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  1.       My name is Nicky Reardon (AKA swagynick on Dn) and this is my story on my top 32 NAWCQ report. Before i begin i want to give a sort of back story. To the many of those who know me in real life (and the even larger sum that don't) i am a 15 year old sophomore that live in norhtern virginia about 45 minutes away from DC. Being a 15 year old kid means that i dont have a job and because of school it makes it really hard for me to travel a lot. Im often only able to attend events that are within about an 8 hour drive from me because thats about the distance most of my local friends are willing to drive so outside of that range im really not able to attend many premire events and even some events that are close will interfere with my school work (besides nationals which my mother is kind enough to make a family vacation out of every year no matter where it is). Because of this i think i have a sort of stronger will and determination as to where "if i dont top this event, i wont get another chance for 2-3 months!" More recently i think i have been able to use this to my advantage and makes me more determined when i do my testing. Many of you may know me as an adamant DN warrior as to where thats where i get out most of my yugioh cravings because playing in real life can be a struggle and i have recently started playing in the DNF war scene. I had only really started playing DN that much once the Nekroz deck came out and i feel in love with it and have been trying to stay within the top 10 ranking on the site with the deck. Time rolled around and a lot of friends i knew considered me to have a really good understanding of the deck from watching me play online or through seeing me in real life and two of my now team mates asked me to teach them how to play the deck. Unfortunately for me i was never able to enter any events while prep and brionac were at 3 and the first real event i was ever able to enter with the Nekroz deck was ARG Richmond. One of my good friends Ryan Levine wasn't sure if he wanted to either play the event or judge but i convinced him to pick up the deck and the Thursday night before the event he came to my house where we played open hand mirrors until 3 AM and was one of the only times he had ever played the deck. Saturday rolls around and Ryan had entered the event with the same card for card decklist as me and i was feeling very confident in my chances on doing well at the event. The rounds start and i lose round 1 to getting flooded out by tellar (antispell + spell canceler) and then the next round i lose game 1 to djinn and brick the next game to then drop the tournament at an 0-2 loss. My friend Ryan went on to get his first top and top 16 with my exact list! While i was insanely happy that a buddy of mine topped but i was extremely frustrated that someone with only a week of testing just took my deck and topped when i had been playing 3+ hours a day. Another friends of mine Dilan Solanki went to ARG St Louis piloting a Nekroz deck my brother gave him that i believe was only 3 cards off of mine and he got third place at the event! I was stuck between this place of wanting to be happy for my friends but being jealous that they were topping with my decks and constantly admitted that i was far better at using the deck. It started to make me discouraged to test and play and after the next event i was able to attend (ARG Edison) another finish where i didnt top made the problem much worse. I hadn't really tested at all and the weekend before nationals i realized that i didn't really have a good decklist and i started to worry. I asked a good friend of mine Tyree Tinsley for help because i didnt really have a good idea of what i was doing and luckily he saved me by sending me 2 different decklists to build off of and theriohing with someone i consider to be significantly better than i am improve my game significantly in the coming week. So i'd like to give a huge shout out to Tyree for honestly saving me this event and practically handing me the top because im sure i couldn't have done it without him. Sorry for rambling, but here is the list i used to get top 32 at the NAWCQ.   The Deck:   http://i.imgur.com/xcBNJbC.png   Monsters: (25) 3x Nekroz of Valkyrus 3x Nekroz of Unicore 2x Nekroz of Brionac 2x Nekroz of Clausolas 1x Nekroz of Trishula 1x Nekroz of Gungnir 3x Manju, of the ten thousand hands 3x Senju, of the thousand hands 2x Shurit, Strategist of the Nekroz 1x D.D. Warrior Lady 1x Djinn, Releaser of Rituals 2x Maxx "C" 1x Psi-Blocker   Spells: (15) 3x Reinforcement of the Army 2x Nekroz Kaleidoscope 2x Nekroz Cycle 2x Nekroz mirror 2x Book of Eclipse 1x Book of Moon 1x Preperation of Rights 1x Shared Ride 1x Mystical Space Typhoon   Side: (15) 1x Dance Princess of the Nekroz 1x Psi-Blocker 2x Mystical Space Typhoon 3x Fairy Wind 2x Royal Decree 2x Artifact Lancea 3x Mind Crush 1x Vanity's Emptiness   Extra: (15) 2x Herald of Arc Light 1x Shooting Quasar Dragon 2x Lavalval Chain 1x Daigusto Emeral 1x Abyss Dweller 1x Gagaga Cowboy 1x Castel, the Skyblaster Muskateer 1x Evilswarm Exciton Knight 1x Diamond Dire Wolf 1x Number 80: Rhapsody in Beserk 1x Tellarknight Ptolemaus 1x Satellarknight Constellar Diamond 1x Artifact Durendal   I guess ill start by explaining the card choices   The Nekroz Line-up: I would like to think that these 12 is the most standard and in my opinion the most optimal line-up. Cards like Valk are too important in the mirror to not play and Gungnir while it can be a terrible draw in the mirror is an important option to have vs practically every non nekroz deck and makes it so any time your opponent take damage in the mirror they lost next turn. I had considered using things like dance princess, great sorcerer, or a second trish and while i think they are all cute cards in their respective scenarios, they aren't necessary to the deck and i think all the cards i played over it were much better. i knew about the exa and decisive armor thing that Pinney ended up using but after briefly discussing it with tyree i decided i hadn't tested it enough to really know if i thought it was worth using so i just decided that i wouldn't play it for the event.   D.D. Warrior Lady: After discussing this with my brother we just ended up using warrior lady because we thought it was the out that would stick the most. I would rather play a warrior lady that losses to a 2 of side decked lancea that they're not even guaranteed to side deck than a searchable gungnir and i didn't find the fact that keeping a level 4 on the field mattered that much because the overall goal was just to out djinn. i didn't like exiled because i felt if they had the trish or gung and i used it then i would no longer have the out on the board while warrior lady would give me an out the following turn if i can back it with a valk and hope they cant trish me when they have that low resources. i liked armageddon but didn't like how many cards it took up in the main and it suffered the same flaws as exiled. Also ddwl is just better vs dantes and shaddoll fusion monsters   The Odd 1 Ofs (Blocker, Shared ride, MST): Psi-blocker was something that was 100% Tyree's idea. Although the card does have applications in the mirror, it was actually designed to be in the deck for rogue (i even sided it out in the mirror). We had started talking about how we didn't like the hands in the side deck because i only really considered great when fire and ice hand were equally good vs a deck. Shaddolls for example, you can draw a fire or ice hand and be happy because u can kill falcos constructs anomiliths mistakes etc and no matter which one you drew they would overall be the same thing, but vs a deck like Qli fire hand is actually just a useless vanilla 99% of the times and even then most of the time ice hand doesn't get insane value of killing multiple backrows and monsters like it does vs dolls. And lastly vs a deck like BA we wanted an out to the commonly sided monster floods but hands are really just awful vs that deck because everything is chainable and Dante stays in defense. We wanted something that has the versatility of being able to out any flood that was established whether it be monster or trap which is what the hands offered but then enter psi-blocker. Blocker is an out to practically any flood in the game and isn't something that can be easily played around by keeping monsters in defense like hands are. No matter what they drew (tking, anomilith, mistake, secret village, lose 1 turn, emptiness, spell canceler, vanity's fiend) psi-blocker was reliable and wasn't as narrow as something like playing another MST would be. Patrick Hoban also wrote an article about "the problems with Nekroz" where he stated the only 3 win conditions in the mirror were either 1) using a sort of soft lock like djinn to gain advantage and win the game, 2) playing an extremely long grind game as to where the person with more mirrors left will win, and 3) reducing your opponents life points to zero. Game 1 playing a psi-blocker allowed me to have a better access to that third win condition where i could randomly just kill them where i wouldn't have to take a coin flip on djinn or play a long grind game hoping my opponent doesn't resource correctly and then game 2 and 3 i had more blow out strategies like mind crush and lancea that i could rely on. 1 mst is another thing Tyree and I debated on where i think in the list he sent me he was using a second shared ride instead because you're probably going to play more mirrors in 12 rounds of swiss than the other decks so its more important to grab those game ones but i decided that i could enter a tournament just auto-shipping game 1 to a mistake unless i drew psi-blocker or some other really sick out by making dire wolf under it. the 1 shared ride is because i wanted something extra in the mirror and i thought i would be the best card to main deck for it. at one point i was playing 2 shared and 1 maxx c because that card is actually just terrible in the mirror unless your opponent draws awful or is just a complete idiot but i decided to switch those ratios to help better my BA and doll match up.    