Malicious Monarchs and Manservants

Matt Loyd

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Cheyenne, WY


Hi everybody, I'm back from a long absence, changing my name a few times along the way, but I'll rest with his one.  Today

was normal for a while, getting up late, watching Yu-Gi-Oh on TV, dashing out the door, running back in to get my cards and

then leaving, scalding myself with the seat heater, eating my usual pre-tourney meal at McDonald's, and zipping over to the

local pawn shop to buy some cards.  Then I headed for the tournament.


Saturday, December 18, 2004

Advanced Format

$5 entry fee w/ pack

Prizes: 1st gets 2 packs

           2nd gets 1 pack

           3rd and below get squat


OK, I've been testing numerous decks since I last chimed in, and every deck has failed.  I was hoping to turn my luck around

today, but the Necklace of Command and Serial Spell I pulled in my earlier packs and the Ultimate Insect LV3 I pulled in my

entry pack didn't help the belief too much.  Before I go any further, I should probably let you all know what deck I was running



Malicious Monarchs and Manservants

Total: 40 cards




Berserk Gorilla

Berserk Gorilla

Berserk Gorilla

Cyber Jar

Fiber Jar

Mobius the Frost Monarch

Mobius the Frost Monarch

Night Assailant

Night Assailant

Night Assailant

Peten the Dark Clown

Peten the Dark Clown

Peten the Dark Clown

Sinister Serpent

Tribe-Infecting Virus

Zaborg the Thunder Monarch

Zaborg the Thunder Monarch




Change of Heart

Creature Swap

Creature Swap

Heavy Storm

Mystical Space Typhoon

Nobleman of Crossout

Nobleman of Crossout

Nobleman of Extermination

Painful Choice

Pot of Greed



Snatch Steal




Bottomless Trap Hole

Call of the Haunted

Divine Wrath

Divine Wrath

Dust Tornado

Horn of Heaven

Magic Cylinder

Ring of Destruction




Side Deck



D. D. Warrior Lady

D. D. Warrior Lady

Kinetic Soldier

Enemy Controller

Back to Square One

Back to Square One

Monster Reincarnation

Monster Reincarnation



Card Destruction

Acid Trap Hole

Divine Wrath



Anyway, I just finished my deck after trading for a Creature Swap, Painful Choice, and Zaborg the Thunder Monarch, when

Jesse (one of the judges) came in and declared we were starting the tournament.  Irma, another judge, reminded him that

they hadn't checked decks yet.  >_<  So we had to wait for that, while I traded for a Perfect Machine King (Ultimate Rare).

After a long 10 minutes of trading and drinking grape soda, Arturo, the final judge, announced the pairings.  And the first

round was underway.


1st Round

Me vs. Paul

Paul is a nice kid, but he's the kind of nice kid that gets on your nerves.  He also still runs Chaos, so I planned to squish him

for doing so, as I still have a strong hatred for Chaos.


Duel #1

This duel was awful.  I started with a handful of Spells and Traps, and the only thing I could stop him with was Horn of Heaven

and Scapegoat.  I drew nothing to help myself for a few rounds while he assembled a small force and started knocking off my

goats.  I finally drew a Berserk Gorilla and used it to take out one of his monsters, then tributed it for Mobius next turn and got

rid of most of his field.  The details next are a bit foggy, but somehow I was reduced to a Berserk, 3 goats, a f/d Peten,

and a f/d Scapegoat.  He played Wave-Motion Cannon, Tribe-Infecting Virus, and destroyed all my monsters with it.  Then he

ended his turn for whatever reason, and I drew a protective trap, I don't remember which one, but it lasted me a few turns. 

Eventually the Cannon worked up enough power to kill me, and I had no protection against it, but he didn't fire in fear I had set

a Barrel Behind the Door, even when he should know I don't own one.  I got a free turn and drew a useless monster which I

also can't remember, and set it.  Next turn, he fired the Cannon and I lost.  He said he took one turn to set a Hallowed Life

Barrier, although I'm no sure whether that would have worked had I had a Barrel.


Duel #2

These duels are what I live for.  I draw into a great opening hand and quickly have a Berserk and Mobius beating him down. 

Somehow, he clears my field with a Tribe, and we both start drawing nothing for a while.  Then he removes for Black Luster

Soldier-Envoy of the Beginning, and removes my f/d Peten instead of attacking it, a grave mistake.  Had he attacked, he

probably would have won, but he didn't, so once again I got a free turn, and this one paid off. Now came the moment of my

day: I topdecked Change of Heart.  I played it on BLS and attacked Tribe, then him for 4400 and game.


