Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Decklist: "Pedo" HEROes // Tour Guide HEROes

This is the deck I played at YCS Long Beach.
I'm pretty sure I gave more than enough hints in previous posts alluding to the deck's contents, so most of it shouldn't be much of a surprise.
Most of it is actually pretty standard lol, the more tech-y cards are in the side deck (though I suppose they can no longer be seen as ingenious due to some others thinking the same thing and using the same cards at YCS Long Beach)

[ Full explanations are in the video]

Monsters: (17)
2x Thunder King Rai-Oh
1x Elemental HERO Stratos
3x Elemental HERO Neos Alius
3x Little Girls
1x Sangan
1x Honest
2x Maxx "C"
2x Effect Veiler
1x Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
1x Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Broken

Spells: (16)
2x Pot of Duality
1x Heavy Storm
1x Dark Hole
1x Book of Moon
1x Monster Reborn
2x Mystical Space Typhoon
3x Miracle Fusion
1x Super Polymerization (MVP)
2x Gemini Spark
1x Reinforcement of the Army
1x E-Emergency Call

Traps (8)
1x Solemn Judgment
2x Solemn Warning
2x Torrential Tribute
2x Fiendish Chain
1x Hero Blast

Extra deck (15)
2x Elemental HERO The Shining
2x Elemental HERO Absolute Zero
1x Elemental HERO Gaia
1x Elemental HERO Nova Master
1x Elemental HERO Great Tornado
1x Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1x Wind-Up Zenmaines
1x Leviair the Sea Dragon
1x Leviathan Dragon
1x Giga-Brilliant
1x Acid Golem of Potential Suicide
1x Utopia
1x Blade Armor Ninja

Side deck (15)
2x Cyber Dragon
2x Snowman Eater
1x D.D. Crow
1x Electric Virus
1x Gellenduo (MVP)
1x Mystical Space Typhoon
1x Super Polymerization (MVP)
2x Prohibition
1x Forbidden Chalice
2x Dimensional Prison
1x Bottomless Trap Hole

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

YCS Report: YCS #100 Long Beach

The Roster:
LFN // Pedo HEROes
NEXUS - Jack // Dino Rabbit
NEXUS - Seb // Dino Rabbit
NEXUS - CQiao // Inzektors
Bidier // Dino Rabbit

Thursday: We piled into Bidier's car and drove down to the Seattle-Tacoma airport. At the border, when questioned by the customs officer, all questions were answered 100% honestly, which probably ended up raising more questions lol, but we were allowed to pass.
Oddly enough, we were driving only a little over the speed limit, but despite there being cars whizzing by us, we were the ones that were pulled over and ticketed D: Supposedly there was some mystical aircraft flying overhead that was tracking us "for the last 2 miles". We clearly didn't buy that story/excuse, and displayed poker faces while inwardly expressing the "Look of Disgust".
After that, we stopped for some good sushi at Bluefin, and in the adjacent mall, came across a Pokemon vending machine lol.

Naturally, I bought the best one. 
The best










Upon arriving at the airport, Bidier met up with Austin Kulman and Jonathan Weigle. NEXUS - Jack, NEXUS - Seb, and himself ended up picking up a bunch of CP/TU cards lol, and we hadn't even hopped on the plane yet.
After some issues with the airport security screening involving one of our party (not me) allegedly losing his passport and troubling an employee to sift through a stack of trays for something that wasn't lost to begin with ;) ;), we then flew out to Long Beach, arriving at around 9pm.
There were some guys in the hotel lobby (the Westin hotel) who were apparently linked to Strike Zone, so we sat down with them and started accumulating more purchases lolz. We ended up getting 3 rooms, as ATJdragon (of United Gosus) and Nich were also staying with us, though they arrived separately. We also met up with this hilarious kid named Paul, who everyone but me knew lol. Funny guy. He borrowed some cards and chilled with us for a bit before we went to sleep. Regrettably, I developed a massive headache, so I actually turned in before everyone else did.

