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Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tagged with 'Feature Match'

Tech Update: Exa, Enforcer of the Nekroz

June 28th, 2015

Previous to this event, the highly debated topic between Nekroz Duelists was whether or not Nekroz of Decisive Armor or Nekroz of Gungnir were worth the inclusion. Thus far, every Nekroz Deck I have seen has used at least one if not both, the latter being the most popular. However, a new innovation among some Nekroz Duelists has been the inclusion of a card that I have yet to see played at all: Exa, Enforcer of the Nekroz.

With so many Duelists including Nekroz of Decisive Armor in their lists, the effect of Exa, Enforcer of the Nekroz that allows it to search a Dragon-Type Nekroz Ritual Monster is quite useful. Nekroz of Decisive Armor allows Nekroz Duelists to pose a strong threat on strategies that rely on Setting cards, whether it be Monsters or back row, and can also help with dealing that extra bit of damage that they need to win the game. However, it really isn’t this effect of Exa, Enforcer of the Nekroz that has made it so popular among Duelists.

The effect of Exa, Enforcer of the Nekroz that makes it so powerful is that when it’s banished, you can special another banished Nekroz Monster and Special Summon it. This opens up the strategy to a bunch of new combos, the first Set being when used in tandem with Great Sorcerer of the Nekroz. A very standard Nekroz play is Ritual Summoning Nekroz of Valkyrus using Shurit, Strategist of Nekroz as the Ritual Material; when Shurit hits the Graveyard, you can use its effect to add Nekroz of Brionac to your hand, which you can then send to the Graveyard to add Great Sorcerer of the Nekroz. From there, you can tribute Nekroz of Valkyrus along with Great Sorcerer of the Nekroz via the effect of Nekroz of Valkyrus to draw two cards and then search any Sepllcaster-Type Nekroz Ritual Monster from your Deck, typically Nekroz of Valkyrus but you could also search Nekroz of Unicore and use its effect to add back Nekroz of Valkyrus.

From there, you can either banish Great Sorcerer of the Nekroz with the effect of any of your in Graveyard Nekroz Ritual Spells or Nekroz of Valkyrus when you stop your opponent’s Battle Phase, and with the other effect of Great Sorcerer of the Nekroz you can then send Exa, Enforcer of the Nekroz to your Graveyard. Now with Exa, Enforcer of the Nekroz in the Graveyard, you can banish it for the effect of a Nekroz Ritual Spell to trigger its effect and Special Summon the previously banished Great Sorcerer of the Nekroz! With Great Sorcerer of the Nekroz now back in action, you can tribute it away for whatever Ritual Spell or even Nekroz of Valkyrus to accomplish whatever you’re trying to do and then use the effect of Great Sorcerer of the Nekroz to add another Spellcaster-Type Nekroz Ritual Monster to your hand. This sequence of plays generates a ton of additional advantage for the Nekroz player, making Great Sorcerer of the Nekroz much more valuable than previously.

Exa, Enforcer of the Nekroz can also be used to Special Summon a banished Shurit, Strategist of Nekroz as well, and similar to Special Summoning a banished Great Sorcerer of the Nekroz, this typically results in a lot of extra resources for the Nekroz player. If you choose to play Dance Princess of the Nekroz, you can even add back the Exa, Enforcer of the Nekroz to your hand!

Even after Nekroz has been out for this long, Duelists are still finding new and awesome ways to innovate and make it stronger. Will a variant of Nekroz utilizing Exa, Enforcer of the Nekroz be the most successful? We’ll see as the North American WCQ continues!

Pairing: Top 4

May 24th, 2015

Here are the Pairing for the Semi-Finals.

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Top 8 Feature Match: Denny Yu vs. Ned Salkovitch

May 24th, 2015

YCS Las Vegas winner Denny Yu has made it all the way to the Top 8 and is really looking for another win to add to his résumé. Ned Salkovitch on the other hand has not been lucky enough to take down a whole YCS, but that won’t stop him from trying his best today to do it. This Quarter finals match pits two friends against one another in a Nekroz mirror match, both trying to do their best to take it all.

