Archive for August, 2013


Introducing: Deck Guru Robby Stewart

Deck Guru

Deck Guru

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for tuning into my introductory article! My name is Robby Stewart. Some of you may know me, but since this is my first article, I want to introduce myself and maybe you’ll learn something new about me.

A Little History:

I started out in TCGs because I watched the original Yugioh series. I bought some packs and after a couple of years of having no idea how to actually play the game, I decided to read the rulebook. I found a couple of friends whom also played the game, and soon enough I was at my first local scrubbing out.

After some time playing Yugioh, and not really enjoying the atmosphere, I decided to branch out and play some different TCG’s. I have played Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, WOW TCG, and finally settled on a little old game called Duel Masters.

So right when I picked up Duel Masters, I loved it. DM had everything I was looking for.  It was fast paced, but still allowed for a level of skill and control that a lot of other TCGs just didn’t have. I immediately sold all my other TCG cards and picked up as many Duel Masters cards as possible. I played in a few Tournaments of the 5 Civilizations and I even won one. All my practice and love for the game culminated into what was, at the time, the best TCG experience I ever had: The Duel Masters Continental Champs (Where I wound up getting a respective 9thplace). Sadly, after the champs DM started to die down in the US, and support for the game whittled away. Thus, my passion for TCGS.

The Road to Seattle:

I kind of messed around with Yugioh & WOW TCG during the period between Duel Masters and Kaijudo. However, when I saw the announcement for Kaijudo, I almost couldn’t believe it. Suddenly, 1TVR hit the shelves, and my passion for TCG’s was once again reignited. I got to see so many old friends and buddies whom I hadn’t seen since DM ended. It was a awesome, and I got to be around other people who loved the game as much as I did.

Organized play was amazing. I loved road tripping with my buddies to the various KMC’s, getting to meet the different people, and checking out the other locals. I was able to participate in 3 different KMCs, and I was in the top 8 three times in a row. On my third attempt, I won my invitation to Seattle.

Then Seattle happened. It was hands down the best time I’ve ever had playing TCGs. Saturday was amazing and Sunday was one heck of an intense tournament. Every competitor was on their A game. After getting stomped by CVH’s Mono-Light deck round 3, I was able to win the rest of my matches all the way to the finals, where I met my good friend Bobby Brake. You can go check out the match on Kaijudo.com.

What to Expect:

I love building decks and messing around with a variety of fun, serious, and budget decks. Most of my articles will have me being a Deck Guru. Some weeks might be me personally building a deck, and other times I will hopefully hear from the many of you submitting decks for me to fix or change (like a deck doctor)! So stay tuned!

For all deck submissions please send your complete list toTheCardAcademyTCG@gmail.com

Please Include:
– Your Deck list. (Please send a written deck list, not a screenshot.)
– Your name and city.
– Remember – please use full card names! No Abbreviations and miss-spellings please!
– A paragraph or two describing your deck: what it does, why you’re playing it, and its strengths and weaknesses.
– Don’t forget! The cooler and more out of the box your deck is the more I’ll want to fix it, so don’t be afraid to get creative!(Hint: New cards/decks will get priority)

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Introducing: Scrolls of Strategy

Scrolls of Strategy

Scrolls of Strategy

What’s up Kaijudo fans this is Nathan Bond (Ramboscoob333) and I am now going to be writing here on Cards Now 24/7.  I have been trying to expand more into the community and this is a great chance for me to do so.  So for those of you who don’t know who I am I would like to tell you a little about myself.

My TCG Journey Begins

I first started playing card games when Pokémon first came out, and played that through the gold and silver packs.  Around this time I switched to playing Yu-Gi-Oh which when I first started was an amazing game, but as I continued to play and later down the road the game lost my favor in the play style and community so I started looking for new games.  It was around this time that I expanded into Magic: the Gathering and this was when Shadowmoor first came out.  I played standard for a while but still continued Yu-Gi-Oh because I didn’t know if I truly wanted to switch over to Magic yet.  I played through a few sets, took a break, and came back when the Zendikar block started.  As I played through different blocks Zendikar, Scars (this is when I fully quit Yu-Gi-Oh), Innistrad, and Return to Ravnica, I started to learn that Type 2/Standard was not for me but I did love the game.  So I started to only play Elder Dragon Highlander/ Commander.

In EDH I had much success playing a variety of decks tokens, mill, control, slivers, and two decks I took the most pride in.  My Gruul trample deck was a far personal favorite as it was able to kill people in single turns from trample damage, at one point I had a single baloth do 44 damage on one attack.  The second deck was my Intimidate deck, I gave the big Eldrazis Intimidate and then I also put Intimidate on Infect creatures.  I enjoyed playing EDH and still do but in the end I did sell my collection to start playing Kaijudo.  This does not mean I will never play EDH again just that I won’t buy as heavily into EDH when I do start playing again.

