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The Yu-Gi-Oh! Asia Championship 2018 Taiwan Qualifier was held on 3 June 2018 at Taipei

 

 

 
1st
Wang Jia-Ching (汪家慶) Performapal Magician
 
2nd
Wu Guan-Yi (吳冠億) Sky Striker
 
3 – 4th
Huang Shin-En (黃新恩) Performapal Magician (winner of world in 2013)
Chueh Hao-Hsuan (闕浩軒) Sky Striker Trickstar
 
 
3 – 4th, Huang Shin-En [Sky Striker]
 
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This report will cover 68 top-performing decks from 10 tournaments that were held in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand during 26 May – 5 June 2018.

 

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Sky Striker

 

The Asia Championship 2018 Hong Kong Qualifier in Week #9 had a strong influence over the Singapore Qualifier and Thailand Qualifier in Week #10.

 
Kwong Ka Ho went 9-2 to finished 1st in “Asia Championship 2018 Hong Kong Qualifier” which had 235 participants.
 
He ran White Howling in the Side Deck for the Sky Striker mirror match.
 
White Howling requires a WATER monster to activate and that is easily satisfied with Sky Striker Ace – Shizuku. White Howling banishes 1 Spell card from the opponent’s graveyard, reducing their Spell count, but also negates the effect of all Spell effects on the opponent’s field for that turn.
 
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While some Japanese players ran White Howling in their Side Decks initially, they were mostly dropped after the release of Cybernetic Horizon. White Howling is a Trap card, so it requires the player to go first and have it set on the field to activate it on the opponent’s turn. However in the Sky Striker mirror match, going second is a huge advantage due to having the Battle Phase for Sky Striker Ace – Hayate.
 
Yabaiyo (やばいよ) went 6-2 and finished 1st in “4th MCS with Hatti CS” (Team 3v3) which had 30 teams (90 participants).
 
He ran Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion in the Side Deck.
 
Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion is slowly seeing increased usage against Sky Striker. Ghost Belle is useful for negating the activation of Sky Striker Ace – Raye‘s graveyard effect, Sky Striker Ace – Kagari, Sky Striker Mecha – Shark Cannon and not to forget, White Howling.
 
Outside of the Sky Striker match-up, Ghost Belle is also useful against ABC and Gouki, being able to negate the activation of A-Assault Core and Gouki Re-Match. Using Ghost Belle to negate Called by the Grave also ensures that Maxx “C”, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring or Effect Veiler will be able to resolve successfully.
 
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Magician
 
Huang Shin-En “再生哥”, the 2013 World Champion, had been playing Performapal Magician.
 
He went 5-1 and finished 3 – 4th in “Asia Championship 2018 Taiwan Qualifier” which had 31 participants.
 
He had a strong run, going 4-0 to finish 1st on the Swiss Standing and making the Top 8 cutoff. However his run was halted in the semi-final match when he went up against the eventual champion who was also running Performapal Magician.
 
As the 19th National Taiwan University (NTU) Cup is coming up on 17 June 2018, Shin-En has elected not to reveal his Side Deck.
 
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ABC
 
Tsujimura Ryosuke “ひつじ”, the 2017 World Champion, continues on his winning streak with Greener HERO ABC FTK in Week #9.
 
He went 7-1 and finished 1st in “9th Yokkaichi Cup with Hatti CS” (Team 3v3) which had 39 teams (117 participant).
 
Magical Mid-Breaker Field was his tech to protect his combo from being disrupted by the opponent.
 
When going first, Magical Mid-Breaker Field stops Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit, Effect Veiler and Infinite Impermanence.
 
When going second, in addition to the earlier mentioned, Magical Mid-Breaker Field also stops Sky Striker Mecha – Widow Anchor and Supreme King Dragon Clear Wing.
 
Magical Mid-Breaker Field fits conveniently into ABC as the deck is already running Terraforming and Set Rotation.
 

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Among the 5 recently concluded Asia Championship 2018 Qualifiers, Sky Striker was victorious in 4 of them. The Taiwan Qualifier was the only one which had Performapal Magician winning, but even then, Sky Striker finished in the 2nd place.
 
Duel City 2018 Yantai had a refreshing and exhilarating Final Match featuring Greener Sky Striker Monarch versus Genex Atlantean Mermail (link to video).
 
The Greener Sky Striker Monarch is an interesting and innovative deck that uses the Sky Striker engine for Tribute Summoning the Monarchs. One of the impressive moves that was pulled off with the deck was playing 2 Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones in the same chain to Special Summon 2 “Sky Striker Ace Tokens”. The Tokens were then used to Link Summon Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights, whose effect was activated to send Restoration of the Monarchs to the graveyard and Special Summon Edea the Heavenly Squire from the deck. Edea in turn Special Summons Eidos the Underworld Squire, allowing an additional Tribute Summon for the turn.
 
