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Asia Championship Winter 2019 Singapore Qualifier
 
The Asia Championship Winter 2019 Singapore Qualifier was held during 1 – 2 December 2018 and had a total of 86 participants.
 
 
Metagame Breakdown
 
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The bulk of the metagame is made up of Sky Striker, Gouki, Trickstar and Altergeist.
 
They performed equally well in the Swiss Rounds with 3 Sky Striker, 5 Gouki, 4 Trickstar and 2 Altergeist making the Top 16 cutoff.
 
The last 2 slots were taken by 1 Six Samurai and 1 Phantom Knights.
 
 
Results
 
1st Choo Wee Min Trickstar
 
2nd Ryan Peh Six Samurai
 
3 – 4th
 
Yong Qian Rui Sky Striker
 
Bryan Tew Gouki
 
5 – 8th
 
Shuan Lin Altergeist
 
Peh Jun Yong Sky Striker
 
Wallace Wee Gouki
 
Ho Yun Kang Sky Striker
 
 
Sky Striker, Gouki, Trickstar and Altergeist managed to proceed to the Top 8, and they were joined by the last Six Samurai.
 
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Ryan Peh with his Six Samurai had two amazing games during his Quarter-Final and Semi-Final matches.
 
In his Quarter-Final match, he had Great General of the Six Samurai and Gateway of the Six on the field, allowing him to generate 9000 Bishido Counters by looping Legendary Six Samurai – Shinai and Legendary Six Samurai – Mizuho. This result in a Six Samurai monster with an incredibly huge ATK which attacked for the game.
 
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In the Semi-Final match, Bryan with his Gouki took on the Maxx “C” challenge, but could only made Ryan drew till his second-last card. Ryan on his turn opened with 3 Gateway of the Six and went off with the loop combo to generate 9000 Bishido Counters on each of his Gateway of the Six. This followed with looping the 2 Legendary Six Samurai – Mizuho to destroy all of Bryan’s monsters, before attacking with a massive Six Samurai monster.
 
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The Final match came down to Wee Min and his Trickstar against Ryan and his Six Samurai.
 
Unfortunately Ryan bricked in both games as he drew a hand full of Gateway and Equip Spells.
 
The match was over shortly as Wee Min went for a quick beatdown in both games.
 
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1st, Choo Wee Min [Trickstar]
Source: Asia Championship Winter 2019 Singapore Qualifier
 
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2nd, Ryan Peh [Six Samurai]
Source: Asia Championship Winter 2019 Singapore Qualifier
 
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3 – 4th, Yong Qian Rui [Sky Striker]
Source: Asia Championship Winter 2019 Singapore Qualifier
 
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3 – 4th, Bryan Tew [Gouki]
Source: Asia Championship Winter 2019 Singapore Qualifier
 
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YOT Hong Kong 2018: Feature Match Swiss Round 2

 

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In the round 2 of Swiss, we have Liang Xiangming from China on the left running Zefra going up against Hiroshi Odate from Philippines running Sky Striker.
 
Hiroshi is a veteran duelist who have participated in Asia Championship 2017 and Asia Championship 2018. His recent achievement involves getting Top 8 in YOT Taiwan 2018.
 
 
Duel 1
 
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Hiroshi went first and opened with a typical opening, finishing with Sky Striker Ace – Shizuku adding Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage! to hand.
 
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Xiangming lead off with the standard Zefra combo of Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm and Zefraath. Hiroshi threw out Maxx “C” mid-combo, but Xiangming take up the challenge and push through with Heavymetalfoes Electrumite and follow with Pendulum Summoning 5 monsters.
 
However, Hiroshi had Effect Veiler and Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring to disrupt Xiangming, leaving Xiangming with a weaker board.
 
Borrelsword Dragon was stopped by Sky Striker Ace – Kaina, allowing Hiroshi to survive the turn.
 
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The cards drawn off Maxx “C” allowed Hiroshi to clear the Zefra board with a combination of Engage for Sky Striker Maneuver – Afterburners! and Sky Striker Maneuver – Jamming Waves!.
 
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Hiroshi went with his own Borrelsword combo leading to a quick concede from Xiangming.
 
Liang Xiangming [Zefra] 0 – 1 Hiroshi Odate [Sky Striker]
 
 
Duel 2
 
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Xiangming went first but was stopped by a Typhoon destroying his Zefraath.
 
