like YCS Barcelona is this upcoming weekend :c
Late is an understatement.
The first YCS event to feature the new cards from Abyss Rising, YCS Seattle/Tacoma, took place on the weekend of November 16-18th, not even within a week after the booster sets release. Expectations were that the Mermails would make an immediate splash (hehehe), with Prophecy and Madolche having the chance at doing so as well after receiving a bunch of relevant support cards.
How well would these watery upstarts fare against the big-bad incumbent meta decks?
Would they Rise from the Abyss (tehehe) and meet expectations? Or would they flop (huehue) against the massive amount of hate that would be sure to be sided in anticipation of this matchup?
The Top Cut
Copy Pasta'd via Sixxy because extremely late, etc
1st Place - Michael Stibbins w/ INZEKTOR
2nd Place - Norberto Leon w/ MERMAIL
3rd Place - Adrian Shakir w/ WIND-UP
4th Place - Sorosh Saberian w/ MERMAIL
Top 8 - Julian Wong w/ AGENT
Top 8 - Dominique Eskridge w/ RABBIT
Top 8 - Michael Klasel w/ MERMAIL
Top 8 - Simon He w/ AGENT
Top 16 - Jerry Williams w/ MERMAIL
Top 16 - Adam Belohrahsky w/ AGENT
Top 16 - Jose Cornejo w/ RABBIT
Top 16 - Jonathan Gonzalez w/ GEARGIA
Top 16 - Cody Muniz w/ WIND-UP
Top 16 - Kevin Hubbard w/ DARK WORLD
Top 16 - Wilsong Tsang w/ WIND-UP
Top 16 -
Top 32 - Lukas Prinz w/ WIND-UP
Top 32 - Trenton Wright w/ MERMAIL
Top 32 - Timothy Williams w/ AGENT
Top 32 - Joesph Giorlando w/ RABBIT
Top 32 - Matthew Skewes w/ GEARGIA
Top 32 - Christopher Mastenbrook w/ CHAIN BURN
Top 32 - Gabriel Gonzalez w/ WIND-UP
Top 32 - Matt Bishop w/ WIND-UP
Top 32 - Justin Delhon w/ DRAGON
Top 32 - Robert Baca w/ AGENT
Top 32 - Desmond Boyd w/ RABBIT
Top 32 - Sergio Rodriguez w/ WIND-UP
Top 32 - Kyle Palsson w/ MERMAIL
Top 32 - Manav Dawar w/ RABBIT
Top 32 - Andrew Conklin w/ DARK WORLD
Top 32 - Robert Strohl w/ AGENT
7 MERMAIL (!!!)
2 DARK WORLD
1 CHAIN BURN
Upon release, we can clearly see that Mermails have lived up to their hype, carrying over from the OCG as one of the better decks this format.
This was not their day!
As the event concluded, Michael Stibbins emerged victorious with Inzektors, finally giving this evil evil deck a YCS victory.
The dastardly bugs were able to demolish their quasi-successor, Mermails, with the water deck's boss monster, Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord, shown up by the big bad of the Inzektor deck, Dark Armed Dragon the Original Elemental Lord.
THE MERRY GO ROUND CONTINUES!
Continuing the trend, each YCS this format has been won by a different deck: Wind-Ups at Toronto, HEROes at Guadalajara, Six Samurai at Indianapolis, Karakuri Geargia at Providence, and Inzektors at Seattle. Assuming this pattern is to continue, I'd expect Mermails (or maybe Agents!) to win it all at the upcoming European YCS in Barcelona, Spain.
Side-decking is evidently harder than ever, given the X amount of meta decks that all do something different, never mind the possibility of encountering various degenerate strategies over the course of the tournament.
You can't be prepared for everything :c
Last format, with both Dragonfly and Hornet at 3: Deck does not win. (Granted, Dino Rabbit was very prevalent at the time.)
This format, with both Dragonfly and Hornet at 1: Deck wins!!
El Oh El how does that even work