Round 1 in Review!

April 14th, 2012

I’ve rounded up Tables 2 through 4 to give you glimpse of the action in Round 1. Check it out!

At Table 2, Joshua Jordan Gemini HERO Deck defeated Jesse Martinez’s Dino Rabbit Deck 2-1!

In Duel 1, Jordan Summoned an early Stratos to set up his HERO Deck, used Neos Alius to score more attacks mid-Duel, and used Blade Armor Ninja to finish Martinez off. Jordan also managed to negate a Heavy Storm with Starlight Road, allowing him to Summon a Stardust Dragon that he later used to negate a Dark Hole and protect Blade Armor Ninja. Martinez tried to fight back against Jordan’s powerful monsters, but his attempt to retaliate with Tour Guide From the Underworld was foiled by Solemn Warning, and Martinez had no other monsters to fight back with.

In Duel 2, Martinez Set Sabersaurus and Forbidden Lance on his first turn, and Jordan used Heavy Storm to destroy the Lance. Then Jordan Summoned Beast King Barbaros and Set 2 cards to his back row. Fearing a possible Snowman Eater, Jordan chose not to attack with Barbaros. Martinez used Heavy Storm next turn, and Jordan Chained Skill Drain to make Barbaros 3000 ATK. Martinez Set a Barbaros and passed next turn, unable to defeat a 3000 ATK Barbaros. Jordan attacked Sabersaurus with Barbaros and Set Skill Drain and Starlight Road. Martinez used Rescue Rabbit to Special Summon 2 Kabazauls from his Deck, and Jordan flipped Skill Drain so that Martinez wouldn’t be able to use the effect of a Laggia if he Summoned it. Next, Jordan Flip Summoned Barbaros, which now had 3000 ATK thanks to Jordan’s Skill Drain. He used it to take down Jordan’s 3000 ATK Barbaros. Kabazauls both attacked directly, and then Martinez made Number 39: Utopia in Main Phase 2 and used Monster Reborn on Jordan’s Barbaros. Jordan tried to defend with a Snowman Eater, but with Skill Drain face-up negating its effect, Martinez won next turn when he Summoned a Rescue Rabbit and scored the attacks he needed to win.

In Duel 3, Jordan used Torrential Tribute to destroy the 2 Sabersauruses Summoned by Rescue Rabbit. Jordan later managed to Summon a Number 39: Utopia while Skill Drain was face-up, and Set a Royal Decree against Jordan’s 4 back rows. Jordan Summoned Elemental HERO Neos Alius, and even though Martinez had Solemn Warning face-down, Martinez chose not to use it against the Alius. That allowed Jordan to use Gemini Spark to Tribute Alius and destroy the Decree that Martinez flipped in the End Phase. Unsuccessful at pinning down Jordan’s back rows with Decree, Martinez used Heavy Storm, hoping to use Starlight Road and Summon Stardust Dragon; but Jordan had his own Starlight Road and used it against Heavy Storm! Martinez was forced to use Solemn Warning to negate the Storm and clear the back rows. But when Jordan used Dark Hole and Miracle Fusion on his next turn, Martinez couldn’t recover!

At Table 3, Jeremy Delgado used his Gemini HERO Deck defeated Thomas Tercilla’s Dino Rabbit Deck 2-1.

In Duel 1, Tercilla used Heavy Storm to destroy 2 of Delgado’s back rows on the first turn, and he no longer had to worry about losing his back rows to Heavy Storm. He Set 3 more back rows on the following turn, and Set more back rows in the rest of the Duel. He managed to use Skill Drain and Bottomless Trap Hole to pin Tercilla down by stopping his Tour Guides and the monsters Summoned by Rescue Rabbit. After an opponent uses a Limited Spell Card like Heavy Storm, you usually won’t need to worry about it anymore, since it’s difficult to bring back from the Graveyard. Delgado successfully took advantage of the fact that Tercilla’s Heavy Storm was off-limits for the rest of the Duel and Set to his heart’s content.

In Duel 2, Tercilla used Rescue Rabbit to Summon Evolzar Laggia on Turn 1, and used Tour Guide From the Underworld to Summon Leviair the Sea Dragon and re-use Rescue Rabbit on Turn 2 to make another Laggia. Delgado almost recovered by using Super Polymerization to fuse an Elemental HERO Wildheart with a Laggia that still had 2 Xyz Materials under it and make Elemental HERO Nova Master, but Tercilla was able to use Book of Moon to put Nova Master face-down and destroy it in battle to still win the Duel. Super Polymerization is a great card to use against Evolzar Laggia while Laggia still has Xyz Materials, since it can’t be negated, but as Delgado saw in this Duel, it will sometimes require a strong follow-up in order to deliver a victory.

In Duel 3, Delgado passed his turn and Tercilla used Tour Guide From the Underworld to Special Summon another copy from his Deck and attack directly with a Tour Guide. Delgado Special Summoned Gorz the Emissary of Darkness! “I needed to know what Xyz to make,” Tercilla explained. That’s why he attacked before combining his Tour Guides in an Xyz Summon. It was a great decision. Tercilla combined his Tour Guides to make Wind-Up Zenmaines in Main Phase 2, and managed to use Zenmaines to destroy Gorz and stall out the Duel. But Delgado eventually snagged the victory with 2 copies of Miracle Fusion. He used the first copy to Summon an Elemental HERO The Shining that was destroyed by Snowman Eater, but the second copy of The Shining won Delgado the Duel. Tercilla never drew Rescue Rabbit in Duel 3, and was simply overwhelmed by Delgado’s HERO cards.

At Table 4, Jorge Valdivia used his Dino-Rabbit Deck to Defeat Jacob Quigg’s Six Samurai Deck 2-0.

In Duel 1, Valdivia used his first-turn Tour Guide to Special Summon a Sangan, then used Torrential Tribute on the next turn when Quigg Summoned Elder of the Six Samurai and Kagemusha of the Six Samurai. Not only did this prevent Quigg from Synchro Summoning Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En, it also allowed Valdivia to search his Deck for Rescue Rabbit with the effect of Sangan. Valdivia Summoned the Rabbit on his next turn and used its effect to Summon 2 Dinosaurs that would Xyz Summon Evolzar Laggia. Quigg was never able to destroy the Laggia.

In Duel 2, Quigg Summoned Legendary Six Samurai – Kizan, Grandmaster of the Six Samurai, and Great Shogun Shien on his first turn. Valdivia Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld and when Quigg used Effect Veiler to try to negate its effect, Valdivia used Book of Moon to put Tour Guide face-down and Special Summon Sangan from his Deck. He Set Fiendish Chain and Solemn Warning. Kizan and Grandmaster destroyed Quigg’s monsters and when Great Shogun Shien attacked directly, Valdivia used Fiendish Chain. Valdivia searched for Rescue Rabbit with Sangan when it was destroyed. He Summoned the Rabbit on his next turn to make Evolzar Laggia, and attacked Grandmaster of the Six Samurai to destroy it in battle. Next, he used Smashing Ground to destroy Great Shogun Shien. Quigg attempted to Summon Number 17: Leviathan Dragon next turn to make a comeback, but lost out to Solemn Warning. Laggia proceeded to dominate the Duel for Valdivia.

Joshua Jordan, Jeremy Delgado, and Jorge Valdivia are moving on with 1-0 records!