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Duel Masters Tourney Reports
Welcome to the tournament report of our local Kaijudo tournament! The tournament had a bit of a twist on it's own rules as the game is not officially released until September 18th. A few key differences this game has from it's predecessor is a maximum of three cards per deck, as opposed to the original four, and managing mana is a lot more simplistic.
Firstly we split the dojo decks among our
TWENTY FOUR players! (There were even
more people who wanted to play but signed up
late, sadly there were only so many decks to
I received the Fire/Nature deck and waited very impatiently for the first round pairings. The large red and shiny Tatsurion staring at me, ready to dive head first into a duel. I had missed this feeling, the card shop atmosphere; everyone around me was just as excited and nostalgic.
There was just something magical about the moment you tear open the plastic protecting the cards and look through them for the first time, eagerly placing them in protective sleeves as you talk to the person next to you about intricate details of your game.
But that's enough philosophical rambling for now! Let's go over that deck list:
2x Little Hissy
2x Draglide the Swiftest
2x Pyro Trooper
3x Gatling Skyterror
3x Blaze Belcher
3x Simian Trooper Grash
1x Roaming Bloodmane
1x Brave Giant
1x Raging Goliant
2x Rumbling Terrasaur
2x Bronze-Arm Tribe
2x Essence Elf
3x Ambush Scorpion
1x Tornado Flame
2x Rock Bite
2x Comet Missile
1x Root Trap
2x Return to the Soil
My first match is against Bill Swanson, both of us had received the Fire/Nature deck making this a very interesting match up. We're now using the Dojo decks out of their environment.
The game begins with us both dropping low cost creatures and charging mana every chance we get. I place my Root Trap in mana early which turned out to be a HUGE mistake, as we trade off smaller creatures I gain the edge; but then Bill summons Tatsurion! Tatsurion immediately begins his rampage of destroying creatures and forcing me to cease my assault entirely. With Root Trap already in mana I have no answers to the Armored Dragon/Beast Kin hybrid and he beats me into submission.
Game One goes to Bill!
Current Record: 0-1 (0-2)
Though I may have lost the first match, I had a lot of fun; Duel Masters had always been a card game I enjoyed and Kaijudo definitely filled the void. Mike Lenarczyk, another former top player on the DCI ratings comes over after winning his round and plays a few games with me.
This game is another mirror match of the aggressive Fire/Nature decks, except this time I had the edge in most of the games. In multiple very close games I clutch a 3-1 lead when the next round comes to fruition.
As Round Two begins I find myself playing Joey Cilfone in yet another mirror match. By this point I've learned the Comet Missile will be perpetual mana in these games, at least until I play an opponent using the Darkness/Water deck.
We start the game as most aggressive decks will always start by dropping low cost creatures and spending time attacking and counter attacking. My early plays of Little Hissy combined with Essence Elf gives me a powerful advantage that keeps his field small until I can summon Tatsurion who swings in for game on the next turn.
Game Two however is a different story, in
response to my previous combo we trade off
but this time with him having the Essence
Elf until he plays Tatsurion AND Roaming
Bloodmane; the two 6000 power creatures are
overwhelming and he swings home for game.
I wasn't very discouraged at that loss, shield triggers happen; luck is always a factor in card games. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you don't. That's what keeps them fun!
I sit with Domenic George playing multiple games, he was one of the unlucky players who didn't sign up in time for the tournament and had to sit out. We end up having to stop in the middle of a game as the pairings are up for round three!
As Round Three begins I find myself playing Ben Morris, he is a new face to me but has been playing card games for quite some time. For the third time in a row, I am once again playing against the Fire/Nature deck.
Game Two begins and I take a control play
style. I once again set up the Little Hissy
and Essence Elf strategy. This allows me to
play very conservatively, using Little Hissy
to destroy his untapped creatures. A steady
stream of removal and I keep field control
until I amass a force that breaks all of his
shields in one turn.
I finally manage to get my first match win so I take my time to watch some of the other games going on, everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. I walk back over to where my match had taken place and I once again play with Domenic until the next round is called.
As Round Four begins I find myself playing against an entirely new face, Jacob Kovel. We engage in a little small talk as we begin to play and I find that we are once again playing in a mirror match.
For the second time this tournament I play
Blaze Belcher on my first turn, followed
next turn by an essence elf which allows me
to win the early game trade offs by kamikaze
attacking Blaze Belcher into this Ambush
Scorpion. He attacks aggressively at my
shields giving me card advantage and
allowing me to take over the game by
summoning Tatursion who proceeds to spear
head his way to victory.
So I didn't do as well as I had been hoping, but I recovered towards the end (Except I had the worst tiebreakers among the 2-2 players >_>) but that was okay! I was a bit disappointed I didn't get to play against a Darkness/Water player so I asked around and managed to find a game against the player who came in 5th with a record of 3-1.
Game One wasn't a very interesting game to
say the least, I quickly learned how out
matched I was when he locked me down at turn
four with multiple blockers and removal. As
soon as Zagaan hit the field I picked up the
rest of my shields as he smashed through any
chance I had at turning that game around.
After all was said and done I had a great time and enjoyed seeing some of my old card game friends that I hadn't seen in awhile. I'm greatly looking forward to being able to write weekly Duel Master Draft Tournament Reports! That's actually a mouth-full to say, Duel Master Draft Tournament Reports, try it, you'll be surprised.
I'm truly glad Kaijudo, has finally hit the market and will be taking off around here. Even though we only currently have the Dojo Decks to use, we've already had an exceptionally large turnout and we only expect that number to grow in the future. If you've been unsure of picking this game up, you're definitely missing out. Kaijudo is an exceptional game, not only does it have simplicity for the casual player, but it also has subtle complexity allowing it to be a competitive game.
The entire experience was definitely a 10/10.
But one last thing!
Here is a picture of the final standings as well as what the Top 8 were playing:
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