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The History of Fairy Decks

By RyanA (2022-01-25)

When you think about iconic Yu-Gi-Oh! types, most people's minds will wander in the direction of spellcasting mages, fierce dragons, or sinister fiends. However, our game has more to offer than that. Today, we look at some of the more iconic fairy cards and decks we've seen throughout the years.

Topping Remote Regionals with Prank-Kids

By TheLastPharaoh (2022-01-20)

Remote duels are back in full swing. And what could be a better way to send off a format before the new Forbidden & Limited List drops than to enter a Remote Regional? Maybe enjoy a familiar deck in Prank-Kids? Here's what's better: Do all of that and then earn yourself a spot in the top cut!

The Eternal Format: A Very Playable Year

By Lepprince (2022-01-06)

There have been many formats players like to go back to or reminisce over how good and fun they were. Goat, Edison, HAT, and many more from the game's history. One of the latest additions to this list is the entirety of 2019: what's commonly called the Eternal format. But was it really as good as we remember?

Another Megatin, Another Meta-Defining Card

By KoGames (2021-10-05)

Whenever the megatins come around, they always come in style. They include reprints of crazy, expensive, strong cards, feature rarity bumps or downgrades, or introduce new cards to the game. Let's discuss the three meta-defining cards printed in the megatins these past three years!

Why Crossout Designator Is a Bad Design

By Lepprince (2021-09-22)

It's everyone's favorite time of the year: spoiler season. The 2021 Tin of Ancient Battles is upon us, and amidst a sea of big money reprints, rarity upgrades, and Sacred Beast reprints, Konami has included a card I hoped would never see the light of day in the TCG: Crossout Designator.

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.

Salamangreat in 2021

By RobinS (2021-07-22)

With the unbanning of Miragestallio, Salamangreat has seen a huge spike in popularity. Many players are returning to the deck, and a lot of players new to it are trying it out for the first time. Let's check in on data from the YCS, a possible decklist, and everything you need to know about Salamangreat in 2021!

Pros and Cons of Playing the Phantom Knights

By KoGames (2021-07-20)

The Phantom Knights archetype has been a fan favorite ever since its release. And what's not to like here? With beautiful artwork, consistent strategy, and a connection to one of the protagonists, the archetype checks all possible boxes. Let's look at the pros and cons of playing the deck!

Starting Fresh into the New Format

By Tatsym (2021-07-06)

Real-life events returning, a fresh ban list, still loads of online events to take part in—good reasons to be hyped for the new format. The Dragon Link oppressors are gone and it's open skies for whoever wants to claim the title. Let's look at the meta and collect ideas on how to prepare for upcoming events!

More 2021 Rituals: Another Run with Drytrons

By Tatsym (2021-05-20)

We previously took the Drytron archetype, supposedly past its prime, to a first-place finish at the last Extravaganza. But winning one event wasn't enough, so we fixed the deck up, and took it to the next Extravaganza. How did the deck do in round two? You'll find the answers right here.

What Makes a Good Combo Deck?

By KoGames (2021-05-05)

Combo decks are the pinnacle of the creativity in the Yu-Gi-Oh! world. For such a deck to work, one needs to invest an insane amount of testing and draw upon an expert knowledge of the immense card pool. Let's look at what successful builds have in common. What makes combo decks tick?

How to Nerf Dragon Link

By Tatsym (2021-04-21)

Everybody knows it. Dragon Link is the best deck of the current format. On the last Forbidden & Limited List the deck lost none of its cards, although the power level of the strategy is through the roof. This leaves the question, when does it stop? And how? Let's look at options for cards to ban/limit!

Anti-Meta Pick: Synchro Assault Mode

By TheLastPharaoh (2021-04-20)

The beauty of Yu-Gi-Oh! Is that you can mix together so many cards either to improve certain decks or to create decks that have never been seen before. What happens when a player decides to try their hand at the Assault Mode strategy? The result is anything but ordinary—extraordinarily interesting.

