Tournament

Asia Circuit Memorial Tournament

Last week the results of the Memorial Tournament were announced, with the results really being no surprise to anyone. While many players had put on the blinders with the announcement of Liberator Alfred, he wasn’t the one to be looking out for in the tournament scene. Instead, much of the focus was on Dragonic Descendant and the Eradicator support. As many people predicted, Eradicators swept the tournament. With his powerful self-standing ability as well some powerful rearguard support, this deck performed exceptionally well. Once again, I would like to give credit to vanguardus.blogspot.ca for the translated names of the competitors.

Winner : Uemura Shouhei/上村昌平

Eradicator, Dragonic DescendantGrade 0:
1 x Spark Kid Dragoon
4 x Divine Spear Eradicator, Pollux
4 x Eradicator, Yellow Gem Carbuncle
4 x Eradicator Dragon Mage
4 x Demonic Dragon Eradicator, Seioubo

Grade 1:
2 x Rising Phoenix
1 x Dust Storm Eradicator, Tokou
4 x Eradicator of the Ceremonial Bonfire, Castor
4 x Eradicator, Demolition Dragon
4 x Eradicator Wyvern Guard, Guld

Grade 2:
4 x Eradicator, Thunderboom Dragon
4 x Eradicator, Spark Rain Dragon
3 x Dragonic Deathscythe

Grade 3:
3 x Eradicator, Dragonic Descendant
4 x Eradicator, Gauntlet Buster Dragon




Runner-Up: Nishiyama Daiki/西山大希

Eradicator, Dragonic DescendantGrade 0:
1 x Ambush Dragon Eradicator, Linchu
4 x Divine Spear Eradicator, Pollux
4 x Eradicator, Yellow Gem Carbuncle
1 x Malevolent Djinn
3 x Eradicator Dragon Mage
4 x Demonic Dragon Eradicator, Seioubo

Grade 1:
2 x Rising Phoenix
4 x Eradicator of the Ceremonial Bonfire, Castor
4 x Eradicator, Demolition Dragon
4 x Eradicator Wyvern Guard, Guld

Grade 2:
4 x Eradicator, Thunderboom Dragon
4 x Eradicator, Spark Rain Dragon
3 x Dragonic Deathscythe

Grade 3:
4 x Eradicator, Dragonic Descendant
4 x Eradicator, Gauntlet Buster Dragon



Both of these decks focused strongly on using Dragonic Descendant are their end-game strategy, with Gauntlet Buster Dragon as their strong back-up ride. They do, however, differ slightly in some key areas that make all the difference. Nishiyama Daiki was running Eradicator, Linchu, probably going for some early game control over his opponents, while also providing some fodder for Rising Phoenix when the time came. Uemura Shouhei was running Spark Kid Dragoon in contrast, wanting instead to provide some increased consistency to his grade 3 ride. This is reflected in their build choices afterwards. Whereas Shouhei was only running 7 grade 3’s, due to his Spark Kid choice, Daiki was running 8, needing the increased consistency to ensure his ride.

Overall this tournament is our first taste of set 10 in a competitive scene, and we should all be looking forward to seeing more in the coming months. It will be very interesting to see how the format progresses with the new Ride Break cards, set 10, and soon to be set 11 hitting the scene.

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