Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tournament Report 3/31/12

As I said in yesterday's post, I would be going to locals today.  I ended up taking my Nordic Diva deck, seeing as how I don't have any other decks to play at the moment.

There were less than 20 players today.  I guess that quite a few people have decided to stop spending as much time on Yu-Gi-Oh, as the format is pretty horrible...

Round 1: vs Wind-Ups

This was my Round 1 opponent from this tournament.  He's there almost every weekend, but we haven't played since then, I think.

-Duel 1: I opened with two Set Torrential Tributes and a Reborn Tengu.  He played Heavy Storm and Hunter looped me.  Yeah, I lost.
-Duel 2: I opened with a Set Ryko, Solemn Warning, and Solemn Judgment.  And after playing two Mystical Space Typhoons over the course of a couple turns, he Hunter looped me again.  Yeah, losing Round 1 to the Wind-Up loop isn't fun, but he was really nice, and we were talking casually throughout the duel, so it was still fairly enjoyable.

Round 2: vs Newbie Inzektors

I Synchro Summoned Scrap Dragon and Stardust Dragon both games to win...

Round 3: vs Newbie Infernities

-Duel 1: After I forced him into top-decking mode, he topped Infernity Archfiend.  Solemn Warning dealt with that, but he topped a second Infernity Archfiend on the following turn...
-Duel 2: I opened with Rai-Oh, Shadow Imprisoning Mirror, and Torrential Tribute.  He played Heavy Storm, then swarmed me on the following turn...

Round 4: vs Newbie Jurrac

I don't even remember what happened, aside from me dropping Thor in the second duel.  He really didn't stand a chance...

So, I ended up going 2-2, losing to two luck-based decks and beating two newbs... It was a pretty horrible day...

But, something good did occur today.  After the tournament, I went to hang out with a couple of friends who ended up playing Cardfight Vanguard.  I learned the basics and ended up playing a couple games with one of their decks; I won one game and lost the other.  I won the first game by deck-out after getting lucky with a Heal Trigger, so that didn't exactly take any skill...

When playing, it felt like I just kept following the same patterns each turn, while pulling off some combos if I happened to draw them.  It's an interesting game, but I don't think that I'll be spending any money on it.

Either way, I'm going to see if I can figure out a new deck to play for Yu-Gi-Oh.  I'll still be playing Nordic Diva, but I want to have other options.  Perhaps a more explosive deck like Infernities or Vayu Turbo.  The only problem is that those decks are easily sided against, and such... We'll see, I guess.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Tournament Report 3/30/12

So, since I'm on spring break, I decided to go to locals today, in addition to the tournament that I'll be going to tomorrow, as usual.  Either way, I went with my Nordic Diva deck, since it did pretty well at the YCS and I really didn't want to play anything else.  So, I just fixed up the Side Deck a little bit and cut the lone Pot of Duality from the Main Deck.  I wanted to improve the Dino Rabbit and Wind-Up match-ups a little bit, so I added Smashing Grounds and Rai-Ohs.

There were about 20 players there, I think.  There were no little children, but there were still a few annoying people...

Round 1: vs X-Sabers

This was my Round 3 opponent from this tournament.

-Duel 1: He played very passively; he could've made some Synchro plays, but I had some back rows, so I suppose that he was a little hesitant.  So, I made my own Synchro plays, ending up with a Scrap Dragon and Solemn Warning to lock him out of the game.
-Duel 2: He opened with a Set Monster and two Set back rows.  I copied him and ended.  He Set another card to each zone.  I Flip Summoned Ryko, but it got negated by Solemn Warning.  I summoned Deep Sea Diva to grab Lost Blue Breaker and destroy his Set Starlight Road.  I played Mind Control to steal his Set XX-Saber Darksoul, but he flipped Gozen Match!  That locked me down for a while, but my back rows preventing him from making any big plays.  Eventually, though, he was able to get out Naturia Beast and Naturia Barkion; I had waited too long on my Torrential Tribute, and I ended up losing because of it.
-Duel 3: I made an aggressive play with a Ryko and Guldfaxe to make Gaia Knight and push for some damage.  He Set Darksoul and a couple back rows and ended.  I summoned Deep Sea Diva to grab a second Diva (I had drawn the Lost Blue Breaker...).  I used Mind Control to steal his Darksoul, but when I Flip Summoned it, he responded with Book of Moon.  So, I just used Gaia Knight and one of the Divas to make Scrap Dragon to destroy the Darksoul and his Set Forbidden Lance, which he Chained.  He wasn't able to deal with the Scrap Dragon, and he scooped when I summoned the Lost Blue Breaker on the following turn to push for game.

Round 2: vs Wind-Ups

This was my Round 3 opponent from this tournament.  Apparently, he's rich.  And I thought he used to use Macro Cosmos because he didn't have the money for a top tier deck... Oh well, he really didn't know what he was doing.

-Duel 1: He went off with a Tour Guide and Monster Reborn.  However, he misplayed, as he tried to use the same Wind-Up Hunter's effect twice after just leaving it on the field.  I was able to capitalize with a swarm of Synchros using Tanngnjostr (black goat) and Deep Sea Diva, and since he didn't seem to be playing many Traps, I was able to go off unhindered.
-Duel 2/3?: I don't really remember what happened after game one.  I feel like he won game two and I won the third game, but I might've just won 2-0.  I don't really remember, but I won the match.

Round 3: vs Wind-Ups

This was my Round 1 opponent from this tournament.

