Getting Back to Locals, Staying in Touch with Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Marijn van Duivenboden
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.
And if you're not allowed to go yet, this article can help you keep in touch with the game to prepare yourself for when you can finally play again!
Since we stopped playing three months ago, much has changed. There have been three booster sets, one structure deck and an entire master rule. You can't really jump back into the game just ignoring these new factors. Today, I'm here to help you get started again and walk you through a speedy path to get back into Yu-Gi-Oh! again! Whether you're a pro, or a casual player, I have some tips for you!
Learning the Cards
This section has information that was gathered from both Yu-Gi-Oh!'s invitational Remote Duel and online tournaments.
At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Duel Overload arrived. DUOV brought many extremely powerful cards that warped the format, like Crystron Halqifibrax, Predaplant Verte Anaconda, and Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon. Next to these brand new cards there have been many reprints that could help your deck as well, for example Cynet Mining, Infinite Impermanence, and Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay. These cards, if not owned previously, could greatly increase the power of your deck.
After Duel Overload, we got the Structure Deck: Mechanized Madness which brought powerful Machina cards that helps decks like Orcust, but also great, cheaper reprints like Solemn Strike, Cosmic Cyclone, and Deskbot 001. Although the deck doesn't bring a lot of new cards, it does empower existing decks and makes staples more affordable.
The third set is one you should have heard about already: Secret Slayers. This deck building booster box brought two new meta-relevant decks. Eldlich and Adamancipator. Eldlich is a control-style deck that works around one boss monster: Eldlich the Golden Lord. You can summon him to your field from the grave by sending spells/traps you control to the grave. The Eldlich spells and traps all have graveyard effects that set each other. The deck features on a control style of play that grinds out your opponent with its recursion. There have been other innovative iterations of the deck already though, like Eldlich Invoked or Synchro. Invoked synergizes with the LIGHT attribute Eldlich the Golden Lord, making this control deck even stronger, while Synchro focuses on a one-card combo to make a strong board together with a lot of draws. Also check out this Cardmarket Insight article about Eldlich; it is quite the interesting read!
Adamancipator is something else entirely, a combo deck that spams the board with multiple rock-attribute monsters. The deck works with miners: Adamancipator Researcher, Adamancipator Analyzer, and Adamancipator Seeker. These cards all excavate five cards from the top of your deck, and then summon one non-tuner rock-type monster. The deck then combos and swarms further, using cards like Crystron Halqifibrax, Linkross, and Mecha Phantom Beast O'lion to link-climb and Synchro summon to extend your field. Then add three rocks with Block dragon and you get an end board of something like Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess, I:P Masquerena, Block Dragon, Adamancipator Risen - Dragite, and Koa'ki Meiru Guardian.
The last set released was one of the main core booster sets: Eternity Code. This set brought many things: powerfull Link monsters like Accesscode Talker and Linkross, support for well-known archetypes with Madolche Promenade, Girsu, the Orcust Mekk-Knight, and Deep Sea Aria, new handtraps such as Ghost Mourner & Moonlit Chill. This set had everything needed to bring the new decks to the top. Linkross quickly entered every combo extra deck to extend their plays with tokens, Accesscode Talker singlehandedly brought back Sky Strikers & Salamangreat, and Mekk-Knight Girsu empowers both Mekk-Knights and Orcusts.
These sets are all incredibly large and I've only featured a small amount of cards from them. Be sure to look into them! A good tip is the "popular" tab when looking at the sets on Cardmarket to see what new cards are really relevant.
Preparing Your Deck
Here's one thing to note though. In the online tournaments, Eldlich and Adamancipator have seen an incredible amount of play. But! — this representation will not match the one at your your local. Not everyone has all these cards yet, or is willing to get them at all. Both decks are expensive and a lot of people have been playing them online just because they can. Be sure to be ready for everything when going back to locals. You probably know your community and can kind of formulate some expectations from that already.
What decks do you have? What have you been playing before the crisis? There is a huge chance it's still viable and only has gotten better with the new cards. Crystron Halqifibrax has raised the ceiling of all combo decks, and Accesscode Talker helps break through opponents' boards with ease. Maybe your Invoked deck got a new fusion monster like Invoked Augoeides. There are so many new cards, and so many reprints as well, to help power up your deck in a cheap way. During the downtime many tournaments went online. With so many people at home testing their new decks, strategies have advanced incredibly quickly. Often a decklist would look completely different only one week later. From the start of Adamancipator's rise to now, there have been so many optimizations. There is a huge chance your deck has topped an online event. Go out there and get some research done! What have the new cards, or time and testing, done for your deck? Don't be scared to try out new stuff! Do you think Parallel eXceed dragon is perfect for your deck? Be sure to test it. Remember: it's Yu-Gi-Oh! Everything is possible.
Getting the Cards
After making your list, carefully debating what cards to play and to side, you'll be ready to acquire the new cards. Be sure to get them all in time! You don't want to go to your first local again with a thirteen-card extra deck. Maybe you get some cheap reprints of Solemn Strike, or maybe staying at home allowed you to get the Ultimate rare versions? Go to the "my wants" tool on Cardmarket and be sure to include everything! Think ahead and don't forget to have fun. You don't have to make your tier one deck the best deck ever, it's also a lot of fun to play some tier two decks like the new Plunder Patroll archetype. Or maybe you want to be ahead of the curve and buy some cards for new decks coming out soon? Toon Chaos is around the corner together with Rise of the Duelist.
Stay Safe and Healthy and Have Fun!
One last piece of advice: After learning to protect yourself against certain meta decks, be sure to protect your actual self! A lot of locals have already adopted some precautionary measures to open up again. Learn the rules of your local, and be sure to play safe and smart. Keep your distance and only go when the authorities say it's okay to do so.
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