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

Looking Ahead: Dimensional Boundary

Generic cards that can be used in any strategy are always worth looking at. Recent sets have been more focused towards themes with the most powerful cards typically belonging to specific archetypes, but sometimes we get cards that every deck can use to really up their game. Look at Pot of Desires, Twin Twisters, and Solemn Strike; they’re all really powerful, and Twin Twisters has gone so far as to warp the format while Pot of Desires is an absolute … Continue reading

Analyzing the Forbidden & Limited List: April 2015

With Nekroz the most dominant strategy followed by Qliphorts and Burning Abyss, the April 2015 Forbidden & Limited List had a bit of work to do if things were going to be shaken up. Although I still believe Nekroz to be the best Deck in competition, Qliphorts have been nearly wiped off the map and Burning Abyss took a big hit. Beyond those big changes, there were a ton of other interesting things that happened with this new F&L list, … Continue reading

Exploring the Format: Imperial Qliphorts

As Nekroz continues to dominate, your strategy needs to be prepared for the match-up. If it isn’t, we’re going to come to a point very soon where you’ll be out of any competitive tournament. But what’s the best way to deal with Nekroz? Cards like Vanity’s Emptiness, Skill Drain, and Mistake probably give you the strongest chance; your best bet is to play cards that force the deck off its gameplan, stifling it long enough for you to take the … Continue reading

Top Cut Tech Highlights For The New Format!

While the 2014 WCQ season is now over and the World Championship looms on the horizon, we’re awaiting the results from dozens of major unsanctioned tournaments held this past weekend. The first big crush of information regarding the new format and the recent changes to the game are still waiting in the wings, so for now I want to take one last look back at the North American WCQ, to spot the little innovations that could determine the future of … Continue reading

Regional Top 8 – Eric Dalton’s Fire Fist Hands

The field’s wide open right now. Just looking at the first two weeks of Regional Qualifier competition from the time Dragons of Legend went tournament legal, more than fifteen different strategies have made Regional Top 8’s. More than that, there’s no real dominant strategy that’s emerged: sure, Mermails, Bujins, and Geargia are all doing well, but there’s no definitive winner amongst the three, and they’re being chased by stuff like Lightsworn Rulers, Quasar Plants, or Madolches. That’s awesome news if … Continue reading

Side Deck Tech: Which Cards Hit Big Off DRLG?

Whenever a new set drops the play environment shifts and new strategies emerge. That means competitors change their Main Decks, either by taking up new strategies entirely or by adapting their existing decks to better fit new trends. It’s pretty common to see people talking about which decks are “The New Big Three” in the wake of a new release or even a big event, and the first thing most people want to see after a Championship-level tournament is which … Continue reading

Why You Should Be Playing Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo!

Dragons have become the most dominant deck of this format by a long shot, so it only makes sense that you’d want to gear your deck to beat them. Duelists have scoured through just about everything to try to find answers, to the point where you see cards that have never seen play before suddenly becoming issues.  From more common choices like [ccProd]Vanitys Emptiness[/ccProd] to more unique cards like [ccProd]Mystical Refpanel[/ccProd], I feel like I’ve had to fight through just about … Continue reading

Why You Should Be Playing Trap Stun!

Every format that we’ve experienced without [ccProd]Heavy Storm[/ccProd] has made one thing clear: spell and trap removal’s important.  But the difficult thing about that is finding what specific spell and trap card removal you should be playing. We’ve seen quite a bit of everything this format if you look at it all in a vacuum, with [ccProd]Mystical Space Typhoon[/ccProd] being the go-to simply because it’s not only flexible, but also a quick-play spell. That makes Typhoon the most obvious choice when you’re … Continue reading

The Future to Come – Stardust Spark Dragon

Generic Synchros are some of the most powerful cards in the game. Looking back at what’s happened since The Duelist Genesis, you see cards like [ccProd]Stardust Dragon[/ccProd]; [ccProd]Goyo Guardian[/ccProd]; [ccProd]Black Rose Dragon[/ccProd]; [ccProd]Dark Strike Fighter[/ccProd]; [ccProd]Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier[/ccProd]; [ccProd]Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier[/ccProd], and many more generic Synchros dominating entire formats and changing the way that you play. These cards not only have powerful effects, but can be played in any deck that has Tuners to … Continue reading