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In recent weeks I’ve heard this format be compared to a game of Rock Paper Scissors in that there are three main decks, none of which of a favorable matchup against the other decks in the meta. It’d be theoretically impossible to consistently perform well in this type of meta; however, the Rock Paper Scissors analogy only accounts for a single level of the meta. This week I want to teach you how to take what you know about a particular triangle format and examine it on multiple layers to overcome the triangle format. This is the approach I used Read more


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Hey everybody! I’m back this week with a tournament report for the ARG Circuit Series that took place in Raleigh, North Carolina this past weekend. I played a Burning Abyss deck that was a good bit different than the standard build. This will be a two-part article. Today I will tell you how I arrived at my deck choice of Burning Abyss and then go into the logic I used for my individual card choices. In my next article, I’ll bring you a round-by-round synopsis of my tournament experience. Let’s get right into this!   Last week I talked about Read more


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In my last article, I talked about how the two best decks in the format created a paradox with which type of trap card is most effective. I came to the conclusion that floodgates and chainable removal have a dominant advantage over battle traps and anti-establishment removal, but the format left us with no dominant strategy to pick between floodgates and chainable removal. Floodgates are likely to be effective against Shaddolls, but not against Burning Abyss. Chainable removal was likely to be effective against Burning Abyss, but not Shaddolls. Since neither deck is significantly better than the other, there is Read more


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All traps aren’t created equal. You can generalize most trap cards into a few different categories. Depending on the format, one of these categories of trap cards will usually be superior to the other types of traps. The way this format is developing has lead to a paradox among the different types of traps that is riddled with contradictions. This week I’m going to explain my findings about this phenomenon. As far as this article is concerned, when I say “trap,” I am referring to any type of defensive card, not exclusively a trap card. It also encompasses cards like Read more


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Hey everybody! I’m back this week after an exciting weekend in Columbus, Ohio for the ARG Circuit Series. The Circuit’s next stop is this weekend in Des Moines. I’ll be there to compete with some amazing players for some terrific prizes. I hope to see you all this weekend in Iowa! To help you all prepare for this weekend’s tournament and any future tournaments you may attend, I’m going to bring you a list of biases that people tend to have when they think about Yu-Gi-Oh. Becoming aware of these biases will allow you to remove them from your playtesting Read more


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Hey everybody! Last format I wrote an article highlighting the problems that I had identified in the Shaddoll deck. I concluded the article by saying “I don’t necessarily think I have the answer to several of these problems, but to come up with a solution you must first pose a question of “what’s wrong?” Whoever is capable of solving this puzzle will definitely see great success with the deck this weekend in Toronto and in three weeks in Indianapolis.” My next article was a first place YCS Toronto tournament report. Instead of arguing over minor card choices like two Hedgehog Read more


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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