Considering that the event didn't take place in the United States, where there's a greater population of players, the turnout was decent IMO at 517 players.
9x Wind Up
5x Dino Rabbit
3x Synchro Summon (Plants)
3x Six Samurai
1x Agent Fairies
1x Scrap Stun
1x Tech Genus
1x Dark World
1x Wind Up / Inzector
Clearly, the most dominant decks were the ones that were just released in ORCS, with Wind Ups, Inzectors, and a Winzector hybrid deck taking up 15 of the Top 32 spots.
Interestingly enough, from the allegedly tiny number of American and Canadian duelists that were able to make the trip, 3 of them, Josh Graham (x-1), Wilson Tsang (x-1), and Barrett Keys (x-0), made the Top 32, all piloting Wind Up. Two time YCS Champion Angel Flores also made the cut with Dino Rabbit.
Due to my unfamiliarity with the meta in Mexico, I really can't pick out the other reputable players from the Top 32 lineup
Moving onto the Top 16, we have:
5x Wind Up
2x Dino Rabbit
2x Six Samurai
1x Tech Genus
1x Agent Fairies
1x Synchro Summon (Plants)
A bunch of the more popular decks were eliminated, while the majority of the rogue decks were able to cling on
All the rogue decks were eliminated by this point, leaving only current (and former) Tier 1 decks to slug it out
All the Wind Up decks were eliminated at this point, leaving 2 Inzector decks, 1 Six Samurai deck, and 1 Dino Rabbit deck.
Oscar Zavala, piloting Six Samurai, was able to ignite the soul of a duelist and emerge as the champion of YCS Guadalajara.
Six Sams aren't actually that bad of a meta call. LSS- Enishi allows one to bounce any face up threat or obstacle, such as Wind Up Zenmaines, Spirit Reaper, or Gachi Gachi Gantetsu. Backing up stuff like Fiendish Chain and/or Vanity's Emptiness with LSS ShiEn or Naturia Beast to create soft locks can also be game-winning, especially if this is achieved in the early game.
Furthermore, the deck is able to side a variety of cards to hurt the expected top decks, like Gozen Match and/or Rivalry of Warlords to hurt Wind Ups / Plants, and Macro Cosmos to hurt Inzectors.
The other interesting tech that the deck gained was Blade Armor Ninja, which is pretty awesome imo, though I won't know if the topping Samurai decks played it until decklists are released.
Of course, it's easy for me to say that after it just won a YCS, but the deck has been increasingly popular lately at my locals.
Hopefully this won't instigate an even greater influx of Six Sam bandwagoners at my locals // QQ Moar, LFN
In terms of the rogue decks that achieved Top 32 or better, aside from the eventual winner, there were numerous additional surprises.It's interesting that Gravekeepers made it this far, after falling off the face of the YCS circuit for the past little while. Granted, it still possesses the broken card (Royal Tribute), but aside from that.... Theoretically, the Wind Up matchup shouldn't be too derpy, given how Necrovalley shuts down Wind Up Rat plays, and the amount of side-deck hate the deck can side in, such as Gozen Match. However, to counter that, I would have thought that the deck would have died to the Shadow Imprisoning Mirrors that people were surely siding for the Inzector and Dark World matchups, not to mention that field-spell dependent decks, with the exception of Dark World, haven't been seeing a whole lot of success this format.
I had also written off Scraps as a viable deck, ever since MST went to 3 and seeing as how both Maxx "C" and Effect Veiler, two cards that can wreck the deck, are so popular, so I'm a bit curious as to how exactly the deck was built, and how it was able to make it that far...
As far as how the results here will theoretically impact YCS Atlanta, the most important thing is that it confirmed the devastating power of both Wind Ups and Inzectors. Despite claiming 3 spots in the Top 32 and subsequently winning the event, I don't foresee Six Samurai doing quite as well at YCS Atlanta. I could be proven wrong of course, as identical results at Atlanta would prove that this wasn't a fluke.
Worthy of note is how poorly Synchro Summon / Plants did at this event. I don't know if it's that the deck was underrepresented or what, it seems a little odd to me that the most versatile deck of the format managed such a meager representation in the Top 32. The deck has been doing progressively worse at the YCS level as the format progressed from YCS Kansas City to YCS Brighton (though it may just be the difference between North America and Europe's meta), but I didn't think it was capable of taking only 3 spots.
Everything else seems fine, that is, Dino Rabbit did well, and Agents are still hanging in there (though I expected them to do a lot better than they did :S).