Tournament

New Year’s Trio Festival 2013 Osaka Championship Results

Earlier this week the first tournament of the New Year was held in Japan. This was also the first tournament that was held where the new restriction list and set 9 were played competitively. This means that for the first time, we are seeing a tournament where some of the top decks were restricted for play. This produced some very interesting results, with quite a few surprises in the results. First, lets get into the different decklists before we start worrying about anything else. Before that, I would like to give credit to vanguardus.blogspot.com for the translated names, as I would not have been able to get them myself.

New Year’s Trio Festival 2013 Trio Championship, Osaka
A Block Championship Team

    Gotou Hiroshi/後藤啓志
    Phantom Blaster Overlord (Shadow Paladin)

Grade 0:Phantom_Blaster_Overlord
1 x Fulbau
4 x Abyss Freezer
4 x Abyss Healer
4 x Death Feather Eagle
4 x Grim Reaper

Grade 1:
4 x Blaster Javelin
3 x Black Sage, Charon
1 x Apocalypse Bat
1 x Gururubau
2 x Nightmare Painter
3 x Dark Shield, Mac Lir

Grade 2:
2 x Blaster Dark
3 x Darkness Maiden, Macha
2 x Skull Witch, Nemain
3 x Knight of Nullity, Masquerade
1 x Cursed Lancer

Grade 3:
4 x Phantom Blaster Dragon
4 x Phantom Blaster Overlord

    Tokumitsu Kenta/徳満健太
    Spectral Duke Dragon (Gold Paladin)

Spectral Duke DragonGrade 0:
1 x Black Dragon Whelp, Vortimer
4 x Silent Punisher
4 x Datengal
2 x Weapons Dealer, Gwydion
2 x Speeder Hound
4 x Elixir Sommelier

Grade 1:
3 x Halo Shield, Mark
4 x Scout of Darkness, Vortimer
2 x Sleygal Dagger
2 x Listener of Truth, Dindrane
4 x Knight of Elegant Skills, Gareth

Grade 2:
2 x Lop Ear Shooter
4 x Black Dragon Knight, Vortimer
2 x Knight of Superior Skills, Beaumains
2 x Player of the Holy Bow, Viviane

Grade 3:
4 x Spectral Duke Dragon
2 x Great Silver Wolf, Garmore
2 x Gigantech Destroyer

    Kawachi Yoshirio/河内良弘
    Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion “THE BLOOD” (Narukami)

Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion THE BLOODGrade 0:
1 x Lizard Soldier, Saishin
3 x Malevolent Djinn
1 x Spark Edge Dracokid
4 x Yellow Gem Carbuncle
4 x Demonic Dragon Nymph, Seiobo
2 x Old Dragon Mage
2 x Mischievous Jiang-Shi Girl

Grade 1:
2 x Desert Gunner Raien
2 x Photon Bomber Wyvern
4 x Red Rivver Dragoon
1 x Dragon Monk, Ginkaku
1 x Lizard Soldier, Riki
1 x Rising Phoenix
4 x Wyvern Guard, Guld

Grade 2:
3 x Demonic Dragon Berserker, Garuda
2 x Dragon Monk, Kinkaku
2 x Thunderstorm Dragoon
3 x Dusty Plasma Dragon

Grade 3:
4 x Dragonic Kaiser Vemillion
3 x Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion “THE BLOOD”
1 x Demonic Dragon Berserker, Vasuki

B Block Championship Team

    Tonoi Wataru/殿井渉
    Blazing Lion, Platina Ezel (Gold Paladin)

Platina EzelGrade 0:
1 x Crimson Lion Cub, Kryph
3 x Flame of Victory
2 x Silent Punisher
3 x Dantegal
4 x Weapons Dealer, Gwydion
4 x Elixir Sommelier

Grade 1:
4 x Knight of Elegant Skills, Gareth
3 x Halo Shield, Mark
3 x Sleygal Dagger
1 x Silverfang Witch
2 x Little Battler, Tron
2 x Disciple of Pain
1 x Evil Slaying Swordsman, Haugan

