YCS Kansas City – The Billy Brake Experience

Hello Yugioh Community! I have just arrived home from YCS Kansas City this past weekend. To say that this event didn’t work out according to plan would be an understatement. Unfortunately, I was not able to capture a third YCS victory in a row, but my own Twin Brother Bobby Brake was able to pilot a Dimensional Rabbit deck all the way to the Top 8! So Congratulations to him, Fraizer Smith, Robert Boyajian, and Patrick Hoban from AlterRealityGames, and everyone else who was able to secure some spots in the Top 32 cut off! Even though I did not have much success in the main event I was still able to have a lot of fun, meet a lot of new people, and enjoy the experience as a whole. So today I am going to share my weekend with you guys and let you know what was finally able to bring my winning run to an end.

Question of the Article: Have you ever had a day where things just didn’t go your way?

Don’t forget to answer the question at the bottom of the article!

-The Deck-
The Deck I chose to use for this YCS was very similar to the one that I won YCS Toronto and YCS Columbus with only being one card different from Ohio.

Billy Brake (Plants)

Monsters: 23
3 Reborn Tengu
3 Tour Guide From the Underworld
3 Maxx "C"
3 Thunder King Rai-Oh
1 Caius the Shadow Monarch
1 Effect Veiler
1 Spirit Reaper
1 Lonefire Blossom
1 Spore
1 Glow-Up Bulb
1 Dandylion
1 Debris Dragon
1 Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
1 Sangan
1 Black Luster Solider - Envoy of Beginning

Spells: 13
2 Enemy Controller
2 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Scapegoat
1 One for One
1 Pot of Avarice
1 Foolish Burial
1 Dark Hole
1 Monster Reborn
1 Heavy Storm
1 Mind Control
1 Book of Moon

Traps: 5
2 Solemn Warning
1 Solemn Judgment
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Trap Dustshoot

Side: 15
2 Gemini Imps
1 D.D. Crow
1 Doomcaliber Knight
2 Fiendish Chain
2 Leeching the Light
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
2 Dimensional Prison
2 Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror
1 Debunk
1 Dust Tornado

Extra: 15
1 Formula Synchron
1 Armory Arm
1 T.G. Hyper Librarian
1 Ally of Justice - Catastor
1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Orient Dragon
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Ancient Fairy Dragon
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Steelswarm Roach
1 Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
1 Leviair the Sea Dragon

-The Main Event-

Round 1
Billy Brake vs. Dragons
Game 1 –
My opponent was able to win the die roll and started off with a Turn 1 Future Fusion, this seems to always happen when I face this deck. He dumps a couple of Red-Eyes Wyverns, a Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon (REDMD), Galxy Photon Dragon, and a Totem Dragon. He summons a dragon from his hand, removes it to special a REDMD from his hand, then uses his effect to bring back Galaxy Photon Dragon, sets 2 cards to his back row, and passes to me. As you can see his hand was pretty powerful so I knew it was going to be an uphill battle for me to fight back. I have at least 4 monsters in my hand and how exactly I was able to come back escapes me, but I did manage to fight through all of his plays and simplify the game towards the end. It came down to my opponent had a Koa’ki Meriu Drago, Prime Material Dragon, with a REDMD in hand that he revealed at his end phase for Drago. I had a Dandylion, Solemn Warning, and a Caius in my hand so I was in pretty good shape. I set Dandylion, set Warning so if he draws a monster and summons it I can just Solemn Warning it, he will attack my Dandy and kill a token, but I will still have a token I can tribute for Caius next turn and clear his board. Sadly, my opponent draw next turn was a Dodger Dragon which he summoned. For those not familiar, Dodger Dragon states that it’s summon cannot be negated and the turn it’s summoned trap cards cannot be activated. So I was not able to Solemn Warning it and he killed all my tokens and there was no way I could recover.

Game 2 -
I remember drawing a pretty good hand and despite him activating Future Fusion again I am able to pull out the win fairly quickly.

Game 3 –
I do not remember how this game started, but I do know a Future Fusion came down from my opponent, but the game got simplified very quickly to where all my opponent had was a Light and Darkness Dragon in hand and I had a set Solemn Judgment and Dimensional Prison. He drew into a Drago, which I prisoned, I drew into Heavy Storm, he drew into Monster Reborn, which I Solemn Judgemnted, I drew into a dead Black Luster Soilder, he drew into REDMD, I drew into One for One, which I used to special summon a Glow-up Bulb from my deck since I was only at 1300 life. He then drew into a Totem Dragon, which he summoned, removed for REDMD, and was able to secure the victory from there. A combination of my opponent drawing well off the top and me drawing completely dead, my opponent was able to secure the victory.

I was able to get a victory in Round 2 over Gladiator Beast, but in Round 3 I ran into a Malefic Deck and in game 3 I was Royal Tributed, Double Skill Drained ( after I activated Solemn Judgment on the first one) and beat to death by Malefic Stardust Dragon. My third loss came the very next round to a player I played in round 10 of YCS Columbus wielding the same agent deck he has been using. In Game 3 I activated Trap Dustshoot late in the game to put back a Master Hyperion, leaving him with an Archlord Kristya with 5 Fairies in grave. Unfortunately, the very next turn my opponent drew back a Master Hyperion and was easily able to win the game. Having a 1-3 record I made the decision to drop from the tournament and call it a day. My winning streak would end here in dramatic fashion.

I spent the rest of my weekend playing in a copious amount of side event tournaments including: Dawn of The XYZ, Retro Draft, Classic Draft, and a couple Regional Qualifiers. Out of all the side event’s I participated in I would have to say that the Dawn of the XYZ’s was the most fun. It was an 8-man, Single Elimination Tournament, where all the players used the Dawn of the XYZ’s Starter deck to duel each other. I was able to win one of the events and in the other couple I lost in had a really good time! If you are ever at a YCS or even bored at a local tournament I highly suggest doing this or something similar, it is a great way to just enjoy playing Yugioh.

Conclusion: A Combination of bad luck, unexpected match-ups, and being a little under the weather proved too much for me this past weekend. I was not able to capture my third title, but I was still able to have a lot of fun at the event. There are times in Yugioh when it just isn’t your day and if you want to play on a competitive level you have to be able to accept this fact. It was disappointing not being able to have success, but you have to take it and figure out what you can do to improve and do better next time. I had a lot of fun in Kansas City and got to meet a lot of nice people. YCS Kansas City was the last American Event for the year and unless I somehow make it out to YCS Brighton it is time to start preparing for a whole new year of dueling!

Thanks to everyone for reading, I hope you enjoyed what I had to say. Feel free to leave some comments down below! If you have anything that you might want me to write about in the future feel free to let me know!

-Billy Brake
YCS Toronto and Columbus Champion