Sorry for the late thread but oh well
Team GS stole two of the top four spots in this regional event. Though the regional event was a smaller than what was expected, the duelers were at their best. A mere sixty-eight duelers showed up, a third of which was expected. This didnít matter though. The top players from Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas attended, and because the regional event was so small, they came early in the rounds, hitting quick and hard.
2 Magician of Faith
2 Berserk Gorilla
2 Spirit Reaper
2 Blade Knight
1 Black Luster Soldier- Envoy of the Beginning
1 Breaker the Magical Warrior
1 Tribe Infecting Virus
1 Injection Fairy Lily
1 D.D. Warrior Lady
1 Sinister Serpent
1 Exiled Force
1 Cyber jar
2 Nobleman of Crossout
2 Creature Swap
2 Book of Moon
1 Reinforcement of the Army
1 Swords of Revealing Light
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Lightning Vortex
1 Premature Burial
1 Graceful Charity
1 Delinquent Duo
1 Heavy Storm
1 Pot of Greed
1 Snatch Steal
1 Ring of Destruction
1 Call of the Haunted
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Mirror Force
3 Dust Tornado
2 Array of Revealing Light
2 Threatening Roar
2 Giant Trunade
2 Spear Dragon
2 Skill Drain
1 Mobius the Frost Monarch
1 Magic Cylinder
It doesnít seem like much, but it works.
Round One ~The Odyssey V. Phoenix Chaos~
In the earlier regional events in the year, I usually beat this guy, so I came into the match pretty cocky. The first thing that messed me up was paying 1000 life points to use Delinquent Duo on his Sinister Serpent. Then, I stalled for a while trying to build up a hand. In the meantime though, he started to hit me with minor things, like Sinister and Magician of Faith. It all started to add up though so I had to make a defense with Spirit Reaper, which he used Nobleman of Crossout on. After thinking I was playing a Chaos deck, he summoned Sacred Phoenix to the field. I wasnít prepared for this. The next turn he summoned BLS to the field and started his rampage against my deck. I couldnít do anything about it, so I lost that one.
The second match was really demoralizing. I was able to bring him down a good ways, but he eventually gained it all back from my Snatch Steal and his Swords of Revealing Light. He once again hit me with minor things, but after a little waiting, I was able to draw BLS to the field. Once on the field, He snatch Stole it for three turns, removing my cards and hitting me with Phoenix. I couldnít do anything once again. So I lost the match. This didnít matter though, you will soon find out why.
Round Two ~The Odyssey V. ďEarthĒ Beatdown~
He called it an Earth Beatdown, but it was really an Insect Swarm. The duel started out slow for him, so I was able to attack him a few times with Berserk Gorilla. He then started to hit me hard though. He used Man-Eater Bug to destroy my BLS, and was able to gain the upper hand for a little while, attack me with Insect Knights and Jinzo. I soon drew Snatch Steal, and summoned Spirit Reaper to gain the Hand Control advantage. After a few turns of stalling, I was able to finish him off by hitting him for 3000 with Berserk Gorilla and Sangan.
This duel was a little different though. I wasnít able to draw any monsters besides Jinzo and Berserk Gorilla, so he got the advantage pretty quick. He slowly hit me, but it all added p in the end and he won from a swarm of Man-Eater Bugs and Insect Knights.
This duel I got everything I needed. I had Pot of Greed and Graceful Charity first hand, so I was able to get the quick advantage of cards. With Jinzo, Magician of Faith, and Sangan already in my Graveyard, one can guess what I did after he ended his turn with no Magic or Traps on the field. I drew, used NOC to get rid of his Cyber Jar, summoned Berserk Gorilla, BLS, and used Premature Burial on Jinzo for an attack that equaled 7400. He then set three magic/traps and one monster. I drew Heavy Storm, activated it, and he had nothing down but a bluff. I removed his face down Man-Eater Bug and attack with Berserk Gorilla for the Match.
