Eternal Masters PPTQ (Painful, Pretentious, Torturous and Questionable)

I’m tired out after a long day. I did not open anything absurd or expensive. I ended up playing difficult grindy match-ups all day. Now admittedly every game (with rare exception was fun). I’m going to do this in a needlessly fast manner due to being tired, apathetic and wanting to move on.

 

My Deck:

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I played Green/Black Elves with no real pay-offs. My deck was very slow, but had many neat tricks.

My Rares:

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Match-Ups:

Round 1: Vs Blue/Black Reanimate

I assembled the engine of Wirewood Symbiote + Heritage Druid + Plague Witch x2 + Civic Wayfinder to bounce Civic Wayfinder every turn to keep searching lands to dump to Plague Witch. I eventually drew into Blood Artist and slowly took down his whole board. Game 2 we boardstalled until he won by retracing…

Call of the Skybreaker 3 times…

We started game 3 in time, but he got colored-screwed while something something Huntsmaster and Juggernaut crushed him.

Win 2-1

Round 2: Vs Blue/White Tempo

I didn’t open like any low drop creatures and then he played Jareth, Leonine Titan. I couldn’t block it or attack. I died very fast. Game 2 I only had Blood Artist until turn 5 due to a mana flood. I lost again quite handily managing to fight back until Jareth came back.

Loss 0-2

Round 3: Vs Temur Cascade

My opponent had a foil Malestrom Wanderer, a Shardless Agent and a Bloodbraid Elf. I stalled for a while using the bounce Civic Wayfinder combo to block the wanderer, but his deck was eons stronger than mine. It was no contest.

Loss 0-2

Round 4: Vs Bant

Both games were won for me by Deathrite Shaman. He Force of Willed it game one, but I used Gravedigger to recur it then took over the game with it. Game 2 we entered a boardstall where Deathrite combined with Maze of Ith prevented hm from attacking while pinging him down. I took him from 14 to 0.

Win: 2-0

Round 5: Vs Green/White Enchantress

Game 1 my opponent mulls to 6, never draws a 3rd land while I curb out perfectly so he loses very fast. Game 2 he manages to Faith’s Fetters + double Pacifism to make his Yavimiya Enchantresses huge. I am taken to 4 life at this point mostly after missing an easy chance to kill his Mother of Runes turn 1. So my opponent was the most honorable guy I met all day, because after searching his deck he releases that he’s short a card and calls a judge on himself. The judge has him shuffle a random card from his pool into the deck and we keep going. I’m okay with this due to wanting to keep playing. Anyway to make a long story really short a combination of Blood Artist + Phyrexian Gargantua pull me back from 4 to 10 and him from 16 to 0.

Win 2-0

Round 6: Vs Jeskai Fliers

So after a long fight game 1 I lose to Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Then game 2 he gets mana-screwed, but my clock is so terrible he draws out of it.He tries to stablize with Jace at 4 life, but Blood Artist finishes him before he can complete a miracle. We go into time game 3, but I get color-screwed and lose to multiple flying attackers.

Loss 1-2

 

And so ends the story of how I got 28th place out of 64 at the PPTQ…

 

Thoughts:

While I am totally underwhelmed by today I have to admit it’s only because I didn’t open any high value cards. I’m very happy that many of my friends opened well, one of whom got 4th place at the event. EMA is a weird format. There’s a surplus of busted things that can happen and cards that are really annoying to fight. Also I have 7 Heritage Druids now after opening 2 of them today (This is what happens when you get another pack or fun afterwards). I want to take a photo, but I can’t be bothered right now. The takeaway from this is that Magic tournaments are fun, but this one was way too competitive, expensive and grueling.

And that’s all the whining I needed to do. Thanks for bearing with me.

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A Sad Day in Card Gaming (Two 4-man “tournaments” in one day…)

To distract from the reality of moving to a new apartment for the summer I entered both a Force of Will and Yugioh tournament on Sunday. Both were 4-mans so I can’t say either was something to brag about, but here are my tournament reports regardless.

 

Force of Will

 

My Deck:

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I played Red/Black/White Seer of the Blue Moon deck, which sided into Gill Lapis games 2 and 3 against J-Ruler based decks. My basic play was to use either Guinivere or Soulhunt to get Celestial Wing Seraph/Lucifer into my graveyard to revive using the Book of Eibon.

 

Match-Ups:

Round 1: Vs Kaguya Awakening

My opponent played all of the awakening resonators from TMS (including mainboarded Cherubin the Angel of Wisdom). He had a powerful asset in the form of counterspells, but he frequently used Wall of Wind to make me pay an extra mana rather than timing it for a hard counter. Game 1 he failed to kill me before  I cast Celestial Wing Seraph and I ran away with the game soon after.

Game 2 I got colored screwed and couldn’t cast any cards until turn 3 (as two Tsukuyomi Nobles attacked me repeatedly). My opponent j-activated Kaguya and quickly got her up to 1100/1300 by awakening his dudes. In the process he managed to drop me to 4 life. I made an error while trying to heal up and my Celestial Wing Seraph’s healing effect got canceled by Kaguya. As a result, I ended up using 2 Lucifers to chump-block said Kaguya for until I had enough will to J-activate Gill Lapis and God’s Art in the same turn. I swung with Celestial Wing Seraph, then used the God’s Art to steal his Lunar Ibis and untap the Seraph to swing again for game.

