Monday, February 17, 2014

KMC Anaheim Report 2/15/14

So, it's been a while.  I just haven't had anything worth posting about until the recent KMC, since I've either been hanging out with friends or doing homework.  I literally had no time to do anything except homework for the last two weeks, so that sucked, but I doubt you guys care about that.

Anyways, a bunch of my friends and I went to the KMC in Anaheim.  Aki played LWF Dragon Mid-Range, Fwazalaza played LWDN Haven Control, Riku played LWN Tempo, Ray played WDF Dragons, and Nam (who had never been directly referenced by any name on this blog before) played Mono-Fire Rush.  Nam was going to use a Corrupted deck, but he didn't have any practice with it, so he decided to just use the Mono-Fire deck I gave to him last year as his first Kaijudo deck.  I was running LWD Kalima Control, which I made late last year because it was the best deck I could make at the time, and I haven't been motivated to make a new deck since then.

There were only 19 players, which was surprising.  Last time, there were over 30 players, but I guess this is one of the first KMC's of the season and a new set is looming on the horizon.  Regardless, there were five rounds.

Round 1: vs Jeff G. (LWDN Kurragar)

-Duel 1: He Mesmerized my Maddening Whispers, which let him play Reverberate uninterrupted.  I couldn't do much, so I dragged out the game as long as I could to see as much of his deck as possible.  As far as I could tell, it was similar to established Kurragar decks, although it included Finbarr's Dreadnought and far more spells than I would expect.
-Duel 2: I was able to open up with Mesmerize this time so that I would have control of the game.  I was able to win with Kalima's mass removal.
-Duel 3: He opened up with four multi-civ Blockers (apparently he was well-prepared for aggressive decks, which served him well later), which was really detrimental to him.  I dropped Spinning Terror in anticipation of a Reverberate, but he didn't draw into it until later, at which point it was useless (due to Spinning Terror, of course).  I broke a couple shields with Spinning Terror when he played Finbarr's Dreadnought, and was able to win with Kalima and such.


Round 2: vs Sho S. (LWF Dragon Mid-Range)

So I was paired up against Aki, and I put his name there because you'll see it on the official Kaijudo website soon enough anyway.  I'm pretty sure the names of several players from this KMC are also on other web sites, albeit without their consent.  Not that it matters.  Either way, I helped Aki prepare his deck a couple weeks ago.  We decided to make it Mid-Range so that it could beat Tempo easily while also still being able to rush against Control.

-Duel 1: He wasn't able to rush me fast enough, so I played Andromeda, and it was basically over.
-Duel 2: He was able to keep up the pressure with Fast Attackers like Flamespitter and get around my Grudge Weaver with Falkora, so he was able to win before I could stabilize.
-Duel 3: He couldn't really rush at all if I can remember correctly.  I won this game without too much difficulty.


Round 3: vs Andrew R. (LWN Tempo)

So I was paired up against Riku.  I actually didn't know what he was running; apparently he net-decked a generic Tempo deck.  He didn't have high hopes.

I won the first two games because I opened up two Blockers each game, so he couldn't rush me effectively.  However, since this was my third match win, I was almost guaranteed to Top 8, so I gave him a game win to help his score.


Round 4: vs Stephen L. (5-Civ Haven Control)

-Duel 1: I was able to use Mesmerize to see his hand, but he drew Reverberate on turn 6, so that was a thing... I was able to kill all three of his Havens with three Kalimas to even up the game (which I was surprised at, seeing as how he played Reverberate, but I never even saw mine), but then he killed all of my Kalimas with spells and broke all of my shields with three creatures on board and nothing in hand.  I was at 13 mana, so I played Grip of Despair to kill one creature, then played Mark of Kalima.  Out of the nine cards left in my deck, two were non-Darkness, and I hit one of the non-Darkness cards and lost because of it.  Oh well, it happens.
-Duel 2: I opened up with a meh hand, but it included Spinning Terror.  He ramped with Sprout, so I knew that I couldn't just play Reverberate after he played his Reverberate, since he would be able to use Skull Shatter before I could do anything about it.  I played Spinning Terror on turn 6, knowing that he would have to kill it with General Skycrusher.  On turn 7, I used Crystal Memory to get Mesmerize to discard his Reverberate.  I was still in a bad position, but it wasn't nearly as bad as if he had five more cards in hand.  Well, he drew another Reverberate on turn 9.  I had Squillace Scourge to even out our hands (our boards were even at that, too), but then he topped King Tritonus and drew five cards.  I was somehow able to stabilize with Kalima and such, though he had broken all of my shields.  He had three creatures out, and all I had was one Blocker.  With 12 mana, my best option was to play Dracothane to revive Spinning Terror and a Blocker, then play a Dream Pirate to hold him off.  With Dracothane and Spinning Terror, I would have a chance to win in two turns, but he topped Screeching Scaradorable to win.  He could have also drawn a spell to use Tritonus' effect to stun a Blocker, but I had to take that chance.  Oh well.  I wouldn't have minded much, since I would still Top 8, but Stephen was declaring his victory before the game was even finished (which I also heard him doing to one of his other opponents later) and talking smack about my Dracothane play.  It was disappointing to lose under such circumstances, to put it lightly.


