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North America WCQ – Tech Update

July 9th, 2017

The North America WCQ is the final major event before the World Championship, and the Duelists are continuing to adapt their strategies do get an edge on the competition. Here are the trends we’re seeing this weekend.

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North America WCQ – Day 1: What Side Are You On?

July 8th, 2017

The big question going into this year’s North America World Championship Qualifier is whether or not True Draco or Zoodiac is the side you want to be on. After the European World Championship Qualifier, pure Zoodiac strategies were strongly regarded as the top choice. The Top 8 was completed dominated by Zoodiac, without a True Draco, True King, or even Wind Witch in sight. While we have seen Zoodiac put up impressive numbers since its release, we haven’t seen anything like what happened in Europe. As the format progresses, we can expect some amount of natural churn to happen, creating counters to the most popular strategies, and that is exactly what is happening today in Chicago.

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YCS Denver Tech Update!

April 9th, 2017

Check out some of the popular tech cards here at YCS Denver!

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Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational – Winter 2017: Tech Update

March 19th, 2017

Having so many huge events so close together has allowed us to closely watch the trends shaping the Dueling landscape. From YCS Seattle and YCS Atlanta in the last few weeks, we’ve watched as Duelists adopt cards and adapt to others. Here are some of the trends we’re seeing in the Ultimate Duelist Series Winter Invitational.

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YCS Atlanta: Tech Update

March 5th, 2017

Even though it’s been just two weeks since YCS Seattle, we’re already seeing some new trends here in Atlanta. Some of those trends are thanks to new Fusion Enforcers cards, but not all of them!

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YCS Anaheim: Tech Update

November 27th, 2016

Every YCS marks new trends in Dueling. Duelists are always trying to adapt to each other, as well as playing with and against new cards that are being released. Since YCS Anaheim falls shortly after the releases of three Booster Packs, a Duelist Pack, and two Structure Decks, there’s a ton of new cards out there! Here’s some of the ways people are adapting to the changing metagame.

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Tech Update: Ties of the Brethren

October 15th, 2016

The new Legendary Decks II is filled with awesome stuff. It comes with a full Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey Deck, including everything from Yugi’s set of Exodia, to Kaiba’s three copies of Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and even a full set of tournament legal Egyptian God Cards. With great reprints like Secret Village of the Spellcasters, The White Stone of Ancients, and The Black Stone of Legend, it’s packed to the brim with value. In terms of competitive relevance, there are six brand new cards available in Legendary Decks II that you can’t get anywhere else. New cards always have the potential to make a splash, and one of them has had a huge impact this weekend: Ties of the Brethren.

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Top 64 Deck Breakdown

July 10th, 2016

Heading into the weekend there were four big defined strategies that were expected to be heavily represented in the field. Burning Abyss had won the last two North American YCS, so it had a huge target on its head. Monarchs in various forms have been popular since their release, with Extra Deck Monarch pulling ahead by a substantial margin recently over its Domain counterpart. Two different variants of Pendulum had shined a bit more than the rest, one utilizing powerful Performapal combos while the other used the consistent Odd-Eyes Magician engine to Pendulum Summon huge threats like Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin and Mist Valley Apex Avian. Finally, Card of Demise has given life to a ton of different trap strategies as Duelists tried to find the best shell for it. What ended up being the most successful?

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Tech Update: Burning Abyss Phantom Knights

April 9th, 2016

Burning Abyss was a dominate force in the competitive scene for a while, but after taking several hits from the Forbidden & Limited List we thought we had seen the last of it. However, Phantom Knights showed a lot of success at the UDS Invitational in Los Angeles, and at YCS Las Vegas we saw both Decks merge into a cohesive strategy. Basically, because both engines are trying to abuse Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss, you can get the early acceleration and value that Burning Abyss provides while giving you the inevitability and resources of the Phantom Knights.

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Tech Update: Solemn Strike!

February 7th, 2016

Solemn Strike from Breakers of Shadow has had a huge impact this weekend, as evidenced by its presence in 20 of the Top 32 Decks.

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