This is my first ever tournament report DGZ so bear with me. I tried to make this as interesting as a plant tournament report can be lol
I flew out with my usual cast and crew from my hometown Philly—Stephen Silverman, Sean McCabe, Jeff Walker, and Carolyn Colajezzi. We flew out on Wednesday since it was cheaper for everyone else and I refuse to travel alone if I don’t have to. Silverman and I decided early on that we were playing plants 100%. It’s just the best deck, etc. McCabe thought he was going to play rabbit for sure until Friday night when Alistar came to our hotel room and busted his shit like inf games. We all put together a side deck the night before but somehow everyone ended up making their own little changes to it based on our individual experiences and play styles. The build I decided on was:
3 Maxx “C”
3 Tour Guide From the Underworld
3 Reborn Tengu
2 Thunder King Rai-Oh
1 Debris Dragon
1 Lonefire Blossom
2 Spirit Reaper
1 Glow-Up Bulb
1 Caius the Shadow Monarch
1 Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning
2 Mystical Space Typhoon
2 Enemy Controller
1 Foolish Burial
1 Heavy Storm
1 One for One
1 Dark Hole
1 Book of Moon
1 Mind Control
1 Monster Reborn
1 Pot of Avarice
2 Solemn Warning
1 Solemn Judgment
1 Trap Dustshoot
1 Torrential Tribute
Extra Deck: 15
1 Formula Synchron
1 Armory Arm
1 T.G. Hyper Librarian
1 Ally of Justice Catastor
1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Orient Dragon
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Ancient Fairy Dragon
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Leviair the Sea Dragon
1 Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Wind-Up Zenmaines
Side Deck: 15
2 Dimensional Prison
2 Fiendish Chain
2 Doomcaliber Knight
2 Mind Crush
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Leeching the Light
1 Royal Decree
1 D.D. Crow
1 Closed Forest
1 Spirit Reaper
During the pairings/player meeting both Joe Bogli and I get called to be bounty duelists for YCS Kansas City which was pretty cool. Joe and I talked a lot before the match started since we had become formally acquainted in Toronto.
Frazier Smith vs Joe Bogli (Plants)
Game 1: He wins the die roll and opens up with 2 set backrows, one of which turned out to be Dustshoot. I drew for turn and stared at him then said “anything?” He kinda realized what I was hinting at and then obliged to activate the Dustshoot revealing my hand and putting back my tengu. This also let him see that I had no Maxx C so on his next turn he goes Lonefire reborn and starts to get a pop of rape in but I decide to not scoop because I wanted to see where it would end up (librarian formula obv, oh and he had the avarice too). I somehow, and I still don’t know how, but I comeback with a Trishula play that utterly rapes him and then I start to draw nicely off the top like my own pot of avarice and thunderking and caius. I win this game and we both talk about how there was no way I was supposed to win that game lol
Game 2: He wins fairly quickly opening Dustshoot this game as well. I’m noticing an annoying pattern already so we move on to game 3.
Game 3: I am in complete control the entire game but I had to sacrifice a lot of my lifepoints to make sure everything worked out and since this is a plant mirror we didn’t have much time left so he is at 8000 and I’m at like 3600 with 4 minutes left. I get him down to 5600 with a direct shot from caius and then he topdecks tour guide, plays darkhole, hits me for 2k and I go down to 1600 in time. I was so mad about going into time because he started playing really slow at the end but w/e. I called on the powers of black god and asked for BLS 1 time and I legit topdecked it and slammed it down on his field of tour guide and Sangan. I normal crow, tribute it for econ, take his Sangan, and have soldier hit him for 5000 and Sangan hit for game. I claimed his bounty and mine and kept it moving. Juice!
Frazier Smith vs Plants
Game 1: He wins the die roll and sets 3 backrows. I summon tengu and he goes warning. I reborn it and attack for 1700. I don’t set any backrows or anything because my deck just doesn’t draw traps. He summons a tking which I use econ to take and make utopia by tributing my tengu. I win by just attacking him for turns with utopia. It was weird.
Game 2: I remember we both have like 4 cards and I’m staring at my hand of tour guide and one for one so I check his grave and notice he already used 2 maxx c on me. I summon guide, grab Sangan, ram into his tengu, grab dandy, play one for one dandy, go off into librarian+formula and continue to bully him for the rest of the game until he scoops. The exact course of plays were absolutely absurd:
· Summon guide, get Sangan and attack tengu with sangan
· Get dandy off of Sangan’s effect
· One for one dandy, glow up+guide+token into librarian
· Mill top card make formula
· Draw 2
· Mind control his tengu
· Activate my maxx c and Synchro for Brionac with his tengu
· Draw 2
· Discard for brio effect, bouncing his tengu
· He summons another
· I draw for maxx c again
· Set Dustshoot and warning. Rapeeeeeeeeeee…..
