The Decks of YCS Bochum – What to expect.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Bochum is only one day away and Duelists from all over Europe are making final preparations for this historic event. If you’re heading to the event, or even just reading up on the coverage at home, here’s some of the Decks we can expect to see over the course of the weekend.




Many of the classic X-Saber combos are still used.



X-Sabers

X-Sabers were by far and away the most popular Deck at the last major European event (the WCQ: European Championship in July) and are expected to make another big showing at YCS Bochum this weekend. Although Rescue Cat is now Forbidden, the Deck has several other tricks up its sleeve that still make it a very strong Deck to come up against. To make up for the loss of Rescue Cat, the Deck now runs 3 XX-Saber Boggart Knight, so that you can still Summon 2 monsters at once, setting up your XX-Saber Faultroll combos or Synchro Summons with XX-Saber Hyunlei and X-Saber Urbellum. XX-Saber Fulhelmknight’s another star of the Deck, negating attacks and Special Summoning even more monsters for free from the Graveyard. As well as all the usual tricks, many Duelists are trying out various strategies to take the opponent by surprise, with cards like Cyber Dragon, Thunder King Rai-Oh and Debris Dragon all being considered.



Gladiator Beasts

Next up are Gladiator Beasts, a Deck which is always quite popular at the beginning of a new format. 2 of the Deck’s biggest threats in recent times (Brain Control and Heavy Storm) are now Forbidden, and Duelist Revolution added the powerful Solemn Warning to the Deck’s trap lineup. These changes, along with other tech choices are enough to make the Deck a strong and popular choice again. The Deck still works off the ‘tag-in, tag-out’ system, but now with added variety as cards like Gladiator Beast Retiari and Gladiator Beast Hoplomus are being Main-Decked in several builds. The Deck was one of the most popular at YCS Toronto 3 weeks ago and took 4 spots in the Top 16, so expect to see it among the top tables in Bochum.



Blackwings use several specialist cards to devastate opponents.



Blackwings

Crow’s signature Deck will be another popular choice at Bochum. Not much has changed with the Deck’s strategies from before, although the Deck now uses Pot of Duality along with Cards for Black Feathers and Allure of Darkness, giving it tremendous draw power. This allows the Deck to get to key cards like Black Whirlwind (now Limited), Icarus Attack and Blackwing – Shura the Blue Flame a lot quicker, setting up the Deck’s winning combos with ease. A new addition to the Main Deck is Delta Crow – Anti Reverse, which destroys all of the opponent’s Set Spells and Traps. With Heavy Storm Forbidden, Duelists are Setting more cards to their back row than they would have before, and Delta Crow punishes opponents who do this in spectacular fashion.



Lightsworn have access to several heavy-hitters.



Lightsworn

The surprise hit of YCS Toronto was Lightsworn, which made it all the way to the Semi-Finals. The Deck’s popularity had diminished in recent formats, and as a result people took their copies of Light-Imprisoning Mirror out of their Side Decks. The Deck still has Judgment Dragon though, one of the strongest cards we’ve ever seen in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, along with Celestia, Lightsworn Angel and the ever threatening Honest. The Deck’s strategy is still quite similar to before; fill up the Graveyard, Special Summon your monsters, and finish off the opponent with Judgment Dragon. Archlord Kristya is another popular choice in this Deck, as it can be Summoned quite easily thanks to all the Graveyard-filling effects in the Deck.



Infernities

The Shining Darkness brought about 2 major changes to the previous format. First, it gave X-Sabers a serious power boost, making it the strongest deck around. Secondly though, it gave birth to the Infernity Deck, which plays its Duels out like no other Deck in existence. While most Decks are at their weakest point when the Duelist has no cards in their hand, this is exactly what makes Infernities so strong. To make up for the lack of a hand, the Deck can put some serious firepower on to the field, Special Summoning several large Synchro Monsters in a single turn before finishing off with Set Infernity Barriers to make an opponent’s comeback more difficult. Although the Deck can no longer play multiple Infernity Launchers (it’s now a Limited card) it’s now got access to Pot of Duality, Stygian Street Patrol and Monster Reborn, which all let the Deck stay as strong as it once was.



Quickdraw Decks still have access to all of these, along with Black Rose Dragon.



Quickdraw Plants

One of the most significant changes to the recent Forbidden & Limited Cards list is that Black Rose Dragon went from 1 copy per Extra Deck to 3 copies. This in turn made the Debris Dragon / Dandylion combo much more powerful as it could now be used repeatedly. As a result Quickdraw Plant builds have seen a huge rise in popularity. The Deck still functions in the same way as before; detsroy all cards on the field with Black Rose Dragon, Special Summon Quickdraw Synchron, and use up your Fluff Tokens to Synchro Summon as many monsters as possible. A new addition to the Deck is Spore, a Plant-Type Tuner that works in a similar fashion to Plaguespreader Zombie, Special Summoning itself from the Graveyard when needed. Add Lonefire Blossom and Tytannial, Princess of Camellias to the mix and you can see why the Deck is so powerful.



These are just 6 of the Decks you can expect to see in action at YCS Bochum this weekend, but there are several more out there as well. Machina Gadgets are as strong as they’ve ever been, Frog Monarchs is still around despite the fact that Substitoad is Forbidden, and Herald Decks can still negate everything you throw at them. Which of these Decks will come out on top and propel one lucky Duelist to the honour of becoming the first ever European Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series winner? Tune in this weekend and find out!

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