I got 15th place this time at the Philadelphia Regional with an attendance of over 600 players! It was a very long day with many horrific ups and downs, BUT this is the highest I’ve ever placed in Philly regional after many years of attending it. I’m very tired still ,so I’m going to jam literally everything into this one blog post before the details all slip away.
April 7th 2018 Philadelphia Regional
Format: 10 Rounds of Swiss
Metagame: Pendulum Magicians, True Draco, Pendulum FTK, Trickstars, ABC, Rogue Decks galore
Tournament started at 11am and ended at MIDNIGHT
So I made a few noticeable changes to the list from Maryland.
- I added an extra deck including a Winter Cherries package and a Scapegoat package.
- I moved 2 Cosmic Cyclone to the main.
- I added 1 Scapegoat, 1 Unending Nightmare to the main
- I cut 1 Pot of Duality, 2 Monarchs Erupt, Solemn Judgment from the main deck.
- I added the expensive hand-traps to the side, cutting Sphere Mode and D Barrier.
Deck ran the same way fundamentally. Scapegoat gave the deck a potential sack factor and made it less likely for the opponent to blind make Abyss Dweller turn 1 (which is the weakness of the no Extra Deck build). I expected the mirror, which is why I added Cosmic to the main, but no Draco mirrors were played that day.
BTW I want to just say this really quick. I would be totally fine with Master Peace getting banned if we can keep Dragonic Diagram at 3. I saw many decks use Diagram that will all die if the field spell gets banned.
Anyway, let’s speed through my TEN rounds, shall we?
Round 1: Vs Budget Ties of the Brethren ABC
Game 1, opponent bricks and beat him down. Game 2 he bricks again and I beat him. Dude said it was his first regional and he was using Effect Veilers instead of Ash Blossoms. The struggles of a shy budget player are real.
Round 2: Vs Mekk-Knight Invoked
Game 1 he loses to Skill Drain, literally just a turn 2 skill drain shut down his whole deck. Game 2 I opened Card of Demise, MP (Master Peace) and 3 copies of Imperial Iron Wall. He Ashs (Force of Wills) my Card of Demise, so make a Trap-Trap MP and set the last Iron Wall. The Wall prevents his play. We grind for a bit, but I defeat him off MP + Iron Wall. This was the only match-up I resolved Scapegoat all day.
Round 3: Vs ABC
Game 1 he sets Gold Gadget and passes. I summon Amano, extra tribute Summon Maiden using Apocalypse to pop his set Gadget. The two monsters then hits him for big damage. In his standby phase I flip Anti-Spell. He scoops.
Game 2 he stabilizes against me with Imperial Order and Tornado Dragon, but I out his Tornardo Dragon with Ignis and deny his Dragon Buster with Imperial Iron Wall. The simplified game-state of Ignis + Iron Wall vs Imperial Order did not work out well for him.
Round 4: Vs Pendulum FTK
Game 1 I open Anti-Spell and he loses quickly. Game 2 he FTKs me. I had him to go as far as searching Instant Fusion before I scooped. Game 3 I Solemn Judgment his first Pendulum Summon and he never recovers.
Round 5: Vs Pendulum FTK
Game 1 he FTKS me. I should add that without my sided hand-traps I can’t interact with the FTK going second at all. Game 2 I open the floodgates and beat him. Game 3 I side my handtraps, see none of them…
BUT HE FAILS THE FTK!
He ends on a standard Pendulum board which I break winning the match!
Round 6: vs ABC…
I was at Table 1! I was excited and legit confident! But…
My opponent and I got deck-checked…
I messed up and wrote 2 Winter Cherries on my decklist sheet when I was running 3…
So I got a game loss…
He then makes turn 1 Buster in game 2 and I didn’t see Amano Iwato….
At this point the judge said I had to play the rest of the regional with only 2 Cherries in my side deck (which is why there are only 2 in the photo).
I was super tilted. I’m still actually super tilted. If not for the support of my friends I would’ve dropped out of frustration and gone home then.
Round 7: Vs Shaddoll Dinos
Game 1 I bricked so badly that he killed me with a single unopposed Overtex Qoatlus. I literally went set pass until I dead. Game 2 I Solemn Judgment his Evenly Matched and used Return to pop his Ultimate Conductor Tyranno winning the game. Game 3 we grind down to a super simplified game state, but I ripped Card of Demise after Dark Holing his UCT and his Black Rose (which I had to Chalice to protect my Dark Hole). The Card of Demise led to MP and he surrendered.
Round 8: Vs Metalfoe True Draco
Game 1: He takes a 5-8 minute turn 1 ending on a board with Abyss Dweller, Monster/Trap Master Peace, and Odd Eyes Vortex Dragon. I failed to break his board due to Dweller and lose quickly. Game 2 I opened double Cosmic Cyclone and Chalice going first and I stunt all of this potential plays beating him.
Game 3 I opened my side deck ASH!
KNOW WHAT TO NEGATE!!!
He keeps comboing and I sit there thinking on each effect dumbfounded on how to stop him. I negate his Astrograph search, but he just destroyed another card to keep going. He ends on Monster/Trap MP, Vortex Dragon and Zefra Mettaron. My hand is Double Amano, Raigeki, Dark hole, and I draw an Apocalypse for turn…
I out his board with Dark Hole+Raigeki but he brings back his MP with return and easily beats me with it…
Now x-2 I have to not drop another game to avoid potentially missing the top.
Round 9 Vs: True King Dinos
Game 1 I disrupt his first turn with MP thanks to Apocalypse. He doesn’t recover and surrenders. Game 2 he goes turn 1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier into Phantom Fortress Enterblathnir to banish 2 cards from my hand, but he has no other plays. I break his board, but used Demise so I can’t hit him. Low on resources he searches the Fire True King, but I use Chalice to negate his Oviaraptor search! His diagram prevents him from outing my Maiden/Ignis so he’s forced to pass. I break his board with MP on the following turn for game.
Round 10: Vs Pendulum FTK
Game 1 he FTKS me…
No surprises here.
Game 2 I side in the floodgate brigade and he loses to Anti-Spell.
I don’t open any handtraps….
I resolve myself to lose the game…
BUT HE MESSES UP THE FTK!!!
He makes a standard Pendulum board which I was unable to crack! We get into a grind game, but a timely rip of Card of Demise finally brought me the win.
And that’s how I managed to get 15th place at Philadelphia Regional after over 5 years of scrubbing out there…
There are some edits I’d like to make, but I don’t believe True Draco will live for long. I pray that Konami does not ban Dragonic Diagram. I really enjoy playing this deck and would keep playing it without Master Peace (at least until I can break Counter Fairies). Also my respect for the Philly Regional is gone. I used to think it was a lost of good players, but it’s really a room of blowhard players surrounding like 20 or so quality ones. Also my friend got his deck stolen. Really a somber event overall. I left this regional after filling out my top cut paperwork again, more frustrated than anything else.
Thanks for reading as always.