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 Yugioh Tournament Reports

Shonen Jump Championship- GenCon
"Chaos Variant"
Brandon Fritzler (tubakid69@yahoo.com)
Indianapolis, IN
412 people

40 cards total
x1 Black Luster Soldier- Envoy of the Beginning
x1 Jinzo
x1 Airknight Parshath
x1 Asura Priest
x2 Blade Knight
x1 Breaker the Magical Warrior
x1 Tribe-Infecting Virus
x1 D.D. Warrior Lady
x1 Don Zaloog
x1 Tsukoyomi
x1 Exiled Force
x1 Sangan
x1 Morphing Jar
x1 Sinister Serpent
x1 Spirit Reaper
x2 Magician of Faith
x2 Book of Moon
x1 Delinquent Duo
x1 Graceful Charity
x1 Heavy Storm
x1 Lightning Vortex
x1 Mystical Space Typhoon
x2 Nobleman of Crossout
x1 Pot of Greed
x1 Premature Burial
x1 Creature Swap
x1 Scapegoat
x1 Snatch Steal
x1 Swords of Revealing Light
x1 Call of the Haunted
x1 Ceasefire
x2 Dust Tornado
x1 Mirror Force
x1 Ring of Destruction
x1 Torrential Tribute
Side Deck(15)
x1 Airknight Parshath
x2 Metamorphosis
x1 Chain Disappearance
x1 Don Zaloog
x1 Brain Control
x1 Reinforcement of the Army
x2 Scapegoat
x3 Bottomless Trap Hole
x1 Mystic Swordsman LV2
x1 Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer
x1 Smashing Ground

Hi, This is Brandon Fritzler again, and I am doing a tournament report on the Shonen Jump Championship, if you just happened to
miss the BIG BOLD UNDERLINED WORDS AT THE TOP. My friends and I live in Otsego, Michigan, which is north of Kalamazoo, but
south of Grand Rapids. We planned for this big tournament for weeks, and we have been deck testing over and over again at many tournaments. I ended up with what you see above. We stayed up all night before practicing (STUPID MOVE, I'll explain later). We left at
about 4 AM for Fanfare Sports and Entertainment in Kalamazoo, with our friend Anthony and five of us took his car to Indy. Just to keep
you up to date, the five of us include me, Ricky Haagsma, Evan Jones, Noah Hustafa, and Anthony Learman. I'll keep tabs on their progress throughout this tournament too. We drove for four hours and got their at what we thought was 8 AM, just in time for registration. Well we
weren't aware of the time change from Michigan to Indiana, and we actually got there at 7 AM. We went to the line for the Yu-Gi-Oh restricted badge, and the was one guy. We stood in line and talked to him for awhile and we found out that he was a good friend of Max Suffridge, they were from the same area. We finally got registered by 8 AM, and got into the Yu-Gi-Oh area by 8:05 AM. We got our registration sheets and decklist sheets and filled them out, and then we wandered aimlessly for awhile checking out some of the VS system and Magic stuff. I sold
two Savage Beatdowns and two Wild Rides for $38, so I got a little more cash for the day, and I needed it. Eventually we found out that we
could take our level 2 judge examination for Yu-Gi-Oh, and we all attempted it. That was a bad idea, when we all had like two hours of sleep form the ride there. We all failed it, because you have to get 80/100 points to get registered as a level 2 judge. I scored 72, Evan scored 56, Ricky scored 56, and Noah scored 65. We finished just in time to start this tourney.
They set us up in alphabetical order in the tables to get our decklists. I sat right across from Michael Fukuyama (2nd place), or as his shirt said ,"Sexy M.F.", but if you don't know who Michael Fukuyama was, you wouldn't think this was funny (but it is funny), he looks about the age of 9 or 10. The Judges were introduced, and then they unveiled the brand new Shonen Jump Championship prize card, Des Voltsgalph, If you don't know anything about it, here is the text:

