Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Spotlight: Chiku Fumiya/知久史弥

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Chiku Fumiya/知久史弥
Age: Unknown; Juniors Division
Titles Won: Nagoya Regional Champion (Junior Class)
Current Status: Nagoya Regional Champion
Deck Type: Spike Brothers (Dudley Emperor)
Chiku Fumiya was the 2012 junior regional champion for Nagoya, and one of eight junior cardfighters previously competing for Japan's national crown in the Fighter's Road 2012. Having the notable accomplishment of defeating Rikino Sakura in the final rounds, Fumiya did so against a top-level Kagerou deck using what was widely ranked as an underdog clan. Fumiya--along with his contemporaries--represented a fresh generation of cardfighters just entering the professional scene, in contrast to those that had established themselves in 2011 and continued playing up through FR2012.

Decks and Play Style
Fumiya cardfights with a Spike Brothers deck, focusing heavily toward the clan's Cavalry of Black Steel cards. Despite this focus, Fumiya forgoes the clan's new first vanguard in favor of their established Mecha Trainer, letting him bring out any of his grade 1 units with ease, in particular Marylin or Express for defensive or offensive plays based on the situation. With both Medical Manager and Wonder Boy available as preferred options for taking the first and second turns respectively, Fumiya's real fight begins at grade 2. Black Panther forms his vanguard, while Zachary makes hit-and-run maneuvers on the opponent, vanishing from the field altogether after successful moves.

For his winning image, Fumiya rolls out Demonic Lord, Dudley Emperor, whose limit break summons out two additional Spike Brothers once the field has been opened up. The primary target for these maneuvers is Juggernaut Maximum and Highspeed Brakki, who can attack with 16000 power before boosting and 24000 after an assisted play from Wonder Boy, then cycling themselves away from the field once more. While weakened by the amount of cards removed from the hand by this maneuver's soulcharge, the ability to deal "free" damage at grade 2 with Zachary supports the Emperor's offensive and draws cards away from the opponent's hand if they wish to stop said free damage.

Summer 2012 Regional Tournament, Nagoya Juniors Division (Japan)
Card Pool: TD01-EB03, PR 0001-0066
Grade 0
x1 Mecha Trainer (FVG)
x4 Silence Joker CT
x4 Cheer Girl, Tiara HT
x4 Cheerful Lynx DT
x4 Sonic Breaker CT
Grade 1
x4 Medical Manager
x2 Reckless Express
x4 Cheer Girl, Marylin
x4 Wonder Boy
Grade 2
x2 Field Driller
x4 Brave General, Zachary
x4 Treasured, Black Panther
x1 Highspeed, Brakki
Grade 3
x4 Demonic Lord, Dudley Emperor
x4 Juggernaut Maximum