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Win: 2-0

Round 2:  Vs Whisper from the Abyss Grimmia

I thought I had no chance against Grimmia pre-board. This deck terrifies me, but after fighting it so many times I know how to attack it. I tried to put a lot of damage as fast as possible to worsen his Whispers From the Abyss. What ended up happening is my opponent J-activated and swung at my Underground Dragger. In response I cast Flame of Outer World on his Grimmia. He had no open will to give Grimmia imperishable thanks to Barrier of Shadows so she/he actually died. My opponent didn’t scoop and instead made play out another 5 turns until I drew into a way to finish him.

Game I sided into Gill Lapis with the full sweet of J-Ruler hate. I sided out Sign to the Future alongside my chant-standby creatures. I ended up using Book of Eibon to reanimate Susanowo to get in early damage. However, he was able to Dream of Juliet both of my Barriers of Shadow and J-activate Grimmia. I made a misplay at this instance by using Flame of Outer World to kill his Percevial. I should’ve either passed or held up the Flames to try and kill his Grimmia, though I’m not sure if there was anyway to defeat Grimmia at that point. I stalled for another 15 minutes until his Almerius allowed Grimmia to hit me in the air or 2500 (as he/she tutored all 4 copies of Ragnarok.

As expected we started Game 3 in time and a perfect turn 3 Book of Eibon into Celestial Wing Seraph couldn’t finish him off.

Draw: 1-1-1

By going 2-0 round 1 to my opponent’s 2-1, I took 1st place and won a Glimpse of Kaguya Promo.

 

Thoughts:

I love Seer of the Moon, though I had a lot of fun playing Gill Lapis post board. That being said this deck felt very imperfect to me. I think Celestial Seraph + Lucifer is the strongest 2-card combo in the format right now (and that Alice Cluster will maintain this fact), though if I wanted to drop Celestial Wing Seraph on turn 3, then why not use Shion? As it stands I’m playing an inconsistent reanimation deck that has the upside of Seer slowing the opponent to the point I may just live to see 5 mana to hard cast Seraph.

 

Yugioh

 

My Deck:

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I attempted to rebuild my Nekroz deck for the current format by adding in Kaijus. It’s been mixed as far as results go, but I’m happy with it and wouldn’t choose to play anything over it.

 

Match-Ups:

Round 1: Vs Monster Mash

My opponent made a turn 1 board of Naturia Beast + Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon, but I outed it easily with a Kaiju into Interrupted Kaiju Slumber. This allowed me to pull off Trish into Phantom Fortress Enterblathnir for game.

Game 2 I Kaleidoscoped into Valk + Clausolas with a Soul Drain as back-up to win.

Win: 2-0

Round 2: Vs Yosenju Kaiju

I quickly learned all about Kaiju from my buddy/opponent. Mostly that kaiju vs kaiju is quite difficult. I couldn’t Kaiju his Kaiju so I couldn’t get it out of my hand. I got finished off by the Yosenjus in the meantime.

Game 2 I fell into Drowning Mirror Force and lost immediately.

Loss: 0-2

Round 3: Vs Monster Mash Again

I took game 1, lost game 2 to Naturia Beast/Herald of the Arc Light. Game 3 I lost to my own Gozen Match when I couldn’t finish my opponent due to being locked into Castel.

Loss: 1-2

Extra Round: Vs Kozmo

I lost game 1 after going too neg outing my own Kaiju.

Game 2 I won off a turn 1 Vanity’s Emptiness.

Game 3 I bricked and lost to Dark Destroyer+Dark Lady.

Loss: 1-2

 

Thoughts:

I learned a lot for how to edit my deck. Nekroz Cycle is no longer worth playing in my opinion. It was dead in my hand every game. Other cards like Urgent Ritual Art and Dance Princess also ended up being too cute to merit staying in the deck. I still love this archetype so I’ll keep at it. I don’t think I’m getting sucked back into Yugioh (Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself). As long as my deck modifications are cheap I think its fine, which is why I’m running Gadarlas over Gamaciels.

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Thanks for reading as always.

My 2016 Yugioh Epiphany

I’m still fighting a cold and the pain of yesterday’s soul-crushing Force of Will Pre-Release, but oddly enough the biggest item weighing on my mind is how great my last 3 days of Yugioh have been.

So I put all of the ygo decks from 2015 into plastic bags, then into “2” cardboard boxes while cleaning my apartment. I then brought 1 of said boxes to my friend’s place Saturday at 8 pm. Another friend then says “Hey, let’s all grab a random deck from the box and fight!” and so the greatest night of yugioh ensued.

As I hobbled home at 5 AM I remembered such beautiful boards as:

  • Frightfur Sabre Tiger (fused with 3 materials) vs Arcana Force 0 the Fool with its tails effect online
  • Yugi top-decking every card needed to almost deck out lightsworns (3 cards left in deck, card destruction next draw, #soclose)
  • Gem Knight Topaz vs Crystal Beast Topaz Tiger
  • Relinquished vs Armor Ninjas
  • And many more

I also mulled over my last actual ygo tournament battles.

 

I played the Monarch mirror round 1 two weeks ago. My opponent bricked game 1, but I couldn’t kill him before he recovered and got me. Game 2 I over sided, bricked and got wrecked game 2.

