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  1. Going into this tournament, I was convinced Dino was the best deck: Every other deck seemed way too inconsistent, and Dino's basically have higher attack than other monsters, which means you will force your opponent to use battle S/T's to keep up, but they'll eventually run out of them when you won't. Water going Daedalus clear the entire field is problematic, but this was solved by playing De-Spell to kill Umi, and playing Order to Charge, so you can - worst case scenario - still blow up their Daedalus. I wasn't afraid of GK, burn, or any other deck at the moment: so I wanted the build to be as straightforward and consistent as possible. The first time I decided to play only 9 monsters was when I realized that the odds of opening at least one copy would still be 95%, which was plenty. I thought opening 1 Dino 3 S/T was better than opening 3 Dino 1 S/T, because S/T's are more flexible and can deal with a wide range of threats: for example, you can have De-Spell to counter their Harpies' Hunting Ground, get rid of their Relinquished equip, or to deal with Mask of the Accursed in burn match-ups. You could also just fire it at face-down backrow, and hit a Enemy Controller or Order to Charge every now and then. You can use Mirror Wall to block attacks, while Order to Charge deals with threats such as Daedalus/Relinquished. At the same time, all my Dino's were just high attack monsters, and having 1 on the field would be enough: you'd have 50% chance of drawing a 2nd copy anyway, and most of the time you'd still open 2 Dino's 2 S/T, or 2-3 Dino 2-3 S/T anyway. My deck was far from complete. I had spend almost all my gems to get 2 copies of Mirror Wall from Neo-Impact, so I missed the staples from The Ultimate Rising. I initially planned on digging for a 3rd Mirror Wall before buying any packs from The Ultimate Rising at all, but when people on discord reminded me of the fact that The Ultimate Rising will be rotated out march 30th, I decided I had to buy them so I wouldn't miss out later on. I started off my Tournament with 0 Order to Charge, 0 Enemy Controller, 0 Twister, 0 Reinforcements and 0 Sphere Kuriboh. To make up for this, I had to get creative: I was playing cards I wouldn't have played otherwise, but would do the job for now, such as: Skull Dice, Riryoku, De-Spell, and Gravirty Axe - Grarl. I was quite confident in my deck at the time: after all, I had 2 copies of Mirror Wall, which was the most powerful card in the game, right? Getting through the early ranks was easy. I lost every now and than due to my deck being bad, or being faced with a problem I hadn't considered before, such as parasite burn. While playing, we got a lot of free gems, which I used to buy as much The Ultimate Rising as possible. Within my first 30 packs or so I literally didn't a SR or UR at all, but after that they kept coming: I included 1 copy of each: Twister, Mask of the Accursed, and Reinforcements into my deck. I decided to play 2 De-Spell 1 Twister, because they were good against Harpies Hunting Ground, Relinquished, and Burn: which were the 2 most common match-ups I faced. After losing so much to burn that it almost made me want to quit, I raged so hard after getting Whistle'd for Parasite for - what felt like - the 10th time in a row, I literally went through my Insects LV5/6's and played the first copy I could find: the reasoning being, that if they would Whistle me, I now have 3 benefits: - Not having to draw the Parasite, since I get my own Insect - Being able to clear a field-space, by tributing a Parasite - Having a way to clear Mask of the Accursed, especially if they equiped it to the Parasite. (Which they tend to do sometimes, because if they equip it to your normal Dino, you may get rid of it with Order to Charge: little did they know at the time, that I was the proud owner of literally 0 copies at all). The Insect I played was 'Hunter Spider', a card that won me at least 3 games since I included it. I quickly realized this strategy was legit, but Hunter Spider sucked: I went through all LV5/6 Insects in the game, and found Grasshopper to be the best one. It had high attack, enough to deal with almost any monster, but especially useful because it trumps Cocoon, Gravekeeper's Chief/Oracle, and all Dino monsters. I spend my next few days grinding Weevil to get my copy of Grasshopper, but with no results. I think at least 3 people were playing Grasshopper after I mentioned it, but I wasn't able to try out my own idea, because I owned 3 copies of every SR/UR Weevil can throw at you: except the one it needed. To make matters worse, I've probably converted it somewhere in the past, when I didn't think I'd need it again. Oh well, shit happens. At some point I started face-ing more mirrors, and decided to optimize my build for it. I played 1 Flash Assailant, which is the strongest monster if you get rid of one of the field spells, which I did with 2 De-Spell 1 Twister. I liked Flash Assailant enough that I decided to play a 2nd copy as well: the rational was 'if I draw Flash Assailant + another monster, I can just summon the other monster first, and then Assailant will be live when I summon it next turn', so it would 'theoretically' never brick. In reality it did brick, and sometimes you just can't get rid of all your spells and traps from your hand either, but the pros made up for the cons. I think I was running 2 Flash Assailant 1 Twin-Barrel 6 Normal Dino's, but when I got my Order to Charges I had cut the Twin-Barrel for a Jerry Beans Man. I added Embodiment of Apophis. It had crazy synergy with Flash Assailant and with Order to Charge, and if I left open fields because I had just walked into a Mirror Wall, it would make sure that I didn't die the next turn. It also added some aggression and it was a pretty great card overall. I thought Mirror Wall was the most powerful card in the game, so playing Trap Jammer felt like playing Solemn Judgment: either you negate their Mirror Wall, or you negate