Spell Djinn Outs: I think the books are by far the best because they help you play around all the traps that really matter (AKA effect negation) and book of moons is crazy good vs BA and provides another win condition in the mirror. You can also just set books to mess with your opponent's valk plays and allow you to trish them the following turn. i didn't think raigeki was that great either because books can be a lot more defensive and raigeki didn't help me clear floods vs qli and didn't let me punish a djinn lock as much   The Side Deck: Dance princess as an out to village and being really good vs the general doll and BA trap line up. i'd like to think Mst's and decrees and staple because decree is too good vs BA and tellar. i choose 3 fairy wind because i wasn't going to use hands for previous reasons already listed and i didn't like that denko only had a very small opportunity window to be good and is easily played around and typhoon while slightly better vs dolls i didn't like that vs qli if i chained it to a flood gate i just had to hope i could push through their other backrows to stop the scout while just having a fairy wind take care of multiple floods and relives the otk pressure that scout puts on so even if they do have more traps you have multiple turn to push through them. i used lancea because i wanted a reliable hand trap in the mirror (unlike maxx c and veiler) that also allowed me to play a lot more aggressively without fear of trish that could also help protect my djinn locks. Mind crush is probably by far my favorite card in the mirror because 99% of people use it incorrectly because you never really have to mind crush on a kaleido or any other mirror unless you fell threatened of getting trished but even when they do u can just chain it to something else you know in their hand like maybe a brio from last turn or a mirror they searched that turn and now they just have a dead trish on the board they have to clear them self and any other time you can just call valk with it and they die. i didn't want to use more gimmicky cards like village or mistake because i felt in 12+ rounds that a strategy like that wasn't reliable enough for me to use and i would rather use a more fair strategy and rely on my technical play to be able to win.    Artifact Durendal: There isn't ever really an exact scenario where i can say this card is amazing but it can random steal games in the mirror or make it so if they happen to top deck the one outer you can stop it with durendal. not really necessary but came in clutch once during the tournament.       I believe that's as far as it goes for the card choices, but if you have any questions/comments i love to hear feedback =].      Round by Round:   **disclaimer, i have terrible memory so i may just blatantly forget some rounds or if any my opponents are reading this feel free to correct me**   Round 1 Shaddolls   Game 1: I win the die roll, he goes first, does a standard math play and sets three where i make exciton with a book and he cant overcome the plus 4 i get and he dies.   Game 2: i go first and i think i just summon ju search pass. He does some underwhelming Shaddoll things and i cant remember what happens but it gets to the point where he has a shekinaga, mathematician, a face up attack shaddoll beast and a set falco with 3 backrow and a shaddoll card in hand to my 2 jus on board. He attacks and i valk, then next turn i summon psi-blocker, call shek, and exciton him for his entire life savings (and he couldnt add back the fusion spell with shek because of blocker which i though was kinda neat) and then i summon more nekroz guys and win from there   1-0   Round 2 Tellars   Game 1: he goes first and has deneb set 4 and because i didnt have a ju or book to help grind through backrow he eventually stabilizes into a triverr and i concede   Game 2: i opt to go first and go unicore set 2 pass. He responds with a deneb set 4 pass and i flip an EP decree which auto wins me the game   Game 3: Don't remember much but he does standard tellar things and i do standard nekroz things and am able to win a couple of mintues before time   2-0   Round 3 Nekroz   Game 1: i recognized the name because he used to be on a DNF war team i was on and for some reason he used to always accuse me of cheating even though we had never talked before and he had never seen me irl so i knew he was just a fan. He djinns me this game and i don't see an out   Game 2: We get to a sort of simplified gamestate where i realize my hand is significantly worse and i realize my only win condition is to summon a valk and set mind crush and just hope i can time the mind crush well enough to punish him even though he had seen it in my hand because of his own mind crush. he searches a kaleido by banishing a mirror in grave then rotas for shurit. he summons a ju and adds uni so he has a total of 3 cards in hand (2 of which i knew) and activates kaleido and waits for me to use my mind crush but i dont because i knew that nothing a kaleido could do was threatening enough to waist my wind crush on. my opponent is alarmed by this and sends a level 12 to summon valk and unicore (so i know the last card in his hand is shurit) he makes castel and attacks but i valk then he tributes to clear his field and passes. i summon the ju i drew off valk the previous turn and am able to otk and use the mind crush i had set to call valk. (had i used mind crush on the unicore earlier in that game he would've just summoned the valk tributing shurit and adding a trishula then sack his ju and valk to trish my but because i conserved my mind crush he wasn't able to trish me)   Game 3: he makes me go first and i open pretty poorly where i kaleido for uni add brio set a shared ride and pass. his first play is activate kaleido ss uni and when he uses herald i chain the shared ride. he thinks a little and just adds valk then crashes and passes. off of either my shared ride draw or draw for turn i draw a ju that allows me to play a grind game where i eventually win. (first game of two that i drew shared ride and it won me the game)   3-0   Round 4 Nekroz   Game 1: i see that im playing that Travis Smith faggot who is a known cheater and banned from ARG for cheating in the finals so just because i decided he was a complete faggot i djinn'd the fuck out of him just to make him salty and i won the game   Game 2: i go first and kaleido for 12 tribute a shurit from my hand to draw one and search a brio, set 1 and pass. He does a standard ju kaleido cycle unicore valk play and with his shurit searches trish. he attacks over my unicore then makes emeral and tribs both. he starts thinking about what mirror to add and because ik he has trish in his hand i purposefully look really dissapointed and fan out my hand and he immediently adds nekroz mirror and tries to trish my but i just lancea him and trish him the next 2 turns in a row. (not only was he trying to stack earlier but i summoned 2 monsters and left them on the board so i obviously had a lancea but i know that cheaters are always greedy so i bluffed the fact i would get trished and he fell for it like a retard, not only did he try to cheat but he was fucking awful). as the game goes on i trish him 3 times in the game and it gets to the point where he has all 3 valks banished and 4 mirrors banished as well. he clearly doesnt have a win condition but keeps playing anyways. it gets to the pong where his banished is bigger than his deck and only has 5 irrelevant monsters in grave but practically everything banished. i watch him try to reposition his grave and banished as to where it looks like his insanely large banished pile is his grave and when i ask to see his grave he hands me his banished pile as if i was stupid enough to know that wasn't his banished and when he hands it to me i say "nice try" and he tries to act like it was a mistake but im not that dumb and i obviously win after trishing him 3 times and after that he says his loss was due to that fact that "jus like you more, i never draw jus"   this is why i absolutely fucking hate cheaters (shoutout to Calvin Tahan)   4-0   Round 5 Burning Abyss   Game 1: he goes first and draws 5 then says pass. i summon psi-blocker, unicore, and valk and attack with all leaving him at 1600. i psi-blocker call trish assuming he's playing the mirror then sack it off with valk, set a book, and pass. he goes galaxy cyclone, raigeki, summon 2 irrelevant ba's make dante and attacks me but i just kill him next turn.   