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Hiroshi had a slow turn too as his Raye was negated by PSY-Framegear Gamma when activating its Quick Effect.
 
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Xiangming Pendulum Summoned Zefraniu, Secret of the Yang Zing, but it was negated by Sky Striker Mecha – Widow Anchor.
 
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Hiroshi went for Crystron Needlefiber using Glow-Up Bulb, but it was negated Effect Veiler.
 
Hiroshi scooped to go into Game 3.
 
Liang Xiangming [Zefra] 1 – 1 Hiroshi Odate [Sky Striker]
 
Duel 3
 
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Hiroshi opened the turn with Engage and finished with Shizuku and 3 set cards to the backrow. Kagari took back Engage, allowing Shizuku to fetch another Engage during the End Phase.

 

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Xiangming activated Twin Twister targeting 2 Spell/Trap and Hiroshi chained with them, activating Sky Striker Mecha – Eagle Booster first and then Twin Twisters, discarding Afterburner.
 
Hiroshi intended to used Twin Twisters to destroy itself and Eagle Booster, and that would give him 3 Spells in the graveyard, giving Eagle Booster the extra bonus effect.
 
However, Twin Twisters cannot be activated to destroy itself, resulting in a wasted move for Hiroshi.
 
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Xiangming wasn’t able to do much for the rest of his turn.
 
He merely took out the last Spell/Trap using Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing, but that costed him half his LP using Destrudo the Lost Dragon’s Frisson.
 
Electrumite gave him Ritual Beast Tamer Zefrawendi, and it attacked into Shizuku, destroying itself. That allowed him to Special Summon Dinowrestler Pankratops during Main Phase 2.
 
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During Hiroshi’s turn, Xiangming activate Called by the Grave in Chain 1 to banish Raye, and then Pankratops in Chain 2 to destroy Shizuku.
 
That left Hiroshi with nothing to play on his turn.
 
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Xiangming Normal Summoned Zefrawendi but its effect is negated by Effect Veiler.
 
Xiangming extends his hand as he was unable to deal enough damage after time was called.
 
Liang Xiangming [Zefra] 1 – 2 Hiroshi Odate [Sky Striker]
 

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YOT Hong Kong 2018: Feature Match Swiss Round 5

 

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We are halfway into the tournament and here are two players currently at 3-1.
 
On the left is Zheng Ze Bin from China using Gouki, and on the right is Wang Chia Ching from Taiwan playing Trickstar.
 
Wang Chia Ching is the current 2018 World Champion and he is here wearing his World Championship 2018 shirt.
 
Duel 1
Ze Bin went first and opened with M-X-Saber Invoker which followed into Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights.
 
After Gouki Twistcobra and SPYRAL Super Agent were added to hand, Chia Ching threw out a Droll & Lock Bird.
 
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Isolde sent 3 Equip Spells to the graveyard to Special Summon Neo-Spacian Aqua Dolphin.
 
Aqua Dolphin’s effect was activated by sending Destrudo the Lost Dragon’s Frisson and that saw a concede from Chia Ching.
 
Zheng Ze Bin [Gouki] 1 – 0 Wang Chia Ching [Trickstar]
 
Duel 2
Chia Ching went first and opened by setting a Trap card. He considered for a moment before summoning Trickstar Lycoris and ended his turn.
 
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Ze Bin tried to setup his play but was heavily disrupted along the way. Destrudo from hand was banished
by Trickstar Reincarnation, Mathematician was negated by Effect Veiler, and there was even a Maxx “C”.
 
Ze Bin decided not to give his opponent any cards and ended his turn.
 
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Chia Ching simply followed up with a Crystron Needlefiber into Borrelsword Dragon and finished the game.
 
Zheng Ze Bin [Gouki] 1 – 1 Wang Chia Ching [Trickstar]
 
Duel 3
Ze Bin went first and opened into Isolde, which was met with a Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit.
 
However he had a Soul Charge and was able to follow up into Aqua Dolphin.
 
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Aqua Dolphin revealed Chia Ching had a terrible opening hand including Psyframe Driver and Speedroid Taketomborg.
 
Ze Bin continued for a few more moves before Chia Ching concedes.
 
Zheng Ze Bin [Gouki] 2 – 1 Wang Chia Ching [Trickstar]
 
This was a fast game between both players but unfortunately Chia Ching fell to a poor opening hand.
 

