Decks to expect at WCQ: European Championship 2016
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 Berlin. Players from all over Europe travelled to Berlin to fight for the title of European Champion and a World Championship invite. The metagame is very stable at the moment with only a few alterations in card choices and Side Decks. Past events showed that the European metagame is always different than the one in the United States. Here’s a look at the decks you should expect:
Last weekend NAWCQ set the pace und usually serves as a reliable indicator of what to expect at this event. Even though Phantom Knight Burning Abyss decks took almost one third of the Top 64 spots Monarch ended up being victorious. To the surprise of many it was the Domain version that won, which was widely considered as being subpar. Looking back at the event it is not surprising anymore as [domain] is still a very powerful card against [dante] and the likes.
Burning Abyss, originally released in 2014, is still a strong contender in today’s metagame. Thanks to the Phantom Knight engine and [beatrice] the deck is still very consistent and explosive as well. The deck has changed yet again and it’s the versatility that keeps it on top. In the United States the deck took up one third of the top spots at NAWCQ. Duelists will be warned and come prepared, if not in their Main Deck than at least in their Side Decks. Their biggest threat is definitely Monarchs. Basically, there are two different variants of the deck. Some are trying to ride [domain] to victory while others added an Extra Deck strategy. Both options have their strengths and weaknesses and are depended on the local metagame. So it is a guessing game which strategy will be superior for this event.
Until spring the Pendulum engine was superior. The deck could spam crazy fields and hardly ever run out of resources. The deck has lost steam lately, but Duelists tried to innovate and came up with a new “old” strategy. They included the Majespecter engine to the deck making it a lot more consistent. The deck even won a few National Championships. We’ll see how many players dare to try this.
Kozmo is a proven strategy. The deck also benefited a lot from [bosh] and [shvi] receiving strong support cards. Especially [fk island] turned out to perfectly fit into the deck. Still, it couldn’t really rise to power. The deck won a few smaller National Championships even though it was the second most played deck in the Top Cut. When I talk to players they often complain about unplayable hands. It seems like the deck lacks consistency. Going into a long event like the WCQ: European Championship this is a big drawback.
In this metagame there is very little room for rogue decks. Since the best decks are very different in their strategy it is very hard to build a stun deck that works fine. Stun decks are only successful in predictable environments. Qliphort pop up every now and then making best use of [cod]. The deck runs nearly every floodgate available and only a very low monster count. Be 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 Berlin!