Game 2: he makes me go first and my hand is 2 jus, dance princess, shurit, djinn, i summon ju and brio>claus>cycle and cycle back brio tributing shurit and djinn and add trish and pass, he sets a monster set 3 and then crushes me on my stanby phase tributing scarm but then i just summon my second ju and make dweller and he cant recover   5-0   Round 6 Satellar   Game 1: he draws a lot of fiendish chains and calls and i cant grind through all the backrow before he makes triverr   Game 2: dont remember but i win.   Game 3: We come very close to time and are at table 4 with a lot of people watching. it gets to the point where he has 3 monsters and 2 face up call of the haunteds but i somehow mind game him into not making triverr (where i wouldve 100% lost if he did) and instead get him to rhapsody my mirrors that didnt matter cuz i had a ju in hand.   Round 7 Nekroz   Game 1: dont remember much but i think he djinns me   Game 2: i brick pretty bad and he just kills me   6-1   Round 8 Ritual Beast   Game 1: he summons 1800 guy set 3 and i kill him   Game 2: it looks like im in control but then he has only 2 backrows and flips a set soul charge and combos me for infinite and i lose   Game 3: i start of bricking really hard but luckily he does too and once we both get things going he has a d fissure than eventually banishes all my guys andi cant do anything   6-2   Round 9 Qli   Game 1: dont remember, i think i lose   Game 2: dont realy remember either. i think he doesnt draw scout and i win   Game 3: i exciton for 5 backrow 4 monsters and 2 pendulum scales and otk him the next turn in time   7-2 going into Day 2   Round 10 no show   8-2   Round 11 I have literally no recollection of this match but i won   9-2   Round 12 Burning Abyss   Game 1: he makes double dante pass and gets dweller+brio'd   Game 2: chooses to go first and just passes. i look at my hand and see that i have game and get crazy excited that my top is locked up and otk him on my turn!   We wait for a looong time for them to announce standings. i come in 11th after swiss and my brother Collin (many of you may know him from here) gets his first top and comes in 54th. We do the math with our friend Mike Albanese to see who we play and realize that we would actually have to face each other in top 64!!!!   Top 64 Collin Reardon (my brother) Nekroz   Game 1: i open cycle cycle kaleido clausolas rota. i cycle back the claus and use mirror to summon valk and draw into maju and a book of eclipse. Collin had only been playing the deck since thursday and i remember in our testing he really didnt know how to play around book of eclipse so i set it and surely it is he plays into it and despite the awful hand im able to make a slight comeback by trishing him but i think he late game djinns me and i dont draw an out and lose   Game 2: he goes first and tries to djinn me but i have lancea and get to see his hand. next turn i trish djinn him and he dies.   Game 3: i draw another very lackluster hand where i summon uni add brio set shared ride and pass. i dont remember exactly what he does next but i think i shared ride for a plus one which is enough to get my cards to grind with and eventually win with   kinda sad i had to play my brother in top cut but also kinda cool at the same time. glad at least one of us was guaranteed to advance.   Top 32 Burning abyss   Game 1: i brick and just cycle back a claus with shurit add brio and pass. he raigekis me and makes double dante and i dont have enough to push through his set 3.   Game 2: i choose to go first and open up decree, book of moon, cycle, kaleido, trish. my hand was soooo close to being perfect but i am able to stall for a few turns becuase of book of moon but i never draw one of my infinite combo cards to unbrick that hand and unfortunately get knocked out due to bricking     Conclusion: I was really glad to break my dead streak with Nekroz and finally get the top i had been working for! It was also awesome to see my brother get his fist top along side me and meet a lot of friends i knew from DN or FB like Omar, Alex, Mitch etc. It was also insane seeing one of my friends from my DNF war team Max Schrack get his first konami top and invite to worlds!!!!!!! Can't wait to see you become a champion buddy =]   Shoutouts: My sponsor The island games (theislandg.com) for supporting me and just helping me out for events like always My teammates Ryan, Dilan, Ginger, Nishaad (SQUIDS~), my brother Collin, and Tristan Based Loli and Rapture and brady bunch (or whatever the fuck their gay ass name is) being A1 Day One swagynick fans My DNF team [BOTE] and mainly Kennyk and Pokerkid for helping me therioh a lot and Pokerkid helping me do a lot of testing on DN the week before the event Tyree again for the list Whoever beat Jarel and Calvin because if either of them went to worlds i would've ended my life. All the fans back home who kept rooting for me and believing in me, it means a lot =]   Soryy for making this so long but i really wanted to get all my points across. Please leave feed back!        Thanks,            Swagynick =]
  2. NAWCQ 2014

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A74MhtHtL2E     also listed here: http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/index.html    Nats 2014 Detroit, MI stay strapped
  3. Preface First of all, I'd like to say that I've actually been lurking around this site ever since I got back into the game in Sept 2013. I've typically avoided posting things because I actually wanted to accomplish something before diving into the discussions here.   Pre-event My buddy Kevin and I have been working on this deck for almost a month now after testing out calculatinginsect's regional topping build. We’ve made tiny tweaks here and there to try and fix up the problems we’ve been having with it. The day before we fly out, I find out he’s dropped the Hands for Myrmeleos. I thought about trying it as well, but the Hands have just been doing too well for me to be able to cut them.   Here's the list I decided to go with: http://imgur.com/5flC28Z   LCQ        Round 1: Inzektors Game 1: I open Magileine with some mediocre sets (black horn, TTHN, Warning, and Fiendish.) He has centipede and hornet and has the soul charge and hornet. I'm unable to create an actual board with XYZs and he overwhelms me with Dragonfly shenanigans. Game 2: Open Anjelly and make him use a bad Warning. After resolving a Ticket search, I just spam the field with and he dies to the beaters. Game 3: We trade damage and he gets me down to3700 while he has 5100 along with Dragonfly and Hornet in hand for next turn. I play Mew + combo starter and decide to take the Maxx C challenge. I end up making Leviair, Tiaramisu, and a Hootcake from triggering Ticket and game him.  Round 2: Exodia Game 1: He resolves multiple Tri-and-Guess’ putting me at 15000. I save my Wiretap his first Hope for Escape and he desperately tries and resolves another, as I’m swinging for game, but doesn’t get Exodia. Game 2: He only resolves 1 Tri-and-Guess and utterly draws into nothing to stop the beatdown. Round 3: Fire Kings  Game 1: We trade damage until he is down to 3900. I just Compulse his Garunix and attack with Mew, Anjelly, and Gelato for 31 and Cowboy for game.  Game 2: He opens set monster, Kaiser Coliseum,and sets 3 backrow. We continually draw and pass while I'm waiting to draw the MST, but I unfortunately lock backrow out for a while with unusable cards until he did something. Eventually I MST the Kaiser and go for Exciton with my 11 total cards to his 12. Wiretap pushes Exciton through and then I just resolvemy +1’s to take the match.   Round 4: Geargia (Alex Reynolds) Game 1: I resolve the Hands thanks to Lance toget rid of his GGXs and his backrow. From there I get advantage off my Hootcakes and our resource him to take it. Game 2: He baits out my Torrential and then Soul Charges for 4. I have no way to get rid of his board so we go to a third game. Game 3: I open Angelly into Hootcake, Gelato, and Ticket. He normal summons Accelerator and specials another and goes for an Exciton, but gets Black Horned. That immediately tells me his hand is just full of backrow so I put on heavy aggression to close out the game before he gets anything going.  Made it in to the main event! As of then, I had already met my expectations since all I really wanted was the sleeves and mat (sorta.) The rest of the day is spent relaxing and I don't playtest at all for tomorrow.   NAWCQ  Round 1: Spellbooks  Before we even begin, I made the mistake of shuffling my deck before my opponent arrives at the table and he sees what I'm playing. A good lesson learned.  Game 1: He has no monster and a ton of backrow,but I have the wiretap and resolve multiple Anjellys. His tower also kept falling to my Chateau. He got nothing going and just loses. Game 2: He opens decently, but his one Fate isn't enough to stop my +1’s.    1-0 Round 2: Water  Game 1: He opens the nuts with Dragoons, Teus, and Soul Charge. I look at my hand and just scoop without showing anything.  