What Happened to Pendulums in 2020?

As a fan of pendulums and their playstyle for years, I noticed a drop in pendulum players during recent formats. The current best variant, Mythical Beast Endymion, sees little to no play. While it is okay for Pendulums to not be a part of every format, it is interesting to see how and why Pendulums have been unable to adapt to the recent metagame. Pendulums are decent, but there are factors contributing to its lack of play. This article will cover the major factors of Pendulum incompetency.

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Black Sheep of the Family Part 1

Konami has released many archetypes each with unique playing style or gimmick, or similar playstyle but with a unique spin to it (e.g. Nepythys, True King and Fire King Avatar). Archetypes enable Konami to create supports aimed for a particular playstyle. However, not all cards in the archetype actually facilitate the playstyle of their archetype. In fact, some of them downright conflicts with their archetype’s playstyle or doesn’t support it at all. They’re the “black sheep” of the family. This article will look at monsters in an archetype that doesn’t really mesh well within their archetype.

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Chemicritter: Making the Best with what Gemini has to Offer

Last time, we talked about Ally of Justice, an archetype that suffers from lackluster cards all around. However, that is not the only reason why an archetype can be cast aside. Sometimes cards cannot live up to the hype they received post release or cards in the archetype got banned which caused the strategy as a whole to take a blow. Or, you simply use the slowest method to summon monsters currently existing in Yu-Gi-Oh!, like with Chemicritter.

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Secret Rares that Flopped! Rarity Research 01

Secret Rares are usually the talk of the town for a majority of players. This is either from collectors due to their value or players for their meta relevance. Today we’ll be looking at cards that flopped in most levels of play and are generally undesirable. There are some exceptions to the rule of course, as a few of these cards are still expensive. This is the first edition of Renren’s Rarity Research, let’s dive right in!

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