Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How to fuck up multiple times and go unpunished: A YCS Tacoma report

I wasn’t sure whether to post this or not given that I played a terrible deck and obviously scrubbed out, but there were enough entertaining moments that I thought it’d be worth it to share.

Rewind a month or 2, I actually wanted to go to the Pokemon TCG regionals in Oregon on the same weekend as this YCS aka Valentine’s weekend (but I am single atm so the date is irrelevant), but was not willing to drive down. My friend Tyler let me know that he had space in his car going down to the YCS, so I said I’d go down with him and 2 other friends. As it turns out, I later found out that there was a spot for me in another car to go play Pokemon, but I was locked in to going to YCS Tacoma.

Apart from Goat Control, I hadn’t touched yugioh in a while, so my brilliant idea was to enter the event with an Exodia deck. It sounded good in theory, like I would not have to conduct any research on the meta seeing as game after game and round after round, I would just be going through the self-touch motions. I later came to the realization that this was the biggest pile of bricks ever and that I would have to flip heads for Cup of Ace enough times to make up for starting with 5 cards (I would always want to go first so that the Royal Magical Library couldn’t get hit by Skill Drain / Book of Moon / Fire Lake / etc).

Enter that recent YCS where Volcanics went 10-0 in swiss. I realized that I had most of the cards within the assortment of Yugioh cards that I still owned, and spent a minor amount to pick up the cards I was missing to finish up the deck, while borrowing some of the pricier cards (aka $5+) because I couldn’t be bothered to pay for them.

So Thursday night, I get on DN with a friend and play some single games vs that storm Qliploth deck, trap-heavy Burning Abyss, and Necloth. I go 0-7 vs BA, won vs Qliphorts, and split games vs Necloth.
I came to the realization that Volcanics actually literally just suck (the deck would probably do well if it were 2010 Edison format or something), and I tell that to Urthor, who was messaging me on DN surprised that I was on the site playing yugioh.

Urthor, who I supposedly should never listen to when it comes to ygo (shoutouts to iSlickz), tells me that I should play Qli instead of Volcanics because it is easy and it is strong, and that he has a friend from California that could lend me the deck at the event, and teach me how to play the deck within an hour.
I go to bed because it is 4am, and that was the last I ever heard about the Qli deck that I could have borrowed etc, so I was locked into playing Shitcanics.


This is what I ended up registering:

3 Volcanic Rocket
3 Volcanic Shell
3 Volcanic Scattershot
3 Royal Firestorm Guards
2 Summoner Monk
2 Maxx “C”
1 Blaster
1 Volcanic Doomfire (honestly I just wanted to cheese people with this; I don’t think it’s actually all that good)
18

3 Pot of Duality
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
2 Magic Planter
1 Snatch Steal
1 Raigeki
1 Foolish Burial
11

3 Vanity’s Emptiness
3 Blaze Accelerator Reload
3 Mind Crush
2 Dimensional Prison (these should have been Mirror Force tbh)
11

1 Lavalval Chain
1 Gagaga Cowboy
1 Abyss Dweller
12 irrelevant XYZ
15

2 Fire hand
2 Ice hand
2 Kycoo the ghost destroyer
2 Fairy wind
2 Anti-spell fragrance
2 Shadow imprisoning mirror
1 Dark hole
15

FRIDAY


I wake up around 9am, as the plan was to leave around noon (or earlier if possible), but one of the other guys going in the car, who we shall call “Michael”, actually had two exams that day and had completely neglected to tell us until the morning of. In the end, we didn’t leave Vancouver BC until 3pm, and as a result, we were going to miss pre-registration for sure. Admittedly, it’s not a big deal, but we kind of wanted to offload cards to people before the event actually started.
But no, that did not happen, so we deemed this to be a Fuck Up on Michael’s part.
Fuck Ups would be a recurring trend.

The car ride was mostly uneventful, except where the last guy in the car, who we shall call “Nigel”, sang along to multiple Kpop songs in his Californian surfer voice, up until we reached the Canada / U.S. border.

The conversation with the border guard went 99% like this:
Border guard: Where are you guys going and for how long?
Tyler: Tacoma for the weekend, for a Yugioh tournament. Yugioh is kind of like Magic and Pokemon.
Border guard: Oh cool. What decks are you guys playing?
Tyler: I am using the best deck (He means Qli; we would not find out until the event started that Necloth is just better)
Nigel: It’s really simple to play
Border guard: Haha simple doesn’t mean it’s good
Tyler: It’s also really good; so it’s easy to play, and good.
Me: As for me, I am playing with a suicide bomber deck

-IN MY MIND RIGHT AFTER THAT-

Wait, what did I just say?
Wait, we’re at the border.
WAIT, WHAT DID I JUST SAY?
SUICIDE BOMBER???

LUCKILY, instead of screaming at us to get out of the car with our hands over our heads and then detaining us for who knows how long, the border guard just laughed, and started talking about some comedian (Jeff Dunham?) and his ventriloquist terrorist suicide bomber puppet routine thing. All the while, the other 3 in the car were dead silent lol. Eventually, the border guard was like “Good luck guys!” and gave us our passports back, and we moved on with our lives, breathing sighs of relief.

At this point (or it might have been later) I christened our car as “Tyler, Nigel, and the Fuck Ups”

Flash forward to when we got to our hotel in Tacoma (not important, but it was the Holiday Inn Express a 5 minute walk away from the venue; we saw a lot of people entering and exiting the hotel and could tell just by looking who played Yugioh and who didn’t lol). Tyler headed inside to check us in, Nigel and Michael go in to check out snacks and/or take a dump, and I remain in the car.
Nigel comes back, and gets in the car.
Michael comes back, looks at the ground, and picks up a wallet by the car.

