Steven De Lara and Barrett Keys both made it to the Finals this weekend after masterfully using their Nekroz Decks in the Swiss Rounds and then skillfully drafting Battle Pack 3: Monster League. They Dueled against each other during Round 2 of the tournament, and their Match ended in a draw. Now, both of these Californian Duelists will be Dueling once again, and this time, there must be a clear victor. One of these two Duelists is about to become the champion of YCS Tacoma. It’s time to Duel!
Steven De Lara and Omar Daoudi are both California Duelists that Duel against one another at their local tournaments. Now, they’re facing off in a Match that will determine who advances to the Finals. Which Duelist built the superior draft Deck, and has the skills needed to triumph in this Top 4 Feature Match? We’re about to find out! It’s time to Duel!
Local Duelist Kritin Deo and California’s Steve De Lara are 2 Duelists who made it to the Top 16 with their Nekroz Decks. Each of them is fresh off a Top 16 win with their Battle Pack 3: Monster League draft Decks and now they’re Dueling against one another to determine who will advance to the Top 4. It’s time to Duel!
Ankit Sujith is our Saturday Dragon Duel Champion, now trying to battle it out with his Chaos Dragon Deck to take the title of YCS Tacoma Dragon Duel Champion! His opponent is no slouch though, Garrett Price is our Sunday Dragon Duel Champion and is Dueling with his Tellarknights and wants the win just as badly. Both of them are from the local area, so they are trying to keep the title at home.
Sujith won the roll and chose to go first.
Both Duelists shuffled up quickly, it was clear that they were eager to Duel and see who would advance. We featured Luka Soskic earlier on Day One, but we have yet to do one for Bradly Philip. Both made it through the Swiss rounds with Nekroz and Qliphort respectively, and now they are trying to make their way to the Top 4 in hopes of winning an Ascension Sky Dragon.
Both Duelists rolled snake eyes, but after a re-roll Soskic won and chose for Philip to go first.
Elvis Vu has showcased experience with the Battle Pack: 3 Monster League at YCS Charleston by claiming 3rd place, and now he is back with vengeance trying to claim the true title. His opponent Kritin Deo is here to stop him though because he wants to take the tournament himself; who will show the superior Battle Pack mastery and move on to the Top 8?
Deo won the roll and decided to go second.
Local Seattle Duelist Amanuel Yihdego is Dueling in his first YCS this weekend! He finished the Swiss Rounds using a Nekroz Deck with an 8-1-1 record and just won his Top 32 Match. Omar Daoudi from Lakewood, California is in a similar situation. He finished the Swiss Rounds with an 8-2 record and just won a Top 32 Feature Match using his Nekroz Deck to defeat Qliphorts. But now, Yihdego and Daoudi are both entering new territory. They must cast aside their Nekroz Decks and use the Decks they constructed during the Battle Pack 3: Monster League draft. There will be no Ritual Monsters used in this Match – it’s time to Duel!
Local Seattle VIP Duelist Yueqi Zhu finished the Swiss Rounds with a 9-1 record this weekend, earning a first place finish at the end of Swiss. His opponent, Zhe Sun from Missouri, finished off with a 7-2-1 record, just making it into the Top 32 with a thirty-second place finish at the end of the Swiss Rounds. Now, they’re Dueling against one another in a Nekroz mirror-Match that will eliminate one of these 2 Duelists from the tournament once and for all. It’s time to Duel!
A huge amount of Nekroz made it into the Top 32, and Omar Daoudi is one of them. He ended the Swiss portion at 8-2, a respectable record in a Field of intense Nekroz mirror matches. He is a Southern California native, with YCS Anaheim being his first YCS and his first time making it to Top Cut, so he’s excited to have had repeated success in this tournament. Destin Kaspi is one of the six Qliphort Duelists who made it into Top Cut of this tournament, a Seattle local who is trying to win big here this weekend. Only one can advance to the Battle Pack 3: Monster League Draft portion, which will make it?
Daoudi won the roll and chose to go second.
Jacqueline Bernal is one of the few remaining Burning Abyss Duelists in contention for Top 32; she has traveled from Southern California and is trying to prove that Burning Abyss is super to Nekroz. Joseph Chou is sitting opposite of her, playing a fairly standard Nekroz variant trying to capitalize on consistency and power. Both Duelists are 7-2 going into this Round, so the winner will have a Top 32 birth while the loser is out of contention.
Bernal won the roll and chose to go second.