Second Place at YCS Toulouse with Dino Rabbit!

Jack Bruun

4/30/2012 11:00:00 AM

Hello! I'm Jack Bruun from Sweden. I have played Yu-Gi-Oh! for seven years, but I went to my first YCS in December, in Brighton. I was able to make it to the Top 32 with Dino Rabbit, and was very happy because I defeated very good players such as Billy the Brake. YCS Toulouse was my third YCS; YCS leipzig was my second. At first I was going to play Wind-Ups without Wind-Up Factory and Wind-Up Magician, but after doing alot of testing and making a metagame call, I decided to go with Rabbit again because I thought there were going to be many Duelists playing Inzektors. After hours of playtesting against every deck in the format, I came up with this deck list:

    Dino Rabbit Jack Bruun    
  Location:  2012 YCS Toulouse - 4/14 - 2nd Place
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
3 Kabazauls
3 Maxx "C"
3 Rescue Rabbit
3 Sabersaurus
1 Sangan
1 Snowman Eater
1 Spirit Reaper
3 Tour Guide From the Underworld
Monsters [19]
1 Book of Moon
1 Dark Hole
2 Forbidden Chalice (UTR)
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 [14]
2 Dimensional Prison
2 Fiendish Chain
1 Solemn Judgment
2 Solemn Warning (UTR)
1 Torrential Tribute
Traps [8]
Deck Total [41]
1 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
2 Cyber Dragon (UTR)
1 Forbidden Chalice (UTR)
3 Gellenduo
3 Macro Cosmos
3 Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror
1 Smashing Ground
1 Snowman Eater
Side Deck [15]


1 Ally of Justice Catastor
1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
2 Evolzar Dolkka
2 Evolzar Laggia (UTR)
2 Leviair the Sea Dragon (UTR)
1 Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
1 Number 20: Giga-Brilliant
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number C39: Utopia Ray (UTR)
1 Submersible Carrier Aero Shark
1 Wind-Up Zenmaines
1 Wind-Up Zenmaister (UTR)
Extra Deck [15]

Some cards may seem weird for the main deck at first, such as Snowman Eater, Spirit Reaper, Forbidden Chalice and Dimensional Prison. Those are all good cards in the Rabbit mirror, which I thought would be the most common match-up. If you set a Dimensional Prison and a Snowman Eater against a Rabbit player, you'll have an answer to both Evolzar Laggia and Evolsar Dolkka. Because of this, a lot of other players also played Snowman Eater in the main (but not as many played Dimensional Prison).

To have an answer to my opponents' Snowman Eaters, I decided to play Forbidden Chalice. Unlike Fiendish Chain, it can be activated in the damage step, so I can play it to get rid of annoying cards such as Snowman Eater or Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter. I can also play it on my own monster to make it bigger. Spirit Reaper is good in the mirror match, and it's also useful against Dark World and Elemental Heroes. Like Forbidden Chalice, it can be played both defensively and offensively, increasing the consistency of the deck.

After Game 1, I usually sided in Gellenduo and Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning. Gellenduo is a good card because it's hard to kill and your opponent usually has to waste cards to get rid of it. When they do, I drop BLS and deal a huge amount of damage. Gellenduo is also a Level 4, which means it can be used to Xyz Summon cards like Number 39: Utopia. In the extra deck, I run a copy of Submersible Carrier Aero Shark. It's very good late game after you've summoned a BLS and used a couple of Rabbits. It also kills your opponent's Gellenduo, something that is often hard to do for Dino Rabbit Duelists.

The Tournament - Day 1:
I was in France on Friday with a friend, so we spent the whole day playtesting and went to pre-registration to get the YCS tokens. We went to sleep early so that we would feel rested the next day.

Round 1 - Destiny Hero Diva:
He started with Elemental Hero Stratos and Destiny Draw, so he was already up a card just moments into the first game. He activated 2 Miracle Fusions plus Monster Reborn moments later, all on one turn, to take control of the Duel.

Game 1, I opened with Rescue Rabbit and alot of backrow cards, so he wasn't able to come back. And when he opened Game 3 with nothing playable, I won quickly.


