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?
Kite Tenjo’s Extra Deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is packed with out-of-this-world Xyz Monsters. Now, you can get his Starliege Paladynamo in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Zexal Collection, and use its power to enhance your own Extra Deck!
Years ago, the booster set Phantom Darkness unleashed classic monsters twisted by a dark, mysterious force. Old favorites were reborn with a new malevolence, and cards like Dark Armed Dragon, The Dark Creator, and Dark Horus brought shadowy new powers to the world of Dueling.
Now, years later, Galactic Overlord does the exact opposite. The “Lightray” monsters are new versions of Dueling icons from days gone by, purified and reborn! Lightrays can be added to Decks you already run to make them more powerful, or you can build new Decks around them to make the most of their killer effects. Almost every “Lightray” monster is strong enough to shape your Duels all on its own.
Back in September, some Duelists had written off Blackwings as a competitive force. With Black Whirlwind Limited, people were taking a very pessimistic stance on the Deck’s chances to thrive. They were wrong. Duelists who were clever enough to see that Delta Crow – Anti Reverse along with Pot of Duality and Cards for Black Feathers paved the way for Blackwings to take two of the top 4 spots in YCS San Jose, as well as two top 8 placements in YCS Philadelphia.
LIGHT Gemini Beatdown has only recently become a huge hit, starting with a Top 16 appearance at YCS Toronto, and then later with a victory at YCS San Jose. While both versions had their own creative stance, they both retained the same basic strategy. With the ability to completely shut down the opponent with cards like Solemn Warning and Thunder King Rai-Oh and then defeat their opponent with very high ATK monsters, LIGHT Gemini Beatdown can cause an unprepared Duelist a pretty big headache.
But what happens when these two Decks meet? Find out in this week’s Monday Night Matchup!
Welcome back to Monday Night Matchups! Tonight we pit the 2 most recent YCS-winning Decks against each other with tips for Duelists on both sides of the table on how to emerge victorious. LIGHT Gemini Beatdown and Plant Synchro are both slower-paced strategies than those we’ve become accustomed to so far on the YCS scene, but each Deck has its own unique and powerful combos that can take down opponents one by one until they have to face off against each other! Tonight we’ll explain how each Deck works, and give you tips for both sides of the matchup, so that no matter what side you’re on, you’ll know what to do.