The ARG Circuit Series in Richmond just came to a conclusion.
It took place on the eve of the release of Crossed Souls and likely marked the end of the current Nekroz domination, at least to a certain degree.
The top 16 archetype breakdown:-
The top 16 decklists can be found here.
- Nekroz dominate as expected, but this could be the last of such tournaments. With the new Yang Zing Chaofeng releasing shortly in the Crossed Souls, this may mark the end of our meta as we know it. At the very least, El Shaddoll Anoyatyllis will have a major impact if any. With Burning Abyss and Shaddolls rising, can this deck stay in the upper echelons of the Yugioh world?
- Shaddolls returning to their prime. 4 Shaddoll decks constituted 25% of the top 16 in Richmond. In the Nekroz era, this is an achievement. With Artifact Lancea and co proving to be a hindrance to the water soldiers, one can only look up with the release of Anoyatyllis only days away at the time ofwriting.
- Burning Abyss Dead, Qliphorts still there but barely. Qliphorts are still topping events, a month after their reported death. Slow and steady wins the race, they’ve garnered tops to rival Burning Abyss despite gaining slowly. Speaking of the fiends, they failed to register eve one deck in the top 16. Dante needs to get out of the Burning Abyss, the Divine Comedy is doing the deck no good. With the pilgrim and… yes… MORE support set to release soon, it seems ineveitable that they return too.
The power creeped metagame continues. The cycle shall repeat with Igknights and DDD being among the decks penned down for future releases. Much to the (dis)array of meta deck builders. And the band plays on. Only the best duelists will take it all.
But one can’t help but notice the return of the 2 (3 if tellarknights step up their game) decks that dominated at this tage a little under an year ago. Perhaps Konami’s release and destroy policy has been changed to suit all the players.