YCS Sydney 2020: 1st Place Deck Profile – Corey Ganje’s Sky Striker Scrap Orcust

It was no surprise that Sky Striker Orcust was going to be the deck to beat at this event. It was the most popular deck for the event, most represented deck in the Top 32 playoff. Corey Ganje was able to pilot this deck to all the way to victory with his own spin on the deck. Here’s a look at the deck that was piloted by his group of friends and finished in Top 32, Top 16, Top 8 and even won the entire event.

Monsters: 22

1 Armageddon Knight

1 Dark Grepher

1 Scrap Golem

2 World Legacy – “World Wand”

3 Gizmek Orochi, the Serpentron Sky Slasher

3 Nibiru, the Primal Being

2 Orcust Cymbal Skeleton

3 Orcust Harp Horror

3 Orcust Knightmare

3 Scrap Recycler


Spells: 30

1 Foolish Burial

1 Monster Reborn

1 Orcustrated Babel

1 Reasoning

1 Reinforcement of the Army

1 Sky Striker Maneuver – Afterburners

1 Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones

1 Sky Striker Mecha – Widow Anchor

1 Upstart Goblin

2 Allure of Darkness

2 Cosmic Cyclone

2 Sky Striker Mecha – Shark Cannon

3 Called by the Grave

3 Into the Void

3 Orcustrated Return

3 Pot of Desires

3 Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage!


Traps: 1

1 Orcust Cresendo


Side Deck 15

2 Dark Ruler No More

2 Eradicator Epidemic Virus

2 Red Reboot

3 Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay

3 System Down

3 Twin Twisters


Extra Deck: 15

1 Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

1 Barricadeborg Blocker

1 Borrelsword Dragon

1 I:P Masquerena

1 Knightmare Phoenix

1 Knightmare Unicorn

1 Longirsu, the Orcust Orchestrator

1 Scrap Wyvern

1 Sky Striker Ace – Kagari

1 Topologic Bomber Dragon

1 Topologic Zeroboros

2 Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star

2 Galatea, the Orcust Automaton


Corey chose to play well over the 40 card minimum sitting at a bulky 53 card Main Deck giving him room to activate multiple Pot of Desires and Gizmek Orochi, the Serpentron Sky Slasher and still having a lot of cards remaining in deck. This allows him to use those cards aggressively before summoning Topologic Zeroboros which would have a huge attack increase from all the banished cards. Corey’s increased his main deck count to give him more offensive options leaving only Nibiru, the Primal Being as a form of defense. He aimed to dig through the deck using a long line up of draw Spells including Allure of Darkness, Into the Void, Orcustrated Return and the previously mentioned Pot of Desires. Some unconventional choices include Monster Reborn and Reasoning to give Corey additional powerful monsters. Corey also opted to play Barricadeborg Blocker in the Extra Deck to both be able discard Orcust monsters from his hand and also to add back Orcustrated Babel from the Graveyard to his hand. With access to more monsters than the normal Sky Striker Orcust Deck, Corey has room for both Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess and Topologic Bomber Dragon to be give him options on which to summon depending on the situation presented.

Looking at the side deck, he opts to use Dark Ruler No More as he was afraid of decks such as Pendulum Magician. As a side effect of not playing many defensive cards, Pendulum would be free to spit out fields with an upwards of 5 negate effects and Dark Ruler serves to remedy this issue. Next up is Red Reboot. Corey identified that he was scared of cards such as Anti-Spell Fragrance and Different Dimension Ground and this allowed him to power through those cards. Finally he plays Eradicator Epidemic Virus which was extremely powerful. It takes out problematic cards such as System Down while additionally slowing down decks by getting rid of all their draw Spells. As a bonus it’s a card which acts as a get-out-of-jail card against his match up with Trap heavy decks.

With a combination of high level play and high level deckbuilding, Corey was able to come out on top over 743 other duelists to win YCS Sydney 2020, the first YCS of the decade and likely to be the last YCS to be played under the current Forbidden & Limited List!

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