Exploring the Format: Qliphorts Post SECE

Boyajian Headshot

If you keep up with my articles, you’ll know that I’ve never been the biggest fan of Qliphorts. I used to think that the deck was simply too linear; that because you couldn’t alter your game plan by much, you’re options were ultimately too limited. All you could really do is activate a Qliphort Scout, set up a Qliphort with Saqlifice on it, and then follow it up with Qliphort Disk to try to win from there. However, Secrets of … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Ritual Burning Abyss

Boyajian Headshot

Burning Abyss has proven itself to be the most consistent deck out of the Big Three today, and if super powerful cards like Fire Lake of the Burning Abyss or Tour Guide from the Underworld weren’t enough to sell you on the strategy, the theme got even more support from Secrets of Eternity. Beyond the strict upgrades to the mediocre Malebranches that Burning Abyss had to play, a new dimension was added to the deck: Rituals. With the impending arrival … Continue reading

Skipping Turns: How To Speed Your Way To A Win

Jason Headshot

Speed is always a big topic of discussion in Yu-Gi-Oh. While the period between the release of Duelist Alliance and the new January 1st Advanced Format was relatively slow by Yu-Gi-Oh! standards, the game’s been faster than that for most of its run. From a design standpoint it’s a complicated issue, because many casual players, as well as light competitives, prefer fast games. Faster formats are also more manageable for large scale tournaments, because fewer rounds go to time, so … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Equip Shaddolls Post SECE

Boyajian Headshot

The next YCS format is going to be interesting but short lived. Shaddolls, Burning Abyss, and Qliphorts all get great cards out of Secrets of Eternity, and the big three have one last event to play with their new toys before Nekroz warps the format with the release of Secret Forces a couple weeks later. So the biggest question is: what’s the best deck to play with the new SECE cards? Well, Burning Abyss seems like a pretty obvious and … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Burning Abyss With Secrets of Eternity

Boyajian Headshot

Burning Abyss, Burning Abyss, Burning Abyss. That’s basically all I’ve been hearing about this past week after a Spanish leak of Secrets of Eternity went public, and now after some photo confirmation we have almost all of the information on the new Burning Abyss cards. It was already in contention for the best deck with the only real argument being Shaddolls, but with five whole new cards that offer replacements for the worst cards in the deck as it exists, … Continue reading

So What Will Actually Happen In The New Format?

Jason Headshot

When a new F&L List is announced, the immediate reaction for someone like me is to want to go card by card and analyze the impact of each change. And why not? Each card has a distinct impact, or lack thereof; every element that changes in a given system is worth examining. I’ve written plenty of those types of articles in my time. But if you’ve been reading my stuff across the long term, you might know that I love … Continue reading

Analyzing the Forbidden & Limited List: January 2015

Boyajian Headshot

With the newest changes to the Forbidden & Limited List, none of the Big Three were really affected on the surface. That makes sense, because all three get more support from Secrets of Eternity in a couple weeks, so weakening one of the themes too much could affect its role after the set launches. But even though Burning Abyss, Shaddolls, and Qliphorts weren’t hit directly, that doesn’t mean that the F&L list didn’t bring about some significant changes. Let’s take … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Rainbow Kuriboh

Boyajian Headshot

The latest, and most popular variant of Shaddolls to break out into the competitive scene is a super-fast OTK variant centered around Denko Sekka. With fast and easy Special Summons like White Dragon Wyverburster and Black Dragon Collapserpent along with powerful tools to take control of the field – stuff like Enemy Controller – this newer version is not only very explosive and consistent, but super scary because it ignores traps with Denko Sekka’s ability. So how do you beat … Continue reading

1-Deck, 3-Deck, And Free-For-All Formats: What’s The Difference?

Jason Headshot

The new F&L List just dropped, and while there were lots of individual changes with intriguing ramifications, I’m more interested in trying to figure out the bigger impacts. The past few months of competition have been pretty slow paced by Yu-Gi-Oh! standards: Burning Abyss has played to a grinding speed since it debuted, while Shaddolls were similar up until the explosive builds that have just started to dominate. Ever since Duelist Alliance ushered in the Arc-V era, the four biggest … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Tsukuyomi in Shaddolls

Boyajian Headshot

One of the few reasons why Shaddolls are my favorite choice out of all the decks this format is that you can be so flexible with the card choices. You can choose to play a ton of different versions and there’s always room to adjust whatever you don’t like. Recently I’ve been trying out an oldie but a goodie: Tsukuyomi. It has a ton of utility in a variety of match ups, while still synergizing with what Shaddolls do already. … Continue reading