Exploring the Format: Qliphort Turbo

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I never thought I would say this…but I’m a fan of Qliphorts. I know, I know, you don’t have to say it. I’ve berated the deck for quite some time, but in reality, the newest version of the strategy that saw a ton of success at the European WCQ is a completely different beast. It’s proactive with a strong win condition along with a ton of inevitability thanks to pendulums; it just has so much upside that I really don’t … Continue reading

World Championship 2015 Format Analysis

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The World Championship’s one of the coolest tournaments of the year for a ton of reasons. You get to see the current top players from around the world duke it out for national pride as well as a shot at being crowned the King of Games, and from a deck builder’s standpoint it’s a dream come true. The World Championship has a combined version of both the TCG and OCG Forbidden & Limited lists, so some strategies just get blown … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Nekroz July 2015 F&L

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With the release of the most recent Forbidden and Limited list, I strongly believe that Nekroz is still the best deck going into the beginning of this format. Clash of Rebellions introduces new cards, but how much that set actually impacts competition, we’ll have to see. There are a ton of super powerful splashable cards that just about anyone can use – Archfiend Eccentrick and Mistaken Arrest are good examples – but other than that there’s nothing too bonkers. The … Continue reading

Building With Clash: Brilliant Scolding Gem-Knights

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Last week we discussed a Red-Eyes Fusion strategy that aimed for an early, high-impact play with Archfiend Black Skull Dragon, followed by a slew of smaller finishing moves to end the game. It was fast, explosive, and consistent. But thanks to some key OCG imports in Clash of Rebellions, we can go even faster if you’re willing to take a few more risks… and learn an encyclopedic series of combos. Gem-Knights have been a fan favorite since they debuted four … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Chicken Explosion FTK

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It’s rare that I wish I card simply wasn’t printed, but Chicken Game from Clash of Rebellions is most definitely one of those cards. We still might see some sort of answer to it on a revised F&L List, but if we don’t see some sort of change there’s definitely some cause for concern. Chicken Game was the missing piece of the puzzle for a lot of FTK strategies, so you need to be prepared to face it. How do … Continue reading

Building With Clash: Red-Eyes Fusion

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Us Yu-Gi-Oh! players love our nostalgia. The new Red-Eyes support is easily some of the most exciting stuff from Clash of Rebellions. We’ve seen a ton of classic monsters reinvented over the years, from Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Jinzo, to Toons and Harpies and beyond. But Red-Eyes B. Dragon never really got its due, despite being one of the most iconic cards from the first years of the game. Go figure – signature cards like Roulette Spider and Graceful Dice … Continue reading

Analyzing the Forbidden & Limited List: July 2015

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After what felt like an eternity, the TCG F&L List was finally posted. One very interesting change that came around this time was the announcement of no official end date for the current List, meaning that whenever the higher-ups think that something needs to be changed it can, without any need to wait. Competition wise, that change is kind of a double-edged sword. Any shift will probably be correcting an imbalance, which is great because it’ll level the playing field … Continue reading

Building With Clash: Eccentrick Superheavy Samurai

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For the first-time ever, the no-spell no-trap variant of Superheavy Samurai is finally worth talking about! It took a while. When Superheavy Samurai Warlord Susanowo debuted in Secrets of Eternity, the Superheavy Samurai strategy took a major swerve; suddenly, the deck that was all about fielding Superheavy Samurai Big Benkei had an even bigger boss monster, and one that promised to send it in a totally different direction. While the deck was once all about precarious plays with Giant Rat … Continue reading

3rd Place At The California Force Of Will WGP Regional

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When it comes to tournament preparation, I tend to prioritize theory and a deck list that’s positioned well, over actual play testing. However, an issue arises when…wait for it… you’ve never played the game before. That was basically my experience with Force of Will; leading up to the Los Angeles WGP Regional, one of five American qualification tournaments that can get you an invite to the World Grand Prix in Japan, I really just hadn’t played the game before. My … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Counterattacking “C”

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Having the tools to beat Nekroz is an absolute must in current competition; it has been since the strategy debuted. The deck’s simply on another level, excelling in both consistency and resource management without sacrificing power level or flexibility. However, the best choices to counter Nekroz can change based on several factors, often what your specific strategy is trying to do, or how format trends are developing. It’s important to be ahead of the curve, because Nekroz players will be … Continue reading