Hello everyone, my name is Eric Huang (Xin Huang), as some of you did not recognize me until the recent YCS Columbus, which I made into Top 8. I've been playing Yugioh since the game came out and have always tried to play competitively. Anyway, enough about me, let's get to my tournament report for this past weekend's YCS Ohio.
My weekend started off on Friday. Me and 4 other friends drove 7 hours from Syracuse, NY down to Columbus. We got there around 7:30 pm due to traffic and bad bladder issues from one of my friends, so we had to stop 5-6 times just for him to unload. Anyway, there was a Tour Guide Tournament going on on that Friday at the convention center, but because we got there late I didn't enter the tournament. Instead I did some playtesting with my friends.
My main concern for the YCS is facing against Dark Worlds, since the deck just came out. Also I have no idea whether the deck is capable of doing, what it's good at, and whether it is consistent enough to win games. However, that didn't change my mind on playing Agents. This Agent deck is very linear in its play style, in that its goals are very clearly defined: have your opponents waste resources on Gachi Gachi Gantestu, and then they will be unable to deal with any one of the 7 boss monsters that I play in the deck. Fortunately, Gachi proves to be one of the highest forms of defense in the game, and the boss monsters provide some of the most explosive plays available, allowing for the deck to play offensively or defensively at the highest echelons. Anyway after some more serious playtesting with my friends back at our hotel, it was already 2:00 am. We slept for about 6 hours and then headed to the convention center.
Round 1: Macro
Game 1, he didn't open with multiple Dimensional Fissure nor Macro Cosmo and I had the MST to the one he played and he couldn't deal with Venus, Shine Ball and Gachi combo and I just beat him down from there.
It was back and forth until he tribute summoned Vanity's Fiend again and this time I had the Bottomless faced down and used it to remove it from play and he couldn't stop my Hyperion next turn and I win from there. On the other hand Macro is a bad matchup for Agents because it disrupts the graveyard set up for Hyperion and Kristya, which is what the Agent deck is mainly focusing on doing. Luckily I main boarded 3X MST, 1X Heavy Storm, and 3X Duality, so chances of seeing them are pretty high and if it isn't enough, I had 2X Tornado' rel="/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Dust Tornado">Dust Tornado to side as well.
Round 2: Dark World
I wasn't surprised to be playing against Dark World this early, but what really surprised me is that I got OTKed. I started out with a rough hand and he was able to bring out 2 Grapha at one point with 3k attack each due to the boost from the field spell and a fable raven and they all swing for game.
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I won't forget Game 3 for a while, my opponent set 2 back rows first turn and I opened pretty solid with Venus, Tragoedia, double MST, Honest and Shadow Imprisoning Mirror. To ensure my Venus went off, I activated both MST to try to get rid off his back rows. Unfortunately, I jack potted with a Trap Dustshoot, and the other trap card was Bottomless. Venus was returned to my deck and that kind of slowed me down. Luckily his hand wasn't good either, so I started poking with Honest and drew into Venus again then got Gachi, which he couldn't break through even after he drew the Gateway to Dark World. He conceded after showing me his hand which were Leeching the Light, 2 Snow and a Beige which I had answers for both with Honest and Shadow Imprisoning Mirror. After beating my first match against Dark World, I thought they were not hard that to play against after all. Especially, when you have Shadow Mirror; it shuts down their entire deck basically.
Round 3: Hero Variant
Game 1, I opened insanely good. I had Venus, Hyperion, Krystia, Tragoedia, Gorz, and Dark Armed Dragon. I told myself I got game 1, but sadly I lost the die roll and my opponent summoned Fossil Dyno with 2 back rows. I draw another Venus which was useless against Dyno. I summoned it and attacked right into DP. Next turn, he summoned Alius and attacked with it directly along with Dyno, and then set another back row before passing. I draw another Tragoedia which forced me to summon the other Venus and attack right into a second DP. There I lost game 1.
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Game 3 was very interesting because at mid game I dustshooted his 4 cards in hand of 2 Fossil Dyna, Stratos and Doomcaliber with me having 1 shine ball, 1 Hyperion and a Venus on the field. I returned 1 of the Fossil Dyna and he set a monster only to pass and notice at this point I have no food left for Hyperion in my grave and I drew into Tragoedia. I tributed Shine Ball and Venus to set Tragoedia, special summoned Hyperions, remove Shine Ball, use the effect to destroy his face down Dyna. From there, he couldn't pass over my Hyperion, and I finished him off two turns later.
Round 4: Blackwing
Game 1 I had a poor hand and he swarm me early with a boosted Bora and attack over my defense shine for game.
Game 2 and 3 he wasted all his resource on my Gachi and Hyperion and Kristya. It was too much for him to handle. I wasn't expecting to play Blackwings at all due to their best support card (Kalut) restricted to one. But yet, someone did and i know how to play around Icarus Attack when playing against Blackwings.