Grade 2:
1 x Blaster Blade Spirit
4 x Knight of Superior Skills, Beaumains
3 x Knight of Passion, Bagdemagus
1 x Mage of Calamity, Tripp
1 x Sacred Guardian Beast, Nemean Lion

Grade 3:
3 x Blazing Lion, Platina Ezel
2 x Incandescent Lion, Blond Ezel
1 x Great Silver Wolf, Garmore
1 x Gigantech Destroyer

    Nakaya Haruhi/中矢一日
    Battle Sister, Fromage (Battle Sister)

Battle Sister, FromageGrade 0:
3 x Battle Sister, Waffle
4 x Battle Sister, Assam
4 x Battle Sister, Ginger
4 x Battle Sister, Tiramasu
4 x Battle Sister, Chai

Grade 1:
4 x Battle Sister, Omelet
4 x Battle Sister, Cocoa
3 x Battle SIster, Chocolat
2 x Oracle Guardian, Gemini

Grade 2:
2 x Silent Tom
4 x Battle Sister, Tart
1 x Battle Sister, Macaroon
4 x Battle Sister, Mocha

Grade 3:
3 x Battle Sister, Fromage
1 x Battle Sister, Cookie
3 x Battle Sister, Souffle

    Ueyama Naoki/上山尚樹
    Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion “THE BLOOD” (Narukami)

Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion THE BLOODGrade 0:
1 x Lizard Soldier, Saishen
4 x Old Dragon Mage
3 x Mischievous Jiang-Shi Girl
4 x Malevolent Dhinn
1 x Spark Edge Dracokid
4 x Demonic Dragon Nymph, Seobo

Grade 1:
1 x Rising Phoenix
3 x Photon Bomber Wyvern
3 x Wyvern Guard, Guld
1 x Desert Gunner, Raien
4 x Red River Dragoon
2 x Dragon Monk, Ginkaku

Grade 2:
4 x Thunderstorm Dragoon
4 x Dusty Plasma Dragon
1 x Demonic Dragon Berserker, Garuda
2 x Hex Cannon Wyvern

Grade 3:
4 x Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion
4 x Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion “THE BLOOD”

C Block Championship Team

    Maeda Atsushi/前田惇
    Scarlet Witch, CoCo (Oracle Think Tank)

Scarlet Witch CocoGrade 0:
1 x Little Witch, Lulu
4 x Oracle Guardian, Nike
4 x Battle Sister, Ginger
4 x Psychic Bird
4 x Lozenge Magus

Grade 1:
3 x Luck Bird
4 x Battle Sister, Chocolat
3 x Battle Sister, Omelet
4 x Oracle Guardian, Gemini

Grade 2:
2 x Silent Tom
4 x Oracle Guardian, Wiseman
4 x Battle Sister, Mocha
1 x Maiden of Libra

Grade 3:
4 x Scarlet Witch, Coco
3 x Goddess of Flower Divination, Sakuya
1 x Battle Sister Cookie

    Hisano Masanori/久野雅徳
    Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion “THE BLOOD” (Narukami)

Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion THE BLOODGrade 0:
1 x Spark Kid Dragoon
4 x Malevolent Djinn
1 x Spark Edge Dracokid
4 x Yellow Gem Carbuncle
3 x Old Dragon Mage
4 x Demonic Dragon Nymph, Seiobo

Grade 1:
4 x Wyvern Guard, Guld
4 x Red River Dragoon
2 x Photon Bomber Wyvern
2 x Rising Phoenix
2 x Seal Demonic Dragon, Indigo

Grade 2:
2 x Dragonic Deathscythe
2 x Dragon Monk Kinkaku
4 x Dusty Plasma Dragon
4 x Thunderstorm Dragoon

Grade 3:
4 x Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion
3 x Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion “THE BLOOD”

    Tachibana Souten/立華奏天
    Blaster deck(Royal Paladin)

