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Yu-Gi-Oh! Box Buster, Shonen Jump, and Shenanigans

Posted by Yogizilla on February 18, 2012

Yo gamers and geeks!

So I finally buckled down and decided to start recording videos since most don’t have the patience to read my long-winded posts (understandable).  I have a great webcam but my lighting stinks.  There’s going to be lots of editing before those hit the interwebz.

Until I get those videos out, I wanted to share my recent spree of Yu-Gi-Oh! purchases.  There’s quite a bit so I’ll just focus on the following purchases:

  • 4 Order Of Chaos booster packs
  • 1 Generation Force Special Edition box set

Before I dig into some of the goodies I got, there are three things you need to know before buying Yu-Gi-Oh! cards:

  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! Special Edition box sets are often cheaper than buying booster packs and come with guaranteed super/ultra rare cards.
  2. Being a Shonen Jump subscriber means you get access to awesome duel strategies and core deck builds..  Plus FREE Yu-Gi-Oh! cards – w00t!!
  3. While buying single cards will guarantee you get exactly what you need, it’s often more cost-effective to go with structure/starter decks, lots, tins, or box sets.

Speaking of Shonen Jump, I am still disappointed they are going 100% digital but it seems they’ll still send out the occasional freebies, primarily for new subscribers and renewals.  Oh well..  At least I got this card in the second to last issue (EVER??) of Shonen Jump:

Shonen Jump LIMITED EDITION X-Saber Souza

Thanks to this Shonen Jump Yu-Gi-Oh! freebie, I'm actually rebuilding and playing my X-Saber deck again!

 

Read on for Yu-Gi-Oh! box buster fun and other shenanigans!

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Box Busters, Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournaments in Augusta/CSRA, and MORE!

Posted by Yogizilla on January 24, 2012

It’s official…

Yu-Gi-Oh! still rocks my socks!

I have been uber busy (and distracted) but the past few months have been so much fun.  I’ve had the opportunity to jam with my kids and Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans of all ages, thanks in part to the Augusta Book Exchange and their Sunday Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournaments.

Box busters are still in the plans but what I am looking to do is buy a few boxes of current-gen Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and share some of our personal favorites.  We are looking at Order of Chaos, Generation Force, and Hidden Arsenal booster packs, amongst others.  That will be in the more distant future, though.

For a look at some of my more recent Yu-Gi-Oh! faves and “mini busters”, check out these posts:

https://duelpassonline.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/2011-yu-gi-oh-box-buster-preview-rise-of-destiny/

https://duelpassonline.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/yu-gi-oh-favorites-meklord-emperor-wisel/

Yu-Gi-Oh! deck building is still one of my favorite things but it’s tons of fun to try out new recipes too!

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If you happen to be in the Augusta, Georgia or CSRA (Central Savannah River Area), I invite you to come check out the Augusta Book Exchange in Martinez, near the Bobby Jones Expressway Wal-Mart (which we like to call Wally World since it’s like a amusement park for some of us locals LOL).

This place reminds me of my favorite geek shop in my hometown of NYC: The Compleat Strategist.  InsiderPages describes TCS as a place where it’s cozy and easily to lose oneself for hours.  I agree and the Augusta Book Exchange is the same experience.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Deck Recipes – “Chaos Rising” (Prototype Dark/Light Deck) – By Yogizilla

Posted by Yogizilla on August 12, 2011

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I’ve always had a love affair with DARK monsters but LIGHT monsters are no slouch in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, either – ESPECIALLY with cards like Honest and Athena out there!

After playing Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia for a few days now, my quest to build “perfect” Dark decks has begun once again. I am looking to build a Zombie deck, a LIGHT/DARK deck, and a synchro-summon DARK deck, amongst others. In this installment, we’ll look at my recipe for “Chaos Rising” thus far…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Chaos Sorcerer

Chaos Sorcerer makes Dark Magician look like a pansy.