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YOT Hong Kong 2018: Feature Match Swiss Round 7

 

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This is the second-last round of Swiss and we have two players currently at 6-0 at Table 2.
 
On the left is Luo Hao Ming from China playing Trickstar, and on the right is Lam Wai Hong from Hong Kong playing Greener Infernoid.
 
Duel 1
Hao Ming went first and opened with Trickstar Candina for Trickstar Light Stage which then got Trickstar Lycoris. Two Spell/Trap were set before passing the turn.
 
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Wai Hong starts with Pot of Indulgence to draw 2 cards. Infernoid Patrulea followed and took out Solemn Warning, but a second Warning was able to negate Monster Gate. Wai Hong set 3 cards and pass the turn.
 
Hao Ming looped back Candina with Lycoris but when Candina was Normal Summoned, its effect was met with a Psy-Framegear Gamma.
 
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That Grass Looks Greener gave Wai Hong the resources to counterattack by Special Summoning Infernoids from his graveyard.
 
Ghost Ogre during the End of the Battle Phase forced Seitsemas to tribute itself.
 
Hao Ming set Steam the Cloak which was taken out by Devyaty. Steam’s effect was going to be negated by Devyaty but a Ghost Belle stopped it.
 
Wai Hong brought back both Seitsemas and Devyaty before ending the turn.
 
Steam tried to revived itself by tributing the token but was banished by Seisemas.
 
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Hao Ming drew Light Stage and that fetched him Candina, but it was negated by Infinite Impermanence.
 
Devyaty took out Candina, and Scapegoat bought Hao Ming another turn.
 
The Sheep Tokens and a Normal Summon brought out Borrelsword Dragon for Hao Ming and that finally took out Devyaty.
 
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However, that allowed Wai Hong to play Void Imagination and to Fusion Summon Infernoid Tierra using materials from the deck.
 
A quick Link Summon frees up the board for Wai Hong to special summon more Infernoids from the graveyard to attack for the game.
 
Luo Hao Ming [Trickstar] 0 -1 Lam Wai Hong [Greener Infernoid]
 
 
 
Duel 2
Hao Ming had Wai Hong go first and he had a slow opening with Card Destruction and then One for One for Decatron.
 
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Hao Ming went all out on his turn using double Lycoris for Cherubini, Black Angel of the Burning Abyss to get 2 Tokens by sending Dandylion.
 
That allowed him to flood his board fast through Knightmare Goblin to Normal Summon Candina again.
 
The full combo was only able to bring Wai Hong down to 700 LP, which went down to 300 LP during his draw phase due to Lycoris.
 
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Wai Hong came back into the game by activating Void Imagination again and that turned the tables.
 
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Hao Ming drew and concede the game as he could not overcome the overwhelming advantage.
 
Luo Hao Ming [Trickstar] 0 -2 Lam Wai Hong [Greener Infernoid]
 
 
 
Hao Ming overextended in Game 2 and that allowed Wai Hong to take advantage of Void Imagination to mount a massive comeback.
 
 
 

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YOT Hong Kong 2018: Feature Match Round of 64
 
Welcome to Day 2 of YOT Hong Kong 2018.
 
On the left we have Thai Kok Jing from Malaysia using Sky Striker, and on the right is Tian YongKang from China using Phantom Knight Orcust.
 
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Kok Jing went first and opened with the standard Sky Striker Ace – Shizuku to add Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage! to hand.
 
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YongKang went off with an explosive turn, using a variety of Crystron Needlefiber, Knightmare Mermaid and The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche to continuously Special Summon monsters and allowing him to develop the board.
 
Kok Jing had Effect Veiler for Needlefiber, but YongKang was still able to power through. The second Effect Veiler tried to negate Rusty Bardiche and that forced out Called by the Grave.
 
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Rusty Bardiche destroyed Shizuku, and The Phantom Knights of Break Sword tried to destroy the Raye that returned, forcing it to switch to Kagari.
 
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Rusty Bardiche attacked Kagari and Break Sword went for a direct attack. 2 Spell/Trap were set before ending the turn.
 
Kok Jing Jamming Wave hitting Called by the Grave which was chained to banish Raye. Another Raye was summoned to make Kagari, which was promptly negated by Phantom Knights’ Fog Blade.
 
He followed with playing 2 Widow Anchor in a Chain to take control of both Rusty Bardiche and Break Sword, switched Kagari to Hayate and attacked with all.
 
