Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Fun Theory Part 18: Everyday Christmas!

It's the final day of my summer vacation, and tomorrow will be the start of the new semester for me! Well, that means that I would have lesser time for Yu-Gi-Oh!, and blogging especially, so today will be the last post of my summer vacation.

While ending my summer vacation is not something to be happy about, watching my favourite BPL team "Tottenham Hotspur" come off with a 1-0 win over "West Ham United" sure lifted my spirits, so a happy deck for my last summer post of 2014 is in order!

Although my last few Fun Theory Posts have all been OCG catered decklist, I decided to do a TCG deck list this time round for the benefits of my TCG readers. A couple of OCG exclusives have been added to this deck as well so that TCG players can also utilise them once they are released on their side.

Without further ado, introducing......."Everyday Christmas!"

Monsters (18):
[3] Santa Claws
[3] Volcanic Queen
[3] Lava Golem
[3] Cardcar D
[3] Swift Scarecrow
[3] Battle Fader

Spells (12):
[3] Upstart Goblin
[3] Owner's Seal
[3] Creature Swap
[3] Mystical Space Typhoon

Traps (10):
[3] Remove Brainwashing
[3] Reckless Greed
[3] Threatening Roar
[1] Compulsory Evacuation Device

Extra (15):
[3] Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
[1] Ghostrick Dullahan
[1] Shyneet Magician
[1] Photon Strike Bounzer
[1] Number 39: Beyond the Hope
[1] Number 72: Line Monster Chariot Hisha
[1] Gauntlet Launcher
[1] Inzektor Exa-Beetle
[2] Constellar Ptolemy M7
[1] Gaia Dragon, The Thunder Charger
[1] Felgrand The Divine Dragon Knight
[1] Hieratic Sun Dragon Overlord of Heliopolis

Some background information on this deck, I named it "Everyday Christmas!" due to this deck's ability to reap a lot of advantage by creating minuses for your opponent and pluses for yourself. Furthermore, with one of the main card of this deck "Santa Claws", Christmas seems to be an appropriate name to add to the title :)

The strategy of this deck basically revolves tributing your opponent's monsters for "Santa Claws", "Volcanic Queen" and/or "Lava Golem" and special summoning them to their side of the field, then using "Owner's Seal" and/or "Remove Brainwashing" to regain control of those monsters to utilise their effects or just as a beatstick.

For those who are unaware of "Santa Claws", it is an OCG exclusive that was first released as a Jump Fiesta Promo Card.

Name: Santa Claws
LIGHT/ Fiend/ Effect/ Level 6/ ATK1200/ DEF2500
Effect: You can special summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's side of the field in defense position, by tributing one monster they control. If summoned this way, during the end phase of the turn: you can draw 1 card.

While "Santa Claws" has a low attack, it compensates for it with a high defense point (which you can use it as a wall of defense) and an awesome effect! While it must be first special summoned to your opponent's side of the field, by using "Owner's Seal", "Remove Brainwashing" or "Creature Swap", you can regain control of this card and draw 1 card in the end phase!

Do note that "Remove Brainwashing's" effect is continuous, so if your opponent chains for example, "Forbidden Lance" when you activate "Remove Brainwashing", the monster will only return to your side of the field at the start of the next turn when the effect of "Forbidden Lance" no longer applies, meaning that you would not be able to obtain the draw effect of "Santa Claws".

As in the weakness of every "Remove Brainwashing" deck out there, you are a sitting duck if you have no "Owner's Seal" or "Remove Brainwashing", thus, giving your opponent the opportunity to rush you in an OTK move. Therefore, a strong defense is necessary for this deck. Cards such as "Swift Scarecrow", "Battle Fader" and "Threatening Roar" are in place to ensure that you can buy enough time to pull off your combos while utilising draw cards such as "Upstart Goblin", "Reckless Greed" and "Cardcar D" to get the cards you need off the top of your deck.

