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Interview with a F00b-pire
Hey Pojo readers, it's
me, Giel, and I have another article for you all today.
Sorry about the lack of an article last week. I have been
very busy moving into my new house and just didn't have the
time to contribute a well written article to the site. I
would also like to thank you all for you positive responses
after writing my first article. Instead of the traditional
articles, I decided that it would be a great opportunity to
interview one of the most well-known and influential
duelists in the world.
I hope you all enjoy as I interview, the one, the only,
Giel: Hey, are you ready?
David: Sure, *grabs mountain dew*
Giel: What is your full name?
David: My name is David "F00b" Simon.
Giel: So where are you originally from?
David: I have lived my entire life in Chandler, Arizona. It
is just outside of Phoenix.
Giel: Where do you go to school right now?
David: I am currently a junior attending Arizona State
Giel: So David, what is your current UDE ranking in Arizona?
David: Well, the only UDE sanctioned events I have attended
are the big ones
like regionals and Shonen Jumps but they have gotten me to
top two before.
Right now, I am top five in AZ right now.
Giel: Yes, you are currently 5th. =) So how did you start
David: I was at my friend's house one day after playing
basketball. I came inside to get some Gatorade and his
brothers were playing Yu-Gi-Oh on the kitchen table. I
remember Summoned Skull and multiple Graceful Charities. My
friend and I used to be Pokemon champions and decided that I
wanted to get into another card game, so I picked up Yu-Gi-Oh
Giel: You used to play Pokemon? Any other card games you
have played or are playing?
David: I have been serious about Magic and VS as well as Yu-Gi-Oh
at the same time. Now that Im almost 21, Im really into
Texas Holdem. ;-)
Giel: Yep, Holdem is becoming very popular among my friends
as well. So what's your favorite card in the game and why?
David: My favorite card would have to be Magical Scientist.
I mean, that little guy is the reason I started getting very
creative with my decks. It also started my whole "maxed-out
fusion deck" trend. Who wouldn't want a reason to sleeve up
all those purple cards?  That eventually led me to
create morph as well.
Giel: Well, at least youre very vulnerable to Memory
Destructor, which inflicts damage equal to the number of
fusion deck cards x100.
David: Hahaha as of now, that card does 19,700 damage to me
in one swing.
Giel: So is Morph is your favorite deck type?
David: Really, I like any deck that draws many cards. I'm a
control player in every game I play. In addition, the
biggest part is being able to control
tempo throughout the game by drawing cards. Certainly, morph
was one way to do that very well
Giel: Thats definitely true. So what are you playing
David: In all honesty, I have about six or seven decks I
switch up right now. I was planning on running a 3 Mystic
Tomato, 3 Spirit Reaper, 2 Don Zaloog, 2 Creature Swap, 2
Last Will deck with 3 Dust Tornado, 2 Nobleman of
Extermination and the warrior toolbox. It was made to get in
as many Spirit Reaper attacks as possible on turn 2. I
planned to run this deck at Gencon last weekend, but I
couldnt attend. The deck also seems to be on the decline
because of the release of the Dark World monsters, but Ill
definitely have something good for Shonen Jump San
Francisco. I can definitely promise that whatever I run will
be innovative and make people think about their decks twice.
I love shaking up the cookie-cutter-centric-metagame.
Giel: What's your worst loss in your Yu-Gi-Oh career?
David: Well, thats an easy pick. Anyone who was with me at
last year's Nationals event probably caught wind of my
story. However, you could sum up how that entire tournament
went for me, in my 'worst loss' in either round two or
three. I was playing my triple Airknight deck that I'd
tested for nearly 6 months, complete with the 3 Book 3 Goat
3 Morph and 2 Decree. A couple turns into the game, this guy
summons Breaker and uses its counter to
destroy my face down spell, which activates my goats. A turn
or two later, I
bring out an Airknight, and trample over Breaker for 300
damage. I draw my card, and then set like two or three
spells/traps. On his turn, with two goats still left on my
side of the field, he Calls his own Airknight that he
discarded off an early Graceful Charity and attacks a goat.