HOWEVER

my night was saved as one of my peers brought Baby Raccoon Yosenju to the tournament. After taking a break from yugioh for easily 2 months, he fought the Adjusted list Pepe and won handily. He then scraped Dinomists in the finals, winning the tournament and becoming a meme among out group ever since.

Loss 0-2, I predicted the guy with raccoons would win so it was all worth

Then on Friday I brought Infernoids (since Monarchs are either bricks or oppressively over-powered).

Round 1 I played against Mermails (loaned by a friend to another friend). Game 1 Savged him by resolving Infernoid Tierra with a 2nd Void Imagination. Game 2 he got me with the young #11 Big Eye. Game 3 I got him with my sideboard Mischief of the Gnomes which locked him out for a turn letting me to beat him.

In the second round I played against Phantom Knight Burning Abyss, the hot new meta deck living awkwardly under the big 3. My opponent is one of the best ygo players I personally know (tops regionals regularly). I won game one since Infernoids rek BA, though I had no idea how the Phantom Knights worked. I sided in Gnomes game 2 and almost got him, but lost to nightmare shark. Game 3 we again had a great fight, but I lost lost to nightmare shark. I know I made misplays trying to read/counter cards I should’ve, but somehow never read before (even though I already traded for half of them!). I sincerely enjoyed playing against him and I had no salt after the game.

I did feel “salty” watching the finals of the tournament where my Round 2 opponent took on my friends’s monster mash deck. It was a great match (or as great as a one-sided 2-0 sweep can be), but it did not feel fair at all. Every time the monster mash would go a cool play it was countered by either the Phantom Knight’s Fog Blade, a Solemn Strike or by a Kaiju. The difference in power levels was painful.This in turn got me thinking about Yugioh.

Of all the games I play Yugioh is still my favorite. The most value of all the cards I own are in Yugioh merely by sheer volume. Despite the fact that Konami has reprinted virtually every card I own killing their prices I have so many that it really doesn’t matter. I love Yugioh, because I’m a hopeless fanboy for the anime franchise and I will poke fun at it/defend at it whenever the opportunity arrives. That love has manifested into these 60+ Yugioh decks based on characters from the show that I’ve been building  on and off since the year 2000. My dedication, love and addiction cannot be easily challenged.

Despite this it only know dawns on me the truth that I’m a casual. There’s no reason to keep trying to play competitively, because my heart is never in it. I don’t play-test, I don’t use DN or Devpro. I only play IRL with friends, some competitive many more casual (whether they want to admit to it or not). TO be clear I have no problem with casuals or being one, it’s just one of thousand things you get hated on in the ygo community for.

I honestly was a competitive player for a few months when I built Nekroz, but all I did was crush my friends indiscriminately. The only time I had the option to use Nekroz at our local tournament I instead tried to innovate Heraldic Beasts. I stayed up until 4 AM the night before the tournament choosing every card, deciding on my techs and siding heavily for Masked Hero Dark Law! When I got to the tournament everyone was afraid of me and the other player with his full power Qliport deck. I sat down round 1 and faced the aforementioned Monster Mash player. He wiped the floor with me 2 games to 0, knocking me out of the tournament. My friend playing Qliport won the whole event off the back of Skill Drain after that. I’m not salty. In hindsight what I did was unbelievably stupid, but I don’t regret it at all. I loved Heraldic Beasts and thought that it would be more fun than full-power  Nekroz. I only other time I played Nekroz competively was at a ygo regional side event where I lost in the finals to GemKnight-Performage-StarSeraph-Traptrix. He scraped me 2-0, but my opponent was a bro, and kept playing for fun afterwards.

The moral of the last paragraph is that even when I was meta, I was still just a baby running around with a loaded rocket launcher. I never used it to make back that $300+ dollars I spent on the deck. I just did as usual and played against my friends. And no, I don’t regret it one bit. I still love the Nekroz, long after the banning of Shurit killed the deck competitively. Ever since then I moved to Infernoids (which as you might already know have a “great” magacian match-up). To build that deck I bought Psy-Framelord Omega with the plan of re-selling him. However Omega turned out to be not only overpowered, but also very fun so I kept him instead. That being said after losing badly at the January Regional I switched to Monarchs. In my short experience with Monarchs I can safely say they’re a great budget deck, but that they’re very, VERY unfun to play and play against. All I wanted to do is overlay Ether and Erebus to make Felgrand and use The Prime Monarch to make Constellar Pliades. Just setting up a Dominion lock and hoping the opponent can’t out it is no better than flipping Vanity’s 2 years ago. It’s not fun, at least not for me.

So what’s the point? Well getting back to the earlier part of this entry I had more fun Saturday playing random Kaiba Starter deck level jank against each other than any Yugioh I’ve played competitively for the last 2 years. All of my friends, who all quit Yugioh to some extent themselves seemed to enjoy playing the decks against each other as well. So here’s my premise! A plan of sorts!

I’M QUITTING PLAYING YUGIOH COMPETITIVELY

I’m not entering locals anymore, I’ll still go and maybe play to fill the bracket, but never with an intention of winning

I’m not entering the regional in April, outside of maybe for the experience, again no illusions of winning

I’m selling every card I own that can’t be re-purposed for my jank decks

I’m never buying another meta ygo deck at least not while it’s meta (trust me I’m looking at you Kozmo and BA. Someday you’ll both be mine!)