Round 2 - Mirror Match:
I drew four normal monsters to start Game 1, so it was pretty much already over. He attacked me with Spirit Reaper, and I instantly scooped so he wouldn't know what I was playing.

Game 2, I used Mind Control on his Snowman Eater; summoned Tour Guide to special summon Sangan; flipped Snowman Eater to destroy my own Sangan; got Rescue Rabbit, and won shortly after.

Game 3, my opponent had 5600 life points with Gorz the Emissary of Darkness in defense position; one monster face-down; and one card set in his back row. I activated Smashing Ground to try and destroy Gorz, but he played Solemn Judgment to negate it, reducing his life points to 2800. I followed up with Dark Hole to clear the field, then Summoned Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning to attack for game.


Round 3 - Mirror Match (Mitchell Tudor):
In Game 1, we were both down to topdecking and he drew Pot of Avarice, then Tour Guide From the Underworld to make Leviair the Sea Dragon for game. Game 2, I stalled a bit with Gellenduo, then decided to make Number 39: Utopia and attack my opponent's face-down. It was Snowman Eater, and when he tried to destroy Utopia, I activated Forbidden Chalice in the damage step to negate Snowman's effect.

Game 3, he tried to Xyz Summon Submersible Carrier Aero Shark to destroy my Gellenduo, so I had to Solemn the Summon. But he had Mind Control to take my Gellenduo, and another monster to attack for game.


Round 4 - Mirror Match:
I lost Game 1 in this round because my opponent opened with a huge hand. I can't remember the details. In Game 2, I Xyz Summoned Evolzar Laggia and she couldn't recover.

Game 3 went longer, all the way into end of time procedures. I had to decide if I wanted to try and stall with Gellenduo, or go for game. I eventually chose to go for the win, and managed to end the Duel decisively.


Round 5 - Inzektors:
To begin Game 1 I was able to Summon Rabbit first turn, Tour Guide second turn, and attack for game thanks to Leviair the Sea Dragon bringing back Rabbit.

In Game 2 I set two back row cards, and lost both to Heavy Storm. He then Summoned Inzektor Dragonfly, equipped Inzektor Hornet, and equipped Inzektor Giga-Mantis, so it was game over for me. Game 3 I was reading my opponent as having Gorz the Emissary of Darkness the entire game, so in the end I attacked with Sabersaurus and Sangan to draw out the Gorz. In Main Phase 2, I activated Dark Hole to destroy Gorz and get Rescue Rabbit with Sangan. I Summoned the Rabbit for the win.


Round 6 - Heroes:
Game 1, my opponent didn't draw a single monster until his life points were really low, and when he finally drew one he had to set it . On my turn, I activated Mind Control to take his face-down Effect Veiler, flipped it to Synchro Summon Ally of Justice Catastor, and attacked for game.

As Game 2 wore on, we came to a situation where my opponent had nothing but an in-hand Elemental Hero Neos Alius, and no cards on the field. He drew Gemini Spark, and with the Spark he drew Miracle Fusion. He played it, and attacked for game.

Game 3, he had one Elemental Hero The Shining on the field and a set monster. I drew Pot of Avarice and used it, drawing a normal monster and... Tour Guide From the Underworld! I Summoned Tour Guide, and then I noticed that his life was extremely low - just 200 Life Points. I Xyz Summoned Submersible Carrier Aero Shark and burned him for 300 damage to win the match! “What a sack,” I thought of myself.


Round 7 - Wind-Ups:
This was the last round of Day 1. In Game 1, I drew four normal monsters and two Rabbits. Fun game, that was!

Game 2, I opened with four set cards and Tour Guide From the Underworld, so I used Tour Guide to get to Sangan; used that to search Rescue Rabbit; and played the Rabbit to Xyz Summon Evolzar Dolkka.

In Game 3, I set a bunch of cards to my back row so that he couldn't hit my hand with Wind-Up Hunter. He Summoned three Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity, and brought out Wind-Up Rabbit. I topdecked Cyber Dragon and won shortly afterwards when I activated my set Pot of Avarice.

Set Strike of Neos
Number STON-EN067
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1700 / 0
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

This card cannot be destroyed by battle. When this card's controller takes any damage, destroy this card. If you Tribute Summon a LIGHT Fairy-Type monster, you can treat this 1 monster as 2 Tribute Monsters for the Tribute Summon.