He sets a trap and I Mystical Space Typhoon it in the end
phase. (I also have Decree face down as well). On my turn, I
go off like never before. Remember, I already have one
Airknight on the field, and he's taken 300 damage. I
Premature my second Airknight . I Snatch Steal his Airknight.
Then, I enter battle. He activates a trap, I chain Royal
Decree, and then chain Call of the Haunted for my fourth
Airknight. I swing directly for 7600 damage to put him at
LPs. In addition, I drew four cards. My hand is full (6) and
I have the four
Airknights and one goat token on the field. He draws, gains
1000 LP from Snatch Steal and is at 1100. He top-decked Pot
of Greed. He then plays it, sets a monster, and activates
Swords of Revealing Light. On my turn, my board is full, and
despite a full hand, I have nothing to counter the Swords
of Revealing Light. He draws, gains another 1000 LP from the
Snatch to be at
2100 LPs. He sets an m/t. and flips MORPHING JAR! I was just
amazed. Not to mention, the cards he drew off the Morphing
Jar flip included a 4 for 1 Lightning Vortex and two main
decked Solemn Judgments. To make matters worse, my Black
Luster Soldier Envoy of the Beginning had just been
discarded along with five other cards to the Morphing Jar.
He climbs back and uses, ironically, the Airknight to do the
final damage against me with a
set Spirit Reaper trying to recover.
Giel: Truly, I have never heard of such a turn of events. It
must have been heartbreaking.
David: I was completely crushed after that, lol.
Giel: I can imagine. Since you will be attending Shonen Jump San Francisco,
what team are you on and who is on this team?
David: Now we finally get to the good stuff. ;-) I'm a proud
member of Team Savage along with some friends who are simply
among the best in the game.
Our roster has switched up a little bit since the initial
team but for now, we feature Jae Kim, Hugo Adame, Evan
Vargas, Tony Lee, Nate Nielebeck, Matt Peddle, and Kyle
Duncan. The experience I have from sharing ideas and testing
with these guys only makes me love the game more. At SJC San
Francisco, we expect to have most of our team in attendance.
Weve all been waiting for a timely Shonen appearance. Im
Giel: Your team features quite the assembly of great
players. Are you guys sponsored as of now?
David: No. Our old sponsor fell through, and the lack of
funding is severely
hurting our turnouts at recent Shonen Jumps. We sent two
members to Atlanta,
no one to Boston, no one to Chicago, and only three people
to Gencon Anaheim. Although we always do well, we haven't
had the chance to storm an event as a whole yet, because the
lack of sponsorship means less money to fly everywhere.
Giel: What are your team's credentials? What are your
Giel: I know there are a lot. ;-)
David: Every Savage member is established in their own
right. In almost every event we attended as a team, we sent
someone into the top eight with innovative decks. Jae "Jaelove"
Kim, our fearless leader and Pojo writer, has top 8ed
multiple Shonen Jumps with insane creativity. Hugo "the
Adame top8ed in the first Socal Gencon. Evan "Sand-Trap"
Vargas top4ed in Pomona with his "Soul Control" archetype.
Tony "the Sultan" Lee has gotten 2nd in three side events to
almost claim a Cyber Stein. Nate "Rubberbandman"
Nielebeck made his "Answer" deck famous when he top8ed in
Houston. Matt "Conspire" Peddle was tearing it up before he
ever joined the team, with back-to-back Canadian Nationals
top eight appearances, an undefeated swiss in Indy, and a
near top eight in Chicago, where he scooped to his
Kyle "Super Trunks4" Duncan top8ed in Charlotte. As a whole,
everyone is always solid and goes about x-2 (or better). As
for myself, I'm Mr. 9th place. Between regionals and Shonen
Jumps, I scored 8 9th place finishes the
last year and a half. However, sometimes I succeed ;-). I
did qualify for Nationals 3 years in a row, top 4 five
regionals, and I've been to five Shonen Jumps and have gone
x-2. But I'm hungry to get my "on the bubble"
phase over with and blow through a tournament. Hopefully
this will happen at San Francisco.
Giel: Wow, thats quite the amount of accomplishments. Who do
you think are the best players in the game right now?
