Regional Top 8: Bo Tang’s Kaiju Nekroz

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If I had to rank my favorite things about Yu-Gi-Oh, Nekroz and Bo Tang are both pretty high up on the list. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Bo Tang, I can’t really express to you how awesome he is; that could be another article on its own. What’s important to note now is that back when he was traveling to events more frequently, everyone who was anyone knew him and respected him; he’s basically the Billy Brake … Continue reading

Regional Top 8: Phantom Knight Heroes With Transmodify

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Sometimes a deck rolls around that’s just so cool, I can’t wait to write about it. Last weekend’s Regional Qualifiers actually delivered several decks of that caliber, but my favorite of the bunch was Aaron Coker’s Phantom Knight Hero build from the Regional Qualifier in Pearl Mississippi this weekend. We’ve seen splashed copies of Mask Change II in all sorts of Burning Abyss and Phantom Knight variants over the past weeks, so when I first saw this thing billed as … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Draco Performapals

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Since Breakers of Shadow, Performapals have shown us why Pendulums are by far the strongest summoning mechanic we’ve ever seen. Once you get past the need for two cards to assemble your Pendulum Scales, you basically have a Soul Charge-esque effect that you can do once a turn, every turn. It takes a lot for any other strategy to keep up with that kind of advantage, and when you couple the basic Pendulum mechanic with cards as powerful as Dracos … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Fire King Kozmos

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Once upon a time, I thought Fire Kings was the best deck. Granted that was somewhere in the year 2014, and Fire Kings had a ton of powerful cards that did exactly what you wanted to be doing in that format. That said, Fire Kings have definitely slipped off the competitive radar over the years, and I don’t think I’d ever sleeve them up for another tournament. However, I distinctly remember a single OCG card that we didn’t have back … Continue reading

Exploring The Format: Perfect Herald

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I wrote on Pre-Preparation of Rites last week, and since then I’ve been building a bunch of different Ritual Decks trying to find the best home for it. Herald of Perfection’s always been one of my favorite cards – it’s so inherently powerful, and can stop just about anything. It only makes sense that Pre-Preparation of Rites would be a good fit alongside it, especially since Dawn of the Herald is so good as well. Beyond the fact that Pre-Preparation … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Pre-Preparation of Rites

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If you’ve been reading the CoreTCG Blog for a while then you’ll know I love Ritual cards. I don’t know what it is about them, but Fusions and Rituals just remind me so much of what I loved about Yu-Gi-Oh! as a kid that I really enjoy using them. Will that ever change my deck decision at a big event, or shake my belief that Pendulum Summon’s the strongest mechanic in the game? No, not even close. But when there … Continue reading

Everything Cool From Millennium Pack

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With Rob having written on Card of Demise earlier this month, and Shining Victories just a couple weeks off, I want to take a moment to look at everything else in Millennium Pack that’s worth discussing. There are some cool sleeper cards here, some of which have seen big action on the secondary market but haven’t broken through into Regional Top Cuts yet. Each could have an impact on competition with the right push factors, so you definitely want to … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries

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Shining Victories has a lot of really cool cards. With Amorphages and Blue-Eyes support and a bunch of different tools that every strategy can use, there’s just so much going. Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries is one of the best new splashables; a card that everyone expects to be one of the best in the set. Why? Let’s dive in. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ve never been a big Burning Abyss fan. It was cool … Continue reading

YCS Top Cut Profile: Jesse Flores’ Norleras Burning Abyss

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There was no way we weren’t gonna talk about this one. One of the cool things about tournament play since October is the sheer variety in the top decks-to-beat. While Nekroz builds were usually pretty uniform week to week, and small variations were a big deal, we’ve seen way more creativity since Nekroz got the boot. As much as Pendulum decks have often felt cookie cutter, the opposite’s actually been true; while those decks had a definite core of important … Continue reading

Analyzing The F&L List: April 2016

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When it was first announced that changes to the Forbidden & Limited List would occur irregularly instead of on a set schedule, I couldn’t say I was exactly thrilled. But looking back I’m super happy that change was made. The F&L List shakes things up and keeps the competitive scene dynamic, and while that may affect other aspects of the game in different ways, it’s definitely beneficial to the highest levels of tournament play. Every F&L change marks an opportunity … Continue reading