Deckbuilding Profile: Ping Xiao

The Duelists in Day 2 each receive a brand new card pool. They’ll use this card pool to build a Deck that they’ll rely on for the rest of the weekend. I sat down with the winner of YCS Brighton, Ping Xiao, to observe his Deckbuilding process. Take a look!

Xiao started off the Deckbuilding process by going through the cards in his pool and separating them into 3 piles. He placed Xyz Monsters in one pile, other monsters in another pile, and then Spells/Traps in a third pile.

Xiao started off Deck Construction by separating his card pool into three piles.
Xiao started off Deck Construction by separating his card pool into three piles.

From there, Xiao was able to easily verify that all of the cards on his Deck Registration Sheet are in fact in his card pool.

Xiao's Deck Registration Sheet
Xiao's Deck Registration Sheet

I asked Xiao about his method for Deck Construction. Here’s what he said:

The Deck was easy to make. First, I check for any power cards pulled. Then I look for powerful monster cards to support them. Then I look for useful monsters with good effects. Then I eliminate the stuff I don’t need, and fill in the gaps afterwards.

This is a great strategy for Battle Pack Deck Construction. The procedure gradually reduces the number of decisions a Duelist needs to make by eliminating the easiest decisions first. Afterwards, a Duelist is faced with more difficult decisions involved with “filling in the gaps” of his Deck. But the number of cards a Duelist looks at while filling in those gaps – after deciding on cards that will definitely be used in the Deck or definitely not be used in the Deck – is much smaller than in the initial 50 card pool. This can make the decisions easier.

These cards didn't make the cut in Xiao's Deck.
These cards didn't make the cut in Xiao's Deck.

I asked Xiao which cards are his strongest, and that he hopes will carry him through the day. He pointed me to his Snatch Steal, Dark Magician of Chaos, Goblindbergh, Morphing Jar, Mysterious Guard, Creature Swap, Metal Reflect Slime, and Buster Blader / Skilled White Magician combo.

Xiao's favorite cards.
Xiao's favorite cards in his Deck.

Xiao elaborated on his Buster Blader / Skilled White Magician combo.

Since I pulled Buster Blader and Skilled White Magician, I had to play it. I’m probably not gonna pull it off, but if I do, it’ll be fun.

Overall, Ping Xiao is happy with the card pool he got today. When I asked him to compare it to yesterday’s pool, he replied:

It’s much better than what I had yesterday.

Ping Xiao finished Day 1 with a 5-2 record. He’s hoping to improve that record today with his new Deck. Here’s a picture of the last 21 cards in Xiao’s Deck, which he’s using in addition to his 10 favorites pictured above.

The rest of Xiao's Deck
The rest of Xiao's Deck

Ping Xiao told me that he likes Battle Pack Sealed because it’s a different pace of play than the Advanced Format.

The Duelists in attendance this weekend have had a lot of fun competing in the first ever Battle Pack Sealed event. There’s still a lot more excitement to come, and you can follow it all throughout the weekend in the coverage of YCS Sheffield!

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