Decks to expect at YCS Bochum 2016

For the last time of the year we will be taking a look at the decks to expect. Bochum is usually one of the larger events giving us a great overview of the current metagame. This year it is the biggest European event ever! YCS Liverpool already allowed us to peek into the new format after the latest Forbidden & Limited List. YCS Anaheim continued the trend with two new sets being legal.

In Liverpool ABC set the pace of the game representing almost half of the field. Metalfoes and other Pendulum strategies where big as well but Phantom Knight Burning Abyss took a surprise victory. Thomas Rose picked great tech cards to shut down ABC completely. For Bochum we will probably see a shift in the metagame since [inov] and [deso] are tournament legal for the first time.
[abstand]Alkahest[abstand]
Metalfoes and ABC are going head-to-head into this event. Metalfoes is the most versatile deck at the moment. The deck has a lot of combo potential, but it wants to go first anytime making the die roll very important. The ability to tutor for key cards gives the deck enough consistency to take it through a 16 rounds event.
[abstand]Hangar[abstand]
ABC was the most popular deck in Liverpool. Even though momentum shifted away from the deck due to the latest releases, it is still a viable contender in the current metagame. The deck is very consistent and hard to beat when going first. The reasons are [hangar] as well as [abc buster].
[abstand]Pikaia[abstand]
Paleozoics might be one of the sleeper picks for this event. The deck abuses a very old – and still one of my most favourite cards of all time – [swap frog]. Using the frog engine to dig for cards and overlay into one of the best XYZ monsters at the moment: [toadally].
[abstand]Ixchel[abstand]
Darklords are the latest addition to the metagame. The cards were released in [deso] and Duelists had high expectations for the deck. The deck plays like Monarchs: you either brick hard or you can search anything. Sounds like a hit and run strategy to me.
[abstand]toadally[abstand]
A rather old archetype was brought back to life again: Mermails. The deck has always been a very explosive deck being able to dish out otk’s anytime. The deck did get a push with the release of [toadally] as you can easily summon the card using [bahamut]. A key factor might also be that the doesn’t mind going second.

As you can see there are a lot of competitive decks in the current metagame with high chances of winning. Such a diverse format helps us at the coverage team to show you cool decks and great duels. Stay tuned for all the action at YCS Bochum, either here at written coverage or on our live stream on Twitch.

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