Meta Check – EC Madrid

Meta Check – EC Madrid

We don’t normally cover Elemental Championships, but Madrid is currently running a 76 player tournament with Children of the Empire legal! So despite it being an EC, it is bigger than some of the Kotei we would normally cover and is an early insight into the new meta.

The event itself is up on Lotus Pavilion.

The event is being run by the Madrid Shop Padis.

Obviously, this isn’t the only event happening this week, just the biggest. Sheffield’s Patriot games also has a tournament this weekend with an impressive 36 players that we should be paying attention to.


End of 5 rounds of Swiss we have 2 Crane players undefeated. On 4-1 we have 7 players with 3 Scorpion, 2 Phoenix, 1 Dragon, 1 Unicorn.

Obviously, we need to see some of those decks before we draw any conclusions.

Cut is to top 16 which can be seen here on Lotus Pavilion. Reports suggest Gustavo Caperán was the final winner playing Phoenix.

The Sheffield event ended up similar with the same top 4 of Phoenix, Crane, Scorpion, and Dragon. Rob Smith took his 3rd EC playing Phoenix.

Seeing top 4s with 4 clans is pretty great. The top 8 had 7 clans represented with only Crab missing the list currently. It definitely feels like we’re in a time of experimentation with some pretty wild decks out there. Personally, if anyone claims they’ve worked out this meta within the next two weeks I’ll be taking those comments with a big pile of salt.

Evansville is having a 30 player EC which is up on Lotus Pavilion here. It looks like CotE has really invigorated the tournament scene and we’re seeing some exciting things out of it.


Videos of the Spanish semi-final and finals were posted on the Toku Records channel. That is a super active channel with lots of games that might be worth keeping an eye on for some insight into the Spanish meta.


Thanks to players posting in the comments we also have some deck lists.

Winner of the Madrid EC - Gustavo Caperán - Phoenix Deck
Link

Kyūden Isawa
Seeker of Air

Fertile Fields Air
Manicured Garden Air
Upholding Authority Earth
Shameful Display Void
Rally to the Cause Water

Dynasty Deck (40)
Character (32)
2x Adept of the Waves
3x Asako Tsuki
3x Ethereal Dreamer
3x Isawa Tadaka
3x Isawa Ujina
3x Kudaka
3x Master Of Gisei Toshi
3x Miya Mystic
2x Naive Student
3x Prodigy of the Waves
1x Shiba Tetsu
3x Solemn Scholar
Holding (8)
3x Ancestral Shrine
3x Forgotten Library
1x Kanjo District
1x The Imperial Palace

Conflict Deck (41)
Event (23)
3x Against the Waves
1x Assassination
2x Banzai!
2x Censure
2x Clarity of Purpose
2x Consumed by Five Fires
3x Court Games
2x Display of Power
3x Let Go ///// /
3x Supernatural Storm
Attachment (11)
3x Cloud the Mind
3x Embrace the Void
2x Fine Katana
1x Jade Masterpiece //
2x Ornate Fan
Character (7)
3x Feral Ningyo
3x Shrine Maiden
1x Tattooed Wanderer //

Second place Madrid EC - Daniel Correas - Crane
Link
Shizuka Toshi (Core)
Keeper of Air
Magistrate Station (Elements Unbound)
Manicured Garden (Core)
Midnight Revels (Children of the Empire)
Shameful Display (Core)
Upholding Authority (Tainted Lands)

Dynasty Deck (40)
Character (33)
2 Asahina Artisan (Core)
2 Callow Delegate (All and Nothing)
2 Doji Whisperer (Core)
3 Brash Samurai (Core)
3 Cautious Scout (Core)
3 Keeper Initiate (Core)
2 Miya Mystic (Core)
2 Doji Challenger (Core)
3 Kakita Asami (Core)
2 Paragon of Grace (Children of the Empire)
3 Kakita Toshimoko (Children of the Empire)
3 Doji Hotaru (Core)
3 Kakita Yoshi (Into the Forbidden City)
Holding (7)
3 Favorable Ground (Core)
3 Imperial Storehouse (Core)
1 The Imperial Palace (The Chrysanthemum Throne)

