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2021 2nd Place - Type 1, 2-Player:  Derek Tirado - "Blood & Fire" - Your Turn Games

2021 2nd Place - Type 1, 2-Player: Derek Tirado - "Blood & Fire"

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The 2021 National tournament was an interesting one as quite a few decks teched against a powerful combination that was discovered a couple of months prior to the tournament. The “Love at First Sight / Pigs Lost Soul” (or LaFS) combo involved the opponent’s hand to be shuffled by and the subsequent draw 8 from Love at First Sight was prevented by the Pigs Lost Soul. This, combined with the combo being paired with a powerful Genesis heroes band won several tournaments leading up to Nationals. Many players began to enter into one of two camps: one that ran the combo, and one that countered it.  The ones that ran counter decks either modified their existing deck to include counter cards, or others who made a deck to specifically tech against the combo.  Many thought that, no matter how many counters there were to the LaFS combo, at least one LaFS deck would win Nationals, or at least make it to the top.  In a surprising turn of events, none of the LaFS decks made it to the top three, while the decks that did make it were straight counters decks or were regular decks that teched some against the combo.

One of the decks that added some counters against LaFS was Derek Tirado's (Your Turn Games' owner) deck.  Derek had been using this deck, or variations of it, for almost two years.  It involves an offense that tends to overwhelm most defenses by using O.T. red warriors that band to one another.  The defense is comprised of strong, self-protecting demons that act as a wall against most Heroes' attacks and does not require the Heroes to be removed from battle as the blockers, themselves, tend to withstand their attacks.

To read more about this powerful deck, read Derek's deck analysis and report here!

Card value: $758.50 (51 card deck, 10 card Reserve)
Price: $645.00

Son of God (I/J)
The Second Coming (Borderless)
Angel of the Lord (I/J)
Three Woes (Borderless)
Chronicles of the Kings (non-UR+)
Destruction of Nehushtan (PoC)
Shipwreck (Borderless)

Lost Souls
Remnant (PoC)
Forsaken (CoW)
Lawless (CoW)
Exiles (PoC)
Awake (PC)
Prosperity (FoM)
Distressed (PoC)

Book of the Covenant (PoC)
Endless Treasures (PoC)
Blindness (PoC)

Coliseum (CoW)
The Gates of Hell (TxP)
Sheol (PoC)
Judean Garrison (LoC)
Wall of Protection (LoC)

Dual-Alignment Cards
Goliath’s Sword (LoC)

Joshua, the Conqueror (LoC)
David, Outcasts' Refuge (LoC)
Matthan, the Defender (LoC)
Ishmaiah, the Gibeonite (RoA)
Jehoshaphat, the Seeker (LoC)
Mighty Men (PoC)
Joab (CoW)
Hananiah (LoC)
Captive Priest (FoM)
Naaman’s Servant Girl (FoM)

Good Enhancements
Builder’s Sword (LoC)
By My Spirit (LoC)
Temple Spears and Shields (LoC)
Shields (LoC)
David’s Descendant (LoC)
Solomon's Dream (LoC)
A Soldier's Prayer (TxP)

Evil Characters
The Deceiver (RoJ)
King of Tyrus (PoC)
Red Dragon (RoJ)
Abaddon, the Destroyer (RoJ)
The Fallen Star (PoC)
Messenger of Satan (EC)
Foreign Wives (RoA)
The Judean Mediums (PC)

Evil Enhancements
Did God Really Say? (FoM)
The Wages of Sin (FoM)
Table of Demons (EC)

The Angel of the Winds (CoW)
Benaiah (FoM)
Phinehas, son of Eleazar (FoM)
Covenant with David (PoC)
Covenant with Abraham (PoC)
Oath of Purity (LoC)
Seventh Seal (RoJ)
Storehouse (P)
Lacking Prophecy (PoC)
Broken Covenant (CoW)