Looking Ahead: Guarded Treasure

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If Guarded Treasure wasn’t revealed on the same day as Soul Charge, I’m pretty sure we’d all be talking about Guarded Treasure a lot more. It’s a fascinating card! It demands a huge cost, pays a bit of it back immediately, and then doubles your Draw Phase every turn from that point forward. It’s really interesting, because I feel like nothing about this card is what it first seems. If you look at Guarded Treasure and think, “By turn three, … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Theosophy Of The Artifacts, And Why We Can’t Play MST Anymore

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I hope you don’t like Mystical Space Typhoon, because as soon as Primal Origin hits, that card’s over. I know, I know!  Is that a statement crafted to grab your attention and reel you into reading the rest of the article? Sure. It absolutely is. But is it an exaggeration or an overstatement? I don’t think so. Two cards from Primal Origin are going to change the way we play the game, twisting our views on spell and trap removal … Continue reading

Exploring the Format – 3-Axis Fire Fist

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Although I wrote on Dual Axis just a short while ago, I still think that Fire Fists have a lot to offer. The strategy can go in so many different directions because the theme offers so many high quality cards. Not only that, but it’s actually pretty easily to splash other themes into a Fire Fist deck, or just fill slots with Cardcar D, Pot of Duality, and Upstart Goblin like the +1 Fire Fist decks from last format. Today … Continue reading

Exploring the Format – Pure Geargia

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Considered one of the best up-and-coming strategies of last format, Pure Geargia is presumably one of, if not the, strongest choice moving forward after the Forbidden and Limited List. Pure Geargia hinges on the ability to create a ton of card advantage one single card at a time, be it through Geargiarmor or Gear Gigant X. What makes the strategy so appealing is that both of those cards are so accessible. Geargiarsenal turns into a Geargiarmor anytime you have it, … Continue reading

Exploring the Format – Fire Kings

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Fire Kings were probably my favorite deck last format by a significant margin simply because of how powerful all of the interactions in the strategy were. Between Onslaught of the Fire Kings into Fire King High Avatar Garunix, and just making Xyz play after Xyz play thanks to Coach Soldier Wolfbark and Rekindling, the deck could do things that others simply couldn’t do. It actually took my vote as the most underrated deck of the format, but that’s all in … Continue reading

Evaluation – Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon

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Premium Gold is actually just way too awesome. It features a new rarity of cards, reprints of good cards, shinier versions of some cards, and even cards completely new to the TCG. Among those new additions, Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon is one of the strongest and most unique. Dragonecro alone represents a threat that can kill any of your opponent’s monsters and deal their ATK value as damage, directly to your opponent while netting you a token of the same size … Continue reading

Looking Ahead – How Diamond Core Solves Every Problem Koa’ki Meirus Have

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My favorite thing about Legacy of the Valiant was that it had a ton of cards to revitalize old themes. Cards like Obedience Schooled, Paladin of Photon Dragon, Nikitama and so many more breathed new life into decks like Beasts, Photons, and Spirits respectively, making a big difference in every case with just one new addition. LVAL elevated a ton of troubled casual decks into real competitors at least at the local level, and that made for a ton of … Continue reading

The Surprising Synergy Of Beelze Ojamas!

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We’re doing this because it’s cool, and because we can. Sometimes that’s enough. I mean don’t get me wrong: I like winning games, and this deck will do that! With surprising frequency in fact. But I came at this strategy teeth bared and ready for deck building battle strictly because last week Rob inadvertently encouraged me to do so in his article on Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons… There aren’t many other decks that use level 5 non-Tuners that wouldn’t … Continue reading

Evaluation – Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons

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Premium Gold brought us a ton of useful reprints, new goodies, and even a bunch of support for a strategy that hasn’t seen much: Gimmick Puppet. But with all of this awesome stuff, where do you start in evaluating the new cards? Well the easiest place to start would be a singular card that you can probably tell is going to be insane the first time you read it, and the one I chose today is Beelze of the Diabolic … Continue reading

Gettin’ Spooky in Chicago – Really Exciting Dark Rank-Up-Magic!

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YCS Chicago has come and gone, but a heck of a lot happened even though it was the last event of the format! Fire Kings seemed to do particularly well, and everything from Ghostrick Madolche to Chain Summoning Gadgets advanced to the top cut! With all of this excitement I had a fairly difficult time choosing what I wanted to talk about first, but seeing as the new format has finally arrived I thought I’d discuss the deck I played … Continue reading