The Sixth Set of KMCs

aiden thorneHey there Kaijudo Duelists, Aiden Thorne here, and I’m bringing you the results of the KMCs this weekend! We're nearing the end of our KMC season; only four of them are left. Speaking of which, there's only 1 KMC next week; how am I going to fill an entire article off that?!

The KMCs this time around had decent turn outs; not quite the massive ~70 person tournaments, and it's unlikely we'll ever do as bad as 6 again! There were a lot of requests for unique deck names, but sorry about that everyone; we can't be confusing players like that if it is similar to an already used archetype.

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!

First up is Anderson, Indiana!

Total Players: 33
Top 8:
1. Ben Rowe - LWD Control
2. Mike Swartz - LWN Aggro
3. Taylor Reining - Mono Fire Rush
4. Carolyn Colajezzi - Keeper Control
5. Javier Maldonado - Keeper Control
6. Adam Perdue - Unknown
7. Sean Mccabe - LWDN Control
8. Joshua Stewart - Unknown

Congratulations to all the players who topped! Some of you older players may remember Ben Rowe from the old Duel Masters days, and it certainly looks like he made quite the appearance in this game as well coming out and taking this KMC by storm! Ben had helped Mike Swartz throw a deck together before the tournament and they both took the top 2 spots; that's some solid team work! Let’s take a look at the winning list, Ben Rowe's LWD Control!

Ben Rowe's LWD Control

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

Water: 11
1x [ccProd]King Tritonus[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Crystal Memory[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Spy Mission[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Logos Scan[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Cyber Lord Corile[/ccProd]

Darkness: 15
2x [ccProd]Skull Shatter[/ccProd] 3x[ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd]*
1x [ccProd]Suffocate[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Bone Blades[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Mesmerize[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Scaradorable of Gloom Hollow[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Dark Return[/ccProd]*

Multi-Civ: 8
1x [ccProd]Spelljacker[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Grip of Despair[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Piercing Judgment[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Aqua Strider[/ccProd]

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

All cards marked with an asterisk are Shield Blasts.

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

Shield Blasts: 23
Total: 51

This is a familiar sight, LWD Control taking another KMC. Let's look at some of the card choices that really set this list apart; Ben Rowe was known for crazy techs and wild lists in the past! First thing to pop out at me is [ccProd]Spelljacker[/ccProd], and this actually isn't a bad choice at all; [ccProd]Spelljacker[/ccProd] is a body and can act as draw, discard, or removal in the late game—definitely a versatile choice. The next big thing to jump out is only two [ccProd]Andromeda of the Citadel[/ccProd]! If I were to make an expert opinion, I would guess that this is a budgeted version, but that didn't stop Ben from taking this KMC!

Congratulations again, Benjamin Rowe! You won one of the sixth KMCs!

Next up, we'll be looking at a story that should warm hearts and sooth the soul, Manteca, California!

Total Players: 26 (Noah Koessel - Dark Saber-Bolt 7th if Chris won, 8th if Chris lost. Carlos in 4th if Chris won, or in 3rd if Chris lost—the rest mono fire)
Top 8:

1. Zachary Mirman - Mono Fire Rush
2. Mike Karr - LWD Bottle Tempo
3. Carlos Gutierrez - Mono Fire Rush
4. Cassidy Bertsch - Mono Fire Rush
5. Alex Ramirez - Keeper Control
6. Aj Gomez - Keeper Control
7. Christopher Feliciano - Mono Fire Rush
8. Noah Koessel - Dark Saberbolt

Congratulations to all the players who topped! The heart warming story I mentioned was that Mike Karr and Zachary Mirman didn't play off in the finals, Mike lived in Seattle so it would have been silly for him to take the free airfare. So like a good person, he gave the win to Zachary; kudos for being an awesome sport. Again we've seen Mono Fire Rush take a KMC now; those drakons are getting serious! Zachary wanted to give a shout out to PatVan and Henry Prior for the inspiration to play this build. I'd also like to thank the venue Wa Torn Front for being so helpful and giving me the final standings over the phone. Let’s take a look at the winning list, Zachary Mirman's Mono Fire Rush!

Zachary Mirman's Mono Fire Rush

Creatures: 29
3x [ccProd]Blaze Belcher[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Jetflame Bodyguard[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Branca the Treacherous[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Flame Spinner[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Drakon Weaponsmith[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Laser-arm Drakon[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Burnclaw the Relentless[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Jet-Thrust Darter[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Gilaflame the Assaulter[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Drakon Warchief[/ccProd]

Spells: 11
3x [ccProd]Comet Missile[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Heat Seekers[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Tornado Flame[/ccProd]*
2x [ccProd]Barrage[/ccProd]*

All cards marked with an asterisk are Shield Blasts.

