Interview w/ BebopTheSixth

Today we have a Cardfighter Spotlight! I’ll be having the opportunity to interview the Aqua Force player that recently accomplished 2nd overall in Vision’s Online Premium Tournament! His name is BebopTheSixth#4880 (Discord username) and is from Portugal! Let’s get right into the interview!

Interview

Jaime: First off, congratulations to BebopTheSixth for getting 2nd place in Vision’s Online Premium Tournament! When I saw the results and you were playing Aqua Force, I was happy to see Aqua Force being represented. Today I wanted to do an interview with you about your overall experience and even get to know you a little bit. Sounds good amigo?

BebopTheSixth: I’m really excited! Thank you so much, especially coming from you!

Jaime: Of course, you’ve earned it! Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Are you from any specific Vanguard teams/communities? Any other events that you and/or team have done well? Etc.

BebopTheSixth: I’m a Portuguese player from Porto (Portugal), and I’ve been playing the game for it’s 10 year lifespan. Since I’m still 20 years old, and now in college, Vision has been the first time I’ve attended an event of this magnitude and level of competitiveness. Never joined a team nor a group of players, but would love to. I’m looking forward to Vanguard taking me beyond the Portuguese scene.

Jaime: That’s awesome! How did you start playing Cardfight Vanguard?

BebopTheSixth: My interest in TCG’s goes back to my baby years, almost. Cards were and have been there all my life, so naturally I discovered the local Yu-Gi-Oh! shop, which, at the time of Vanguard’s release, showed interest in growing a community, and the rest is history.

Jaime: Great to see you’re a veteran even in the earlier TCGs! I also started with Yu-Gi-Oh! and have learned other TCGs along the journey. During your preparation, what are some things that you mainly focused on? Certain matchups, deck builds, strategies, etc.

BebopTheSixth: The preparation came in the form of my own emotional stability. Being capable or not to handle a win with a different (and most likely much more cancerous) deck then Thavas, and to a certain extent, Aqua Force. I took a deep look into myself and said: “Are you here to snatch a win with a Tier 0 deck that’s not even fun, or are you here to prove that you are the Aqua Force Clan Leader?!”. Playtesting and matchup charts didn’t matter at that point, whatever came my way, I’d just murder it. I knew the problem decks were Hyuga, Souen, Gastille OTK and Fenrir Loop. From those decks, Hyuga was the one I knew I could win fare and square, and then, my Thavas pick went to action with the possibility to stride deny Dark Irregulars.

Jaime: Wow, that’s great honesty that you just shared! That’s really the real question we ask ourselves when we decide to enter a tournament. I do like how you went the Aqua Force Clan Leader route and came out in 2nd place in a metagame where it’s not likely for that deck to make it. I love hearing tops like that! What made you decide on Aqua Force to play with? Why Thavas Lambros?

BebopTheSixth: The pressure is superior, the card advantage is clearly the best in the clan and the ability to ride down to g2 going 1st is a great option against the loop decks that require Generation Break unlocked.

Jaime: Awesome, let’s dive into your deck list. I see that you’re playing 3 of the new Stoicheia Order, Spiritual Body Condensation, how did those copies help out? Were there key pieces you wanted to revive specifically?

BebopTheSixth: The orders worked towards building a board on turn 2, where I SBed the G1 ride and call it out; that would put on pressure on guarding and very easily make everyone hesitate on guarding for 1 to pass. Also because Coral Assaults go to soul at the end of turn, you can revive them in a later turn.

Jaime: That’s very smart for early game on guaranteeing a booster and other key pieces like Coral Assault. I also see that you’ve gone 12 Criticals (including the Over Trigger) and are using the Critical Sentinels. Is your build more focused on early game pressure and finish ASAP since you don’t have PG Sentinels? Why go those route?

BebopTheSixth: There’s 2 reasons for the Critical Sentinels. First is the Aggro reason, since I want to kill everyone (as I did) going first. Second is the amount of AUTO denial regular PG’s don’t work, so I feel a lot better guarding with an semi uncounterable 30k shield.

Jaime: That makes a lot of sense. I see you’re playing 3 Orthia, 4 Penguin, and 4 Nikki. Did you feel like those were the best G1s compared to other choices such as Wheel Assault? Any other card choices you’d like to point out?

BebopTheSixth: I came back to these 3 units because they fit the playstyle the best. Melania (G1 that draws on attack with Thavas VG) and the countercharge order from overDress just minus’d the deck’s objective too hard. Even if the turn 3 kill didn’t work, I’d get GB1 unlocked for Orthia to end games when I’d stack Criticals on a rear guard.

Jaime: Awesome, thanks for explaining those card choices. With this build, what was your winning image for most of your games? Like did you have a setup, game state, or strategy that you focused on?

BebopTheSixth: This decks fishes for blood in the water. Aqua Force is a tempo deck on one hand, and a rush deck on the second. When you see your opponent dropping guard, the deck provides direct ways to punish them; going 1st you look for a kill with Lambros with a full board. even if they counter blast deny you the deck has enough built in aggression to work around it and ruin either their hand or their tournament run. Going 2nd, you’d never pass on the opportunity to stride, so you play slower, drop down Orthias (which have resist so they can’t be countered) and build a big hand to withstand their turn and kill them with Alexandros on 2nd stride.

Jaime: Very solid strategies for going 1st or 2nd! During your games, which decks/clans did you face?

BebopTheSixth: I had difficulties with Ezel and the first time I faced the Nova Grappler player in Swiss. The first 2 matchups are forgotten to time, but the 3rd was Bermuda Highlander, which went to time when we combo’ed search after search and then lost because he was at 5 while I was at 2.

