Goat Format Championship Series 5 was hosted on April 11th. The tournament had a total of 45 players! 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.
On Saturday April 11th Delinkquent took part in GFC 5. After going undefeated until the finals, he lost twice to “Wok it out” giving him second place. Delinkquent stood out from the crowd by running a unique burn deck which ran a side deck conversion into chaos. Raust from GoatFormat.com took the time to interview Delinkquent about these accomplishments, as well as the interesting deck he used to achieve them.
Goatformat.com (Raust) - You have gotten very far in two tournaments now, and only just lost out on first place. Are you disappointed with this?
Delinkquent – To be honest, the last final was a little bit disappointing, yes. I finished my games before the Grand Finals at around 01:00 a.m. (CET) and waited 2 1/2 – 3 hours, only to brick pretty hard at the finals and have a disconnect during the first Grand Finals match. However, my opponent was skillful and kind, so he definitely deserved the win and I'm not mad at all. Just a little bit disappointed, as I mentioned before.
GF - You have used unique decks before and gotten far with them. What is your rationale for using this most recent Burn deck which can lean into Chaos in games two and three.
Delinkquent – I see Goat Format as a fun format and creating new decks, or at least new techniques, is definitely my favorite part of the format. For this reason, I usually show up at tournaments with new ideas. Last year, I finished 1st place at a Format Library tournament (only losing a single game) playing a Heavy Slump deck. At the FLC 11 I piloted an Empty Jar deck with a Chaos/Heavy Slump conversion side deck, and at the GFC 5 I played the deck you mentioned above. I'd rather be known for running innovative decks than for running standard decks.
GF - What was your MVP card of the tournament?
Delinkquent – Definitely Wave-Motion Cannon. If you ask me, it's arguably the best Burn card in the entire format.
GF - What weaknesses does this deck have?
Delinkquent – Any S/T removal might hurt if used in the right moment, since you cannot always have Solemn Judgment or other cards to protect your field.
GF - Did you end up playing the Burn version or the Chaos version more during the tournament?
Delinkquent - I think I've actually won more games by running Chaos than running Burn.
GF - If you played the deck again, would you make Chaos the main-deck and side into Burn?
Delinkquent - I thought about that. But I would probably improve the Burn main-deck, making it more solid because in general Burn is the better deck.
GF – What informed your decision to switch to Chaos in games two and three?
Delinkquent - It's part of the conversion side-deck strategy. Most people side in a bunch of Anti-Burn cards that aren't very effective against Chaos at all. In game three you can play strong mind games by not letting the opponent know if you're switching back to Burn or if you're staying at the Chaos deck.
GF – Does this mean that you always side into Chaos game two?
Delinkquent - Not always, no. It depends a lot on my opponent's deck and on the cards I expect him to side in.
GF - What is your weakness as a player?
Delinkquent – It's probably the fact that I'm not afraid to play an innovative deck at a tournament which turns out to be an inconsistent piece of crap, only to end up 0:2.
GF - Is there anyone who you have found difficult to defeat in these tournaments?
Delinkquent – Yeah, I really struggled to defeat my brother (AlephYa2) because I used to test my decks with him. So, he knows my strategies as well as the weaknesses of my deck. For example he was the only person to run two copies of Neko Mane King in the side deck at the FLC 11, so I couldn't rely on Empty Jar in games two and three.
GF - What is the most common misplay that an opponent made against you?
Delinkquent – Hard to say. Most of my opponents played pretty well.
GF - Which unique decks are you keen to try out next?
Delinkquent – I definitely have some interesting decks in mind, but please understand that I won't publish them before the next tournaments because I love to confuse and surprise people with unconventional deck/card choices.
GF – Is there anything you don't like about the community?
Delinkquent – I definitely hate when people complain about other people (including myself) running alternative win condition decks like Burn, Empty Jar, Library FTK etc. Guys, don't be mad at us, just learn how to build proper side decks! Don't be toxic, just beat us with our own weapons and show us the right anti cards in games two and three.
GF – What's your favorite card in Goat Format?
Delinkquent – The infamous Morphing Jar!
GF – What's your favorite card in general?
Delinkquent – Meteo the Matchless. And if you don't know, now you know!
on Saturday April 11th “Wok it out” won GFC 5.
Goatformat.com (Raust): How often do you attend live events or compete online?
Wok it out: I haven’t really played any current Yu-Gi-Oh since the 3v3 in Las Vegas. I am pretty new to the online Goat community, so I hope to be joining these tournaments on a regular basis.
GF: How did you prepare for the tournament?
Wok it out: I play Goat with my buddy James (Sacked) pretty regularly. Other than that, I don’t think I did any real testing per se.
GF: What matchups were you most prepared for?
Wok it out: I really like my match-up against standard Goat. I truly believe three Asura gives me a slight edge in that matchup.
GF: Who were you not looking forward to playing against?
Wok it out: I am not overly familiar with specific people in the online goat community, but typically I’m never worried about playing any specific person. If you know your deck well, and are confident in your play, then you can beat anybody.
GF: What was your MVP card of the tournament?
Wok it out: Solemn Judgment. Pretty much exclusively for decks that main Solemn. Being able to have a chance in Solemn wars is super important.
GF: What are your past accomplishments in Yu-Gi-Oh /Goat Format?
Wok it out: Well, I never played during actual Goat Format, and as I mentioned I haven’t really played in any online Goat tournaments. So, I guess this is my first accomplishment when it comes to Goat, but hopefully not my last!
GF: What changes would you make to your deck/side, if any, going forward?
Wok it out: I think the only changes would be to my side. I really just threw it together, so going forward I will actually need to sit and think more about it.
GF: Do you have any advice for players wanting to compete in tournaments?
Wok it out: Practice. Trying to find the optimal line of play isn’t always easy, but the more you play, the easier it becomes.
GF: What other games do you play?
Wok it out: I really don’t play anything except for Yugioh & Warzone. It’s really tough for me to get interested in new games.
GF: Are there any shoutouts that you want to make?
Wok it out: Huge shoutout to White James (Sacked) for introducing me to the Online Goat Community. Shout out to Asian James (Loop) for being a good testing partner. Shout out to Angus for being as salty as a chip, and shout out to the entire discord for being so welcoming! Also, shoutout to my friend’s Goat Instagram account http://instagram.com/yugioh_goat_format.