their Trap Jammer to protect your own Mirror Wall. Metalmorph was really the nuts, and it could single-handedly win you the game. It's basically a Reinforcements, that turns into an Equip spell, with a Riryoku - effect when it attacks as well. The fact that it 'stays' on the field after you used it, combined with the fact that it can be used both defensively (use Metalmorph in the damage step when they attack you) and offensively (attack a monster they control with a weaker monster of yourself, this either makes them waste a Sphere Kuriboh or an Enemy Controller, but if they don't, you use Metalmorph in the damage step). I was playing 2 Metalmorph 2 Trap Jammer 1 Apophis, but I was considering adding more of each: these 3 were the best traps, and this was when I first started doubting Mirror Wall, although I still played 2 as well. I didn't have any Enemy Controllers, so space wasn't an issue for me at the time: besides, I wanted to play 21 cards anyway, so I wouldn't be the first to deck-out if it ever came to that, and because mill deck strategies were real as well: although I didn't face too much of them during the entire tournament. I reached 11 star with Dino. I was kind of glad, because everyone told me the deck was dead, and I proved them otherwise by building it in a different way. My build at the moment was: And I got a few other people such as Grimey, Inti and Conspire, to play it as well. They were all very positive about it, and did well with it the entire tournament: most of them finished around 10 star, although some didn't have the time to keep playing, or didn't have all cards needed either, or they would've finished higher. Apophis counts as a monster so I was technically still playing 9 monsters, since the Grasshopper didn't count. At the time, I found Grasshopper to be better than 4-Starred for what it's worth. At higher levels everyone played 2-3 copies of 4-Starred, so at that point I decided to go -1 Mirror Wall -2 Flash Assailant + 3 Element Saurus, which was a real good counter to it. Element Saurus also man-handles Gravekeeper's Recruit as well, I probably underestimated the card beforehand by not including it in my deck at all. This was also the time where I legit cut the card that I though was the #1 most broken card when I went into the tournament: Mirror Wall. Kind of funny when you think about it, how much can change in a week. I just realized that it's only good when you have a monster on the field + when your opponent is attacking, while Windstorm doesn't require you to have a monster on the field in order to be good, and Metalmorph doesn't require your opponent to attack you either: at higher levels, opponent's would often not attack to play around Mirror Wall, so it became strictly worse. I remember going to 0 copies even. Anyway, I was still at 11 star, I felt like I had the Dino deck completely solved at this point and I really wanted to reach 12 star. I've put in a lot of hours but I was playing a losing battle: not having Enemy Controller's hurt me too much, and I had trouble winning versus Relinquished. Note that I started playing 2 copies of Order to Charge as well at some point, but I do not exactly recall when: basically the moment I pulled them, I instantly included them into my deck. The new pack got announced somewhere in the middle of the tournament, and we looked over it, decided the cards were good, but there weren't any cards I could quickly throw into my Dino deck anyway, so I decided to keep going with the 'Only buy The Ultimate Rising' strategy. I probably got my copies of Order to Charge off of the free gems we got to celebrate the release of this new pack. It's a smart strategy to release a pack in the middle of the tournament: people want to finish high, so they're more likely to buy them when they see it includes powerful cards. I had to resist the temptation, for the time being. I was brainstorming with Gojira about how a deck that focuses around Flash Assailant and Embodiment of Apophis wouldn't be bad, he was playing Burn at the time but he didn't have all the cards, so we only talked about it so that he had something he could play. However, when I realized I had all cards to play it as well, I tried it out and didn't look back. Overall I do think that the Flash Apophis build is better, but Dino has a few niche uses as well, such as their DEF being better than Jerry Beans' DEF (in case you want to protect it from an attack with Metalmorph, which is a very strong play), and Element Saurus being a very good card. Jerry Beans Man does play around 4-Starred, but it loses to Possesed Dark Soul, so in the end it ends up being more of an Order to Charge target anyway. I would probably not go 3 Trap Jammer 3 Apophis 1-2 Metalmorph for what it's worth, because your field will clogg and you won't be able to dump your entire hand for Flash Assailant etc. which will come up. Apophis is probably the most flexible out of these, since you can at least Order to Charge it away if needed, but in the end I played 2 copies of Riryoku, simply for the reason that it didn't clogg your S/T space as you could fire it at any moment, and it also provided some cheap OTK shots which was cool to tilt people as well. Oh and by the way, Windstorm is definitely a staple, I don't know how I could ever think it is only 'optional', because the card is in fact, broken as hell. After being close to hitting 12 star, I got into an insane downswing and basically lost so much that my DP almost hit under 10000 again. I kept grinding and it took me the entire weekend to recover, my goal was to reach top 100 (with a little hope of reaching top 10), but I failed. I did manage to get back to around 11,5 star again, kept playing till the very end, and ended up 237th with 11236 DP. I'm glad with my performance overal, but I had hoped to hit 12 star or top 100. I really enjoyed the entire set-up of this tournament and I hope it keeps coming back in the future as well..... although not too frequently, because it's exhausting as hell
