Analyzing The Adjusted List: February 2016

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In a bold move that came out of nowhere, Konami’s announced a new “Adjusted List” – sort of a temporary F&L List that’s geared towards keeping the highest levels of competition as balanced as possible. While this Adjusted List is only guaranteed to be enforced in higher level tournaments, and local level tournament runners will be free to choose between the Adjusted List and the standard Advanced Format, the new List is still definitely the only one you should be … Continue reading

Hidden Gems From From The First BOSH Regionals

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Breakers of Shadow was a tremendous release, offering a ton of new cards that were obviously competitive the moment they were announced. Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer, Kozmo Tincan, Cyber Dragon Infinity, Traptrix Rafflesia, Solemn Strike, Twin Twisters… a lot of big cards made an impact on the first weekend where BOSH was legal – a weekend that happened to see not just a ton of Regional Qualifiers in North America and Europe, but also the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series in Sydney. With … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: New Monarchs

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Performage Performapals are by far the leading strategy right now, and while I’d initially assumed that nothing could compete with them, Monarchs have definitely changed my mind. If Performage Performapals are the Dragon Rulers of the format, Monarchs are the new Spellbook deck. In a very similar fashion, Monarchs have a ton of search cards that help them dig through their deck for specific cards, until they eventually lock out their opponent and stop them from Special Summoning. Anytime a … Continue reading

The Best Deck: Performage Performapals

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Now that Breakers of Shadow is released there’s a definite best deck, and unless you’ve lived under a rock I’m sure you know what it is. Performage Performapals is the premier Pendulum strategy, taking the Pendulum mechanic to a whole new level in terms of consistency and power. Some have referred to it as the next Dragon Ruler or Nekroz – another “Tier 0” strategy that’s so powerful it warps competition. Those statements may seem bold at first, but I … Continue reading

Draco Face-Off & The New Dracos

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Unless you’ve been spending considerable time under a rock lately, you probably know the impact that Breakers of Shadow is about to have on the competitive scene. We’ve only recently experienced how powerful Pendulum strategies can be, but the Pendulum trend’s not slowing down anytime soon. Performage Performapals is definitely looking to be the deck to beat, and a big key to their success is neither a Performage nor a Performapal. What am I talking about then? Dracos. Luster Pendulum, … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Neptabyss, the Atlantean Prince

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Back when I prepared for my trip to Asia, Atlanteans were considered one of the Decks to beat in the OCG. EmEm, known here in the TCG as Performage Performapal, hadn’t taken off yet, and the explosive power of the Atlanteans meant you needed to be prepared for that matchup first and foremost. Luckily, Number 16: Shock Master kept the strategy in check simply because it blanked so much of the Atlantean player’s strategy. But without the mighty Shock Master … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Traptrix Rafflesia

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As we count down the final hours to the Breakers of Shadow Sneak Peeks, it’s interesting to reflect on all the weirdness surrounding the set. On one hand, it’s a landmark release because it’s the first core booster to feature the new “foil in every pack” collation – every pack’s has at least a Super Rare, while higher rarities will be easier to pull. But that’s not the only unique thing about the release. It’s also easily the most leaked … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Twin Twister

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Have you ever considered how much impact a single card can have, moving from Forbidden to Limited? If there’s any card that completely change how people approach the game, Heavy Storm is it. Just the mere possibility of your opponent having Heavy Storm warps not just how you play your deck, but even how you build it. Back in the day, setting more than one backrow was practically taboo unless you were feeling brave, had a lot of protection, or … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: The New Kozmos

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Some of the biggest news this year was the unexpected leak of new cards from Breakers of Shadow, and while the reveal of Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer made waves, the bulk of that discussion hinged on cards we’d never seen before: the new Kozmo support. Kozmo Farmgirl, Kozmo Forerunner, and Kozmotown made a tremendously strong debut in Clash of Rebellions, while Kozmo Dark Destroyer and Kozmoll Wickedwitch were an obviously powerful follow-up in Dimension of Chaos, but the new cards from … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Cyber Dragon Infinity

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There are so many powerful cards in Breakers of Shadow that it’s a bit ridiculous. But above them all, one is poised to warp the format. Which card am I talking about? It’s funny because if I went down the set list, I’m sure I could find at least five cards I’d put on that kind of list, but this time I’m referring to one card that really forces you to answer it: Cyber Dragon Infinity. What makes it so … Continue reading