Salkovitch won the roll and chose for Yu to start.

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Top 16: Feature Match: Max Reynolds versus Tyree Tinsley

May 24th, 2015

Our Top 16 Match pits Max Reynolds against Tyree Tinsley. Tinsley just came off of last Feature Match with a swift 2-0, and Reynolds has been earning several Top 8’s at Regional Qualifiers over the past couple months with Nekroz. This is another Nekroz Mirror Match with two masters of the Deck, so we’re bound to see some awesome combos that we wouldn’t necessarily see in the average Feature Match. Reynolds won the die roll and opted to go second.

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Top 32 Feature Match: Barrett Keys versus Tyree Tinsley

May 24th, 2015

We’ve narrowed down over 1700 competitors to just the Top 32, and there are a ton of big name Duelists that made the top cut. Two of those big names are none other than Barrett Keys and Tyree Tinsley. Both of these Duelists are experienced and are playing Nekroz teched out to win the Mirror Match. Whoever loses here goes home with a respectable Top 32 rank, but winner has the opportunity to take the whole event! This is sure to be a high pressure game with tons of stellar plays. Tinsley won the die roll and chose second.

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Round 10 Feature Match: Eric Hodge Santos versus Brain McBride

May 24th, 2015

Welcome to Day 2 of the 150th YCS! This morning’s first Match features Eric Hodge Santos, a Yang Zing player utilizing some of the new support out of Crossed Souls. His opponent is Brain McBride from Illinois piloting Nekroz with tech choices so amazing that I don’t want to spoil them. Both of these players have two losses in the tournament so far, which means whoever is defeated this Match will most likely not be making the Top 32 cut. Tensions are high, and we’re bound to see a really exciting Match to kick off the rest of the day! McBride won the die roll and opted to go second.

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Round 9 Feature Match: T.J. Kinsley versus Christian Georges

May 24th, 2015

Christian Georges won the first YCS that implemented a Top Cut Draft, and is currently undefeated in this tournament trying to take down another Championship Series. His opponent T.J. Kinsley is also currently undefeated and does not want to give up a loss here. Whoever wins this match is most likely guaranteed for the Top Cut because there are only two rounds tomorrow, so a win here is serious business for either Duelist. Both are using Nekroz Decks designed with the mirror match in mind, so we’ll see who can show true Ritual mastery.

Georges won the roll and opted to go second.

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Round 8 Feature Match: Brandon Wong versus Naveen Shankar

May 24th, 2015

Over the course of today we’ve received tons of feature match request forms. So many, in fact, that we haven’t gotten a chance to feature all of the players we want to. Brandon Wong submitted a request form several rounds back saying that his Nekroz Deck could churn out first turn Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord and then overlay it with Nekroz of Valkyrus to make Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand. I really wanted to see that combo go off in a Feature Match! Let’s hope the promise he made holds up in this Match. Naveen Shankar – a bounty duelist who’s defeated some tough players today – won the die roll and opted to go second.

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Dragon Duelist Finals Feature Match: Dylan McGaha versus Nathanael Patton

May 24th, 2015

The Dragon Duelists have been playing hard all day throughout their own tournament and now they’re down to the finals. This is the fifth round of swiss, and the whole thing has been Battle Pack 3: Monster League Sealed Play. McGaha won the die roll and opted to go first.

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Round 7 Feature Match: Ned Salkovitch versus Isaac Florentino

May 24th, 2015

Ned Salkovitch is no stranger to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series and is looking for another Top Cut finish. He has started off strong at 6-0, but Isaac Florentino wants to continue his own undefeated streak. Both Duelists are using Nekroz Decks and are very familiar for the mirror match, so we are likely to see a pretty skill intensive Set of Duels!

Salkovitch won the roll and elected to go first. Read more…