October was a busy month for me due to adult life so I’m going to slam a bunch of event summaries and photos into this one post. I honestly wish I posted more, but here’s what I got.
So I have to thank the tier 0 nightmare of Spyrals for one of the most fun Yugioh trips I’ve had in ages. Basically as I’m sure you know if you’ve come this far into card gaming chaos that they released a new Yugioh set called Circuit Break and that in this set there was a new card called Spyral Double Helix which propelled the Spyral deck from fun jank deck to tier 0 powerhouse. I had said Spyral deck and had for the first time in ages that opportunity to play a meta Yugioh deck.
As you probably already know I flipped that deck on ebay immediately right before the set dropped. This funded my trip to New York City to hang out with friends, go to Sneak Peek and ultimately the Brooklyn Regional!
Circuit Breaker Sneak Peak
So first of all I need to make the sad declaration that Circuit Break was not kind to me (or most of my crew). I opened 15 sneak peek packs and my best pull was the Ultra Rare RivalArrival card…
I didn’t even open enough Altergeists to build a deck, but luckily that was a temporary problem. Being a prominent deck in the new anime I spent the weekend and the rest of the month trading/buying the rest of the deck. I would’ve done the same with the Rokkets, but many of them are Secret Rares so I’m hoping to wait until the Special Edition comes out to lower their prices.
Sneak Peek Mat Tournament
We entered a sneak tournament where my buddies played each other in the finals (we bamboozled the store by having one friend scoop so they could play for the mat later (and let us leave to get dinner).
Round 1 Vs Paleo
I got to play against a youtuber (Davinator212) with my Zoodiac Stun deck (don’t try this at home kids). Regrettably I lost in time due to a misplay.
The worst misplay of the day though goes to my buddy who set his Time Pendulumgraph trap card in his Pendulum Scale…
He went on to lose this match and has been ripped on for it ever since.
So due to an increasing disdain with modern yugioh I really got onboard when one of my mates said we should all play goat format. I don’t know if I ever brought this up before, but seems as good a time as ever. Basically goat format is yugioh with the 2004/2005 banlist so the games are glacially slow and reward slow card advantage and grinding. I can safely say these games have been some of my most beloved games of Yugioh. We played quite a bit of goat during the trip so it’s fresh in my mind.
So the first thing I should say is that I put 0 effort into my deck and scrounged together an ABC deck literally the Saturday before the regional. I also added the additional condition of not borrowing a single card from my friends. Sound hard? Well it was. I played a very bad deck:
You know the deck is bad when I didn’t even take a photo of it at the venue. Ignore the Dragon’s Ravine and the fact I don’t recall the rest of my extra deck…
Round 1 Vs Pendulum Magician
I was completely overwhelmed by what was at the time the best deck.
Round 2 Vs Pendulum Magician
My opponent made several misplays while his buddies hovered around him.
Round 3 vs Pure True Draco
Opened triple Ghost Reaper game 1, my set rotation lock was outed immediately by cosmic cyclone.
Round 4 Vs Lightsworn
My opponent was not very good, I went out of my way to win with Topological Bomber Dragon for fun.
Round 5 Vs Invoked Draco
Between his bricks and my decent plays I managed to win.
Round 6 Vs Spellbook True Draco
I was getting pretty tired at this point and I couldn’t focus during the duel. Once again the set rotation lock failed.
Round 7 Vs Pure True Draco
I have no recollection of this match and didn’t make any notes on it…
Round 8 Vs True Draco ABC
I opened Oracle of Zefra thus making my combo dead. I got steamrolled.
Round 9 Vs Pure ABC
I Ghost Reaper’d his Dragon Buster both games. It was pretty anticlimactic.
What this tournament taught me was something I already knew, but never took to heart. I could easily have competitive success in Yugioh if I actually cared to construct a complete deck. I’m not going to say I didn’t make tons of misplays, but after awhile you just get the flow of the game down pat. My deck held me back, but I still got 93rd place.
Highlight of the Regional was definitely getting Italian pro player Marcelo Barberi’s autograph. In hindsight I wish I got a card signed, but I didn’t have a sharpie on me.
Other than that here are some of the best Yugioh board states I saw/created during the month of October:
And finally my acquisitions from the Regional/Sneak Peaks:
Magic Standard Showdown?!
My buddy told me that at the Thursday Standard Showdown for Magic that the attendance was so low that they would give us packs just for entering. I threw together a deck of the draft bulk I found at the store, bought a few more copies of Lord of the Accursed and tadah! Black-White Zombies.
Unfortunately, a bunch of people showed up and we actually had to play in the tournament…
Round 1 Vs UB Control
The mere fact I took a game off a real deck made my heart almost stop. In Oketra’s Name iss actually a really good card.
Round 3 Vs 4 Color EDH Control Stuff
I played my friend and actually won the match thanks to janky enchantments I sided in.
Round 4 Vs Jund Energy
Yeah this wasn’t even a real fight…
And the final joke was that we did get packs just for entering, but our pulls were…
Yep Standard Showdown, once and never again…
And that’s about it for my October adventures is squandering precious resources on shiny cardboard. I’m going to a Yugioh Regional tomorrow so hopefully won’t take me a month to discuss what happened.
Thanks for reading as usual.