A 3rd Place Finish and the Road to the Top with Billy Brake

Hello Yugioh Community! I am back this week from YCS Chicago and I want to give a big congratulations to Aaron Noel for being able to take the 1st place trophy home! As some of you know I fell just short losing in Top 4, but was at least able to capture 3rd place. Since I finished so well I decided to do a tournament report for all of the ARG article readers out there! I had a really great weekend and want to give a big thank you to everyone who congratulated me on my 12th premier event top and 6th time to make it to the top 4 or better!

Question of the article: Were you surprised that Dino-Rabbit was able to take the first place spot at YCS Chicago even after the priority rule went away?

Don’t forget to answer the question of the article in the comments down below!



During the two week time that separated YCS Dallas and YCS Chicago I spent almost all of my testing time using Chaos Dragons. I was really happy with the deck and felt like it might be the best pick going into YCS Chicago. I had tried Inzektors, but I felt there game 1 Dino-Rabbit match-up was just too hard if you were to lose the dice roll.
I took my Chaos Dragon deck to a local on Tuesday that consisted of 8 people and proceeded to go 0-2. I lost both rounds because I drew practically unplayable hands with the deck and there was nothing I could do. Despite doing so poorly at such a small tournament I was still semi-confident with my choice, but my nerve was beginning to weaken and the thought of switching to another deck crept in my head.

Luckily, the next day Konami announced that there were rule changes and the TCG had finally done away with priority! It felt like Christmas for me, I had been waiting for so long for this rule change and it had finally happened. I felt like a lot more players were going to main or at least side copies of Bottomless Traphole and with Chaos Sorcerer not being able to activate his effect when he was summoned I felt like the deck had become a lot less powerful. It was time to change decks just a mere 3 days before the event.

I had one last Business Law class that I had to attend in the morning, but to be honest I would have been better off just staying home. I spent the whole class thinking up ideas for how I wanted to run my Inzektor deck and what cards I would need to side. I wrote a couple of different deck list out on my Ipad along with some side deck choices and decided to go home and build it up.

My first build I used was very similar to the deck that fellow ARG Writer Alistar Albans used and had success with at YCS Dallas. I was using Card Troopers, a couple copies of Fiendish Chain. It was a pretty standard Inzektor deck and I felt it might be the way to go.

I then began searching my room for my side deck cards and that is when fate intervened! One of my extra binder was full of a bunch of lower end holos that are still semi-useful and I was searching them for a Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer that I could side vs. Chaos Dragons. I turned one of the pages and I saw about 5 copies of Messenger of Peace. A few days earlier fellow ARG Writer Joe Giorlando and I were texting back and forth about his idea to side Level Limit Area B against HERO and Chaos Dragon decks and this thought must have stayed in my head. When I saw the Messengers I immediately thought about how much better this card could be than Level Limit. Against Dino-Rabbit there only outs would be 3 copies of Mystical Space Typhoon and Heavy Storm, HERO decks would have Gemini Sparks they would have to waste, and Chaos Dragons would deal with it a little bit easier than the other two, but it would still be effective. I decided at that point I was going to use 3 copies of Messenger of Peace in my side deck for YCS Chicago.

Later on that night I had a local tournament that I decided to participate in. This was the first tournament I had ever used Inzektors in and was excited to have the opportunity. I had a lot of fun with them and ended up OTKing almost all of my opponent’s and was able to split for 1st place with my brother! I did get a chance to play against a HERO deck in the tourney and I was able to win through his Skill Drain plus three backrows because I had Messenger of Peace up and he couldn’t deal until I drew into all of the right cards to take him down. My deck had performed pretty well at this tournament and it helped boost my confidence going into this weekend!

My flight to Chicago left at 8am and I landed around 10 30 am just in time to catch some lunch with my friends and the owners of Alter Reality Games Jim and Brad! Throughout the day at pre-registration I got a chance to meet up with a lot of my friends and we all got to discuss our last minute ideas and tech choices. I spent a lot of time going over a game plan with my friend Jeff Jones in particular. We were talking about siding Blast with Chain for the mirror match, but we realized that Safe Zone was almost the same kind of thing, but could be better against all of the decks of the format.