Duel #3

This duel was all me.  I drew into a Berserk, Mobius, and Tribe by turn 4-5, keeping him on the defensive the entire duel.

There's not much to say about this one.  I pretty much swept the duel and Mobius got the finishing blow.  Game, set, match.

Hooray Mobius!


INTERMISSION: I scanned other duelist's cards and dealt with Ryan, Paul's little brother who always pesters me about Duel

Masters cards.


Round 2

Me vs. Matt

I hate people that share my name, because it confuses me every time somebody calls one of us.  Anyway, he ran a Machine

deck that obviously needed tweaking, as I proved later.


Duel #1

He was going downhill from the start.  2 Gorillas had rushed out to meet him head-on and he never really recovered, while my

Noblemans took care of everything he played f/d.  I saw Heavy Mech Support Platform multiple times, and filed a note to tell

him to find something better, but as usual I forgot.


Duel #2

I could say "repeat performance", "same as the last one", or "see Duel #1", and they would all be correct, for the same thing

happened.  I drew 2 Gorillas again, and one died of reasons I can't remember.  The biggest threat he ever brought out was

Blowback Dragon, and when he used its effect hit a Waboku, therefore wasting a golden opportunity.  Next turn, I tributed the

Gorilla for Zaborg, destroyed Blowback with his effect, and attacked with him and a Call'ed Gorilla.  Game, set, match.


INTERMISSION: Nothing happened.


Round 3

Me vs. -----

I got a bye this round, so I used the time to trade Matt a special edition Dark Magician Girl for a Royal Command and Spear

Dragon.  His father wouldn't let him trade the Blowback i wanted for my other DMG, so I bought another soda and waited for

the next round.


Round 4 AKA Final Round

Me vs. Alex

Alex is a weird guy, some days he'll be cute, some days he'll be clowny, some days he'll be homicidal, but he's usually safe

to be around...for 10 seconds.  He runs a Burn/Stall deck that aggravates everybody with Ordeal of a Traveler.


Duel #1

This is getting ridiculous.  I drew another Gorilla into the opening hand but failed to smack him with it.  I got a Tribe to clear

most of his field, and Mobius and the Noblemans cleared what it couldn't.  I hit him for 4000, and as my English teacher

would say, "That's gonna leave a mark."  It left a big mark that he never really could do anything about, as he couldn't draw

any of his Gravity Binds or Level Limits.  I won fairly easily.


Duel #2

I opened with a rather lousy hand lousy with lousy cards.  He drew some stall cards, and that held me off for a while until I

drew a Mobius and destroyed them.  It went rather downhill from there, as I was having so much fun with Creature Swaps, I

nearly burned him down with his own monsters.  I think it was his Stealth Bird that killed him.  Game, set, match.


I got two packs for first place, but had to get M:tG cards since they were out of Yu-Gi-Oh.  I got two packs of Unhinged and

got a good laugh out of some of them.  Alex got a bag of litlle dice instead of a pack, and I thought for sure he'd lost those

dice in the carpet, because they were about 1/2 cm x 1/2 cm x 1/2 cm or less.  Oh well, it's time for what we've all been

waiting for...*drumroll*...Props and Slops.



Finishing my deck on schedule

My deck performing so well

Getting a Perfect Machine King from Arturo

Winning the tournament

Getting funny M:tG cards

Being able to play Duel Masters for a change

Starting on a Mystic Swordsman deck

Caffeine keeping me up until 4:03 AM writing this



Having to trade 3 holos for the Perfect Machine King

DarkFlareDragn not sending me a Perfect Machine King on time, forcing me to get another one

Not being able to trade John a Perfect Machine King that he needs

Pulling squat from my packs

Matt not being able to trade his Blowback

All internet shops (tw, pokeoder, etc.) charging too much for a D. D. Assailant


Overall, it was a pretty good day.  I look forward to Christmas and New Year's Day.  Some of the judges spoke of holding a

tournament through the night from December 31 to January 1, and I need to find out more about it.  Oh well, maybe I'll have a

surprise for you all...


This has been a Game Plan Tournament special presentation.  Tune in next week to continue watching the epic saga of

"Duelists Gone Batty".  DuelinMasta signing out.


Send all comments, tips, fixes, suggestions, and Christmas cookies to or IM me at

DuelinMasta777.  I wish you luck in your travels.