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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


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In this article, I will give a quick analysis of the four new decks from Duelist Alliance and how they interact with each other. We’ll kick things off with the one I’ve used the most so far. Satellarknights This deck is the definition of consistency. It follows directly in line with the 4-axis Fire Fist deck of the early 2014 format, and the Geargia deck that came afterwards. Satellarknights do what both of those decks did, but better. It has a total of five copies of Stratos (Deneb), meaning a warrior monster that can search any of the other main Read more


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I had every intention of playing Madolches for this event. I had picked the deck up right after the ARG $20K, and I took it to a local win on the first day of playing with it. I used the TG version, which was inspired by the Forte family’s build—named after Nate Forte who won ARGCS Washington. At first, I thought the deck might have been a fluke and that one guy had gotten lucky with it, but more events passed, and the Forte family kept topping with it. If I am not mistaken, three of them topped Nationals and Read more


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Hello, dueling world, I hope you’ve missed me as much as I’ve missed you. It’s been quite some time, but after coming off of two back-to-back tops at the biggest tournaments of the year, I felt it was only right to write again. First and foremost, let us quickly recap everything that’s been happening with me so far. For most of this year, I had been stuck playing lackluster decks like Dragon Rulers and Prophecy, when I could have been playing what I knew to be the best decks in each format. It was like I couldn’t let the greatness Read more