I decided to main deck three copies of this card for many reasons. In the mirror match most of the time when your opponent starts to try popping cards on your side of the field they will aim for your back row first. If they target your Safe Zone you can simply chain it to their monster and it will be destroyed before their effect can be triggered. Against Dino-Rabbit you can protect your Inzektors and then put them in defense mode and even if they have a face-up Dolkka on their field, you can just keep activating the inzektor’s effect every turn until it runs out of material. If you chain Safe Zone to a monster that was targeted to be destroyed by Gemini Spark you can chain Safe Zone to that monster and since Safe Zone prevents him from being destroyed your opponent won’t even be able to draw their card from Spark! Chaos Dragons losing the power of priority means when they special summon Chaos Sorcerer you can flip up Safe Zone targeting your monster and your opponent won’t be able to target your guy with Sorcerer’s effect! These were just some of the reasons I had decided to main deck three copies of this card and I felt like it was a really good pick going into this YCS.

I have my deck list filled out with the troopers and everything in it and I am thinking about going to turn it in so it will be final, but not before having one last conversation with some friends. I was not able to test with this deck very much so I did not know if there were better builds out there or if mine was the best one to run. A fair amount of my friends all insisted that I run Inzektor Hopper. I had not been too impressed with the performance of Card Trooper and I understood that most of the time I summoned him and milled I was just trying to get to an Inzektor Hornet so why not use a guy that did just that! Literally in the last minute before I turned my decklist in I cut the Troopers for the Hoppers and I was ready to go!

Here is my Inzektor deck list that I took to 3rd place at YCS Chicago.
Monsters: 20
3 Inzektor Dragonfly
3 Inzektor Centipede
3 Inzektor Hornet
3 Tour Guide From the Underworld
3 Effect Veiler
2 Inzektor Hopper
1 Inzektor Giga-Mantis
1 Sangan
1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning

Spells: 10
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
2 Inzektor Sword – Zektkaliber
1 Dark Hole
1 Monster Reborn
1 Heavy Strom
1 Foolish Burial
1 Book of Moon

Traps : 10
3 Safe Zone
2 Call of the Haunted
2 Solemn Warning
2 Torrential Tribute
1 Solemn Judgment

Side Deck: 15
3 Messenger of Peace
3 Dimensional Fissure
3 D.D. Crow
2 Spirit Reaper
2 Trap Stun
1 Maxx “C”
1 Smashing Ground

Extra Deck: 15
2 Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
2 Wind-Up Zenmaines
2 Leviair The Sea Dragon
1 Temtempo The Percussion Djinn
1 Muzurhythm The String Djinn
1 Melomelody the Bass Djinn
1 Number 30: Acid Golem
1 Number 20: Giga-Brilliant
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Grenosuarus
1 Armory Arm
1 Black Rose Dragon


I am going to give you all a brief overview of a couple of the most often match-ups and how I sided against them during YCS Chicago

VS. Inzektor Mirror Match
IN: 3 D.D. Crow, 1 Maxx “C”
OUT: 2 Call of the Haunted, 1 Foolish Burial, 1 Safe Zone ( or Inzektor Hopper depending on if I am going second)

VS. Chaos Dragons
IN: 2 Messenger of Peace, 2 Dimensional Fissure, 2 Spirit Reaper, 1 Smashing Ground
OUT: 3 Effect Veiler, 2 Call of the Haunted, 1 Foolish Burial, 1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy

VS. Dino-Rabbit
IN: 3 Messenger of Peace, 2 Trap Stun, 2 Spirit Reaper, 1 Smashing Ground
OUT: 3 Effect Veiler, 2 Call of the Huanted, 1 Foolish Burial, 1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy, 1 Safe Zone( or Inzektor Hopper if I was going second)

IN: 3 Messenger of Peace, 2 Trap Stun, 1 Smashing Ground
OUT: 3 Effect Veiler, 1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy , 1 Inzektor Hopper, 1 Foolish Burial (Call of the Haunted if I am going first)


I started off YCS Chicago with an early loss in the first round to a Gravekeeper deck. I had my 5 card hand sent to the grave yard thanks to Royal Tribute, but still managed to pull that game out. The other two games I didn’t really see any monster and he was able to beat me down with a flurry of Gravekeeper’s Recruiters and Descendants. Starting off the day 0-1 is not the way I wanted to begin, but I held my chin up and just kept playing throughout the day.

During Day 1’s 9 rounds of Swiss after losing to Gravekeepers I faced 2 mirror matches, 1 Dark World, 1 Lightsworn, 1 Psychic Deck ( probably my hardest match of the day), and 3 HERO decks. I was able to defeat all of them, some with ease, and others came pretty down to the wire. Either way I had started the day off with a loss and was able to win the next 8 rounds straight and finished Day 1 with an 8-1 record coming in 20th place.


