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The absolute hardest part of this was determining whether or not I wanted to write this as a report where i recounted each match I played thoroughly, or speak about how my deck was built and why I built it the way I did. I decided to go with the latter. 

 

For those who know me, you're aware this year of Yugioh just was not my year. I had 6 bubble loses, leaving me questioning myself after every event as to where I went wrong. When Patrick had mentioned before that he went through a similar streak a long time ago, it made me a bit more at ease, but still anxious more than anything for this event. Last year at this time, I had lost to Patrick in top 4, leaving me without a prize card. I was not about to let that happen this year.

 

After the 25k i spent a lot of my time testing Shaddolls for this event because I truly hated the Nekroz mirror. Losing the die roll, not seeing a Ju, your opponent having Valk at times when you need them not too, not to mention all the other decks that had infinite floodgates preventing you from playing. As the days progressed, I realized that Shaddolls still have the same problems they have always had, and I just did not have the time to solve all of them. Around this time my friend Jack Ran, started playing frequently, so we started testing a lot. He was convinced Burning Abyss was the deck to use for the event, and we spent hours testing Nekroz vs BA, and I would continually get destroyed. But i knew I would not be able to use Burning Abyss for this event either.

 

"But if you keep losing to Burning Abyss with Nekroz, why wouldnt you just use Burning Abyss" some may ask. Having to grind out every single game, of every single game for 10 rounds, and then top cut is too much. And then there is having to play around Denko Sekka and Royal Decree, which makes things 10 times harder, and forces you to side cards which have no business being in your deck versus Nekroz. 

 

I looked back to my last event using Nekroz, which was NAWCQ, and realized that leaving Valkyrus on board was the best strategy in the mirror match. So I built my deck  in a way that I was allowed to leave my Valkyrus on the field at the end of my turn. I incorporated a set of Shared Rides as well as a pair of Breakthrough Skills. I wanted to avoid grinding through resources in the mirror match, Valking my opponents attacks, then doing the same thing they did, and having an endless loop until one player runs out of resources.  Here is the list i used:

 

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You can build your deck 1 or 2 ways. The first is to build it to Top 32 at x-1, the other way is to win at x-2. I went with the latter. I hoped that if I made it to Top 32, I would play a lot of mirrors and everything would come together, and thats kind of what happened. I played vs Barrett Keys in Top 32, and then Johnathan Gomez in Top 8, both using Nekroz. If you look at my side deck for the mirror match, its 5 cards allow me to auto-win, again without having to grind. Summoner Monk into Thunder King on the first turn gives them a couple turns to get a play together, while playing around their standard side deck cards such as Shared Ride, Mind Crush, Maxx C's and Lanceas. Mirror of the Ice Barrier complemented my strategy of leaving Valkyrus on the field in the mirror. They are forced to Trishula it in order to get over it, and then you hit them with the blowout card. Twice during this event, I actually resolved 2 Ice Barrier on a Trishula effect, banishing 4 from hand, grave and field. 

 

After dedicating 5 slots for the mirror match in the side, i realized that were only 3 more cards I really wanted in the my side, which were 3 Royal Decree. Prisma and Cyber Dragon was a searchable out to Towers, as well as Kozmos monsters, which i was not really scared of, but figured since I had the space I could play them.

 

I actually had started this event 1-2, losing to Kozmos as well as Burning Abyss. Both of which made it to game 3, and then both of which had me lose a 50/50 which determined who won and lost. The first involved a Trishula with 2 cards in hand, and me missing the honest, and the second involved a Kaleido for 12, and a chained Mystical Space Typhoon hitting a Arrest and not the Torrential that was set. I really thought about dropped out and doing the giant card, because I know the importance of 50/50's. Its your day when you hit them, and it is not your day when you miss them. Luckily for me, I made up for these missed 50/50's when I played Chase Cunningham in Top 4, and after summoning both a Unicore and a Great Sorcerer, I Typhoon'd his set Solemn Warning, leaving the Fiend Greiving, and having the in-hand Trishula for the Farfa.

