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 Options: Xyz Universe Against Burning Abyss

Xyz Universe played a huge role in the 2014 WCQ format, chiefly as a tech pick against Geargia. It was simple: Geargia needed to Summon Xyz Monsters to win, so getting blown out by Xyz Universe was devastating. Suddenly your opponent’s hard earned Rank 4’s were gone and you’d suddenly have Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand, Mermail Abyssgaios, Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack, or whatever you chose. Things got even more intense in the Rank 4 mirror matches, because it was much … Continue reading

Xyz Universe – Is It Good?

That’s a question I’ve been asked a lot lately. [ccProd]Xyz Universe[/ccProd] gained some buzz in online communities before topping the last ARGCS in Washington, where it was Side Decked by Desmond Johnson in Mythic Rulers. It’s also made a few less acknowledged showings, such as two Top 16 finishes in Portugal’s National Championship – Pedro Fernandes and Bernardo Guerreiro sided it there, in Mermails and Mythic Rulers respectively. Several eagle-eyed readers noticed that [ccProd]Xyz Universe[/ccProd] was notably missing from my … Continue reading