The Second Set Of KMCs!

aiden thorneHey there Kaijudo Duelists, Aiden Thorne here, and I’m bringing you the results of the KMCs this weekend! This second week was a little bit less diverse than the first, but it was still impressive none the less! I'll be going to my KMC this up coming Saturday in Poughkeepsie, NY so hopefully I'll see some of you there! I also have a new picture—no longer shall you suffer from my zoomed in face!

There were only 3 events this weekend, and sadly one almost fell entirely off of the radar. The results might not come as too much of a surprise; there has been some obvious reoccurring themes in the Top 8s at these tournaments.

We'll start out by looking at the KMC that happened in South Milwaukee, WI!

Total Players: 24
Top 8:
1. Jerah Doxtator piloting LWD Dragon Control
2. Carl Miciotto piloting LWD Control
3. Jacob Fiero piloting WFN Dragon Aggro
4. David Carnes piloting WDN Control
5. Unknown piloting LWD Control
6. Unknown piloting Mono Fire Rush
7. Chad Blunt piloting LWF Hyperspeed
8. Unknown piloting Unknown

Congratulations to all the players who topped! There is a lot of video content up from this one; this includes from deck profiles and video blogs on youtube! Some big names from the community were present—you can see Earthp0w3r coming in second! Let's take a look at the winning list, Jerah Doxtator's LWD Dragon Control!

Jerah Doxtator's LWD Dragon Control

Light: 18
3 [ccProd]Lux[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Sun-Stalk Seed[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Keeper of Clouds[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Lyra, the Blazing Sun[/ccProd] 2 [ccProd]Stormspark Blast[/ccProd]*
3 [ccProd]Andromeda of the Citadel[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Orion, Radiant Fury[/ccProd]

Water: 14
3 [ccProd]Logos Scan[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Nix[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Crystal Memory[/ccProd]*
2 [ccProd]Spy Mission[/ccProd]*
2 [ccProd]Trial and Error[/ccProd]*
1 [ccProd]Issyl of the Frozen Wastes[/ccProd]

Darkness: 16
3 [ccProd]Scaradorable of Gloom Hollow[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Bone Blades[/ccProd]*
3 [ccProd]Death Smoke[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Dreadclaw, Dark Herald[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd]*
1 [ccProd]Skull Shatter[/ccProd] 2 [ccProd]Dracothane of the Abyss[/ccProd]

All cards marked with an asterisk are Shield Blasts.

Total: 48
Shield Blasts: 15
Mana Curve: 1/0, 2/6, 3/9, 4/11, 5/5, 6/5, 7/4, 8/2, 9/7

Now this deck is actually a bit different than most of the generic LWD builds we see out there. The first thing you might notice is the different array of blockers than usual; [ccProd]Sun-Stalk Seed[/ccProd] comes out at turn 2 which allows it to be a much easier counter to rush. Additionally, with this variant running [ccProd]Nix[/ccProd] you don't want to have to drop your blockers turn 3! The next blocker is [ccProd]Keeper of Clouds[/ccProd], and with LWF Dragons being one of the hardest match ups for LWD Dragon Control this doesn't come as much of a surprise. Trading with both [ccProd]Gilaflame the Assaulter[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Herald of Infernus[/ccProd] while being able to counter attack when you play [ccProd]Lyra, the Blazing Sun[/ccProd] definitely warrants giving this card a look. The next thing you might notice is the large array of finishers; [ccProd]Andromeda of the Citadel[/ccProd], [ccProd]Issyl of the Frozen Wastes[/ccProd], [ccProd]Orion, Radiant Fury[/ccProd], [ccProd]Dracothane of the Abyss[/ccProd], and the ever popular [ccProd]Dreadclaw, Dark Herald[/ccProd] are all power houses. [ccProd]Andromeda of the Citadel[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Dracothane of the Abyss[/ccProd] don't come as much of a surprise, but the use of [ccProd]Orion, Radiant Fury[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Issyl of the Frozen Wastes[/ccProd] is actually pretty cool. They have fantastic synergy and were clearly incredibly potent in the mirror match of the finals! Last but not least, we'll take a look at [ccProd]Dreadclaw, Dark Herald[/ccProd], this card has been growing increasingly popular as of late and with good reason. Not only is this a 7 cost 7000 body, but it is also returns ALL of your other finishers—that becomes huge when you suddenly have a hand full of [ccProd]Andromeda of the Citadel [/ccProd]again! Now let's take a look at cards he chose not to play; normally we expect to see cards like [ccProd]Keeper of Dawn[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Razorkinder Puppet[/ccProd] in these types of lists, but Jerah opted more finishers over them—an interesting choice if I do say so myself! With the constant resources of [ccProd]Nix[/ccProd] he was able to rely on fielding threats as opposed to using the generic type of control with discard; a strategy that definitely paid off!

Congratulations again, Jerah Doxtator! You won one of the second KMCs!


