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Welcome to the new-look Irish Duelist.

If you've been on the blog over the weekend you may have noticed that The Irish Duelist looks a little different. This part of the personal rebranding I've been doing recently, but there's also a few new features added that I want to talk about, so here's a rundown of what's changed.

New colour scheme and layout.

The most obvious change is the colour scheme and layout of the blog, which was done so that a greater emphasis can be placed on the content rather than how it was decorated. Several unnecessary items have been removed from the sidebar and the important links are now at the top of the page. The site should also work better across various browsers and operating systems now, as previously there were some issues with Internet Explorer 8 for example.

Live updating of blogs around the world.

Last month I launched the official Twitter page of The Irish Duelist, which automatically shares links to new content from various Yu-Gi-Oh! blogs around the world. If you've been following The Irish Duelist on Facebook it's essentially the same feed of links, and can get quite busy when a YCS is on, as all the coverage articles are also shared there. Anyway, even if you're not on Twitter you can find the live content in the sidebar of this blog, so take a look and see if there's anything worth reading right now.

Upcoming product releases.

Also in the sidebar, just above the Twitter section, is a basic calendar of upcoming product releases in the TCG. For the sake of space and clarity, only the North American release dates are mentioned, Europe usually gets each product a few days before America so bear that in mind. Links to the official product pages are also given where available.

Article categories.

The categories for each type of article have also been updated. The Irish Duelist has roughly 500 articles posted at the moment, so sifting through them for the content you need can get a little complicated. Now, if you're looking for Decklists, Videos or anything else, you can get it a lot easier. There's also a search bar and the option to view articles by the month they're posted.

Event galleries.

This is one of the big new features of The Irish Duelist. Over the past few years I've been fortunate enough to compete in many high profile tournaments across Europe (and one time in the United States), and recently help out Konami with their European event coverage of the region's biggest events. I've taken plenty of photos long the way and you can find them all by clicking the link at the top of the page.

Forbidden & Limited Cards List

The "F&L list" is the backbone of competitive play and governs what cards we can use, and what ones are too powerful for Advanced Format play. The list is available on yugioh-card.com of course but for ease of use you can also find a link at the top of the page.

Comment system overhaul.

For the past year I've been using a Facebook commenting system on the blog, mainly to deter spammers from flooding each article with pointless content. At the time, Blogger (which this site is powered by) didn't have a reliable comment moderation system but that changed a few months ago. Also, the Facebook system kept causing site loading/crashing issues, so it had to go.

Other than the above it's business as usual here at The Irish Duelist. Content goes up daily (during weekdays), some minor tweaks have been made in addition to the above, and there's a donation button in the sidebar for those that feel generous enough to help out. This site intends to remain ad-free for as long as possible (the blog's 3 year anniversary took place this month!) but it takes a lot of time and effort to get to its current standard, so anything you people can do to help would be greatly appreciated. I also plan on doing some giveaways in the near future (playmats, art prints etc.) so some of the proceeds will go towards funding those.

Finally, I'm always looking to help aspiring writers out and give them an opportunity to share their views with a large audience, so if you'd like to be a guest writer all you have to do is get in touch and we can make it happen.

Keep on Dueling!