4/25/2012 11:30:00 AM
Hello! My name is Max Nijverseel, and I'm going to tell you about my very first YCS experience. At YCS Toulouse, I made it to the Top 4 with Inzektors.
I experimented with Inzektors from the moment they were released in the TCG, and even before then thanks to Dueling Network. I was convinced of the strength of the deck from the first time I saw it being played, but I also quickly noticed some of the weaker points of the strategy as it was played in the first few YCS tournaments when the cards became legal.
I was already playing with two Inzektor Hopper
s and two Inzektor Sword Zektkalibers before Ioaniss Mourelatos made Top 4 with his Hopper / Sword build at YCS Leipzig. But his build did make me try running three of each, and now I don't think I'll be taking them out of my deck any time soon. I think the Hopper / Sword approach is the best way for Inzektors to put pressure on your opponent, to maintain field presence, and to make OTK's. It works well against every Duelist I know and play against.
Preparing For The Tournament:
Honestly, I wish I was more prepared for this tournament. I left Friday morning on a FIFTEEN HOUR car trip all the way to Toulouse, and we were stuck in traffic for like, 3-4 hours. I was the only driver the entire time, and believe me, I was frustrated to no end. Then in the evening, when we tried to find the venue for the YCS, we didn't find it anywhere. Me and my friends started to panic a bit. Then we decided to just go to the hotel and try to find the venue in the morning. The next morning... We couldn't find it...
At around 10 AM we started texting EVERY person we knew to be attending, including a few judges. Then, when finally someone answered we got the address, drove over there, and arrived at 10:30. We rushed to the registration desk and asked if we could still enter. Luckily we'd pre-registered online the previous night, so we had no trouble still getting in.
The Tournament - Day 1:
I got to start my very first YCS with my heart beating like crazy.
Round 1 - Hero Beat: 2-0
Game 1: I OTK'd to end the game. I had 8000 life points while my opponent had 0.
Game 2: After side decking, we both played our cards back and forth. I got hit with a couple attacks, including one from Elemental Hero Neos Alius
, and I was reduced to 5200 life points. At around that time, I made a crucial play by banishing his Elemental Hero The Shining
with Dimensional Prison
, and then managed to finish the game with a string of combos the turn after.
Round 2 - Inzektor Mirror Match: 2-0
Now this was an interesting round for me! Remember how I said I drove fifteen hours to get to Toulouse? Well, my opponent this round was Maarten, one of my mates who was in the car with me at the time. He was sleeping for like, two thirds of the trip, and this was my time to get revenge. >=)
Game 1: I beat him down with a boosted Inzektor Centipede
, building my card presence over the course of the Duel and just riding that Centipede as long as I could. When it was destroyed, I retrieved it with Inzektor Sword - Zektkaliber
, and wound up finishing the game by attacking with it.
Game 2: Near the end of the second game, I was left with just 100 life points, and was reduced to topdecking. He had a Centipeded and an Inzektor Dragonfly
on the field, while I had nothing on my field, nor in my hand. He left the field like that - no back row cards - and I drew Pot of Duality
. The only card I could use at this point to win me the game Centipede, and he was one of the three cards revealed with Duality! I Summoned Centipede, destroyed Maarten's field, and left him with nothing. I rode that Centipede all the way to the end of the game: he'd used most of his Inzektors already (he was playing a Tour Guide version of the deck instead of playing Hopper), and he couldn't touch my last 100 life points.
Round 3 - Dino Rabbit: 2-1
Game 1: My opponent won the dice roll if I’m not mistaken, and he got an early advantage with a Rescue Rabbit
play and 3-4 cards backing it up in the Spell and Trap Card Zone. I fought hard, but I couldn't make a comeback.
Game 2: Now this is where my side deck shined. My opponent had Macro Cosmos
, and I had Rivalry of Warlords
. He brought me down to 6200 life points, but he was at 1700 himself and I kept defending my monsters by removing his. I Summoned Inzektor Hornet
and attacked to bring him down to 1200 life points; next turn he tried to Summon Sabersaurus
, and I Warning'd it away. He ends, and play's back to me. I draw Maxx “C”, and think to myself, “Why not?” before Summoning it: I attacked with Hornet and Maxx “C” to bring him down to just 200 life points. On his turn, he set a monster and passed. On my turn I think he's set a dead Veiler, but it's actually a Rescue Rabbit
: Maxx “C” attacked to destroy it, and Hornet made the finishing blow.
Game 3: Pretty much the same as Game 2, it was a long, dragged out Duel where I attacked with Dragonfly, and he had to Forbidden Lance
it to prevent me from getting game... TWICE! He really had only 500 life points, and that brought him down to 100 LP. Next turn he drew nothing, and I attacked for game with my 1000 ATK Dragonfly.