-Duel 1: I won the die roll, thankfully, but I didn't have much to stop his loop, should he draw it.  I just Set a Ryko and a Gleipnir, the Fetters of Fenrir.  I also considered Setting one of my important Spells (I had Dark Hole and Pot of Avarice in hand), and ended up also Setting the Dark Hole. He summoned Wind-Up Rabbit, Set two back rows, and played Wind-Up Factory.  Good, no loop.  He passed without attacking, since he knows how Nordics work.  So, I just flipped the Ryko to destroy his Factory, milling two Divas and a Solemn Judgment.  I Set a Torrential Tribute and ended.  He attacked with his Rabbit, and I dropped Tanngnjostr (black goat).  I switched Tanngnjostr to Attack Position to Special Summon Guldfaxe, then Synchro Summoned Scrap Death Demon (Archfiend).  He flipped Torrential Tribute and Chained Wind-Up Rabbit's effect, to which I Chained Torrential Tribute.  I was able to successfully get rid of the Wind-Up Rabbit without wasting any cards, yay!  From there, we just made small exchanges, like him summoning a Wind-Up Rat, but me stopping it with Book of Moon and running it over with a Guldfaxe.  In the end, I was able to make a Stardust Dragon using Reborn Tengu and a Guldfaxe I got off of another Tanngnjostr (black goat).  He killed the Tanngnjostr with his Wind-Up Zenmaines, but I killed the Zenmaines with Stardust Dragon.  He made a Number 30: Acid Golem to kill Stardust Dragon, but I made a Number 39: Utopia to stall him out and win.
-Duel 2: We both opened with lack-luster hands, but he was able to initiate the Wind-Up Hunter loop.  I had Set most of my cards already, so it only took one card out of my hand, but he was able to swarm with his Xyz Monsters.  I was able to make a reversal, summoning Thor with the help of Tanngrisnir (white goat), but by then my LP were really low.  He used Tour Guide and Wind-Up Shark to summon Adreus to destroy Thor and finish me off before I could revive Thor.
-Duel 3: He opened with no Monsters, so I was able to keep poking him with my random Beasts.  I don't remember much from this game; I wasn't that eventful, since neither of us really made any big plays.

Round 4: vs Six Samurai

This was my Round 3 opponent from this tournament.  He still lacked knowledge of basic rules, but I guess that a deck like Six Samurai can carry you through several duels.  By the way, this was the finals...

-Duel 1: I went first, Setting Sangan, Solemn Warning, and Gleipnir.  He opened with Dojo, Elder, Kizan, and Grandmaster.  He sent Shien's Dojo to the Graveyard to grab Mizuho, which tributed Elder to attempt to destroy my Warning, so I negated it with Effect Veiler.  He then played Reinforcement of the Army to grab Kagemusha and summon it.  He attacked with Mizuho, and I used Sangan's effect to grab another Veiler; I already had a Diva in my hand, and nothing else would've helped.  He attacked directly with Kizan, Grandmaster, and Kagemusha, then Set a back row and ended, fearing the Warning.  I summoned Deep Sea Diva to grab Lost Blue Breaker and destroy his Set Double-Edged Sword Technique.  Then, I used Book of Moon to turn the Kagemusha face-down so that I could steal Grandmaster with Mind Control and make Scrap Death Demon (Archfiend).  I eventually decided to attack the Kagemusha, seeing as how I had the Veiler to stop Mizuho, and ended.  He forced my Veiler by tributing Kizan for Mizuho's effect, then switched Mizuho to Defense Position and Set a card.  He couldn't do anything, so I just kept applying pressure with Scrap Death Demon, then Scrap Dragon, to win.
-Duel 2: He opened with United, Kagemusha, and Asceticism to draw two then make Shi En.  He then summoned Grandmaster and Set three back rows.  I topped Guldfaxe (hurrah!) and Special Summoned by its own effect.  I then Normal Summoned Reborn Tengu and Synchro Summoned Colossal Fighter, expecting him to kill it.  He ended up using Compulsory Evacuation Device on it randomly, so I Special Summoned my Tengu in Defense Position.  I also Set some back rows and ended.  After a while of me stalling behind my incredibly resilient Beasts, I was able to push a Torrential Tribute through his Shi En by baiting its negation with a Bottomless Trap Hole on his Naturia Beast.  From there, we were top-decking.  Unfortunately, he topped Solemn Judgment, then Double-Edged Sword Technique.  I had topped Solemn Warning, but I lost it to the Judgment and died to the Sword Technique.
-Duel 3: I summoned Reborn Tengu (the only Monster in my hand) and Set Solemn Warning and Dust Tornado.  He played Gateway and summoned Kagemusha.  I activated Dust Tornado to get rid of the Gateway, and he just played Asceticism to grab Elder.  He Special Summoned Kizan before attempting to make Shi En, which I destroyed with Solemn Warning, to which he started complaining that I opened Warning all three games.  Whatever, he plays Samurai badly, so he shouldn't be complaining about luck.  His Kizan attacked my Tengu, and I got the second Tengu from my deck.  He Set the last two cards in his hand to his back row and ended.  I played Heavy Storm, and he lost his Solemn Judgment and Mirror Force.  I Set the Tanngnjostr (black goat) I had just drawn, along with Book of Moon and Compulsory Evacuation Device.  He drew and Set a back row before attacking the Tengu, to which I responded with Book of Moon.  I drew Deep Sea Diva and summoned it to grab Lost Blue Breaker and destroy his Set Return of the Six Samurai... He Chained it to revive a Kagemusha in Defense Position.  I then flipped Tanngnjostr to grab Guldfaxe to go with my Tengu and make Scrap Dragon.  Diva and Tanngnjostr made Catastor, and I killed both of his Monsters, leaving him with no cards.  Against a Scrap Dragon, that means you lose.  Yeah, I do summon Scrap Dragon a lot, which is why I like Scraps as a deck a lot, I guess.

But, there is a reason I decided to play Nordics again, and that was shown by how I went undefeated today and got 1st place!  With the store credit I got, I immediately got a Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo, so now I have three.  I then decided to spend the remaining store credit on a Super Rare Solemn Warning.  I guess that I could try to get multiples so that I don't have to keep switching them between my decks, or perhaps Aki could use them.

So yeah, I'll be going to locals again, tomorrow.  I'm hoping to win at least a little store credit again, since what I really had my eyes on (as opposed to the Warning) were a pair of Ultra Rare Macro Cosmos.  In case I decide to use Macro Cosmos, I would want to have them to go with the Ultra Rare one Aki and I got from our box of Ra Yellow Mega Pack.  I guess we'll see what happens tomorrow...

Monday, March 26, 2012

YCS Long Beach Report

I'm just going to talk about basically everything that happened this past weekend, so this is going to be an extremely long post.  Oh, and before you ask about my Nordic Diva deck list, I'm not giving it out at the moment.  If I decide to release it, it'd be in a deck profile video on my main YouTube channel.

So, I went to sleep Friday night (really Saturday morning) at 12:30 AM after printing out a few copies of my deck list.  Right when I got to sleep, vadangchoinga texted me, telling me that there were about 2300 who preregistered, so I should get there early in case they run out of the Tour Bus participation mats, which they only had 3500 of.  So, I ended up having to go to sleep later and wake up earlier...