Mana Curve: 1/6, 2/12, 3/11, 4/6, 5/3, 6/2

Shield Blasts: 8
Total: 40

This is a very straight forward Mono Fire Rush deck. You'll notice the more recent pattern in these rush decks is to actually play more removal, and cards like [ccProd]Barrage[/ccProd] have been becoming important tools for the mirror match. Drakons are winning too much now, are you ready for the cries to ban them?(That's a joke, don't be crazy!) Sounds like something the community would do though right?

Congratulations again, Zachary Mirman! You won one of the sixth KMCs!

We'll be finishing this article off with some more of our friends from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada!

Total Players: 26
Top 8:
1. Damon Carron - Boom Field (WDF Dragon Control)
2. Karl Angeles - Keeper Control
3. Khenn Luu - Mono Fire Rush
4. Joey Godin - Mono Darkness
5. Ryan Simpson - Mono Fire Rush
6. Kular Harjun - Greed Dragons
7. Julian Anonby - Keeper Control
8. Sandra Pearce - LFN Aggro

Congratulations to all the players who topped! Look at that, a WDF Dragon deck won! It's been awhile since we've seen Dragons take a tournament, and even longer since we've seen WDF take one; who would have thought we'd get both in the same day? Lots of rush in the top again, and a mono Darkness deck managed to sneak into top 4; that won the other Canadian KMC—I wonder if he was hoping for a repeat! Let's take a look at the winning list, Damon Carron's WDF Dragon Control!

Damon Carron's Boom Field

Water: 9
3x [ccProd]Bottle of Wishes[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Nix[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Reef-Eye[/ccProd]

Darkness: 14
2x [ccProd]Dreadclaw, Dark Herald[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Mesmerize[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Grudge Weaver[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Umbra[/ccProd]

Fire: 20
3x [ccProd]Infernus the Awakened[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Moorna, Gatling Dragon[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Tatsurion the Unchained[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Dragon’s Breath[/ccProd]*
2x [ccProd]Chain-Lash Tatsurion[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Bolgash Dragon[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Twin-Cannon Maelstrom[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Hyperspeed Dragon[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Herald of Infernus[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Overcharge[/ccProd]

All cards marked with an asterisk are Shield Blasts.

Mana Curve: 1/0, 2/9, 3/6, 4/2, 5/9, 6/3, 7/11, 8/0, 9/3

Shield Blasts: 9
Total: 43

That's a lot of dragons! The first thing I noticed about this deck was the low card count of 43; this means the deck will have explosive mid-game power and hopefully overwhelm the Keeper Control lists that it faces. This deck has completely forgone all multi-civ cards, and it has a very interesting dragon line up! Let's take a look at the cards that stick out; first off, [ccProd]Grudge Weaver[/ccProd]. I can tell he was looking for extra rush protection, and [ccProd]Grudge Weaver[/ccProd] forcing them to discard can be quite a strong play; especially when you only need to last until you can summon [ccProd]Herald of Infernus[/ccProd] and make the rush players afraid to attack. Two [ccProd]Moorna, Gatling Dragon[/ccProd] is rare, but with the rise of stand offs it definitely can warrant a second slot—this goes hand in hand with [ccProd]Overcharge[/ccProd]. Of course without light there is no access to cards like [ccProd]Lyra, the Blazing Sun[/ccProd], so she can be substituted with the Fire version of [ccProd]Chain-Lash Tatsurion[/ccProd]! The last card to merit a look is Dragon's Breath, but with only 9 Shield Blasts there isn't much left to wonder about why it is there. For those who didn't understand, this deck is about overwhelming your opponent with dragons, cards like [ccProd]Umbra[/ccProd] allow for some really fun plays with [ccProd]Overcharge[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Chain-Lash Tatsurion[/ccProd]; then when everything explodes you can reset the game with [ccProd]Dreadclaw, Dark Herald[/ccProd]! All and all it's nice to see dragons again; look at all the the Fire guys!

Congratulations again, Damon Carron! You won one of the sixth KMCs!

Can you believe it? IT'S COMING OUT ON A MONDAY?!?! First KMC review that was done on time! We're up to 36 people with invites now, will you be the next to get on the list? I'll be back next week with another KMC coverage article!

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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  • Aiden Thorne

    I misspelled the store I gave a shout out too! The store that gave me the Manteca results was War Torn Front.

  • Mike Karr

    Aiden, This is Mike – just posted the deck I played with and your information is a bit off its actually a 4 color mid range deck WDLF , Right as I was posting this realized you already posted that on dojo… too fast.