Round Three ~The Odyssey V. Chaos Stopper~
These were some fast duels. First turn of every match he set a monster and ended his turn. I then always had NOC and attacked him for 1000 with Sangan. The next turn, he summoned a Kycoo and attacked my Sangan, with I allowed. I got Magician of Faith from my deck and drew. I summoned Sinister Serpent from my hand, and activated my favorite card Creature Swap. I gained control of his Kycoo, and attacked the Sinister and ended my turn. The next turn, he set a monster and ended his turn. So, I drew, got back Sinister, and activated Graceful Charity. I discarded Berserk Gorilla and Sinister, used Premature Burial on Berserk Gorilla, Tribute Summoned for Jinzo, used NOC on his face down, and attacked him for 4400. He lost his cool after that and started paying crazy by summoning a Breaker and destroying my Premature. I then drew, got back Sinister, summoned it, and activated Creature Swap again and attacked for the duel.
I kind of forgot what happened this duel, but I look at the life points and I can tell it wasnít good for him. They go:
If that doesnít sound bad for him to you, then I donít know what does.
We then had a nice lunch break and so Chris, Trevino and I headed out to Zaxbys, where we had some good fries and chicken. We decided to sit outside because then, it was a nice day. Then, out of nowhere, it started to be windy and it started to rain all in my Zaxbys sauce. This enraged me. So, after a few minutes of waiting inside, we headed back only to find out there was still fifteen minutes left before the next round. A judge then said ď who wants to duel?ď so I said ďSure, I will.Ē
In-between Rounds ~The Odyssey V. Air Strike (It was his judge name)~
The first one I pretty much had the upper hand throughout the whole match. I used Snatch Steal and both my Creature Swaps on three of his monsters. Berserk Gorilla, Airknight, and Blade Knight. I then summoned Jinzo by sacrificing Blade Knight. I attacked him for the game.
I got owned this duel. He only took 1600, but we couldnít finish the match because the next round pairings were up. (Phew)
Round Four ~The Odyssey V. Scapegoat Control
The sad thing about the first duel is that he never got Scapegoat lol. He couldnít really do anything, so I slowly beat him down until he was at 2000. Then something happened I wasnít expecting. He Snatch Stole my BLS, and I had nothing to stop it. After a few turns of stalling with F/D ,monsters, he started to hit me hard with it. I went from 13000 to 1300 in four or five turns. I then got used the Scapegoat Creature Swap combo. I gave him a face up attack scapegoat, and attacked it with BLS. He used Mirror Force and drew. I had nothing besides scapegoats. He drew Berserk Gorilla and attacked one of my goats and ended his turn. I drew, and after thinking for a little bit. I summoned my Blade Knight and attacked the attack position scapegoat that he forgot to switch into def position for the duel.
The second one, it took me a few turns and 4900 life points to start getting back into the game. He had a Scapegoat and nothing else left on the field after I used Heavy Storm. I thought about it for a little bit, and he only had 4000 life points left, so I did the unexpected. I used Snatch Steal on his Scapegoat, summoned Berserk Gorilla, and used Call of the Haunted on Jinzo and attacked for the Match. That felt good.
In-Between Rounds ~ The Odyssey V. Team GSí Chris~
I donít know why, but this guy always does bad at regional events. Any other time he can keep up with the crowd and get high standings. The first time I hit him, it was for 4900 life points, then I took the rest away next turn with Berserk Gorilla and BLS. Heís not a bad player, itís just that he gets worried at regional events I guess.
Round Five ~The Odyssey V. Warrior Chaos~
This was the hardest three matches I had to play in the entire regional event. I started out good, by hitting him with Berserk Gorilla three times, but he then got it back from Snatch Steal and SORL. But, after a few hits, I got him down to 500. I thought I had the match until Jinzo hit the field. He attacked me and brought me down to 2200. I drew, set Spirit Reaper, and ended my turn. He drew, played NOC, and killed me with Jinzo.
The second one I won because of Snatch Steal. I removed the monster he Snatch Stole, and so I kept gaining life points. I then began my assault. I slowly brought him down to something I could finish him in one turn with, and finished him off with BLS and Berserk Gorilla.
I got him pretty good this time. I hit him for 2000, then 3000, then 3000 more with BLS and Breaker the Magical Warrior. He couldnít do anything about it except trample my scapegoat with Airknight. I won that match.
Now that I was 4-1, I had a chance in getting into the top eight if I won the next match. So I gave it my all.
