Alt-win continues to see play, even with Empty Jar remaining absent
Alt-win continues to be seen as a legitimate and viable strategy, continuing the trend of the previous qualifier with a total of five alt-win decks in qualifier #3. The five consisted of three Burn decks, one Spell Economics FTK deck and one Library FTK. Once again, Burn is the most successful of these alt-win strategies, owing to its greater consistency, and simplicity. Library FTK and Spell Economics FTK depend on a greater degree of technical play and experience in order to use correctly, due to their sequencing requirements, fragility and at times ambiguity regarding when to combo and when to hold on for the seventh card in the hopes to increase the probability of seeing out the combo. Furthermore, the rise in popularity of Spell Canceller as a powerful solution to Library FTK, Economics FTK and the Reasoning/Gate deck makes the already difficult games two and three even worse. One last thing worth noting is that of the thirty one players in total, only one player sided Neko Mane King. Yu-Gi-Oh! Has always been a cyclical game, and when a deck or card falls out of favour, it opens a world of opportunities for the perceptive player to make a
Goat Control surges in popularity
A whopping nine players piloted Goat Control in this competition, up 33% from the previous qualifier. Of those nine players, Shining Blue-eyes performed the best with a 5-2 record. The Goat Control players amassed a total record of 12-18, with that record being propped up by Shining Blue-eyes’ performance. The greater demands in technical play, coupled with the lower power when compared to Thunder Dragon Chaos and slower early game compared to Anti-Meta Warriors place Goat Control in a difficult position. It lacks the raw power of Chaos deck that can summon Chaos Sorcerer on demand to clear opposing threats, instead relying on Thousand-Eyes Restrict and the singular Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning. Combining this with the increase in play of battle traps and Raigeki Break as a solution to an opposing Blade Knight, King Tiger Wanghu and Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer make it particularly difficult to make an Airknight Parshath stick and gain value. The environment is simply hostile to Goat Control right now, and could remain so for some time. It very well may be a case of lacking the quality and quantity of threats boasted by other decks in the meta.
Anti-Meta Warriors stall, while Thunder Dragon Chaos declines in popularity
Anti-Meta Warriors hold their place with three players opting for the deck in our third qualifier. As mentioned previously, Yu-Gi-Oh! Is often a cyclical game, and players adapt to the meta. If players begin to stray away from certain strategies due to metagame considerations, the meta can shift wildly. In this case, Thunder Dragon Chaos’s popularity has halved from eight players in qualifier #2 to four in qualifier #3. The deck often takes time to get started; combining this with the strong early game of Anti-Meta Warriors and the Chaos deck’s reliance on flip effects that fall victim to Blade Knight could be considerable reasons for this. Consequently, a decrease in popularity for a deck that Anti-Meta Warriors should theoretically prey on may cause a reduction in the play of Anti-Meta Warriors, as the justification for choosing this deck over others is now weaker.
That’s all for our brief breakdown of our SJC Freeroll Qualifier #3
Is Thunder Dragon Chaos officially the “best” deck? Yet again Thunder Dragon underlines it’s status as the deck to beat with another impressive performance. NASH_BridgEs crosses the finish line with a unique list packing Skilled Dark Magician and Royal Decree (alongside a lone, teched Seven Tools of the Bandit). His list attempts to alleviate one of the main issues typical Thunder Dragon Chaos lists have, namely their inability to apply pressure and aggro without Chaos Sorcerer or Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning. The strategy relies heavily on setting flip effect monsters like Magician of Faith, Dark Mimic LV1, Dekoichi the Battlechanted Locomotive and more. The natural consequence of spending your normal summon each turn on a set monster is that the palyer may find it difficult to clear opposing set monsters off the field, allowing the opponent to assemble field presence, tribute fodder and risks falling foul of a Tsukuyomi loop if the Thunder dragon Chaos player is unable to draw Nobleman of Crossout or Raigeki Break. “Rogue” decks continue to represent themselves in impressive numbers Eleven players opted for so-called “non-meta” decks in qualifier #4. The refreshing variety contains multiple Flip Control decks (one of which is piloted by our resident minor celebrity and Twitch streamer Morpp) while we also see Gravekeepers, Zombies and an innovative Rat Toolbox deck piloted by metin7. Of the players who opted for a “rogue” deck and strategy, Di4na performed the best with a 4-2 record using Library FTK, eventually falling victim to KL1993’s Anti-Meta Warriors and Blue Version’s Thunder dragon Chaos.
That’s it for our first four qualifiers but don’t forget, there’s one more on the horizon! 09/07/2019 will be your last chance to earn a chance to win an SJC Dark End Dragon, worth upwards of $1,000! Do you have what it takes? If so, sign up to our Discord server and register for tournament to prove your worth. Best of luck, duelists!
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