2011 | The Irish Duelist

Looking back over 2011

2011 has been another great year for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, and with the year about to end here's a brief look back at what's happened in the past 12 months.

Card of the Year (#1): Tour Guide From the Underworld

So here it is, the best card that was released all year (in my opinion). I hope you enjoyed this little series of articles and feel free to make your voice heard in the comments!

Card of the Year (#2): Reborn Tengu

There's only 2 cards left in my list of this year's Top 10, and here's the first. The "Card of the Year" (in my opinion) will be revealed later on today.

Card of the Year (#3): Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

Now we're into the top 3. While everybody I've seen on the forums has accurately predicted the top 2 (though the order changes from person to person), the 3rd place card differs depending on who you ask. For me though it's this year's most powerful Synchro monster, which quickly became an Extra Deck "staple" no matter what Deck you ran.

Card of the Year (#4): Master Hyperion

As I was (shall we say..) "decomissioned" by the flu yesterday there'll be 2 blog posts today, and here's the first, #4 of my Top 10 cards of the year.

Card of the Year (#5): Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En

We're into the final 5 now, some of the strongest and most influential cards we've seen released this year, and we start with one of the strongest Synchro Monsters ever created!

Card of the Year (#6): Rescue Rabbit

Merry Christmas everyone! Here's number 6!

Card of the Year (#7): Shien's Smoke Signal

Here's number 7 on my list of the top 10 cards released this year.

Card of the Year (#8): Karakuri Komachi mdl 224 "Ninishi"

We're up to number 8 on my list of this year's Top 10 cards, take a look.

Card of the Year (#9): Gachi Gachi Gantetsu

Yesterday I started the countdown of the 10 best cards released in 2011 with Maxx "C". Now we're up to number 9!

Card of the Year (#10): Maxx "C"

A few weeks ago I made it known that I'd be doing a bunch of mini articles towards the end of 2011, highlighting what I thought were the best cards released over the past 12 months. After seeing things in action at YCS Brighton and getting feedback from the Yu-Gi-Oh! community it's time to start the countdown!

All the action from the YCS Brighton

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Brighton took place over the weekend to round off the Dueling year and it was a huge success. As ever there was live coverage of the event and you can find links to all the articles the team wrote over the weekend below.

Off to YCS Brighton tomorrow.

YCS Brighton takes place this weekend, and I'll be heading over to the UK for the weekend to help provide live coverage of the event.

Oh look, a new DMG.

Here's something I came across on the forums recently, a new Xyz Monster being released in Japan. From the looks of it it's a retrained Dark Magician Girl with artwork drawn by Takahashi himself.

Last minute advice for YCS Brighton.

YCS Brighton takes place this weekend and here's a few things to be aware of if you're heading to the event.

Best cards of 2011?

We're nearing the end of another year of Yu-Gi-Oh!, one that has been quite eventful with new cards, Decks and so-on making a big impact on Duelists. I plan on doing a set of mini articles to round out the year, but I need some input from you all to help me out first.

UkayPro Podcast 5: YCS Brighton and Order of Chaos

The latest UkayPro podcast has been posted, with discussions taking place about the upcoming YCS in Brighton, and the new booster pack heading to the TCG after Christmas.

Have a listen here.

The third God Card...

Here's an interesting little bit of news I found via the forums yesterday, it seems that the OCG will soon be getting the final Egyptian God Card in legal form, Osiris the Sky Dragon.

Ra Yellow Mega-Pack announced.

Konami have recently added a new product page to the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website, with a spinoff product of the highly successful Legendary Collection 2.

YCS Leipzig announced.

YCS Brighton is only 2 weeks away but if you can't make it Konami have announced the next major European event to take place, in February next year.

Order of Chaos announced.

Konami have put up the product page for Order of Chaos, the next set to hit the TCG.

The Roundup: November 2011

Here's a brief roundup of what's taken place in Yu-Gi-Oh! and on the blog over the past month. You can find all this month's articles by clicking here.

5 essential Fusion Monsters for your HERO Deck.

Konami have published the latest strategy article I did for them, give it a look!

(Spoiler) Structure Deck: Dragonic Legion

Dragonic Legion is the next/latest Structure Deck to hit the OCG, and focuses on LIGHT and DARK monsters, primarily Dragon-Types. The TCG version (Dragons Collide) will arrive after Christmas and some minor changes are expected, but the OCG version's pretty much a known quantity now, so here's the (incomplete) spoiler.

Some Public Event info for YCS Brighton

Konami have posted a little news article on some of the attractions of YCS Brighton, mainly regarding Public Events. The YCS takes place a week before Christmas, in the South of England.

The run-up to YCS #100.

Since the dawn of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG a decade ago we've seen major events take place all over the world, with thousands of Duelists competing for fame and glory. The highlight of the Dueling season for many is when they attend a Championship-level event, and we're now nearing the hundred mark.

Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon

My latest article for Konami's official strategy site has gone up. You can view it on their site by hitting this link or read on below.

All the action from YCS Kansas

The last major North American event of 2011 took place in Kansas City, Missouri over the weekend, and as always Konami provided live coverage of the event. You can read the coverage by hitting this link, or by using the index below to get to a specific article.

New portfolio, prints and more.

