I also want to say that this was the most well run regional I have ever been to. Everything ran smoothly and Collector’s Cache was an incredible host.
Pre-tournament: I had been repping Devious Yamcha for most of the OP season, a deck that I think was severely overlooked for the meta. However, that deck took a lot of concentration, and at previous regionals my mental errors caused me to be on the outside looking in of top cut. So, I had my extra fun side piece waiting in the wings. Do you have a meta full of decks that are packing 30+ attacks? How about use a deck that is heavy on blocks that can further its win condition just by blocking and abusing the soon-to-be nerfed Black Command. I had been testing this deck with only 58 cards. Even down two important pieces this deck still defeated Brandon’s champion Ruthless Broly the night before the regional.
Round 1: Jake Smith—Ruthless Broly
I went first. As with my Devious Yamcha, so with Frieza, I love this matchup. This is the match I have teched the most for and tested the most against. Jake Smith was an incredibly kind player and a respectable opponent. Unfortunately for him, I don’t think he landed any attacks on me besides his level 1 power. While I only used command twice, I was able to gain a lot of anger from my stops to boost to level four shortly after he had unleashed to his top level as well. Frieza’s end game is unreal, I used his ability to mill four while also abusing Frieza’s Supernova—performed 4 times, blocked three times, K.O. shot 1 time. I may have actually angered out this game, unfortunately I did not take note.
Win by Survival or MPPV?: 1-0
Round 2: Dan Golliher—Enraged Cooler
Dan went first. This is the other deck I tested most against, and the deck that almost caused me to not run Frieza because the matchup isn’t great (about 50/50). Early on I thought this was going to be a loss. I let him slip off from his level one, and I couldn’t get off my level one. Late game, with all of the balls on the board, myself on level 2, and in control of 5 Dragon Balls, I had stacked my hand via Ball 7 with Time and both Sag Strikes. I only had a few life cards left, entered combat, sag for the 6th ball, he couldn’t sphere my time nor did he have choke, so I used sag on the 7th ball, and wished for victory.
Dan, sorry you had to go against both Mains brothers in one tourney, but it was a lot of fun hanging out with you afterwards. I look forward to our next bout already.
Win by DBV: 2-0 (ecstatic)
Round 3: Cody Jakobitz—Knowledge Piccolo
Cody goes first. Cody’s from the same area as me and already has an invite. Plus, I hadn’t been testing for this matchup. Early game I know I should enter as much as I can. I get out to a huge life card lead and had wall breaker attached. I felt as if I had the game under control even after he got rid of wall breaker. However, Piccolo does his thing, strips off his clothing three times, and ends up squeezing out a MPPV while the large life card differential remained in my favor.
Loss by MPPV: 2-1
Round 4: Geoffrey Wiederstein—Devious Android 13
I go first. OK, feeling terrible about the round 3 loss, but feeling confident that Cody will win enough games to be a good enough tie breaker. I tell myself to play Frieza how it needs to be played, slow and steady. However, instead I decide to enter combat on more than sub-par hands in order to try to attach my Wall Breakers. Two separate combats Geoffrey was able to shrug off the anger shackles, lower my anger significantly with cards like shoulder slam, and beat my face in. I knew DBV was still on the table, but it was only a matter of time before this incredibly solid player took the game.
This match was on stream, and it was the weakest performance my deck has shown. Sorry Frieza fans.
Loss by survival: 2-2 (dead inside)
Round 5: Josh Thomas—Enraged 13
Loss die roll. I remind myself that I brought Frieza to have fun, and while the early wins had boosted my expectations, it was time to settle in and take care of business, Supernova style. I don’t remember much about this one, sorry Josh, but I knew I liked my chances going into it.
Win by survival: 3-2
Round 6: Tony McKenzie—Knowledge Piccolo
I go first. Of course, I verse another Knowledge Piccolo—there were only 6 in attendance, and, of course, it’s another rock-solid St. Louis player. I tried to correct any mistakes I made in the matchup with Cody, and I had the edge of playing a surprise deck. I ended up turning on the beat down and finished Tony with a Black Back Strike for 10 unpreventable life cards. GG.
Win by survival: 4-2 (glimmer of hope)
Round 7: Trevor Trevor’slastname—Ruthless Broly
I go first. Sorry I missed your last name, Trevor. It turns out I was playing down. Instead of another X-2, I was playing an X-2-1. To me this signaled that I was too far away points-wise to make top cut even if I won. However, at the next table below me was Geoffrey (Rd. 4 Devious 13) and he was also playing down. I needed him to win for my tie breaker, but I was also fairly sure that he could eat up my potential slot in top 16 as well. Cody (Rd. 3 Namekian Piccolo) was going up against my brother’s X-1 Ruthless Broly, so at least he still had a good record.
Again, this is a good to great matchup for me, and I felt in-control during most of the game. I ended up finishing him off with the strongest Supernova that my deck can muster—21 life cards, there’s almost no way to win that’s more satisfying. Last rounds can be stressful, but Trevor was a flawless player and a very good sport, sorry you got slow-played into that tie earlier in the tournament.
Win by survival: 5-2
I had been on Swisstriangle.net the whole day trying to calculate my chances, and at this point I was confident that I would be out of top cut. My estimate was 18th-20th place namely because my last round was so far away from Table 1. When they began announcing top 16 I let a little bit of hope slide back before each name was called. As you already know, I didn’t make it. Now, I guess it’s in the rules to not show the rest of the rankings for any kind of prolonged period of time, so I wasn’t sure which place I ended in until Joey Walters approached me with a picture of my name at 17 and his at 18. Then, he told me about the special prizes he donated for the swiss excramate with the title of 17th. There were some promos in that donation that I didn’t have yet, so that was appreciated.
I made sure the judges all knew that my man Devious Frieza was ready to step in if someone had a family emergency or had to catch a flight, but, no luck there. All in all it was a great day. My brother made top cut and then went on to win the whole thing, and as the blog pointed out, Brandon and Troy had some entertaining games en route to the new meta beating the OG himself.
Black Devious Mastery
Frieza’s Supernova x1
Black Defensive Burst x3
Black Lunge x2
Black Back Strike (named card) x3
Sagacious Strike x2
Wall Breaker x2
Black Corruption x3
Black Resistance x3
Black Swipe x3
Black Knee Catch (3 anger on levels 1 or 3) x3
Black Easy Block x3
Black Finger Block x2
Black Stop x3
Black Delay x3
Time is a Warrior’s Tool x1
Stare Down x3
Black Command x3
Overwhelming Power (named card) x2
Namek Dragon Ball 1-7
Dragon Radar x1
Visiting the Past x2
Villainous Visage x1
Black Power Up x2
Black Searching Technique x2