Topping with Dino Rabbit at YCS Dallas

Raul Calderon

4/26/2012 11:20:00 AM

Hello, my name is Raul Calderon! Iím a local Texas duelist, and Iím honored to be able to write about my experiences in YCS Dallas, where I was able to place 4th with my Dino Rabbit deck. Iíve been a long-time Yu-Gi-Oh player mostly just for fun, and it was only recently that I decided to play competitively.

When the March 2012 Forbidden and Limited list was revealed, I was unsure on what deck to play. I switched from Inzektors to Wind-Ups, but none of them were really my playing style. I finally switched to Dino Rabbit. I fell in love with the deck instantly.

I took the deck to a regional event for a trial run, but since I was unable to get Tour Guides before the tournament I replaced them with Spirit Reapers. This tech was actually amazing against mirror matches and against many OTK decks. At the end of the day I ended up topping, placing 15th with a 7-2 record.

After the regional I knew it was back to the drawing board. I had to get the deck ready for YCS Dallas, which was only a month away. I analyzed alot of tech, ranging from main decked Spirit Reapers to Hydrogeddons; anything that would guarantee me a first turn Evolzar Laggia / Evolzar Dolkka, or that would allow me enough time to do it without any complications.

I then looked at the deck and its weaknesses. To me, this strategy's weaknesses are heavy opposing back rows and high attack monsters. The decks that fit this category would be Dark World, Heroes, and Dragons. Dark World constantly bombards you with effects and Grapha comes out of nowhere and wreaks havoc on the field. Same goes for Dragons, with high attack beaters and the ability to swarm and OTK. As for Heroes, they rely on heavy back rows with lots of monster control, and one of the most-feared cards if you're a Dino Rabbit player: Super Polymerization.

After YCS Long Beach, I got the idea from Simon He to main deck Snowman Eaters. I never gave much thought to this card until I started to main it, and saw the instant difference of how my deck ran. Heroes couldnít get over head on they would have to waste resources to remove it. When their Alius or Thunder King would attack into it that would force them into an immediate -1. As for Dark Worlds and Dragons, it was like having a Ryko to get rid of their high ATK monsters. I decided to not play Gorz, due to my running Fiendish Chain, and my tendency to always seem to have a back row card set whenever I would duel.

Friday before the Event:
I made sure to pre-register and get a good night's sleep. I never like to playtest the day before the event. Itís just a habit of mine, and I never tend to do well in an event when I do.

The day of the event, I was really nervous: it was my first YCS ever. I expected to play a lot of Hero, Dark World, and Dino Rabbit decks during the Swiss rounds, since they had all recently topped. Here's the deck list I played:

    Dino Rabbit Raul Calderon    
  Location:  2012 YCS Dallas - 4/14 - 3rd - 4th Place
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Effect Veiler (UTR)
3 Jurrac Guaiba
3 Kabazauls
2 Maxx "C"
3 Rescue Rabbit
3 Sabersaurus
1 Sangan
2 Snowman Eater
3 Tour Guide From the Underworld
Monsters [22]
1 Book of Moon
1 Dark Hole
2 Forbidden Lance
1 Heavy Storm
1 Mind Control
1 Monster Reborn
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Pot of Avarice (UTR)
1 Smashing Ground
Spells [12]
2 Fiendish Chain
1 Mirror Force
1 Solemn Judgment
2 Solemn Warning (UTR)
1 Torrential Tribute
Traps [7]
Deck Total [41]
2 Black Horn of Heaven (UTR)
1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
2 Cyber Dragon (UTR)
3 Macro Cosmos
2 Royal Decree
2 Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror
1 Smashing Ground
2 Thunder King Rai-Oh
Side Deck [15]


1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
2 Evolzar Dolkka
2 Evolzar Laggia (UTR)
1 Leviair the Sea Dragon (UTR)
1 Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
1 Number 20: Giga-Brilliant
1 Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction
2 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number C39: Utopia Ray (UTR)
1 Stardust Dragon (UTR)
1 Steelswarm Roach
1 Wind-Up Zenmaines
Extra Deck [15]

The Tournament:
Round 1: Dino Rabbit Mirror. 1-0

I won Game 1 with ease, opening up with double Rescue Rabbit, Tour Guide, Lance, 2 Mystical Space Typhoon, and a Solemn Judgment.

Game 2 I lost. I drew 3 vanillas and I just scooped.

Game 3 I won. first turn Rabbit gives you an automatic advantage in the mirror match.

Round 2: Wind Ups. 2-0
Nothing special about this match. My hand traps stopped him from doing anything both games. It was an easy 2-0.

Round 3: Heroes. 3-0
My opponent was a bounty duelist, so I definitely wanted to beat him and claim some extra booster packs.

Game 1, my Snowman Eaters were doing phenomenal, the guy couldnít get over them.

Game 2 I lost. I couldnít draw a Rabbit and he Super Polyíd my Zenmaines for the win.

Game 3 I opened up first turn Laggia, he opened up one monster. I just went off from there to take the win, and 10 packs of Photon Shockwave.

Round 4: Inzektors. 4-0
Nothing special from this match. My deck has an automatic advantage over this strategy, with a good match-up.

Round 5: Dino Rabbit. 5-0
Game 1 I opened up with Laggia. He negated my second Rabbit. Once my Laggia was out of materials I relied on Snowman Eater. The guy was shocked to see that I mained that card. I won after I drew Pot of Avarice, and I just went off from there to take the win.

Game 2 I opened up with all 3 copies of Sabersaurus in my hand. It was all downhill from there.

Game 3 neither of us could seem go get Rabbit out. It was a vanilla war. I finally got a Rabbit off, and Laggia just did the rest of the work.

