Metagame Breakdown

This is the article you have all been waiting for – the Metagame Breakdown! This morning, we promised our dedicated volunteers in the Deck Check Team a slice of cold pizza and ever since, they were counting Decklists until their hands started bleeding. We do, in fact, have exact numbers, so let’s take a look what Decks have proven to be most popular this weekend.
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Even though there were 9 more Artifact Decks in competition that we could, in theory, simply add to the HAT numbers, the Geargia monsters have pulled ahead slightly, making it the most popular archetype in this year’s European Championship. The little machines have come a very long way; roughly 6 months ago, a large part of our community had discarded the archetype as a viable contender and Sam Pedigo proved them all wrong – at YCS Turin where Dragon Rulers had put up strong numbers, followed by Evilswarm and Fire Fist, he instead relied on his trustworthy Geargia Deck and at the end of the weekend, it was him walking away with the trophy, making him the first American player to “steal” a win on European soil. Ever since, Geargia has been a mainstay at the premier event scene despite all claims that it might no longer be as strong as it used to be.

Still, the HAT archetype is in hot pursuit of the tiny machines and it appears like there is still room for a minor tweak here and there. Even though the Deck is already the most versatile in the field, it might have to go through yet another iteration to match the explosiveness of the Geargia Deck, which would then easily put it at the top stop.

While some Duelists were reluctant to pick up the Lightsworn Deck since they didn’t have the time to put in enough hours to playtest with the new additions, 91 felt it was well worth the risk. Quite a few of them have been popping up very close to the top of the standings during the last few rounds and we’ll definitely try to invite another one of them over to our Feature Match area.

The next 3 decks went toe to toe: Madolche, Bujin and Mermail. Every single one of these Decks does have a very bad match-up against (one of) the most popular Decks, but as long as you can either outplay your opponent in these less favorable Duels or simply dodge the matches altogether thanks to some prayers to the gods of our trusty tournament software, you will be fine and advance to Day 2. So don’t discard these Decks just yet, there is a very good chance they might make up a large portion of tomorrow’s competition.

Generally speaking, we seemed to be quite right with our predictions; if you want to read over them again and get a better understanding of the popular Decks, take a look at this article series: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
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