World Qualifer Results: Week 2-3

On May 2, 2012 by Kyle Schrader

No events took place during Week Two of the 2012 World Championship Qualifiers.

Two events took place during Week Three of the 2012 World Championship Qualifiers. The first was the WCQ: French National Championship, followed by YCS Chicago.

Sébastien Ma and his Wind-Ups defeated the young upstart, Tudor Mitchell and his Inzektors to become the 2012 French National Champion.

1st Place – Sebastien Ma w/ WIND-UP
Monsters: 22
3 Effect Veiler
1 Maxx “C”
3 Tour Guide From the Underworld
1 Sangan
3 Wind-Up Shark
3 Wind-Up Rat
3 Wind-Up Magician
3 Wind-Up Rabbit
1 Wind-Up Hunter
1 Gorz the Emissary of Darkness

Spells :12
3 Wind-Up Factory
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Heavy Storm
1 Pot Of Avarice
1 Monster Reborn
1 Dark Hole
1 Book Of Moon
1 Mind Control

Trap :6
2 Solemn Warning
2 Torrential Tribute
1 Fiendish Chain
1 Solemn Judgment

Extra Deck :15
3 Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity
1 Wind-Up Zenmaines
2 Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
1 Tiras, Keeper of Genesis
1 Adreus, Keeper of Armageddon
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number C39: Utopia Ray
1 Number 20: Giga-Brilliant
2 Leviair the Sea Dragon
1 Maestroke the Symphony Djinn
1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon

Side Deck :15
1 Cyber Dragon
2 Royal Decree
2 Forbidden Chalice
2 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Thunder King Rai-Oh
1 Gellenduo
2 Maxx “C”
2 Smashing Ground
1 Mirror Force
1 Chain Disappearance

Initial Meta Analysis
96 Inzektor
81 Hero
52 Rabbit
47 Dark World
34 Dragon
23 Samurai
20 Wind-Up
151 Other

Shortly after production of the above video, released the playoff aggregate for the WCQ: French National Championship. Inzektors and Hero were extremely popular heading into Round 1, despite Heroes forfeiting 6.59% of their meta control during YCS Toulouse, a few short weeks ago.

I discussed during Week One that every European country typically has their own deck that they like to stick with. This year, France has decided to go with Inzektors, and to a slightly lesser extent, Heroes. This information will be great for predicting the X-1 and X-2 brackets of future French events.

Moving forward, one can only wonder what the preferences of the other major players in the European metagame will be. The major players I am referring to currently are Germany, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

Top Cut Meta Analysis
17 Inzektor (+7.51%)
14 Rabbit (+11.56%)
11 Hero (+1.21%)
9 Dark World (+4.74%)
8 Wind-Up (+8.53%)
2 Dragon (-3.62%)
1 Chain Burn
1 Frog Monarch
1 Gravekeeper

The French players did not appear very confident in Rabbit given its initial representation. This is assumedly because of the ruling update to fast effect timing. However, they may have gained their confidence back post-event, as Rabbit had the greatest overall increase in meta dominance throughout the tournament.

Wind-Up had the second greatest increase in meta dominance. Although, it should be noted, three of the eight were Wind-Up Beast. Wind-Up did manage to win the event, but perhaps the Beast variant is the way the deck must evolve in order to remain on the top tier.

Inzektors had the third highest increase, despite the highest initial representation.

Heros and Dark World both saw a slight increase, which is very interesting, considering they both did the opposite at YCS Toulouse. They can thrive on the national level, but struggle on the international.

Dragons took a surprising dip during the Swiss rounds and were not overly well represented heading into Round 1. This is somewhat surprising, considering France’s love for High Monster Beat a few years back. Now Dragons and High Monster Beat are extremely different, but similar in that they are both very aggressive and use high Monster counts with extremely low Spell/Trap counts. Although, given Dragon’s poor performance in the event, its lower initial representation was warranted. Many players made great meta predictions.

There is no telling how well Chain Burn, Frog Monarchs, or Gravekeeper did during this event, as they were all understandably categorized as Other. Samurais, on the other hand, controlled 4.56% of the initial meta at the French National, and forfeited all of it.

Coverage of the event can be viewed here.

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