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rosty elkun

Hello Duelists! This past week I received a plethora of messages asking me questions about my Qliphort deck from YCS Tacoma so I thought I’d do a deck analysis this week. This was the decklist that I used at the event: Monsters: 17 3 Qliphort Scout 3 Qliphort Disk 3 Qliphort Carrier 2 Qliphort Helix 1 Qliphort Monolith 2 Performapal Trampolynx 3 Maxx “C” Spells: 15 3 Summoners Art 3 Upstart Goblin 3 Saqlifice 3 Mystical Space Typhoon 2 Storm 1 Book of Moon Traps: 8 3 Vanity’s Emptiness 2 Skill Drain 1 Compulsory Evacuation Device 2 Mirror Force Side: Read more


patrickhoban

I was recently debating the comparative skill of “old school” Yu-Gi-Oh and “new school” Yu-Gi-Oh with a friend of mine at locals. The topic came about from a broader discussion on the best formats in the history of the game. Because we had both experienced the two different kinds of Yu-Gi-Oh first hand, we had plenty of insight on the subject. The product of this debate was an excellent discussion that delved into multiple layers of the game’s culture. This discussion is going to be the basis for the first three articles in a new mini-series that will explore and Read more


max reynolds

The Prologue: The Journey From Wisconsin to Kentucky The three of us drove off into the night praying for a safe trip to Kentucky. Mike, Ben, and I were on our way to the ARG Metro Series in Kentucky! It was one of those nights where everything was dark except for the illumination provided by your car’s headlights and your phone’s screen. Exhausted from a very bad day, I just wanted to avoid any of the snow that was impending and get to Louisville safe and sound. The car’s wheels came to an abrupt stop as we found ourselves in Read more


Johnny Li

Recently, Pat wrote an article discussing the need for luck, and deliberately contradicted a prior article in which he said luck doesn’t exist. In short, he says players don’t need luck, yet they do. If you take away the smoke and mirrors, there is no real contradiction. What he describes boils down to improbability vs. variance. They are two different measurements that could perhaps both be thought of as luck, in the sense that we have a minimal amount of control over them. I will explain both concepts in this article. Contradictions Before I begin, I would like to highlight Read more


bo tang

Hello everyone! This past weekend, I attended the ARG Provincial Championship (hosted by YOCC) in Mississauga, Ontario. It was Family Day weekend in BC, so I travelled back to Toronto to visit my family, and my Yugi-family as well. As always, I was having a great time meeting with friends, while enjoying playing the game.   What’s YOCC? Many of you may be wondering, “What is the YOCC?” Well, YOCC stands for Yugioh Open Cash Championship. It is the event that mainly focuses on improving the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) Yugioh community and experience. What makes the YOCC attractive and Read more



Johnny Li

When a player’s life points reaches 0, he or she loses the game (or in exceptional cases, draws with the opponent). No more turns are played. This fundamental rule of YGO is a no-brainer. However, it has become the source of much confusion. Because games end on the last turn, players develop the thinking that games are decided on the last turn. In most cases, this is incorrect. Pat has preached a philosophy that tournaments are not decided during an event, but rather, are determined in the time leading up to them. His message is not a new one. It Read more


rosty elkun

Hello Duelists! This past week I attended YCS Tacoma and made it all the way to Top 16 in draft before losing out. Before I start I’d like to congratulate Barrett Keys for winning the YCS! I wasn’t planning on going to Tacoma up until about Wednesday night, so I bought my tickets pretty late. I had been playtesting for ARGCS Texas for awhile and as a result I never really learned anything about Nekroz since I didn’t actually think I was going to go to Tacoma. After talking to people who knew Nekroz well, we came to the conclusion Read more


max reynolds

Hello everyone, I’m back this week to discuss my undefeated run with the new Nekroz deck at the Columbus Ohio regional! Going into the week I did not even know what any of the Nekroz monsters did or have any idea how to play the deck. Needless to say I needed some help, but instead of asking to be spoon fed information I decided to do a little research of my own. The very first thing I did was simply type “Nekroz” in on Dueling Network and copy and paste the card effects onto a Microsoft Word document. This may Read more


Johnny Li

Greetings. This article is an aid to returning players. It presents my method for how to play “catch up” on learning when under time constraints. A returning player’s greatest difficulty is not being able to apply prior knowledge of the game to the current game until he or she reaches a certain threshold of familiarity with the current game. How to go about bridging that gap is the topic of this article. I recently had the opportunity to return from a six-month absence from cards for one brief weekend. Pat told me the ARGCS was making another pass through Texas, Read more