Fans of Pojo, I, Dark Paladin, am stepping away from Pojo
after a long and much enjoyed time bringing information to
you. I'm very honored to have been such a big part of this
all for the time that I was, but it's time to pass the torch
to the next generation of Pojo. So I'm handing over the
reigns to Baneful, to uphold the legacy and greatness this
site represents. I will still be around from time to time,
and I may even start writing again somewhat frequently. I
want to send a huge thank you out to Pojo himself for giving
me the opportunity to be here, and all the other writers and
reviewers here on the site I've known over the last ten
Dark Paladin...gone, but never forgotten
Featured Writer/Card of the Day Reviewer
Good bye my friends
Dear readers of Pojo,
First of all, I just have to stand in applause at Dark
Paladin's commitment to the Pojo. He's been writing for 10
years on it. A decade. He's a real Pojo patriot, and I
just feel like saluting a giant flag to him. He held up the
fort for a long time. I just remember myself as a young 14
year old boy reading Pojo with such a sense of reverence
that carries onto today. I'm a still-young 22 year old.
But to hear Dark Paladin's voice on the phone and talk to
him, is like a nostalgic trip. I felt a little bit
starstruck. I explained to him my disagreements and I'm
grateful that he responded in such supportive way to my
ideas. Yes, I've disagreed with his opinions on the game at
times, but there's no denying the respect I have for him.
The old Pojo cast from the 2003-2007 era were like
the Founding Fathers and Dark Paladin is the very last shred
of its original core that its had left. He's the standing
survivor of an internet generation that has made a profound
mark on Yugioh and gaming.
I am happy and humbled to be the new head of the COTD team
and writing on Pojo.
But I've been reading many of the comments on the forum.
Lots of skepticism, anger and ridicule. I totally hear you
all. You guys want change. You all want a meta-relevant
perspective on the game from competitive-minded players.
I am here to bring Pojo into a brand new direction.
There have been reviews published on this website that were
inaccurate and scored differently than competitive play
reflects. I seek to improve these flaws and to ensure the
reviews on this website are of high quality.
I am firmly establishing myself as the front of the pack as
the lightning rod. When something goes amiss, I am to be
held accountable. If I (or any other reviewer) ever makes
an error or a mistake on a review, I want to be chewed out
and I want that constructive criticism. I want to
acknowledge errors and fix them. I want to change Pojo and
make it grow. I'm striving to make Pojo the beacon of
gaming it was during the era of Jaelove, ExMinion and the
So, as I'm inducted to my new position, there are several
changes I would like to make to the COTD process:
#1 - Improved Communication
From the beginning, COTD has simply been writers
working alone to write reviews. However, I have realized
what good things could come from people working together.
Inaccuracies can be prevented with proper communication.
We all forget every now and then, but instead of writing a
review whilst unaware of a certain blind spot we have, we
can have other reviewers catch the flaws in advance and nip
them in the bud.
#2 - Quality Over Quantity
I want to end a precedent of reviewing every card on every
single day. No one knows a ton about every single card and
shouldn't be expected to review them. It's perfectly okay
to skip a review. And by example, I won't bind myself to
review 5 days a week if there is a particular card I am
unsure about, though I'll stay consistent nonetheless.
#3 - Thorough Hiring
From here on out, we're not just going to hire
anybody who walks in and asks. We are going to make sure
that they are capable of bringing an original perspective to
the table. Also, we want to ensure that they have a strong
working knowledge of the game and its competitive
strategies. We will interview all candidates before
#4 - Professionalism
We want to maintain an air of professionalism throughout the
website so we are asking that writers use correct grammar
and proofread their writing. Of course, everyone makes a
little typo here and there, but overall, we want to keep our
writing fluent and well articulated.
Also, we want to avoid other problems that have plagued the
site in the past such as excessive plugging and advertising
by reviewers. Ideally, a proper picture for a reviewer
would be tasteful (optional suggestion: a picture of
themselves). We want to avoid reviewers who use personas or
anything misconstrued as a troll or gag.
#5 - No Copy-Paste Filler
Most of the reviews should be in our own words. Copying and
pasting the card effect, whether in full or in segments, is
alien to what we want here at Pojo. Original unique
perspectives from people that exude their own personality.
#6 - Depth
We don't want to just write what a card does at Pojo. We
want to explain how the card works, how the card is used,
what other cards combo with it, how to counter it and the
like. We want to say things about these cards that the
average consumer can't deduce themselves. Because we owe it
to our readers to ensure that customers who are buying cards
get an accurate assessment of what exactly they are buying.
#7 - Constructive Criticism
Most importantly, if criticism is constructive, we will be
happy to listen to it. Everyone makes mistakes at times,
but what matters most is a willingness to improve upon them
and make sure they don't happen again. While we won't adopt
every suggestion, if its for the best interest of the
website and the community, we would be happy to implement
What's there to say now? A mouthful. I want to
thank Christian Moss for helping me be a part of this
website's transformation. We've launched the Crossover
forum on the message boards and hired some qualified
writers. I've taken a good bit of initiative in writing
original content in my Column and all around the site. We
have lots of goals to help transform Pojo in the future,
including a Youtube/Podcasting project. But going, full
circle, I just want to speak on Dark Paladin again.
Dang. What a patriot. Ten years. We need a 21-salute in
the air, a parade of marching soldiers, some animals,
instruments and a giant cake. This is a real transformative
moment this right now. As the torch gets passed from his
generation of Pojo to mine... I definitely look forward to
see what he'll write for the site next, but right now I just
want him to have an amazing farewell party here by the Pojo
Thanks to all the Pojo readers, new and old. I hope
you all "take a chance on me" and that you like the
meta-focused route I plan to bring to this site. Peace out,