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Hello duelists.  This is my 25th article, and may I just say that it has been a pleasure sharing my ideas with the community here for just over a year now.  Tyler and I were recruited to doctor decks last January.  Tyler is a creative thinker with a good grasp of fundamentals which show in each and every article he posts.  Those who have followed him on forums can attest that he is especially an expert at crafting alternate win condition strategies.  At this time, Tyler has stepped down from writing and is discontinuing his work on the deck doctor Read more


Treatise on Competitive Philosophy Contents Book 1: Reasoning Like a Competitor Book 2: Fighting Like a Competitor Book 3: Persisting Like a Competitor Book 1: Reasoning Like a Competitor Abstract In this chapter I lay the groundwork for the objective approach to competition.  I deconstruct the imaginary code people often compete under: a code that is often self-contradictory and halting to player improvement.  The subjective perception of cheapness is a common topic when it comes to game morality.  It’s important to take improvement into your own hands rather than be wrapped up in the unfairness of the game, or life Read more


Contents Book 1: Reasoning Like a Competitor Book 2: Fighting Like a Competitor Book 3: Persisting Like a Competitor   Book 1: Reasoning Like a Competitor Abstract In this chapter, I introduce the book and its general contents, touch on the peculiarity of competition, and share the history of my involvement in competitive play. Chapter 1: To Live and To Compete “Being a fine chef, a good mother, a doctor, a political activist, or a musician are all noble pursuits that may, due to your finite time and effort, prevent you from focusing on something as trivial as winning games. Read more


Hey readers, it’s that time of the year again, though it seems this time of the year is going to be coming twice as often as it used to. Starting off, I’m going to update Christian Gonzalez’s Spellbook list to the next format: [ccDeck=”Main Deck”]2 Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer:2 High Priestess of Prophecy:1 World of Prophecy:3 Spellbook Magician of Prophecy:3 Temperance of Prophecy:2 Mystical Space Typhoon:1 Book of Moon:3 Spellbook Library of the Crescent:3 Spellbook of Secrets:2 Spellbook of the Master:2 Spellbook of Eternity:2 The Grand Spellbook Tower:2 Spellbook of Fate:1 Spellbook of Life:1 Spellbook of Power:1 Spellbook of Wisdom:2 Phoenix Read more


Hey readers, First up this week, we’re going to take a look at Armando Guzman’s pretty cool brew: Monsters: 1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning 1 Chaos Sorcerer 1 Dark Armed Dragon 1 Tragoedia 2 Plaguespreader Zombie 3 Destiny Hero – Malicious 1 Archfiend Heiress 1 Dark Grepher 1 Armageddon Knight 1 Krebons 1 Psychic Commander 3 Black Dragon Collapserpent 3 White Dragon Wyverburster 2 Photon Thrasher 1 Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner 2 Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress 2 Raiden, Lightsworn Assailant Spells: 1 Book of Moon 1 Reinforcement of the Army 1 Foolish Burial 1 Charge of the Light Read more


Hey readers, this week we’re going to start off by taking a look at James Drake’s Frog Monarch list: [ccDeck=”Main Deck”]2 Tragoedia:2 Light and Darkness Dragon:1 Gorz the Emissary of Darkness:1 Jinzo:1 Vanity’s Fiend:3 Caius the Shadow Monarch:3 Raiza the Storm Monarch:1 Dark Dust Spirit:3 Swap Frog:2 Ronintoadin:2 Dupe Frog:2 Treeborn Frog:3 Battle Fader:2 Effect Veiler:1 Dark Hole:2 Soul Exchange:1 Foolish Burial:2 Pot of Duality:2 Mystical Space Typhoon:3 Enemy Controller:1 Compulsory Evacuation Device[/ccDeck] For me, this deck has always been incredibly interesting in theory. The late game plan of dropping a monarch every turn seems absolutely incredible, however, in actuality, the Read more


Hey readers, this week we’re going to start off by taking a look at Ethan Solms’ Chaos Dragon deck. [ccDeck=”Main Deck”]1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning:2 Card Trooper:1 Chaos Sorcerer:1 Dark Armed Dragon:3 Darkflare Dragon:3 Destiny Hero – Malicious:1 Eclipse Wyvern:3 Effect Veiler:1 Gorz, Emissary of Darkness:1 Honest:3 Lightpulsar Dragon:3 Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress:1 Night Assailant:2 Plaguespreader Zombie:1 Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon:2 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter:2 Tour Guide from the Underworld:2 Tragoedia:1 Allure of Darkness:1 Charge of the Light Brigade:1 Dark Hole:2 Mystical Space Typhoon:1 Return from the Different Dimension:1 Sixth Sense[/ccDeck] Aside from the Malicious copies, this looks Read more


Hey readers, first up this week is Eric Hennig’s Battlin’ Boxer list: Monster: 16 1x Thunder King Rai-Oh 1x Masked Chameleon 3x Battlin’ Boxer Glassjaw 3x Battlin’ Boxer Headgeared 3x Battlin’ Boxer Sparrer 3x Battlin’ Boxer Switchitter Magic: 15 3x Pot Of Duality 3x Upstart Goblin 3x Mystical Space Typhoon 2x Forbidden Lance 1x Rank-up Magic Numeron Force 1x Book of Moon 1x Dark Hole 1x Reinforcement Of The Army Trap: 9 3x Fiendish Chain 2x Vanitys Emptiness 1x Compulsory Evacuation Device 1x Bottomless Trap Hole 1x Torrential Tribute 1x Solemn Warning Boxers are a cool deck that came out Read more


Hey readers, this week we’re going to start off by taking a look at Kumar Dave’s Skill Drain Aggro list: [ccDeck=”Main Deck”]2 Ancient Gear Gadjiltron Dragon:3 Beastking Barbaros:2 Cardcar D:3 Fire King High Avatar Garunix:2 Mythical Water Dragon:1 Dark Hole:2 Geartown:2 Mystical Space Typhoon:1 Necrovalley:2 Onslaught of the Fire Kings:2 Pot of Duality:1 Terraforming:1 The Seal of Orichalchos:3 Trade-In:2 Call of the Haunted:1 Compulsory Evacuation Device:2 Dark Bribe:3 Imperial Iron Wall:2 Needle Ceiling:2 Skill Drain:1 Torrential Tribute[/ccDeck] This is an interesting list, and it’s similar to a deck we went over right after Tachyon came out earlier this year. Basically, Read more


Entry 22 Hey duelists.  Patrick and Frazier recently wrote on the merits and drawbacks of the Dragunity and Classic (Debris) variants of Dragon Ruler, each offering his own unique conclusion on which deck is better.  While Pat favors the Dragunity deck, Frazier is an advocate of Debris.  Both did a good job of hitting the major points in the debate.  Rather than parrot what’s already been said, I am going to build upon the discussion through a tournament report relaying my experiences.  My one-year anniversary writing for ARG is coming up soon, and I have just a few thoughts to Read more