You’d be crazy to think that Blackwings won’t be out in force this weekend. Duelists love their Blackwings, and ever since the news that Black Whirlwind would no longer be Limited got out, Blackwing fans have been singing from the mountaintops of the return of their favorite Deck.
Over the years, many Fairy-based strategies have seen great success at YCS events. Counter Fairy, Herald of Perfection, and Master Hyperion based Decks both with tons of Traps and no Traps and with or without T.G. monsters have all been successful at one time or another. And now they’re all back!
Bujin, from Judgment of the Light, is a unique strategy based on Summoning one monster to the field and then keeping it there for entire Duel. Bujin Yamato is an 1800 ATK, Level 4, LIGHT Beast-Warrior, and at the end of each of your turns, it lets you fix your hand and Graveyard by adding a “Bujin” monster from your Deck to your hand, then sending a card from your hand to the Graveyard. You use this ability to seek out Bujin monsters with abilities that activate in either the hand or Graveyard and move them to the appropriate place to use their abilities.
Mermails vanished beneath the waves for a couple months after Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy hit, but now they’re back and as good as ever! Mermail Decks have always excelled at quickly Summoning strong Level 7 monsters like Mermail Abyssmegalo and making up for the multitude of discards required by using Atlantean monsters. Now that Atlantean Dragoons is Limited, there are fewer Atlanteans floating around to discard, so Mermail Duelists have needed to find a new way to make their rampant discarding less painful and more useful.
How good are Prophecy Decks now that Spellbook of Judgment is Forbidden? Even better than they were before Spellbook of Judgment swept them aside and replaced them with Spellbook combo Decks!
Fire Fist Decks wound up in the same boat as Mermails: suspiciously absent after the release of Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy despite gaining a ton of new cards. Now that Judgment of the Light is here along with a few more great cards for Fire Fist Decks, we’re expecting to see a big turnout for the FIRE Beast-Warriors this weekend!
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Just because the “baby” Dragon Rulers are Forbidden doesn’t mean focused Dragon Ruler strategies impossible. The impact of losing the “babies” is that the number of Summons available to a Dragon Ruler Duelists is remarkably lower than it was just weeks ago. It takes far longer than it used to in order to get to a point in the Duel where multiple Dragon Ruler Summons are possible in a single turn, and even longer than that if you want them to be completely free like they were previously. Furthermore, the total number of Dragon Ruler Summons you can perform in a single Duel is also far lower and you usually have to actually draw the Dragon Rulers themselves – you can’t just pull them from the Deck at will.
Marquis Henderson made it to the Top 4 with his T.G. Deck – a Deck that few Duelists expected to make it this far this weekend. But in getting here, Marquis Henderson proved to everyone that his T.G. Deck has some great match-ups in the current field of Decks. Now, Henderson is up against another Deck that’s vulnerable to Skill Drain and his assortment of Trap Cards – Anthony Pascariello’s Wind-Up Deck! A win for Henderson will put his T.G. Deck into the Finals, while a victory for Pascariello will be an impressive showing for newly-constructed Wind-Ups.
Here are the top 4 Duelists from today’s Dragon Duels!
Bo Tang is Canada’s last hope for a Worlds representative. A win here for Tang would place Canada into the World Championships. Defeat would mean a six-Duelist team representing the United States.