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UDS Invitational Indianapolis, IN: Wrap-Up!

August 18th, 2019

The excitement is over! 277 Duelists have been pared down to just 1 winner – David Flores from Houston, Texas!

Top Duelists competed this weekend for a chance at the UDS Invitational Championship Belt, and after 13 Swiss Rounds and a top 16 cut, David Flores and his Thunder Dragons triumphed. Flores faced many challenges this weekend. The field of Decks that would be used in the tournament was largely unknown beforehand, as the newest Forbidden & Limited List just took effect on July 15th, and hadn’t yet been used in any large Regional Qualifiers or YCS events. In addition, Battles of Legend: Hero’s Revenge just became legal for tournament play on July 12th, Rising Rampage became legal for tournament use on July 26th, and Structure Deck: Rokket Revolt was added to the tournament card pool this past Friday. Since none of the cards from any of these products had been legal in a major YCS or Regional Qualifier event prior to this weekend, the addition of the cards from these products to the tournament card pool complicated the tournament even further and made it even tougher to prepare.

Many Duelists in the tournament combined several different themes to create the craziest string of plays that they could imagine. We saw Thunder Dragons mixed with Guardragons and Crusadias, Phantom Knights and Tenyi mixed with Orcusts, Danger! monsters mixed with Burning Abyss, and many more combinations of themes. But in the end, a pure and consistent 40-card Thunder Dragon Deck allowed David Flores to win the tournament – even after receiving a Game Loss penalty for a play error in the Finals when he was on the verge of winning!

The current Advanced Format is still fresh, and there’s lots of room for change and progress as the format develops. Join us at YCS Portland Aug. 24-25 to see what innovation Duelists bring to the new Advanced Format. Until then, congratulations to this weekend’s Ultimate Duelist, David Flores!

UDS Invitational Indianapolis, IN: Top 4 Deck Profile – David Flores’s Thunder Dragons

August 18th, 2019

The latest Forbidden & Limited List was kind to the Thunder Dragon theme, leaving the archetype unscathed while weakening several other types of Decks. David Flores capitalized on this fact to pilot his Thunder Dragon Deck to a first place finish this weekend! Check out the Deck he used! Read more…

UDS Invitational Indianapolis, IN: Top 4 Deck Profile – Marcus Carisse’s Sky Striker Deck

August 18th, 2019

The latest Forbidden & Limited List hit Sky Striker Decks by Limiting Sky Striker Mecha Modules – Multirole to 1, but left the rest of the theme intact. This minor hit to the Deck wasn’t enough to deter Marcus Carisse from using the Deck this weekend and piloting it to a Top 4 finish. Check out the list he used! Read more…

UDS Invitational Indianapolis, IN: And the Winner is…

August 18th, 2019

The Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational – Summer 2019 here in Indianapolis is finished! Congratulations to David Flores for besting a field of 277 Duelists with his Thunder Dragon Deck to claim the title of Ultimate Duelist and take home the Championship Belt!

UDS Invitational Indianapolis, IN: Finals Feature Match – David Flores vs. Benjamin Deeter

August 18th, 2019

It all comes down to this! David Flores from Houston, Texas is Dueling against Benjamin Deeter from Ames, Iowa in a Match that will determine who is the ULTIMATE DUELIST! Only ONE of these Duelists will go home with the Championship Belt and all perks associated with it, and we’re about to find out who it’ll be. It’s streamlined Thunder Dragons versus a 55-card Phantom Knight Orcust Deck with Neo-Spacians and a bunch of other themes. For the last time this weekend, it’s time to Duel!

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UDS Invitational Indianapolis, IN: Top 8 Feature Match – Mason Mattila vs. David Flores

August 18th, 2019

Only 8 Duelists remain in the UDS Invitational – Summer 2019 here in Indianapolis, Indiana. Now, Mason Mattila from Wisconsin is facing off against David Flores from Texas in a Feature Match that will determine which Duelist advances to the Top 4. Mattila is using a Sky Striker Deck, and was ranked in first place at the end of the Swiss Rounds. Flores earned 9th place at the end of the Swiss Rounds with his Thunder Dragon Deck. One of these Duelists is about to be eliminated. It’s time to Duel! Read more…

UDS Invitational Indianapolis, IN: Top 16 Photo Gallery!

August 18th, 2019

The Top Cut is underway! Take a look at the top 16 Duelists in action!

UDS Invitational Indianapolis, IN: Tech Update #2

August 18th, 2019

Duelists are trying out all sorts of different tech cards to gain the edge in this weekend’s competition. Check out some of the coolest tech cards that Duelists have been using this weekend to help them achieve their goal of going home with the UDS Championship Belt!

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UDS Invitational Indianapolis, IN: QQ – Which Deck Will Win the UDS Invitational?

August 18th, 2019

QQ stands for Quick Questions! There are lots of different Decks out in the field of competitors this weekend, and it’s anyone’s guess which Duelist – and which Deck – will win the UDS Invitational. I surveyed the competitors this weekend to see which Deck they think will win this weekend. Check out their responses!

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UDS Invitational Indianapolis, IN: Round 13 Feature Match – Ryan Fletcher vs. Jimmy Nguyen

August 18th, 2019

Welcome to Round 13 – the final Swiss Round of the UDS Invitational – Summer 2019! For this final Swiss Round Feature Match, we have Ryan Fletcher from St. Petersburg, Florida Dueling against Jimmy Nguyen from Dallas, Texas at Table 11! Fletcher is currently 8-2-2 in the tournament, and Nguyen is currently 8-3-1. Both Duelists will need a win here to have a shot at the Top 16. Fletcher is using a Burning Abyss Danger! Deck made possible by Cherubini, Ebon Angel of the Burning Abyss, that features Block Dragon and other EARTH monsters to create unbeatable fields. Nguyen is using Sky Strikers. It’s time to Duel!

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