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Hello everybody! I’m back this week with a Top 16 report from the ARGCS in Indianapolis. I only changed my deck from YCS Toronto by a few cards, so instead of re-explaining my deckbuilding process, I’ll start off talking about what changes I made since last time and then I’ll move onto a round-by-round account of my rounds. Let’s get started by taking a look at the deck I played:   Monsters: 21 2 Puppet Plant 3 Shaddoll Beast 2 Shaddoll Dragon 2 Shaddoll Squamata 1 Shaddoll Falco 1 Shaddoll Hedgehog 1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning Read more


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Mistakes happen in just about every game of Yu-Gi-Oh you play. Often times, these mistakes will go unnoticed unless someone not playing the match points it out. The reason they tend to go unnoticed is because if you realized you were making a mistake, you wouldn’t have done it in the first place. From time to time, however, you catch yourself mid-act or right after you finish making a play. Have you ever had your opponent catch himself making a play he shouldn’t have made and then he asked to take it back? This can create an awkward situation for Read more


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This past weekend the Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Series made its only North American stop of the format in Toronto, Canada. The usual suspects and I made the trip up north to compete in the tournament and when all was said and done, I was now a YCS Champion. This was sharp contrast as to how I had been doing at other events this format in that I hadn’t managed to top a premier event since the World Championship Qualifier in July. It is an honor to be able to share my experience from this weekend with such a wide and captive Read more


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The Problems with Shaddolls Shaddolls were the most hyped deck right off the bat from Duelist Alliance. They garnered lots of attention and unsurprisingly took the most spots in top cut at the first event after their release, but despite being played in mass, they couldn’t make it past Top 4. Was this a fluke and are Shaddolls really the deck to beat or is there something more at play that contributed to them not being able to finish the job? While I’m sure we all know what benefits there are to playing Shaddolls and all the powerful things they Read more


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I firmly believe that deckbuilding is the most important aspect in being successful in this game. Sure, there are plenty of things like making the correct play or having your reads be spot on, but take a minute to think about how far those things will really get you. If you’ve got Lonefire, Soul Charge, and Mount Sylvania you may not know all the possibilities and that if you had not previously practiced this combination, there is probably something better that you could have done. But how much is that really going to matter? A rather disheartening reality is that Read more


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Hello everyone! I hope you’re all excited for the Circuit in Atlantic City this weekend! It’ll be the first event with Duelist Alliance legal. With Satellarknights, Yang Zings, and of course Shaddolls being released, I’m sure it’ll make for an interesting and highly competitive weekend. This week I want to bring you something a little different than I usually do. If your locals are anything like mine, the people love playing all different types of Yu-Gi-Oh. Of course people play the regular advanced format, but old formats like Goat format and Tele-DAD have really caught on as well. While Battle Read more


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Hello everybody! The new draw rule took effect at the same time as the Forbidden and Limited list. Rather than give my first reaction to how this rule change would impact the game, I decided to wait a couple of weeks so that I can fully develop my opinion. Now that we’ve had a couple of major events with this draw rule in effect and several weeks to playtest, I’m ready to share my thoughts on how the draw rule will impact the game. Initial Thoughts I played the Circuit Series Championship under the impression that it was better to Read more


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Hello everybody and welcome back to the second part of my NAWCQ tournament report. Last week I focused on the deck and card choices of the Sylvan deck that I piloted to a Top 16 finish. Now that you know why I played the cards I chose and know how I arrived at those conclusions, I’m going to bring you the follow-up with a round-by-round analysis of my tournament experience.  Let’s get right into it! Our trip from Atlanta to Detroit began Wednesday afternoon with the usual suspects; Desmond, Ben, Zach, and Alison. We drove half the way on Wednesday Read more


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The first of the two biggest TCG tournaments of the year took place this weekend; the North American World Championship Qualifier. The other is the ARG Circuit Series Championship in Cleveland, Ohio in just under two weeks. There, Alter Reality will be giving away over $20,000 in prizes! I hope you all come out to this amazing event. While there is a Forbidden and Limited List change, a new summon mechanic, and a rule change that will all be in effect for the Circuit Series Championship, none of these were in effect for this weekend’s World Championship Qualifier. There I Read more


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Really, I was intending to play a Lightsworn deck very similar to what I topped the Atlanta regional with last weekend, but had lost a bet to Desmond where I had to play the same deck he played. At first I was hoping to just convince him to play Lightsworn so I could fulfill my end of the bet, but still play the deck I wanted to use. This all changed when I came to a realization about how every format progresses. Let’s take a look back to Tele-DAD format. GBs won the first SJC that format. Tele-DAD went on Read more