SUMMARY: My prototype deck still has lots of work to be done but I’ve won more duels than I have lost with it. The build revolves around Chaos Sorcerer, a monster that can remove from play one face-up monster on the field once every turn (at the cost of not being able to attack with him that turn). I’d say that is my key card but I have other winning strategies in this deck and I’d say it is rather flexible, in spite of it’s imperfections. Combining Light and Dark monsters is always fun and I’ll add more to my deck once I acquire the right cards (this is a Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 5D’s video game deck, just so you know, but it works well offline too).

This is a maxed-out deck at 60 cards.  Currently, 28 cards are SPELL or TRAP cards, the rest are monsters.  Nothing in my Extra Deck.  Side Deck is mainly a placeholder so this deck has been tuned for single duels.  Read more to see the cards in my deck right now…

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Box Buster Preview PLUS Throwback Booster Unveiled

Posted by Yogizilla on August 6, 2011

I’ve been promising a HUGE Box Buster so here’s a preview.  I just opened up the

  • 1 Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste Tin (1 Stardust Overdrive Booster Pack, 2 Absolute Powerforce Booster Packs, 2 Shining Darkness Booster Packs, 1 Secret Rare “Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste” Card, And 4 Super Rare Cards: “Archfiend of Gilfer”, “The Wicked Dreadroot”, “Dragonic Knight”, and “Dark Armed Dragon”)
  • 2 Storm of Ragnarok Booster Packs
  • 2 Hidden Arsenal 3 Booster Packs
  • 2 Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time Movie Pack
  • 1 Rise of Destiny Booster Pack

…The throwback here is the Rise of Destiny booster pack.  Now, you may know that I love old-school Yu-Gi-Oh! so coming across a 1st Edition booster pack at a neighborhood store was a pleasant surprise.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Rise Of Destiny SPECIAL EDITION

Rise Of Destiny SPECIAL EDITION - Available at Yugiohmint.com for an AWESOME price - WHILE SUPPLIES LAST (yeah, there's always a catch)!!

 

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Of The Moment – Meklord Emperor Wisel

Posted by Yogizilla on July 28, 2011

It’s time to get back to the roots of DPO – the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG – w00t!

Today, I come with a brand-spanking-new (at least to me) card that came with the September 2011 (Issue 8) edition of Shonen Jump.  Are you ready? *drumroll*

Meklord Emperor Wisel

Shonen Jump Limited Edition - Meklord Emperor Wisel - September 2011 Issue 8

Meklord Emperor Wisel is possibly the sexiest card of the Meklord set.  Sure, Meklord Emperor Granel is great if you play against someone that loves synchros but, let’s be honest, synchro summons are a major pain in the arse and rather easy to counter if you know what you are doing..  So Emperor Wisel is the better choice in most cases.

CARD EFFECT:  Cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. Must be Special Summoned by its own effect, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. When a face-up monster you control is destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon this card (from your hand). Other monsters you control cannot declare an attack. Once per turn: You can target 1 Synchro Monster your opponent controls; equip that target to this card. This card gains ATK equal to those equipped monsters’ combined ATK. Once per turn, when an opponent’s Spell Card is activated: You can negate the activation and destroy it.

COUNTERS & WEAKNESSES:  If you play against a trap-heavy deck or someone that banishes or returns cards to your hand/deck, then it’ll be hard to even get this card into play and you’ll have it rather vulnerable without proper backup.  Also note that the effect of this card is VERY different from what the Anime and Manga would suggest!

DECK BUILDING TIPS:  I can see this card being part of a great deck core for Machine-heavy decks.  Imagine Meklord Emperor Wisel backing up Jinzo.  Now you are limiting your opponent’s spell and trap card plays.  WOW..  That’s a combo to contend with but, of course, you have to worry about fair play rules and all that good stuff.  In any case, there are many awesome Machine monsters and support cards out there so the potential here is immense.  With a Machine Duplication and several low-level Machine monsters in your deck, you can load up your defensive line easily, too.  I may be building yet another new deck now…  Don’t forget to have some trap card counters handy, just in case!

