I just came back from european WCQ this week-end, and went top 16 with pure Sky Striker. I decided to post this here, because I found the discussions above quite interesting (although I didn't reply lol). Here's my build for the event (video in french, it's quite standard) :
In testing, I found that the deck pretty much autowins every rogue matchup. To me, it only loses to Trickstar pressure, Gouki boards (which can be broken game 1 sometimes actually with called by the grave to target 1 knightmare goblin, he needs to negate otherwise widows can win the game, and then ningrsu can break the board), and some random imperial order or bricks. Because of the new time rule, I decided to maindeck against Trickstar (mind crush, only ash blossom as handtrap, 3 called by the grave, 2 Afterburner, 3 Phantom Skyblaster), to hopefully win the first game against Trickstar. That way, he cannot slowplay the second game, and it shouldn't go to time too badly.
I didn't expect to see that many Gouki actually, it usually was not that popular in europe because we don't have LinkKuriboh, so I decided to stick to only 3 handtraps maindeck. Really wanted to have the 3rd Ra Sphere Mode in the side though, but couldn't fit it in.
I'm using the 2 field + 2 terra forming to have 80% chances to open raye when going first, for consistency.
I actually used everycard I ran in my side deck (except Ra sphere mode that I drew against Gouki, but never summoned) and used all my extra deck cards several times the week-end. I actually didn't expect Ningirsu and Topologic bomber dragon to be that good this week-end.
I considered running pot of desires, but I just don't think the card's needed, and I'm actually playing the value game most of the time (except some hands with phantom Skyblaster, but I didn't do the OTK move that often : I just went into both Knightmares and ningirsu, then topologic bomber dragon to deal with boards most of the time)
Quick Report :
Round 1 : Sky Striker Trickstar Mekk : Lost 1-2 (He won the first game. I took advantage very quicly the second game, but couldn't kill him fast enough and he had no reason to play fast... Lost game 3 in time to lycoris pass...)
Round 2 : Sky Striker Trickstar Mekk : Won 2-0
Round 3 : Mirror Match : Won 2-0
Round 4 : True Draco : Won 2-1 (very lame games. He had imperial order 3 times, and I had evenly matched 2 times. Phantom skyblaster into Knightmare phoenix helped a lot too)
Round 5 : Mirror Match : Won 2-0
Round 6 : True Draco : Won 2-0
Round 7 : True Draco : Won 2-0
Round 8 : Sky Striker Trickstar : Won 2-0 (The game 1 was probably one of the most interesting games of the week-end. It lasted 32 minutes and we ended up both with less than 8 cards in our decks. I won the value game, but it was a very close game. I won Game 2 in time sadly, with a big phantom skyblaster play...)
Round 9 : Paleo Frogs : Won 2-0
Round 10 : Sky Striker Trickstar : Lost 0-2
Round 11 : Gouki : 1-1 Draw (Both game were very back and forth, but he eventualy managed to push through several widow anchor game 1. I had a hard time getting the damage in when I took the advantage in game 2. We started siding for game 3 with less than 1 minute left...)
Score after swiss : 8-2-1. Finished 42th after the rounds.
TOP 64 :
Won 2-0 against Gouki. I got very lucky this game
Game 1, I opened Token into shizuku set 2 pass. He bricked, summoned Riscorpio and attacked, so i setup all widows on field next turn to stop his plays.
Game 2, I opened 1 ra sphere mode, 1 hercules base, 1 phantom skyblaster, 1 infinite impermanence and 1 widow. He set 3, used exchange and gave me his phoenix blade. He took my phantom skyblaster, summoned it with token and passed, and I topdecked raye... He just couldn't come back with infinite impermanence and widow to stop his plays and engage in my hand.
TOP 32 : Sadly played against the other French duelist left in the top 32...
Won 2-1 against Sky Striker Trickstar with iblee. I can't remember all the exact moves. Nice back and forth games, but I eventually win the value game.
TOP 16 :
Lost 0-2 a Mirror Match.
He played it really good, taking some really nice decisions. My hands were a bit weird, but his weren't that good either actually. I probably forgot a couple of moves in between, the second game was a bit more ressource trading, but overall, it lookied like this.
Game 1, I opened 2 hornet drones, 1 mind crush, 1 metalfoes fusion and 1 called by the grave.
I went hornet drones into kagari, and he negated it with gamma. I used the second hornet drones to go for shizuku and set mind crush, kept called by the grave to play arround ash blossom.
He used foolish of goods for engage, takes it back but gets hit by my mind crush. He kills my shizuku and mind crushes my engage at the start of my turn. I'm left with called by the grave + metalfoes fusion + jamming wave, to his field + multirole in hand + shizuku on field and engage in his grave. The only way to come back I see is to jamming wave my set metalfoes fusion. I called by the grave his raye, and hoped to draw into hornet drones or raye or engage. I draw mind crush with nothing in hand, so I can't use it to stop his plays and I scoop...
Game 2, I have called by the grave, raye, hercules base, twin twister and hornet drones. I go into shizuku and search for engage with called by the grave in my hand. He topdecks a ghost cherries, so I lose all my 3 kagaris (i considered going into 1 kagari with no targets before shizuku, but decided not to, sadly... And I also didn't set called by the grave because if I get ashed, it's game pretty much...). I couldn't play the value game at this point, so tried to setup a kill with phantom skyblaster. I searched a second engage following turn with shizuku. I used twin twister at some point to get rid of a multirole play). He took my shizuku, hit me with it, and gave it back to my main monster zone. Ended up locked with shizuku + 2 engages. I attacked into his shizuku (hoping to have mine die in the process as he had more spells in grave, bring back raye to summon 3rd shizuku, and empty my main monster zone for engage, because I couldn't go into kagari to do so), but he used his widow on his own shizuku, so I destroyed his shizuku by battle and he had no raye in grave (this was definitely still the right move for him). He kills me the following turn with widow anchor + summon raye into kagari.
Overall, I'm happy with my performance (it's my first european WCQ), and it was a really nice week-end, I had a lot of fun with friends !