Enter: Kaijudo

Two of my good friends, who are now my team mates, are the ones who convinced me to start playing Kaijudo.  They introduced it to me right after Evo Fury was released.  My friend Nick (KingofGames16) handed me his modified version of the Evo Fury structure deck to use and I played my first match against Sean (Pogiforce).  I did alright but I knew the deck wasn’t for me.  That next Friday I bought a box of Dojo, a Box of Evo Fury, and one of each of the starter decks and made four mono civ decks up to take my shots at it again.  Nature was my favorite of those decks, and I did really well.  I didn’t win any matches but showed immediate skill in my ability to play and build decks.  I went on a few weeks trading here and there and making purchases until I finally got a full playset of Bolt-tail Dragons.  This is when I made my first attempt at Aqua Saberbolt and started doing really well.  I started topping at tournaments every week and was one of the first to decide to play Flamespike Tatsurion in the deck.  I even played a few Emperor Neuron in it at one point.  This deck is the what allowed me to make that jump from new player to good player.  I continued to play locals with Team P.E.A.C.H. and my friends and then DSI came out.  Decks flew around until I eventually settled on a LWD Dragon Control build that let me get an invite to the Championship in GA.  I then took all my time testing different decks until it was time for the Championship.

Scrolls of Strategy

Well that is enough about my past now for a little about my future.  I have made an attempt to win the Master Commentator Contest, so if my video is chosen please vote for me.  I have also made a schedule of KMCs I intend to attend this season.  I am looking at doing five though I may not be able to compete in one of those so that I can judge for my local KMC.  Time will tell for that.  I will be writing future articles here about strategy.  Starting out, I plan to discuss the differences in deck types. Hopefully this will help the community as a whole.  I also want to discuss a new deck type that I am sure will emerge with the coming of Shattered Alliances. That is it for me people, so this is Nathan Bond signing out, peace out friends, and if there is something strategy related you would like me to write an article on leave it in the comments below.

My name is Robert Arguelles, I am 25 and the CEO and President of both ToysNow LLC and CardsNow247.com. During my free time, which is not much, I love the outdoors, playing card games with friends and spending quality time with my fiancé. Some of my credentials are 10+ years experience in  gaming industry, Eagle Scout, Math Academic Team, Academic Decathlon Team, and Bilingual in Spanish. Gaming has been on top of my priority list since I was 13 years old whether it was Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and most recently Kaijudo. Picking up most games was a breeze, but playing on a competitive level is another story. I began playing at the competitive level when I was 18 through Pokemon finishing amongst the top 64 at my second Nationals. I won my first Kaijudo master challenge, have multiple Magic The Gathering Grand Prix day 2’s (Grand Prix’s being tournaments with 1500+ players needing a record of 7-2 to make day 2) and have been in the competitive side of gaming for almost 7 years now. If I can give one piece of advice to both the novice and competitive player it would be Practice, Practice and more Practice.

We here at CardsNow247.com have put together a team of experts in all aspects of collectible and competitive card games. All our article content for Kaijudo is written by Kaijudo Master Challenge winners and we will continue to maintain this standard. We want to provide quality content, consistent content and and lots of content. If there is ever anything we are not touching on or you would like to hear more about feel free to email us. Thank you all, as you are the ones who make all of this possible for us.

Hellooooooooo Kaijudo duelists and random passerby!! My name is Rafael Taveras and boy has it been a journey to get to this point. Some of you know me and most of you don’t, but hopefully by the end of this article that will have changed. In this article I will describe my Kaijudo journey from start to finish and I’ll outline my role here and what kind of awesome stuff you can expect to read from me.

I’m 20 years old and i’ve been a New Yorker all my life. It’s had it’s ups and downs but I’ve been playing card games for the better chunk of my life. Years ago, for my birthday, my elder brother took me to Toys R’ Us to buy a starter deck for the newly released Pokemon TCG. I’ve been playing card games ever since. I’ve played Yu-gi-oh, Magic: The Gathering, Naruto, Zatch Bell, Chaotic, Cardfight!! Vanguard and most recently Kaijudo.

Card games, like books, have always allowed me to transport myself out of my regular mundane world and become something or someone else. I get to call upon various creatures and channel hundreds of spells in my attempts to outsmart my opponent in card game after card game. It’s a feeling I crave and I think you guys do as well.