More bounty packs. Juice!
Frazier Smith vs Plants
Game 1: I lose game 1 because it literally takes me 7 turns to draw a monster other than 2 maxx c. It also took him ENTIRELY too long to kill me but he got around to it. It was quite a frustrating game.
Game 2: I hit him with a surprise doomcaliber knight on his open field where I read a gorz. He looks like he is shitting bricks so he uses maxx c before I attack to kill doomcaliber and I use maxx c knowing he is trying to drop gorz. I draw 2 and make short work of him.
Game 3: The most confusing shit happened lol. He opens foolish+debris and just makes a scrap dragon and passes with 3 tokens on board. I’m so lost so I just like summon guide, he veilers, I econ, take scrap, kill all his tokens and his scrap dragon with its effect and pass. He drops a tking and attacks the Sangan. I draw and pass with an open field. He summons another tking and attacks directly lol. I drop the obvious gorz and he says “chain maxx c.” I’m like you can’t do that. Then he just stares at the field dumbfounded for all of 30 seconds which causes him to end his turn with no backrows or anything. I rape with gorz, the token, and reaper.
I walk him to the event stage to claim my packs and wish him well. Juice!
Frazier Smith vs WhaTheFuck
Game 1: I win the die roll for once and open soldier and 3 maxx c. I’m like well I hope this guy is playing fucking plants or else lol but little did I fucking know that he was using what SEEMED like T.G. judging by the pot of duality that revealed a horn of the phantom beast and tengu. All I remember is setting a reaper and him dropping an Exarion Universe on me and everyone around started laughing including myself. I scooped because not only was I losing horrendously but it was just game anyways.
Game 2: Side decking was very weird for this matchup. I didn’t know what the hell was going on but I put in my 1 pop of decree, the 3[sup]rd[/sup] mst, and 2 dprisons. I drop a turn 1 tking and he summons berserk gorilla which I luckily have a econ to switch to defense and kill. At this point I’m so lost and it’s showing by my animated reactions to his plays. I keep wondering how the hell he beat 3 people before me lol. Somebody in Kansas City had to be tasting tears but I would share none of that salt with them. I ended up molesting him with scrap dragon and double spirit reaper taking away every card he had.
Game 3: He opens with a set monster and a set backrow. I summon tking and attack into Exarion Universe who has a huge ass—1900 def!!! I’m like this cant be real. At this point all my friends are there watching and commenting and laughing at me get dougied on by this guy. I’m starting to slowly rage quit and it only gets worse when he end phase typhoons my warning and drops a gene-warped werewolf on my tking. I heard the crowds erupting behind me and the tears welling up in my eyes but I called on black god for some miracle work and he began to answer. I get a tour guide off the top and go into leviathan and beat the shit out of the gene-warped. He draws duality and it shows dark hole, exchange, and warning. Everyone laughs at me again because they see my hand of dark hole and he keeps touching the exchange like he wants to take it. I saw a savage dougie in my future but luckily he didn’t go for style points and just opted to take the dark hole. He dark holes the leviathan and I slowly come back from his deck just crapping out on him. It was a strangely close match but I pulled it out and walked his ass to the stage to collect my well deserved packs. He wasn’t fuckin wit my dougie.
Frazier Smith vs Jesus Suarez (Plants) at table 120?
Game 1: If you know anything about me you will know that my nose is like always running and I always have tissues because I’m congested. Well after about 2 minutes of sitting down my nose cleared up. I won the die roll and had +4 on him after a long drawn out game but he just decides to go for game after I used maxx c and I don’t have gorz so it gets there. I was upset that it happened like that but I just got back into the game and sided my doomcals and crow.
Game 2: By the start of this game I have a headache. I play super fast because I just want to be done and move. I win fairly easy. Doomcal rapes his tengu and a Trishula play goes down for GG.
