Exploring the Format: Zoodiacs Post MACR

With all the hype surrounding True Kings and True Dracos, it doesn’t seem like Zoodiacs are getting the attention that they should with the cards they gain from Maximum Crisis. It might not seem like much, but Zoodiac Chakanine unlocks all of the combos that were lost once Zoodiac Ratpier was Semi-Limited, all on its own. We saw just how dominant Zoodiacs were when Ratpier was unrestricted, and a competitive shift thanks to Maximum Crisis positions the strategy exactly where … Continue reading

YCS Denver 2nd Place: Leo Anaya’s 60-Card Zoodiacs

Out of all the decks we saw at YCS Denver, one Top Cut list looked much better to me than the rest. While not the most exciting, you can’t deny that Zoodiacs are the driving force behind the current competitive environment. Zoodiac Ratpier just does so much for so little, and while it was hit on the Forbidden & Limited List, two is still definitely enough. Some of the bigger combos require a bit more effort now, but as long … Continue reading

YCS Top Denver 32: Jesse Choate’s Invoked Lightsworn

The 60-Card Lightsworn strategy has grown quite a bit in popularity since we first saw it at YCS Seattle. That Grass Looks Greener is a one-card win condition that can easily turn the game around if it mills well, and because That Grass is so strong it looks like 60 really is the new 40. Infernoids seemed to be the best 60-Card strategy in the first few weeks of Raging Tempest, but as time progressed it looked like more and … Continue reading

Tech Update: Looking Back at YCS Denver

With the release of Duelist Saga and a new Forbidden & Limited list, it was unclear what would take the top spots at YCS Denver. The previous format had been interesting, to say the least. Zoodiacs seemed to be the one dominating force at first glance, but we quickly saw just how well Paleozoics could combat them. As the weeks went on 60-Card strategies continued to gain momentum; That Grass Looks Greener was practically a one-card win condition, generating a … Continue reading

Regional Top 8: Rafael Marques’ Invoked Blue-Eyes

The Invoked were pretty hyped up in the weeks leading to their release in Fusion Enforcers. Aleister the Invoker can do a lot of different things for a one-card investment, which matters a lot right now in a format with Zoodiac Ratpier and That Grass Looks Greener. A single Aleister will search Invocation so you can start Fusion Summoning, and then you can shuffle the Invocation back from your graveyard to get back the banished Aleister you used as a … Continue reading

YCS Prague 1st Place: Joshua Schmidt’s 60-Card Paleozoic Frogs

The March 17th weekend was huge. We had a YCS in Prague as well as Guatemala, plus a UDS Invitational in Las Vegas, each with some pretty crazy storylines. After Paleozoic Frogs took down YCS Atlanta in a format dominated by Zoodiacs, suddenly there was a lot to figure out; Paleozoic Frogs were one of the few strategies that didn’t use Zoodiac Ratpier in any way. The same strategy almost won the UDS Invitational before getting blown out in Game … Continue reading

Analyzing the Forbidden & Limited List: March 2017

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

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

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

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