Decks to expect at the 2015 WCQ: European Championship

As the World Championship Qualifier season slowly comes to an end, the biggest and most competitive event of the European tournament scene is going down this weekend here in Dublin. Players from all over Europe gathered to battle out the title of European Champion. With the release of [cros] the metagame has changed yet again, as we were able to witness at the North American World Championship Qualifier last week. Past events showed that the European metagame is almost always a little different than the one on the United States and the whole team is already very excited to find out which deck will snatch the win this time. Here’s a look at the decks you should expect!

Last weekend the NAWCQ set the pace and usually serves as a good indicator of what to expect at this event. To sum it up: being the dominating archetype, Nekroz took a heavy beating and, even though placing strong in the Top 64, we witnessed a Burning Abyss mirror match in the finals.

[abstand]Fiend Griefing[abstand]

Burning Abyss yet again managed to surprise everybody by winning the NAWCQ, something hardly anybody would have predicted as the deck was previously hit hard by the Forbidden & Limited List. [cros] added [f griefing] to the deck which seems to be a good interruptive card. I’m pretty sure that a lot of players are trying to follow the success of Burning Abyss last week and opted to bring it to Dublin, even though now players have will have the deck on their radar and come prepared.

[abstand]Lose 1 Turn[abstand]

Over the course of this format Qliphort has changed quite a bit. From being a very aggressive deck which can dish out a lot of damage in one turn, to a more of a stun based variant maindecking nearly every floodgate available right now. I saw players adding [asf] as well as [rivalry] and a new card from [cros]: [l1t]. The latter gave the deck the essential push it needed to stay competitive. Special Summoning is the most important game mechanic right now. [l1t] slows down the game and hurts all the strong decks like Nekroz, Shaddoll and Burning Abyss. They simply [l1t] as the card states, because they cannot use the effect of the special summoned monster. [l1t] is great addition to the Qliphort archetype.

Satellarknights didn’t do all too well lately, despite winning the UK National Championship. The deck is basically a Rank 4 toolbox deck therefore is very flexible and highly adaptable to the metagame. Still, the deck is very dependent on drawing its backrow cards and suffers from consistency issues. We’re curious to see if players come up a solution to this issue. We already know that some high profile players have brought the deck to Dublin.

[abstand]El Shaddoll Anoyatyllis[abstand]

Shaddolls took a huge share at YCS Bochum using different approaches like relying on the Star Seraph engine with [scepter] and [sovereignty]. It seems like the deck fell behind lately, even though it received strong support. The new Fusion Monster [shd anoy] looks like the perfect answer to the Nekroz strategy. Still, the deck seems to suffer heavily from consistency issues and bad matchups meaning that you tournament result depends more on what your opponent plays then on your own effort. Therefore the deck is not a popular choice among top players. Even though it might be a good choice should Burning Abyss gain popularity again.

[abstand]ulti cannahawk[abstand]

Every now and then a rogue strategy pops up and takes a top spot. At the NAWCQ two Ritual Beast decks managed to make it to Top 16, one of them piloted by 2012 World Championship competitor Jarel Winston. The deck relies heavily on stun cards like [df] and [macro] trying to hinder any opponents strategy. Some decks were even more heavily teched to win the Nekroz matchup, adding cards like [mistake] and [asf] to the maindeck. As most of the so called floodgates are permanent trap cards, these builds become vulnerable to [decree]. As you can see it’s always a guessing game depending on your expectations going into this event. I’m not sure whether Nekroz is the deck to beat this time again. It seems like the metagame is more diverse this time. Never has a saying been more true than this time: Every deck has a chance to win!

Rest assured that we will keep an eye on any rogue deck that is doing well at this event, either here at written coverage or on our live stream on Twitch. Stay tuned for all the action in Dublin!

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