Majesty_Lord_BlasterGrade 0:
1 x Wingul Brave
4 x Margal
4 x Alabaster Owl
4 x Bringer of Good Luck, Epona
4 x Yggdrasil Maiden, Elaine

Grade 1:
1 x Blaster Javelin
3 x Flash Shield, Iseult
3 x Pongal
4 x Knight of Friendship, Kay
4 x Little Sage, Marron

Grade 2:
4 x Blaster Blade
4 x Blaster Dark
3 x Blaster Blade Spirit
3 x Starcall Trumpeter

Grade 3:
1 x Majesty Lord Blaster
1 x Exculpate the Blaster
2 x Soul Saver Dragon

D Block Championship Team

    Kubo Yoshinori/久保慶典
    Blazing Lion, Platina Ezel (Gold Paladin)

Platina EzelGrade 0:
1 x Crimson Lion Cub, Kryph
4 x Flame of Victory
4 x Datengal
4 x Speeder Hound
4 x Elixir Sommelier

Grade 1:
4 x Knight of Elegant Skills, Gareth
4 x Halo Shield, Mark
1 x Sleygal Dagger
2 x Disciple of Pain
4 x Advance of the Black Chains, Kahedin

Grade 2:
4 x Knight of Superior Skills, Beaumains
4 x Knight of Passion, Bagdemagus
1 x Mage of Calamity, Tripp
1 x Sacred Guardian Beast, Nemean Lion

Grade 3:
4 x Incandescent Lion, Blond Ezel
4 x Blazing Lion, Platina Ezel

    Nakamura Koujiro/平岡晃次郎
    Galactic Beast, Zeal (Dimension Police)

Galactic Beast, ZealGrade 0:
1 x Larva Beast, Zeal
4 x Anatomy Beast, Gaizon
4 x Dimensional Robo, Daibattle
4 x Justice Cobalt
4 x Army Penguin

Grade 1:
3 x Commander Laurel
4 x Diamond Ace
4 x Kakenroid, Daisy
4 x Eye of Destruction, Zeal

Grade 2:
4 x Devourer of Planets, Zeal
3 x Strike Beast, Gunlock
4 x Twin Order

Grade 3:
4 x Galactic Beast, Zeal
3 x Time-Space Ninja, Tsukikage

    Umehara Shunei/梅原俊瑛
    Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion “THE BLOOD” (Narukami)

Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion THE BLOODGrade 0:
1 x Spark Kid Dragoon
4 x Spark Edge Dracokid
4 x Yellow Gem Carbuncle
2 x Malevolent Djinn
2 x Old Dragon Mage
4 x Demonic Dragon Nymph, Seiobo

Grade 1:
2 x Desert Gunner Raien
4 x Red River Dragoon
3 x Photon Bomber WYvern
4 x Wyvern Guard Guld
2 x Dragon Monk, Ginkaku

Grade 2:
3 x Demonic Dragon Berserker, Garuda
4 x Dusty Plasma Dragon
4 x Thunderstorm Dragoon

Grade 3:
3 x Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion
4 x Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion

E Block Championship Team

    Anonymous/匿名
    Scarlet Witch, CoCo/Battle Sister, Cookie (Battle Sister)

Scarlet Witch CocoGrade 0:
1 x Little Witch, Lulu
4 x Battle Sister, Ginger
4 x Oracle Guardian, Nike
4 x Psychic Bird
4 x Lozenge Magus

Grade 1:
2 x Dark Cat
4 x Battle Sister, Chocolat
4 x Battle Sister, Cream
4 x Oracle Guardian, Gemini

Grade 2:
4 x Battle Sister, Macaroon
4 x Battle Sister, Mocha
2 x Silent Tom
1 x Battle Sister, Tart

Grade 3:
4 x Scarlet Witch, Coco
4 x Battle Sister, Cookie

    Tanabe Kazuki/田辺一樹
    Blaster deck (Royal Paladin)