Friday: We got to the venue around 2pm, and saw the ridiculously long lineup for pre-registration, which extended out of the event hall, up the stairs, and out into the venue lobby. I'm pretty sure that had we lined up and waited, we would have been in the queue for a good several hours. Instead, we browsed through people's binders in the lobby and picked up even more stuff, some of which was priced ridiculously low. 4 Deep Sea Divas for $10 each, a 1st ed ulti Pot of Avarice for $20, etc

Heading down, there were a ton of people swarming the vendor booths, but we were still able to pick up a few cards here and there. As expected, the turnout was huge, so all we did was check out the vendor booths. Afterwards, we grabbed some decklists to fill out, as we would only get the participation mat if we submitted our decklist in addition to registering.

At this point, I was contemplating submitting Wind Ups instead of my HERO list, as I had put together a Factory-less build that I liked a lot, but the other guys unanimously voted against that idea lol. They then told me to roll a die: 1-4 = HEROes, 5 = Wind Ups, and 6 = Re-roll. I rolled a 1, soooo.....




Around 6pm, we saw that the queue was dwindling, so we walked in and waited about 10 minutes before we could register lol. This was so much simpler than lining up during peak hours like most people did.
As we were leaving for dinner, I ran into Devin Djuricin (DrakoDMD), Dan Connell (Underworld6667), and Justin Delhon, which was pretty interesting. Devin isn't as tall as I thought he would be. Conversely, Dan is exactly how I thought he would be.

Acquisitions at the end of Day 1 lol
3 ulti Alius / ghost Honest / ultra Dark Hole
CP wave motion cannon / ulti 1e Pot of Avarice
CP Smashing Ground / 3 ulti Bubbleman
2 TU Beckoning Light / ulti Utopia Ray
Dinner @ The Grill in the hotel












Sick mat

Saturday: Saturday morning was ridiculous, as they processed at least another 1000-1500 people, leading to a significant delay between the stated starting time and the actual starting time. Konami's announcement stated that there were 4300+ people in attendance, which is crazy lol.

Participants were sorted into lines alphabetically by surname, in order to check the pairings for each round. While I was standing in my line (N), the girl sitting in front of me randomly started hitting on me LOL... asking me all sorts of questions, though I declined to tell her what I was playing. Regardless, I'm pretty sure she's too young for me lol, though it was amusing nonetheless.
Round 1 finally started at around 1pm :(





Round 1: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Kristen Wood (???) @ Table 1306
I win the dice roll
G1: Honestly I didn't even know what she was playing, as I won fairly quickly.
G2: I opened with a pretty passive hand, opting to set a couple backrows and a Snowman Eater. She ended up setting 3 monsters before I was able to draw into an Alius, which killed off her 3 monsters in sequence. They turned out to be Green Gadget, Red Gadget, and Yellow Gadget
Result: OO
Afterwards, she told me that she had only been playing for a couple months, and that she didn't expect to win, so we just chatted about the experience of playing in this event and such. Honestly I'm not that into white chicks but she's pretty cute IMO

1-0

Round 2: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Daniel Leon (Chaos) @ Table 809
I win the dice roll
G1: He went super aggressive, and was clearly dictating the tempo of the game. I eventually had a dead Fiendish Chain clogging my field with Gorz, amongst other things, in hand, and was forced to drop Dark Hole on his Thunder King and a Caius revived by Call of the Haunted, hoping to bait out Solemn Judgment, should he have it. He chained Starlight Road and I was like oh god I lose. I then played Heavy Storm anyway to try to force the Stardust's negation, but to my surprise, he let it go, so he lost 4 backrows (including the CoTH, so Caius died too), one of which was indeed the Solemn LOL. I summoned Raioh and crashed with his Raioh, leaving him with Stardust. On his turn, he swung with Stardust, enabling me to drop the Gorz!!! He eventually was left topdecking, and ripped a Chaos Sorcerer to banish my HERO. I ended up killing the Sorc, but he then ripped Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Broken, which I was forced to Torrential. I then ended up winning
G2: He has a Kinetic Soldier on the field to my Alius with Book of Moon set and Dark Hole in hand. He MST's the Book, which I chain to flip my Alius face down to prevent myself from taking damage as I was down to 2400 LP. He then drops BLS for the ggz
G3: I establish control, but he drops BLS on me yet again, which I'm forced to Solemn. He couldn't do anything productive after that and I won
Result: OXO

