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2011/02 – Dallas, TX

Tech Update: Best of the Rest

February 13th, 2011

So far we’ve looked at flexible tech from Storm of Ragnarok, as well as cards to survive against the Six Samurai. But those aren’t the only trends we’re seeing – a variety of tech cards are on the rise for other matchups, or are simply seeing much more play in reaction to the waves Samurais have caused. There are some old favorites that are back in vogue, as well as some surprising picks! Read more…

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Tech Update: Anti-Samurai Tech

February 13th, 2011

Fully aware that Six Samurais would be tough to beat in today’s tournament, Duelists everywhere knew that they needed to innovate if they were going to take them down. Each competitor had a different approach to accomplishing this task. Check out some of the most popular Anti-Samurai tech cards being used this weekend! Read more…

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Top 32 Pairings

February 13th, 2011

Here are the Top 32 Duelists at this event. Things are moving too rapidly in this mammoth tournament to have details on what all of these Duelists are playing, but we’ll have that information starting with the Top 16.

Meanwhile, here are the pairings for the 32 Duelists remaining in this event!

Joshua Harris (Six Samurai)
vs.
Billy Brake (Six Samurai)

Justin Keith Shaft (Machina Gadgets)
vs.
Arnold Mitchell Alvarado (Six Samurai)

Roy St. Clair (X-Sabers)
vs.
Jonhathan Sebastian Vazquez Herrera (Six Samurai)

Froilan Salvador (Blackwings)
vs.
William Samuel Pedigo (X-Sabers)

Nathan Soowal (Blackwings)
vs.
Thai Pham (Blackwings)

Jonathan Fitch (Plant Synchro)
vs.
Traviis Terrell Massengale (Gravekeepers)

Larry Chapman (Blackwings)
vs.
Jarel Winston (Six Samurai)

Brandon Ogbonna (Lightsworn)
vs.
Alistar Albans (Anti-Summon)

Weston Lundgren (Infernity)
vs.
Chase Sly (Blackwings)

Joseph Giorlando (Six Samurai)
vs.
Nizar Sarhan (Six Samurai)

Scott Roberston Page (Monarchs)
vs.
Glenn Robinson (X-Sabers)

Colby Blomstrom (Blackwings)
vs.
Rudy Munoz (Six Samurai)

Jesse Gallet (Blackwings)
vs.
Joshua Phillip (Machina Gadgets)

Karl Arbeiter (Six Samurai)
vs.
Brandon Wigley (Six Samurai)

Daniel Carlos (Six Samurai)
vs.
Nicholas Wei (Blackwings)

Daniel Avila (Blackwings)
vs.
Josh Snyder (Six Samurai)

Round 11 Feature Match: Daniel Avila vs. Nicholas Wei

February 13th, 2011

Daniel Avila and Nicholas Wei are both 9-1 with their Blackwing Decks heading into the 11th and final Swiss pair round at this event, and are about to face-off in a Blackwing Mirror-Match! Skillful use of Icarus Attack and strong plays with Sirocco may be key to either Duelist’s success in this Match, and with a guaranteed spot in the Top 32 for the victor, both Duelists will be giving this Match their all! Read more…

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Round 11 Feature Match: Brandon Ogbonna vs. Honorable Jarel Winston

February 13th, 2011

This is the final Swiss pair round of YCS Dallas! Both of these competitors hold 9-1 records, so the winner of this Match will score a guaranteed seat in the Top 32. Honorable Jarel Winston hails from New York City, and Brandon Ogbonna is from right here in Dallas. Winston is one of many Six Samurai Duelists still in contention, but Ogbonna is playing Lightsworn – a rare sight here in Day 2. Would the consistency of Samurais pay off, or would Ogbonna score an explosive win? Let’s find out! Read more…

Round 10 Feature Match: Carlos Medrano vs. Honorable Michael Smith-Grant

February 13th, 2011

Yesterday we showed you Honorable Michael Smith-Grant’s Mini-Monkey Samurai in a Deck Profile, and then we saw his Deck in action in a Round 2 Feature Match. Grant’s undefeated streak carried him all the way to Round 6, and now he’s here in Round 10 with a 7-2 record, packing a Samurai Deck teched with Shien’s Squire and Reinforce Truth. His opponent is Carlos Medrano, an X-Saber Duelist from Irving Texas. Would Shien’s Squire triumph? Or was this the end for the simian Samurai? We were about to find out! Read more…

Round 10 Feature Match: Weston Lundgren vs. Chase Sly

February 13th, 2011

Weston Lundgren currently has 7 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw in this weekend’s tournament with his Infernity Deck. His opponent, Chase Sly, is currently 8-1, with his single loss against Billy Brake in yesterday’s Feature Match. Will Sly be able to win his second-ever Feature Match? Or will his Blackwings be no match for Lundgren’s Infernities? Read more…

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Round 9 Feature Match: Joey Dibble vs. Jacob Zavala

February 13th, 2011

Joey Dibble is currently 6-2 with his Fortune Lady Hero Deck that runs the new Elemental Hero monster from Storm or Ragnarok, Elemental Hero Ice Edge. His opponent, Jacob Zavala, is playing Blackwings. The quick destruction effects that Blackwing Decks are capable of may make this a tough matchup for Dibble, but with some strong use of the field-clearing effect of Elemental Hero Absolute Zero, he may be able to pull off a victory. Read more…

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Saturday Dragon Duel Finalists

February 12th, 2011

Here are our Top 4 Dragon Duelists from Saturday, with their Aesir Regional Game Mats! Congratulations to Andy Guerrero, Keyshawn Johnson, Oliver Tomajiko, and Sean Vo!

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Round 9 Feature Match: Honorable Rudy Monoz vs. Glenn Robinson

February 12th, 2011

Honorable Rudy Monoz and Glenn Robinson are seated at Table 3. Both of these competitors are 7-1, and both are Dueling in this round to jockey for a great position in the final Swiss Rounds tomorrow. Robinson is playing X-Sabers with Forbidden Lance, while Monoz is running Samurai. Read more…