This is really impulsive. It risks alot of my interpersonal relationships. I may never play certain people again. I might lose friends and acquaintances. I may end up regretting it.

HOWEVER

I am ensuring that every time I play yugioh from now on I’ll have good old fashioned fun. There will never be a turn 2 OTK unless it’s done by a Power Bonded Cyber Twin Dragon. There will never be an FTK other than naturally opening all 5 pieces of Exodia. I will never win a battle against a meta deck again. I will willing go back to era of playing blackwings against fire fists scrambling for a win if it exists. Because I have a lot of close friends (and business partners lol) that play meta decks. In order to keep those friends I’ll keep Nekroz for sure. I’ll also power down Infernoids and do something with monarchs. I’m not sure right now, but I’ll try to keep playing with everyone who’ll play with me.

This blog post, more than any other one I’ve written reflects the manic, rushed way that I think. My heart has been racing as I write it. I’ve never been so happy to put my thoughts and feelings down as I have now. I’m not sure who will actually read this or read this far, but to that person I sincerely think that you know understand me at a deeper level.

Thanks for reading as usual. My current goal is to fund getting deck boxes for all my yugioh decks and trying to power balance the 5Ds, Zexal and Arc V era decks against the DM and GX era ones, but that’s a post for another time.

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An Awkward and Funny Story at my Force of Will Locals

I preface this post by saying I have the best roommate ever.

So I went to locals today. The issue is that I forgot my deck…

I was planning to play this R/R burn deck:

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As usual I threw it together half an hour before the event, but left it on my table when we left.

My roommate was looking for a Machina, the Machine Lord for his Green Ramp Val 2.0 deck. When this fell through he loaned me the deck and played R/R Knights instead. I had seen Val 2.0 alot, but this was the first time I played it. I’d played against his build so I knew the game plan (Pricia God’s Art for 4). As a result of luck, tenacity and nonsense I almost got 1st place using his deck.

 

Match-Ups:

Round 1: Vs Dark Alice Control

Same guy, same struggle against a million discard spells. I flipped Valentina turn 4 with a Demon Sword out and ran him down game 1. I anticipated him siding into Blazer so I cut the Sacred Beasts for Valentina’s Zealots (Mistake). He stay as Dark Alice and managed to get both of our J/Rulers killed (attack my tapped Valentina with Dark Alice + Flame of Outer World). After that Nyalathotep beat me down for game.

SOOO game 3 I should’ve lost. He sided into Blazer keeping Valentina off the table the whole game. I sided out Gwiber and added back into the 4 Sacred Beasts. He had 2 Dark Farias (+Gruebelesta) out gaining a ridiculous amount a life each turn. I sacrificed Blessed Holy Wolf + Adombrali to kill out, then outed the other with 2 Farmilars of Holy Wind. Then his Marybells started to threaten 20 damage a turn. I searched out my 2 Mary Bells and we entered into a huge chase (chain/stack) of Marybells killing each other. The score was 6 (me) vs his 80 when he went into time. It was his Dark Faria (+Gruebelesta and Little Red) vs my Gretel (useless), Chesire Cat and Bai Hu, the Light Sacred Beast. I J-activated Valentina to try to steal with Faria with Val 1.0’s God’s Art, but he Flamed her on the chase. I passed and Dark Faria killed the Cheshire, but not me. Thus, we drew.

Draw 1-1-1

I’m undeservedly proud of drawing this match. My opponent (as he’s repeatedly shown) knew exactly what he was doing. I also made mistakes mostly with my sideboard.

 

Round 2: Vs Crimson Girl in the Sky Evolution Beasts

After a crazy long intense match I was suddenly playing against a new player. I approve of Crimson Girl totally so I respect his idea. I got the ideal set-up both games allowing for much uneeded styling though.

Stupid highlights:

  • Used Melgis’s God Art to kill his Gretel
  • Used Val 1.0’s God Art to take his Behemoth, Eater of Words

Yeah it was savage, but the guy was a good support. We played a match for fun afterwards (because I somehow remembered to bring my bulk, but not my deck…)

Fairy Queen Alice vs Puss in Boots

We entered a long stall war due to his choosing not to attack. However, his Fairy Queen Alice was really big whereas my team while capable was not that big. The 19/21 Alice was blocked by my Gwiber, but the other flying fairies boosted by Heavenly Garden of Armala and Vivianne killed me dead.

Win 2-0, Lose 0-1

 

Round 3: Vs R/R Knights

Yeah this was dumb. It was really dumb. Especially since his sideboard Deathscythe was in the deck I was using. Game 1 I got him to 1000, but couldn’t close out the game after Valentina died. Games 2 and 3 I resolved the Pricia God Art for 4 and won. I gave me the win afterwards.

Win 2-1

 

Thoughts:

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Val 2.0 is amazing, but very hard to play. You have a lot of decision trees to consider, which is really hard for a new player. That being said it’s a lot of fun to use all the God’s Arts and have multiple angles to attack the opponent. I’m definitely going to try her out before The Moonlit Savior comes out next month.

Thanks for reading as always.

Again thanks forever to my roommate for letting me borrow his deck.

 

Force of Will Bahamut Deck Profile and Tournament Report, No matter the situation we have a ruler for that!

