Hey everyone, this is The_SynchroGuy, and welcome to “YGO Recap Week!” The weekly series where we go over just about any and all Yu-Gi-Oh! related goodness so you don’t miss out on anything.
We have quite a couple of news to go over today. Some surprises that have gotten the community excited, a tournament report that took place during the weekend, and a brand new game that’s finally released to the whole world. We have some fun stuff to recap, so let’s get into it!
With the start of a new format for Master Duel comes a new Gold Duel Pass. And the prizes you can get from this pass are: an Elemental HERO – Honest Neos wallpaper, a blue icon frame, and, of course, a new mate. This time it’s Bitron!
And this time, you don’t need to reach Level 100 in order to get him. Instead, you just need to reach Level 75. The prize for Level 100 this time is just some UR crafting points. And whether or not you have the Gold Duel Pass, there is also a SPYRAL Quick-Fix icon you also earn once you reach Level 50.
I will say, I would get the Gold Duel Pass if I were you. Not only do you get back the amount of Gems you’ve spent for it, but you get lots of other prizes and points. It’s well worth it, in my opinion.
After many, many months, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel game is finally released to the whole world now!
If you’ve never heard of this game, and are curious about how it works, here are some videos that give you the rundown.
TL;DR: it’s a 4 player battle game. Your monsters will work almost like chess pieces. You can customize your monsters and give them unique effects. Be the one with the higher LP in order to win. And there are plenty of other fun modes to play in. Like Tag Duels and Raid Duels.
Whether this game will become a hit or not, we’ll have to wait and see.
If you want to start playing Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel, click the link to go download it on the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.konami.crossduel
We got a poster for the Crystal Beast Structure Deck revealed, and it’s drawing in some major hype. Not because of how meta impacting the Structure Deck will be, but because of the Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring reprint!
This card has desperately needed another reprint, considering how the cheapest one you can get costs you around $20 per copy! (Same for the common version from the Salamangreat Structure Deck). This move will definitely make the card cheaper to get, and will help sell the Structure Deck.
But what makes this even more interesting is that we’re getting another Ash Blossom reprint in this year’s tin, which releases two weeks before the Crystal Beast Structure Deck. So we’re basically 2 Ash Blossom reprints in one month. I don’t know how this is going to affect the market, but this will definitely make the card cheaper. At least, for the time being.
If you’re a budget player, or are new to Yu-Gi-Oh!, you’ll want to get your hands on Ash Blossom as soon as you can once these products are released! Ash Blossom is such a huge staple for decks in today’s game. You do not want to pass up on this golden opportunity.
The full set for this year’s tin has been revealed, and it comes with some good reprints. Along with some new cards.
For a quick reminder, this tin contains reprints from booster sets that were released last year. For this tin, it covered the main booster sets from Blazing Vortex to Burst of Destiny
Now this tin is not going to have all of the cards from all of the sets that were mentioned. Some cards/archetypes are missing from this tin, like the Swordsoul archetype (but they’ll be reprinted in a later set this year). Still though, there are some good reprints in this product that are welcomed. Such as: Diviner of the Herald, Underworld Goddess, Lightning Storm, and perhaps the biggest one of them all, Pot of Prosperity.
But this product also comes with some reprints that weren’t in any of the sets mentioned above. As mentioned before, Ash Blossom is getting reprinted in this product, along with all her other Ghost sisters. Including stuff like Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon and Crossout Designator. And some alternate artworks of some of your favorite cards like: Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Red-Eyes Black Dragon, and Dark Magician Girl.
We also received some brand new cards in this product. Some of them are imports from the OCG, one of which you may want to pick up for the Crystal Beast structure deck. And the rest are actually new World Premier cards! There are only three of them, and they are support cards for the 3 Egyptian God Cards, individually. (I guess these were made since this tin is the one that has tablet forms of the Egyptian God Cards on it.)
Overall, you may want to get a couple of these tins and get your hands on some good reprints.
The Oceanic Championship took place this past weekend. (I don’t know how this flew under my radar. This should’ve been mentioned in my last recap post.) There decks from this event were, of course, the usual suspects we’ve been seeing for the past couple of weeks. From Spright, to Tearlaments, Mathmech, you know the drill. But also one of the new archetypes from Tactical Masters, Runick, made an appearance. You definitely want to watch out for that deck. I will say though, the highlight for me was when I saw one Tearlaments player use Agave Dragon to win their match. That was unexpected. But that player did not win the event, sadly.