The Journey Begins

My foray into Kaijudo began a little over a year ago when it was just “Dojo Edition” and the “Tatsurion Vs. Razorkinder” Decks. A friend of mine, Femi, was driving around looking for them and I had tagged along for the ride. I was playing Cardfight!! Vanguard and Magic at the time and wasn’t really that into either games meta. So I was ready to give something new a shot. After having no luck at the first few shops, we used Wizards’ nifty store locator and boom we found a store in downtown New York City. Femi purchased the decks and a few days later, we were knee deep in the world of Kaijudo. Once you get competitive and start doing well in tournaments, you look at the game differently. So lets take this moment to think back to when we all first started and sucked at the game and argued about rulings we were wrong about. I think those times are the best because you’re truly just playing to have a good time, but let’s move on from memory lane.

Femi and I purchased some packs at the store we originally found and soon after we were going online to find a place where we could buy a booster box. I was trying to make WDL, which is what I was using in Magic, so I had my eye on the combo-tastic Alcadeus, Winged Justice. We ordered the booster box and 4 grueling days of waiting later, it had arrived. I was afraid I wouldn’t get what I wanted but 2 or 3 packs in there he was in all his angelic glory. I got some stuff off of ebay and tried to build up my deck as much as I could.

Soon it was time for Rise of the Duel Masters. I went to my locals after class and found a slew of new people itching to get into the game.There were also old duel masters players excited to get back into the fray. The room was filled with people who would become my friends, opponents, and teammates and I couldn’t wait to see what I was capable of. We had a few tournaments and I actually performed well in them, earning the recognition of the more experienced duel masters players including  former numero uno player Tom Rogers! But my true first test came in the form of a $100 tournament at a store about an hour away.

First Big Tournament!

Hyperspeed Dragon was making big waves in the meta and WDF dragons was the deck to beat.   However I was still sticking with my WDL control deck comboing Alcadeus with cards like Aqua Seneschal, Shaw K’Naw, and Gigastand. While I loved my deck I realized I might need some back up if I wanted to take down Hyperspeed and his gang, so I added fire to my deck for Tornado Flame and Moorna, Gatling Dragon. I recall getting some inspiration from one of CVH’s early articles on ARG when he was piloting a very similar deck.

I arrived at the store first and the duelists started pouring in, including some of my friends from locals. I don’t remember the matchups too well but I went X-1 and made top 4 along with another friend, Zach. In top 4 I got a shot at revenge when I get paired up against the guy who beat me in swiss. I believe he was running a kind of WDF deck but this time I was able to come out on top. In top 2 I faced the infamous macho man Randy Savage. Ok just kidding, his name was Mike Savage but same difference. He had promptly 2-0’ed my friend so I felt I had to get some sweet sweet revenge. Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned. I remember being able to stabilize after killing his hand but with no shields and no blockers (Blame Comet Missile for my low blocker count in deck) he top decked Bolt-Tail the great and beat me most mercilessly!!! I was initially disappointed but eventually thrilled with my performance as the other guys from locals cheered me up and praised my skills.

KMCs?!

I soon began exploring ideas for the upcoming KMCs. I didn’t expect much but I wanted to give it my best shot. In the weeks leading up to the big tournament I decided to try to punish the slower control decks by including cheap and fast discard like Specter Claw, Fumes, and Gigastand over slower control staples like Crystal Memory, Keeper of Dawn, and Skull Shatter. I just felt like I wanted to punish my opponent as quickly as I could instead of gaining incremental advantage.

Days before the KMC I cut Gigastand, realizing that I would often have to break shields to get his effect and that would be counter productive to the game plan. Femi got his dad’s van and a butt ton of us piled in to make the hour and a half drive up to Poughkeepsie, NY. Last minute I purchased a pair of Saracon, Storm Dynamo and put them along with a set of Dragonstrike all star Bottle of Wishes in the hopes that it would make my shield blasts more threatening.

Here’s the list I sleeved up:

Light (14)

3 Lux

3 Lyra, the Blazing Sun

3 Andromeda of the Citadel

2 Sun-Stalk Seed

3 Stormspark Blast

Water (9)

3 Logos Scan

1 Spy Mission

2 Nix

3 Bottle of Wishes

1 Veil Vortex

1 Rusalka, Aqua Chaser

Dark (21)

2 Dracothane of the Abyss

3 Terror Pit

3 Bone Blades

2 Death Smoke

3 Specter Claw

3 Fumes

2 Razorkinder Puppet

3 Scaradorable of Gloom Hollow

Light/Water (2)

2 Saracon, Storm Dynamo

Total: 46

I’ll spare you a tournament report because there’s still a lot I’ve got to say but the deck worked extremely well and rewarded me with a 2nd Place finish. I was extremely happy and excited at the prospect of going to Seattle. Paying for it was something else entirely. I sold off most of my more valuable Magic cards however things came up and my Seattle fund kept dwindling. Much as I wanted to go, it seemed like paying for it was going to be an insurmountable barrier. Then my good friend Luis came to the rescue offering to loan me the money to go as well as coming along himself to take his shot in the last chance qualifiers.