I woke up at about 6:15 to get ready and arrived at the Long Beach Convention Center at about 8:30.  I couldn't find the parking structure, so I just parked at a nearby hotel and walked to the convention center... When I got there, the line for registration was all the way to the entrance to the convention center.  And, conveniently, one of the loyal Six Samurai players from locals had just gotten in line, so we just talked for the whole two hours that we waited in line...  When we were about half an hour from the front of the line, they announced that they ran out of Tour Bus mats.  But, they said that if we gave them our shipping information, they'd send out additional mats in the mail for people who didn't get them at registration.  Whatever, at least we'd get the mats.

They did deck list checks at registration, which was part of why it took so long to register everyone.  It's not a bad idea, since then they wouldn't have to do deck list checks during the tournament and give out game losses and such.  But yeah, my list was good, although I think the person who checked my list was a little confused at the spelling of Tanngnjostr and the other Nordic Beasts, as he spent a little longer trying to read those names than everything else.

So, after having been driving and standing in line for like three hours, I decided to get something to eat and use the facilities.  The bathrooms and even the water fountains had a bunch of people lined up to use them.  Yeah, it was really crowded.  That made it really hard to find Devin and Dan, but I was eventually able to.  I watched Devin duel against a Lightsworn player before revealing my identity and all that cliche stuff.  I just sat with them and we talked a bit; Devin showed everyone his weird Dark World deck, and I showed him my Nordic Diva deck, which I guess was equally weird.

It still took quite a while to wait for the pairings to go up, but the lists with the pairings were much more organized than expected.  They had them by the first letter of your last name and spaced them out along the walls, so you didn't have to wait that long to see them once the lists went up.  It still took quite a while for the pairings to actually go up after a round had finished, though...

So, at around 1:00 PM, the pairings went up and everyone was seated.  Well, not everyone.  Apparently, there were so many people that they ran out of tables and chairs.  But, because a bunch of people just registered to get the Tour Bus mat and would be dropping after the first round, the people still waiting in line for registration would be entered into the tournament into Round 2 with a Round 1 bye (if they got in line before 9:45) or a Round 1 loss (if they were late).  So... onto the actual tournament:

Round 1: vs Bubble Beat - OO

Honestly, this guy didn't seem very good.  He was really cool, but he didn't play very well...

-Duel 1: He went first and searched Photon Thrasher and Elemental HERO Stratos with Reinforcement of the Army and E - Emergency Call, respectively.  He summoned them both, searched Bubbleman, and overlaid for Utopia.  I killed Utopia with Ryko's effect and was able to drop Thor after a little while.  He couldn't deal with it, so I won.
-Duel 2: He didn't draw Miracle Fusion, so I won... That's honestly what the HERO match-up boils down to, sometimes...

So, it was at this point that they announced the final turnout for the main event, which was something over 4300 players.  The actual number is probably on Konami's coverage site, but I haven't looked through the coverage yet.

Round 2: vs Malefic Skill Drain - OXO

-Duel 1: He went first with several back rows, Ancient Gear Gadjiltron Dragon (courtesy of Geartown), and Necrovalley.  He attacked my Set Ryko, which destroyed one of his back rows.  When Ryko was destroyed, I dropped Tanngnjostr (black goat).  I used its effect to grab Guldfaxe on my turn and destroyed his field with Black Rose Dragon.  That's right, Dark Bribe isn't enough to protect your field.  I won off of the massive advantage from that play.
-Duel 2: He opened with Skill Drain and I didn't draw enough Spell/Trap destruction.  I'm starting to think that I should side three Dust Tornadoes or something...
-Duel 3: He didn't draw his Skill Drain early enough, so by the time he got to it, he didn't even have Monsters to protect himself from my Super-Nimble Mega Hamster's direct attacks.

Round 3: vs Lightsworn - XOO

-Duel 1: I went first and Set Super-Nimble Mega Hamster and Compulsory Evacuation Device.  He played two Solar Recharges, milling one Wulf.  He tributed that Wulf for Celestia to destroy both of my cards.  I would've Chained Compulsory, but he milled another Wulf as a cost for Celestia's effect, so I didn't want him to get that effect again.  Then, he played Monster Reborn on a Lumina and discarded Plaguespreader Zombie to revive the first Wulf.  He sent a card to the top of his deck for Plaguespreader and tuned it to Lumina for Magical Android.  I don't play Gorz, so I died...
-Duel 2: I opened with Crevice into the Different Dimension, which crippled his early Lumina play.  With that, he was defenseless to my stream of Synchros.
-Duel 3: He opened with a pretty bad hand, apparently.  I opened with Crevice again, which stopped his Foolish Burial into Wulf play.  I was able to make Stardust Dragon, then Utopia to lock him down and finish him off.

Round 4: vs Inzektors - XOO

-Duel 1: He took a while to set up his Dragonfly/Hornet combo, but once he did, there wasn't anything I could do.  He also used Black Horn of Heaven on my Thor, so that really hurt me.
-Duel 2: He drew Hornets, but no other Inzektors.  I was able to make Thor again and beat him down pretty easily.
-Duel 3: I opened with a Set Ryko, which he Mind Controlled to destroy itself.  He milled a Centipede, which he revived with Monster Reborn.  Apparently, he was that desperate.  I summoned Reborn Tengu, which got hit by Solemn Warning.  It was okay, though, since I had my Monster Reborn, too.  Tengu attacked over Centipede and I ended.  He Set a Monster. I summoned Guldfaxe and attacked with it, but his Set was Snowman Eater, which destroyed the Guldfaxe.  He then played Dark Hole, letting me grab my second Tengu, and passed with an empty field.  I summoned Deep Sea Diva to Special Summon Lost Blue Breaker.  I attacked with everything in order of ascending ATK, and he dropped Gorz on Tengu's attack, leaving him at 2600 LP.  I Synchro Summoned Mist Wurm, bounced his field back to his hand, and apologized to Mist Wurm for considering cutting it from my Extra Deck.  He Set a Monster and passed.  I drew Compulsory Evacuation Device and Set it.  He passed.  I summoned the Deep Sea Diva that I had been holding to make Gachi Gachi Gantetsu.  I entered my Battle Phase, then flipped Compulsory to bounce his Set Monster.  With Mist Wurm at 2900 ATK, I was able to finish him without letting him use Gorz.

Round 5: vs Gate HEROes - OXO

I had seen this person before; it was with Dan and Devin before the tournament started.  He was ChroahCresta.  I had to ask to be sure, since I hadn't seen any of his videos before (I'm just not into oricas).

