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Two weekends ago we saw the culmination of the dueling season with the ARG Circuit Series Championship and the World Championship. After the dust had settled we saw a familiar face and close friend of mine, Chris LeBlanc, reign supreme in Philadelphia to join the elite few to have won three championships. Having moved in to attend college, he brings an unprecedented 11th ring to the Leverett household. His consistency across multiple formats is truly inspiring and a testament to how great this game really is. Congratulations Chris! The Nekroz deck he piloted to victory was one that I came Read more


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Hey everyone! As I write this the participants of the 2015 Yu-Gi-Oh World Championship are sleeving up their decks in hopes of being crowned King of Games. As if that weren’t enough excitement, this weekend also plays host to the ARG Circuit Championship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This tournament will be giving away $25,000, the most prize support given for a single tournament in the history of this game! We are on the dawn of Yu-Gi-Oh’s biggest weekend of the year and I couldn’t be more excited!   In addition to the amazing prize support, three legendary duelists will be inducted Read more


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Hey everybody! A good friend of mine has been out of the game for a while, but decided to come back for the 25k next weekend in Philadelphia. Since he hasn’t played in a while, he asked me to make him a guide on playing Nekroz to help him jump back into the game. I figured a lot of the information in the guide could help out other players as well, so I decided to post it as my article this week. It’s geared toward playing Nekroz in the ARG format (so without Trishula), but most of it still applies to Read more


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The spirit of competition is the driving force behind our game. Every month hundreds of ambitious duelists descend upon a different city in hopes of becoming a champion. The path to glory is not easily ascertained and many never reach the end of this road, largely due to our own misguided fixation on competition. This focus on competition is missing a key pillar of success: cooperation.     Cooperating with a group of peers will allow more ideas to be exchanged and for those ideas to be evaluated through different filters. This bolsters a better working environment and allows for an Read more


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Since their release in February, Nekroz have utterly dominated the competitive scene. They have accumulated at least half of the spots in top cut of every single tournament leading up to last weekend’s North American World Championship Qualifier. Despite being more powerful and more consistent than every other deck in the game, it was a Burning Abyss mirror match that would determine the champion of the third largest tournament in this game’s history. The tournament, format, and season are over, but it’s important to reflect on previous events to see what might hold true for tournaments that have yet to Read more


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Whether they are playing for the prizes, the glory, for fun, or just for a seat at the table, duelists from across North America are toiling away in preparation for this weekend’s World Championship Qualifier. The winner will be forever immortalized next to dueling legends like as Theerasak Poonsombat, Adam Corn, and Chris Bowling, who have previously emerged victorious and earned a spot at the coveted World Championship. Two years ago I became the North American Champion, but after a disappointing performance at Worlds and being one round short of re-qualifying last year, I want nothing more than to earn Read more


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This last weekend the Circuit Series came to St. Louis and the Leveretts and I made the trip. I made it to the Top 16 with my Nekroz deck, finishing 1st after swiss, before losing to a mirror match. Today I’m going bring you a tournament report, where I’ll explain my card choices for my rather atypical build of Nekroz and a quick summary of my matches and tournament experience. Let’s start off with the deck I played: Monsters: 27 3 Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands 2 Senju of the Thousand hands 2 Mathematician 1 Tackle Crusader 1 Bull Read more


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I often wonder if my whole approach to the game is correct. As a competitive player I am always looking for ways to gain an edge. While I have been able to find that edge pretty consistently over the last couple of years, I’m certainly not satisfied. Sitting at a roughly 50% top ratio may better than most, but it leaves me wondering how I can get the other half. In today’s article, I’m going to give an analysis of my tournament strategy in comparison to other top players throughout the game’s history. This inquiry has lead me to the Read more


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Hey everybody! Last week I talked about the contradictions that Djinn created in terms of deckbuilding and technical play for Nekroz. This week I’m back with the other half of the problem; the contradictions created from the various other floodgates present in the current format.   These are cards like Mistake, Anti-Spell Fragrance, Vanity’s Emptiness, and Lose 1 Turn. All of these cards are exceptional against Nekroz, but they come with their own set of problems when using them and building to get around them.   If you’re not playing Nekroz, it may seem very obvious that you want to Read more


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Hello duelists and welcome back! The most successful strategies in this game have proven to be ones that establish a semi-soft lock, in which you play your cards and then make it so that your opponent cannot play their cards. While there is a rewarding feeling that comes with attrition wars and an exchange of cards with your opponent, it has been proven time and time again that the semi-soft lock is superior in terms of achieving results.   The first reminisces of this appeared in Tele-DAD with Royal Oppression and reemerged in Dragon Rulers with Vanity’s Emptiness. Since that time, Read more