Yeah, so Malaysia's gonna be having its first Asian Tournament right in KL (i hope we do a good job and dont give bad impression to the other Asians)
If the tourney doesnt turn out that well, at least the players will have some eye candy, (sungai wang's like some nest for all the young girls around)
So, here's a list to some of the common decks that you have to watch out for, and what you will have to do against them.
The first and foremost common deck will be BF Graveyard.
One thing im sceptical about is how OCG players and Malaysians just cant get rid of their BF fetish. Nevertheless, if i were a participant, i'd be very very happy because this means i'd have easy and good matchups, and all i have to do is side in Holy Light to win the game.
Cemetery Vayu is an incredibly tuned down version of BF, whose only moves are dumping darks and getting free Vanilla beatsticks. Then, coupled with a few backrow tricks like Oppression and Icarus Attack, which is possible to play around. Also, the most impressive trick is only returning Oppression to special summon Zephyros and do some special summoning that turn, but if you ask me, thats not impressive enough to win, and never will. The only reason i see Grave BF doing well is because its run in big numbers everywhere.
The next popular deck is Six Samurai. This is a much harder matchup because first turn Shi En can lock alot of people's deck and the number of Samurai players should increase due to the drop in standard BF because of the ban list. One of KL's Samurai characteristics is basically the inclusion of Shien's Dojo, while some players will go to the extent of maining Shien's Yoriko and Six Samurai Yaichi.
Yaichi is good tech, i have liked it since i played Samurai for the first time 4 years ago. People should be running him and Hand of the Six over Mizuho and Shinai because the infinite loop is much harder to pull off.
The third most popular deck should be Gravekeeper. The success of Frazier's creations has revolutionized the whole world. Royal Tribute + Duality is too strong. However, KL version usually runs 2x Sin Stardust Dragon to protect their NecroValleys and to apply beatdown.
The bad thing about Malaysian meta is that they dont have Recruiter. While Duality plays a big part in setting up, Recruiter plays a big part in keeping the monster supply together with Stele. Without 3 Recruiter, they only have 3 Stele and Spy so that means a lesser monster supply. If you can get rid of those monsters, you should be fine. Caius the Shadow Monarch and double Dimension Prison should do the trick.
The increase of GKs will make me write of Formula Monarchs. Im very sure the deck is still good , in the hands of good players like Sun Shin Tat, but you would have to go into the tourney praying you dont get Royal Tributed.
I have heard news of at least 3 players going with GK as their deck choice, and at least one of them is good player, and has tested GK thoroughly.
Hero Beat is not relevant because Airman is not legal. I do think Gorz will be legal soon because i speculate its reprint in the Dark World Structure.
One of KL's meta characteristics is that many of the decks are slightly more trap based, because that is "lumrah orang Malaysia", i guess we feel more safe behind our traps. Quoting LGQ's friend Nick, "anti meta is KL meta"
Thats why i suggest any player who isnt running Gravekeepers or anything to play Trap Stun and Seven Tools of the Bandit. Royal Decree is not really recommended because everyone is still running 2 MST in their maindecks.
Furthermore, KL players or Malaysian players in general can be divided into two types: one that follow Yugioh throroughly throughout internet information, and the other group are players who dont. So do not be surprised if you see players splashing their own tech and playing queer traps which catch you off guard. Dont be surprised if you have game but your opponent plays Magic Cylinder and you will be WTF. And these are the players running rogue-ish based builds
Of course this situation usually happens only within the first two rounds of the games. Because those players should be eliminated soon =)
Do not waste your MST, and do not overextend.
Thanks for readin