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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


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The pendulum mechanic has finally been fixed. The recent release of Breakers of Shadow has brought us some of the most anticipated and powerful cards that we have seen in a long time. If you remember, my biggest gripe with pendulums was the fact that it essentially reduces your hand by two cards. Going first emphasizes that flaw even more. Now, however, the scales generate advantage from just being in the pendulum zone. In this article, I am going to analyze Pepe post BOSH and go over some of the other strong influences in the new meta. Let’s start by Read more


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Nothing could have brought me out of a writing hiatus as fast as the release of the Pendulum Magician deck this past Friday. I had some time to play with it over the weekend, and I love the overall consistency it has when compared to PePe. Perhaps there is something about having six good search cards again that makes me enjoy the prospect of the deck, or maybe it has something to do with the Spellcaster theme? Either way, I have a list, and I want to share it with you since we do not have much time left before Read more


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ARG recently announced some changes to its custom format, which will be used at the next Circuit Series in Indianapolis. As always, some decks were nerfed while others were buffed, but most importantly more decks are playable. Allow me to share my thoughts. Banned Raigeki Apoqliphort Towers Restricted to 1 Nekroz of Unicore Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier Restricted to 2 Compulsory Evacuation Device One for One Elemental Hero Bubbleman El Shaddoll Fusion Monster Gate No Longer Restricted Debris Dragon Rescue Rabbit Tragoedia Artifact Moraltach The biggest deck in Yu-Gi-Oh at the moment is none other than Nekroz. This Read more


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“…the funny thing is, I think his fake confidence gets overpowered and reversed by real confidence,” he said as we laughed over cocktails. “Yeah, I totally agree, like there’s no way I would ever be intimidated by him. I’m not intimidated by anyone at this point, Pat. I’m pretty sure all of his talking and nonsense only works on people who think he’s good because they don’t know him.” “Yeah for sure. Like imagine if we did that to people—just said things out loud with the intention of getting into their heads. It doesn’t even matter if they respond to Read more


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Now that there have been two events in ARG format, I wanted to take the time to discuss the popular decks that we’ve seen so far and how they stack up against one another. I think it’s important to understand how cards interact across all matchups, so let’s dive right in, shall we? Satellarknights I had the pleasure of playing this deck at the first ARG format event in Charlotte, North Carolina. While it wasn’t my first choice, I am still happy to have gained the experience from using something other than Nekroz for once this year. I think this Read more


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Last week, ARG released its very own Forbidden/Limited list. The community has been in an uproar ever since; some people love it, some people hate it, and others are indifferent, but I think we can all agree that it feels good to have options. Think of it like your extra deck— you may never have to actually use it, but it’s there just in case. Also, I am a firm believer in the theory that playing different games/formats can/will make you a better player overall. In fact, the same year that I started playing Magic the Gathering was the same Read more


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A week before the Circuit Series in Syracuse, I went to the one in Edison and played a super ignorant build of Nekroz. I mained three copies of Solemn Scolding and two copies of Secret Village of the Spellcasters. Essentially, I wasn’t trying to duel…at all. I won my round one mirror match where I opened both games with the Djinn lock and Scolding, but the tournament didn’t quite stay that way. In round two, I played against what had to be my worst matchup—Nekroz Shaddolls—and I got 2-0ed fairly easily. I played my second least favorable matchup in round Read more


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ARG Edison will go down in the history books as the return of Burning Abyss—and for good reason. Not only did 6 of the 16 players who topped the event use it, but the finals also featured a BA mirror match. I’d like to say congratulations to Matthew Monahan for winning the event, and to Calvin Tahan for joining the second place club. The interesting thing about the finals, or all six of the BA decks that topped, was how unique the decklists were from one another. While Matt opted for a direct counter to the nastiest deck in the Read more


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Congratulations to TJ “King of DN” Kinsley who reigned supreme with Nekroz in a finals mirror match at the 150th YCS this past weekend. Among the decks that topped the event were Qliphorts, Burning Abyss, and Ritual Beasts. Surprisingly, or not surprisingly depending on who you speak to, Shaddolls did not secure a single spot in the Top32. The deck was well represented amongst the roughly 1800 players who attended, but for some reason it didn’t quite make the cut. In the weeks leading up to YCS Columbus, I had a good amount of testing against Shaddolls since many players Read more