Conflict Deck (40)
Attachment (5)
3 Fine Katana (Core)
2 Ornate Fan (Core)
Character (8)
3 Steward of Law (Core)
1 Doji Fumiki (Underhand of the Emperor)
2 Menacing Iron Warrior (The Ebb and Flow)
2 Political Rival (Core)
Event (27)
2 Assassination (Core)
2 Banzai! (Core)
1 Censure (Into the Forbidden City)
3 Court Games (Core)
3 For Shame! (Core)
3 Let Go (Core)
3 Voice of Honor (Core)
3 Way of the Crane (Core)
1 Admit Defeat (Core)
3 Mirumoto’s Fury (Core)
1 Noble Sacrifice (Core)
2 Soul Beyond Reproach (The Ebb and Flow)

Top 4 at the Madrid EC - Roberto Cotillas Palomo - Dragon
Link

Mountain’s Anvil Castle
Keeper of Void

Fertile Fields Air
Upholding Authority Earth
Restoration of Balance Fire
Shameful Display Void
Rally to the Cause Water

Dynasty Deck (41)
Character (28)
3x Agasha Swordsmith
3x Doomed Shugenja
3x Kitsuki Investigator
2x Kitsuki Shomon
2x Master Alchemist
3x Mirumoto Hitomi
3x Mirumoto Raitsugu
3x Prudent Challenger
3x Togashi Initiate
3x Togashi Yokuni
Holding (13)
3x Favorable Ground
3x Imperial Storehouse
3x Mirumoto Dōjō
3x Proving Ground
1x The Imperial Palace

Conflict Deck (43)
Event (24)
1x Assassination
3x Banzai!
3x Court Games
3x Defend Your Honor
3x Game of Sadane ///// /
3x Let Go
1x Peasant’s Advice
3x Policy Debate
2x Storied Defeat ////
2x Warm Welcome
Attachment (16)
2x Cloud the Mind
3x Daimyō’s Favor
3x Finger of Jade
3x Iaijutsu Master ///
3x Mirumoto Daishō
2x Way of the Dragon
Character (3)
3x Tattooed Wanderer


Winner of Sheffield EC - Rob Smith - Phoenix
Link
Kyūden Isawa (Disciples of the Void)
Seeker of Air
Fertile Fields (Core)
Kuroi Mori (Core)
Manicured Garden (Core)
Meditations on the Tao (Core)
Upholding Authority (Tainted Lands)

Dynasty Deck (40)
Character (30)
3 Ethereal Dreamer (All and Nothing)
2 Naive Student (Core)
3 Solemn Scholar (Core)
2 Adept of the Waves (Core)
3 Asako Tsuki (Meditations on the Ephemeral)
3 Miya Mystic (Core)
2 Isawa Atsuko (Core)
3 Isawa Ujina (Children of the Empire)
2 Master of Gisei Toshi (Fate Has No Secrets)
3 Prodigy of the Waves (Into the Forbidden City)
1 Isawa Kaede (Tears of Amaterasu)
3 Isawa Tadaka (Disciples of the Void)
Holding (10)
3 Favorable Ground (Core)
3 Forgotten Library (Core)
1 Kanjo District (Meditations on the Ephemeral)
2 Secluded Shrine (Disciples of the Void)
1 The Imperial Palace (The Chrysanthemum Throne)

Conflict Deck (41)
Attachment (11)
3 Embrace the Void (Tears of Amaterasu)
2 Fine Katana (Core)
3 Ornate Fan (Core)
3 Cloud the Mind (Core)
Character (7)
3 Shrine Maiden (For Honor and Glory)
2 Tattooed Wanderer (Core)
2 Feral Ningyo (Tainted Lands)
Event (23)
2 Banzai! (Core)
2 Censure (Into the Forbidden City)
3 Court Games (Core)
3 Let Go (Core)
3 Supernatural Storm (Core)
3 Against the Waves (Core)
3 Clarity of Purpose (Disciples of the Void)
2 Display of Power (Core)
2 Consumed by Five Fires (Fate Has No Secrets)

