Happy March 1st everybody.
Welcome to the new format where Goyo Guardian is gone and the Book of Moon we all know and love is limited.(Although I have to admit that was a really smart move by Konami)
On the brighter side, Cold Wave is gone too, which means that we can set our backrows more freely now.
Decks to watch out for:
Doppel Dandy (Can’t call it that now since Dandylion os at 1)
Karakuri Machiner Plants
And maybe even Frog Monarchs and Dragunities
For the TCG:
Hero Beat is extremely good this format because Book of Moon is limited, this makes Gemini Spark one of the best Quickplay Spells in the game right now. Along with Super Polymerization, these two cards allow the deck to fight back against cards like Trap Stun and Royal Decree. With large beatsticks like Alius and Raiou, expect to see this deck often in the coming months.
Grave BF or Vayu Turbo in the TCG is variant of Blackwings that mainly focus on the advantage Vayu brings through its effect. Vayu’s effect dodges Solemn Warning, so it is rather good right now. This deck poses a large threat against Hero Beat especially, because most of their monsters have attack powers in the 2000-2800 range, making it difficult for their 1900 Beatsticks to get through. However, I am unsure how this deck will perform in the future especially with cards like Bottomless Trap Hole regaining its popularity.
Six Samurais might come back for another fight this format even after their Gateway got limited. Luckily they received support in the form of Shien’s Dojo to give them a little more chance in this format. With Gateway limited, the deck is unable to consistently gain insane amounts of advantage through it. This makes their cards more precious to them and they must make sure not to overcommit to the field without protection, as a simple Dark Hole or Torrential Tribute could mean game if they cannot make a comeback. Shien is still strong, however Book of Moon’s limitation helped it as well as harmed it. Without Book of Moon to protect Shien, it is extremely prone to getting destroyed by monsters. On the other hand, Book of Moon will hardly be used to force a negation of Shien. So lets see if they are able to fight as well as they did in the last format.
Doppel Dandy should be amazing this format with Book of Moon at 1 and Chaos Sorcerer at 3. Without Book of Moon to stop them, they can perform their Hyper Librarian+Formula Synchron combos easily. This also sets up for Chaos Sorcerer to be summon to make easy pluses each turn.
Agent Angels, this is one deck I fear the most as it is one of the hardest to stop. I don’t think this deck is good for the game, I would even go as far to call this deck sacky. A simple opening with Earth and protection could win them the game easily with Hyperion or Kristya in hand. The deck is highly dangerous with Valhalla which cannot be stopped by Solemn Warning. One of the worst situations that you may encounter is when your opponent draw it on his opening turn along with Kristya, this situation is extremely hard for most decks to get through especially with Book of Moon at 1, without Book of Moon, Kristya would keep coming back each turn to stop your special summons, luckily we still have 2 Mystical Space Typhoons to help us get rid of Valhalla. Other than that, the deck can make comebacks from the most dire of situations with a simple topdeck of Hyperion or Kristya, so watch out for that. However, the deck is extremely weak against Royal Oppression, so it should usually win you the game unless they have an out to it. Expect thus to be the deck everyone complains about, similar to Gravekeepers in the TCG.
Karakuri Machiner Plants is a deck which is seeing rising popularity in the past month. It is able to easily swarm the field with Karakuri Synchro Monsters and win the game. With triple Bureido, they are able to establish a draw engine that nets them 3 extra cards each turn. This deck should be extremely strong in the coming months, so remember to pack your Cyber/Chimeratech Fortress Dragons and System Downs.
Psychics have gained alot of support in Extreme Victory, this will make them playable and even competitive. I don’t really know much about this deck, but you can check them out at DuelingDays as well as DuelistCodex.
Frog Monarchs could be competitive in this format with Solemn Warning down to 2 and Effect Veiler seeing less play. Reaper to 2 helps them quite alot too. Nothing much to say except that they are able to defeat decks that require alot of setup easily.
Dragunities could also see some play especially with Book of Moon down to 1. Consistently bringing out level 5-8 Synchro Monsters each turn is really strong. They even have Trident Dragion to net them quick wins.
X-Sabers have always been very strong but sadly Book of Moon could easily stop their plays. Now with Book of Moon at 1, they will definitely see a comeback unless Hero Beat gets rid of them with their Quickplays and Raiou. They may have lost Cold Wave but Trap Stun has gotten much stronger through the limitation of Book of Moon. Expect to see this deck often in the TCG meta.
Gravekeepers are also contenders in the next format. Royal Tribute to 2 had almost no effect on them.
Its still extremely strong when used in the early game. If Chaos Sorcerer starts to see an increase in play this deck will become one of its counters.
Fish OTK, with Gold Sarcophagus at 3 the deck should become much stronger, they can also rely on Trap Stun since Book of Moon is limited. The deck will also become significantly stronger once Hyper Librarian is released in the TCG. Lets just hope that the Colossal/Armory Arm OTK continues to stay legal in the TCG.
Thats all for today. These are just my assumptions on what will be played in this format, they may not necessarily be true and even more so especially when Zexal introduces Exceed Summons and the new Priority Ruling.
Have a nice format.