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Day 1 Top 20 Duelist Sealed Pool Breakdowns

01.09.2013 | 17:16 |
It's time for a stat attack of a different kind! I took a close look at the complete Sealed Pools of the top 20 players at the end of Day 1. That means we crunched numbers for a whopping 1.000 cards! In this article, I'll break down the most popular choices among the monsters, spells and traps as well as tell you which cards didn't see much play. If you're not that familiar with Sealed Pack Play, this is a great starting point for you, so head inside.

Deck sizes


While many players stuck to the minimum Deck size and went with exactly 30 cards, quite a few had trouble deciding between the last few cards, with some of our most successful Duelists running up to 34 cards! This left us with an average Deck size of exactly 31 cards. Another interesting information is the actual counts of card types. We got a very even split between Monster, Spell and Trap Cards which our following diagram will give away:

 

A very even split between the 3 card types

A very even split between the 3 card types


Monster Cards


* For all of the following statistics, I decided to only take into account the numbers for cards that have popped up more than 3 times in the combined Sealed Pool of our top Duelists. Example: They opened 3 Pot of Greed and ran all 3. Still, I won't list Pot of Greed among the "format staples" in the Spell Card section since there weren't more than 3 copies overall.

 

Card Name: In Pools: Played: Percentage Played:
Slate Warrior 8 8 100%
Goblin Elite Attack Force 8 8 100%
Blizzard Dragon 8 8 100%
Chiron the Mage 7 7 100%
Interplanetarypurplythorny Dragon 7 7 100%
Photon Wyvern 7 7 100%
Alexandrite Dragon 6 6 100%
Goblin Attack Force 6 6 100%
Photon Thrasher 6 6 100%
The Fiend Megacyber 5 5 100%
Bazoo the Soul-Eater 5 5 100%
Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke 5 5 100%
Botanical Lion 5 5 100%
Gagaga Gardna 5 5 100%
Tardy Orc 5 5 100%
Injection Fairy Lily 4 4 100%
Exarion Universe 4 4 100%
Dark Valkyria 4 4 100%
Card Guard 4 4 100%
Evocator Chevalier 4 4 100%
Ape Fighter 4 4 100%

 

These cards make up the "format staples" if we can believe the top ranked players. There are a few more monsters that came close, but they couldn't convince all of the players that opened them, most notably these:

 

Card Name: In Pools: Played: Percentage Played:
Steamroid 9 8 89%
Luster Dragon 7 6 86%
Mirage Dragon 7 6 86%
Bull Blader 10 8 80%
Card Trooper 5 4 80%
Copycat 5 4 80%
Evil HERO Malicious Edge 8 6 75%

 

When I showed this list to some of our competitors remaining in competition, many raised an eyebrow. They all agreed that there's next to no excuse to not play Bull Blader and Steamroid as well as Drillroid are also too good to overlook. Let's now focus on the other end of the spectrum; there were quite a number of Monsters that couldn't quite convince our most successful Duelists. So in case you always felt like running them, you should probably think again.

 

Card Name: In Pools: Played: Percentage Played:
Amarylease 9 0 0%
Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord 8 0 0%
Helping Robo for Combat 7 0 0%
Guardian Angel Joan 7 0 0%
Plaguespreader Zombie 6 0 0%
Tour Bus From the Underworld 6 0 0%
Bacon Saver 6 0 0%
Revival Jam 5 0 0%
Necro Gardna 4 0 0%
Belial - Marquis of Darkness 4 0 0%
Fortress Warrior 4 0 0%
Oracle of the Sun 4 0 0%
Vylon Stella 4 0 0%

 

With Plaguespreader Zombie, Necro Gardna and Tour Bus From the Underworld, we even have 3 cards that saw some play in the Constructed format in our table that couldn't put up a convincing performance in Sealed Pack Play. This is one of the lessons you need to take away from this article: The use of a card in Constructed doesn't automatically translate to a very playable card in Sealed! So much for the monsters, now let's look at some more tables for the Spells and Traps.

