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2010/10 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tagged with 'Deck Analysis'

Deck Profile: Sean McCabe’s X-Saber Deck

October 11th, 2010

When Rescue Cat was Forbidden on September 1st, many Duelists were skeptical about how well X-Sabers would do in the new format. But over a month has passed since the new Forbidden & Limited List took effect, and X-Sabers are still getting to the top of tournament scene. Sean McCabe earned a 3rd place finish with his X-Saber Deck and took home a Set of Darklord Prize Cards this weekend. Here’s the Deck he did it with:

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Deck Profile: Pongyue Moua’s Flamvell Deck

October 10th, 2010

Pongyue Moua piloted his Flamvell Deck to a Top 32 finish this weekend, using 5 different Flamvells in his Main Deck, including Flamvell Baby and Flamvell Grunika. Moua’s Deck can build up a huge Graveyard and then makes a game-winning play with Rekindling, or just use his big monsters like Flamvell Firedog to gradually chip away at his opponent’s Life Points and build up a field. The versatility of Moua’s Deck made it tough for a lot of his opponents to beat this weekend. Take a look at Moua’s Decklist!

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Deck Profile: Jonny Nagel’s Naturia Scraps

October 10th, 2010

One of the most memorable Feature Matches of the weekend was Jonny Nagel’s 3-Duel throwdown against Gary Diamond in Round 10.  Nagel didn’t make it to the Top 32 – with an 8-2 record he made 36th place, missing out on the playoff rounds by a handful of tiebreaker points.  But Nagel’s Deck is something totally unique, and he really impressed the spectators here today.  Here’s his build:

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Deck Profile: Ramin Ghodoumipour’s Koa’ki Meiru Gadget Deck

October 9th, 2010


I first spoke to Ramin Ghodoumipour while interviewing Duelists for Quick Questions. When he told me he’s using Big Piece Golem as his “secret tech” that will bring him ahead of the competition, I didn’t think much of it. But now, Ramin Ghodoumipour is 5-1 with his Koa’ki Meiru Gadget Deck. The secret’s out, and it turns out that Big Piece Golem really works.

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Deck Profile: Daniel Joy’s GiganteScraps

October 9th, 2010

In Round 5, we saw Daniel Joy take on Flamvells with his GiganteScraps Deck, capturing a 2-1 victory to clinch an undefeated 5-0 record.  Over the past few weeks we’ve seen Tricky Scraps, Gravekeeper Scraps, pure Scraps, and other Scrap Decks in competition – but we haven’t seen a Scrap Deck quite like this!  Here’s what Joy’s Deck looks like:

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Deck Profile: Marshaun Young’s Chaos Fairy Deck

October 9th, 2010

Marshaun Young’s Chaos Fairy Deck Summons big monsters that are tough for opponents to take down, including the brand new Darklord Desire. His Deck is packed with boss monsters that he protects with cards like My Body as a Shield, Effect Veiler, and Royal Decree. Unlike Christopher Krause’s unpredictable toolbox approach, Young’s Deck is more focused on pure power.

Here’s what it looks like:

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Deck Profile: Christopher Krause’s Fairy Circle

October 9th, 2010

Fairies have been gaining popularity since September 1st, as Counter Fairies continue to be innovated in a number of different directions after seeing some success at YCS Toronto.  Today, previous YCS Indianapolis Top 8 competitor Christopher Krause is trying his hand at a Fairy Deck, but he’s not playing Counter Fairies; instead, Krause is running a Deck he calls “Fairy Circle.”  With a deep lineup of LIGHT Fairy-Types, Krause runs Gold Sarcophagus and Soul of Purity and Light to remove them from play which then let him add them to his hand with the Fairy-Type Dimensional Alchemist.  That lets him search out, use, and reuse powerful monsters like Archlord Kristya, Thunder King Rai-Oh, and Honest, as well as letting him fetch more surprising choices like Gellenduo and Herald of Orange Light.

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Deck Profile: Kendy Point-Dujour’s Gravekeeper Scraps

October 9th, 2010

Two weeks ago at YCS San Jose, we saw Scrap Decks bust through to the top tables of Championship-level competition!  While Duelists like Jerry Tran and Edgar Lopez put forth strong showings that saw them nearly make the Top 32, it was innovator Darryl Huang who took the Deck all the way to the Top 16, triumphing over all the rest with Tricky Scraps.  Today, his success has inspired Duelists to try putting their own spin on the Scrap theme. Since Scraps can be played in so many different ways, we’re bound to see a lot of different builds here this weekend.  If you’re not familiar with the basic Scrap framework, hop over to the main strategy site for a quick refresher on the core combos that most of these Decks have in common.

One of the most promising versions of the Scrap Deck is being played by Duelists like Kendy Point-Dujour, and revolves around the defensive strength of Gravekeeper’s Spy.  The Spy’s 2000 DEF buys the Scrap Duelist time to set up his Graveyard with the necessary Tuner Monsters, and the Spies each contribute 4 Levels towards a Synchro Summon.  Here’s how Point-Dujour built his Scrap Deck:

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Deck Profile: Russ Hunter’s Elemental Hero Beatdown

October 9th, 2010

Angel Flores dominated YCS San Jose 2 weeks ago, capturing the Championship title with LIGHT Gemini Beatdown: an Elemental Hero Deck packed with high-ATK Level 4 monsters and tons of monster removal.  Flores’ Deck won by knocking all of his opponent’s monsters off the field, giving him the opportunity to make strong, game-winning attacks with 1900 ATK monsters.  Duelists stood up and took notice: not only are we seeing LIGHT Gemini Beatdown in contention in this morning’s field, but we’re also seeing variants that use different cards towards similar ends.

One such variant is 15 year-old Russ Hunter’s Hero Beat Deck.  While Flores played Elemental Hero Stratos alongside Elemental Hero Neos Alius and Thunder King Rai-Oh, Hunter is using Stratos with Elemental Hero Wildheart, Ocean, and even Heat to pressure his opponents. King Tiger Wanghu fends off a variety of monsters that we expect to see played here today, and Deep Sea Diva gives Hunter easy access to Synchro Monsters and Elemental Hero Absolute Zero.  Here’s what his Deck looks like:
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Deck Profile: Robbie Stargel’s Merchant Pot Zombies (MPZ)

October 9th, 2010

Years ago, long before the arrival of Synchro Monsters, a Deck called “Merchant Pot Turbo” (MPT) captured the imagination of Duelists.  The idea was to run a vast number of monsters and half a dozen Spells or fewer: no Traps.  In doing so, the MPT Duelist could load his Graveyard with monsters via Magical Merchant’s effect, and easily get to powerful Spell Cards like Heavy Storm.  The Deck also ran Pot of Avarice, which was the lynchpin of the strategy; filling the Graveyard with monsters allowed for the immediate activation of Avarice, and the MPT Duelist would shuffle back the 5 most useful monsters from his Graveyard back into his deck to hopefully draw them.  At the time, the strategy chiefly revolved around Summoning as many Chaos Sorcerers as possible.

Today, Robbie Stargel is taking a new approach to the old theme.  While Stargel hopes to Summon Chaos Sorcerer, he’s also playing a variety of Tuner Monsters that take advantage of a filled Graveyard.  Then he takes everything 1 step further by adding a personal twist: a Zombie lineup captained by King of the Skull Servants!  The result is a wacky, unpredictable strategy that’s sure to surprise Stargel’s opponents.  Here’s what it looks like:

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