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I recently saw a discussion on whether or not higher rarity cards provided any kind of real advantage. We’ve all heard the ridiculous claims like “you draw higher rarity cards more often,” that have no factual basis in reality, but today I’m going to argue that there is a real advantage to be gained by using higher rarity cards.   Let’s say you have two copies of the same Monarch deck. All cards in the deck are the exact same. The only difference between the two decks is in the rarity of the cards. One of the Monarch decks is Read more


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Hey everybody, I’m back this week with hopes of correcting an error on my part. In my book Road of the King, I unintentionally advocated an illegal move. While I certainly wouldn’t have advocated for this had I realized it was illegal, the error was my fault and I want to apologize for my misinterpretation and take some time to clear up how it works to avoid confusion for anyone who has read the book. The error will be removed from later editions of the book.   Let’s start out by talking about the error I advocated. It’s a fairly Read more


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At ARG Detroit I made top cut of the Circuit Series using a Pendulum deck that devoted nearly half of my side deck spaces to the Kaiju engine. While Gameciel has certainly seen play before, most of the other Kaiju cards haven’t seen much competitive play. Today I want to talk about the engine that helped me finish first after swiss!   Let’s start out by taking a look at which Kaiju cards I sided:   2 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju 1 Gadarla, the Mystery Dust Kaiju 1 Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju 3 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber   The sheer Read more


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Last week I came to Michigan quite early to spend lots of time with Jeff since I was on my spring break. Prior to this event, I had been testing and working with Dirk Wagner and Robert Scarpelli on their Dracopal deck via Skype and sequential Dueling Network grinding. The end product was a deck that aimed to create a field with Naturia Beast with a least one solemn set. The idea was to “FTK” most match-ups because they wouldn’t be able to make a play and then we’d kill them on our following turn. Lots of success on DN Read more


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A few weeks ago Jeff messaged me and told me about a new series of cards that he thought were being overlooked. Much to my own surprise Jeff was talking about the Phantom Knight cards that were being released in the new Wing Raiders set. Jeff began working on the deck on his own because I wasn’t sold immediately and knew that he would probably come up with something better than my own creation anyways. Two weeks ago I visited Jeff and was ready to see his own Phantom Knight deck in action against my Burning Abyss deck. In my Read more


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Cube drafting has been rapidly catching on throughout the community. People are finding quite a lot of fun taking the best cards ever printed and drafting with them. Max has written a couple of articles on cube drafting here and today I want to talk about it as well. While a lot of players have implemented “All monsters are all types” rules, similar to Battle Pack 3 was in top cut of a YCS, to make the cards work better together, my cube is a little different. My cube is designed with a rule of “All cards are all archetypes.” Read more


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With the advanced forbidden/limited list now in effect, many decks have become viable that were once borderline unplayable in full-power Pepe format. I think we can all agree that seeing twenty-nine of the same deck in Top32 of YCS Atlanta was not healthy for the game. It is acceptable for a deck to be the best, but it does not need to be absolutely uncontested. Think about Nekroz format where you had Burning Abyss as a strong second. Both decks won their fair share of events despite Nekroz having the stronger engine. Players were forced to innovate constantly to keep Read more


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There is an overwhelming consensus that Instant Fusion is not needed in the Pendulum deck. Most players who do use it don’t maximize on it. Click here to see some of the deck lists from YCS Atlanta that clearly indicates a trend away from the card. I think that this trend is incorrect and today I’m going to make an argument for why Instant Fusion should not only be included, but also maxed out on.   First of all let’s address how it’s possible for the masses to come to an incorrect consensus. After all, it is being excluded in Read more


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Pendulums took a big blow with the recent adjusted list that banned Plushfire, banned Damage Juggler, banned Tellarknight Ptolemaeus, limited Luster Pendulum, limited Monkeyboard, and limited Skullcrobat. After taking 29 of the Top 32 spots at YCS Atlanta it seems like these hits might have been necessary, but do they outright cripple the deck? I wouldn’t be so sure of that. Pendulum summoning is a once per turn Soul Charge built into a game mechanic and I’m willing to bet that the best deck will be whichever deck does it the best. Today I’m going to talk about some of Read more


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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