-Duel 1: I didn't see any Fusion Gate shenanigans (maybe he sided them), but he did draw into two Miracle Fusions.  I was able to get rid of the Absolute Zero without losing a bunch of cards, and I made Catastor with Deep Sea Diva and Lost Blue Breaker to destroy The Shining.  He couldn't get around Catastor, so I won off of it.
-Duel 2: He opened with Stratos and Fusion Gate, searching Ice Edge and making Absolute Zero.  He Set three cards and ended.  My starting hand was all Monsters, and I drew Solemn Warning.  I Set the Trap and a Super-Nimble Mega Hamster.  In my End Phase, he flipped Mask Change to make Masked HERO Acid and destroy my field with its and AbZ' effect.  I struggled to survive, as I couldn't get rid of his Fusion Gate, and ended up losing.
-Duel 3: I just opened with a Set Dust Tornado.  He summoned Ice Edge to attack and destroy it.  I summoned Guldfaxe to attack and destroy Ice Edge.  I Set a Compulsory Evacuation Device and ended.  He Set a second back row and ended.  I attacked with Guldfaxe and he flipped Safe Zone.  We both knew that I could still attack him directly, but he wanted to see if I knew or not.  So, he took the damage, and I Set a second back row.  He flipped his Set Heavy Storm, destroying all of the cards on the field, then Set three cards.  I played Mystical Space Typhoon on his Set Fiendish Chain, then played Heavy Storm.  He declined to Chain his Solemn Judgment, and it and his Skill Drain were destroyed.  From there, I was able to beat him down with Catastor, courtesy of Deep Sea Diva, again.  I'm so glad that Elemental HERO Escuridao isn't legal in the TCG...

At this point, the head judge announced that instead of nine rounds of Swiss today and three rounds of Swiss tomorrow, they would change it to seven rounds today and five tomorrow.  So we'd get to leave earlier, but the remaining Swiss rounds would start an hour earlier tomorrow.  Bittersweet, I guess.

Round 6: vs Dino Rabbit - XOX

This guy didn't seem like he knew what he was doing.  Maybe he was tired, I donno; it was like 11:00 PM.

-Duel 1: He opened Rabbit/Tour Guide.  I was able to drag the duel on for a little bit and see what kinds of tech he played and how he would react in certain situations, but I knew that I couldn't win this duel.
-Duel 2: I opened with a Set Super-Nimble Mega Hamster.  He attacked it with Wind-Up Zenmaines, courtesy of Tour Guide, and took 300 damage.  I got Ryko with Hamster, and the Ryko destroyed one of his back rows on my turn.  MST destroyed the other one, and I summoned Guldfaxe to make Thor.  Thor negated Zenmaines' effect, and I attacked through it for 2000 damage.  He didn't know what to do against Thor, so he just scooped.
-Duel 3: He opened Rescue Rabbit into two Kabazauls into Evolzar Laggia and Set one card.  I Set Ryko and Dust Tornado.  He flipped his Set Heavy Storm, and played Mind Control on my Ryko.  He then summoned Tour Guide into Leviair to grab back his banished Rabbit and reuse it to Special Summon two Sabersaurus. That was exactly 8000 damage...

Round 7: vs HERO Beat - XX

I sat next to this guy in Round 5, so I knew what he was playing.  Apparently, he would go on to Top 4 the entire event.

-Duel 1: He opened Stratos and five back rows... One of those was Skill Drain, so there was not much I could do...
-Duel 2: He didn't have as many back rows this time, but a well-timed Super Polymerization and a Miracle Fusion were able to lock me out of the game.  Now that I think about it, the only Monsters I drew were Reborn Tengu and Guldfaxe, so that didn't help...

So, in order to get into the Top 64 from here, I would have to not only get here at 8:00 AM the next day (really that same day, since it was after midnight...), but also win the remaining five rounds of Swiss.  Yeah... I didn't think that would happen.  So, I decided to just drop and head home.  I ended up going to sleep at like 4:15 AM, so I would get even less sleep than the previous day.

My alarm woke me up at 7:15 AM, and I got ready to go.  I picked up Aki at 8:30, and we got to the convention center at about 10:00 AM.  Once again, I couldn't find the correct parking structure, since there were several around the convention center, so I parked at a different, yet equally far, place.  So, we had to walk to the convention center, again...

We were going to register for a Regional Flight, but I had seen the new Win-a-Mat mat the previous day, and it looked pretty cool.  It had a nice picture of Yuma with Number C39: Utopia Ray, so I think it was worth getting.  And, while registering for the Win-a-Mat, I heard that the Bounty Event was cancelled because the main event was still so busy.  Eh, it didn't matter to us.  So... Win-a-Mat report:

Round 1: vs Dino Rabbit - OXX

-Duel 1: I was able to use Black Rose Dragon to destroy his established field after Flip Summoning Ryko to destroy his Laggia that still had its Xyz Materials.  I flipped my Set Gleipnir to search Tanngrisnir (white goat) and summoned it to attack directly after destroying his field.  He was top-decking and drew Sabersaurus to attack over my Tanngrisnir, giving me two Tokens.  I topped Deep Sea Diva, summoning it to grab Lost Blue Breaker.  I tuned the Diva to both Nordic Tokens to make Scrap Dragon, which destroyed my Set Torrential Tribute and his Sabersaurus to allow me to attack directly for game.
-Duel 2: He opened with Kabazauls and a Set back row.  I Set Super-Nimble Mega Hamster and some back rows.  He attacked, letting me get Ryko.  Ryko destroyed his lone back row, and I summoned Guldfaxe to make Thor, which ran over his Kabazauls.  He played Heavy Storm, then Rescue Rabbit to grab the other two Kabazauls and make Evolzar Dolkka.  Then, he used Smashing Ground to destroy Thor.  I took an attack from Dolkka and considered whether or not to force its effect with Thor's.  I decided against it and just used Monster Reborn on Thor. When I attacked, he used Mirror Force to destroy Thor again.  I couldn't do anything against Dolkka after that, so I lost.
-Duel 3: I opened with a pretty passive hand, while he opened pretty aggressively.  He made Dolkka backed by several back rows.  I was able to make a Scrap Archfiend, but he bounced it with Compulsory Evacuation Device.  From there, he was able to attack me directly for game.