It’s Nigel’s wallet.

Obviously Nigel is super grateful that he didn’t lose his ID and his cash etc, but is somewhat disappointed that he just fucked up.
At this point, we became “Tyler and the Fuck Ups”
After we start unpacking in our hotel room, Nigel looks for his narcotics so that he can blaze at night and forget about what just transpired.
As it turns out, he brought his weed and the charger for his vaporizer, but forgot the actual vaporizer back at home. For whatever reason, we never bothered to hit up a dispensary the whole weekend, so it was a bit of a dry spell for Nigel and his weed fix.
(“Tyler and the Fuck Ups”)

We grab dinner at the old spaghetti factory nearby, finalize our decklists, and go to bed at like 3am like perfectly reasonable duelists.

SATURDAY


We get up, shower, and take advantage of the complimentary breakfast provided by the hotel. Everything was average, aside from the delicious warm and fluffy biscuits (or maybe they are actually average too, but it’s just that biscuits aren’t popular in our area, so we rarely get to experience them).

We get to the venue, open our terrible pity packs, and Nigel ends up selling his mediocre binder for $430. $430 might not sound like a lot, but it was actually pretty solid considering what the binder contained. Then we played yugioh.

Round 1
Table 191
LFN vs some guy (Masked Heroes)
The guy has all the accessories, like a spellground mat, calculator case, etc) so I assumed him to be one of the “pro players”, whatever that means nowadays, or a huge tool. Or both.
Game 1: I am unable to draw an out to Dark Law (sp?), and I get beaten to death.
Game 2: He calls a judge on me regarding a ruling concerning my Ice Hand, doesn’t like the judge’s answer, and appeals. The assistant head judge gives him the same answer, and he gets destroyed by the Hands.
Game 3: At one point, he finishes attacking, and attempts to go straight to the end phase. I tell him he can’t, and he calls for a judge. Everyone spectating, along with the judge, tells him he has to enter main phase 2 after exiting his battle phase. He looks super serious at the judge, says he doesn’t like that answer, and asks for another judge lol. He gets the same answer.  Eventually I’m down to 800 LP but he is literally topdecking vs my established board, and he loses.

1-0

Round 2
Table 9
LFN vs some girl (the trap version of Burning Abyss)
Game 1: She starts off with double Dante and a bunch of backrow IIRC. As the game progresses, I misplay and deserved to lose. I lose.
Game 2: I draw a slow hand and lose
Oops!

1-1

Round 3
Table 89
LFN vs some guy (the trap version of Burning Abyss)
Game 1: This guy did not draw nearly as optimal as the girl from the previous round, and I chip him out with multiple salvos of Volcanic Scattershot burn damage
Game 2: I think I killed him with Volcanic Doomfire? Nice guy though.

2-1

Round 4
Table 70
LFN vs some guy (Qliphort)
Game 1: Neither of us draw into monsters for the longest time. Any Scout he searches or plays gets hit by MST / Mind Crush. Eventually I draw into Rocket, and beat him down from there
Game 2: We get a game going, and eventually, he pays 800 for Scout to drop from 1900 LP to 1100 LP, and I send 3 Scattershots to grave to burn him for 1500 for game.

3-1

Round 5
Table 23
LFN vs the based Loli (Necloth)
Game 1: I open bricks aka 2 or more Shell / Scattershot, and then activate Pot of Duality, flipping over another Shell and another Scattershot. Dang. I play out a few turns to see what he has in his deck as far as the presence of any techs and such (seemed super standard to me) before conceding.
Game 2: I slow him down with Kycoo and Anti-Spell Fragrance, but couldn’t get to a Vanity’s Emptiness, and I get overwhelmed
At this point I readjust my anus after this brutal rape, conclude that the blue deck is very real and is most likely the best deck, and pray that I don’t end up facing any more.

3-2

Round 6
Table 84
LFN vs some white guy who forgets Scarm searches (Burning Abyss)
Game 1: I’m taken down to 1600, but manage to outgrind the guy and win the game
Game 2: I can’t deal and get blown out
Game 3: We are in time now, but it doesn’t end up mattering after I drop him from 6000 to 0 in one turn (Gagaga Cowboy swings over his lone Tour Guide for 2000, Royal Firestorm Guards hits directly for 1700, and Blaster hits for a final 2800)

4-2

Round 7
Table 37
LFN vs some Asian guy who forgets Scarm searches (Burning Abyss)
Game 1: He has no idea what Volcanics do and I kill him
Game 2: I can’t deal with his double Dante + backrow opening and I get demolished
Game 3: We enter time while I am precariously ahead of him 3400 LP to his 3300 LP. I stop drawing into trap cards, and he kills me on turn 4

RIP

4-3 drop

Michael and Tyler finished day 1with x-2 records playing Burning Abyss and Qliphort respectively, and were able to advance to Day 2. Nigel on the other hand, went 0-3 with Burning Abyss and dropped lol.

At some point in the day, I was approached out of nowhere by a fellow Asian by the name of Sunny Truong. The conversation went something like this:
Sunny: Hey you’re LFN I’m surprised you’re still around
Me: Herro sup yea I don’t actually play anymore but this event was close so here I am
Sunny: Out of curiosity, who is your favorite Nisekoi character?
Now I haven’t actually watched any anime whatsoever in a long time, well, for probably over 6 months now? The last thing I finished was season 1 of Gundam Build Fighters I think? However, I do have friends who’ve seen Nisekoi and when prompted would rave about how good it is, so I admit that I haven’t seen it but would probably pick “the blonde girl”.
Out of nowhere, he brings out a deck box, and hands me what I presume to be a holo token card thing featuring that character, and tells me I can have it.
I sheepishly admit that I have nothing that I can offer him in return (all I had on me cards-wise was my deck and a goat format deck), but thank him and accept the card anyway.
I show the card to my friends later, and they were like: “Dude that’s a RRR (triple R) rarity Weiss Schwarz card, man. He just GAVE it to you?”
I checked on eBay last night and this thing goes for $40 lol, but I am very appreciative of what it is and how this all went down, so I will keep it (Thanks, duelist). By that I mean that I was never a top level player, all I did was maintain a blog, and now I don’t even play anymore, so the fact that someone can recognize me for something like that was pretty cool.

