YCS Sydney 2020: 2nd Place Deck Profile – Joven Garcia’s Salamangreat

A little under 12 months ago, young Joven Garcia walked into his local retailer and purchased 3 Structure Deck – Soulburner. He would attend his locals once or twice a week playing his Salamangreat Deck happy with whatever his results were because he was just happy to be playing amongst friends. Never did he think he would make it this far into his first ever big tournament but he was able to make it all the way to the finals of YCS Sydney 2020. Here’s a look at the Salamangreat deck he played this weekend.

Monsters: 23

1 Lady Debug

1 Salamangreat Falco

1 Salamaangreat Gazelle

2 Nibiru, the Primal Being

2 Salamangreat Jack Jaguar

2 Sea Archiver

2 Skull Meister

3 Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

3 Flame Bufferlo

3 Salamangreat Foxy

3 Salamangreat Spinny


Spells: 13

1 Salamangreat Circle

1 Salamangreat Sanctuary

2 Cosmic Cyclone

3 Cynet Mining

3 Pot of Desires

3 Will of the Salamangreat


Traps: 5

3 Infinite Impermanence

1 Salamangreat Rage

1 Salamangreat Roar


Side Deck: 15

1 Nibiru, the Primal Being

2 System Down

3 Artifact Lancea

3 Evenly Matched

3 Solemn Strike

3 Twin Twister


Extra Deck: 15

1 Abyss Dweller

1 Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

1 Hiita the Fire Charmer, Ablaze

1 Knightmare Phoenix

1 Salamangreat Miragestallio

1 Transcode Talker

1 Update Jammer

2 Salamangreat Heatleo

3 Salamangreat Balelynx

3 Salamangreat Sunlight Wolf


From looking at the deck list you can see that it’s just Salamangreat in its base form. No tricks, no traps, no cute cards to try catch the opponent off guard – just all cards that are known to work and are good at doing their job. Sometimes it’s all you need to do well at an event. Some choices we might not regularly see include Skull Meister in the Main Deck. It has a lot of applications against not only Orcust and Salamangreat but also stops cards such as Altergeist Meluseek or even Sky Striker Ace – Raye. Joven plays 3 Will of the Salamangreat as a recovery card, acknowledging that Nibiru, the Primal Being is a very commonly played card and he doesn’t want to lose to just the single card.

His Extra Deck is where his advantage lies in. Joven utilises the Update Jammer and Transcode Talker combo which isn’t commonly utilised but not unheard of. This combo package allows Joven to capitalise on opponent’s opening poorly or any simplified field. Rather than play out a long grindy game which the Salamangreat decks excel at, Joven was going straight for the throat.

While everyone’s looking for an edge to win, Joven went with a deck list which was streamlined enough to be able to function well every game and that allowed him to finish in second place at YCS Sydney 2020. Congratulations Joven!

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