Deck: My Advanced Format Control Deck.
Where: Vintage Stock, Overland Park, KS
When: 11:00, Saturday, January 15, 2005
Cost: $5, comes with a TP5 pack after you are done
Prize: 1st – 3 packs of choice
2nd – Firm Handshake
First off let me say…I love advanced format!!!!!! It’s the only way I’ll play and I refuse to go to Traditional tournaments. It is a format where people like me, who actually have skill but not all the best cards, can still do good. I hate it when people have to rely on certain cards to win because they’re too lazy to build a good deck and learn how to play without low-cost-massive-advantage-giving cards.
Monsters: 5+ (3)
Mefist the Infernal General Mobius the Frost Monarch
Monsters: 4- (14)
Legendary Jujitsu Master Penguin Soldier
D.D. Warrior Lady
Tribe Infecting Virus
Magician of Faith
Magician of Faith
Book of Moon
Change of Heart
Pot of Greed
Nobleman of Crossout
Swords of Revealing Light
Mystical Space Typhoon
Call of the Haunted
Ring of Destruction
(40 Cards Total)
Fiend Skull Dragon
Dark Blade the Dragon Knight
Dark Balter the Terrible
Side Deck: (15)
Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer
Zaborg the Thunder Monarch
Banisher of the Light
Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch
King Tiger Wanghu
Nobleman of Crossout
Barrel Behind the Door
Black Luster Soldier-Envoy of the Beginning
Swarm of Scarabs
Swarm of Scarabs
Swarm of Locusts
Swarm of Locusts
Mobius the Frost Monarch
This is the first tournament I have gotten to attend since mid-August because of the lack of tournament stores in my town. We have to drive about 45 minutes to get to Vintage Stock, so we don’t get to go very often.
Now let me explain a little about my deck…When I found out that I would be able to go this weekend, I spent forever trying to build a deck that I thought would win it for me. I had been playing with a Gren Maju deck since the bans came out and it had been doing really well for me, it had a better than winning record online and with my friends. Then all of a sudden, it went on a bad losing streak, I knew it was time to change things up and build a new deck. I tried Pyro-Beatdown, Beast-Swarm, then a Dark-Control; none of which performed as well as I wanted them to. Then, the day before the tournament, as I was looking through my cards, I decided I’d try a few cards out. I edited my Dark deck, which used Giant Germs and Tomatoes to swarm the field, added in Mefist, Penguin, Metamorphosis, Last Will, Jujitsu Master, Apprentice, and another Faith. Don’t ask me why I chose them, I don’t quite know myself. I had heard of them doing really well with other people, and I wanted to try out some cards that not as many people used. When put the deck all together, I thought it looked like the worst deck I had ever built, but honestly, I didn’t have a whole lot of better options, so I decided to take it.
When we got there, I filled out my deck sheet and paid the $5. This is the first time I had ever had to fill out a deck sheet for a tournament there. It probably had something to do with the fact that this was only the second week that they had done Advanced Format. I didn’t know anyone there, so I just played a practice match with my younger sister, who also entered. I traded someone there one of my Book of Moons for a Bottomless Trap Hole, I wanted to put it in, but I had already turned in my deck sheet.
Duel 1: Me vs. Little kid, also named Pat (about 10 years old, I think)
I almost feel bad for beating him so badly, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. His deck wasn’t bad for his age, but things like the Sphinxes and a lot of other tribute monsters really slowed him down. First round I only took damage from my Confiscation and Solemn Judgement.
Second round I didn’t lose any lifepoints. We hadn’t even been playing for 5 minutes, so I decided to slow down a bit and let him last a little longer. I used Mefist a lot here, dumping at least 3 cards: V-Lord, a Sphinx, and Roc.
After the first round another kid came up, he must’ve gotten there too late to enter, but he wanted to trade some with me. I traded my limited edition V-Lord for his Big Shield Guardna. I also traded an Archfiend Soldier, a DB1 Cyber Jar, and Holo Spellbinding Circle for Salamandra and Millennium Shield. I don’t know about you, but I thought it was a pretty good deal.
Duel 2: Me vs. Nate (I think that was his name? He was maybe a little older than me, 17 or 18 at the most.)