Building on a Budget: ABC

By RyanA (2021-04-15)

When Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba came out in late 2016, the entire world was relieved to see it wasn't the 43rd wave of Blue-Eyes support but actually brought a new archetype to the table: the ABC monsters, which were a modern take on Kaiba's XYZ archetype. Even today, these cards pack a punch!

Innovation Corner: Invoked Dino

By TheLastPharaoh (2021-04-08)

Welcome to Innovation Corner! In this series, we are going to explore interesting decks or combos that are fairly obscure or don't see mainstream play. The goal here is to give food for thought and break the mold. First, can the Invoked and Dinosaur themes work together in the same deck?

Staples Support Your Wallet

By TayfunB (2021-03-31)

Highly valued staple cards are the best solution for players from a financial standpoint. It is a common misconception that the game would be cheaper overall if all staple cards were printed into oblivion. Let's look at examples from recent products to make the case in favor of expensive staples.

Interview: Nico's Dinosaurs from the Top 8 of LCS XI

By RobinS (2021-03-25)

Luxury Champion Series XI was the first event to follow the new ban list, and it was not entirely clear which decks would perform best in the fresh format. Nico Thielen managed to make it all the way to the Top 8 with his Dinosaurs, so how about a look at the list and an interview with the pilot?

Report: Top 4 at the Invitational with Red-Eyes Eldlich

By Tatsym (2021-03-23)

The Remote Duel Invitational marked the end of the previous format. But to do well at this event, you didn't need to play any of the cards that since ended up on the Forbidden and Limited List. One could also sneak Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon-powered Eldlich past a bunch of True Kings of All Calamities …

War Rock: Too Fair, But It's What the Game Was Meant to Be

By KoGames (2021-03-18)

Let's get this out of the way first thing: War Rock is bad. However, what we'll be discussing in this article is not wether this archetype is meta relevant because it is obvious that it is not. Instead this article will make the case that the playstyle of War Rock is how this game was meant to be played.

Deck Spotlight: Generaiders

By Sunavalon (2021-03-04)

Generaiders is an ambitious archetype built around level nine monster with different types and attributes. It was introduced in Deck Build Pack: Mystic Fighters. How is the deck built today and can it stack up against the best? Get the scoop on the standard build and its variants here.

The Best Hand Traps of the Current Format

By TheLastPharaoh (2021-02-25)

Hand traps have played an important role in the game since they entered it, or at least since D.D. Crow. And in every format, some hand traps end up being better than others. This article will examine the most relevant exemplars from the current format. Let us see what it is that makes them good!

Deck Spotlight: Numeron Gren Maju

By TheLastPharaoh (2021-02-18)

Barely anyone talks about Gren Maju. By itself, it's a respectable strategy that players fear because it is so unexpected and can steal games in one turn. But what do you get when you add a bit of sauce in the form of the Numeron engine to the deck? A very frustrated opponent probably.

News from February's Benelux Extravaganza

By RyanA (2021-02-17)

The Extravaganza event for the Benelux region, comprised of the Netherlands, northern Belgium, and Luxemburg, had 76 players entering. This put us just over the seven-round mark—plenty of playtime for these duelists to show off their skills! (Or in my personal case, lack thereof.)

Deck Spotlight: U.A.

By TheLastPharaoh (2021-01-13)

U.A. is an archetype based on sports and team play. It debuted as a TCG exclusive deck in 2014's Duelist Alliance set and it received support through 2015's Crossroad Souls. Phantom Rage has finally introduced a wave of support that has made the deck more playable and more consistent.

The Top 5 Best-Selling Monsters, Spells, and Traps of 2020

By ThomasR (2020-12-21)

For our final Insight article of the year, we're revealing the correct answers to our Christmas contests. It's time to show off the monster, spell, and trap cards that were traded the most on Cardmarket.com between January and the end of October. How many of them did you guess correctly?

