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May 2022 Forbidden and Limited List Analysis

By TheLastPharaoh (2022-05-27)

Players expected to get a ban list update this month. But the timing—just three days before some National tournaments—was simply horrible. Some of the changes raised eyebrows too. Let's analyze the list and take a look at the impact it is expected to have on the metagame going forward!

Ghosts From the Past Haunt the Market

By TheLastPharaoh (2022-05-13)

Ghosts From the Past: The 2nd Haunting was released on May 5. The set is an incredible blend of nostalgia, collectibles, much-needed reprints, and tournament-worthy cards, some new to the TCG, some just new for us in Europe. Why do not we go through the set and find out what all the hype is about?

Deck Spotlight: Batteryman

By TheLastPharaoh (2022-04-05)

Making its debut all the way back in 2005 when The Lost Millennium dropped, Batteryman pieces slowly accumulated over time. But it wasn't until 2014 when Duelist Alliance hit the shelves, that the deck found a clear direction. It became a legitimate rogue choice then and still is great fun today!

Top 6 Hand Traps of the Current Format

By TheLastPharaoh (2022-03-24)

With every new format, the hand trap lineup changes in response to the decks and the technology seeing play. Now that the current format has developed well enough, we should discuss the better hand traps and what makes them good right now. From Ghost to Gamma, here are the Top 6!

The Five Engines Shaping the Format

By TheLastPharaoh (2022-03-09)

The current iteration of Advanced can definitely be called the Engine format. There are so many engines around, all of which are powerful and do a lot on their own. So, what are these engines, why are they so good, and what do they do? Also, what happens when you decide to combine all of them?

Dark Magician After Battle of Chaos

By RyanA (2022-02-17)

Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon are the two most iconic monsters in the game due to their appearance in the original anime. While neither of them have been among the best decks in the metagame save for a brief stroke of relevance in 2016, they are still crowd favorites.

First Impressions: Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel

By Lepprince (2022-01-27)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is upon us! Revealed half a year ago, the long-awaited official simulator for our favorite TCG is finally here. The trailers looked absolutely amazing, but does it live up to the expectations? Is it really free to play? Is it a buggy mess? Here are some first impressions!

Zombies at the Remote Duel Invitational Qualifier

By RyanA (2021-09-16)

Up until a few days before the Remote Duel Invitational Qualifier, I had no idea if I was even going to play in the event. After all, the weather would be great and my room would be warm. The evening before the event I won my locals with Zombies, and then I wanted to see how far I could take the deck.

Card Spotlight: Ready Fusion

By RyanA (2021-08-19)

Ready Fusion is one of the more desirable secret rares from the new expansion, Dawn of Majesty. The card's artwork shows a pack of instant soup, apparently endorsed by Magical Scientist who gives the soup a big thumbs-up. The soup packet is a reference to the noodle variant Instant Fusion.

Card Spotlight: Contact "C"

By RobinS (2021-05-27)

In this article, we will take a closer look at Contact "C"—a card that has found its way into several side decks in the past few weeks. Side deck cards, basically by definition, are meant to be good only against specific decks. Let's analyze against which decks it works best and which decks don't really care one itty bitty bit about the earthen insect.

Building on a Budget: Zombie World

By RyanA (2021-04-29)

Zombie Horde was a great structure deck because of how fun the mirror match was. After all, the entire deck's strategy was interacting with the opponent's cards, and playing Zombie World in Constructed lets you do just that. Since it's a structure-based strategy, it also won't break the bank.

Building on a Budget: Skull Servant

By RyanA (2021-03-09)

Skull Servant is one of the oldest card designs in the game. It even made appearances in the original manga under its Japanese name, Wight. Some 25 years later, let's see how powerful the army of the King has become—while staying under triple digits in value for a low-budget strategy!

Yu-Gi-Oh! History: Life After Goats

By RyanA (2021-02-16)

If you regularly watch Yu-Gi-Oh! content on YouTube, you will definitively have come across the term "Goat format" before, referencing the state of the game in the summer of 2005. However, not many people are familiar with how the game progressed afterward. What changed after Goats?

Are Some Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Too Generic?

By RobinS (2021-02-10)

The last few formats have featured the same cards being exploited by various decks over and over again. More often than not, such cards wind up banned after a few formats pass, and then the cycle repeats again—just with new cards. This raises the question whether or not some cards are just too generic in the first place.

Card Spotlight: Emergency Teleport

By RyanA (2021-01-14)

Emergency Teleport was released way back in 2008. It was one of the early all-stars that allowed for easy synchro summoning, seeing as some of the best tuners available were Psychic monsters. But that is not all it did. From boosting the consistency of your deck by grabbing starters to extending plays, E-Tele does it all!

Card Spotlight: Ice Dragon's Prison

By ThomasR (2021-01-12)

Ice Dragon's Prison is one of my favorite cards of the last year. It became a favorite mainly because it has such an interesting effect. Initially I didn't realize just how strong it would be. I picked up a single copy for my cube, but I certainly regret not buying a set for Constructed too!

The 2020 Ban List Update: Aftermath

By Tatsym (2021-01-07)

On December 15 Konami released the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden & Limited list. After a stale format featuring synchro combos and hand loops, change was needed and the ban list provided change aplenty. Hitting all the top decks and multiple key cards means some strategies just couldn't recover.