As Kok Jing tried to make a Link Summon, his opponent points out that Rusty Bardiche cannot be used as a Link Material.
 
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Kok Jing could only make Shizuku and return both monsters to his opponent.
 
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The next turn saw Break Sword took out Shizuku and Raye could not return due to the previous turn Called by the Grave, giving YongKang an open board to attack for game.
 
Thai Kok Jing [Sky Striker] 0 – 1 Tian YongKang [Phantom Knight Orcust]
 
Duel 2
 
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Kok Jing opened with another Shizuku for Engage opening, but this time it was done using Hornet Drones.
 
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On YongKang turn, Kok Jing had a Maxx “C” but it was negated by Ash Blossom.
 
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A Crystron Needlefiber and Knightmare Mermaid later, he pulled off the same Rusty Bardiche and Break Sword, destroying Shizuku.
 
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Borrelsword Dragon was brought out and then reviving Break Sword allowed YongKang to pull off an OTK right on the second turn.
 
 
 
YongKang with his unique Phantom Knight Orcust deck moved onto the Top 32!
 

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YOT Hong Kong 2018: Feature Match Round of 16
 
We are one game away from the Top 8.
 
On the left is Leung Chin Lam playing Subterror and on the right is Poon Chun Kit playing Six Samurai.
 
Both players are from Hong Kong.
 
 
Duel 1
Chin Lam went first and opened with double Gateway of the Six and a Legendary Six Samurai – Shinai.
 
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He activated the effect of Gateway to add a Six Samurai monster but was stopped by a Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit.
 
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Chin Lam opened with The Hidden City but it was negated by Ash Blossom. He set a monster and 3 Spell/Trap before ending the turn.
 
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Chin Lam was able to control the game with Subterror Guru and Subterror Fiendess.
 
Having his Shien’s Smoke Signal negatd by Fiendess caused Chun Kit to make a quick scoop.
 
Leung Chin Lam [Subterror] 1 – 0 Poon Chun Kit [Six Samurai]
 
 
 
Duel 2
Chun Kit went first and had Gateway to pull off his combo.
 
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An Outer Entity Azathot followed by Great General of the Six Samurai saw Chin Lam concedes knowing well that Chun Kit is going infinite.
 
Duel 3
Chin Lam went first and was able to setup his Guru and backrow.
 
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Chun Kit tried to start his combo but was stopped by Gozen Match.
 
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With no outs to Gozen Match, Chun Kit was slowly grinded out by Guru.
 
 
 
Chin Lam makes the Top 8 with his Subterror, using an apt Gozen Match to lock out the Six Samurai opponent.
 
 
 

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YOT Hong Kong 2018: Feature Match Final

 

Our final two is Mok Hou Teng playing Magician and Li Zi Hao playing Trickstar Link.
 
Hou Teng is from Hong Kong while Zi Hao is from China.
 
 
Duel 1
Hou Teng went first but thought for a moment before deciding to pass the turn with no play.
 
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Zi Hao opened with Trickstar Calobane and Blackwing – Steam the Cloak, allowing him to go into Borrelsword Dragon through Crystron Needlefiber and Glow-Up Bulb.
 
Borrelsword Dragon attacked for 3000 damage and “Steam Token” attacked for 100 damage.
 
Borrelsword Dragon changed “Steam Token” to Defence Position and attacked again for 3000 damage.
 
“Steam Token” was tributed for Linkuriboh which attacked for 300 damage.
 
Finally Emergency Teleport brought out Psychic Tracker to deal the game winning 1600 damage.
 
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Mok Hou Teng [Magician] 0 – 1 Li Zi Hao [Trickstar Link]
 
 
 
Duel 2
Zi Hao opened with Trickstar Candina for Trickstar Reincarnation and set a card before ending the turn.
 
Hou Teng Special Summon Dinowrestler Pankratops, Normal Summoned Timegazer Magician and then activate Purple Poison Magician as a Pendulum Scale.
 
Pankratops attacked Candina, which was bounced back to hand by Lycoris. Lycoris was taken out instead.
Timegazer Magician then attacked and was ATK boosted by Purple Poison Magician‘s Pendulum Effect.
 
Purple Poison’s destruction allowed Chronograph Sorcerer to Special Summon itself, and then Special Summon Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit from the hand.
 
Chronograph joined in the attack after Timegazer.
 
