The Third 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 actually present at an event this time, and I did pretty good at the biggest KMC to date! Each week the attendance record gets broken; let's hope that trend keeps up!

For starters the meta this weekend was quite interesting. A lot of the most common decks were still present, but we got to see some innovation pay off! This will be the last set of tournaments in this meta; Clash of the Duel Masters comes out this week and that will change everything!

Let's take a look at Asheville, NC!

Total Players: 28
Top 8:
1. Drew Bridges - LWD Dragons
2. Alex Len - LWD Dragons
3. Spencer Swan - LWD Dragons
4. Patrick Orgel - Mono Darkness
5. Christian Van Hoose - LWD Dragons
6. Peter Blankenship - Unknown
7. Shaun Mack - Water/Nature Aggro
8. Mathew Bocox - Mono Fire Rush

Congratulations to all the players who topped! There is a lot of video content up from this one; this includes  deck profiles and video blogs on youtube! Some big names from the community were present—you can see ARG writer Christian Van Hoose coming in fifth! The top lists aren't much of a surprise, lots of LWD Dragons. Let's take a look at the winning deck list, Drew Bridges LWD Dragons!

Drew Bridges Light/Water/Darkness Dragons

Light: 16
3x [ccProd]Andromeda of the Citadel[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Lyra, the Blazing Sun[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Stormspark Blast[/ccProd]*
2x [ccProd]Keeper of Dawn[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Jade Monitor[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Lux[/ccProd]

Multi-Civ: 2
2x [ccProd]Saracon, Storm Dynamo[/ccProd]

Water: 11
1x [ccProd]Waterspout[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Dragon of Reflections[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Crystal Memory[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Logos Scan[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Nix[/ccProd]

Darkness: 17
1x [ccProd]Dracothane of the Abyss[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Skull Shatter[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd]*
1x [ccProd]Dreadclaw, Dark Herald[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Razorkinder Puppet[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Death Smoke[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Bone Blades[/ccProd]*
2x [ccProd]Fumes[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Scaradorable of Gloom Hollow[/ccProd]

All cards marked with an asterisk are Shield Blasts.

Total46
Shield Blasts: 11
Mana Curve: 1/0, 2/3, 3/10, 4/7, 5/4, 6/8, 7/6, 8/4, 9/4

The LWD Dragons decks just keep seeing success! A few key differences in this list rather than the normal were [ccProd]Skull Shatter[/ccProd] at one. This goes hand and hand with [ccProd]Crystal Memory[/ccProd] at 2! Interesting choices to say the least, but it seems to have worked out just fine for him. [ccProd]Fumes[/ccProd] has been seeing a bit more play recently, and this could directly relate to the lower counts of [ccProd]Skull Shatter[/ccProd]. He really does work when you lose the dice roll, and he sits on the field as an early game body. [ccProd]Waterspout Gargoyle[/ccProd] has been seeing increased play, and with good reason' that card is absolutely bonkers at times in LWD.

Congratulations again, Drew Bridges! You won one of the third KMCs!

 

Now we'll be taking a trip to Kansas! Players from Texas had carpooled to both Kansas and Missouri in hopes of getting more invites, but did it pay off? (Dun dun dun!)

Total Players: Unknown (+/- ~20)
Top 8:
1. Ryan Bishop - 5 civ Dragon Control
2. Bobby Brake - WDLN Control
3. John beaur - 5 civ Dragon Aggro
4. Sammy Huda - Lepidos Dragon Control
5. Robby Stewart - WDF Dragons
6.  Eric Arriola - LWD (With 3 [ccProd]Root Trap[/ccProd])
7. Tyler Unknown - Greed Dragons
8. Unknown - Unknown

Congratulations to all the players who topped! We see a bit wider array of decks at this tournament. Only 1 LWD and 1 Greed Dragons in the Top 8! The total players is something I couldn't find, and sadly I don't have the first place deck list either =/ If this information changes I will post it in the comments!

Congratulations again, Ryan Bishop! You won one of the third KMCs!

 

Let's take a look at the second tournament that the Texas players went to, and luckily I have some coverage this time, Missouri!

Total Players: Unknown (At least 25)
Top 8:
1. Sammy Huda - Lepidos Dragon Control
2. Robby Stewart - 4-Civ Control
3. Ryan Bishop - 5-Civ Control
4. David Woodward - Mono Darkness
5. Lacy Stovall - Fire/Nature Rush
6.  Caleb Mullins - Mono Darkness
7. Shelby Jeffers - 5-Civ
8. Eric Arriola - 4-Civ Control

These Texas players have been running the top cuts! Once again, we have a diverse Top 8. You might immediately notice that a Lepidos deck won! The Butterfly is representing the Megabugs quite well! Let's take a look at Sammy Huda's Lepidos Dragon Control deck!

Sammy Huda's Lepidos Dragon Control deck

Light: 18
2x [ccProd]Andromeda of the Citadel[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Orion, Radiant Fury[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Lyra, the Blazing Sun[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Stormspark Blast[/ccProd]*
2x [ccProd]Grand Gure, Tower Keeper[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Flare Inhibitor[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Star Lantern[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Lux[/ccProd]

Water: 14
2x [ccProd]Issyl of the Frozen Waste[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Bottle of Wishes[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Crystal Memory[/ccProd]*
2x [ccProd]Spy Mission[/ccProd]*
1x [ccProd]Veil Vortex[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Logos Scan[/ccProd]

Nature: 15
2x [ccProd]Kurragar of the Hordes[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Terradragon Regarrion Doom[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Lepidos the Ancient[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Root Trap[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Reap and Sow[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Sprout[/ccProd]*

Darkness: 3
3x [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd]*

All cards marked with an asterisk are Shield Blasts.

