Sunday, February 5, 2012

YCS Guadalajara: Aftermath & Analysis

This was the first YCS event of the year, and also the first premier level event where the cards from Order of Chaos were deemed to be legal for play. I don't know too much about the Mexican meta, in terms of the availability of cards, the caliber of players, etc, but I would think that the results of this event would be a foreshadowing of what we could expect at YCS Atlanta later this month.
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.

After 9 rounds of swiss, the Top 32 breakdown was as follows:
9x Wind Up
5x Inzectors
5x Dino Rabbit
3x Synchro Summon (Plants)
3x Six Samurai
1x Gravekeepers
1x Agent Fairies
1x Scrap Stun
1x Tech Genus
1x Dark World
1x Chaos
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
2x Inzector
1x Chaos
1x Tech Genus
1x Agent Fairies
1x Gravekeepers
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

Top 8
All the rogue decks were eliminated by this point, leaving only current (and former) Tier 1 decks to slug it out
Top 4
All the Wind Up decks were eliminated at this point, leaving  2 Inzector decks, 1 Six Samurai deck, and 1 Dino Rabbit deck.

The Champion
Oscar Zavala, piloting Six Samurai, was able to ignite the soul of a duelist and emerge as the champion of YCS Guadalajara.

This was quite the interesting event. As many have predicted, Wind Ups and Inzectors both lived up to their hype and performed decently, though neither of the decks were piloted by the eventual champion.
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).


  1. do u have the deck list of the sams

    1. no, I too am waiting for Konami to post the lists. It's not hard to see how Enishi is awesome though lol

  2. do you think that this had anything to do with the release of the missing x saber? with the amount of LVL 3's in the deck, and the crazy kizan plays, it kinda fits. also, any ideas on what kind of playing style this guy had? cause i had never heard of him.

    1. I don't know, I'm unfamiliar with the Mexican meta myself

  3. Ruling shi en and naturia beast can stop hornet kinda made sams OP vs inzektors.

    Just saiyan.

    1. That's retarded, but in theory, even if it was ruled correctly, what's to stop Sam players from siding in Macro Cosmos and protecting it with ShiEn (or Shadow Imprisoning and Nat Beast)?

    2. what ruling is that?
      also kind of a joke. sams are interesting this format but they die if there wave is beat. they won and i lol'd.I dont care how the locks and monsters eff meta. its just not good enough. I also wont rely on mexico to tell me whats good.

    3. Are you saying that when Inzektor Hornet is considered an Equip "Spell" card, Six Samurai Shi En and Naturia Beast can negate the activation of the effect?

    4. @ brad: Several of the Wind Up players are from the USA / Canada, which I'm taking into account. I don't know enough about the Mexican meta to judge how relevant this event is (probably not very due to the high # of rogue decks, but yea)

      @ Anon: IDK where this ruling came from, there are rumors of it floating around but there isn't anything concrete

    5. I think Josh Graham confirmed that the ruling rumor wasn't true and it was just some shady kid trying to cheat.

    6. Oh good, that would have been extremely controversial if it actually was true.

  4. actually the mexican yugioh meta is crappy, and low level, anyone can tell dat by seeing the gravekeeper deck i mean WTF, people win regionals using decks like blackwings and most of da players are fuckin obsessed with six sams or anything dat basically is first turn negation with a lot of backrow, i know cos im mexican nd i play here, there are good players also but crappy players with autopilot decks are the most common shit around here.

    1. thanks for letting me know lol, like I said I'm fairly in the dark about all this

  5. If they made ruling that Shi'en and Beast can negate Hornet I think Six Sam imba, alternatively he could hav been running a Shinai Mizuho build.
    And for people unclear, Shi'en and Beast CANNOT negate Hornet.

    1. Yea they can't. There have been rumors (again, rumors) that it was ruled that they could, but one of the comments above states that Josh Graham, who made T32, confirmed that these rumors are false.

    2. This should clarify it for you guys. As of now, Shi-En and Stardust Dragon can negate Hornet. The following link explains it better than I could.

    3. Excuse me, Im not sure if Stardust can negate, but this precedent allows Naturia Beast and Shi-En to negate

    4. If i may put my 2 cents in stardust can negate it but shien can only negate the activation not the activation of effects and since when a inzektors effect to equip hornet is a monster effect shien and beast cannot negate it. The whole reason Stardust can negate a hornet is because stardust can negate the activation of a card or a card effect, Shi En and Beast can only negate the activation not activation of an effect.


    Monsters: 18

    3x Kagemusha of the Six Samurai
    2x Elder of the Six Samurai
    3x Legendary Six Samurai – Kizan
    2x Legendary Six Samurai – Kageki
    2x Grandmaster of the Six Samurai
    1x Hand of the Six Samurai
    1x Legendary Six Samurai – Enishi
    3x Maxx “C”
    1x Effect Veiler

    Spells: 15

    1x Reinforcement of the Army
    1x Shien’s Smoke Signal
    1x Heavy Storm
    3x Ascentism of the Six Samurai
    1x Monster Reborn
    1x Book of Moon
    3x Six Samurai United
    3x Shien’s Dojo
    1x Gateway of the Six

    Traps: 07

    1x Trap Dustshoot
    2x Fiendish Chain
    2x Solemn Warning
    1x Solemn Judgment
    1x Double-Edged Sword Technique


    1x Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En
    1x Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
    1x Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
    1x Ally of Justice – Decisive Armor
    1x Black Rose Dragon
    1x Naturia Landoise
    1x Steelswarm Roach
    1x Number 39: Utopia
    1x Ally of Justice Catastor
    1x Leviair the Sea Dragon
    1x Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
    1x Orient Dragon
    1x Naturia Beast
    1x Naturia Barkion
    1x Wind-Up Zenmaines


    2x Cyber Dragon
    2x Bottomless Trap Hole
    2x Dimensional Prison
    2x Mystical Space Typhoon
    2x Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror
    2x Puppet Plant
    3x Rivalry of Warlords