How to beat the Top Decks

Many of the most successful Duelists are relying on Decks that have been tested before and proved to be strong contenders this weekend. Rather than ask some of the veterans why they were playing the Decks they chose for this weekend, I tried to learn something new and inquired how to beat the popular Decks (ironically the same Decks most of them have been playing this weekend).
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Simon He hadn't the greatest start, but he slowly moved back to the top this weekend!
Simon He hadn't the greatest start, but he slowly moved back to the top this weekend!

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[quote]The match against Mermails is very hard because you need to adapt your strategy for every game.

Game 1: Basically, it’s like a war of attrition, so you need to keep pushing them so they go for it and unleash their combos. If they fail to end the game right then and there, you’ll come out victorious by turning the game around after they played all their powerful cards!

Game 2 can go different ways. Most players start siding in [maxx], [trag] and [gorz], so the Deck is no longer as explosive as it tends to be during the first game. I’m teching [debunk] and [instant] and if that surprises them, it really helps to win that game![/quote][br]

Alpay Engin and Joshua Schmidt are among Germany's most successful Duelists!
Alpay Engin and Joshua Schmidt are among Germany's most successful Duelists!

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[b]So how do you win against Firefist?[/b]
[quote][b]Joshua:[/b] “The key is to defend against [ff bear]. If you can do that there’s not much more they can do.”

[b]Alpay:[/b] “Middle to late game, they can’t put you under a lot of pressure. The most troublesome card is [ff bear], really.”[/quote]
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[b]You’re both playing Mermail this weekend. What are you keeping in mind when you’re getting paired against Firefist?[/b]
[quote][b]Joshua:[/b] “If you’re playing against them with Mermails, you’re faster than them, so the only card that can change the odds in their favor is [dweller].”[/quote]
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Asked about cards that are great to side in against the archetype, they came up with [bth] and [prison].
Joshua indicated that he preferred [prison], while Alpay was quick to point out that [bth] was especially good against their possible [rabbit] plays.

Both players wanted to greet their friend Jens Eckardt who borrowed them cards for the tournament. If it weren’t for him, they wouldn’t have come thus far!

So there you have it – Firefist is all about [ff bear] and if you can find ways to play around this one card, you’re essentially shutting down the whole Deck!
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Federico Zoppini relies on the Prophecy archetype this weekend!
Federico Zoppini relies on the Prophecy archetype this weekend!

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[b]Federico, which cards work best against the Prophecy Deck?[/b]
[quote][mind crush] is really good against the archetype, just like [asf]. You can slow them down tremendously with these Trap Cards, making it hard for them to use their most powerful effects.

Also, [iiw] is quite useful, negating [priestess] and [justice].[/quote]
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[b]What about your general strategy? Should you try and push or try and stall?[/b]
[quote]It depends on the Deck you’re playing. If you’re running Mermails, you should try to wrap up things as soon as possible, unless you’re running [moulin]; in that case, you can go for a more conservative approach.

Slower Decks need to make sure they won’t lose to [tgst], so they need to save their removals for the Field Spell Card. Otherwise, they can generate way too much advantage with it and that will mean the slower Decks can’t win the grinding game![/quote]
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