2-0

Round 3: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Emmanuel Smith (Chain Burn) @ Table 121
I win the dice roll
G1: I don't draw into a whole lot of backrow hate, and get destroyed
G2: I don't draw into any backrow hate or any of my sideboard cards, save for 1 MST, and resort to weenie beatdown with the Little Girls and Sangan, but he drew well enough to win again
Result: XX
At this point I'm not mad or anything, I just really wished that I had sideboarded Royal Decree instead of the lone Bottomless Trap Hole. He also seemed like a nice guy and all, so it was fine I guess

2-1

Round 4: LFN (Pedo HERoes) vs Carlos Mira (Dino Rabbit) @ Table 315
Finally a meta deck lol
I win the dice roll
G1: I beat him down with Elemental HERO The Shining, and he wasn't able to do a whole lot
G2: I again force him to play to my tempo, but he eventually started to mount a comeback, and ends up poking with Spirit Reaper to drop a card, while taking me down to 7700 LP while he's at 2400 LP. I Little Girl for Leviair to retrieve Stratos to search Alius, then Super Polymerization the Leviair + Stratos for Great Tornado to punch his Reaper for game.
Result: OO

3-1

Round 5: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Johnathan Arzola (Bugs) @ Table 546
I lose the dice roll
G1: This was a drawn out game, but he was eventually able to combo off and take it
G2: I take this one easily after I play Prohibition on his Hornet
G3: I didn't draw into D.D. Crow or Prohibition, but he couldn't access Hornet either, so once I ran over a set Centipede, I sensed blood, went really aggressive, and killed him as fast as I could
Result: XOO

4-1

Round 6: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Adam Vargas (Chain Burn) @ Table 359
I lose the dice roll
G1: As soon as I swung into his set Marshmallon and he flipped over his draw cards, I'm like not this again! He takes this one decisively
G2: Unlike my last match vs Chain Burn, I draw into some backrow hate, and used the Lava Golem he gave me as Miracle Fusion fodder lol
G3: I beat him down with the Little Girls and Sangan, and he didn't draw into enough burn cards to kill me. It also helped that he misplayed a combo, dealing 1000 instead of 2500, and didn't have the reverse-burn cards needed for the instances when he used his Upstart Goblins, so my LP was never in danger
Result: XOO

5-1

Round 7: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Nicky Rojanasapondist (Dino Rabbit) @ Table 187
I lose the dice roll
G1: This was a bit of a grind, but I eventually bring out Great Tornado to halve the stats of his spent Laggia / Dolkka, forcing him to play on the defensive, and I win it with a Leviair play
G2: I guess he thought that I was going to side into Skill Drains and stuff, because he flipped Royal Decree on me while we both had 4 backrows. After I forced his Laggia's negation, I flipped my set Heavy Storm lol. He was soon reduced to topdecking with a dead Rescue Rabbit in hand, but ripped Pot of Avarice to put back his normal monsters. I was greatly displeased, but again baited out Laggia's negation, and ended up sacking back to back Miracle Fusions for overkill
Result: OO

At this point, Day 1 concluded, and I was 6-1 heading into Day 2. It really sucked how Day 2 was to start at 8am, and it was already past 1am. IIRC, NEXUS - Jack, NEXUS - Seb, and Paul were also x-1, while NEXUS - CQiao and Bidier were x-2. 