  2. My experience.

    [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]I'll dictate my event on psychedelic's in an order that I can remember them as, because I thought it was a good Idea to generally break this up before I namely forget.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]My first disclaimer would be, I am not encouraging you to take any sort of psychedelic drug's and I'm not condoning any of the use of the substances or further giving anyone that this is ALRIGHT. Your choice is your choice don't go around saying that like some random dude on the internet said this was alright.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]My experience was one to be had, and probably the last on the final frontier of all of this, questions held for the end and I'll give you a time frame of what I could probably describe as the most 'interesting time' of my life.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]This isn't material for a use of judgment by any means so don't be like " Oh another white boy took fucking acid, had an dumb fucking time."[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]So my night started slow, drinks at a friends place couldn't say where necessarily because that's irrelevant, I wasn't necessarily sure when this party started, all I know is that a bottle of everclear was started, and I was like two shots down, and then a few mixed drinks, and I was offered a tab of Acid, well.. I can't say I've ever done the god damn drug before, and I swallowed half the tab I dropped it.. Well I more or less thought that was a good Idea to keep calm, and carry on. An hour of drinking ensued before the other two were dropped.. The next thing I knew I was watching Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and then I thought I'd try to sleep.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]Well, something had struck me while I was sleeping, and that was that I wasn't going to sleep at all.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]My mind had really taken a turn for the worst. It had felt like I had made a deal with somebody, and that person was trying to creep on a deal that I had going on actually, which was kind of hilarious in my mind because that didn't necessarily exist, there was no third party trying to encroach my space, it was my mind having quite a war with itself on who was going to crawl the conditions of the blankets. I felt suffocated, and uneasy, my entire body wanted to shake my mind was restless, and all I could keep thinking was ' fuck I'm tripping so bad I should be sleeping, why can't I sleep.. I need a cigarette." [/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]So I clung to the most therapeutic part of this, or at least my mind working around trying its best to cling to something that was more tangible. The only possessions that were on my body were a lighter, and my pack of cigarettes, and I'll disclaim that this itself is what sort of made and broke my sanity. I stood out on top of the deck at about 5:30 in the morning having a conversation with myself, ensuring that what was happening was real, I was having an interesting ( Didn't wanna say bad) trip and my body felt like it couldn't go to sleep. The dew was kinda culminating at the bottoms of my feet and I shuffled with the oddest soppy muddy, sensations beneath the carpet while I walked. I felt like time had slowed down, and I feel like that walk back into the room on the first floor which was only steps away from the deck had to be some of the worst few steps that I'd ever come in contact with for the rest of my god damn life. And so, I made it back to my room, for another round two at this whole sleeping thing. [/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]That lasted a total of about five minutes, before I heard the stirring of the friend that I was taking acid with stirring around, having the same existential crisis I was going through.. We stood in silence, we had a discredited moment of value that turned from 'alright' to not necessarily a good time at all. I've never seen the bits of paranoia ever effect someone, and watching a figure so strong in my minds eye all of a sudden deteriorate beneath every Idea I had.. So in hindsight, I watched a very intellectually structured person fall, and practically collapse right in front of me.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]I found my minds eye, it had seventeen other mind's eyes It was telling my other 9 mind's eyes that I was perpetually fucked from now till, whenever. I felt so inverted.. I was pretty much sure that I had went from Sub Atomic particle, reconstructed, and suddenly I was a fucking life form. So I had this Idea that I was once a life form, I tripped so fucking hard, I was a god damn atom, and now I sustained human life, voila.. Holding a cigarette trying to therapeutically go over things in my head.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]Alright said, and done I still had another person to deal with, you know a human being? One of those things that I forgot that existed from the moment I decided I'd break everything down by structure. And so this is where the actual trip had started to go down south.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]Things you shouldn't do, trip with somebody if you didn't know of this whole paranoia thing would settle in harshly for the other party. I'll say this much, it's no me gusta. The first thing that I offered him was a portion of the nicotine addiction we both share, to try and ground this down, and say 'alright we're still trippin' bawls' we might as well try and make the best of this.' But that turned into me handing him a cigarette, and his paranoia making everything I say sound like it had a double sided meaning behind it that was being backhanded or snarky( I'm a lot of things when I'm high out of my mind, and witty and clever wasn't one of them.. That comes later) but, he was constantly hanging at the feet of every word I said, and I began to get mad at myself, as if I was the cause of this mess. Which I found out later, I was doing everything right he's just a little crazier than most.