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2011 North American WCQ

Round 9: ESPer Mark Lundin VS Futuristic Mike Powers

July 16th, 2011


Mark Lundin and Mike Powers are both currently 7-1 in the WCQ. Lundin is using a Psychic Deck without Mind Master, and his opponent, Mike Powers, is playing a T.G. Deck. Lundin made it to the Top 64 at last year’s WCQ, and is looking for a repeat performance this weekend; but first, he’ll have to get through Mike Powers.

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Round 8: Clockwork Justin Delhon VS Collin “Genex” Berman

July 16th, 2011


Justin Delhon is undefeated here today with an innovative Gadget Tengu build, while his opponent Collin Berman is also 7-0 piloting a WATER Synchro Deck.  This is a strong matchup for Berman, and his defense may prove to be too tough for Delhon to overcome.  Let’s see what happens!

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Deck Profile: Justin Delhon’s Gadgets

July 16th, 2011

As we head into Round 8 here in Day 1, Justin Delhon is undefeated with a simple, effective Gadget build that draws on Reborn Tengu, plus a suite of  oppressive control monsters.  The Gadget Deck is all about throwing self-replacing monsters at your opponent, and wearing them down with simple destruction cards like Mystical Space Typhoon; Solemn Warning; Bottomless Trap Hole; and more.  The strategy?  If you can keep destroying all of your opponent’s cards with simple card-for-card destruction effects, then all you need is a single Gadget to get the job done.  One Gadget becomes  two Gadgets, and that second Gadget gets you another; even if your opponent fights back to take down one of your monsters, you’ve always got another one waiting in the wings.  Eliminate all of your opponent’s cards, and your pint-sized clockworks are free to bat cleanup.  Delhon mixed that philosophy with a bunch of control-oriented monsters this weekend, and the result is a truly devastating Deck.  Check it out!

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Round 8: Lazaro Bellido vs. Tyler Tracy – More Tengu Madness

July 16th, 2011

Lazaro Bellido was the winner of the most recent YCS in Toronto and has made it to the top tables of YCS events several times before. Now, he’s facing off against WCQ first-timer Tyler Tracy in a Tengu Plant mirror-Match! Bellido’s tournament experience may give him the edge here, but it’s anyone’s Match to win.

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Round 7: 31st Century Brandon Miotke VS Justin Reyes “Maximus”

July 16th, 2011

13-year-old Brandon Miotke got second place in last year’s WCQ Dragon Duel Championship, losing to Jack Hoyt in the final round. Now, he’s 5-1 with his X-Saber Deck in the WCQ Main Event, and facing off against Justin Reyes – a Duelist who made it to the Top 16 of YCS Toronto with X-Sabers. Miotke is running a T.G. Plant Deck in today’s tournament, and he’s facing off against Justin Reyes’s Gladiator Beasts. This may be a tough Match for Miotke, since Reyes can remove Miotke’s T.G. monsters with the effect of Gladiator Beast Retiari to prevent their effects from activating in the End Phase.

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Successful Decks in today’s event: Gravekeeper’s

July 16th, 2011

While Decks like Gladiator Beasts, Six Samurai, and Plant Synchro variants have grown in very obvious ways over the past six months, Gravekeeper Decks have largely remained the same since their reappearance – and newfound dominance – at YCS Atlanta last year.  With that said, the best Gravekeeper Decks here today have been innovated, and a handful of important tech cards have elevated the Deck to new heights.

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Round 6: Robert Boyajian Reborn VS Futuristic Jeff Jones

July 16th, 2011

Boyajian made it to the Top 32 of YCS San Jose with a Blackwing Deck built by Jeff Jones, made it to the Top 32 of YCS Atlanta with a Debris Plants Deck built by Jeff Jones, and made it to the Top 16 of YCS Orlando with a Worm Deck that he built on his own. Now, he’s 5-0 in the WCQ and facing off against none other than Jeff Jones – the Duelist who built his Deck for 2 of the last 3 events that he succeeded in. Jeff Jones won the largest YCS event ever held, YCS Edison, with his Quickdraw Dandywarrior Deck, and won YCS Anaheim with his Dark Skill Drain Deck in 2009. Now, Robert Boyajian’s new Tengu Synchro Deck faces off against Jeff Jones’ new T.G. Deck.

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QQ: Did You Make Any Last-Minute Changes To Your Deck?

July 16th, 2011


QQ stands for Quick Questions! Over the past few days, Duelists have been gearing up for the World Championship Qualifier more fervently than ever before, adjusting their Decks in order to maximize their odds of triumphing over the competition. I asked some of this weekend’s WCQ competitors whether or not they made any last-minute changes to their Decks before they submitted their final Decklists. Here’s how they responded:

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Successful Decks in today’s event: Six Samurai

July 16th, 2011

If you read our Round 5 Feature Match coverage, you’ve already seen Lane Woodall’s deadly Six Samurai Deck in action!  Once upon a time (oh, say six or seven weeks ago?) Six Samurai were all about one thing: unleashing Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En for a back-breaking first turn, scoring free cards along the way with Six Samurai United and Gateway of the Six.  The Deck specialized in unleashing Shi En on turn 1 a whopping more than half of the time, thanks to powerful search cards and the deck-thinning Upstart Goblin.

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Dragon Duel: Bushido Brawl – Jonathan Martin VS Vinnie Silvermane

July 16th, 2011

Jonatha Isaac Martin and Vinnie Silvermane are both undefeated so far today in the last round of the Saturday Dragon Duel.  Martin, twelve, hails from Butler, Pennsylvania.  His opponent, Silvermane, is also twelve years old, and traveled here this weekend from Connecticut.  Both Duelists are playing similar builds of Six Samurai: Martin is running Shien’s Dojo, while Silvermane plays Dojo and Asceticism of the Six Samurai.

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