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The Tournament - Day 2:
My final record at the end of Day 1 was 6-1, so now I only needed to win one of my two remaining rounds in Day 2 to make the Top 32 cut.

Round 8 - Mirror Match:
Game 1, my opponent opened with a vanilla Summon and four back row cards, so I summoned my own vanilla with five back rows to match him. He then Summoned another Normal Dinosaur-type; went for Laggia; and when I flipped Solemn Judgment he had a Judgment of his own to beat mine! Scoop phase!

Game 2, I controlled the Duel with Gellenduos and Snowman Eaters. Game 3, he opened with Rescue Rabbit and Tour Guide, and that was it for me.

With a 6-2 record, I was now on the bubble and had to win the last round to make it to the Top 32.

Round 9 - Dark World (Bubble Match):
Game 1, I opened with the forever-broken combo of Rescue Rabbit and Tour Guide for 8000 damage.

Game 2, he sets two spell or trap cards and passed. I played Heavy Storm, made Evolzar Dolkka, and set Macro Cosmos, Solemn Judgment, and Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror. That was good game!

My 7-2 record landed me in the Top 32, with a 14th place finish after the Swiss rounds.

Top 32 - Twilight:
Game 1 he Summoned Chaos Sorcerer, Judgment Dragon, and all that stuff for game. In Game 2 I opened with Rescue Rabbit and massive backrows, so that was quick as well. Game 3, I wound up Tributing my Tour Guide and Sangan for Gorz: I had five set cards in my backrow, and Tributing Sangan allowed me to win shortly after with Rescue Rabbit.

Top 16 - Mirror Match (Mitchell Tudor again):
In Game 1 I walked right into a Starlight Road, but I was able to come back with Mystical Space Typhoons and Gorz.

In Game 2, I activated Solemn Warning to try and negate the Summon of his Rescue Rabbit, but he negated the Warning with Solemn Judgment. He Xyz Summoned Dolkka, and when he attacked with it I banished it with Dimensional Prison. He was left with 1550 life points after the Solemn, I so I activated Mystical Space Typhoon on one of his three set cards, hoping that if one of his cards was a Starlight Road, I might catch it with the Typhoon before activating Heavy Storm. The Storm destroyed his last two set cards, and I flipped my face-down Gellenduo to attack position to swing for game. Have you ever noticed Gellenduo's attack points?

Top 8 - Wind-Ups:
Game 1 I was hit with the Hunter loop, so there's really nothing more to say there. Game 2 I tried to drop Laggia; he Solemned it; then I played Monster Reborn to bring it back. He flipped Torrential Tribute to destroy the Laggia again, but that left me free and clear to Special Summon Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning and attack for the win.

Game 3, I dropped Heavy Storm and Summoned da Rabbit.

Top 4 - Inzektors:
Rabbit and Tour Guide were enough to win me the first game. In Game 2, he had Wind-Up Zenmaines and Dimensional Prison Set. I was able to Typhoon the Prison, make Dolkka, and take out his Zenmaines, negating its effect. He played Dark Hole to destroy Dolkka on the following turn and passed. I fired back with Tour Guide to make Leviair the Sea Dragon; Special Summoned back Rabbit; and Summoned another Dolkka. That wasn't game immediately, but after that he couldn't come back.

The Finals - Lightsworn Dragons:
If you've read the Feature Match, you know how this went: I misplayed game 1 with Snowman Eater. Game 2, I only really had three copies of Sabersaurus and Monster Reborn, so I lost.

What Changes Would I Make?
Now that the YCS is finished, and the new fast effect system has gone into effect, I would change the three copies of Maxx “C” for three Effect Veilers. I would also add two Bottomless Trap Hole to the main deck, because I feel it's going to be a very good card now. I would take out two Fiendish Chains from the main, since I think they aren't needed anymore. I would add in another Forbidden Lance, too. Last but not least, I would drop Gorz the Emissary of Darkness for the most broken monster of them all, Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning!

After everything was said and done, I can say this was an amazing weekend, and I hope that I will get more tops in the coming future. Stay tuned, and keep your Rabbits close to you!

-Jack Bruun

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