Besides your own team of course. ;-)
David: I must say, all gossip aside, Paul Levitin has top
8ed four consecutive Shonen Jumps. That is amazing, and
makes him the one to beat in San Francisco. I also greatly
respect Wilson Luc as a commanding factor in the game, and I
recognize the incredible skill of some other teams out there
right now, like Overdose in the US and Superfriends in
Canada. Of course, there are a couple more individuals of
notoriety out there, but if I named one...I'd have to name
them all ^_~
Giel: I have to ask, what are your opinions of the recent
banning of Comic Oddysey?
David: Honestly, I'm disappointed that the situation
occurred. The best part
of this game is the competition. Why else would we go to
such big events (I mean come on, the prizes aren't exactly
like those in VS and M:TG)? Since I'm not sure what exactly
happened I can't say too much what I think of the actual
bannings, but their competition will be missed until they
come back for the Shonen Jump in Canada.
Giel: You mentioned VS, would you like to see money as
prizes for Yu-Gi-Oh?
David: There is nothing better than money. Nintendo DSes and
Sony PSPs are alright, but they tend to be sold anyway. The
Cyber Steins and Des Volstgalphs go for auction on eBay too.
Anything outside of top 8ing doesn't
even help pay for the trip itself. To make things easier, I
feel that it would be great to give cash prizes and trickle
them down, even if it means more rounds, higher tournament
fees, and less pack distribution for prizes.
I was very excited about the $5K tournament in Anaheim a
couple weeks back.
However, that didn't exactly pan out. I think the community
is still eagerly
awaiting a large cash tournament and it would have a high
turnout and be greatly received, as long as there was plenty
of advertisement for the event.
Giel: Alright, I just have a couple more questions. Do you
have any advice for players that have just begun looking to
bring their game to the next level?
David: When you pick up a new game, do what I did. Watch the
best. Learn from them. Play them to see how they do things.
Ask them to help you with your deck and to explain strategy
to you and for any suggestions they might have. Soon enough
you will get to a level where you can start using your own
ideas to build decks and maybe even enter a tournament (and
even beat the best!). At first, imitation is everything, but
after just a little bit of practice, you can soon be
innovating and, trust me, it feels great. Plus, most "Pros"
get where they are because they love playing the game, and,
if they're like me, they have no problem helping someone who
isn't afraid to ask. :-) If you can make it to a Shonen Jump
or a Regionals, you become better by playing against the
best. The competition helps you improve. Even if you don't
win, you're sure to learn things to improve your level of
Giel: Great advice from a great player. Lets wrap this up.
What are your opinions on where Yu-Gi-Oh is heading? For
better or for worse of course.
David: At first, I was disappointed with this latest ban
list. I felt by speeding up the game with all these one for
one-trade cards. It takes away a
lot of the skill the game once needed. I don't particularly
like relying on the opening 6 to win you the game. I also
dont like any format where your opponent can net-deck, then
"see card, play card" and do fine. This metagame
is changing, more decks are breaking into the format, and
the dark world monsters help balance out the crippling
effects of Spirit Reaper and Don Zaloog. I feel that overall
this could become a great ban list to play under.
Giel: Do you like the new SOI set?
David: I like one card. Sinister Serpent was my second
favorite monster in the game. Any card that is created to be
anything close to Sinister Serpent is special. And of
course, the new Yellow Spring Frog seems to be just that:
an advantage card that I'm looking to exploit to the
fullest. It will have an effect on the metagame. It will
slow the game down, and it will see play in most if not all
decks as a pseudo-staple. Not that I'm a fan of cards that
are so broken as to become instant staples, but I do think
in the absence of GOOD defensive cards, a monster such as
the new Frog could really
help decks to get more creative ideas off the ground before
they get crushed
in the early game.
Giel: Thanks for your time F00b. :-)
David: Its been my pleasure.
There you have it folks. One of the most well known players
opens up and talks about Yu-Gi-Oh. I expect David to do
exceptionally well at San Francisco with an original deck. I
hope you all enjoyed the article. Stay tuned next week for
my next article.