We end up eating dinner with some of our American duelist friends feat. Kyle Palsson, and vegetate in our hotel room before going to sleep.

SUNDAY


Tyler and Michael leave early to play Rounds 9 and 10, while Nigel and I have a bit more time to sleep, eat breakfast, etc
When we reached the venue, Round 10 (?) just ended, and both Tyler and Michael were out. Tyler had joined with 2 other players from our area for the 3v3 tournament, and at this point, Nigel and I asked Michael if he wanted to enter the 3v3 with us. He initially agreed, but at that moment…

Enter Nigel’s Marvel buddy, and some girl.
Marvel buddy: “HEY NIGEL! We want to play in the 3v3, but we’re short a person! Come join our team!”
Nigel responds half-jokingly: “Sure, but only if you guys can lend me the blue deck.”
The girl chimes in at this point: “Ok I can lend you the blue deck”
It seemed like a match made in heaven at this point. A friend who plays Marvel, a girl, and access to the blue deck. Just what could go wrong for Nigel?
A lot, apparently.
Or rather, everything.

Keep in mind that at this point, the Marvel buddy and the girl had yet to find out that Nigel had gone 0-X the day before in the main event lol

Michael and I went to enter the regional side events (tl;dr I lost round 2 when I opened up 3 shell and a scattershot vs Qlis and got beaten down), and when we came back to watch Nigel play, he was using his fucking Burning Abyss deck, the Marvel buddy was using Infernoids of all things, and the girl was “playing” Necloth. “Playing” is used very loosely, because despite stating that she was “very comfortable” with the Necloth deck, she clearly had absolutely no idea what she was doing, and as a result, Nigel was essentially playing 2 decks in the 3v3, as he had to deal with his own matches, while simultaneously trying to coach her on how to play her own deck.
As we later found out, she had gone 0-X with Necloth day 1 lol.
As for her results in the 3v3?
She lost every single match she played.
In summation, Nigel got honeypotted a la The Interview.
(“Tyler and the Fuck Ups”)

As a side note, it turns out that the Marvel buddy had just met the girl earlier, so they weren’t actually friends who knew each other beforehand, and teamed up with her because she had the full Necloth deck and was “hitting on him”. Oops lol

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. That is, until we were leaving.
Nigel had picked up one of the uncut sheets of ultra rares off one of the players that had won it, for $75 (he also bought a bunch of mats, including the Shaddoll mat and the Dark Magician Girl judge mat, but I digress).
We headed back to the parkade, and he put the uncut sheet on top of Tyler’s car along with his drink, as we stuffed our bags into the trunk. We piled into the car, and drove off, intending to meet up with some American duelist friends feat. Kyle Palsson for dinner.

15 minutes later, as we were cruising down the highway, Nigel exclaims: “OH SHIT I THINK I JUST LOST $75!”
We were puzzled until we realized that Nigel had left his uncut sheet on top of the car when we drove out of the parkade
(“Tyler and the Fuck Ups”)

After some persuading (“You won’t know if you don’t try”), we doubled back to look for it of course, and LUCKILY, the uncut sheet was just lying there on the ground in the parkade, instead of having been snapped up by some lucky duelist like Nigel thought would have happened for sure.

Later, after we did some grocery shopping, crossed the border, etc, as we were dropping Nigel off at home, he took his bags from the trunk and walked towards his place, forgetting his uncut sheet AGAIN. That’s twice he’s done that within a span of 5-6 hours lol.
(“Tyler and the Fuck Ups”)

+ “Tyler and the Fuck Ups”
+ Shitcanics
+ Biscuits
+ free card out of nowhere (Thanks, duelist)
+ Kyle Palsson for being Kyle Palsson

- Shitcanics
- Yugioh
- The Canadian dollar being terrible

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

LFN goes to ARG Seattle

So, ARG Seattle.

I had just returned from Hong Kong on Tuesday the 11th, and the event was a few days later, so I had no time to pick up the cards for Shaddolls or Qliphorts and learn how to pilot them, so I was going to have to stick with Burning Abyss. I mean I didn't mind, like I think the deck is really good, but I felt I prob had a better chance of doing well with either of the aforementioned two decks.

On a side note, finding English cards in Hong Kong is pretty difficult, but you can get some pretty broken deals. I bought a Denko Sekka for the equivalent of about $4 Canadian, and a 1st edition Arcanite Magician for about $5 Canadian. Sick life.
I had to pay pretty much fair market value (at the time) for a Dante and 2 Virgil's though, so about $50 each, but they are European English and look hella nice so in my mind it could be justified, if only a bit.

My list for the ARG wasn't optimal not going to lie, it was the greediest thing ever, with triple Kuribandit and double Beginning of the End. If I go first I plus and win, etc
Unfortunately, I think I ended up going second every time I played the mirror match and just got demolished because I can't slug through double Dante + Fire Lake and x amount of other backrow etc, so Kuribandit was just awful
Beginning of the End was amazing, however.


