Hey everyone, this is The_SynchroGuy, and I am here to talk about the main core booster sets. For those of you that don’t know what I mean, I’m referring to the sets that we are guaranteed to get here in the TCG every 3 months or so after the OCG gets it. Examples of this set are: Blazing Vortex, or, the more recent one, Lightning Overdrive. You’ll also know this because its name does not have the words “Duelist Pack”, and the set is not surrounded around three new premiering archetypes.


The reason why I want to talk about this is because I want to hear what you guys think about them as of late. In my opinion, these sets have not been the same as they were a year or so ago. Ever since Rise of the Duelist, which came out back in August of last year, these main sets have gotten a little change to them. Well, sort of. You see, each main booster set tends to have new cards that fall into one of four categories: anime related, new archetype release, support for an archetype, or generic miscellaneous.


The part I want to focus on the most is the first one; the anime part. With that said, let’s get into it!

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As I already said, the main booster sets have changed a little bit since Rise of the Duelist. And that’s practically because of the anime. The last Yu-Gi-Oh! show that was focused around the card game was Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, which ended back in September of 2019. Right now, the current Yu-Gi-Oh! anime that’s currently going on is Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens, and that show is not like the others.

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This show is more focused on the spin-off game, Rush Duels. This is a big deal because this means that the card game is free from the anime show. What do I mean by this? Well, if you look at any old Yu-Gi-Oh! booster set, before Rise of the Duelist, each of those sets contained some cards that are related to the anime, as stated before. However, these cards were simply put into the set because they made an appearance in the anime that was currently running, and were most likely used by the main characters.


While some of these anime cards & archetypes were good, a majority of them were not. Some of them were just there because, again, they were in the anime show. And the idea of doing that was to appeal to the audience, because who didn’t want to have a card that was used by their favorite character? Now though, it’s different.


Since the current show is now focused on Rush Duels, that means Konami does not need to put in anime exclusive cards into the main booster sets because they were in the show. Not saying they’re done printing cards from the show. They are still doing that, just not in the main booster sets anymore.

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(We’ll be getting this in October as our Battles of Legend set.)


I’m also not saying they’re not printing anime related cards anymore in the main booster sets. They obviously still do that since those types of cards are the covers of the sets.


Still though, this is not the same as before. Now that the card game is currently not tied to the anime, Konami can instead focus on giving previous anime archetypes support. Now obviously they’ve done that before Rise of the Duelist. Just look at Eternity Code where we got support for Red Dragon Archfiend.

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But now that the sets are free from the show, they can instead just focus on making anime related cards as support cards for already existing archetypes from the anime. And honestly, I prefer this, because giving support to some really old archetypes is well needed.


Now, yes, we have seen older archetypes get support, so this is more like we’re getting this more frequently, but that’s what makes this so good, in my opinion. Instead of the anime section being split into support for already existing anime archetypes, and new cards because they were in the show, we can now just focus on the support section.


Not to mention, doing this will appeal to people’s nostalgia. I mean, there are so many players that grew up watching shows like DM, GX, 5Ds and so on. To see one of their favorite monsters from one of the shows get support, or become their own archetype, would definitely appeal to that nostalgia of theirs.


And the support for these anime archetypes have been pretty good. While they haven’t been meta breaking, they’ve still been pretty good that they at least help pull these older archetypes into the present day. Like, before now, Armed Dragon just hasn’t been really playable since no one could wait a couple of turns to get to Armed Dragon LV 10. And The ZW & ZS stuff hardly saw any play during the recent times before Lightning Overdrive.

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Not saying this is the case for all of the anime archetypes that got support, but still, you get what I’m saying. Instead of just having these weird anime cards/archetypes that are supposed to go with the show, the sets can now just focus on giving these anime cards propper support that fit in today’s world.


Does this mean that the main booster sets are better than before? Uh, kind of. I mean, it depends on who you ask. If you ask a player if they thought Blazing Vortex was a good set, they might tell you how the set is awful and only has a few chase cards, or how it’s awesome because it gives out some cool new cards for an anime archetype (this case being Armed Dragon).

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So yeah, this still doesn’t mean that every main booster is gonna be a hit. Even so though, I still think having the sets be free from the anime helps make these sets better. I remember when we got Dinowrestlers, and practically everyone hated them (with the exception being Pankratops). But yet, we got some support cards for them for the next two sets because they were in the anime.

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Now though, we don’t have to worry about stuff like that. Of course, this doesn’t mean we won’t get some lackluster archetypes at times. But at least they will actually be playable and/or useful cards. Somewhat.


Overall though, I think the main booster sets have gotten a bit better. I enjoy seeing all of these old anime archetypes get support. It’s a good way to appeal to the casual folks, and even to the competitive players that have a favorite anime deck. I can’t wait to see which older, anime archetype gets support next.

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Thank you for reading this! I know this is a topic that’s probably already been discussed, but I’ve been wanting to make this for some time, so I figured I’d get this out of the way. Anyway, let me know in the comments what you think of the main booster sets as of late! Do you think they’re any better than before? Or are they still just the same? On top of that, what anime card/archetype would you love to see get support in a future set. Anything is possible at this point.

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I’ll see you guys in the next one! Hope you have/had an awesome day today! :grin: :thumbsup: