Freitag, 22. April 2011

YCS Paris - le chemin de la victoire

Hey guys!
Last post has been a while ago, but as I like written tournament reports better than videos, I thought I just post it here!
So last week, there was Europe's third YCS, taking place in Paris. People who know me knew I would go there from the begining. So on Tuesday morning, I meet some friend in Bielefeld and we started our 7-hour car ride to Paris.
We didn't want to go there just to sit in a hall for two days, so we started a day earlier to see a bit of Paris. Here are some impressions of the city:

Yes, that's me ;)

Notre Dame

Ave Caesar!

And of course....

..the Eiffel Tower!

So enough of our sightseeing tour, YCS Paris was ready to start on Saturday morning! I was going up with a deck that nobody would expect to face: Zombies!


Round 1 VS Machina (2-0)

This was an easy match, Machina deck's just can't hold up my swarming speed.

Record: 1-0

Round 2 VS Six Samurai (2-1)

First game I lose becuase of misscalculation. In the second game, he gets blocked by Spirit Reaper and can't get any outs against him. In game three, he starts pretty well with Gateway, 3 Samurais and 2 backrows. I MST both backrows, smash Turtle into Kizan to get Plaguespreader Zombie, and take control of his Grandmaster by discarding Puppet Plant to blow up his field with Black Rose Dragon. He can't recover, and I summon Rai-Oh. He topdecks into two Smoke Signals and loses.

Record: 2-0

Round 3 VS Six Samurai (2-0)
I just dominate him. Caius, Gorz, Tragodia and Reaper smash Six Samurai!

Record: 3-0

Round 4 VS Six Samurai (2-1)
 I like playing Samurai! The third one in a row got smashed like the ones before. In game one, he's able to summon Shi En and Grandmaster jsut to get smacked by Gorz. In game two, when we both were low on life, he had to go for Scrap Dragon with Kageki + Kageki + Kagemusha, aiming for victory as my field consited of Reaper and a facedown S/T. Too bad for him, my facedown was Oppression, so he has to use his Solemn, which left him without any cards to destroy with Scrap Dragon. He ends his turn, and I go for Brionac with Gale to end the game.

Record: 4-0

Round 5 VS X-Saber (1-2)
 I was up against future YCS Champion Stehpan Sluis! In game 1, I OTK him, game 2 he OTKs me. In game three, he had a field of Faultroll (which was negated by Effect Veiler) Hyunlei and Rai-Oh with Mirror Force set. I Puppet Plant his Troll, and go for Stardust with Plagspreader. He had to negate the summon with Rai-Oh, so I had my thrid Dark Monster for my Dark Armed Dragon,cleaning his field. In his next turn, he sets a new S/T and a monster. I try to destory his backrow with DaD, he discards Veiler to keep it, and when I try to summon another monster, he flipps up TT.

Record: 4-1
Round 6 VS Plant (2-0)
 In game 1, Ha Des gives him to much trouble and he can't get a setup. In game 2, when I attack with Goblin Zombie and Mezuki, he summons Gorz. In his turn, he tries to Synchro with Spore and the token, I negate it with Oppression. When he attacks over my Mezuki with Gorz, I summon Tragodia with 5 cards in hand. In my turn, I just discard DaD to take control of his Gorz and attack with all three monsters for game

Record: 5-1
Round 7 VS Gladiator Beasts (2-1)

My most feared Matchup. He starts up with Rai-Oh and goes for Gyzarus two turns later. I lose game 1.
In game 2, I can beat him down to 400 Life. He doesn't draw an additional monster, and I just special summon Plagspreader with it's own effect to attack for game. In game 3, I have enough protection to deal with his monsters, so I win.

Record: 6-1
Round 8 VS Dragunity (2-1)


Read my Featured Match for this. For all haters: I didn't do that Book of Life on purpose, I just forgot that I couldn't special summon because I played the Pot. Mike's a good friend of mine, I have no reason to cheat against him!

Record: 7-1

So Day 1 comes to a close. We returned to our hotel and made sure to get enough sleep so we would be ready for day 2!

Next morning, we arrived like an hour before the event continues, so we had to wait in front of the location. Just here, everybod keeps talking to me, asking me if I was the guy going crazy with Zombies.
Anyway, as soon as the pairings for round 9 were up, we were able to enter the building and start off!


Round 9 VS Hero-Beat (1-2)


I have total control in Game 1 and win. In Game 2, he starts with Rai-Oh and Dimensional Fissure and I can't recover. In Game 3, we're both low on life and he's down to nothing except his Neos Alius which he took with Stratos early in the game. He plays Pot of Duality and gets Gemini Spark to clear my field. I don't draw another Monster, and he topdecks DDWL for game.

