Hello Yu-Gi-Oh! Community! I know many reading this article are seasoned Yu-Gi-Oh! Players with tournament experience under your belt, or go and play in your weekly card shop tournaments. I can say that I am neither. My Yu-Gi-Oh! Knowledge base comes from Yu-Gi-Oh! Online. Although the online system is behind the actual system, mainly cause they do not have Xyz Summons available yet, the online system helps the newer player cause it automatically augements the rules into the game taking the guess work out of it.
I have gained a great appreciation for the game, and the many aspects and angles it has. With that said, I am going to start the transition from online to face to face play. As I started to research, the first thing I noticed was the ban list. I found it curious how the online game had a different ban list from the TCG. Apon some research, I found that the primary deck that I used online is not as limited in the TCG. A deck that I do not hear about often outside of the online world, this is my Nurse/Simochi Burn Deck.
1x Morphing Jar
3x Soul Taker
3x Gift Card
2x Ojama Trio
1x Gravity Bind
1x Mirror Force
Side Deck: 15
3x Dark Bribe
2x Lava Golem
1x Dark Cure
As you can see, this deck is basically built around the effect of Nurse Reficule the Fallen One and Bad Reaction to Simochi, and their “Reverse” burn effect. Obviously, first turn, Nurse would be a much better card, for all she has to be is summoned to gain her effect. Mystic Tomato and Sangan are simple ways to search for her.
There are many spell support cards for Nurse, and card that would give your opponent Life Points for a return effect, including Upstart Goblin, Soul Taker, and Rain of Mercy. Each one serving its own important effect, Drawing, Monser Destruction, and Life Point Recovery. (Nurse Reficule and Bad Reaction to Simochis effect only effect your opponent, not yourself) Monster Reborn and Allure of Darkness are self explanitory and Messenger of Peace is used to protect your Nurse.
Gift Card is the main card after Nurse and Simochi in this deck. It is basically a 3000 damage card with no negative reaction. The Paths of Destiny is another card that is free damage to your opponent. Unline Gift Card, this card also effects you. With a good coin flip, it can be a 4000 life point difference. Ojama Trio, Secret Barrel, and Just Desserts are necessary in this deck as well. Ojama Trio will help fill your opponents monster card zones, to block your opponent from summoning many monsters. Secret Barrel and Just Desserts are good follow ups to Ojama Trio. Gravity Bind, Solemn Judgment, and Mirror Force are protection cards for your Nurse and Simochi.
You hope that you can get your Nurse or Simochi and enough burn cards to finish your opponent before he can even have a turn, possible with the 3 Gift Card and 3 Paths of Destiny cards in the deck. The deck does not require as much special summoning as others, rendering Maxx C useless. Also it is much safer to not attack in this deck, making any defensive trap, Battle Fader, and Swift Scarecrow dead. There are a few cards that can kill this deck pretty quickly, such as Royal Decree, Jinzo, and even Effect Veiler. Dark Armed Dragon is a last failsafe incase your Nurse and Simochi fall through. With the use of Dark monsters, other last resort cards that you can use inclue Darklord Zerato,
Straight forward deck, nothing special. The hardest part will be the transition from Online to Tournaments. You ask why I think this. First off, why would the online game require a different ban list than the TCG. Outside the introductions to the Xyzs, the Online game has the same cards as the TCG. Yet, Online, Gift Card is Semi-Limited while TCG is Unlimited. Judgment Dragon is Semi Online, and Unlimited in TCG. An unusual one, Evil Hero Dark Gaia, Unlimited in the TCG yet Forbidden Online. I could keep going, but the first understanding is this, that there is big difference in style of gameplay between Online and TCG Tournamants.
There was another “boom” from a game not to long ago called poker. Now granted poker has been around forever, but the online play of poker exploded for a few years. I can attest to this, that playing poker online and sitting and playing in a tournament is very different. So I call my next transition problem the psycological problem. Have you sat there on Dueling Network and yelled at the top of your lungs cause you pulled Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning right when you needed it. Realize that a reaction like that probably isn’t smart, or of proper etiquette, when playing in a tournament. As in poker, its not hard to sit there and stare into a screen and make the right decisions. When I went to play my first real poker tournament, you realize it truly hard it is to make good decision when others are staring you down the whole time. Keeping a cool head and making good decisions is an important part of any tournament, whether its poker or Yu-Gi-Oh!
In the end, there is only one way to make the transition from Online to the TCG, by doing it. You can read as many articles and look at as many You-Tube videos you can, but the only way to do it is to just go for it. I look forward to dueling.
Just go for it: