So now that my rant about the tournament is over, I wanted to take a post to talk about how I did and what decks I saw people using. It was certainly an interesting day for me because I had only been playing what people at my locals had. Traveling to Roanoke really helped me gain more experience.
There were over 300 people competing at the regionals, so it was pretty exciting. There were to be 9 rounds, each lasting 40 minutes. That was daunting by itself because it meant we would be there at least 6 hours just counting play time. That didn’t count all the time between rounds. I guessed that had we stayed we would’ve been there over 9 hours. We left after round 8 was finishing up and that was 7pm. Registration began at 8am, so we were actually there 11 hours. It was a long day.
My first match was a dud and I lost both games. I was not feeling excited by my start. I was able to win my next two matches though so I was feeling good going into round 4 with a 2-1 record. But that was the best I would do as I lost the next 3 matches. I decided that with a 2-4 record, I wouldn’t place in the top even if I won every remaining match.
I dropped out and went to play the “win-a-mat” single elimination tournament. There were 16 players and 3 of them were from my area, so I knew some of what I was up against. After I wont the first match I watched the others finish to get a better idea. It didn’t help. I lost the next match and then we packed up to go get something to eat finally.
As I was packing Friday night to get ready, Angel started texting me to make sure I was ready. In our brief conversation he convinced me to switch from the deck I had been practicing with for weeks, Verz-Laggia, to a deck I suck with, Dragunity. According to him, Dragunity is going to be tier 1 this format. While I don’t agree with that, hes far more experienced and better than I am, and the points he raised made a lot of sense so I decided to listen to him.
Match 1 (loss):
Dragunity vs Spellbook
Considering how popular the deck was last format, its going to sound funny when I say this was the first I ever played against one. My opponent was nice though and when I told him the situation he let me read every card and helped explain what some of them did, which I appreciated.
The first game he won easily. The only damage done to his life points were caused by his own Solemn Warning. I tried all I could but there’s just no way for Spellbook players to lose hand advantage and no way for Dragunity players to keep it.
The second game was better and I should’ve won. He opened up with a pretty bad hand and I used the Legionnaire-Aklys combo to clear his field. I then went into Mysletainn and attacked directly. He made a short come back over the next few turns but then I was able to get a pretty nice field and attacked with my two level 8 synchros. I made the mistake of leaving Dragunity Phalanx in defense though so his life points only went down to 100. He stayed alive with 100 life points for another 4 or 5 turns, dragging it out as long as he could until I eventually rand out of decent plays. He beat me down and eventually won.
Match 2 (Win):
Dragunity vs Relinquished (Lv 1 Deck)
I have to say this was one of the most fun matches I’ve ever played. The deck basically revolved around using level 1 monsters and lots of deck searching to bring out Relinquished and basically steal the opponent’s monster. It took us all 3 games to get a winner.
In game 1 I was blown away. Having no idea what deck he was using or how it worked, I made my standard plays, sacrificing hand advantage for strong field presence and protection with Stardust Dragon. Well that’s not good enough when he can get Relinquished out and not only take my monster but attack directly. He did this 2 or 3 times before I was able to find ways around it. He won in the end.
In game 2, I went in knowing what I needed to do. The Legionnaire-Aklys combo was once again very important. I relied on that more than once to vanquish that pesky monster. I also sided in some trap cards that helped a lot like Fiendish Chain and Breakthrough Skill.
Game 3 had us fighting pretty good because neither of us drew well. It took a few turns and lots of back and forth attacking but I eventually was able to squeeze in a win just before the time ran out.
Match 3 (Win):
Dragunity vs Dragunity
This was by far my most unusual match. My opponent barely made it to the table before the match started. He also chose not to keep track of our life points on his own. He was also playing Dragunity. And he tried to tell me the Legionnaire-Aklys combo could only destroy 1 card because “Aklys misses timing”. Definitely odd considering he said hes been playing for many years . . .
Game 1 went to him. He got me with Crimson Blader early on and I lost field advantage. After the game I sided out a few MST for some more traps like Dimensional Prison, Fiendish Chain and Mirror Force. Dragunity hates traps.
Game 2 went to me. I focused on playing defensive to keep him from getting a field too large and then used Mysletainn, Dux, and Phalanx to do most of the offense. To finish the game I used Scrap Dragon and destroyed my MST and his monster then used the Dux to get Phalanx on the field so I could make Trident Dragion. I destroyed Dux and attacked twice for 6000 damage.
Game 3 was a bit more intense and I could tell he was angry that he lost game 2. I would be too but getting angry definitely doesn’t aid in decision making. He made a few bad plays and I had a really good opening hand, so I quickly took the advantage. Then I used the Legionnaire-Aklys combo to destroy his Mysletainn and Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon. He called a judge and they said I was right. While he was fuming I proceeded to put a Trident Dragion on the field yet again but this time I destroyed 2 cards and attacked for an excessive 9000 damage. He griped some more and the judges tried to explain how Aklys worked to him but he just gathered his things and stormed off like a child.
