Sixteen Duelists remained in the tournament, and any competitor who won this Round would have a better-than-even chance at an invite to the World Championship. Victory here in the Top 16 meant a seat in the Top 8, where 6 competitors would win their way to Worlds. This Match pits Steven Antwan against Thomas Mak: while Mak is playing Fairies, his opponent Antwan is running a beguiling Elemental Hero Deck, complete with Elemental Hero Captain Gold; Main Decked Super-Polymerization; and Future Fusion.
Oliver Tomajko is no stranger to Dragon Duels. He has Dueled in several Dragon Duel events before, and since he’s only 10-years-old, he has years of Dragon Dueling ahead of him. Now, he’s taking his signature Machina Gadget Deck against 13-year-old Lucas Sobczak’s Fairy Deck in our Round 2 Feature Match!
An unprecedented field of 1839 competitors from the United States and Canada had been whittled down to this: 64 Duelists who would now compete in 6 more Rounds of playoff competition to crown a North American Champion! Over the next few hours, 58 of these competitors would be headed home. But 6 more would be headed to Amsterdam. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championships await, and right now, one of these two Duelists would get one step closer to their invitation. Frazier Smith is playing Fairies, while Lloyd Buchmeier III is running Miracle Geminis.
Jibri Thomas made it to the Top 16 at YCS Charlotte with his Zombiesworn Deck, and now he’s back for the WCQ, this time playing Tengu Plants! His opponent, Kalvin Harrigal, has never attended a YCS before and is entering his first-ever WCQ this weekend. Both of these Duelists currently have 7-2 records, but only one of them will be able to advance to the next round with 8 wins.
Frazier Smith is a YCS winner who beat out the competition at YCS Atlanta by using Gravekeeper’s. This allowed him to claim his first championship title. Since then, he has made it to the Top 16 at YCS Rhode Island with X-Sabers, and made it to the Top 16 at YCS Charlotte with Dragunities. But Josh Snyder is no stranger to the top tables either. He made the Top 32 of YCS Dallas with his Six Samurai Deck, and now he’s back for the WCQ, using his Six Samurai Deck against Smith’s Agents.
Victor Santana is running a new generation Herald Deck that he calls “Heralds of Hope”. Unlike the Herald builds of previous formats, Santana’s Deck isn’t packed with Normal Monsters that fuel Advanced Ritual Art. He’s not even running the extremely high Fairy count that some of the older Herald Decks run. Instead, he’s running Fairies, Fiends, and Spellcasters in his Deck, and that added versatility gives his Deck a lot of flexibility where other Herald Decks fell short. Read more…
Victor Santana is currently 2-0 in the tournament with his “Heralds of Hope” Deck that uses Dawn of the Herald with Tour Guide from the Underworld and Djinn Releaser of Rituals to pin down his opponent’s plays. Now, he’s facing off against Ali Yassine, who is 3-0 with his Fish Deck. An early lead will be the key to victory in this Match.
Marshaun Young is currently 6-1 with the Fairy Chaos Deck we profiled at the start of the tournament. His opponent, Christopher Evans, has a 6-1 record with Infernities. Young’s 3 copies of Royal Decree may make this a tough matchup for Evans, but if Evans can draw the right cards early on, he may be able to defeat Young before he gets his Deck up-and-running. A victory here will put one of these Duelists into a great position to make the Top 32 after the 2 rounds of swiss tomorrow morning.
Marshaun Young’s Chaos Fairy Deck Summons big monsters that are tough for opponents to take down, including the brand new Darklord Desire. His Deck is packed with boss monsters that he protects with cards like My Body as a Shield, Effect Veiler, and Royal Decree. Unlike Christopher Krause’s unpredictable toolbox approach, Young’s Deck is more focused on pure power.
Here’s what it looks like:
Fairies have been gaining popularity since September 1st, as Counter Fairies continue to be innovated in a number of different directions after seeing some success at YCS Toronto. Today, previous YCS Indianapolis Top 8 competitor Christopher Krause is trying his hand at a Fairy Deck, but he’s not playing Counter Fairies; instead, Krause is running a Deck he calls “Fairy Circle.” With a deep lineup of LIGHT Fairy-Types, Krause runs Gold Sarcophagus and Soul of Purity and Light to remove them from play which then let him add them to his hand with the Fairy-Type Dimensional Alchemist. That lets him search out, use, and reuse powerful monsters like Archlord Kristya, Thunder King Rai-Oh, and Honest, as well as letting him fetch more surprising choices like Gellenduo and Herald of Orange Light.