I’ve been working on my FoW deck for the last few days and I think I’ve reached a decent build for Bahamut for this format. While not applicable everywhere I’ve had some relative success in recent tournaments using this deck. Blazer hasn’t been an issue of late and thus Baha has been able to reign supreme! Except until I inevitably side into Reflect/Refrain game 2…

 

Main Deck:

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Ruler:

  • Falltgold, the Dragoon/Bahamut, the Dragon King

Resonators:

  • Flame Sprite x4
  • Guinevere, the Jealous Queen x4
  • Rukh Egg x4
  • Lancelot, the Knight of Mad Demon x4
  • Cthugha, the Living Flame x4

Regalia:

  • Laevateinn, the Demon Sword x4
  • Gleipnir, the Red Binding of Fate x4
  • Deathscythe, the Life Reaper x2

Spells:

  • Split Heaven and Earth x2
  • Sign to the Future x2
  • Thunder x4
  • Demonflame x2

Stone Deck:

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  • Little Red, the Pure Stone x1
  • Fire Magic Stone x9

Side Deck:

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  • Change the World, Orb of Illusion x4
  • Reflect/Refrain
  • Vlad Tepes
  • Split Heaven and Earth x2
  • Susanowo, the 10-Fist Sword x2
  • Deathscythe, the Life Reaper x2
  • Sign to the Future x2
  • Rapid Decay x1

 

Recent Matchups:

Local Tournament

Round 1

Vs Sylvia Yamata no-Orochi Reanimator

Game 1 I outpaced his set-up with Bahamut. Game 2 I sided into Reflect. I believed he managed to cheat out Yamata, but I had Refrain to bounce it (no Realm of Pure Spirits).

Win 2-0

Round 2

Vs Saint Alice World

Game 1 we have a decent back and forth and I get him to low life. He manages to pull off Alice’s World and direct attacks me with double Gwiber before using Deep Blue to summon Alice’s Little Assault Force to game me.

Game 2 I sided into Reflect and added in my Sign to the Futures, Split Heaven and Earths, Rapid Decay and Susanowos. I may have aggressively sided, but it did the trick as the Signs prevented him from getting anywhere near enough dudes for Alice’s World. I defeated him by searching multiple Splits off of Refrain.

Win 2-1

I dropped out from the tournament at this point though I learned that Mono-Red Reflect took 1st and 2nd place overall.

Twilight Wanderer Promos Tournament

So in order to divide up the promos and mat from our TTW we had a tournament earlier today to decide who got what.

Round 1

Vs Sylvia

I messed up this game not realizing my opponent had a turn 4 Slyvia using Fiethsing. I was forced to Thunder my own Cthugha to deny him the stone recovery effect. After that I barely pulled out a win by Splitting him for 600 and then closing with a Thunder.

Game 2  sided into Reflect and managed to drop Susanowo against his Slyvia. From there I made the proper decision to attack him directly boosting Susanowo to 1600 with Reflect/Little Red. After that with a Thunder in hand I J-Activated and passed with 1900 life. He summoned Lancelot prompting my unsummon with Refrain. He then crashed Slyiva to kill Susanowo before passing. I then cast Thunder for game.

Win 2-0

Round 2

Vs Faria

Never would I thought I would have this much trouble against Faria. She hit me like a truck for 1600 damage after I got him down to 1300 life with Bahamut attacks. I made a colossal misplay by running my only Flame Sprite into his Artemis Bow. From there I had no creatures and died.

Game 2 I sided into Reflect boarding into Deathscythe and Sign to the Future. I controlled the board with the Lancelot + Reflect + Little Red Combo to tear apart his light resonators. The 700 damage killed literally all of his small creatures (Grimm, Pandora and Percival).

Game 3 he made the mistake of casting Gwiber and then running over my Rukh Egg. I searched out Susanowo and crushed his Gwiber. Susanowo then took control of the game eventually trading with Faria herself allowing Lancelot to swing for game.

Win 2-1

Round 3

Vs Sylvia

Game 1 I had the perfect aggro opening and got my opponent to very low life. I finished him with Thunder to the face.

Game 2 I boarded into Reflect with Susanowo and Deathscythe, but my opponent also boarded into Reflect. I had an opening hand of double Cthugha, but luckily I drew into Flame Sprite for the easy turn 1200 damage. I dropped double Change the World and passed. He responded with 2 Marybells and a Bow. My opponent got behind as my Lancelots pumped by Reflect wormed their way through his bows. My most proud play though was when I had Flame Sprite and Cthugha on board staring down 2 Bows. I had a Lancelot in hand. I sent the first Cthugha which got hit by Thunder. Then Flame Sprite got hit by one bow. This gave the me the window to send in Lancelot for a boosted direct attack. I won the game on the next turn my searching Thunder both on my opponent’s turn and again on my own turn for game.

Win 2-0

 

Thoughts:

This deck plays like a 28 regalia Bahamut deck Game 1 and turns into Aggro Reflect/Refrain Games 2&3. This is great because my opponents often side incorrectly giving me a slight advantage (the only card that beats both decks is Barrier of Shadows and that does not beat R/R). The real benefit of this deck is the +200/+200 to Lancelot from Reflect which makes his 700 damage effect alot more consistent.

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Anyway, I won this mat for the friends tournament (my first FoW mat!). I’ve been very happy with this deck so far, but I’m still actively editing it. I’m hoping to have a decent enough deck to use competitively at  events.