Round Six ~The Odyssey V. Earth Warrior~
I started out really slow, taking 1800 life points before doing anything, but then I got the upper hand by A LOT. I usually donít like playing with Cyber Jar, but this time, it worked. I got Pot of Greed, Graceful Charity, BLS, Delinquent Duo, and Spirit Reaper. I used all of them, and ended my turn. She had nothing except a Gigantes on the field after she ended her turn. I then looked at my had, and thought about something. A one turn 8000 life points kill. I had nothing on the field, a Light and Dark in my graveyard along with Jinzo. So, I Summoned Exiled Force, used Creature Swap, gave her Exiled and I got Gigantes. Special Summoned BLS, used Premature Burial on Jinzo, and attacked he for a lot. I mean A LOT.BLS attacked the Exiled Force, and then attacked again for 4000, then Gigantes attacked for 5900, then Jinzo attacked for game. A one turn kick butt move by me. This is what my note pad says about this duel.
Now, after this, I felt really good. And for some reason, she thought I was playing Warrior Chaos, which isnít what I play. So she side decked for Kinetic Soldiers. I didnít care. Itís just another 1150 monster to me. So, after realizing her fault, she lost again.
I now had a chance of getting into the top 8. There were only six rounds, and I was at the first table, so I mustíve been in the top 8. After posting the final scores, I got 7th place, which meant I had to compete to get into the top four.
First Round in Top Eight Elimination ~The Odyssey V. Chaos~
This first duel was too easy. I wasnít hit for anything this duel. He bluffed the whole time, I mean who really plays four Magic and Traps without thinking they will be Heavy Stormed? Well, this guy did and he got what was coming to him. I attacked with my Power, and used my Spirit Reapers to gain the Control of the duel. I won the first duel.
The second one didnít go quite like the first one did. I got him down to 300 before he started to unload on me with Power hitters. I lost that duel.
Now this is the duel I started to lose my cool. I mean, I thought this guy was a jerk. He was one of those players that act like they have something when they really donít. Like, I attacked with Berserk Gorilla, he looked at his set cards, and said sure, Iíll let that come through. And then he didnít do anything about it. So, after taking a lot of damage, I thought I was going to lose it. Then, I saw the guy who beat me in the first round get eliminated from the top 8. Which was, without a doubt, the brother of the person I was dueling. So, after seeing this, I became relaxed and won. I didnít take his little bluffs and started to unload my big hitters on him. He had three magic/traps, and I didnít care. I summoned Injection Fairy Lily and attacked for 3400. He had nothing to do against it. All I had was Injection, so anything could kill me. He set a monster and ended his turn. I drew, set a monster, switched Injection to defense, and ended my turn. He only had 250 left, but I didnít want to take my chances in it being a Spirit Reaper. He then started to unload on me, Summoned Jinzo and Breaker, and got rid of my Injection, but couldnít do anything about my reaper. Then, I top decked Creature Swap. He only had 250 left, so I switched Spirit Reaper to attack mode, used it, he gave me breaker, and I attack Reaper with Breaker for the Match.
Second Round in Top Eight Elimination ~The Odyssey V. Team GSí Beatdown~
I had to play my good friend in the final four to advance to the top 2, but I wasnít able to win. The first duel, I won by attacking with BLS and Berserk, but the second he got the early control with Delinquent and Spirit Reaper. I couldnít do anything, so I lost the duel. The next one I thought I was going to win. I had 6300 left, to his 3200, but no hand or anything. So he dropped BLS on the field, used call of the Haunted on Jinzo, and Summoned Sangan and attacked me for game.
Even though I ended up getting third place, I was still happy, because my team mate that I had to play before won the regional event, and I got third. So it was well worth the trip.
Note on Galactic Quest
This place was very well located, and easy to get to. I noticed that not many people came because they thought it was going to be too small to play in, but in fact, it was too large. Of course we didnít play in the store, but we played in the building two or three doors down from Galactic Quest, which was HUGE. Iím disappointed in the people that didnít trust in Galactic Quest being sufficient to handle the regional event, and decided not to come. And for the people that didnít come for other reasons, you missed out on some great dueling. Next time thereís a regional event at Galactic Quest, please try to attend. Itís well worth the time to get there, and there is too much room. So donít worry about it being too small, worry about it being too big.
Thanks to Unity Entertainmentís Jeff Williams and the Judges who attended the regional event. All the calls and rules were enforced perfectly. Keep up the good work judges.
Another thanks to Konami for creating a great game that most everyone can enjoy.
Until next time, happy dueling.