Game 3: He opens Dustshoot and takes my only playable monster (tengu) and It takes me too long to rip a tour guide. When I do draw it however, I create a one for one dandy play by dark holing both of our Sangans (he has a librarian on the field too which I why I played the dark hole) and he searches crow. I assume he already has maxx c but he doesn’t and I get the play off while he looks depressed and says “damn I shoulda searched out maxx c, I misplayed.” The draw from formula only nets me more maxx c(s) and im at 1800 lp so they aren’t too helpful at that point. He makes a Brionac and kills me next turn. I was a little mad I got Dustshoot OTKd but I was like fuck it he isn’t awful so I hope he’s a good tie breaker (which he turns out to be since he also topped). Since it was my first loss he claimed like 16 packs from my bounty L
Frazier Smith vs Trapless Agents
Game 1: He wins the roll and opens Venus which I maxx c causing him to stop after I draw 1 and he just passes. I summon tengu and swing over her then he summons another Venus next turn and I maxx c him again but he still makes Gachi Gachi Gantetsu. I start to slowly notice that I don’t have any traps this game and as many times as I’ve drawn and searched my deck I NEVER draw one for over like 20 turns. It was so crazy and it made me super angry because he started to come back with hyperions and BLS, etc because all his summons just went through. I lose after a 30 minute game without trap cards and I make a comment about his deck. He was like “yeah I like trapless agents and I’m just like yeah I hate trapless plants.”
Game 2: I kill him faster than Casey Anthony getting over her daughter’s murder.
Game 3: We get into a simplified gamestate and once again I just do not draw traps. I remember that we went into time and I used leeching to drop his life fairly low and I check his grave to see what outs he has left in deck since 2 hyperion, BLS, and reborn are all in grave and there are soooooooooooo many fairies so no Kristya shenanigans either. He says “yeah I don’t think I can win.” I have a glow up and a fluff token in atk mode since I used them for the leeching push (formula was chillin in the grave from earlier this game). He topdecks, looks at me, smirks, and drops the last hyperion on me while it’s his last turn to deal damage to me. I sign the slip and just rage on the inside a little because of how non-cooperative my deck decided to be that whole round. He steals more bounty packs from me just like Jesus from last round and I die a little on the inside.
Frazier Smith vs Roar, Roar, I’m a Dinosaur!
Game 1: The mained reapers really just put in work and I win so easily that I’m not even present in the match. I just play on autopilot and basic instinct. It was very underwhelming.
Game 2: I put in the 3[sup]rd[/sup] reaper and the 2 fiendish chains and his deck couldn’t deal once again. I made it so that he never summoned an Evolzar in either game and gave him some advice after the match. I collect my bounty packs and wait for the last round of day 1.
Frazier Smith vs Karakuri
Game 1: He uses 2 debunk on me in game 1 and I call a judge to have him deck checked because I don’t believe he is maining 2 of them. The first one was a red flag but I said maybe it’s a tech choice which has been done before in the past. When he flipped the second debunk game 1 I was like oh fuck this, raised my hand and yelled-- “JUDDDDDGGGGEEEEE!!!” He actually WAS playing with 2 debunks main decked. I still won and just sided in the 3[sup]rd[/sup] mst, 2 mind crush (yes I know all the Karakuri names and I can describe them in a time of need for mind crush purposes lol), and 2 dprison.
Game 2: I remember him going off turn 2 and I’m staring at my in hand dark hole and gorz hoping that it can hold me down. He ends up making stardust at the end of his long ass turn which stymies the plans I had for dark hole but he swings into my gorz play with his 2600 karakuri Synchro. He legit sets 3 backrows and I’m like WTF! I draw, switch both gorz and the 2600 token to attack mode and just say “fuck it, if you got it, you got it. ATTACK.” He kinda just stares at the field and I realize that he doesn’t have mirror force otherwise he would’ve flipped it faster than the end of Kim Kardashian’s marriage. I win shortly after and his backrows were just msts and a gozen match. The reason I ASSUME he didn’t activate the gozen match was because he would’ve had to get rid of his stardust or 7 star Karakuri guy and I would just attack over it with gorz anyways.
[b][u]End of Day 1 Comments[/u][/b]
So I’m really happy at this point because many of my friends have made it into day 2 including Stephen Silverman, Robert Boyajian, Patrick Hoban, Jessy Samek, Jerry Williams, etc. I have to win both of my games tomorrow but no worries because I’m used to this type of anxiety. Billy, Silverman, Jerry, Alistar, Shane, Spicer, Robby, McCabe and I all go out to this nice restaurant to eat. The food was delicious and the stories were even funnier. Silverman talked about how he OD’d on Evan Vargas for taking hours on his turn. Billy was trying to get drunk on long island iced teas lol. We decided to play a prank on Alistar when he came back from the bathroom, making it socially awkward. Shane discusses his fears of germany and how he is NEVER going to Africa because they just kill people in the streets and no one goes to prison or gets convicted lol. It was a fun night.
