Placing In The Top 8 In The City Of Brotherly Love

Hello Yu-Gi-Oh fans, my name is Oliver Tomajko. I am an 11-year old player and I love to travel around and compete in large Yu-Gi-Oh events. I have won a few and topped many Dragon Duels. I also just recently top 8’ed the last YCS, YCS Philadelphia, which is what I will be covering in this article.  Normally at YCS’es, I play in the main event for a couple of rounds and then drop out to enter the Dragon Duels. But because I felt like I had improved much as a player and because my friends were telling me to stay in the main event, I was determined to play, and top, YCS Philly.

Arriving in Philadelphia, we immediately drove to the convention center to pre-register for the event. Here, we met a couple of my Dragon Duelist friends, Ben and Zach.  After we were all signed up we drove back to the Marriot and play-tested. After my friends left, Joe Bogli helped me build my Rabbit deck for the next day. I ended up changing some of his suggestions but he did inspire me to stick with my gut and not play Jurrac Guaiba.  Like him, I have never liked this card and I did not think I was going to be playing a lot of Inzektors and unlike some people, I do not think this card is that good against Dragons because a lot of the time they have big monsters on the field and Guaiba is HORRIBLE in these situations.  I would much rather draw something like a Black Luster Solider - Envoy of the Beginning or Spirit Reaper.  Right before I went to sleep I thought that Fiendish Chain would be really good because of Tour Guide From the Underworld so I put two into my deck list and called it a night.

The next morning I play-tested at the Convention Center against some friends and made one more change to my deck.  I added in a Thunder King Rai-Oh to my deck list for its ability to stop Chaos Dragons and for being a Light for Black Luster Solider - Envoy of the Beginning.  I ended up entering YCS Philly with this list:

Main Deck: 42

Monsters: 20

3x Rescue Rabbit

3x Sabersaurus

3x Kabazauls

3x Tour Guide From the Underworld

3x Effect Veiler

1x Black Luster Solider - Envoy of the Beginning

1x Gorz the Emissary of Darkness

1x Thunder King Rai-Oh

1x Sangan

1x Spirit Reaper

Spells: 11

3x Mystical Space Typhoon

2x Forbidden Lance

1x Dark Hole

1x Monster Reborn

1x Heavy Storm

1x Book of Moon

1x Pot Of Avarice

1x Soul Taker

Traps: 11

2x Bottomless Trap Hole

2x Solemn Warning

2x Fiendish Chain

2x Compulsory Evacuation Device

1x Torrential Tribute

1x Dimensional Prison

1x Solemn Judgment

Extra Deck: 15

2x Evolzar Laggia

2x Evolzar Dolkka

1x Wind-Up Zenmaines

1x Temptempo the Percussion Djinn

1x Leviair the Sea Dragon

1x Number 20: Giga-Brilliant

1x Number 17: Levithan Dragon

1x Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction

1x Maestroke the Symphony Djinn

1x Steelswarm Roach


1x Number 39: Utopia

1x Number C39: Utopia Ray

Side Deck: 15

2x Maxx "C"

2x Snowman Eater

1x Spirit Reaper

1x Soul Taker

3x Macro Cosmos

2x Royal Decree

2x Dimensional Prison

2x Dust Tornado

Now I am going to recap the 11 rounds of this tournament:

Round 1 – Dino-Rabbit (Die Roll Lost)

Game 1: This player is new to the game and I am able to win game 1 with a lackluster hand.

Game 2: He starts off with a Rabbit but I am able to stall by baiting out his negation with a Soul Taker and summon a Wind-Up Zenmaines and draw into my own Rescue Rabbit.

Record: 1 – 0

Round 2 – Inzektor (Die Roll Lost)

Game 1: I cannot recall this game that much but I won.

Game 2: I open with few monsters and he is able to take control with his Inzektors.

Game 3: My hand contains Rescue Rabbit, Tour Guide From the Underworld, Gorz the Emissary of Darkness, Heavy Storm, Effect Veiler, and Solemn Warning. I am able to start off with Evolzar Laggia  + Solemn Warning and he has to waste almost all of his resources to get rid of my field. My turn two Tour Guide From the Underworld + Heavy Storm is too much for him and I win on the third turn.

Record: 2 – 0

Round 3 – Dino-Rabbit (Die Roll Lost)

Game 1: After using Solemn Judgment on my Heavy Storm, I was able to beat him down with a Sabersaurus backed up by protection.

Game 2: After I drop Gorz the Emissary of Darkness he simplifies the game to where he has Sangan to my 1 card in hand. I draw Forbidden Lance for turn and summon my already-in-hand Thunder King Rai-Oh. He draws Sabersaurus and tries to run it into my Thunder King Rai-Oh but I use my Lance to protect it and I game him next turn with my Thunder King Rai-Oh and newly drawn Kabazauls.

