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  1. To Be Continued....?

    As soon as the new list dropped I literally hated the game. I didn’t understand why they’d just leave master peace legal and do one of the most obvious second moves to sell an awful underselling set. I was playing pure draco leading up to the UDS, found out I had an exam that Friday so flight times made it so I couldn’t go (I was overjoyed since I felt the event would be awful). The Night before Corey shows me a ABC Draco deck he’s working on that goes buster mp a decent portion of the time in his hands, in both his and Calvin’s deck I could barely make a buster let alone both. Jeff wins the event unfortunately Calvin does not, so I’m sure for the event in 2 weeks everyone will be on essentially a carbon copy Jeff Deck. I play vs the deck and learn it’s literally so unfun to both play and play against. They printed every single card to get it’s effect regardless, making strike mediocre to awful and just making their own cards absurd. It really makes you wonder if they had any idea what they were releasing when they spoiled these cards in November ( so I’m guessing they came out in January) did they know in February they were heavily weakening this mechanic. I play some paleo at a couple locals for fun, resolve that if I play better I’ll beat the Jeff clone players as certain of the paleo cards interact well vs the magician cards, however unfortunately the Jeff Deck has probably one of the most hateful paleo sides ever, and the overlap on draco hate cards line-up vs paleo and the pendulums decks boss monster being tornado dragon, the trap being one of the dumbest random cards to print, and getting denko’d were all factors in my decision to not play it. This left me with giving into the pendulum deck which I certainly was not going to do since It didn’t remind me of anything I enjoyed in the pendulum decks I played, and I would literally get furious everytime a wavering eyes or anti-spell was play vs me. Furman is playing a different version of the awful kozmo deck he played at the uds, honestly this is the only cool deck of the format. The boards aren’t fun but the processes to get there are it felt very powerful and super fun to play. Set Rotation Ship is insane. Throw gofu or instant fusion into the mix to make ancient fairy or infinity and things just gets crazy. Boards I made in this deck were like Infinity, Crystal Wing, a kozmo with a dark destroyer in hand and a set mojo. While the deck struggles with consistency problems when it’s play is summon straw man pass it’s definitely a refreshing deck to at least goldfish. I’m probably going to post some combo videos and a deck profile in honor of the new Star Wars trailer on Card Overflow’s YouTube. So I resolve to just go back to playing pure draco since I tested a bunch vs magician and it wasn’t super difficult, and the paleo match-up certainly has a huge EV in Draco’s favor. Two nights before, at loss my dear friend Corey tells me that he’s playing draco maining unending. I copy 39 of his main add 2 ( 41 is always correct ). Knowing this is probably my last event for quite a while since I don’t think I’m attending an event for the rest of the year and the spyral format doesn’t interest me much if it stays the way it is and I’ll be recluse studying for the LSATs all winter my extra deck is some flashy prize cards, a mixture of my history as a duelist from different decks and then some random cards I grabbed out of my box real fast before rd 1. Round 1 Matt Cairoli vs Paleo I lose the roll and my opp starts with set 5. He makes a toad eventually and the worst card in my hand is blueboy so I throw that and he takes, when he flips it on his turn and says effect I’m like oh no he got me good. I think my masterpeace get’s warning’d so I concede fast. G2 I think he concedes like turn 1. G3. My Masterpeace gets gameciel 4 times ( sky cavalry and toads) and I summon MP 5 times so that one is clear. Apparently I accidentally sided out return thinking it was unending and frantically searched my deck when using diagram and was concerned I just forgot to play return. 