Round 5: Zombies Synchro
As I walked to the table, I saw my opponent is Nizar Sarhan. Nizar is the winner from YCS Dallas. That gave me pressures when I knew I was playing against him. Game 1 he dustshoots me, but I guess he had a poor hand and a couple good draws allowed me to bait out his Solemn Judgement. Then I summoned BLS which won me game 1.
We both went into side decking. I sided in both Thunder King to shut down his Goblin search and negates any special summon he attempts. Debunk is so good here too. I can shut down his Goblin, Plaguespreader, Veiler, Maxx “C”, basically almost everything since Zombies activate their effects in the grave. Lastly, I sided in Bottomless and D-prison for obvious reasons. Game 2 he Trishulas me and I was going minus and he just beat me down.
Game 3, for the first time of the day we went to time which I hate the most and after my Venus Gachi combo, he was able to summon Trishula and Dark Armed Dragon and attack right into my Gorz but it wasn't enough for me. I attacked into Mirror Force the following turn and conceded. So this is my first loss of the day.
Round 6: Synchro Summon
This is first Synchro Summon deck I played against. In Game 1 and 2, I was able to waste his resources on Gachi and force out the BLS which attacked right into my Tragoedia both games. And for both games, I took the BLS the following turn with Tragoedia's second effect and attacked for the win, I can see that my opponent was pretty mad about this. Tragoedia allows me to play more conservative which is my style of playing and it pays off.
Round 7: Synchro Summon
Game 1 and 2 an early Kristya allowed me to win quickly.
Round 8: Hero Variant
Game 1, I baited out an early Solemn Judgement and drop Honest in damage step for game.
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Round 9: Dark World
So far, I was X-1, so I was ready to give it my all so I can have a strong day 2 start. After beating Dark World in round 2 I was very confident that I could beat it again. Game 1 Tour Guide, Sangan and then Venus Gachi was just too much for him to handle.
Game 2 at some point I dustshoot his hand after his draw phase and he had Foolish Burial, Grapha, Fabled Raven, and Drag Down into the Grave. I returned the Grapha which is the obvious choice. Then he activated Drag Down and conceded after seeing his draw. So I finished strong on day 1 with an X-1 record and was really happy about that.
After getting back to our hotel with my friends, I did some more playtesting against my friend who plays Synchro Summon. I predicted that I would play against that on day 2, which I was right.
Round 10: Synchro Summon - Robert Boyajian
I arrived at the convention center at around 9am and did some trading and soon the pairing was up for round 10. I went to see my pairing and surprisingly I was paired against Robert Boyajian. Robert is the winner from YCS Indianapolis. So the pressure was definitely on. Game 1, I started out with Venus Gachi and on turn 4, for the first time, I dropped DAD with 3 darks in grave! I thought I had that game. But Reborn Tengu was protecting him from taking damage and on the following turn he Pot of Avarice the Tengus back, and drew 1 of them! He summoned the Tengu, leaving 1 light and 1 dark in grave, which we all knew BLS was coming and the soldier took down DAD and Venus. I had Hyperion next turn but he Veilered me.
I went straight to my side deck. I sided in my Thunder Kings, 2 Debunk, 2 Bottomless, 1 D-Prison and 1 Chain Disappearance. I started game 2 with a rough hand and after drawing my Venus he dustshoots it back! I was setting shine ball to stay alive and he droped BLS early and I was low in life. So I Gambled the next turn by summoning light fairy in attack mode and end. Telegraphically, he thought that I had the Honest in hand, he bought it and removed my fairy with BLS' effect. After another bluff on the following turn, he removed my fairy again but this time i was at 1600 and an attack from Reborn Tengu finished me off. Now I'm X-2 and both were results of former YCS winners that were doing well. So I had a really strong shot at Top 32 if I win my next round.
Round 11: Gadget Machina
Game 1 I lose to his field of Machina Fortress, Utopia and Gearframe, with no Tragoedia or Gorz to save me and my poor hand couldn't do much.
Game 2, Venu Gachi combo was taking away his resources and he couldn't deal with Hyperion.
Game 3 I had a field of Catastor and Gachi. On his turn, he Call of Haunted one of his Gadget back and exceeded into a second Utopia. One of them attacked into my D-Prison and the other one forced me to detach a material from Gachi. He ended his turn with no back rows except the face up Call of Haunted. With 5 fairies in grave, I dropped Hyperion, then Kristya. Hyperion's effect destroyed his Utopia and I took away his 8000 life points in 1 turn!
So I finished with an X-2 record with good tiebreaker and got 14th in the final Top 32 standings. Back at YCS Philly I finished with an X-2 record as well but placed 37th in the final standing due to bad tiebreakers. For the first time, I finally made it into Top 32 so I was very happy and excited.
