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Monday, June 30, 2014

Sylvan Learning Center - part 1: Card Choices

From Debris Hime to Quickdraw Dandy Warrior to Synchrocentric, whenever plants have had strong cards available, they have always been a powerful engine.  Konami has finally released a Plant Archetype consisting of cards that have characteristics of Monsters of other themes.  They have also granted the deck an array of combos that produces some of the most dominating fields the game has seen.  The only things keeping this deck from being the number one played deck in the Meta are the facts that the deck can serve up some of the WORST unplayable hands and that the learning curve for the deck is extremely high.  Unlike some of the other decks in the format, this deck is unforgiving and has no "I win" cards that can just be played from the hand or activated on the field such as Geargiagear with no prior setup.

In this series of articles, I would like to discuss how to improve the deck and its faults.  I would like to offer outside of the box ideas for card choices, combos, and useful interactions between the cards in this deck and other strategies in the current Meta.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Deck Compendium 2014

Decklists Created for 2014

Psychics (4/2014)

19 Monsters

1 Redox
1 Gorz, the Emissary of Darkness
1 Ghostrick Jackfrost
2 Overdrive Teleporter
1 Psychic Jumper
1 Esper Girl
3 Serene Psychic Witch
2 Hushed Psychic Cleric
2 Silent Psychic Wizard
2 Psychic Commander
3 Maxx "C"

14 Spells

3 Emergency Teleport
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
3 Upstart Goblin
2 Soul Charge
1 Book of Moon
1 Forbidden Lance
1 Miracle Synchro Fusion

7 Traps

2 Psychic Overload
2 Breakthrough Skill
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Compulsory Evacuation Device

Extra Deck

1 Naturia Beast
1 Naturia Barkion
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Crimson Blader
1 Mist Wurm
1 XX-Saber Gottoms
1 Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree
1 Magical Android
1 HTS Psyhemoth
1 Psychic Nightmare
1 Psychic Life Trancer
1 Overmind Archfiend
1 Ultimate Axon Kicker

Bujingi Turbo (6/2014)

19 Monsters

3 Bujin Yamato
2 Bujin Hirume
1 Bujin Arasuda
1 Bujin Mikazuchi
2 Bujin Crane
2 Bujingi Hare
2 Bujingi Turtle
1 Bujingi Sinyou
1 Bujingi Quilin
1 Bujingi Fox
2 Photon Thrasher
1 Honest

15 Spells

3 Soul Charge
3 Tenki
3 Upstart Goblin
2 Bujincarnation
2 Forbidden Lance
1 Book of Moon
1 Reinforcement of the Army

6 Traps

2 Breakthrough Skill
1 Solemn Warning
1 Bujin Regalia - The Sword
1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
1 Bottomless Trap Hole

Extra Deck

2 Bujintei Susanowo
1 Bujintei Kagutsuchi
1 Bujintei Tsukuyomi
1 Bujinki Amaterasu
2 Evilswarm Exciton Knight
1 Constellar Omega
1 Number 103: Ragnazero
1 Number 101: Silent Honor Ark
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Lavalval Chain
1 Blackship of Corn

Giga-Vise (2014)
**still testing, coming soon!**

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Do you really need to run 3 MST? Part 1

I want to explore a concept that I have been messing around with.  In the last few years, there have been many decks that have chosen to forgo Spell based Spell/Trap removal, namely Mystical Space Typhoon.  Consider this:  The decks that you actually want spell and trap removal against, run in excess of 10 traps and they happen to set multples on their first turn.  In your opening hand staring down a Fire Fist Bear with 4 set cards, how many of those 6 cards do you actually want to be Mystical Space Typhoon?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Analyzing Hieratic Dragon Rulers from ARGCS Nashville

Whether it be over representation or the fact that the deck is that good.  Hieratic Rulers made a good showing at the event.  My only regret was that the pilots of the deck had just recently picked up Hieratics in general and had no background with the former versions of the deck.  In this article, I'm going to analyze my favorite list from the event, Chris Leblanc's Hieratic Ruler decklist.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Super Secret Secrets

I used to be like many of you and get upset when the high profile players come up with super secret strategies and refused to share them with the masses.  It used to annoy me that "I" was kept out of the loop.  What makes them so special that they feel that only the select few should be privy to such information?  The answer to the question is quite simple and depending on your reaction is the VERY reason why "YOU" are also kept out of the loop.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Usually, the beginning of a format means that there will be a plethora of really decks floating around in the competitive scene.  However, coming out of consecutive explosive formats, everything just seems so meh.

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