In case you missed it, This Week's Meta Weekly was our last KCGT-style Tournament before the Qualifiers this weekend. We had a lot of different decktype competing in this all-out brawl, but in the end, Juk3d pulled out the win with the his Loading... Blackwings against Xeco's Lightsworn Crystrons.
Interview with Juk3d
Congratulations on your win! How does it feel?
Feels amazing, specifically because I had a poor showing in prior events this weekend and was really doubting myself.
Anything you want to tell us about yourself?
I'm new to the community, I have been playing Duel Links on and off since GX but I only played my first tournament right before Quarantine. I've played multiple card games competitively including the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in which I have a YCS Top and a 17th Place finish. I'm a card store manager so I still play.
Since you're a part of both worlds, what do you like about Duel Links and our community and how does it compare to the TCG?
Well, to be honest, I like how thirsty Duel Links makes me for the TCG. The community has been so amazing I've met so many cool people. It doesn't feel too different from TCG only thing is I feel like there are fewer cheaters.
What's your favourite deck in Duel Links and why?
My favorite deck to play for fun is actually Chaos Blue-Eyes, unfortunately all my tournament results in DLM events are with Blackwings except 1 MCS with Thunder Dragons (R.I.P).
What do you think about this meta? How did it influence your deck choice?
I knew there would be a lot of Crystrons and the only deck I know how to play against that deck with is Blackwings...and I still managed to mess up in finals. All jokes aside, I chose this deck to specifically beat up on Crystrons and i did just that in Top 32 where I think I played three with another in Swiss.
Anything you'd like to say about your Decklist?
So first and foremost what everyone immediately will comment on is the fact I play no backrow removal. You can argue that it's an out to backrow decks but they usually set more than one and I'm not down to try and get lucky.
My logic for three Loading... was that I hate being a "going second" deck. When this version goes first you can often search Loading... or Draw 1 with your Raikiri / Joe / Pixie combo, in which case three Close gives you a higher chance of opening it. This card is the best hand trap in the game, why not abuse it?
The other odd thing is the 2 Zephyros / 2 Bora / 2 Kris split. Most people play 1 Bora 2 Zephyros 3 Kris. Honestly the Piercing Damage on Bora is relevant and with Peak Performance Bora searches everything Kris searches except Kris. The Special Summon on Bora / Kris is relevant enough for me to not want to play 3 Zephyros.
If you could make one change to Duel Links right now, balance or otherwise, what would you make?
Please Konami, release something that changes the meta, or a card that really slows down all these Graveyard decks.
Do you have any pet decks in the TCG you would like to see in Duel Links?
Im actually about to start playing Plunder Patrol when TCG restarts. I think that could be a pretty cool archetype, the problem is its a TCG exclusive archetype and won't get to the OCG for some time. Other than that, Prank-Kids, but without Link Monsters they probably would not be good.
Lastly, do you have any Shoutouts you would like to make?
I'd like to shoutout a few players who have really made being new in this community a huge pleasure and are the reason I've competed in these events! Shoutouts to Lavitz, Shaowz, Jayrabian, Luxun, Heinz, and Buns!
Of course huge shoutouts to Access Denied
Shoutout to Carta Magica and my boy Alex Tamilia
That's all we got for this DLM Champion spotlight! What kind of questions should we be asking in the future? Comment down below!