Game 2: He sides Black Horns, but I don't make any XYZs and beat him with them Madolche monsters.  Game 3: He starts with set monster + 4 backrowand I set an Ice Hand and 4 backrow to counter. He attacks into the Ice Hand and then reveals Megalo, dumping 2 Infantries. I completely forgot that Hands die to chain links and I don't use my set Transmigration to stop the Infantries from activating. I don’t draw enough stuff to clear his board and that one mistake costs me the match.   1-1   Round 3: Lightsworn Rulers  Game 1: I continually interrupt his monsters and he doesn't get to mill anything while I'm pumping out monsters and he gets beaten down.  Game 2: He opens Charge + Recharge and just blows me out after some godly mills. Game 3: I open a Magiliene with a either Mew or Angelly and search the other. He opens pretty slowly, so I take the Maxx C challenge on my next turn and game him from 6000. He apparently sides Trags as well.    2-1 Round 4: MAT  Game 1: His Kuribandit mills tons of artifacts, but he doesn't have soul charge, so the only thing that I needed to stop was Dionea that I have Fiendish for. I eventually just game him with Palooza from 6600 by summoning Hootcake and Gelato out a Hootcake and Gelato out already. Game 2: He draws pretty terribly and doesn’t have answers for Tiaramisu.   3-1   Round 5: Infernity Game 1: Game starts with us just playing defensively. He continues to set monsters and backrow while I keep resolving Anjellys and waiting for Wiretaps. Eventually, I have enough advantage to push through all his backrow and he tries to resolve Archfiends and Necromancers,but my traps stop them all. I get him down to 400 just with just beaters and make Cowboy for game.  Game 2: He doesn't open well again and has totry and slowly roll out his Infernity advantage. Maxx C stop him from going for a huge board and eventually just gets blown out after I slowly set up my play with either Leviair or Invoker (I forget) + Tiaramisu.    4-1 Round 6: Bujin Game 1: He opens Yamato with turtle in grave and the only monsters I see this game are the hands and a gelato. All I can do is try and throw damage at him while going neg to keep his monsters off the board or from attacking my Heartlandraco. I eventually get broken and lose. Game 2: Quick game where I just overwhelm him with multiple Anjellys. His Maxx Cs don't net him any advantage and Bujins can’t deal with defense position Anjelly’d Hootcake. With no Maxx C, I just push through since he only has one Crane. Game 3: He starts with Yamato and sends Hare to grave. I open Magileine, Mind Control, and Light Mirror and make an ARK withhis Yamato. I take the Maxx C challenge later with Mew + Anjelly and successfully clear his board and take the match. His next draw was actually Veiler, but that’s two draws too late.   5-1 Round 7: Bujins Game 1: He opens Yamato and just slowly beats me down. My only Anjelly gets has Warning used on her and I don't see any other monsters.  Game 2: Quick game where I resolve an Anjelly on turn 1 and then proceed to just end the game the following turn since he had no monsters.        Game 3: I luckily open the same thing as I did last round except with Anjelly instead of Magileine. I take his Hirume hostage under my ARK and proceed to just beat him down with it and a Hootcake.   6-1   Round 8: Water Game 1: Honestly don’t remember much of this game, apparently tried to just go for game at some point (wrote down a bunch of numbers.) I pull it out in the end somehow. Game 2: He opens Pike and searches Undine, sets stuff and passes to me. I have a hand of 4 Madolches, Chateau, Palooza, and bring out Mew + Gelato with Chateau,Ticket, and Palooza. He spams out a board and drops Moulinglacia and I chain Palooza to avoid getting my hand discarded. He makes a board with Gaios and Angineer that I can’t get over. Game 3: I open Magileine set 4 and he responds with Undine sending Infantry to pop Magi. We were approaching time so I assume he just wanted to throw damage onto me. We continually trade damage until we’re at a state where he has a face up ARK with no attachments with 4 cards in hand to my Chateau, Hootcake, Gelato,Torrential, and a Gelato in hand. He tributes ARK for Majesty’s Fiend and I decide to respond with Torrential in hopes that he didn’t have any other followup. He passes turn, so I guess his hand was full of Marksman and Infantries. I rip a Hootcake off the top and he doesn’t draw any answer.   7-1   Round 9: HAT Game 1: This game goes by pretty quick as I have TTHN and Fiendish for his Artifacts. He uses Warning on the first Anjelly but has no answer to the next one next turn and he just prematurely scoops. Game 2: He runs his Fire Hand into my set Fire Hand so I pop his Ice Hand and bring out my own Ice Hand. The following turn I bait a Fiendish with Ice Hand and then proceed to resolve a Hootcake. He prematurely scoops this game as well because he’s exhausted.   8-1   I made Day 2! I honestly wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to make it out of LCQ but to make it through Day 1 exceeded anyone’s expectations of me. I finish Day 1 in 29th place, the bottom of all the x-1’s. We just end up chillin for the rest of the day, so I move into the next day with no extra playtesting.   Round 10: MAT (Elvis Yu) Game 1: It was honestly too early in the morning, so I don’t remember the fine details of this game. I know we constantly trade resources til the game gets into a simplified game state. I rip Hootcake and summon it with Mew for game. Game 2: He owns me with Hands and Moralltach and my only monster gets Warning’d. Game 3: Game turns into a simplified game state again where he summons a Tiras and runs over my Fire Hand, leaving me with some level 4 Madolche. He has double Wiretap for my Fiendish and TTHN, but I believed in the Heart of the Cards and rip another Hootcake. 9-1   Round 11: Water (Juan Moroyoqui) Game 1: He opens Teus with Dragoons and generates tons of advantage. He’s able to wipe my board of Hootcake, Gelato, Ticket, and Wiretap and I can’t come back. Game 2: Don’t actually recall what went on in this game. I guess it involved me slowly rolling out Anjellys and just swinging with big Madolche monsters since we trade a lot of damage. Game 3: I’m almost certain this game involved me taking another Maxx C challenge and dropping him down from 4100 for game.   10-1   And just like that, I get my first top at my first event! I spend the next while just waiting around until they announce the standings. At the end of swiss, I’m 8th place!   Top 64: HAT (Deon Akridge) Game 1: I lose the dice roll and he opens Myrmeleo set 4. All I do is just continually set Hands and he swings into my Fire Hand. Unfortunately, D prisons the Ice Hand I brought out and I actually lose because he Warnings my Anjelly and I don’t see any other monster but a Gelato for the rest of the game. Game 2: I sit on a set Hand and continuously use Anjelly to fetch another Anjelly to stall until I can draw some Wiretaps or I can try and activate a Full House on him. Unfortunately, I don’t draw chainable cards for a while, but once I end up with a two MSTs in the back on his end phase, I use both MSTs two of his backrow and chain Full House to his the other three. He immediately scoops and we’re off to game 3. Game 3: He opens with another Myrmeleo and expends his Bottomless to stop my first Anjelly push. We go into time and just then, I’m informed that we’re only given 3 extra turns during top cut. I actually require an additional turn since I need to resolve a Magileine effect for Anjelly to be able to clear his board and throw enough damage on him to win. If it were 5 extra turns, I’d probably have a chance, but it’s not so I lose.   Unfortunately, that ends my NAWCQ tournament. No Giant Hand for me, but I’m left with the desire to go to more of these events now! All of my opponents were pretty chill and fun to play against. Thanks for all the support from my Calgary and Edmonton homies! I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it without you guys pushing me on!   Pros: Getting my first top at my first event Wong also making it through LCQ Chillin with the Edmonton and Calgary players Finally having success with Madolches   Cons: Not getting a Giant Hand Frank losing to Frogs Sean not making out of LCQ or win a regional
  4. Top 16 NAWCQ Report