My first misplay of the weekend was failing to pack a jacket that was warm enough, so I get wrecked by the winter chill and come down with a cold. It got bad enough to the point where when my friends went to one of our American friend's place to chill and test, I stayed behind at the hotel to rest, and ate really mediocre delivery food for dinner lol.

During the drive down, I should also mention that some shady business occurred, but karma kicked in and apart from 2 Sinister Shadow Games, an ulti Construct, and a couple Denebs, everyone in the car kept pulling nothing but Mega Raizas, Mega Zaborg, Hypnosisters, Foucault Cannons, sneak preview promos, Saffiras ... like basically every foil that any competitive player wouldn't ever want to pull.
It was just awful.

The next morning, it was still freezing of course, and we made our way to the venue. I come to the realization that I have played 0 games of ygo in about a month or so, and feel that my first and possibly last ARG event is going to go terribly wrong. I also did not know that players who preregistered got a free mat, so I missed out on that as well.

The turnout for the event was a really low 150 or so players, which I didn't really understand. ARG events have a way better prize structure compared to Konami-hosted ygo regionals, so why players would go to one but not the other makes no sense to me.
I mean ok you miss out on entry packs, but they are just packs??? If you top EIGHT a regional you get a mat that you can sell for $50 or something, but if you top SIXTEEN an ARG event that's a guaranteed $100 credit at the very least.
Seems worth.

Round 1 I play vs Shaddoll
Game 1 takes about 25 min, and he eventually drops me from 8k to 0 and takes it
Game 2 we go into time, and I am able to kill him before the end of turns

Draw

Round 2 I play vs Anti Meta Satellars
Game 1 was a total blowout, I open Tour Guide + Fire Lake combo, and wipe out 2 freshly set Shadow Imprisoning Mirrors in his end phase. Not even fair.
Game 2 I did not know he was using Satellars until this game, but still, he is playing Satellars, and I am playing Burning Abyss

OO

Round 3 I play against Liam, a player from my area, in a mirror match
Game 1 he wins the roll, and opens Tour Guide , Scarm, and 3 Fire Lakes. I pretty much can't even play.
Game 2 I do not open very well, and slowly get beaten down

XX

Round 4 I play against Shaddolls
Game 1 I open awful aka just Calcab, and get beaten down
Game 2 He randomly drops El-Shaddoll Fusion for more damage and OTK's me

XX

This is just awful so I drop ( I should have played it out instead since Top 32 got credit and stuff), and they announce that there is a Win A Box tourney, so I go whatever, might as well play in that and try to win something so that I don't neg as much this road trip.
Game 1 I lose the dice roll and get wrecked by Tour Guide + Fire Lake.
Dam u Fier Lake
Game 2 I don't remember what happened, I think I opened set 2 pass while he got a Dante to stick and it was downhill from there

XX

Destroyed.

We go to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner with American friends etc, which was alright, the chicken part of the dish combo thing was great but the steak medallion portion was subpar, so it evened out.

There was also a Pokemon Center vending machine in the mall so I obv had to go in on that, and walked away with Derpy Cannon Turtle and Flat Plant Toad to be there for me as I ripped every Fire Lake I saw into shreds, thanked Obama, and passed out

LFN we r her for u pls no cri


For Day 2, I reworked the list a little bit to make it less greedy, and opted to enter the $1k in 1 day event thing while 2 of the people I made the trip with played each other in the Top 16 of the main event.
I played this, super standard by now, etc

3 Tour Guide
3 Cir
3 Graff
3 Scarm
3 Rubic
2 Calcab
1 Alich
1 BLS
3 Upstart Goblin
3 MST
1 Allure
1 Foolish
1 Beginning of the End
1 Soul Charge
3 Fire Lake
3 Wind Blast
3 Vanity's Emptiness
2 Karma Cut

3 Dante
2 Virgil
2 Acid Golem
Everything else did not matter

2 Vanity's Fiend
2 Majesty's Fiend
2 Caius
2 Stormforth
2 Maxx "C"
2 Puppet Plant
3 Fairy Wind

Caius seemed neat in theory, like you can banish the Qliphort equip spell, Shaddoll guys, BA guys, etc, and when your opponent drops Flying C on you, you can tribute it for Caius and have it immediately do something whereas Majesty's Fiend and Vanity's Fiend do not offer immediate returns.

Round 1 This was the first time I have ever played against Qliphort lol
Game 1 I do what the other BA players have been doing to me, and win the dice roll, opening with the Tour Guide + Fire Lake combo for the blowout since he's playing Qliphort
Game 2 A Solemn Scolding from him at some point drops his LP enough that I'm able to consider rushing for damage as a viable win con rather than waiting and grinding out his Scouts etc. I end up killing him with Acid Golem, but I had the game either way as I had topped Fairy Wind for turn, which would burn him for lethal anyway.

OO

Round 2 I go up against Shaddoll
I don't remember much, I just did things, grinded it out, and won 2-0
Majesty's Fiend probably got me there at some point idk

OO

Round 3 I finally vs the dreaded mirror match again.
I lose the dice roll, and ofc my opponent opens with "Scout" aka Tour Guide into Graff into Dante set 3 pass feat. Fire Lake GG blowout I lose
Game 2 I open Tour Guide into Graff into Dante, detach Graff, and mill the other two Graff damnnnnnn. I eventually bring back Graff off a Cir because I can't bring back another Cir, and I already had a Scarm on board so there wasn't a point in bringing back another Scarm, and Graff died to Karma Cut, which banished the 2 Graffs I milled earlier. I can't play the grind game without access to Graff so I lose

XX

Round 4 It's shaddoll time again
Game 1 He misplayed at one point, making a Construct using the Winda that's on his field thinking that he had a way to get El-Shaddoll Fusion back, but his Core was already in grave, so given that I was no longer locked by Winda, that was gg for him
Game 2 I go second and opened with Stormforth + Vanity's Fiend sorry

OO

Round 5 The guy asks me if I want to draw, I see that the other players are playing it out so that's what we were going to do too.
Game 1 I get taken down to 800 LP due to his aggression with his Qliphort guys, but I keep looping Fire Lake and BA guys and eventually kill him
Game 2 My only s/t hate is a single MST, and that can't deal with Shadow Imprisoning Mirror, Scout, etc so I get bodied and die in time, and we draw anyway.