Frazier Smith v. Luke Mattingly (Malefic Skill Drain)
Game 1: I win the roll and open up with tking and a set mst which made me happy since Alistar lost to him round 8 yesterday and told me that his whole deck is kinda shut down by tking. It proves to be true as he sets 2 backrows and ends his turn. I draw and swing and he takes 1900. On the end phase he uses skill drain. I get happy on the inside because I know what’s about to happen. He plays duality when he draws and I chain mst to his skill drain which would make him go savage minus on the duality play but the other backrow he had was dark bribe and then he plays 2 terraforming, grabbing Necrovalley and geartown, plays both in the correct order, gets a 3000 asshole, plays royal tribute dropping only a spore from my hand but seeing that I have dark hole and econ. I already have a scapegoat and an econ set as well and he is below 6000 with no backrow besides skill drain. I know if I just draw a legitimate monster I have game but I get fucked when I topdeck gorz, and then a warning, and then another warning. When I do go for game he is at 2100 and I econ his 3000 guy, try to attack him directly with it but he had JUST drawn a fucking dark bribe so he negates it and I draw mind control lol (another shit card against this deck). Eventually he builds up some resources and goes for 1 huge attack that gets there. I was salty.
Game 2: I win with ease because I open heavy and solemn judgment so I set the play up. He does take the bait by setting 4 backrows. I play heavy and to my fucking surprise he has no response (backrows were 2 royal tributes, skill drain, gozen match). I was so fuckin shocked he set all that.
Game 3: I open 4 one-of cards à foolish, dark hole, heavy, and reborn. I only have TGU as a monster and my 6[sup]th[/sup] card is dprison. He drops a tking on his first turn and sets 1 backrow. I decide to just set prison and pass. He attacks, I prison, he dualities for royal tribute after much much deliberation which only broadcast to me that he did NOT HAVE a Necrovalley already. I was right. He summons a second Tking. I draw and set reaper pass again. He summons a barbaros, sets 3 backrows randomly and ends his turn after attacking the reaper. I go dark hole. He uses bribe. I then heavy storm clearing his backrows of skill drain and royal tribute. I summon guide and Xyz into leviathan forcing him to negate. I reborn his tking and foolish for bulb, mill top card and make Catastor against his field of JUST barbaros. I turn reaper to attack mode and swing with both dropping his in-hand malefic stardust dragon. At this point he has 1 card left total and I knew it was game after some more bullying. We talk a bunch about our top16 match in Providence and my misplay back then and then I walk him to the stage to collect my bounty packs. He wishes me luck on the bubble and I keep it moving.
[b][u]Round 10: - The Bubble[/u][/b]
Frazier Smith v. Thomas Vo (Plants)
Game 1: I roll a 12 and go first. I knew it was my fucking day at that point because I opened Dustshoot tengu and all these good things. He loses even after his signature BLS topdeck.
Game 2: I open doomcaliber knight and double tengu so I’m sad. He opens with tgu into leviathan strangely (I’m just not a fan of this play in the mirror match). I set Sangan and goats and pray that he doesn’t have tking. He draws and uses mst on my goats which I chain and he swings on 2 of them. I have 2 goat tokens and a set Sangan so I summon spore. Make formula, then make Brionac, searching dandylion with the effect of Sangan, pitch dandy to bounce the leviathan, get 2 fluff tokens, activate my maxx c, swing over his tengu, draw a card, discard one of my 2 tengu for brio’s effect targeting tengu, I draw another card. I set torrential and pass. He makes librarian using a bulb and the tengu that I left on the field. He swings over my Brionac and passes. I draw and use the effect of spore which he has no response to. Wow. I summon tengu, make Trishula with the goat token, spore, and tengu. He asks me “do I draw for librarian first?” I look at him a little angry because I was wondering if his intent was to see if I knew the rulings. I obviously remove the librarian with Trishula so that he wont draw, remove the live bulb in his grave, and remove an in-hand tengu (I was a little salty about that part but eh you cant expect to dougie too hard after you already got off a Trishula). He draws and sets a monster and I assume he has gorz. I activate reborn, targeting my Brionac, he uses maxx c, I pitch my dark hole to bounce his set monster, drop that doomcaliber that I had been holding the whole game and declare an attack with it directly. He shuffles his hand and thinks and then puts his hand out offering me the handshake. I was very excited. We talked, he wished me luck in the top, and then I collected the remainder of my bounty packs. I packed an ultimate Leviair
Finished swiss 8-2
End of Swiss Comments
I went and bought new sleeves since my white player’s choice were dirty as shit. Jarel wishes me luck. Then I go to see who else won their last round. Robby, Silverman, Maurice Brantley, Pat Hoban, Sam Jones, Barret, Jerry, and Steffon Bizzell. I was excited. I talked to a lot of people, signed a tour guide, an ultimate dark armed, some mats, etc. I briefly talked to Frank Debrito and he wished me luck.