Aki had played against Inzektors and lost 1-2.  So, we decided to join a Regional Flight...

Round 1: vs Bubble Beat - OXO

I knew this guy from various Regionals.  Our last names start with the same letter, so we would be seated next to each other at the player meetings.  Not that you guys care...

-Duel 1: He randomly overextended with two Bubbleman to leave his field at Blade Armor Ninja, Stratos, and Bubbleman.  He attacked my Set Ryko with Blade Armor Ninja, and I destroyed his Set Mask Change.  I took the rest of the attacks directly, then played Dark Hole.  From there, I just kept poking him with random Monsters to win.
-Duel 2: He kept killing my Set Monsters without me getting to flip them with multiple Gemini Sparks and such.  He was able to finish me off with Absolute Zero and Masked HERO Vapor.
-Duel 3: After I killed his few Monsters, we just sat there Setting back rows.  I decided to play aggressively and Flip Summon Ryko to pick off one of his back rows and attack directly.  I then Set a Tanngnjostr and flipped it on the following turn, to which I met a Torrential Tribute.  I just Set a Super-Nimble Mega Hamster to keep up the tempo.  I Flip Summoned it on the next turn to grab another Ryko, and kept attacking with my random Monsters.  He eventually lost to this beatdown.

Aki had lost Round 1 to Inzektors, again...

Round 2: vs Wind-Ups - XOX

He knew what I was playing, since we were sitting next to each other, but he didn't really know how it worked...

-Duel 1: He drew two Tour Guides and a Shark, so even though I stopped the Tour Guide plays, he made a Shark play that went through and wrecked me.
-Duel 2: He used Royal Decree to lock down my back row.  Fine by me; I just summoned Scrap Dragon and beat him down.
-Duel 3: He swarmed with Zenmaities and ended with a Kitten to bounce my Set Monster.  I was able to clear out the Zenmaities, but I had to leave the Kitten on the field.  He summoned Wind-Up Rabbit, and I couldn't stop it since he had Royal Decree up.  I tried to attack the Rabbit with a Guldfaxe, and he banished the Kitten with its effect.  So, I was able to kill the Rabbit, but the Kitten came back in his Standby Phase.  He summoned a Tour Guide to grab Sangan, then bounced my Guldfaxe.  That left my field clear, and I only had 2400 LP, so he attacked me directly for game.

Aki didn't want to play in any more side events, and I didn't really want to either.  We decided to just go home, but when we walked out to the entrance, it was pouring rain.  California's weather is really bipolar, since it was sunny on Saturday morning and clear Saturday night.  We just went back into the event hall and looked around at the vendors and such.  Aki got two Ultra Rare Miracle Fusions and a Secret Rare E - Emergency Call to go with the Miracle Fusion and two E-Calls we pulled from the Ra Yellow box, so that was cool.

We also ran into Satoshi Kato, who happened to be talking to the Dino Rabbit player I lost to in the Win-a-Mat.  Apparently, he had won the mat, so that was cool.  Aki talked to Satoshi a little bit about random stuff like what decks they were playing and how many other people had come from Japan to this event.  After that, we decided to finally leave, since the rain wasn't going to get much better.

So, we ended up getting home around 4:30 PM.  I just ate some leftovers from last night and went to sleep.  Yeah, I slept from 5:00 PM yesterday evening to about 10:00 AM this morning.  Good thing I'm on spring break...

As for trades throughout the event, I was able to get three Ninjitsu Art of Super-Transformation and a second Ultra Rare Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo.  It cost me my Wind-Up Rat, Hunter, and a Tour Bus I pulled from the entry packs.  That's about it, since all I was looking for was Ninja stuff for a fun deck.

In the end, it was pretty fun, but being sleep-deprived throughout the whole event and having to drive there and back twice was pretty horrible. Also, leaving the event with nothing to show for it didn't feel very good, either.  Oh well, I can't say I expected much.  At least I got to meet Devin (I didn't really talk to Dan) and have a weekend full of Yu-Gi-Oh.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Day Before the 100th YCS

So, I finally figured out what deck I'm going to use, assuming nothing changes in the next few hours... Although I would've liked to take Scraps or Vayu Turbo, they aren't really all that great this format.  Now, Nordic Diva isn't good either, but I feel like it deals with Dino Rabbit and rogue decks the best.

I was testing the Nordic Diva deck last night, and it seemed to do pretty well.  Although I'd often have to take damage setting up my field, I was able to make a series of plays that would end up in a threatening field while my opponent would only have a couple cards left.  Unlike Scrap Worms, which relies on me drawing Scrap Beast along with Worm Xex or Scrap Chimera, the Nordic Diva deck has several Monsters that are good alone, but work better together.  Unfortunately, the deck is somewhat passive and reactive, but that usually doesn't matter against people who don't know how Nordics work.

Besides, really don't think I have a shot at Top 64, even, in this format.  So, I'm just going to take a deck that I like that would also be good enough to win some side events.  I'm not completely confident in my Nordic Diva deck, but it's the best I can do.  Honestly, it doesn't even matter.  Knowing that I don't have a good chance of winning means that I can take the opportunity to just have fun.

I'm hoping to see some other bloggers and YouTubers there.  For one, DrakoDMD (Devin) said that if I don't go find him and say hi, he'll find me and he and LFN would beat me up, LOL.  How can you do that if you don't know what I look like, Devin?  Ha.

So yeah, after scrubbing out of the main event, I'm going to play in some of the side events.  I'd also go on the second day with Aki to play in some Regional Flights to win that White Dragon Ninja/Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo mat.  I might try out that Bounty event, too.  It seems fun, but it's at a really awkward time.  Like, after it finishes, the registration for all of the other side events would probably be over, so it'd be the only side event I'd get to participate in on Day 2.  Eh, I could just hang out and film duels or whatnot.

Regardless, this is probably going to be a pretty great weekend, minus the driving...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Random Stuff #41

I tested a HERO/Worm hybrid deck against BlackwingNinja for a bit and realized that I didn't want to play HEROes.  I was able to win, but I had gotten pretty lucky, having drawn two Miracle Fusions in one duel and him having drawn a bad hand in another.  The deck isn't bad, but I'd rather not play the odds.

So, I'm still not sure about what deck I'm going to play.  If I can't figure out anything else, I'll just use a Scrap variant.  I know they're too slow, but the Stun aspect of the deck allows it to still have somewhat of a chance against the meta.  It has the balance of power and control that I like; there's a reason why I keep coming back to Scraps.

