March 22nd marked the third tournament in our Goat Format Championship Series, and what a tournament it was! Congratulations are in order for our winner and third ever GFC Champion: Bruce. We had a great turnout for this event with thirty-four entrants. You can check out the bracket here and view the stream of the tournament on our YouTube page. Speaking of our Youtube page, we are working our way to 1000 subs and would greatly appreciate if you could subscribe! Below you will find the top four deck lists, as well as our winner/runner-up interviews.
Runner up at GFC 3 was weirdchamp with their Dimension Fusion Turbo deck.
GoatFormat.com: How often do you attend live events or compete online?
weirdchamp: For Yu-Gi-Oh!, I attend Ranking (OCG OTS store stuff) once in a blue moon, and that's it aside from GFCs. I play Magic (Modern/Legacy) fairly frequently though, and I play Shadowverse for Team Revelation.
GF.com: How did you prepare for today's tournament?
weirdchamp: I didn't, actually. So essentially, I don't know western time zones, so I realized I had to register like five minutes before the tournament. So I just played the same deck I played at the last one, since I had it saved. I was originally going to play Reasoning Gate since last tourney I felt this deck lacked power, but I guess it worked out for the best LUL. I picked a combo deck because I don't have experience, so I felt the fewer decisions I have to make the better.
GF.com: What matchups were you most prepared for?
weirdchamp: I actually don't know. I just picked up this deck because it looked the most fun. The deck seems very strong against any slower deck that doesn't run Scapegoat, so I guess I like my chances against Thunder Dragon Chaos? I also found that the three Decrees basically spells game over for Warriors, which I played against two of.
GF.com: Who were you not looking forward to playing against?
weirdchamp: Any player whose name I recognized, I guess, because it would mean the skill gap is large, since I have practically no experience in the format. Ended up playing against a few.
GF.com: What was your MVP card of the tourney?
weirdchamp: Dark Magician of Chaos definitely, I think the card just does everything the deck wants. Only issue is that it sometimes clogs the hand, but I was lucky enough to be able to trigger it a lot this tournament.
GF.com: What are your past accomplishments in Yu-Gi-Oh!/Goat Format?
weirdchamp: None in Yu-Gi-Oh!, but if it matters, I have like seven premier tops total in a bunch of other card games.
GF.com: What changes, if any, would you make to your deck/side going forward?
weirdchamp: I basically sided Sinister out in like every matchup and my DARK count is honestly really bad. So, I'd suggest the following: -1 Merchant, -1 Sinister, +2 Dekoichi and in the side -2 Skilled Dark, -1 Trunade (three felt pretty overkill), +2 Kycoo, +1 Asura Priest (this deck has a lot of problems with Scapegoat if I don't remove it and then have Tribe or Vortex). I net-decked most of the list from freakysoap when he topped that one time though, so the list is definitely already very good. The main difference is that he main-decked Returns, which I don't like that much because it gets sniped by S/T removal sometimes, especially after they realize what deck you are on. You also can't top- deck it and activate on the same turn, which seems to come up.
GF.com: Do you have any advice for players wanting to compete in future tournaments?
weirdchamp: Ok, if someone as bad as me who doesn't know all the rulings and misplays a bunch can do it with luck, so can you. Just come out and play, it costs nothing except your time and best case you do an interview where people have to listen to you talk about how bad you are. If you have better things to do like see friends or loved ones then do that though, but with COVID I guess we're all NEETs right now.
GF.com: Are there any shout-out you want to make?
weirdchamp: Shutouts to Kiza, the guy I meme on with this account, your name is so ridiculously lucky. Shutouts to Tesla from Orchid MS (dead Maplestory server rip) for getting me into Goats because you wanted to experience your childhood Yu-Gi-Oh!. Also follow me on twitter (@rev_kuru) thanks, though you'll probably unfollow after seeing I post Yu-Gi-Oh! related things like once every 2 months. (I wouldn't blame you)
A big congratulations goes out to bruce for becoming a GFC Champion. bruce won GFC piloting a Goat Control deck.
GoatFormat.com: How often do you attend live events or compete online?
bruce: While I don't find time to play ranked games online all too often, I try to enter tournaments whenever I see any. The skill ceiling between irl and online is huge though, but I'm grateful to even have irl goat competition.
GoatFormat.com: How did you prepare for today's tournament?
bruce: I was building several different midrange, Chaos and janky smokescreen decks. always ran into the issue that I'll lose to the typical Goat sideboard in games two and three. That's why I ended up playing Goat Control [GC] myself.
GoatFormat.com: What matchups were you most prepared for?
bruce: I Pre-sided a little bit for chaos matchups and dedicated quite some space for additional Chaos hate in the side. I Didn't want to change too much from the detox list in anticipation of GC mirrors, but ended up playing none of these.
GoatFormat.com: Who were you not looking forward to playing against?
bruce: Not anyone in particular. siwski would've clapped me in the GC mirror, he didn't run GC, nor did I have to play him as it turned out. I'm in general not keen to play combo matchups, because of the high variance they naturally have. Basically coinflip sometimes in tournaments.
GoatFormat.com: What was your MVP card of the tourney?
bruce: Dustshoot if I had to name one. It was truly clutch only once in conjunction with mind crush. The hand info allowed me to press for damage quite often, however.
GoatFormat.com: What are your past accomplishments in Yu-Gi-Oh!/Goat Format?
bruce: Couple of irl tournament wins. None online until now.
GoatFormat.com: What changes, if any, would you make to your deck/side going forward?
bruce: The Dust Tornado I cut from the main goes straight back in. I got my Airknight Parshath snatched more than I liked, especially after siding out books and battle traps for Chaos hate. I'll also devote less space in general for anti-Chaos cards in the side.
Looking back at the list now, it would've terribly lost to Tiger Stun with Light of Intervention. I needed Jujitsu instead of beaters though, because I cut the Threatening Roars for Dustshoots. Kind of weird to balance it out. I guess the meta call is important, and I didn't see any Tigers lately.
GoatFormat.com: Do you have any advice for players wanting to compete in future tournaments?
bruce: What you think you are going to face and what you end up facing are completely different more often than not. Don't get caught thinking opponents play cards that you would put in their deck.
GoatFormat.com: Are there any shout-outs you want to make?
bruce: Skully and Goatformat.com for hosting the tournament. Also, shout out to my German fellows that keep the irl Goat scene alive.
Congratulations also go out to willkie, who placed 3rd with Anti-Meta Warriors, and PatrickZer0, who placed 4th with Thunder Dragon Chaos!