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

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

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

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

Analyzing Options: Building Zoodiacs

Zoodiacs are by far the best splashable engine in the game today. The core Zoodiac combo can take as little as one card to pull off, so many players choose to play Zoodiacs just because they offer you so much for such little investment. Zoodiac Ratpier’s the key to all of it, turning a single monster into a Zoodiac Drident plus another Rank 4 of your choice. The disruption of Zoodiac Drident’s effect is huge, and that other Rank 4 … Continue reading

Regional Top 8: Brandon Ramos’s Brethren Cyber Herald

Whenever I play any card game I want to be doing the most powerful thing I can, and negating every one of my opponent’s cards is pretty far up there. That’s why I’ve always been a big fan of Herald of Perfection, but in recent times the deck has definitely declined. The threat of Kaiju was a big hit to the deck’s viability. Not only are Kaiju an easy way to answer Herald, but they fit into the Main Deck … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Different Dimension Demons

With the release of the Pendulum Domination Structure Deck, many expect Different Dimension Demons to be not just a strong contender, but one of the top decks to beat. Pendulum Domination was released a very long time ago in Asia’s OCG, nearly two years ago, so trying to figure out whether or not this strategy can thrive now is a question in itself. What we do know is that this deck was so powerful that both D/D Lamia and D/D … Continue reading

Regional Top 8: Steven Baker’s Awesome Spellcasters

Toadally Awesome has given a bunch of different strategies new life. Everything from Paleozoic Frogs, to Heroes, Mermails, and even Lightsworn got a huge boost from Toadally Awesome. It’s on the same power level as Cyber Dragon Infinity, if not stronger in a lot of ways. The biggest difference is that Toadally Awesome’s extremely easy to summon compared to the mighty Rank 6 Infinity, thanks to an abundance of Level 2 Aquas and the effect of Bahamut Shark. The easier … Continue reading