Monday, May 23, 2011

Analyzing YCS Orlando Top 32 decklists

Thank you to the U.S. coverage team for getting with the program and posting deck lists quickly. Europe has been doing this for a while now, and I am glad the U.S. is catching on. This YCS I believe had some shining examples of very good decks, and shining examples of shit - and the shit only sparkled because the player ate a bottle of sprinkles the night before. For this post I will be highlighting 4 decklists and players that I believe defined YCS Orlando. I also apologize for the font, the font blogging system I swear is designed to make me fail lol.

All decklists are courtesy of http://www.konami.com/yugioh/blog/?p=5997

First, I will analyze Paul Clarke's Gravekeeper, which got him to top 32.


Monsters: 15
3 Gravekeeper’s Recruiter
3 Gravekeeper’s Spy
3 Gravekeeper’s Descendant
3 Gravekeeper’s Commandant
1 Gravekeeper’s Assailant
1 Spirit Reaper
1 Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind
Spells: 12
3 Necrovalley
2 Royal Tribute
1 Book of Moon
2 Gravekeeper’s Stele
3 Pot of Duality
1 Dark Hole
Traps: 13
3 Seven Tools of the Bandit
3 Dimensional Prison
2 Solemn Warning
1 Mirror Force
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Royal Oppression
1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
1 Solemn Judgment
Extra Deck: 15
1 Ancient Fairy Dragon
1 Mist Wurm
1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Colossal Fighter
1 Blackwing Armor Master
1 Arcanite Magician
1 Tempest Magician
1 Blackwing Armed Wing
1 Gaia Knight, the Force of Earth
1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
2 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1 Black Rose Dragon
Side Deck: 15
2 Thunder King Rai-Oh
2 Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo
2 Kinetic Soldier
1 Gozen Match
1 Rivalry of Warlords
2 Chain Disappearance
2 Cyber Dragon
2 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Nobleman of Crossout
I chose Paul Clarke's decklist over Jonathan Weigle because I think Paul's decklist is slightly more fine tuned towards the Six Samurai match up, where as Weigle's decklist was more towards the rest of the meta. Their decklists are no more than 5 cards different, but the inclusion of Spirit Reaper and the 3rd Seven Tools, and the 2 Chain Disappearance in the side deck is what caught my eye over Weigle. Either way, both of their decklists are perfected to each of their styles and they are shining examples of perfected decks by amazing players. If you chose to play Gravekeeper, I would not drift far from this decklist.
Next is Samuel Lefevre, who made top 32 with Six Samurai.







Monsters: 13
3 Legendary Six Samurai – Kizan
3 Legendary Six Samurai – Kageki
3 Kagemusha of the Six Samurai
2 Grandmaster of the Six Samurai
1 Hand of the Six Samurai
1 The Six Samurai – Yaichi
Spells: 14
1 Book of Moon
1 Monster Reborn
1 Dark Hole
1 Giant Trunade
2 Mystical Space Typhoon
3 Shien’s Smoke Signal
1 Reinforcement of the Army
1 Gateway of the Six
3 Six Samurai United
Traps: 13
3 Double-Edged Sword Technique
1 Royal Oppression
2 Musakani Magatama
1 Solemn Judgment
2 Solemn Warning
1 Seven Tools of the Bandit
1 Mirror Force
2 Dimensional Prison
Extra Deck: 15
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Mist Wurm
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Naturia Landoise
1 Naturia Barkion
1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Ally of Justice Catastor
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Ancient Fairy Dragon
3 Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En
1 Gaia Knight, the Force of Earth
1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
Side Deck: 15
2 Cyber Dragon
2 D.D. Crow
2 Nobleman of Crossout
2 Debunk
2 Dust Tornado
1 Musakani Magatama
2 Chain Disappearance
2 Rivalry of Warlords
One major problem of Six Samurai has been once you get Shi En out, how do you protect it? I believe Sam's decklist fixes that problem, by excluding Upstart Goblin and Enishi, and choosing to focus on protecting Shi En more - and if Shi En still dies, he can use one of 3 DEST to set up again without hesitation of drawing Enishi. Further, the ability to use 3 DEST so comfortably allows Sam to bring out Trishula much more often, which along with an on board Shi En will end games. Sam's decklist is perfect in my opinion, and he deserved to get much higher than top 32.

