Red Ascension Hercule: The Triple Threat List
Red Sword Stab x3
Red Shoulder Grab x3
Red Heel Kick x3
Red Double Strike x3
Red Right Cross x2
Hercule’s Dynamite Kick x3
Heroic Dashing Punch x2
Blocks & Events (20)
Red Blocking Hand x3
Red Disregard x3
Red Resourceful Block x2
Red Restraint x2
Red Flee x3
Red Sacrifice x3
Red Blazing Aura x3
Time is a Warrior’s Tool x1
Red Destiny x3
Red Blaze x3
Red Relaxation x2
Red Panic x1
Hercule’s Championship Belt x3
Mr. Announcer x1
Namek Dragon Balls 1-7
So before getting into the tournament summary, a few comments on where the deck was created….
Since Set 10 came out, I had always tinkered around with Resourceful Hercule. With the release of Guru in Set 10.5, I realized how powerful Hercule could be in certain situations. After dozens of games with this deck, I became quite adept w/ Hercule. Then on a boring Monday night like two weeks ago, I was browsing through Hercule cards and thought “wait, how could I capitalize on his mods?”. This was like 2 weeks ago. I talked to Kevin, Marc, and Tommy about it on and off. How could Hercule abuse Red’s card pool of damage modifiers, crits, and passive anger gain to sync with his nonsensical powers and Named cards (specifically Belt)? I said “eh fuck it, let’s try it out!!” Two weeks later I had about 20 games under my belt (no pun intended).
Tournament Report, Swiss
Round 1 – Protective Future Gohan (Tom Contello), Win
This is literally my worst matchup. Every single thing that could have gone wrong went wrong. Tom did everything right. However, my deck runs 7 Dragon Balls! In the end, I balled out w/ like no deck left. This was a bullshit win all its glory. I did not deserve this
Round 2 – Ascension Roshi (Bryan Apflebaum), Win
Game was bullshit from the start. I wanted to be aggressive early to force him into bad draws, but I didn’t see a single enterable hand at all. Natrually, kid sky rockets to 4. I sky rocket to 4 myself. Thankfully, Hercule’s lv 4 lowers anger alllllllllll day long. Bought me enough time to Dashing Punch + Mastery + Destiny to win
Round 3 – Adept Nappa (Forget the name – pikanotube on octgn), Win
I really appreciate the build here. He and I actually played this matchup on Octgn earlier in the week and I won by 1 card. This game went pretty similarly. He ran a lot of anti anger but I was able to dance around it enough to secure levels before he used it. I won late w/ 10 or so cards left via MPPV.
Round 4 – Mischievous Supreme Kai (Bri Fogs), Loss
I’m already exhausted writing this. This game was much closer than our T4 round. I hit Lv 4 with 4 anger and didn’t have enough juice. Brian proceeded to finish me off the next turn. Back to back Trick Shots fucked me.
Round 5 – Protective Brohan (Thomas Scheibel), Win
Game was much longer than I would have liked. A few misplays here and there, Tommy had the game locked down until a final combat Shoulder Grab + Dynamite Kick wiped his allies and recapped my DB’s. I won via MPPV late in time.
T8 – Protective FG (Tom Contello), Win
This game went WAAAAAY different than the first. I did a lot of dancing around anti anger. As the game went on, I lucked out by a lack of Decap targets throughout. Hercule’s Lv 3 free anger gain proved too much, even in the face of FG Lv 2 w/ Smug Punch.
T4 – Mischievous SK (Bri Fogs), Loss
Game was BS. SK sees Confro and D Burst early. Enough said. Brian had a Contro at least once every combat for the 5 or 6 combats we had. Not much could have been done.
Either way, I’m sick of typing this post already. I’m exhausted. Key takeaways are: this deck SURPRISINGLY competes against apparent hard counters like Protective. I 3-0’d Protective today. I attribute this to the free anger on Lv 3.
Shout outs cuz I hit submit by accident:
> Congrats to Tom Contello for top cutting after starting the tournament in horrendous fashion. I had no business winning our first game.
> Nerf Supreme Kai plz, thanks
> People should give Hercule a chance! Also – Belt is fucking retarded and terrible design
“It’s still testing competitively against tier 1 decks. After about 100 games (I only had ~20 before EK), it matches up well against the big three of the meta: balls, allies, and physical beats. I’m testing solutions against Misch SK right now but that’s probably my toughest match-up.”
-Kelly Dennis via Facebook
Alright, thank you, Kelly, for letting me archive this tournament report! Seeing Hercule in top cut was a special moment for a lot of fans. The deck has forced itself into the meta-game as a MPPV and DBV threat.
As a note for anyone about to play in a tournament, DO NOT SLEEP ON MPPV.
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