One Last Post…

I keep getting emails asking me to renew this blog (which I’ve ignored) and it’s going to expire in like a week, prompting me to want to end it with reasonable last post.

I haven’t bought a trading card since July 2018 and I’ve finally fallen off with all of the tcgs I once played…

Life however, has gone on and I’ve found other hobbies to fill the hole in my life. The whole thing I can say I truly regret is the distance that formed between me and the friends I made through Yugioh and Magic. It’s been pretty sad and awkward as I struggle to find other common ground to talk about.

Regardless, I’m still happy. I didn’t sell any of my decks and plan to keep them all for memory’s sake at least until I can no longer do so. Also if the opportunity to play Goat format Yugioh or EDH ever comes up, I’d still gladly accept it.

This post is a final summary to close this blog.

Thanks for reading about my experiences with card games through all the ups and downs…

 

 

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Why do I build awful jank decks in Yugioh?

Ok one more post before I go to bed. I talked a lot in my last entry about supporting the anime decks I’m building and now I want to explain what I meant.

For the longest time I’ve always said I only care about building anime decks. Anyone who’s played me knows I’ve changed decks at random for the longest time seemingly without a care. Regrettably, I’ve never adequately explained what I’ve been doing with Yugioh for the last couple of years. Here’s my attempt to explain things very quickly so I can move on.

My goal has been to build a deck for every major character in the Yugioh Anime (which I’ve already admitted to loving). I’ve been working toward this goal since my initial playing of the game in Middle School. What I always wanted to create was essentially what the new Yugioh Tag Force Special Game is, a Yugioh Crossover dueling experience. To fulfill this goal I’ve been building the decks of every character I can to someday run, support or assist in some kind of LARP or role-play style event. Some of my closer friends may know what I’m getting at (but for now the specifics are not important).

It’s for this reason that I’ve never been nor do I consider myself a very competitive player. I understand the meta and what are the best decks, but I never have built such a deck in favor of building decks that relate to those used in the show. The only decks I ever tried very hard with were Blackwings and Lightsworns and even then I never invested the playtesting to make either deck viable.

Instead, I put my time and effort into tracking down the various obscure cards needed to build each character’s deck. I plan to review the decks I’ve built with pictures and explanations on this blog in the near future. With every deck built I tried to do 2 things:

1) Integrate the cards that character used in the show

2) Make the deck enjoyable to play and playable (not viable, but at least playable. My definition of playable will have to wait until another post)

This meant cutting, adapting and transforming every deck (since I know very well that every show’s matches are written, and thus for example running 1 Junk Synchron in your deck wouldn’t be an issue). This allowed me to be creative with building many fun casual decks. Anyway that more or less sums up my Yugioh life. At this point everyone is probably wondering 1 of 3 things at this point.

A) What decks do you actually have?

B) Why did you do all of this instead of just investing in a meta deck to actually win at events?

C) Isn’t this blog supposed to be about more than just Yugioh?

I’ll answer all of these questions in later posts. I hope this makes sense to someone other than me, but I’ve had a lot more fun building casual decks to play against my friends than I believe I would have focusing solely on building the best deck to win events.

Now that being said I do want to build a competitive Yugioh deck now, which will be a series of posts by itself. The reason for this is that I’ve reached an impasse where I’m satisfied with the decks I have built (that and the repeated sting of defeat has made me want to play a new age deck instead of one from 2010).

However, all of that is better suited to another time and another post.

New Cards! Secrets of Eternity and Battle Pack 3 Box Openings

So there are 2 things I really want  to have on this blog, and one of them is the results of my box openings. I try to purchase at least 1 of each new Yugioh and Magic the Gathering set as they release (and before this blog have posted the images of my pulls on Facebook). I then take all the cards relevant to my decks/friends and sell the rest on Ebay/TCGtrader.

Tonight I finally got around to opening the following:

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I got the SECH box on Amazon for $69 and the BP3 box also on Amazon for $23. I’m a huge fan of BP3 and always pick up a box whenever it drops below $25. Anyway on to the pulls!