Round 4 - Monarchs: 2-0
Game 1: I OTK'd easily in the first game, because he wasn't able to draw Gorz, Battle Fader
, or Tragoedia
Game 2: I opened with Dimensional Fissure
, keeping him from establishing the graveyard he needed. I basically rode that to the end of the game, and along with a pair of Fiendish Chain
s, there was just nothing my opponent could do. This one was a longer game than the first, though.
Round 5 - Dino Rabbit (Stefan Sluis): Automatic Win
This was without a doubt, the luckiest round I had in the entire tournament. I looked at the pairings, and saw who my opponent was. Now, I don't know alot of Duelists, but even I knew who Stefan Sluis was. I was preparing myself for my first loss of the tournament, when a judge came to our table and asked to see both of our decks for a deck check. I received a warning because my sleeves were old, and had to replace them. But Sluis got called away and he didn't return to the match.
Round 6 - Hero Beat: 2-1
This was my most enjoyable match of the entire tournament! My opponent was somebody I sat near in previous rounds like, four times already, and I knew he was a fun guy.
Game 1: I win without him ever touching my life points, because he draws three Miracle Fusion
s in a row, before he has the graveyard presence needed to use them.
Game 2: This was a pretty long game, with counters on both side of the field. I found the first turn to be funny, because I set a Snowma Eater, and on his turn he Summoned Elemental Hero Neos Alius
and attacked into it, saying, “Attack your Sangan
.” My response was, “Nope, Snowman Eater
,” and that wound up leaving him with a dead Gemini Spark
in his hand. But in the end, he won this Duel anyways with Miracle Fusion
, bringing out a 4100 ATK Elemental Hero The Shining
when I only had 4100 life points left.
Game 3: I got to start again, and I quickly established field presence. Once again, I won without him ever getting to tough my life points.
This guy was by far the friendliest person I played the entire tournament, and I would very much like to Duel with him again.
At this point I was going 6-0, and I was thinking, “1 more win and I've got a shot at the Top 32.” I was pretty happy with myself and how it was going so far, because I was number one in the standings and I couldn’t believe it.
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Now this was a duel against my fellow countryman Dimitri Lianopoulis, and before the game started I declared to him that this was a duel with our good night's sleep at stake because the one who won was pretty much guaranteed to make it to the Top 32.
Game 1: Lianopoulis got to start the match, and opened heavily with Rescue Rabbit
and a big back row. I tried to force my way through it, but I got shut down by his second or third turn Tour Guide From the Underworld
, and I quickly lost the game after that.
Game 2: I started this one, and I was able to establish a presence on the field and keep myself rooted there thanks to Rivalry of Warlords
. The game went my way as a result, and I won by being able to counter all of his plays.
Game 3: Yeah, this was pretty much Game 1 all over again. He started with Evolzar Laggia
and three or four back row cards, including Macro Cosmos
, and I couldn't even dent his life points. He became the first and only loss for me in the Swiss Rounds.
I didn’t feel bad about losing to Lianopoulis, he was a pleasant and fun guy, plus he was from my home country of Belgium . I couldn’t hate him for winning! I went back to the hotel satisfied and really sleepy ,so I quickly went to bed to get some good rest before the remaining two rounds of Swiss the next day.
The Tournament - Day 2:
The next morning, back at the hotel before we went to the tournament venue, I said to a mate of mine that I really hoped I wouldn’t have to play Dino Rabbit anymore in the Swiss rounds, because it’s a hard matchup and it really depends on the dice roll.
...Now try to guess what the last two decks are that I played against in Round 8 and 9. You got it...Dino Rabbit!
Round 8 - Dino Rabbit: 2-1
Game 1: Again, this was a drawn out Duel with plays and momentum going back and forth, but eventually I got the upper hand with an Inzektor Hopper
equipped with Zektkaliber. I eventually won with the Hopper, just beating him down to zero life points. It was really crucial that I won the dice roll for this match, because it allowed me to establish field presence before he could, and he had to play defensively against my field instead of ever really setting up his own.
Game 2: He went nuts with Rabbit first turn, playing Laggia with four set back rows plus Macro Cosmos
, and then he had Tour Guide on turn 2. I scooped and just went straight to Game 3.
