April 2010 | The Irish Duelist

Blackwings

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Blackwing Decks have been a popular choice for Duelists ever since we first saw Crow’s signature cards in Crimson Crisis and Raging Battle. The Deck is still very popular right now, and if you’re planning on attending the 75th SHONEN JUMP Championship in Edison, New Jersey, you’re bound to face off against a Blackwing Deck or 2 over the course of the weekend. Today we’re going to take a look at what Duelists are doing with their Blackwing Decks right now, and some of the new cards that are influencing Blackwing Duelists.

A lot has changed since we last looked at how Blackwing Decks work a few months ago. The biggest change is that we use a new Forbidden & Limited Cards List now. While certain Decks like Lightsworn and Zombies saw many of their best cards get Limited, the only major changes to Blackwing Decks are that you’re limited to 2 copies of Black Whirlwind and 1 Allure of Darkness now. That means that Blackwings are still as strong as they were previously, and there is now some space in the Deck to try out new cards and strategies.


Dr.Nik: Deck Building and Experimentology

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DoctorNik's posted another article on his blog, which can be viewed in its original format here.


Ally of Justice Light Gazer

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The Shining Darknes marks the first time that many cards only available in DUEL TERMINAL arcade machines will be legal for tournament play. Among them are the X-Sabers, Pashuul and Palomuro, and also this massive Synchro Monster, Ally of Justice Light Gazer!


Go-YGO: The Plight of the Small Monster

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Jae Kim's recently posted another article on his blog, go-ygo.com.
You can find the article here.



I want to discuss a curious Yu-Gi-Oh! card design decision today. This decision has made a certain set of cards unplayable at a premier event. Let’s start with a riddle:

What is the main drawback of playing small monsters? ................... (take your time).

If you said “low attack scores,” please e-mail me your address and I will FedEx you a scrumptious cookie.

Most players find this drawback perfectly fair. If you have a good effect, you can have a lower attack score. This means your smaller monsters will generally lose in battle frequently and require spell or trap support to remain on the field. This historic balance between strong effect and low ATK score has always been present in Yu-Gi-Oh! strategy and relatively well balanced.

Nimble Sunfish and Akz, the Pumer

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If you were a fan of the new Gravekeeper’s cards in Absolute Powerforce, then you’ll be delighted to know that lots of older and different types of Decks are getting new cards in The Shining Darkness, and we’re going to look at 2 new cards for 2 very different Decks today.


75th SHONEN JUMP Championship

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Sources: Don Williams Group PR, yugioh-card.com



Konami Digital Entertainment, inc chooses The Garden State as the site of its milestone marking the 75th Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game SHONEN JUMP Championship
Thousands of players from around the world to attend premier Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME event.

Go-YGO: Conversion Strategies

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Jae Kim's recently posted another article on his blog, go-ygo.com.
You can find the article here.



The biggest distinguishing factor between top pro player and solid to intermediate, to me, is conversion. There are a few stages to YGO development I see consistently.

Beginner: Does not yet see the concept of card advantage. Can be found making plays like using Book of Moon before it’s “necessary.”
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Intermediate: Has developed a full understanding of card advantage.
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Expert: Realizes the concept of card advantage is useless without the accompanying idea of conversion.

Flamvell Cat

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Last year, Synchro Cat was one of the most powerful Decks around, winning the 2009 American, Canadian and European Championships. The deck used Rescue Cat to bring out X-Saber Airbellums and other useful Beast-Type monsters like Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter and Neo-Spacian Dark Panther to handle anything you could throw at it. It also ended Duels very quickly with the now Forbidden Dark Strike Fighter. The Deck saw less play in the months that followed though, as key cards like Summoner Monk, Rescue Cat and Mind Control were all Limited and Dark Strike Fighter was Forbidden. However, things have changed and Synchro Cat is back with a bang and lots of new tricks up its sleeve.


Thanks to these cards, it's easier than ever to Synchro Summon.