"Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En"
Well, there's the top 32 deck lists from YCS Dallas. As expected, Six Samurai totally dominated the playing field.
Here are the to 32 decks.
 Plant Synchro
 Six Samurai
 Machina Gadget
Alistar Albans' Anti-Summon deck looks viable, and I'm sure his recent
top will verify that. It's interesting how he dropped the Gadgets from
the standard Anti-Meta line up. I can assume that he encountered
difficulties when it came to speed, hence lack of Gadgets. I'm liking
"Mind Crush" mained a lot. The ability to cripple searches is becoming
increasingly important, so I'm surprised more people aren't maining it
these days. Additionally, it aids greatly in defense against obvious
"Blackwing - Kalut the Moon Shadow" plays. Kudos to you Alistar.
I've also noticed the surge of Blackwing decks in the metagame. I have
no idea what has caused this, but I have reason to believe this may be
short lived. Fair enough, Blackwings are a good deck in their own right,
but I don't fully grasp why they held such a large percentage of top
32. Correct me if I'm wrong, but "Pot of Duality" may be the reason for
this. Considering how prolific "Pot of Duality" is in Japan right now, I
have a logical reason to conclude that it may be hit, even if it is
only a semi-limit. Of course, that is down to interpretation and I could
Astonishingly, X-Sabers and Plant Synchro decks failed to hold a large
chunk of the top 32. This may be due to Samurai dominance, or simply
down to lack of popularity. The same could be said for Gravekeeper's.
The most bizarre Infernity deck saw some success, managing to get in to
top 32. Congratulations, Weston Lundgren, for your success with a dying
archetype. I will most likely analyze his build at a later date. The
most astonishing thing about his build is the extraordinarily high
monster count. Whilst most Infernity builds and variants are minimalist
with their monster line-ups, Weston went all out maining a whopping 19
monsters (as opposed to the normal 15). He clearly favors aggression (as
evident from maining 3 copies of "Trap Stun"), which seems to be the
only way to survive the relentless onslaught from the Legendary Six
Samurai. Though I do not approve of the methods used, I still feel huge
congratulations are in order for Weston from the entire Infernity
Brandon Ogbonna succeeded in topping with Lightsworn, a deck that was
supposedly crippled back in 2009. His monster line up isn't anything
phenomenal, but his trap line up is. Brandon used a more commonplace
trap line up instead of the typical 3 "Royal Decree". This may have been
the cause of his success and I most certainly wish to probe further
into his reasoning behind his traps.
The only Gravekeeper's deck that managed to top belongs to Traviis
Messengale. This does show that the surprise factor utilized by
Gravekeeper's at previous is no longer present, and different play
styles may be needed for this deck to function. Regardless,
Gravekeeper's are still a threat and need to be treated as such.
That's it for this relatively short post. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I
want to improve this blog as much as possible, so please leave a comment
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