Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Dragon Rulers take no skill, you sure bro?

That has been what many people have been saying on forums and on Dueling Network, that Incarnate Dragons, aka Dragon Rulers (as it is known in the TCG) have no skill and anyone can top with this deck.

However, is that really the case? While I couldn't agree more that Incarnate Dragons can generate much advantage and can overcome many difficult situations because they can utilise their hand and graveyard abilities, but if this deck is placed in the hands of a careless player, it is not necessary that they might be able to prevail with this deck.

However, it is undeniable that many bad players are able to pull off wins over the better players by playing Incarnate Dragons simply because of better starting hands and having more colours (we have previously discussed colours as the four dragons as seen in the image below).

However, as players become more used to playing this deck, we are starting to see a new trend again. The better players are starting to overcome the bad players and defeating them easily and clocking 2-0 wins. This may not be applicable in the TCG yet as Dragon Rulers is still a pretty new deck I would say. It is, however, more prevalent in the OCG now.

So does this signify that the Lady Luck of Yu-Gi-Oh! is favouring the better players and giving them better starting hands and more colours? No, that is definitely not the case. In fact, while observing tournaments in progress, I have noticed that sometimes the better players only start off with one or two colours as compared to their opponents who start off with three of four colours, but have overcome this deficit and clock a win.

Why is that so? This boils down to the skill level of the Dragon players. While you don't really need skill to play against other types of decks while using Incarnate Dragons, in a Dragon mirror match, it is a different story altogether. Skill is the factor that helps you pull off a win in these mirror matches.

Let's take for example, you opponent opens up with four colours while you open up with two colours. Your opponent starts first and you instantly know that you are at a disadvantage due to the deficit of colours you have. Your hand consists of the following dragons:

[1] Tempest
[1] Lightning
[2] Tidal

A typical move would probably be like this:
1) Pitch Lightning and Tidal to special summon another Tempest
2) Banish Tidal and Lightning to special summon Tempest from your hand
3) Add Stream with Tidal's effect

However, you are already down by two colours, surely there are other moves you can make. Indeed, there are ways to make up for the deficit.

This is how you can do this:
1) Pitch Tempest and Lightning, but it is to use Tempest's effect and not Lightning's. Add Burner from your deck to hand.
2) Pitch Burner and Tidal to special summon Blaster from your deck

In this way, you have just made a slight recovery by having a third colour now, which definitely beats the chances of you winning with just two colours.

However, colours is not the only thing that matters in a Dragon mirror match. There are other factors that would contribute a win. For example, you summon a Dracossack and used its effect to destroy a card on your opponent's side of the field.

A typical move would probably be to tribute your token for this effect. However, what else can you do after tributing your token? If you do not have sufficient Effect Veilers in your hand to fend off against an array of Big Eyes to steal your Dracossack. Then perhaps, it would be a much better alternative to tribute Dracossack itself instead of the token. In this way, you effectively prevent your opponent from getting a free Dracossack and an OTK.

Choosing what Dragons to banish is also an important factor to win. Blaster and Tidal are the two most important dragons to help you to OTK and you should always refrain from banishing the two of them. This is because of their attack points which can lead to a magic combination. 2600 + 2600 + 2800 = 8000

This would refer to Dracossack, Tidal and Blaster to help you accomplish the OTK. Bad players, on the other hand, would just banish dragons randomly without putting much thoughts into their actions.

There are other small mistakes that players usually commit. For example, you start off with Gold Sarcophagus and Seven Star Sword. A typical player may choose to activate his Seven Star Sword to see what he would get before going for the Gold Sarcophagus. However, wouldn't it be much better if you used Gold Sarcophagus first to thin your deck? That way, you would be able reduce the probability of drawing what you have just banished because there is already a lesser number of that card in your deck and you could probably end up drawing something better for Seven Star Swords die to two cards lesser from your deck count.

Sometimes players also forget that they can banish Maxx C for Redox and banish Dracossack for Tempest. It is these mistakes that set the good players apart from the bad players and seal the win for themselves. If players banish randomly without thinking, many a times they would find themselves with insufficient dragons in the graveyard.

Therefore, to conclude today's post.  Incarnate Dragons is definitely a skilful deck if you want to pull off a win in a mirror match. Before you start saying that it only applies to mirror matches, take a look at the competitive scenes nowadays. There are more and more players choosing to pilot Incarnate Dragons, and if there are more dragon decks in the scene, then it would be the skilful players who top. Therefore, saying that anyone can top with a Dragon deck is nothing but an ignorant statement.


  1. Excellent post. I'm tired of people saying Dragons are skill-less even though I don't play them myself.

    1. Thanks! I too, feel tired of people saying that, that's why I decided to put up this post. Do visit more often :)