Analyzing the Forbidden & Limited List: March 2017

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Without any format changes in quite a while, many duelists were eager for a new F&L List. Zoodiacs had created a sort of natural F&L list all on their own, effectively pushing out many strategies that were once dominant and making nearly every deck want to run three copies of Zoodiac Ratpier. But one strategy still thrived without them, as Paleozoic Frogs won both YCS Atlanta and YCS Prague, and came close to winning the UDS Invitational in Las Vegas … Continue reading

YCS Atlanta Top 16: Andrew Zimmitti’s Invoked Windwitches

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The Fusion Enforcers booster arrived in the time between YCS Seattle and YCS Atlanta, bringing with it some big changes to the format. Aleister the Invoker’s another one-card combo starter much like Zoodiac Ratpier, and you can play it in a lot of different strategies. A single copy of Aleister will get you to Invocation, and once you resolve it you can shuffle it back in the deck to rebuy that banished Aleister, adding it to your hand. From there … Continue reading

Tech Update: Looking Back At YCS Atlanta

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YCS Atlanta was quite a surprising event. If you’d told anyone before the tournament that not only would Invoked Windwitches be in first place after the Swiss Rounds, but that Paleozoic Frogs would take the whole tournaent, no one would’ve believed you. Zoodiacs still dominated the Top Cut representation just like they did at YCS Seattle, but Paleozoic Frogs managed to be the second most represented strategy with three duelists piloting it to a Top Cut finish. A lot can … Continue reading

YCS Seattle Top 8: Billy Brake’s 60-Card Zoodiac Infernoids

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Zoodiac Ratpier ran rampant at YCS Seattle, with a whopping 90 copies making it into the Top 32. That statistic alone really showcases the strength of the Zoodiac engine and how easy it is to include in your strategy; only two Duelists made the Top Cut without it. It seems ridiculous to think that Zoodiacs aren’t worth using, but choosing which variant of the strategy to play is the bigger question. There was only one other card that came close … Continue reading

Tech Update: Looking Back At YCS Seattle

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YCS Seattle was the Championship debut of Raging Tempest, and thus marked the dawn of the Zoodiac era. Zoodiac Ratpier opens up the opportunity for every strategy to have a one-card combo that produces a field of any Rank 4 Xyz plus a Zoodiac Drident; quite the reward for such a minimal investment. Because Ratpier’s easily searched with Fire Formation – Tenki, Zoodiac Barrage, and M-X-Saber Invoker, you can that you’ll see that combo really consistently, especially if you have … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Building Zoodiacs

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Zoodiacs are by far the best splashable engine in the game today. The core Zoodiac combo can take as little as one card to pull off, so many players choose to play Zoodiacs just because they offer you so much for such little investment. Zoodiac Ratpier’s the key to all of it, turning a single monster into a Zoodiac Drident plus another Rank 4 of your choice. The disruption of Zoodiac Drident’s effect is huge, and that other Rank 4 … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: SPYRAL

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While I definitely think that something with Zoodiacs or That Grass Looks Greener is probably the new deck to beat, Raging Tempest has a bunch of other sweet stuff going on. SPYRAL hasn’t put up any real results in tournaments yet, but it also hasn’t seen much support, either. Raging Tempest gives SPYRAL new cards that definitely make it better than ever, and while it might not be able to keep up with Zoodiac combos or Infernoids milling 20 cards … Continue reading

Regional Top 8: Brandon Ramos’s Brethren Cyber Herald

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Whenever I play any card game I want to be doing the most powerful thing I can, and negating every one of my opponent’s cards is pretty far up there. That’s why I’ve always been a big fan of Herald of Perfection, but in recent times the deck has definitely declined. The threat of Kaiju was a big hit to the deck’s viability. Not only are Kaiju an easy way to answer Herald, but they fit into the Main Deck … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Different Dimension Demons

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With the release of the Pendulum Domination Structure Deck, many expect Different Dimension Demons to be not just a strong contender, but one of the top decks to beat. Pendulum Domination was released a very long time ago in Asia’s OCG, nearly two years ago, so trying to figure out whether or not this strategy can thrive now is a question in itself. What we do know is that this deck was so powerful that both D/D Lamia and D/D … Continue reading

Regional Top 8: Steven Baker’s Awesome Spellcasters

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Toadally Awesome has given a bunch of different strategies new life. Everything from Paleozoic Frogs, to Heroes, Mermails, and even Lightsworn got a huge boost from Toadally Awesome. It’s on the same power level as Cyber Dragon Infinity, if not stronger in a lot of ways. The biggest difference is that Toadally Awesome’s extremely easy to summon compared to the mighty Rank 6 Infinity, thanks to an abundance of Level 2 Aquas and the effect of Bahamut Shark. The easier … Continue reading