SJC New Jersey is over! Ryan Hayakawa wins his second SJC Championship by taking the main event in a heated match against Comic Odyssey teammate and fellow SJC Champ Wilson Luc! Augusto Mota wins the second Cyber-Stein of the day for the team in the side events, narrowly edging out Team Avalanche’s Matt Ellenberg in the side event finals! Just as exciting, though? The performances from East Coast teams!
The hot new Team Overdose placed two competitors into the main event’s Top 8, an impressive feat only trumped by Comic Odyssey’s placing three players into Day 2. Team Revolution and Team Scrubs gave impressive showings as well, bringins several innovations to the field and making a big impact on the final results of the main event. After a string of West Coast and Midwest SJC’s over the past few months, an array of talented duelists stepped up to rep the East Side!
Also of note was the success of Thousand-Eyes Restrict Lock. With two members of the Top 8 running the controversial new deck, its effectiveness has been proven, but at the same time Thousand-Eyes Restrict Lock didn’t dominate the field as much as some feared. The Yu-Gi-Oh! environment may be in for an era of stability and creativity in the near future. Going into the weekend one question was on duelists’ minds—would Thousand-Eyes Restrict Lock see play at Nationals? Now we know that the answer is a resounding yes.
Congratulations to SJC New Jersey champion Ryan Hayakawa, Yu-Gi-Oh!’s first two-time, back-to-back, SJC Champion!
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