Chaos Dragons at YCS Chicago - A Top 4 Report

Simon Yip

5/9/2012 11:30:00 AM
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Hello, my name is Simon Yip, and I recently made it to the Top 4 of YCS Chicago. Before I start, I would like to give a shout out to Daniel LaMartina, Javier Torres, Anthony Saurini, Chris Bean, Robbie Vissa, Joseph Crespo, Gabriel Trevino and Jesus Santos for helping me test and figure out what I was going to play for this event.

Deck Choice:
About a month before the event, I ran my own version of “Chaos Dragon” at my locals in Rochester, NY. It was very different from the decks that were run by Peter Gross and Alexander Reed in the sense that it was slower, but was less dependent on what it milled. I was set on running my first Chaos Dragon deck for Chicago, but the results of YCS Toulouse and YCS Dallas forced me to change it. Furthermore, the new Fast Effect ruleset hit the TCG three days before the event. I believed that the new rules would hurt my deck in the sense that Chaos Sorcerer and Red Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon were less effective, and that Bottomless Trap Hole would see heavy play. After testing the mirror match, I also realized that the mirror was virtually a coin flip. I almost switched to Inzektors two nights prior to the event.

I brought three possible decks I could use to the event; Inzektors, Dino Rabbit and Dragons. After testing the night before, I realized that I was very uncomfortable playing Inzektors and my friend Javier convinced me to stick to the deck I've been playing for a month. I knew that I had to adjust to the fact that Bottomless Trap Hole would be a frequently played card and that the mirror match was very hard to “guarantee” a win. I quickly browsed through possible options and ended up main decking two copies, and side decking one more copy, of Forbidden Lance to combat the Dimensional Prisons and Bottomlesses that would be used against my REDMD and Lightpulsar Dragon. I also needed an effective way to combat the mirror match. I knew Electric Virus would be very good against it but I needed something that didn't require my opponent to have already set up. My friend Jesus told me to play Victoria. I dismissed this as a joke at first but the more and more I read the card, the better it seemed. I decided to side two copies of Victoria so that I could dictate the mirror match.

Day 1:
I arrived at the convention center around 9 AM and met up with some of my friends from my hometown; New York City. I goofed around for about an hour and soon pairings were posted. I would also like to mention that Saturday happened to be my birthday.

Round 1 - Inzektors
Game 1: I milled a lot of spells and couldn't keep up with the combos that he opened with.

Game 2: My numerous hand traps were able to slow him down and my graveyard was quickly filled with LIGHTs and DARKs for the Black Luster Soldier- Envoy of the Beginning and Dark Armed Dragon that I opened with.

Game 3: He didn't open Hornet and I was able to dictate the game with the soft lock of Light Pulsar Dragon and REDMD.

My siding for Inzektors is usually as follows:
Side out: 1-2 Solar Recharge, 2 Forbidden Lance, 1 Tragoedia, 1 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter, 1-2 Card Trooper.
Side In: 3 Mystical Space Typhoon, 1 Effect Veiler, 2-3 D.D. Crow, 1-2 Spirit Reaper.

Record 1-0

Round 2 - Ninja Mist Valley
Game 1: I had absolutely no idea what this deck did, and had to read most of his cards. His deck was based around summoning Mist Valley Apex Avian using Ninjitsu Art of Transformation to negate effects. I used Ryko to force the effect of Apex Avian and ended up powering through his life points with multiple Chaos monsters.

Game 2: He was able to establish field dominance with Apex Avian along with multiple Synchros to stop me from doing anything.

Game 3: I quickly filled the graveyard and Overwhelmed him with 2 Lightpulsar Dragons and Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning.

Side Out: 2 Darkflare Dragon, 2 Eclipse Wyvern, 1 Future Fusion, 1 Solar Recharge, Tragoedia, 1 Card Trooper
Side In: 3 MST, 2 Spirit Reaper, 2 Dimensional Prison, 1 Mirror Force

Record 2-0

Round 3 - Chaos Dragon
Game 1: I Solar Recharged into Fusion Fusion with multiple chaos monsters in hand and won very quickly.

Game 2: He was able to stop me from OTKing with Interplanetary Purply Thorny Dragon and uses Electric Virus to OTK me back.

Game 3: He milled Koa'ki Meiru Drago with a Ryko and I was able to steal it with Victoria to shut down all of his plays.

