8/12/2011 1:18:00 PM
Hey guys, my name is Luis Zambrana, Top 8 finisher at YCS Indianapolis 2011 at Gen-Con! I ran Skill Drain
Beat Down in the tournament. The reason I decided to play this deck is I knew the majority of players would be playing Tour Guide Plants or some plant variant which is my easiest match up and I played it four times in swiss. My deck devastates plants with Necrovalley
, Royal Tribute
, Thunder King Rai-Oh
, and Skill Drain
locks down powerful cards like Debris Dragon
, Limit Reverse
, Call Of The Haunted
, Monster Reborn
and Pot of Avarice
. Royal Tribute
on the other hand absolutely destroys them since most plant variant play 20 or more monsters! Thunder King Rai-Oh
puts in work also making their Pot of Duality
s useless and stops Sangan
s searching effect. Skill Drain
just helps all my creatures and makes all of theirs useless just like in other match ups like Agents and Gadgets. Now let's move on to what I did to get myself to the top cuts, and I hope reading this article helps you get to the top also!
Lets start with how I prepared for this event because preparation is key in success. I started off by building a solid build for the deck because you have to just continue to test and test and make changes till the deck is perfect, I had to have made over 20 changes to the deck over the 2 months that I tested it. Most importantly is you have to stick with the deck you cant just play it in a couple of locals and lose and then just want to quit; you just have to stick with it ‘till it gets better. Then when you think you've got the perfect list, the testing doesn't stop there. You have to continue to play the deck and get more comfortable with it. After that, when you know it's where it needs to be as far as how good the deck is, you're ready to play in high level tournaments! Another great thing that you can do and that I did before the YCS is look up every ruling for the cards in my deck. This is great to do because you know that much more than your opponent and you can use the rulings to your advantage. Now here's more about the deck!
My decks easiest match up is Plant variants which was explained earlier. Now its main problems are Tech Genus and Gadgets. The reason is those are decks that will never lose advantage against my deck. I found my main problem with Tech Genus was T.G. Rush Rhino
. The reason is if I don't have Skill Drain
he becomes 2000 when he attacks which gets over my Beast King Barbaros
and Thunder King Rai-Oh
, and even if I do have Skill Drain
all of his monsters can still use their searching ability. Also TGI-EM1 allows them to take control of my high attack creatures which was also a big problem. The same with Gadgets, if I don't have Skill Drain
they can get over my creatures with Utopia and use all their Gadget effects and lock me down with Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo
. A problem with both decks was all their answers to my creatures and my attacks and I don't have a lot of cards to stop their monsters and attacks. So the deck has a lot of advantages but has a lot of problems too. So keep all this in mind if you decide to play the deck. Make sure to check out my deck profile onyugioh-card.com
for even more info on the deck. Next is my deck list and my Tournament Report!
Round 1 vs Gladiator Beasts
This is why knowing your rulings are key!
Game1: I grab Geartown
and then set Skill Drain
and Solemn Judgment
. He summons Gladiator Beast Retiari
and attacks, I play Skill Drain
and he doesn't know that you can still tag with Skill Drain
on the field. Him not knowing this ruling leads to his defeat.
Game 2: I open pretty bad with Ancient Gear
Gadjilitron in my hand and no Skill Drain
. He gets set up and I couldn't come back
Game 3: I get Skill Drain
with Thunder King Rai-Oh
and he still doesn't know that he can tag with Skill Drain
on the board. He forgets about Skill Drain
and goes into Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
at 0 attack and I beat him down for game!
Round 2 vs Tour Guide Plants
Game 1: I drop Ancient Gear Gadjiltron Dragon
and Thunder king, then Royal Tribute
3 monsters in his hand and set Skill Drain
. His other 2 cards were Pot of Duality
and Limit Reverse
, both useless.
Game 2: He gets a bunch a Syncros and draws a ton and I had no way to stop it
Game 3: Same as first game except I Royal Tribute
his whole hand!!!
Round 3 vs X-Sabers
Game 1: He makes the mistake of letting me smack him with Malefic Cyber End Dragon
and pays for it!
Game 2: I make a huge mistake of setting cards without Skill Drain
. He ends up dropping Hyunlei, blowing up all my back row and drops double Faultroll!
Game 3: This game was a bit more back in forth. We keep exchanging hits until I get Skill Drain
and lock him down he tries to stall with creatures looking for Giant Trunade
but I end up beating him before he can!
Round 4 vs Plant Synchro
Game 1: He starts of great, but lets me hit him with a Malefic Cyber End Dragon
. He gets rid of it and he had to have had like a 5 card advantage, but earlier let me hit him for 4000. so I bring out my only option, Ancient Gear Gadjiltron Dragon
, and he cant use his answers against it, and I come back to beat him down with it!
Game 2: I run into a Utopia that I can never kill with his seemed like infinite back row.
