It’s time friends. Time to pen the story of how I managed to bamboozle my way to the top tables of a yugioh regional and actually receive my first top 8 win.
Disclaimer: While I took notes during the regional, I can’t give the innate play by play for each game. I’ll try to put whatever I can remember from skimming my match notes though.
Vs Invoked ABC Draco
Game 1: I went first, was able to establish a board and beat him taking no damage.
Game 2: He made me go first. I added an Iron Wall off of Duality. I made a board and passed. My opponent goes for Evenly Matched…
I chain Iron Wall and he goes “Oh yeah…”
He then went into Borreload and tried to attack my Master Peace…
After reminding him that we were in Main Phase 2…
I used Apocalypse to destroy his Borreload and then defeated him.
Game 1: I won the die-roll and my opponent could not out my turn 1 board. I rode that advantage to victory.
Game 2: My opponent bricked. I had the weird scenario of Ignis on board with a set Chalice and some other bluff as he went for Black Rose Dragon. I could Chalice the Black Rose, but then it would kill Ignis so I let my board go. I then rebuilt faster than him to win the match.
I gave him an MTG sleeve for his field center (A foil Gohan card from the Dragon Ball Super card game) since he was very crestfallen after the match.
I was late to this round because my friend and I were by the vendors. I apologized like 6 times over the course of the match for this.
Game 1: I won the die roll, established a board with turn 1 Master Peace backed by Monarchs Erupt. He couldn’t break it and lost.
GAME 2: HE GOES FIRST AND LITERALLY HAS THE MOST INSANE TURN 1 I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!
Off of Lonefire Blossom and double Charge of the Light Brigade he starts with double Psyframe-Lord Omega….
His end board was… (inhales)
Saryuya Skull Dread, Borreload Dragon, Bujintei Amaterasu, Abyss Dweller with Fairy Tail Snow in grave loaded 3 times.
In my standby phase he adds Ash Blossom to his hand with Amaterasu and activates Dweller on me….
I bait the Ash with Pot of Desires and then activate Card of Demise.
I destroy his board and we actually played a grind game of him frantically trying to get Borreload back into his extra deck with Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion in order to out my Master Peace (which to his credit he did). He beat me in time causing the match to end in a draw.
Vs True Draco with Scapegoat and Hand-traps
Game 1: This was my first mirror match in the tournament and it technically invalidates my clickbait title because he did destroy me game 1.
Game 2: I was able to keep him off Borreload by popping his Scapegoat tokens with Master Peace winning the game.
Game 3: Once again the heart of the cards and turboing out Master Peace before he did won me the match.
Win 2-1 (But rip my title)
Vs Mekk Knight Invoked
Game 1: I was caught by the Mekk Knight monsters (as they a new archetype not used in the anime so I didn’t know what they did). Luckily, playing around Mekk Knights just came naturally after his first turn so I never put a card in the same column again. We played a back and forth game. Eventually, he made Borreload to out my Master Peace, but realized after the fact that my MP has 3250 attack so he had to link his Borreload into a Decode Talker along with Invoked Elysium and Purgatrio to get over it. Luckily, I had a set Return to dodge lethal and I outed his board on the following turn narrowly winning the game.
Game 2: We went into time, but he couldn’t out my MP and I was able to defeat him by dropping a second one.
Game 1: My only Pendulum opponent of the day. I went first and was able to outgrind him by playing around his power traps with Return of the True Kings to revive the somehow too big, but effect-less Master Peace.
Game 2: He gets me to 100 LP (I thought I was dead, but I did not realize that his Zefra guy had 0 atk!) but I manage to turn things around with another Master peace in order to win.
Vs True Draco Mirror…
Vs Sir Emanon….
So I had to play against my teammate, the creator of the deck and my friend. We had the exact same record and this round would ensure an invite for one of us. It was the hardest match emotionally that I had to play.
Game 1: Won the dieroll, got turn 1 Master Peace and he couldn’t out it.
Game 2: He makes double Master Peace quickly, but I out one with Raigeki. I out the second by crashing my own MP with his after baiting its effect. We started topdecking due to Anti-Spell and the match-up came down to me destroying his set Card of Demise whereas he destroyed my set Chalice off of Disciples being popped.
Vs True Draco Mirror Again
Game 1: I won the dieroll and created a great turn one board with MP (I’m getting tired sorry) and Maiden. He started trying to out it, BUT THEN WE GOT A RE-PAIRING.
We shook hands, picked up our cards, checked our phones and found out that while a re-pairing did occur, we were still each other’s opponent…
Game 1 (Again): I win the dieroll and go second. He grinded back and forth and I narrowly beat him thanks to some luckily draws off Disciples.
Game 2: We go into time and he beats me ending our long bout in a draw.
Vs Mekk Knight Invoked Again
By this point the venue has “technically” closed since the organizers made the poor decision of only booking it until 9pm. The judges were chasing people out of the venue while we played the last round.
Game 1: My opponent outs my turn 1 board of Maiden + Monarchs Erupt using Mind Control. He then fuses her into Invoked Raijin, but did not deal me very much damage. I messed up though and lost my Spell/Trap MP to a Ghost Ogre. Luckily, Apocalypse destroyed his Mechaba preventing him from defeating me. I then ran over his 500 attack Aleister with Maiden on the following turn for game.
Game 2: He grinded back and forth. He once again outed my Monarchs Erupt with Mind Control. Luckily, I had Iron Wall for his Invocation and he was unable to out my set-up in time…
And that’s the story of how with minimal experience or playtesting I was able to ride this helmet stun deck to 7th place and top my first Yugioh regional…
I want to thank my friends at Penn Duelists, Drexel Duelists, Jack and most importantly Sir Emanon (who also got 28th place securing his own invite) for all of their support.
Thanks for reading as always.