Round 8: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Omar Verpuzco (Chaos Dragons) @ Table 105
I lose the dice roll
G1: This was a really dangerous game, as I was at 100 LP to his 150 LP, but he had exhausted his resources, so I summoned my in-hand Alius for game
G2: Another back and forth game, his LP was reduced low enough that I was able to Miracle Fusion for The Shining, attack his dragon, and drop Honest for the win.
Result: OO

7-1

Round 9: LFN (Pedo HERoes) vs Matthew Perez (Dark World) @ Table 14
I lose the dice roll
G1: As soon as he started playing his Dark World cards, I was not too happy, as I knew it would be a tough match. He hit me with Deck Devastation Virus to nuke my in-hand Little Girl, but I topped into Miracle Fusion, and a 3200 atk The Shining was just too big
G2: Over the course of the game, he drew into triple MST, Dust Tornado, triple Reckless Greed, and Card Destruction
G3: Over the course of the game, he drew into triple MST, Dust Tornado, triple Reckless Greed, and Card Destruction. Unlike Game 2 though, I actually drew into some of my sideboard hate (albeit too late), after he had expended his backrow removal, but I was down significantly in cards, and was unable to mount a comeback
Result: OXX
Can't lose any more!

7-2

Round 10: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Cristian Gonzalez (standard Miracle HEROes) @ Table 110
I lose the dice roll
G1: I drew better than he did and I won
G2: He drew better than I did and he won, despite walking right into my set Super Polymerization when he summoned a 2nd HERO monster.
G3: I'm able to establish control, and dropped Miracle Fusion for game while he was at 400 LP to my 2800 LP
Result: OO

8-2

Round 11: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Evan Jones (Dino Rabbit) @ Table 57
I win the dice roll
G1: This was a really hard game, as it was pretty clear that he's a cut above the previous Dino Rabbit players I faced, and I was able to push for a comeback with Super Polymerization after being taken down to 50 LP
G2: I don't open with any monsters, and eat damage from Little Girl / Sangan. I'm able to punch in a little bit of damage with an Alius, but he eventually takes the game. At one point, I attempted to bluff an in-hand Honest, but he didn't bite, and attacked with Laggia anyway. I paused for a sec, looked him in the eye, and put Alius in grave lol. Unsuccessful attempt is unsuccessful!
G3: We went into time right as we drew our hands. I opened with Stratos into Alius, and set Torrential. I contemplated setting Super Polymerization as well, fully aware that the odds of him having MST was significantly greater than having Heavy Storm, but if he indeed had the Heavy, I would lose outright, as the rest of my hand was mediocre. He had the MST, and went super aggressive. As we reached my last turn in time, I was at a mere 2400 LP to his 7500 LP, but had reduced him to no cards on the field and 1 in hand. I don't believe I could have even pushed for enough damage to equalize the LP count, but it was irrelevant, for his one card in hand was Gorz!!
Result: OXX
He's a pretty friendly guy, so despite being 8-3 now, which is probably gg, I wasn't feeling bad or anything
After signing the match slip, I asked a judge if I had any chance of topping, however slim it may be, and he told me to just play it out rather than dropping. In hindsight, I shouldn't have listened to him, as it became apparent later on that a bunch of X-2's, nevermind X-3's, failed to make the Top 64 cut.

8-3

Final Round: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Leo Cheng Hong Liu (Standard Miracle HEROes) @ Table 140
I win the dice roll
G1: He fails to get anything going and I win quickly with double Elemental HERO The Shining
G2: A back and forth game, I eventually lose when he draws into Super Polymerization
G3: I opened with 2 Little Girls, Sangan, Snowman Eater, and 2 HERO support cards, so I set Snowman and passed, hoping he would summon an Alius or something and ram into it. He unfortunately had Cyber Dragon, so that plan failed, as the Cyber Dragon was destroyed instead (this will be relevant later on). This was probably my fault, but it was guaranteed that he was playing a standard build of Miracle HEROes, so I just aggressively pressed for damage over several turns, only for him to unexpectedly drop Gorz on me after the 3rd turn of drawing and attacking. I struggled to deal with it, and had to camp on Zenmaines to stall, also setting Solemn and a bluff for insurance. He blind MST's the Solemn, then Monster Reborn'ed the Cyber Dragon I killed earlier and it was quite GG, as he was able to fuse it with the Zenmaines for Chimeratech Fortress Dragon.
Result: OXX

