Exploring the Format: Shaddolls Part 1

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Shaddolls are in contention for my favorite deck in the history of the game, and I think a big part of that has to do with how flexible the strategy can be. Outside of the core cards that are worthwhile, you’re rewarded for branching out and using other engines for better Fusion Materials than you would have otherwise. That leads to a big question of what engines you want to use, and what other cards could synergize with both groups … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Star Seraph Heroes

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The lack of Hero strategies in the TCG today really surprises me. In the OCG, they’re the second most represented Deck and arguably could be the best in their format. Obviously there are significant differences between the two games right now, but those differences only carry so far. Even when Nekroz was at its full power in Asia, Heroes were still a big enough portion of competitive metagames that players had to prepare for it. So why aren’t Heroes popular … Continue reading

Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit: Worth The Hype?

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If you attended a Crossed Souls Sneak Peek this past weekend, Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit was probably one of the most-wanted cards at your event. It may have also been one of the most discussed and debated: while pre-Sneak hype drove Ghost Ogre’s value way up on its potential alone, many players weren’t convinced that was justified. The card’s seen more negative comments than positive ones in numerous online circles. Today I want to discuss both sides of that … Continue reading

Effect Veiler Is The Place To Be

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Rarely do I find a card that I think solves every problem I’m having in a format; typically trends shift pretty fast, and those rare few cards that do seem to solve everything tend to be really effective one moment, then less effective the next depending on what’s going on in competition. But looking at the format for the 150th YCS in Columbus and the North American WCQ this year, I think Effect Veiler’s going to be the most played … Continue reading

YCS Bochum: How Did Volcanic Heroes Top 8?

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Sohrabi Pasikhani set the Yugiverse ablaze almost precisely three months ago today, when he Top 32’d YCS Charleston with Volcanics. His build was deceptively fast and focused on a simple gameplan: abuse the then-new Blaze Accelerator Reload with Volcanic Scattershot to Raigeki your opponent – sometimes on their own turn – then attack into the cleared field to steal games from slower strategies. As a quick refresher, here’s what it looked like: Sohrab Pasikhani’s Top 32 Volcanics YCS Charleston 2015 … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Tellarknight Ptolemaeus

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I find Crossed Souls really exciting because it has tons of cards that can be used in just about any strategy. Rather than being theme-stamped, new stuff like Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit, Lose a Turn, Tellarknight Ptolemaeus, and others can be used in varying ways across lots of different Decks. Right now my favorite is Tellarknight Ptolemaeus, a card that I think will shift the format. Tellarknight Ptolemaeus Light / Rank 4 Warrior / Xyz / Effect 550 ATK … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Star Seraph Satellarknights

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The Star Seraphs might be the most powerful Rank 4 Xyz engine of all itme. That’s a pretty bold statement when you think about it: entire themes have been built around that goal, and suddenly we have a theme with a simple two card combo that can leave you with a powerful Xyz and replace the cards you used making it, all with zero set-up. The challenge? The Xyz Summon is limited, and frankly Star Seraphs’ Rank 4 arsenal isn’t … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Star Seraphs

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I’ve been waiting for a set like World Superstars for quite some time. It’s pretty easy to make me jealous, and when the OCG gets a ton of sweet stuff and I can do nothing but watch and read about other people playing it, it strikes a pretty big chord. Although there aren’t many outrightly insane cards in World Superstars, the Star Seraphs are more than enough to justify the entire set for me. The Star Seraphs are by far … Continue reading

Preparing Nekroz For YCS Chicago

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For the first time in what feels like forever, I will be attending a YCS as a player rather than for event coverage. Although I still prepare for events as I normally would even if I’m not playing, in order to help my other friends perform better and keep myself in the loop, it’s a very different feeling knowing that I’ll be playing; stressful is the word that first comes to mind, but there’s most definitely a drive involved. Having … Continue reading

Building For The New Format: Oasis of Skull Servants

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Last time around I showed you a Mecha Phantom Beast deck that I’d been refining and honing into a polished product for quite a while. Today I’m taking a different tack: I want to show you a work in progress that can’t really be specialized until we see some metagame definition at YCS Chicago. Why? Because it’s really freaking cool, for one. But more than that, it engages some of the core challenges of a certain kind of rogue deck, … Continue reading