Des Voltsgalph- SJC-EN002
2200 ATK/1700 DEF
Each time this card destroys an opponent’s monster as a result of battle and sends it to the graveyard, inflict 500 points of damage to your opponent’s life points. Also, each time either player activates a normal or quick-play spell card, increase the ATK of this card by 200 points until the end of the turn. (This effect is even applied during your opponent’s turn.)
That monster is freakin' wicked looking, I've seen him before, I think as a japanese v-jump or game promo. When they put it in the glass display case, I just sat there looking at it, and I just thought of how great it would be to win it. I wanted that laptop too, it was so nice. Well, they posted the first round pairings and The Shonen Jump Championship begins. My first opponent is William Dempsey from Niles, Illinois. My friend Evan, unfortunately had to play Bryan Coronel. My friend Ricky got paired up with Eric Wu, the first Shonen Jump champ, and my other two friends had people that weren't really top tier duelists, no offense, I just didn't recognize your names if you are reading this and you just happened to be one of the people who played Anthony or Noah. Nine Rounds of Swiss, so, here's round one for Me:
Round One (0-0)
William Dempsey- Chaos/Goat Control
Game One: Me: 8000, 7000, 5100, 4200, 2300, 1800, 0
Him: 8000, 7000, 6000
He got out two Airknights out on me after trinitying me, and I got crap draws, so he got hand advantage and won it.
Game Two: Me: 8000, 7200, 5900, 4000, 3000
Him: 8000, 6200, 4300, 1100, 0
I got my Airknight out first and attacked over three turns for the win.
Game Three: Me: 8000, 7200, 4700, 3100, 0
Him: 8000, 7000, 5600, 5100
He got two of the trinity on his first turn, then finished it on turn two, killed off my hand and he won.
So, after first round, I lost, Evan barely lost (I'll tell you more in a moment), Ricky beat Wu, Noah lost, and Anthony lost. Ricky didn't even realize WHO he beat until someone else told him. Ricky was running Silent Swordsman/Chaos and was doing pretty well with it. Evan beat Coronel in game two, but barely lost it in round three, Evan snatched Coronel's TER, and tried to goat lock him, but it didn't work out, and Coronel got the upper hand. We stood around for awhile and eventually got to round two. Here it is:
Round Two (0-1)
Justin Sandahl- Chaos/Goat Control
Game One: Me: 8000, 7000, 6200, 4600, 3000, 1200, 0
Him: 8000, 7000, 6200, 5800, 6800
He trinitied me and I couldn't draw for anything in the world.
Game Two: Me: 8000, 7000, 6200, 5300, 4300
Him: 8000, 5600, 1600, 2600, 200, 100, 0
Got Airknight out for the kill.
Game Three: Me: 8000, 6200, 2200, 0
Him: 8000
I couldn't draw anything I needed, and he Mag. of Faith locked me by getting his spells back and tearing my resources apart.
So, now I'm zero and two, and Evan lost again, Noah won, Anthony won, and Ricky won. So far those Silent Swordsmans have been doing him pretty well. Next round starts and we get to our spots quickly.
Round Three (0-2)
Drew Lencke- Silent Swordsman/Warrior
Game One: Me: 8000, 3100, 2300
Him: 8000, 7000, 6900, 5000, 0
I Airknight and Jinzo out and locked him.
Game Two: Me: 8000, 6400, 5400, 4600, 3800
Him: 8000, 5300, 3700, 2900, 1300, 0
Morphing Jar'd him 4 times, and then eventually killed him.