The Genex Atlantean Mermail deck is built around discarding the opponent’s hand using Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord and Topologic Gumblar Dragon. The deck opens with Moulinglacia to discard 2 cards, and then follow by Gumblar Dragon to discard another 2 . During the opponent’s turn after they had drawn their card, Gumblar Dragon will be triggered again to discard another 2 cards. That would be a total of 6 discards, essentially discarding the opponent’s whole opening hand.

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179 Sky Striker:
177 Mono Sky Striker
2 Invoked Sky Striker
 
114 Magician:
106 Performapal Magician
7 Performapal Supreme King Magician
1 Performapal Odd-Eyes Magician
 
87 ABC:
65 Sky Striker ABC
21 Greener HERO ABC FTK
1 ABC FTK
 
36 Altergeist
 
35 Zefra:
27 Metalfoes Zefra
8 Mono Zefra
 
26 Gouki:
16 Sky Striker Gouki
10 Sky Striker Malicious Gouki
 
16 Trickstar:
7 Mono Trickstar
7 Sky Striker Trickstar
1 Invoked Trickstar
1 Mekk-Knight Trickstar
8 SPYRAL:
 
6 Sky Striker SPYRAL
2 Mono SPYRAL
 
7 Infernoid:
4 Greener Sky Striker Infernoid
2 Sky Striker Infernoid
1 Grinder Lair Infernoid
 
6 Mekk-Knight:
2 Kaiju Mekk-Knight
2 Sky Striker Mekk-Knight
1 Invoked Mekk-Knight
1 Kaiju Invoked Mekk-Knight
 
4 Atlantean Mermail:
2 Genex Atlantean Mermail
2 Sekka Genex Frog Atlantean Mermail
 
3 Burning Abyss
3 Infernity
3 Subterror
2 Bamboo Sky Striker Magical Explosion
2 Kozmo
2 Meta Beat
2 World Chalice
1 Demise True Draco
1 Greener Sky Striker Monarch
1 Invoked Shaddoll
1 Magical Musket
1 Palladium
1 Sky Striker Synchron Skyblaster
1 Zombie
 
 
 
Sky Striker was already performing quite well at the start of the OCG 2018.04, but there were still some games where the deck would fizzle out due to not drawing Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage!. This consistency issue was resolved with the release of Sky Striker Ace – Hayate in Cybernetic Horizon, propelling Sky Striker to the top.
 
Sky Striker is undoubtedly the best deck in this format, having won multiple major tournaments such as YOT Thailand 2018 and 4 out of 5 Asia Championship 2018 Qualifiers. In the Japan World Championship Qualifiers 2018, 4 out of 5 players won their World Championship 2018 invitation using Sky Striker too.
 
Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones – 3 → 1
The limitation of Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones does decrease the consistency of Sky Striker, but the impact to Sky Striker’s strategy is little. Sky Striker is doing better than ever in the OCG 2018.07 format as its worst match-up, Magician, is now out of the competitive scene.
 
 
The limitation of Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm saw Magician focusing on the Performapal build.
 
Magician has a good match-up against Sky Striker as Star Pendulumgraph prevents Sky Striker Mecha – Widow Anchor and Sky Striker Maneuver – Afterburners!from targeting your Spellcaster monsters.
 
Magician is also able to run Naturia Beast and Secret Village of the Spellcasters to further skew the match-up in their favour.
 
Astrograph Sorcerer – 3 → 1
Harmonizing Magician – 3 → 1
Heavymetalfoes Electrumite – 3 → 1
Limiting these 3 core cards of the deck left Magician with no more tricks up their sleeves.
 
 
Sky Striker ABC was performing quite well early in the format while running Shaddoll engine in their Side Deck. However, their weakness was later figured out to be Retaliating “C”.
 
A new variant, Greener HERO ABC FTK, came out mid format and saw a brief surge in popularity during Golden Week. While they have a relatively short appearance, their impact on the competitive scene is significant enough to warrant a direct ban to both Cannon Soldier and Toon Cannon Soldier.
 
Cannon Soldier – 3 → 0
Toon Cannon Soldier – 3 → 0
Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones – 3 → 1
Although the First-Turn-Kill is still possible with Cannon Soldier MK-2 or Amazoness Archer, the combo is now much harder to pull off and requires a significant investment in the Extra Deck.
 
Having Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones limited hurts ABC, but running 2 Speedroid Terrortop and 1 Speedroid Taketomborg is a good substitute.
 
 
 
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Out of all 542 decks, 179 decks were Sky Striker and 116 decks were using the Sky Striker engine. 247 decks were not running any Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones.
 
ABC and Gouki are the top two decks that gained the most from running Hornet Drones.
 
However the Sky Striker engine is only applicable for decks that performs a significant amount of Link Summoning as part of their strategy. Pendulum decks like Magician and Zefra do not have a use for Hornet Drones.
 
 
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