Comparing the Top 32 Decks of YCS Bochum and Miami.

[p]Every so often there will be a YCS taking place in the United States at around a similar date to one taking place in Europe. Last week it was YCS Miami (check out coverage of that event here) and obviously YCS Bochum was this weekend. When 2 events come close together like this it’s often a nice opportunity to see how Yu-Gi-Oh! is played at the top level in different regions with a similar card pool. Without further ado, here’s some analysis![/p]


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[p]First off, here’s the breakdown for this weekend’s event which is still in progress as I write this. The first thing that stands out is the sheer number of Wind-Up Decks present. With this weekend being the last before the Deck is adjusted for the new Forbidden & Limited Cards List, many Duelists have simply decided to go all-out with their Decks and give them (potentially) “one last hurrah” before March 1st. It’s clearly a strong deck with consistent high-power plays and a lot of versatility, so seeing this many make the playoffs is no real surprise.[/p]
[p]Next up is Fire Fist, which is making its European YCS debut this weekend. A new and exciting Deck with many “power plays” contained within, many Duelists have decided to give the Deck a go and the results were impressive. The Deck’s been an ever-present at the top tables this weekend, and we should be seeing more of them in the future. Mermail and Dino Rabbit are also quite popular, as their relative successes at YCS Barcelona have convinced Duelists to “stick with what they know” rather than making the switch to Wind-Up or Fire Fist.[/p]

Deck Bochum Miami
Wind-Up 12 11
Fire Fist 8 1
Mermail 4 9
Dino Rabbit 4 5
HERO 2 1
Prophecy 1
Six Samurai 1
Dark World 2
Hieratic 1
Inzektor 1
Karakuri 1

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[p]Here’s a brief comparison of the Top 32s of Bochum and Miami. What’s evident from the offset is that Wind-Ups were definitely the Deck to beat, taking up the majority of the share in both events. Fron then on though things differ a bit; Mermail was more successful in Miami than Fire Fist, with the roles reversed in Bochum. There were also more one-off Decks in Miami than Bochum.[/p]
[p]Overall it’s good to see the field being quite varied, both in terms of the major Decks and the more unique ones that sneak into the Top 32. Here’s to similar events in the future![/p]
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