Thanks for reading as always.

Rakdos Dark Alice control deck profile (Is graveyard hate and an ensured boardwipe enough to win?)

I made my second trip to the local FoW tournament yesterday. I ran a totally different deck than last time, using the Dark Alice I pulled at pre-release. I essentially took the old Blazer Cthulu deck and ran Dark Alice instead. It wound up being non-optimal for many reasons that I soon learned. That being said I still had a blast playing the deck. Anyway without further ado, here’s my build and the match-ups.

 

Main Deck: 

Dark Alice Incarnate

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J/Ruler:

Girl in Twilight Garb/Dark Alice, Maiden of Slaughter

Resonators:

  • Nyarlathotep, the Usrper x4 (The whole reason I played this deck. This creature is Thoughtseize on a body)
  • Rukh Egg x4 (2nd best Incarnation target)
  • Hastur, the Unspeakable x1 (This card was ok, I never really wanted to incarnate into it though. I’m glad I only ran 1)
  • Guinvere, the Jealous Queen x3 (A great card as always, though I hated Incarnating it)
  • Carmilla, the Queen of Vampires x1 (A searchable kill spell for Lora)
  • Lora, the Blood Speaker x3 (An incarnate target that replaces itself or fetches Carmilla to kill something)
  • Rasputin x4 (Best Incarnate target as it adds back to your hand afterwards)

Spells:

  • The Scorn of Dark Alice x4 (Duress, it proved very useful in almost every match-up)
  • Stoning to Death x4 (Decent removal)
  • Flame of Outer World x3 (Best instant speed removal, put in a lot of work all day)
  • Spiral of Despair x2 (I have a love hate relationship with this card. It put in work, but I never wanted to take a turn off to cast it)

Regalia:

  • Deathscythe, the Life Reaper x3 (Great to combo with Guinvere)
  • Aremis, the God’s Bow x2 (Great to hold back small creatures, I wish I sided more)
  • Schrodinger, the Fallen Black Cat x2 (This card allows Dark Alice to actually kill people by making her arbitrarily big)

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Stone Deck:

  • Magic Stone of Scorched Bales x4 (The stone I always wanted to see)
  • Little Red, the Pure Stone x1 (Ok, though choosing the color was an issue a few times)
  • Grusbalesta, the Sealing Stone x1 (Pretty good utility)
  • Darkness Magic Stone x3 (Swamps)
  • Fire Magic Stone x1 (I did suffer from calling this too early in one game, but I was afraid of not hitting any red sources)

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Side Deck:

  • Vlad Tepes x1 (Vlad just feels at home in my side deck to be completely honest)
  • Dark Pulse x2 (For fairy decks)
  • Robe of Fire Rat x4 (For speedy Red decks)
  • Susanowo, the Ten-Fist Sword x3 (For Dragon decks)
  • Awakening at the End x2 (Also for fairy decks)
  • Cinderella, the Ashen Maiden x1 (Again for fairy decks)
  • Flame of Outer World x1 (I thought 4 Flames in the main would be cloggy and while it was I still wound up bringing it in every match-up)
  • Deathscythe, the Life Reaper x1 (Same deal as Flames, but to a lesser extent)

 

Concept:

So I built this deck with the goal of summoning Nyalathotep, the Usurper on turn 2. I thought an 800/800 on turn 2 with the effect of Thoughtseize was busted (and I really wasn’t wrong). The games I managed to summon a turn 2 Nyalathotep it was very useful, but it was not enough mostly due to my match-ups. As I learned this deck had a huge issue closing out games due to a lack of specific win condition.

 

Match-Ups:

Round 1: The Dank Alice Mirror

I met a very friendly player who like me decided to bring Dark Alice to the tournament. He played Green/Black in contrast to my Red/Black though. Our Game 1 took forever. We both destroyed every creature the other dropped before it could get in any real damage. Our discard spells got us both top-decking after 20 minutes of exchanging kill spells and counters. Eventually we both had our Dark Alices out at 1400 power each. I defeated his though by using double Flame of Outer World on her. After that my Alice closed out the match.

We then both switched to Vlad and proceeded to play another mirror match. I tried hard to not commit spells in favor of drain effects to win them mirror, but he answered me with a Nyalathotep equipped with Drop of Yggdrasil (Hexproof) and I could never kill it. He went in deep on a direct damage plan attacking with the hexproof Nyalathotep and a Dark Melgis. My opponent went so far as to flip his Vlad to force in more damage. Some glaring cheating occurred though when he used Vlad to banish MY darkness resonator to her 2nd effect to gain Imperishable. I don’t begrudge my opponent as he apologized afterwards (I probably should’ve called a judge, but I was just too heated up to think straight). More or less thanks that soft cheat he beat me just as they called time in the round.

Draw 1-1-1

Sincerely, this were the best 2 FoW games I had all day. Nothing tests your skills like playing a mirror match. Even with the cheating I had more fun in this match due to relative equal power levels of our decks.