Draw

Round 6 I have to play Liam again, but I am x-1-1 while he is x-2. I did not want to get sacked, so we cut a deal, and he gives me the win in exchange for some of my credit, like regardless of whether I finish in 5th to 8th place and get $50 credit, or if I can squeak into 4th place due to tiebreaks and get $100 credit, he still gets that same $ value, but if he wins, he is guaranteed to be 7th or 8th for sure, so I felt it was worth idk

O

I finish 4-1-1 and end up getting 5th anyway, and with most of my cut of the $50 credit I end up getting an ulti Italian Cyber Dragon from the vendors since there wasn't anything they had that I really really wanted, so I may as well spend it on something that looks nice and is probably decently hard to pick up.

We go for buffet food with the American friends, and I finish early and apparently pass out at the table, whereby it took the others a solid 2 minutes or however long it took to manage to wake me up so that we could leave lol

Shoutouts to ppl for lending me carts u da bess
Shoutouts to the Pokemon Center
Shoutouts to American friends for being American
Fire Lake can go fuck off

Saturday, October 11, 2014

How I Almost Won A Paid Trip to the Cardfight Vanguard Continental Qualifier (but I didn't)

DISCLAIMER:
I don’t actually play Cardfight Vanguard at all and haven’t touched the game in approx 2-3 years, like basically I played for a bit when the cards first came out in English, but quit and sold my deck after 2-3 months…

BUT

There was no good reason for me NOT to show up considering this Regionals event was taking place literally a five minute driving distance from where I live, entry is free, and everyone gets a goodie bag just for participating (contains promo cards, a playmat, a foldable deckbox, a pen, etc).
Furthermore, I was “sponsored” by my friend who does actively play, meaning I had access to a Tier 1 deck, albeit not the one from the most recent booster set.

The rule at the event was that in the event a game went to time, which probably isn't hard considering it’s Double Elimination 20-minute best of one during swiss rounds, both players would receive a game loss, so my thought process was that in the worst case, if I knew I was going to lose for sure, I may as well try to stall and try to take my opponent down with me lol. Considering that I had no idea what any of my opponent’s cards did barring the mirror match, meaning I would repeatedly have to read my opponent’s cards and get them to explain what each of them did, this could be feasibly achieved.
Crush dreams etc

1st and 2nd place overall would win paid flight and hotel to the Vanguard Continental Qualifier aka Nationals taking place in December, later revealed to be in Chicago. The rest of the prizes, playmats, promo cards, and so forth, sounded pretty mediocre, not going to lie.

Deck: “Autopilot” aka “The Cheese” aka “I want to leave already” 
(Revenger Raging Form Dragon thing)


legitimate sponsored deck

4 Raging Form Dragon thing (“Attack one more time given specific conditions”)
4 Mordred Phantom thing (“Get a guy from my deck”)
4 Blaster Dark Revenger (“Kill a guy”)
4 Big Masquerade thing (“I'm a beatstick”)
3 Tartu girl (“Get a guy from my deck”)
4 Dorint guy (“Unflip one damage”)
4 Small Masquerade (“I'm a beatstick”)
4 Mac Lir guy (“Discard with someone else to take no damage)
1 Dark Bond Trumpeter (“Who?” I never used this thing so it was just a beater)
4 Revenger heal trigger (“Heal 1 damage”)
4 Revenger draw trigger (“Draw a card”)
4 Revenger critical trigger A (“Deal one more damage”)
4 Revenger critical trigger B (“Deal one more damage”)
2 Revenger Starter Guy (“Start with this guy”)



ACTUAL TOURNAMENT TIME

Round 1: Mirror Match kind of
He plays a slight variation of my deck, but I am better at card games than he is so I win
From what I've heard from my friend, a lot of Vanguard players, unlike Yugioh players, haven't grasped relatively basic IMO card game concepts like tempo, card advantage, getting value out of the resources available to you, etc

O

Round 2: Mirror Match kind of
I discuss with my opponent about how if I somehow won one of the two paid trips, I likely wouldn't go if it was going to be in a sketchy city where I could be shot or something.
The guy promptly asks me to scoop to him since he really really really wants to go.
Obviously that wasn't going to happen, like if he isn't good or lucky enough to get past me, then he absolutely doesn't deserve to go lol. Nice try though!

I destroy him lol

O

Round 3: This deck that tries to lock your cards (Xing Zhen Hu.dek)
I savage him with a double critical trigger to bump him from 2 damage to 5 damage for absolutely no reason, and finish him off shortly after
SKILLLLLLLLLLL

O

Round 4: This mermaid deck that bounces their own cards to do things
Honestly I think his deck sucks and I stomp him.

