Thursday, 24 January 2019

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Blog Update: January 2019

Greetings everyone, and a Happy New Year.
Insert (May 2019 be a great year for everyone) blessing.

It has been a hectic few weeks for me, as usual.

Last Leg of 2019

Before Christmas was my family's spring cleaning episode. Those who followed me on twitter would have seen how much I lamented about cards packing and clearing.

After Christmas,  I actually flew back to my neighboring country in Malaysia. I would have been unable to make it for Chinese New Year in Feb, so this is a early family visit to my Grandma.

Here are some pictures for everyone to get a feel of the countryside surroundings:










We did have Wi-fi, but it is pretty unstable. Also, the family interrogation and meals kept me busy, I was also busy fending off mosquitoes.

Road Bumps

Other metaphorical road bumps I had was the repair progress of my other laptop. It had some hardware issues that caused it to keep crashing, and I prefer to blog (esp longer articles) using that laptop since it has a better keyboard 'feel' and a larger screen. My image files for Yu-Gi-Oh, my Discord, Ygopro apps are also all on that laptop since this  smaller one doesn't have enough space or sufficient hardware to support gaming.
(For those re-following the blog, It's the heavy 2kg gaming laptop)
The repair was delayed over the Christmas and New Year break.


2019

As for 2019, Dueling "C" hopes to remain on the blogging scene. taking on a more casual and opinionated approach to articles:

  • Sharing of decklists
  • Meta/Anime/Card discussion, opinions
  • Event experience (Since I am not really a vblog guy)

Other articles, which I consider to be more stringently structured and streamlined, will find its home on the other sites.

What You Should Know
I am keen to continue my [What You Should Know] series on Ygoprodeck, but I am still trying to find a resourceful archetype for me to write on. What kept me from continuing on the series (back then) was the lack of sufficient content to write, as archetypes became more straightforward in their goals and endgame.

(Lockdown, OTK) as opposed to (Resource farming, rushing out monsters)

True Draco was an archetype that was introduced in the OCG miles ahead from what the TCG would have had. My goal for [What You Should Know] was to clear some misconception of the archetype's play style.
Recent decks such as Good-Stuff Link and 60-card Gouki were interesting decks, but failed to provide enough 'meat' for an article, since the function of most cards are obvious enough at first glance.
Of course, if the opportunity arises again, I would definitely jump on it.


Character Spotlight
I really enjoy writing these sort of articles, analysing the characters. I have previously done one for Zane and Bastion. (I enjoy writing in the form of a passive voice).
I am not sure how many readers would be interested in these though.

GX was one of my favourite series and revisiting these characters under a different lens a few years after the series ended does provide fresh outlook. Moving forward, I hope to cover some 5D's characters such as Crow, Akiza, Bruno and Jack, since 5D's remains as my favorite anime series.


Single-Card Discussions
Previous Single-Card Discussion have seen much success. (Link and Link)
However, a prominent trend I am noticing is that tech cards in Yugioh are becoming rotate out faster in recent formats, lasting only for a few weeks.



kensir096.blogspot.com is likely to remain. I have given much thought about porting over to another website with a more user-friendly interface than blogger, but creating another site on Wordpress feels redundant.
I feel that blogging wise, there is much cleaning up to do, in terms of how I organise my blog and articles It's currently still up in the air, as I have to focus on my next event.





Moving Forward

A news I would like to bring forward to everyone would be my participation in ACQ 2019 for event coverage.
Articles will be uploaded to BeyondTheDuel and Ygoevent.wordpress.

Details for ACQ Winter 2019



To everyone going, see you there. Be sure to say hi if we meet.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Blog Update: Ken Sir is alive.

Hi guys. Ken Sir here.
Well that's a name you haven't heard in a while eh?
Hello. lol.

Celebrating my return with my fav pic from the blog

Hello again


First off, allow me to apologise before I explain my complete absence for the past 10 months of so. I think I last logged into my accounts as Ken Sir around March (?) from the looks of my Facebook.
  • Funny story - it all actually started with me changing my computer, losing my password, then getting lazy to reset it.
  • Combined with the fact that my gaming laptop is a bulky 17inch, 2.5kg which I left at home for majority of the year. (I moved to my College dorm since my freshmen year).
  • Yugioh stuff (images, decklist, ygopro) , Overwatch, L4D2, Dota, League of Legends etc are all in that said bulky laptop. (I swapped into a lighter and  Lenovo model which would actually let me see the lecture tables when I place my laptop on the tables.
    17inch-2.5kg just cover the entire lecture tables.

Explanation time:

So, I moved to College. I actually didn't move out of my country. It is a local college, and like I mentioned, I stayed on campus. This actually started quite a while ago, last year around August 2017 when my Freshmen semester started. But my first semester was a rather light one, which explains why I could still be involved in YOTSG2017 last December.
However, starting January, things started to pile up.
Assignments, tests and projects.
Being in college, and also in dorm, I joined clubs and co-curriculum activities. That took up more than half my time each day. Suddenly from a carefree day to day life I used to have, I had more responsibilities and social obligations to fulfil. For a while it was really a big change in lifestyle for me.


I also got more involved in sports. Well, we all have/had a life before Yugioh and apart from Yugioh right? I joined my dorm's Squash club and Recreational Slowpitch Softball club. Being a part of a community meant I have the chance to join these teams. Softball was something I previously did in my teenage years and it is nice to be able to revisit this aspect of my life.
Trainings were on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays and with that...
  • Saturdays went from visiting locals at 1pm
  • to Wake at 9, train til 12, lunch and then nap, then dinner with teammates 
So that meant that I couldn't attend Sat locals. And usually, Sun would be my rest day or rush-assignments day. Otherwise, after spending 6 days of the week away from home, a day with the family is really really much-needed.

Summer (May to July) was another busy period for me, despite the fact that there were no classes. I was involved in two separate events, as part of the planning committee. These were for the orientation programmes for the incoming freshmen. September arrived, and my second year of college begun. And another busy semester that didn't treat me so well. I also took on some leadership roles in the clubs and societies I am in, which burdened me with workload and paperwork. Once again, Yu-Gi-Oh as a pass time was out of the question.

And now in December, my semester has just ended. I reconnected with my friends and got a sense of how 'Link Monsters are meant to slow down the game'. Lol obviously it didn't even do that.


Contrary to popular speculation (which I am flattered that people would assume so), I am actually not seeing anybody special LOL. Nope, still single, not dating. Wasn't a girl or relationship that brought me out of the game. 






Moving Forward

Yu-Gi-Oh! has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I played it as early as a kid, when i was 10, before I even knew the rules of the game. I slowly progressed and played throughout my teens, learning and making new friends.

A trip down the memory lane:
  • My first deck was a warrior deck, from a warrior Structure Deck my friend bought for me as a birthday present. Colossal Fighter became, and still is today, my favourite card that day.
  • I went on to play Junk Doppel after I learned it topped a local Asia, since I was also a Yusei & 5D's fan.
  • Chaos Dragon caught my eye next. It was the first deck I formed from scratch, scouting for cards, buying Structure Decks etc. Unfortunately I was late to the party. Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon was hit along with Future Fusion. I ended up entering the competitive scene during the Dragon Ruler era.
  • Chaos Dragon research led me to explore the Ninja engine, and I discovered the Hieratic engine. Soon, I jumped on the hype train and played Hieratic Dragon Rulers for a while. It was a fun time wit the OTKs that the deck can consistently dish out.
  • After that I rotated frequently between HEROes and Tellarknights before stubbornly sticking to Yosenju for longer than I should.
  • It was around this time I got to make more friends in the game and found other 'loners' like me. The first interation of Dueling C was formed with just four people, albeit an unofficial formation. One left and more joined, becoming the group of friends we are today.
  • The rest of this part of my history would probably be on the blog. I went back to read through a few posts, and despite their lazy formatting and representation, sometimes even lazy reporting, I choose to keep them as it is as I think it shows the improvement and change in my blog posts.


Team Dueling "C', otherwise known as Team Di3-jo-bu is pretty intact throughout 2018. Although most of us have also stopped attending locals regularly. GeoTheBacon was the only one that remained.
  • SanganFTK enlisted due to his National Service obligations.
  • K.Xavage and DAM SON were focus on their tertiary education,
  • whereas Burning Herpes and I did the same, being overly and unhealthy involved in our College and Dormitory life, even though in many aspects of it, our hard work and efforts paid off.