8-4

At this point, I was pretty dejected, and didn't even bother checking my final placing.
NEXUS - CQiao, and Bidier scrubbed out a while ago, and Paul went x-3 after Round 10, but NEXUS - Jack and NEXUS - Seb both made it into the Top 64. 1 other friend of ours from our area, who randomly made the trip with the intention to troll people with Malefic Skill Drain.dek with mained Prohibitions, ended up topping, and we were all like "wtf lol wow you have got to be kidding me"

NEXUS - Seb ended up losing in his Top 64 match.
NEXUS - Jack ended up losing to Simon He in a Dino Rabbit mirror match in the Top 16 (feature match)
The other friend ended up losing to Wilson Tsang in the Top 64, who was using Wind Up beasts (feature match)

Miscellaneous Things:
  • My friends did not take me seriously when I told them I wanted to side Gellenduo. I got a lot of flak for that. Look how that turned out ~
  • My friends did not take me seriously when I told them about the Inzektor vs Effect Veiler / Fiendish Chain ruling, where if I veiler/chain an inzektor after it equips hornet, the hornet falls off and nothing happens. Look how that turned out ~
  • My friends (NEXUS - Jack specifically) gave me a lot of shit for siding a copy of Electric Virus for the Rabbit matchup. He proceeded to lose a game in the Top 32 because of it
  • Maybe it's because we were Asian from an area rife with Asian food / culture, but my stomach (not the only one!) were regularly upset, as I (we) was, for the most part, consuming nothing but grease, fat, oil, and salt lol. Clearly, I (we) was not used to the American diet.
  • Some people here and there randomly recognized me from my mat, and told me they read this blog lol... it was kind of amusing.
  • List of people I ended up meeting (either newly met or after previously only talking to them online)
    • Paul
    • PJ Tierney
    • Devin Djuricin
    • Dan Connell
    • Justin Delhon
    • Randall Muramoto
    • Glen Bellon
    • Dougie Nguyen
    • Kandy Nguyen
    • Jonathan Guerrero
    • Others whose names I forgot to take down (specifically, I distinctly remember one being in my pairings lineup who spoke of the Pedo HEROes after I told his friend I was using HEROes with Little Girls, and another wishing me luck and telling me he found my site off of DuelingDays)
  • Squiddy got a game loss after someone randomly wrote T.G. Striker on his decklist, but he told me he was using Dino Rabbit. He later got a match loss after he took too long coming back from a meal, and Konami took the initiative to drop him
  • NEXUS - CQiao played a really random deck in swiss: Jerry Beans Man / Sonic Duck / Genex Controller / Mad Lobster + Enchanted Fitting Room.dek LOLOL
  • I heard from Devin that LightGrunty found him, and could potentially find me. He didn't. Boo you :(
Blurry pic lol
Me / Dan Connell / Justin Delhon / ?? / Devin Djuricin / Randall Muramoto
Me / PJ Tierney (The Irish Duelist and a writer for Konami's strategy site
PJ asked to sign one of my cards, but I didn't have my scr Dark Armed on me

All in all, it was a really fun event, and a great experience. It's pretty expensive for me to fly out to different events (I'm not wealthy or anything either), and most of them coincide with school, but I'll see if I can make it to YCS Toronto later this year, rumored to be taking place September 1st / 2nd.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Locals Report 03/15/2012

New week, new tournament, same stuff. Taking the advice of NEXUS - CQiao, I upped the deck count to 41, and decided to see how it would play out

