn’t see if that way and just simply is an absolute unpleasant person to be around. He played my best friend and future Teammate Jarrid Centamore in top 4 at AC and played that horribly so I’m not expecting much. G1: He opens the super stones. I’m talking pantheism prime, summon edea get eidos activate return summon erebus get ether set stormforth have domain up. My turn comes and I somehow clear that board and end with like Dark lady Kirin Avian and pass hoping he forgets to endphase prime. He draws for turn then before adding the card to hand goes end phase and tried to banish for prime. I said you drew already. He then changes the card he banishes for the prime and I say you drew already at this time this super pleasant person says “ are you fucking rule sharking me” and starts hurling other insults about how he’ll have my penalized. Keep in mind I have never sharked someone before. I let my previous opp take back and plays they want as well as any other opponent in history, but I know this guy was unpleasant so I wasn’t gonna stand for it. The floor judge comes over. He tells his false story I tell mine, the floor judge gets the HJ and he slightly changes his story at which point the floor judge immediately calls him out on it. He realizes he’s cornered and instead of simply admitting he’s wrong and lying gets up and leaves. 4-0 Round 5 Matt Cairoli vs Pendulum magi mirror G1: I lose the die roll and he uses all 5 cards to make a vortex dragon and I win G2: He passes with like a kirin and I just kill him 5-0 Round 6 Matt Cairoli vs Monarch Synchro G1: He opens very bad with metaphys being his monarch and kirin making his returns never resolve and I win G2: I get wayyyy too far behind to be able to win and the clock is ticking down G3: The game keeps swinging back and forth and eventually when time is called he’s at 8000 to my 2400. I put him down to 2500 and make flare metal. He can’t beat it without activating so many cards and I win. At which point I realize Corey was wrong the whole time and Flare Metal is actually insane. 6-0 so….. the past 2 invites I’ve started off x-0 then either lost or drew myself out of all my win and in rounds so im just like here we go again…… Round 7 Matt Cairoli vs Level 4 pendulum I lose the die roll n before we start g1 we get a deck check, which I’ve never heard about, in Swiss of an ARG so I’m terrified. It takes a bit and my opp gets a game loss for not writing summoner monk on his deck list. He has to put 2 cards in and the judge accidentally says that you can’t play summoner monk, which he has an issue with since he said it tells me what he’s playing. The judge says there’s no siding and he chooses who goes first so it does not change much. Game 2 he opens a very weak level 4 pendulum board + a backrow. I’m afraid it’s strike or something. It is not and I win pretty easily. He shows me he drew 1 of the 2 chaos trap holes he put from side to main 7-0 made it. Round 8 Matt Cairoli vs Ba ( livestream feature Got very unlucky he rolled higher :/ g1 he flipped anti-spell when I had the stones. G2 I pendulum’d all floodgate monsters G3 I had the misfortune of a kaiju ending my goal of 1st after swiss 7-1 round 9 Matt Cairoli vs Magician G1: very very very unfortunate match-up to have your opponent beat your 10 in the roll. He makes vortex avian kirin and I cannot break it G2: I open nothing and end phase search monkey my opp makes a similar board but I drew joker. He negates my monkey board and I see a gameshot to do exactly 8000 through his board of monsters. G3: He once again makes a board of avian kirin vortex due to splashmamoth. I have a kaiju so after the vortex negate is used. I kaiju the avian. Make my own vortex put back the kaiju to clear another monster. Clear board do damage. However by doing so I could not have killed him and did not have good enough trap monsters to follow up. 7-2 sad. I thought my seed wouldn’t be that low but unfortunately I was 26th and was playing Christian Mahoney. His deck mained anti-spell, twin twister, and solemns. I had to be there so early that I was essentially showing up for no reason. We get out super late and no food was open. We drive far to a friendlys that is packed. We eventually just get wawa on the way home and I don’t sleep as I know I wont’ wake up and Jarrid isn’t going back. Nick luckily agrees to go with me. The next morning we get there the super early hour we did. Now my opponent talks to me prior and is already trash talking, which I think is super odd as all I knew about him was my friend Jeremy played him and he didn’t know how to play then. We sit down and we start shuffling for a while. I