I don’t remember much from the first round except that I took 2 or 3 cards with Mefist, keeping hand advantage the whole time. He tried using Wave Motion Cannons and Dark Snake Syndrome, But I usually had an answer for it. However, a few arguments did arise over rules…He tried to use Tribe’s effect on my turn when I attacked it, so we consulted the people around us, all agreeing with me; then he tried to use Enemy Controller from his hand when I attacked, also losing on that ruling. I only lost 200 lifepoints from Syndrome. This could’ve been another argument over rulings, but I decided to not say anything about it…He was doing the damage during each standby phases, not just his, I went along with it because I was ready to win the next turn anyways.
I tied the second round, due to the fact that I didn’t want to argue about Dark Snake Syndrome’s effect. After that, I figured, even if he does beat me third round, I would most likely win the whole thing anyways because of my 7800 life at the end of round 1, and I would definitely argue Syndrome’s effect if it came up again. I got to use Legendary Jujitsu Master for the first time ever, and let me tell you, it is quite the overlooked card. 3 words: Solid Defensive Wall.
This round was basically a repeat of the first round except that he did do 2000 when he cylindered my Gorilla, 1100 from an attack, and 3000 from a Wave Motion Cannon.
Duel 3: Bye. With this, I made it to the finals. I decided to go watch my sister duel, she was playing to see who would play me. She was using a Harpie deck, so I’m surprised it made it this far. She won the first round, then got killed the last 2 rounds. We had an argument with the kid about Scapegoat. He played the Goats, then tried to change the position of one in the same turn he summoned it, so he could use creature swap on it. I proceeded to tell him that you couldn’t change the position of a monster the same turn it is summoned, and he said something stupid about that not applying to tokens. He eventually gave in, with a pissed off look on his face and a “God, I know I’m right, but whatever, I don’t care…”
Duel 4: Me vs Kid who doesn’t know how to use Scapegoats right. (Sorry I don’t know his name, I do know that he was 14 though.)
Round one was very close, we exchanged hits and it started looking bad for me. I got Spirit Reaper on the field and was able to stall for a few turns. I ended up winning because I Ringed my own Gorilla when he tried to Change of Heart it. I used Jujitsu Master at one point to send Jinzo to the top of his deck, screwing over his field and next draw.
Round two was much better for me. I side decked in Kycoo and Kinetic. My deck got up and running very quickly. I took massive hand and fiend advantage when I used Pot of Greed 3 times, thanks to my Magician of Faiths. By that point, I had so many cards that there was an answer for everything. I almost got into an argument with him about Kycoo’s effect. He Change of Hearted mine and attacked one of my monsters, I used Waboku to stop all the damage, but he thought he could still remove the monsters for it. I was about to say something when he gave me some BS ruling that 0 is still battle damage, so he still gets to remove, and something about Yata doing the same thing.. I didn’t argue about it, I was gonna win next turn anyways.
This was the first time I had ever won at a real tournament, so I was really happy. I went to get my TP5 pack and choose out my prize. My happiness was soon turned to indifference when I pulled…. crap. I got 3 RDS packs, getting Fusilier, Serial Spell, and Covering Fire, no, that’s not the Ultimate Rare forms, just normal rares. Out of TP5, I did slightly better: Pyramid Turtle, Goddess with the Third Eye, and Destruction Punch. The kid I beat for 1st didn’t want his TP cards so he gave them to me; the only decent one was Versago.
- Advanced Format allowing people with skill, but not all the good cards, to have a chance to win.
- My mom actually driving us out there.
- Mefist the Infernal General being an overlooked card.
- Legendary Jujitsu Master “ “
- Advanced Format allowing people to use originality in building a competitive deck.
- Getting Versago for free
- Pulling crap out of my prize packs. I hoped my first win would be a little more rewarding.
- Low attendance at an Advanced Format tourney. (I’m actually not sure if this is a bad thing…it probably helped me out overall.)
- People not paying enough attention to individual card rulings
- Vintage Stock’s bathroom being out of order. I wanted to stick around and do some more trading afterwards, but instead I had to run over to Border’s Book Store to relieve myself.
If you want to contact me…
Please, I don’t want to hear about how I should change my deck around, it’s the best I can do with what I’ve got. If you want to text or YVD duel (8.6) I’m always available.