Record: 7-2

Round 10 VS Six Samurai (2-0)
I was in a touch-and-go situation. If I lose this one, I wouldn't make it to the Top 32.
After we had our decks checked, he started up with Shien's Smoke Signal (I was celebrating because I faced another Samurai!), and ends with Barkion and 3 S/Ts. I set Goblin Zombie, he summons Kagemusha and attacks. I search for Plaguespreader, and in my turn, I have Trunade and end with Gaia, Stardust and Brionac. He can't recover from there on. In game two, he opens the same, this time with Brionac. I can't do anything but set Goblinzombie and 2 S/Ts. He tried to go for Barkion with Double-Edged, but I can negate it with Warning. He just ends without attacking. I had Trunade again, going for Android and Catastor with Grow-Up Bulb and Bool of Life in addition to my on-flied Goblinzombie. He again can't recover.

Record: 8-2

So I was 8-2 at a YCS with Zombies. The Final Standings were announced, placing me 16th, of to face place 17, Adrian Madaj, in the Top 32 Match.

Top 32 VS X-Saber (2-1)

I can stop his plays in Game 1 with 2 Caiuses and Ha Des, but he recovers thanks to Airbellum and Reborn.
In game 2, I take control with 2 Rai-Ohs and Caius. He plays Fulhelmknight and Mind Control to go for Black Rose Dragon, trying to get rid of both Rai-Ohs at once. I negate his summon with Solemn Warning instead of Rai-Oh, he scoops. In game 3, he had some backup, but I keep getting his monster of the Table with Caius and Nobleman of Crossout.

Top 16 VS Gravekeepers (2-0)


This time, I was up against Michael Ciplak, who already made it to the Top 16 of YCS Bochum and finished 4th at YCS Milan. In game 1, I do 2 crurial mistakes (I forgot to attack once, and when he summons Descendant, I flipp TT without waiting for him to call priority), but as he got some beatdown early in the game, I just go for Caius on my own Golbin Zombie to win. In game 2, I get very lucky, topdecking MST and Caius which get rid of Mirror Force and his Spy. I admit that this game was pure luck, nothing to be proud of =/

Top 8 VS Plant (1-2)

In Game 1, he can search with Sangan like 3 times thanks to Reborn and Limit Reverse, so he had total control and all options he wanted. In game 2, when he had Sangan and Repar on the field, I Veiler his Reaper. He still attacks, getting stopped by Tragodia. I discard Gale to destroy Reaper, then DaD and Caius come down to smash him. In game 3, he brings me down to 1400 Life with only Rai-Oh on my field. He topdecks into Caius and I lose.

 So I fnished Top 8 with Zombies at YCS Paris, recieving a Nintendo DSi XL, Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2011 - Over the Nexus, a YCS Darklord Playmat and a qualifcation for the next European Championship as my prices.. Even though I lost in Top 8, I'm still pleased with my record. If you're interessed, you can find my decklist at the official coverage page or on my YouTube Channel (in German only). Next in line are German Nationals on June 11/12, see you there!

Samstag, 5. Juni 2010

Switch to YouTube!

I just decided to change from bloging to YouTubing!

This is my channel, I will start uplaoding Videos soon:

Mittwoch, 28. April 2010

The Shining Darkness Previews

I just realized that it's Sneak this weekend, so it would have been time to write my previews. I just forgot about that the last two days,and when I checked the spoiler today I saw there is NO fu**ing card that Konami didn't review yet. As I don't want to copy their reviews, I won't do any preview this week. But be prepared for a long Nationals report in about 2 weeks and a Qualifier Report by one of my team-mates ;)

Sonntag, 4. April 2010

Cat-Synchro: Best Deck for Nationals?

Just a month after the new banend list, the format seems to be clear (at least until Shining Darkness will be released): Balckwings, Machina Gadgets and Cat Synchro seems to be the best decks, with Cat Synchro at the lead for many players.
I also played Cat Synchro at many events now, and I want to show you why I don't think it will be as dominant as many people think.
At first,let's outline the facts that make this dekc so strong:
- Easy access to Arcanite Magician, which is one of the most powerfull Synchros ever released.
- Fast Advantage genration with floaters like Ryko and Spy
- Ability to disturb your opponets hand with Airbellum

Now, let's look at the different matchups:

Blackwing is quite simple to counter. Just stop the normal summon, and they die. They also can't get over most of our Flipp-monsters without wasting a Kalut. Last but not least: Caius makes them cry.

