I’m still fighting a cold and the pain of yesterday’s soul-crushing Force of Will Pre-Release, but oddly enough the biggest item weighing on my mind is how great my last 3 days of Yugioh have been.
So I put all of the ygo decks from 2015 into plastic bags, then into “2” cardboard boxes while cleaning my apartment. I then brought 1 of said boxes to my friend’s place Saturday at 8 pm. Another friend then says “Hey, let’s all grab a random deck from the box and fight!” and so the greatest night of yugioh ensued.
As I hobbled home at 5 AM I remembered such beautiful boards as:
- Frightfur Sabre Tiger (fused with 3 materials) vs Arcana Force 0 the Fool with its tails effect online
- Yugi top-decking every card needed to almost deck out lightsworns (3 cards left in deck, card destruction next draw, #soclose)
- Gem Knight Topaz vs Crystal Beast Topaz Tiger
- Relinquished vs Armor Ninjas
- And many more
I also mulled over my last actual ygo tournament battles.
I played the Monarch mirror round 1 two weeks ago. My opponent bricked game 1, but I couldn’t kill him before he recovered and got me. Game 2 I over sided, bricked and got wrecked game 2.
my night was saved as one of my peers brought Baby Raccoon Yosenju to the tournament. After taking a break from yugioh for easily 2 months, he fought the Adjusted list Pepe and won handily. He then scraped Dinomists in the finals, winning the tournament and becoming a meme among out group ever since.
Loss 0-2, I predicted the guy with raccoons would win so it was all worth
Then on Friday I brought Infernoids (since Monarchs are either bricks or oppressively over-powered).
Round 1 I played against Mermails (loaned by a friend to another friend). Game 1 Savged him by resolving Infernoid Tierra with a 2nd Void Imagination. Game 2 he got me with the young #11 Big Eye. Game 3 I got him with my sideboard Mischief of the Gnomes which locked him out for a turn letting me to beat him.
In the second round I played against Phantom Knight Burning Abyss, the hot new meta deck living awkwardly under the big 3. My opponent is one of the best ygo players I personally know (tops regionals regularly). I won game one since Infernoids rek BA, though I had no idea how the Phantom Knights worked. I sided in Gnomes game 2 and almost got him, but lost to nightmare shark. Game 3 we again had a great fight, but I lost lost to nightmare shark. I know I made misplays trying to read/counter cards I should’ve, but somehow never read before (even though I already traded for half of them!). I sincerely enjoyed playing against him and I had no salt after the game.
I did feel “salty” watching the finals of the tournament where my Round 2 opponent took on my friends’s monster mash deck. It was a great match (or as great as a one-sided 2-0 sweep can be), but it did not feel fair at all. Every time the monster mash would go a cool play it was countered by either the Phantom Knight’s Fog Blade, a Solemn Strike or by a Kaiju. The difference in power levels was painful.This in turn got me thinking about Yugioh.
Of all the games I play Yugioh is still my favorite. The most value of all the cards I own are in Yugioh merely by sheer volume. Despite the fact that Konami has reprinted virtually every card I own killing their prices I have so many that it really doesn’t matter. I love Yugioh, because I’m a hopeless fanboy for the anime franchise and I will poke fun at it/defend at it whenever the opportunity arrives. That love has manifested into these 60+ Yugioh decks based on characters from the show that I’ve been building on and off since the year 2000. My dedication, love and addiction cannot be easily challenged.
Despite this it only know dawns on me the truth that I’m a casual. There’s no reason to keep trying to play competitively, because my heart is never in it. I don’t play-test, I don’t use DN or Devpro. I only play IRL with friends, some competitive many more casual (whether they want to admit to it or not). TO be clear I have no problem with casuals or being one, it’s just one of thousand things you get hated on in the ygo community for.
