March 2013 Format Rules

MechaPhantomBeastDracossack-LTGY-EN-ScR-1EAre you tired of the current format? Seeing the same decks topping events? Really want to test your skill? Sure, Goat Control mirrors can be skillful, but what about when they open Duo, Graceful, Serpent, Greed and Magician of Faith? That hand is pretty nutty. Might not happen often, but it can. Play the NAWCQ 2013 format. It is one of the most skillful formats in the game’s history. Spellbooks and Dragon Rulers might be the best decks, but there are other options, too. Continue reading “March 2013 Format Rules”

Improve your game: Floater Theory

Sangan-LCYW-EN-ScR-1EA term I hear quite a lot is ‘floater’. What is a ‘floater’? What do they do? Are they good? Are they bad? The Wikia has described a floater as “a Monster Card which has replaced itself in some way, allowing the player using it to generate card advantage.” Most people think of cards that get another card when it dies, like Sangan, or Mystic Tomato, but it isn’t that straightforward. Continue reading “Improve your game: Floater Theory”

Improve your game: You need a win condition

Shock Master's effect doesn't win games. Being able to attack wins games.
Shock Master’s effect doesn’t win games. Being able to attack wins games.

If you want to win a game of Yugioh, you need to actually be able to win. Maybe, if you’re the most charismatic person ever, every opponent will just concede to you. Maybe you are charismatic, but is it enough to get everyone to give you the win? Probably not. Desilentenigma (DPYGO) made a video sometime in 2012 when Wind-Ups were good. His main point was that even though Wind-Ups make a bunch of Xyz and keep you from playing, they still need to attack you to kill you. Continue reading “Improve your game: You need a win condition”

Improve your game: The deck that beats the best deck doesn’t make it the best

1027681Sometimes I’m asked what deck I’d play if I could play any deck. Well, disregarding deck construction rules, it’d be the five pieces of Exodia and no other cards. For current Advanced, I’m not really liking any of the decks. That happens sometimes, and when it does, I default to what I think the best deck is. Is it really correct to just play the best deck? Or should I be playing a deck that beats a certain deck? Continue reading “Improve your game: The deck that beats the best deck doesn’t make it the best”

Improve your game: 40 cards is the maximum

Give yourself the best chances possible
Give yourself the best chances possible

Before I tell you that you need to have exactly 40 cards in your Main Deck and 15 in your Side Deck, ask yourself if your goal is to win. Whether you’re 6 or 66, you should be playing 40 cards in your Main Deck if you want to win unless you have a good reason or you just don’t care. Continue reading “Improve your game: 40 cards is the maximum”

Card of the day: Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin

MajespecterUnicornKirin-DOCS-EN-R-1EIt’s been so long since the last card of the day I had to check which one it was. It was Angel Trumpeter. Today’s card of the day actually has an effect. It’s Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin. Majespecter has never been too oppressive and in general a pretty fair deck. The deck can only get rid of monsters, has relatively small monsters, is slow but all of the monsters are recurring and can’t be targeted or destroyed. It’s decent but fair. All of the Majespecter monsters are more than fair, except for Kirin. Continue reading “Card of the day: Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin”

Improve your game: Shuffle sufficiently

MagicalMallet-RYMP-EN-C-UEIf you’re here, I assume you’re a Yugioh player or want to learn/get better at Yugioh. Maybe you’re a parent of someone playing the game. So, no matter the reason you’re here, you or the people you like that play the game need to watch out for cheaters. Cheaters are not the bad players that don’t know what they’re doing. Cheaters are often the good players that are reducing their variance. Continue reading “Improve your game: Shuffle sufficiently”

Improve your game: Card quality vs advantage

InfiniteCardsRP02-EN-R-UECard advantage is usually defined as how many more cards one player has over the other player. Cards that gain card advantage may not put you ahead in total advantage, but are the cards that get you there. Many card games let both players start with the same amount of cards. Some don’t let the player who goes first draw for their first turn. Some games don’t let the player who goes first attack on the first turn. Yugioh does both of the latter things. While raw card advantage is important, card quality is often more important. Continue reading “Improve your game: Card quality vs advantage”