Friday, July 13, 2012

Fighter's Spotlight: Shibata Yuusuke/柴田祐輔

Fighter's Spotlight is an ongoing project concerned with tracking real-world professional cardfighters and their careers.

Shibata Yuusuke/柴田祐輔
Age: Unknown; Seniors Division
Titles Won: Sapporo Regional Champion (Senior Class)
Current Status: Sapporo Regional Champion
Deck Type: Kagerou (Dragonic Overlord-The End)
Shibata Yuusuke was the regional champion and representative for Sapporo in the Fighter's Road 2012 national championship. One of eight senior class fighters participating, his Kagerou deck was at the time recognized as one of two favorites for the national crown.

Decks and Play Style
Shibata's deck is a popular take on Dragonic Overlord The End, using his Conroe first vanguard to bring the deck's single Aermo into the field and search the deck with each attack for copies of The End to fuel the crossride's persona blast. To support his vanguard, Shibata has four options; Nehalem can form a 16000-and-above line with any of his grade 1 units, while Burning Horn gains power from having an Overlord vanguard, and so reaches those same numbers while also climbing into the 20000 range with Bahr as his booster. Berserk Dragon is a traditional part of any Kagerou deck, used for fast and immediate retire moves, while Overlord can also fill in for any of them while using a counterblast 3 to reach 16000 power independent of any boosting units, and eliminating the opponent's rearguard besides.

The use of Overlord in the rearguard circle is a well established practice, and complements The End better than any of his support units. While Flame of Promise is not included to amplify The End's attacks, he's not really necessary with such a vicious rearguard pressuring the opponent into letting a vanguard attack slide. As Dragonic Overlord's skill usually demands a perfect defense to stop him from standing, this forces opponents to choose between letting The End attack twice and losing their entire front line to Overlord. The End's 13000 base defense makes even 16000-power columns blockable with a single draw trigger, while Nehalem and Overlord form similarly defensible rearguards that generally put Shibata's deck a cut above all but limit break and his Royal-Shadow contemporaries.

Summer 2012 Regional Tournament, Sapporo Seniors Division
Card Pool: TD01-EB03, PR 0001-0066
Grade 0
x1 Lizard Soldier, Conroe (FVG)
x4 Embodiment of Spear, Tahr CT
x4 Dragon Monk, Genjo HT
x4 Gatling Claw Dragon DT
x4 Blue-Ray Dracokid CT
Grade 1
x4 Wyvern Guard, Barri
x4 Embodiment of Armor, Bahr
x4 Dragon Monk, Gojo
x2 Demonic Dragon Mage, Kimnara
x1 Flame of Hope, Aermo
Grade 2
x4 Dragon Knight, Nehalem
x3 Burning Horn Dragon
x4 Berserk Dragon
Grade 3
x4 Dragonic Overlord
x4 Dragonic Overlord The End