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2009/09 – Orlando, Florida 2009

The End of Day 2, and Our New SHONEN JUMP Champion!

September 27th, 2009

It’s over, and our newest SHONEN JUMP Champion is Spain’s Rodrigo Togores!

A total of 673 Duelists threw down this weekend, and by the time the field was narrowed to a Top 16, we had six Deck types in contention. Blackwings, Synchro Cat, Destiny Hero Zombies, Twilight, and even a Deck built around “Sky Scourge Norleras” made Day 2, but more than half the field was occupied by classic Lightsworn Decks! With nine Lightsworn builds in the Top 16 it seemed like a victory could be in the cards for Lightsworn. But once again it was not to be.

Rodrigo Togores exploded through his opponents with an ambitious Blackwing Deck, starring Ancient Prophecy’s new card: “Blackwing – Vayu the Emblem of Honor.” While many Duelists tried to take Blackwings in a new direction with “Burial From a Different Dimension,” Togores relied on “Black Whirlwind” instead, which won him Duel after Duel all weekend long.

Congratulations to everyone who came out to compete here in Orlando, and special congrats to Rodrigo Togores, your new SHONEN JUMP Championship winner!

The Finals: Rodrigo Togores versus Herman Herrera

September 27th, 2009

Rodrigo Togores traveled from Europe this weekend with his sights set on leaving Orlando as SHONEN JUMP Championship winner! Packing a Blackwing Deck with two copies of “Blackwing – Vayu the Emblem of Honor,” Togores chose not to run “Burial From a Different Dimension,” a popular card for many other Blackwing Duelists that played in this tournament. “Black Whirlwind” has paid off hugely for Togores all weekend long, and now he’s just two wins away from capturing the Championship.

But his opponent is Herman Herrera, bringing the tournament’s most successful Vayu Turbo Deck to the Finals! A lot of Duelists doubted the power of this “Armageddon Knight” / “Dark Grepher” Blackwing Deck, but Herrera has delivered on the hype, and smashed opponent after opponent to claim his place in the finals! Read more…

Top 4 Feature Match: Rodrigo Togores versus Glenn Lightfoot

September 27th, 2009

Four Duelists remain in this tournament: two playing Lightsworn and two playing Blackwings! Both of the Top 4 matches pit Blackwings against Lightsworn, so depending on what happens here we could see two different Decks in the finals, or any one of the two possible mirror matches. Cool stuff!

Rodrigo Togores traveled here this weekend all the way from Spain, where he is the 2009 National Champion! Togores is playing a Blackwing-heavy Deck packing two copies of “Blackwing – Vayu the Emblem of Honor,” but no copies of “Burial From a Different Dimension.” Glenn Lightfoot is running Lightsworn, with three copies of “Beckoning Light” in his Main Deck. With copies of “Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer,” “Aurkus, Lightsworn Druid,” and “My Body as a Shield” in his Side Deck, Lightfoot may have an advantage in the second and third Duels. Read more…

Top 8 Feature Match: Paul Clarke versus Herman Herrera

September 27th, 2009

With eight Duelists left in the round, we had 4 Lightsworn, 2 Blackwing, 1 Twilight, and 1 DARK Norleras Deck still in contention. This round we’ll see Herman Herrera take his Blackwing – Vayu Deck against Paul Clarke’s Lightsworn Deck. The winner here would move on to the Top 4, where he would have two chances to take home a “Dark End Dragon.” Read more…

Top 16 Feature Match: Chris Digregorio versus James Laurent

September 27th, 2009

Our first feature match of the day will pit New York’s Chris Digregorio against Florida’s own James Laurent! Digregorio made it to Day 2 with a Synchro Cat Deck, a Deck that was very popular last format but was hit by the new September 1 Forbidden & Limited Cards List. His opponent James Laurent is playing a DARK combo Deck based around “Sky Scourge Norleras,” a Deck we’ve never seen in Day 2 contention before. This was going to be good! Read more…

Welcome to Day 2 of SHONEN JUMP Championship Orlando, Florida

September 27th, 2009

Yesterday we saw 673 Duelists duke it out in ten rounds of intense Dueling, and now just sixteen competitors remain! Six different Decks are in contention here today, with slightly more than half of the field representing Lightsworn. In addition, we’ll see Twilight, Blackwing – Vayu Decks, Synchro Cat, Destiny Hero Zombies, and even “Sky Scourge Norleras” in the Top 16!

Lightsworn has the power of sheer numbers behind it, and we may finally see a Lightsworn victory at a SHONEN JUMP Championship here today. But the other five strategies all fought through Lightsworn matchups yesterday, and proved that they could take them down. Any of these Decks are capable of winning here today, and with four rounds remaining in this tournament it’s impossible to find a favorite this early.

Welcome to the last rounds of the first big tournament of this format! Welcome, to Day 2 of SHONEN JUMP Championship Orlando!

The end of Day 1

September 26th, 2009

Day 1 is over, and 673 Duelists have been reduced to a final 16 competitors. Surprises abound today, but one result was not a surprise at all: Lightsworn are the most populous Deck to beat here in Orlando!

Day 2 competition will see six different Decks play off tomorrow morning: 2 Destiny Hero / Zombie Decks, 1 DARK “Sky Scourge Norleras” build, 1 Synchro Cat variant, 1 Twilight Deck, 2 Blackwing variants packing “Blackwing – Vayu the Emblem of Honor,” and a whopping 9 Lightsworn Decks will go head-to-head tomorrow! The numbers are in Lightsworn’s favor, but the other Decks in the Top 16 got to where they are tonight by defeating Lightsworn Duelist after Lightsworn Duelist, all day long. This one is anybody’s game.

Will this be the tournament when the Lightsworn finally take home the gold? Or will we see a different Deck beat the odds and win the title? Join us tomorrow morning at 10 AM to find out, as we prepare for Day 2 of SHONEN JUMP Championship Orlando!

Top 16 Decklists – Orlando, Florida

September 26th, 2009

Here’s a look at the Top 16 Decklists from today. Read more…

Round 10 Feature Match: Rodrigo Togores versus Daniel Brown

September 26th, 2009

Each of these Duelists has already appeared in a feature match today, but this matchup was too good to pass up. Read more…

Round 9 Feature Match: Daniel Brown versus Herman Herrera

September 26th, 2009

Daniel Brown is playing one of the more unusual Decks at the top tables. The Deck list reads like half a Lightsworn Deck and half a Blackwing Deck, stuck together. It’s weird, but it seems to work – Brown is 7-1 going into this round.

His opponent here in Round 8 is Herman Herrera, playing “Blackwing – Vayu the Emblem of Honor” with “Charge of the Light Brigade.” This is a tough match to predict the outcome for, and it’ll be interesting to see how these Decks do against each other. Neither player had knowledge of what his opponent was playing. Read more…