This weekend I went to the Kaijudo Master Challenge (KMC) in Kansas. Me and 5 other friends traveled all the way from Texas to try to win our invites for the Championship in Seattle in August. I have only played in one KMC before this and made it all the way to the top 4, I was hoping to make it one round further this time. I am going to go through what I played against each round and how the match turned out, I probably won’t remember all the details, but I will try my best. Then I will finish off with my deck list and talk about my choices. I used WDLN Control.
Round 1 vs. WFL Dragon Aggro
This was a friend of mine that is from Oklahoma and I see him at all the major tournaments in Texas. He is a really nice guy and had fun playing him. The first game I was able to control his board and stabilize a couple Andromeda’s and push in for game. Game 2 he took me down until I had 1 shield left. He had one creature on the field. He had a Gilaflame in the manna and another one in the grave. I was going to play Andromeda the next turn, but he drew his last Gilafame and was able to swing in for game. On the 3rd game he hard casted [ccProd]Bottle of Wishes[/ccProd] and got off an [ccProd]Infernus the Awakened[/ccProd] with it, but luckily I drew a [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd] to remove it. Once again I was able to out resource him and build my field up until I was able to swing in for game.
Round 2 vs. Mono-Darkness Aggro
My opponent seemed to be using a mono-darkness rush deck almost, by turn 5 he had no hand and 3 creatures on board, he used [ccProd]Gigabolver[/ccProd]s, [ccProd]Gigazandas[/ccProd], and [ccProd]Skull Cutter[/ccProd]s. I managed to defend myself with 2 Starlanterns and hold him back until I was able to play Andromeda both games and won 2-0.
Round 3 vs. Greed Dragons
My friend Stephen Silverman used this deck in a KMC so I knew how to play against very well. I knew the deck played a lot of shield blasts so I just controlled his field and decked him out game 1. Game 2 I had a field of 2 Andromeda and a couple of other creatures while all he had was a [ccProd]Hyperspeed Dragon[/ccProd] with no cards in hand, I felt like I was pretty safe to attack. I double broke and they were both [ccProd]Bottle of Wishes[/ccProd], with those he got off a [ccProd]Root Trap[/ccProd] and an [ccProd]Infernus the Awakened[/ccProd]. I had 7 shields and removal in my hand for it, but needless to say I held back on attacking until I had 6 creatures on my board to make sure nothing could go wrong. I was able to get the victory.
Round 4 vs. 5 Civ Dragon Control (Ryan Bishop)
This is a friend of mine that plays at my local card shop. Since it was a control mirror I was able to get the early [ccProd]Razorkinder Puppet[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Skull Shatter[/ccProd] and control him. I don’t remember much of the match but I was able to go first game 1 and 3 and out control him.
Round 5 vs. Lepidos Dragons (Sammy Huda)
He is a friend of mine and we traveled to this event in the same car together. I was playing down and all I needed was this win in order guarantee my spot in top 8 of the tournament. He was able to take me down game 1 by having a huge field of ridiculous amount of big creatures. Game 2 I was able to deck him out. Game 3 I had 2 Double breakers and a [ccProd]Waterspout Gargoyle[/ccProd] on my field, with a root trap in my hand and he had no shields and no creatures. I thought I had won next turn for sure. He played Kurragar, then a [ccProd]Star Lantern[/ccProd], followed by a[ccProd]Sprout[/ccProd], off of the Kurragar effect from[ccProd]Sprout[/ccProd], he played an Andromeda off the top of his deck! This slowed the game down a few more turns until I was able to remove all the blockers and Andromeda off his field and swing in for game.
Round 6 vs DFW Dragons (Robby Stewart)
We also rode in the same car and we both went undefeated at the last KMC we played at and we just drew to guarantee both of us made top 8.
TOP 8 MATCHES
Top 8 match vs. NDL Control (Preston)
This is Denver Kaijudo for those who follow him on YouTube. I played him in top 4 of a Oklahoma tournament before and he was looking for revenge this time. We were both running similar decks except he was not using water. I don’t remember much about the game other than I decked him out both games I am pretty sure. I was able to waterspout his Andromeda back a couple of times.
Top 4 match vs. 5 Civ Dragon agro (John Beaur)
He was another friend of mine from Texas. I really wanted to win this match because it would mean I got my Invite to Seattle and that is all I cared about. Game 1 I was able to establish control and ended up just going for the deck out. Game 2 I used [ccProd]Crystal Memory[/ccProd] and saw what was in my shields and I thought I counted that there was a removal card in them, but I miscounted and he was able to swing in for game. Game 3 I established control and hung on to 2 [ccProd]Skull Shatters[/ccProd] in my hand the whole time because I knew he played Dreadclaw. I was able to Shatter him each time he played Dreadclaw. He drew and had 3 cards left in his deck, he played [ccProd]Bottle of Wishes[/ccProd] because he had no other play and got [ccProd]Logos Scan[/ccProd] off of it, which forced him to draw the last 2 cards in his deck giving me the win!
FINALS MATCH vs Ryan Bishop 5 Civ Dragon Control
At this point I was so happy I got my invite I didn’t really care if I won or not. You can watch this match on Thundersultan YouTube channel. All I remember is game 3 I had a [ccProd]Keeper of Dawn[/ccProd] on field with one shield left and all he had was a [ccProd]Nix[/ccProd] on his field. He drew Lyra played it, froze my Keeper, he drew another Lyra from the [ccProd]Nix[/ccProd] and played that and then broke my last shield and I could not deal with the 3 creatures and he won. I am very happy for him and glad he was able to win, he is a really nice kid.
Now for the Deck List:
3 [ccProd]Skull Shatter[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Razorkinder Puppet[/ccProd] 2 [ccProd]Death Smoke[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Bone Blades[/ccProd] 2 [ccProd]Dark return[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Specter Claw[/ccProd] (I only used one for early game and it works great with Keeper)
3 [ccProd]Andromeda of the Citadel[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Lyra, the Blazing Sun[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Stormspark Blast[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Keeper of Dawn[/ccProd] 2 [ccProd]Star Lantern[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Spark Cage[/ccProd] ( Great with Keeper and combos with Energize)
[ccProd]Saracon, Storm Dynamo[/ccProd]
1 [ccProd]Waterspout Gargoyle[/ccProd] (Amazing against Andromeda and [ccProd]Infernus the Awakened[/ccProd])
3 [ccProd]Crystal Memory[/ccProd] 2 [ccProd]Veil Vortex[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Spy Mission[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Logos Scan[/ccProd]
2 [ccProd]Terradragon Regarion Doom[/ccProd] (Amazing against Saracon, Lyra, Bolt-tail etc.)
3 [ccProd]Root Trap[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Reap and Sow[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Energize[/ccProd] (Never worked for me, probably better as a[ccProd]sprout[/ccProd])
My thoughts behind making this deck was how to out control a control deck. Playing with 5 civ dragon control or WDL control mirror they all had the same problem, whoever was able to [ccProd]Razorkinder Puppet[/ccProd] or [ccProd]Skull Shatter[/ccProd] first had a huge advantage. Those are the best and most important cards in the mirror match. That is why I chose to play 3 of each. In order to fix that problem I decided to add Nature in the deck, that way if they went first, I had an opportunity to beat them to the punch. It performed really well and other than taking out [ccProd]Energize[/ccProd] for [ccProd]Sprout[/ccProd], to help with early ramp, I would change nothing.
I was able to get 2nd place and get my invite to the Championship in August and there was nothing more I could have asked for!