 

I want to give another congratulations to Gabe for winning the event. When i shook his hand he told me how badly he thought he played versus me. It was the finals, and I can't expect him not to have been a little nervous !

 

I want to give a huge shout out to everyone that helped me, you all know who you are !

 

(Sorry i didnt have time to spellcheck this, wrote it while I was on the train going home, and we are about to get off !)

 

 

 

 

 

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Fullerene60    382

The leaving valk up strategy is the same one I went with at NAWQ. It's a really good option now that djin is gone and you can dedicate extra slots to play around trish instead of djiin.

If you kept losing to BA, why didnt you dedicate those 2 leftover spots to something that could counter it, like flying c or ojama trio?

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Those cards just arent good enough. Its not the burning abyss monsters youre concerned about, its the traps. And I cant side more than 3-5 cards in vs that matchup without taking out combo pieces. 

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EMH95    28

what was the card you hit from the guy with the honest?

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»Satchmo    3222

Excellent read, I actually prefer the  deck/tournament theory treports as opposed to the round by round reports

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G Λ r Ω N    5934

Top 4 last year, finals this year, looking like another Josh Graham situation here and next years is yours for the asking man! Well done and excellent read.

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tichris93    667

the person i really hate is your father

you hate me?

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Warthog    165
Great read and like that you took a used strategy and changed the play style.

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Whinesilencer    337

Congrats on the deep run! Do you wish you ran the clownblade stuff? Or did you test it and find them to be unnecessary?

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fr33styler    31

Congrats with your top 2. What's your reasoning for no veiler over bts game 1? Seems like opponents mst's would be live and they can trish you anyway or masq otk. Also the advantage of having bts in grave game 1 seems neglectable against ba or nekroz pre side.

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Congrats with your top 2. What's your reasoning for no veiler over bts game 1? Seems like opponents mst's would be live and they can trish you anyway or masq otk. Also the advantage of having bts in grave game 1 seems neglectable against ba or nekroz pre side.

 

Thought there was not going to be many MST's main decked by anyways. Its still really hard to OTK through an on board valk in the mirror. Also breakthrough offers better utility vs Shaddoll and Tellar. A lot of players if they see a backrow they immediately shotgun trish, as well as makes them play differently into my backrows for the remainder of the match.

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Oh_The_Irony    771

I don't want to speak for Marcus here, but I imagine Breakthrough Skill also works really well game 2/3 with Mirror of the Ice Barrier. The reason being is that by the time any Nekroz player successfully summons Trishula against a back row in the mirror, they've probably already passed the point where Vanity's Emptiness, Shared Ride, Mind Crush, and maybe Torrential Tribute would have been activated. That means they could read your backrow as a Mirror of the Ice Barrier (maybe Mirror Force but with everyone playing Decisive Armor now I would just disregard it). If they see Breakthrough Skill game 1 however, there is nothing odd about the opposing player having a backrow set at the time you summon Trish, and even though they know Breakthrough stops Trish, summoning Trish is very possibly still the best way to force the Breakthrough out (another common option would be Decisive Armor, but using Mirror of the Ice Barrier on Decisive Armor can still give a lot of value. You can also Dire Wolf the back row, but if they expect Breakthrough Skill, they wouldn't unless their hand is still good enough to clear their field without the extra ritual spell search). So not only does Breakthrough Skill increase the chance of your first Mirror of the Ice Barrier going off (in most cases all you need), but it forces the opponent to play around two/three options when they successfully summon a ritual monster (depending on whether the opponent plays Torrential or not) rather than one/two. 

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juggler makes gungnir gameshots almost impossible now and seeing too many blue cards in your opener that arent brio or unicore with enablers already sucked pretty hard so most of us just went the full 9 yards and cut it.

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TJ Kinsley    225

Sigh, this should be a 1st place report! You disappointed me my son!

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