YCS Tacoma 1st Place: Barrett Keys’ Nekroz

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YCS Tacoma marked the Championship debut of Nekroz, and with a massive 22 seats in the Top 32 the Nekroz theme is only getting started. Nekroz is highly resource-efficient, because you can banish the Ritual Spells to search more; consistency is always going to be great when your deck’s filled with search cards. While Nekroz are susceptible to a lot of hate cards, similar to Dragon Ruler, the strategy’s really versatile, solving just about any situation by searching specific cards, … Continue reading

Investigating The Top Cut: YCS Tech Options For Nekroz

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Nekroz have fast become the defining strategy of what might be a one-deck format… albeit a one-deck format where Rogue decks could be successful. This weekend all eyes will be glued on YCS Prague to see if Nekroz domination will continue; if Burning Abyss and Qliphorts can survive; and if early showings from Yosenju and Ritual Beasts in Germany, Switzerland, and other European countries might see either strategy score a seat in the top 32. While we wait for those … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Beating Nekroz

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Knowing how to beat the best deck in the format is probably the most important piece of information you can have when competing in tournaments, so today I’m going to focus on the best cards you can play in the Nekroz match-up. Strategy-wise, there isn’t really anything special you can do. Playing around Nekroz of Trishula is important, and I’ll get into that, but unlike a more linear strategy like Satellarknights or Qliphorts, there isn’t some magic strategy to give … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Building Nekroz

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With the release of Secret Forces, Nekroz is looking to not only be the front runner of the format, but also the handsdown deck to beat. I’d argue that it’s probably the third best deck of all time if you’re excluding FTK strategies, right behind Dragon Ruler and Prophecy respectively. Regardless, building the deck’s quite interesting. Much like Dragon Ruler there’s a pretty large core of must-play cards, but from there you’re free to fill the rest of the deck … Continue reading

Seven Last Minute Tech Cards For The YCS Weekend!

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With the days and hours ticking down to YCS Tacoma this weekend, more results from big events keep pouring in. Deck lists continue to emerge from YCS Charleston; last weekend saw three Regional Qualifiers in Toronto, West Allis, and Las Vegas; and ARGCS State Championships added to the buzz in dozens of venues. The result is a ton of info for competitors to sift through as we brace for the impact of The Secret Forces. While the Nekroz threat looms … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Xyz Universe Against Burning Abyss

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Xyz Universe played a huge role in the 2014 WCQ format, chiefly as a tech pick against Geargia. It was simple: Geargia needed to Summon Xyz Monsters to win, so getting blown out by Xyz Universe was devastating. Suddenly your opponent’s hard earned Rank 4’s were gone and you’d suddenly have Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand, Mermail Abyssgaios, Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack, or whatever you chose. Things got even more intense in the Rank 4 mirror matches, because it was much … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Masked HERO

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Standard HERO variants have never been my thing, but since I topped YCS Austin with Electrum OTK a while ago I can’t help but say that I’m a Jaden fan. And now for the first time in a long time, thanks to the HERO Strike Structure Deck release, I think that HERO is going to return as a top competitive strategy. The deck’s had a lot of success in the OCG, even with the oppressiveness of Nekroz and the sheer … Continue reading

Crazy For SECE: Sky Cavalry Centaurea and Raccoon Renovations!

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For the first time in months, I’m excited about building a ton of different decks. While the war between Qliphorts, Burning Abyss, and Shaddolls rages on all across the Yugiverse, Secrets of Eternity gave us a ton of cards that are just too cool to ignore. In the few weeks since SECE went legal I’ve found myself playing more creative decks than high-competitions standbys; I’m a deck builder at heart, and when a new set unleashes so many cards to … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Qliphorts Post SECE

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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

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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