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2011/09 – Toronto, Canada

Tech Update: Splashable Suites

September 18th, 2011

Usually when we talk about tech choices that are appearing in a wide variety of Decks, we’re usually talking about single cards.  But one of the cool things that makes YCS Toronto stand out from previous events, is that we’re actually seeing entire suites of cards being played across a number of different strategies.  The result is an impact far greater than single cards could achieve alone, and deeper, more influential trends that have shaped this tournament from the ground up.  Let’s discuss some of the most popular suites that we’ve seen this weekend, and let’s start with the biggest!
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Top 32: Bo Tang VS Chris Bowling

September 18th, 2011

Two World Championship competitors were about to go head-to-head here in the Top 32!  Bo Tang was Canada’s representative in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship this year, and his opponent is the former American National Champion and YCS Winner, Chris Bowling!  Bowling is piloting Plant Synchro, while Tang is running Agents with a splash of Tech Genus.
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The Top 16 Bracket is in…

September 18th, 2011

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Top 32 Feature Match: Sean Montague VS Paul Blair

September 18th, 2011

Sean Montague was the 2010 World Championship Qualifier winner with X-Sabers when he competed in the World Championship that year. Now, after an 8-2 finish in the Swiss rounds of YCS Toronto, he’s made it to the Top 32! But Paul Blair, his friend from a local in Michigan, is hoping to stop Montague in his tracks and take his spot in the Top 16.
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Round 10: Matt Peddle vs. Sean McCabe

September 18th, 2011

Matt Peddle and Sean McCabe both hold 7-2 records entering into this final round of Swiss, and are both running Agent Decks. A victory here will secure one of these Duelists a spot in the Top 32, making this the most important Match they’ve played all weekend.
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Round 9: Anthony Alvarado vs. Christopher Vinson

September 18th, 2011

Today is Anthony Alvarado’s birthday, and so far, it’s going quite well. He lost 2 rounds early on yesterday, but rebounded to a 6-2 finish in Day 1. Now, he’s taking his Karakuri Deck to Day 2, and is facing off against Christopher Vinson’s Agents Deck in this Round 9 Feature Match. Both Duelists will need this victory if they hope to advance to the Top 32, so they’ll be giving it their all!
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Round 9 Feature Match: Jordan Kehler VS Thomas Morran

September 18th, 2011

We’ve seen a ton of different strategies so far this weekend, but Thomas Morran is piloting a Deck we haven’t seen in Feature Match action yet: Destiny Hero Diva!  A new incarnation of the Diamond Dude Turbo strategy, this Deck aims to use Destiny HERO – Diamond Dude and Destiny HERO – Malicious in combination with Deep Sea Diva, unleashing big Synchro Monsters and Elemental HERO Absolute Zero.  Morran’s opponent is Jordan Kehler, one of several Tech Genus Agents Duelists still left in the tournament.  Kehler’s Deck is super-fast, and really good at managing the Graveyard.  It plays Kristya really easily, and that could be a huge factor against Morran’s Special Summons.
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Standings after the first 8 rounds of play!

September 17th, 2011

Here are the standings after Day 1 of Swiss competition. There’s not much time left for Duelists who aren’t in the Top 32 to break in, so the competition should be fast and furious tomorrow morning! Good luck to all the Duelists remaining in the tournament! Read more…

Round 7 Feature Match: Justin Delhon VS Billy Brake

September 17th, 2011

Justin Delhon and Billy Brake are both 5-1 in the tournament and were paired up against each other for this Round 7 Feature Match. Justin Delhon is running a Gadget Deck that makes optimal use of new Xyz Monsters like Number 39: Utopia and Steelswarm Roach. Billy Brake is running a Synchro Summon Deck which, although weakened by the September 1st Forbidden & Limited List, is still a strong contender in the tournament. The winner of this Match will be guaranteed to make it to Day 2, so both of these Duelists will be giving it their all! Read more…

QQ: What Deck Are You Playing?

September 17th, 2011

QQ stands for Quick Questions!  It’s a brand new Advanced Format, and while some of the most popular Decks of the Summer have been adapted for the new changes, many competitors have developed entirely new strategies.  The field is wide open here today, filled with old favorites and new rogue strategies that could be the next best thing.  With that level of variety and variance in mind, we asked: “What Deck are you playing, here at the first YCS of the format?”
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