PRE YCS GARBAGE:
Got off work Friday night at 9 pm. After getting a ride to Tacoma, I stayed at Motel 6 with YCGPodcast crew (Matt Carter + Joe Mecham) and other people from our locals (Phoenix Games). After getting 2 hours of sleep and playtesting all night, I make my big YCS debut!
YCS SEATTLE: DAY 1
Get in line, get registered, eat no food :(. Also I’m running a Nick Ma inspired Wind-Up deck. Around 750ish people show up, which is less than normal for a YCS, so top cut is 32.
ROUND 1: Vs. WIND UP MIRROR MATCH [WIN]
G1: I misplay horribly, but so does he and I win
G2: No backrow and my Wind-Up combos get veiler’d ;[
G3: Gagaga Cowboy burn and stall in time. Woooo!
ROUND 2: Vs. DINO RABBIT [WIN]
G1: He Macros me 2 turns in but I just use my Monster Reborn his Sabersaurus and give him a bad beatdown.
G2: He gives me the Dolkka treatment and I draw no outs for the longest time.
G3: Wind-Up player using Tragoedia and Thunder King control? His answer is Grand Mole :S. He gets stomped due to his magic monster hand.
ROUND 3: Vs. DINO RABBIT [LOSE]
G3: I dont remember much about the first 2 duels but the third one I lose decisively to Dolkka + Laggia.
ROUND 4: Vs. WIND UP MIRROR MATCH [WIN]
G1: He doesnt really bad Wind-Up combos and uses waaay too much resources so I win.
G2: Like, to give you an idea of how bad it was. He was using Soldier/Shark to make Rank 5’s when I had 1 backrow and a set Magician, then makes Tiras instead of Zenmaioh and rams Tiras into my D-Prison :x.
ROUND 5: Vs. KARAKURI GEARS [LOSE]
G1: I draw all monsters except for 1 Factory. He opens 4 backrow + Geargiarmor. I eat dirt.
G2: I sit on my Cyber Dragon because I want to Fiendish Chain his set Geargiarmor. He Trap Stuns me, slaps me silly with Burei and Shock Master, then locks spells when I have Heavy + 2 MST and sets 4. Derp
ROUND 6: Vs. AGENTS [WIN]
G1: Shock Lock for the win.
G2: Hes low on life, I have a field full of winning, I use Adreus effect on the Gorz he dropped last turn, then try to run over the 1500 Atk Gorz token. He drops Honest and I lose cause I’m at 1200 LP. That was meansies ;(
G3: I open Magician/Shark and he uses Herald of Orange Light discarding Krystia on my Magician. 2 Turns later I Reborn his Krystia and commence a 7 turn beatdown with his own Krystia where he is forced to set every monster he draws. At the end, he reveals his hand of 2 Maxx “C”, Gorz, and Tragoedia and offers me the handshake.
ROUND 7 Vs. CHAOS DRAGONS [WIN]
G1: Slow roll into a Shock Lock after being denied the first time by Effect Veiler.
G2: Sad game where my only monsters for 5 or so turns were Rat and Magician. At the end I’m so desperate that I Rat my Magician, Monster Reborn his Card Trooper, and make Zenmaity to combo off. However he drops Maxx “C” on my Rat, so I’m like fck it, and I end up trying to deck him out and getting him down to 7 or so cards left. He drops a Tragoedia on my attack. His turn, he specials Lightpulsar, Tributes both monsters for another Tragoedia , Drops 2 more Lightpulsars, and Specials Dark Armed. Scoop Phase :3
G3: Mid game Shock Lock and I got amazing backrow that he cant power through. He milled Heavy so I called monster effects. After that he’s pretty much done.
ROUND 8 Vs. WIND UP MIRROR MATCH [WIN]
G1: I outplay the crap out of him. After wading through both his Solemn Warnings and his Solemn Judgement, I make him waste his backrow on Wind-Up Rabbit since he only has 1000 left. Then I give him the beatdown once he runs out of backrow.
G2: I outplay him severely again. He wastes his resources on the wrong plays, searches the wrong things with Factory, and I leave him with nothing. I get the feeling he was not very familiar with the deck.
So I go x-2 and make it to Day 2. I get more sleep tonight! Yay!
ROUND 9 Vs ATLANTEAN MERMAILS [LOSE]
This guy is a regular at any Washington Regional. I know as soon as I see that I’m playing him that he’s gonna be tough to beat. Add that to the fact that this is my first time ever facing Atlantean Mermails…
G1: He goes and sets a card. I go and Shock Lock.
G2: I open backrow + Wind-Up Rabbit, which is the exact opposite of what I wanted against this deck. After a few turns, he outplays me straight up. He does more damage than I thought he was capable of doing after he gets a surprise marksman effect in somehow during my endphase with Abyss-sphere, killing my last backrow (Torrential D:)
G3: He has MST for my Macro when he uses Abyssmegalo, and he has Gozen Match for when I try to Wind-Up combo.
ROUND 10 Vs. Alexander Thomas (MADOLCHES?) [WIN]
G1: He ends up being in the middle of a duel/trades, so he doesnt show up and I get the default win.
I end up getting 61st, which I am more than content with after being away from competitive Yugioh for so long. But I wanted a little something to remember this day by, and I told myself that if I had time on day 2 I would try to enter the structure deck duel and win the XYZ Symphony mat I had my eye on ever since I saw it at the judges table day 1.
A NEW CHALLENGE APPEARS!
XYZ SYMPHONY STRUCTURE DECK DUEL: 8 PEOPLE ENTER, 1 LEAVES.
ROUND 1: Vs. MYSTERY G (!)
My opponent never showed up, so I got the only bye in the tourney. I use this time to get familiar with the cards in the deck.
ROUND 2: Vs. DRAGON DUELIST PRODIGY KID!
This kid was something else. Apparently he was a famous Dragon Duelist who had a monster binder full of expensive cards like Italian Cardcar Ds and misprinted ultra Book of Moons (They said Creature Swap). He also outplayed the crap out of his opponent round 1 and seemed pretty cocky. Before the round started he offered to scoop to me if I payed him 40 bucks. I was like helllll nawww.
I 2-0’d him. He overextended alot and left himself open to counter attacks from cards like Dark Hole. He also tried to rule shark alot. Oh well, I gave that kid the beatdown.
FINAL ROUND: Vs. Joyang (?)
I think that was his name, I feel bad about forgetting it after asking him for it but my memory sucks :(. Anyways this duel was super epic. He won the first round, I won the last 2. Sorry for not remembering the specifics. This duel went on for so long that we actually got put into time, which went turn 0 – 1 – 2 – 3 instead of the standard 5. I was already edging him out near the end, but since we were both topdecking anything could happen. Me ripping a call of the haunted gave me insurance. I set it and changed my Muzurhythm to defense. His last turn he couldnt push through, so he offered the handshake.
+1 Xyz Symphony Mat.
I then finish trading for everything I need to run my next pet projects (Prophecies and Air Neos OTK). I also played in the Atlantean Structure deck tourny, but I get thrashed! Dumb Atlanteans ;(. I then go over to watch the finals and see the epic conclusion as Michael Stibbins from my locals wins YCS Seattle! Me and the rest of the Phoenix Games crowd are super stoked and we celebrate together.
After that I go to the hotel across from the event hall be a part of the joint interview of Michael Stibbins by the YCGPodcast and SlimXTeamSymetry. Then I go eat food at Dennys and go home :S.