Seattle, Oh yeah!

We make it to Seattle Washington!!!!! Unfortunately Luis didn’t make it, and I had to leave him at the hotel on R&D day. I was able to talk to everyone at wizards and  thank them for putting together such an amazing event. But finally it was time to head home and make some last minute changes to my deck.

I knew I was going to run LWD control, that’s just my thing. I added in two General Finbarr for some extra oomph and threw in a lone King Coral in the hopes that I could catch some people off guard. I had also been running a full set of Gregoria’s Fortress for quite a while now, so I had a ton of faith that my deck was good. In game 3 of the 1st round my opponent bottles into Infernus the Awakened and proceeds to dominate me. I walk it off and try to look ahead. I win the next 2 rounds and then I take a disheartening loss to mega bugs piloted by Michael Schwartz. My chances at the championship are over. I think back on what I’ve gotten that weekend and realize that while it would have been spectacular to make top 8, I’d already gotten so much more than that. My new buddy Tyler Winther shared my fate but we both vowed to each other that next time would be different (yea that moment was so boss). I said many thanks and farewells and got a chance to do a player interview and Andrea Cole gave me an Old Man Winter!!!! (yay) and now here I am!!

Peer into the Veil

In my article column entitled “Peer into the Veil” I’ll be bringing you my opinions on card prices as well as giving you the inside scoop on some cards that I think are under the radar. So if I think there’s a card that’s about to make a splash in the meta I’ll let you know what’s up. I’ll also be giving you tips on which cards you should be picking up and how much you should be paying for them. Thanks so much for reading and look out for my first inaugural “Peer into the Veil” where I’ll be reviewing the newest set, Shattered Alliances, as well as giving you my insight into what you can expect card values to be. Until then keep breaking those shields and cracking those packs!!!

Hello, I’m Jerah Doxtator and this is the written side of Kaijudo 24/7.  I’ll be primarily running the site from behind the scenes, but I felt there was space to explore in tournament prepping. So here I am, but first a bit about my background.

There and Back Again: A TCG Tale

   I started my TCG career in Pokemon. I watched the TV show, movies and video games until finally convincing my parents to buy me Zap!. For those of you who weren’t cool enough to play back then, that was the pre-constructed deck with Pikachu and Mewtwo!! I played super casually until transitioning into YuGiOh. I played that pretty casually as well until finally moving into Magic: The Gathering.  I spent my first two years of Magic playing around a lunch table in high school before losing touch with the game until mid-2009. The local scene where I picked the game up again was heavy into EDH (Commander) and Legacy. So I jumped headfirst into Legacy. After a bumpy start I found a game that I could play well but also had a blast playing. I played competitively until mid-2011. I manage to put up a single top 32 finish at a Starcity Games Legacy Open in that time span. I never really invested heavily in the game and was having issues competing against the super expensive decks. I finally decided that I couldn’t possibly commit enough time or money to break into the Magic scene and sold everything except 1 Modern, 1 Legacy and 2 EDH decks.

  A Challenger Appears: Kaijudo!!!

   I was doing just dandy sticking to EDH and playing in the occasional Modern or Legacy tournament until my good friend Steven Ferry introduced me to Kaijudo. He had been demo’d the game in Madison and came back to our local super buzzed about the game. After that first game I was hooked! The parallels between Magic and Kaijudo made it feel familiar, but the differences made the game new and exciting.  I saw the game had only been out for almost a year and decided I would go all in on Kaijudo. We played pretty casually for about a week…then they announced KMCs. Steve, myself and another teammate started brewing and playing non-stop in preparation for the KMCs. We knew we’d only have two shots and we had to make them count. The 2 weeks before KMC Milwaukee were the most intense learning experiences I’ve ever had in my TCG career.  Our preparation payed off and I earned my invite. I prepped for Seattle and did as well as I could.  Our process for Seattle preparation was just as intense as what we went through for Milwaukee. But we made a few missteps and I ended up miscalling the meta-game!

The Lessons Learned!

  My experiences in Magic and the triumphs and missteps from my first season of KMCs have taught me tons! I want to pass on all that information to you guys. I’ll be writing a mini-series of tournament preparation articles. They will cover everything from play-testing to packing your supplies right before the event. I’ll try to be as entertaining as possible, but tournament preparation can be very exhausting. Until next time, always play the Nutter Butters.