The most important facts about this event were that this was the first premier level event to take place after the TCG priority rule change several days ago, and it would be the last event to take place before the release of Galactic Overlord in early May, with GAOV Sneak Peeks taking place all over the country that very same weekend.
The TCG priority rule change is certainly an interesting issue. It became effective immediately upon it's release, generally leaving players with insufficient time for testing heading into this particular YCS. What would then be the 'best' deck for this particular event? Should one switch decks in light of this rule? If so, to what?
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Konami's coverage was even worse than usual, as there weren't any Top Cut pairings nor information on the final standings prior to the Top Cut. However, courtesy of DGz's Sixxy , all the players and decks of the Top 32 have been accounted for:
As we can see, the deck breakdown was as follows
9x Dino Rabbit
9x Chaos Dragons
1x Chain Burn
With the loss of ignition-effect priority, the playing field has evidently been leveled to some degree, with no deck occupying a relatively significantly greater number of seats than the others. I had expected that more HERO decks, and several Dark World decks, would have made the Top Cut, given that they are completely unaffected by the priority rule change, but that was not the case.
Funnily enough, while both Dino Rabbit and Chaos Dragons would in theory be adversely affected by the priority rule change, they were still able to combine to take up more than half of the Top 32 spots. No priority, no problem, evidently. Inzektors were also completely unaffected by the priority rule change, but the Wind Up deck took a massive hit, as their Wind-Up Hunter and Wind-Up Zenmaity's could be destroyed before their controller had the opportunity to activate their effects. Reflecting this, there were only 2 Wind-Up decks that managed to top, a lower count when compared to previous YCS events.
To my surprise, a Gravekeeper deck managed to top as well. Royal Tribute is still a broken card, obviously, but the deck had more or less disappeared off the competitive scene for the past little while, raking in a Top here and there at the very most. I hadn't expected that to happen, but as always, it's kewl that some rogue strategies were able to represent themselves.
The Top 8
2x Dino Rabbit
Would the Bugs finally be able to secure a 1st place finish? Going by a numbers game, it would appear that the insectoid critters had the advantage. However, it was not to be!
In a Dino Rabbit mirror match, Canada's Aaron Noel was able to beat out Danny Nunnally to become the winner of YCS Chicago. Coincidentally, the winner of 2010's YCS Chicago, Omar Beldon, is also a Canadian.
After the deck failed to win the first several North American YCS events after its conception, the Dino Rabbit has managed to win 2 events in a row, also winning last week's YCS Atlanta. Even with the adverse effects that the priority rule change has on the deck, 3 Rabbits, 3 Little Girls, 6 normal monsters, and Walking Solemn Judgments and Walking Divine Wraths are still too good!
Shocking, isn't it? (Or maybe not!) Decks that were expected to get worse as a result of the priority rule change (Dino Rabbit, Chaos Dragons) ended up accounting for over half of the Top Cut, while decks that were expected to become better via other decks becoming worse (HEROes, Dark World) instead failed to seize the opportunity to dominate.
There's only 1 more YCS (Philadelphia) to go before this year's North American World Championship Qualifier in June, where we'll see the impact that Galactic Overlord will have on the meta. Card Car D, of course, is expected to affect the game, boosting up decks that can take advantage of it, like burn and Final Countdown for example. After all, it's not a fit for every deck, especially when there are other things you'd rather use your precious normal summon on.
Hieratics too, could very well make a splash, though as a combo-oriented / special-summon spam deck, it could potentially suffer the same fate as Wind-Ups, being good enough to compete, but not good enough to go all the way and win a YCS.