 

Round 2: Vs Almost 28 Regalia Kaguya

I finally got to play one of the clerks at the store. I had known the guy for years, but this was our first ever match. He was apparently forced to play this “obscure” deck at the request of a roommate. It was a lot like 28 Cain, but it abused 2 of the Treasury items in order to get multiple attacks in with Kaguya the Bamboo Cutter. Game 1 I lost to him pulling off an amazing 22 damage swing in 1 turn. In order he:

  • Tapped his Deathscythe to give Kaguya +200/200
  • Played Hera, Goddess of Jealous to destroy his tapped Deathscythe and draw 1
  • Cast the suddenly drawn Percvial, Seeker of the Holy Grail to find the Excalibur he needed to give Kaguya the last 200 points needed to defeat me.

So this was where not having Barrier of Shadows in my side deck killed me. I had no way to interact with his deck because it was too fast and he dropped his hand faster than I could make him discard cards. I got steamrolled Game 2 since despite double Flame of Outer World blasting Kaguya her built in Imperishable allowed her to come back and finish me off.

Loss 0-2

I really need Barrier of Shadow. He showed me after the match that he boarded in all of his addition removal in fear of that card. It pretty much is a floodgate designed to ruin regalia decks.

 

Round 3: Vs the Machina Structure Deck

I played a Magic Player I knew from campus. She had cracked the Machina starter deck and acquired 15 cards from a friend for a side. Despite the glaring handicaps she played really well. Game 1 she managed to resolve March of the Machine Lord, but failed to kill me with her 5 800/800 attackers mostly due to my leftover incarnate resonators. The next turn Dark Alice flipped and wiped out all of her 1 drops. We then began a long war of attrition until I Flame of Outer World blasted her Machina and she scooped after burning through half her deck.

Game 2 I once again killed her Machina with Flame of Outer World and slowly out-ground the deck.

Win 2-0

I’m not proud about defeating a starter deck. It was a great game over all.

 

MVP of the Day:

Flame of Outer World, no question. This card was amazing. It pretty much killed more threats today than any other card in my deck. I boarded it in every match-up.

 

Final Thoughts:  

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I had a lot of fun today. There was a huge turnout so I didn’t get a promo card with my record, but it was a good trip due to all the cards I got for both FoW and EDH (that RTR Steam Vents did me well). The problem with his build was that the early game was really difficult. I was given some advice to drop the Incarnate mechanic for pure Darkness by the player I faced 2 weeks ago. I’m not sure what I’ll actually play next though. The problem I’ve always had in FoW is being really indecisive on what I want to build. I really like almost 16 separate J/Rulers so I always meander around the pile trying to pick one to build around. I ordered the current meta J/Ruler Reflect/Refrain though, so I’ll have to give that card ruler a try sometime down the road.

Anyway, thanks for reading as usual.

Trying to Become a “High Roller” in FoW and Ygo

Some guidelines for this post:

  1. I’m a total hypocrite
  2. I have a problem
  3. I have successfully gone too deep in a very short period of time

Our story beings a on November 24th when I decided to try and build a “meta” FoW deck and ends a few hours ago with me having spent over $100 on less than 10 cards.

First and foremost in my quest to git gud at Force of Will I tried to buy a myriad of pricey staple cards for the game.

A Random Bizarre Occurrence 

I wanted to update my Vlad deck (really to make it more fun). I saw a Mono-Green build on Youtube and wanted to test it out so I tried to get the budget pieces on Tcgplayer. Then this happened…

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The vendor literally sent me the same order twice in what is perhaps the most hilarious shipping error I’ve ever seen. Luckily, the cards were so cheap they told me to just keep them.

And then…

Returning to the Quest to Git Gud 

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I found some great deals on Ebay for Susanowo, the Ten-Fist Sword (playset for $8) and Fiethsing, Magus of Holy Wind (playset for $18). In addition after reading Athos the Three Musketeers I thought he was pretty cool so I ordered him too (Puss in Boots deck incoming). As you might’ve realized though is that the bottom card isn’t FoW. I also found a decently priced playset of Void Seer (set for $4.50) and jumped on it.

Full Disclaimer: I may have failed utterly to not try and get back into competitive Yugioh. 

The shackles of Konami can’t be broken so easily. I had the bulk of the Infernoid deck built during my Nekroz days. Though I never finished the deck due to Infernoid Decatron being pricey ($5 a pop) and also being satisfied with Nekroz. However, this week all caution was thrown to the wind and I bought everything else for the deck.

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So Not only did I buy/trade for 2 Decatrons on Thursday, but I also bought this guy, PSY-Framelord Omega…

This card ran me $40 (actually a fair price). I originally planned to sell it after the upcoming Yugioh regional, but after watching this card and using it I’m just not sure. Omega is actually one of the best Yugioh cards I’ve seen released in ages. This card deserves to be $40, which is something I never thought I’d have to write.

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I have not abandoned Nekroz! It’s become my fun deck, where I test out weird ideas. As of right now I’m torn between adding Performages or Gishkis as sub-engines.

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I kind of like that Infernoids are picking up the torch that Nekroz dropped. Ages ago I posted here about building 1 meta Yugioh deck. And today it’s apparent not only that I built all 3, but that only one of them is even remotely viable.

Anyway, I playtested Infernoids all Thursday night against the guy whol sold me the Omega. I got a lot of great practice with the deck.

Infernoid Matches

Round 1: Vs Shaddolls

This was a very strong match-up in favor of Infernoids. Your monsters are strong enough that you never need to summon from your Extra Deck. Furthermore, Psy-Framelord Omega can bounced in response to your opponent’s Shaddoll Fusions to deny them value. Also banishing their Shaddoll Fusions from the grave is very strong. I only lost to a turn 1 Imperial Iron Wall.

