Round 1 Feature Match: Fili Luna vs Daniel Wainikinea

Fili Luna is a very well known name in this particular game, he once dominated the meta game and has been absent for over 2 years! Today he is piloting Blackwings against Daniel Wainikinea's Evilswarms. Now, Daniel has the benefit of being able to lock Fili out of his Syncro Summon ability through the use of Evilswarm Ophion. Can the control ability that Evilswarms provide be enough to stop the constant advantage that Black Whirldwind can give a Blackwing player?

Round 1

Fili drew to 6 cards in his hand and played Allure of Darkness to draw 2 cards from his deck, he then banished Blackwing - Bora the Spear from his hand for Allure's effect. Fili then normal summoned Dark Grepher and pitched Blackwing - Sirocco the Dawn from hand to activate Grepher's effect to send Blackwing - Vayu the Emblem of Honor from his deck to his grave. Daniel then dropped Maxx "C" to discourage the Blackwing - Vayu the Emblem of Honor play this turn. Fili set Solemn Warning and passed his turn.

Daniel drew to 5 cards and then summoned Evilswarm Helotrope only to fall prey to Solemn Warning, putting Fili's life points at 6000. Daniel set one card to his back row and then passed to Fili.

Fili drew and then activated Dark Grepher's effect to send another Blackwing - Sirocco the Dawn from hand and a Blackwing - Vayu the Emblem of Honor from deck to grave. He then banished Blackwing - Vayu the Emblem of Honor and Blackwing - Sirocco the Dawn for Blackwing - Armed Wing and swung for a total of 4000 damage, dropping Daniel to 4000 Life Points. He set 1 card to his back row and passed his turn.

Daniel drew for his turn and then summoned another Heliotrope. He entered his battle phase and swung over Dark Grepher for 250 damage. He set one more card to his back row and attempted to pass his turn, but Fili activated Delta Crow - Anti Reverse in the end phase to destroy Daniel's set Eradicator Epidemic Virus and Book of Moon! Daniel sighed and passed his turn.

Fili drew for his turn and then activated his second Vayu to banish itself and another Blackwing - Sirocco the Dawn to summon a second Armed Wing. He entered his battle phase and attacked with both Armed Wings for 350 and 2300 damage, dropping Daniel to 1350 life points so Fili dropped a Blackwing - Kalut the Moon Shadow during the damage step of his last attack to make it a game.

Round 1 goes to Fili Luna

Fili LunaBoth players began to side deck for the next round of Evilswarms vs. Blackwings. Daniel got off to a rough start openening 3 Evilswarm Heliotrope in his first hand. Let’s see who can come out on top this time.

Round 2

Daniel started off the second game drawing to 6 cards. He summoned Rescue Rabbit to start the turn. He activated its effect to summon 2 Evilswarm Heliotropes from his deck.

"How many Rabbits can you run now? Fili asked
"It's limited to one, haha." Daniel replied

Fili then laughed at the luck that Daniel had in drawing it in his opening hand. Daniel then overlayed his two Heliotropes into an Evilswarm Ophion and used its effect to search out Infestation Pandemic from his deck. He then set 2 cards to his back row and passed his turn to Fili.

Fili drew to 6 cards (Allure of Darkness, Blackwing - Blizzard the Far North, Fiendhish Chain, Pot of Duality Blackwing - Shura the Blue Flame and Shadow Imprisoning Mirror). He activated Allure of Darkness and drew Blackwing - Bora the Spear and Tour Guide from the Underworld. He banished Blackwing - Bora the Spear for Allure’s effect and then summoned Tour Guide to special summon another Tour Guide. He then XYZ Summoned Zenmaines by overlaying the 2 Tour Guides, he then set 2 cards to his back row (Shadow Imprisoning Mirror and Fiendish Chain) and passed his turn to Daniel.

Daniel drew for his turn and took a moment to ponder his options.

"Zenmaines' effect to destroy activates in the End Phase, right?" Daniel asked.
"Yeah that's right." Fili clarified.

Round 1Fili then activated Infestation Infection to return an Evilswarm Mandragora to his deck and then added an Evilswarm Thunderbird from his deck to his hand. Fili took a moment to read and familiarize himself with Evilswarm Thunderbird before Daniel normal summoned it to the field. Daniel then attacked the Zenmaines with Ophion, forcing it to detach a material to save itself. He then passed his turn. In the end phase Fili destroyed Ophion with Zenmaines' effect.