Majesty_Lord_BlasterGrade 0:
1 x Wingul Brave
4 x Alabaster Owl
4 x Bringer of Good Luck, Epona
4 x Margal
4 x Yggdrasil Maiden, Elaine

Grade 1:
4 x Flash Shield, Iseult
4 x Pongal
2 x Lake Maiden, Lien
4 x Little Sage, Marron

Grade 2:
4 x Blaster Blade
3 x Blaster Dark
4 x Blaster Blade Spirit
4 x Starcall Trumpeter

Grade 3:
1 x Majesty Lord Blaster
3 x Soul Saver Dragon

    Matsushita Shin’ya/松下晋也
    Spectral Duke Dragon (Gold Paladin)

Spectral Duke DragonGrade 0:
1 x Black Dragon Whelp, Vortimer
4 x Silent Punisher
4 x Datengal
4 x Flame of Victory
4 x Elixir of Sommelier

Grade 1:
4 x Scout of Darkness, Vortimer
4 x Halo Shield, Mark
3 x Sleygal Dagger
2 x Listener of Truth, Dindrane
2 x Knight of Elegant Skills, Gareth

Grade 2:
4 x Black Dragon Knight, Vortimer
4 x Player of the Holy Bow, Viviane
3 x Knight of Superior Skills, Beaumains

Grade 3:
4 x Spectral Duke Dragon
3 x Great Silver Wolf, Garmore

F Block Championship Team

    Sakagami Ryouta/阪上良太
    School Hunter, Leo-pald (Great Nature)

Leo-paldGrade 0:
1 x Acorn Master
4 x Triangle Cobra
4 x Ruler Chameleon
4 x Fortune-bringing Cat
4 x Dictionary Goat

Grade 1:
4 x Silver Wolf
3 x Tick-tock Flamingo
4 x Cable Sheep
4 x Pencial Squire, Hammsuke

Grade 2:
4 x Geograph Giant
4 x Binoculus Tiger
2 x Lamp Camel
1 x Globe Armadillo

Grade 3:
4 x School Hunter, Leo-pald
3 x Calculator Hippo

    Fujii Taichi/藤井太智
    Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion “THE BLOOD” (Narukami)

Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion THE BLOODGrade 0:
1 x Lizard Soldier, Saishin
4 x Malevolent Djinn
2 x Spark Edge Dracokid
4 x Mischievous Jiang-shi girl
2 x Old Dragon Mage
4 x Demonic Dragon Nymph, Seiobo

Grade 1:
1 x Rising Phoenix
2 x Dragon Monk, Ginkaku
4 x Wyvern Guard, Guld
4 x Red River Dragoon
4 x Photon Bomber Wyvern

Grade 2:
4 x Demonic Dragon Berserker, Garuda
4 x Dusty Plasma Dragon
2 x Thunderstorm Dragoon

Grade 3:
4 x Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion
4 x Dragonic Kasier Vermillion “THE BLOOD”

    Yagi Ryousuke/八木亮輔
    Spectral Duke Dragon/Blazing Lion, Platina Ezel (Gold Paladin)

Spectral Duke DragonGrade 0:
1 x Black Dragon Whelp, Vortimer
4 x Silent Punisher
4 x Datengal
4 x Flame of Victory
4 x Elixir Sommelier

Grade 1:
4 x Scout of Darkness, Vortimer
4 x Knight of Elegant Skills, Gareth
2 x Disciple of Pain
2 x Blackmane Witch
3 x Halo Shield, Mark

Grade 2:
4 x Black Dragon Knight, Vortimer
4 x Knight of Superior Skills, Beaumains
3 x Blaster Dark Spirit

Grade 3:
4 x Spectral Duke Dragon
3 x Blazing Lion, Platina Ezel

First thing to talk about is that this was a Team Tournament, meaning that all rounds were played Team vs Team, best of 1 per member, best of 3 for the team. So each member would play a member of the other team in a best of 1 match. Then, if 2 members of one team win their matches, they advance. This is what we talked about in competitive play, where it tests your ability to adapt on the fly, and your ability to counter your opponents strategy in a single game.