Total: 50
Shield Blasts: 20
Mana Curve: 1/0, 2/6, 3/5, 4/9, 5/4, 6/7, 7/6, 8/5, 9/8

Now this is quite the interesting deck, and just another reason why Bottle of Wishes may be way too powerful of a card! Let's look at the fun stuff, we have [ccProd]Orion, Radiant Fury[/ccProd] to combo with [ccProd]Issyl of the Frozen Wastes[/ccProd] AND [ccProd]Lepidos the Ancient[/ccProd]. [ccProd]Orion, Radiant Fury[/ccProd] is a ridiculous card that is getting the spotlight this weekend; both Greed Dragons and this deck have seen incredible moments with him!

This deck has a pretty central theme; so for those of you who wanted to play it I'll help explain it to you. The deck ramps up and plays so many threats your opponents can't deal with them; this becomes even more crucial when you can [ccProd]Mana Storm[/ccProd] and be dropping bombs before they can [ccProd]Skull Shatter[/ccProd]!

There are a couple of cards that actually stick out as interesting though, and those 2x [ccProd]Grand Gure, Tower Keeper[/ccProd], [ccProd]Flare Inhibitor[/ccProd], and [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd]. While [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd] isn't exactly surprising; it is nice to see [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd] being the one splashed instead of [ccProd]Root Trap[/ccProd]! [ccProd]Flare Inhibitor[/ccProd] is an interesting choice, and though as a tech he is cool; I feel he is a bit out of place. He becomes a shield when he is banished, but that is about the epitome of his use—though if you get him out against rush that might as well be game! [ccProd]Grand Gure, Tower Keeper[/ccProd] at 2 is a bit odd, but it does have synergy with [ccProd]Lepidos the Ancient[/ccProd]; he can swing over most creatures that aren't 9 drop dragons. All in all this looks like a really fun deck to play!

Congratulations again, Sammy Huda! You won one of the third KMCs!

 

It's almost time we wrap this one up, but I do have one last KMC to talk about; it was the one I was present at! Poughkeepsie, New York now holds the record for largest KMC to date with 71 players!

Total Players: 71
Top 8:
1. Tyler Hine - Greed Dragons
2. Rafael Taveras - LWD Discard
3. Aiden Thorne - LWD Control
4. Charlie Noyce - LWF Draggro
5. Carlos Alburquerque - Blurple
6.  Domenic George - LWD Control
7. Rob Wolinsky - Greed 53
8. Mike Zeitz - Greed Dragons

Congratulations to the players who topped! As you can see the top lists were pretty regular, but there were 7 rounds of swiss at this event and consistency was really important in order to stay in that long. Rob Wolinsky was 7-0 going into Top 8; he had actually beaten me 2-1 round 7. We then played again first round in Top 8 and I was a dream crusher (Sorry Rob!). Overall it was a crazy event! Let's take a look at the winning deck list, Tyler Hine's variant of SBK's Greed Dragons!

SBK's Greed Dragons

Light: 13
3x [ccProd]Andromeda of the Citdal[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Orion, Radiant Fury[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Lyra, the Blazing Sun[/ccProd] 3x [ccProd]Stormspark Blast[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Lux[/ccProd]

Water: 10
3x [ccProd]Bottle of Wishes[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Crystal Memory[/ccProd]*
1x [ccProd]Veil Vortex[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Nix[/ccProd]

Darkness: 6
3x [ccProd]Terror Pit[/ccProd]*
3x [ccProd]Bone Blades[/ccProd]*

Fire: 12
3x [ccProd]Infernus the Awakened[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Bolt-Tail Dragon[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Moorna, Gatling Terror[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Spellbane Dragon[/ccProd] 2x [ccProd]Hyperspeed Dragon[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Herald of Infernus[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Twin-Cannon Maelstrom[/ccProd] 1x [ccProd]Tornado Flame[/ccProd]*

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

All cards marked with an asterisk are Shield Blasts.

Total: 44
Shield Blasts: 20
Mana Curve: 1/0, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 5/8, 6/6, 7/9, 8/1, 9/7

Now this variant isn't too different than most Greed Dragon lists, but it does have some key features. First of all you'll see 1x [ccProd]Tornado Flame[/ccProd] and 1x [ccProd]Orion, Radiant Fury[/ccProd], and those are pretty interesting card choices. Tyler mentioned that [ccProd]Tornado Flame[/ccProd] didn't do all that much throughout the tournament, but [ccProd]Orion, Radiant Fury[/ccProd] was absolutely huge (I myself felt the radiant fury in top 4)! This version also runs 3x [ccProd]Crystal Memory[/ccProd] which can really make the difference in terms of consistency. Greed Dragons is one of the best decks in the format without question, and is the leading argument for the ban on Bottle of Wishes. We'll see what happens!

Congratulations again, Tyler Hine! You won one of the third 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 (missed out on it by one place)! That’s 20 people for Seattle now; will you be next on this list?

That's all I have for you today though; no Ryan Miller spoiler cards this time around... That's okay though; Clash of the Duel Masters is just around the corner and the weekend after it is out we have another set of KMCs!

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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  • Jason Markulin

    Well, Woodwards deck at the MO event was a bit more control oriented.

  • Nicholas Brandt

    I love seeing aggressive and single civilization decks make top cut! Once Clash of the Duel Masters is released, the landscape will change.

  • Jason Markulin

    Oh – and KS was 45 players.

  • Jason Markulin

    You could have just asked me for Ryan’s decklist. All I had to do was walked down the hall, knock on his door and ask for his deck ;)!

  • Peter B. from Asheville KMC was mono darkness.