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 Trading Card Game Tips from fans

 

May 2007

The 40-card deck - combobreaker

Why do the majority of decks you see only have 40 cards. When I first started playing Yu-Gi-Oh!, I thought playing 40 card decks were stupid and more cards meant more fun. Then I realized the advantage of the 40 card deck - and it was an obvious reason, too. 40-card decks give you a better chance of drawing the card you want. I don't understand having more than 40-cards anymore - especially if you play drawing power cards like Dekoichi (because summoning Dekoichi wastes 1 turn and uses a summon, whereas you could have just drawn the card you needed anyways). Unless you utilize cards that ensure you know the next card you are going to draw is going to break the game for you, having more than 40 cards is unreasonable. I also think that the only time you should play drawing cards like Dekoichi or Jar of Greed is when you run out of useful cards to use or are playing some sort of Exodia deck.

When you run 40 cards in your deck, you give yourself 1 out of 40 chance of drawing a specific card. If you run multiples, you increase your chance of drawing it to 2/40 or 3/40. However, when you run 41+ card decks, you decrease the chance of drawing the specific cards you need, even if you run multiples. In that case, your combo is either too big or you are trying to run too many combos at one time. When people lose, they fail to realize that the combo was too hard to pull off and/or not strong enough to sway the duel into their favor. It may be fun, especially when you do pull it off, but if you are tournament serious, be forewarned that a 40-card deck is the optimum strategy.

I often get disgusted when I notice someone who doesn't know how to build a deck (just people that play Yu-Gi-Oh! though). All of the cards in their don't go together (i.e. they are running earth with dark and light and zombies and monarchs and gadgets). They fused all the deck-types into one - which doesn't work. Sure Meta-type cards can go in a lot of deck-types - but when non-Meta is confused with Meta, that's what ticks me off. And I'm not saying that you shouldn't play your combos, in fact I encourage it. I just wish people took more consideration in building their decks and deciding on combos that worked together.

Yes, I love to win. But winning is no fun when you win ALL the time. I enjoy it when people can defeat me with their decks. WHY? Because it makes me have to re-strategize my deck so that I can go back and beat theirs. It's like watching a drama. You don't watch the drama to see things the way they should be, you watch it because of the conflict that goes on back and forth. When an exciting drama you love ends, you are disappointed because an exciting show or movie ended and the drama ceases to exist.

Yes, I know you know this. This is just to the players that don't know this. Please be advised. I like dueing - but against good duelists. And I do hate the Meta - but it's unavoidable.

Just think how much different the meta would be if they enforced a 50 or even 60 card minimum rule. Would the meta disappear or would more Jar of Greed's, Dekoichi's and Dark Mimic's see play.

So unless you plan on decking your opponent out by raising your life points so high that they run out of cards to draw, please make a 40-card deck for my sake. It just makes more sense. You don't need EVERY card in your deck and most cards are expendable. If a deck doesn't work with one card, swap it out with another. If you win, keep it the same; if you lose, change it. Simple.

So realize that 40-card decks give you an advantage. If you like drawing every single card you own, good for you. And if you don't like 40-card decks and think they are stupid; one day you might realize how inciteful this strategy tip is. It's common sense and I know most people know it. I'm just trying to help out the slow people.

Good luck with your decks.

chakong aka combobreaker
Questions and comments should be addressed to cls31s@yahoo.com
 

 

 


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