Second place at the Sheffield EC - Steven Stewart - Crane
Link
Shizuka Toshi (Core)
Seeker of Fire
Magistrate Station (Elements Unbound)
Manicured Garden (Core)
Meditations on the Tao (Core)
Midnight Revels (Children of the Empire)
Shameful Display (Core)

Dynasty Deck (40)
Character (32)
3 Doji Whisperer (Core)
3 Brash Samurai (Core)
3 Cautious Scout (Core)
1 Doji Shizue (The Chrysanthemum Throne)
3 Imperial Librarian (All and Nothing)
1 Miya Mystic (Core)
3 Doji Challenger (Core)
3 Kakita Kaezin (Core)
3 Paragon of Grace (Children of the Empire)
3 Guest of Honor (Core)
3 Kakita Toshimoko (Children of the Empire)
3 Kakita Yoshi (Into the Forbidden City)
Holding (8)
3 Favorable Ground (Core)
2 Imperial Storehouse (Core)
2 Kakita Dōjō (Children of the Empire)
1 The Imperial Palace (The Chrysanthemum Throne)

Conflict Deck (40)
Attachment (10)
3 Fine Katana (Core)
2 Formal Invitation (Breath of the Kami)
3 Ornate Fan (Core)
2 Hawk Tattoo (The Ebb and Flow)
Character (8)
3 Steward of Law (Core)
1 Doji Fumiki (Underhand of the Emperor)
2 Menacing Iron Warrior (The Ebb and Flow)
2 Political Rival (Core)
Event (22)
2 Assassination (Core)
3 Banzai! (Core)
3 Court Games (Core)
3 For Shame! (Core)
3 Let Go (Core)
3 Voice of Honor (Core)
3 Way of the Crane (Core)
1 Admit Defeat (Core)
1 Noble Sacrifice (Core)

Top 4 at the Sheffield EC - Iestyn Irfon Jones - Dragon
Link
Mountain’s Anvil Castle
Seeker of Void
Before the Throne Air
Ancestral Lands Earth
Restoration of Balance Fire
Pilgrimage Void
Shameful Display Void

Dynasty Deck (40)
Character (33)
3x Agasha Sumiko
3x Agasha Swordsmith
3x Doomed Shugenja
3x Kitsuki Investigator
2x Kitsuki Shomon
2x Master Alchemist
3x Mirumoto Hitomi
3x Mirumoto Raitsugu
2x Niten Adept
3x Prudent Challenger
3x Togashi Initiate
3x Togashi Yokuni
Holding (7)
2x Favorable Ground
2x Mirumoto Dōjō
2x Proving Ground
1x The Imperial Palace

Conflict Deck (40)
Event (11)
1x Banzai!
1x Court Games
2x Indomitable Will
3x Let Go
1x Peasant’s Advice
3x Policy Debate
Attachment (24)
3x Cloud the Mind
2x Daimyō’s Favor
2x Duelist Training //
2x Fine Katana
3x Finger of Jade
2x Iaijutsu Master //
1x Jade Masterpiece
1x Kitsuki’s Method
2x Mirumoto Daishō
2x Ornate Fan
2x Pillow Book ////
1x Seal of the Crane /
1x Way of the Dragon
Character (5)
2x Ancient Master
3x Tattooed Wanderer


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16 Replies to “Meta Check – EC Madrid”

  1. 2 Crane players 5-0 are playing Dragon Spalsh with Mirumoto’s Fury as restricted and 8-9 conflict characters with 4 3fate drops in there (2 rival 2 iron warrior)
    Ryoshi who made it 5-0 but conceded the last one is playing Isawa Mori Seido instead of Kyuden Isawa.

  2. Ill definetly try to get you the decks from the Madrid even, I know I ask for some of them personally and the rest shouldnt be hard to come by.

    1. Congrats on the great finish! Have you thought about what to change to improve the Phoenix matchup? Or are you happy your deck can beat Phoenix?

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