Decks to expect at YCS Prague 2017 Vol. 2

25.11.2017 | 13:00 |

This is a novelty. We are in Prague for the second time in a year. This is YCS Prague 2017 Vol. 2. We enjoy the city so much, we decided to go here more often!

YCS San Diego took place a week ago and usually the first big event of a new format indicates how the metagame is going to evolve. Even though the Forbidden & Limited List limited two of the key cards of SPYRALs, the Deck still managed to adapt and sneak to victory. Mohammed Faisal Khan managed to pilot the Deck to victory. Interesting to note that he also made it to the finals of YCS Dallas. That kind of proves my personal theory that every format has its Duelists and Faisal Khan seems to be favored by SPYRAL format.




The Deck itself needed to change due to the list. Here in Prague it seems like there are two versions in contention: a build that wants to go second and a build that wants to go first. The former added SPYRAL Tough to its roster, the latter added a lot of trap cards to beat Evenly Matched consistently. Both approaches look very interesting and we will be looking forward to seeing which build proves to be superior.


Trickstar Reincarnation


Trickstar was able to reduce the power gap due to the list. In San Diego the Deck made it to the finals and it probably could have won. The strategy of the Deck hasn’t changed at all. The best combo of the Deck is still to strip the opponent of his whole hand using Trickstar Reincarnation and Droll & Lock Bird. On the other hand, the Deck can chip away life points with attacks and the burn effects. The flaws of the Deck haven’t changed either: it has a hard time in handling strong monsters.


Harmonizing Magician


Pendulum Magicians are also a viable threat. The Deck is highly explosive and extremely consistent being able to forego the new Extra Monster Zone with the help of cards like PSY-Framelord Omega and Harmonizing Magician. The biggest threat to the Deck is Evently Matched. Once the cards successfully resolves the Pendulum Deck is pretty stripped of all of its ressources since they have to commit to the field a lot. I wonder how Duelists solved this issue?


ABC Dragon Buster


ABC also made a strong showing in San Diego. The Deck is basically the same as it was a year ago. What changes is that a Link Summon triggers the effects of the ABC monsters making the Deck a lot quicker to set up a potential ABC-Dragon Buster play. The only downside to the Deck is that almost any other Deck runs Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries with the option to deprive the ABC player off his boss monster.

The format hasn’t changed a lot since YCS London. But it seems like all the Decks are closer power-Level-wise. Let’s see and find out what Duelists in YCS Prague came up with!