At Pueblo, I decided to run Devious Roshi MPPV/Survival (no ball victory). I spoke with many different people I consider good at this game (2 of which already have their invites this year). Everyone agreed the deck was solid, I have solid matchups across the board, etc. Enter Pueblo - I go 1-3 and drop. I was so disapointed but even more so mad at myself. I failed to prepare for this event. I played maybe 4 games total against Cooler and even less against Broly entering this event. Round 1 was 13, 2 was Cooler, and 3 was Broly. Long and short is I got smoked due to failure to prepare.
As soon as I got home and recovered from the 8 hour drive (one way) I looked at ALL of the decks that had given people invites. I chose what I felt were the strongest and/or most popular and made that deck. This included but was not limited to Devious 13, Devious Broly, Tag Ginyu, Enraged Cooler, Enraged 13, Saiyan Broly. I played these decks against themselves for a solid 3 weeks. To figure out how to play that deck and also how to beat that deck. I decided early on I would be running Tag Ginyu as it's just so good. I entered Lenexa knowing my worst matchup likely is Broly and Ruthless Broly at that.
Round 1 - Ruthless Broly
I hate this game. I mean I love this game. But at the same time I hate this game with a passion. I don't remember much about this other than I fetch Guldo with my Mastery. I think I hit a ball 2 early on and keep him on 1 and throw my beats. I win.
Round 2 - Enraged 13
I've played this matchup ALOT. I fetch Guldo again (I think) and I know I need to keep his anger in check. I don't remember much but I know I win.
Round 3 - Black Devious Promo Krillin
This is one of my locals. I helped him change up this deck a few nights before the event. I got Beerus ally out with my Mastery and used Ginyu to fetch Frieza and kept the tempo up from there. I won fairly easily.
Round 4 - Nick Toth - Namekian Knowledge Piccolo
This guy is who knocked me out of topcut last year in Lenexa. I was nervous but I knew this was a great matchup for me. I got Beerus out with the Mastery and fetched Frieza with Ginyu. I tried to keep up the tempo. He runs 3 Tugs which HURT. He also runs 2 BEMs. One of which he used early on which banished his ball 3. I got a huge life card lead and used ball 2 to move him from 3 to 2 (or 2 to 1, don't remember which). I won with less than 10 cards left.
Round 5 - Justin (or Jarrett, who can really tell?) McBride - Black Devious Cooler
Again, I thought this was a great matchup for me. I got Beerus/Frieza out early and began to do my thing. Then I find out he's also running 3 Tugs. It's a close game but he pulls it out in the end. We're both pretty sure the 3 Stare Downs he had in the first 3 combats is what won him the game.
Round 6 - Black Devious Broly
I'm thinking I can't afford to lose any more games. I do not want to end swiss at X-2. I don't remember much about this game unfortunately. All I remember is that I won by the skin of my teeth.
Round 7 - Cole Sondreal - Saiyan Empowered Broly
Fuck everything about this game. I've played my fair share against Saiyan Broly. I've got beat plenty of times. Not once, in all my times playing this game, have I receievd an ass beating like I got in this round. It was not close, ever, at all. Additionally, this was on stream. If you care to check out my ass beating, go for it.
End of Swiss. There's a long break. I'm pissed. 5-2 and got my ass kicked in via #JustBrolyThings. Topcut is finally announced - 4 of my locals made topcut. Including myself. Thank god!
Top 16 - Joseph Zwack - Red Enraged Roshi
This fucking game....have I told you guys I hate this game? So I enter combat, he Retreats. I do it again. He times. He rejuvs time. I enter combat again, he times. Fuck me. He manages to get 5 balls on the field and is now level 4 with 2 anger. Good god. I managed to finally get in 1 good combat - I used Dodoria to capture ball 3 and setup my hand (I already captured ball 1 early via a natural crit). I already had a Neck Beam in my hand which I kept - I hit with it and knocked him down to Level 3. He passes and rejuvs and I draw into my ball 2 finally which drops him to level 2. So now he's level 2 and I have 2 of his balls. I proceed to lay the smack down and once he scoops once he sees my hand of Time, Energy Beam, and 2 other energy attacks.
Top 8 - Cole Sondreal - Saiyan Empowered Broly
Ugh. Not the matchup I wanted to see. At all. I don't remember alot of this game other than he didn't draw the nuts like he did in Round 7. He Dev Blowed me twice in once combat both times leaving all 3 of my allies in there. I also had 2 Lunar Rays that combat which helped me get the stages I needed to survive his onslaughgt. I won.
Top 4 - Brandon Mains - Red Ruthless Broly
God dammit. Another Broly. I hate this game - it's so matchup based. Yes, I can beat Ruthless Broly, as I did in round 1. But it's my worst matchup. If I could have played either Troy's Black Krillin or Joe's Blue Cooler I feel I would have my invite with no problem. But alas, this game is matchup based, and I play Ruthless Broly.
It was a solid game that was on stream. The combat that did it was when he used Stare Down to kill my Time. He also had a Static Shot and 2 Eraser Cannons. It hurt and I couldn't recover.
I had a great time. Although I did make Top 4 I'm still disappointed in myself. I literally could taste that World's invite. I was so close. I'm 2 for 2 at making topcut in Lenexa, definitely will be back next year. Also props to Izzy Tucker, Geoff W., and Aaron Hendrickson who are all from Wichita with me and also made topcut! Nice work guys when 25% of topcut is from our own locals. Wichita will be represented in both Dragon Prix (although not myself) and the Open Qualifier (you can bet your ass I'll be there). Thanks Cache for the event!
Here is the list:
3x Blue Fist Catch
3x Blue Shifting Manuever
3x Sinister Choke
3x Overpowering Attack
3x Blue Narrow Escape
3x Blue Neck Beam
3x Blue Blanketing Blasts
3x Stare Down
3x Playful Punch
3x Blue Arm Blast
3x Blue Clash
3x Blue Head Knock
3x Blue Lunar Ray
2x Blinding Energy Move
2x Villainous Energy Beam
2x Villainous Power Ball
1x Time Is A Warrior's Tool
1x Captain Ginyu's Body Switch
1x Blue Terror
1x Namek Dragon Ball 2
1x Frieza - Mastermind
1x Android 13, Powerful
1x Cooler, Angered
1x Jiece - Ginyu Force
1x Dodoria - Lackey
1x Dr. Wheelo - Intelligent
1x Guldo - Ginyu Force
1x Nappa - Space Traveler
1x Beerus, God of Drestruction
2x Blue Betrayal
HUGE props to Kelly Cartwright. I started the base deck with his exact list. I used it for 2 weeks and finally decided to take out Blue Discharge for x2 Betrayals and Beerus ally. I feel that change was huge. Any of my opponents who I got Beerus out against (Namekian, Cooler, Roshi) all will tell you how much of a pain in the ass he was.