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]So the worst part about this part, is when you know you're fucked, and you go to try and do normal mundane tasks but then these menial tasks now become something a little more difficult. I think a bowel movement was a rather complicated idea for me, while I was trying to figure out what the fuck was going on in my friend's head. He hadn't even a clue, some paranoia of being watched, I ensured him that his life was so insignificant that there wouldn't be followed or watched, and he had nothing to worry about ( This is like trying to tell a deaf kid to fucking listen). So needless to say I had to get him off of the deck, and into the inside where I was trying to become level headed. So what we came to the nitty gritty about is that we needed something productive to do, to make the environment better for us to think, and so the bullshit had been started. [/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]I once saw with some patients in psych wards just distracting them inadvertently could deviate them away from their bits of psychosis, so I handed him dishes, as his therapy it was for him to wash and for me It was my job to dry, simple enough. Because two idiots on acid could do this, mind you the procedure and sensations were as per normal, but imagine every indent and crack between your fingers, and suddenly you thought you chipped the plate only to look and it was fine.. I mean it was fucking nuts, I did that like seventeen times, my hands were suddenly drawn to every distinct pattern, and I just wanted to play n'feel.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]I can't describe what it was like, other than wanting to continue to do it, the sensation can't be replaced it sounds dumb, but if you ever hit that point or know what I'm talking about other people will justify that more or less almost the same feeling or some kind of cognitive relationship with it. Don't ask me how it makes sense but it does.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]So teaming from the fresh fire, I finally got him settled, I didn't know what to really do next.. I just could only think to do one thing, and that was think about how shitty this was ( Bad fucking call.) When you do this.. Wait, don't fucking do this, it's a horrible Idea to do this stuff with someone you're unsure of mental stability like even for a moment, steer clear away from that. This isn't an experience you want to face alone, I mean I was trying to deal with my bullshit ( Lolyearite) His bullshit ( See my prior pretentious bracket), and then follow it up with.. No.. Just don't.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]So we came down to just sitting, and the third attempt to sleep waves over me, and I feel a bit of exhaustion, but it's right before another peak again, and this was the moment where I thought I lost it in my head.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]Acid makes you see and feel quite a bit of shit, the blankets I had turned into the sea, and my arms were the paddles, and everything else was pretty much drafted into the sea of herp'derp. My ploy to lay down was yet failed, by the unnerving reaction of my body trying to come up with reasons to sleep, and my mind didn't have any answers why I should.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]I was nervous, irritated, tired I don't know how else to describe necessarily how I was feeling. I needed to find some sense of comfort so at eight in the morning I did the only thing I knew, and that was to make a phone call to the girlfriend. Now it wasn't a good Idea during finals week to call somebody at eight in the out morning if you weren't dead, and this wasn't death, but I was so fucking unsound I needed the comfort of something.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]She picked up, kinda' distraught I asked her if she could talk, and she immediately knew something was up. Like, she had been through similar experiences and she wasn't the type to let somebody she cared about go through this alone. I felt thankful that she was ready to talk this through, a series of questions, and I was still not at rest. We wound up hanging up about 30 minutes later.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]I was still swimming in sheets, I couldn't get COMFORTABLE not even my own body, and I wanted out.. I just wanted to get out from where I was, so back out into the living room and out of the bed, traveling was like a blur from one spot to another instantaneously.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]The rest was me just coming down watching top gear, and vaguely hallucinating that my skin was like inverted.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]So my general response to this event was something of a positive and negative. From what I've realized is that my trip was rather introspective, and kind of scary nothing that I was expecting. Though the drug really pertains to many people in a different way, and different reactions are always sought. I'm going to take a guess that this isn't going to be the norm everytime, but this will distract me away from even remotely being interested in trying this allover again. Not saying that it was a terrible Idea, it scared the shit out of me, and I respect it now, and the people that wanna' give this a try I suggest to you that you do this in good company, primarily company that you don't have to worry about the other person freaking out, and throwing you into the same boat that they are.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]No prior research done, not even a medical journal peaked at.. I learned my lesson, and it's one I'll keep for a long time.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]Feel free to comment / ask question's I'll do my best to answer them.[/size][/font] [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif][size=3]I just kind of vomited out the night, this wasn't suppose to be stylish or sensationalized, by the by.. So thanks for reading.[/size][/font]