Decks to expect this weekend
YCS London is the first European Advanced Format premier event since the introduction of the new Forbidden and Limited list effective from 1 September, so it’s been a while since the last time we saw what Decks are going to be running wild all weekend. A quick look around the venue today and a sneak peek at some early Decklists give us a good idea of what to expect this weekend.
At the European Championship back in June there were two dominant Deck types. It was pretty categorical that without using either Dragon Ruler or Spellbook you were going to have a rough ride through the majority of rounds. This YCS is already shaping up to be one of the most diverse that we’ve ever seen in terms of an even variation split. Many archtypes that have previously been massively underrepresented are out in full force. There are, of course, a few favourites. Let’s take a look at some of the front runners:
Still considered by many to be the one to watch, Dragon Rulers are putting up a tough fight after losing all of their baby friends to the Forbidden list. The straight up version uses [debris] along with small monsters such as [f guard] and [trigon] to make as many huge Synchro and Xyz Monsters as possible. This usually involves an [afd] and [sack] somewhere along the line, while trying to make use of as many Dragon Rulers every turn as possible.
A slightly different take on the traditional Dragon Ruler build – this Deck has the ability to bring back [phalanx] a huge number of times every turn with cards such as [dux], [mystle] and [vaja] and allowing a huge plethora of Synchro monsters such as [stardust] and [scrap d] to hit the field. With the option to both protect and destroy, this locks the opponent down as is often supported with Trap Cards to seal the deal.
Since the release of [sb world] Spellbooks have kept their head above water. Many thought that by losing [sb jud] to the Forbidden list the Deck would have vanished from the top tables – but this is not the case! While the way the Deck is played has changed, the threat is very much still real. If using the version with [sb world] in it, Duelists will try and get [temp] on to the field as quickly as possible to [ss] the boss monster, and keep it alive with [sb fate], [sb wisdom] and [sb life] for as long as possible. However, a more streamlined version is also in the mix which uses much fewer monsters and concentrates on keeping [hpop] around. Check out our feature of World Championship competitor Sergio Soldani later for more on how that works!
Quite possibly the most popular anti-meta Deck around at the moment, Constellars will be out in force this weekend. [con pol] and [con kaus] give the option of making a big Xyz Monster every turn – utilising the great effects of [con ple], [omega] and [m7]. They are really, really good against Dragon Rulers and Spellbooks, so expect a huge showing from this up-and-coming Decktype this weekend!
As a strong choice against Dragon Rulers, many people will chose Evilswarm for the weekend. The Deck hasn’t changed a huge amount in the last few months and still revolves around locking down the popular Decks with [ophion] while making use of an armoury of Rank 4 Xyz Monsters every turn thanks to [ev kery] and [ev castor]. Keep an eye out for Evilswarms annoying Dragon Ruler players all day!