    So I've wanted to visit Chicago for a long time since the Bulls are my favorite team and this past weekend I finally got the chance. We left Wed night to head up there, stayed about 30 mins away from Chicago, about a 12 1/2 hour drive. We leave day 0 early to get Giordano's and it's amazing.    Now to the good stuff.   Day 1   Rd 1 - Evilswarm This match is kind of a blur. I mostly remember g3. He opens Ophion 3 set. I go heavy, he judgments. I double mst then Electric Virus his Ophion, reborn his Castor and otk. Not the prettiest win but I'll take the 1-0 start   1-0   Rd 2 - Evilswarm This guy wasn't too good. He actually beat my friend the previous round. Like maining divine wrath and evilswarm katos lol. Easy win.   2-0   Rd 3 - Spellbooks He played weird things like d-prison and never resloved judgment but I still lost due to almost unplayable hands.    2-1   Rd 4 - Evilswarm This guy is playing on a Digvorzhak mat, tells me he won it at a west coast YCS (I don't remember which one) getting top 8 with Machina Gadgets. He opens g1 with ophion deck lockdown and eev set. Deck lockdown slows down my hand a lot so I just slow roll until I can otk. G2 he opens way to strong and I have no chance. G3 I open skill drain and fusilier so it was wrapped up soon.   3-1   Rd 5 - Dragon Rulers I was so excited for the mirror because it was what I was most prepared for. G1 I burn through all his veilers and end up Blader locking him. G2 he gets me through alot of my deck but he has the otk. G3 I pitch stream and blaster for tidal and time is called. I summon a tidal from my hand and make gaios, set deck dev and pass. He goes big eye, I negate. He goes another big eye, take my gaios and swing. My turn I go big eye, activate targeting my his big eye, he uses gaios and I chain deck dev. His face was priceless. Pitch veiler psi-blocker and scarecrow out of his hand. Take his other big eye, then take gaios and otk.   4-1   Rd 6 - Darkworld He tells me he hasn't played against "real decks" all day. It was a pretty easy win but the guy was nice.   5-1   Rd 7 - Mahjid Khan Spellbooks G1 he opens super nutty and I have no hope of winning. G2 I turn one EEV him and he scoops.   G3 is where it gets crazy. He opens decent and over a few turns is able to amass a field of double starhall, mind drain, tower, and 2 set unknowns to my 2 set EEV's and 5 dragons in hand. I topdeck fusilier and set it. EP he goes wing blast, I chain EEV calling spells getting rid of most of his hand and seeing gagagashield set. On his turn he draws warning and can't do much so he swings for minor damage sets warning and passes. I draw into my other fusilier! I set it, EEV calling traps, tempest search blaster, blaster pop jowgen, and do lots of nutty stuff. Game was crazy felt really good to win.   6-1   Rd 8 - Dragon Rulers (Top 32) Super nice guy but obviously a little nervous. Makes a few big misplays and I'm able to win.   7-1 after day 1, 46th place.   Get home and sleep a tiny bit before waking up for day 2.   Rd 9 - Garrett Byrd Evilswarm (Top 64) Really nice guy, I don't remember too much about it but side deck cards put in mad work.   8-1   Rd 10 - Brandon Dixon Dragon Rulers (Top 32) I know him from regionals and stuff and had seen him playing earlier so I knew he was playing dragons. There was a point in g3 where I thought I had it. He was at 1 in hand and I had burned through his set chalice. I go for the safe blader play instead of the otk and sadly it's veiler so he wins.   8-2   I always seem to find a way to lose on the bubble so I was a bit nervous.   Rd 11 - Joseph Chou Spellbooks I go first, go 2 draco 3 tokens with a veiler in hand and he scoops. I side like almost identical things for spellbooks and evilswarm so I decided to go with spellbooks. Win. I remember big eyeing 2 seperate kycoo lol.   9-2 yay first nats top.    Top 64 Dragon Rulers He gets a g1 game loss (he was missing a blaster from his deck :/ oh well) and g2 I just blader lock early.   Top 32 Aaron Furman Dragon Rulers G1 I win, G2 I get decked out because he left in card d and I was under maxx "c". G3 I resolve deck dev t1 and kinda lock him out a big before otking.   Top 16 Steve Silverman Dragon Rulers Game one he plays his hand absolutely perfectly and otks, then game 2 I put myself in a good position with a set emptiness and a good field and he has heavy dark hole followed by an otk.   So I get alot of really cool stuff and more importantly my nats top.   Props: - My brother/best friend Bryson for being awesome - "You git it" - Garon topping - My friends and teammates Bryson, Andrew, and Jason watching me and having my back all weekend - Keller being hilarious - You've got the touch - Sockboy - Gio's pizza - Topping - Getting pics in front of the Jordan statue - Our hotel  - "Hold it pimp"/other Patrick things - The Vault   Slops: - Tolls and traffic - Getting a flat on the way home   Decklist   Main Deck: Monsters (27) 3 Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos 3 Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls 3 Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms 3 Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders 2 Burner, Dragon Ruler of Sparks 2 Stream, Dragon Ruler of Droplets 2 Lightning, Dragon Ruler of Drafts 2 Reactan, Dragon Ruler of Pebbles 3 Maxx "C" 3 Effect Veiler 1 Flamvell Guard Spells (13) 3 Super Rejuvenation 3 Sacred Sword of Seven Stars 2 Gold Sarcophagus 1 Card Destruction 1 Dark Hole 1 Heavy Storm 1 Monster Reborn 1 Book of Moon   Extra Deck: 3 Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack 2 Number 11: Big Eye 1 Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger 1 Mermail Abyssgaios 1 Armory Arm 1 Ancient Sacred Wyvern 1 Black Rose Dragon 1 Karakuri Shogun MDL 00 "Burei" 1 Colossal Fighter 1 Scrap Dragon 2 Crimson Blader   Side Deck: 2 Fusilier Dragon, the Dual-Mode Beast 2 Electric Virus 2 Mystical Space Typhoon 3 Eradicator Epidemic Virus 2 Skill Drain 2 Vanity's Emptiness 2 Deck Devastation Virus   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7EkGXyixRg
  5. NAWCQ 2013 Report

    Well, here’s a report from a relatively unknown. I figured I might as well start contributing, now that I’m actually trying to get good at this game.   I will start by saying that I haven’t played in too many irl events, this one being my second and the MD regionals in June being first.   Pre-tourney: Sadly, I had just gotten back to work from a 2 week vacation on Monday, so I was out of leave and had to work on Friday and miss out on most of the playtesting and trades. Since work is usually slow on Fridays, anyway, I spent most of the day trying to finalize some card choices. But, I did get to work an hour early and managed to leave for the airport around 4 to catch my flight at 7:30. I ended up flying out there, alone, since my friends decided to drive up there the night before. After an uneventful 2 hour flight, I pick up some Burger King and meet them up at the hotel around 10 and get a few rounds of testing in before I crash. I still hadn’t really decided exactly what I was going to use.   Saturday: Woke up around 6, had breakfast at the hotel, then drove up to the Pier around 7. I walked around by the vendors, for a bit, and traded for a third Judgment and a Last Day of Witch. I had about 2 hours to decide what to use, between Books or Dragons. Eventually, I filled out the decklist (Yes, I ran Wyvern/LaDD), deciding on using Dragons, and got my mat and sleeves. The tourney started soon after.   Round 1: Mirror - Lost dice roll I talk to guy for a little, before starting, and he tells me he had driven all the way from Tennessee. He also guessed that I was going to play Dragons, before we even started. I don’t remember why, but I was thinking he’d be using Evilswarms. G1: He starts by discarding Burner and Tempest, and obviously I find out he’s playing Dragons. He then tells me his friend had given him the deck to use the week before at locals and that he didn’t have much experience playing it. It showed when he discarded Stream and Redox, next, and overlayed the Tidal and Blaster to make Gaios. After pointing out that he couldn’t do that, he changes it with a Dracossack, in attack. I start by discarding Reactan and Tempest, and he chains Maxx. Colossal OTK’ed, soon after. G2: He summons Blaster, through Burner, then Rejuves and passes. I OTK through his Blaster, with Colossal. 1-0-0   Round 2: Mirror - Lost dice roll This guy ends up being a lot better than last round, but I don’t remember exactly how it went. G1: He starts with a Dracossack, in defense, with tokens. Next, I Reactan, and he chains Maxx. I pass. He OTKS, next turn. G2: A lot of back and forth, this game, and I eventually end up winning. G3: I remember in the last few turns, I end up taking his Gaios with Big Eye and dropping him to 2800. He plays through Maxx to try and take it back with his own, and I use up Gaios’ last material. He summoned Blaster and passed. Next turn, I make Colossal, run over his Big Eye with Gaios and ram Colossal into Blaster. He then tries to tell me Colossal can’t attack, because of Gaios, and I remind him that Gaios’ effect only applies while he has a material. He reads it for a good 10 seconds, then picks up all his cards, signs the slip, and walks away without waiting for the judge. 2-0-0   After the round, I see a few people I met the week before, when I went to a different locals to find that they were doing well, so far, as well.   Round 3: Mermails - Lost dice roll G1:  He went first. Discarded Gunde and Leed for Megalo, searched Sphere, summoned Leed. He then made Gaios, set 2, and passed. My hand at that point was 2 Reactans, Redox, Sword, and Blaster. I drew into another Blaster, and he immediately flipped up Imperial Iron Wall. I thought that was cute and discarded both Blasters to destroy it, to which he responded with another Imperial Iron Wall. I passed, just to see what else I could find out before the next game. He summoned Diva, summoned Infantry, summoned another Diva, then Marksman. Then, I scooped. G2: I can only play Reactan and Rejuve hoping to draw into Scarecrow, thinking he could OTK again. I didn’t and he could. 