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From: Darelliott@aol.com [mailto:Darelliott@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 11:06 AM
Subject: RegnR8's Return to the Throne and a Rant or Two -
April 30, 2005
RegnR8's Return to the Throne and a rant or two
Tournament Report for April 30, 2005
Welcome to this week's terribly exciting tournament report.
Well, it's probably not even mildly titilating but, on with
the report anyway!
I made a few slight deck changes again this week. Nothing
major, just a couple of little tweaks to see how it goes. I
missed the last Regional Event here in Georgia, and there
are two more Regionals in May, so I want to be sure the deck
is the best it can be. I will probably try out a few other
things before then. Oh, I forgot to give props to RayC who
suggested the addition of Spirit Reaper and MoF. So, thanks
RayC, they're working out pretty good. Yes, I am still main
decking the Skull Servant since, it's a laugh. Also, we're
Team Skull Servant so, it makes a lot of sense. Every deck
should run at least one. LoL.
There were two tournaments today and I changed the deck in
between tournaments so, I am only going to list the second
version of the deck.
x3 Nimble Momonga
x3 Berserk Gorilla
x2 Mobius the Frost Monarch
x2 Zaborg the Thunder Monarch
x1 Tribe Infecting Virus
x1 Sinister Serpent
x1 Breaker the Magical Warrior
x1 Magician of Faith
x1 Skull Servant
x2 Spirit Reaper
x2 Creature Swap
x1 Delinquent Duo
x1 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
x3 Bottomless Trap Hole
x1 Ring of Destruction
x1 Call of the Haunted
x1 Royal Decree
x1 Mobius the Frost Monarch
x3 King Tiger Wanghu
x1 Magician of Faith
x3 Royal Oppression
x1 Nobelman of Crossout
x1 Torrential Tribute
x2 Smashing Ground
Sports Cards and Collectibles
$5.00 to play
1st place gets 3 packs
2nd gets 2
3rd gets a hearty pat on the back and a friendly, "You
MONARCHS VS CHAOS/BEATDOWN
Yawn. Another Chaos deck. I'm getting tired of dueling the
same deck again and again...
This game goes back and forth a while until my Royal Decree
shuts his traps down and I am free to do what I will. TER
stalls and attacks, and when I tribute it for Zaborg to
destroy his set Cyber Jar, that clears the way for a Nimble
to put the final nail in the coffin! GO NIMBLE!
He put up a good fight, but I managed to get rid of all his
monsters. First, I NOC his Cyber Jar, Bottomless his Blade
Knight, then Vortex takes out his DD Warrior Lady and Zaborg
destroys his Reflect Bounder. I summon a Magician of Faith
and kill him with her. Haha!
MONARCHS VS SOME WIERD, NOOB BEATDOWN/BUSTER BLADER THING
GAMES 1 AND 2
Oh man. Got to give the kid props for trying......
MONARCHS VS HIGHLY COPIED PHOENIX/ZOMBIE DECK
Hmmm. I have seen about three versions of this deck and they
are all pretty much the same. It's the up and coming hybrid
Phoenix/Zombie deck. If you haven't seen one yet, they're
basically designed around the Phoenix (of course) and
Vampire Lord. Oh yes, BLS is usually splashed in as well.
This one side decks into Last Turn. Interesting.
He kicks my butt in a major way.....I forget to do Sangan's
effect and that may have cost me.
I side deck all the Royal Oppression and Tigers and Smashing
Ground and my other NoC. Actually, I get lucky and
Delinquent Duo, followed by a MoF flip and a second
activation of Duo destroys his hand and I win this game
fairly easily. Why did Konami unban Delinquent Duo? That is
I keep my deck the same. I get a Royal Oppression on the
first turn. I also draw Delinqent Duo again. The Royal
Oppression really hurt him and the Tigers stop him from
summoning so he just kept setting monsters. He pays 3000 for
Wall of Revealing Light and then I Ring Zaborg in his draw
phase for the win.
MONARCHS VS Hmm not sure what to call it now....Chaos
Beatdown Metamorphosis without BLS? What is this thing now?
Man, it's Takashi again. We're always facing each other.
But, it's all good.