As just a team of friends just playing the game, I feel that we have really come a long way. Especially this blog. I initially founded it alone due to my interest in writing combined with my love for the game. Soon I was joined by many others and even though they don't blog regularly, we had fun discussing blog topics and dissing each other. Basically your textbook-guy-circle type of friendship.

I was just a guy that wanted to have fun. I recall the days when I wondered if anyone else would even want to read the adventures of a player in a small country in Southeast Asia. OCG, no less. I vividly remember how I felt when I wrote the first post of the blog. Back then I expected myself to be the only one who will ever read it. Turns out that wasn't the case and somehow our view count started to accumulate. Things snowballed, and I was offered opportunities to write at events and other sites as well. Was, am, and will always be thankful for things like this.

I do admit it was a pity that something I worked hard towards was tossed aside when I left so abruptly without any warning and I thank anyone who is still invested/interested enough in this blog to be reading this now. Viewership will drop, definitely, but I have never been concerned with just views. It was the pride of ideas and sharing them that made me feel that blogging is something worth continuing. But what I do admit is that I probably disappointed or left many people puzzled with my Davidcopperfield act. And for those who were patiently waiting for an update to the blog, thank you, and congratulations.

But back then, with my College commitments and workload, my life was slowly falling apart into pieces as I found less and less time for myself. My understanding of the game slipped from my hands slowly, and I couldn't will myself back into the game. Slowly, days became weeks and weeks became months. I wasn't in a good enough place in life to be investing time in my hobbies, especially Yugioh.
Had a couple of family issues and personal problems to add into the mix of my new hectic lifestyle. And I didn't have enough knowledge to be blogging about the game. And the last thing I want is for me to not know what I am blogging about, or blogging for the sake of blogging. I feel that this goes against my personal philosophy and principle, something which I couldn't compromise upon. So while it wasn't the best course of action, I decided to stop rather than struggle and carry on writing content which I would not enjoy writing.


I felt that I have grown plenty in the past year, learning many tangible and intangible lessons. This year has probably been the most eventful year in my recent years, and I believe it is one of the many turning points in my life. A couple of writing modules I took in College helped me look at blogging from a different perspective. And look at life from a different perspective, generally.

After a long while of constantly playing Yugioh on a weekly basis, I think more often than not I started to ask myself if I was contented with being the 'guy that just wanted to keep having fun day to day'. I didn't feel fully comfortable with the place I was in my life, which was why I opted to quit the competitive and take a step back to the sidelines. But even that didn't really solve my 'life crisis issue'.

Gladly, along the road despite a few hurdles, I am able to see things differently and move myself to a better spot in life (emotionally and spiritually speaking). I am in a much better place now, after a tough year. And I hope that 2019 is better (wow the year is really ending), and I am glad to be back to the game, the community and back to blogging.

The future 

Cue poster boy for Future/Hope/Friendship/you can't negate friendship
As of now, I am unsure where Dueling "C" is headed in the near future.
Content-wise, I will have to revamp/redesign the direction of the blog, to provide it with a more streamlined idea of what type of content the blog should be focused on, and how regularly should I update it. 

I am keen to keep this blog, or a blog, while at the same time, restarting work on my previous 'workplaces' - BeyondTheDuel, Ygoprodeck. I hope to be able to meet some personal milestones I set for myself, which is to consistently push out quality articles.

I am open to the idea of changing our blog domain. I started out using Blogspot because it was the old trendy option and it was linked to Google accounts, which I found convenient. Old trendy meaning it was the domain where old blogs like DuelingSociety and DuelingDays use to reside in.

Either way, I will be sure to leave a link to direct readers to the new site if we ever change our site. And regardless, we will leave this blog here so that the old posts can be revisited by us or any other viewers whenever interested.

Youtube......
Many did suggest it to me but honestly videos and talking to a camera isn't really my thing. I prefer putting my thoughts into words and pictures.
I won't exclude the possibility of a Dueling C Youtube Channel though. I would like to upload game matches every now and then. (Especially Goat Format)
But if so, that will be another platform that I have to regularly update and manage. So I really have to think this through before I commit to the idea.

But you guys can commit Krad/GoeTheBacon to start his own personal Youtube channel.





Conclusion


Long story short: Life changes + Poor time management contributed to my sudden disappearance.

I want to thank my friends and acquaintances for checking in on me. Sorry for not replying sometimes. I wasn't in the best place in life.

Thanks to everyone who welcomed me back with open arms and waited for me in patience.




