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