Hello to all my fellow duelists out there!
Today I want to write about something completely different than I normally do. As you can probably infer from the title, I'm going to write about my experience this past weekend after playing in the San Antonio Texas Regional with my own Chaos deck! I ended up making the Top 8 so it was a successful run, but I wanted to share my experiences with the deck during the tournament and give a little history as well!
To start, I had been testing Chaos during the first month or two of the format, and after unsuccessfully being able to keep up with the other top decks in the format, I eventually gave up on it. Some problems I had ran along the lines of not drawing Chaos Sorcerer often enough and just having a variety of lack luster plays. Fast forward to present day, and after Chaos won YCS Kansas, I decided to take a second look at my old Chaos deck, and after reminiscing a little bit back to 2006 when I made top 4 with a Chaos deck, and thinking about how much I missed using Dark Armed Dragon, I decided it was time to try and play Chaos again! So I guess I could say Courtney did have a little bit of influence on me taking a second look into Chaos again!
Here is the deck I played this past weekend!
3 Maxx "C"
Extra Deck: 15
1 Leviair(This card is great when combined with Chaos Monsters because you can loop cards such as Thunder King, Spirit Reaper and Dimensional Alchemist!)
So after seeing the success of Chaos at YCS Kansas City, I decided to build this deck up on Dueling Network, and I had planned to test extensively with it, but I only ended up testing around 3 games with it, and then a few with Billy Brake before the regional. I felt as if I wouldn't do well, but by playing I would get a good feel of the deck and be able to figure out what to change. I was using the Regional as a testing dummy for future YCS Events.
A little recap, round 1 pairings go up and I am matched off against a local friend of mine and I have no idea what he is playing. It turns out that he is running Rescue Rabbit, and throughout both games I am in a winning position and unfortunately lose to a top decked Black Luster game 1 and an OTK in the second game which resulted in me suffering an early 2-0 loss. After this round I really disliked my deck and felt like I wasn't going to do well, but I would try my best and see how far I could go in the tournament using a sub-par deck.
I sit down and after a couple turns I learn he is playing Dark World. I am able to use Sorcerer to remove his Grapha from the game and he didn't really have much going on so I was able to win relatively quickly. During the second game I sided into 3 Gemini Imps and was able to stop a big Card Destruction play and protect my hand and won after a long drawn out game.
*Note: Gemini Imp is a very useful card in Chaos decks against Dark World in my opinion because if keeps your opponent from peaking at your hand and taking your removal monsters!
Im playing against Six Samurai and there really isn't anything too notable about this game other than I learn that Ryko should probably be used in my main deck and also that Six Samurai is a very easy match up for Chaos.
I play against Black Wings and lose the first game, and am able to win the next two fortunately because of my Black Luster Soldier, Solemn Judgment and D.D. Crows controlling his graveyard. Black wings is another good matchup for Chaos!
I play against Agents, which is another good matchup in my opinion due to me main decking 2 Smashing Grounds and lots of spot removal cards.
I play against T.G. Skill Drain. I really felt as if I was about to be knocked out of the tournament because I didn't main deck any answers aside from Heavy Storm to deal with Skill Drain. Fortunately he didn't draw any Skill Drains and I was able to win the game pretty quick. The next game I drew a lot of removal and he was forced to use Heavy Storm to trigger his own Starlight Road and quickly lost after that.
I play against ANOTHER Skill Drain deck but this time its a Gear Town deck. I was a little nervous playing against another Skill Drain deck because my deck admittedly is not well prepared for it. In the first game I am able to stall behind a Spirit Reaper after my opponent explodes summoning 4 monsters by turn 2 including 2 Barbaros, 1 Malefic Cyber End Dragon, and a Ancient Gear Gadjiltron Dragon! I come back by summoning a Caius to remove his Necrovalley, which in turn destroyed his Malefic Monster, attacked over a Barbaros and then in main phase two summoning a Chaos Sorcerer. In the next game I have MST along with a Ryko to gain early advantage against his Field Spells and large monsters and quickly swing in with monsters. A sided Cyber Dragon was able to take down his Malefic Cyber End Dragon!
I play against another friend from my local, and he is playing Agents. In the first game he opens with a poor draw consisting of 2 Shine Balls, and I am able to Blitzkrieg him and win relatively fast. Game 2 he starts with a Trap Dustshoot and I am thinking in my head that this is about to go to Game 3, but after a few more turns I learn that he opened with 2 Shine Balls AGAIN and after about 3 turns drew into his 3rd Shine Ball and I was able to win the match 2-0!
I gave my opponent the win in the Top 8 so I could get home earlier since I had a 4 1/2 hour drive ahead of me!
So I did what I didn't think was possible and made Top 8 with a deck I really didn't feel was all that great after playing a few rounds with. It did feel like the deck got better as I played it more, but I definitely attribute my success to me not playing that many Plant decks. Im unsure how well I would have done if I had to play against multiple Plants decks back to back. Some changes that I feel need to be made is finding room for a main decked Ryko, and also dropping Pot of Duality all together. I thought it would be good for digging Chaos Sorcerers, but I think a better route to take is just using another powerful card in its place.
Overall, my initial thoughts of the deck being Sub-Par are still very up in the air, but only further testing will clarify if this deck will continue to be my deck of choice. This deck was all built on theory, and it was a prime example that practice is a very crucial key to success to anything. If I had tested more, I would have had a much easier day. Try it for yourself, maybe you will like it and be able to take it to new heights!
Feel free to comment below and voice your opinions and ask any questions you may have!
Until next time, remember to Play Hard or GO HOME!
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