Friday, August 31, 2012

New Format will kill the current META?

Hey, guys! Since the real ban list have been revealed, I think most of you guys may think that the current March 2012 META decks may fully retired from tier 1 to tier 2. However, the truth is such thing may not happen for current META decks. Before I proceed to the discussion point, let's have a look of the current META decks.

Current tier 1 consists of Inzektor, Hieratic, Chaos Dragon, Gadget variant, Rabbit Laggia, Wind-Ups, Six Samurai while tier 2 consists of Dark World, Agents Fairy, Mermails/Atlanteans, Karakuri variant, Scrap, Junk Doppel, Hero variant and etc. META decks are powerful due to the number of power cards or key cards in their deck. Most of the time, they have built-in search and destruction engine. As a result, they can have arise to be tier 1.

By referring to the tier 1, the September 2012 ban list does not kill the deck while it emphasize on the skill play nowadays. Eg, Inzektor have lost 2 Hornet and 2 Dragonfly thus they need to play the deck much more carefully to avoid their key cards from being destroyed whereas Wind-Ups still can wipe up at least 4 of your opponent hand cards. As a result, I don't see the current META will drop down from the front line although number of players for current META deck will drop.

Apart from that, Konami have made a great decision for bringing up previous META deck back to the stage and this will cause the card game environment much more competitive and interesting. However, please beware that Mermails/Atlanteans, Madolche and Prophecy Beat may replace the current META decks as tier 1 soon. You might not see the arise of them now but somehow I can see how potential they are.

Currently, I am trying different build for current META decks and they are still alive. If you build them solidly, I pretty sure they still can topping in most of the tournaments. As I expected, the next SD gonna be Fire attribute deck and this SD gonna be a major boost for current Fire-themed deck. I think they will reprint some of the Laval cards in this SD and this SD might have new cards that built-in destruction effect.

Next month Extra Pack 2012 (EP12) gonna released at OCG and this will drastically affect META deck build. As a result, we might see new archetype of decks soon. I think I will collect a few pieces of Reborn Tengu and Tour Guide of Underworld. However, their price should be quite expensive due to their rarity. Okay, that's all I wanna share to you guys today! Thanks for dropping here from time to time and wish you guys have a great day! Please stay tuned for my next post.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Hey, guys! Today I will share a short post regarding the finalized September 2012 ban list from Konami. You guys may doubt this list whether real enough, however, what I can say is this list will be applied on 1st September 2012.

Picture taken from Dueling Days

Forbidden/Banned List(Not allow to include any single copy at all):
Brionac, Ice Barrier Dragon
Future Fusion

Restrict/Limit List(Can put at most 1 piece):
Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity
Evigishki Gustkraken
Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon
Inzektor Dragonfly
Inzektor Hornet
Chaos Sorcerer
Ultimate Offering

Semi-Restrict/Semi-Limit List(Can put at most 2 pieces):
Blackwing - Kalut the Moon Shadow
Rescue Rabbit
Debris Dragon
Agent of Mystery - Earth
Tour Guide from the Underworld
Emergency Call
A Hero Lives
Hieratic Seal of Convocation
Pot of Duality
Mirror Force

No Longer Restricted/Unlimited List(Can put at most 3 pieces):
Necro Guardna
Destiny Draw
Emergency Teleport
Level Limit - Area B
Swords of Revealing Light
Magic Cylinder

Based on the new ban list, I can see that many Inzektor or Wind-Up players will quit the game or update their current META according to the list. Anyway, this list does not kill most of the decks while it allow you to play with your skill more than playing bluffly. Btw, we may see Black Rose Dragon appear in the game more often now.

With this list, the old META(META of 2011) will join the game together and this will create a more competitive environment. Hopefully we can see this situation last for a long time so that everyone can have almost equal chances of winning the top spot but not only a deck that topping among all decks. Is time for me to play back my Debris Plant now. Hahaha!

Okay, that's all I wanna share to you guys today! Thanks for your attention and wish you guys have a great time! Please stay tuned for my next post.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Inzektor Dominate the World

Hey, guys! Sorry for letting you guys wait so long for my new post. Finally, I'm back to share some news with you guys. Yugioh World Championship 2012 just ended few days ago and the new ban list gonna reveal within these few days. Let us congratulate Akikazu Saito for winning the Yugioh World Championship 2012 Expert Champion Title and Japan again holding the world title in their hand.

So far, this world championship is quite interesting because we have variety of decks competed in this championship. However, Inzektor is dominance at OCG land and it is far more consistent compare with other META decks. As a result, we can expect the major occurrence of Inzektor players and win the world title.

At here, I would like to point out the mistake where my country champion, Tan Sung Lee had did during the championship. During Day 1 Swiss round 5, I found that he made a misplay for his 2nd game. He had made extra normal summon for his Zephyros during the late part of the 2nd game and this issue has brought some conflict among the Yugioh Community.

For those whose haven't watch the replay, you guys may watch it now. Below is the match where Malaysia Champion, Tan Sung Lee versus Thailand Champion, Santi Phromduangsri during the Swiss round 5 Table 1. Both of them are playing Chaos Dragon and the misplay was made during the late part of 2nd game.
At here, I would like to represent Sung Lee apologize to Thailand champion, Santi Phromduangsri for his misplay during the 2nd game. Although Sung Lee had represented Malaysia to play in YGO major events for numeral of times, he is still a normal human, therefore he may misplay due to nervousness. Hopefully, Santi would forgive Sung Lee's misplay.

Not long ago, many players still doubt regarding activation of Atlantean monster effect if they were discarded due to Mermail - Megaloabyss effect. The actual answer is Atlantean monster effect CAN BE TRIGGERED if they were discarded due to Megaloabyss effect. I know you guys have another question in your mind and the question would be "Discarded 2 Water-attribute monster to SS Megaloabyss is a summon condition but why it would trigger the effect of Atlantean monster?"

To make the thing clearer, let us check the effect description of Machina Fortress and Mermail - Megaloabyss. Both of the SS effect is quite similar thus we can notice the difference. In this case, I will just take the 1st part of effect description to do the comparison.

Machina Fortress Japanese effect description:
You can discard Machine-Type monster(s) whose total Levels equal 8 or more, then Special Summon this card (from your hand or Graveyard).

Mermail - Megaloabyss Japanese effect description:
自分のメインフェ イズ時、手札からこのカード以外の水属性モンスター2体を墓地へ捨てて発動できる。このカードを手札から特殊召喚する。
During Your Main Phase: You can activate this card's effect by discarding 2 Water Attribute monster except this card to the graveyard, then Special Summon this card (from your hand).

In a simple manner, Megaloabyss is chainable special summon or effect that special summon. As a result, you CANNOT ACTIVATE Solemn Judgment, Black Horn of Heaven, Thunder King Rai-Oh and Steelswarm Roach effect to negate its special summon. Thus it can trigger the 2nd effect of Atlantean monster(Marksman, Armed Soldier, Dragon Rider).

Apart from that, a new ruling regarding Mermail - Abyssturge was just released not long ago. The FAQ is as below:
Q: If I activate Abyssturge effect to discard Mermail - Abyssgunde or Atlantean Armed Soldier and added either one to my hand, can I activate Abyssgunde or Atlantean Armed Soldier's effect?
A: If you discard and target Atlantean Armed Soldier, then its effect can be activate. If you discard and target Abyssgunde, then the result is unconfirmed.(Unconfirmed = you are forbid to activate its effect now until the exact answer is provided)

Okay, that's all I wanna share to you guys today. Thanks for dropping by and wish you guys have a nice day. Let us await for the real ban list to reveal. Please stay tuned for my next post.