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2010/09 – Toronto, Canada

Deck Profile: James Neumann’s Synchro Dog Deck

September 4th, 2010

In the previous format, one Deck that didn’t get nearly as much love as it once had was Synchro Cat withFlamvell Firedog, Flamvell Magician, and Rekindling.. Using Flamvell Firedog, Flamvell Magician, Gravekeeper monsters, and Rescue Cat, this Flamvell Deck made very large waves at premier tournaments all over the world. Flamvell Firedog’s 1900 ATK, combined with the fantastic defense of Gravekeeper’s Spy and Super-Nimble Mega Hamster provide an excellent base to a strategy that Summons Level 8 Synchro Monsters at alarming speeds.

With the release of Duelist Revolution, a lot of great new cards became available for this Deck. With Solemn Warning, you’re able to protect your important monsters cards from things like Caius the Shadow Monarch and Black Rose Dragon. And thanks to Pot of Duality, you’re able to get exactly what you need when you need it, a very important factor in any Deck.

Now that Rescue Cat is no longer allowed in Advanced Format Decks due to the new Forbidden and Limited List as of September 1st, a new twist has to be put into motion in order to keep the Deck moving forward. James Neumann is one of the Duelists looking to make this twist happen.

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Round 2 Feature Match: Dale Bellido VS Jimmy Chen

September 4th, 2010

Canadian Duelist Dale Bellido is competing here today with a new version of the Deck he ran for the bulk of the last Advanced Format: Infernities.  Despite Infernity Launcher’s newly-Limited status, a number of Canadian Duelists are undaunted and have stuck with the Deck, compensating by running more copies of Infernity Mirage and cards like Infernity Force and Infernity Break.  The new breed of Infernity Decks are all about the long game.

Jimmy Chen was Bellido’s opponent this round, piloting a popular pick in today’s tournament: Blackwings.  With cards like Icarus Attack and Delta Crow – Anti Reverse likely to appear in Chen’s Deck, this Match might come down to who can play the long game the best.

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Tech Update: Duelist Revolution Top 5

September 4th, 2010

With lots of cards that can fit into almost any Deck, Duelist Revolution has had a big impact on the field this morning.  While Beast, Amazoness, and Naturia Decks got big boosts from themed cards, many Duelists are experimenting with the following cards in dozens of other Decks.  Here are the most popular in today’s field.

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YCS Toronto First Timers!

September 4th, 2010

As always, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series attracts Duelists of all different ages and skill levels from all over the globe. Here are some of the Duelists who are here to compete in their very first YCS event!

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Round 1 Feature Match: Kenneth McCarthy VS Justin Lam

September 4th, 2010

Kenneth McCarthy traveled here this weekend from New Jersey, and is one of several Scrap Duelists in competition here this morning.  His opponent, Justin Lam, is also playing a new strategy: Naturias, with Naturia Bamboo Shoot.  Neither Duelist knew what his opponent was playing, and odds were good that they weren’t anticipating the matchup they were in.  It’s officially a new format now, as we kick things off with Naturias versus Scraps!

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Deck Profile: Kenneth McCarthy’s Scrap Deck

September 4th, 2010

Naturia, Beast, and Amazoness Decks all got big boosts from Duelist Revolution, but the only completely new Deck theme to make its debut in the set is Scraps: a new family of monsters based around reusing cards from the Graveyard, and Synchro Summoning a big attacker every turn.  Scrap Decks want to send Scrap Goblin and Scrap Beast, Level 3 and Level 4 Tuners respectively, to the Graveyard.  Then, they can Normal Summon the Level 4 Scrap Chimera, and its effect Special Summons either Tuner so it can be Tuned to the Chimera.

The Chimera can only Tune with other “Scrap” monsters, and it has to Summon “Scrap” Synchro Monsters, so you use it to Synchro Summon the Level 7 Scrap Archfiend and Level 8 Scrap Dragon. Both monsters have a lot of Attack Points, and Scrap Dragon also has an effect that simultaneously destroys 1 card on each side of the field once per turn. That effect is more than just good, its also the basis of a really strong strategy.

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Welcome to Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series – Toronto, Canada!

September 4th, 2010

Welcome to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series in Toronto, Canada! Round 1 has just begun, and with it, our live event coverage. We’ll be bringing you all the latest from the first Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event to use the new Forbidden & Limited Cards List, so don’t go away!