Hello everyone it's Emissary-Of-Gorz and here is a recap of what was big at the latest YCS, Toronto. As anyone would have guessed, the biggest decks there were bound to be anything with Tour Guide from the Under World and Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning, Agents, and anything Reborn Tengu. Well surprisingly, Agents were not as successful as everyone thought that they were going to be. That may because of the "surprise tech" that some people used. We will get to that in a moment. Gravekeepers seem to be down about Heavy Storm coming back to the games, but they are by no means out. I seen many Agent, Plant, and Tengu decks get wins ripped from them by first turn Royal Tributes and Necrovally still being a hurdle that many decks just cannot overcome.
The decks that were surprising, for me to see at least were Gadgets, Gravekeepers and T.G. I seen more than a few of these and it really showed that the diversity is still there without everything being Chaos ____. It was a real battle between Agents and Plants as the top decks everywhere I looked on day 2 and finally Plants reigned supreme. Good to see that ban list did not "kill" the plants that everyone loves to play. Of course it all came down to the side decks that everyone from Dale Bellido, to Justin Delhon, Jeff Jones, and Billy Brake all chose to customize with cards we haven't given much thought to.
Some of the Tech cards i seen at the YCS were
Leeching The Light:
Now when everyone was telling this card was good I thought... for what??? It doesn't make any sense... until I seen it used. This card, when staring down an Archlord Kristya, makes all your monsters gain 2800 attack to hit over it. Something that could be done by using other means too of course, but Agents dont always have that Kristya do they? Well when staring down a Master Hyperion, Leeching the light will give all your monsters 2700 Attack! That means in an Agent mirror match, it makes it risky to summon your boss monsters because even Black Luster Soldier is Light! Agent of Creation - Venus makes a field of four monsters all 3200 attack and can hit for game in one big swing... This card will see more play if Agents get bigger.
Thunder King Rai Oh
This card has always seen play from anti meta, so outplaying X-Sabers, but this format, this YCS, i seen this card in EVERY deck. Either main or side decked, this card by far exploded in usage. The reason? It is flawless... Light for your own Black Luster Solider, it prevents Agents, Sabers, Gadgets, T.G., Infernitys, Karakurais, and almost every deck dead in their tracks. No searching means the decks lose the consistency factor and they lose the swarming ability. Thunder King Rai Oh just literally picks apart the decks it faces. And to top it off, It stops the big bad boss monsters every deck has been incorporating. This card will see play over and over again.
Compulsory Evacuation Device:
This card was my personal tech and everyone and they're mother were packing this card around. A very chainible, versatile, and inherent Minus One in card advantage. This card was beautiful to blow away those Gachi Gachi Gentetsu that every agent player was ripping on turn one, and to see the face of the agent player running the Agent of creation - Venus into my Thunder king Rai Oh and me using Compulsary on Gachi Gachi was just too good. This card also won me my games against the Gladiator beast deck i played. "A Hero Lives" Into "Elemental HERO Prisma", Sends "Gladiator Beast Bestiari" to grave, special summon "Test Tiger" and tribute on priority, chain Compulsory. Bouncing the prisma was just gorgeous, netting me a Plus One in Card Advantage, half of my opponents LP, and leaving him unable to get the Bestiari he needed to come back. I feel this card is much better than Solemn Warning this format because there is just too much to try and stop, the 2000 LP cost will almost always hurt you in the end...
Those are the big ones I wanted to share with everybody. Feel Free to comment or critic.
Thank you for reading. Stay sharp and Crushoot for game :)