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From: Darelliott@aol.com [mailto:Darelliott@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2005 10:24 AM
Subject: RegnR8's Absolute Rule of the Monarchs - May 21,
RegnR8's Absolute Rule of the Monarchs
Tournament Report for May 21, 2005
Welcome to the weekend edition of the tournament report. I
hope this finds you well and winning!
I got my first HATE MAIL last week! It was very surprising!
As all of you know, I have a tendency to, well, "fly off the
handle" on occasion, and rant and rave about a number of
things and, this apparently upset one of my readers to no
end! I have made many comments about the sorry state the
last ban list thrust this game into. This particular reader
wanted me to "shut up" and "just quit". FYI, I'm not some
inexperienced noob that can't win. I have a Millenium Trophy
in my house for being Store Champion. At one time, before
MANTIS screwed everything in the world up, I was ranked 3rd
in the state and 21st in the country. I have finished in the
top third at every Regional event I have attended, never
having more than two losses in 9 rounds. Many of the decks I
have built for others consistantly finish in the top 4 of
tournaments and one made it to 12th during a Regional event.
I know what I'm talking about. I am simply saddend at the
lack of creativity and the utter ridiculousness of the meta
game right now.
This past weekend was a great example of just how lame and
predictable this game is. During one of my tournament
matches, my opponent and I were guessing what card each of
us was going to play each turn and we got it right the
majority of the time. We'd guess which moster each of us set
and what card we were preparing to activate. I was not
surprised at how many we guessed correctly, simply because
the card base for any given tournament worthy deck is so
limited and restricted. Many duels were quite boring. This
is a game and should be FUN. The current ban list is sucking
the FUN factor out. Who, deep down in their heart, truly
I also had the unfun experience of having BLS, DMoC and
Jinzo out on me by the second turn. TWICE! This is such an
EASY thing to do. Pot, Graceful, Premature, Call of the
Haunted and MoF make this an amazingly simple combo that can
cripple you. It's an OTK. That ticked me off because it's
just the LUCK factor and not a SKILL factor that determines
"He who draws the broken cards first, wins". That's the
current state of Yugioh. Too sad.
Well, anyway. I've gone back to working on my defense deck
and a Mind on Air/Mind Crush/Convulsion of Nature/DD
Designator deck. The defense deck is actually working a
little better than before, and the Mind on Air deck is sick
when it works. LoL. I would SO love to get one of those to
finish in the semi finals. That would be good.
Enough of my pointless rambling! Onto the pointless
I made one change to the deck. I put the Royal Decree back
in the main deck and (HORRORS) took out the Mirror Force
altogether. A lot of people think I'm an idiot for not
running Mirror Force but, I'd rather Bottomless BLS than
have him come back from the graveyard.
Absolute Rule of the Monarchs
x3 Nimble Momonga
x1 Berserk Gorilla
x2 Mobius the Frost Monarch
x2 Zaborg the Thunder Monarch
x1 Tribe Infecting Virus
x1 Sinister Serpent
x1 Breaker the Magical Warrior
x2 Magician of Faith
x1 Spirit Reaper
x1 DD Warrior Lady
x1 Exiled Force
x1 Delinquent Duo
x2 Nobleman of Crossout
x1 Pot of Greed
x1 Graceful Charity
x1 Lightning Vortex
x1 Snatch Steal
x1 Swords of Revealing Light
x1 Heavy Storm
x1 Mystical Space Typhoon
x1 Premature Burial
x2 Bottomless Trap Hole
x1 Ring of Destruction
x1 Call of the Haunted
x1 Torrential Tribute
x1 Royal Decree
x3 King Tiger Wanghu
x2 Enraged Battle Ox
x3 Royal Oppression
x2 Book of Moon
x1 Enemy Controller
x1 Bottomless Trap Hole
x1 Smashing Ground
Sports Cards and Collectables
$5.00 to play and you get a pack for entering
5 rounds Swiss
3 packs for 1st
2 packs for 2nd
Absolutely nothing for the crappy player that can't make it
to the finals
25 or 30 people today. Big crowd.
There was a good crowd today. Unfortunately, many of them
came too late to sign up for the tournament. I don't think
I've ever seen that many people in this location. Good!
MONARCHS VS WARRIOR/CONTROL
This deck is a Drop Off, Don Zaloog kind of hand control
deck. It's pretty good and hard to stop if he can wipe you
hand out quickly enough.
He does Drop Off my Mobius when I could have tributed for
him, so that sucked. He had attacked my Nimble so, I had
monsters on the field and LP advantage. He wasn't really
getting the draws he needed and I managed to clear his field
and top deck a NoC when he set a Spirit Reaper when I had
Zaborg and a Nimble on the field. Nimble kills him. GO
I MST his Call of the Haunted on the first turn, summon
Breaker and attack his face down Reaper. Next turn, he
Snatch's my Breaker (typical) and attacks me with my own
Breaker and his Spirit Reaper, taking out my Premature
I draw a Nimble and set it. He tributes Exiled Force to get
rid of it and attacks me again, this time discarding my
It goes down hill from there. I do draw Heavy Storm and get
my Breaker back but he kills it and I lose miserably. 0 -
I side deck this time. My Book of Moon, Enraged, Tigers,
JInzo and Enemy Controller.
I go first and the two traps I get in my opening hand are
Royal Decree and Call of the Haunted. I hate getting both of
those in my opening hand. I set both of them. The only
monster I have is a Magician of Faith so, I have to set her
for no apparent reason.
He MSTs my Decree, of course. He activates Graceful Charity,
of course. He summons Exiled Force AGAIN and tributes it for
my Magician, which, I don't really care because I had
nothing to get anyway.
I draw a Reaper and set it.
He sets a monster.
