Singapore Metagame: March 2011 – September 2011

Another rotation has passed, and here’s a look at Singapore Duelists’ weapon of choice for the duration of March 2011 to September 2011.

There are two significant changes to the structure of Official Tournaments this period. Firstly, the introduction of Pre-selection Tournaments for the Singapore World Championship Qualifier 2011. Secondly, the introduction of Ranking League Division Tournaments for the Singapore Asian Championship Qualifier 2012.

Total 550
1st Debris Junk Doppel 91
2nd Six Samurai 73
3rd Machina Gadget 54
4th Gladiator Beast 38
5th Agent Fairy 33
6th Whirlwind Blackwing 32
7th Graveyard Blackwing 29
8th Gravekeeper 28
9th Hero Beat 26
10th Karakuri Machina 16
Others 130

Debris Junk Doppel
Taking the first position is the evolution of Debris Dandy – Debris Junk Doppel. Despite the limitation of Dandylion and semi-limitation of Debris Dragon, Junk Synchron and Doppelwarrior are actually better in their own rights due to T.G. Hyper Librarian and Formula Synchron. A simple Junk Synchon and Doppelwarrior in hand with a Level 1 Tuner in the Graveyard is all that is needed to set up T.G. Hyper Librarian with Formula Synchron, fetching another 2 cards. Very few decks are able to catch up with the card advantage generated from this consistent combo.
Although T.G. Hyper Librarian, Formula Synchron, Debris Dragon and Pot of Avarice are now limited to one, the banning of Royal Oppression and the addition of Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning is a much more significant gain.

Six Samurai
At 2nd position is Six Samurai. Despite having a strong start, Six Samurai suffers from consistency issues. Even while going first, an Effect Veiler on Kageki often spells disaster as the Six Samurai player will find himself with several dead cards. Six Samurai also struggles after Side Decking, as there is very little to stop Puppet Plant and Kinetic Soldier.
Having Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En and Shien’s Smoke Signal limited to one essentially spells the end of the Six Samurai dominance. Six Samurai will probably have to rely on Asceticism of the Six Samurai to consistently summon Shi En, while playing more traps to protect Shi En.

Machina Gadget
Rapidly moving up the ranks to a 3rd position, Machina Gadget saw a sharp rise in popularity with the introduction of Xyz Monsters. Not only do Xyz Monsters aid Gadgets in avoiding Chimeratech Fortress Dragon, they also turn Gadgets into threats like Number 39: Utopia and Steelswarm Roach to lockdown the opponent.
Not affected by the Forbidden/Limited List, the change from a heavy Trap format to lighter Trap format just meant that Machina Gadget is able to trade away their Breaker the Magical Warrior for Tragoedia. The potential of Machina Gadget lies in the continual support for Xyz Monsters.

Gladiator Beast
The heavy Trap format has propelled Gladiator Beast to a respectable 4th position. With Seven Tools of the Bandit to negate Solemn Warning, and Forbidden Lance/Trap Stun to negate Torrential Tribute/Bottomless Trap Hole/Dimensional Prison, a simple Gladiator Beast Gyzarus special summon will be able to wipe out 2/3 of opponent’s Spell/Trap cards. It is often unlikely to recover from said deficit.
Having Royal Oppression banned, Gladiator Beast is looking strong to take out Agent Fairy and Junk Doppel with Gladiator Beast War Chariot. The difficulty in playing this deck will probably put off quite a few players though.

Agent Fairy
Similar to Gadgets, the introduction of Xyz monsters have given Agent Fairy a surge in popularity, rising up to the 5th position. With Gachi Gachi Gantetsu and Daigusto Phoenix, Agent of Creation – Venus is now a “toolbox”, allowing the Agent Fairy player to go on the defensive or offensive depending on the situation. Having seen success at the World Championship 2011 also contributes to Agent Fairy’s popularity.
Not affected by the Forbidden/Limited List, Agent Fairy is now the deck to beat. By splashing in Sangan, Tragoedia and Gorz, Agent Fairy would be able to add Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning into its arsenel of boss monsters.

Whirlwind Blackwing / Graveyard Blackwing
A special mention to the deck that won the World Championship 2009 for Singapore. Blackwing is still a popular deck despite the limitation of Blackwing – Kalut the Moon Shadow. The Graveyard variant specifically have a good showing last metagame as it was able to deal with Six Samurai better than the Whirlwind variant.
A slight consolation with Icarus Attack back to 3, Whirlwind Blackwing is very much playable this metagame. By adding in Thunder King Rai-Oh and Effect Veiler, Whirlwind Blackwing is able to run Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning.

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Similar to the previous, here’s the compiled excel file.

SG_Metagame_032011_082011.xls
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Last update: 20th September 2011

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