First up is SECH:

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Most relevant pull is definitely Satellarknight Constellar Diamond. This card is amazing and really helps Tellarknights to compete against Shadolls. I was hoping to build Infernoids so pulling a couple of the rares was a good start. Other relevant pulls were a ton of support for the following decks I’ve built:

Superheavy Samurais (Played by Noburo Gogenzaka/Gong from Arc V, Trumpeter and Susanowo are a welcome addition to an all monster deck)

Gem Knights (Played by Kotsu Masumi also from Arc V, Gem-Knight Lapis and her Fusion form because why not)

Volcanics (Played by Austin O’Brein/Axel Brodie from GX, 3 copies of that beautiful Blaze Accelerator Magazine, which I honestly want to try out irl for the lolz)

Performpals (Played by Sakaki Yuuya, no surprise from Arc V, A lot of new cards I have to read and be underwhelmed by. I’m looking at you Partnaga…)

Monarchs (Played by the great Neo Sawatari Shingo from Arc V, not to be confused with Neo New Sawatari who plays Yosenju. Essentially Tenacity of the Monarchs is really good. If I had a Majesty’s Fiend or 2, I’d drop everything and just play monarchs.)

I hope to get started on a Raid Raptors deck for Shun Kurosaki with the few cards released in this set (granted it looks like it will be a bad blackwing rip-off deck until more support is released). In addition I’ll start on an Infernoid deck that desperately hopes Nehemoth drops in price asap.

The BP3 box was much more fun to open as it holds an insane amount of interesting cards (imo):

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I think fate was paying me back for never pulling a Mark of the Rose card. I never expected to get 3 at once (a shatterfoil one at that!). The most relevant pull is the Shatterfoil Gagaga Cowboy, in addition to a much appreciated Lance, E-Con and Breakthrough Skill. Decks directly supported by these pulls are:

Plants (Played by Izayoi Aki/Akiza Izinski from 5Ds, it took some serious restraint not to throw all 3 Marks in, instead I’m running 2)

Insects (Weevil Underwood from the Original, More 1900 attack bugs are always welcome)

Granted BP3 also allows me to replace my commons with Shatterfoils so random decks like Vehicroids (Syrus) or Meklords (Aporia) can have more shiny cards in them, which is always nice. Not to mention getting a few new staple cards to throw around always helps.

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Overall I’m very satisfied with my pulls. I’m not sure if I should purchase a 2nd SECH box to get more Infernoids or wait for their prices to drop (hopefully). I’ve already pre-ordered the Hero’s Strike Structure deck which may become my new Yugioh main deck (as Dark Law is the bomb), but all of that should wait for another post. Expect many of these cards to either go up on my eBay store, TCGTrader account or to some of closest friends.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Why is my favorite card game Yugioh when Magic the Gathering is objectively better?

So I revealed at the end of my last post that Yugioh was my favorite card game. Here are 2 reasons for my decision:

Reason 1: The Anime

I’ve watched the Yugioh anime and its various spin-offs religiously for the past couple years and frankly I’ve loved them despite their many ups and downs. I’ve made it my goal to build the decks of every yugioh character in the various shows (within reason). As ridiculous as that sounds that desire has spurred my yugioh decisions for the past 4 years.

Reason 2: History

I’ve played Yugioh longer than any other game. I played from Elementary school to Middle School where i quit it for Naruto. I then more or less abandoned Yugioh until Senior year of High School where I picked it back up while first learning Magic the Gathering. During my most recent years at college I started following the Yugioh meta-game as closely as I could. Granted, Philadelphia is more or less devoid of stores that run Yugioh events so I watched online and began subscribing to yugioh channels to keep up with the game. It wasn’t until last year that a new Yugioh Community started to grow at my college (spearheaded by one impressive freshman) that gave me people to play against and collaborate with. In a nutshell I’ve both played and followed Yugioh for the longest time.

Now while that’s all well and good, my love for Yugioh is very much tied to my love for the anime. The desire to build all (or as many as possible) of the anime decks has always been the driving force behind my collecting. I never mentioned directly anything about its game-play, cards, art etc.

Now I do love the actual cards, their art, effects and what have you, but when compared to Magic the Gathering I will always both admit and argue that Magic the Gathering is a better designed game than Yugioh.