Match 4 (Loss):
Dragunity vs Dragon Ruler (Dragunity variant)
I don’t see how Dragon Rulers were hurt at all by the ban list. This was the first I played one in person and it was brutal. My opponent was able to OTK (one turn kill) me in both games. I think I made it to a 3rd turn in game 2 but I lost game 1 on his second turn. It was awful.
On a positive note though, he was extremely nice. He even apologized for winning the way he did. He said, “I know its no fun losing like that”. It took less than 15 minutes for us to play both games so I had plenty of time after. We talked a while and he explained how the deck works without the baby dragons. Its slower but if they get a good hand its hardly noticeable that they changed anything.
Match 5 (Loss):
Dragunity vs Karakuri
This match wasn’t that spectacular. His deck was slow but good. He countered pretty much everything I did. He won games 1 and 3. We were both able to make some good plays and get some powerful fields but then we were both able to clear the other’s field. It was pretty even in each game.
Match 6 (Loss):
Dragunity vs Heros
I was stunned when I went to the match posting and saw Matt (one of the guys from locals) as my opponent. Matt is really cool and hasn’t been coming to locals lately, but I know his outside of yugioh too. His girlfriend and my fiance are good friends and went to college together. While it was cool to be matched against him, I knew I was probably going to lose. Hes been to many regionals and has earned invites to nationals many times. Even though I lost, this was by far the most fun match of the evening.
Game 1 was an easy win for Matt. He was playing a Hero deck and I had no idea how to counter that. His Gemini Spark was very mean to my Dragon Ravine. He used it every time I played Ravine, virtually eliminating my ability to search for what I need. I never even hit his life points once.
In game 2, I drew a hand that was pretty much all traps which is extremely rare in a Dragunity deck. I set 3 and passed my turn. Just about every time he played a monster I had a counter for it. When I ran out of ways to counter I finally drew a Dragon Ravine and things started to get going. It was a struggle but I ended up winning by a hair.
Game 3 was a disaster for me. I misplayed really bad and thought about just giving up halfway through. It only took him a few turns to wipe me out but he made me play through it all.
Win-A-Mat 1 (Win):
Dragunity vs Fire Fist
This was my first time playing against a fire fist deck in person so I had to read all the cards. Even so, this was the shortest match I played all day aside from the Dragon Ruler one. My opponent was a little irritated that I had to read everything but I’m not just going to assume that card he played only has one effect . . .
Game 1 was almost lost. I was at 2400 and he was still at 8000. But then I was able to go through my OTK combo that ended with Atum, Red-Eyes, Gae Dearg, Stardust Dragon and another card I forget. Regardless, it was game over 8000 attack.
Game 2 was a loss for me. I was able to get a few good hits in but he made better hits.
Game 3 was a win for me. I didn’t take any damage either which was pretty cool. It went fast and I think he must’ve had a bad hand because he struggled to make combos. I also got lucky and started with a few traps that helped me out.
Win-A-Mat 2 (Loss):
Dragunity vs Frogs
At the end of this match I was done with yugioh for the day. I had had enough of the other players and their attitudes so as soon as I finished we packed our stuff and left. Not only did I lose both games but I misplayed a lot. And then to top it off the other player as well as a judge (the player’s buddy apparently) proceeded to tell me how I fucked up and how the plays I made were stupid. How I could’ve won if I was just paying attention. Then they laughed. This happened at the end of each game.
Also, my opponent reeked of marijuana. It was beyond noticeable and was borderline disgusting. I’m not against marijuana, I just think of it like smoking. Its disgusting and smells disgusting and the people who do it are usually pretty disgusting. This guy was also lucky enough to be a douche. I think he spoke english but I really couldn’t tell with all the profanity that was spewing out of his mouth.
In a way, I was glad he won both games because I really didn’t want to sit through the rest of the tournament with that judge. He was acting just as bad as the player.
Dragunity is better than I thought it would be. I think someone who could play without making mistakes every turn would probably go a long ways with it. With that in mind, I doubt I’ll be playing it ever again. I’ll go back to Verz-Laggia where there are far fewer combos to ruin.
Dragon Rulers are also still a problem. I wish Konami had limited the big dragons instead of banning the baby dragons. Unfortunately since they wanted to release all the dragons in tins this year, we have to wait until they sell enough for them to even consider limiting them. Looks like Fall 2013 will be Dragunity Ruler format.
Good luck to everyone who decides to play competitively this format. I think this encounter has made me reconsider wanting to compete at all. Maybe things will change as I improve but I doubt it.