Side Out: Heavy Storm, 2 Effect Veiler, Tragoedia , 1 Solar Recharge, 1 Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress, 2 Forbidden Lance
Side In: 2 Spirit Reaper, 2 Dimensional Prison, 2 Victoria, 2 D.D. Crow

Record 3-0

Round 4 - Gravekeeper
Game 1: Lyla and Ryko with Forbidden Lance keot Necrovalley off the field, and I was able to summon Dark Armed Dragon to win the game.

Game 2: I traded cards evenly for about ten turns, while I had a dead Solar Recharge in hand. He Royal Tributed my one Effect Veiler and I topdecked a Lyla. I played Solar Recharge, drew another Lyla for his Necrovalley and my next card was Black Luster Soldier.

Record 4-0

Round 5 - Gravekeepers
The second he played Necrovalley turn 1, I basically flipped out. I had to play what is probably my worst matchup two rounds in a row, so early in the tournament.

Game 1: He won the die roll and Royal Tributed me for four cards. I was unable to come back from that.

Game 2: I dominated the game with spell and trap removal and a REDMD on board.

Game 3: He opened Necrovalley and set Gravekeepers Spy. He used Solemn Warning on my Tour Guide From the Underworld and summoned Fossil Dyna. He then tried to flip Spy and special summon. Unfortunately, my opening hand was two Tour Guide From the Underworld, Monster Reborn, BLS, Lyla and I was drawing into more dead cards.

I sided in basically the same things for both Gravekeeper matchups.
Side in: 3 MST, 1 Forbidden Lance, 2 Dimensional Prison, 1 Mirror Force, 2 Spirit Reaper.
Side Out: 1 Future Fusion, 2 Darkflare Dragon, 1 Chaos Sorcerer, 1 Solar Recharge, 1 Light Pulsar Dragon, 2 Eclipse Wyvern.

Record 4-1

Round 6 - Chain Burn
Game 1: He used Pot of Duality to reveal two Just Desserts and Ojama Trio, so I immediately assumed he was playing Chain Burn. I flooded the field as fast as I could, and ended up winning with 200 life points remaining.

Game 2: He put Ojama Tokens on the board, but I was able to use them to synchro Black Rose Dragon and force his chain. I exploded with Dark Armed Dragon and BLS and once again win with 200 life points.

Side in: 3 MST, 1 Forbidden Lance, 1 Effect Veiler
Side Out: 2 Card Trooper, 1 Tragoedia, 1 Gorz, 1 Dark Flare Dragon

Record 5-1

Round 7 - Dino Rabbit
I don't remember much of this match at all, except that I saved my resources for the inevitable Macro Cosmos and spammed chaos monsters for both games.

Side In: 3 MST, 1 Forbidden Lance, 2 Dimensional Prison, 1 Mirror Force, 2 Spirit Reaper.
Side Out: 1 Future Fusion, 2 Darkflare Dragon, 2 Solar Recharge, 2 Eclipse Wyvern, 1 Card Trooper, 1 Tragoedia.

Record 6-1

Round 8 - Six Samurai- Jason Okubo
Game 1: He opened Six Samurai United with Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan and went into first turn Maestroke the Djinn. I won quickly with Lightpulsar Dragon and REDMD.

Game 2: He opened with a Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En play and a set back row. I risked the back row being Musakani Magatama and drew out Shi En's effect with Mystical Space Typhoon, following up with Dark Hole. I was able to use Forbidden Lance and Lyla to control the game for a while, but he ended up recovering his lost momentum with Double Edged Sword Technique. I eventually won using Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning followed by multiple Chaos monsters.

Side In: 3 MST, 2 Spirit Reaper.
Side Out: 2 Effect Veiler, 1 Dark Flare Dragon, 2 Card Trooper.

Record 7-1

Round 9 - Wind Ups - William Pedigo
Game 1: I opened with a puny Card Trooper and no hand traps while he loops me.

Game 2: I opened Future Fusion, but I was unable to make a strong play without any Chaos monsters. He opened with the Wind-Up Hunter loop and hit my D.D. Crow as his first Hunter target, but I was able to hang on. Late game, he had a Number 30: Acid Golem, a Spirit Reaper, and an attack position Effect Veiler with 4000 life points remaining. I topdecked a Chaos Sorcerer and opted to banish his Acid Golem. He revealed BLS for game.

What I should have done was attack his Effect Veiler, so that he would only have 1700 life points remaining. This would have forced him to detach his last material on Acid Golem, instead of paying the 2000 and attacking for the win. He would've been unable to summon his BLS and I probably would have won from there.

Side In: 2 Effect Veiler, 2-3 D.D. Crow
Side Out: 2 Forbidden Lance, 1 Solar Recharge, 1-2 Card Trooper

Record 7-2

I was a bit disappointed that I ended Day 1 with an X-2 record, because I always lose on the bubble. I headed back to the hotel and rested up for Day 2, hoping not to lose on the bubble again.