Spell Cards


Card Name: In Pools: Played: Percentage Played:
Book of Moon 9 9 100%
Shard of Greed 9 9 100%
Rush Recklessly 8 8 100%
Graceful Charity 8 8 100%
Riryoku 8 8 100%
Ego Boost 8 8 100%
Premature Burial 7 7 100%
Fighting Spirit 7 7 100%
Shrink 6 6 100%
Swords of Concealing Light 6 6 100%
Pot of Duality 6 6 100%
Forbidden Lance 6 6 100%
Forbidden Dress 6 6 100%
Pot of Greed 4 4 100%
Axe of Despair 4 4 100%
Forbidden Chalice 4 4 100%

 

Rules of thumb:
  • If the Spell card is forbidden or there's "Forbidden" in its card name, it's probably very useful in Sealed!
  • Also, most Quick-Play Spell Cards have been very popular choices in Sealed
  • and - as everybody should be knowing by now - ATK / DEF altering effects are good!
The Duelists had some disagreements over the following cards:

 

Card Name: In Pools: Played: Percentage Played:
Full-Force Strike 6 5 83%
Autonomous Action Unit 5 4 80%
Axe of Fools 5 4 80%
Cursed Armaments 4 3 75%
Gravity Axe - Grarl 5 3 60%
Card Trader 9 5 56%
Photon Sanctuary 6 3 50%

 

Believe it or not, we couldn't find a single Spell Card that never saw play (and that popped up more than 3-times in the Sealed Pools we scouted). Obviously, this leaves a lot of room for debate, so make sure to go over the results of this article with your friends and discuss the playability of the following cards:

 

Card Name: In Pools: Played: Percentage Played:
Scapegoat 8 1 13%
Rocket Pilder 6 1 17%
Mausoleum of the Emperor 5 1 20%
Reasoning 4 1 25%
Big Bang Shot 5 2 40%
Fiend's Sanctuary 5 2 40%
Star Blast 5 2 40%
Photon Sanctuary 6 3 50%
Horn of the Unicorn 4 2 50%
Earthquake 4 2 50%
Half Shut 4 2 50%

 

At first, I was very surprised to see Scapegoat leading this list, however, there are a lot of monsters in the set that can deal piercing Battle Damage. Also, buying yourself time isn't always as useful as it turned out to be in our Top 32 Feature Match. Since there aren't that many big combos that your Deck is relying on, you should instead use the slots in your Deck to add more monsters that can always come in handy and not "just" protect your Life Points. Alright, let's now take a look at some Traps.

Trap Cards


The MVPs among the Trap Cards were as follows:

 

Card Name: In Pools: Played: Percentage Played:
No Entry!! 10 10 100%
Windstorm of Etaqua 9 9 100%
Memory of an Adversary 7 7 100%
Metalmorph 6 6 100%
Zero Gravity 6 6 100%
Skill Successor 6 6 100%
Half Counter 6 6 100%
Call of the Haunted 5 5 100%
Zoma the Spirit 5 5 100%
Miniaturize 5 5 100%
Kunai with Chain 5 5 100%
Mirror Wall 4 4 100%
Curse of Anubis 4 4 100%
Magical Arm Shield 4 4 100%
Metal Reflect Slime 4 4 100%
Power Frame 4 4 100%
The Golden Apples 4 4 100%

 

I guess most of our readers were aware that Call of the Haunted is a very strong card, but did you feel the same way about No Entry!! prior to this weekend? Memory of an Adversary has seen some Constructed Play, but it was more a "nice tech" than anything else, while it's a format staple in Sealed. There were a number of traps that popped up here and there, but that couldn't score a perfect record with a 100% inclusion rate:

 

Card Name: In Pools: Played: Percentage Played:
Waboku 8 7 88%
Spikeshield with Chain 8 7 88%
Strike Slash 4 3 75%
Overworked 4 3 75%
Tiki Curse 4 3 75%
Threatening Roar 6 4 67%
Tiki Soul 6 4 67%
Mask of Weakness 5 3 60%
Embodiment of Apophis 5 3 60%
Stronghold the Moving Fortress 5 3 60%
Impenetrable Attack 5 3 60%
Draining Shield 10 5 50%
Reverse Trap 4 2 50%
Half or Nothing 4 2 50%

 

Unlike the Spell Cards, there were quite a few Trap Cards that couldn't win a single Duelist over. The winners of the Razzies are as follows:

 

Card Name: In Pools: Played: Percentage Played:
Cloning 5 0 0%
Damage Gate 5 0 0%
A Hero Emerges 4 0 0%
Shattered Axe 4 0 0%
Spacegate 4 0 0%
Reckless Greed 6 2 33%
Miracle's Wake 6 2 33%
Rope of Life 5 2 40%

 

Interestingly enough, Sealed superstar Peter Groß, who already advanced to the Top 8 this weekend, is some sort of fan of Rope of Life. What do you think? Can the gods be wrong and even Peter Groß is off with his analysis here or is the card too situational to include in your Sealed Deck?

 

That's all for the time being from us. We hope our Sealed Pool analysis will help you do well in your upcoming Sealed events and we can welcome you to one of the upcoming YCS where we'll definitely be offering the chance to play with Battle Pack 2!