Riddle me this: If you could boost your winrate by 10%, but it would cause some of your peers to think that you were worse at the game, would you do it? Given that conscious decision, I think nearly every competitive player would say, “Hell yeah I would.” And yet, everyday I see many competitive players making the unconscious decision to prioritize looking good to their peers over being good.
One of the great things about the Yu-Gi-Oh! Goat Format is its low barrier to entry. Much of the Goat Format Community is online, where every card is free. If you are fortunate enough to be a part of a real-life Goat Format community, it's not too much worse. Decks can consistently be obtained for less than $100, and with a static card pool and banlist you don't have to worry about constantly having to buy new cards to keep up. However, this is a double-edged sword. A low barrier to entry also means a low barrier to exit. You may leave the format at any time without feeling very "pot committed."
Last week, our Discord users debated this topic: What is Goat Control's worst/hardest matchup? Assume that all players are competent and have fairly standard maindeck and sidedeck choices. For your convenience, we've given you a summary all of the impassioned arguments that our Discord users made below.
tway93: 1st place out of 10
Deck: Thunder Dragon Chaos
spankthemonkey: 2nd place out of 10
Deck: Anti-Meta Warriors
Delinkquent: 3rd place out of 10
Deck: Flip Control
"Tournament was ran well by the higher-ups of goatformat.com. At all points when I was in a match, there was a judge watching the match who was making sure everything was going properly. In one game I accidentally used Metamorphosis the turn that I had used Scapegoat (was doing my best to play around King Tiger Wanghu), and it was immediately caught, and we were able to restore the gamestate to a point where it didn't make a difference. I was a fan of the format of the tournament. Basically if you lost twice you were out, but even if you got one loss there was a path to the finals, which makes a lot of sense, since the number of participants was small. It was a fun event!" - tway93
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Stream highlights are below. Check out winners, losers, and grand finals of our first tournament.