Articles by: Jason Grabher Meyer

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Double Regional Top 8 Profile: Brethren Majespecters

Double Regional Top 8 Profile: Brethren Majespecters

Ties of the Brethren arrived last week in Legendary Decks II, and it didn’t just debut as the number-one bestselling card in the set – it also had an immediate tournament impact. While you can play Brethren in a wide variety of decks, both mainstream and niche, it was an […]

by × October 14, 2016 × 0 comments

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Regional Top 8 Double Profile: Dark Synchro and Evil Empowering Pendulums

Regional Top 8 Double Profile: Dark Synchro and Evil Empowering Pendulums

While we’re only heading into the third weekend of Regional Qualifiers so far this format, we’ve seen some really cool decks and some equally impressive innovations to previous strategies. While Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Burning Phantom Knight variants are just as popular as many expected, the changes to the format […]

by × September 30, 2016 × 0 comments

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Regional Top 8: Phantom Knight Heroes With Transmodify

Regional Top 8: Phantom Knight Heroes With Transmodify

Sometimes a deck rolls around that’s just so cool, I can’t wait to write about it. Last weekend’s Regional Qualifiers actually delivered several decks of that caliber, but my favorite of the bunch was Aaron Coker’s Phantom Knight Hero build from the Regional Qualifier in Pearl Mississippi this weekend. We’ve […]

by × May 25, 2016 × 1 comment

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Everything Cool From Millennium Pack

Everything Cool From Millennium Pack

With Rob having written on Card of Demise earlier this month, and Shining Victories just a couple weeks off, I want to take a moment to look at everything else in Millennium Pack that’s worth discussing. There are some cool sleeper cards here, some of which have seen big action […]

by × April 22, 2016 × 2 comments

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YCS Top Cut Profile: Jesse Flores’ Norleras Burning Abyss

YCS Top Cut Profile: Jesse Flores’ Norleras Burning Abyss

There was no way we weren’t gonna talk about this one. One of the cool things about tournament play since October is the sheer variety in the top decks-to-beat. While Nekroz builds were usually pretty uniform week to week, and small variations were a big deal, we’ve seen way more […]

by × April 15, 2016 × 1 comment

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Regional Tech Update: New Trends This Week

Regional Tech Update: New Trends This Week

The release of Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal really shook stuff up. While we only ever have partial results from any given week’s Regional Qualifiers, Burning Abyss variants were by far the most reported decks from the Top 8’s we saw. Last weekend’s Regional Qualifier in Tulsa Oklahoma offered us […]

by × March 30, 2016 × 0 comments

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Regional Top 8 Profile: Brilliant Kozmos

Regional Top 8 Profile: Brilliant Kozmos

Rob wrote a really great article last week on the vast possibilities of Brilliant Fusion. That card’s seen tons of play in a variety of combo decks the past six months, but it still has a lot of unexplored potential, and Rob really went deep to show you what’s possible… […]

by × March 23, 2016 × 3 comments

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In-Depth On Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal

In-Depth On Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal

While Burning Abyss took four spots in the Top 32 at YCS Prague, the theme had virtually no representation at YCS Vegas two weeks later; the only Burning Abyss monsters in the Top Cut were played in the lone Phantom Knight deck that made it to the playoffs. Burning Abyss […]

by × March 16, 2016 × 1 comment

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Regional Top 8 Speedroid Ghostricks?!

Regional Top 8 Speedroid Ghostricks?!

While Draco Pals, Kozmos, Monarchs, and Burning Abyss continue to lead competition, and decks like Phantom Knights and Atlanteans continue to press in from the competitive fringes, we just keep seeing nutty one-hit wonders Top 8’ing Regionals. While it’s easy to disregard new strategies that top once and then seem […]

by × March 7, 2016 × 6 comments

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Regional Top 8 Raidraptors?!

Regional Top 8 Raidraptors?!

Not gonna lie: this started off as an article about competitive trends emerging from YCS Prague. Triple Kozmojo? Triple Performapal Silver Claw? Pendulum Rising and Kozmo Soartroopers? There was some cool stuff going on and all the big strategies saw major developments. Bad news, though! None of it was anywhere […]

by × February 29, 2016 × 2 comments