So last week I bought Jack and I each a starter deck for Kaijudo, which is a recent game put out by Wizards of the Coast, who also produce Magic: The Gathering. A new gaming store called The Game Cave has recently opened up very close to my house, so I decided to head down there tonight and check out the Kaijudo tournament.
I took my Bull Rush deck, which is primarily an aggressive deck featuring the Fire and Nature civilizations. It was mostly just the starter deck, but I borrowed a card from Jack's deck and had a few cards from a booster pack also in it. I wasn't expecting to do well, since most of the guys there have worked diligently on building good decks, but I was hoping to win a few games if the right cards came out early for me.
Twelve players showed up tonight, and in the first round I played a guy named E, who eventually won the tournament. E had a deck that he said had about $250 worth of cards in it and was primarily a Control type deck. I didn't really draw many of my cheap creature cards very early, so after about seven turns it was quickly obvious that I was going to lose. I managed to get him down to one shield in the first game, but since he had a lot of gold cards he just restored them and then brought out several very large cards that I literally had no chance to beat or defend against. I lost 0-2 in Round 1.
For round two I played my friend Richard, who is also a relative novice at the game. He was playing a combination of Water and Darkness cards. Unfortunately, most of his cards required 5 mana or more, so when my cheap red and green attack cards started showing up early there was little he could do to defend against them. I won 2-0 in Round 2.
In Round three I played a guy named Nate who also had a fairly expensive deck that featured a lot of Water and Darkness cards. I lost the first game pretty quickly, but managed to get some good draws early and beat him on the second game. I lost the third game fairly quickly though. I lost 1-2 in Round 3.
We were going to do four rounds, but the software wouldn't let Dave do that so we stopped at three. I came in 7th place out of 12 players, so not too bad for what was mostly a basic deck. When it was over Dave from the Game Cave had each player choose a booster pack type and then he opened them all and put the rarest card on top of each stack. Then we chose from 1st to last which stack we wanted to go home with. E the player from the first round also gave me some common cards from a pack he had opened earlier.
All in all I had a lot of fun for 4 bucks. The game plays fast and although you can spend a lot of money on it, I had a lot of fun for basically a 12 dollar investment. I look forward to tweaking my deck to be even more aggressive and see what I can do with it.