Record: 3 – 0

Round 4 – Chaos Dragons (Die Roll Won)

Game 1: He is able to resolve a Future Fusion on his first turn but I am able to use my trap cards to stop his swarm of dragons and I beat him on my second turn.

Game 2:  I start off with a moderate hand and I beat him down with Evolzar Dolkka.  He has a hand with a few dead chaos monsters and he is never able to get started.

Record: 4 – 0

Round 5 – Chaos Dragons (Die Roll Won)

Game 1: I open up with a very mediocre hand and he is able to OTK me through my Gorz the Emissary of Darkness on my third turn because of his Photon Strike Bounzer.

Game 2: I open up with Rescue Rabbit and Macro Cosmos. He pushes through my Macro Cosmos and I have a hard time getting rid of his field.  After Macro Cosmos leaves the field, I draw a Soul Taker at the perfect time and I am able to rid the field of his Lightpuslar Dragon and control the game with a Kabazauls.

Game 3: I open with Rescue Rabbit, Tour Guide From the Underworld, Macro Cosmos, Dark Hole, Monster Reborn, and Sabersaurus.  We go into time on the first few turns. I end-up with Leviair the Sea Dragon + Evolzar Laggia + Macro Cosmos but I don’t flip my Macro Cosmos right away and he is able to Electric Virus my Evolzar Laggia and double sack for Gorz the Emissary of Darkness with himself up in life.  I play Dark Hole and summon Sabersaurus and Monster Reborn my other Sabersaurus and attack for 3800 points of damage and overlay for Evolzar Laggia.  Then during his draw phase, flip my Macro Cosmos. He is not able to do enough damage in the turns of time that we have left.

Record: 5 – 0

Round 6 – Dino-Rabbit (Die Roll Won)

Here is the link to my feature match overview:

Record: 5 – 1

Round 7 – Chain Burn (Die Roll Won)

Game 1: My first turn advantage lets me start off with Evolzar Laggia which is too much for him to handle.


Game 3: I am able to keep picking at his life points and he is forced to dig for a Swift Scarecrow, which fortunately he does not draw and I can push for game.

Record: 7 – 1

Round 8 – Dino-Rabbit (Die Roll Lost)

Game 1: He opens great and I scoop early into the game.

Game 2: I chip away at his life points little by little and his hand is Kabazauls central.  He cannot secure a monster on the board.

Game 3: He starts off with Evolzar Laggia and three back rows.  My hand is 2 Kabazauls, Sabersaurus, Soul Taker, and 2 Compulsory Evacuation Device.  I Soul Taker his Evolzar Laggia, which he negates. Then I set Kabazauls and the 2 Compulsory Evacuation Device.  When he attacks my Kabazauls with Evolzar Laggia I use Compulsory Evacuation Device and he is afraid to attack with his Kabazauls because of his fear of Snowman Eater. I am able to draw and stall out until I am able to make a play. This game ended up being a very long and nerve-wracking game and there were about 50 people watching and I end up winning.

Record: 7 – 1

Round 9  – Inzektors (Die Roll Lost)

Game 1: My hand is too slow to keep up with his Inzektor-based hand.

Game 2: I draw Rescue Rabbit + 4 back rows and his hand can’t handle mine.

Game 3: I have Thunder King Rai-Oh + Macro Cosmos and he can’t draw a Mystical Space Typhoon for his life.  I also start to control him with my 2 in-hand Rescue Rabbit and he cannot make a comeback.

Record: 8  – 1

After a long day, I go back to the Marriot and quickly make a YouTube video on my deck. Then I run upstairs and GET SOME REST!

Next morning I wake up and take a long shower so I will be fully awake.  My Dad and I run over to the nearest 7-Eleven where I get a cup of fruit and a bagel.  I walk over to the Convention Center, meet a couple of my friends, buy a pack of sleeves and play a quick game (which I lose).  Then the pairings for the next round were posted.

Round 10 – Chaos Dragons (Die Roll Lost)

Here is the link to my Round 10 Feature Match:

Record: 8 – 2


Round 11 – Chaos Dragons (Die Roll Lost)

Game 1: There is nothing my hand of dead cards can do as he proceeds to put every card in his hand onto the field and attack for game.

Game 2: My hand has double Rescue Rabbit and a couple of back rows so I am able to stop him from going off and I can beat him down with my XYZ monsters.

Game 3: My hand is great and I feel very safe.  I am able to make Evolzar Dolkka with my Rescue Rabbit and attack over his Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter, and then set three trap cards.  He cannot get over Evolzar Dolkka because I stop his Black Luster Solider - Envoy of the Beginning with Solemn Judgment and when I summon Rescue Rabbit next turn he scoops it up.

Record at the end of Swiss: 9 – 2

I sit around with my friends and listen to the top 32 players and we all rejoice when we hear my name as the 17th player.

