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2010/11 – Atlanta, Georgia

Top 4 Feature Match: Ronald Mack vs. Sean McCabe

November 21st, 2010

Six friends from Philadelphia traveled here this weekend to run the Gravekeeper Deck they developed together for this event. Of the six, 4 made the Top 32, and 3 have made the Top 4. Three Gravekeeper Decks and 1 X-Saber Deck are all that’s left in this tournament, and now, friends Sean McCabe and Ronald Mack must play a Gravekeeper Mirror Match. McCabe took third place six weeks ago at YCS Philadelphia. This time, he was aiming for the Finals. Read more…

Top 8 Feature Match: Da Lee vs. Frazier Smith

November 21st, 2010

Frazier Smith, Sean McCabe, and Ronald Mack all worked together to develop the Deck they’re playing today: Gravekeepers. Gravekeeper’s Recruiter has revolutionized Gravekeepers and catapulted them to the forefront of this tournament.

But Smith’s opponent, Da Lee, gave us one of the most impressive Matches of Day 1, making some impressively skilled plays with a Deck that many often underestimate: Lightsworn. This is Lee’s third trip to the playoff rounds at a Championship-level tournament, and that level of experience may carry him all the way to the Top. For now, 8 Duelists remain. In a few minutes, only 4 will be left. Read more…

Top 8 Feature Match: Chase Simpson vs. Brandon Wigley

November 21st, 2010

Brandon Wigley and Chase Simpson made it to the Top 8 playing X-Sabers and Blackwings respectively. The matchup between these 2 Decks has become a defining one in the format. At YCS Mexico, the final Match, as well as the 3rd place Match, was a battle between X-Sabers and Blackwings, with X-Sabers triumphing both times. Will this Match between Wigley’s X-Sabers and Simpson’s Blackwings follow the same result? Read more…

Top 16 Feature Match: Michael Guzman vs. Adrew Jeffries

November 21st, 2010

Both of these Duelists had won their earlier Feature Matches this morning, and now they were Dueling head-to-head, in a Match that would decide a seat in the Top 8! Michael Guzman is playing Volcanic Quickdraw, while Adrew Jeffries is running Machina Gadgets.  Both competitors were clearly very happy to have made it so far in this tournament. Read more…

Top 16 Feature Match: Brian Jones vs. Ronald Mack

November 21st, 2010

Ronald Mack hasn’t yet lost a Match this weekend, winning the last 11 rounds with his Gravekeeper’s Deck! His opponent, Brian Jones, is looking to change that with his Blackwing Deck. The winner here will advance to the Top 8, and with the rising popularity of Gravekeeper’s and ever-prevalent Blackwing presence on the tournament scene, this matchup is sure to be a common one in future tournaments. Read more…

Top 8 Match-Ups

November 21st, 2010

Entering the Quarterfinals, 8 Duelists remain in the tournament, representing 6 different Decks. Plant Synchro’s representation has dropped from 5 (in the Top 16) to just 1 left. But all 3 Gravekeeper Decks are still in it!

Here are the Top 8 pairings:

Ronald Mack (Gravekeepers) vs. Justin Crespo (Plant Synchro)
Ronald Mack wins and advances to the Semi-Finals!

Michael Guzman (Volcanic Quickdraw) vs. Sean McCabe (Gravekeepers)
Sean McCabe wins and advances to the Semi-Finals!

Frazier Smith (Gravekeepers) vs. Da Lee (Lightsworn)
Frazier Smith wins and advances to the Semi-Finals!

Brandon Wigley (X-Sabers) vs. Chase Simpson (Blackwings)
Brandon Wigley wins and advances to the Semi-Finals!

Top 32 Feature Match: Travis Hilliard vs. Adrew Jeffries

November 21st, 2010

We’ve seen a huge variety of matchups so far over the course of the weekend, but this is one of the few we haven’t seen in a Feature Match up until now: Travis Hilliard is playing Plant Synchro, while Adrew Jeffries is piloting Machina Gadgets. Royal Oppression could play a big role in this Match. Hilliard plays even more Special Summon cards than most Duelists, including multiple copies of Limit Reverse. But if Jeffries doesn’t draw Royal Oppression, he could be in trouble. Read more…

Top 32 Feature Match: Christian Lewis vs. Chase Simpson

November 21st, 2010

Chase Simpson finished the Swiss rounds with a 9-1 record using his Blackwings Deck. His opponent, Christian Lewis, finished with an 8-2 record, also using Blackwings. Both Duelists lost a mirror-Match in the Swiss rounds, so they’re both are looking to redeem themselves from their earlier loss by advancing to the Top 16. Read more…

Top 16 Match-Ups

November 21st, 2010

After 10 rounds of Swiss Pairing and the Top 32 single elimination bracket, 16 Duelists are left out of almost 900 who started this event.  Here are the final 8 tables and who’s playing what:

Ronald Mack (Gravekeepers) vs. Brian Jones (Blackwings)
Ronald Mack wins and advances to the Top 8!

Jibri Thomas (Zombiesworn) vs. Justin Crespo (Plant Synchro)
Justin Crespo wins and advances to the Top 8!

Michael Guzman (Volcanic Quickdraw) vs. Adrew Jeffries (Machina Gadgets)
Michael Guzman wins and advances to the Top 8!

Sean McCabe (Gravekeepers) vs. Andrew Bishop (Plant Synchro)
Sean McCabe wins and advances to the Top 8!

Evan Towler (Plant Synchro) vs. Frazier Smith (Gravekeepers)
Frazier Smith wins and advances to the Top 8!

Kevin Silva (Dimesional Eatos) vs. Da Lee (Lightsworn)
Da Lee wins and advances to the Top 8!

Paul Blair (Plant Synchro) vs. Brandon Wigley (X-Sabers)
Brandon Wigley wins and advances to the Top 8!

Chase Simpson (Blackwings) vs. Gustavo Patino (Plant Synchro)
Chase Simpson wins and advances to the Top 8!

QQ: Who Should Get their own Duelist Pack or Structure Deck?

November 21st, 2010

QQ stands for Quick Questions! With the recent release of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Legendary Collection and Structure Deck: Marik, the upcoming Duelist Pack: Yusei 3, the current release of 5Ds Synchro Monsters in Starstrike Blast, and the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Movie, lots of Duelists are talking about the three Yu-Gi-Oh! television series. Every Duelist has a favorite character from one of those series. I asked a bunch of this weekend’s competitors which character they want to see get a Structure Deck or Duelist Pack. Take a look at the variety of answers! Read more…