Earth Aggro is one of the most impactful success stories of the 2022 World Championship. Since ShaggyPowers' top 4 placement with the strategy, players the world over have gain a new respect for the strategy. One such player is Antonio "Mr. Demon" Storniolo, who earned his invite with Goblin Attack Force and friends at GCI 9. Earth Aggro is also Storniolo's deck of choice today, though he's opted to include his own spin on the strategy.
Storniolo had lots of say about the strategy and how well Final Attack Orders fits in. We're all for it, as anything that serves to shake up the metagame means excitement and novelty for this tournament and beyond!
I play the deck because I like the gameplan, it makes pressure since the first turn, and I think it has very few bad matchups. It's an underrated deck, and it's really fun to play (and we can't forget the most important thing: you can finish the matches really quickly without overthinking).
Lucky for us, Storniolo was even kind enough to fill us in on the story of how he earned his invite. As I read through it, I'm reminded of many of my own similar memories of tournament prep. Hopefully he has similar stories to tell after today!
This deck is basically the deck that brought me to the World Championship in 2023. In the beginning, I was playing Bananakin's version of Earth Aggro because I liked the Final Attack Order idea. Then, in February 2023, I went with my team (Heavy Machinegun) to the GCI Vol. 9 in Milan. Usually, we take a room the night before the tournament to spend some good time all together, and they helped me build the deck. It was 2:30 a.m. the next day we had to play the tournament, and, as always, I was not sure about my side deck, so I started to ask questions to my teammates while they were about to fall asleep. At some point, I decided to rebuild even the main deck because I didn't like the side pattern, so we made a "hybrid" deck, taking inspiration from Bananakin's deck, and Shaggy's deck, too. The next day on GCI Vol. 9 (about 120-130 players), the deck we built some hours earlier brought me into the top 4, giving me the world's invite. And (I must say it) the card that brought me to the World Championship was Final Attack Order, because my opponent had a Spy in defense position and I had only 1700 atk monsters, so basically, when I drew it the next turn, I won the match.
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