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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 Upstart Goblin
1 Beginning of the End
1 Soul Charge
3 Fire Lake
3 Wind Blast
3 Vanity's Emptiness
2 Karma Cut
2 Acid Golem
Everything else did not matter
2 Vanity's Fiend
2 Majesty's Fiend
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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