After a three years break, the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship is finally back in 2023. Duelists from all regions have converged in Singapore for a showdown in the Duelist Cup 2023 Asia Finals, which will determine the two duelists that will represent Asia in the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2023.
Duelist Cup 2023 Welcome Dinner
On the day before the tournament, Duelists from all over had arrived in Singapore to enjoy a dinner together at the venue. A total of 41 duelists will be participating in the Duelist Cup 2023 Asia Finals – 7 Duelist Cup 2023 champions, 30 Ranking Tournament champions, 2 YOT champions, 1 Asia Championship Winter 2020 champion and 1 Dragon Duel World Championship 2019 champion. The competitors in this Duelist Cup 2023 Asia Finals are of the highest level in the history of Asia Championships, consisting of many experienced veterans such as World Champions, World Championship competitors, Asia Champions and Asia Championship competitors.
Duelist Cup 2023 Asia Finals
The tournament format is 6 rounds of Swiss, followed by Top 8 Single Elimination. As the Asia Championship Winter 2020 champion is directly seeded to the Top 8, the other 40 duelists will play in the Swiss stage to determine which 7 players will advance to the Single Elimination stage.
The OCG metagame last year was dominated by a single deck Tearlaments, everyone’s deck build was largely similar, hence the format was a test of the players’ mechanical plays. Whereas this year the OCG metagame is very diverse, the power level between the top decks are very minute, and many decks have the ability to win the tournament. There are a variety of decks to prepare against, but several tech cards only works against a potion of the decks, hence the format is a test of the players’ ability to read the metagame and deck building. Having an accurate read of the metagame and playing the correct tech cards in the Main Deck would bring about a huge advantage, and it could be said that this format is mostly about the preparation before the tournament.
Mr Takahashi, Managing Director of Konami Digital Entertainment Limited (Hong Kong), shared a huge news with everyone on the live stream – Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Asia English will be launched in November! The first two OCG Asia English products will be “Structure Deck: Rise of the Blue-Eyes” and “Structure Deck: Illusion of the Dark Magicians”.
In the Final Match is Lin You Jyun from Taiwan with his Purrely deck and Satanantana Rungnoppakunsi from Thailand with his Adventure Synchron deck. These two competitors have already earned their invitation to the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2023, and we could see the relief on their face, but they still have their eyes on the Asia Champion title. In the end after a nail-biter battle, Lin You Jyun emerged as the Duelist Cup 2023 Asia Finals champion!
Congratulations to Lin You Jyun and Satanantana Rungnoppakunsi. We wish them all the best and hope that they could perform and achieve good results in the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2023.
With the joint efforts of the judges, staffs and commentators, the Duelist Cup 2023 Asia Finals came to a successful conclusion.
Metagame Breakdown and Top 8 Deck Lists is available on Road of the King website: Duelist Cup 2023 Asia Finals