Analyzing Options: Abyss Actors

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Metalfoes are by far the best Pendulum strategy right now. The theme’s performed with high success rates since its release, and the additional support from Invasion of Vengeance really put it over the top. Combining Pendulums with effects that reward you for destroying your own cards is great, and Metalfoes let you do just that to search cards from your deck. But just like other Pendulum strategies we’ve seen in the past, Metalfoes are pretty good at splashing other Pendulum … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Blue-Eyes White Dragon

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Prior to Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba and Invasion: Vengeance, Blue-Eyes White Dragon was quite the force in the competitive scene. Accelerating huge monsters into play is a good way to win, and the Blue-Eye strategy was really consistent with its high number of draw cards and search effects. The deck slams down threats quickly and often. But ABC-Dragon Buster, Metalfoes, and Paleozoics really raised the bar in terms of power level. Each of those decks can snowball out of control … Continue reading

YCS Bochum 2nd Place: Joshua Schmidt’s Paleozoic Frogs

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For those of you who don’t know Joshua Schmidt, he’s practically a legend in Europe. With a massive 13 YCS tops, 4 German National tops, 4 European WCQ tops, and even a World Championship 3rd Place in 2012, his resume is absurd to say the least. He has to be the best player from Europe right now bar none, and if you managed to miss the finals of YCS Bochum where he faced Billy Brake then it’s something you should … Continue reading

YCS Bochum 1st Place: Billy Brake’s Metalfoes

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Billy Brake is a master, simple as that. I could write paragraphs on how good he is and how much he helped me grow as a player, but the point today is that he took his fourth YCS title in Bochum with Metalfoes. That’s what we’re going to talk about. Pendulum Summoning has been a crazy powerful mechanic since its release, providing any deck with inevitability and momentum, since you can just keep bringing back monsters when they’re destroyed. Combine … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Awesome Mermails

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Mermails have been a powerful strategy since their release. From the original Genex Mermail strategy, to Mono Mermail and Big Mermail, to Combo Mermail and OTK Mermail, and finally today’s Awesome Mermail concept, it seems like Mermails can find a way to be successful in virtually any format. But that said, it’s rare to see two different variants finding success in the same period, which is the precise situation we have now. Awesome Mermail decks come in two very distinct … Continue reading

YCS Anaheim Top 32: Calvin Chow’s Awesome Heroes

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If there’s one strategy that I can always get behind, it’s Heroes. Masked Hero Dark Law’s a very powerful and disruptive threat, and now more than ever, it’s high impact against the most popular strategies. ABC-Dragon Buster’s needs to search and use its graveyard to win; between Terraforming and Union Hangar the deck’s always searching, and all of the ideal combos involve putting your A-Assault Core, B-Buster Drake, and C-Crush Wyvern into the graveyard so you can get maximum value … Continue reading

YCS Anaheim 1st Place: Elvis Vu’s Brilliant ABC’s

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If you asked anyone before YCS Anaheim, they would’ve told you that ABC-Dragon Buster was the deck to beat. There are three big things that the ABC deck has going for it, the first being the power level of ABC-Dragon Buster. No other monster can remove threats as well as Dragon Buster can, and the additional effect to tag itself out and Special Summon the monsters you brought it out with with makes it really resilient. In addition to that, … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: The New Darklords

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With Destiny Soldiers released, Darklords now have enough support to push them into the competitive spotlight. With an abundance of draw and search power the deck’s not only consistent, it has a ton of powerful, high-impact effects that you can reuse over and over very efficiently. All of that sounds like a recipe for a winning strategy to me, and if you think Darklords won’t take at least a couple Top Cut slots in upcoming tournaments then you’re definitely mistaken. … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Paleozoic Frogs

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Paleozoics are really interesting. We’ve neveretr seen a trap monster strategy have any real tournament success, but Paleozoics are so different on a base mechanical level that I had to pick them up. I don’t think straight Paleozoics are good enough to find tournament success, simply because they can’t do enough as a reactive strategy, but the easy way to solve that problem is to combine them with the Frog engine. Toadally Awesome’s one of the sweetest cards from Invasion: … Continue reading

YCS 1st Place: Thomas Rose’s Burning Abyss Phantom Knights

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ABC-Dragon Buster debuted at YCS Liverpool, and surprisingly it didn’t win the Championship. The ABC strategy was expected to become the be-all end-all, but it fell short as players focused on finding tech to beat it. Thomas Rose piloted a Burning Abyss variant specifically targeted to beat the Union Machine menace, and he was rewarded with a 1st Place finish for his efforts. Burning Abyss Phantom Knights is widely recognized as one of the most consistent strategies in the format. … Continue reading