YCS Toronto Wrap-Up!

August 29th, 2016

The final Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Tournament of the current format is over! Bohdan Temnyk has emerged victories with his Burning Abyss Phantom Knight Deck, cementing the reputation of the Burning Abyss monsters as the dominating force of the current format, while solidifying his own reputation as a YCS Champion. But now that YCS Toronto is finished, Duelists everywhere are looking to the new Advanced Format that will begin tomorrow.

This weekend, we saw Monarch Decks, Burning Abyss Decks, and Kozmo Decks fill up the Top 16. All of these Decks will lose key cards when the new Forbidden & Limited List takes effect tomorrow. On the surface, it is apparent that Monarch Decks will lose copies of Ehther, the Heavenly MonarchPantheism of the Monarchs, and The Monarchs Stormforth; Burning Abyss Decks will lose a copy of Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss; and Kozmo Decks will only be able to use one copy of Kozmo Dark Destroyer.

But this change will create opportunities for new Decks to rise up. Newly released cards from The Dark Illusion and Dragons of Legend: Unleashed have already had an impact this weekend, with Pot of Desires seeing play in Bohdan Temnyk’s winning Deck as well as many others, and The Despair Uranus becoming the focal point of Alex Vansant’s Top 16 Decklist. In earlier rounds, including our Round 5 Feature Match, we saw many Duelists piloting Metalfoes with great success. Could a shift brought by tomorrow’s Forbidden & Limited List allow Metalfoes to dominate future tournaments?

Blue-Eyes White Dragon Decks also appeared to be strong contenders for a first place finish early on, as evidenced by the Deck’s presence in the Top Tables Update: Round 6. But as the tournament progressed, Blue-Eyes Decks gradually fell, until none of them remained in the Top 16. Will the new Forbidden & Limited List – which leaves Blue-Eyes Decks virtually unscathed – allow them to rise to the top of competitive play?

In the Dragon Duels, World Championship competitor John Alexander Wilkin became the weekend’s Dragon Duel Champion with his Qliphort Deck. Similarly unscathed by the upcoming Forbidden & Limited List, could this mean that Qliphort Decks will be a dominating force in the upcoming Advanced Format?

These are the questions on all Duelists’ minds. As the upcoming format unfolds, answers to these questions will become clearer.

But for now, let’s all congratulate the reigning YCS Champion and YCS Dragon Duel Champion: Bohdan Temnyk and John Alexander Wilkin!