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Good evening everybody! The April 2014 format kicks off in a couple days and I’m sure you’re all busy working hard perfecting your decks for the upcoming format. Today I’d like to present to you a revolutionary deck building concept that I’ve been working on for quite some time. It applies economic concepts to deck building by allowing you to make decisions at the margin. It has a wide range of applications and can be applied in just about every area of deck building. I’m going to start out by giving you some background on the topic to show you Read more


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Hey everybody! In the last week, a lot of people asked me why I played certain cards and why I didn’t play other cards in the Mermail deck that I used to make Top 16 at YCS Atlanta and to win the ARG Circuit Series in Charlotte. Many of my card choices were different from the standard Mermail deck so I wanted to go over my thought process in making the deck. Last week I spoke about the three different attributes that I thought the best deck of any format should have and gave specific examples for this format to Read more


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If a year ago you told me that within the next twelve months I’d go on to top 10 premier events, 3 of which I would win, there’s no way I would have possibly believed you. This past weekend was the culmination of what I would have to say would be the dream year for any player. Two weeks ago I made Top 16 at the YCS in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia with a Mermail deck that was substantially different from any build I had seen before. Of the matches I played with the deck in that tournament, I Read more


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Hello everybody and welcome back. I’m pleased to say that after much hard work my friend Arya and I have updated the TCG Premier Event Tops list. The list is a collection of the greatest players to have ever played the game and keeps track of how many tops each player has, how many wins each player has, and keeps a record for every premier event that has ever taken place. You can check out the list by clicking here. I’m going to use my article this week to explain the list and talk about what counts as a premier Read more


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Hey everyone! This week I’m going to be talking about what should make you use one copy of a card, two copies of a card, or a full three copies of a card in your deck. I think this is one of the harder deck building concepts as often times even the decks that do very well seem to make these choices arbitrarily. Why did you play two Fiendish Chains instead of a full set? If all you’re looking at is a deck list, it can be very difficult to understand. An important thing to keep in mind is that Read more


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Hey everybody! We’re just over a week away from the first major tournament of the new format! I hope to see you all in Nashville next weekend where the Circuit Series will be making its first stop of 2014. This week I’m going to bring you an article that could help you prepare for this and other tournaments. I know that Dueling Network gets quite a bit of flack when it comes to its usefulness in play testing. It seems that the main concern is that the people that you’re playing against aren’t going to be very good. If that Read more


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Hey everybody! I hope you all had a great holiday season! As the New Year approaches, I’m sure you’re all excited for the new forbidden and limited list. I’ve got plenty of topics ready that talk about the upcoming format, but before that I’d like to present to you my tournament report from the ARG Circuit Series in St. Louis. Since I’m sure you’re all as sick of Dragons as I am, I highly considered not writing this article since the format is over and we’re all looking to the future. I decided to go ahead with the article, but Read more


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Hey guys! It’s been a while since my last article. I’m going to make an attempt to get back on track with writing them weekly, so what better to start with than what I’m sure will be a controversial and highly debated one, a ban list article!   Konami surprised everyone with the September list. I think I had to have been the most surprised of all, but I think it was a really positive change that brought about a great format! Even if you dislike Dragons, it’s going to be really difficult to make an argument against the quality Read more


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Hey everybody! Last weekend was the sneak preview of Shadow Specters. While everyone is hyped about the Noble Knight support in the set, I don’t think it will have much of an impact on the meta. This week I want to take some time to analyze what is likely to affect the meta; Mythic Dragons. While Dragon Rulers certainly did not need any more help, they did get a couple of new toys in the set. Here are the relevant new cards for Dragon Rulers. Mythic Tree Dragon Once per turn: You can target 1 WATER Dragon-Type monster you control; Read more


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Dragon Rulers are quite possibly the most dominant deck in the history of the game, rivaling Tele-DAD in terms of number of top cut spots in any given tournament. While we can certainly agree that some form of Dragon Rulers is the best deck, there is a debate between which form of Dragon Rulers is the best. Ever since I premiered the Dragunity Ruler deck at YCS Toronto, it has taken off and usually takes the second most spots in top cut. Today I’d like to take some time to argue for why I continue to play the deck and Read more