FINAL THOUGHTS:  Effect monsters are always good in my book and, while there are more counters for effect monsters these days, this one has a reasonable set of summoning conditions and is well worth it.  Relinquished was always one of my favorite monsters because it gave you beatdown muscle and field control.  With Meklord Emperor Wisel, the added bonus is spell-card countering and powerful base stats.  Here’s a card that is flexible enough to be added to virtually any deck you build.  Go for it!

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Discussion: What Is YOUR Favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! Online TCG?

Posted by Yogizilla on May 16, 2011

Let’s shift gears and come back to the heart of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Pass Online (DPO) blog: Yu-Gi-Oh!

First and foremost, I want to share an awesome deal for anyone looking for cheap Yu-Gi-Oh! Online DP (Duel Passes). Thanks to our new partnership with DuelPasses.com, we now offer 5% off on anything. Just use the Duel Pass promo code “dponline” to get 5% on your Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Duel Pass order. All codes are delivered via e-mail, for your convenience. You must have PayPal to complete orders, which is standard for e-commerce sites these days. DuelPasses.com is the #1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Pass supplier, with the best customer service and the most Facebook fans, if you ask this Yu-Gi-Oh! geek.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Version 2 - Duel Evolution - Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Generation

Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Version 2 – Duel Evolution – Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Generation

Yu-Gi-Oh! Online (YGOO) for the PC is still one of the biggest and most active communities for hardcore and casual Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG duelists alike. If you’re serious about improving your Yu-Gi-Oh! skills, YGOO is the way to go. As you can see here on DPO, some have a love-hate relationship with Konami’s flagship Yu-Gi-Oh! Game but, love it or hate it, there are few other ways to duel on a global scale. I miss taking part in the Yu-Gi-Oh! events myself so, if you play, let me know. I’m hoping to take a break from project work and catch up with fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, online gamers, and duelists alike. w00t! Read the rest of this entry »

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Netflix Ramps Up Anime Streaming and the Endless Distractions Continue

Posted by Yogizilla on April 14, 2011

Well, some of you have been wondering what I’ve been up to and, really, it’s the usual being inundated with work and getting distracted. As usual, XBox LIVE is a great escape from work. Been getting back into CoD Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops (surprisingly, Black Ops has grown onto me though I still prefer Infinity Ward’s approach, in spite of tons of customization and gameplay options in the Treyarch product) with new and old clanmates from NoF, my gaming clan. Crysis 2 has been fun but BOY is that game frustrating!

Possibly the biggest distraction is the massive Netflix Anime expansion. About two or three months back, Anime was only available on DVD or Blu-Ray mailings. Not so now. Netflix has tons of streaming Anime options including Trigun, Berserk, Rin, Blood+, Bleach, Naruto, and Full Metal Alchemist, to name a “few”.

Rin is particularly interesting. The release date shows as 2008 but the subject matter seems dated, especially if you consider the computer references (128MB RAM 300MB HDD is no longer top of the line, folks). Regardless, it is a fun Anime. It’s a little graphic so, kids, go back to Dragon Ball Z, please.

Rin is about two immortal girls that run a private investigation company. They take on strange cases, battle supernatural beings, and make lots of friends along the way. If nudity is your bag, Rin has that too but the plot is substantial, I promise. The Anime series is beautifully drawn too.

If you need more reasons to procrastinate, check out the new, ever-growing Netflix Anime Instant Play collection. Netflix has stepped things up due to the competition from Amazon, Hulu, and others. If Anime is not your thing, add me on XBox LIVE. Yogizilla is my name there though I’m considering changing to YogizillaNoF to fully rep my clan.

The Anime catch-up has definitely been a time killer for me but, fear not: I am still very much excited to bring you my very first online Yu-Gi-Oh! Box Buster. I got tons of cards I have yet to reveal for myself and you, my AWESOME loyal readers. I’ve been focusing on my Y3B blog but I’ll be switching content back and forth, as well as cross-promoting.

There’s still tons of stuff in the pipelines including new Mundane Chatter v2.0 Podcast Episodes, XBox 360 Hardware Mini-Reviews (just got a Turtle Beach X31 and I LOVE it.. looking to get a Razer Onza TE but they’re hard to come by), and MORE! Leave a comment and let me know what games, Anime, and other fun has been consuming your life – maybe we can join forces and veg together!

