What's up Yu-Gi-Oh! world? My name is Alberto Daniel Gonzalez, but you can call me Beto for short. I recently made Top 8 at the latest YCS Championship with Dino Rabbit and I also made Top 16 at YCS Anaheim last April with Dragunities. I've been playing Yu-Gi-Oh! since 2006, but got competitive in 2007. Only recently have I been placing well at YCS's and the reason for that is my penchant for playing unconventional decks. The last two I've attended I have topped and I'm aiming for my third one in Atlanta! Besides that let's get back to the matter at hand and talk about this past weekend in Kansas City.
Originally I was going to play the Synchro heavy deck but after attending the tournament where a playset of "Rescue Rabbit" was up for grabs across the street from the convention center, I got to thinking. I stood no chance against cards such as Debunk and Maxx "C". I knew everyone was going to main deck at least 2 Maxx "C" and if I tried to perform the explosive moves that the Synchro heavy deck allowed me to, Maxx "C" could be a major problem that I didn't want to risk dealing with. Debunk would also hinder any progression.
While I was walking around the play area I noticed two duelists engaged in a casual match. Plants vs. Dino rabbit. The person playing the Rabbit deck was none other than YCS Ecuador champion Galo Orbea. I noticed that Galo had some interesting deck choices that intrigued me. The manner in which he was piloting the deck convinced me that Dino Rabbits was the way to go for this tournament. So before the end of the tournament I sat down and decided to write out a deck list to see if I was able to get all the cards necessary for the deck since I wasn't really feeling comfortable about running the Synchro heavy deck.
The missing sideboard card is 1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon.
I wrote out the basic shell but I saw the deck as an aggressive control and anti-meta deck. So I decided not to run heavy because I will be Trap heavy and I was thinking about main decking a Dimensional Fissure. I wasn't a big fan if Dimensional Fissure before because it just sits there and it conflicts with my Thunder King. Also I hate drawing a dead card half way through a duel, especially with a deck I have never even played before. I decided to put one in for the chance that if I have the Rabbit it won't get disrupted by a Maxx "C" or an Effect Velier. The one Maxx "C" and Veiler are there in case I go second and I open either one I could slow them down. Also if they would destroy my D-Fi I could follow up with either card from my hand and I'm still able to control the game.
I didn't want to play Starlight Road because it was an easy card to read at time and I'm not a fan of setting my whole hand just because I have Starlight Road. I believe certain cards make you play a certain way and I didn't want to play like that. I believe that the Xyz Monsters would be plenty enough to save my cards from being destroyed. I didn't realize that so many people would be playing "Bottomless Trap Hole", so maybe I should have used one Starlight.
After I saw the list I believe it was possible to run it. I just needed to find a few more cards, so I walked around, did a few trades and completed it.
My friend Wilson Tsang - who went undefeated at YCS Long Island - and I went back to the hotel room and I took my plant deck apart and put this Rabbit deck I just wrote together. I fixed the Extra Deck and Wilson tells me to take out the Brionac and add another Utopia for the mirror match since I'm not able to Syncro summon for a level six since I run only one Tuner, a decision that tends to hurt me later on during the day.
We go to sleep at midnight without play testing; I was out of it since I worked a 14 hour Shift and I've been up since Thursday morning.
We get up and it hit me! Side out the Rabbit portion in the deck and add in anti-meta. Another idea I picked up at the Rabbit tournament.
I got to the convention center and ran all over looking for the 3 cards I need to finish up my deck; my second Smashing Ground, a Dimensional Fissure, and a Doomcaliber Knight. I liked Doomcal since he is a big beater and still went with the big aggression that the deck already presents. The Fossil Dyna's were good for the plant match up. Since they can't special summon they are basically locked out of doing their big game plays. The Gale was there for the mirror match and for the Naturia Beast lock. The Pot of Dualitys replaced the Gold Sarcos for a better speed.
So the plan was to play the Rabbit Dino game one and smoke screen into the anti-meta portion. I basically change my deck and turn it into a completely different deck. And if I won game one and lose game two I could determine what cards to keep. Also if I get further and do well in the tournament I could get a better grasp of the deck and what cards to side in correctly.
I started match one pretty smooth. I played vs. a fabled deck and I did a terrible first move. I summon Rescue Rabbit and I brought out a Saberarus and a Kabazauls. My opponent corrects me and tells me that they have to be the same card. I felt pretty stupid right there. So I just played the game and won pretty easily. When I side out, I side in the anti-meta part. So I side out the Rabbit engine (3 Saberarus, 3 Kabazaul, 3 Rescue Rabbit, 2 Gold Sarcophagus) and add basically my whole side deck. Went pretty well but Dimensional Fissure did most of the work since it was vs. Fabled.
After the day goes on I keep doing the same thing vs. every match up. But if it went to game three I would side out the useless cards against them and side back into the Rabbit Engine but with still a few different cards.
Fossil Dyna put in a lot of work against many match up especially vs. plants. Doomcaliber Knight was great too, baiting out Effect Veilers and Maxx "C" to eliminate the threat early on.
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As the tournament progressed I went against my first loss in swiss, Karakuri. First game was pretty brutal. Deck went off too quickly and the only monster I had in my hand was a Gorz that got hit by Solemn Warning. Game two it seemed like he always had the right card to counter every move I did. I was shocked and it put me in my place before I started to get all big headed since I was 4-0 at the time. That loss made me focus more and to stop playing reckless and start to side in more cautiously than to just smoke screen into another deck.
