Pojo's Pro Player Draft Match Three: Billy Brake vs.
Billy Brake has now defeated two players and is
threatening to sweep the entire roster. Let's look
at the third member of the roster.
Agustin is an old school
duelist who has been around
since the beginning of competitive Yu-Gi-Oh!
monsters. I first met him at the very first Gencon
Indy, where I lucksacked him in round 8 on time with
Black Luster Soldier (with my Dark Magician deck!).
Agustin has recently put up incredible results while
using Caliber Cat and X-Sabers. He constantly works
on his game with members of Team Kamikaze including
Billy Brake, Ryan Spicer, and the original members
of the team from Chicago.
The man is respected by all top players for being
one of the most respectful and cleanest duelists in
the game. I have literally never heard of any
negative story involving the man in half a decade of
dueling. If he keeps up the great pace and results,I
predict a premier event win in his near future.
*A note about coverage*:
I was not aware that Austin
Kulman was recording footage of the first four
matches. So I'm not putting Match 3 and Match 4 on
YVD. But I will do it for Match 5 (because there is
no live footage).
Brake versus Herrera- Game One.
Billy Brake's Youtube:
Herrera Turn One:
the dice roll and starts this X-Saber mirror match.
The duelists are intimately familiar with each
others decks and playstyles.
Gottoms' Emergency Call
Book of Moon
Agustin plays Sarc for Cold Wave. This is a good
play with Summoner Monk in hand. He then summons
Thunder King instead of Darksoul and sets GEC.
I defer to his experience with Sabers and ask him
why Rai-Oh is the play over Darksoul. He says later
that both players are running far too many copies of
Rai-Oh to open with a set Darksoul and that Rai-Oh
is very difficult for the X-Saber opponent to deal
After speaking with him, I agree Rai-Oh is the
better play. He is threatening to blow the game open
with Monk in two turns so a closed game state is
obviously preferable for him.
Brake Turn Two:
Billy sets a s/t and passes. Very little info on his
hand to Agustin here.
and attacks for 1900 into Trap Dustshoot dropping
Gorz. Dustshoot removes Monk from his hand and he is
suddenly in huge trouble. The Cold Wave is nearly
worthless and he is staring down a field of 2700
Gorz, 1900 token, and his entire hand revealed
versus his two Book of Moon, dead Darksoul, and weak
setup. Incredibly unlucky for him and great play by
Billy. 8000 6100 Herrera.
Agustin then sets Darksoul and Book of Moon.
Billy moves everything to attack position. He
summons Fulhelm and attacks Darksoul. He then passes
with Gorz, intending to negate it with Rai-Oh. I'm
fairly sure the play is optimal here. Brake has the
chance to deal 2700 extra damage but it's probably
better for him to negate the Darksoul.
At the end phase, Agustin Books his own Rai-Oh to
get a Darksoul search. He finds Pashuul.
Trap Stun. He flips Rai-Oh and syncs for Goyo. Goyo
attacks and gets negated. Agustin could have Booked
the Fulhelm but opts to save it, secure with his
Goyo on the board. Sabers play very few face-up
removal cards; they require a Brionac to deal with
most monsters and Book of Moon protects against
Billy summons Darksoul to sync. It is Booked. He
sets a backrow.
Airbellum. He has Cold Wave in hand with Trap Stun
set. He attacks Goyo into Fulhelm, it is Booked.
Agustin is now in big trouble. He summons
Airbellum and plays GEC for Darksoul and Pashuul.
All 3 monsters turn into an Android then a Colossal
I'm not sure if I like this play. Billy has the
Fulhelm out so he has an easy Brionac play next turn
based on math probabilities alone. The GEC had to be
used to try to get the Fulhelm off the board. End
phase he grabs Emmersblade off the Darksoul search.
Billy flips Darksoul and special summons Faultroll
with Fulhelm on the board as well along with a Gorz
and a Gorz token. Billy syncs a Hyunlei and pops the
Trap Stun. This is a clear misplay; he should have
gotten Brionac and used priority to bounce Colossal
Fighter and Goyo Guardian. Then, with no response
from Agustin, he would have ended the game by
bouncing and swinging with everything.
Brake's field is Hyunlei, 1900 token, Gorz, and
Instead, he crashes the token into Colossal (to make
room), attacks the face-down Goyo with Gorz, and
summons Darksoul to synch Brionac in main phase 2
bouncing both of Agustin's monsters. He gets a
Darksoul effect for Emmersblade and is in control of
this game. 8000 5100 Herrera.
Airbellum with Emmersblade and Cold Wave in hand. He
has no plays so he t-sets and loses next turn to
Billy Brake Takes Game One!
Herrera opens Game Two:
Billy Brake's Youtube:
Book of Moon
This is a very ugly hand for Agustin. His best play
is to go incredibly aggressive by summoning a
beatdown monster each turn.
He summons TKR and sets Moon.
Billy plays Sarc for Rescue Cat and sets
and a monster (his entire hand). Agustin is in big
Agustin draws Darksoul. Billy Dustshoots his hand
and chooses to send back Thunder King. Agustin then
attacks into Darksoul. At the end phase, Billy Books
TKR to get Fulhelm.
Billy summons Fulhelm and attacks into Agustin's
Book of Moon. Billy plays Solemn Judgment on it.
8000 4000 Herrera.
Fulhelm special summons Darksoul. Darksoul attacks
for 100. Billy then summons Faultroll in main phase
2, syncs Goyo, and uses Faultroll on Fulhelm. He
searches Emmersblade with Darksoul.
Herrera draws Pashuul. He sets Torrential Tribute.
Billy plays his drawn MST. It didn't really matter
since he had so much card advantage without even
playing Rescue Cat. He synchs Brionac for game.
Billy Brake Defeats Agustin Herrera 2-0 to Advance!
Three down for Jeff Jones's Team!