Is Virtual World the New Deck to Beat?

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-12-01)

Virtual World came out of nowhere and took down a major! Well, we all knew it was a good deck. But most people thought it would only come into its own after the upcoming ban list announcement, scheduled for the second half of December. In this article, we will look at why the deck has shown up to the party early.

Return of the Staples

By Tatsym (2020-11-25)

Yu-Gi-Oh! always has been dominated by strong generic cards. These so-called staples see broad application across all kinds of decks and strategies. Each format has their own, and each new release brings new staples. But nowadays it seems like 50% of any deck are good generic cards.

Maximum Gold: Maximum Reprints

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-11-19)

Another gold set with much more appealing gold rare cards has hit the market and has become an instant success overnight. At the time of writing this article, the twenty best-selling cards on Cardmarket are all cards from Maximum Gold. It is a very special set that has something for everyone!

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.

The Return of the Pranksters

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-11-10)

Sometimes, it doesn't take much to turn a deck from bad to good, or from has-been to relevant again. Phantom Rage offers players a way to rekindle their interest in Prank-Kids with the release of just one card. But this card is all that the deck needs to jump back into the competitive scene.

The Mathematics Behind Building Competitive Decks

By RobinS (2020-10-30)

Have you ever thought of a new strategy that seemed powerful in theory but turned out to be inconsistent in practice? When it comes to consistency issues, we have to take a look at probabilities. In this article we will investigate the mathematics involved in building competitive decks.

Surprisingly Strong: Gouki

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-10-27)

Do you remember a few years ago when the Gouki deck used to be one of the top strategies in the game? The Gouki had the ability to summon so many monsters and create such strong boards. Now they are back to their old tricks, albeit in a new way. Let's step into the ring with them, shall we?

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.

Remote Duel Invitational: Lithium's Monarch Deck

By RyanA (2020-10-15)

The current format is filled with a bunch of strong decks, but sometimes playing something completely off the wall might give you the edge over your opponent. This is what Lithium did at the Remote Duel Invitational, bringing Domain Monarchs. He was definitely an underdog, but he made it all the way to the finals!

Fluffals Are Back!

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-09-15)

Rise of the Duelist introduced many amazing cards that we have already talked about in previous articles. However, hidden in the shadows are a bunch of cards that make an old strategy emerge once more, both to entertain and to steal some unexpected wins. The talk here is of Fluffals!

Returning To Yu-Gi-Oh! After Twelve Years

By RobinS (2020-09-01)

This article is about my return to Yu-Gi-Oh! after a break of twelve years. A lot had changed during my absence, and I'll outline some key aspects. I hope this article can be a help to other returning players and that it will provide new players with some historic information about the game.

Dogmatika – The New Meta Contender

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-08-18)

Dogmatika is one of the most anticipated archetypes of 2020. They are projected to be one of the top decks of the format. But they better function in mix with other archetypes. Let's find out what the cards do and what is the variant you are most likely to encounter in this format!

Age of Numerons

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-07-28)

Battles of Legends: Armageddon has dropped last week and introduced us to the Numeron archetype. Will a couple of Rank 1 Xyz monsters impact the metagame? Is this a deck or an engine? Where can it fit? So many questions that we will explore together. Welcome to the age of Numerons!

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?

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.

Side Decking Right After a Banlist

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-06-23)

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden & Limited List is a tool that Konami uses to keep the game in balance by hitting cards deemed to be a threat, or by releasing those that no longer appear threatening. A ban or unban creates a new format, which leads to the question: How do you side deck for the unknown?

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.

Going Second: Prevent a Board or Break It

By RyanA (2020-06-05)

Most trading card games have special rules in place for the first turn. In Yu-Gi-Oh!, the starting player is unable to draw during their Draw Phase or conduct their Battle Phase. Nevertheless, choosing to go first has always been the norm for the majority of players. But one should at least consider the alternative.

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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