Top 32: GB
Even though I lost the die roll in game 1, my opponent was not happy with his opening so he passed after setting 4 back rows. I summoned Venus and attempted to special summon a Shine Ball from the deck but he shut it down with Solemn Warning. I then used Pot of Duality to which he said I can't, because I attempted to special summon. So I told him that it only applies to inherent special summon, but he disagreed so we called the judge over and was ruled in my favor. Then we appealed to another judge and again it was ruled in my favor. He didn't draw any monster at all so I have no clue what he is playing. I draw another Venus the following turn, and summoned it and try to summon a Shine Ball from my deck by paying 500 life points which he had no response to this time, and another 500 life point got me another shine ball and I exceeded into Gachi. Venus poked him for 3 turns until he started using Book of Moon and Mirror Force to stay alive.
Finally he activated A Hero Lives by paying half of his life and brought out Elemental Hero Prisma. I asked if he wanted to use priority and he said no. He then normal summoned Gladiator Beast Secutor, and then activated Prisma's effect to reveal Gyzarus to send Bestiari to the grave. Note, I had the Effect Veiler in my hand to shut Prisma down, but he waited until he summoned a GB to ensure the War Chariot can back him up just in case I had the Veiler, which I did. I thought that was a good read there.
Anyway he tagged out Gyzarus for Laquari and Darius which brought Bestari back and tagged into Heraklinos. He ended with the Herk and 2 back rows. I special Hyperion and try to destroy the Herk but was denied by War Chariot, and a second Hyperion succeeded in destroying the Herk and wiping out the rest of his life points.
Game 2 he opened pretty good and I opened the opposite, and lose quickly so we went straight into game 3.
I opened pretty good, I had Gorz and Trap Dustshoot. Set Dushoot and pass. He summoned Equeste and pokes for 1600 and tagged out for Bestari and destroyed my Dustshoot. I chain that Dustshoot and revealed his hand of Torrential, Bottomless, Solemn Judgement, D.D Crow and Secutor. I returned the Secutor back to his deck and he finished his turn by setting all of his traps down. I drew and pass holding Gorz in my hand. He topped decks the Secutor which I dushoot Last Turn! He summoned Secutor and attacked with it and I drop Gorz and Bestari kills the token. Main phase 2 he tagged both monsters in for Gyzarus and destroys my Gorz then ended his turn. After my draw I thought for a while after knowing what hisback row was. I tried to bait it all out. I first acitivated MST hitting the Solemn Judgement. Then summoned Tour Guide to get another and exceeded into Leviathan Dragon which he Bottomlessed. Then I removed Earth from my hand to special summon Hyperion which force him to use Torrential Tribute and then I Monster Reborn his Gyzarus! Giving him no chance to come back in case if he topped his Monster Reborn.
I attacked with Gyzarus and pass. He topdecked Mirror Force and set it. I drew Venus and brought out 2 shine ball and XYZ Gachi and attacked right into Mirror Force! I couldn't believe he topped the Mirror Force. So i pass with only Gachi on the field and he draw into another back row and set it. He was at 900 at this point, so I summoned another Shine Ball and he offered the hand shake!
Top 16: Karakuri
With so many Synchro Summon in Top 32, I was paired up against the only Karakuri deck which was piloted by Jeff Jones. Jeff is a 2 time YCS winner and I guessed I had to play my best and try to win. Game 1, after an early Solemn Judgement from Jeff, he couldn't deal with my Hyperion. So he went straight into his side deck and so did I.
Game 2, I opened with an extremely good hand even after he Trap Dustshoots on my draw phase. He returned Venus back to my deck, but I was backed up by 2 Tragoedia in my hand so he wasn't able to attack me with his Thunder King. I drew Venus again and summoned it, paying 500 life point to summon a Shine Ball from my deck. He chained Maxx “C”, but I negated it with Herald of the Orange Light by pitching a Hyperion with it, I then paid another 1000 life points and summoned 2 more Shine Balls and exceeded into Gachi which he negated with Thunder King. With exactly 4 fairies in grave, I specialed Kristya and took Hyperion back and dealt some damages and passed. He flipped Fiendish Chain next turn to negate my Kristya, and then he brought out Catastor and Burei and took Catastor to destroy my Kristya. He passed with no back row and I summoned double Hyperion next turn and destroyed both of his monster with Hyperions' effect and he conceded.
Top 8: This was a feature match and I cannot describe it any better, so check it out here.
Post Event Thoughts:
So I loss in top 8 after locking my opponent down with Kristya. He topdecked Dark Hole to break through and drawing 2 Debunk in a row definitely didn't help me. I guess my luck had finally run out. But the event was really enjoyable and I had fun. Anyway after making it all the way to Top 8, I made some changes to the deck that I thought would be better. Basically I swap out the main deck D.D Crow for a second Maxx “C”. For the side deck I took out 1 Effect Veiler, which I almost never used for a 3rd Thunder King.
Thank you for those who patiently read through all this and I hope you enjoyed my tournament report!!!
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