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 Trading Card Game Tips from fans

 

 March 2007

The Main Deck's Side-kick - DaFrog

 Hello all. This is DaFrog, giving you an explanation of the side deck and how to make good use of it. In my opinion, there are 2 types of side-decks. The first type is for being able to shift from 2 or more main strategies, so that way you are not using up extra deck space for 12 or so cards. The second type is for deck-type defense. What I mean is that you select a few cards to help you against a deck that you have a good chance of facing. That way, if those cards would be a dead draw in most other duels, you don't have to waste deck space for them. I for one do not favor side-decking for different strategies. It can be quite confusing if you are not exactly sure what you're going to put in and what you're going to take out. However, if you want to do this kind of side-decking, just remember to take out all the cards that could only work for the first strategy as you're replacing them. It might be a good idea to keep a little note-pad with all the cards you need for each strategy on it, so then you're not wasting your time deciding what goes where in what deck and why.

Anyway, one of the most important things about the side-deck is knowing how and when it can be used. Believe it or not, I once thought you could draw from the side-deck instead of a normal draw each turn if you wish. Do that in a tournament, you'd get disqualified with a READ YOUR RULE-BOOK stamp on your forehead before you could say Dark Magician. The way the side deck works is that at the start of each duel (not the match, the duel) before you draw, you have the option to switch cards with your side-deck. You can switch any amount of cards (ranging to 15, of course) as long as your deck has the original card count before you switched, as well as your side-deck having 15 cards. (It must have 15 cards at all time) Basically, if I put 6 cards in my deck from my side-deck, I have to put 6 cards in the side-deck from the deck. Can't get much simpler than that folks.

Now, to make good use of the side deck (for deck-type defense) is to first find out what the most popular decks are right now. Also, I find it to be a good idea to also include cards from the 2 most popular decks in the last tournament. There's a good chance there will be duelers sticking with their strategy. As an example, I currently have a side-deck for support against Monarchs, Gadgets, Dark World, and Cyber-Dragon decks. (The reason I put in Dark-World is because it's been getting popular) The next step is to find cards to stop this type of deck. 3 for each type can really make a difference if you have a 40 card deck. If you don't know what other cards to fill up those last 3 spaces of your side-deck, add some cards that could help your deck strategy move faster, in case you find an opponent who specializes in otk decks. Now that you have your side-deck made, there are just a few things you have to do.

At the beginning of any match, kindly ask your opponent what kind of deck they run. If they tell you and it falls into one of your defense strategies, put that strategy in. (Also, don't say "I have a strategy to cope with any deck you throw at me" for they will almost never tell you their deck type, and might end up throwing a deck at you literally out of annoyance) If they don't tell you, don't harp on them. Find their strategy in the first duel, then side-deck for the next 2 duels. (If it matches one of your defense strategies, that is) Also, as I said before, know what cards you will take out for your defense strategies, as well as replace, so that you can speed of the time in which you switch cards, as to give yourself enough time to duel and not annoy your opponent. Again, write a list if you aren't good at remembering, it's that simple.
So just remember these tips when making a side-deck. I'm very sure that they will help.

Live and learn,

DaFrog

 

 


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