Next up we'll be taking a look at Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada. Now this KMC quite literally fell off the radar; we know almost nothing about it! We were soon given some sad news that was the culprit behind why there was little to no coverage.

Manitoba had a grand total of 6 players. Now that is quite saddening, but the location being so far out of the way and with WI being the same day it almost makes sense. Hopefully next year we won't have the ball dropped like that.

Top 2:
1. Sasha T. piloting Unknown
2. Colby Kitchur piloting Unknown

Congratulations to the winners! We'll see you guys this August in Seattle hopefully!


Luckily, we can end this article with a great success story. As many of you know Ryan Miller was once again present at a KMC, and it was thankfully the the biggest one of the weekend! Let's take a look at Bakersfield, CA!

Total Players: 45
Top 8:
1. Sam Gilbert piloting LWD Dragon Control (With 3 [ccProd]Root Trap[/ccProd])
2. Jeff Garcia piloting 5-Civ Dragon
3. Alan Devera piloting 5-Civ Dragon
4. Anh Do piloting LDN Saber Control
5. Jose Orellana piloting LWD Dragon Control
6. Stephen Liberto piloting WDF Control
7. Aj Gomez piloting LWD Dragon Control (With 3 [ccProd]Root Trap[/ccProd])
8. Joe Stacher piloting LDF Hyperspeed

Congratulations to all the players who topped! LWD Dragon Control and 5-Civ Dragons are pretty much dominating the current meta, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. We're starting to see tons of variation in techs and splashes—splashing 3x [ccProd]Root Trap[/ccProd] is now a common thing! Let's take a look at the winning list, Sam Gilbert's LWD Dragon Control!

Sam Gilbert's LWD Dragon Control

Light: 17
3 [ccProd]Lux[/ccProd] 2 [ccProd]Star Lantern[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Keeper of Dawn[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Lyra, the Blazing Sun[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Stormspark Blast[/ccProd]*
3 [ccProd]Andromeda of the Citadel[/ccProd]

Water: 10
3 [ccProd]Logos Scan[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Crystal Memory[/ccProd]*
3 [ccProd]Spy Mission[/ccProd]*
1 [ccProd]Waterspout Gargoyle[/ccProd]

Darkness: 19
1 [ccProd]Dark Return[/ccProd]*
2 [ccProd]Scaradorable of Gloom Hollow[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Bone Blades[/ccProd]*
2 [ccProd]Death Smoke[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Razorkinder Puppet[/ccProd] 2 [ccProd]Dreadclaw, Dark Herald[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd]*
2 [ccProd]Skull Shatter[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Dracothane of the Abyss[/ccProd]

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

Multi-Civ: 1
1 [ccProd]Saracon, Storm Dynamo[/ccProd]

All cards marked with an asterisk are Shield Blasts.

Total: 50
Shield Blasts: 19
Mana Curve: 1/0, 2/4, 3/7, 4/9, 5/5, 6/9, 7/8, 8/4, 9/4

This is a bit more of the standard LWD build, but with a few solid techs. First of course I'll mention the [ccProd]Root Trap[/ccProd] choice; an increasingly common choice that dodges [ccProd]Lux[/ccProd] and provides more removal. It is useful in decks where they curve out late as it doesn't necessarily hurt you to drop it as mana early on. [ccProd]Saracon, Storm Dynamo[/ccProd] is the next card I want to point out, this card is actually devastating to anyone who doesn't play [ccProd]Root Trap[/ccProd]. Any form of removal on it will end up generating all sorts of pluses for your opponent; not to mention it is a 7500 blocker that can attack for 2 shields! We once again see [ccProd]Dreadclaw, Dark Herald[/ccProd] being used to be a secondary finisher that also returns all of your other finishers—running 2 allows you do this cycle near indefinitely as they can return themselves! Finally, I want to take a look at one of my favorite tech choices in the game, [ccProd]Waterspout Gargoyle[/ccProd]! [ccProd]Waterspout Gargoyle[/ccProd] not only allows you to bounce threats, but he can also bounce a threat AND himself! This allows you to indefinitely avoid [ccProd]Infernus the Awakened[/ccProd] and any situation where your opponent can only field one threat at a time.

Congratulations again, Sam Gilbert! You won one of the second KMCs!

I hope everyone had fun at these events! There was lots of cool swag that everyone picked up, and I really want that finalist play mat more than ever now! I'd like to apologize for some of the missing names and lists; the Kaijudo community only makes so much information public and it becomes near impossible to get the information without being at the venue. I'll personally be at NY next week so you can expect full coverage from there at least! That’s 16 people for Seattle now; will you be next on this list?

Oh, and before I forget, Ryan Miller show cased another card in Bakersfield, CA!
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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 Card of the Day writer, I am article writer for, and I am known on as GatesKaijudo—a hub that I keep exclusively for competitive content.

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