The Top 5 Coolest Decks To Win Nationals So Far

The WCQ season is always a high point in the dueling year. Sure, it represents the payoff to a year’s worth of work for tens of thousands of competitors worldwide. There’s a ton of drama and emotion tied up in that, and that makes for some of the year’s biggest moments. But it’s also the one point in the annual competitive schedule where we see players pull out all the stops across the globe, unleashing their secret tech and challenging … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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