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Banned Snatch Steal It was fun while it lasted, but let’s be honest—this card was degenerate. As soon as it came off the list, you would see ARG live coverage of people savaging each other back and forth with their copies of Snatch Steal. I played in an iPad tournament back in January, and I lost a game to an opponent who was completely top decking because he was able to take my Majesty’s Fiend. When he took it, my lifepoints were at 8000 and I had a total of five cards. That means I was +5 on him in Read more


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Necloths—an archetype that has single-handedly sent the Yu-Gi-Oh community into an uproar with its insane consistency, absurd scarcity, and soaring price tag. Duelists everywhere have been doing whatever it takes to get their hands on the boys in blue, including selling kidneys, spending entire tax refunds, and even pawning engagement rings. If you were lucky enough to pick it up before things got out of hand, then congratulations to you on becoming a self-made millionaire; if not, then I suggest you stock up on ramen noodles and Easy Mac, because that’s all you’ll be eating if you want to afford Read more


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If you tuned in to YCS Charleston earlier this month, you will know that Satellarknights had a stronger showing than Shaddolls in the Top32. The last time the light-based warrior deck was considered “top tier” was at ARG Atlantic City, which is when it first came out. Ever since then, it has struggled with a meta consisting of triple Super Polymerization, and then the absurdities of Burning Abyss shortly after. However, a few duelists were able to take full advantage of Secrets of Eternity and the release of Satellarknight Constellar Diamond. One such duelist was Stephen Dabreo, who took his Read more


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Hey, duelists. This week I’m going to go over some of the best cards in the newest set, Secrets of Eternity, and tell you what uses I’ve found for them. Let’s get right to it then. Soul Transition Normal Trap If you control no Special Summoned monsters: Tribute 1 face-up Level 4 Normal Summoned/Set monster; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 “Soul Transition” per turn. You cannot Special Summon monsters the turn you activate this card. Soul Transition was made with the idea of Qliphorts in mind. All of them can be normal summoned as level 4 monsters, Read more


Mind games are one of the best parts of competitive Yu-Gi-Oh. If a player knows how to use them correctly, he/she will have an intrinsic edge over the competition. While there are many forms of mind games at our disposal, I feel that one of the most used and least understood is the ability to bait your opponent into doing what you want. Let’s go over a few steps and a real-life example to help illustrate. Understanding Your Win Condition First and foremost, in order to properly bait someone, you will need to understand your current win condition. In a Read more


In recent tournaments, Shaddolls have been gaining popularity thanks to the rise in Burning Abyss players. This has led to many innovations, most of which have stemmed from Jeff Jones, and most recently Paul Cooper. Since I’m an avid fan of Shaddolls over Burning Abyss and Qliphorts, I can tell you that nothing makes me happier than seeing this deck perform well again. In this article, I will be analyzing Cooper’s HAM Shaddolls, and explaining why it’s a strong pick against the current meta. Monsters: 23 3 Denko Sekka 3 Mathematician 3 Shaddoll Beast 2 Shaddoll Dragn 2 Shaddoll Hedgehog Read more


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So Konami released the latest Forbidden/Limited List last week, and much to our surprise, the major decks were left virtually unscathed again. I think there are plenty of things they could have done to balance the game while also ensuring that they sell future products, but business is business. This is probably the most blatant way of saying, “We only care about the bottom line.” Super Polymerization banned This card getting banned is completely understandable. It is one of the few cards in the game that says you literally cannot respond to it, and its effect happens to be very Read more


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There are plenty of things about the game that you should know before playing in a major event. When I was watching the live stream from ARGCS Atlanta, I noticed that not everyone realizes the importance of rulings knowledge, or how end of round procedures can affect your match. While being an amazing deck builder and an amazing player can carry you far, you will certainly want to have the full package to perform well on a consistent basis. I am going to go over a real-life example and provide some advice on how you should prepare beforehand. I will Read more


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Today, I’ve decided that I wanted to talk about one of the more subtle fundamentals in Yu-Gi-Oh–how not to side. Side decking can be a very complicated thing, but it doesn’t have to be. I often see players lose entire games because they don’t know how to do it. Incorrect siding includes putting in cards that are less than stellar when going first or second, siding too many cards for a specific matchup, which effectively ruins the foundation of your own deck, and siding the wrong cards altogether. I’m going to delve into each of these problems, and provide some insight Read more


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The most frequently asked question in Yu-Gi-Oh would have to be, “How do I become better at this game?” If you ask any good, well-known player, he will tell you that this question pops up in his social media inbox several times throughout the course of the year. Coincidentally, that happens to be the hardest question to answer, too. The best players didn’t get there using the same exact methods. Some players are better deck builders than they are at actually executing plays, and some are better at executing plays than they are at building decks. 99% of the Yu-Gi-Oh Read more