As you can see, the structure of this blog post is slightly disorientated and the formatting is very casual. I kinda lost track of all my blog settings, so I have to sort/reset them or start anew on another domain (maybe Wordpress) I just wanted to get this post as soon as possible and opted a more casual tone, hence the formatting. Also, my blogging and writing has become pretty rusty, as I have not been doing any writing outside of Yugioh.
My Facebook and Twitter are revived again, so feel free to say hi there.
I have to revive Dueling "C" Facebook Page too.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year 2018

As the year comes to a close I would like to once again thank every reader of the blog for your continued support of Dueling "C" for 2017.
Meme of the year

I admit that the blog updates has been significantly less frequent, as responsibilities of life has caught up to us. Personally, I have moved into my College Dorm, and with Dorm comes Club Activities which had kept me busy and unable to attend weekly rankings.

Playing less gave me lesser chance to explore hidden concepts on the game which can be written upon, and also less motivation to scout for tech cards. I am also a fan of a 'Multiple-deck format' rather than a 'Single-deck dominated format'.
The previous most enjoyable format I could recall was the Metalfoes-BlueEyes-ABC format. Made siding a lot easier.

To this day, the LINK mechanics has kept me with mixed feelings. I have been looking back at the older days of the game for a few weeks now. Being a fan of the Tag Force PSP game series, I went to replay them. Perhaps it is the nostalgia factor, but the past always seem like a comfortable place to run back to.
Hopefully, the "LINKs are too broken/LINKs too OP" argument won't be too exaggerated.

I am also not liking the fact that Spell/Trap removal options are so rampant now, such that traps has lost their utility and place in decks. (I am a fan of traps. Although I haven't tried Paleozoics yet though.)

I am sure many know by now that I carry the unpopular opinion that Yugioh has too many cards and mechanics. But then again, I recognise that without anything new, it is hard for the game to move forward. However, pacing of the game development can be improved, in my opinion, although I am totally disregarding the 'Sales/Marketing' factor of the game when I analyse it that way.

Revisiting is always a plesant surprise, when long forgotten archetypes gets a new support. On the other hand of the spectrum, I hate how cards turn obselete and not even viable as time passes, although I suppose this is part and parcel of a card game.

Perhaps all these opinions would make for a better  

Moving forward, there are a few blog posts I can promise:
  • Tourney Report for a new deck I have been working on. Hopefully I can find the time to play it
  • Possibly another gimmicky deck I am working on (As one of my friend would call it, a "Side Project".
  • Apparently [Opinions] articles, while controversial, seems to be a popular option. That and the 'Top 10' lists type of articles. The previous 'Top 10' post I recall writing was the Anime duels, which could use an update by now. 
    • Someone suggested generic posts such as 'Top 10 Loved/Hated/Game-changing cards'. It can't hurt to try writing one of these posts.
  • Recently I started rearranging my cards (Always saw no end to it. Somehow I still can't find the cards when I need to)
    • My end game is to gather the more Sentimental-valuable cards I have in my stash and hopefully put them all in a nice potrait or album. I can forsee myself doing a story-telling of each of those cards from there on.
Speaking of which I really have to rebuild my decks (Buy the Link Monsters which I don't have) and catch up on the Anime. 

Finally, to my comrades at Dueling "C", thank you for not leaving and sticking with me on this voyage which has no promise of returns lol.

To BeyondTheDuel and Ygoprodeck colleagues, it has been a fun year and I hope next year will be even better.

I look forward to a new year and hope that the game would remain as interesting as ever.
-Ken Sir

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

MyPochi's Journey to AFASG 2017 (Team Flightless)

Hey guys MyPochi here bringing to you a tournament report of my performance at AFASG 2017 using Ritual Burning Abyss!

Here is my decklist for the event:



Side Deck Choices and Explanation
Before you BA Fans hit me with tonnes of hate, I did not play Nightmare Shark only because I do not have it at that time. So yeah, I replaced it with a second copy of Phantom Knight Breaksword.

Anyways moving on to the side deck choices......

Beatrice, Lady of Eternal
When playing ritual Burning Abyss, your main priority is to Djinn Lock and not to rush Beatrice. Thus, I never see myself summoning more than 2 Beatrice. I only add in the 3rd copy when I am siding out my ritual engine for a floodgate build.

