Exploring the Format: Blue-Eyes

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Dragons! No monster type excites me like Dragons do, especially when we’re talking about Blue-Eyes. The last time Blue-Eyes White Dragon strategies were relevant was as a draw engine in Dragon Rulers, but that was notwhere near a real Blue-Eyes deck. Thanks to Shining Victories, the Rise of the True Dragons Structure Deck, and The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack, Blue-Eyes finally has enough tools to really be its own strategy. But is it good enough? Blue-Eyes can do … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Typhoons, Twisters, and Cyclones

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Spell and trap removal’s always varied in popularity depending on the environment. Mystical Space Typhoon was an absolute staple at three in some formats, while in others you didn’t want to main it at all, because it could be a dead card so frequently. While MST used to be the golden standard, recent sets have given us a ton of other options for backrow hate; we’ve seen all types of interesting spell and trap removal lately. Cards like Typhoon excelled … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Pot of Desires

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The Dark Illusion is packed full of awesome cards, but Pot of Desires definitely stands above the rest. Anytime such a powerful generic card is released, we need to evaluate the pros and cons because it could easily become a format-wide staple. But Pot of Desires has an effect we’ve never really tried to evaluate before, and it definitely comes at a hefty cost. The good news? We already know how great drawing cards is. Simply put, if any strategy … Continue reading

EU WCQ Top 16: Alpay Engin’s Fire King Kozmos

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Kozmos were all the hype after their debut at YCS San Jose last year, and when Fire King Island released everyone was looking to the strategy as the next dominant combo deck. But Fire King Kozmos fell flat, and ultimately Card of Demise seemed like the best way to build out the theme; Demise gave Kozmos a strong source of card advantage and worked well with the deck’s basic control plan. Demise Kozmos took second at YCS Origins – the … Continue reading

Gold Gadget And Silver Gadget

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Gadgets have been around for a while, and they’ve long been a fan favorite for reasons of consistency. Gadgets give you an easy way to amass lots of cards quickly, but at the same time they’ve always been balanced by one thing: speed. In the earlier days of Yu-Gi-Oh, when the game was slower and involved less summoning acceleration, Gadget strategies relied on traps. They could play a low monster count because as long as you had one Gadget, you … Continue reading

Analyzing the Format: NAWCQ 2016

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With the 2016 NAWCQ in the books there’s a ton to talk about. Burning Phantom Knights (BPK) dominated the event, taking up 33% of the Top Cut. Everyone had questioned what the best deck was at every point of this format, and even after BPK won both YCS Providence and YCS Origins it wasn’t necessarily clear. The big issue was that regardless of how strong the deck was in any given event, everyone knew that Monarchs were simply more powerful. … Continue reading

YCS Top 32: Cordero Spencer’s Majespecters

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As Pendulum themes go, Majespecters are very unique. The deck tries to grind in a very simple way by grabbing more cards when it summons monsters, then disrupting the opponent with them. Rather than trying to abuse Special Summon combos, they just keep Pendulum Summoning to gather a bunch of extra cards, and in doing so they can make great trades of card economy against proactive strategies. Most trap-heavy decks have to take a very aggressive approach right now, because … Continue reading

YCS Top 16: Darren Stephenson’s Burning Abyss Monarchs

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YCS Origins showcased a lot of progression for big strategies, but when you have something as streamlined as Extra Deck Monarchs or Burning Abyss you usually don’t see much variety this late into a format. Both decks have had a lot of time to develop, and while we’ve seen them go through changes, the most common lists are never very different because there are consensuses about how best to build the deck. But few people expected to see them mashed … Continue reading

Deck Evolution: YCS Origins

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A lot of interesting stuff happened at YCS Origins. Jacob Phinney took down the event with Burning Abyss Phantom Knights; the same deck that Tahmid Zaman piloted to win YCS Providence. Pendulums had a good showing, Extra Deck Monarchs are as strong as ever, and Kozmos with Card of Demise continued to be gain more of a foothold in competition. If you just took a glance at Origins and Providence, they look similar enough that you might dismiss relevant changes … Continue reading

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