With Clash of Rebellions and the new Advanced Format both shaking up competitive norms, we’ve seen a lot of big innovations here at YCS Toronto – new choices and techniques that are twisting well-acknowledged match-ups in different directions. Here are some of the standouts we’ve seen so far today, both on and off the Feature Match table.
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Because Nekroz functions primarily around Ritual Summoning, they are very reliant on Ritual Spells so that they can Summon their powerful Monsters. One way that Duelists have chosen to fight Nekroz has been the use of Naturia Beast, but this Synchro Monster isn’t always the easiest to Summon. However, Duelists have taken ideas out of the woodwork to try to find a way to fit it into their Deck, some with quite a bit of success.
Locking a Nekroz player out of using Spell Cards is a pretty good game plan to win, but figuring out the best way to pull that off is dependent on your strategy. If you’re lucky enough to be able to Summon Spellcasters, Secret Village of the Spellcasters along with Terraforming to search it may be your best option. What strategies are these? Well Burning Abyss, Nekroz, and Shaddoll are the ones we’ve seen use it the most.
After its errata, Crush Card Virus has returned to the scene and is seeing a lot of play in any strategy that can manage to pay its cost. It can completely devastate a strategy that uses a lot of high ATK Monsters such as Nekroz or Qliphorts, but some Duelists have made adjustments in order to try to take advantage of the new text on Crush Card Virus, specifically the optional part of destroying Monsters from their Deck. So how they’re taking advantage of this?
One aspect of the Nekroz Deck that makes it so powerful is Djinn Releaser of Rituals locking the opponent out of Special Summons; it is important to have ways to remove a Ritual Monster Summoned using Djinn Releaser of Rituals from the Field if Special Summoning is part of your game plan. Duelists use Reinforcement of the Army as a tool to help them find a Warrior that can handle the situation, especially Nekroz Duelists, but there are several options to choose from so what do you pick?
When two Decks have similar themes and strategies, individual tech cards can make a huge difference in any given Duel. Check out some of the tech cards that we’ve seen in YCS Chicago!
With the release of The Secret Forces three new Deck types have been introduced: Ritual Beast, Yosenju, and Nekroz. The latter has been the most dominant Deck of this tournament, so Duelists have been doing their best to find ways to put the match up in their favor. Let us take a look at the most popular ways they have done so:
With such a diverse format filled with so many powerful strategies, Duelists have had to come up with some pretty unique ways to give them an edge above the rest of the field. Let’s take a look at some of the strongest choices:
Now that we’ve had some more time to look around and see what’s successful, there is a ton of new stuff to talk about. Duelists have delved deep to find some of this sweet tech, but we’ll have to see what will make the cut for Top 32 and what will be forgotten:
Every year the WCQ season is about one thing: innovation. With a field of acknowledged strategies that have been heavily studied and dissected by competitive Duelists for over three months, success is just one smart tech pick away – that’s all it takes to define yourself from the rest of the pack, and get you on step ahead of thousands of other Duelists.