Friday, 22 March 2013

The Brother Slayers of Incarnate Dragons

With Incarnate Dragons dominating the top 3 spot in the Asia Championship Singapore Qualifiers this year, all interest in combating the previously powerful fire fist has been extinguished. As players scramble now to find a way to defeat the mighty dragons, 3 brothers has found their way to slaying this dragons.

Youngest Brother: Imperial Iron Wall

Continuous Trap Card
Effect: Cards cannot be removed from play.

As the youngest brother of the Incarnate Dragons slayers, Imperial Iron Wall has unleashed its effect, attempting to prevent the Dragons from an easy summoning. One way to special summon the mighty Incarnate Dragons is to banish two dragon monsters from the graveyard to special summon it.

Therefore, the force of Imperial Iron Wall would stop them from banishing one another in order to selfishly summon one at the expense of two. Imperial Iron Wall is a strong believer of equality, he does not agree to 2 = 1.

With the antics of the youngest slayer brothers, the mighty dragons would have to depend on their smaller counterpart, Burner, Reactan etc.

Second Brother: Stygian Dirge

Continuous Trap Card
Effect: Reduce the Levels of all face-up monsters your opponent controls by 1.

As the masters of the powerful Incarnate Dragons strongly advocates the usage of Level 8 synchros and Rank 7 Exceed monsters, the Incarnate Dragons have been depending on their innate abilities, which is their level of 7, to please their masters.

However, the second brother of the Incarnate Dragon Slayers has arrived once again to foil their plans. He will ensure that the mighty dragons will be reduced to level 6, with little or no chance to go for their Synchro Summoning or Exceed Summoning. How evil this plan is!

Furthermore, during the brothers' end phase, the powerful dragons would have no choice but to return to their masters' hands without performing a single Synchro or Exceed Summon. The second brother has seen through their innate abilities and he is waiting....

Oldest Brother: Summon Limit

Continuous Trap Card
Effect: Neither player can Summon more than two times per turn.

If anyone thought that the second brother was evil, look at the oldest brother, Summon Limit. He too, has seen through the abilities of the powerful Incarnate Dragons, although in a different way. He sees that in order for their power to be utilised, the masters of them would have to summon 2 monsters per turn to perform a Synchro or Exceed summon. Otherwise, they would just return to hand at the end of the brothers' turn.

The oldest brother has therefore, tapped on his skills to prevent a 3rd summon from occurring each turn, rendering the dragons no choice but to return to their masters' hands. He is truly the symbol of evilness within the three brothers.

If anybody is thinking of building an Incarnate Dragon deck, beware, the three brothers are waiting.....

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Stop being a Silent Scammer!!

It's been quite a while since I last updated my blog (11 days). Today I'm going to share with all of you some opinions I feel about card sellers/buyers (players), I'm sure that many duelists would frequent cardshops or forums or facebook pages to buy/sell cards with other players. However, what is the ethical way to be a buyer/seller. Below I have listed a compilation of different types of sellers/buyers, starting from the most ethical one, to the least ethical one.

Most ethical seller/buyer: Cards I'm selling I offer price, cards I'm buying YOU offer price.
                                          Cards I'm selling YOU offer price, cards I'm buying I offer price.
Least ethical seller/buyer: Cards I'm selling YOU offer price, cards I'm buying YOU offer price.

See the difference between these 3 types of sellers/buyers?

The first type of buyers/sellers are the most ethical players. Why? Because by offering the price you are selling the cards at gives the other party a room to think whether the price is acceptable, and give him the opportunity to negotiate if he feels that the price is too steep. Similarly, by asking the other party to offer you the price they are selling at, it gives you the space to think and negotiate as well.

In a sense, if all buyers/sellers were to operate in the first system, it would be a WIN-WIN situation because it reflects the transaction in real-life business. You don't walk into a shop to buy things, only to have the shopkeeper asking you, "How much do you wish to offer for this item?"

In contrast, the 3rd type of buyers/sellers are the most unethical people around. Why? Because when they are selling, they would hear the ideal price of the other party first. If it is too low, they would negotiate by offering a higher price, if it higher than what they wish to sell for, they would just keep mum about it and sell at that price.

Then, when they are buying, the same situation occurs again, they would hear the other party's ideal price first. If it is lower than what they wish to buy for, they would keep quiet, if it is higher, they would negotiate to bring down the price. This scenario depicts the WIN-LOSE situation where the person who falls into the third category always wants to win the majority.

This is what I call the silent scammer. In reality, they may not wish to scam anyone and is probably as nice as one can get. However, without themselves being aware, they ARE scamming others via this buy/sell method.

In forums, such as Pojo, you would see people posting rules such as "My thread, you offer", which is totally bullshit. Using the shop example again, you don't walk into a shop and hear the shopkeeper say, "My shop, you offer." So why should it be any different for a forum thread.

Therefore, to summarise the three different kinds of buyers/sellers, they are:

1) I win some, you win some - everybody wins
2) I win a lot, you win lesser than me - lopsided win
3) I win all, you lose all - only I win

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

DuelNet's Cool Duelist of the Week #6

After one week of no post, I'm bck with the usual Sunday segment! This week goes to none other than Dazzel Uchiha!

Do duel with him sometimes!

Additional Note:

Today's ranking tournament at Thousand Taste was quite epic, Wesley winning Putra 2-1 with Suppressor Dragons, kicking Putra's Prophecy to 2nd place. Hmm, looks like Suppressor Dragons is really threatening now...

Taglines for the day: Wesley wins Putra in Game 1......with 10k lifepoints remaining lol.
Sorry Putra, I just had to say it.

Thats all for today!