notice then he shuffles weirdly. I think nothing of it and he starts. He seems super mad as he sets 2 and sets a monster. I make it to my main phase. Did this really happen did he brick? My hand is good. I set scales and he twins me. I activate summoners art and this time when he shuffles I notice exactly what is happening. Now you can take what I say seriously or not but as someone who studied magic under some of the top names in Magic I think I am more than qualified to speak on someone deliberately manipulating cards. I don’t know if people really don’t notice this but his technique is super sloppy. He will keep looking around while shuffling for multiple reasons. To a normal person he’s just trying to show he’s not trying to hold the deck any weird way and just taking in the view of the competition. You would be a fool to believe that. To a magician he’s simply using the motion of moving his head to cover up the action that he is simply finding cards as he is looking at the deck and controlling them to the top. I don’t know if I will ever post this report as I don’t want to call someone out especially for what will happen later in this but I have without a doubt that Christian Mahoney is infact a cheater. Now here’s the part where being a magician comes into play I know a lot about how to make things seem genuine and be a false person. I activate reload shuffle back abductor and odd-eyes unicorn. Now while shuffling my deck I make sure to make it plainly obvious that those two cards are still ontop of my deck I hand my deck off and surprise surprise those cards are not moved when he hands my deck back I stare at him as I randomize my deck and motion for him to cut. Success to me that was the best victory. That was the last time I’d feel victorious. I pendulum kirin and pals and bounce the monster and do damage. He draws to 2 cards. He specials farfa and normal graff. In my head I thought I simply bounce back farfa and I win without him getting graff to get another monster. Idk why I thought that since I’d kill him next turn. I think bounce farfa then the words come out of my mouth “ bounce graff” and immediately I thought did I just say that?! He looks at me specials graff and mills cir fog blade and a PK guy. He’s then able to make breaksword into dark rebellion and sets fog blade. My next turn I take a long time. He knows I have bunbuku but I upstart first because drawing joker guarantees game through a fog blade plus multiple kirins is never bad. I don’t draw joker. Then normal raccoon and come up with a plan that involves norito and would kill him unfortunately having bunbuku on board made it so I could pendulum one less monster and If I used kirin before making my play I could not stop the cir underneath the Dante. I go for a different play just trying to have board presence. Next turn I’m left a choice of what monster to bounce with kirin. I go for bouncing cir because if my opponent doesn’t chain fog blade to it he’s in a very bad situation and it’s all I could hope for. He does do it sadly and points out my mistake but I know the result either way. I am so tilted that I threw away the easiest game ever. Going into g2 I side just 1 twin as my main is strong enough I just didn’t want to have him break a scale then get anti-spelled. I realize this was wrong. I make no effort to stop him while shuffling as I am defeated mentally and exhausted. I draw my first card my 1 of twin twister. I draw my second card my odd-eyes fusion. Nice. I know where this is going. My scale gets typhoon’d then my hand produces dweller pass. My opp has a play that can make multiple monsters but only puts out 1 and sets no backrow. I draw next turn and just concede and he says Yea I just side out all my solemns and such for going second, which isn’t a crazy idea but afterwards when literally everyone I talked to said yea he’s gonna put twin twister on top of your deck before I even said that happened I was so distraught. Whatever my own fault. I accept that I mentally went blank g1 and my opponent became super lucky. Didn’t want to post this due to my calling out of 2 people but I’ve come around on it especially after well known players have also come out and said similar things about my opponent. Well that’s my yugioh related summer. Eventually 2 weeks later after making a facebook post and exposing the person and threatening to hire a lawyer by proxy the scumbag who tried scamming me out of the ultra Minerva folded and deleted his facebook, and has been gone ever since.
  12. DuelingBook Speculation Thread

    Duelingbook exporting decklists is literally the greatest yugioh related thing ever.