November 2008 | The Irish Duelist

Need to prove myself.

Back in July, I finally achieved what I was aiming for for the past 2 years, I became the highest ranked player in the country. Four months on though and I don't feel too happy at all. Ourside of this brief period before September where I went undefeated for a month with Gladiator Beasts I haven't really played as good as my ranking suggests and it's getting to me. In the past month I've not won my 'good local' at all, usually floundering in the Top 4/8. I've tried out new variants of TeleDaD and Lightsworn and nothing seems to work, I'm in a slump at the moment.



With The Irish Open coming up soon and attracting a lot of interest from the British players I have that chance to play in a 'big event' again and I am very excited about it. What I don't like though is that, from the vibes I'm getting (and a few MSN conversations with players), the 'better' players that are heading over are thinking that the event is going to be a cakewalk. What I gathered from one particular conversation was that some think that, as number 1, they see me as being the best player in the country, and have based the entire tournament standard on that. While I know that I'm not the 'best' player in Ireland (I can think of at least 3 players who I would consider to be far better than me) I still find this as quite a bit of an insult.

So basically, I need to prove, to myself and to others, that Ireland is not an 'easy' place to play in and that I am (or can be) as good any 'elite' player that I'll face in the next 12 months. (I keep looking back at the European Championship in Amsterdam this year and picking at the silly mistakes that potentially cost me a World Championship invite) I have the cardpool (recently got my 3 Plaguespreaders, yay!) and the determination to do it, so I just need the avenue and a couple of events where I can step up my game, the first of which is the Fortune Tour Stop that is happenning this weekend in Dublin.

At the time of posting this, I don't know if I'll even be able to attend yet. Most of my contacts in Dublin are unavailable or don't have a place for me to stay for the weekend. (Travelling across the country for me is basically a 2 day trip when you consider the tournament timetable and the but schedules I have to rely on) However, I really want to go. I'm already qualified, so it's a decent opportunity for me to see how far I've really come since that eventful weekend in Amsterdam. If I can't go I'm stuck with my locals for another 2 months and while they are fun to play in, they don't provide me with an accurate simulation of what the Fortune Tour Finals and The Irish Open will be like.

So yeah, that's enough of a rant for now (I'm in that kind of mood today). Feel free to have a chat either here or on any of the forums I'm usually on.

-PJ

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Local Tournament (Cork, Ireland) : Top 8 Decklists

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Alex Hayes
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Monsters: 18
3 Destiny Hero - Malicious
3 Krebons
2 Dark Armed Dragon
2 Caius the Shadow Monarch
2 Dark Grepher
1 Destiny Hero - Diamond Dude
1 Destiny Hero - Doom Lord
1 Spirit Reaper
1 Elemental Hero Stratos
1 Sangan
1 Breaker the Magical Warrior

Spells: 17
3 Destiny Draw
3 Allure of Darkness
3 Cold Wave
3 Emergency Teleport
2 Reinforcement of the Army
1 Brain Control
1 Heavy Storm
1 Monster Reborn

Traps: 6
3 Solemn Judgment
2 Phoenix Wing Wind Blast
1 Torrential Tribute

Extra Deck: 15
3 Stardust Dragon
2 Goyo Guardian
2 Thought Ruler Archfiend
2 Colossal Fighter
2 Red Dragon Archfiend
2 Ojama King
1 Darkfire Dragon
1 Magical Android

Side Deck: 15
3 Skill Drain
2 Destiny Hero - Defender
1 Zombyra the Dark
2 Threatening Roar
2 Nobleman of Crossout
2 Light and Darkness Dragon
2 Instant Fusion
1 Soul Exchange

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Brian Allen
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Monsters: 16
3 Gladiator Beast Bestiari
3 Test Tiger
3 Bountiful Artemis
2 D.D. Crow
2 Gladiator Beast Laquari
2 Gladiator Beast Darius
1 Gladiator Beats Murmillo

Spells: 8
3 Gladiator Proving Ground
2 Book of Moon
1 Shrink
1 Enemy Controller
1 Monster Reborn

Traps: 16
3 Solemn Judgment
2 Dark Bribe
2 Divine Wrath
2 Gladiator Beast War Chariot
2 Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror
2 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Trap Dustshoot
1 Drastic Drop Off
1 Dimensional Prison

Extra Deck: 11
3 Gladiator Beast Gyzarus
3 Gladiator Beast Heraklinos
3 Stardust Dragon
1 Red Dragon Archfiend
1 Colossal Fighter

Side Deck: 15
1 D.D. Crow
2 Twister
2 Dust Tornado
2 Light-Imprisoning Mirror
1 Heavy Storm
1 Mind Control
1 My Body as a Shield
1 The Transmigration Prophecy
1 Neo-Spacian Grand Mole
1 Neo-Spacial Dark Panther
1 Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror
1 Gladiator Beast Hoplomus

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Mark Sheehan
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Monsters: 21
3 Mezuki
3 Zombie Master
2 Pyramid Turtle
2 Caius the Shadow Monarch
2 Krebons
1 Goblin Zombie
1 D.D. Crow
1 Malevolent Mech Goku-En
1 Paladin of Cursed Dragon
1 Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon
1 Destiny Hero - Dasher
1 Sangan
1 Morphing Jar
1 Prime Material Dragon

