YCS Top 32: Sean McCabe’s Demise Kozmos

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While the combo-driven Fire King Kozmo deck was hugely hyped the weeks leading up to YCS Providence, it definitely wasn’t the best Kozmo strategy we saw there. Control variants had a big showing in the Top Cut with Card of Demise. I wrote on Jesse Barber’s Qliphorts from the Top 16 already, a dead strategy that found similar success thanks to Card of Demise. If you thought drawing three cards wasn’t the real deal, enough has probably happened to convince … Continue reading

YCS Providence Top 4: Dave Hayes’s Majespecter Performapals

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Regardless of how competition shifts, I always expect Pendulums to be a contender. Pendulum Summoning is by far the most powerful mechanic in the game. It’s fast and explosive in the early game, but it also lets you grind through the late game with the inevitability of an Extra Deck full of Pendulum Monsters. It’s practically a Soul Charge every turn with no Life Point cost and an easier set-up, and when you look at it like that then you … Continue reading

YCS Providence Top 16: Jesse Barber’s Qliphorts

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If you didn’t catch the coverage of YCS Providence, I highly suggest you check it out. The event was super cool in terms of deck diversity, to the point where I had a really tough time choosing which lists I wanted to write about. It’s usually pretty easy for me to just look at a tournament and pick out the highlights, but with so much awesome stuff to choose from it was a lot tougher this time around. I’d talked … Continue reading

Regional Top 8: Bo Tang’s Kaiju Nekroz

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If I had to rank my favorite things about Yu-Gi-Oh, Nekroz and Bo Tang are both pretty high up on the list. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Bo Tang, I can’t really express to you how awesome he is; that could be another article on its own. What’s important to note now is that back when he was traveling to events more frequently, everyone who was anyone knew him and respected him; he’s basically the Billy Brake … Continue reading

Regional Top 8: Phantom Knight Heroes With Transmodify

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Sometimes a deck rolls around that’s just so cool, I can’t wait to write about it. Last weekend’s Regional Qualifiers actually delivered several decks of that caliber, but my favorite of the bunch was Aaron Coker’s Phantom Knight Hero build from the Regional Qualifier in Pearl Mississippi this weekend. We’ve seen splashed copies of Mask Change II in all sorts of Burning Abyss and Phantom Knight variants over the past weeks, so when I first saw this thing billed as … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Draco Performapals

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Since Breakers of Shadow, Performapals have shown us why Pendulums are by far the strongest summoning mechanic we’ve ever seen. Once you get past the need for two cards to assemble your Pendulum Scales, you basically have a Soul Charge-esque effect that you can do once a turn, every turn. It takes a lot for any other strategy to keep up with that kind of advantage, and when you couple the basic Pendulum mechanic with cards as powerful as Dracos … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Fire King Kozmos

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Once upon a time, I thought Fire Kings was the best deck. Granted that was somewhere in the year 2014, and Fire Kings had a ton of powerful cards that did exactly what you wanted to be doing in that format. That said, Fire Kings have definitely slipped off the competitive radar over the years, and I don’t think I’d ever sleeve them up for another tournament. However, I distinctly remember a single OCG card that we didn’t have back … Continue reading

Exploring The Format: Perfect Herald

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I wrote on Pre-Preparation of Rites last week, and since then I’ve been building a bunch of different Ritual Decks trying to find the best home for it. Herald of Perfection’s always been one of my favorite cards – it’s so inherently powerful, and can stop just about anything. It only makes sense that Pre-Preparation of Rites would be a good fit alongside it, especially since Dawn of the Herald is so good as well. Beyond the fact that Pre-Preparation … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Pre-Preparation of Rites

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If you’ve been reading the CoreTCG Blog for a while then you’ll know I love Ritual cards. I don’t know what it is about them, but Fusions and Rituals just remind me so much of what I loved about Yu-Gi-Oh! as a kid that I really enjoy using them. Will that ever change my deck decision at a big event, or shake my belief that Pendulum Summon’s the strongest mechanic in the game? No, not even close. But when there … Continue reading

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