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

Analyzing the Forbidden & Limited List: November 2015

I’ve never heard so many complaints about how “stale” things were getting, until our most recent format. Which honestly surprised me given how close we were to getting awesome new Pendulum cards. Maybe it’s just the group that I find myself talking with the most, or the fact that I’d experienced playing with OCG Pendulum strategies in Asia, but regardless of my differing opinion, I’m quite excited about the latest F&L List. While two of my all-time favorite decks did … Continue reading

One Card Lots Of Ways: Archfiend Eccentrick

Finally. Archfiend Eccentrick was one of the most anticipated cards released in Clash of Rebellions, but while it debuted with a ton of player interest, the excitement disappeared pretty quickly. Released a month after the final World Championship Qualifiers for 2014, the card fell into a dead zone with no Regional Qualifiers. For six weeks, there was simply no showcase for new cards to shine, and Archfiend Eccentrick seemed to fall through the cracks. Fast forward to YCS Toronto and … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Instant Shaddolls

Even before Elder Entity Norden was released, I was working on a variant of Shaddolls that used Instant Fusion to do some pretty neat combos. You can Summon El Shaddoll Winda with Instant Fusion, so Shaddoll players have more options with Instant Fusion beyond just Norden. That said, my previous concept wasn’t really worthwhile on its own; it’s worth revisiting now because Norden does such awesome stuff in Shaddolls. Norden’s a great toolbox. Making Rank 4’s for one card is … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Performage Shaddolls

The Performage engine was one of the biggest new competitive influences from Clash of Rebellions. Many Nekroz duelists use Performages to take advantage of Number 104: Masquerade, and this awesome Light and Earth engine may be the beginning of the most successful variant of Shaddolls ever. Both YCS Toronto and YCS Rimini had several Performage Shaddolls in the Top 32, and that raises the question: what about the engine lets Shaddolls succeed when they were having so much trouble before? … Continue reading

Applying the OCG: Performage

I’ve just come back from a month long trip to Asia, and as any enthusiastic duelist would, I tried to get in as much playtime in the OCG as possible. I ended up playing in one of China’s largest tournaments – quaintly referred to as CNC, the Chinese National Championship, albeit I don’t believe it was an official event – as well as a ton of quick games whenever I could. If you aren’t familiar with the OCG format then … Continue reading

World Championship 2015 Format Analysis

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 the Forbidden & Limited List: July 2015

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

Looking Ahead: Counterattacking “C”

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

Exploring the Format: Shaddoll Heroes

This format’s been a long one, and Nekroz has continued to evolve. I was, and still am, a pretty big fan of Nekroz, but sometimes you really just want to run something a bit further off the map. I’ve always been a pretty big proponent of Shaddoll and Her strategies, probably because I love some aspect of Fusion Summoning, and I’ll continue to stick with the statement that Heroes are currently the most underrated deck in the game. Masked HERO … Continue reading