Once the dust settled, the overall victor for the event was Dino Spasovski and his Tearlaments deck. Followed by Bohdan Temnyk, who was also playing Tearlaments. In fact, the top 4 was mostly Tearlaments, funny enough.
I feel like these past couple of tournaments have established Tearlaments as the deck to beat in this format, after Spright. And we still don’t have the Ishizu support yet! (Guess Maxx “C” really made the difference over in the OCG.) Seriously though, Teralaments have really been popping off here and there. If Konami is going to update the banlist, they may have to do something that hits that deck. Obviously they can’t hit the Tearlaments themselves since they’re still brand new, but they can hit certain other cards. Or maybe they can put one of the Tearlaments cards down to 2. I mean, they did it to Nekorz and Zoodiac back when they were first released and going bonkers in the TCG metagame, so why not Tearlaments?
Anyway though, the next event coming up this weekend is YCS Niagara. After this event, we may possibly get a new banlist before the next event in October starts. If you’re participating at YCS Niagara this week: hope you’ve been practicing and are prepared. Best of luck to you!
Also, here’s Anthony Tachella from TCGPlayer to give us a recap of all of the best decks that popped up during August that we should probably expect to see at YCS Niagara.
The effects for the new VJump promo card have finally been revealed. And it basically allows you to mill a monster card from your deck to your GY. But it has to be of the same type of monster that you targeted in your GY, and the target has to be either a: Beast, Beast-Warrior, Winged, Insect, or Plant. (And I thought just Beast, Beast-Warrior and/or Winged Beast was mouthful.) It also has a little search effect, but it requires to be destroyed by your opponent in order to get it.
Overall, this card feels pretty lackluster. Like, maybe the mill effect can be helpful, but that last effect is something you won’t be getting often. That will be more like for a moment where your opponent doesn’t read the card. I don’t know if this card will see play at some point, and/or what deck it can potentially see play in. Maybe a Mystical Beast of the Forest deck, if we can get some more cards for it. But right now, I don’t know if this card will be any good right now.
Decks To Checkout
With the release of the new Trap card support Slifer got from the 2022 Tins, here’s a deck that can let you use it to the fullest advantage. Being able to draw into 6 cards is nuts. Especially if you draw into some good cards. Checkout Duel Evolution’s video and see just how strong Slifer can be.
Now this is an interesting idea. While Runick is already good enough on its own, mixing it with an archetype like Magical Muketeer can help ensure that the deckout strategy succeeds. And if it doesn’t, well then, if your opponent does nothing on their turn, then they’re in for a beatdown. Checkout El Exordio’s take on this deck and see just how crazy and fun this deck can be.
Favorite Content of the Week
The voice actors for Yugi Moto and Seto Kaiba have started a podcast called “The Heart of the Cards”. Now this podcast is not solely focused around Yu-Gi-Oh! This is simply a chance for Dan and Eric to talk about working in the entertainment industry and share their experiences with it. And to kick it off, they decided to do a dedicated an episode to the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kazuki Takahashi, who sadly passed away two months ago. Just hearing them, along with other people, talk about how Yu-Gi-Oh! changed their lives and those around them is very touching. We will always miss Takahashi and forever be thankful for his work.
A new season has begun on Master Duel, and Nyhmnim begins his Master Duel Journey to reach Diamond Rank 1, starting all the way at Bronze Rank 5. He starts off by being “nice” by using an Orcust deck for the Bronze ladder, but he gets a few more surprises than he was initially expecting. Will the young hero make it to the top before the new season begins? You’ll just have to watch to find out.
If you or a friend is new to Yu-Gi-Oh!, and you need to know what are some of the best products to help you get started, Kelly from TCGPlayer has you covered. We had a lot of new players come into the game thanks to the return of in person events, and the release of Master Duel. But figuring out where to start playing the TCG isn’t always easy to do. At least by yourself. Thanks to Kelly here, he made the job easier to do.
Thank you guys for reading this! We had a lot of fun surprises and stuff that happened this past week, and I’m excited to see what other fun stuff might come up this week. I especially do not want to miss YCS Niagara. It’s either gonna solidify decks like Spright and Tearlaments, or we’re gonna see a random tier 3 deck take the whole event right under everyone’s noses again. And hopefully we get a new banlist some time after it’s over.
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I’ll see you guys in the next one! Hope you have/had an awesome day today!