I honestly was a competitive player for a few months when I built Nekroz, but all I did was crush my friends indiscriminately. The only time I had the option to use Nekroz at our local tournament I instead tried to innovate Heraldic Beasts. I stayed up until 4 AM the night before the tournament choosing every card, deciding on my techs and siding heavily for Masked Hero Dark Law! When I got to the tournament everyone was afraid of me and the other player with his full power Qliport deck. I sat down round 1 and faced the aforementioned Monster Mash player. He wiped the floor with me 2 games to 0, knocking me out of the tournament. My friend playing Qliport won the whole event off the back of Skill Drain after that. I’m not salty. In hindsight what I did was unbelievably stupid, but I don’t regret it at all. I loved Heraldic Beasts and thought that it would be more fun than full-power Nekroz. I only other time I played Nekroz competively was at a ygo regional side event where I lost in the finals to GemKnight-Performage-StarSeraph-Traptrix. He scraped me 2-0, but my opponent was a bro, and kept playing for fun afterwards.
The moral of the last paragraph is that even when I was meta, I was still just a baby running around with a loaded rocket launcher. I never used it to make back that $300+ dollars I spent on the deck. I just did as usual and played against my friends. And no, I don’t regret it one bit. I still love the Nekroz, long after the banning of Shurit killed the deck competitively. Ever since then I moved to Infernoids (which as you might already know have a “great” magacian match-up). To build that deck I bought Psy-Framelord Omega with the plan of re-selling him. However Omega turned out to be not only overpowered, but also very fun so I kept him instead. That being said after losing badly at the January Regional I switched to Monarchs. In my short experience with Monarchs I can safely say they’re a great budget deck, but that they’re very, VERY unfun to play and play against. All I wanted to do is overlay Ether and Erebus to make Felgrand and use The Prime Monarch to make Constellar Pliades. Just setting up a Dominion lock and hoping the opponent can’t out it is no better than flipping Vanity’s 2 years ago. It’s not fun, at least not for me.
So what’s the point? Well getting back to the earlier part of this entry I had more fun Saturday playing random Kaiba Starter deck level jank against each other than any Yugioh I’ve played competitively for the last 2 years. All of my friends, who all quit Yugioh to some extent themselves seemed to enjoy playing the decks against each other as well. So here’s my premise! A plan of sorts!
I’M QUITTING PLAYING YUGIOH COMPETITIVELY
I’m not entering locals anymore, I’ll still go and maybe play to fill the bracket, but never with an intention of winning
I’m not entering the regional in April, outside of maybe for the experience, again no illusions of winning
I’m selling every card I own that can’t be re-purposed for my jank decks
I’m never buying another meta ygo deck at least not while it’s meta (trust me I’m looking at you Kozmo and BA. Someday you’ll both be mine!)
This is really impulsive. It risks alot of my interpersonal relationships. I may never play certain people again. I might lose friends and acquaintances. I may end up regretting it.
I am ensuring that every time I play yugioh from now on I’ll have good old fashioned fun. There will never be a turn 2 OTK unless it’s done by a Power Bonded Cyber Twin Dragon. There will never be an FTK other than naturally opening all 5 pieces of Exodia. I will never win a battle against a meta deck again. I will willing go back to era of playing blackwings against fire fists scrambling for a win if it exists. Because I have a lot of close friends (and business partners lol) that play meta decks. In order to keep those friends I’ll keep Nekroz for sure. I’ll also power down Infernoids and do something with monarchs. I’m not sure right now, but I’ll try to keep playing with everyone who’ll play with me.
This blog post, more than any other one I’ve written reflects the manic, rushed way that I think. My heart has been racing as I write it. I’ve never been so happy to put my thoughts and feelings down as I have now. I’m not sure who will actually read this or read this far, but to that person I sincerely think that you know understand me at a deeper level.
Thanks for reading as usual. My current goal is to fund getting deck boxes for all my yugioh decks and trying to power balance the 5Ds, Zexal and Arc V era decks against the DM and GX era ones, but that’s a post for another time.