The Top cut was a speed run, going first against the Nova Grappler Victor player again, I killed him straight out. Then Hyuga, the boogye monster was a legendary game, where I rushed his pieces to the damage zone and ruined his hand to the point of him bricking both games, and I won clean. During the finals, I was kind of high on lack of sleep and banked on a low roll from SpectualWu. Unfortunately he high rolled every time and I just lost.

Jaime: Wow, looks like you faced some tough clans! Was there a game you would like to highlight? Like your toughest matchup, best game, break or deal moments, etc.

BebopTheSixth: The game that made me sweat the most was the Hyuga one, because they can always search everything they need and kill you. Making it so they’d have to sweat as much as myself was the most interesting part of that matchup. Was a worth while bunch of games even though it was a cancerous deck to go against.

Jaime: Hyuga is definitely a challenge! During your games, what is something that you appreciated about your deck from the preparation you’ve done? The strategy of it, consistency, power, plays, etc.

BebopTheSixth: The best part of it was the consistency to which I could fetch pieces and draw into everything I needed. Pursuit Assault as a card solves all the issues the deck has as a concept. This will serve as a notice for Bushiroad to print him on the next Clan Selection for English. He is the key to Aqua Force Thavas build. The turn 3 kill consistency was amazing as you filter enough to get a good stack of triggers out on the triple drive and make your opponent dwindle in fear.

Jaime: Absolutely, we definitely need Pursuit Assault in English! It does so much for the deck that it helps to even compete with the top decks. How many rounds were in the tournament? How was your record throughout? Was there a Top 8?

BebopTheSixth: Swiss was 5 rounds, I went 3 wins straight, then lost 2. Tie breakers weren’t needed as there was a clean cut for Top 8. Top 8 I went 2 wins into the finals, then lost.

Jaime: Wow clean cut for Top 8, nice! How were your final’s games?

BebopTheSixth: The game against Nightmare Dolls went as follows: first game didn’t damage deny, wanted to find out what that deck could do. He looped Alice into oblivion and I didn’t get a defensive trigger. The second game I failed to damage deny and got rolled. Even though he didn’t kill me on the first G3 ride, he rode down to g2 and I couldn’t kill him on my turn 4 back. I just lost after that.

Jaime: Nightmare Dolls ain’t no joke, especially when you don’t know what’s coming. After the tournament, did you take some time to reflect? Anything that you learned from your experience?

BebopTheSixth: The most important thing I took from it was to understand damage deny even if I’m tired. I need to take some more time on decision making sometimes. Some games were stupid to lose, like Swiss round against Ezel, where I gave them damage. I wish to make it more of my habit has I grow into the format.

Jaime: Damage denial was foreign to me as well at first. In time and practice, it’ll become 2nd nature. Would you like to do any shout outs to people that you know and/or have helped you along your journey?

BebopTheSixth: My local community “Bibó Vanguard” has been the community I’ve know for years and has been the backbone to my progress. The perfect mix of chill and competitiveness. The Different Fight community on remote tournaments also gave me a pretty good perspective on the format and the style of play around the world.

Jaime: I’m sure your friends and local community are happy and excited for your accomplishment!

Just one more question and we’ll be done amigo. While preparing with Aqua Force, did you use/see any social media to help you solidify your build? Such as blogs, YouTube videos/channels, Facebook, Reddit, etc.

BebopTheSixth: I avoided building ideas from others. I kind of have trauma on letting others build for me, to the point of thinking other people’s lists suck. Right now netdecking is a red flag on my deck building process, and whenever I base myself on other people’s deck ideas, I scrap everything. Knowing the process of deck building is completely mine is where I take most of my pride as a self entitled Clan Leader.

Jaime: Wow that’s great that you built it from scratch and has served you well! The reason I ask is that the more social media resources that we can refer to for all Aqua Force players, the better. I can even reference new resources onto the Force of the Ocean blog. Thanks again for joining me in this interview!

BebopTheSixth: Thank you for the interview invitation. It was a pleasure to chat with you as well!

Jaime: I wish you the best! I hope to see more from you in the metagame! Till next time amigos!

Takeaways

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this interview! I just wanted to highlight some takeaways that can help Aqua Force players out!

Being Honest With Yourself

BebopTheSixth mentioned, “I took a deep look into myself and said: “Are you here to snatch a win with a Tier 0 deck that’s not even fun, or are you here to prove that you are the Aqua Force Clan Leader?!”

This is something I’m glad BebopTheSixth brought up! I like the realness of him asking himself the honest question. Sometimes people just feel they have to play the top decks of the metagame. And they put themselves between a rock and a hard place.

There’s a balance; and a time and place for these types of decisions. For this occasion, he picked the mighty Aqua Force to play with and give it everything he had. Not only that, but he was able to get into Top 8 and place 2nd overall. Those are the best stories and tops.

But Jaime, not picking a deck that isn’t a top deck will hurt your chances on topping! I do agree with you, but realize that if you know that you won’t give it your all in playing a top deck (that you honestly don’t like playing), you will under perform. But if you do, then you hit the sweet spot!

Learning From Your Mistakes

BebopTheSixth also mentioned, “The most important thing I took from it was to understand damage deny even if I’m tired. … I wish to make it more of my habit has I grow into the format.

This is one mistake that he was able to reflect and start learning from. Damage denial is necessary in certain matchups because it can determine the game.

But overall, any mistake that you do is just a lesson to be learned. Don’t be too hard on yourself or fall into the trap of repeating the mistake over and over. Just be mature and have a good attitude. Ask yourself, “How can I improve? What can I learn from this mistake?

In time, you’ll be improving a lot and you will build up more self-confidence in yourself.

Final Thoughts

Thanks again for reading this Cardfighter Spotlight article! It’s great to see Aqua Force being represented in an event! Thanks again to BebopTheSixth for joining us today as well! Till next time amigos!

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