Goat Format Championship Series 7 was hosted on May 30th. The tournament had a total of 71 players! Our largest tournament to date. Check out the top 8 deck list as well as player interviews. You can view the bracket on Challonge, and watch the stream of the video on YouTube. This was a really a great tournament with awesome commentary/stories from Kris Perovic and Dale Bellido, crazy runs from players like Neckies who took third after a 9 match win streak! Thank you to all the players who entered and all of the GoatFormat.com Staff/Commentators for making this tournament a success. A big congratulations to everfall for winning their first GFC and qualifying for the Goat Format World Championship in October 2020.
Randage: I'd like to open up by saying siwski and I are good friends, and that I personally requested to conduct this interview. So siwski, please feel free to introduce yourself to our readers and for anyone unfamiliar with who you are.
Siwski: Hello everyone, my name is siwski, swiski, swishkas, kiwiss, sowksi, sijsdki, soajosi, siiasomsiki or whichever combinations of words you end up typing when you smash your keyboard in the general direction of letters s, i and k. I am 23 years old and I come from Slovenia. I started getting into goats more "competitively" at the launch of goatformat.com's discord server, but I played for fun before that. You may find some games from that era on Randage's channel, featuring brain-melting plays such as turn 1 set Heavy + set Charity + set monster -> pass.
Randage: 1. So, I'm sure everybody already familiar with you would love to know - what made siwski decide to play Chaos Turbo?
Siwski: Laziness. I was too lazy to prepare well with Goat Control, but another huge factor is absence of my friend Nicey with which we often discuss Goat Control theories in great depth. Besides all that, I do enjoy relaxing and playing Chaos Turbo every now and then. Feels good if the wheelchair drives itself, sometimes.
Randage: Surely for you it must feel weird not playing Goat Control - how are you liking Chaos Turbo?
Siwski: Naturally, I think the deck is very strong. I would say that I miss feeling my own victories and my own losses, like I do when playing Goat Control - with Chaos Turbo a lot of the times it feels like you won because you couldn't have possibly lost or you lost because you couldn't have possibly won. But in general I really like playing the deck (and I hate playing against it).
Randage: For anyone unfamiliar - hows the deck work? What's the core strategy?
Siwski: The main strategy is to stabilize early game with Chaos-themed monsters that tend to (in the worst case scenario) pay for themselves such as Dekoichi, Tomato, Magician of Faith, and in the best case scenario win the game by themselves (beatdown by resolved Dekoichi). Once that is done, you further work on your position by snowballing card advantage with power plays such as Graceful Charity, Card Destruction... in combination with Thunder Dragons, Night Assailants and Sinister Serpent and for course removing any face-up threats with Chaos monsters... All of this is glued together by 3-of flips, 3-of Tomatos, 2-of Upstarts which thin the deck either by getting Nobleman'd (flips), crashing into opposing monsters (Tomato) or just by being Upstarts :). Anyhow, Jazz (who is also the creator of this deck, basically) has written a guide on this deck, but I currently don't have a link to it so I would kindly ask the editor of this post to make sure to append the link to that somewhere. https://www.formatlibrary.com/goat-deck-gallery/chaos-flip-turbo
Randage: Let's talk a little about your list - I notice you're main decking Gravekeeper's Spy, how come?
Siwski: My list is heavily teched for the Aggro matchup, in fact every slot that I consider not-100%-fixed was anti-Aggro tech choice. These are of course double Spies, Mirror Force and Snatch Steal, as well as heavily armed side deck. I didn't get awarded for my anti-Aggro preparation, since I only played 1 such matchup.
Randage: Your most talked about card was Upstart Goblin - How much are you liking it?
Siwski: If you ask me it is 100% staple in this deck. Turboing trough the deck is super important, there aren't any other engine cards to run, sometimes 2 Upstarts seems 1 too few. There is of course also another aspect of Upstart, which is making Magician of Faith (which is ran at 3) playable by turn 1.
Randage: What's your toughest matchup, and how do you play against it?
Siwski: I think I auto-lose to PACMAN and I don't (or didn't) care because it's not represented right now. The more realistic bad matchup are well-equipped control decks, which I ended up losing 2 matches to :). You play against it by preparing for it either in the main or in the side, which I didn't do because, as you know, I prioritized Aggro matchup. More specifically, multiple Scapegoats are annoying to deal with, so for that you would need Lightning Vortex or perhaps any combination of Asura, Tribe or even Torrential. Luckily, this deck already manages Creature Swaps and Mind Controls relatively well, because of the Mystic Tomatos. Fighting vs Dustshoots and Mind Crushes never felt crucial for me, unless of course you get spanked by 3 of them by turn 2, in which case there's not much you can do.
Randage: You finished 2nd on Sunday - who were you most anticipating dueling, and what was your favorite match?
Siwski: Honestly I didn't look at the bracket at all, when waiting in loser's finals I was coding for my project and I didn't even know what my opponent was playing. Likewise I didn't know what Everfall was playing, LOL. I would say my favorite match was the early swiss match, in which I was losing from the start of game 3 but I ended up winning by resolving Cyber Jar, adding it back with Assailant and somehow resolving it again, then finishing the game with Card Destruction, decking my opponent out.
Randage: Are you overall happy with deck? Would you make any changes?
Siwski: The only changes I'd make to this deck are the tech-choice slots based on what I'm expecting to play against and the side deck. For example, in the past I ran 3x Dekoichi and Return from Different Dimension, in the future I want to try out Tsukuyomi.
Randage: How many times have you already watched your replays?
Siwski: Zer0! I'll maybe make a commentary / replay review on some of them, since now I have my Blue Yeti Nano back!
Randage: How does it feel for siwski to fall short in the finals - and ultimately, lose to double Asura Priest?
Siwski: All I'm going to say is: double Asura decklist has never not-won a tournament.
Randage: Should we look out for siwski in Sleeper Meta 4? :randage:
Siwski: I hope that I can join but right now I'm thinking that I maybe want to commentate on it more than play. We'll see how things turn out.
Randage: Would you like to make any closing remarks or shoutouts?
Siwski: First of all shoutouts to all my teammates who help me improve (you know who you are), shoutouts to HORSEMEN, very important shoutouts to Chris and Peter, shoutouts to my friend Jaka who introduced me to goats, shoutouts to Randage for epic video intros (WTFFFFFFFOISJIGOIJNGON??), shoutouts to goatformat.com and Format Library and every other platform that helps goats grow and finally shoutouts to my girlfriend who always sacks me with Chaos Turbo.