Round 1: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Nick D. (Six Samurai)
I win the dice roll
G1: I open with Stratos and Fiendish Chain. He explodes with LSS Shien and Naturia Beast, and kills Stratos. I drop Alius next turn and kill Shien with Honest, but he just brings it back with Monster Reborn D:
I'm able to make a Utopia somehow, and it kills Naturia Beast, forcing him to ram Shien into it to kill it. I take a hit from his Kizan but am able to establish control with double Elemental HERO The Shining
G2: He is unable to deal with a Leviathan Dragon :S
Result: OO

Round 2: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Tommy N / "X-Saber Kid" (X-Sabers)
This kid always plays X-Sabers lol, hence his nickname
I lose the dice roll
G1: I have problems drawing summonable monsters for some reason, and get beat down by a Veiler'ed Hyunlei. I finally draw into a Tour Guide, but my XYZ play is broken up by Book of Moon so I lose
G2: I'm able to resolve a Heavy Storm by Solemn'ing his Starlight Road, and repeatedly banish his monsters with Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Broken while tanking his LP with an Alius
G3: A crucial point in this game was when my Dimensional Prison successfully banished his Stardust Dragon. We go into time shortly after he flipped Solemn Judgment, so I was ahead 7400 LP to his 4000 LP. As we entered the final turn, we were both at 3200 LP lol. I attacked his Faultroll with The Shining for 800 LP damage to win
Result: XOO

Round 3: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Daniel (???)
He states that he was already x-1 while I was x-0 so I should get the win. I can't complain.
Result: O

Round 4: LFN (Pedo HERoes) vs Edward (Wind Ups)
I lose the dice roll
G1: He doesn't open the loop, though I had the Expensive Insect in hand anyway. I'm able to apply pressure with my beatsticks to win. Afterwards, he tells me that his opening hand had 3 Expensive Insects, which is quite mediocre in this matchup lol.
G2: My opening hand consisted of MST, BLS, and 3 Little Girls lol... it's a harem. He loops me on his 2nd turn, and I'm unable to come back after that
Right as we're shuffling up for game 3, time was called, so this match was a draw
Result: OX (draw)

Round 5: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Boid (Inzektors w/ Armageddon Knight + Mystic Tomato)
I lose the dice roll
G1: After he drops to 6200 LP due to a direct attack from Stratos, I OTK him the following turn with Blade Armor Ninja and The Shining lol
G2: I drop him down to 2 cards in hand with nothing on his side of the field, while I had a beatstick backed up by a Fiendish Chain and a Solemn Warning, with a couple cards in hand, neither of which were Effect Veiler. He activates one of his in-hand cards, Pot of Avarice, and from that, he draws into Heavy Storm. Wow... and his other card was Inzektor Dragonfly. He then wrecks me with the Gigamantis loop. Well damn.
G3: He is unable to get through my backrows + D.D. Crow, and I win this one decisively.
Result: OXO
Final Result: 4-0-1
Apparently 41 cards is good lol. I also didn't get matched up against any of the NEXUS this week, which is a bit surprising.
Edward, despite losing the last round to finish 3-1-1, ended up packing an ultra Book of Moon. Lolwow.
Note: There will not be a locals report next week (03/22) as I will be leaving that day for Long Beach.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

TCG Galactic Overlord, Six Samurai structure deck, & Gold Series: Haunted Mine

So, Konami updated their strategy / blog site with this page today, which provided a slew of information.

I'm both peeved and amused after reading over Konami's product page for Galactic Overlord. It's funny how they give us Lightray Grepher as the new version of Warrior Dai Grepher and Dark Grepher lol... Tardy Orc (from the Underworld) also made me lol.
However, after reading the tidbits related to some of the TCG exclusive cards we'll be getting... I am greatly displeased. Both Trial and Tribulation and Draconnection appear to increase the consistency and power of the Hieratic (Hieroglyph / Sacred) archetype even more, as Trial and Tribulation apparently allows you to get around the negatives that could occur from Tributing, while Draconnection apparently allows for the exchange of a dragon monster from your hand with one with the same level from your deck, which solves the problems associated with drawing shitty vanillas. Le sigh.

