Finally this year has ended.
We have experienced many ups and downs in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh.
I will be listing them here in chronological order.
20 February 2010
The Shining Darkness:
Overall, this expansion was bad for the game with cards like Ronintoad and Herald of Perfection.
Ronintoadin gave rise to the most broken deck in the March 2010 format. Frog FTK was extremely consistent and could defeat your opponent before he started his turn easily. The deck then took the Yu-Gi-Oh world by storm and eventually won the Yu-Gi-Oh World Championship 2010. Of course, any FTK deck is bad for the game as it minimises interaction with the opponent, making it a horrible experience for him.
Perfect Herald brought back the use of Ritual cards. The deck was pretty consistent but it was kind of sacky and made many players unhappy.
Infernity was extremely strong in both the OCG and TCG. In their respective territories, Trishula and Infernity Barrier helped the deck to climb up to tier 1.
X-Sabers gained Darksoul and Boggartknight, making the deck much better through more consistency and the ability to make more pushes respectively.
1 March 2010
March 2010 Banlist:
This banlist took care of Lightsworns and Zombies quite well. It also hit Blackwings and Anti-Meta decks a little. Dandylion went to 2, giving birth to new variants of Lightsworns and Quickdraw Variants. Cyber Dragon to 2 made it harder to play Machine decks due to Chimeratech Fortress Dragon.
17 April 2010
Next up is DREV, arguably one of the best sets in Yu-Gi-Oh, it brought about many great cards like Pot of Duality, Solemn Warning and Effect Veiler. It also introduced the Scrap archetype along with Scrap Dragon which is now a generic synchro monster.
Pot of Duality is just amazing, the consistency it brings helped alot of decks to become even more playable (eg. Blackwings and Hero Beat). Soon, almost all decks started to play this card, even Infernities and Perfect Herald played it to get to their combo pieces more often.
Solemn Warning is another amazing card. It stops all forms of summoning at the cost of 2000 Life Points. It made control decks better by providing them with more protection against monsters. Soon, all almost decks started to play this card due to the importance of having a monster on the field.
Effect Veiler helped alot in the meta. With Frog FTK and Infernities rampant in the format, Effect Veiler helped to stop their key cards (eg. Substitoad, Infernity Archfiend and Infernity Necromancer).
The Scrap archetype, although not widely played, you can find Scrap Dragon in almost all players’ extra decks. Scrap Dragon is an easy to summon generic synchro monster which provides 1 for 1 card destruction each turn (although you can abuse this). This card made Debris Dragon variants much better.
17 July 2010
Nothing interesting here except Formula Synchron and maybe Tuning.
1 September 2010
September 2010 Banlist:
Currently, the format is pretty bad with Frogs (FTK and Monarchs) at the top. Luckily, Substitoad got hit, leaving the FTK variant dead and the Monarch variant just playable with Treeborn Frog to 3.
Rescue Cat got hit, making decks based on it dead. It affected X-Sabers a little too.
Heavy Storm getting hit is one of the best things that have happened in game IMO. It allows control decks to become stronger with less outs to their backrows while OTK decks become weaker with less ways to get around backrows.
IMO, Cold Wave was left out in this list. It just too broken, especially with Black Rose Dragon going to 3.
Brain Control was banned too. It was just too strong, allowing players to sack their way out of games where their opponent has total control.
Monster Reborn and Dark Hole also got unbanned.
Trishula brought to 1 was an expected move.
Infernities also got hit with Trishula and Infernity Launcher limited.
Chaos Sorceror to 2 and Cyber Dragon to 3.
Black Whirlwind to 1.
13 November 2010
Storm of Ragnarok:
Before this expansion, the meta was great, with lots of decks having the chance to win.
However once the True Six Samurai cards were released, the meta was broken with the True Six Samurais at the top.
Nothing really interesting other than the True Six Samurais.
11 December 2010
Structure Deck 20 – The Lost Sanctuary:
The deck had some impact on the meta, Master Hyperion is like a DAD for them. Earth can search out the key cards too. Eventually, the deck achieved tier 1 status in the OCG with the help of cards like Archlord Krystia.
Thats my recap of 2010, hope you enjoyed it.
Thats all for today.
And I wish all of you a Happy New Year.