O

Round 5: This super duper Dragon deck
I get grade stuck, and he kills me with this super Grade 4 dragon thing
It was like only having access to Baby Dragon and getting savaged by Blue-Eyes White Dragon
AHHHHHHHHH

X

Round 6: Some demonic deck that wants to put a stack of cards under the Vanguard card
This was the final round, so if I win, I’m in, and if I lose, I’m out.
He gets grade stuck so I rush him for damage and win.
SKILLLLLLLLLLLL

O

I have good tiebreaks so I make it into the Top 8 cut. Top 4 gets the invite to Nationals, and Top 2 gets the paid trips to Nationals, so I just had to sack 2 more people aka the dream is real

Top 8 Single Elimination: The mermaid deck again
I was apparently this guy’s only loss in swiss, and I end up facing him again.
He misplayed at one point, I think his deck still sucks, and I stomp him again.

O

Invite get lol

Top 4 Single Elimination: This angel deck
He reaches the required damage threshold and drops these huge beaters. He flips trigger cards, I don’t, and I can’t deal and die.
The dream is over RIP

X

3rd / 4th playoff: The super duper Dragon deck again
The only reason this game actually matters is because in the event 1st / 2nd can’t make it to Chicago, the paid trip would pass down sequentially. I don't think anyone would pass up a free trip to Chicago unless they absolutely had no choice, but whatever it could happen.
It was time to get revenge on my only loss during swiss, and that’s exactly what I did.
The sad part was, I still had no idea what most of his cards did.
It’s too bad, like from among the players left in the Top 4, my opponent was probably the most dedicated, having flown in from Calgary, and thus probably deserved the paid trip the most, but luck was on my side.
LUCKKKKKKKKKK

O

All in all, I’m just hoping I didn't use up all my card game luck, given that the Pokemon TCG Regionals happening next week in my area is what matters.

Anyway I collected my Top 4/8 merchandise, filled out paperwork, got my photo taken by the staff, and went to eat with my friends and the Seattle VG players who made the drive up.

Participation and Top 8 prizes zzzz

I later hear from one of my judge friends that the 2nd place guy might not opt to cash in his paid trip and go to Chicago depending on how his school schedule for December turns out, so I may end up getting that paid flight and hotel after all???


The worst part about this whole thing is that by placing 3rd at this Vanguard event, a game which I don’t even care about, I've already placed higher than I've ever finished at any Pokemon or Yugioh regional lol (die in Top 8, scrub, etc)
What is life


I also got this sick certificate which is the only physical piece of evidence that validates my absurd luck and minimal skill today zzzz
yes is me

Thursday, September 25, 2014

October 1 - December 31st Banlist: well ok

http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/limited/


Banned:
Nothing

Limited:
Glow-Up Bulb
Infernity Archfiend

Raigeki
Soul Charge
Super Polymerization


Semi-Limited:
Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind
Gorz the Emissary of Darkness

Ceasefire
The Transmigration Prophecy


Unlimited:
Coach Soldier Wolfbark
Magician of Faith

Formula Synchron
Reinforcement of the Army

Interesting list.

Too bad nothing is going to change?

Bulb will be neat for Sylvan and Dragon Ruler decks I guess. But wait! Soul Charge went to 1

Infernity Archfiend makes sense since Infernity basically took a dump on everyone else at worlds.

Raigeki is a giant trap. It will do.... nothing. Nobody plays Dark Hole, and barely anyone still plays Torrential Tribute. This format revolves around floaters, and that simply isn't favorable for destruction based removal.

Soul Charge to 1 is a blow to Sylvans, Mermail, and Dragon Rulers. That's it. Shaddolls, the only deck from the top 3 that could/would max out on this, shouldn't be affected a whole lot.
"If you draw it you're a sack."

Super Polymerization is the only exclusive hit to Shaddolls, and that's only likely because it's in it's own "you can't chain to me" world. Makes the matchup vs Burning Abyss shakier I guess?

Gale will continue to do nothing

Gorz does nothing at 1 and will do nothing at 2.

Ceasefire to 2 is funny only because it's "kind of" an obstruction to Shaddolls (not really). I'm not a fan of these strategies, but more power to burn decks I guess?

If someone can pull off a consistent Transmigration Prophecy loop without dying first, all the more power to them.

Wolfbark to 3 matches Altair at 3 I suppose. Whatever. Fire Fists aren't in a great position right now anyway because destruction vs floaters is not very good

Magician of Faith did nothing at 1. Was it at 2 last format? I don't remember, because that's how relevant it was. It should do nothing at 3, I think, unless there's something I am missing out on. There are very few spells worth bringing back with it's effect.

Formula Synchron to 3 is neat with Glow Up to 1. That's about it.

Reinforcement of the Army to 3 is actually a big deal considering Satellars are still a top tier deck, and some apparently really good Noble Knight support is on the horizon.


All in all the meta shouldn't change at all for now. The top 3 decks retain all their cards sans Super Poly, Vanity's Emptiness is still at 3, etc.

Monday, September 22, 2014

LFN goes to a Regional

Pre regionals

I've been playing the Pokemon TCG for the past year, but began playing Yugioh casually again near the end of summer. I didn't feel like picking up any of the new cards and learning those decks, so I picked up the few cards I was missing for Dragon Rulers instead.

Somehow I decided that going down to the Yugioh regional in Seattle (09/20) was a good idea. It didn't go nearly as well as I had hoped, but the trip ended up being essentially free and then some so I can't complain.

In any case, it was decided between myself and the four friends that I would be driving that it would in theory be best to drive down on the Friday, so that we would be able to get ample rest before the regional on Saturday, rather than getting up at 4 or 5 am or some other ungodly hour and going from there.
Unfortunately, due to a demanding work schedule (life, etc), one of our group wasn't able to get off work until late afternoon, so we didn't actually leave Canada until around 6:30 pm, which put us on a clock if we were to arrive at a mall with a Pokemon Center kiosk (for me) before closing time.
No regrets.

We made it with 5 minutes to go before the mall's closing time, and I snapped up a new friend.
It is very soft.