1-0 Round 2 Corey Roca We sit down knowing we are playing the mirror and he offers to just give me the win because earlier in the week I told him I’m probably done soon and all I want is an ARG Ring. I tell him it’s way to early in the tournament for that and I don’t want to be given it. He wins roll and I only 1 game 1 because of my 2 card difference in our deck ( shoutouts to maindeck stormforth). G2 he deflector/ unendings me and that’s game. G3 I fuck-up one turn after duality so I can’t use my return so I only have s/t masterpeace but he has no cards. He draws demise but it only lets him summon his mp and both die. I have a disciple and a draw to my name my draw is knowledge ( I fucking hate this card) but I draw into majesty off disciple and it attacks for 3 turns to walk the game. 2-0 Round 3 Purple Guy from Team War I wanna say he wins roll and like plays a card so I know it’s draco but like sets 3 pass. This game he resolves 3 demise and at one point I draw one and he makes an angry face. At one point I have a return and m/t mp ( both he knows) to his like 5 cards and it rides because I draw my other mp but TBf I had way more outs than that they just weren’t nearly as good. G2: He summons an ignis and like sets some. I know ignis is the worst draco cards so I know I’m not losing I pop some backrow when I tribute for mp, hit Raigeki. Kill. Next turn he flips his set dark hole I go to pop the last backrow and he’s left on nothing. Think his mis-sided for going first and drew all the cards he didn’t want too. 3-0 Round 4 Izzy from Locals magician As long as he doesn’t win the roll I’ll be happy since he always draws insane vs me, but even if he does he usually punts so I’ll take that. I showed him my draco zoo list and the combos and we played round 1 of a Philly Regional where he ended with drident no materials twice somehow. Unfortunately it’s impossible to punt when your start is desires int double omega tornado dragon + pendulum trap. So I concede. G2 I think I draw like 11 cards going first and he concedes like turn 3 to barrier G3 He opens 1 omega plus a backrow. My hand is nice it’s like desires, spell, cosmic, spellbook engine, and diagram. I draw majesty and I’m like hmm I think he’s dead. I sp cosmic the backrow, it’s deflector the only scenario I lose this one. I’m trying to dig for a trap or mp so I go thru my spellbook and desires. Here is what desires took from me, all of my masterpeaces, my other knowledge) and 2 maiden ( at one point my play is just to keep shuffle my one back). Like several several turns later I finally lose to amazing pendulum when he’s on 4 in deck and my wincon was deckout but I can’t do that vs englightment paladin burning me for a lot. 3-1 Round 5 Windwitch Draco At this point the no sleep no food is literally making my vision like blurred and my head is killing me. I think my opponent and I missed like a trigger of something each but the match was over in like 7 minutes simply because I drew better. 4-1 Round 6 One of my teammates has expressed to me that my opponent probably owns people so I will not include his name. I win the roll and have double demise. I set go to use it he ash’s so I continue end with maiden with no trap , diagram and a demise in hand. From literally the first moment I knew he would try and tell me I discard off demise. Go to end phase he of course tries. I say no I don’t call a judge. He continues playing obviously just trying to cheat. There’s no way if you believed I discarded you would just disregard it that fast on just my own word, so he set the tone for how this match would go. He eventually has like 3 monsters on board and poison in scale. He attacks with black fang and uses poison to boost it, I wait for him to trigger poison he selects fang as his target I say ok. So he gets to bring back a joker and then tells me my monster dies I inform him that’s not how the whole damage step/calc works. He calls a judge who literally laughs at him so essentially he lost his board to not kill my majesty. I then like do insane things next turn and kill him. I think I lose g2 to something unfortunate and g3 he has like double cosmic and ash over 3 turns and claims he drew bad for the matchup. He later comes up to my teammate and says he saw a Glasgow video of how people cheat and is like yea I think everyone is cheating, when he just tried to literally cheat me twice I was dying. 