I draw NoC and take out his Sangan.
He plays Reinforcements and gets a DD Assailant. He attacks
my Reaper. Haha.
I tribute my Reaper for Zaborg and destroy his Assailant. He
has nothing to protect himself and Zaborg starts hammering
at him and I win this one.
MONARCHS VS CCC
This deck is so cookie cutter its amazing.
How broken is BLS? I'll tell you how broken he is. It's a
great duel. We go back and forth for a while, trading life
point damage. It's a long fun, duel. We counter each other
and it's a really good duel. Suddenly, I'm in the driver's
seat with a DMoC attached to my TER. He's top decking and I
am winning 3000 to 100. He has ONE HUNDRED life points left.
I have field advantage and card advantage. I should win on
my next turn. He TOP DECKS BLS and I lose.
People. This should not happen! That was too much LUCK and
NO SKILL! Yata/CED all over again. It's wrong and unfair.
I get owned by every broken, should have been banned or
remained banned card in the first couple of turns.
Delinquent, Graceful, Pot, Premature, Call of the Haunted,
Jinzo, DMoC, BLS by the third turn and I am dead by the
fourth turn. I didn't stand a chance. Not because of ANY
SKILL involved, just luck. That's retarded.
MONARCHS VS A KID
Well, this is a kid. I take it easy on him, but win easily.
How did he get to the third round?
MONARCHS VS BURN
This deck aggravates me. I side deck everything to counter
this deck all the time, yet manage to draw into NONE of it.
Oh my. His Pot of Greed on the first turn, two Tremendous
Fire and a Wave Motion Cannon I can't get rid of destroy me.
Where is Mobius?
I side deck extensively. I want my Decree so badly. It's
duels like this that make me wish I had two Decree.
I get a good first hand. He gets a bad one. He doesn't draw
any monsters and Mobius takes care of his Messenger of Peace
and Wave Motion Cannon. I MST what he sets in his end phase
and I dominate this duel.
I beat myself. I Ring a Lava Golem, pay too much for Spell
Cards when Curse of Darkness is active and I stall too long
with TER. I wanted to draw into a Mobius with TER on the
field but, I never did and he burned me up. Oh well. In
retrospect, I made critical errors all throughout this duel.
I'm out in the Semi Finals again. Well, it's all good! Off
to the second tournament of the day!
Newnan Sports Cards
Free to play
4 packs for 1st
3 packs for 2nd
2 packs for 3rd
21 people today. Not bad, but we need more.
McDonald's for lunch. MMmmmmm.....hardened arteries....fun.
We got there right on time today and I started signing
people up because our regular judge was dueling and he takes
too long to get the tournament started.
MONARCHS VS CLOWN CONTROL
I haven't dueled this gentleman in a long time so, I'm
looking forward to it. He's been store champion and he's
pretty funny and I've watched him use this deck before, so
An early Mobius gets rid of his S/T zone and I start to
press the offensive. I pretty much have the duel in control
until he gets out a Level Limit Area B and drops out a Horus
LV6! That was unexpected! He didn't get a LV8 after he
killed my Mobius and I asked him why he didn't get it and he
said he didn't use LV8 in the deck, the LV6 was a big enough
surprise as it is! The tide is turning to his favor until I
draw Snatch Steal and take his Dream Clown, turning it to
defense and destroying his LV6. After that, he can't recover
and I win. Whew. I sweat that one out. I like the idea of a
Horus/Clown deck. Sort of wierd. Hmmm.
I side deck in the Tigers and Ox. I hope the Tigers destroy
his Clowns before they do anything.
Well, the Tigers work great. He Rings the first one and
destoys my first Battle Ox after I whack a Goat token, but I
draw another Tiger and it forces him to set everything and
soon, Mobius takes care of his LLAB and Gravity Bind.
MONARCHS VS ZOMBIE
Argh. Zombies hurt me. Why? I don't know. It's like that
burn deck. I side deck everything to stop them, but never
draw into them.
The broken cards kill me. Pot and Graceful. Discard Jinzo
and a Vampire Lord. He Delinqent Duo's me and I discard
Sinster. He Calls Jinzo back, Book of Life my Sinister to
bring out his Vampire Lord and he special summons me to
I side deck Tigers, Royal Oppression, all that good zombie
stoppage stuff. It works this time. The Tigers own him and I
take him down fairly easily.
He side decks and I don't.
It's a good duel. I'm losing 3400 to 3600 but it's fun. The
Tigers are hurting him again and so are the Royal
Oppression. Both are slowing him down, and I feel like I can
take control in the next turn. He draws Snatch Steal, one of
the many cards that should see the ban list. He takes my
Tiger, then plays Book of Moon on it and summons INJECTION
FAIRY LILY!?!?! WTF!?!?! I am shocked beyond belief! Too
funny. He kills me with Lily in a zombie deck! Hahaha. He
side decked her in for his Cyber Jar.
Wow. I am OUT in the second ROUND! That's almost unheard of!
I loaned my Phoenix deck to a friend and it came in third
so, that's cool. I still made it to the Semi Finals, sort
of. We split the packs for him coming in third and he got a
Mystic Swordsman LV4 (which I needed, urgh) and I got an
Ultimate Covering Fire.
I dueled a CCCC deck again later that day for fun and got
hammered with the same second turn BLS, Jinzo junk after
Pot, Graceful, Premature, blah. I really flipped out! I quit
Yugioh RIGHT there, but then started again a few minutes
later....Hahah. I really need to calm down....
Well, that's it for this week. The last Georgia Regional
Qualifier is next week and I suppose I will go and subject
myself to the torture of facing 9 rounds of CCCC. Whatever.
A tournament Saturday, a tournament Sunday and Regionals on
Monday. Should be fun.
Until next time, happy dueling!