NAWCQ Match-Up Review – Dragon Rulers vs. Prophecy

Billy-Brake-480x360Hello Yugioh Community! The North American World Championship Qualifier, NAWCQ for short, is now only a couple of weeks away! This is arguably the most important tournament of the year if you live in the USA or Canada, but its results are even highly anticipated by the rest of the world.  Since this event is so important you can bet duelist from all over these two countries have been working hard to make sure they have an edge on the competition and hopefully yield positive results. A way to prepare mentally for an event of this magnitude is to break down each match-up and figure out how each game might go for both of the decks. In these last remaining days leading up to the NAWCQ I want to take a look at some of the most expected match-ups, what each of the decks has going for them, and a general sense on what to do from each decks perspective. This week I want to discuss what will probably end up being a majority of the match-ups at the NAWCQ: Dragon Rulers vs. Prophecy!

Question of the article: Which deck will win the NAWCQ?

Don’t forget to answer the question of the article in the comments down below!

-Taking a Look at the Decks-

Before I divulge into what my own opinions are on this match-up I am going to post a sample deck list from each of the respective decks I will be discussing.  For the Spellbook deck we will use a decklist that made top 8 at the Greek Nationals piloted by Stavros Papadopoulos.



And for the Dragon Ruler deck I have chosen to just put together a standard version of the deck.

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-The Match-Up Review-

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I can say with pretty strong certainty that in this match-up  the die roll is a huge factor. If the Dragon Ruler player gets to go first in game one then that gives them an opportunity to win the game, but if the Prophecy player goes first then it is almost already over. Prophecy has a distinct advantage in game 1 over Dragon Ruler's mainly because of how the deck is built and its annoying consistency to gain massive amounts of advantage while summoning monsters that shut down the entire Dragon Ruler deck. Cards like [ccProd]Kycoo The Ghost Destroyer [/ccProd]and[ccProd] Jowgen The Spiritualist [/ccProd] can end this match-up quickly especially when they go first and get to be summoned for free from [ccProd]Spellbook of Judgment [/ccProd] before the Dragon Ruler has a chance to get some board presence with a [ccProd]Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossac  [/ccProd].

Now as horrible of a time Dragon Ruler's can have against Prophecy game 1, it isn't completely unwinnable. In order to figure out how to overcome obtain victory you must remain calm and try and play to your outs as best as possible. The best cards in the main of the Dragon Ruler deck that will help fight off Prophecy are easily [ccProd]Heavy  Strom[/ccProd], [ccProd]Dark Hole[/ccProd], and the three copies of [ccProd]Gold Sarcophagus[/ccProd] if you don't draw them. Since the Prophecy deck can be devastated by these two powerful and rightfully restricted cards, it is important to utilize [ccProd]Gold Sarcophagus[/ccProd] the way it was once used before the introduction of Dragon Rulers. The plan is to survive long enough to have a Heavy Strom with a follow-up push and drop a couple of  [ccProd]Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossac  [/ccProd] and put the Prophecy player in a spot where they won't  be able to recover. If the Dragon Ruler player is main decking[ccProd] Swift Scarecrow [/ccProd]like in the example deck list,it can even be used to help guarantee getting to the card that you sarc'd for. This task is not easy, but it is smart to at least have a game plan and attempt to win instead of being upset that you lost the die roll and now the game is over. Overall, I would have to give the game 1 match-up in favor of the Prophecy player. This is the reason why so many players main Droll and Lock Bird and [ccProd]Eradicator Epidemic Virus[/ccProd] to help turn the odds in their favor.

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This is where things get a little more tricky and the tides may turn. First let's take a look at what cards the Prophecy player might put in to deal with Dragon Rulers. More than likely you will see most Prophcey players side cards in like [ccProd]Rivalry of the Warlords[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Soul Drain [/ccProd] which will mean not only are their monsters shutting the deck down, but now so will their back rows. Prophecy players really won't side too many cards on top of that in most cases since they main deck so many super-effective cards for Dragon Ruler's already. Prophecy will still have their great match-up  from game 1 and most of the time the pressure will be on the Dragon Ruler player to not only side effectively, but draw it quick enough before it is too late.

