The current Metagame #2

So here's the next article about the metagame.

Since the last article the metagame has changed completly. Why? Because we got the new "Raging Battle" booster with all the "Blackwing" support and the new "Structure Deck" with the best Level 3 Tuner "X-Saber Airbellum".

The "Blackwing" deck is very cheap to buildt. Most cards are only common or rare. And it's easy to play. It's like a better version of "Six Samurai". You swarm the field with a lot of monsters and try to otk them. It's now much easier to do that, cause you have an easy access to "Dark Strike Fighter" via "Blackwing, Gale the Whirlwind". If you play vs Lightsworn you can bring an "Blackwing Armor Master" who can't be destroyed in battle and that's a very good ability vs "Lightsworn". The need a less played "Ryko", "Celestia" or "Judgement Dragon" to get rid of your "Master".

I tested the deck a little bit, but i was not sure about it. I played a whole playset of "Mind Control" and "Icarus Attack" to maximize the cards i wanted to play. The deck wasn't so good to play it more. I guess it's because i played a lot of situational cards, which are good in combination, but bad alone.

So i went back to "Skilldrain Synchro", my favourite deck for the old metagame. This time i lost in the top 8 to a "Blackwing" deck which played "Solemn Judgement". I lost both games cause of "Dark Strike Fighter" after preventing myself with my own "Solemn Judgement". So i realised that my deck wasn't the right deck for the new metagame. It has to much problems with the popular and agressive "Blackwing" deck and there's no LV 8 Synchro which guaranteed me the win. There's no "Stardust" vs "Gladial Beast" or a "Colossal Fighter" vs "Lightsworn" or a "Thought Ruler" vs "Anti". So what's the solution to something like that?

So here it come.
The new "Structure Deck" brings the best card in this format:

And the decklist for it:

"Arcanite Beast"

Main Deck: 40

Monster: 19
3 X-Saber Airbellum
3 Gravekeeper's Spy
2 Summoner Monk
2 Rescue Cat
2 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
1 Dark Armed Dragon
1 Gorz, Emissary of Darkness
1 Cyber Dragon
1 Gravekeeper's Guard
1 Sangan
1 Neo-Spacian Black Panther
1 Sea Koala

Spells: 15
3 Cold Wave
3 Pot of Avarice
3 Book of Moon
2 Gold Sarcophagus
1 Heavy Storm
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Brain Control
1 Monster Reborn

Traps: 6
2 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Crush Card Virus
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Mirror Force
1 Trap Dustshoot

Extra Deck: 15
2 Dark Strike Fighter
2 Arcanite Magician
1 Red Dragon Archfiend
1 Colossal Fighter
1 Thought Ruler Archfiend
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 X-Saber Urbellum
1 Goyo Guardian
1 Gaia Knight, the Force of Earth
1 Magical Android
1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon

So this was my first buildt. I took a decklist from the winner of a french wii tournament and added 2 "Gold Sarcophagus" cause you need to get "Summoner Monk" as fast as possible. This kind of decklist dominates the "Japanese" metagame since months. At their nationals were under the top 5 decks 4 "Cat Synchro" lists. The winner was a "Plant Skilldrain" deck, which mained about 8 sideboard cards and played cards like "Debris Dragon", "Heavy Storm", etc. in the sideboard.

Here's a link if someone haven't seen the decklists:
Japanese Nationals

So, what is so good about this deck? It can otk like "Blackwing". You can play a turn 1 "Cold Wave" followed by a set "Gravekeeper's Spy". Your oppenent can't do a lot turn 1 without playing spell or trap cards. So most times he will set a monster or attack in your set spy. On turn 2 you bring a "Rescue Cat" or a "Summoner Monk" and get at least 2 "X-Saber Airbellum". You should be able to synchro to "Arcanite Magician" and/or "Dark Strike Fighter" and finish your oppenent this turn, "Arcanite Magician" is the new "Gladiator Beast Gyzarus" and he will win you a lot of games if you play this deck. So this deck can otk and make card advantage. Sounds like "Tele-DAD". It's weaker, but currently the best "Synchro" deck you can play.

The deck plays a lot of answers to the current metagame. "Bottomless Trap Hole" and "Book of Moon" are good cards at the moment and book also works with your flip monsters. 3 "Pot of Avarice" are needed, cause you can't win if the oppenent survives your synchro turns. You can't win, when you have no "X-Saber Airbellum" left in the deck. So you need to shuffle them back into the deck. I don't want to write to much about this deck, cause everyone should know how it works or why it's so powerful.

What is the weakness of the deck?
You can draw a dead "Pot of Avarice" or "Cold Wave" on the begin of the game, until you draw a card that let you play "Rescue Cat". Running out of gas if "Pot of Avarice" is countered by something like "D.D. Crow". If you got hit by "Deck Devastating Virus" whcih kills 13 of your monster cards. If your oppenent plays "Skill Drain" with a big fat monster like "Beast King Barbaros". "Doomcaliber Knight" is also good vs this deck, cause you won't kill them. "Doomcaliber Knight" will kill one of your summons for sure and so it will be hard to otk them.

What can you play different?
You can play "Mystic Tomato" and "Blackwing, Gale the Whirlwind" to get an easier access to "Summoner Monk" and to get an other LV 3 tuner so you're not so depending on "Pot of Avarice". If you play this buildt, you can add "Lonefire Blossom" to get faster to "Mystic Tomato" and make "Pot of Avarice" better.
You can also play "Doomcaliber Knight" or "Giant Orc" with "Deck Devastating Virus" for a better matchup in the mirror. If you look to the past "Japanese" decklists, you will find out, how their "Rescue Synchro" deck developed and what they tried to improve the deck.
A card that i'm missing is "Emergency Teleport" with "Psychic Commander" and/or "Krebons" cause you can otk much easier with one spezial summon more. And "Psychic Commander" is good vs "Blackwing".

So, i wrote a lot, more than i thought. Of course i haven't really played "Blackwing" and i don't really want to test it, cause i want to play the best "Synchro" deck in the current metagame and that's the reason, why i showed you the buildt i played. I'm not sure how my buildt for the "European Chamiponship" will look like, but i'm sure that i will play 2 "Summoner Monk", 2 "Rescue Cat" and 3 "X-Saber Airbellum" and i guess a lot other player will think the same.

I think the metagame for the "European Championship" will be "Rescue Synchro", "Blackwing", "Lightsworn" and "Gladiator Beast". Of course, some players will bring a "Skill Drain" deck or a "Burner" deck, but i don't think that these decks can compete in such an agressive metagame.

I hope you enjoy reading my articles and have fun while playing =)

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great article man, waiting for the next onebold

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