What's up, youtube; this is your boy MaJu V... woops, err...
Sorry for that intro, but the deck profile intro's start to stick. In order to do a proper analysis of YCS Toronto 2013, I've been watching ALL available decklists around (thanks to Underworld6667, ProWinston and a few others for doing a great job on that).
But while doing the analysis, I've started to breach the 3-word-pages limit for my blog posts, which means I have to start splitting things up to keep it readable. It resulted in a three-parter. This three-parter will have:
- All the available decklists on youtube (got 30 of the 32 decks).
- A general analysis of the event (below).
- A look at what cards of the latest sets (Number Hunters & Judgment of the Light) that made a change in this event (and in what decks) (part 2).
- A more in-depth look at certain tech cards that were used (part 3)
- A more in-depth look to cards that return to the main stage (part 3)
|Duelist||End result||Deck used||Decklist|
|Edward Kuang||1st||Dragon Ruler||Available|
|Patrick Hoban||3rd||Dragunity Rulers||Available|
|Bobby Barrone||Top 8||Mermail||(same vid as 2nd place)|
|James Frazier||Top 8||Plant Ruler (LS variant)||Available|
|Jordan Winters||Top 8||Plant Ruler (LS variant)||Available|
|Umar Haq||Top 8||Dragunity||Available|
|Frazier Smith||Top 16||Prophecy||Available|
|Galo Orbea||Top 16||Plant Ruler||Available|
|Harrison Perinpanayagam||Top 16||Fire Fist||Available|
|James Guerrero||Top 16||Mermail||Available|
|John Valade||Top 16||Dragon Ruler||N.A.|
|Loukas Peterson||Top 16||Prophecy||Available|
|Roger Simpson||Top 16||Infernity||Available|
|Thomas Mak||Top 16||Plant Ruler||Available|
|Bo Tang||Top 32||Dragon Ruler||Available|
|Christopher LeBlanc||Top 32||Karakuri Geargia||Available|
|Dale Bellido||Top 32||Dragunity||Available|
|David Wu||Top 32||Madolche||Available|
|Evan Waxman||Top 32||Herald of Perfection||Available|
|Igor Bijelic||Top 32||Fire Fist||Available|
|Jack Ran||Top 32||Mermail||Available|
|James Kim||Top 32||Dragon Rulers||Available|
|Jeffrey Cho||Top 32||Dragon Ruler||Available|
|Kareem O'Brian||Top 32||Prophecy||Available|
|Leo Chan||Top 32||Constellar||Available|
|Michael Chung-Salamone||Top 32||Evilswarm||Available|
|Peter Martino||Top 32||Prophecy||Available|
|Sean Coovert||Top 32||Evilswarm||Available|
|Sean McCabe||Top 32||Constellar||N.A.|
|Yuhang (Victor) Li||Top 32||Evilswarm||Available|
Note: From top-8 and onward, the players are listed alphabetically (first name) per rank group, not by their individual position in that top.
Note 2: If I made any typo in names, or if you have the two missing deck profiles, please let me know.
General thoughts on the event
As predicted, YCS Toronto ended up being a very diverse event; with the better players participating and many players testing out "new" techs/decks in real life. This of course resulted in a very diverse top 32.
A thing I noticed is that even though 10 toppers played Dragon Rulers, they used different variations on the deck, making even those deck profiles very interesting to see. The different variants were:
- Dragon Ravine variant (focus on searching Dragunity tuners & dumping lots of Rulers from the hand/deck).
- Skill Drain variant (focus on spamming high attack/defense monsters and beating the opponent by force).
- Plant variant (with the Debris-Dandy "plant" engine).
- Mill variant (the "plant" engine + Lyla/Ryko's & card troopers).
Decks like Fire Fist, Mermails and Prophecies did lose a few key cards in the last F&L list, but did not fail to represent themselves again. Fire Fists gained Rooster & Wolfberk; Prophecies are now using World of Prophecy (using Temperance/Book of Life); and Mermails are now using Aqua Spirit (lol, wut?) and the combo of Bahamut Shark/Abysstrite/Mechquipped Angineer (more on that combo this Friday).
Certain older decks made a come-back, like Blackwings, Infernities and Dragunity. But the main decks of last format remain the main decks of this format. Those are Dragon Rulers, Mermails, Prophecy, Evilswarm, Fire Fist and Constellar.
Certain decks were expected to make a come-back (Chain Burn, Final Countdown, D-Hero control decks, etc.) were nowhere to be seen in the top tables. That means that even though the decks regained power, they're no match for the current top decks.
This top 32 will be the template on what other YCS's will become. They will be less diverse and will focus more on the "winning" decks.
The first YCS now will be YCS San Mateo (California, US), the first weekend of October. The only change then will be the availability of the Blue-Eyes Structure Deck. So I expect to see more Hieratic decks and Prophecy/Maiden decks. Other than that, it will be about the same end result as this YCS.
Tomorrow (or Thursday), I'll take a look at the cards from Number Hunters and Judgment of the Light that were actually used (read as: useful).
Until then, V out.