Spells: 14
3 Book of Life
2 Cold Wave
2 Zombie World
2 Card of Safe Return
1 Emergency Teleport
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Terraforming
1 Heavy Storm
1 Monster Reborn

Traps: 5
2 Dust Tornado
2 Graceful revival
1 Mirror Force

Extra Deck: 13
2 Colossal Fighter
2 Junk Warrior
2 Gaia Knight the Force of Earth
2 Stardust Dragon
1 Goyo Guardian
1 Red Dragon Archfiend
1 Magical Android
1 Thought Ruler Archfiend
1 Avenging Knight Parshath

Side Deck: 0

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Andrew Murphy
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*Decklist Witheld*

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David Duggan
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Monsters: 18
3 Destiny Hero - Plasma
3 Destiny Hero - Malicious
2 Caius the Shadow Monarch
2 Krebons
1 Spirit Reaper
1 Breaker the Magical Warrior
1 Dark Grepher
1 Elemental Hero Stratos
1 Sangan
1 Destiny Hero - Doom Lord
1 Mystic Tomato
1 Destiny Hero - Diamond Dude

Spells: 17
3 Destiny Draw
3 Allure of Darkness
2 Emergency Teleport
2 Fires of Doomsday
2 Reinforcement of the Army
1 Monster Reborn
1 Brain Control
1 Heavy Storm
1 Scapegoat
1 Giant Trunade

Traps: 5
3 Solemn Judgment
1 Mirror Force
1 Torrential Tribute

Extra Deck: 8
2 Stardust Dragon
2 Red Dragon Archfiend
1 Avenging Knight Parshath
1 Colossal Fighter
1 Goyo Guardian
1 Magical Android

Side Deck: 15
2 Needle Ceiling
2 Bottomless Trap Hole
2 Legendary Jujitsu Master
2 Wall of Illusion
1 Mystoc Tomato
1 Drillago
1 Lightnong Vortex
2 Divine Wrath
1 Soul Exchange
1 Ojama Trio

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PJ Tierney
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Monsters: 23
2 Judgment Dragon
3 Honest
3 Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress
2 Celestia, Lightsworn Angel
2 Garoth, Lightsworn Warrior
2 Jain, Lightsworn Paladin
2 Wulf, Lightsworn Beast
2 Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner
2 Aurkus, Lightsworn Druid
1 Ehren, Lightsworn Monk
1 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
1 Plaguespreader Zombie

Spells: 13
3 Charge of the Light Brigade
3 Solar Recharge
2 Cold Wave
2 Monster Reincarnation
1 Heavy Storm
1 Giant Trunade
1 Monster Reborn

Traps: 5
2 Zero Gravity
2 Compulsory Evacuation Device
1 Beckoning Light

Extra Deck: 15
3 Goyo Guardian
2 Stardust Dragon
2 Colossal Fighter
2 Red Dragon Archfiend
2 Thought Ruler Archfiend
2 Magical Android
1 Iron Chain Dragon
1 Avenging Knight Parshath

Side Deck: 15
3 Royal Decree
2 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
2 Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror
2 Imperial Iron Wall
1 Celestia, Lightsworn Angel
1 Aurkus, Lightsworn Druid
1 Ehren, Lightsworn Monk
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Beckoning Light
1 Dust Tornado

*Credit to 'DM2K' for the original concept.*

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Martin Stephens
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Monsters: 20
3 Grandmaster of the Six Samurai
3 The Six Samurai - Yaichi
3 Spirit of the Six Samurai
3 The Six Samurai - Zanji
2 Hand of the Six Samurai
2 Psychic Commander
2 Krebons
2 The Six Samurai - Irou

Spells: 14
3 Cunning of the Six Samurai
3 Six Samurai United
2 reinforcement of the Army
2 Emergency Teleport
1 Heavy Storm
1 Reasoning
1 Lightning Vortex
1 Monster Reborn

Traps: 6
3 Solemn Judgemnt
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Double-Edged Sword Technique
1 Mirror Force

Extra Deck: 15
3 Magical Android
3 Goyo Guardian
2 Stardust Dragon
2 Colossal Fighter
1 Red Dragon Archfiend
1 Thought Ruler Archfiend
1 Avenging Knight Parshath
1 Gaia Knight, the Force of Earth
1 Gladiator Beast Gyzarus

Side Deck: 15
2 Enishi, Shien's Chancellor
2 Great Shogun Shien
2 Kycoo the Shost Destroyer
1 Hand of the Six Samurai
2 Royal Oppression
3 Dust Tornado
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Scapegoat
1 Double-Edged Sword Technique

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Aaron McInerney
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Monsters: 18
3 Zombie Master
3 Pyramid Turtle
2 Caius the Shadow Monarch
2 Ryu Kokki
1 Giant Rat
1 Armageddon Knight
1 Marshmallon
1 Vampire Lord
1 Morphing Jar
1 Regenerating Mummy
1 Spirit Reaper
1 Paladin of Cursed Dragon

Spells: 14
3 Allure of Darkness
2 Card of Safe Return
3 Book of Life
1 Card Destruction
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Foolish Burial
1 Monster Reborn
1 Shield Crush
1 Heavy Storm

Traps: 8
3 Solemn Judgemnt
3 Dark Bribe
1 Mirror Force
1 Reckless Greed

Extra Deck: 0

Side Deck: 0

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-PJ

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