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What’s In a Name?

March 11th, 2015

Here’s something to think about: When is a card “for” your Deck?

For many Duelists, the answer is “When it shares the same theme name as the rest of the cards in my Deck.” That certainly is the most common answer, and looking for theme names does make it much easier to identify cards that definitely will work with your strategy of choice. But what it won’t do, is help you to discover and develop new strategies, nor will it even come close to catching all the cards that can help out your current strategy. To demonstrate my point, ask yourself this question: “What is the most recent card released for Mecha Phantom Beasts?”

Go ahead and click over to the Card Database if you want to do a little research, then come back here and read on after you have your answer. Read more…

Don’t Forget About This Card! Saffira, Queen of Dragons

February 20th, 2015

Nekroz may have stolen the spotlight at YCS Tacoma, but they aren’t the only Ritual Monsters out there that can compete! The 2014-2015 Dueling season has been something of a renaissance for Ritual Monsters, featuring at least 1 new Ritual Monster in each booster starting with Duelist Alliance and ramping up to 7 in The Secret Forces. Ritual Monsters have evolved quite a bit since Saffira, Queen of Dragons debuted in Duelist Alliance, but she’s still my favorite of the new bunch and an excellent monster in her own right. Can you even name another Ritual Monster that gives you access to a theoretically infinite number of copies of Effect Veiler, Honest and Artifact Lancea?

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Getting Up to Speed with Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: Vanity’s Emptiness

October 8th, 2014

(Editor’s Note: Vanity’s Emptiness was first and last released in 2010 as a common in Starstrike Blast. While overlooked at the time, it has since become a mainstay of Dueling. It will become available again as part of the Legendary Collection 5D’s Mega-Packs.)

Vanity’s Emptiness was one of the most popular cards in the game over the last few months. It was played in dozens of Top 32 decks in Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournaments, and it was commonly run in twos and threes in Shaddolls, Satellarknights, Burning Abyss, and just about any other Deck you can think of. It’s a Continuous Trap that stops both Duelists from Special Summoning, putting a stop to just about every current strategy!

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Sinister Shadow Techniques!

September 3rd, 2014

Do you ever feel like your opponent is the one pulling the strings behind your Shaddoll Deck? Shaddolls have been very popular since the release of Duelist Alliance, but they’ve got a few easily exploitable weaknesses that Stellarknight, Burning Abyss, and even other Shaddoll Duelists can use to make you feel like you’re actually playing with Man-Eater Bug, Hane-Hane, and Polymerization. Today we’ll look at 3 different cards that just 1 copy of can change your entire outlook on some of the toughest matchups for Shaddolls! Read more…

Space-Age Stellarknight Technology!

August 28th, 2014

The difference between winning and losing is often just one card. The difference between a completely predictable Deck and one that has access to a wide range of moves normally unavailable to that strategy is often just one card as well. Today we’re going to talk about 3 unpredictable cards that you can play 1 copy of in a Stellarknight Deck to create unexpected wins or increase the variety of plays your Deck can make! Read more…