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The Travels of the Burning Abyss

By Tatsym (2020-08-11)

Almost six years ago, Duelist Alliance released. This set introduced three metagame-defining archetypes that would change the Yu-Gi-Oh! landscape forever: Shaddoll, Qliphort, and most importantly, Burning Abyss. In such a fast-paced and ever-evolving game, who expected a deck from 2014 to still be relevant in 2020?

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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.

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Why Is Last Turn Banned?

By RobinS (2020-08-04)

Over the years, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game has banned many cards. Even though several cards were later released from the banlist again, dozens of cards that were banned at some point never managed to get off the list. This article will investigate why Last Turn in particular remains banned to this day.

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Name a More Iconic Duo …

By ThomasR (2020-07-30)

Some cards are great alone, but others shine brightest when they show up with a friend. The two-card combo has been a staple of Yu-Gi-Oh! for many years now, arguably stretching back to some of the very first sets of the game. It wasn't until a few years later that combo-based play really became the norm though.

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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!

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What's Stronger, Pot of Greed or Ancestral Recall?

By SamS (2020-07-23)

Inspired by a tweet from a former pro player and current designer at Wizards of the Coast, this article attempts to compare cards from two vastly different game systems. A thought exercise just as much as an exercise in hilarity, you may learn a thing or two about Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh! along the way.

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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.

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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?

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Up to Speed on Speed Duels

By RyanA (2020-07-14)

Starter Decks: Twisted Knightmares and Match of the Millennium were released near the end of May and greatly shook up the competitive scene. Last format, which started in December with the release of Trials of the Kingdom, was mostly dominated by the Cocoon Warrior strategy.

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The Cost of Playing Pot of Extravagance

By TheLastPharaoh (2020-07-09)

Draw cards are powerful and popular. Some are better than others, but only one of them could currently force you to stay away from certain decks due to financial implications. Is the card itself insanely expensive? Not really; it just received its first reprint. Nevertheless it is potentially quite expensive to use.

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