The TCG will also be getting a Six Samurai structure deck lol... SO THAT'S WHY SHIEN'S SMOKE SIGNAL WENT TO 2 !! It ALL makes sense now LOL!!! Reprint of Fiendish Chain aside, it has also been stated that the Six Samurai theme will be getting an XYZ monster lol.... I don't know why, but I find that hilarious. All they're missing is a ritual and a fusion now -____-
Considering Legendary Six Shien is analogous to Evolzar Laggia... I really hope this new XYZ won't be the Six Samurai version of Dolkka lol
Goddammit Konami, y u no promote skillful deck?

Finally, Konami released some info on this year's Gold Series, titled "Haunted Mine". Aside from the wacky Ghost Rare / Gold Rare hybrid, which will include staples like MST, Gorz, and Solemn Judgment, the TCG will also be getting a worldwide release of a holo Formula Synchron and a worldwide reprint of Brionac, though it's not like Synchros are widely played anymore =/

Though a lot of players may/may not be rejoicing due to the influx of reprints and overpowered cards, I'm experiencing mixed feelings lol.



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

200,000 page views & YCS Long Beach preparations

Hello again. I do realize that my content has been lacking as of late, school and a cold that doesn't seem to want to go away have been of greater priority (lolygo) and a nuisance, respectively. Despite not having a whole lot of new content even though it's a new format, I would like to thank everyone for their continual support and/or just dropping by :)
I do have a bunch of midterms next week though (which I'm currently studying for, of course), pretty much the entire week leading up to the departure for Long Beach on Thursday morning, which is unfortunate lol.

On an another note, after resolving some problems induced by certain individual(s), everything has finally been booked for YCS Long Beach, though our group has been reduced from the initial 8 members to 6 members as a result of those aforementioned problems. From what I've heard, there will be others from my area that are going as well, though I don't know if they're driving all the way (I imagine not) or driving + flying like my group is.
Heading into the event, while it's pretty clear that the deck to beat is Dino Rabbit, followed by Wind Ups / Inzektors, it IS an event that's expected to draw in anywhere from 2000 - 3000 participants, increasing the likelihood that one will be facing a myriad of rogue decks. After all, it's understandable that not everyone has the budget for these decks, or if they do, the desire to shell out for the cards required. As such, I can imagine that getting through the merry-go-round that is the initial 4-5 (or maybe even 6, for an event of this size) rounds of swiss play will be quite the challenge.
Thanks again for reading; until next time

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Locals Report 03/08/2012

The night before, I put Toy Story.dek together, but all my test hands were horrid (Rat / Magician with cabbage hands, etc) so I reverted back to HEROes lol.
There were only 12 participants this time around (damn youuuuuuuu Cardfight Vanguard!!!), so there would only be 3 rounds of play.
Round 1: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs NEXUS - CQiao (Dino HEROes)
I win the dice roll
G1: My opening hand consisted of 5 monsters and a MST, so I summoned Raioh and passed. It was destroyed by Hydrogeddon + Book of Moon, and it was pretty gg once he went into Laggia. All I saw this game were Hydrogeddons, Jurrac Guaibas and Forbidden Lances, at this point in time I had yet to figure out the other part of his strategy.
G2: I beat him down with Leviathan Dragon, as none of his monsters were able to get over it. It wasn't until the late game that I found out he was also using HEROes, after he whiffed on a Duality and revealed Gemini Spark.
G3: I used Super Polymerization on his monster, and saved the Warning for his Gorz, enabling me to win it
Result: XOO

Round 2: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Daniel (Teleport Frogzektors)
I win the dice roll
G1: I open with/draw into the Little Girls and a bunch of HERO support cards with no HERO monsters to complement them with. Needless to say, I get overwhelmed pretty fast.
G2: He starts tanking me with his bugs, backed by Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Broken equipped with Safe Zone, as I draw a bunch of monsters with no MST in sight. Eventually, I top into Heavy Storm, but by then he was already set up so I died
Result: XX

