Dark Paladin's Dimension
Article #2 Staples--IS there
really such a thing?
First off, let me welcome you to Dark Paladin's Dimension.
Let me tell you all a little about myself. I am an 18 year
old college Freshman in the state of Michigan. I have been
playing Yugioh since just after the release of LON. Today I
come to you with a very important term--STAPLE!
What is a staple? In Yugioh, a staple is a card that is
universal. One almighty card that can fit into any deck and
not hurt that deck. This card has little to no drawback or
cost, and an incredible benefit. Some people argue Pot of
Greed is the ONLY staple today, since the others (Harpie's
Feather Duster, Dark Hole, Graceful Charity, Monster Reborn,
Raigeki) were all banned. Pot of Greed IS a staple. Allow me
to explain. It's effect simply states: Draw 2 cards from
your deck. What could possibly be bad about being able to
draw? It gives you 2 new cards for NO cost. No cost
whatsoever, 2 free cards. The only "cost" is playing Pot of
Greed. Are there any decks that are hurt by using Pot of
Greed? Not at all...draw power and hand control is a very
important factor in the game of Yugioh.
Also, lets go over something else that is very important
when deciding if a card is staple material. That single
factor ladies and gentlemen is--Rarity! That's right. Just
because a card is Secret Rare by no means makes it staple
material. Take Gaia the Dragon Champion, Thousand Dragon, or
Gate Guardian. Just a few Secret Rares that make us want to
vomit. Take Pot of Greed--it ended up being an easily
accessed Starter Deck Common. A staple that is yes, a
Finally, another influential factor of staples is the
current game environment. With the ban list now in effect
banning several past staples, people must fine new cards to
fill in their "staple slots" from their deck.
Also, other cards that could ARGUABLY (not saying are) be
called staple (say MST for one) was restricted to one. A
good alternative for Harpie's Feather Duster is Heavy Storm.
Premature Burial and Call of the Haunted could also be
arguably called staples with Monster Reborn gone. Breaker
the Magical Warrior is a great monster for s/t removal.
Being an instant Level 4 1900 attacker (Dark also makes him
chaos food) Breaker can instantly destroy a s/t by removing
his spell counter. Mobius the Frost Monarch is a good s/t
disruptor and some people are using him even though he is a
In conclusion, a TRUE staple (such as Pot of Greed) never is
called a staple once, and dismissed later as NOT a staple,
for whatever reason. Such cards in this category include
Magic Cylinder and Ring of Destruction. Both are great
cards, but neither can truly benefit EVERY deck, and both
sadly see less play as time goes on.
Also, I'd like to point out that just because ONE person or
even ONE MILLION people you know say ...... (<---insert card
name there) is a staple use it means that you have to. Build
and use a deck with some originality, because that is always
cool to see in Yugioh.
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