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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


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Evaluating Tournament Results               How much weight do we place on the results of a tournament? Can you use tournament results to determine what the best deck is? If so, can you use this to determine what is the best deck for the next event? Is there even a difference? Do tournament results really mean anything at all, or do they have very little barring on the next tournament? This week, I’m going to take a stab at evaluating how much worth a competitive player should put on the results of a tournament.   Being Results Oriented   What Read more


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Hello everybody! I’d like to start out with a big congratulation to my friend Chris LeBlanc for winning his second YCS this weekend in Philadelphia. He piloted a Madolche deck through the swiss rounds and Top 32 cut before constructing a draft deck to finish out the final three rounds of the tournament. The draft for Top 16 and on is exactly what I wanted to talk about in my article today. We’ve now had 5 YCSes with this system, which gives us plenty of data to evaluate. Good Players Are Winning People can say how terrible draft is for Read more


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Where do I even begin? This weekend I won the ARG Circuit Series in Richmond, Virginia. This is my fourth premier event championship title, which ties me Lazaro Bellido, Michel Grüner, Fili Luna, and Vittorio Wiktor for the most wins in the history of the game. It’s very surreal as it was only a little more than a year ago that I was struggling to get my fourth top after bubbling out at virtually every event for the two years prior to that. It’s been a long journey, but words cannot express how happy I am that it’s come full Read more


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Hey everybody! I’m back this week with a tournament report from YCS Las Vegas. I managed to make it to the Top 32 with a very similar Mermail deck to the one that I played with for the majority of last format. In this article I’ll talk about my deck choice, individual card choices, and give a round-by-round summary of my experiences in the tournament. With Mermail Abyssgunde being limited on the latest forbidden and limited list, I was more than a little skeptical about the playability of Mermails. In fact, I thought the deck was a very subpar choice when Read more