Next is Alex Vansant, who made top 32 with his Tengu based deck.
Monsters: 19
3 Effect Veiler
3 Reborn Tengu
2 Green Gadget
2 Yellow Gadget
2 Red Gadget
2 Lonefire Blossom
2 Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 “Saizan”
1 Spore
1 Dandylion
1 Glow-Up Bulb
Spells: 12
3 Pot of Avarice
2 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Foolish Burial
1 One for One
1 Limiter Removal
1 Monster Reborn
1 Giant Trunade
1 Mind Control
1 Dark Hole
Traps: 9
3 Ultimate Offering
2 Solemn Warning
2 Dimensional Prison
1 Mirror Force
1 Call of the Haunted
Extra Deck: 15
2 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
2 Formula Synchron
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Ally of Justice Catastor
1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Magical Android
1 Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X “Bureido”
1 Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 “Burei”
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1 Colossal Fighter
1 Armory Arm
Side Deck: 15
3 Chain Disappearance
2 Smashing Ground
2 Forbidden Lance
2 Beast King Barbaros
2 Cyber Dragon
2 Dust Tornado
2 Kinetic Soldier

After every new set comes out, some players try to be original, and they end up looking like retards. Alex Vansant this past weekend was not one of those people. He followed the Teledad theory, in which self replacing monsters came both in the form of tuners and non tuners - Plaguespreader Zombie and Malicious became Reborn Tengu / Gadget + Spore / Glow Up Bulb / Effect Veiler, which set up for potential Trishula spam. Being able to maindeck 3 Effect Veiler alone is also worth mentioning, and it surely helped him when he lost the dice roll. And of course, I heard Limiter Removal is a good card.

There are some card choices that I personally question, but in talking with Alex briefly over the years I know he is his own player and does his own thing, which I will respect - I am the same way. Some players just do certain things. What also caught my eye about his decklist was the inclusion of 2 Barbaros in his side deck, which likely were for anticipating incoming Skill Drain's by his opponent. 

Lastly, is Tommy Murillo, who made top 32 with this sparkling pile of shit.

Monsters: 19
3 Gravekeeper’s Spy
3 Gravekeeper’s Descendant
3 Gravekeeper’s Commandant
3 Gravekeeper’s Recruiter
2 Malefic Stardust Dragon
3 Malefic Cyber End Dragon
1 Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind
1 Ancient Gear Gadjiltron Dragon
Spells: 13
1 Dark Hole
1 Giant Trunade
1 Gravekeeper’s Stele
3 Geartown
3 Necrovalley
2 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Nobleman of Crossout
1 Nobleman of Extermination
Traps: 8
1 Solemn Judgment
2 Skill Drain
1 Torrential Tribute
2 Dimensional Prison
1 Deck Devastation Virus
1 Mirror Force
Extra Deck: 15
2 Arcanite Magician
3 Cyber End Dragon
3 Stardust Dragon
1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Mist Wurm
1 Ancient Fairy Dragon
1 Magical Android
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Scrap Archfiend
1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
Side Deck: 15
2 Kinetic Soldier
2 Puppet Plant
2 Effect Veiler
2 Dimensional Prison
1 Starlight Road
2 Cyber Dragon
1 Nobleman of Crossout
2 Mirror of Oaths
1 Monster Reborn

I don't know which is worse, the fact that this decklist can be built with little more than 6 starter decks, or the fact that atleast 7 people could not handle this stack of 40 cards (it can hardly be called a deck, honestly). Tommy Murillo is the reason that topping YCSs does not matter anymore unless you make top 4/8, because so much random bullshit sneaks into the top 32. I do think that top 32 is ok for tournament structure, but every time I scroll up and try to find something to say about this pile of cards, I am at a loss of words. 
I chose to include this pile of cards in my review of YCS Orlando because it is important to show hand and hand good players and perfected decklists, versus baddies and their piles of cards. Weigle, Clarke, and Vansant have all had very successful careers in Yugioh, and I am sure Lefevre will have a good one ahead of him too. But Murillo will do nothing more than crawl back into his cave, only to emerge when the sun goes down. 

Tomorrow I will wrap up my thoughts on YCS Orlando, and what it means for YCS Rhode Island.

7 comments:

  1. Oh damn that deck looks hideous lol. No Pot of duality for consistency, no Solemn Warnings for derp negation... Mist Wurm over Trishula etc

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  2. I'm getting annoyed by all the random shit too. My side deck isn't big enough anymore lol.

    ~Valafar123

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  3. There have been successful decks that didn't run triple solemn back when triple solemn was all the rage. Warning and Duality are great cards but they are both expensive and overrated. This guy is most likely a budget player who makes the most of what he has. Why hate because this guy did well with his plan just because it seems random to you?

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  4. @ Thurge, please stop trying to sound smart. You are failing.

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  5. wish i had pot of duality... should i stop playing?

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  6. No. I've been playing for the past 4 months without Duality, and have had no problems winning. You just have to make different decks.

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  7. Michael's right. If you can't afford certain cards, don't build decks reliant on them. I've seen a lot of "budget GK" decks scrub hard against me, and I'm an Infernity user. >.>

    If Warning is out of your price range, go Formula Monarchs. They're not too pricey and ironically don't work when you pain PoD and SW. Shame they die to Royal Tribute, but that's why we side (or even main) Gemini Imps.

    ~Valafar123

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