Well, now I'm one and two, not too bad. Ricky was at table one and I got to see the end of duel 2 and the whole duel 3. Ricky decked out in match two, and he slowly lost match three. Evan lost again and he started to seriously think about dropping. Noah lost, and Anthony won. We sat around and waited for round four to begin. Eventually they had to deal with about ten duels going over the time limit. They finished those and finally they posted the pairings. I got to meet Jae Kim, Foob, and Evan Vargas or as you avid pojo readers know him as, "SandTrap". I got to my fourth match area, and here it goes:
Round Four (1-2)
Thomas Casey- Chaos/Goat Control
Game One: Me: 8000, 7400, 6600
Him: 8000, 4600, 500, 0
I used Don Zaloog and Snatch Steal for his Tribe-Infecting Virus to eventually finish him. He didn't top deck well.
Game Two: Me: 8000, 6500, 3300, 4300, 2700, 1100, 900, 0
Him: 8000, 7000, 6700, 5900, 6900
He got out two Airknights on me, and well, I lost hand advantage right there, costing me the game.
Game Three: Me: 8000, 7000, 6000, 5600, 3800, 1900, 0
Him: 8000, 7000, 5600, 3800, 3000
I played my hand out too quick, and so did he, I Don Zaloog'd him and he had no hand, no cards on the field and he top decked a Premature Burial, and used it to bring back Airknight, I lost it when I got a few bad topdecks.
Well, now I'm one and three, and I'm starting to feel very pessimistic about this tourney. Evan finally wins a match. From here on I lost track of all of their win-loss records until the end. We got our pairings for round three, and went to out places.
Round Five (1-3)
David Logston- ????????????
Game One: Me: WIN
Game Two: Me: WIN
So, he was a no show. By this point there were about 150 less duelists than at the start of the tourney. They have dropped due to the regionals going on or they were sick of losing.
So, now, there' s about 200 players left, and we start round six. My friends and I agree that since we need to get back at a decent time to get some sleep, we decided to drop after seventh round no matter what. We were way too tired to go on. So, here's round 6:
Round Six (2-3)
Erik Saleh- Beatdown
Game One: Me: 8000, 2500
Him: 8000, 4000, 0
I snatched a really big equipped monster and nailed him a couple of times.
Game Two: Me: 8000, 6000, 3100, 0
Him: 8000, 6000, 4000, 3200
He Envoyed me and Exiled my monster, and killed me eventually after a few bad topdecks.
Game Three: Me: 8000
Him: 8000, 5600, 3200, 0
All I used were Blade Knight and Jinzo to finish him off for good.
Last round for us now, so we do a few things and head to our next spots when they're posted. Here it is:
Round Seven (3-3)
Josh Null- Zombies
Game One: Me: 8000, 7200, 4500, 3900, 2600, 200, 0
Him: 8000, 7000, 6400
He Ryu Kokki'd me to death. Jinzo finished me.
Game Two: Me: 8000, 6100, 4500, 3300
Him: 8000, 6400, 4500, 2900, 1700, 2700, 2500, 900, 0
I Blade Knighted him to eventually win, he was my only monster during this match.
Game Three: Me: 8000, 6400, 3300, 500, 0
Him: 8000
Vampire Lord and Ryu Kokki swarmed me too quickly, and I lost it.
So, for rounds eight and nine I was dropped. In my last round my placing was 176th, Ricky's was 174th with a 3-4 record, Evan dropped in round 6, and then he was at 187th with a 2-4 record, Noah was 157th with a 3-4 record, and Anthony was 76th, and he finished 4-3.
This tournament was fairly square and strongly organized. The judges did a great job, although I heard many duelists complaining about them, although I think they wouldn't always be able please everyone, and their stress levels had to be through the roof. You know, before this tournament, I believed this was the perfect format, but I was wrong. This format is WAY TOO HIGHLY BASED ON THE LUCK OF THE DRAW. If someone pulls off the trinity on turn one, you're royally screwed, unless you discard certain cards for the D. Duo. I am looking forward to the new banned list, and here are my opinions on it:*
I think that the following cards will come off of the banned list and/or become restricted:
Butterfly Dagger- Elma
Fiber Jar
Makyura the Destructor
Mirage of Nightmare
Painful Choice
Witch of the Black Forest
Magician of Faith
I think that the following cards will go on the banned list :
Black Luster Soldier- Envoy of the Beginning
Delinquent Duo
Pot of Greed (because of that new card coming out that lets you draw two and shuffle five monsters back into your deck)
I think that the following cards will be semi-restricted:
D.D. Warrior Lady
Mystical Space Typhoon
D.D. Assailant
*Remember, this is MY OPINION, not true, but backed up by current metagame play facts.
So, overall this tournament was definitely worth the trip, it was the funnest thing I've done in a while, and if you have the chance to go to one of these, DO IT!
My friends and I made some mistakes though that I want to put out there, so I can help prevent this.
1.) Make sure you have AT LEAST 8 hours of sleep, e completely rested for this, you'll need it.
2.) Make sure you have enough cash on you. You'll need some money for buying cards, it's a great oppurtunity to get really rare cards.
3.) Make sure you've played your deck in a tournament before and did well with it. You need to have good experience with it to get the full synergy.
4.) Make sure you bring plenty of food and drinks, because food and drinks at these events are expensive and in low quality and quantity.
5.) Make sure you have all needed materials, I found it really annoying when people had to use my tokens or dice.
6.) Make sure you read the schedule of events to seek out other happenings in between rounds.
7.) Make sure you are ready for the toughest tournament you will probably ever play.
The top eight decks were pretty versatile, and I think my favorite was the Aggro/Burn, it's original. You can go to Metagame.com to find them and almost everything you need to know about the tourney.
Before we finally left Evan Jones got his Asura Priest signed by Evan Vargas, and his Tsukuyomi signed by Jae Kim. He said that their value went up by ten bucks. I really don't know about that..........but ok.
In conclusion, the tournament was DEFINITELY successful, and there were a lot of new faces to be seen, but there were those feared top tier players, Max Suffridge, Jae Kim, Evan Vargas, Bryan Coronel, and many others. Congrats to all who placed well there, and I'd like to put a special congratulations out to Nareg Torossian for winning this thing. That took guts, and you withstood it all, you are the new Shonen Jump Champ! Have fun with your new Des Voltsgalph and Laptop.
If you have any questions or replies, send them to Tubakid69@yahoo.com.
Until Next Time!
Brandon Fritzler, Team Z


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