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Ghost Ogre and Timegazer were used to Link Summon Crystron Needlefiber, whose effect brought out Psy-Framegear Gamma.
 
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On Zi Hao’s turn, he Special Summoned his own Dinowrestler Pankratops and it was joined by Trickstar Candina. Candina’s effect was negated by Effect Veiler.
 
Zi Hao wanted to move to the Battle Phase, but Hou Teng took the priority to activate Needlefiber, prompting a Maxx “C” from Zi Hao.
 
Formula Synchron was Special Summoned and then it was used to Synchro Summon Supreme King Dragon Clear Wing.
 
Zi Hao chained with Pankratops’ effect to destroy his opponent’s Pankratops before his monsters are wiped out by Supreme King Dragon Clear Wing‘s effect.
 
 
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Hou Teng summoned Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer and attacked with all, forcing Zi Hao to activate Reincarnation, and then banish it from the graveyard to bring back Lycoris to block an attack.
 
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With a Steam the Cloak and Psychic Wheelder, Cherubini, Black Angel of the Burning Abyss was Link Summoned and its effect sent Dandylion, giving Zi Hao a lot of tokens to go off with his Link spam.
 
 
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A Crystron Needlefiber and Knightmare Goblin joins the fray before bringing out Firewall Dragon.
 
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Firewall Dragon, Knightmare Cerberus and Knightmare Unicorn cleared out the opponent’s board.
 
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Opening it up for Zi Hao to OTK for the game and the match.
 
Mok Hou Teng [Magician] 0 – 2 Li Zi Hao [Trickstar Link]
 
 
 
Winning both games with OTKs, Zi Hao is our YOT Hong Kong 2018 champion with his Trickstar Link deck.
 

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Decklists of the Top 8 players in YOT Hong Kong 2018 Main Event.

 

1st, Li Zi Hao (China) [Trickstar Link]
 
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2nd, Mok Hou Teng (Macau) [Magician]
 
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3 – 4th, Ke Liu Qiang (China) [Sky Striker]
 
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3 – 4th, Leung Chin Lam (Hong Kong) [Subterror]
 
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5 – 8th, Huang Wen Hao (China) [Sky Striker]
 
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5 – 8th, Zhang Huan (China) [Gouki]
 
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5 – 8th, Chau Wing Him (Hong Kong) [Gouki]
 
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5 – 8th, Leung Yu Tak (Hong Kong) [Gouki]
 
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Decklists of the Top 8 players in YOT Hong Kong 2018 Asia Premier.
 
 
1st, Huang Yi Qian (China) [Trickstar]
 
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2nd, Law Ming Fung (Hong Kong) [Sky Striker]
 
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3rd, Satanantana Rungnoppakunsi (Thailand) [Magician]
 
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4th, Cheung Wing Ho (Hong Kong) [Gouki]
 
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5th, Lai Cheuk Shing (Hong Kong) [Sky Striker Luna]
 
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6th, Poon Hoi Ming (Hong Kong) [Altergeist]
 
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7th, Zhou Quan (China) [Gouki]
 
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8th, Vicharat Sirikhajornroj (Thailand) [Six Samurai]
 
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OCG 2018.10 Metagame Report #8, #9
 
Week #8, #9 of the OCG 2018.10 format.
 
This report will cover 95 top-performing decks from 14 tournaments that were held in Japan, Singapore and China during 24 November – 4 December 2018.
 
The following were excluded from this tabulation as LINK VRAINS Pack 2 was not allowed in these tournaments:
 
Center CS in Koiwa
Hatti Grand Championship 2018
 
 
Metagame Breakdown
 
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21 Sky Striker
 
13 Altergeist
 
13 Gouki
 
10 Magician
 
5 Subterror
 
4 Good Stuff Link
 
3 Cyber Dragon
 
3 Trickstar
 
2 Burning Abyss
 
2 Link Doppel
 
2 Magical Musket
 
2 Orcust
 
2 Thunder Dragon
 
2 Train
 
2 Zefra
 
1 Blackwing
 
1 D/D
 
1 Dinosaur Mekk-Knight
 
1 Greener Dinosaur Invoked Shaddoll
 
1 Meta Beat
 
1 Mekk-Knight
 
1 Mekk-Knight Trickstar
 
1 Six Samurai
 
1 Zombie
 
 
 
Sky Striker
 
Sharurun (しゃるるん) went 7-1 and finished 1st in “6th Yu-Gi-Oh! Cardbox Fukuyama CS” (Team 3v3) which had 21 teams (63 participants).
 
