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The Doctor
Two types of people

Feb 28, 2008

Yugioh is a fickle game. One minute you’re on top of the world and in the process of two turns you’re fighting for you’re life(points) against a hoard of beasts and an acne-ridden teen with a social deficiency. It’s cruel mistress too, because once a collector, always a collector, even if you don’t play.

The recent ban-list has come up. Breaker, MoF , call of the haunted and even cyber dragon all got the chop, leaving hundreds of teenagers everywhere screaming “No0o0o0o0o0o….

…..body cares.” . Truth is that the last list did as little to impact the game as Summoned Skull did for about 3 season’s where he sort of inexplicably vanished.

The loss of magician of faith and breaker merely reverted us back to the state we were in 6 months ago, and the loss of call was little compared to the arguably much better (and welcome) return of Monster Reborn, my all-time favourite spell.

Truth is that only Cyber Dragon’s recent Semi-restriction was anything to write home about and that’s only if you’re a Zane devotee and you’re themed deck is now slightly less accurate. The very notion that this list would cause the end of the game is ridiculously laughable, and rather bemusing actually. Which brings me to the point of this article.

In this world there are two types of people, optimists and jerks. The problem with the world is that the jerks often outnumber the optimists. In this game of ours this is evidently relevant.

An optimist in Yugioh is one that will create a deck or think in a way with scarce regard for statistical probability of success and strategy and instead build a deck truer to the cards they themselves like, or feel should be used. They are the spark of naivety and enthusiasm that really gives this game life, and I adore them, I am after all one of them. I’d much rather think with my heart than my head any time, a game is to be enjoyed, not to be stressed over.

Optimists , it seems are few and far between. Quite often an optimist will fall on hard enough times that their enthusiasm and faith dwindles. The majority will lose site and trust in their own instincts, and become a jerk.

Jerk’s don’t just make up the vast majority of people in the Yugioh scene, jerks make up the vast majority of people on the internet.

You know the type. 9 out of 10 people reading this ARE the type. Arrogant, know-it-all and first and foremost cold. Don’t get me wrong, the passion’s still there, but you know you’ve got a jerk on your hands when you see one. Pojo-land is littered with jerks. It’s a sad truth, but it’s not really a bad thing.

Jerks, as with and classification, is split into sub divisions, with two main ones. Those that know what they’re talking about, and those that listen to them, and there’s nothing I hate worse than a blind follower.

A good jerk knows what they are doing with Yugioh. Remove the crap, remove the un-useful, remove the average and keep the best. It’s a fairly crude and unimaginative way to go about it, but it gets the job done, unarguably. The decks produced by this method are often refined, well capable and lets face it, powerful. Obviously a game’s only going to be fun if you win from time to time, and that’s exactly what they’re after with this method.

Blind followers however and an entirely different breed of jerk, trust me. Obviously if a jerk tells someone to a remove a card then the blind follower will probably have no idea why, except for their assumption that this card is now crap. And then, get this, they decide to live their life by this philosophy, where any card this removed card is associated with is also crap. One of the most annoying things in the world is people who THINK they are intelligent. People who, because they’ve observed someone else’s ideas they are now suddenly el Capitan and able to pass judgement on their “lessers”. People who don’t think are a waste of oxygen and the earth’s natural resources, let me tell you.

The thing that bugs me about jerks, (and this is all jerks not just the followers) is that they bully the optimists. So what if they want to try an E hero deck? You were thanking the guy who discovered how good D - Heroes were weren’t you? Lucky he was around with his spark of innovativeness.

Without optimists this game wouldn’t be fun, it’d be monotonous. Cold and lifeless instead of the bubbling hotpot of creativity that it is now, and we should thank the optimists for their ideas, instead of forcing them into our way of thinking. This isn’t politics, it’s Yugioh.

That’s it from me for this week, I’ll thank you if you read the whole thing through. If you want to get in touch

The_Doctor_@live.co.uk

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