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2011/04 – Anaheim, CA tagged with 'Deck Analysis'

Deck Profile: Brendan Beckmann’s Malefic Deck

April 9th, 2011

With Dragunities and Gravekeepers being 2 of the most-played Decks at YCS Charlotte, Field Spells were everywhere. Many Duelists experimented with Malefic monsters to try and take advantage of that. Headliners like Malefic Cyber End Dragon and Malefic Stardust Dragon leant big muscle, carrying two Duelists to the top 32. One of the big advantages these monsters offer is that they’re so easy to Special Summon. Special Summoning Malefic Cyber End or Malefic Stardust is as easy as removing the original version of that monster from your Extra Deck, so Duelists who play Malefics will often overwhelm their opponent by easily rolling over cards like Solemn Warning. If you lose your first monster to Warning, you can just Special Summon an even bigger threat.

While all the Malefic-users that we saw in the Top 32 of Charlotte were splashing Malefics into Gravekeeper Decks, some Duelists have seen the power these monsters hold and are going all the way with dedicated strategies this weekend. Brendan Beckmann is 1 of them. While his Deck includes Necrovalley, it’s totally different from a real Gravekeeper strategy: this Deck’s all about the Malefics! Read more…

Deck Profile: Michael Bowden’s Dragoon Hero Deck

April 9th, 2011

In our Round 3 Feature Match, we got to see Michael Bowden take down a Chaos Plant Synchro Deck in one of the most stylish wins of the weekend. He used Destiny End Dragoon to dominate Duel 2, and a team of other Elemental Hero Fusion Monsters to take the Match. Check out the Deck he did it with! Read more…

Deck Profile: Abel Carrasco’s Worm Deck

April 9th, 2011

The last time we saw Abel Carrasco, it was in March of 2010, when he took his Lightsworn Deck to a Top 16 finish at YCS Nashville. Today he’s back and playing an unexpected strategy: Worms. “I just started running Worms a couple weeks ago at my locals,” he explained. “I went undefeated in the first tournament I played it in, and I think the Deck really has potential this weekend.” We’ve seen a number of Duelists attempt Worm Decks before – including Jake Johnson’s successful Feature Match weeks ago at YCS Dallas – but we’ve never seen it quite like this. A few tech cards and a new approach makes Carrasco’s Deck a whole new type of threat. Read more…

Deck Profile: Ed Acepcion’s Infernity Randomizer Deck

April 9th, 2011

While many competitors have been perfecting their Samurai, Gravekeeper, Dragunity, and X-Saber Decks these past few weeks, a small sect of Southern Californian Duelists have been hard at work on a brand new strategy. Just last year, Infernities were a major and popular Deck type, and a few adventurous Deck builders have taken it upon themselves to explore new possibilities. The result is a devastating Deck with more draw power than perhaps any other Deck here this weekend, and the key card is one that’s never before taken center stage in an Infernity build: Infernity Randomizer! Read more…

Deck Profile: Billy Alexander’s Karakuri Machina Plants (KMP)

April 9th, 2011

Thomas Luebke made waves at YCS Charlotte by taking Karakuri Machina Plants to a Top 16 finish! Luebke showed off his Deck’s resilient but unpredictable nature, and thousands of Duelists across the globe sat up and took notice. Billy Alexander was 1 of them, and he’s competing here today with his own version of the Deck known as “KMP”. Alexander is an innovator, and he’s created a Karakuri Deck that has more moves than its predecessors. Here’s what it looks like… Read more…

Deck Profile: Ramon Mera’s Spirit Wings

April 9th, 2011

Three weeks ago at YCS Charlotte, we saw Ramon Mera make it to the Top 32 with his Blackwing Deck. Most Blackwing Duelists at that tournament used Decks that were familiar. A few others tried to make waves with Blackwing – Vayu the Emblem of Honor for a fast win combo with cards like Dark Grepher. Neither strategy made it past the Swiss rounds, but Ramon Mera blazed a path straight to the playoffs with a new Blackwing variant he calls “Spirit Wings.” Now he’s back in action here at YCS Anaheim, armed with an improved build of the Deck that took him to the Top 32 in Charlotte.

The lynchpin of Mera’s strategy is a pair of Spirit Reapers. This is also what makes his Deck so different from other Blackwing Decks. These Reapers add defense and discard power to the Deck. Blackwings usually don’t have a lot of either one. They also combo really well with the classic Blackwing cards. Here’s what Mera’s Deck looks like this weekend: Read more…