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 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
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Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
Set Invasion of Chaos
Number IOC-025
Level 8
Type Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 3000 / 2500
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Effect: This card can only be Special Summoned by removing 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster in your Graveyard from play. Once during each of your turns, you can select and activate 1 of the following effects:
:- Remove 1 monster on the field from play. If you activate this effect, this card cannot attack this turn.
:- If this card destroyed your opponent's monster as a result of battle, it can attack once again in a row.


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Day 2:
Round 10 - Inzektors - Manny Vargas
Game 1: I used two Effect Veilers to stop his early plays but he had just enough Inzektors to beat me.

Game 2: I milled two Eclipse Wyverns and don't have targets for either, so he was able to tell three out of the four cards in my hand. He misplayed by searching another Inzektor Dragonfly instead of an Inzektor Hornet and I capitalized.

Game 3: He ended up banishing most of my monsters with Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer, but I was able to take control of the Duel with MST into Gorz, the Emissary of Darkness.

Side out: 1-2 Solar Recharge, 2 Forbidden Lance, 1 Tragoedia, 1 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter, 1-2 Card Trooper.
Side In: 3 Mystical Space Typhoon, 1 Effect Veiler, 2-3 D.D. Crow, 1-2 Spirit Reaper.

Round 11 - Inzektors
Game 1: I OTK my opponent quickly with multiple Chaos monsters. The only monster I saw him play is Thunder King Rai-Oh, so I assume he's playing some sort of Anti-Meta or beatdown deck, which was a very very bad assumption on my part.

Game 2: I opened with defensive traps, which he takes apart with his Inzektors. He quickly won due to my poor side decking choice

Game 3: I used D.D. Crow on his Hornet, which he brought back with Leviair the Sea Dragon. I used Chaos Sorcerer to try and banish the same Hornet, but he used Effect Veiler to save it. I tributed Chaos Sorcerer for Dark Flare Dragon, and Monster Reborned the Sorcerer to banish the Hornet once and for all. I won quickly from there.

Siding for game 3 consisted of:
Side out: 1-2 Solar Recharge, 2 Forbidden Lance, 1 Tragoedia, 1 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter, 1-2 Card Trooper.
Side In: 3 Mystical Space Typhoon, 1 Effect Veiler, 2-3 D.D. Crow, 1-2 Spirit Reaper.

So I was extremely happy that I finally broke the bubble! I honestly would've been happy with losing in the Top 32, but my deck had other plans.

When I told my friends at Millenium Games and Hobbies in Rochester, and my friends from New York City that I was the 13th seed in the Top 32, they exploded. I had a lot of people back home rooting for me.

Top 32: Chaos Dragons - Lenard Hill
My opponent got a game loss for being late to the match.

Game 2: He milled well and exploded, while I was stuck with very subpar mills.

Game 3: I opened Solar Recharge into Future Fusion, ending with four DARKs in grave. I summoned Chaos Sorcerer, got back my Dark Armed Dragon, and quickly won from there.

Side Out: Heavy Storm, 2 Effect Veiler, Tragoedia , 1 Solar Recharge, 1 Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress, 2 Forbidden Lance
Side In: 2 Spirit Reaper, 2 Dimensional Prison, 2 Victoria, 2 D.D. Crow

Top 16: Dino Rabbit - Matthew Bishop
Game 1: I opened with Card Trooper, and I opted not to use Effect Veiler on his Jurrac Guaiba. He went into Laggia for early field control. I set a Ryko which he read, and he refrained from attacking. I Veilered his Tour Guide to stop him from making otherwise-huge plays. I flipped my Ryko, which he tried to negate with Laggia, and I explain to him that Laggia can't negate flip summons. The game ends up lasting a really long time, until I finally topdeck Chaos Sorcerers and win quickly from there.

Game 2: Both of us started with slow hands, drawing none of our key cards. I ended up drawing my Chaos monsters before he drew his outs. He ended up using his Leviair to take my Spirit Reaper, to stall my two on-field Lightpulsar Dragons. I made Inzektor Exa-Beetle to equip my in-grave Lightpulsar Dragon. I tried to pop my equipped Pulsar and his Reaper, but he chained Forbidden Lance to stop Pulsar from being sent to the graveyard. He started topdecking but had no answers for my Chaos monsters.