Round 6: Heroes. 6-0
Snowman Eaters were the MVP of the Match for an easy 2-0.

Round 7: Dino Rabbit. 6-1
I lost this round: the Duels basically came down to who got out Rescue Rabbit first. I couldnít draw my Snowman Eaters all 3 games.

Round 8: Wind Ups. 7-1
This opponent just made too many mistakes. I took advantage of them and won.

Round 9: Agents!!!! 8-1
Game 1 I was shocked to see Agents with a 7-1 record. I won the first one having both Laggia and Dolkka out on the field.

Game 2 his Black Luster Soldier did all work and got him the win.

Game 3 this game was back and forth until we drained each other of cards. We both went into topdecking. I drew Snowman Eater, set it, and ended. He drew and he passed. I drew Forbidden Lance, set it once more, and ended. He drew BLS, Specialed it, then Monster Reborned my Laggia. I thought I was done for. He made a mistake and attacked my Snowman Eater with BLS though, and I destroyed it. I took the Laggia hit. I drew Rabbit, checked my graveyard to see if I still had Normal Monsters to Summon, and I did! I went into Evolzar Laggia, attacked his Laggia, and I lanced it during the damage step. He drew Venus, tried to Summon it, I negated, and he scooped after that.

After the match I asked why he hadn't used BLS's effect to remove my Snowman Eater instead of attacking, which would have won him the game. I shook his hand and gave him major props for taking Agents that far.

I hardly slept Saturday night, but regardless, I felt I was ready for Day 2 of YCS Dallas.

Round 10: Dino Rabbit. 9-1
I took a 2-0 win easily. Again, the opponent just didnít expect me to main Snowman Eaters.

Round 11: 10-1
An easy 2-0, nothing special about this match.

Top 32: Dark World
This was my hardest match of the whole day. My opponent won game 1 with Grapha.

Game 2 I won, I opened up with Macro-Cosmos and he couldnít get rid of it.

Game 3 He opened up with Zenmaines, Malefic Cyber End Dragon, and Silvva. I had no idea on how I was going to get over that. He played Dragged Down into the Grave and dropped my Tour Guide from my hand, but I drew Mirror Force. I opened up with Rabbit, made Utopia, and set Mirror Force and Macro Cosmos. He attacked into my Mirror Force. After that I had complete advantage with my Macro Cosmos. He just scooped after that.

Top 16: Dino Rabbit
My opponent in the Top 16 was the same guy that I lost to Round 7. I was ready for him this time and my deck wanted redemption. I won game 1 with ease.

Game 2, he took a game loss for playing with an illegal number of cards in his deck. He forgot a Jurrac Guaiba in his deck box, and since he lost Game 1, he effectively took a match loss. I tried to appeal to the judge; I just wanted to play it out. The Head Judge overruled it and said it was a match loss for him. I felt sorry for the guy. He came this far and lost to a dumb mistake.

Top 8: Inzektors
Game 1 the guy drew 3 Inzektor Hornet and a Foolish Burial. It was an easy win.

Game 2 was harder. He saved his copies of Dragon Fly from being destroyed by using Waboku. I was finally able to get out Rabbit though, and went into Dolkka. I just sat on that to claim my spot in the Top 4.

Top 4: Dino Rabbit
My opponent this round was Nizar Sarhan. He opened Game 1 with Rescue Rabbit, and just took the win from there.

Game 2 I had 2 Rabbits, and won.

Game 3 we were back and forth playing very carefully. He got me into the Grand Mole lock though, and that ended my YCS right then and there.

 Mirror Force
Mirror Force22226
Set Metal Raiders
Number MRD-138
Type Normal Trap
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

When an opponent''s monster attacks, negate the attack and destroy all opponent''s monsters in Attack position.

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Side Decking During the Event:
When I was playing a mirror match against another Dino Rabbit player, I would usually side out my Effect Veilers and a Mystical Space Typhoon, and would side in 2 Black Horn of Heaven and a Thunder King Rai-Oh.

For Dark World, I would side out my 2 Maxx ďCĒ and 2 Effect Veilers, and add 3 Macro Cosmos and 1 Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror.

Against Inzektors I would side out my 2 Snowman Eaters, and 2 Maxx ďCĒ. I'd side in 3 Macro and 2 Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror.

For Heroes I would side out my 4 hand traps since they donít do anything major to them, and I would side in 2 Cyber Dragon and 2 Thunder King Rai-Oh. The Cyber Dragons would bait out their Bottomless Trap Hole, Solemn Warning, and force them to use Thunder Kingís effect. Thunder King stopped them from searching with, E- Call, their ROTA, and Pot of Duality.

After the Tournament:
I claimed my prizes and I was happy that I made it so far, this being my first YCS.

To me, the MVP of both days was Snowman Eater. This card is too amazing, and itís really hard to get over. Itís a nightmare for Heroes and gives me a big advantage when playing a Dino Rabbit mirror.

Before I go, I just want to give some shout-outs!
To my Team, Game Breakers.
Simon He, for the Idea of maining Snowman Eater.
Dusty Adams, for letting me borrow his Rabbits. My Rabbits warped before the event and I didnít want a game loss due to marked cards.
To my local hobby shop, Evolution Games in Fort Worth, Texas.
To my mentor, Jesse Velasquez.
To my #1 support at the YCS, Brad Lummus, Gio Rocha, Robert Mcnett, and Herman Hererra, and Rocky Alvarez.
To my Hero, Blake the Lotus for defending all of Texas.

Thanks so much for allowing me to write this article about the YCS! Hope you guys like it!

-Raul Calderon

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