A big thing from this latest tournament is that all the previous speculation that Royal Paladins might be able to survive the restriction list have been proven true. Majesty Lord Blaster has a new build and not just any build, a build that looks to be even more consistent than its previous counterpart. It runs 4 Grade 3’s, bringing to mind the previous Tsukiyomi decks that were restricted due to this ability. It runs Blaster Blade Spirit as well, meaning that it has even more options for Wingul Braves search, while also providing synergy with Starcall Trumpeter. The Pongal rounds up the line-up, as it makes this 4 Grade 3 Deck have essentially 7-8 due to Pongals presence.

Narukami also seems to be coming forward as the replacement for Dragonic Overlord the End. While obviously not sporting nearly the same amount of power as its counterpart, it was obviously one of the most popular decks of the day, with the focuses being extremely varied. Some of the decks focused on the idea of waiting on the ride to boost their rearguard units, some focused on using self-damagers to hit that ultimate break. One thing is for sure, Narukami is not nearly the deck that many thought it to be, and has found an area for people to focus on. It is still obvious that a new starter is in order, as their options are extremely lacking and none of the new options have really come forward as a good replacement.

Oracle Think Tank has also survived quite nicely, although the deck that used to dominate the scene is understandably missing. Tsukiyomi was hit very hard and it would be very surprising to see this deck back before any changes are made to the restrictions. Soulless has continued its representation of the clan, with several different builds, running everything from Sakuya to Cookie. Another addition to the clans line-up has come forward, with Battle Sister, Fromage showing up as a strong candidate. No crossride Amaterasu decks in sight yet, as it seems the lack of draw power in the deck has made people shy away from it for now. We’ll know more about how the crossride will do after some more tournament results come out.

Dimension Police also made a showing, with the deck running Galaxy Beast, Zeal. This deck has always caught my interest, as it is a Soul Saver Dragon effect that can be activated at any time for 2 counterblasts. Koujiro, the pilot of the deck, was also making some strong use of Commander Laurel, as the fact that he is a 4k booster is unimportant in a deck that reduces the opposing vanguards attack. Overall a very interesting deck to see.

Spectral Duke Dragon has come back like a storm, more than likely due to the restriction of Dragonic Overlord the End making it that much more attractive. The build has mostly remained the same as the English version, with some of the decks opting to use Platina Ezel for his game ending power. It seems like the deck may have come back to popularity with it being the best self-standing vanguard in the game at the moment.

And for all the people out there that had been counting out Platina Ezel due to it’s heavy counterblast, it has very obviously found itself a place here. All but one of the Gold Paladin decks ran him, even the Spectral Duke builds. His effect was abused along with self-damagers to allow players to hit that mark for both Spectral Duke’s Limit Break and Platina Ezel’s Ultimate Break. The pressure that he creates has apparently caught the attention of some of the pro players.

An absence from this list that may surprise some is Aqua Force, as many people felt that the Crossride would provide the end-game push that the deck was missing. It seems that that was not enough to push the deck over the edge, as it seems that it may still be missing that extra bit to push it over the edge. Aqua Force is one of those decks that once it gets that one card, or someone finds that one build, it will be a very scary deck to play against.

The biggest surprise for me was Great Nature sneaking in with Leo-pald as their main vanguard. Considering the amount of excitement for Polaris, it is neat to see an “older” build of Great Nature taking the top, using Acorn Master instead of the other starting Vanguards. This is most likely due to Flask Marmoset being an overall subpar card and Blackboard Ohm being a flat -1 to the deck.

There are many different decks through this list, with many different variations, playstyles, and strategies. This tournament has given us the first glimpse into the possible developments that the pro scene is undertaking. There is another tournament this week, which will give us even more insight, allowing us to see how the game may develop in our own meta, when these restrictions more than likely make there way here.

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