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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Rectangular Reckoning: Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links #1



Yeah, Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links was free, so I thought, why not?

Unfortunately, it's a port of a phone game. While that's not necessarily bad, it's not optimized, and it's so bad I was bringing the monitor to my face.

I'm not at the point where I'm either SUPER into it, or the initial skinner box stuff has run out, this was just a one off while Hearthstone's season restarts.

Duel Links, and my return to Yu-Gi-Oh didn't do anything to bring me back, but as I mention in the video, I can appreciate what a good deck does.

In general deck building, you want to have a "goal" for your deck. Do you go in aggressively with smaller creatures and overwhelm your opponent to respond (aggro decks)? Do you go wide on the board with many small threats you build up over time (token decks)? Do you stall until you can unleash larger threats (control)?

And there are also combo decks, which are decks that generate a win state once all the pieces in place.

ALL DECKS IN YUGIOH ARE COMBO DECKS.

For example, there is a deck called the "Exodia Mage" in Hearthstone, named after the creature Exodia in YuGiOh. In YuGiOh, Exodia is a creature that means you win the game after you assemble all 5 pieces. On their own, each piece of Exodia is extremely weak, so you have to build your deck toward getting those pieces on the battlefield ASAP, whether its to draw more cards, or put more creatures on the battlefield.

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In Hearthstone, the Exodia Mage deck involves you having 4 copies of a creature that makes your spells cost one less mana to cast,
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in order to cast a spell that grants you an extra turn for free,

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then you play a creature that creates a spell called Fireball in your hand whenever you cast a spell.

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Since you can essentially cast Fireball for free, you can now hurl them at your opponent until they lose.

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