Not only is he running 3 Effect Veiler and 3 Infinite Impermanence in the Main Deck, there is another 3 PSY-Framegear Gamma and 3 Different Dimension Ground in the Side Deck.
 
Gouki is so resilient that only by opening with 2 to 3 ‘Hand Traps’ do Sky Striker stand a chance at disrupting the combo.
 
OCG2018108_SkyStriker.jpg
 
 
Altergeist
Kai (かい) went 5-3 and finished 3rd in “6th Yu-Gi-Oh! Cardbox Fukuyama CS” (Team 3v3) which had 21 teams (63 participants).
 
He ran a copy of Witch’s Strike in his Side Deck for the Altergeist mirror match.
 
Altergeist runs quite a number of negation in their deck, namely Altergeist Hexstia, Altergeist Protocol, Solemn Judgment and Solemn Warning. This satisfy the activation condition of Witch’s Strike, destroying all of the opponent’s cards on the field and in the hand.
 
However, Witch’s Strike is largely unreliable as it relies on the element of surprise, so most players would only run 1 – 2 copies.
 
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Gouki
Gohan (ごはん) went 7-2 (including 1 bye) and finished 2nd in “Hatti CS × Surugaya Cup in Surugaya Takatsuki Trading Card House” which had 52 participants.
 
He ran a copy of Tackle Crusader in the Side Deck as an out to Kaiser Colosseum, Gozen Match and Rivalry of Warlords.
 
By Normal Summoning Mathematician, its effect can be activated to send Tackle Crusader from the deck to the graveyard. That would trigger Tackle Crusader‘s effect to return Kaiser Colosseum, Gozen Match or Rivalry of Warlords to hand, thus allowing the Gouki player to follow up with Psychic Wheelder or Emergency Teleport and continue the combo.
 
OCG2018108_Gouki.jpg
 
 
Magician
HAJIME went 5-1-2 and finished 2nd in “6th Yu-Gi-Oh! Cardbox Fukuyama CS” (Team 3v3) which had 21 teams (63 participants).
 
He ran PSY-Framelord Lambda in the Extra Deck.
 
PSY-Framelord Lambda has a generic summoning requirement of “2 monsters, except Tokens”, making it an appropriate replacement for LANphorhynchus or Police Patrol of the Underworld.
 
Lambda’s effect also allows “PSY-Framegear” monster’s effect to be activate while there is a monster on the field, allowing him to run PSY-Framegear Gamma in the Main Deck. Gamma was mainly ran in the Side Deck as it was only good while going first to negate ‘Hand Trap’ when setting up.
 
Lambda allows Magician to open with PSY-Framelord Omega and activates its effect to banish itself and a random card from opponent’s hand. During the End Phase, Lambda would then add PSY-Framegear Gamma from deck to hand.
 
During the opponent’s turn, if PSY-Framegear Gamma was activated to negate a monster effect, that would caused Gamma and PSY-Frame Driver to be banished during the End Phase, then Lambda could add another Gamma to hand.
 
Omega would return during your Standby Phase, and then during the opponent’s Standby Phase, Omega’s effect would return the banished Driver to the graveyard, thus enabling Gamma to be activated again.
 
This essentially creates a soft loop that continuously reloads your hand with Gamma.
 
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Conclusion
 
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Sky Striker took back the lead, but Altergeist and Gouki follows close behind.
 
LINK VRAINS Pack 2 has a small but noticeable impact on the competitive scene.
 
PSY-Framegear Gamma is already a very popular tech in the Side Deck, which makes PSY-Framelord Lambda a great addition to many decks that could afford to spare an Extra Deck space.
 
Six Samurai went 8-2 and finished 2nd in “Asia Championship Winter 2019 Singapore Qualifier” with the boost from Great General of the Six Samurai, improving the consistency of opening with Gateway of the Six.
 
We are also seeing some experimentation with Magical Musket and Train decks using their respective new Link Monster – Magical Musketeer Max and Double Header Anger Knuckle.
 
 

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Asia Championship Winter 2019 Taiwan Qualifier
 
The Asia Championship Winter 2019 Taiwan Qualifier was held in Taipei during 9 December 2018 and had a total of 32 participants.
 
