Hello Pojo, it's been a long time. I just checked my
old articles here on Pojo.com and I actually started
in 2004! Going back and reading those articles is
like a weird hop into a time machine. In those eight
years, I've grown up right on these pages, from a
hotheaded high school kid to a lazy college student
to a law school graduate and professional!
It keeps luring me back.. Every time I think I'm
done with Yu-Gi-Oh! the beautiful game keeps drawing
me back in. I'm currently in Seoul, South Korea
right now, playing poker professionally. But even
though I love poker as a job, nothing can match the
competitive thrill of Yu-Gi-Oh!
And while I produce training videos and write
strategy articles for poker, it's not quite the
same. For me, nothing quite stirs the soul like a
good Yu-Gi-Oh strategy article (and no Youtube
either, not a fan).
My last stint here did not go too well. It actually
ended kind of disgracefully, with a mild cheating
scandal followed by a two year ban. I think during
that period, I lost track of why I've been writing
for Pojo for 8 years. I was so concerned with
monetizing my blog and becoming a “pro” Yu-Gi-Oh!
baller that I felt enormous pressure to succeed at
At a certain point in my Yu-Gi-Oh! career, I grew
slightly uncomfortable with my name input. When I
typed a thought, a lot of people just agreed with me
and I never really felt challenged. I said some
pretty outlandish things in the past as well :P. I
took hidden identities to instant messenger and
other forums to try to post thoughts anonymously but
it didn't work!
(I'm not going to go back and dig up every dumb
article I wrote, but for the record I am not proud
of a lot of the ego-driven stuff and financial
plugging I did in the past).
I'm hoping now I can go back to my roots. Instead of
seeking blog hits, or ad revenue, or creds, I just
want to help people get better at Yu-Gi-Oh! I'm
going back to my roots. Unfortunately, there's one
I actually haven't dueled once since my ban. But
I've followed the event coverage with a lot of
It's funny, the match that inspired me to start
writing articles again was the finals of YCS 2012,
where the poor duelist played Solemn Judgment to
resolve a Pot of Avarice, then attacked into
Dimensional Prison to lose the game. (On further
review, he was in a pretty bad game state so maybe
the Avarice resolution was necessary).
This first article, “Timeless,” refers to the
timeless qualities of strong Yu-Gi-Oh! play.
Hopefully, by mastering some of these concepts, you
can strengthen your game in case you ever get deep
into a premier event or regional.
Because I no longer play the game, my articles are
going to be more focused on succeeding at top level
Yu-Gi-Oh! play. While certain mechanics may change
from set to set, the core mechanics of winning duels
have not changed since 2004.