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The Decks to expect at YCS Barcelona

01.12.2012 | 10:45 |

[p]Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Barcelona is the first Advanced Format YCS to be held in Europe in this format, and our first chance to see what kinds of Decks everybody has been using and working on over the past few months. To get an impression of what the field will look like, Duelists have been keeping a close eye on American YCS events and what has been doing well over there. Here’s a few of the Decks we can expect to see over the coming weekend.[/p]

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Will this Deck wash the opposition away?


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[b][u]Mermail[/b][/u]
[div]Mermail (or Mermail Atlantean if you prefer) is a new WATER-based Deck that “made a big splash” at YCS Seattle last week. The Deck focuses on Summoning powerful monsters like [megalo] and [moulin] and powering through the Deck with [asphere], [pike] and [linde]. The Mermail monsters from [abyr] are combined with the Atlantean monsters from [sdrose], most notably [amark] and [ahi] which can destroy opposing cards when you use the effects of other monsters.

The Mermail Deck’s strength lies in its speed; it’s capable of Summoning high ATK monsters in very quick fashion and ending Duels in a matter of turns. In its first major event (YCS Seattle) the Deck took 7 Duelists with it to the Top 32, and went all the way to the finals, narrowly losing out to Inzektors. Maybe it will go one better here in Barcelona.[/div]
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Will this Deck wind up winning?


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[b][u]Wind-Up[/b][/u]
[div]Wind-Ups are one of the most powerful and widely-played Decks of 2012; having made an immediate impact at the start of the year the Deck has evolved and adapted to recent changes in the competitive environment. Many of the monsters that were present in the original “Hunter loop” builds are still being used today; [w rat], [w shark], [w mag] and [w rabbit] are all effective at working together and Summoning powerful Xyz Monsters like [16].

Just like Mermails, Wind-Ups took 7 spots in Seattle’s Top 32 before eventually finishing in third place. One of the Top 32 was German Duelist Lukas Prinz, a regular on the European YCS circuit who also made Top 8 at YCS Paris last year. Expect him and many others to take Wind-Ups to the top tables.[/div]
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Will this Deck be the agent of victory?


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[b][u]Agents[/b][/u]
[div][hyperion] and pals are back! Agents were one of the standout Decks of 2011, quickly making an impact and eventually winning the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship in Amsterdam. As Inzektors and Wind-Ups took over the top tables in early 2012, the LIGHT-based Deck went under the radar for a while, but is now re-emerging to become a widely respected force.

Many of the key cards and combos are still the same as before; [venus] Summons [shine][s] and [hyperion] destroys cards. DARK monsters like [tgu], [trag] and [gorz] are also used to accommodate [sorc] and [bls]. The Deck is very monster-heavy these days but that didn’t stop it taking 6 Top 32 spots at YCS Seattle (one of which was Simon He from the UK). Along with Mermail and Wind-Up, it’s one of the 3 Decks that should be expected to go all the way to the Top 4.[/div]
[p]In addition to the above, there’s also Dino Rabbit, which has seen a resurgence in form, and Inzektors which was the overall victor of YCS Seattle. Chaos Dragons, Dark World, Geargia and even Chain Burn also made Top 32 at that event, and all could very well do the same here. Yu-Gi-Oh! is such a diverse game right now that any well-built Deck with a skilled Duelist piloting it could make it to the Top Cut, and I’m sure Sunday’s results will surprise quite a few![/p]
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