Unfortunately, this detour ended up costing us dearly, as upon reaching the establishment where we had originally planned on eating dinner (the buffet at the casino) at around 945 pm, we were told that they close at 10 and we were refused entry. 


So much regret.
Apparently, nowhere else was open at this time of night, so dinner was going to have to be McDonalds, another fast food establishment, or nothing. I normally very rarely eat fast food, but the others were keen on getting 20 "chicken" McNuggets for $5, which admittedly is a really good deal compared what they go for here in Canada, so McDonalds it was.
Everyone else was perfectly content with their food, but I was already feeling sick by the time I was halfway through the first box of 10, and gave up after consuming 11 total. 
The remaining 9 were left in the hotel room. Big surprise.


Next stop was Wal-Mart, where we picked up some snacks and beer.
I ended up getting 2 of the friends I was going down with to pick out 1 pack of Duelist Alliance each for me to buy, and they both went 1 for 1, netting me two terrible Yang Zing holos.

The hotel was largely unimpressive. We did not go to bed until 5am, and due to someone's snoring (not me this time), we all pretty much didn't get any sleep at all, meaning that our stay was essentially a waste of money.

In any case, we get to the venue the next morning, grab our entry packs, and sit at a table feeling terrible.
Remember those Yang Zing holos I pulled the night before? I pulled from my 5 entry packs 3 more Yang Zing holos, including the secret spell card!
I mean I got the hint; I clearly should be playing Yang Zing, but I don't actually want to play this deck like ever, and so I ended up selling the Yang Zing Path for $20 at some point, meaning that my regionals entry was essentially free. 
That's nice and all, but I already felt like leaving and passing out in my car before round 1 even started.


Obv I was playing Dragon Rulers, and it wasn't the standard Mythic Ruler variant either. More on that later.


Round 1: LFN (Dragon Rulers) vs Benjamin (Karakuri)
I lose the dice roll
G1: I flip Skill Drain and he concedes. He also doesn't have a side deck.
G2: He bricks and concedes after I start doing stuff.

OO

Round 2: LFN (Dragon Rulers) vs Griffon (Lightsworn Ruler)
I lose the dice roll again
G1: He opens Charge into Lumina + Raiden, mills a bunch of stuff, and OTK's me turn 2 or 3.
G2: KKM Drago shits on his deck. I eventually kill him with REDMD and friends
G3: KKM Drago + Light Mirror shits on his deck

XOO

Round 3: LFN (Dragon Rulers) vs Ryan (Geargia Traptrix)
I lose the dice roll again
This guy was easily one of the chillest opponents all day
G1: He T-sets. I Upstart Goblin, summon KKM Drago, and attack into Geargiarmor. Damn.

DIVEKICK!!

A judge comes up and attacks him from behind with a game loss for having a partially illegible decklist! 
It was super effective!

G2: I stick Stardust + Skill Drain and that's game.

OO

Round 4: LFN (Dragon Rulers) vs Norman (Batteryman OTK)
I lose the dice roll again
G1: He opens with a set monster and 2 backrows. I set PWWB and pass. He draws for turn and flips Trap Stun. I chain PWWB on his monster and he passes. Soul Charge gets me places and he dies.
G2: He OTK's me
G3: He flips an early Soul Drain, I don't have or draw into MST or Malevolent Catastrophe, and I am unable to play Yugioh and got curbstomped

XOX

This was the first time that I've lost a match to Batterymen. Unfortunate.
At this point I was pretty much hospitalized. One more loss and it's over for me.


Round 5: LFN (Dragon Rulers) vs Tyler (Blue-Eyes Shaddolls)
It was inevitable that I would have to play a friend at some point I guess
I lose the dice roll again
G1: This was a long game, but I felt like I was a step behind the whole time, just struggling to keep up. He eventually overwhelms me with a Soul Charge for double El Shaddoll Construct and double Blue Eyes vs my Stardust and Skill Drain. Damn.
Things happen (and monsters die), and I eventually cannot out both Alsei and Winda in one turn and concede.
G2: This game took a very long time (we went to time in the round etc) because I was stalling with Redox and Skill Drain for the longest time against his Felgrand and 4 set backrow, though he only had 400 LP remaining. He eventually draws the MST for the Drain, drops BLS to banish Redox, and punches me with Felgrand for 2800. I need to make a push or I lose, so I go all in and pray he does not have the Vanity's Emptiness set. He doesn't, and I make Star Eater and swing over Felgrand for exactly 400 damage to kill him.

XO

At this point I was put on life support. An IV drip was inserted into my arm. One more loss or draw and it's over for me.

Round 6: LFN (Dragon Rulers) vs Joshua (Fire Kings)
I lose the dice roll again
G1: He drew incredibly well (ripped Circle, Tenki, etc), and was able to get his Fire King / Circle loop thing going and I died
G2: I Malevolent Catastrophe him for 3 and he can't recover
G3: My hand is ass. We both fail to catch an error that ends up putting me in a bad spot and I die to Barong and double Fencing Fire Ferret beatdown. Yes that happened.

K I'm dead. Dropppppp

This kid drew incredibly well and proceeded to savage Tyler with a topdecked Rekindling for game the following round. Yugioh!

It was rather unfortunate that with my deck being tailored to compete against the current meta of Burning Abyss, Shaddolls, and Satellarknights, all of which revolve around light and dark monsters, I faced only 1 meta deck through 6 rounds. I guess it happens.