As for which variant, I'm not sure exactly what to use.  The Worms deal with Six Samurai very well and are also somewhat effective against Dino Rabbits.  While Worm Xex is weaker against Dino Rabbits than against Six Samurai, it still forces Laggia, if the opponent knows what they're doing, that is.  Worms also fail against Inzektors.  Xex is a nice beater, getting over everything that doesn't have Zektkaliber equipped, including Hopper.  But, Yagan falls prey to Hornet too easily, and if I Veil their Dragonfly or Centipede, they can crash it into the Yagan and force me to bounce it.

But what else is there...?

I just spent about an hour sifting through all of the Level 4 Monsters I could find on Dueling Network and various possibly strategies.  From random stuff like Meklord Army with Chaos Infinity to a Gishki engine using Gishki Ariel and Gishki Beast.  Meklord Army of Skiel can recruit the other Meklord Army Monsters and keep field presence, while a previously Set Chaos Infinity with a Set Scrap Beast can make a Scrap Dragon.  Meklord Army of Granel isn't bad by itself, either.  The Giskhi engine is pretty interesting, too.  I can Set Ariel to search Beast, and if Ariel lives, I can use it as a Synchro Material.  If not, I can revive it with Gishki Beast for an Xyz Summon.  It would suck to draw Beast before Ariel, though.

There's all of these other random recruiter-based strategies, like Karakuri or Zombies.  Karakuri Soldier mdl 236 "Nisamu" acts as the recruiter, grabbing stuff like Karakuri Ninja mdl 919 "Kuick", which can lead into Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X "Bureido" and random swarming.  With Zombies, I could just use three Pyramid Turtles, Spirit Reaper, and Mezuki to act as non-Tuners for the Scrap Tuners.  Goblin Zombie is too slow, so Pyramid Turtle can search Mezuki, which I can tune Scrap Beast to, leaving a free non-Tuner for later.

I could even use Giant Rat, which can search Scrap Goblin, Neo-Spacian Grand Mole, or Elemental HERO Woodsman.  In the latter case, I can grab a free Polymerization that I can feed Scrap Dragon's effect with.  And Laggia can't deal with a Grand Mole that was summoned off of Giant Rat, so that's cool.

Maybe I'll just scrap the Scraps and combine some of these random engines to make a deck.  Chaos Infinity is pretty good in Worms... Regardless, I'll have to figure this out by Friday evening...

Besides that, I went to the flea market for more cards.  I ended up selling one of my Maxx "C"s and using that money to get a box of Order of Chaos: Special Edition.  I got six Effect Veilers, which was cool, but I didn't pull any money cards at all.  It's not bad, though, since most of the holos I pulled were at least decent, like Number 96: Dark Mist and Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo.  Unfortunately,  I only pulled one Photon Thrasher, while I pulled four Inzektor Dragonflies... Oh, but I did get three Gogogo Giants, so that was good.

I also got a box of Ra Yellow Mega Pack for Aki and I to split.  We got some pretty good stuff, like four Thunder King Rai-Ohs, five Judgment Dragons, two Super Rare D.D. Crows, two Super Rare Hero Blasts, two Ultra Rare Dimensional Prisons, two Secret Rare Neos Aliuses, two Secret Rare E - Emergency Calls, a Secret Rare Cyber Dragon, and a Secret Rare Super Polymerization.  There was other good stuff, too, but it's a lot to list.  Oh, and I got a bunch of second and third form Yubels, but only one first form Yubel.  Yeah, most of you don't care, but Aki might...

Other random stuff I picked up included two Masked HERO Acids, two Masked HERO Vapors, a Masked HERO Daian, and two Dark Grephers.  The Dark Grephers are for if I decide to make Infernities and/or Vayu Turbo, while the Masked HEROes were for Aki's deck.  It should be a lot stronger now with the Acid and Daian.

But yeah, I still need to decide on what deck to use...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Deck Decision Update

So, instead of preparing for the Calculus final I have tomorrow (really today, since it's after midnight here), I've been going through my old videos featuring my Vayu Turbo deck.

Vayu Turbo was the first deck I got my Nationals invite with, so naturally it has some sentimental value for me.  The format that I played it in was the Frog FTK format a long time ago.  Ya'know, right after The Shining Darkness was released?  So the top three decks back then were Frog FTK, X-Sabers, and Infernities.  They were all extremely fast decks, somewhat analogous to the top three decks right now, though Dino Rabbits doesn't really compare to Frog FTK.

At first, it seemed like a good idea.  Vayu gets past stuff like Solemn Warning, Evolzar Dolkka, and other such things.  It's also a deck that could use the extremely versatile Raigeki Break, as well as the incredibly powerful Deck Devastation Virus.  All of the Level 5+ Monsters would allow me to effectively use Puppet Plant/Electric Virus to steal Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En/Evolzar Laggia and overlay/tribute them.  I could also Main Deck D.D. Crow(s) and not fear the Wind-Up loop, since they'd just be dumping my Vayunity pieces (Vayu and Sirocco, obviously).  And, I would finally be able to play one of my favorite cards, Necro Gardna.

Unfortunately, the more that I thought about how I would put the deck together, the less I liked the idea.  I remembered how much the deck depended on getting all of the necessary Darks into the Graveyard.  Vayu Turbo is susceptible to bad hands, and banishing stuff like Dimensional Fissure and Macro Cosmos would be a problem.  And while Effect Veiler doesn't really do anything to Vayu Turbo, Maxx "C" and Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror do.  I also considered running Icarus Attack, but Starlight Road might be popular with Torrential Tribute at two and such.

So yeah, I might end up making Vayu Turbo again as a fun deck, but I don't think that it would be my competitive deck.  I guess I'll have to keep looking, then...

Friday, March 16, 2012

Random Stuff #40

So, I've been pretty bored the last few days.  While it is the week before my school has finals, and all of my friends are studying crazily, I have just been doing nothing.  I don't need to study.  If you actually make an attempt to learn the material throughout the year, then you don't have to cram before the tests...

But yeah, I've had a lot of time to think about what deck I want to use as my Main Deck this format.  I haven't really gotten that far with that...  Scrap Worms is always an option, no matter how bad it is against the format, since it is the deck that I created, the deck that I'm known for, basically.  But, because of the current format, I'd like to avoid using it if I can figure out a better deck, especially after Galactic Overlord...

