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.
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EU Two Deck Format
As you can see in EU, Fire/Ice was the most popular choice of deck to bring. I think the Fire/Ice has a lot of great match ups, and can get after any deck if your discard goes online quickly. Wind/Water and Mono Wind were great choices for similar reasons, as they can gain a ton of advantage through efficiency, reactivation, and EX Bursts. One surprise to me, was how we only saw one Mono Ice deck make the Top 8.
Ruben Gutierrez Nieto won the EU Championship piloting Mono Ice and Wind/Water.
NA Two Deck Format
The NA Championships happened after EU, but I am unsure if people were affected by what they saw in EU. Several Agrias variations led the pack at the tournament, with many players attesting to how well the deck served them, or how difficult it could be to play against. We saw some pretty aggressive Water/Lightning Agrias builds as well as some intriguing Water/Lightning/Ice Agrias decks. One other interesting deck that popped up was a Mono Fire Control list. This deck seemed to be a great second deck to beat other player's weaker deck (as you had to win both decks to advance in this tournament, your opponent, might become stuck on their second deck after winning the first game.
Sam Prime won the NA Championship piloting Wind/Water and Water/Lightning/Ice Agrias.
Overall this is a look at all the decks that made Top 8 at EU and NA. Now this graph doesn't talk about how the decks were paired, which is an entirely different discussion, but it is interesting to see what people brought in general. Something that I found very intriguing was the return of Fusoya to the meta once again. However this time we did not only see it in Mono Water, it also featured in Water/Wind and Ice/Fire lists.
Alright Mysidians, that's all there is for today. Looking forward I will be working on collecting Meta data for Opus X. First I will look at all events, regardless of size, just to figure out what people are choosing to build/play. Then, I will look specifically at more competitive tournaments so we can start to guess at what we might see at Worlds. Keep an eye out for The Summoning tournament, happening next weekend in Las Vegas. This will likely be our best chance to see some competitive testing before Worlds!
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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.