Machina Gadget:
Good, I hate this deck. Machian fortress is a f***ing beast. Arcanite? Lose one Card. Caius? Lose one Card. The only way to deal with this guy without taking a loss of card advantage is Spell an Trap Removal. Still, as we main Cyber Dragons, and their Gadgets and Geaframes can't get over our Hamsters and Spys, this should be an easy machtup.

So we have positive Matchups against both other dimonant decks. Where's the problem?
The worst Matchup is in fact the mirror match.

I tested many different Cat Builds, and the result in the Mirror didn't change: It keept 50:50. This is quite simple to explain: The one who gets the first turn is the one who wins.
If you start and have an avarage hand you will be bale to set Hamster, Ryko, Spy or whatever first, and you will be the one to take advantage trought thier effects first. Think about it:
Ryko kills the set monster your opponet started with. Spy gets Descendant and kill the monster he set. Hamster doesn't kill the monster immediatly, but it's a plus 1 and cna be tributed for Caius, which also kills your opponets monster.

Conclusion: Are you realing willing to enter your Nationals with a deck that loses 50% of the mirror matches because you won't start? I think I won't, how about you?


Donnerstag, 25. Februar 2010

Lightsworns in the next format

As I announced some days ago, I will deal with Lightsworns in the March 2010 Format today.

To start,let's see how our deck looks now:

1 Plaguespreader Zombie
2 Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress
2 Judgment Dragon
1 Garoth, Lightsworn Warrior
1 Aurkus, Lightsworn Druid
1 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
1 Jain, Lightsworn Paladin
1 Ehren, Lightsworn Monk
1 Archlord Kristya 
3 Honest
3 Celestia, Lightsworn Angel
3 Wulf, Lightsworn Beast
3 Necro Gardna
3 Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner

1 Brain Control
1 Gold Sarcophagus
1 Mystical Space
1 Heavy Storm
3 Solar Recharge
3 Charge of the Light Brigade

1 Mirror Force
2 Beckoning Light
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Royal Oppression

(Stephen Silverman, Shoen Jump LA Winner)

Even if all of you should know, I will quickly  summarize what functions of the cards hit by the list:

Necro Gardna: Protect our monsters and stop OTKs

Honest: Protect our monsters and remove opponets problem monsters like Stardust Dragon or Heraklinos.

Lumina: Swarming

Charge: Get the key Lightsworns from our deck as well as mill some cards,mostly used for Lumina +Garoth opening

Okay, we lose protection and speed.I think we don't realy need to replace the "stop OTKs" function of Necro Gardna. For protection, there is an even better possbility:

Klick for free Judgment Dragon

Now,why is this card even better?
Simple: Blackwings will be a big pick in the next format, and as we lost a Honest and 2 Necor Gardnas, we are more vunerable to Kalut. Shield Warrior is removed when your monster would be destroyed. This means You can just attakc into a small Blackwing, and if you opponet drops Kalut, you just remove Shield Warrior. Yes, you can do this even during your own Battle Phase.
Shield Warrior only has 2 big disadvantages: It doesn't stop Gladiators from tagging out, and you need a monster to use it. Even though, I still think that it will be a good replacement for the 2 missing Gardnas.

Now, the factor of speed:

To repalce 2 Charges, we play Rota and Sarcopharg. Rota can sreach for Garoth, Jain, Ehren, Necro Gradna and Shield Warrior (the latest 2 for discard costs), while Sarcopharg gets us our JDs or Beckoning Lights, or even the now-limited Charge of the Light  Brigade.
To bring some additional milling effects, we can add Card Trooper.

Now,this would be my list for Lightsworns from monday:

3x Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
2x Judgment Dragon
2x Celestia, Lightsworn Angel
2x Wulf, Lightsworn Beast
2x Honest
2x Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress
2x Shield Warrior

1x Jain, Lightsworn Paladin

1x Garoth, Lightsworn Warrior
1x Ehren, Lightsworn Monk
1x Plaguespreader Zombie
1x Aurkus, Lightsworn Druid

1x Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner
1x Necro Gardna

3x Solar Recharge
2x Gold Sarcophagus
1x Smashing Ground
1x Foolish Burial
1x Pot of Avarice
1x Heavy Storm
1x Reinforcement of the Army
1x Mystical Space Typhoon
1x Charge of the Light Brigade

3x Threatening Roar
2x Beckoning Light
1x Mirror Force
1x Torrential Tribute

Feel free to rate ;)