Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spotlight: Gotou Hirotaka/後藤裕隆

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Gotou Hirotaka/後藤裕隆
Age: Unknown; Seniors Division
Titles Won: Sendai Regional Runner-Up (Senior Class)
Current Status: Sendai Senior Runner-Up (Summer 2011)
Deck Type: Royal Paladin (Alfred)
Gotou Hirotaka was a finalist in one of the first official Vanguard tournaments, the Sendai regional. Coming up in second place against Murakami Kazuya, he has not been seen since. Gotou was the primary opponent against Murakami's Soul Saver Dragon strategy, bringing with him an Alfred built that served as its counterargument.

He has not appeared on the list of participants for the Sendai Grand Prix or National Grand Prix. It is unknown if Gotou has merely not qualified for the final matches of these competitions or if he can be presumed to have retired from the competitive scene. However, his Alfred-centric strategy survives him and can be seen in many decks today.

Decks and Play Style
Compared to Murakami, Gotou's deck is lower on counterblasts, and is more heavily geared towards trial deck cards. While they share a superior ride chain, Gotou was less enthusiastic for it and had a more draw-oriented Paladin build. Outside of the requisite perfect guards, his grade 1s are clearly selected to empower Bors properly for a 20000-power attack, favoring Starlight Unicorn over other potential rearguards like Young Pegasus Knight.

Summer 2011 Regional Tournament, Sendai Seniors Division
Card Pool: TD01-BT02, PR 0001-0018
Grade 0
x1 Barcgal
x3 Future Knight, Llew CT
x2 Flogal ST
x4 Yggdrasil Maiden, Elaine HT
x4 Margal DT
x3 Bringer of Good Luck, Epona CT
Grade 1
x4 Flash Shield, Iseult
x4 Little Sage, Marron
x4 Lake Maiden, Lien
x3 Starlight Unicorn
Grade 2
x4 Blaster Blade
x4 Knight of Silence, Gallatin
x2 Knight of Truth, Gordon
Grade 3
x4 King of Knights, Alfred
x4 Knight of Conviction, Bors