As a duelist, I feel that the current state of the game is both the most favorable time to play in and the most overwhelming. We have plays that can end games by doing 8000 life points. We have Synchro Summoning and Xyz Summoning, two powerful game mechanics that seem very unique to our game and add to its overall flavor. We have a card pool of over 4,500 cards, with only a handful that are forbidden or restricted. We’re getting new archetypes and cards frequently, and old cards are becoming more and more playable. It is truly a great time to be a part of the game.
That being said, how does one manage all the activity going on? Between building competitive decks and dealing with a tough and adaptive meta, where does one find the time to pioneer into uncharted territory? There is a quote from one of my favorite movies that I believe best applies here: “Who has time? Who has time? But then if we do not ever take time, how can we ever have time?.”
What I’m trying to say is now is the time! Think about it. When has the dueling climate been so dense with new cards and new opportunities. When have powerful cards like Pot of Duality, Judgment Dragon, and Elemental Hero Absolute Zero been given so readily to us at such a great value, and all at the same time!
If you have a deck on the back burner, I encourage you to dust it off and play a hand. Envision what you need, what you want, what you think would be fun or interesting and go get it. The chances are, if it didn’t exist when you built the deck, revisiting it now might yield new and better options. Decks that “shouldn’t work” work because someone went out of their way to try what they thought would be cool. Debris Dragon was released at a time when there wasn’t much going for it. But steadily, piece by piece, it made its way to the top of the competitive circuit.
You have the opportunity to shop around on the cheap. Buy and trade your way through a few decks until you find an idea or concept that you like. Or, if you have the determination, aim for a concept and stick with it until it becomes something you built from the ground up, something of which you can be proud.
If you’re a new player looking to build your skills, I would urge you to focus on just one or two decks. It’s always tough having to choose which of your best cards have to be shared between decks. By building only one or two, it leaves you a big card pool to choose from and some extra trading fodder for getting what you really need.
In anticipation of the rush of cards ahead, I really believe now is the time to seek the deck suited too your play-style. The chance to try decks out with some of the game’s strongest cards at great values, and also to test against those very same decks (including the ones that will no doubt get stronger with each release). So go! Duel and Be Merry!