With everyone in my car out of Top 8 contention by the time Round 7 or so ended, we decided to pack things up and grab dinner.
Before leaving though, I sold off a slew of junk or otherwise difficult to sell foils (including those Yang Zing cards I pulled earlier) from my binder to the vendor booth, walking away with $174 USD and a half empty binder. I got a lot of $1 bills from that transaction though, and put them towards a DUEA box, which turned out pretty solid. 
Yang Zing Path (again!!! zzzzzzzzzzzzz), ultimate rare Deltaros, Deneb, Winda, and 5 junk supers
The remaining balance easily covered the gas / hotel / food money for the trip and then some. Free trip wheeee

We ended up going to the buffet and got there a solid hour or so before their closing time this time. It wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Everything aside from the roast beef, the onion rings, and the ovaltine-like coffee and chocolate concoction that the server got for me, was pretty subpar.

We go for another Wal-Mart run and get back to the Vancouver area at like 130 am ok the end


Decklist and Explanations


DISASTER DRAGON
1 Blaster
1 Tidal
1 Tempest
1 Redox
1 Debris Dragon
1 Delta Flyer
1 Mythic Tree Dragon
1 Mythic Water Dragon
2 Flamvell Guard
2 Masked Dragon
3 KKM Drago
1 Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon
16

3 Upstart Goblin
3 Dragon Shrine
3 MST
2 Diamond Core of Koaki Meiru
2 Soul Charge
1 Gold Sarcophagus
1 Burial from the Different Dimension aka I win
1 Mind Control
1 Book of Moon
17

1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
2 PWWB
2 Skill Drain
2 Dimensional Prison
7

1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Stardust Spark Dragon
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Colossal Fighter
1 Thought Ruler
1 Leo
1 Star Eater
1 Dracossack
1 Big Eye
1 Master of Blades
1 Felgrand
1 Heliopolis
1 Exciton
1 Number 101 Ark
15

2 Maxx "C"
2 Fire Hand
2 Ice Hand
1 Grand Mole
3 Shadow Mirror
3 Light Mirror
2 Malevolent Catastrophe
15

The entire premise behind this deck was that I wanted it to be more grindy, focusing around getting out and protecting multiple KKM Drago with Diamond Core and actual trap cards. Turbo'ing with draw cards and using Soul Charge to make a board with a traditional Mythic Ruler deck isn't as strong as it was before, given that I would be opening up opportunities for free Shaddoll Fusion drops, and the introduction of the new "You don't draw if you go first" rule a while back hurts the consistency with which I could develop these boards, nevermind that I would potentially have to go up against backrow heavy decks in Satellars and Burning Abyss. Main decked Vanity's Emptiness being everywhere also forced the inclusion of mained MST's just so that I can play the game, and every MST I open with or draw into is one less combo card in my hand, which would further increase the odds of bricking had I stuck with a conventional Mythic Ruler build.

Masked Dragon, while being a bad and severely outdated card in general given its weak stats and reliance on battle destruction, allows me to fuel my graveyard without needing to piece together draw cards with the appropriate monsters to discard, while tutoring out a tuner or something without eating up my normal summon for my following turn.

Delta Flyer allowed for access to both Leo and Star Eater compared to Influence Dragon only opening up access to Leo, and was good with Mind Control because I could steal a level 3 like Mathematician or something, pump it up a level and Black Rose, or steal a level 4, pump it up a level, and make a level 8 synchro (or steal Winda and make a level 8 anyway, provided that I have a way to deal with the incoming Shaddoll Fusion drop)

Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon caught people off guard due to it being an inherent special summon (like it is far more likely that someone will wait to chain a Vanity's Emptiness rather than shotgun it), and being able to revive guys like Scrap Dragon, KKM Drago, etc for free, was really good.

With the focus no longer being on going ham into Soul Charge, and the exclusion of the draw cards meaning that the boards I could make were far less impressive, it seemed natural to cut a copy of Soul Charge. I also found that I didn't want to see Foolish Burial most of the time, and it was sided out almost every match, so I dropped it like a week or so before the event.

Mind Control was really good and is a card that should be banned. I never was able to do it, but it'd be really cool if I were able to Mind Control a Construct, access Mythic Water through Masked Dragon or by having an earth monster on board, and overlay for Felgrand. I did do this with a Garunix vs the Fire King kid though.

I still opted to maindeck the Skill Drains despite it conflicting with KKM Drago, as I felt that it's something I can reliably fall back on when I don't have access to a KKM Drago, or when Drago did not matter (such as when I'm facing an established board, where sticking a Ruler would be far more effective).

Master of Blades and Thought Ruler were included for the Burning Abyss and Satellar matchups since their removal cards pretty much all target. I didn't play against either deck so they just chilled the whole time.

The sided Fire and Ice Hands were great, but were not mained because they are pretty bad vs Shaddolls. They were especially effective after my opponents saw the Masked Dragons in game 1's, as that would make it more appealing for them to attack into my set monsters in game 2's.

Neo-Spacian Grand Mole was mediocre in that it uses up my normal summon, relies on the battle phase, and isn't searchable, but I wanted another non-destruction removal card to out Winda and random problem monsters like Ophion, Garunix, ShiEn, a pumped up Noble Knight guy, etc

I debated siding Malevolent Catastrophe vs Royal Decree the night before as they both have their pros and cons, and eventually decided on Malevolent. While in bed, I also thought about just maining the Royal Decrees over the Skill Drains, but with no testing and it being 5am, I was not entirely confident that that would be better.

From my limited testing, the shakiest matchup from the top 3 decks was likely to be Burning Abyss since they can PWWB or Karma Cut the Drago, both of which play around Diamond Core's protection effect, or wall up with Scarm if I am unable to summon a Ruler and beat over it.

Overall the deck and build probably isn't optimal, but Rulers is something I enjoy playing so it's whatever.