Now most Dragon Ruler duelists on the other hand will side in probably more cards for this match-up than any other, due to Prophecy's popularity combined with it being a very tough match-up. In most cases, this is where you will see the Droll&Lock bird, [ccProd]Epidemic Eradicator Virus[/ccProd], and [ccProd]Mystical Space Typhoon[/ccProd] come into play. Siding back row removal in against Prophecy is a must! Not only is it important to have to try and destroy their set Spellbook of Fate, it helps deal with all of the other lock down traps they will be side boarding. [ccProd]Epidemic Eradicator Virus[/ccProd] is the easiest way to beat Prophecy with out really needing to think. Now in most likely scenarios, the Dragon Ruler lost game 1 and will get a chance to go first in game 2 giving them a huge edge post-siding. It is not hard far a Dragon Ruler player to open up his turn with a rank 7 xyz monster, in this case[ccProd] Number 11: Big Eye[/ccProd], and draw one of three copies of [ccProd]Epidemic Eradicator Virus[/ccProd]. When it resolves it is usually impossible for the prophecy player to make a comeback barring some great plays and even more luck. Droll and lock is important for anytime when the Dragon Ruler player is going 2nd because opening up with it can mean the difference between winning and losing. While Prophecy can draw hands where they "play around it", more often than not you will be able to spot their[ccProd] Spellbook of Judgment [/ccProd][ccProd]from resolving and turning the odds back in your favor. I would probably have to lean in favor of the Dragon Ruler player in this match-up after side decking as taken place, but Prophecy still has a good shot to win the match if they won game 1.

Conclusion: At the NAWCQ I would bet my bottom dollar that you will see many Prophecy vs. Dragon Rulers every round. It is important to understand this match-up and how most of the games go so you can develop a game plan and figure out how to deal. In this particular match-up game 1 will go to the Prophecy player most of the time. They main too many answers for most Dragon Ruler decks and if they win the dice roll it becomes nearly impossible unless they open with a pretty awful hand. Post-side however tips the odds back in favor of the Dragon Ruler player since in most cases they will side in almost double the amount of cards to deal with main and side deck answers the Prophecy play may have. Despite the Dragon Ruler having two games to play with their side deck cards in, if you take a loss game 1 to Prophecy, you can bet that game 3 will be a difficult one to manage. In my opinion, these are the two best decks right now and will more than likely take 1st and 2nd at the North American World Championship Qualifier, the victor of the two though is unclear.

Thanks for reading, if you have any questions, suggestions, concerns, or simply want to just answer the question of the article, you can do so in the comments down below!

-Billy Brake

-YCS Toronto and YCS Columbus Champion



  • Marcial Ríos

    Billy, in a random topic, gotta get back on youtube bro.

  • rob

    What would you recommend taking in when siding vs SB with dragon rulers.

    • AliasNorth

      Book of Eclipse, Forbidden Chalice, Skill Drain, Droll & Lock Bird, Dark Hole (if you’re not maining it). Some players are messing around with Lightning Vortex. Breakthrough Skill (so good, stop Batel, then on your turn, negate their Jowgen, assuming they didn’t summon Kycoo). Obviously, Eradicator Epidemic Virus with your average synchro targets (alongside #11, if you’re unable to synchro).

      The biggest problem with the matchup is Jowgen and Kycoo, so siding card’s to mitigate their effectiveness is smart, since not much can be done about Judgment or Fate (try Cursed Seal of the Forbidden Spell, aiming to hit Judgment. With Judgment gone, it makes Fate so much less live), other than using Eradicator. Anti-Spell Fragrance is also good, but it makes it a lot harder to tutor whatever dragons you need with Gold Sarcophagus. At that point though, what does it matter? You killed 80% of their deck.

      • rob

        Thanks for the input all about the dice I guess lol

  • Deck Express

    good perception

  • Bob

    While Heavy Storm is certainly a powerful card, I don’t think “a Heavy Strom” will be that great.

    • AliasNorth

      It’s sided out should it prove a dead draw. Still worth maining since Fire Fist and Verz are decks though.

  • mike steinman

    Nice that you use a completely terrible build of spellbooks for the example to try and influence the builds people use.

    • AliasNorth

      that build has a much better matchup and is much more consistent, unlike the ones that main many Junons. Summoning Jowgen at the key time is the way to win the game, it’s not just herp-derp play a spell,+2. Go ahead and use x3 Junon,, like to see you use it when Mind Drain, a key side card, is in play.

      Tbh though, should be using Wing Wind Blast over Evac, (works since tower, making them dead draw is very good) and only x2 Crescents, since it’s completely dead should you draw it mid-late.. Drop a Power, and play Solemn Warning and a Breakthrough, imo. Unfortunately, the only downfall is this deck loses harder to LaDD than the other build, since it cant just keep revealing to kill it.

      Also, no Heavy Storm or Life? I almost certain that the deck he was using was much different.

  • Max Randolph

    I believe dragon rulers will win. Although I think the build that wins will main the triple eradicator. when I have played with dragon rulers I found the same thing you said and is generally accepted that prophecy usually wins game one. However I have started to main triple eradicator and win about 50% of game ones which is huge for the matchup.

    • AliasNorth

      Not to mention, set Fusilier Dragon is always a great out if you can’t manage a #11, Thought Ruler, or RDA for your EEV. Again though, it’s a dice-roll format.

  • Avelenda

    Great article billy as always, and i think the priestessless build is more consistent ”not better”

  • Jack Huang

    what about the no priestess 3 kycoo prophecy build?