The Decklist Dilemma | The Irish Duelist

The Decklist Dilemma

If you've been reading the coverage of YCS Anaheim over the past weekend you might have seen this already, but for those who haven't, there's a great little article on the coverage page about Decklists and how to avoid getting Game Losses for errors (snippet below). Check it out here!

As we were waiting for the completion of the Top 16 Deck Checks for the main event YCS tournament, it seemed like a good time to reflect on an unfortunately common problem this weekend: Deck list errors.

Do not let this happen to you!

Over 150 Duelists had a problem at this event because their Deck list was unclear or just plain wrong. A whopping 119 Deck lists required clarification because the list was not written correctly, like missing numbers of cards played or incomplete card names.

A total of 60 penalties had to be issued for Deck list related penalties. And 23 of those were simple mathematical errors, like missing cards in a Duelist’s listed Extra Deck, or the wrong number of cards played in multiples. These things are easy to fix so you can avoid this happening to you.

The penalties are steep: usually a GAME LOSS.

That’s right. If your Deck list does not match your Deck, you can forfeit the first Duel of your next Match. Basically, you hand a free win to your opponent. The tragedy is that Deck list errors are 100% avoidable, but they happen anyway.