Hello everyone, I have a quick article for you today. I gathered this data on the two deck format from the European and North American Championships, but I was so busy at work that I was never able to report on the tournament. I wanted to release the graphs below because I still think it is interesting to observe what people played, and we are going to see a Two-Deck format again at Worlds.
However, Opus X will be legal at Worlds, so we may not see all the same decks or proportions of decks depending on how players test with the new cards. That being said, lets take a look at what people brought with a Worlds Qualification on the line.
Before we can begin this article, I need to shout out my very first patron for my Patreon. I want to extend a HUGE thank you to James Lockwood for supporting me. I spend a LOT of time working on The Mysidia Post, now that it includes articles, YouTube, and a podcast (I basically don't play video games anymore). I greatly appreciate the support that my fans show me. This allows me to pay for my website, and hopefully it will eventually help me upgrade my equipment to make better content for you all. Thanks again James!
Hello Mysidians! I am trying something new this week, a tournament report! Below I will break down the stream into all the matches with timestamps so you can go back and watch matchups that you find interesting. Keep in mind The Break Zone interviewed the winners after each match, so check them out for more insight on the match and the deck the winner ran. Below the stream information, I also have compiled a list of the Top 32 decks that qualified for Day 2 of the event to compete in the Draft portion of the tournament. Finally, I made up each Top 8 deck list on FFDecks for you to check out!
Before we get into it, I just want to congratulate Mathew Okimoto on his 3rd Crystal Cup victory this season, what incredible dominance. I also want to send a big congratulations to Emmanuel Onate for making the Finals and qualifying for Worlds! All while playing a creative deck we don’t see too much of. Finally I want to shout out The Break Zone for an awesome stream, RB for her hard work Gunslinging and managing parts of the event, Samsonite Prime for rocking it as Head Judge, and all the Desert Sky Gaming/Arizona peeps that ran one of the fastest and smoothest Crystal Cups of the year.
Welcome back Mysidians! Since Opus IX came out, I have been tracking tournaments on FF Decks and the official Japanese tournament reports in order to gather information about the meta. At first, I was looking at all tournaments, regardless of size, just to get some information. You can find a video I made based on that information here. However, for this article I only used tournaments with 17+ players, or 5 rounds of swiss play. I do not have too much scientific thinking behind that decision; besides 5 rounds are a larger sample size than 4. Because of that player cut-off, I was mainly looking at Local Qualifiers, Grand Opens, and Crystal Cups.
I think that looking at those tournaments can be more relevant than including all Local tournaments. For example. my local tournament at Magic Stronghold is usually 4 rounds, but some weeks we all show up with meta decks and others we play more fun builds. At an event like a Local Qualifier or larger, you are more likely to see safer and stronger choices of decks.
For this analysis I looked at 19 tournaments. It should be noted that Gen Con is not included in this list (except for 1st place), as I don’t have the results available to me. Below I have posted a video recap from my YouTube channel, please feel free to check it out and subscribe if you enjoy it! I will also post all the tournaments that I looked at for this report at the bottom of the article.
Hello everyone! Recently I was curious what people were playing so far in Opus VIII, and I decided to look through FF Deck’s tournaments page. I started combing the larger tournaments, i.e. regionals and tournaments with large player counts or top cuts, and I noticed something interesting. There were ZERO Water/Wind decks in the Top 8 lists. Now this certainly is in part to the set just releasing, and players trying out new combinations. However, it is interesting to see how these new decks are doing, and if any are consistently making Top 8 cuts.
Please take any info from this analysis with a grain of salt, as it is based on limited information. For this article I looked at 7 tournaments from FF Decks. There may be some tournaments that have happened but did not record their results on FF Decks. The events I looked at were:
Welcome back Mysidians, time to take a closer look at the FFTCG 2018 Worlds decks we saw a few weeks ago. Before we start though, I’d like you to let out a big cheer (I don’t care if you are in public, just scream in joy), for Thaumaturge and Gesper are now banned. I didn’t have anything against them individually, and I don’t always get pummeled by Turbo Discard, however playing against that deck as a whole was not fun.
Alright, lets move on from that, and take a peek back at how the deck breakdown looked in the Top 8 at Worlds.
Hey peeps, lets talk Worlds 2018. With the first day completed we have now seen what kind of decks the world’s best players have crafted. It will be interesting to see how local metas change now that deck lists are available. For this article I have summarized the information on the deck lists made available to give us a peek into a possible Opus VII meta. I have posted all Top 8 deck lists at the bottom of this article. The Top 8 after day one is as follows:
1. Jamie Faulkner (Earth/Wind, Mono Ice, Water/Wind)
2. Taiki Harigai (Mono Water, Mono Ice, Water/Wind)
3. Hunter Nance (Ice/Earth, Mono Water, Mono Wind)
4. Josh Ge (Earth/Wind, Mono Lightning, Mono Water)
5. Luis Bardon-Burnett (Earth/Wind, Mono Ice, Wind/Water)
6. Alex Hancox (Earth/Wind, Mono Water, Mono Ice)
7. Jason Zhe (Earth/Water, Mono Lightning, Mono Wind)
8. Tobi Henriet (Mono Earth, Mono Water, Mono Lightning)
Alex is a FFTCG player from Vancouver, Canada. His favourite Final Fantasy is IV and his favourite Elements are Earth and Ice, although he has a soft spot for fire.