The Current State of Competitive Yu-Gi-Oh!
Over the past couple of months a number of Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganzas and Yu-Gi-Oh! Day tournaments took place. They act as the replacement for the Regionals and YCS events that we're missing during this crisis. Remote Dueling might not be the same as what we're used to, but it is all we have. And it isn't half bad.
Deck Spotlight: Numeron Gren Maju
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
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.)
Yu-Gi-Oh! History: Life After Goats
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?
Useful Generic Cards from Blazing Vortex
Blazing Vortex is finally here. It introduces the metagame to some powerful generic cards that fit different decks and strategies. Some of them are TCG exclusives, making it difficult to assess their impact as the OCG never experienced them. Let's take a look at some of the more promising candidates …
Are Some Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Too Generic?
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.
Battle of the Pots
Another year, another Pot card! Once a year, Konami gives us a new Pot card that helps players dig into their deck to find cards that could potentially help them win their next duel. This year's Pot card is slightly different. Let's compare it with its peers, shall we?
Fear of Coming Back: The Erratum
Occasionally, Konami releases cards from long stints on the ban list. But not all cards can be allowed back in. These rare cases where a card is too powerful, too unfun, or too time-consuming. But Konami has implemented a "nuclear option" for these situations: errata.
Building on a Budget: Dark Magician
For competitive players spending a couple hundred euros on a deck is nothing out of the ordinary, but not everyone has the ability to do so. Still that shouldn't stop them from aiming for the best possible results. I firmly believe you should play a deck you like, and for many people that's Dark Magician!
Why Do We Play?
Yu-Gi-Oh! is a game we all love. It has affected our lives in all kinds of different ways, whether we admit it or not, and also for different reasons. Everyone enjoys different aspects of the game in their own way. Let's talk about some of these aspects and some of the answers to the question why we play …