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Michael Balan 2012 YCS Long Beach Winner Dark World Deck List Review

Grapha, Dragon Lord of DarkWorldAll I can say is WOW! I couldn’t believe it when I heard a dark world deck won. It’s been almost a year since the Gates of the Underworld structure deck came and was suppose to be a deck to watch out for in the Ohio YCS. I’m sure your reaction was just like mine, WTF! I thought this deck was dead. But some how it has risen from the ashes and FINALLY won a YCS!

Congrats to 1st time YCS winner, Michael Balan, for his dominating a field of over 4,300 people with his innovative and creative deck. He had an epic battle in the finals against the anticipated deck to beat, dino rabbits. That just shows you that Michael is a very talented and skilled player.

He came up with a turbo hand coused card drawing power from Reckless Greed and Dragged Down into the Grave while being able to lay down the all powerful Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark.

I have to give Michael credit for coming up with a dark world deck that has similarities to a wind-up loop. You see he used cards that would make his opponent discard cards while allowing him to draw extra cards from the monsters he used or traps. Reckless Greed allowed him to draw 2 more cards than his opponent. This is key to him getting cards like Deck Devastation Virus, Card Destruction and the MVP of his deck Dragged Down into the Grave.

Dragged Down into the Grave allowed him to see the cards his opponents had in hand. And we all know that knowing what is in our opponents hand is amazing information. Thus the reason for Trap Dustshoot being banned. He combined this card with either Mind Crush to take out any key card and Deck Devastation Virus to take out the monsters. Can you see how this is almost like a wind-up loop?

One of the surprise monsters he played main deck was Malefic Stardust Dragon. I wouldn’t have thought about playing this card in a dark world deck, but it makes sence now that I have seen it in action. You see one of the key card in any dark worlds deck is The Gates of Dark World. Why not have a big monster that can protect it. Now the opponent has to figure out how to get rid of the monster and the field spell. I’m sure this caught many people off guard. Good call Michael!

I was very surprised to see, and I’m sure all his dino opponents, come out of his side deck was Gellenduo. This was a huge tech against dino rabbits. You see Gellenduo can’t be killed by battle damage, has no activation of an effect and just has no way of being removed other that an actual removal spell. The other plus to this card is that it can attack for 1700 when needed and is a level 4 that can be used with another level 4 to bring out a rank 4, usally a Number 39: Utopia. I’m sure we are going to start to see this card coming out side decks from here on out!

Great call on Michael’s part to play a deck most people have considered a non contender. I’m sure most of his opponents had no side deck cards to deal with the deck. I’m sure we all will have to now.

Go check out Michael’s entire deck with side deck and extra deck below.
Michael Balan 2012 YCS Long Beach Winner Yugioh Champion

Monsters: 13
3 – Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark
3 – Snoww, Unlight of Dark World
3 – Broww, Huntsman of Dark World
2 – Tour Guide From the Underworld
1 – Beiige, Vanguard of Dark World
1 – Malefic Stardust Dragon

Spells: 17
3 – The Gates of Dark World
3 – Dark World Dealings
3 – Dragged Down into the Grave
2 – Upstart Goblin
1 – Card Destruction
1 – Foolish Burial
1 – Allure of Darkness
1 – Heavy Storm
1 – Monster Reborn
1 – Dark Hole

Traps: 10
3 – Reckless Greed
2 – Mind Crush
1 – Torrential Tribute
1 – Deck Devastation Virus
1 – Skill Drain
1 – Solemn Judgment
1 – Starlight Road

Side Deck: 15
3 – Mystical Space Typhoon
2 – Royal Decree
2 – Gellenduo
1 – Fabled Raven
1 – Gozen Match
1 – Dark Smog
1 – Mirror Force
1 – Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
1 – Cyber Dragon
1 – Morphing Jar
1 – Maxx C

Extra Deck: 15
2 – Stardust Dragon
1 – black rose dragon
1 – Scrap Dragon
1 – Fabled Ragin
1 – Brionac Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 – Ally of Justice Catastor
1 – Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1 – Wind-Up Zenmaines
1 – Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
1 – Number 39: Utopia
1 – Number C39 Utopia Ray
1 – Acid Golem
1 – Leviair the Sea Dragon
1 – Number 20: Giga Brilliant

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What do you think of Michael’s deck choice and build? Leave your comments below.

