Every YCS marks new trends in Dueling. Duelists are always trying to adapt to each other, as well as playing with and against new cards that are being released. Since YCS Anaheim falls shortly after the releases of three Booster Packs, a Duelist Pack, and two Structure Decks, there’s a ton of new cards out there! Here’s some of the ways people are adapting to the changing metagame.
The new Legendary Decks II is filled with awesome stuff. It comes with a full Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey Deck, including everything from Yugi’s set of Exodia, to Kaiba’s three copies of Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and even a full set of tournament legal Egyptian God Cards. With great reprints like Secret Village of the Spellcasters, The White Stone of Ancients, and The Black Stone of Legend, it’s packed to the brim with value. In terms of competitive relevance, there are six brand new cards available in Legendary Decks II that you can’t get anywhere else. New cards always have the potential to make a splash, and one of them has had a huge impact this weekend: Ties of the Brethren.
Heading into the weekend there were four big defined strategies that were expected to be heavily represented in the field. Burning Abyss had won the last two North American YCS, so it had a huge target on its head. Monarchs in various forms have been popular since their release, with Extra Deck Monarch pulling ahead by a substantial margin recently over its Domain counterpart. Two different variants of Pendulum had shined a bit more than the rest, one utilizing powerful Performapal combos while the other used the consistent Odd-Eyes Magician engine to Pendulum Summon huge threats like Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin and Mist Valley Apex Avian. Finally, Card of Demise has given life to a ton of different trap strategies as Duelists tried to find the best shell for it. What ended up being the most successful?
Burning Abyss was a dominate force in the competitive scene for a while, but after taking several hits from the Forbidden & Limited List we thought we had seen the last of it. However, Phantom Knights showed a lot of success at the UDS Invitational in Los Angeles, and at YCS Las Vegas we saw both Decks merge into a cohesive strategy. Basically, because both engines are trying to abuse Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss, you can get the early acceleration and value that Burning Abyss provides while giving you the inevitability and resources of the Phantom Knights.
Solemn Strike from Breakers of Shadow has had a huge impact this weekend, as evidenced by its presence in 20 of the Top 32 Decks.
Lots of cards from the past have seen a huge surge in play this weekend to combat the most competitive Decks. Check out some of the most popular tech cards of the weekend that can be used in just about any Deck!
The previous YCS in North America took place in San Jose, California in November, a good 3 months ago. Since then, we’ve had a ton of new cards become available in two Structure Decks and in Breakers of Shadow! With these new releases, Duelists are trying to find the perfect cards that will complement their strategies and give them the edge they need to come out on top. Let’s take a look at some of the cards from Breakers of Shadow that have gotten the most attention.
The biggest addition to strategies across the Field this weekend has been the combination of Instant Fusion along with Elder Entity Norden. For the cost of 1000 Life Points, some Extra Deck Space, and a single card you get Elder Entity Norden along with whatever Level 4 or lower Monster you would like to bring back from the Graveyard. While the effect of the Monster may be negated, this is hardly a drawback compared to how powerful the plays are that a single Instant Fusion can allow you to make.
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.