Side In: 3 MST, 1 Forbidden Lance, 2 Dimensional Prison, 1 Mirror Force, 2 Spirit Reaper.
Side Out: 1 Future Fusion, 2 Darkflare Dragon, 2 Solar Recharge, 2 Eclipse Wyvern, 1 Card Trooper, 1 Tragoedia.

Top 8: Chaos Dragons
Game 1: He opened with Card Trooper, but I end up getting four DARKs and Eclipse Wyvern in grave first turn. I explode with BLS, DAD, and Dark Flare Dragon and OTK him.

Game 2: We both got off to fast starts. I Dimensional Prisoned his Lyla, which he did not expect. He went off, summoning BLS, DAD, and Lightpulsar Dragon, but I had Gorz to stop the OTK. I perform the exact same play on his on his turn and he Special Summons Tragoedia when I couldn't OTK anyways. He drew D.D.R.- Different Dimension Reincarnation and regretted summoning Tragoedia.

I was absolutely delighted that I made it to the Top 4. Billy Brake and I had a nice chat and I found out that the Top 4 decks are me with Chaos Dragon, and Inzektor deck, and two Dino Rabbits. I felt like I had a good chance of winning due to the two Rabbit decks remaining in the tournament.

Side Out: Heavy Storm, 2 Effect Veiler, Tragoedia , 1 Solar Recharge, 1 Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress, 2 Forbidden Lance
Side In: 2 Spirit Reaper, 2 Dimensional Prison, 2 Victoria, 2 D.D. Crow

Top 4: Aaron Noel
You can read about my top 4 match here.

I would like to note that I misplayed game 1. I read his single back row as a Forbidden Lance, which is why I opted to Lance his Leviair before he Xyz Summoned with his two Sabersaurus. If he had the Lance, he would have had exactly game. The backrow that I misread ended up being a Fiendish Chain instead. Had I not Lanced the Leviair, he would've summoned Evolzar Laggia instead of Dolkka and I would've been able to summon my Gorz, and probably win.

Side In: 3 MST, 1 Forbidden Lance, 2 Dimensional Prison, 1 Mirror Force, 2 Spirit Reaper.
Side Out: 1 Future Fusion, 2 Darkflare Dragon, 2 Solar Recharge, 2 Eclipse Wyvern, 1 Card Trooper, 1 Tragoedia.

3rd Place Match: Inzektors - Billy Brake
I really don't want to talk about this match. I was just really tired and disappointed that I lost in the Top 4. I made a lot of stupid decision likes searching for a dead Tour Guide From the Underworld, trying to set before I attacked, and so on. I'm pretty sure that Billy Brake thinks I'm a bad player now.

My decklist was as follows:

    Chaos Dragons Simon Yip    
  Location:  2012 YCS Chicago - 4/28 - 3rd - 4th Place
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
2 Card Trooper
2 Chaos Sorcerer
1 Dark Armed Dragon
2 Darkflare Dragon
2 Eclipse Wyvern
2 Effect Veiler
1 Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
3 Lightpulsar Dragon
3 Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress
2 Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon
3 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
1 Sangan
3 Tour Guide From the Underworld
1 Tragoedia
Monsters [29]
1 Book of Moon
1 Charge of the Light Brigade
1 Dark Hole
2 Forbidden Lance
1 Future Fusion
1 Heavy Storm
1 Monster Reborn
3 Solar Recharge
Spells [11]
Deck Total [40]
3 D.D. Crow
2 Dimensional Prison
1 Effect Veiler
1 Forbidden Lance
1 Mirror Force
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
2 Spirit Reaper
2 Victoria
Side Deck [15]

EXTRA DECK

1 Adreus, Keeper of Armageddon
1 Ally of Justice Catastor
1 Armory Arm
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1 Five-Headed Dragon
1 Inzektor Exa-Beetle
1 Leviair the Sea Dragon
1 Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
1 Number 20: Giga-Brilliant
1 Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number C39: Utopia Ray
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Wind-Up Zenmaines
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:




If I were to change anything in light of what happened at Chicago, I probably would've cut the Tragoedia and maybe a Card Trooper for the third main decked Effect Veiler, and a third Chaos Sorcerer. After Galactic Overlord, I would add a Dragon Queen Djiinn, Hieratic Dragon King of Atum, and Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger to the extra deck in place of Chimeratech Fortress Dragon, Adreus, Keeper of Armageddon, and Number C39: Utopia Ray.

I would like to congratulate Aaron Noel, Daniel Nunnally and Billy Brake for their great performance at the YCS. I will be going to YCS Philadelphia and may or may not play the same deck again. Only time with tell. I hope to do as well as I did at YCS Philly!

-Simon Yip

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