Going into the morning I knew I just needed to win at least one of the two rounds and I would more than likely be able to make the Top 32 cut and get to the single elimination portion of the tournament. In Round 10, the first round of the day, I faced off against Chaos Dragons. It was a tough battle, but in Game 3 I drew my first completely unplayable hand and was attacked by a Tour Guide and Sangan four times in a row and I lost. I now needed to win my bubble match in the last round in order to top. At YCS Dallas a only a couple of weeks ago I was in the same position, but I lost the last match and ended up not being able to talk so to say I was a little nervous would be an understatement.

For the last round I had to play a duelist who I had previously played on the bubble of YCS North Carolina last year, Marc Hahn, where I had came out victorious. He was the first Dino-Rabbit match-up I had the whole tournament and I was ready to go. I won a pretty long game 1 and in game 2 he had the Mystical Space Typhoon for my Messenger of Peace and was able to push it to a game 3. In the final duel he wasn’t able to really get anything going. I won my last round and had topped my 12th event!


In the top 32 I was in an Inzektor mirror match. He drew pretty awful game 1 and I was able to resolve the Dragonfly, Sword, Hornet combo to win the game rather quickly. In game 2 with both opened with Double Inzektor Hopper, but I was able to draw into Hornet a little faster and by the time he drew a foolish burial for his Hornet I had the D.D. Crow to cut him off and move into top 16.

In the Top 16 I faced off against another Dino-Rabbit Duelist. I captured a quick game 1 and in game 2 my side decked Messenger of Peace put in work like I knew it would and I found myself on the way to top 8 !
Sadly I had to face off against a friend of mine Hector Heras in an Inzektor mirror match. We both knew what the other was playing and it was a pretty friendly, but competitive duel. He made a huge push trying to kill me by using Monster Reborn on my Inzektor Dragonfly, but since he didn’t have a Dragonfly of his own in his grave he was able to deal 8000 points of damage to me. I was able to drop Black Luster Soldier on my next turn and by the help of Dragonfly and Leviair I was able to make a game shot that turn and take game 1.

Game 2 Hector opened up with triple Centipede and I had the D.D. Crow for his Inzektor Hornet. He had no hand traps in sight so I was able to take game 2 and advance to the top 4.

I was playing against another Dino-Rabbit Duelist and I felt pretty confident going in. We had a pretty long and back and forth game 1, but due to a timely drawn Effect Veiler, followed up by a Jurrac Guiba he was able to take game 1. In Game 2 I had completel control and after a couple of crucial mistakes on his part, such as forgetting to activate Forbidden Lance in the Damage step I was able to take a fairly quick victory. In game 3 however, he went first opened up with Rescue Rabbit and a Tour guide for the following turn to my hand of all monsters. I was able to stall out for awhile behind a Spirit Reaper, but to no avail. He flipped up a Macro Cosmos and I proceeded to draw into 3 copies of Inzektor Hornets which were useless. There was really nothing I could do the whole game and I was eliminated.

After losing in top 4 I had to playoff for who would get 3rd and the super copy of the Blood Mefist, luckily I was able to defeat Chaos Dragons in two games and at least walk away with another copy of the prize card.

Conclusion: With the priority rule change there was a lot of uncertainty out there in the dueling world. I decided to pick up inzektors and felt like they would give me the best chance for success at YCS Chicago. Thanks to good friends and little bit of a lucky find I was able to achieve this success. The next YCS in Philadelphia is only three weeks away and with the new set Galactic Overlord going to be legal you can bet there will be some new crazy decks out there to watch out for! I am going to try and prepare and make sure I am ready to have another repeat performance in Philly and hopefully capture my 3rd YCS Win!

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or suggestions for future articles feel free to leave them in the comments down below! Don’t forget to answer the question of the article located at the top of the page! Remember, Play Hard or Go Home!

-Billy Brake
-YCS Toronto and Columbus Champion



  • Ricky Ortiz

    Hey billy, great article and Congrats. I would like to know what you would side againts darkworlds, I always have trouble facing them cuz deck Devi and dragged down and mind crush always hurt me so much?

  • miles davis

    So are you going to try and fit in a set of cardcar ds maybe? Always seems good opening turn in inzektors. And with night beam out are you going to find room for that in your side as well?

  • Paul

    What are your thoughts on Vanity’s Emptiness?

  • Alex

    Hey Billy I wanted to ask what card would you prefer to replace 3 tour guide of underworld if you don’t have any?

