The Fourth Set Of KMCs

aiden thorneHey there Kaijudo Duelists, Aiden Thorne here, and I’m bringing you the results of the KMCs this weekend! I was present at another event; I seem to always go to the largest KMCs! Luckily this time around I did much better than I did last time.

This was the first set of KMCs are Clash of the Duel Masters, and not so surprisingly many of the more common decks from last format still managed to keep their pedestal. I decided to take my sweet time getting this article in; between internet drama, poor coverage, and secretive deck lists this was quite the challenging article to compile.

I'd like to thank the community that helps me compile the information; I couldn't do these without everyone, and I write these so everyone can benefit from the information! So, let's get on with it!

Let’s take a look at Jacksonville, FL!

Total Players: 35
Top 8:
1. Patrick Vanlandingin - Mono Red Rush
2. Jevauhn Wright - Mono Red Rush
3. Peter Cattani - LWDF Dragons
4. Luis Marciaga - Mono Red Rush
5. Andres Cantillo - LWD Control
6. Kason Day - Unknown
7. Kevin Becerra - Bottle.dek
8. Randall Hopson - Unknown

Congratulations to all the players who topped! There is a surprisingly large amount of rush decks in the Top 8 this time around; that's a relieving sight to see. I've gotten so tired of seeing Greed Dragons and LWD taking the top spots! Let’s take a look at the winning deck list, Patrick Vanlandingin's Mono Red Rush!

Patrick Vanlandingin's Mono Red Rush

3x [ccProd]Jetflame Bodyguard[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Blaze Belcher[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Flame Spinner[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Branca the Treacherous[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Drakon Weaponsmith[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Scaled Impaler[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Laser-arm Drakon[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Burnclaw the Relentless[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Drakon Warchief[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Gilaflame the Assaulter[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Comet Missile[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Heatseekers[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Tornado Flame[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Barrage[/ccProd]*

All cards marked with an asterisk are Shield Blasts.

Total40
Shield Blasts: 9
Mana Curve: 1/6, 2/14, 3/8, 4/6, 5/3, 6/3, 7/0, 8/0, 9/0

You may remember my mentioning of budget decks in a previous article; well this is quite the example of how they can be successful. Patrick has done a wonderful job of creating a rush deck that also has Shield Blasts. With new cards such as [ccProd]Scaled Impaler[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Flame Spinner[/ccProd] rush has seen improvements. As the title implies the goal is to simply win as quickly as possible by devastating your opponent's shields; we have seen many rush decks top, but this one has finally won! Well done Patrick!

Congratulations again, Patrick Vanlandingim! You won one of the Fourth KMCs!

Next up we'll be taking a look at the KMC that took place in Hartsville, South Carolina; this is another KMC where my friends on Team Peach were present!

Total Players: 40
Top 8:

1. Spencer Swan- Mesmerized (LWD Control)
2. Jeff Gray - Greed Dragons
3. Robert Miller - Greed Dragons
4. Ricky Gross - LWD Dragons
5. Christian Van Hoose - Greed Dragons
6. Drew Bridges - LWD Control
7. Kyle Wright - LWD Control
8. Brandon Morris - LWDN Aggro

Congratulations to all the players who topped! This seems a lot more similar to the type of Top 8s I expected! Sadly, this strongly resembles our pre-clash format; I hope this isn't a constant trend! We once again see some known members in the top, and a congratulations Team Peach's Spencer Swan for winning; let's take a look at Spencer Swan's Mesmerized (LWD Control)!

Spencer Swan's Mesmerized (LWD Control)

Light: 14
3x [ccProd]Andromeda of the Citadel[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Lyra, The Blazing Sun[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Stormspark Blast[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Keeper of Dawn[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Keeper of Laws[/ccProd]

Water: 12
1x [ccProd]King Tritonus[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Waterspout Gargoyle[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Spy Mission[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Crystal Memory[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Logos Scan[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Cyber Lord Corile[/ccProd]

Darkness: 14
1x [ccProd]Dark Return[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Skull Shatter[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Bone Blades[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Mesmerize[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Scaradorable of Gloom Hollow[/ccProd]

Nature: 3
3x [ccProd]Root Trap[/ccProd]*

Multi-Civ: 5
1x [ccProd]Grip of Despair[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Piercing Judgment[/ccProd]*
1x [ccProd]Aqua Strider[/ccProd]

All cards marked with an asterisk are Shield Blasts.

Total: 48
Shield Blasts: 21
Mana Curve: 1/0, 2/2, 3/12, 4/12, 5/4, 6/6, 7/6, 8/2, 9/3, 10/1

This is my kind of deck! I'm not quite going to go into details on this one; I feel I could do a better job explaining a similar deck that won the next KMC that will be covered in this article! I will be going over the few tech choices that I love in this deck though! [ccProd]Waterspout Gargoyle[/ccProd] was a card that started seeing more and more play last format, and he seems to have stood the test of time. His versatility and usefulness seems to have allowed him to keep his slot moving into the next format!

Congratulations again, Spencer Swan! You won one of the Fourth KMCs!