The Taiwan Qualifier is an invitation-only tournament made up of 17 from Northern Taiwan Qualifier, 7 from Central Taiwan Qualifier and 8 from Southern Taiwan Qualifier.
 
1st Huang Cheng Yao (黃承堯) Gouki
2nd Liu Tzu Wei (劉子維) Dinosaur Thunder Dragon
3 – 4th Hsu Li Te (許立德) Sky Striker
Tsui Cheng Hao (崔丞皓) Gouki
 
 
1st, Huang Cheng Yao [Gouki]
 
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2nd, Liu Tzu Wei [Dinosaur Thunder Dragon]
 
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Asia Championship Winter 2019 Thailand Qualifier

 

The Asia Championship Winter 2019 Thailand Qualifier was held in Bangkok during 15 December 2018 and had a total of 101 participants.
 
Credit to Yu-Gi-Oh Thailand for the information.
 
1st Thee Wongyai Magician
2nd Wittawin Waitsuparat Gouki
3 – 4th Satanantana Rungnoppakunsi Magician
Thotsawat Wannako Sky Striker
As the champion, Thee Wongyai, is unable to attend the Asia Championship Winter 2019 held on the next month, the finalist, Wittawin Waitsuparat, will be representing Thailand instead.
 
 
1st, Thee Wongyai [Magician]
Source: Yu-Gi-Oh Thailand
 
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2nd, Wittawin Waitsuparat [Gouki]
Source: Yu-Gi-Oh Thailand
 
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3 – 4th, Satanantana Rungnoppakunsi [Magician]
Source: Yu-Gi-Oh Thailand
 
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3 – 4th, Thotsawat Wannako [Sky Striker]
Source: Yu-Gi-Oh Thailand
 
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Asia Championship Winter 2019 Philippines Qualifier
 
The Asia Championship Winter 2019 Philippines Qualifier was held in Manila during 15 – 16 December 2018 and had a total of 184 participants.
 
1st Angelino Espiritu Burning Abyss
2nd Elvis Agoto Jr “Junjun” Thunder Dragon
3 – 4th Jude Macaranas Zefra
Francis Amoroso Meta Beat
5 – 8th Benn Alcantara Gouki
Kiệt Ngô Sky Striker
Christopher Rico Badilla Trickstar
Xavier Jensen Martos Ignacio Subterror
 
 
Asia Championship Winter 2019 Philippines Qualifier
 
 
1st, Angelino Espiritu [Burning Abyss]
 
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2nd, Elvis Agoto Jr “Junjun” [Thunder Dragon]
 
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3 – 4th, Jude Macaranas [Zefra]
 
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3 – 4th, Francis Amoroso [Meta Beat]
 
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OCG 2018.10 Metagame (1 Oct – 31 Dec 2018)
 
The OCG 2018.10 Limit Regulation had hit the big 3 – Sky Striker, Altergeist and Gouki – but they remained as the top contenders for another season.
 
The biggest change was the diversifying of the competition. Sky Striker is no longer the best performing deck and the top-cut is shared more evenly with Gouki and Altergeist among many decks.
 
Compiled from a total of 489 top-placing decks from 80 competitive tournaments held in Japan, China and Asia, here is the final metagame breakdown of the OCG 2018.10 format.
 
 
Metagame Breakdown
 
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97 Sky Striker
84 Gouki:
75 mono Gouki
9 Grass Gouki
64 Altergeist
48 Magician
 
37 Trickstar:
35 mono Trickstar
1 Mekk-Knight Trickstar
1 Trickstar Link
 
22 Subterror
19 Thunder Dragon
16 Good Stuff Link
 
15 Zefra:
14 mono Zefra
1 Metalfoes Zefra
 
10 Gandora-X FTK
8 Burning Abyss:
7 mono Burning Abyss
1 Phantom Knights Burning Abyss
7 Link Doppel
6 Cyber Dragon
6 Dinosaur Thunder Dragon
6 Mekk-Knight
5 Infernoid:
2 Grass Infernoid
2 Lair Infernoid
1 mono Infernoid
5 Meta Beat:
4 mono Meta Beat
1 Artifact Meta Beat
4 Zombie
3 Six Samurai
3 Train
3 Orcust
2 Magical Musket
2 World Chalice
1 Blackwing
1 D/D
1 Dinosaur Mekk-Knight
1 Gem-Knight
1 Greener Dinosaur Invoked Shaddoll
1 Herald Impcantation
1 Junk Doppel
1 Madolche
1 Phantasm Spiral
1 Prankids
1 Qliphort
1 Red-Eyes
1 Revendread
1 Salamangreat
1 Sekka Kaiju Luna
1 Sky Striker Invoked
1 Sky Striker Luna
 
 
Sky Striker
 
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Sky Striker begun with an overwhelming lead, but soon declined after the release of Savage Strike.
 