I get owned by an Airknight! All I have in my hand is Spirit
Reaper, MoF with nothing to get out of the graveyard, and
Sinister Serpent. Haha.
This is a really amazing duel. I didn't side deck any
because I felt I just got a bad opening hand and the deck
could win as is. It may have hurt me in the long run, but
maybe not. I'll never know. To make a long story short, we
pretty much stalemated all the way until I DECKED OUT! OH
man! Takashi had ONE card left and I decked out the turn
before he would have! I was sort of mad at that because it's
a STUPID way to lose unless your opponent is trying to deck
you out.....Oh well.
Well, once again, I made it to the Semi-finals so, that's
cool. But, the really dumb thing is, I had one loss and get
nothing. The person who came in second this week, I beat in
the first round AND he lost again in the second round but
managed to take second place? He lost three out of four
matchs yet, comes in second. That's retarded.
Newnan Sports Cards
Free to play
4 packs for 1st
3 packs for 2nd
2 packs for 3rd
Well, we moved on to the second tournament of the day and
there was some lively discussion about people copying other
people's decks. Seems like several folks have been really
examining some other folks decks and "borrowing" the core
tactics and cards. This seems to upset some other players.
This is very understandable, because I have been a victim of
deck stealing before. I have utilized good ideas and solid
strategy from other players many times but, I have NEVER net
decked or outright used anyone else's deck. I am a BIG
advocate for originality and it is somewhat disappointing to
see so many decks have been copied that really are not that
stable nor consistant anyway. It's really disheartening to
hear people claim how great their deck is (which they have
unabashedly copied from the net or someone else), only to
have it thrashed in the tournament. People claim they "play
with what wins" but I haven't seen any deck yet that someone
has copied from the net, that was totally 100% foolproof or
So onto the first round.
MONARCHS VS ZOMBIE
Yawn. His Spirit Reapers stall like mad and absolutely just
sit there and do nothing. I just let him keep setting
monsters and I do as well. I wack him with 3000LP activating
Ceasefire and when I finally get rid of his Reapers I can
I side deck in all my Royal Oppression and Tigers and they
do the trick. He has to set everything again and I negate
everything with the Royal Oppression and he can't get his
deck started at all. Boom....
MONARCHS VS SOUL CONTROL
GAMES 1 and 2
Heres a deck that "borrows" from the Internet.....It hasn't
beaten me yet....but it's based on one of the SJC 8th place
finisher decks that's ALL the rage
Both games I was getting trashed pretty good, but a Nimble
gave me some field advantage and LP gain. Zaborg and Mobius
begin to do their work and I come from behindeach game.
Funny thing was, we both got our Delinquent Duos real early
in BOTH games so, we were both at a disadvantage..He Soul
Exchanged and tributed for Thestalos only one time during
the match. Yeah, Soul Control is great.
MONARCHS VS BEATDOWN
This is me VS me actually. I built this guys deck from cards
he had. He wanted a Beatdown deck so, I put it together for
him. He has some decent cards so, the deck is pretty good.
I've built a gazillion beatdowns so, it's pretty
straightforward. I had the advantage because I knew what was
in his deck. It made it to the third round, so, that's good.
Bottomless and Ring take out his first two monsters. He
Exiled my Reaper but I manage to Morph MoF into TER and take
his Breaker. I Ceasefire his Cyber Jar, and when he uses
Book of Moon on it, I NoC it! Ha. After that, I dominate.
He attacks my Nimble and I have tribute fodder for Mobius
and Zaborg and then I totally OWN him. GG again. Go home...
MONARCHS VS ANOTHER HIGHLY COPIED PHOENIX/ZOMBIE DECK
GAMES 1 and 2
Both games I get really crappy hands. I do manage to
Bottomless his Vampire Lord once but, he got all his counter
cards and everything I did, he had an answer for. I got
killed by the Beatdown portion of the deck. Phoenix never
was summoned and V Lord wasn't a factor. Oh well.
I come in third this week and get a couple of packs so,
that's cool. I don't even remember what I pulled, it was
Well, if you are still reading this, then I'm going to go
off on a little rant now about how this game is screwed up
and is getting a little dull and repititious. I've been
playing this game for, I guess a little over two years now,
and it's getting pretty bland. I have to give Konami props
for trying, but they're not trying enough. The ban lists
have been nigh on ridiculous and there really needs to be
some sweeping changes to the list and the RULES! Let's look
at these a little closer.