Game 3: This is the Duel where I almost had a heart attack towards the end. I was left with a Wind-Up Zenmaines
and 2000 life points, while he had three cards in hand. He summoned Sabersaurus
, and I think, “Ok, good. I can survive this.” Then he activated Mind Control
to take Zenmaines, and declared a direct attack with Sabersaurus
. I was practically BEGGING for him to not have Forbidden Chalice
, which I knew he'd sided in, because I'd seen a copy of it earlier in the game. Luckily he didn't have it, and I was left with 100 Life Points. He set a backrow and ended. I drew Snowman Eater
and set it. He drew and set another spell or trap, then attacked my Snowman Eater
: Snowman flipped to destroy the Dinosaur, and on my next turn I switched Zenmaines to attack position and declare an attack for game: though he still had one face-down, I'd already played through two Fiendish Chain
s in I knew it was safe for me to attack. But this was a really, really close call.
Round 9 - Dino Rabbit: 2-0
By this point I was 7-1, and I was convinced I'd topped already. I told my opponent to enjoy our friendly match, since we both topped already. He wasn't as convinced as I was though, and we started the Duel with me winning the dice roll.
Game 1: He had to borrow Inzektor Sword - Zektkaliber
to read it for a moment, and I realized he would have trouble playing it since he didn't know what I was capable of doing with that card. He attacked with Kabazauls
into my empty field, and I summon Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
. Next turn I Mystical Space Typhoon
his one set card, and then Summon Inzektor Dragonfly
to go for the quick OTK.
Game 2: This time around he had to read Rivarly of Warlords when I flipped it, and I continued to beat him down while he struggled to draw monsters. The only ones he seemed to be able to draw, he lost to my Solemn Warning
This was a pretty fast victory, but I was sure he would make it to the Top 32. That was the end of the swiss rounds and I was going 8-1, ending at an awesome second place!
I was stoked that I would be playing in the Top 32 of my very first YCS! I had people congratulating me from every side, and even some of my opponents in the Swiss Rounds congratulated me on my top.
Top 32 - Inzektor Mirror Match (Daniel Lutter): 2-0
This match was over in 10-15 minutes, and we made some really weird plays.
Game 1: I Summoned Hopper and activated its effect, attaching Hornet and sending it to the graveyard to destroy one of my opponent's two face-downs: Fiendish Chain
. I was kinda baffled that he didn't activate the Chain to negate Hopper's ability. I rode that Hopper to victory the next turn with a Dragonfly.
After the match, I asked him why he didn’t activate the Chain, and he said he didn’t want to use it on my Hopper, and was hoping I would shoot his other set, a bluffed Mystical Space Typhoon
instead. He'd been trying to hold the Chain for a Dragonfly.
Game 2: A few turns of passing back and forth with no cards on the field started this one off, until he Summoned Sangan
and attacked with it. On the next turn, I Heavy Storm
'd his two backrows and my one set card to Summon Dragonfly and destroy his Sangan
with Hornet. He searched out his own Dragonfly, and then I Summoned Centipede to go for game a Zektkaliber in hand. He showed me his hand, and it was full of dead spell and trap cards which Dragonfly could have destroyed with ease.
At this point I was thrilled to make it to the top 16 and continued to talk with Daniel a bit more after our Duel. I even got to discuss his deck a little.
Top 16 - Dino Rabbit (Stephan Chenard): 2-1
Game 1: He starts the match and opens with a god hand. I cry when I look at my hand, and scoop two turns later when Tour Guide hits the field with a Rabbit removed.
Game 2: I get to start, and I manage to gain some field presence with Rivalry and Centipede equipped with Zektkaliber. I start gaining pluses every turn with Centipeded and Hopper, until I eventually knock him down to 5900 life points and then finish the game in a single turn.
Game 3: I was scared of the possibility of another godly Rabbit opening, but he didn't have it. Instead, this became a long, hard Duel where we both have 4-5 back row cards, with hardly any monsters, and then I start drawing Inzektor after Inzektor so I can steadily take chunks of his life points, bit by bit. It pays off, bringing me the win and getting me to the Top 8!
Top 8 - Inzektor Mirror Match (Luigi Alici): 2-0
Game 1: This was a really close game. Alici had three backrow cards set, plus a face-down monster, as well as Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite
in defense position. On my turn, I Flip Summoned Inzektor Hornet
, and Normal Summoned Inzektor Dragonfly
to stack the two of them for Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
. I detached Dragonfly, which gave me three Darks in the yard, so I could Special Summon Dark Armed Dragon
- I'd taken it the turn previous with Pot of Duality
I used Dark Armed to destroy all three of his back row cards: two Call Of The Haunted
and a Mystical Space Typhoon
. I then attacked his two monsters: his face-down was Sangan
, and it got him Inzektor Dragonfly
. The only cards I had left in my hand at this point were two Effect Veiler
s, so if he could draw into Dark Hole
he would have won the game. But he Summoned Dragonfly, and attempted to use its effect, which I stopped with Veiler, then set one spell or trap. On my turn I detached Hornet from Leviathan, banished it to destroy Alici's last set card with Dark Armed, and attacked with Leviathan for game.
