Understanding Deck Types in Yu-Gi-Oh!

Each deck in Yugioh belongs to a specific typing based on a variety of attributes. Zac Hill, former designer of Wizards of the Coast (creators of Magic: The Gathering) outlined specific deck types and their ideal representation within a given format. Such deck-types are aggro, control, combo, midrange, and hybrid. In an ideal format, each type represents about a quarter of all competitive decks.

However, in the game of Yugioh, this is hardly the case, as one deck-type may represent about 35% of the metagame, regardless of format. Popularity rules in Yugioh, which inadvertently creates opportunities for less popular decks to thrive. Why? Each deck-type (if well balanced), has strong and weak matchups against one another.

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2016 World Championship Analysis: Shunsuke Hiyama vs. Erik Christensen

The 2016 Yugioh World Championship featured a Blue-Eyes mirror-match final event between Shunsuke Hiyama of Japan, and Erik Christensen of the United States. This match definitely did not live up to expectations, as both duelists opened with a few sub-optimal hands. However, Christensen opened with two consecutive bad hands, costing him and the United States their chance at winning their first world title on home soil.

The core of each duelist’s decks is largely similar, albeit with one major difference in technical choices. Mathematically speaking, Hiyama’s deck is more consistent. In fact, Hiyama’s Blue-Eyes deck shows mathematical precision, from opening hand success rate, to his choice of a 42-card deck.

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Understanding Pot of Desires

Is Pot of Desires a bad card? Is the card too strong? On the other hand, is it too risky to play? It depends. This is probably the not the greatest answer. However, it is important to explore why this is the best answer to such a question. Most duelists likely already know Pot of Desires is splashable in every deck but is not worth splashing into every deck. In most cases, this card makes the rich richer, and everyone else not so well off. Take a look at the mathematical reasons why.

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