So, the options I have are Nordics, some sort of Zombie variant (most likely the Psychic/Zombie deck from the previous post...), some sort of HERO build, or maybe a "good stuff" deck with the Worm engine and Deep Sea Diva, or something like that.  I like the last one the best, but it seems like it's still too slow.  I mean, what else would I even put in the deck...?

For the Nordics, I could still use the Diva engine, and also throw in Photon Sabre Tigers.  They work on the Flip Summon, so I could grab one with Super-Nimble Mega Hamster, flip it, grab another, and summon the second one to grab the third.  With that, I'd either have two 2000 ATK beaters, or a Rank 3 Xyz Monster.  They're also good Level 3's to complement Tanngnjostr's (black goat) effect, allowing me to make Thor essentially for free.  They do take up a lot of space in the deck, though, so I'm not sure how I could make it work.

The Psychic/Zombie deck from last week basically failed.  It's a little too slow to deal with stuff like Wind-Ups and Inzektors.  It's not that great against Dino Rabbit or Six Samurai either...

HEROes have so many options as far as different builds go.  The problem is that I don't like any of them.  I don't want to play any Stun version where you have a Monster count below ten and can't summon anything big without Miracle Fusions.  The Fusion Gate build is too reliant on Fusion Gate, obviously.  Basically, HERO decks are too dependent on the Fusion cards to be able to do anything worthwhile.  Gemini Spark is pretty powerful, too, but you're not always going to draw those Sparks.  I mean, I've watched all of these videos of HEROes winning duels, but then you have to wonder why.  It's probably because the HERO player opened with Stratos, Gemini Spark, Hero Blast, Solemn Warning, and Pot of Duality against Inzektors.  You can't expect to draw like that all the time.  I'm not saying that they're a bad deck, but with only three cards to access their boss Monsters, they're too reliant on their back rows, and I just don't like decks like that.

So, for a "good stuff" deck, I like the Worm engine and the Diva engine, but what else could I support that with?  I mean, both engines are nice by themselves, but they both are susceptible to Effect Veiler and Maxx "C", though not as much as Scrap Worms would be.  Maybe I could add to the Diva engine, instead of just playing three Divas and the Lost Blue Breaker.  I could toss in Reese the Ice Mistress and whatnot.  But what else would help?  Maybe Photon Thrashers and/or Cyber Dragons...

I donno.  I'm getting tired and running out of ideas... I'll think about it more in the morning or something...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tournament Report 3/10/12

As usual, I went to locals today.  So, right before the tournament, I decided to make a Psychic/Zombie deck.  Like, usual Zombie engine plus the banish Psychics, like Serene Psychic Witch, Esper Girl, and the like.  I was kind of conflicted over whether I should play it or not in the tournament, but I eventually decided to use it over my Scrap Worms.

There were 16 players today, with mostly regulars, so that was good.

Round 1: vs Herald of Perfection

-Duel 1: He opened Sonic Bird and Preparation of Rites to drop Herald of Perfection with Advanced Ritual Art.  Then he added back the two Normal Monsters he used to summon the Herald to his hand with Dark Factory of Mass Production.  Yeah, I lost.
-Duel 2: He had the same opening as he did in the first duel, but he didn't have an many Fairies as before, so I was able to push through his Herald of Perfection.
-Duel 3: He stalled behind Herald of Perfection and Vanity's Emptiness, so we were just sitting there doing nothing.  However, he had managed to do a little damage to me earlier in the duel, so I lost in time.  It was really frustrating...

Round 2: vs Chaos Dragons

This was my Round 3 opponent from this tournament.

-Duel 1: I couldn't make any Synchros, as he just kept swarming and killing all of my Psychics.  I got OTK'd by Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, Dark Armed Dragon, and Light Pulsar Dragon.
-Duel 2: I went first, opening with no Monsters.  I just Set a Mystical Space Typhoon, which he MST'd.  Then, he played Future Fusion, dumping two Eclipse Wyverns, Dark Flare Dragon, and two Light Pulsar Dragons.  He banished two REDMD's with the Eclipse Wyverns, then banished one of the Wyverns and the Dark Flare Dragon to drop Chaos Sorcerer.  He got back one REDMD, then summoned it by summoning a Dragon and banishing it.  He played D.D.R. to get back the other REDMD, and that was an OTK.

Round 3: vs Newbie Dark World/Infernities

Uh, 2-0.

Round 4: vs Frog Monarchs

This was my Round 3 opponent from this tournament.

-Duel 1: He didn't draw many Monarchs, so I was able to apply steady pressure with a string of Synchros, including Thought Ruler Archfiend, which got me up to 12,800 LP.  After he spun my Thought Ruler with a Raiza, he beat me down to about 6000 LP, but I was able to heal back up with a Magical Android and finish him from there.
-Duel 2: We both had fairly slow openings, but I was able to set up Serene Psychic Witch for a Synchro with Esper Girl.  He didn't draw any Monarchs, so I just drop Magical Android, Naturia Barkion, and Brionac to keep pushing for damage.  He used Treeborn Frog and Battle Fader to Tribute Summon Gorz, but I used the Bottomless Trap Hole I had been holding onto for the entire duel.  He scooped at that.

So, I ended up going 2-2, which means that the deck pretty much failed.  There are too many dead cards early game; I could open with random cards like Zombie Master and Esper Girl and not have any plays.  Basically, the deck has too slow of a start, like Regigigas, so I would lose to faster decks.  I guess that in this regard, Scraps are much better.  That Herald of Perfection garbage was really messed up, though.  So yeah, I really have no idea what I'm going to run next week.  I might finally make a HERO deck, but I'll probably just get lazy and use Scraps.

Regardless, after the tournament, I had a tag duel with AquaBass, my Round 1 opponent from this tournament, and my Round 3 opponent from this tournament.  I played my Scrap Worms, after the failure of the Psychic Zombies.  AquaBass was on my team and was playing his Dino Rabbit deck.  For the first duel, we played against Evols and Frog Monarchs.  In the second duel, against Evols and Six Samurai, and against Psychics and Six Samurai in the third duel.  We won all three, seeing as how the teams were pretty unbalanced.  But yeah, it was fun, and we might do it again sometime.

This time, we just used normal decks.  However, I think that it might be better for each team to share a ban list for tag duels.  So, for instance, only one player could use a Mirror Force, and there would only be three Scrap Dragons or something like that per team.  It'd add another layer of strategy and also prevent stupid stuff like double Burn decks.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tournament Report 3/3/12

First tournament of the new format, not that this new ban list has changed anything...

