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

Exploring the Format: Shaddolls Part 2

What do you gain by choosing to go first? You get to play your cards before your opponent, which can help you in two different ways depending on what role you’re trying to play: you’re either the proactive combo strategy, and want to go off before your opponent has the chance to set backrow or put anything in play that might disrupt your plan; or you’re trying to play for control, which would let you set up with your traps … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Shaddolls Part 1

Shaddolls are in contention for my favorite deck in the history of the game, and I think a big part of that has to do with how flexible the strategy can be. Outside of the core cards that are worthwhile, you’re rewarded for branching out and using other engines for better Fusion Materials than you would have otherwise. That leads to a big question of what engines you want to use, and what other cards could synergize with both groups … Continue reading

Effect Veiler Is The Place To Be

Rarely do I find a card that I think solves every problem I’m having in a format; typically trends shift pretty fast, and those rare few cards that do seem to solve everything tend to be really effective one moment, then less effective the next depending on what’s going on in competition. But looking at the format for the 150th YCS in Columbus and the North American WCQ this year, I think Effect Veiler’s going to be the most played … Continue reading

Preparing Nekroz For YCS Chicago

For the first time in what feels like forever, I will be attending a YCS as a player rather than for event coverage. Although I still prepare for events as I normally would even if I’m not playing, in order to help my other friends perform better and keep myself in the loop, it’s a very different feeling knowing that I’ll be playing; stressful is the word that first comes to mind, but there’s most definitely a drive involved. Having … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Artifact Shaddolls

The new Forbidden & Limited List shook up things quite a bit, but one thing that still remains true: Nekroz is the deck to beat. Qliphorts took a huge hit on the new F&L List, not only losing cards that were key to the deck’s consistency but also their most important cards to fight Nekroz: Skill Drain and Vanity’s Emptiness. Now that Emptiness is Limited there are very few continuous traps go that can single handedly win that match-up, and … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Artifact Lancea and the Artifact Engine

With the limitation of Artifact Moralltach, the Artifact engine isn’t really what it used to be. There was a short period of time where duelists began to play Artifact Scythe as a replacement, but even then it was clear that the role Scythe played was nowhere as powerful as the role Moralltach once did. Moralltach was clean and efficient removal that left you with a monster, but now it seems as though Artifact Sanctum has been doomed to obscurity. …Or … Continue reading

Analyzing Options: Beating Nekroz

Knowing how to beat the best deck in the format is probably the most important piece of information you can have when competing in tournaments, so today I’m going to focus on the best cards you can play in the Nekroz match-up. Strategy-wise, there isn’t really anything special you can do. Playing around Nekroz of Trishula is important, and I’ll get into that, but unlike a more linear strategy like Satellarknights or Qliphorts, there isn’t some magic strategy to give … Continue reading