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2010/09 – San Jose, CA

Deck Profile: Jonny Nagel’s Super Solar Naturia Deck

September 25th, 2010

Jonny Nagel’s Super Solar Naturia Deck uses the Continuous Spell Card, Super Solar Nutrient, to trade his weakest Plant-Type monsters for stronger ones. Nagel can use Super Solar Nutrient to Tribute Naturia Pineapple, Fluff Tokens, Naturia Vein, or Spore and Special Summon Lonefire Blossom from his Deck. Then he can Tribute Lonefire Blossom to grab whichever Plant-Type monster he needs, including Naturia Pineapple and Tytannial, Princess of Camellias. Ultimately, Nagel aims to win by Tributing his Pineapple to Summon Naturia Bamboo Shoot and lock down his opponent’s plays, while he protects his Bamboo Shoot with an abundance of his own Trap Cards. You can read about Nagel’s Deck in action in the Round 1 Feature Match. Read more…

Deck Profile: Jesse Contreras’ Six Samurai Deck

September 25th, 2010

In a slower field the fastest Duelist is often king, and today that might be Jesse Contreras! The Six Samurai have slowly but surely grown a following over the past few weeks, since they get a lot of consistency from Pot of Duality. With so many Duelists Setting and using multiple cards in the same turn, Great Shogun Shien’s ability to limit the opponent to just 1 Spell or Trap Card every turn is a big advantage. Read more…

Round 7 Feature Match: Chris Bowling vs. Timothy Saunders

September 25th, 2010

Chris Bowling is 6-1 here this evening with the Deck we profiled earlier today: a Skill Drain Dimensional Fissure Deck featuring Guardian Eatos. His opponent is Timothy Saunders, one of many Blackwing Duelists in the running for Day 2. Read more…

Round 6 Feature Match: Pete Navarro vs. Jakob Sandberg

September 25th, 2010

Jakob Sandberg is from Toronto, Canada, but moved to Capistrano Beach in Southern California just a year ago. He’s undefeated here today. But his opponent is California native Pete Navarro! Navarro is running a Volcanic Shell variant of Quickdraw Dandywarrior that’s won every single Match he’s played so far in this tournament. Read more…

Round 5 Feature Match: Jesse Contreras vs. Darryl Huang

September 25th, 2010

Jesse Contreras and Darryl Huang are both 3-1 in the tournament heading into round 5. Contreras is running a Six Samurai Deck with 2 copies of Great Shogun Shien in it. His opponent, Darryl Huang, is running a Scrap Deck that uses Level Eater. Read more…

Who’s at the Top Tables – Round 5

September 25th, 2010

With 8 Rounds of Swiss Competition today, and 2 more Rounds tomorrow, we have just crossed the half-way mark here in Day 1! It’s a great time to take a look at the top tables and see what the highest-ranked Duelists in the tournament are running. Here are what the top 12 tables look like! Read more…

QQ: What About the New F&L List?

September 25th, 2010

The September 1st Forbidden & Limited Cards List is in effect, and Duelists are still getting used to it. I asked a bunch of this weekend’s competitors what their favorite changes to the List were. Check out their responses. Read more…

Round 4 Feature Match: Chris Hurayt vs. Ervin Villagran

September 25th, 2010

Both of these Duelists are undefeated here entering into Round 4! Chris Hurayt traveled here this weekend from Las Vegas, and is running a teched out Blackwing Deck, packing cards like Cyber Dragon, Spirit Reaper, and Delta Crow – Anti Reverse. His opponent is Anaheim’s Ervin Villagran, an Anti-Meta Duelist playing monsters like Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo and Doomcaliber Knight. This isn’t one of the matchups Villagran has designed his Deck for, so it may be tricky for him. Read more…

Round 3 Feature Match: Mark Garcia vs. Tomas Mijares

September 25th, 2010

Tomas Mijares is undefeated with a wild creation that combines the contents of a normal Counter Fairy Deck with the contents of a typical Machina Deck. He transforms his Deck into Counter Chaos after Side Decking, by taking the Machina cards out of his Deck and replacing them with DARK and LIGHT monsters including Chaos Sorcerer. His opponent, Mark Garcia, is also undefeated in the tournament. Garcia is running Blackwings. “I beat my toughest matchup earlier,” said Mijares. Garcia asked, “What’s that?” “Blackwings,” Mijares replied. It looks like Mijares is in for a tough Match. Read more…

Round 3 Feature Match: Steffon Rice vs. Jerry Tran

September 25th, 2010

San Jose native Jerry Tran is 2-0 so far in this tournament, piloting a successful Scrap Monster Deck! His opponent Steffon Rice hails from Oakland, and is also undefeated so far with his Debris Princess Deck. With lots of emphasis on Special Summoning from the Graveyard, this should be a cool Match to watch. Read more…