The Ban List
Having played with the new ban list for about a month, I
must say it has done NOTHING to freshen the game. If
anything, it has thrown it backwards and increased the dull
factor about a hundredfold. What were they thinking when
they brought back Delinquent Duo and Mirror Force? Why, oh
why, didn't they ban BLS, the most Broken Monster since Yata
Garasu? Why didn't they ban Pot of Greed when they brought
back Graceful Charity? Why don't we get rid of the monsters
everyone uses like Tribe and Breaker? It's ridiculous. In
addition to the current ban and restricted list, let's
consider adding the following.
Pot of Greed
Ring of Destruction
Breaker the Magical Warrior
Tribe Infecting Virus
Call of the Haunted
Black Luster Soldier EotB
LIMIT to TWO per deck
Book of Moon
Mystical Space Typhoon
Before you freak out, think about this. Never again will
your S/T zone be wiped out by Heavy Storm only to have your
opponent chain their set Call of the Haunted to Jinzo,
Premature Burial something else and summon a third monster
and KILL you.
Everybody screams, Breaker and Tribe are balanced. I'm not
disagreeing with you, I'm saying let's free up a couple of
monster slots in our decks to concentrate on origionality.
EVERYBODY uses Breaker and TiV in a deck, no matter WHAT
deck type it is.
Killing Heavy Storm and bringing back MST to two should
placate the Haters. Limiting Giant Trunade to two would also
silence the babies who say, "Then everyone will just use
three Giant Trunade". I still see a lot of Dust Tornado
The Scapegoat/Metamorphosis trick is almost an epidemic in
my meta. I don't know about where you play, but it's nearly
a staple where I am these days. It's just too good and easy.
I'm sure if I thought about it a little more, there may be
more cards to add, since banning some would open the way for
others. It's all supposition anyway. Everyone thought Zombie
decks would shoot to the Top Tier after the ban list and
that didn't happen. Everyone thought Warrior/Chaos would die
with the restriction of DD Warrior Lady but, that didn't
happen. MoF just slid in there. For every card that's
banned, there is sure to be a weaker replacement.
There MUST be a solution that injects creativity, strategy
and FUN back into dueling. Currently, Yugioh is still only a
race to see who pulls the best cards first.
Ok, enough of that.
My GOSH, Yugioh has the most convoluted, non-sensical,
illogical rulings I have ever seen!! It seems NO ONE really
knows the answers to some questions!!! I will get a ruling
from a "judge", only to look it up online to find out he was
WRONG!! Try to make sense of Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys VS
Divine Wrath. How can you Divine Wrath a Card while it's in
the graveyard? Following that same logic, you should be able
to Divine Wrath Sinister Serpent. How about this one? Sacred
Phoenix of Nephthys VS Horn of Heaven. Even though Horn of
Heaven NEGATES the summon (the Phoenix wasn't even summoned
at all) it's DESTROYED by Horn of Heaven's effect, so it
gets special summoned the next standby phase!!!! That makes
NO SENSE AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!
The Chaining and Priority rulings should NOT be so difficult
that no one can understand them half the time! How about
trying to explain some of this to a twelve year old or
someone who is just starting to learn how to play!
Book of Moon VS TER. That makes NO sense! If I have priority
to take a monster, how can that priority be interrupted by
Book of Moon and the monster return to my opponent. Really,
that logically does not work, but becasue of "priority" and
"resolution" of effects, it "supposedly" works that way. At
least that's what I've been told. It could be WRONG! I don't
have all day to look up every ruling on every card and every
Back to the Phoenix one last time. This one still LOGICALLY
doesn't make sense. Phoenix VS Injection Fairy Lily.
LOGICALLY, since Injection's EFFECT is boosting her attack,
the Phoenix SHOULD be able to come back in the standby phase
but it doesn't, because it's been destroyed as a result of
battle but, it was Injection's EFFECT that killed it!
Things like common sense and logic fly out the window when
it comes to some rulings.
Ok well, I'm sweating now....No, just kidding. Anyway,
that's enough for now...
Until next time, happy dueling!