Win3-1

Round 2: Vs Psyframes

This was a very hard match-up. I got into an Omega showdown, where we both had him out on the field. Sadly I got out-grinded 2 games in a row. He kept using Psyframe Overload to banish my Noids face-down. Once those combined with Omega got rolling there was really no stopping it.

Lose 0-2

Round Vs Majespector Pendulums

Ok so Majespecters are absurd. They all search new cards on summon and when you Pendulum Summon them, they can overcome the drawbacks of their spell/trap cards. It was pretty late at this point you we only played one game. I learned from this game though that the actual meta is still eons ahead of my pre-sidedecking.

Lose 0-1

Ok so onto tonight’s exploits:

Local Yugioh Tournament

I entered my friend’s Yugioh Tournament. I wanted to test Infernoids under some pressure before the regional.

Round 1: Vs U.A.

My opponent had taken a break from Yugioh (and had ironically traded me the Decatron only yesterday). He could’ve killed me in the first game, but made a misplay and I ended up winning (you never forget to normal summon!). Game 2 he sided in Dimensional Fissure, but I I used Decatron to pop it. He summoned Mighty Slugger right into my Torrential Tribute. After which he couldn’t summon the high level monsters in his hand so I won handily.

Win 2-0

Round 2: Vs Rock Stun

These games were fast, but skillful. My opponent summoned Thunder King Raioh and set 4 turn 1. I summoned Decatron and he tried to Ring of Destruction in response, however I had a Void Seer to chain. I then used Decatron to become Patrulea to pop another spell/trap. After that I summoned something to force his Thunder King effect and finally played Reasoning. After I flipped 10+ Infernoids he scooped.

Game 2 he went Thunder king set 2 turn one. I summoned Patrulea and he chained Lose 1 Turn. I then summoned Decatron and became Harmadik to pop his Thunder King Raioh. I then overlayed the 2 of them into Gem Knight Pearl. I got in the quick damage with Pearl before it died to Fossil Dyna. Luckily I topdecked my side-deck Royal Decree for his Vanity’s and then Deyvaty came down to clean up the mess.

Win 2-0

Round 3: Vs Hand Shaddolls

Game 1 I made a turn 1 Omega, which my opponent couldn’t kill so the Framelord just monkeyed around all game putting back Infernoids into my graveyard and sneaking me peeks at his hand. I learned that Void Seer can be used on Shaddoll Squamata’s flip effect, which turned out to be really relevant. Pirmais also proved to be really good in shuffling a set monster back into the deck (dodging any potential Doll effects) Eventually he got beaten by Omega and Attondel.

Game 2 will forever be the game I should’ve died immediately. I opened:

  • Void Seer x2
  • Antra
  • Attondel
  • and MST

This card can’t do much of anything. Worse yet my opponent made a first turn El Shaddoll Grysta (which can negate the summons of Infernoids) and set a monster. Even I summoned Antra, he’d just negate and kill it I drew a 2nd MST and passed. He summoned an Ice Hand, flipped up his Fire Hand and attacked me with all 3 monsters putting me at 2550. I was on the verge of scooping but then I top decked Charge of the Light Brigade. I took a deep breath and played it. I milled 2 Noids and added Raiden, who got another Noid milled with his effect. I dropped Antra which he negated, allowing me to follow up with Attondel (Grysta is once per turn luckily). Raiden ran over his Ice Hand in combat (I had no backrow so it couldn’t trigger). I then tributed Raiden to banish his Shaddoll Fusion before using a Void Seer protected Attondel to run over Grysta and Fire Hand. From there Attondel ran over everything until I won.

Win 2-0

MVPs:

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I give credit where credit is due. These cards won me every game over the last 2 days.

Decatron makes this deck function. He sets up every Synchro/Xyz play and clears the field of floodgates.

Patrulea is like having main decked MSTs, which are searchable via Decatron.

Lyla is another MST that also mills, Raiden has also been amazing to be fair.

Attondel doesn’t deserve to be a common. He won many of my games just because for some absurd reason he gains an unconditional second attack if he kills a monster in battle.

Void Seer saved my butt and I’m very glad I main-decked 3 copies despite the awful round 3 opening hand.

Spoils:

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While not directly useful to me, the Stellarknight Constellar Diamond paid for my tournament entry.

However, this story was not merely about buying an expensive Yugioh card and doing well at a friendly local. A wayward duelist appeared attempting to flip FoW cards for cash. This man offered me a really good deal.

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I got 3 Cheshire Cats for $40…

I never thought I could find such a good deal. I needed this card for my Valentina deck, but I was always too cheap to actually buy it. Actually getting it feels like slightly surreal.

So yeah this is why for the moment I feel like a “high roller” (probably using this term wrong). As of right now my plans for the rest of the month are as follows:

  • Enter the Twilight Wanderer Pre-Release (My first FoW event!) on Sunday
  • Split a box of Twilight Wanderer with my friends at college on the 11th
  • Enter the Yugioh Regional on the 12th (I’m still planning to do side events, though part of me always wants to enter the main event)

Relating to what I posted about last time I’m working on a powerpoint on card vending for anyone interested. I’ll probably put that up over winter break as my finals are technically right in front of me.

Anyways, thanks for reading as always.