Duelists! O Duelists!
Come, pointy-haired Duelists! Get your Spell Cards ready! Have you your Monsters? Have you your sharp-edged Traps? Because this month, Shonen Jump Alpha wants YOUR original strategies!
Pushing the Limits
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is about three things: Friendship. Adaptability. Strategy. Gruesome monsters fighting to the death. (Okay, that’s four.) All of these depend on Duelists swapping ideas, on the battlefield or off, so this month, it’s your turn to go global. Pioneer the way and send us your favorite strategy or card combo. Think you can knock our socks off with your ingenious strategy? Then our socks stand at the ready!
Tell us about your favorite card-combo in the comments section below, and we’ll feature the top five next month! When selecting strategies, we'll keep the following in mind:
Originality: Can you think of a way to use a card that always seemed pointless? Maybe you can find a shortcut that makes your strongest monster super-easy?
Playability: Yu-Gi-Oh! heroes always draw the cards they need when they need them. Too bad that you need luck and Deck building skills in real life. Make sure someone could realistically play a combo, then double-check it on the Forbidden and Limited lists.
Effectiveness: What does your combo do? Is it worth the time, skill and luck you’ll need to set it up? Are there any other cards that can do the same thing more easily? Think about all these things before submitting. You may find a way to make your strategy even better than it is already!
To Pay or Not To Pay
Not all costs are bad. When you look at a card with a high cost, try to think of a way this could help you. Could having lower life points be a good thing? Would lowering or raising a monster’s Level help with more than just summoning Synchros or Xyz monsters? The answer may surprise you!
Mix and Match
Card archetypes support themselves, it’s true. But can you find a way to make two archetypes support each other? Would adding a Lightsworn improve your Amazoness deck? Could a Naturia help your Warriors? Go on, get crazy. You might strike strategy gold!
For more information about the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, visit Konami's official site today!
by Chris Turner
About Chris Turner
A casual duelist and former Viz Media intern, Chris has ascended the ranks and now writes for us as a freelancer.