Sky Striker Ace – Kaina was mostly a situational card and had little impact compared to the new supports that the other decks were getting.
 
Sky Striker grinds out the opponent by generating card advantage through Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage! and recurring it with Sky Striker Ace – Kagari. However, Pot of Indulgence gave other decks the ability to generate their own card advantage, allowing them to keep up against Sky Striker.
 
OCG 2018.10 → OCG 2019.01 Limit Regulation changes:
 
Sky Striker Ace – Kagari – 3 → 1
Having Sky Striker Ace – Kagari limited to 1 greatly crippled the deck’s ability to generate card advantage over multiple turns. Sky Striker is no longer the best deck in OCG 2019.01, but surprisingly with the aid of Pot of Avarice to recycle Kagari, the deck is still able to remain competitive.
 
 
Gouki
 
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The lost of Summon Sorceress was a huge detriment to Gouki as it struggles to go into Firewall Dragon.
 
Then Savage Strike gave Gouki Psychic Wheelder, a Level 3 Psychic Tuner monster that could be Special Summoned from hand while you control a Level 3 monster. This was a huge boost to Gouki since it could be used to bring out Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights (via M-X-Saber Invoker), Crystron Needlefiber or even Cherubini, Black Angel of the Burning Abyss.
 
The flexibility of Psychic Wheelder made it difficult to disrupt Gouki, especially with Emergency Teleport that essentially function as additional copies.
 
Playing against Gouki boils down to whether you draw sufficient ‘Hand Traps’ in your opening 5 cards to disrupt their combo. Else they would go into an unbreakable Extra Link board of Knightmare Link monsters with Tri-Gate Wizard and have Topologic Gumblar Dragon discard your hand.
 
OCG 2018.10 → OCG 2019.01 Limit Regulation changes:
 
Dandylion – 1 → 0
Mathematician – 3 → 1
Glow-Up Bulb – 3 → 0
Blackwing – Steam the Cloak – 1 → 0
M-X-Saber Invoker – 3 → 0
Crystron Needlefiber – 3 → 1
Knightmare Goblin – 1 → 0
Firewall Dragon – 1 → 0
Divine Sword – Phoenix Blade – 3 → 0
With so many hits to Gouki, especially with Firewall Dragon gone, the Link spam variant of Gouki is no longer viable.
 
 
Altergeist
 
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Altergeist was one of the biggest beneficiary of Pot of Indulgence.
 
Before Savage Strike, Altergeist relied on Pot of Desires for card advantage but it runs the risk of banishing Altergeist Multifaker and Altergeist Silquitous.
 
Pot of Indulgence is a much safer choice as Altergeist mostly needed Linkuriboh and Altergeist Hexstia, and they could counteract the drawback by running additional copies of these two cards.
 
With the additional cards from Pot of Indulgence, it was much easier for Altergeist to control the game with an assortment of Traps and ‘Hand Traps’.
 
OCG 2018.10 → OCG 2019.01 Limit Regulation changes:
 
Altergeist Multifaker – 2 → 1
Personal Spoofing – 3 → 2
Altergeist Multifaker took another hit and the semi-limitation of Personal Spoofing made it much harder to open with Multifaker. In OCG 2019.01, players are running Sangan with Salamangreat Almiraj as an additional method to fetch Multifaker.
 
 
Conclusion
 
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By narrowing down to only the 1st place of each tournament, we have the above breakdown. The value in white is the total amount of 1st placing, while blue represents the amount of 1st placing in team tournaments and red represents the amount of 1st placing in individual tournaments.
 
Gouki and Sky Striker have almost the same amount of 1st placing. While Gouki did equally well in team tournaments and individual tournaments, Sky Striker performed much better in team tournaments.
 
Surprisingly, Altergeist, Magician and Trickstar have almost the same amount of 1st placing that Sky Striker has in individual tournaments.
 
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