Exploring the Format: Satellarknights With New Challengers

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New Challengers managed to do so much to change the format it’s kind of crazy, Shaddolls and Burning Abyss both got completely revamped, and Qliphorts went from not existing to being one of the best decks in competition. The only strategy that was considered highly competitive before that did get support from New Challenger but doesn’t seem to be represented, is Satellarknights. Although the strategy didn’t get as many high impact cards as Shaddolls or Burning Abyss, they still got … Continue reading

What Sets Champions Apart?

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Now that the year’s drawing to a close and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series is over for 2014, I think it’s a good time to look back on the past twelve months and see what we can make of them. It’s always a good exercise to review the competitive arc of big strategies, tech trends, and the impact of new F&L Lists and card releases around this time, when competition’s cooling off. Observing those points in retrospect can help you see … Continue reading

Feature Match Tech Highlights: YCS Anaheim

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While I didn’t get to play in YCS Anaheim, I had a ton of fun writing feature matches. My favorite part about it was getting to see some awesome stuff players were doing with their Decks, especially with tech cards. I’m a pretty big fan of cool interactions, so when I see players do something that I haven’t thought of I’m always excited to see how it pans out. The ones that really pique my interest are those I think … Continue reading

YCS Anaheim Deck Profile: Jonny Nagel’s Edge Imp Burning Abyss

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This is flat out my favorite deck from YCS Anaheim. Heading into the last YCS we largely knew what to expect. It was pretty easy to look at the Regional Qualifier and ARGCS Top 8 lists from November 7th when New Challengers went legal up until the YCS weekend, and get a clear picture of the biggest decks as they were developing: over that two week span we saw Burning Abyss and Qliphorts taking a shared majority of the Top … Continue reading

How To Beat: Qliphort – Strategy And Siding

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If there’s one deck that I’m really starting to not enjoy, it’s Qliphort…or we can just call it Satellarknight 2.0. Don’t get me wrong, even though I’m not particularly the biggest fan of the deck, Qliphort is pretty good and as long as it remains popular you’re going to have to worry about it. The most appealing aspect of the strategy is its consistency; Qliphort Scout opens up everything you can want, and with Summoner’s Art, Saqlifice, and Odd-Eyes Pendulum … Continue reading

What I Would Play For YCS Anaheim 2014: Artifact Shaddolls

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Even though I won’t be competing in Anaheim, I’ve tested more for this event than I have in a long time. New Challengers is a really exciting set because it redefined the format so much, even though the two best decks remain the same. Both Shaddolls and Burning Abyss are almost completely different strategies than we knew before, and Qliphorts have become a very popular deck, to say the least. As I write this Burning Abyss and Qliphorts are both … Continue reading

Six Big Questions Heading Into YCS Anaheim

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With two weekends of Regional Qualifiers plus two ARGCS tournaments in the books, The New Challengers has made a huge impact.  Those tournaments generated a ton of information, and while the widescreen view is pretty clear there are a ton of very important issues just under the surface that are completely unresolved.  The big picture? Qliphorts and Burning Abyss appear to be the two decks-to-beat heading into YCS Anaheim, with Shaddolls seemingly slipping into obscurity and Satellarknights making a big … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Burning Abyss With New Challengers

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It’s arguable what deck was really the best before the release of The New Challengers, but it was clear that Burning Abyss and Shaddolls were the only two strategies in the running. Both decks had so much going for them that it’s kind of crazy to think that NECH could shake things up, but it happened. Both decks get a ton of the new tools and now operate fairly differently than they did before. While I still hold Shaddolls near … Continue reading

How Earned Byes Can Win You Championships

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Two weeks ago TCGplayer hosted their first-ever YGO Series Championship – the culmination to five months of points-driven qualifying events.  Earning 20 qualifying points got you into the tournament, but if you nabbed 60 more you could cash them in for something else entirely – two byes that would let you skip Rounds 1 and 2.  The winner of that tournament, Mackenzie King Franklin, was one of the competitors that took the two-bye option.  Veteran competitors like Jeff Jones, Patrick … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: De-Fusion And El Shaddoll Fusion

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De-Fusion has seen a lot of play this format as a Side Deck option against Shaddoll variants. Defensively, you can use De-Fusion even if you’re not playing a Fusion-based strategy, to immediately remove a Shaddoll Fusion Monster from play much like Compulsory Evacuation Device.  The catch is that De-Fusion’s better in some ways, one of them being that it’s a Quick-Play spell instead of a regular trap card. That makes it faster and more flexible.  When you talk about using … Continue reading