Fili drew Dark hole for his turn then played Pot of Duality to reveal Thunder King Raioh, Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind and Delta Crow - Anti Reverse. He chose to take Thunder King and added it to his hand, shuffling the other 2 back into the deck. He then summoned Blackwing - Shura the Blue Flame and attacked over Thunderbird for 150 damage. He passed his turn after realizing that he couldn’t get Shura’s effect to special summon since he activated Pot of Duality earlier in the turn! He laughed off his mistake, recovering from the misplay like the champion he is. Hopefully that misplay wouldn't end up hurting him in the end!

Mid round
Daniel drew and then began his turn by using Infestation Infection to send back another Mandragora again to add an Evilswarm Kerykeion to his hand. He then normal summoned Evilswarm Castor and used the additional normal summon from Castor's effect to summon the Kerykeion. He activated Kerykeion's effect, banishing his dead Ophion as cost only to be stopped by Shadow Imprisoning Mirror! Daniel pondered on his next move before finally XYZ summoning another Evilswarm Ophion. He then revelaed that he had 3 darks in grave and special summoned Dark Armed Dragon from his hand. He attacked over Shura with Ophion for 750 damage then passed his turn back to Fili.

Fili drew Blackwing - Vayu the Emblem of Honor for the turn then immediately moved to his main phase to activate Dark Hole. Daniel activated Infestation Pandemic to save Ophion. Fili summoned Thunder King Raioh and passed his turn, destroying Ophion in the End Phase with Zenmaines.

Daniel drew for his turn and passed without playing a card.

Fili drew Solemn Warning for his turn, he then normal summoned Vayu in attack mode and swung with his 3 monsters for 1900, 800 and 1500 damage. He set warning and passed.

Daniel drew for his turn and normal summoned Kycoo the Ghost destroyer. Kycoo attacked Vayu for 1000 damage over Vayu, but Shadow Mirror kept him from banishing cards from Fili’s grave. Daniel then set 1 card and passed his turn.

Fili drew Blackwing - Sirocco the Dawn for the turn and then attacked over Kycoo with Thunderking for 100 damage and attacking directly with Zenmaines for 1500

Daniel then drew for his turn, special’d mandragora and normal summoned another Castor, he then overlayed the 2 of them into Ophion again, only to have Thunder King negate the summon. He passed to Fili

Fili then drew Blizzard for his turn, he then summoned the Blizzard and special summoned Bora to swing at Daniel’s life points for game.

Fili Luna beats out Daniel Wainikinea after a 2 year hiatus from the game!

Here's a quick wrap up interview with Fili:

Round 1 and 204Hometown: Arlington Texas

Local Store: Well, this is my first time playing at an event in 2 years, before that hiatus I went to Cosmic Comics all the time.

What Deck are you Playing?: Blackwings

What Made you Play that Deck?: Affordability, I don’t own any of the cards in the deck so I borrowed them from friends who were kind enough to let me. I was comfortable with the deck before and the new cards that have come out in support of the deck made it even better, so I thought it was the best choice.

What decks are you most scared of dueling against today?: Spellbooks and Dragons put in work so I am scared of them most honestly.

Are there any matchups you have prepared more for?: I think the format is too diverse to have a specific deck to be prepared for today. I feel like I am adequately prepared for all matchups though.

How has your deck performed so far and in testing?: The deck performed pretty fantastically and has tested very well. Its performed exactly how I need it to.

Have you personally not been on your game at all? You had a misplay with Shura that could have been game ending: Other than the Shura play I felt like I was making all the right plays. I think it is kind of a bad example though because in game 1 my opponent drew pretty poorly.

What would you spend the $1,500 credit prize on?: PS4, Printer and a new Desktop

Now you are in a bit of a unique situation, because you have been out of the game for 2 years. How does it feel to finally come back and play competitively again?: It feels the same! To me the game of ygo is like riding a bike, so if you plan and predict certain moves and have good knowledge of the current meta game decks you can play perfectly when you need to.

We wish Fili the best of luck today on his return to the competitive scene. Is this the start of a major comeback for the 4 time SJC champion? Either way, Play Hard or Go Home!

Kalen Nelson
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