5-1 Round 7 Donovan from locals Lose roll get double omega’d + trap + cyclone standard. It’s this round I fully realize how garbage my deck is vs every single pendulum card. 5-2 Round 8 Arnold Nadaban I wish I could say this was a good match g1 I for sure threw trying to play around something which was nonexistent and then walked into something else where if I held diagram I win. The match was literally I had 2 unending twice and he had only 1 cosmic 6-2 I get 12th I play my teammate in top 16.I know I probably have like less than 5% to win Top 16 Steve Gleason I open pretty well he only has dweller and what I assume is the set trap or cosmic. I clear board minus sorc so he can’t pendulum it out next turn. He doesn’t use the trap at any point on my turn before I go to resolve demise to make it so I can’t search mp. He end phases hits my set second demise so I have Majesty, apoc, return, unending, in his mainphase I decide to like bumrush masterpeace for some reason to play around the trap or tornado on my unending instead of getting second masterpeace I’m like not sure how I even did this like if I just forgot to use my majesty or something. Needless to say I flip unending he drew cosmic for turn I lose. G2 I draw double masterpeace put one of double spell he doesn’t last long. I think I just forgot to play yugioh at some point. It was probably for the best in the unfortunate case I won this round I certainly couldn’t win out the rest of the tournament, I could have beaten calvin in top 8 but would have gotten destroyed beyond that and at least Steve won the event which is cool. We lose the team war to sheer improbability on my part and lack of Steve doing math. We asked to run it back at a future event and they declined, citing “ we knew you were better”. My deck absolutely sucked. I said before ABC at ARG charlotte was the worst deck I ever entered with and it might still be since I made buster maybe twice in 8 rounds that tournament but omg this deck was terrible. It was literally unending + some other cards. I couldn’t believe how bad masterpeace became there was just so many outs to him. Someone messaged me after the event and asked if I liked it and I said they could just play unending nightmare in anything else and probably do better. After the tournament we grouproll on where to eat. Calvin and Nishaad are very for Rainforest Café ( codenamed RFC) and Ryan and Albanese are very against and everyone else is indifferent. I’m down just for the meme. Steve wins the roll after tieing 10 to then roll 11 ( when it’s your day it’s your day, he later didn’t gamble at the casino just because he felt all the luck was used up). At RFC when the thunderstorm happens we joke about how since we are paying a premium on food that’s where it’s going. “ that was a $5 thunderstorm” “ that shooting star was 75 cents” “ those monkey noises were 1.99”. I only wanted one thing the volcano desert because I was promised it was good. I hear the price of 16.99 and I hope it like cures my ailments, it actually did the opposite. The ask if we want a picture with cha cha the terrifying dressed up frog. I said someone should use their phone to take a pic because they will definitely charge us. We don’t. Cha Cha gropes me. They then ask if we would like to spend $10 for a 4x6 we walk out. I usually don’t post tournament by tournament reports but unless the Spyral deck is somehow just actually fun or the November format causes something fun to actually happening I don’t think I’ll be playing again until like February at the earliest, unless there’s just some event like ridiculously close. Sorry if this report was boring, bitchy or anything I really disliked ygo but the event was 30 minutes away. Not a single game of yugioh felt fun it was literally all work or just the worst kinds of yugioh.
  2. Won 2-0 vs Tristan in a terrifying match of the future ggs
  3. 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!
  4. can I change my name to theMadgician
  5. on rn looking for current games @Bullet club
  6. down to play any current games right now
  7. Free Agent Recruitment Thread

    DuelistGroundz username:theMadgicianDiscord Account Name: theMadgicianFormats (Goat/Current/Both): Both Expected level of activity: For Current extremely high until a ban list change, then a dip until established format. Goat moderately high(Optional) Blurb: Went Undefeated ( a solid 1-0 in matches :P) in my last war ( before my team was eliminated)
  8. theMadgician (True Draco Zoo) 2>0 Laza (True Draco Zoo) ggs
  9. DuelistGroundz username: theMadgician Discord username: theMadgician Formats: both Expected level of activity: high Want to be on a team with (list any DGZ users that apply): good pals (Optional) Credentials/why you would be a good team member: 1st place Toywiz Goat tournament 8-0 Nostalgic Tournament Top 8 NAWCQ 2017 3 arg tops
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  11. South Park season 20

    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.
  12. What I did on Summer Vacation IS!

    whoops.
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