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Dark Paladin's Yu-Gi-Oh! Dimension
Dark Paladin Needs YOUR HELP! (Interview #1) Preston of
Today I bring you the first of what I hope to be a series of
interviews. I'm interviewing random duelists across the
country just to find out about them and their Yugioh
I hope this to be successful, and if possible, I'd like to
interview one duelist from ALL 50 states. So, I NEED YOUR
HELP! The first duelist to e-mail me from a state will be
Today I interview Preston of Macon, Georgia.
Dark Paladin: What is your first and last name?
Preston: Preston Caudill
Dark Paladin: How old are you?
Dark Paladin: What city and state do you live in?
Preston: Macon, GA
Dark Paladin: Georgia, cool. I love it down south.
Preston: Yeah, it's great. ^_^
Dark Paladin: What decktype do you run and why?
Preston: Fiend-theme...with an emphasis on control. I play
it because Fiends are a powerful yet underrated type. They
are full of debilitating effects, and several make powerful
beatsticks in a pinch.
They have always been my favorite monster type, and I really
enjoy playing with them, even when I lose.
Dark Paladin: That's true. Fiends are cool and can be
dangerous to run.
Preston: They are one of the underdog types--true sleepers.
Dark Paladin: True again.
Preston: I'm working on getting a couple of Goblin Elite
They work wonders with Virus.
Dark Paladin: What's your favorite card and booster and why?
Preston: Ooh...tough one, can I pick an OCG card?
Dark Paladin: Sure, just pick one real card also, if you
Preston: My favorite TCG card is Yata-Garasu. I like it
because it helped to turn the entire metagame upside down in
the 1st World Championship. Also, it manages to break the
most important aspect of the game: card advantage. Most
people hate it and call it cheap, but those people use Ring,
BLS, Phoenix, and tons of other over-powered cards. I feel
it deserves some respect, being the best card in the game.
That, and it's a Fiend. =)
Dark Paladin: True, all who used Yata loved it when using it
and loathed it when being beaten by it. It was incredibly
Preston: My favorite card of al time is the Japanese Gemini
Elf, because they are just so darn cute. I was waiting for
it to be released for 10 months.
Dark Paladin: I like Gemini Elf as well...being a
Spellcaster and everyone knows how I love them so much.
Preston: My favorite booster is LON. I feel that it had a
tremendous impact on the metagame, and it included several
cards from my favorite character, Bakura.
Dark Paladin: LON is a great set, and it did impact the game
It's my third favorite behind IOC and MFC respectively.
Preston: I feel we could have done without IOC. Yata takes
some skill, but anyone can pwn with Envoys.
Dark Paladin: That's a great point right there, and some
people don't realize it. Yata DID take skill to use. Next
question, what are your thoughts on this summers tins?
Preston: I collect OCG promos, so I'm elated when they are
released in English. With the downfall of Goat Control,
Igxarion Universe will be unnecessary, and Gilford is too
costly for serious decks, even LIGHT and Warrior-type. I'm
sure Joey fans will be pleased, since 4 of the tins feature
his cards. I'm quite happy to see the Yuugi Structure-art
Dark Magician Girl, personally. All in all, these tins are
more for fans and collectors than tournament duelists.
Dark Paladin: Well put...I agree with that almost
completely. Just one more question about the tins. So many
people are so excited about Exarion being released. Do you
think he's all that he's cracked up to be?
Preston: He will be until Oct 1st. Once Scapegoat is
limited, I predict that play will shift back to Beatdown and
Swarm, often with a good amount of control. Exarion is great
against anything defensive, but only when people actually
play defensive decks.
Dark Paladin: That's very true. Anyway, next question.
What's the most success you've ever had in a tournament, and
what's your most recent tournament placement?
Preston: I rarely attend large tournaments, but my local
card shop hosts several serious players. Three were
top-ranked in the state at least once each, and two
regularly made Top 8 at Regionals. I usually place around
second to fourth there, and I have won at least one
tournament with them.
Dark Paladin: Congrats, that's awesome. So, do you think the
new Ban list will help or hurt the game, and why?
Preston: To be honest, my skills lie in deckbuilding and
judging more than dueling.
Preston: I agree totally with all their choices, it will
definitely help smooth out the wrinkles in the metagame.
That said, I think that it could have gone a lot further. It
seems to me like they are just patching up holes, rather
than nipping new ones at the bud. On a selfish note, I'm sad
that they limited Night Assailant, some of my best combos
worked with him.
Dark Paladin: Yeah, limiting Night Assailant does hurt
Konami does seem to be trying to let new original decks out.
can't fix EVERYTHING, now can they? Last question...where do
you see the general direction of the game going, and why?
Preston: If you had asked me that question 3 months ago, I
would've told you straight down the drain. The top 4 at
Worlds, however, truly inspired me. In an environment thick
with Goat Control and Chaos, three OTK's managed to fight
their way to the top. To my knowledge, this kind of thing is
unheard of in Yugioh. Also, I was happy to see that the
winner used Phoenix, which I was playing even when most
people wouldn't think of running one. These results give me
new hope that someday, maybe very soon, the cookies will be
done baking. And that day, I shall feast.
Dark Paladin: Excellent, I can't wait for that day
myself...I'm getting fat and it's great to talk to someone
who shares my views.
Dark Paladin: Well, thanks for your time!
That does it for this interview, and as I said...E MAIL ME I
NEED YOUR HELP, and the first duelist from a state will be
You stay classy, Planet Earth :)