I wanted to go with my T.G. Tele Zombies, but I realized that it would be difficult to make a good Side Deck for it.  With the old T.G. Zombies, I could easily side out the Armageddon Knight, Reinforcement of the Army, Allure of Darkness, X-Saber Pashuul, and Reinforce Truth, regardless of the match-up, letting me side some anti-Stun cards or whatnot.  I don't have that luxury with the new variant.  So, I just decided to take my Scrap Worms again.  I ended up maining the third Cyber Dragon, which was helpful, and siding Royal Decrees, which I never used.

Round 1: vs Wind-Ups

This was my Round 4 opponent from last week.

-Duel 1: He drew pretty badly, so I just beat him up with Cyber Dragon.  I didn't draw any Scraps, but I was able to beat him low enough with the Cyber Dragon so that a top-decked Worm Xex was able to kill him when we were both low on cards after he looped me late game, but failed to do any real damage.
-Duel 2: I was in a pretty good position with my Cyber Dragons and Worms (no Scraps again, for some reason...), but he topped Wind-Up Magician with Wind-Up Shark in hand to loop me and go for game.
-Duel 3: This time, I didn't draw any Monsters.  Just a Cyber Dragon that I used to make Chimeratech Fortress Dragon, which he Veiled to reduce its ATK to 0.  After that, he was able to beat me up with his Wind-Up Rabbit, as I didn't draw any other Monsters.

Round 2: vs Newbie Dragons

Scrap Twin Dragon is powerful.

Round 3: vs Lightsworn

I ended up playing against vadangchoinga.

-Duel 1: For some reason, I wasn't drawing any Scraps besides Scrap Chimeras, so I died to his Tragoedia.
-Duel 2: Again, only Scrap Chimeras.  I was able to use a Scrapstorm on one to set up my Scrap Beast, then I ended up drawing a second Chimera to make use of the Beast.  Either way, the Worms were doing fine, leaving me with Steelswarm Roach to lock him down for a bit.  Unfortunately, he had Card Trooper to get rid of my Roach, then topped Pot of Avarice with three cards left in deck (the other two were Treacherous Trap Hole and another Card Trooper, which he sent back to his deck after grabbed Judgment Dragon with Pot of Duality on the previous turn).  He sent back two Lylas, two Judgment Dragons, and Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning, and ended up drawing a Lyla and the BLS.  Lyla cleared out my Set Book of Moon, Judgment Dragon wiped my Scrap Beast off of the board, and BLS sealed my fate.

Round 4: vs X-Sabers

-Duel 1: I just rushed him with Scrap Twin Dragon, continuously bouncing his field and attacking directly.  He couldn't deal with it without Monsters in the Graveyard, so I won.
-Duel 2: He swarmed with Boggart Knight, Darksoul, Faultroll, and Fulhelmknight, making XX-Saber Gottoms and ripping all of the cards out of my hand.  I topped a Scrap Chimera, but with no card to destroy with Scrap Dragon, I was forced to make Utopia and stall for a turn.  Utopia died the following turn to Mirror Force, and I Set the Worm Yagan I drew.  It got bounced by Mist Wurm, and I got swarmed to death.
-Duel 3: I opened with a Set Scrap Beast and a couple back rows.  He started with a Set XX-Saber Emmersblade and a Set back row.  I played Scrapyard to search another Scrap Beast and summoned it.  He let it through, so I played Mind Control to steal his Monster and Synchro Summon Scrap Archfiend.  I lost the Archfiend to Bottomless Trap Hole, so I flipped my Set Scrap Beast and attacked directly.  He Set a Monster and ended.  I Set a back row and ended.  He flipped his XX-Saber Darksoul, then summoned X-Saber Airbellum.  I flipped Compulsory Evacuation Device to bounce his Darksoul, daring him to crash his Airbellum into my Scrap Beast.  He instead Set my Beast down with Book of Moon, then attacked it.  That left my field open so that I could summon Worm Xex and revive Worm Yagan, then run over his Airbellum.  I Set my own Book of Moon and ended.  He summoned XX-Saber Boggart Knight and Special Summoned XX-Saber Fulhelmknight with its effect.  I used my Book to put his Boggart Knight face-down, and he decided to attack my Worm Yagan with his Fulhelmknight for some reason.  He took the damage and the Fulhelmknight back to his hand.  So, I switched my Yagan to Attack Position, ran over his Boggart Knight with Xex, then attacked directly with Yagan.  I made Steelswarm Roach, as I could protect it with my Set Compulsory Evacuation device.  He just summoned Fulhelmknight and ended.  I summoned another Worm Xex, and he decided to use Effect Veiler on it after thinking for a few minutes... So, I attacked his Fulhelmknight with Xex, then with Roach to kill it.  He then Set a Monster and ended.  I summoned Effect Veiler and made Ally of Justice Catastor.  Roach attacked his Set Darksoul, then Catastor attacked directly.  He played MST on my Set Compulsory, then summoned Boggart Knight and declined to use its effect.  He destroyed my Catastor with Saber Slash, then crashed into Roach with the Boggart Knight.  I drew a Scrap Goblin and Set it and Scrapstorm.  He summoned Fulhelmknight and attacked it, then played Mind Control in Main Phase 2.  I Chained the Scrapstorm to grab a Chimera and dodge the Mind Control.  On my turn, I Special Summoned Cyber Dragon, then summoned the Chimera to revive a Beast.  He only had 1900 LP left, so his Fulhelmknight wasn't enough to protect him, and he scooped.

So, I ended up going X-2, which isn't very good.  I do realize that Scraps aren't very good in a format where everyone's playing Effect Veilers and Maxx "C"s, but there's not much else I'd want to play.  Perhaps I should actually commit to making a HERO deck...

So, the Wind-Up guy I lost to in Round 1 ended up winning the tournament, and vadangchoinga ended up getting 2nd place.  I think I had them beat, though, as I pulled the Ultra Rare Book of Moon from the Turbo Pack!  So even though I got my salad tossed by both of them, I walked away with a better prize than either of them, ha ha.

But yeah, I seriously need to change decks.  The Worms are doing great, but I haven't been drawing the Scraps, for some reason.  Perhaps I'll make a HERO deck with a Worm engine; we shall see...