2-1-0   I was already cutting into my safety net and it started to worry me that it was happening, so soon. I went to get some snacks after the round and just listened to music as they were still going through time, which was pretty crazy how time lasted longer than the actual round, pretty much every round that day. Eventually, they post the next round pairings, and I see I’m playing against Steffon..   Round 4: Mirror (Steffon Bizzell) – Lost dice roll G1: This was my longest game of the day and there was a ton of back and forth. It lasted 35 minutes and there were a few resolved Crimson Bladers on both sides. Eventually, he won. 5 minutes left until time, I sided my norm for the mirror and shuffled it up quick. G2: I start strong with Dracossack, a token, LaDD, and 5 in hand. Time is called, right after. He steals LaDD next turn with BoM and Big Eye. I do the same, next turn, and summon Kycoo, while he only has 2 left in hand. With no plays left, it ended in a draw. 2-1-1   So, basically, I considered that to be a 2-2 and decided that I couldn’t lose, anymore. After, I started playing at the lower tables.   Round 5: Malefic Drain – Lost dice roll G1: He starts his first turn by playing Necrovalley. Right after, he set 3 and I was thinking he was about to play Royal Tribute on my hand of 4 monsters. He summoned Malefic Stardust and passed. I play into his infinite backrow, featuring Metal Reflect Slime, Imperial Iron Wall, Dark Bribes, etc. and eventually scoop seeing as I had no outs to all that. G2: I side in the MSTs, Fusiliers, and EEVs. Time was running out, so I had to win this one quick to avoid the draw. I managed to get an early EEV for 4, and he started slow playing shuffling between his 2 cards and checking his grave. Eventually, he passed, though and I managed to OTK. G3: He opens Necrovalley, Malefic Cyber End, and 3 backrow. I had the MST for the Necro and he Bribes and I draw into EEV. I get the EEV off with Fusilier, later, leaving him with the Necrovalley and Malefic. MST picks off the rest and I go for game. 3-1-1   Round 6: Mirror – Lost dice roll I don’t remember this match, at all. It was a 2-0, though. 4-1-1   Round 7: Mirror – Lost dice roll G1: He started with Draco in defense with 2 tokens. Opening hand was Book of Moon, Chalice, 2 Swords, and Reactan. I had nothing. Drew into Veiler and it was game. He had no idea what I was playing. G2: I grind him down to about 2600. It stays there for a while until I draw LaDD. He had 2 cards in hand and Draco with no tokens on field. I use Burner and he has the Maxx. I try to make a Big Eye through it, with the Book of Moon in hand, for a possible Veiler. He doesn’t have it and I get the Draco. Summon Tokens, tribute Big Eye and token for LaDD. He scoops and tells me he thought he was safe with Scarecrow in hand. G3: He goes first and passes. I summon Draco and he Veilers when I try to summon tokens. I had to pass. Time is called. He Electric Viruses Draco, summons Tokens and another Veiler. He makes Ancient Sacred Wyvern and summons Redox. He asks to go into Battle Phase expecting me to Veiler. I tell him it’s fine and he attacks into Scarecrow. He tributes Draco to destroy a token and passes. At this point, I was thinking to just go for damage. I managed to summon Gaia, LaDD, Blaster with Maxx left in hand. Gaia ran over the token, Blaster ran over Redox, and LaDD ran over ASW, dropping him to 1400. He Dark Holes and Books LaDD and I summon Redox back. He E Viruses, again, and activates Stream, meeting my Maxx. He plays through it and I +7, but didn’t draw the Scarecrow that I needed. 4-2-1   At this point, I basically thought I was out. I had heard, at some events, not even all the x-2’s made it, let alone x-2-1. But, my friend Nick said I could make it, if I just won out. The same thing had happened at the regionals where I went x-2 after round 6, so I thought I’d just try it. I needed one more win for Day 2 and 4 more to top. I was determined.   Round 8: Mirror (Won dice roll) My first won dice roll of the day. I was kind of happy. G1: It was even better after I saw my opening hand. I ended my turn with Dracossack, 2 tokens, and LaDD on field and 6 in hand. I passed and he scooped. G2: I don’t remember it much, but I won. 5-2-1   Round 8 was the end of the day, since it was already running late. It was about midnight, already, when it ended. I met up with my friends to see how everyone did. Out of the 5 of us, only 2 made Day 2. He was x-2, in the end, so we both had to win out to make the top cut. I played one more match with them, for fun, then I ended up taking the metro back to the hotel. I didn’t make it back until 2, so no sleep for me, that night.   Sunday: I don’t remember where or why, but I thought I had heard that Day 2 started at 9. Kind of luckily for me, I have a tendency of getting to places early. I ended up getting to the event at about exactly 8. I decided to walk around and meet up with my friends, again, when I noticed everyone was sitting at the tables in order playing matches. I looked and noticed that the clock had just started (it was at about 39:30). So I had to run to the pairings, then find the table I’d be playing at.   Round 9: Mirror I eventually find the table, right as a judge is signing for the game loss. -_- His family is also nearby, cheering him on. I thought that was kind of nice. G1: Game loss G2: He opens Dracossack in attack and passes. I kind of figured he had a Maxx, too, but I considered my play for a second. It was, about, literally 5 seconds and I got the slow play warning. Me and my opponent were both confused about that, and he said he didn’t think I was playing slow. I eventually activated Reactan, and sure enough he Maxx’ed. So that means Colossal OTK. G3: He spends his hand and ends with a field of Draco, tokens, and a backrow. I manage to clear it and summon Kycoo to keep him out. 6-2-1   I was feeling a bit more confident in my chances of making the top cut. Just 2 more rounds to go. Also, after this match, I happened to walk by Alex’s (Loli’s) match as I was going to meet up with my friends, and met him, so that was cool. But his match, though. ._.   Round 10: Mirror (Lost dice roll) I don’t remember much of this match except the last game. It was terrible. G1: He won. G2: I won. G3: He basically said screw everything we know. He starts the game by activating Super Rejuv. Then, he discards Lightning and Tidal, and Reactan and Blaster, after that. All of that was in that order. And I couldn’t punish any of that. He ended up making 2 Dracos in attack with the 3 tokens and passed. My hand was Reactan, Blaster, Tempest, 2 Swords, and then I drew into Maxx. He ends up Maxxing me later, and had the BoM for the Colossal. I lost. 6-3-1 (drop)   And that was the end of that. It was a fun run, but it would have been nicer to top, obviously. So, I spent the rest of the day in win-a-mats, winning 3 and 2-0’ing in every match, and watching Rapture’s matches. I also saw/met a ton of people I recognized from here and DN, so that was fun. Overall, it was just a good weekend. I’ll definitely have to do this again, next year.   And congrats to Hoban and Rapture for winning and making it World’s, respectively.   Props: - Making it out to Chicago - Day 2’ing my first 2 day event - Finally getting my mint 1st ed SDK Blue Eyes playset - Meeting tons of people I know online - Making money off the win-a-mats, trades, etc.   Slops: - Missing out on Friday - Not topping (obviously) - Lack of sleep the entire weekend - Winning one dice roll the entire weekend - Having a majority of playtesting against Prophecies and making most of my choices to use against Prophecies, and then not playing a single Prophecy deck all weekend -_-  
  6. Dragon Rulers

     [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViGNBLQpGWE[/media] Monsters: 28 3 Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos 3 Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders 3 Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms 3 Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls 2 Burner, Dragon Ruler of Sparks 2 Reactan, Dragon Ruler of Pebbles 2 Lightning, Dragon Ruler of Drafts 2 Stream, Dragon Ruler of Droplets 3 Effect Veiler 3 Maxx "C" 1 Dragunity Corsesca 1 Puppet Plant Spells: 12 1 Book of Moon 1 Card Destruction 1 Dark Hole 1 Heavy Storm 2 Gold Sarcophagus 3 Sacred Sword of Seven Stars 3 Super Rejuvenation Extra: 15 3 Mecha Phantom Beast Dracosack 2 Number 11: Big Eye 1 Mermail Abyssgaios 1 Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger 1 Armory Arm 1 Ancient Sacred Wyvern 1 Black Rose Dragon 1 Karakuri Shogun MDL 00 "Burei" 1 Colossal Fighter 1 Crimson Blader 1 Scrap Dragon 1 Thought Ruler Archfiend Side: 2 Psi-Blocker 2 Swift Scarecrow 3 Last Day of Witch 3 Mystical Space Typhoon 1 Deck Devastation Virus 2 Royal Decree 2 Vanity's Emptiness Super basic, but what I would have ended up running at nationals had my ride not bailed out on me last second :/ Deck Devastation is amazing in the mirror match, you flip it and go off for the next 3 turns with no worries of any hand traps, and you can play around every play they can make in the future turns, obvious but yeah.
