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The monarch structure deck was highly anticipated, but failed to deliver when it was time for YCS Atlanta. We can attribute this to many factors, whether it be a lack of consistency, a mechanic too ancient to keep up, or the relatively “fair” plays when viewed side-by-side with full power Pepe. In this article, I am going to go over what I feel are the main issues with Monarchs and what the future holds for the deck. Brick by boring brick This is nothing unknown to the world. The deck draws unplayable a lot. Like, a lot a lot. I Read more


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Over the last couple of years there has been a trend to side out powerful cards in mirror matches. We saw cards like Return From the Different Dimension, Vanity’s Emptiness, and Djinn Releaser of Rituals be offered to be sided out to make the game more fair. This trend has continued into the Pendulum era with the offer to side out Wavering Eyes. I have always been a fan of offering to side out cards to make the games more fair, but Wavering Eyes is something I disagree with siding out. I’m back today to tell you why I don’t Read more


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Practice makes perfect right? Playtesting is a very common form of practice for those preparing for an event, which is typically a process of identifying your good/bad match-ups and refining them through various trials of matches. Lets take Yugioh out of the equation and substitute it for American Football because it is the post season after all! With four teams remaining out of the entire culmination of the NFL, one could say that these are the best teams in the country. Lets use each team and substitute them for a different deck in today’s metagame.   New England Patriots: PePe Read more


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One of the biggest questions amongst duelists after the release of BOSH is whether or not they should be playing hand traps, and if so, which ones and how many. While the answer may not be clear, we can certainly draw some conclusions by evaluating each of them individually. Hand traps, just like any other cards, have their strengths and weaknesses. On top of that, not every deck can support certain ones. In this article, I am going to go over how I feel about each of the viable hand traps, and which decks can capitalize off of them the Read more


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The pendulum mechanic has finally been fixed. The recent release of Breakers of Shadow has brought us some of the most anticipated and powerful cards that we have seen in a long time. If you remember, my biggest gripe with pendulums was the fact that it essentially reduces your hand by two cards. Going first emphasizes that flaw even more. Now, however, the scales generate advantage from just being in the pendulum zone. In this article, I am going to analyze Pepe post BOSH and go over some of the other strong influences in the new meta. Let’s start by Read more


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Hello everyone, I’m back this week to recap my Third Place finish at ARG Circuit Series Orlando! Leading up to ARG Orlando I had my heart set on playing PePe, or some deck that utilized the powerful pendulum mechanic. As I played more and more matches with PePe I began to feel myself losing control of games just because my opponent had Wavering Eyes and I did not have an out (Damage Juggler/Wavering Eyes). At first I thought that these games where I was losing control could have been the result of making an incorrect play, but then I noticed Read more


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Ronald Reagan famously asked the American voters during the 1980 presidential election, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” It was a question that resonated with people, because most people didn’t keep up with the nuances and daily happenings in Washington to be able to measure Jimmy Carter’s presidency against. What they did know was how they were doing relative to four years ago. Was it harder to buy milk or a gallon of gas? These were things the people were highly sensitive to in their everyday life. Reagan then asked for their vote if they were Read more


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Hey everybody. The pendulum structure deck was recently released, which gave us the new Magician cards. These cards seem to bring more of a coherent strategy to the pendulum deck, as they are actually an archetype rather than a collection of cards that work well together. In order to turn them into a tournament-winning strategy we need to do more than just a superficial analysis of the deck. This week I want to look at what could go wrong with the Magicians and see how they could be improved upon.   The First Turn   Whenever you’re playing a pendulum Read more


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Hello everyone! I’m back this week to follow up on my last article where I introduced the idea of Cube draft. This week I’d like to share my entire cube with all of you. I received countless responses asking for help, and one particular individual approached me at the Michigan regional! I’m always happy to help out players especially since we’re headed for what looks to be dark times with BOSH coming out. I’ve conversed with a lot of player’s and none of them seem to be very excited about what BOSH will do to the game, which makes Cube Read more


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Last month I wrote about how I felt Unicore had been crippling creativity for close to a year and expressing my excitement to play without it constraining the meta. I had to miss the ARG Circuit Series in Anaheim last month due to school obligations, which made this the first event I played in the post-Unicore era. My anticipations for the format were met, as I was able to take first place at the ARG Circuit Series in Last Vegas two weeks ago! This week I want to explain the Pendulum Magician deck that I worked closely with Abe Thalos, Read more