Anti Spell Fragrance
I expected Magicians to be the dominating deck for this event thus I played Anti Spell Fragrance for Pendulum Hate.

Struggling Battle
Burning Abyss can have some trouble dealing with large boards especially since I do not play Dark Hole nor Lightning Vortex so Struggling Battle is used to help even out the playing field.

Gadarla, the Mystery Dust Kaiju
Best Kaiju for the Burning Abyss archetype. Deals with annoying minions swiftly, while providing an attack dummy for Beatrice to ram into.

Dimensional Barrier
Moar Pendulum Hate!!!

Droll & Lock Bird
After getting destroyed by this card in YOTSG 2017, I started to look up to Droll & Lock Bird due to its potential to stop a player's turn easily.

Alright with this out of the way, lets talk my tournament report of AFASG 2017!

Round 1 OO (Dino Yang Zing)

Game 1
Wow I was really surprised to see this deck not extinct yet! This build seemed to rush for Deng Long or Ultimate Conductor Tyranno in attempts to control the field. Skill Draining an Oviraptor caused my opponent to lose so much resources as I slowly snowballed to my victory.

Game 2
Long Overdued post
- MyPochi's tourney report

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Intro to LINK Burning Abyss (Post Link Vrains Pack)

Its here!!! Its finally here!!! Burning Abyss received their support in a form of a Link Monster. Is this going to lead to a resurgence of the Burning Abyss? (Well...after SPYRAL hit the road)

In Link Vrains Pack, many archetypes received supports in a form of their Link Monsters. Burning Abyss was one of them. Introducing Cherubini, Black Angel of the Burning Abyss!!!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Deck Profile: Ritual Burning Abyss Relinquished

Two Ritual Monsters in a single deck... DAM SON would be proud..



@ck758nonami

Decklist:
============ Main Deck : 40 ============
Jizukiru, the Star Destroying Kaiju x1
Thunder King, the Lightningstrike Kaiju x1
Radian, the Multidimensional Kaiju x2
Barbar, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss x1
Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss x3
Fiendish Rhino Warrior x1
Djinn Releaser of Rituals x1
Alich, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss x1
Farfa, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss x3
Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss x3
Tour Guide From the Underworld x1
Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss x3
Magical Illusionist Faceless Mage x1
Millenium-Eyes Illusionist x2
Relinquished x3
Allure of Darkness x3
Instant Fusion x2
Pre-Preparation of Rites x3
Harpie's Feather Duster x1
Interrupted Kaiju Slumber x1
Black Illusion Ritual x3
============ Extra Deck : 15 ============
Dante, Pilgrim of the Burning Abyss x1
Thousand-Eyes Restrict x1
Virgil, Rock Star of the Burning Abyss x1
Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal x3
Super Quantal Mech Beast Grampulse x1
Wind-Up Zenmaines x1
Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss x1
Cherubini, Black Angel of the Burning Abyss x3
Skullbeat, the Chained Dracoserpent x1
Borreload Dragon x1
Millenium-Eyes Restrict x1
=====================================

Alich, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss is a decent choice for Burning Abyss, seeing that the deck is quite unsuitable to run 'Hand Traps', due to its milling strategies, at least in my opinion.
You are free to try, but DAM SON & I argue that one slot for Hand Traps is a slot lost and you have to be prepared to lose it during the milling.

This Ritual-based Build doesn't do too much milling, so I am pretty sure Hand Traps can fit in somehow. Nevertheless, this build is far from optimal. Have fun adjusting it to your delight.

The deck can also benefit from Linkuriboh or Super Polymerisation.
With more Ritual Monsters, the deck can have more options to search with Pre-preparation of Rites. Considering that, Malacoda, Netherlord of the Burning Abyss is worthy of consideration.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Deck Profile: Golem Gadgets

If Yugi's Ceremonial Battle took place in 2017, would this have been his deck?

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Team Flightless @ AFA

This year, we re-entered AFA for the yearly AFA Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament event. By 'we', I meant GeoTheBacon, DAM SON aka MyPochi and K.Xavage.

Last year, it was Team I Miss My Flight, and this year we went with Team Flightless.
Keep up this trend and maybe next year we will name ourselves after a flightless bird.

Well, last year I was in Taiwan on vacation so I had to pass. This year I was trapped in school because apparently a professor thought that Saturday papers was something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.