  • Oscar Bahamonde

    Billy, why not allure of darknes? I think it helps a lot for consistency and also combos with tour guide.

  • Sam Durrant

    congratulations on youre 3rd place victory i wanted to ask a few questions 1 is how did your duels against dino rabbit decks go and in your opinion what is the key for inzektors to beat dino rabbit, oh and good luck at philly what are you going to use

  • PaulH

    what did you side vs dark world?
    3 D-fissure? ddcrow?

  • g

    you dont side out MST/heavy against dragons?

  • Luggi

    how did u side against the wind-up matchup?

  • anon

    awesome article, how to side deck was very helpful

  • z00z

    Hey, congratz man good job!

    Iam interested in that psychic deck as well…

  • Jacob

    What is better in your opinion, hopper or ladybug?

    Great Article by the way, and congratulations on the top!

  • billy I have a question what made you decide not to run duality?

    • Luke

      This deck can beast out alot of special summoning! so having a dead duality in your hand would not help you get out your comboes that you need to win!

  • Juan

    and also forgot to add what you sided for the dark world match up. Thanks again.

  • Dan Cumningham

    Hi Billy, congrats on the top! I’m trying to find the “right” decklist of inzektors, which I’ve been running for about 4 months now, and will be taking to YCS Philly. I don’t have tour guides right now but ive apready preordered 40 packs of BPED. I was wondering if u could take a look over my list and give me any suggestions? Any advice u provide will be greatly appreciated! Thank you

  • Juan

    hey man congrats on your top, im really digging this inzector build but i did have a couple of questions and was hoping you could answer them if at all possible, also i apologize if you already have but i guess i might have missed it. I was curious why you decided against fiendish chain? and what you sided in and out for wind up match up.

  • 22james22

    I have a question for you. Say Trishula, Spore and bulb are unbanned would “plants” be able to compete in the current format? I am thinking no inzektors and dinno rabbit would right over them so thay begs the question why were these cards hit? So the article I would like from you is how “good” is the current format and how could konami make the format better?

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry to ask a question that doesn’t really retain to the article, but you mentioned having a Chaos Dragon build before you started to run Inzektors… May we see this build please? xP


  • Jo Lancaster

    Great job at the event, I was judging Saturday and Sunday and was fortunate to be able to see you and and what not (and deck check you lolol). I really liked how you were a legit with all of your fans and not a snobby guy. Good luck at your next event.



  • Chen

    Great article and congratulations on getting 3rd. I’ve got a question: Say you win the die roll and open Dragonly, Zektkaliber, and Hornet along with Call of the Haunted and Solemn Judgment. How would you end the field?

  • Billy y u use inzektor and not stick to wind up? u lose faith? disgraceful

  • jerardo rojas

    see, in your last article i left a comment saying you should ditch the wind-ups and it totally worked for you. congrats on your top!

  • Ben M.

    What is your opinion on Safe Zone being teched in Wind-Ups?

  • josh aldrich

    i had alot of fun talking with you caleb and hector while we waited for top 8 pairings to go up hope to see you in phily/nats great article btw

  • teros

    dear billy brake pls let me know what techs u are using b4 u play them so i get them b4 the price jump :p

  • Animal

    Wind-Ups are going to win YCS Philly, Or Billy Brake will. Or even both. (If this happens, at least another top tier deck won!)

  • Anonymous

    can you explain why you ran the djinn xyz’s ?

  • Anonymous

    No more wind ups?

  • Alex Flamer

    Good jog Billy. Also I was wondering, is Fiendish Chain still needed for side decks now and are sided Guaibas still really good against Inzektors? Also do you feel it’s necessary to side triple D Fissure since everyone plays 3 Veilers?

    Please answer as soon as you can…

  • Hank Hill

    Will you be maining CardCar in inzektors once it becomes legal?

  • Singing Soul

    Just when I was going to buy 3 safe zones and 3 messenger of peaces to use in my fun worm lynx deck. Now I have to choose between my education and completing the deck. Screw you Billy Brake!!!! SCREW YOUUUUUUU!!!!!

  • Simon Yip

    Hey Billy, I’m sorry I played so poorly in our 3rd place match and misplayed so much. I was just bummed that I couldn’t beat another Dino Rabbit deck. You probably think I’m as bad as the other guy now. Anyways, I hope to play you again in the top rounds of YCS Philly, if you’re going that is.

    • Its alright man like I said it can be our little secret! Haha See you in philly!

