It's been a while, hasn't it? Well, it just occurred to me that there's so much information about Chain Links in Yu-Gi-Oh! that is not well-understood by a decent majority of the player base. Or even if you have a decent understanding of how they work, there may be some advanced aspects of it that still leave you uncertain. This guide is intended for everyone, from newbies to veterans of Yu-Gi-Oh! alike. Here's what you can expect:
Diamond Core of Koa'ki Meiru was a new addition to Duel Links recently from the Revolution Beginning main box, which has actually dramatically improved the stability of Koa'ki Meirus.
They went from an archetype that struggles to stay on the field, to one that goes all-in to OTK, just because of this one card. I know I'm not the only one who thinks that this card is so hard to deal with, but let's see if we can figure out make the most of its usage, and also on the flip side, how to counter it.
Yu-Gi-Oh! came out with new "Vampire" cards around May 2018, which make the archetype incredibly consistent.
What cards make up this deck?
In Duel Links, here are the three core cards that make the deck good. (Familiar and Retainer are new, and Kingdom is actually old.)
Time for another Card Parody, where I twist around some PSCT to see what happens to a card! This time, of a bit of a lesser-known card, Gemini Spark (no, this has nothing to do with a certain Mega Man boss).
If you've played Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, or perhaps Legacy of the Duelist, you may have gotten a message like this:
It's not a bug! That's a legitimate mistake that a lot of new players make when they play Yu-Gi-Oh!, and it's called missing the activation timing. I touched on this in the intro to PSCT article, but let's go into more detail.
In Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links, one of the archetypes that a lot of people would say is high-tier is Fur Hires (otherwise known as Skyfang Brigade in the OCG), released just 3 months ago. Very few archetypes have as much monster synergy as this one does.
Here's a brief overview of just the monsters. (Literally, just the monsters.)
You may have seen the first Card Parody; it covered Raigeki, making it pointlessly complicated when all it does is destroy all monsters your opponent controls. This time, I'm looking at another famous Yu-Gi-Oh! card, Monster Reborn. This card is currently Limited, as of May 21, 2018, so only one copy can be in any tournament/competitive deck.
Here's the original:
Back in the day, one of the most popular Yu-Gi-Oh! cards that was designed to interact during the Battle Phase is Mirror Force.
What's cool about this card is that it can destroy more than 1 monster on the opponent's side of the field, and it does not target (meaning that you don't necessarily have to commit, if your opponent responds in a way that still lets you resolve the effect).
Raigeki is perhaps one of the most well-known Yu-Gi-Oh! cards of all time. Its effect normally says, "Destroy all monsters your opponent controls." That should be enough. It's concise, and describes enough for you to know what it does, right? But what can we reword it to say that makes it extremely redundant, yet still carry basically the same meaning?
The original is:
Problem-Solving Card Text (PSCT) essentially is broken down into several facets: text structure; terminology and phrasing; and conjunctives. The intention with PSCT is to allow for interpretation of the card text and provide a logical way to proceed with as many given situations as possible. The way the wording looks for each case will specify, e.g. what cards can or cannot be activated in response, how an effect resolves in a Chain, which effect can be responded (chained) to, etc. Misreading a card text may give a player an accidental advantage, or sometimes, it may even change the outcome of a Duel. So, let’s consider each facet individually.
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