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patrickhoban

Mistakes happen in just about every game of Yu-Gi-Oh you play. Often times, these mistakes will go unnoticed unless someone not playing the match points it out. The reason they tend to go unnoticed is because if you realized you were making a mistake, you wouldn’t have done it in the first place. From time to time, however, you catch yourself mid-act or right after you finish making a play. Have you ever had your opponent catch himself making a play he shouldn’t have made and then he asked to take it back? This can create an awkward situation for Read more


rosty

Hello duelists! In this week’s article I will discuss some things that I’ve noticed can help put you ahead in the Shaddoll mirror match. First off I’d like to congratulate Patrick Hoban for winning YCS Toronto using his variation of Shaddolls! Now let’s dive right into it.Armageddon Knight vs MathematicianMost players have been maining Mathematician in their Shaddoll decks, but some people have been using Armageddon Knight instead. Both cards have their benefits and downsides. Mathematician is a 1500 Attack point monster that will net you a card when it is destroyed by battle and has the effectively the same Read more


patrickhoban

This past weekend the Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Series made its only North American stop of the format in Toronto, Canada. The usual suspects and I made the trip up north to compete in the tournament and when all was said and done, I was now a YCS Champion. This was sharp contrast as to how I had been doing at other events this format in that I hadn’t managed to top a premier event since the World Championship Qualifier in July. It is an honor to be able to share my experience from this weekend with such a wide and captive Read more


frazier smith

Last weekend, we got to see two of the best players of all time, Patrick Hoban and Sean McCabe, go head to head in the finals of YCS Toronto. Patrick piloted Lightsworn Shaddolls while McCabe opted for Satellarknights. Both players were in their comfort zones, using decks that were built similarly to ones they had topped with in the past. Hoban prefers his builds to be combo based and McCabe prefers to max out on copies of almost every card, giving his deck a linear yet effective playstyle. In this article, I will be giving an analysis of Sean’s list Read more


rosty

  This week I’d like to take a break from featuring the three new blowout decks (Shaddoll, Satellarknight, Burning Abyss). Instead, I’m going to talk about an older deck that I think still has some potential in this format: Dragon Rulers.Dragon Rulers were first introduced in Lord Of The Tachyon Galaxy and have dominated ever since. Patric Hoban piloted them to a first place finish at the NAWCQ 2013, and they went on to win the 2013 World Championship thanks to Shin-en Huang! After the Dragon Rulers were limited to 1 most people gave up on them and they saw Read more


frazier smith

If you have been testing the format post Duelist Alliance, you probably realize by now that many of the traps which we considered staples before are simply outclassed in today’s meta. It can be difficult to cope with the idea that cards like Torrential Tribute and Bottomless Trap Hole are not adequate enough to deal with problems. The game is so much different than it was a month ago, so I am going to go over what I have found to be the best traps of the current format and why. Compulsory Evacuation Device Whether you’re dealing with an El Read more


patrickhoban

The Problems with Shaddolls Shaddolls were the most hyped deck right off the bat from Duelist Alliance. They garnered lots of attention and unsurprisingly took the most spots in top cut at the first event after their release, but despite being played in mass, they couldn’t make it past Top 4. Was this a fluke and are Shaddolls really the deck to beat or is there something more at play that contributed to them not being able to finish the job? While I’m sure we all know what benefits there are to playing Shaddolls and all the powerful things they Read more


rosty elkun

After my last article, some players questioned the wisdom of testing on DN because, in their experience, many players on DN were not very good. I shall endeavour to explain how and why DN is useful for playtesting. Dueling network is a flash website that allows you to play Yugioh with your friends, play vs random people without ever having to leave your house. The best part? It’s all free! You don’t have to pay for a deck and you can have as many decks as you want! How to properly playtest The most important part of playtesting on DN Read more


frazier smith

Floodgates. You’ve seen them before. They’re everywhere and they’re annoying. In fact, I would go as far as to say that floodgate cards are the lynchpin of competitive side decking right now. For those of you who do not know what I am referring to when I say “floodgate cards,” I will briefly elaborate. A “floodgate” is a card that sits on the field and prevents the opponent from playing Yu-Gi-Oh. They are usually so crippling to the opposing strategy that entire games can be won with just a single copy of any given floodgate card. Examples include Shadow Imprisoning Read more


patrickhoban

I firmly believe that deckbuilding is the most important aspect in being successful in this game. Sure, there are plenty of things like making the correct play or having your reads be spot on, but take a minute to think about how far those things will really get you. If you’ve got Lonefire, Soul Charge, and Mount Sylvania you may not know all the possibilities and that if you had not previously practiced this combination, there is probably something better that you could have done. But how much is that really going to matter? A rather disheartening reality is that Read more