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2010/01 – Los Angeles, California tagged with 'Deck Analysis'

Deck Profile: Josh Graham’s Zombie Diva Deck

January 9th, 2010

After first showing up in the Top 16 at the SHONEN JUMP Championship in Columbus, Ohio, “Deep Sea Diva” is still making a splash here in Los Angeles. Experienced Duelists like Josh Graham have decided to combine the speed of “Deep Sea Diva” with the swarming potential of Zombies and Destiny Heroes. The result is a powerful Deck capable of strong plays and quick Summons. Read more…

Deck Profile: Marshaun Young’s Shutendohji Control Deck

January 9th, 2010

Marshaun Young’s Shutendoji Control Deck can do a lot of the same tricks that most Zombie Diva Decks are able to do, but it’s capable of so much more. Many Duelists have thrown a couple copies of “Tragoedia” into their Decks, but aren’t changing their Decks’ general strategy. Marshaun Young, however, built his Deck specifically to accommodate his 3 copies of “Tragoedia.” Armed with a Deck that lets him draw extra cards and add cards from his Deck to his hand, Young can easily boost Tragoedia over 3000 ATK and end a Duel with it! The Deck is fueled by a card that few players have experimented with so far – “Shutendoji.” Read more…

Deck Profile: Morgan Kisamore’s Ojamaeverything

January 9th, 2010

Ojamas are, by nature, off-the-wall and unpredictable. But Morgan Kisamore is playing what has got to be 1 of the most off-the-wall Decks here today. He’s not just running an Ojama Deck – he’s playing a build that’s jammed to the gills with almost every Ojama trick in the book! Big Synchros, Fusion Summons, and draw combos are just the beginning for this action-packed strategy. Read more…

Deck Profile: Omar Navarro’s Magic Planter Deck

January 9th, 2010

Omar Navarro is running what might be one of the most original Decks of the tournament. On 1 hand he’s playing all the monsters you’d expect to see in a Stun Deck – strong Level 4 monsters with high ATK and simple effects like “Thunder King Rai-Oh” and “Breaker the Magical Warrior,” mixed with “Banisher of the Radiance” and “Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo.” But in this Deck it’s the Spell and Trap Cards that make the difference! Read more…

Deck Profile: Dylan Flood’s Lightsworn Junk/Debris Deck

January 9th, 2010

Decks built around “Junk Synchron” and “Debris Dragon” have proven to be really popular, and for good reason: they’re fun. Bringing out a Synchro Monster every turn is a blast, and after you throw in cards like “Chaos Sorcerer” and “Dark Armed Dragon” to take advantage of your loaded Graveyard, you’ve got a dangerous strategy that can dish out some serious hurt. “Junk Synchron” and “Debris Dragon” make a good combo with Neo-Spacians for their small size, LIGHT and DARK Attributes, and their access to “Cross Porter” and “Convert Contact.” But there are plenty of variants out there, and today Dylan Flood is running a Lightsworn version. Read more…

Deck Profile: Paul Abdelsayed’s Relinquished Djinn Deck

January 9th, 2010

The one big Deck from Stardust Overdrive that we didn’t see at SHONEN JUMP Championship Columbus was Ritual Monsters. Ritual Decks got their first big push in years from the introduction of the Spell Card “Preparation of Rites” and the new Djinn monsters – monsters that can be used for a Ritual Summon when they’re in the Graveyard, AND that grant a Ritual Monster special abilities when they’re used. A lot of players have been testing Decks featuring Djinns plus “Relinquished” or the new Ritual Monster “Divine Grace – Northwemko,” but they didn’t seem to bring them to Columbus.

Paul Abdelsayed and his friend Justin Torres are bucking that trend today, building a minimalist “Relinquished” Deck that’s big on consistency and often scores its wins by throwing out multiple copies of “Relinquished” in a single turn! Read more…

Deck Profile: Michael Smith-Grant’s Dimensional Eatos Deck

January 9th, 2010

Michael Smith-Grant is one of several Duelists here today trying to gain an edge on the most commonly played Decks by running a Deck that works best against them. His Dimensional Eatos Deck is designed to punish the Decks that heavily rely on their Graveyards by preventing any cards from going there. Once he establishes control over the Duel by shutting off his opponents’ Graveyard effects, he overwhelms his opponents with strong monsters like “Guardian Eatos,” “Thunder King Rai-Oh,” “Beast King Barbaros,” and “Doomcaliber Knight” to win the Duel. Read more…

Deck Profile: Greg Cohen’s Kristya Draw Deck

January 9th, 2010

Many Duelists are starting to add “Archlord Kristya” to their Lightsworn Decks to take advantage of its game-ending power, but few have built Decks completely dedicated to Summoning it. Greg Cohen’s Kristya Draw Deck, on the other hand, relies on Kristya to win. Packed with ways to draw Kristya and bring it onto the field, Cohen’s Deck is prepared to take on the most popular Decks in the tournament. Read more…