  7. regional report at the nawcq

    [size=3]So on Monday night I leave southern California to drive all the way to clumbus, ohio. I have my deck ready and tested and im pretty confindent. I chose to run chaos dragon because I thought wind ups was gonna make a big appearance and its not hard for dragons to come back from getting looped. I arrive Wednesday and am very anxious for Saturday. I go to pre reg on Friday and on Saturday morning I cant be more than ready.[/size] [size=3]Round 1[/size] [size=3]Opponent’s deck: inzektors[/size] [size=3]Im able to 2-0 him by otk’ing him on my first turn twice. Didn’t even draw future fusion.[/size] [size=3]Round 2[/size] [size=3]Opponent’s deck: dino rabbit[/size] [size=3] I sit at table 4 so I go over to the feature match area and although Im not the feature match there [/size] [size=3] is a little paragraph about my duel on the konami website with the rest of the event coverage. [url="http://www.konami.com/yugioh/blog/?p=9801"]http://www.konami.co...oh/blog/?p=9801[/url][/size] [size=3] Round 3[/size] [size=3]O opponents deck: Gravekeeper’s[/size] [size=3]the worst match up I could possible get paired up against.[/size] [size=3]Game 1 is easily lost because of his necrovalley to my hand full of chaos monsters.[/size] [size=3]Game 2 is easily won because I take all 8000 of his life points with purely tour guide and sangan[/size] [size=3]Game 3 was pretty close but a surprise malefic cyber end gave him match.[/size] [size=3]Round 4[/size] [size=3]Opponents deck: wind ups[/size] [size=3]Game 1 I draw future fusion and he cant combat it.[/size] [size=3]Game 2 I draw future fusion but it doesn’t matter cuz he went first and was able to mst it. He loops me and I cant come back.[/size] [size=3]Game 3 was pretty close but he was able to take it. I was controlling the board with five headed, decree and darkflare but he was able to factory search and stall long enough for him to go tiras and I cant come back.[/size] [size=3]So after going 2-2 I can drop and try and recover through side events or I can try and win 5 rounds in a row to day 2 and decided to drop. I sold my dragon deck because I knew way before this event that I was only playing it for nats. Good thing I brought my gk deck because I was able to get some random cards I needed for it and on Sunday I decide to join the 2013 regional qualifier. I could really care less about the invite because im confident that I can get one at any given regional so I join just for the mat and deck box. It was a pretty fun regional and I was lucky enough to play meta decks because I wanted to see if gks can still compete.[/size] [size=3]Round 1[/size] [size=3]Opponents deck: inzektors[/size] [size=3]This guys build was a little abnormal for it ran main deck dfissure, snowmans, and reapers.[/size] [size=3]Game 1 my necrovalley plus mal stardust was able to stop him from making any plays.[/size] [size=3]Game 2 he sides decrees and was able to draw it turn 1. Lucky him. I was unable to draw and typhoons and I was locked down.[/size] [size=3]Game 3 was a grind game but I eventually made him waste his resources on my descendant + recruiter plays so I was able to resolve a game winning spy.[/size] [size=3]Round 2[/size] [size=3]Opponents deck: heros[/size] [size=3]The hero matchup, although is very good for me , has always scared me because for some reason Gemini spark scares the fuck out of me.[/size] [size=3]Game 1 we keep trading off traps to stop opposing monsters but my 13 monsters to his 7 is overwhelming and he runs out of resources.[/size] [size=3]Game 2 is a grind game as he has a shadow mirror and no monsters and I have traps but no monsters so at one point we both discarded an accumulated 6 cards during our end phase because we had too many cards in hand. Eventually im able to secure a thunder king on board and am able to beat him down.[/size] [size=3]Round 3[/size] [size=3]Opponents deck: dino rabbit[/size] [size=3]This was a true testament of the capability of gks in the current format because this was the scariest match up for me throughout the whole regional.[/size] [size=3]Game 1 I was able to royal tribute 2 rabbits and control the board with spy + traps.[/size] [size=3]Game 2 first turn laggia plus me drawing 4/13 monsters opening hand gives him the game.[/size] [size=3]Game 3 my first turn thunder king plus traps was able to keep him at bay and even with his successful storm for plus 2 my thunder king made him use his resources so my descendant + recruiter could get in there for game.[/size] [size=3]Round 4 final round[/size] [size=3]Opponent’s deck: chaos dragons[/size] [size=3]I couldn’t be happier for in the finals I get to play my best match up. I kept thinking to myself I got this regional in the bag.[/size] [size=3]Game 1 my necrovalley plus mal stardust was pretty devastating. At one point he had game when I had a set road, necrovalley and recruiter. He summoned lyla and destroyed my road and dropped dad but couldn’t banish to atk for game. On my turn I was able to dark hole and atk for game with searched commandant.[/size] [size=3]Game 2 he resolves a lyla and drops his hand which consisted of lightpulsar, darkflare, redmd, and dad[/size] [size=3]Game 3 I royal tribute his whole hand. Nuff said.[/size] [size=3]Funny story is before we started playing round 4 I offered to split because he kept saying how badly he wanted his invite and I just wanted the mat plus deck box and I was also somewhat scraed of getting lyla plus sacked and he just said let’s have a good game and he knew what I was playing and so after the match he said he should’ve took the split. So I offered him the win in exchange for the mat, deck box, and 12 dollars for the entrance fee and he agreed. I also pulled a rescue rabbit in my 3 entrance packs so it all turned out well.[/size] [size=3]Here’s the gk deck list:[/size] [size=3]Main deck total: 40[/size] [size=3]Monsters 13[/size] [size=3]3 spy[/size] [size=3]3 recruiters[/size] [size=3]3 descendants[/size] [size=3]3 commandants[/size] [size=3]1 malefic stardust dragon[/size] [size=3]Spells 15[/size] [size=3]3 necrovalley[/size] [size=3]3 pot of duality[/size] [size=3]3 mystical space typhoons (I really like main decking this card and I was no problem with it)[/size] [size=3]2 royal tributes[/size] [size=3]2 gk steles[/size] [size=3]1 dark hole[/size] [size=3]1 book of moon[/size] [size=3]Traps 12[/size] [size=3]2 warning[/size] [size=3]2 torrential[/size] [size=3]2 bottomless[/size] [size=3]2 prison[/size] [size=3]1 compulse[/size] [size=3]1 dark bribe (wanted to test this instead of second road)[/size] [size=3]1 road[/size] [size=3]1 judgment[/size] [size=3]Extra deck[/size] [size=3]1 catastor[/size] [size=3]1 android[/size] [size=3]1 scrap archfiend[/size] [size=3]1 black rose (couldn’t find anyone with arcanite)[/size] [size=3]1 scrap dragon[/size] [size=3]2 stardust dragon[/size] [size=3]1 zenmaines[/size] [size=3]1 leviathan[/size] [size=3]1 leviair[/size] [size=3]1 acid golem[/size] [size=3]1 utopia[/size] [size=3]1 photon butterfly assassin[/size] [size=3]1 gem knight pearl[/size] [size=3]1 maestroke[/size] [size=3]Side deck[/size] [size=3]2 thunder king[/size] [size=3]2 effect veiler[/size] [size=3]1 maxx c[/size] [size=3]1 jinzo (I saw 2 people with countdown. I would side plague+tempest but I sold my plague with the dragon deck and didn’t feel like getting another one)[/size] [size=3]2 smashing ground (haters gonna hate but I like this card over soul take in this deck)[/size] [size=3]1 heavy storm[/size] [size=3]2 fiendsih chain[/size] [size=3]3 macro cosmos (didn’t want to side this but too mant people told me the pros outweigh the cons)[/size] [size=3]1 chain whirlwind[/size]
  8. Gravekeeper's or Chaos Dragons for NAWCQ

