December 2008 | The Irish Duelist

Not long now..

As you can see from the newly installed countdown timer above*, The Irish Open is fast approaching, and while I'm excited about the event in general, I'm a little concerned about what I'm going to do.

After my Fortune Tour Stop success I haven't really been happy with my TeleDaD deck at all, but that might not even matter. Ever since the event ended, I've been getting messages from people saying that they're either going to run it themselves, or they expect plenty of others to do the same. Will I run it? I'm not sure yet. It is a good, versatile variant, there's no doubting that, but the fact that it's out in the open means that I've lost a very specific 'mental edge' if I do decide to run it. The deck also has plenty of the general weaknesses that TeleDaD can have.

So, where does that leave me? Do I go with it anyway, seeing as I have been running it for the past 3 weeks since the event, or do I have to re-invent the deck for myself, hopefully eliminating all the downsides of the deck but not having enough consistent testing to warrant using it on the big stage? (Mind you, I did come up with that specific list at 5am on the morning of the event) I'm not too sure where I'll go with it all yet. I might even drop TeleDaD altogether since the Lightsworn deck I have on me at the moment is quite fun to play and is running a lot better than my TeleDaD. Either way, I'll make a decision closer to the tournament date, but with that timer up above ticking down*, I've not got long left.


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*Note: I've subsequently removed the timer, as it isn't working. Irish Open is on the 4th of January, just under 13 days away, for those who want to know.

So... now what?

I woke up this morning and on the way into college I started getting a bunch of texts from my mate, needless to say it woke me up:

"Konami have fully taken over the TCG, upperdeck are no longer anything to do with it"

"Upperdeck is also suing Konami for 75 million dollars"

"Also, all premier events run by Upperdeck have been cancelled. Sorry for the repeated texts if you're asleep, but this is pretty major..."

My initial reaction was 'OMG! What the fuck just happened?' and now, hours on from that I'm still in a state of confusion. Before I go any further, here are some links that I've come across through the various forums:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Press Release (quoted in first post)
Upper Deck Company v. Konami Marketing, Inc.

I still don't know what to make of it all. There are many different views across the forums on the matter already, but here are the most prevalent ones:

-OCG and TCG might merge into one CCG, meaning we can use cheaper OCG cards now.
-The SJC Circuit and similar events no longer exist.
-Konami might do what happened in Pokémon and make all cards not made by them (ie: TCG cards) illegal for play.
-Konami will take over Organised Play and we'll be left with just locals for now.

As this story is still less than 24 hours old there are a lot of unanswered questions and I haven't seen any Upper Deck representative post up anything so far about it. Speaking from a players standpoint we don't know what to do, most of us have decks that cost us €100's to build and the thought of them maybe being worth nothing now makes us unsure if we should sell up or not. If we sell and later find out that there will still be big events and 'expensive decks' then we've got to re-build all over again, and it's a lot harder to do that now than it was 2-3 years ago. If we don't sell and the game 'dies', then we just lost out on our final chance to 'make our money back'.

Personally, I've always liked the 'big scene', the Shonen Jumps, Regionals, Fortune Tours, all of that. It's the main reason I play the game now. If that were to go I'd be left with just my locals and to me that is not good enough. I can see myself quitting the game if what I fear becomes a reality.

On the flip-side, if these events stay, we might be in for a bit of a Renaissance as the influx of cheap cards from the OCG will give everybody access to just about everything (Crush Card Virus is a Structure Deck common in Japan, remember) and people will never complain about prices again.

I guess the key phrase for now is 'wait and see'. I'll still be playing at my local Hobby League this weekend, expecting the worst and hoping for some sort of answer..


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According to the Fortune Tour Stop that was meant to happen in Germany tomorrow has been cancelled. Here's a printscreen of the translated webpage (click to enlarge):

According to Cascade Games, they've been asked to cancel their forthcoming Regionals and other events (including to my knowledge, SJC San Fransisco): Link


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Fortune Tour Stop (Dublin, Ireland) Report

After last week's article I managed to find a way to get to Dublin for the Fortune Tour Stop in the end. I had to stay at a mate's place in Carlow for the weekend, which was pretty decent of him. It allowed me to get some final testing in as well as saving a shedload on hotel fees. The downside? I had to take 4 buses to get to Dublin! Regardless, it was all good and I didn't mind the bus journey as it gave me plenty of time to think about the tournament ahead.