GoatFormat.com had a chance to interview GFC 2 runner up Serenity. Check out the interview and deck below.
GoatFormat.com: how often do you attend live events or compete online?
Serenity: I participate in a couple of online tournaments a year. I may join more regularly in the future. I don't play the game live.
GoatFormat.com: How did you prepare for the tournament?
Serenity: I realized that a couple of the spirit monsters will get you covered for a lot of situations. They deal with goats, beatsticks and Thousand Eyes Restrict , whilst also evading a lot of removal. The other monsters produce their advantage in my own turn, so I don't mind them getting removed. I run battle traps to maintain my life points and for extra removal. I tested this over the course of a week with little success. But I really wanted to make it work. So I made some last-minute changes and went into it with a mindset that I'm practicing, perhaps for next tournament.
GoatFormat.com: What match-ups were you most prepared for?
Serenity: I built the deck with the Goat Control match up in mind, but the deck is also prepared for Chaos and Aggro decks.
GoatFormat.com: Who were you not looking forward to playing against?
Serenity: I didn't know what the other players were running, but I enjoy playing against most people, especially in the setting of a tournament.
GoatFormat.com: MVP card of the tourney?
Serenity: Mataza the Zapper. I tested the deck without him first, but games would drag, which is not a good position for me, because my mind clogs with Spirit monsters. Mataza lets me finish games quickly. It feels like he was the missing ingredient.
GoatFormat.com: What are your past accomplishments in ygo / goat format?
Serenity: I topped in a few FLCs and a few tournaments that were previously organized by Goatformat.com. Also, Jae Kim considered me one of the top 3 commenters on his blog (back when he ran one) and was willing to send me a box of valuable cards.
GoatFormat.com: what changes would you make to your deck / side if any going forward?
Serenity: I really got punished for not adding backrow removal to the side deck. My attitude is not to fix what isn't broken, and I bet on others to weed out the alternative decks so that I have more space in the side deck. But I'll probably dedicate at least some space in the future. Also, I want to try another build with Ectoplasmer in the main deck. I don't see the card as quintessential, but it's great when it works.
GoatFormat.com: Any advice you have for players wanting to compete in tournaments?
Serenity: Just go for it. I treated this tournament as practice and landed in second spot. The idea is to simply find out how far you can make it based on your current skill level.
GoatFormat.com: Any shutouts you wanna make?
Serenity: Shane is the most awesome Yu-Gi-Oh! player (and person in general).
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