I just got back from Yu-Gi-Oh! Nationals and had an
amazing time. I also met a lot of new faces for the
first time and had a lot of fun dueling and trading.
I just wanted to make a few points and end with some
1) The rumors about a 5 on 5 team battle are true.
We ran a draft format tournament featuring many of
the top players in the USA. A huge crowd was
gathered around for all of Friday evening and it was
definitely amazing being able to feel the energy as
each player played.
Team 1: Jeff Jones (Team Captain), Hugo Adame (Team
CORETCG/Comic Odyssey), Augustin Herrera (Team
Kamikaze), Paul Levitin (Team Overdose), and Jarel
Team 2: Adam Corn (Team Captain), Billy Brake (Team
Kamikaze), Austin Kulman, Mario Matheu (Team
CORETCG/Comic Odyssey), Ryan Spicer (Team Kamikaze)
The two team captains rolled and drafted the top
players in order. I did coverage of the matches and
will be posting each match in the weeks to come
along with pictures and links to Youtube footage.
Refer back to some of the older team battles, some
of which were the most amazing "underground" matches
in history. I really think the coverage on Pojo
helped shape Metagame's direction and gave exposure
to the deserving cream of the crop.
Team Savage vs Team Odyssey:
While Team Savage ended up being more hype than
results, this team battle really started the craze.
At the very next event in Houston, there were
literally dozens of teams proudly wearing their
shirts and wanting to partake in battles.
Battle for North America:
This battle showed everyone the skill involved with
established players such as Wilson Luc and Sang Bui
versus previously unheralded players such as Kyle
Duncan, Max Suffridge, and Matt Peddle who later
East v. West:
This battle marked the end of the Comic Odyssey/Team
Savage era. Many of the top players from the West
Coast clashed with the emerging East Coast stars.
Anthony Alvarado proved he was one of the greatest
players (if not the greatest) by defeating 6 of the
best players in North America consecutively. This
list of victims included Emon Ghaenian, Wilson Luc,
and Ryan Hayakawa.
Battle for North America 2:
This was my favorite team battle from all of Pojo
history. It featured the undoubted best players in
the game at the time at their peak form.
Take a gander at all of Pojo's illustrious history.
Coming up in the next week or so, the latest chapter
in Pojo team battles will be written, featuring
inside looks at how these players achieve such
2) I will be writing a report about my tournament
experience on my blog, go-YGO.com.
3) Enjoy the pictures and have a great week.
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