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With two more ARG events in the books, we now have a defined meta. Burning Abyss and Qliphorts are leading the pack, taking most of the top spots, while Shaddolls struggle to keep a foot in the game. Even though it’s quite obvious, I will say that Burning Abyss is the best deck and I will be going over why that is, but I will also offer a counter argument, too. As you all know, Burning Abyss received five new cards in the last set, and all five of them are being put to use. Fire Lake is obviously the Read more


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Hey duelists, I’m excited to announce that I will be returning to competitive play this weekend at ARGCS Raleigh. I haven’t played in an event since YCS Toronto at the beginning of September, so it’s been a little over 2 months for me. In that time, a new pack has been released and it adds quite a few tricks to the decks that are already on top. Shaddolls and Burning Abyss were both strengthened from New Challengers, which means you will have to know how to play against their upgraded strategies from here on out. I will start things off Read more


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The Geargia starter deck recently hit shelves, and it packs quite a punch with the new 4-star Machine monster, Geargiauger. The first thing I thought about when I saw the card was how I loved the olden days when we played Troop-Dupe-Scoop. If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, it comes from a 2006 format where Card Trooper was allowed at 3 per deck, and Machine Duplication was considered overpowered. Since then, the game has changed a lot, so what was once considered overpowered is now only slightly unfair (see Raigeki). However, Geargias have always been a naturally solid and consistent Read more


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The format has become pretty stabilized with Shaddolls and Burning Abyss leading the pack. When it gets to this point, I usually start trying out fun things to make the game interesting again. Recently, at ARGCS Columbus, Josh Everly piloted a Madolche Artifact deck to the Top8. In the weeks leading up to that event, I kept pestering Sean McCabe to playtest a Madolche deck with me because I felt it had a decent enough matchup against the top two decks. Though we never quite got around to it, I was certain that there was something there to be discovered, Read more


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First off, I just want to congratulate our newest 3-time champion, Billy Brake, on his victory at YCS Dallas. He was able to do something that no other player has ever done before, which will be the premise of this article. Billy was able to pilot a whopping 60-card deck to the Top16 playoffs before reigning supreme in his own backyard, sending the entire community into an uproar.  The last time we’ve seen anything close to this would have to be when Long Dao won YCS Lille with his 53-card Mermail deck in 2013. Before we begin discussing the pros Read more


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Hello, duelists. Now that we have our confirmed Forbidden/Limited List for the next few months, I figured that I would give my thoughts on the changes. Let’s get right to it, shall we? Soul Charge to 1 per deck  Some would argue that seeing this card go to 1 per deck is a good thing, but many of the better players agree that it should either be banned altogether or at 3 per deck. The reason being, the only real answer to a Soul Charge is an opposing Soul Charge. Traps are unreliable. Now, with it at 1 per deck, Read more


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While we wait for the next Forbidden & Limited List, I figured I’d give my thoughts on cards that should be affected in some way. There aren’t many that I think need to be changed, but for the few that are on my hit list, I feel that they are just too game breaking to remain unaffected. I do not expect all of these changes to take place, especially since some of them are more recent than others, but hopefully some will. Soul Charge This card is the first on the list, and for obvious reasons. Since its release, it Read more


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Last weekend, we got to see two of the best players of all time, Patrick Hoban and Sean McCabe, go head to head in the finals of YCS Toronto. Patrick piloted Lightsworn Shaddolls while McCabe opted for Satellarknights. Both players were in their comfort zones, using decks that were built similarly to ones they had topped with in the past. Hoban prefers his builds to be combo based and McCabe prefers to max out on copies of almost every card, giving his deck a linear yet effective playstyle. In this article, I will be giving an analysis of Sean’s list Read more


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If you have been testing the format post Duelist Alliance, you probably realize by now that many of the traps which we considered staples before are simply outclassed in today’s meta. It can be difficult to cope with the idea that cards like Torrential Tribute and Bottomless Trap Hole are not adequate enough to deal with problems. The game is so much different than it was a month ago, so I am going to go over what I have found to be the best traps of the current format and why. Compulsory Evacuation Device Whether you’re dealing with an El Read more


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Floodgates. You’ve seen them before. They’re everywhere and they’re annoying. In fact, I would go as far as to say that floodgate cards are the lynchpin of competitive side decking right now. For those of you who do not know what I am referring to when I say “floodgate cards,” I will briefly elaborate. A “floodgate” is a card that sits on the field and prevents the opponent from playing Yu-Gi-Oh. They are usually so crippling to the opposing strategy that entire games can be won with just a single copy of any given floodgate card. Examples include Shadow Imprisoning Read more