After that I played against a Lightsworn deck that I won fairly easy due to my main deck Dimensional Fissure. After that I played against all Syncro heavy decks from there on out. Throughout the whole tournament I played against Syncro heavy decks. And like I said before a lot of simple wins were due to the main deck Dimensional Fissure that disrupted all their hand traps (cards like Effect Veiler, Maxx "C", Herald of Orange Light, etc) and their monster's effects that needed the grave to work with.
Day two was critical since I wanted to go into the last round at least x-1 since I hate playing on the bubble. My first match of day two was against Dark World. I honestly had no chance either game. My opponent went off as soon as he had all his combo pieces. There was nothing that I could have done either game. I'm upset with myself because I really needed the win next round; if not I was out of the tournament.
My luck, I'm going against ANOTHER Dark World deck. Game one went off pretty well; he used Dragged Down to the Grave twice and ended up with a Sangan and a Tiras, Keeper of Genesis. I was scared since I had a Smashing Ground that I couldn't use since Tiras had an Xyz material on it. He attacks and passes. I draw and pass since I had a Gorz. I misplay because he attacks with Sangan directly and I summon Gorz since I didn't want to take more damage, but I summon my Gorz in defense mode. My opponent didn't catch that and attacks my token. As soon as I draw my opponent realizes that we both misplayed and I capitalize from there with a Rescue Rabbit into a Laggia and win from there since he couldn't recover.
I side out a few cards, 1 Gold Sarc, 1 Rescue Rabbit, BLS, and 1 Solemn Warning. I add in 1 Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror, 1 Doomcaliber Knight, 1 Debunk, and 1 Fossil Dyna. I want to try to stop his Graveyard effects and to at least slow him down long enough for me to get control and win. We were going back and forth but at the end he hit off all of his Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World effects in the Graveyard and I scooped as soon as I saw all my outs we gone. Game three I left my deck alone and I drew pretty godly. Rescue Rabbit, Dimensional Fissure, and Tour Guide from the Underworld. Since that is one of the best starting hands that this deck can get, I went off with the Rescue Rabbit into Evolzar Laggia. Next I summon Tour Guide to summon another Tour Guide. Then I Xyz summon Leviair the Sea Dragon to use his effect to summon my Rescue Rabbit again and Xyz summon Evolzar Dolkka to just lock him out. He had a monster hand so there was nothing he could have really done.
My Top 32 match was against a Synchro heavy deck that I had played already in swiss. So I knew what he was playing and I won pretty quickly with Dimensional Fissure and Trap Dustshoot doing what they do best.
I realized my Top 16 match was pretty scary after I had finished the match. Game one I went off quick and fast and there was nothing my opponent could have done. Game two I side out 1 Gold Sarco, BLS, 1 Rescue Rabbit, and 1 Dimensional Prison. Since it was a Synchro heavy deck I don't want to be put in a situation where I have to Dimensional Prison a floater and end up being behind in cards. I side in 2 Fossil Dynas, 1 Debunk, and 1 Doomcaliber Knight. He goes first and sets a face-down. I have a hand of Doomcaliber Knight, Fossil Dyna, Thunder King, Sabersaurus, and 2 Solemn Warning. I summon Sabersaurus hoping to bait out a Bottomless Trap Hole, but instead when I declare an attack he chains Trap Dustshoot, sends my Dyna into the deck and I lose to Gorz since I draw nothing to stop it. I did not anticipate a Gorz play and that was the end of that game. It was soon but it clinched the game for him.
Game three was the most crucial game yet. I summon Laggia first turn with my Rabbit. He summons Cyber Dragon in Attack mode and I allow it. Then he summons a Thunder King, attempting to bait out Laggia's effect but I allow it. He sets 2 face-down and ends. I draw and summon Tour Guide to summon another from my deck. Next I activate Mind Control to take his Thunder King so he wouldn't stop me from Xyz summoning. He chains Enemy Controller to try to take my Laggia so I have to negate. I Xyz summon Leviair into a Rescue Rabbit into another Laggia. Since Mirror Force or Dark Hole weren't used I have to bring Laggia out to survive. When I declared an attack he activated Mirror Force! I did the correct move which clenched me the win to move on to Top 8.
My Top 8 match is online and can be found here. I know my opponent went into Naturia Landoise with Genex Neutron but he had Torrential Tribute and Dark Hole. He was still going to destroy my whole field. Would it have been a different match? Maybe, but accidents happen and that's life. No one is perfect and no one can catch every since mistake especially in Top 8 of a YCS. I just hope the judges can try to stop these things from happening in the near future.
The deck has been modified now after the YCS. Many cards that I felt didn't have a place in the deck I took them out to make it a bit better. I took out Mirror Force, BLS, Maxx "C", Effect Veiler, and Gorz. I added one Forbidden Lance and three Jurrac Guaiba. The Guaiba make it so there is another way to bring out my Xyz Evolzars quick and his effect doesn't need the Graveyard so even if it attacks a token I still get the effect. Also I took out the second Utopia to add in the Brionac since the deck doesn't need 2 Utopias. I'm hoping to perfect the deck some more in the near future and I hope you enjoyed reading my article on my recent top at YCS Kansas city.
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