Everything Cool From Millennium Pack

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With Rob having written on Card of Demise earlier this month, and Shining Victories just a couple weeks off, I want to take a moment to look at everything else in Millennium Pack that’s worth discussing. There are some cool sleeper cards here, some of which have seen big action on the secondary market but haven’t broken through into Regional Top Cuts yet. Each could have an impact on competition with the right push factors, so you definitely want to … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries

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Shining Victories has a lot of really cool cards. With Amorphages and Blue-Eyes support and a bunch of different tools that every strategy can use, there’s just so much going. Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries is one of the best new splashables; a card that everyone expects to be one of the best in the set. Why? Let’s dive in. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ve never been a big Burning Abyss fan. It was cool … Continue reading

YCS Top Cut Profile: Jesse Flores’ Norleras Burning Abyss

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There was no way we weren’t gonna talk about this one. One of the cool things about tournament play since October is the sheer variety in the top decks-to-beat. While Nekroz builds were usually pretty uniform week to week, and small variations were a big deal, we’ve seen way more creativity since Nekroz got the boot. As much as Pendulum decks have often felt cookie cutter, the opposite’s actually been true; while those decks had a definite core of important … Continue reading

Analyzing The F&L List: April 2016

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When it was first announced that changes to the Forbidden & Limited List would occur irregularly instead of on a set schedule, I couldn’t say I was exactly thrilled. But looking back I’m super happy that change was made. The F&L List shakes things up and keeps the competitive scene dynamic, and while that may affect other aspects of the game in different ways, it’s definitely beneficial to the highest levels of tournament play. Every F&L change marks an opportunity … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Card of Demise

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It’s rare for me to think that a single generic card could be powerful enough to warp a format. Looking at cards like Twin Twister or Solemn Strike we’ve definitely come close in recent times, but when I say “warp a format” I really mean cards on the power level of something like Sixth Sense. Dragon Rulers were already the best strategy in competition when Sixth Sense was released, so all it really did was make the best deck even … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Burning Phantom Knights

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At full power, Burning Abyss was one of the strongest themes in recent memory. Between Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss and Fire Lake of the Burning Abyss, coupled with a bunch of Malebranches with their powerufl trigger effects, the Deck could easily out-grind just about any other strategy. The cards were tremendously efficient and constantly generated resources, so you were always presenting threats. Since the Malebranches’ all have abilities that help you flood the field, they didn’t take much … Continue reading

Regional Tech Update: New Trends This Week

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The release of Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal really shook stuff up. While we only ever have partial results from any given week’s Regional Qualifiers, Burning Abyss variants were by far the most reported decks from the Top 8’s we saw. Last weekend’s Regional Qualifier in Tulsa Oklahoma offered us a rare perspective, in fact, since the complete Top 8 was logged and accounted for. And that was a revealing event, because five of the Top 8 decks were Burning … Continue reading

Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy

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Rank 8 Xyz may not be as relevant as they once were, but a single Rank 8 is important to newer variants of Draco Performapals. That deck can vomit out monsters at an alarming rate, and even though Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer and Dinoster Powerful, the Mighty Dracoslayer are both very strong on their own, sometimes you want to clear up your field just so you can put more stuff into play. Each Dracoslayer Extra Deck monster can Special … Continue reading

Regional Top 8 Profile: Brilliant Kozmos

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Rob wrote a really great article last week on the vast possibilities of Brilliant Fusion. That card’s seen tons of play in a variety of combo decks the past six months, but it still has a lot of unexplored potential, and Rob really went deep to show you what’s possible… including some awesome stuff hasn’t really been done yet. He talked about a lot of cool ideas, like using Gem-Knight Lazuli in conjunction with Galaxy Serpent to make a 1-for-1 … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Brilliant Fusion

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Brilliant Fusion’s one of those cards that offers ton of possibilities, giving it the potential to become a linchpin for lots of different combos. What makes it so great? Brilliant Fusion accomplishes a few very cool and unique things, and it does them all with just a single card. Typically most Duelists want to run Brilliant Fusion because it’s like a Foolish Burial for a Light monster. You use it to Fusion Summon Gem-Knight Seraphinite, and you can send any … Continue reading