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frazier smith

The Geargia starter deck recently hit shelves, and it packs quite a punch with the new 4-star Machine monster, Geargiauger. The first thing I thought about when I saw the card was how I loved the olden days when we played Troop-Dupe-Scoop. If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, it comes from a 2006 format where Card Trooper was allowed at 3 per deck, and Machine Duplication was considered overpowered. Since then, the game has changed a lot, so what was once considered overpowered is now only slightly unfair (see Raigeki). However, Geargias have always been a naturally solid and consistent Read more

jesse choate

Hello everyone, I am writing a series of articles on everything you need to know regarding drafting Battle Pack 3. A lot of my friends consider me to be quite knowledgeable in the field of drafting, and many others have asked for my assistance in drafting for the top 16 of a YCS. In these upcoming articles I will be explaining the top cards in the set, pick choices, drafting strategy, theory behind picking certain cards over others, and some other stuff I think is important too. I’ve talked to many players who were able to make it to the Read more


Hello Duelists! This week I’m going to be talking about a deck that I’ve had recent success with that isn’t Shaddolls or Burning Abyss – Sylvans! Sylvans have lost a lot of popularity ever since Soul Charge was limited to 1 on the newest banlist, but I think the deck is still viable. Here’s a sample list for you guys: 2 Sylvan Hermitree 3 Sylvan Sagequoia 2 Sylvan Princessprout 3 Kuribandit 2 Lonefire Blossom 1 Spore 1 Glow Up Bulb 2 Sylvan Kumoshroomo 1 Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos 17 3 Upstart Goblin 2 Mount Sylvania 3 Miracle Fertilizer 3 Read more

frazier smith

The format has become pretty stabilized with Shaddolls and Burning Abyss leading the pack. When it gets to this point, I usually start trying out fun things to make the game interesting again. Recently, at ARGCS Columbus, Josh Everly piloted a Madolche Artifact deck to the Top8. In the weeks leading up to that event, I kept pestering Sean McCabe to playtest a Madolche deck with me because I felt it had a decent enough matchup against the top two decks. Though we never quite got around to it, I was certain that there was something there to be discovered, Read more


All traps aren’t created equal. You can generalize most trap cards into a few different categories. Depending on the format, one of these categories of trap cards will usually be superior to the other types of traps. The way this format is developing has lead to a paradox among the different types of traps that is riddled with contradictions. This week I’m going to explain my findings about this phenomenon. As far as this article is concerned, when I say “trap,” I am referring to any type of defensive card, not exclusively a trap card. It also encompasses cards like Read more


Hello duelists! Two weekend ago I made the top cut of ARGCS Columbus with a deck that I thought was fairly new. It was a 37 card deck that used both the Shaddoll and Burning Abyss engines.Here is the deck list: Monsters: 21 3 Tour Guide from the Underworld 3 Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss 3 Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss 2 Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss 2 Mathematician 2 Shaddoll Dragon 1 Shaddoll Falco 1 Shaddoll Beast 1 Shaddoll Squamata 2 Effect Veiler 1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning Spells: 8 1 Foolish Read more

Name: Jackie “Hamjam” Bernal Age: 21 Occupation: Being a Hamster Hometown: Vacaville, CA Deck (MVP Card): Supply Squad because Brady says it’s trash. Previous YGO Accomplishments: None What will you spend your prize credit on: Freeing Josh Furlong from his ex. What deck will you play when New Challengers comes out: I’m Just trying to travel to the Light. Name: Dalton Bousman Age: 20 Occupation: Dirk Wagner Apprentice Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA Deck (MVP Card): Allure of Darkness Previous YGO Accomplishments: 1st place ARG Iowa What will you spend your prize credit on: Dirk Wagner What deck will you play Read more

frazier smith

First off, I just want to congratulate our newest 3-time champion, Billy Brake, on his victory at YCS Dallas. He was able to do something that no other player has ever done before, which will be the premise of this article. Billy was able to pilot a whopping 60-card deck to the Top16 playoffs before reigning supreme in his own backyard, sending the entire community into an uproar.  The last time we’ve seen anything close to this would have to be when Long Dao won YCS Lille with his 53-card Mermail deck in 2013. Before we begin discussing the pros Read more

Jordan Winters – Burning Abyss 3 Mathematician 3 Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss 3 Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss 3 Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss 3 Tour Guide from the Underworld 1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning 1 Effect Veiler 1 Mystical Space Typhoon 1 Upstart Goblin 1 Foolish Burial 3 Supply Squad 1 Allure of Darkness 2 Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force 3 Phoenix Wing Wind Blast 3 Karma Cut 1 Solemn Warning 1 Bottomless Trap Hole 3 Vanity’s Emptiness 1 Compulsory Evacuation Device 2 Trap Stun Side Deck 1 Maxx “C” 3 Vanity’s Fiend 1 Read more


Place Name Points 1 Bousman, Dalton 20 2 Frazier, James 20 3 Leverett, Zachery 19 4 Merchent, Mike 19 5 Winters, Jordan 19 6 Merchant, Nick 19 7 Roberson, Parker 19 8 Leeper, Sean 19 9 Robinson, Jacob 19 10 Peters, Kyle 19 11 Thomas, Fletcher 19 12 Butler, Zach 18 13 Johnson, Desmond 18 14 Wagner, Dirk 18 15 Hanson, Ryne 18 16 Bernal, Jackie 18 17 Stroyek, Bryce 18 18 Helmantoler, Brandon 18 19 Cooper, Paul 18 20 Smith, Nathan 18 21 Marasco, Alexander 18 22 Vang, Shanbay 16 23 Scarpelli, Robert 16 24 Lam, Phap 16 25 Read more