18 Responses to “Michael Balan 2012 YCS Long Beach Winner Dark World Deck List Review”

Michael Balan | March 31st, 2012 at 1:58 am

Hi, thank you for covering my deck. If possible can you have your link to my videos link to my actual videos ( and not a copy from someone else’s youtube? Thanks in advance.


@Michael Balan – Thanks for reading the article. I have changed the videos to point to your videos.
I would like to congratulate you again for winning the largest tournament ever. Keep playing good Yu-Gi’s


hi, ummmm…. how do you synchro without tuners?


@Ryan – He has a fabled raven in theside deck. That is a tuner. Plus if he happens to be able to get a tuner from his opponents grave with monster reborn. Keep playing god Yu-Gi’s!

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I still don’t understand malefic stardust dragon.. if you happen to get a hand with dragged down and no gates.. with other dark worlds… malefic will be only bothering you.. is there sometthing that I’m not seeing??


@Raul – he used it more for protecting the gates. In your situation, it would not be his best hand. But with all the draw power the deck has, his next draw could be the game winner. Especially if he can special summon a big beater along with his grapha. It was more of a tech card than a standard card in dark worlds.

Keep playing good Yu-gi’s!


it won ycs so the build ishas to be good but i dislike reckless greed ive been playing dark world for about 5 years now before the structuer and i like approperiate over reckless just perf i guess but with approperiate u can draw 3 quorters of ur deck in one turn when u get it to go off that is….. and tour g. i dont like them eather i guess im just one out of thousends that doesnt like xyz over sychroing….. i mean witch would u rather have on the field utopia or a dark highlander or stardust with raven 7 and 8 are so easy to hit first turn and i would up skill drain to 2 and take the mind crush, and starlight road right out but anyway congrats to who won ycs

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Awesome deck @.@


Can I get help from anyone? I want to build a Ceruli built Dark World Deck? Or any special D.W. Deck that doesn’t need much xyz or sychros. Thanks. :)


Hey, just wondering if you can provide some insight on when you side in certain cards, I know you talked about when you side in Gozen Match but that’s about it.


I don’t get it… Where is ceruli and all of the others i mean aren’t those supposed to help u like with the opponents effect the ceruli can help u trigger the opponents effect without the opponent actually discarding any of ur cards. And also I just don’t get how to make a great dark world deck I have one but I can’t get the cards right so if any one can help me that would be great. :)


you don’t need him he sucks. if you had no discarding cards then what


then you r screwed


I need advice on a dark world deck I currently have. I dont play tourneys but i play with my friends and it does really well. Here’s a rundown on it Monsters:
3 x Grapha
3 x Beige
3 X Snoww
3 x Broww
1 X Goldd
1 x Silva
2 X Ceruli
1 x Fabled Raven
2 x Tour Guide
1 x Raviel
3 x Gate
3 x Dealings
3 x Lightning
1 x Allure
1 x Card Destruction
1 x Heavy Storm
2 x Mst
3 x Smog
3 x Deal
2 x Reckless Greed
2 x Eradicator Virus
Extra Deck:
1 x Adreus
1 x Dark Highlander
3 x Zenmaies
1 x Leviair
3 x Leviathan
2 x Utopia
1 x Hieratic Dragonlord

Was wondering for advice and i wanted to focus on the destruction and swarm capabilities of dw.


you don’t need 3 smogs and you dont need 2 cerullis. lightning is not needed. its a -1, MST is better. I would use 3 dragged downs. Goldd and Silva sometimes slow down the deck. If your gonna run reckless, run 3. Upstart goblin is amazing with this deck. IMO the deck is a little slow.


@Cody – I’m sure with the new batch of cards we have out now, this deck look very different. Thanks for the comment and Keep Playing Good YuGi’s!


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