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DPO Comes To Augusta, Georgia!

Posted by Yogizilla on May 19, 2010

In the past three years, DPO has shifted from a shop to a sort of consortium for gamers that enjoy thinking and social games alike.  Our TCG of choice, of course, is Yu-Gi-Oh!  Originally based out of Canada and New York, we moved to San Diego and now Georgia, where we plan to set up a permanent POP (Point of Presence) by setting up local tournaments both online and at shops like the Book Exchange.  If you know anyone that is looking to get the duel on, please comment and let us know you are out there!

That being said, I’d still love to hear from our readers about your favorite combos and strategies.  We’ve gotten tons of personal messages but not many public comments.  Don’t be shy now! I’ve seen some pretty unique combos and deck builds out there – share them with the world!  Of course, you don’t want to share all your strategies but a little preview never hurts anyone.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! universe has changed so much in the past three years.  With the introduction of synchro and tuner monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! has become much more complex.  Personally, I was never a fan of fusion monsters but new support cards and combos make them useful, especially with the new take on fusions: synchro summons.  Yu-Gi-Oh! GX played up union monsters and more practical fusions but 5D’s is more about synchro summons and loading up the frontlines with powerful monsters.  Gemini monsters are also awesome for those that love effect monsters but want flexibility and protection against effect counters.  Thes newest mechanics bring YGO back to it’s roots, making beatdown configurations very feasible and effective against various deck types.

For our purposes, we refer to general deck builds as one or a combination of the following:

  • Beatdown: Nothing like a good ‘ol beatdown deck.  I enjoy using a wide array of effect monsters personally but heavy-hitting normal monsters can be quite effective, especially when you use cards like Heart of the Underdog and Ancient Rules.  A significant portion of today’s decks still revolve around beatdown strategies to some degree so you can always count on some good hard-nose battles.
  • Magic: Decks that primarily use spell/magic cards are, of course, magic decks.  These are probably the hardest to win with but you do have the benefit of avoiding Jinzo and similar counters.  Ideally, you want cards that give you bonuses for using magic.  You’ll also want cards that are timed for counters and allow you to recoup other key cards.  Continuous effects are always helpful as well so long as you remember to protect them and keep some tricks up your sleeves.
  • Trap: Trap cards are fun as they allow you to counter opponent moves; however, trap cards have to be covered with some form of insurance since they can be countered easily themselves.  Like with magic decks, continuous effects are a great way to inconvenience your opponent and hopefully throw them off.  Most decks aim at demolishing your defenses so countering blitzkrieg attack strategies is a good starting point for a good trap-deck core.
  • Mill/Stall: With cards like Pot of Avarice, Pharaoh’s Treasure, and Morphing Jar 1/2, it’s easy to make a deck that’s aimed at stalling or just making your opponent run out of cards.  An effective mill/stall deck maximizes draw opportunities and offers deck and hand destruction options.  Ideally, you may want some spell and trap counters, as well as some cards with search functions.
  • Burn: Some refer to mill/stall decks as burn decks but I consider a true burn deck to be one that maximizes your ability to direct attack using various unconventional methods.  Interestingly enough, fire-based decks tend to be pretty effective for this strategy but just about all attributes support burn strategies.

Of course, some gaming snobs dismiss Yu-Gi-Oh! as a gaming lacking depth.  Clearly, this is not the case.  I’m excited to see how much more Yu-Gi-Oh! can evolve while preserving the delicate balance of old-school versus new-school tactics.  It’s particularly interesting to see how new cards mix with old staples and cards from all seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! competition.

Well, kids, I’m off for now.  Here’s a random Yu-Gi-Oh! pic.. and a pretty spiffy link… =o]

Hmmm..  If this doesn't work, check out Hidden Anime and Zone Anime.

I heard Yusei means "chick magnet" in Japanese... NOICE!

Stay tuned for local Yu-Gi-Oh! competition in Augusta, Georgia!

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