A brand new Yu-Gi-Oh! facebook group known as the "Online Goat Format Community" (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1081998708659549/) just kicked off its first tournament! 44 players entered, and the winner will be taking home an ultimate rare Pot of Greed. With the tournament’s first round of Swiss now wrapping up, now would be a great time to take a look at the deck breakdown for the event! Here are the decks being represented in the competition...
Detailed Deck Breakdown
13 Goat Control
4 Chaos Control
4 Reasoning Gate Turbo
4 Thunder Dragon Chaos
3 Flip Control
2 Stun Aggro
1 Bazoo Dimension Fusion Turbo
1 Drain Burn
1 Empty Jar
1 Strike Ninja
1 Warrior Toolbox
There are a whopping total of sixteen different decks being played in the tournament! Goat Control takes up just over a quarter of the field with more than three times the representation of any other deck being played. However, many other solid strategies are also being piloted by various duelists: Anti-Meta Warriors variants, Chaos Control, Reasoning Gate Turbo, and Thunder Dragon Chaos are all seeing a fair amount of use as well. Rounding off the list are some off-meta, but equally viable, deck choices: Flip Control, Gravekeepers, and Burn are each being represented by three duelists, while other decks like Empty Jar, Bazoo Dimension Fusion Turbo, Strike Ninja, and Monarchs are getting some time to shine in the spotlight too. It goes without saying that even though Goat Control is the most represented strategy, the large variety of decks being used by the duelists participating in the event has resulted in a very diverse tournament metagame!
Breakdown by Classification
It is also worth taking a look at the deck classification of all the decks being played in the tournament, and that is as follows:
Control decks take up over half of the tournament metagame, which is somewhat to be expected: Goat Format is named after Goat Control, the historically most successful deck in the format, for a reason. The majority of the more popular and effective decks in the format not named Goat Control, such as Chaos Control, Thunder Dragon Chaos, and Flip Control, are all commonly understood to be control decks as well. However, aggro and alt-win/combo decks are both seeing a good chunk of representation, while "midrange" decks like Zombies and Strike Ninja are also seeing a small amount of play.
Something very noteworthy about the tournament metagame is how a handful of Goat Control duelists are choosing to approach the expected field of decks being played by their opponents. Due to the recent rise in popularity of aggro decks such as Stun Aggro, Gearfried, and Gravekeepers, some Goat Control lists are starting to experiment with a few copies of Gravekeeper’s Spy and/or Gravekeeper’s Guard in the main deck to try and not be as vulnerable to some of their deck’s harder matchups in game 1. This trend has continued into this particular tournament, with three Goat Control players opting to make use of these walls. This is done in an attempt to draw out the game and make use of Goat Control’s multitude of powerful threats towards the later stages of the duel, such as Tribe-Infecting Virus, Snatch Steal, and Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning, all of which are limited on the April 2005 Forbidden and Limited List.
Conversion side decks are also all the rave in this tournament, with five Duelists choosing to employ the use of this tactic. We cannot spoil how they are being used, unfortunately, but competitors may just be caught off-guard by one if they’re not careful!
Stay tuned for more coverage of OGFC’s Ulti Pot tournament!