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The Finals: Billy Brake VS Nicky Lacaille

September 18th, 2011

REMATCH! Earlier this year we saw these two Duelists face off in the Top 4 of YCS Charlotte.  There, an unbelievably lucky string of topdecks led to a huge comeback for Lacaille, who dealt Brake a crushing defeat.  Lacaille was victorious with Coelacanth OTK, demolishing Brake’s X-Sabers despite a XX-Saber Gottoms combo that left Lacaille with no hand.  Now, Brake had a chance to redeem himself.  If he could, he’d win his first-ever Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series title.
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Semifinal: Tyler Nolan VS Billy Brake

September 18th, 2011

Tyler Nolan has taken Tech Genus all the way to the Top 4, but now he’s up against Billy Brake’s Plant Synchro Deck!  Nolan is well-teched for this matchup: he defeated half a dozen Plant Synchro Duelists on his way to the Top 4.  Could he keep it up, or would Brake be headed to the Finals?
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Starter Deck Tournament Winners

September 18th, 2011

If you’re looking for new tournament formats, then the Public Events at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series is a great place to start your search!  New events like Tin Challenges and Retro Draft tend to debut at big tournament weekends like this one, and Duelists here in Toronto were the first to compete in all-new Starter Deck Tournaments.  How did it work?  Simple:

-The tournament was an eight-Duelist single elimination competition.
-Each competitor played the same Deck: a fresh-out-of-the-box copy of Starter Deck: Dawn of the Xyz.
-Everybody got to keep their Deck, and the winner of each eight-Duelist tournament took home an all-new Game Mat, exclusive to Starter Deck Tournaments:

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Quarterfinal: Billy Brake VS Tristan Gonzalez

September 18th, 2011



This is the fourth time Billy Brake has made it to the Top 32 of a YCS this year: over the course of his Dueling career, he’s topped ten times total, but he’s never won.  His opponent here in the Top 8 is Tristan Gonzalez, and this was a mirror match between two Decks suited for Synchro Summoning..  Both of these Duelists were hungry for the win.
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Tech Update: Splashable Suites

September 18th, 2011

Usually when we talk about tech choices that are appearing in a wide variety of Decks, we’re usually talking about single cards.  But one of the cool things that makes YCS Toronto stand out from previous events, is that we’re actually seeing entire suites of cards being played across a number of different strategies.  The result is an impact far greater than single cards could achieve alone, and deeper, more influential trends that have shaped this tournament from the ground up.  Let’s discuss some of the most popular suites that we’ve seen this weekend, and let’s start with the biggest!
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Top 32: Bo Tang VS Chris Bowling

September 18th, 2011

Two World Championship competitors were about to go head-to-head here in the Top 32!  Bo Tang was Canada’s representative in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship this year, and his opponent is the former American National Champion and YCS Winner, Chris Bowling!  Bowling is piloting Plant Synchro, while Tang is running Agents with a splash of Tech Genus.
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Round 9 Feature Match: Jordan Kehler VS Thomas Morran

September 18th, 2011

We’ve seen a ton of different strategies so far this weekend, but Thomas Morran is piloting a Deck we haven’t seen in Feature Match action yet: Destiny Hero Diva!  A new incarnation of the Diamond Dude Turbo strategy, this Deck aims to use Destiny HERO – Diamond Dude and Destiny HERO – Malicious in combination with Deep Sea Diva, unleashing big Synchro Monsters and Elemental HERO Absolute Zero.  Morran’s opponent is Jordan Kehler, one of several Tech Genus Agents Duelists still left in the tournament.  Kehler’s Deck is super-fast, and really good at managing the Graveyard.  It plays Kristya really easily, and that could be a huge factor against Morran’s Special Summons.
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QQ: What Deck Are You Playing?

September 17th, 2011

QQ stands for Quick Questions!  It’s a brand new Advanced Format, and while some of the most popular Decks of the Summer have been adapted for the new changes, many competitors have developed entirely new strategies.  The field is wide open here today, filled with old favorites and new rogue strategies that could be the next best thing.  With that level of variety and variance in mind, we asked: “What Deck are you playing, here at the first YCS of the format?”
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QQ: Your Most-Feared Matchup!

September 17th, 2011

QQ stands for Quick Questions! With no previous tournaments to key off of in this brand new Advanced Format, it’s anybody’s guess as to what you could play here at YCS Toronto. There are a few Decks that you’re likely to Duel against, but apart from the obvious suspects like Agents, everything is totally up in the air. With the huge variety of this weekend’s field in mind, we took to the tournament floor to ask intrepid Duelists: “What’s your most-feared matchup?!” Read more…

Round 7 Feature Match: Varun Dewan VS Ryan Low

September 17th, 2011

Varun Dewan is 5-1 here in Round 7, and may be the highest-ranked Fabled Duelist in the tournament.  His opponent is Ryan Low, an Agent Duelist playing a build keyed towards Synchro Summoning.  This Match pits an unusual and often misunderstood strategy against the popular Agents. Which one will come out on top?
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