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..


============ 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.


To prove the bloggers are still alive, and that the blog isn't dead.

Ken Sir here. Man, I really have to do this time-management thing better. So there are six of us on the blog, and pretty much everyone is swarmed by the number one enemy of teenagers and children - Studies 

School Curriculum really devoured most of my life. Before that I was pretty much waiting for enrollment so whenver I have time I would just sit in front of the computer surfing Youtube Duel Videos and reading random cards that most players might not even know exists, thinking of inspiration for a post.

Unfortunately I do not have such a luxury now. Three months ago, I enrolled into College and now I barely haven't touched my deck for 3 months. (Probably the longest I left it in my drawer since I started playing competitively.)

Some readers may know that I am also a Pokemon fan but I didn't even purchase Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon because I know I don't have time to play them. And... I have reservations about the storyline.

Well, my Finals are these few weeks and it will end by the first week of December so hopefully I can get back to blogging and composing articles. Over the past months I did think of just uploading a few decklists to keep the blog updated but then again, it would feel like a 'low-effort' thing. When I share a decklist, I would actually 'study' it more in-depth, throw it for a spin a couple times on Ygopro to better understand and more often than not, quirks and 'secrets' would show up, that usually aren't so obvious from the decklists alone. (E.g. Card A has this synergy with Card B etc.)

That, I believe, makes for a good blog post.

I kept up with the news, time to time. But all I see are SPYRALs and Golems (Lava Golem and Grinder Golem lol). I will admit I haven't even learned how to play SPYRAL and since it is now nearing December, I am really anticipating for the format to rotate out so that I can try out my Metalfoes and Invoked with LINKS. I do love the attention they are paying to the older archetype, although the LINK VRAINS Pack could have done it better with a more 'complete' set of reprints. (But hey, maybe reasons such as.... sales?)

But hey, expect the blog to be more alive again as my semester is ending (restarting in January) and I will be sharing three decklists shortly in another post.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Invoked ABC in October 2017 OCG

Having lost members of their family to the harsh list, two archetypes join forces - Invoked ABC