Final day of World Championship 2010

August 16, 2010

The biggest event of the year is over.

First, congratulation to  Galileo De Obaldia of Panama.

Final Standing:

1st: Galileo De Obaldia (Panama) [Frog Otk]
2nd: Vincent Paglia (USA) [Black Feather]
3rd: Kei Kuwano (Japan) [Herald of Perfection]


There is not much coverage of the tournament on the official website.

This should summarise the final game: (Source: Official YuGiOh Blog)

In the finals of this year’s World Championship event, Blackwing Duelist Vincent Paglia from the USA faced off against Frog OTK Duelist Galileo De Obaldia from Panama. In the first Duel, despite winning the coin toss and taking the first turn, and using nearly every card in his Deck, De Obaldia just couldn’t pull off the win and lost the first Duel to Paglia.

Now needing to win two Duels straight to become the World Champion, De Obaldia used his Side Deck and added in Quickdraw Synchron and Fishborg Blaster to his Deck.  Against all odds, Paglia started the second Duel off with two D.D. Crows in his hand to break up De Obaldia’s Frog combos. In the end, De Obaldia’s Side Deck choices paid off as he usedQuickdraw Synchron along with Treeborn Frog and Dupe Frog to Synchro Summon Junk Destroyer, destroy Paglia’s Blackwings, and win the Duel!

In the final Duel to decide the World Champion, Paglia got to play first. He didn’t play any monsters on his first turn, but he did have D.D. Crow to stop De Obaldia’s early combos. Without his Treeborn Frog, De Obaldia was in a bad situation, since his hand was nothing but monsters! To make things worse, Paglia started attacking with Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind and activated Royal Oppression and Mask of Restrict to stop De Obaldia from Special Summoning or Tributing.

It looked like all hope was lost for the Duelist from Panama when Paglia used Trap Dustshootto send Quickdraw Synchron back to De Obaldia’s Deck, but he played on anyways usingCold Wave to stop Paglia from using his Royal Oppression, then Synchro Summoning Black Rose Dragon to destroy Paglia’s seemingly invincible anti-Frog strategy! Unable to activate or Set any Spell or Trap Cards, Paglia could only watch as De Obaldia Summoned Light and Darkness Dragon and attacked to win the Duel and become the 2010 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Champion!

Although it is stated as Frog OTK, his side deck provides elasticity. Opponent will side against a Frog OTK after the first game while he changes it to Frog Monarch/Synchro, and i like the idea of Light and Darkness Dragon against Black Feather. Furthermore the timing that it was being summoned was after he did a Cold Wave + Black Rose Dragon combo. I’m not sure if his side deck can surprise the opponent at that level since it’s likely that the players’ deck have been discussed throughout the tournament. Probably you may argue that these side deck choices have already been used before, but they’re still worth a mention because a World Championship is won. Anyway, the anti-anti-strategy is attractive.

I love to see comeback games, unless I’m at the receiving end.

World Champion 2009 (left) & World Champion 2010 (right)

P.S. When I first saw the name of Galileo De Obaldia, it reminded me of Galileo Galilei. lol.

Written by Maxilicious



  1. Hey man, it’s just me or your graph is wrong??? because the final match was between Galileo De Obaldia (Panama)and Vincent Paglia (USA)…

  2. I indeed uploaded the wrong graph. Corrected. Thanks.

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