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2015/04 – Chicago, IL

Top 32 Feature Match: Robert Kenny Versus Sehabi Kheireddine

April 12th, 2015

Ritual Beast Duelist Robert Kenny from Orlando, Florida finished the Swiss Rounds with a 9-2 record this weekend, losing only to 2 Nekroz Decks. Now, he’s paired against reigning World Champion Sehabi Kheireddine from Canada! Kheireddine finished the Swiss Rounds with a 10-1 record using his Nekroz Deck, only suffering a single loss to another Nekroz Deck.

 

This is Kenny’s first time making it to the Top 32 at a YCS; but to advance any further, he’ll need to defeat the 2014 World Champion. Will Kenny be able to score an upset and pilot his Ritual Beast Deck to the Top 32? Or will Kheireddine’s tournament experience be too much for Kenny to handle? We’re about to find out! It’s time to Duel!

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Top 32 Feature Match: Cameron Neal Versus Louis Kelley

April 12th, 2015

It’s the Top 32! From here on out, it’s single elimination. The winner here will move on to the Top 16, where the Draft portion of the tournament begins. This Duel pits Cameron Neal, of Arlington, Texas, against Louis Kelley, from the Chicago area. Neal is using Nekroz, the most popular Deck of the tournament, while Kelley is showing off the power of Satellarknights.

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Round 11: Gaetan Georges Versus Isabella Sierra

April 12th, 2015

This is the final round of Swiss! The results here will determine the final standings as we make the cut to Top 32. A win here will give a solid chance at making the top cut, but the loser will be out of the competition for sure. We’ve got a Shaddoll mirror match, though each player is using very different variants of the strategy. New York Duelist Gaetan Georges is using a version with Artifacts, packing Artifact Sanctum and a variety of Artifact monsters, including the Artifact Lancea that’s been proving to be a useful counter to top Decks today. He’s also using the hugely powerful Secret Village of the Spellcasters! His opponent is Isabella Sierra, from Cincinnati, using a build featuring a multitude of LIGHT and DARK Dragons! Both players have similar plays available with their Shaddoll monsters, but wildly different ways to go about them.

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Top 32 Decks and Pairings!

April 12th, 2015

Check out who’s playing in the Top 32!

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Round 11 Feature Match: Walter Jule Versus Antonio Maldonado

April 12th, 2015

18-year-old Walter Jule from San Diego is Dueling against local 21-year-old Chicago Duelist Antonio Maldonado in this Round 11 Feature Match that will determine which Duelist advances to the Top 32! Jule and Maldonado both currently have 8-2 records, so a win in this round will be essential to a Top 32 finish. Jule is using a Nekroz Deck, like so many others that are popular at the top tables right now. Maldonado, on the other hand, is using a Qliphort Deck – a Deck that appears to have faded out of popularity with the release of the recent Forbidden & Limited List. Will Jule’s Nekroz Deck be able to overwhelm Maldonado’s Qliphorts in this Round 11 Feature Match? We’re about to find out. It’s time to Duel!

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Top Tables Update: Round 11

April 12th, 2015

Check out the Duelists and Decks at the top 10 tables in Round 11!

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Round 10 Feature Match: Marcus Carisse Versus Jordan Bermudez

April 12th, 2015

Marcus Carisse from Toronto and Jordan Bermudez from Kentucky are both currently 8-1 in this weekend’s YCS tournament. Both Duelists and Decks seem well-equipped to beat Nekroz Decks – Carisse has Dueled against 5 Nekroz Decks and defeated all of them this weekend, while Bermudez has Dueled against 7 Nekroz Decks and only lost to 1. But neither one of these Duelists will be facing off against a Nekroz Deck in this round. Carisse is using a Satellarknight Deck, while Bermudez is Dueling with Shaddolls. Both of these Decks have a somewhat similar style, as they both aim to gradually gain the upper hand through the effects of their monsters; but only one of these Decks – and one of these Duelists – will enter the final Swiss Round with a 9-1 record and an incredible shot at a Top 32 finish. It’s time to Duel!

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Top Tables Update: Round 10

April 12th, 2015

Check out the Duelists and Decks at the top 10 tables in Round 10!

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QQ: What’s Your Favorite First Pick in Battle Pack 3: Monster League Draft?

April 12th, 2015

QQ stands for Quick Questions! The Top 16 Duelists in the tournament this weekend will be drafting Battle Pack 3: Monster League to determine who will become the ultimate winner of YCS Chicago. That’s why draft strategy is a crucial component of success at this weekend’s YCS tournament. I surveyed the Duelists in attendance this weekend to see which card they value above all others when cracking open their first batch of packs of Battle Pack 3: Monster League in draft. Check out their responses!

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Round 10 Feature Match: Eddy Lee Versus Justin Delhon

April 12th, 2015

Welcome to Day 2 of YCS Chicago! We have two more rounds of Swiss play, before we make the cutoff to Top 32. To start Sunday off, we’ve got a Michigan Duelist, Eddy Lee, using Shaddolls. He’s up against Edmonton Duelist Justin Delhon, using Nekroz. We’ve seen this matchup quite a few times throughout the weekend – each Deck is proving to be one of the definitive strategies of this tournament.

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