Game 2: I opened with an amazing hand, and OTK'd him on turn 2. He used Pot of Duality
on his first turn to reveal an Effect Veiler
, but he chose to add Inzektor Hornet
to his hand instead, so I knew I could push for game with Dragonfly, Zektkaliber, and double Mystical Space Typhoon
After the match, he asked me why I didn’t destroy his monsters first with Dark Armed, then pick apart his back row. I replied that I wasn’t worried about his monsters, because I had two Effect Veiler
s and I could just beat over his defenders. His backrow was the thing that scared me the most.
Since I'd won this, I got to play in the Top 4, and I was stoked because at this point, I was guaranteed an awesome prize!
Top 4 - Rescue Rabbit (Jack Bruun): 0-2
This was my only Feature Match, and my hands were dead against his Evolzar Dolkka
. A few horrible misplays on my part made sure that the Duel didn't last long, too. This was the worst game I played the entire weekend, and it just happened to be my only Feature Match. Sadface.
Not much else to say! At this point, I just wanted to try and get that Blood Mefist prize card that would be awarded to the third place finisher, since I wanted it so badly.
Third Place Playoff - Wind-Ups (Jake Quinsee): 1-2
Game 1: I won the dice roll, and set up my field with Inzektor Centipede
, Inzektor Hopper
, and Zektkaliber. I built momentum with the Centipeded, and gained a plus every turn, riding that card advantage to the end of the Duel.
Game 2: He starts, he loops, he wins. I tried to fight my way out of the bad early game situation with Hopper, but it was to no avail - he just had way too big of an advantage over me. On to Game 3!
Game 3: This was an interesting back and forth Duel, where I established some field presence, but eventually made a misplay that cost me the game. He Summoned Wind-Up Rat
and I negated its effect with Veiler, but he played Pot of Avarice
and drew his outs: Effect Veiler
and the all-important Instant Fusion
. The Fusion let him Summon a Level 3, and while I activated Torrential Tribute
to counter his play, it cost me the field I'd built. I got back Centipede with Zektkaliber's effect, but Quinsee negated Centipede's effect next turn with his Veiler, and proceeded to spam me with Xyz monsters to put me down for the count.
It was a shame losing to myself, in a way, because who knew what could have happened if I didn't activate Torrential Tribute
at that time. I'm not assuming anything, because that was the hardest Wind-Up match I ever had (Quinsee did combo's I didn't even know you could do), but I felt sure I had him before I activated the Torrential. Every misplay I made kept haunting me after the tournament, especially since I didn't get a Blood Mefist, which I really, really wanted!
Side Deck Choices:
Here's what I planned to side in and out for my biggest match-ups.
Siding In: 2 Dimensional Prison
, 2 Rivalry of Warlords
, 2 Snowman Eater
Siding Out: 2 Maxx “C” if going first, 2 Effect Veiler
s, 1 Dark Armed Dragon
, 1 Foolish Burial
I wanted to get to my power cards faster in this match-up, and with Macro Cosmos
being sided in like, almost every time I played against Rabbit, Dark Armed Dragon
and Foolish were dead cards. Plus, the hand traps do very little against Rabbit when they have Cosmos.
Siding In: 2 Dimensional Prison
, 2 Snowman Eater
Siding Out: 2 Maxx “C”, 2 Effect Veiler
Hand traps are pretty dead against Hero, too.
Siding In: 1 Effect Veiler
, 2 Rivalry of Warlords
Siding Out: 1 Dark Armed Dragon
, 1 Inzektor Sword Zektkaliber, 1 Mystical Space Typhoon
Choosing what to side out against Wind-Ups was, for me, mostly just an on-the-spot decision.
After The Tournament:
Once the tournament was over, I started my long drive back home and I thought to myself: “Next time I'm gonna take a goddamn plane!” Pro tip, people! I was seriously exhausted, and I still had 10 more hours to drive.
As for revising the main deck, as of this moment the only thing I'd really consider would be cards from the new set, since it brings more Inzektor support. But I haven't really begun to do enough testing to know what kind of Inzektor deck I'll be playing after Galactic Overlord
. The only thing I could change would be the 2 Armor Blast
s in my side deck, because the match-ups where it would have shined just never presented themselves in this tournament.
I'd also like to apologize for not remembering any of the names of my opponent s in the Swiss rounds. Sorry about that.
I hope this was a good read, and I'll see you next time!