At this point, Aki, Riku, Nam, and I were all 3-1.  Nam's loss was to Jeff G. in Round 4, and he was obviously undefeated up to that point.  Fwazalaza and Ray were both 2-2.  Ray's tie-breakers weren't good, but Fwazalaza had a slim chance of making Top 8.

For Round 5, I was paired against Nam.  Aki and Riku were also paired against each other.  I did the math, and we all decided to draw instead of play.  That ensured that the four of us would make Top 8.  From what I heard, Stephen L. gave the match win to Jeff G., which ended up making Jeff G. 1st place after Swiss.  Of course, Stephen was 2nd after Swiss.

From there, we just waited for everyone else to play out their matches.  It turned out that I got 3rd, Nam got 4th, Aki got 5th, and Riku got 6th after Swiss.  I didn't know the 7th or 8th place players, but it ended up not mattering.  They played against the 1st and 2nd place players in the Top 8 and lost, so I never saw them play.  I do know that the 7th place player was using a Tempo deck of some sort, though.

But before the Top 8, the tournament organizer handed out all of the prizes.  I didn't see how many packs the 1st and 2nd place players got, but Nam and I each got 10 packs of Invasion Earth.  Aki and Riku got 8 packs each.  Fwazalaza went 3-2, but only got 10th place; I don't remember how many packs he got.  Ray went 1-4, sadly, but he still got 5 packs, which went to Aki and I because we paid his entry fee (don't worry, we let him keep the free mat).  So, Aki and I got a total of 23 packs, which was basically a box.

They also gave out prizes for players of each civilization.  The top player in each civilization got a beanie.  I was the top player for Light, Stephen L. for Water, Jeff G. for Fire, and Riku was the top Nature player.  I didn't see the top Darkness player.  The top three players from each civilization got one of those double deck boxes that have been given out at each KMC and artwork of the Mystic/Spell of Absolute for their respective civilization.  Fwazalaza, Nam, and Aki were all within the top three players of their civilizations (Light, Water, and Fire, respectively), so they got those prizes, too.  Everyone seemed disappointed with the Light artwork, since the Mystic looks "sad".  It's still nice, though.

Everyone in the Top 8 also got $24 in store credit.  Riku gave me his store credit in exchange for cash since he needed gas money, and I used my store credit to help Aki get four Revenger Trial Deck (that's a Vanguard thing for all of you Kaijudo players).  I would've gotten some Link Joker Trial Decks (also a Vanguard thing), but they were out.  I just got a bunch of sleeves instead.

From there, we were given a relatively small amount of time to drive down to a fast food restaurant and buy food to bring back and eat.  Because the four members of our group that made Top 8 drew with each other in Round 5, we were forced to play each other immediately in the Top 8.  I knew it would happen; it's almost like we got the matches that we would've had to play in Round 5 anyway.

Top 8: vs Andrew R. (LWN Tempo)

Unfortunately, I couldn't draw Blockers in either game.  I had to actually search a Dream Pirate with a Shield Blast Crystal Memory (I had no Water mana to play Aqua Strider) to hope to protect myself in the second game.  But it wasn't enough for me to live long enough to play my hand of high-cost cards.  Oh well, it's something I have to accept when I choose to play Control.

Aki and Nam were paired against each other, and Nam won.  I think it was 2-1, but I don't know for sure.  So, Aki and I kind of just sat there through the first half of the Top 4 matches being disappointed.  I stopped being disappointed in time to catch game 3 between Nam and Jeff G.  Jeff misplayed several times, which caused him to lose.  I also saw the very end of the match between Riku and Stephen.  Riku misplayed towards the middle of the game, which caused him to have literally no chance to win.  However, even if he had played correctly, there would have been nothing he could have done given the cards he drew afterwards.  We were all disappointed for him.

After Nam had finished his Top 4 match, he told us that Jeff was begging him for the win.  At least he wasn't trying to bribe Nam, but Jeff could have won easily if he had just played even a little bit better.  Even though I was rooting for Nam, it was painful to see Jeff misplay, since he seems like a good player.  But, he has the means to go to other KMC's, whereas most of the members of our group could only go to this KMC.  I think Riku and Fwazalaza might be going to one more KMC, but the rest of us aren't able to.

