Rituals in 2021: Winning the Extravaganza with Drytrons
Does Drytron have what it takes to win? Can the deck rise to the top in a format filled with Dragons? How do you update the strategy to compete in the current metagame? There's no better way to answer these questions than to jump into a tournament with the deck and just keep winning.
What Makes a Good Combo Deck?
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?
Why Is Lavalval Chain Banned?
Lavalval Chain is one of the most powerful versions of Foolish Burial ever printed, and it was banned for good reason. It was used in a variety of decks and to great effect, and many decks today would love to have it. That said, it's worth looking at whether the card would command the same fear today.
Building on a Budget: Zombie World
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.
Card Spotlight: Nadir Servant
Every now and then, there is this one card that gets printed which players glance at and say: "This card is amazing, and it can benefit my deck(s) so much." The topic of today's article fits the description perfectly, turning the extra deck into a way of gaining advantage in card economy.
Five Timeless Strategies
Some decks are just timeless. Beloved and treasured by many, they can be picked up at any time during a given format and will do well in the hands of experienced duelists, almost like a trusted old friend. Today we're highlighting some of these decks that can still compete even years after being introduced.
How to Clean Up the Forbidden and Limited List
As of March 2021 there are 185 cards on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG's Forbidden & Limited List. Konami has made some efforts to remove surplus entries from the restrictions, but there is much more that could be done. I think it would be possible to clear out 20% of the cards with a single sentence.
How to Nerf Dragon Link
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
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
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!