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The WCQ Metagame Breakdown

June 11th, 2016

We’re taking a break from Feature Matches here in Round 4 to get caught up, grab some

lunch, and get you the breakdown of every Deck played in this tournament!

After late registrations into the World Championship Qualifier we ended up with 591

Duelists competing for the Championship. What were they playing? That’s what we

wanted to know, so we found out what the WCQ metagame looks like here in Day 1.

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Deck Profile: Derric Brewer’s Tech Genus

July 17th, 2011

Welcome to Day 2!  With 2 Rounds of Swiss competition still remaining before the cut to Top 64, there are several undefeated Duelists as we head into Round 10.  Derric Brewer is one of them, securing a 9-0 record yesterday with a pure Tech Genus build!  Tech Genus Decks actually did remarkably well yesterday, and the “pure” version – with no Plant-Types – may prove to be the breakout Deck of the tournament.  Jeff Jones is 8-1 here this morning with a very similar strategy, and Brewer was his only loss yesterday: a Tech Genus mirror Match.

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Deck Profile: Justin Delhon’s Gadgets

July 16th, 2011

As we head into Round 8 here in Day 1, Justin Delhon is undefeated with a simple, effective Gadget build that draws on Reborn Tengu, plus a suite of  oppressive control monsters.  The Gadget Deck is all about throwing self-replacing monsters at your opponent, and wearing them down with simple destruction cards like Mystical Space Typhoon; Solemn Warning; Bottomless Trap Hole; and more.  The strategy?  If you can keep destroying all of your opponent’s cards with simple card-for-card destruction effects, then all you need is a single Gadget to get the job done.  One Gadget becomes  two Gadgets, and that second Gadget gets you another; even if your opponent fights back to take down one of your monsters, you’ve always got another one waiting in the wings.  Eliminate all of your opponent’s cards, and your pint-sized clockworks are free to bat cleanup.  Delhon mixed that philosophy with a bunch of control-oriented monsters this weekend, and the result is a truly devastating Deck.  Check it out!

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Successful Decks in today’s event: Gravekeeper’s

July 16th, 2011

While Decks like Gladiator Beasts, Six Samurai, and Plant Synchro variants have grown in very obvious ways over the past six months, Gravekeeper Decks have largely remained the same since their reappearance – and newfound dominance – at YCS Atlanta last year.  With that said, the best Gravekeeper Decks here today have been innovated, and a handful of important tech cards have elevated the Deck to new heights.

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Successful Decks in today’s event: Six Samurai

July 16th, 2011

If you read our Round 5 Feature Match coverage, you’ve already seen Lane Woodall’s deadly Six Samurai Deck in action!  Once upon a time (oh, say six or seven weeks ago?) Six Samurai were all about one thing: unleashing Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En for a back-breaking first turn, scoring free cards along the way with Six Samurai United and Gateway of the Six.  The Deck specialized in unleashing Shi En on turn 1 a whopping more than half of the time, thanks to powerful search cards and the deck-thinning Upstart Goblin.

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Succesful Decks in today’s event: Gladiator Beasts

July 16th, 2011

Gladiator Beasts are unique in today’s field because they offer a cunning Duelist several advantages that other strategies just can’t match.  Almost any Gladiator Beast can be sent back to the Deck to “tag out” for another Gladiator when it makes a successful attack.  Since all the Gladiator Beasts have different – and useful – abilities, a Gladiator Duelist can get to their most important monsters really easily.  They can get to the monsters they need, almost whenever they need them, provided they can attack and tag out.  That allows the Gladiator Duelist to run very few monsters, but still play a wide range of different monsters in a single Duel: even if they draw fewer monsters than other Decks over the course of any given game.

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Deck Types at the WCQ – Central America

June 25th, 2011

As Round 4 gets underway, we were able to take a quick look at what type of Decks the Duelists were playing. The predominant Decks are Tengu-Synchro and Six Samurai, but we’re seeing everything from Blackwings, Gravekeepers, Fabled, T.G., Dragunities, X-Sabers, Gladiator Beasts, Lightsworn, Psychics, Scraps, Infernities, Plants, Zombies, Naturias and Worms to name but a few. Great Deck diversity in Central America! Let’s see who will make it into the Top!

Costume Profile: Emily Nelsen’s Akiza Costume

July 11th, 2010

As the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series and tournaments like this weekend’s WCQ keep growing, more and more Yu-Gi-Oh! fans are becoming part of these big-event experiences. One part of that trend is costumes – Duelists dressing like their favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! characters. It’s not a common sight yet, but little by little, dedicated costumed Duelists are beginning to appear at the biggest tournaments.

Emily Nelsen is one example. She first turned heads at YCS Chicago when she appeared in her full Akiza costume. She reprised that role this weekend, wowing 5D’s fans and competitive Duelists alike. Naturally we had to talk to her, and she graciously obliged.

Emily Nelsen

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Deck Profile: Ben McDowell’s Dimension / Eatos Deck

July 11th, 2010

Heading into the Top 32, with almost 1200 competitors eliminated by that point, and in a field of X-Sabers, Blackwings, Gadgets, Gladiator Beasts, and Frog Decks, 1 competitor stood apart from the crowd. Ben McDowell made Top 32 and won himself a Dark End Dragon with a Macro Cosmos Deck. Here’s how he did it! Read more…

Deck Profile: Tom Walter’s Plant Deck (2010 edition)

July 11th, 2010

Tom Walter loves playing Plants. Last year, he entered the 2009 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG National Championship with his Plant Deck. This year, he updated his Plant Deck and adapted it to the new field of Decks. He came back using his favorite Deck, this time competing in the 2010 World Championship Qualifier.

Tom Walter’s Hamster Plant Deck specializes at taking his opponent’s monsters and using them against him. With 3 copies of Mark of the Rose in his Main Deck and tons of Plants to remove to activate them, no monster can safely be left on the field against Walter. Walter also uses Super-Nimble Mega Hamster to Special Summon Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter or X-Saber Airbellum from his Deck, giving him monsters to use in Synchro Summons or to Tribute for the Summon of Caius the Shadow Monarch. Read more…