Anyways, we all watched the finals between Nam and Stephen.  And you can too, since Eman of TCGWise123 recorded it.  I was watching Nam's hand during the match to see if I could catch any misplays.  He tried to evolve a Dune Gecko with a Drakon Evolution, which I pointed out to him (he sometimes gets Dune Geckos and Drakons confused, and the pressure of being in the finals couldn't have helped).  Other than that, he played well, not that there are many decisions to make while playing Mono-Fire Rush.

The ultimate determinant of whether or not Mono-Fire wins is if the opponent is adequately prepared for it.  Apparently, Stephen was playing a pile of high-cost cards, so he struggled.  From what I could see, he also made a few misplays, two of which had a chance of affecting the outcome of the game.  However, neither misplay affected the match because Nam either did not have the correct card to punish the misplay, or had cards that would be used in the same way regardless of if Stephen misplayed or not.  Ultimately, Nam was able to win the match 2-0.

As you could hear in the video, there was a lot of applause.  At the other KMC's I went to, I don't remember hearing applause for the conclusion of the finals.  But, we were happy that Nam was able to win, since he played well all day.  I usually see him misplay all over the place with the Mono-Fire Rush deck, but he barely misplayed at all.  Even so, as I said before, it's the opponent who ultimately determines whether Mono-Fire Rush can win, so if people prepare for it, I don't think Mono-Fire Rush can be successful.  Not to mention that Mono-Fire Rush might not even be a thing at the Championships, which Nam will be attending.

All in all, a pretty good day for all of us.  And that's not even including Ray's and my victory at the Vanguard tournament at the other card shop immediately after the KMC.  We ended up being in the Top 4, but in the same bracket, unfortunately.  The other two players in the Top 4 were teammates, so they challenged us to a tag fight.  It'd be more fun than just two separate matches, so we accepted.  Ray just happened to be playing my Dauntless Flare Whip Kagero deck for the tournament, and since it has a Seal Dragon engine, we could use each other's Seal Dragons for Especial Counter Blasts (I was running a Seal Dragon deck, since I have eight Rinocrosses).  That ended up helping us a lot, though we won the third game because I got double Critical Triggers when our opponents were at six damage.  We didn't pull anything good from the packs we won, but we were able to have fun playing Vanguard against our "enemies", which usually doesn't happen.

But that's besides the point.  I'm assuming that the deck lists for the Top 8 players for the KMC will be on the official website on Wednesday of next week.  I would offer to provide the community with the deck lists that Aki, Nam, and I used, but I have too much homework to do.  I should've been doing homework instead of typing up this blog post, but procrastination is a thing.  If I am somehow able to get the deck lists up, it would likely only be in text form with minimal explanations and done on Friday.  That's the only day where I would conceivably have enough free time.

If the deck lists aren't up by then, then I'd just wait until the following Wednesday for them to be on the official website, though there would be no explanations as to the card choices.  And believe me, Aki's deck list would require an explanation, since it was a really outlandish build that we came up with out of nowhere.  And despite what anyone says, there are no Blaze Belchers in his deck; I just thought I'd suspend that rumor, since I've been seeing it for some reason.  But yeah, I guess I'll see whether or not I have the time to put up the deck lists this week, but you shouldn't get your hopes up.


  1. Long time didnt see you. I guess you dont remember me, I was the author of this blog: I abandoned it because of the lack of player on my new city, work, and a lot of bullshit at the game at the same time. Anyway, after some time I decided to start playing pokemon, which I thought would be easy. Now I find out that the game is hard and honestly more tactical than yu-gi-oh right now. I started to care for the EV, natures and IV of course. But I had troubles finding someone with Ditto safari.
    I remember one your post when you said you had a Ditto safari zone. I really hate to ask you for this because I know you don’t like, but… There is any chance of exchange FC with your friend so I could get safari ditto?
    I know this seems too bad because you really doesn’t know me and either your friend but I am kind a desperate here.
    I will understand if you say no.
    In any case this is my FC 0104-1059-5202 you can add me if you want and maybe battle.

    Nice regards,

    1. Even though I haven't been keeping up with my blog and YouTube accounts, I still remember you.

      However, I don't have a Ditto Friend Safari. Aki has a friend who has a Ditto Friend Safari, so Aki just caught a few Ditto and gave them to me so that I would have at least some. You could try searching on forums like Pojo to try and find someone who has a Friend Safari with Ditto, but I can't do much to help you on this one, sorry.


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