Game 3: I drop the lock down! I play Thunder King Rai-Oh
with a set Solemn Judgment
and Skill Drain
Round 5 vs Six Samurai
My opponent shows up late and gets a game loss
Game 2: He decides to drop Shi En and Grandmaster first turn and he lets me Geartown
into Ancient Gear Gadjiltron Dragon
and he loses from there. So no game 3 cause of the game loss.
Round 6 vs Mirror Match!?!?!?
Game 1: I open Royal Tribute
get rid of all his big monsters and beat him down with my big guys and since the deck plays no answers I had nothing to worry about.
Game 2: I drop Malefic Cyber End Dragon
first turn, doing that means he cant play his Cyber Ends or Stardusts Cause there can only be one Malefic on the field at a time. So once again no answers which leads to a quick 2-0 victory!
Round 7 vs Tech Genus
You can check out our feature match onyugioh-card.com
for play by play on the whole match
Game 1: I make a big mistake by summoning 2 Beast King Barbaros
and I attack into a Mirror Force
, but I activate my Seven Tools and of course he has his own and knowing he has Solemn Judgment
face down there is no point in activating mine so I get beat down for game.
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Game 2: I play Thunder King with Safe Zone
face Down. He summons Rhino and attacks. I protect Thunder King with Safe Zone
. Then next turn play Dimensional Fissure
and run over Rhino. I drop Ancient Gear Gadjiltron Dragon
and he cant get out of it.
Game 3: I play Malefic Cyber End and have 2 Dark Bribe
s set so I attack. He Dimensional Prison
s and I Dark Bribe
and hit him. Next Turn I attack again into Dimensional Prison
and save myself with my second Dark Bribe
hitting him again. He Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
s my Cyber End. Next turn I attack into double Horn of the Phantom Beast
with my Beast King Barbaros
, things were looking terrible. So then he hits me with Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
s and tengu. I draw Geartown
in hand and bring out Gadjiltron Dragon. He cant stop it. He summons Tour Guide and forgets to XYZ summon and I smack him for game with Gadjiltron Dragon. I barely win.
Round 8 vs Mirror match again!?!?!?
I'm like, “are you kidding me, mirror match again?”
Game 1: He opens godly. He drops double Gadjiltron Dragon first turn with 3 back row to my 3 Pot of Dualitys, so yeah.
Game 2: I Royal Tribute
4 creatures and he draws next turn and concedes!
Game 3: He drops his Cyber End first so I cant play mine so I summon Beast King Barbaros
and stall with him in defense with Safe Zone
, and he beats me with BIG BANG SHOT!!!!
Round 9 vs X-Sabers 7-1
Game 1: He was overwhelmed by my big monsters and had no idea what to do with Skill Drain
on the board.
Game 2: He opens the god hand with double Faultroll and Hyunlei just like in my earlier match and wins.
Game 3: He Trap Stun
s with Hyunlei blows up all my back row and already had Faultroll on the field with a bluff face down, so I'm like, “ok it's over,” but then he plays Closed Forest
. I had Malefic Cyber End in hand and I used his Closed Forest
to Play it and Beat him down for like 5 turns with it!
Top 16 vs Tengu Gadgets
Game 1: I was really nervous but still played decent. But being nervous killed me so I lose
Game 2: I talk myself into forgetting about losing, and I'm not nervous anymore. So he drops a Gadget and Jinzo
and I Chimeratch Fortress Dragon his field for the GG.
Game 3: We go into time. I have Thunder King equipped with Safe Zone
with Skill Drain
active! Then I Drop Malefic Cyber End Dragon
and Beast King Barbaros
and beat him as low as I can to 1200. Next turn he Dark Hole
s my Cyber and Barbaros and Safe Zone
saves Thunder king. He Plays Cyber Dragon
I can't negate because I know he has Mystical Space Typhoon
for Skill Drain
, so I don't negate and he Mysticals Safe Zone
Destroying Thunder King. He summons a Gadget and uses Ultimate Offering
and drops another and beats me down to 1100 then he Contact
s into Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
at 0 attack and he loses cause of that.
Top 8 vs Tengu Gadgets
Game 1: I get lucky and he has no answer to Gadjiltron Dragon so I beat I him down with that.
Game 2: He Enemy Controller
s and I stop it but he has another Enemy Controller
to take Gadjiltron Dragon for the game
Game 3: I drop Gadjiltron Dragon and Barbaros with Solemn Judgment
and also Royal Tribute
2 monsters out of his hand. So I'm thinking I've got the match, but he waits and runs into his only answer, Compulsory Evacuation Device
, to get rid of Gadjiltron Dragon and I lose cause of it.
I was completely shocked that I lost that match but what can you do. So all my testing payed off!
I honestly would not change the deck at all and side deck is a personal preference I think.
I hope reading this helped you a lot, and I hope you use all this helpful information. I promise results will show if you use this help. Thanks Guys. I hope you enjoyed the article and I hope to continue to write articles for TCGplayer. Thanks!!!