Evolution of Yu-Gi-Oh! After the 2020 Master Rule Revision

By TheLastPharaoh (2021-01-05)

Every new Yu-Gi-Oh! anime brings with it a different mechanic, but recently Konami is taking a break from adding more summoning methods. Let's look at the more subtle adjustments that Konami has been implementing since the Vrains series ended. Let's talk about what they are doing and what the benefits are.

History of the Synchro Mechanic

By RyanA (2020-11-24)

Synchro monsters were the first new card type to be added to the extra deck, originally named fusion deck. Although some players were skeptical of them at first and hesitant to try them out, they quickly became a staple in competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! In this article we'll have a look at the mechanic's lifespan.

Should Broadbull Stay Banned?

By ThomasR (2020-11-18)

With the recent arrival of Phantom Rage, the TCG is seeing some new contenders to the heavy Dragon Link and Dinosaur metagame that preceded it. While some of the new themes introduced have been underwhelming, the set includes a wealth of support cards for pre-existing archetypes.

Remote Duel Invitational: Matteo Bertulezzi's 60-Card Dragon Link

By ThomasR (2020-10-22)

October saw another exciting installment to Konami's Remote Duel Invitational series, this time returning to Europe. The event featured a mixture of content creators and top-level competitive players. Let's take a look at the winning deck, Matteo Bertulezzi's 60-card Dragon Link.

Some Staples This Format

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-10-20)

The new format is slowly taking shape. We now have a good idea of what the top decks in the metagame are and what cards people play in them to gain an edge over their competition. Let's browse a selection of some generic cards that will be important for the foreseeable future.

Best Reprints from Tin of Lost Memories

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-09-24)

The 2020 Tin of Lost Memories introduced us to the much-hyped Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, but it is first and foremost a reprint set. As such, it allows players easier access to cards that were previously difficult or expensive to obtain. Let's take a look at the best reprints this tin has to offer!

A New Format in the Golden Land

By Tatsym (2020-09-17)

A banlist despite no events? Well it had to happen sometime. With the best deck finally gone, the landscape will soon be populated with new decks and lists — and probably some old decks as well. In a world without Adamancipator, what will the other deck from Secret slayers do? Eldlich deserves another look!

September 2020 Forbidden and Limited List Analysis

By ThomasR (2020-09-16)

After an almost nonexistent Forbidden and Limited update in June which saw just three changes, and without any tier two events, updates to the official banlist will always bring out excitement. Despite affecting fewer cards than any new set would introduce, you can expect to see big changes to the metagame.

How Many Cards Go in a Deck?

By ThomasR (2020-09-08)

When building a deck one of the most controversial topics is the number of cards to include. Some players swear by 40, often you see lists with a handful more, and sometimes players really pile on the cards. How can you determine the right number? When is it okay to go above 40? Should you play an Upstart?

Cards to Pick Up for Rise of the Duelist

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-08-06)

Rise of the Duelist is just around the corner, and with it we will see a shift in the metagame as new strategies are introduced to the environment. Let us explore some of the cards that we can already pick up now, before the new format kicks in later this week, to prepare for what's to come.

Dinosaurs – Not so Extinct

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-07-21)

Have you ever tried making dinosaurs competitive in the past? By "past" I do not mean pre-historically. As a matter of fact, I can argue that this type was extinct up until April 2017. Was it a meteor or aliens that brought them to life? Nope, it was the Dinosmasher's Fury structure deck that changed everything.

A Study in Nekroz

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-07-16)

With The Secret Forces in February 2015, Nekroz instantly became not only a fan-favorite, but also the deck to beat right upon release. It was the one of the first ritual themes and Konami did a great job creating this powerful blue archetype. That was five years ago though. Where does the deck stand right now?

The Value of Your Old Cards

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-07-07)

Yu-Gi-Oh! is a game that requires buying cards. Archetypes rise and fall, newer ones come along, and some cards that used to be expensive lose their value while others gain value and popularity over time. Have you been playing for a while? Do you have a collection of cards? Why don't we take a look through them?

Deck Tech: Dragon Link FTK

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-07-02)

Dragon Link decks got a major boost recently that culminated in four top-cut finishes in the Luxury Championship Series 4 online tournament. The strategy gained new cards that added to its consistency and some versions even morphed into an FTK deck, which is what we are covering today.

Getting Back to Locals, Staying in Touch with Yu-Gi-Oh!

By Tatsym (2020-06-24)

Locals around the world have been starting up again after the break. Everyone is of course really excited to get back into the game. Whether you have been grinding online play or playing through a webcam, nothing beats some old-fashioned real-life duels. This article will prepare you to get back into the game.

Insight into the New Banlist

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-06-16)

Konami released the new Forbidden & Limited List on the 8th of June. The list took effect on June 15. Anyone who looked at the banlist was in for a shock. Nothing was banned, limited, or semi-limited. Only three cards were taken off the list, creating a mixed reaction in the community.

Card Spotlight: Parallel eXceed

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-06-09)

Eternity Code is one of the more exciting sets in a while, and many of its contributions became best sellers on Cardmarket. One that repeatedly made it to the top of the charts is a common. In this article we are going to explore what makes Parallel eXceed so strong and what kind of strategies can afford to play it.

Eldlich: Evolution of a Meta Deck

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-06-05)

A competitive theme with only one monster? Even Sky Strikers had more monsters on release! How is it possible for such a strategy to be a meta deck right out of the gate and to inspire so many builds and approaches when it comes to deck building? Consistency, versatility, and a big boss monster are the reasons why.

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