Frazier Smith v. Karl Arbeiter (Karakuri)
Game 1: I realized that black god was fucking upon me as soon as I rolled snake eyes but I wasn’t about to rage quit. Fuck that I’ll just rage win. Little did I fucking know that he was going to open with genex neutron and Dustshoot otk, putting back my only playable monster leaving me with mind control, avarice, glow, spore, and a warning. I make a librarian, with mind control and and bulb. Next turn he just msts my warning, drops cyber and a 3 star tuner. I drew another shit card (warning I think). Scoop.
Game 2: I remember setting reaper turn 1 and my hand is not very good. I killed a cyber dragon and swung directly with reaper and he activated gorz. Next turn he just attacks into reaper and sets a backrow. He has 1 card in his hand. I draw and almost ended my turn until I realized I had a broken ass play that would just outright win the game. I heavy storm his backrow, reborn his cyber dragon, foolish bulb and mill top card to summon it and Synchro for Trishula removing his last in-hand card, the gorz itself, and the cyber dragon in his grave. He has literally nothing and I win shortly after.
Game 3: Black god reminds me how cruel this world can be and that I was actually running Trapless-plants once again. I get a tengu th*rough on turn 1 and attack into a Ninishi (the boggart knight thingy). I mind control it and make black rose destroying his backrow and searching a tengu. He draws and sets 2 backrows and ends. I draw a mst (sigh). I set it and summon Sangan and attack for 2700. He draws, msts my mst, summons kuick to attack Sangan, I chain maxx c to the attack, he says fuck it and brings back Ninishi, uses his extra normal summon to bring out strategist, Synchros for the 7 star, uses its effect to bring out a merchant, makes naturia beast sets a backrow and ends. At this point im kinda furious because I sided in fiendish chains and dprisons and took out some spells but I drew like 3 spells off of maxx C L I summon debris and bring back maxx c to make an orient dragon which he uses solemn judgment on. I pass with the tengu on the field and a bluffed backrow (a spell). He attacks the last 2 tengus with naturia beast and the 7 star Synchro then uses duality to grab warning. I’m seeing my death before my eyes. I summon guide and go to make Zenmaines and he obviously uses warning. I set 2 more backrows and pass (giving me a total of 3 backrows). He attacks me with both and then uses another duality to grab tking. This is where I get mad because he for some reason decides to summon the tking while he has no backrows of his own or anything and if I just happen to have drawn torrential last turn he would’ve lost. There was legit no reason to summon the tking with the control he had on the field but he claimed he was scared of BLS. I spread my graveyard and show him that there are no lights. He says “oh I guess I’m just a bad player.” I lose. We talk and I wish him luck. He apologizes for being bad? I tell him he’s not awful but he only needed to keep attacking with beast and the 7 star to win. “If it worked last turn why change the game state and give me a chance to come back by sacking?” I sign the forms and do an interview with paul clarkà serioustreebornfrog
All in all Kansas City was a pretty laidback event. Getting there on Wednesday night sucked because there wasn’t much to do except see twilight and we couldn’t find a good place for food until Friday when everyone else got there. The weekend became so much better though as it went on. I’m happy to have gotten yet another top this year, ending on a good note somewhat. I made a lot of money getting rid of my extra spellground and selling many many crap cards to Troll & Toad.
· Topping another event
· Hanging out with my friends
· Shane Scurry’s world views
· Anime discussions with Ryan Newburn
· Fucking with Joe Franzo about DW being awful
· Fucking with Alistar about him being homeless
· 3 ARG members topping (Me, Pat Hoban, Robby)
· Having as many tops as Sean McCabe finally
· Meeting many new people and supporters
· Black god helping me rounds 1 and 10
· Breaking my “top with a different deck” rule
· Losing to Karakuri in top32 AGAIN
· Having a layover flight on the way back
· Playing Trapless Plants for 2 rounds of the tournament
· Certain body odors
· The winner’s FB message to me
· Black god fucking on me