Round 3: LFN (Pedo HEROes) vs Chai Guo Jia (Skill Drain beatdown)
I lose the dice roll
G1: He sets up with a large number of backrow and some beefy monsters. Conversely, I open with and/or draw into all my hand traps D:
G2: We repeatedly trade resources, and I'm able to grind through and win
G3: Another grindfest. Due to his low monster count, all I had to do was hold the fort until he ran out of monsters, and subsequently beat him down.
Result: XOO

I'll probably have to tweak the build again, it seems that I have a disturbing trend of losing all my game one's lol... though it could very well be a coincidence :S
Afterwards, NEXUS - CQiao decided to build and play my deck lol, with a couple tweaks to suit his preferences. Nonetheless, successful conversion is successful.

Friday, March 9, 2012

LFN Reborn

This card will be good one day.
Well, where to begin? It's certainly been an interesting (not) month for Yugioh. There's been plenty of price fluctuations (some of which don't really make sense to me, but more on that in a future post), with not much else.
With the way the meta is now, compared to previous formats, there hasn't been a whole lot of room for innovative decks to flourish IMO. There have been plenty of opportunities to toy around with interesting concepts, certainly, but compared to the current Top 3 decks of the format, well, they haven't really performed up to my expectations. Most notably, the sheer necessity of certain hand traps / Fiendish Chains etc (assuming the deck is not based around Skill Drain), detracts from the space that could have been allocated towards furthering a deck's strategy or consistency.

On a more personal note, even just by looking through the archetypes/themes I've amassed, it's pretty clear that they are in one or more ways inefficient when playing against any one of Dino Rabbit / Wind Ups / Inzektors... for example:
Ninja: This can be a good deck with more support, I really think it can. The only problems I have with the deck as it stands now are that outside of Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo, all the other Ninja monsters are mediocre or just plain garbage, and it's unfortunate how Ninjitsu Art of Super Transformation is unable to target XYZ monsters, which all of the Top 3 decks pump out.
Gadgets: All the gadgets except for Green Gadget die to Wind Up Rabbit lol. Even if I were to attempt to protect them with traps, the rascally critter can just banish itself to run away. Cyber Dragon is also seeing heavy play, along with Snowman Eater, which can prove to be a problem (Gadgets are unable to get over dat 1900 ass :( ). As for the Ultimate Offering builds, it's become kind of dangerous with Torrential Tribute at 2 lol; yes, your monsters were essentially free, but without Pot of Avarice, I would expect that by going all out, you've pretty much exhausted your gadget supply by then.
Monarchs: This was a great rogue meta call IMO back when Plants / Agents were dominant. The Dino Rabbit matchup isn't that bad either, due to the mained Enemy Controllers and Soul Exchanges. However, this deck just dies to Inzektors: the devastating special summoning lockdown offered by Vanity's Fiend just doesn't cut it in this matchup, as the bugs can just pop it with Hornet (It also goes without saying that they can also easily nuke my Tragoedia / Gorz / Battle Faders, taking away from my tribute fodder). If I were to play this deck nowadays, I would pretty much have to max out on Effect Veiler to remedy the Inzektor matchup, among other things, which kind of sucks, as Veiler is mediocre in the Wind Up matchup, and atrocious in the Dino Rabbit matchup.
Absolute Zero / TeleDAD 2012 Because it's necessary that I gather multiple cards in order to pump out combos, which often require a bunch of consecutive special summons, should my combo be disrupted by Maxx "C" or my hand looped by Wind Ups, I am dead lol. These 2 decks are really fun of course, I just don't think that they're optimal choices for the current meta.

tl;dr I'm pretty dissatisfied with how the game is right now (again, more on that later). Sure, I do have Little Girls, the Toy deck, Expensive Insects, that $50-trap-that-used-to-be-considered-bad etc, but it's not stopping me from thinking the format / meta is bad lol. It's actually kind of tempting to put together decks from past formats (TeleDAD? Spicer Monarchs? Troop Dupe Scoop? Goat Control?) to play for fun :/