For our last KMC of this week, we'll be taking a trip to Mount Gilead, OH. This is home to the second largest KMC thus far! I was also present at this one; I picked the two biggest to attend!

Total Players: 60
Top 8:
1. Aiden Thorne - Keeper Control
2. Bryan Anderson - Keeper Control
3. Henry Prior - LWD Dragon Control
4. Russel Young - Greed Dragons
5. Daniel Polo - Unknown
6.  Jonathon Castagna - Lux Sack
7. Greg Cresswell - Greed Dragons
8. Meghan Kirley - Mono Red Rush

Congratulations to all the players who topped! Similar to SC, we have lots of Greed dragons and lots of LWD lists. I actually ended up getting my invite at this one along with my best friend and team mate, Bryan Anderson. We both piloted our Team Gates original Keeper Control!

Team Gates' Keeper Control

Nature: 3
3x [ccProd]Root Trap[/ccProd]*

Multi-Civ: 8
1x [ccProd]Squillace Scourge[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Grip of Despair[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Piercing Judgement[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Aqua Strider[/ccProd]

Light: 15
3x [ccProd]Andromeda of the Citadel[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Lyra, the Blazing Sun[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Stormspark Blast[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Keeper of Dawn[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Keeper of Laws[/ccProd]

Water: 13
2x [ccProd]King Tritonus[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Crystal Memory[/ccProd]*
2x [ccProd]Spy Mission[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Logos Scan[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Cyber Lord Corile[/ccProd]

Darkness: 15
1x [ccProd]Skull Shatter[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd]*
1x [ccProd]Suffocate[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Bone Blades[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Scaradorable of Gloom Hollow[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Mesmerize[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Dark Return[/ccProd]*

All cards marked with an asterisk are Shield Blasts.

Shield Blasts: 23
All Civilization counts include Multi-Civs:
Nature: 3
Light: 21
Water: 21
Darkness: 17
Total Card Count: 54

Mana Curve: 1/0, 2/4, 3/12, 4/14, 5/4, 6/6, 7/7, 8/1, 9/4, 10/2

You probably understand why I waited to explain this type of list now. Both Spencer and I ran similar lists; of course there are also a large amount of differences. I could talk about the combos and synergies in this deck for hours, but I'll save some time and cover the core cards that really make the deck.

Like previous LWD lists, Keeper Control utilizes [ccProd]Keeper of Dawn[/ccProd] in order to get spells back; in this deck is has incredible synergy with [ccProd]Piercing Judgment[/ccProd]. Using the two together can lead to infinite removal spells if you have a large enough creature on the board. The card that actually gives this deck its name is [ccProd]Keeper of Laws[/ccProd]; this was probably one of the most powerful cards out of Clash. It's a huge at 3500 for 4, and the abilities are incredible! It becomes untargetable and nets tons of card advantage; it gets even more ridiculous when you have two out at the same time! [ccProd]King Tritonus[/ccProd] is absolutely bonkers, this card just generates so much advantage. When it comes into play you immediately get to draw up to 5 cards; that on its own is absurd, but not only that, it actually has another game breaking ability! [ccProd]King Tritonis[/ccProd] has the ability to lock down a creature everytime you cast a spell; this gets to the point it is almost unfair. [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd] can banish a creature AND stop something else from attacking; you can even cast draw spells and use it to disable creatures! Another card we'll go over is [ccProd]Mesmerize[/ccProd], this card is arguably the best card in the game. Not only does it give you knowledge, but it also lets you deal with a threat as early as turn 3! You can decimate your opponent's tempo and ruin any future plans for as little as 3 mana; you can expect to see this card all over the place for a very long time.

I hope everyone had fun at these events! There was lots of cool swag that everyone picked up, and I finally got that finalist play mat that I wanted so badly! That’s 26 people for Seattle now; will you be next on this list?

That’s all I have for you today though; I really took my time getting you these results. It's not as easy as it looks delving the depths of facebook and forums looking for standings! That’s okay though; Clash of the Duel Masters is out and we have a whole new meta (hopefully). I'll be going to the KMC in MA this weekend; I hope to see some of you guys there!

Good luck duelists!

Aiden_Thorne
I'm Andy Criss, also known as Aiden Thorne to the Kaijudo community. I am currently a full time student who works as a part time writer/editor—I also write A LOT about Kaijudo. I've been the administrator of a Kaijudo fan website/forum since before the game was released, this was because I was a strong advocate of Duel Masters. Though Kaijudo is not the only game I play, I often find success in MtG and other popular games. I am well known throughout the Kaijudo community for being a competitive player with great insight; I was a Pojo.com Card of the Day writer, I am article writer for Kaijudo.com, and I am known on youtube.com as GatesKaijudo—a hub that I keep exclusively for competitive content.
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  • Shane Hopkins

    Hey Aiden, thanks a bunch for putting these together it really helps to see what I might be up against in the KMC’s. My local store doesn’t have many competitive players so I don’t get to play test as much as I’d like, at least now I won’t be totally blind sided when my KMC comes up.