Evening everybody, time for a few updates. I've been quite busy this past week with a lot of stuff for PJTierney.net and a few (big and small) changes have taken place, so it's best to keep you all in the loop as to what's been going on.

Hidden Arsenal 5: Special Edition

Over the Summer Duelists were able to pick up Hidden Arsenal Special Edition sets, North America getting HA01/02/03 and the rest of the world getting HA04 only. With Hidden Arsenal 5 on the way it looks like there'll be another Special Edition doing the rounds.

Custom Cards

Every Duelist likes to have some accessories on-hand when they attend a tournament, or just to have them because they look cool. Some people collect OCG cards, others desire specific playmats, and we all know about Rodrigo's pink elephant. Several people (myself included) like the look of customised card artworks, and tend to use them as Token cards for various effects.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Next-Gen Dueling Kit

Over the weekend a new product popped up on the Internet, a Dueling kit which combines a few previous products together into a handy little package for new/younger Duelists.

Hidden Arsenal 5: Steelswarm Invasion

Looks like the product page for the new Hidden Arsenal set is up.

Looking ahead to YCS Kansas

YCS Kansas is the final major North American event of 2011 and Duelists Stateside are in the final stages of Deck preparation for the event. So far this format's thrown up a few surprises and there are several Decktypes capable of making it to the Top 32. I found this interesting analysis over on DuelistGroundz which looks at the main contenders.

No, I don't make mats...

Every so often I get messages from fellow Duelists who are looking for custom playmat designs, and would like me to put something together for them. This is natural as I used to make mats a few years ago, and outside of YGO-related stuff I'm a freelance digital artist. However I just want to make it known to everybody that I don't do "the mat thing anymore" for a few reasons.

(Spoiler) Photon Shockwave

The Photon Shockwave Sneak Peeks took place across the TCG regions this past weekend and by Monday the entire set's contents was known and posted on Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia. The users of Pojo were also compiling a list over the weekend and here's everything you can look forward to picking up when the set goes on general release later this month.

Photon Shockwave Sneak Peek this weekend.

The Photon Shockwave Sneak Peek takes place around the world this weekend and will be your first opportunity to see the cards from the latest booster set to hit the TCG. Here's some more information on the event to have a read over before it takes place.

Travel advice for YCS Brighton.

YCS Brighton is the last big Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG event of the year, taking place a week before Christmas. If you're heading to the event and haven't sorted your travel plans yet have a look below for some of the options available to you.

Order of Chaos revealed.

Shriek has posted a bit of information about Order of Chaos, the booster set that comes after Photon Shockwave. There's no specific information on cards in the set just yet other than what's already available in the OCG version, but here's the known info regardless.

The Roundup: October 2011

Here's a brief roundup of what's taken place in Yu-Gi-Oh! and on the blog over the past month. You can find all this month's articles by clicking here.

More info about YCS Brighton

YCS Brighton was announced recently and more information has been posted on Konami's website regarding the date, location and all the other essential details.

All the Yu-Gi-Oh! links you need.

Every so often I get messages from returning Duelists who are looking for forums or sites to help them get back up to speed with the game and find out what's changed since they last played at an event. Usually I send out a few quick links to the main forums but I felt it would be easier (and better for all involved) if there was a more permanent place to link people to, hence why I've put this list of top Yu-Gi-Oh! sites together.

All the action from YCS Columbus

YCS Columbus took place this weekend and was the debut event for Structure Deck: Gates of the Underworld. It' was also the final YCS to take place before Photon Shockwave makes its grand appearance in the TCG. Konami provided coverage of the event which you can check out here, and all the links are below.

YCS Brighton announced.

It's been a while since Europe has had a YCS, the last being YCS Paris in April. Since then several countries have had National Championships, the European Championship went by in a flash and the Dueling world descended on Amsterdam for the World Championship itself. Since then there's been a bit of a wait but Europe's next major event was announced over the weekend.

New Project: TCG Source Logo

A few weeks ago I was asked by Oliver Gehrmann (who I designed the nexTab logo for) to come up with a design for TCG Source, a new website dedicated to providing card gamers with the latest news, videos and features. The site's due to (formally) launch soon, and the logo went live today.

Videos from Conclave II

Conclave is the convention that The Gathering (where I play my locals) holds every Summer and Autumn and as always there's some Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events taking place. I made it to the final of both the Advanced and Traditional Format events on the Saturday, which you can view below.

YCS Columbos is this weekend.

Not long to go now until we have another YCS to follow, will be interesting to see how the top Decks have developed since YCSes Toronto and Ecuador last month.

(Spoiler) Yu-Gi-Oh! Adventskalender

Last month word broke from Germany about a Christmas-Themes product exclusive to that region. The reprint set would contain 24 cards, all Super Rare or higher, and 1 pack of Extreme Victory. The spoiler was posted from the same source earlier this week.

2011 Collectible Tins (Wave 2)

The press release for the 2011 Collectible Tins (Wave 2) made its way around the Internet yesterday. There's no new info (to those of us that frequent the YugiForums) as all the promos have already been revealed (check the links in the sidebar) but here it is regardless.

(Spoiler) Gates of the Underworld Structure Deck

The Gates of the Underworld Structure Deck is out next week in North America ans as is always the way with product releases, Europe gets it a few days early. With that in mind there is always some French/German site out there ready to reveal the contents of a set before anybody else, and it's no different for this product.