Top 32 – Chaos Dragons (Die Roll Lost)

Here is the link to my Top 32 Feature Match:

(Same guy from round 10, this time I won!)

Moving To Top 16

Top 16 – Final Countdown (Die Roll Won)

Game 1: I open up with Rescue Rabbit into Evolzar Laggia and I set a few back rows. On turn two I use my second Rescue Rabbit to make Evolzar Dolkka.  I kill his set Swift Scarecrow with Evolzar Dolkka and attack for 2400 points of damage with Evolzar Laggia putting him at 5600 life points.  Next turn he plays Final Countdown putting him at 3600 and I negate with Evolzar Laggia. After baiting my Evolzar Laggia negation, he plays Dark Hole but I have Forbidden Lance for my Evolzar Dolkka.  Next turn I attack directly for 2300 putting him down to 1300 life points and he scoops because he has no win condition being at too low life to activate another Final Countdown.

Game 2: Unfortunately for me, he starts off with a Final Countdown. This game goes on for about ten turns of him stalling out and I cannot attack for any damage. A turn later I draw Royal Decree and set it. During his end phase I flip it and I am able to summon a second Kabazauls and make an Evolzar Dolkka.  Evolzar Dolkka and another monster I draw start to beat him down. He once again activates Dark Hole and I once again have the Forbidden Lance for my Evolzar Dolkka. He continues to set Swift Scarecrows but that is not enough to stall out and I beat him on the 13th turn of Final Countdown.

Moving To Top 8

Top 8 – Dino-Rabbit (Die Roll Won)

Game 1: This game shows why Effect Veiler is trash against Rescue Rabbit.  On my first turn I summon a Rescue Rabbit which he Effect Veilers.  I set two cards facedown and end my turn. On his turn he sets a couple of back rows and passes. I draw and enter my main where he immediately Effect Veilers my Rescue Rabbit. I set one more trap and end my turn. He draws and once again does not have a monster to kill my Rescue Rabbit.  On my turn I finally get to use my Rescue Rabbit’s effect and when I make Evolzar Laggia he does not have a response.  I beat him down from here because of all the -1 he acquired from his Effect Veilers.

Game 2: This game is very back and forth and we end up in a tight position where he has Gorz the Emissary of Darkness and a 1000 attack token to my Evolzar Laggia and Sangan. I have a Dark Hole in my hand but I opt not to use it because I had already normal summoned the Sangan and I wanted to use it on his next turn if he committed to the field.  But on his next turn he normal summoned Effect Veiler and tuned it to his token to synchro summon STARDUST DRAGON!! I search for Tour Guide From the Underworld after he kills my Sangan.  I draw Forbidden Lance and being at really low life points I decide not to summon my Tour Guide From the Underworld because if he has Effect Veiler I lose so instead I summon Sabersaurus and use Forbidden Lance on his Stardust Dragon so I can attack over it with Sabersaurus. He draws and summons Tour Guide From the Underworld and I scoop it up.

Game 3: I open up with 2 Sabersaurus, Kabazauls, Rescue Rabbit, Pot Of Avarice, and Bottomless Trap Hole.  I normal summon my Rescue Rabbit, which gets Effect Veiler.  I set Bottomless Trap Hole to my back rows and end my turn (looking back at this game I probably should have set both Pot Of Avarice and Bottomless Trap Hole but because of what he did on his next turn it didn’t matter).  He draws and summons Jurrac Guaiba and I use my Bottomless Trap Hole and he chains Forbidden Lance on his Jurrac Guaiba and attacks over my Rescue Rabbit summoning another Jurrac Guaiba and he overlays them for Evolzar Laggia.  My next draw doesn’t help me and he summons Rescue Rabbit on his next turn and makes Evolzar Dolkka.  On his third turn, when he summons Tour Guide From the Underworld I knew there was no way I was winning this game but I draw Spirit Reaper.  It helps me stall a turn but on the fifth turn of the game he uses Soul Taker on my Spirit Reaper and when I chain my Book of Moon to try and protect my Spirit Reaper he negates with Evolzar Laggia and attacks with all of his monsters for game.

So a top 8 was pretty good in my opinion and I decided that I deserved a break but apparently I didn’t since about eight people in a row came up to me asking me to do a deck profile for YouTube.  But after that was all over I got to walk around the Yugioh hall eating chicken nuggets and watching my friends play in Dragon Duels.  And the fun didn’t stop there; after all of the Yugioh in the Convention Center we went back to my Dragon Duelist friends’ hotel and played some fun games. Then at nine my family and I drove home.

There are a few changes I would like to make to my deck but I don’t want to give away my WCQ list… yet. If you want to see it, check out my channel on Saturday night of the WCQ and it will be up there. Here is a link to my channel:

That’s all for now Yugioh Article Readers and as you all know…


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