All 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.
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.
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
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
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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