    [size=3]since the beginning of june i have had my heart set on running dragons for nats. it just seems like the best deck out now and the best match-ups against any top-tier deck. its very explosive and can otk like crazy. however a deck that has been on the back burner of the format but is starting to regain popularity is gravekeepers. a deck which would be a scary match up if i were to use dragons. ive seen many post not only on here but other yugioh related forums and many people are posting their "gk deck for nats" postings and ive been wondering if i should make a last minute meta call and run gks. gks is a deck ive been running off and on since chaos plants was the best deck, so i would consider myself comfortable with the deck. however when the lost sanctuary sd came out in the tcg i was immedialty hooked to playing agents. whether it was the change of pace of actaully summoning if the first turn or the ability to drop hyperion and just win. ever since the banlist hit the deck ive been waiting for a deck just like it to come out. so far chaos dragons seems like that deck that has even more boss monsters. ive come to the conclusion that the us nats will prolly consist of 60% of players using dragons, 30% of the players using rabbit, and the other 10% using other decks like inzektors, wind-ups, or gravekeeper's. if this proves to be true then gks wouldnt be that bad of a meta call but if it isnt then chaos dragons seems like a good choice. so whether i play dragons or gks here are the list for both.[/size] Which do you think I should play [size=3]Gravekeepers[/size] [size=3]Main deck total 40[/size] [size=3]Monsters 13[/size] [size=3]3 descendant[/size] [size=3]3 recruiter[/size] [size=3]3 spy[/size] [size=3]3 commandant[/size] [size=3]1 malefic stardust[/size] [size=3]Spells 14[/size] [size=3]3 necrovalley[/size] [size=3]3 pot of duality[/size] [size=3]2 royal tribute[/size] [size=3]2 gravekeepers stele[/size] [size=3]2 typhoon[/size] [size=3]1 dark hole[/size] [size=3]1 book of moon[/size] [size=3]Traps 13[/size] [size=3]2 solemn warning[/size] [size=3]2 torrential[/size] [size=3]2 d prison[/size] [size=3]2 bth[/size] [size=3]2 compulse[/size] [size=3]1 solemn judgment[/size] [size=3]1 dark bribe[/size] [size=3]1 starlight road[/size] [size=3]Side deck 15[/size] [size=3]2 thunder king[/size] [size=3]2 snowman eater[/size] [size=3]3 effect veiler[/size] [size=3]1 maxx c[/size] [size=3]1 typhoon[/size] [size=3]1 heavy storm[/size] [size=3]2 smashing ground[/size] [size=3]2 chain whirlwind[/size] [size=3]1 d prison[/size] [size=3]Extra deck 15[/size] [size=3]1 catastor[/size] [size=3]1 android[/size] [size=3]1 scrap archfiend[/size] [size=3]1 arcanite[/size] [size=3]1 scrap dragon[/size] [size=3]2 stardust dragon[/size] [size=3]1 leviair[/size] [size=3]1 acid golem[/size] [size=3]1 zenmaines[/size] [size=3]1 utopia[/size] [size=3]1 roach[/size] [size=3]1 maestroke[/size] [size=3]1 photon pollioperative[/size] [size=3]1 pearl[/size] [size=3]Chaos dragons[/size] [size=3]Main deck 40[/size] [size=3]Monsters 30[/size] [size=3]3 lightpulsar dragon[/size] [size=3]2 darkflare dragon[/size] [size=3]2 eclipse wyvern[/size] [size=3]2 redmd[/size] [size=3]1 dad[/size] [size=3]3 lyla[/size] [size=3]3 ryko[/size] [size=3]3 tour guide[/size] [size=3]1 sangan[/size] [size=3]3 veiler[/size] [size=3]1 gorz[/size] [size=3]2 chaos sorc[/size] [size=3]1 bls[/size] [size=3]1 plague[/size] [size=3]2 card trooper[/size] [size=3]Spells 10[/size] [size=3]3 solar recharge[/size] [size=3]1 charge[/size] [size=3]1 allure[/size] [size=3]1 future fusion[/size] [size=3]1 dark hole[/size] [size=3]1 reborn[/size] [size=3]1 heavy[/size] [size=3]1 lance[/size] [size=3]Side deck 15[/size] [size=3]2 thunder king[/size] [size=3]1 victoria[/size] [size=3]1 electric virus[/size] [size=3]1 tempest magician[/size] [size=3]3 typhoon[/size] [size=3]2 soul taker[/size] [size=3]3 decree[/size] [size=3]2 safe zone[/size] [size=3]Extra deck 15[/size] [size=3]1 five headed[/size] [size=3]1 catastor[/size] [size=3]1 armory arm[/size] [size=3]1 brio[/size] [size=3]1 brd[/size] [size=3]1 scrap[/size] [size=3]1 leviair[/size] [size=3]1 leviathan[/size] [size=3]1 giga brilliant[/size] [size=3]1 zenmaines[/size] [size=3]1 acid golem[/size] [size=3]1 roach[/size] [size=3]1 exa beetle[/size] [size=3]1 photon stike bounzer[/size] [size=3]1 gaia thunder charger[/size]
  9. chaos dragon deck for nawcq

    [size=3]Here is my chaos dragon deck that I plan to take to nats [/size] [size=3]Any constructive criticism would be appreciated[/size] [size=3]I’m also looking for a photon strike bounzer, solar recharges, and inzektor exa beetle so if you’re in SoCal or going to nats pm me[/size] [size=3]Monsters 30[/size] [size=3]3 lightpulsar[/size] [size=3]2 redmd[/size] [size=3]2 darkflare[/size] [size=3]2 eclipse[/size] [size=3]1 dad[/size] [size=3]3 lyla[/size] [size=3]3 ryko[/size] [size=3]3 veiler[/size] [size=3]2 trooper[/size] [size=3]2 chaos sorc[/size] [size=3]1 bls[/size] [size=3]1 gorz[/size] [size=3]1 plague[/size] [size=3]3 tour guide[/size] [size=3]1 sangan[/size] [size=3]spells 10[/size] [size=3]3 recharge[/size] [size=3]1 charge[/size] [size=3]1 allure[/size] [size=3]1 lance[/size] [size=3]1 reborn[/size] [size=3]1 future fusion[/size] [size=3]1 heavy[/size] [size=3]1 dark hole[/size] [size=3]Side[/size] [size=3]1 electric virus[/size] [size=3]1 victoria[/size] [size=3]2 thunder king [/size] [size=3]1 tempest magician[/size] [size=3]2 soul taker[/size] [size=3]3 typhoon[/size] [size=3]2 safe zone[/size] [size=3]3 decree[/size] [size=3]Extra [/size] [size=3]1 five headed[/size] [size=3]1 armory[/size] [size=3]1 catastor[/size] [size=3]1 brio[/size] [size=3]1 black rose[/size] [size=3]1 scrap dragon[/size] [size=3]1 levithan[/size] [size=3]1 leviair[/size] [size=3]1 acid golem[/size] [size=3]1 roach[/size] [size=3]1 gaia dragon[/size] [size=3]1 exa beetle[/size] [size=3]1 photon strike bounzer[/size] [size=3]1 zenmaines[/size] [size=3]1 giga brilliant[/size]
  10. Gravekeepers for nats

    [size=3]I have come to the conclusion that I will be playing gravekeepers for nats instead of the other contending deck which was chaos dragons. Ive updated the decklist so I can have a better match up against dino rabbit. So lets get started anything I forgot to add or any suggestions are welcomed.[/size] [size=3]Main deck total 40[/size] [size=3]Monsters 13[/size] [size=3]3 descendant[/size] [size=3]3 recruiter[/size] [size=3]3 commandant[/size] [size=3]3 spy[/size] [size=3]1 malefic stardust dragon[/size] [size=3]Spells 14[/size] [size=3]3 necrovalley[/size] [size=3]3 pot of duality[/size] [size=3]2 royal tribute[/size] [size=3]2 gravekeepers stele[/size] [size=3]2 typhoon[/size] [size=3]1 dark hole[/size] [size=3]1 book[/size] [size=3]Traps 13[/size] [size=3]2 solemn warning[/size] [size=3]2 bottomless[/size] [size=3]2 prison[/size] [size=3]2 torrential[/size] [size=3]2 compulse[/size] [size=3]1 road[/size] [size=3]1 bribe[/size] [size=3]1 solemn judgment[/size] [size=3]Extra deck[/size] [size=3]1 cat[/size] [size=3]1 android[/size] [size=3]1 scrap archfiend[/size] [size=3]1 arcanite[/size] [size=3]1 scrap dragon[/size] [size=3]2 stardust[/size] [size=3]1 leviair[/size] [size=3]1 acid golem[/size] [size=3]1 zenmaines[/size] [size=3]1 utopia[/size] [size=3]1 roach[/size] [size=3]1 photon butterfly assassin[/size] [size=3]1 pearl[/size] [size=3]1 maestroke[/size] [size=3]Side deck[/size] [size=3]2 thunder king[/size] [size=3]2 veiler[/size] [size=3]1 plague[/size] [size=3]1 tempest[/size] [size=3]1 maxx c[/size] [size=3]2 smashing ground[/size] [size=3]1 typhoon[/size] [size=3]1 heavy[/size] [size=3]1 chain whirlwind[/size] [size=3]1 dimensional prison[/size] [size=3]2 fiendish chain[/size]