Topping YCS Kansas with Dino Rabbits
12/5/2011 10:05:00 AM
Hello everyone. My name is Samuel Jones. I am one of the top Florida players in Yu-Gi-Oh, I stay in Tampa, and I usually play in all the Regionals within the state. I have topped other events and I do have some followers that can support what I'm saying, but I really enjoyed my time at YCS Kansas, first in Top 32, then straight to Top 8. Many players have so many Questions for me, like “how did you do?” and “why did you choose the deck you played?” There are so many other great Questions, and I promise I can answer them, so let's begin my journey on how I made it this far.
I had been working a lot and I hadn't been to my local card store, The Game Academy lately. I have been playing the deck “TG,” or tech genus, ever since I came back from nationals. So I got off work one night and I called Fraizer Smith and he asked me, “Sam, are you going to Kansas?”
“When is it?” I asked. He didn't know but I went home and checked the prices for a plane ticket and I booked my flight the following week. I went to The Game Academy and everyone told me that a pre-release was this weekend. I was in shock I had no clue.
So I talked to another YCS topper named Christopher Krause and he told me about “rescue rabbit.” I have never heard of or seen the card before in my life, so I was wondering, “what does the deck do?” and “how is it good?” I didn't know what was in the deck or how it worked. So i received some decklists from my friends with pictures from duel network and I compared them and I still didn't understand what made the deck work. I discovered that the new set made the deck extremely “broken” - aka. really good. The cards that makes the deck competitive are Evolzar Dolkka (this card negates 2 monster effects), Wind-Up Zenmaines (this card is like Gachi Gachi Gantetsu, commonly used in Agents), and Rescue Rabbit that summons 2 monsters that are 1700 Attack or 1900 Attack. Evolzar Laggia AKA “Captain Planet” is a Solemn Judgment and was already included in the original deck from the Japan Meta.
I arrived in Kansas on a Friday morning all by myself. When I left the airport I found Jarel Winston and Top 32er Richard Lam waiting for me. We took a cab together and left to the event site, and I also had nowhere to stay unfortunately. There was a local tourney late that Friday night; I lost to 2 YSC/SHONEN champions back to back and they were both my friends, Jessy Samek and Tyree Tensley. I went 0-2 and my friend Christpher Krause went undefeated with Rabbit. So I compared my deck and his and made a new list that I will post later on in this article. Saturday was another tourney day for me. I played different decks and having played many decks myself gave me a type of advantage to where I know what each deck can do in order to beat their plays as well. The decks I played against were Tech Genius, Lightsworn, Agents, Dark World, Synchro Centric (I played many of these), Six Samurai, and the mirror match piloted by Fili Luna. I play with many good players for practice and I theoretically think to myself more than actually playing in order to help me prepare for future deck changes I also consider future ways to counter the bigger plays that I can't handle and learn to beat them. When the deck is played correctly, victory can be accomplished with great ease. I summon Rescue Rabbit, call priority and special summon 2 Kabazauls. I then overlay and exceed summon Laggia and set 1 or 2 back fields. This is a very dominant play because I can negate any card I want except for Polymerization' rel="/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Super Polymerization">Super Polymerization.
The following turn I summon Tour Guide From the Underworld then special summon another Tour Guide. I exceed summon Leviar, special summon Rescue Rabbit, Special Summon 2 Sabersarus, and exceed summon Dolkka. After performing this play your chances of winning that game are almost guaranteed, depending on the situation.
I think this build should have won the YCS Kansas, but in order for this to be true, you must know what your deck does, and how to side deck. Here is what cards I would take out per match up.
Synchro Centric - Evolzar Laggia and Dolkka are the best monsters for this match up
Side in - 2 Fiendish Chain, 2 Bottomless, 1 Compulsory, 3 Dimensional Fissure (if going 1st), 2 D.D. Crow, 2 Cyber Dragon, 2 Thunder King if Dimensional Fissure is sided in, along with 2 Effect Veiler, 3 Maxx “C”, and 1 black luster solider- envoy of the beginning
Side out - 3 mst, 1 Heavy Storm, 1 Trap dust shoot, 1 Starlight Road, 2 Forbidden Lance, 1 Book of Moon
Side in - 3 Dimensional Fissure, 2 Fiendish Chain, 1 Compulsory, 2 Cyber Dragon
Side out- 3 mst, 1 Heavy Storm, 1 Book of Moon.
This deck main focus is the Reborn Tengu, Spore, Lonefire Blossom, and Dandylion, used to perform synchro summons. This deck has many different plays, but the player versus this deck must know exactly how it works, and how to disrupt the deck including its more monster effects and over powered synchro summoning.
Agents - Evolzar Dolkka is the best monster in this match up
Side in - 2 Bottomless Trap Hole, 2 leeching light, 1 compulsory , 2 Fiendish Chain.
Side out- 1 Book of Moon, 1 Heavy Storm, 3 mst, 1 Starlight Road, 1 Trap Dustshoot.
Side in - If I'm going first 3 Dimensional Fissure and 1 Trap Dustshoot, instead of 3 Mystical Space Typhoon and 1 Heavy Storm.
This deck's main focus is using The Agent of Mystery - Earth to thin out the deck, and searching for The Agent of Creation - Venus especially. Then using the effect of Venus to summon 2 shine balls unless 1 is in your hand. Then xyz summoning in Gachi Gachi Gantetsu. Then, as the turns follow, Black luster Solider and Hyperion along with Archlord Krystia to finish the offensive lock down.
Dark World - Wind-Up Zenmaines, and Dolkka are the best monster combination for this match up
Game 2 and 3 would have almost the entire side deck
Side in - 1 Closed Forest, 2 Bottomless Trap Hole, 2 d.d.crow, 3 Dimensional Fissure.
Side out - 1 Starlight Road, 2 Effect Veiler, 3 Maxx “C”, 1 Mind Control, 1 Trap Dustshoot.
This deck has also gotten better because of the new set, this card named “Dark Smog” gives an edge to use the effects of dark world monsters, and removes 1 card from the opponents graveyard while in a chain.
This deck revolves around the field spell, Grappha. This deck mains or sidedecks devastation virus, Mind Crush, and Dragged Down into the Grave. These card combinations are very lethal and there are ways to avoid these issues depending on what deck you play and your approach is going to be toward these decks.
In the Rescue Rabbit Mirror, depending on what card your opponent plays, there are loops and other counters of card choices that can be used. As a player I love this deck and this deck can do a plethora of plays, and can capitalize very quickly.
While in Top 32 and straight to Top 8, I played Karikuri, and Synchrocentric for all my matches, and I have a round 8 feature match between me and Stephen where he was piloting Tengucentric. After playing the YCS I feel as though I have no fear when coming home to work; I just came for a good tourney turn out.
While being home I have changed my decklist so please enjoy my current list with changes.