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2010/08 – Gen Con Indy tagged with 'Deck Analysis'

Deck Profile: X-Sabers – Today & Tomorrow

August 8th, 2010

A new Forbidden & Limited Cards List will take effect on September 1. In the aftermath of this Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, we checked in with a few Duelists running some of the most popular Decks from the last few months, to take a look at how they’ve been playing the Deck, and what they might change starting next month.

Since the emergence of X-Sabers as a top competitive Deck, X-Sabers have centered on a two-method approach, with the hand-wrecking XX-Saber Gottoms and X-Saber Airbellum, and the on-field destruction of Saber Slash and XX-Saber Hyunlei. Play your cards, and you’d lose them to Slash and Hyunlei. Don’t play them, and you’d lose them to Gottoms and Airbellum.

Once Boggart Knight and Darksoul made their thunderous debut, the Deck became more aggressive. If you don’t keep up with X-Sabers, you’ll lose to their crushing speed. Saber Slash fell out of favor for months, only recently re-emerging after an impressive Top 4 finish in the hands of Gary Miotke at YCS Chicago, but Hyunlei was always a threat. Now, with Slash gaining popularity and X-Sabers operating at high speed, the threat is even more vicious than ever. Cold Wave and Rescue Cat are two of the most feared cards in Dueling at the moment, and X-Sabers run both.

But the innovation is not over, and Desmond Boyd has made some drastic changes to take X-Sabers in an exciting new direction! Here’s what he’s playing: Read more…

Deck Profile: Infernities – Today & Tomorrow

August 8th, 2010

A new Forbidden & Limited Cards List will take effect on September 1. In the aftermath of this Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, we checked in with a few Duelists running some of the most popular Decks from the last few months, to take a look at how they’ve been playing the Deck, and what they might change starting next month.

Infernities hit the ground running three months ago when they received their first big group of cards in The Shining Darkness. Infernitites won at the Canadian World Championship Qualifier and YCS Chicago, but their winning streak was cut short by Sean Montague’s X-Saber win at the U.S. World Championship Qualifier. Today, after not even making it to the final rounds at the U.S. WCQ, they were back in Top 16 action. Read more…

Deck Profile: Gladiator Beasts – Today & Tomorrow

August 8th, 2010

A new Forbidden & Limited Cards List will take effect on September 1. In the aftermath of this Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series, we checked in with a few Duelists running some of the most popular Decks from the last few months, to take a look at how they’ve been playing the Deck, and what they might change starting next month.

When the dust settled at the U.S. World Championship Qualifier, the United States team headed to the World Championship was made up of three X-Saber Duelists and Daniel LaMartina, a Gladiator Beast Duelist. Gladiators are popular because of the Deck’s flexibility. It can deal with all kinds of enemy Decks really well. Read more…

Deck Profile: Devin Djuricin’s Gravekeeper Deck

August 7th, 2010

Gravekeeper Decks have seen a resurgence in competitive Dueling, lately. Gravekeeper Duelists choose the Deck chiefly for Necrovalley and its related control cards, which offer a strong matchup against Frogs and X-Sabers. But Gravekeeper Duelists have a new trick this weekend: Malefic Stardust Dragon. With 2500 Attack Points, an easy Special Summon ability, and an effect that protects Field Spell Cards from being destroyed, Malefic Stardust is a natural fit for Necrovalley strategies. Devin Djuricin is one of several Duelists who’ve answered that call this weekend. Read more…

Deck Profile: Adam Wilson’s Eatos Simorgh Deck

August 7th, 2010

Adam Wilson is running a Deck today featuring Guardian Eatos and Dark Simorgh. It uses a variety of cool effects to keep the Graveyard clear, and dishes out fast attacks with Eatos, Simorgh, and other big, Special Summon monsters. We’ve seen Guardian Eatos Decks at SHONEN JUMP Championships and Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series events before, but Wilson’s build is hugely different, and avoids conventional choices like Dimensional Fissure. Here’s what it looks like.

Check back later for the full Deck list! Read more…

Deck Profile: Justin Chiaino’s What Deck? Watt Deck!

August 7th, 2010

A lot of new Decks hit the competitive tournament scene with the release of The Shining Darkness, but there’s one new strategy from that booster set that we haven’t seen much in competition. Until today.

What Deck?

This Deck. Read more…

Deck Profile: James Ribis’ Big Fairy Deck

August 7th, 2010

James Ribis has made waves here the past few days, dominating opponents with his Level 8 Fairy Deck. Building around the powerful draw effect of Tethys, Goddess of Light, Ribis aims to Special Summon a swarm of high-powered Fairy-Type monsters with tremendous effects! Take a peek: Read more…