  • Dale

    Awesome deck and article, just wondering why you sided reaper over gellenduo, which seems to have become the standard wall in most sides

    • Daniel Lueders

      Reaper is much better to use in inzektors. If your opponent can not control the field then they don’t put all their cards on the field, If all their good cards are in their hand you can rip them with reaper

  • Lucas Ziobro

    congrats man! great article! haha u had to play my friend Marc for the 2nd time now on the bubble XD

  • Anonymous

    just wondering why you didnt side out msts vs chaos dragons?

    • I had been playing against dragons who sided into prohibitions and royal decrees so I didnt want to be caught off gaurd and have them prohibit my only way to kill them.

  • Good artictle Billy Brake 🙂

    I have an ask,the budget decks be strongh on last days.I need side cards for Heroes
    and DW’s.DW’s looking to hand spell cards and their Deck Devestation Virus trap
    cards killing my inzektors and also my oppenent learning my hand.Do you have an
    idea for this deck side cards?

    • Chen

      Gemini Imps deals with the discards. Trap Stun, Call of the Haunted and Limit Reverse (along with Inzektor Centipede) can deal with Deck Devastation Virus.

  • Bobby Kenny

    I feel stupid for not thinking of siding Messenger of Peace in anything… I tried maindecking it in a few things, as I play lots of weird Rogue stuff, but I always found it falling short in the Inzektor and Wind-up matchups. The fact that you could side such an obscure card like that didn’t even cross my mind. I definitely need to remember the sidedeck isn’t just “What hard counters this deck” all of the time. Congrats on the top (even if you were using inzektors).

  • Ben

    Can you explain why you play d.fissure over macro?

    • Mayor Hundred

      Fissure allows for Hornet combos. Macro banishes everything.

  • Gorz????????

    Man u should run gorz

  • Johnny Li

    Hey Billy, I hope you’ll be at SA regionals this weekend. I’ll be sure to say hi and thank you in person for your awesome tech ideas. Thanks so much for teaching me and the community!

  • Congrats on another top. I knew you would be able to top with something besides wind ups.

  • Ben

    That psychic match you said was the hardest of the day, very interesting, what was that deck like? Like what cards it ran, and overall strategy. Thanks!

  • Animal

    Wait, Inzektors? I’m confused. I thought you played Wind-Ups. Seems like I was wrong.

    • I change what deck I am using ever so often, I used wind-ups at the last three events and felt like it was time for a change of pace!

      • teros

        can u give us the decklist of the windzektors u used at dallas pls…pretty pls

  • citizen0(member team godlike)

    good article Billy. I appreciatte the fact of the detailed breakdown, side ins/outs. Gl to you and ARG and Philly. We hope to see you guys at Nats.

  • Jeffrey M. Pircher

    I’ve been playing inzektors since I packed hornet at the sneak peek.
    I love the plays and the intricate combos. I’m a little curious about a few of your techs
    for example for example why trap stun over dust tornado in the side?

    • I like trap Stun since it can negate all of my opp. Backrows at once and then I can use my inzektors to destroy them all. Its helpful to get rid of Macro/Skill drain and not have solemn warning just shut me down!

  • Granite

    You’re good and all, but you keep putting your name after the title. Makes you look very egocentric.

    • Tyler wilson

      Bro he’s is the the best yugioh player in the world u can make comments when u top 10+events and win back to back ycs

    • Anonymous

      Really dont see how. He is pointing out that he has written the article besides just letting the post show it. Nothing wrong with that.

    • just including that I wrote the article, but thanks for your concern!

    • Vozw

      I don’t mind at all; I know he writes good articles, and this helps me find them.

  • Justin Gilbert

    Good article, and congratulations

  • Why on earth were you siding out of veilers vs the rabbit matchup? The messengers were a blindside and put in a ton of work, i see that, but at the cost of letting them grab the laggia and dolkka as they see fit?

    • Veilers still aren’t great against a deck that most likely sides into Macro Cosmos, I side them out as well.

      • dumb question was dumb. lol I ignored the fact he was playing inzektors when i posted that. I was simply thinking veiler vs rabbit, disregarding the rest.

    • Jeff Jones

      Just because you CAN effect veiler a Rabbit now doesnt mean its effective. They can still set 2+ backrow and you have to deal with a protected rabbit. Its better to side in things that will give you outs to laggia and dolkka then to have an effect veiler which you can draw dead after they make a rabbit play, where the other cards you wouldnt draw dead. You can simply draw them and play them.

    • Jeff Jones

      ESPECIALLY since they side in Macro Cosmos