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

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

Tech Update: Looking Back At YCS Seattle

YCS Seattle was the Championship debut of Raging Tempest, and thus marked the dawn of the Zoodiac era. Zoodiac Ratpier opens up the opportunity for every strategy to have a one-card combo that produces a field of any Rank 4 Xyz plus a Zoodiac Drident; quite the reward for such a minimal investment. Because Ratpier’s easily searched with Fire Formation – Tenki, Zoodiac Barrage, and M-X-Saber Invoker, you can that you’ll see that combo really consistently, especially if you have … Continue reading

Regional Tech Update: New Trends This Week

The release of Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal really shook stuff up. While we only ever have partial results from any given week’s Regional Qualifiers, Burning Abyss variants were by far the most reported decks from the Top 8’s we saw. Last weekend’s Regional Qualifier in Tulsa Oklahoma offered us a rare perspective, in fact, since the complete Top 8 was logged and accounted for. And that was a revealing event, because five of the Top 8 decks were Burning … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Burning Abyss

Burning Abyss has continued to see a ton of success ever since its initial release from Duelist Alliance, at several points probably being the best Deck in the competitive scene. While I don’t always find it exciting to play, Burning Abyss is probably the strongest strategy in the current format in terms of resource management. It can out grind basically anything since it’s so easy to spit out Burning Abyss monsters and stack them up into Dante, Traveler from the … Continue reading

Lessons From YCS Dallas

It seems obvious that my shifting roles from competitor to coverage writer would result in a different YCS experience, but I don’t think I expected it to be this different. A lot of my preparation for the event is a similar mix of testing and asking other people what they’re doing to try to get a feel for everything, but rather than having to commit one way and crossing my fingers I get the awesome vantage point of just spectating … Continue reading

Preparing For The WCQ: The Nekroz Main Deck

For as long as I can remember, there’s been an argument about whether tournaments in established or newer, un-established formats are more skill intensive. But one thing’s for certain: each take their own specific type of preparation. In an un-established format you typically just try to play the most powerful strategy and go from there; if you know that your deck can do lots of awesome stuff and isn’t easily teched by popular cards, then you’ll probably be pretty successful. … Continue reading

Looking Back: What Happened To The Biggest Cards From CROS?

I’ve spoken before about how different Crossed Souls is from other recent releases. While the sets that preceded it in the Arc-V era largely worked to establish a set of themes and expand them within their own frameworks – Satellarknights Xyz Summon, Yan Zings Synchro, Shaddolls make Fusions, and so on – Crossed Souls took that framework and then let all those Arc-V themes explode from their constraints. By introducing Pendulum Monsters to all the biggest themes, and slamming the … Continue reading

Investigating The Top Cut: YCS Tech Options For Nekroz

Nekroz have fast become the defining strategy of what might be a one-deck format… albeit a one-deck format where Rogue decks could be successful. This weekend all eyes will be glued on YCS Prague to see if Nekroz domination will continue; if Burning Abyss and Qliphorts can survive; and if early showings from Yosenju and Ritual Beasts in Germany, Switzerland, and other European countries might see either strategy score a seat in the top 32. While we wait for those … 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