The Extra Deck is seldom used as it is not necessary for you to achieve a victory. However, should you run out of "Santa Claws", "Volcanic Queen" or "Lava Golem", one card would prove to be extremely useful, and that would be "Constellar Ptolemy M7". As "Santa Claws" and "Volcanic Queen" are both Level 6, you can Xyz Summon "Constellar Ptolemy M7" using them, then utilised its effect to retrieve the tributer monsters with its effect. Furthermore, you can also add back the card that you detached from "Constellar Ptolemy M7".

For example, if you detach "Santa Claws" with "Constellar Ptolemy M7's" effect, you can add back that "Santa Claws", allowing you to reuse the effect immediately!

Well, that's all for today's post! I had loads of fun with this deck. Hope that it's the same for all of you too!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

[NON-YUGIOH RELATED] Kpop Album Opening

Today's post is going to be a non-yugioh related one. As most people who know me would know, I'm a diehard Kpop fan and I often purchase Kpop albums, so for the benefit of those readers who are also avid Kpop fans, I'm going to post pictures whenever I purchase any new albums!

This might not be exactly the newest album out now, but I only managed to get my hands on it after a long time, so I'll still post it. For any f(x) fans out there, the album I'm posting today is f(x)'s "Red Light"!

So f(x) makes their comeback with a new sexy concept, not exactly my type of f(x), but still they are awesome, so let's not discount them for it :)

Red Light is f(x)'s 3rd studio album and consists of 11 songs, with its title track "Red Light" bearing the same name as the album's title. For those who have yet to watch the "Red Light" MV, I have pasted the video below, so do enjoy it!

(Credits goes to the original uploader "SMTOWN")

Other than the soundtrack CD, the album also comes with a think photo album which reveals the photoshoot of f(x)'s members in their "Red Light" concept attire. It also comes with a poster, a random postcard of one member (i.e. you can get any of the 5 members), and a sticker.

The poster that comes with this album is extremely large (as you can see how it compares in size with the album in the picture above), so it really made the purchase of the album worthwhile. For my postcard, which is random for each album, I got Victoria's postcard!

For the postcard, the front would be a picture of the f(x) member, while the back would include their autograph. While I am happy to get a postcard of Victoria, I would be happy to trade it for a Luna or Sulli postcard if any readers out there who got them are willing to make a swap :)

The list of songs for f(x)'s Red Light studio album are as stated below:

[01] Red Light
[02] MILK
[03] 나비 (Butterfly)
[04] 무지개 (Rainbow)
[05] All Night
[06] 바캉스 (Vacation)
[07] 뱉어내 (Spit It Out)
[08] Boom Bang Boom
[09] Dracula
[10] Summer Lover
[11] 종이 심장 (Paper Heart)
Source Credits: Wikipedia

Overall, I found this album to be extremely good and definitely worth the purchase! So for all f(x)'s fans out there, let's continue to support the girls!

To all my other readers, the next post would be a Yu-Gi-Oh! post again, cya all next time!

Monday, 11 August 2014

The Fun Theory Part 17: Shaddoll HEROes

Hi everyone, it's been ages since I last did a proper post, so today I'll bring a fun deck (well sort of fun to me) to you guys! As you can see from the title of this blog post, this is a hybrid deck of Shaddolls and Elemental HEROes. Both are competitive decks at the top levels, especially for the latter since the release of the new HERO's Strike Structure Deck in the OCG, introducing several new Elemental Hero cards, alongside some cool new Mask Change capabilities, boosting the Elemental Hero deck to its highest competitive form.

Just a brief introduction on the coolest new member to the Elemental Hero Family, here's "Elemental HERO Shadow Mist":

Name: Elemental HERO Shadow Mist
DARK/ Warrior/ Level 4/ Effect/ ATK1000/ DEF1500
Effect: If this card is Special Summoned: You can add one "Change" Quick-Play Spell Card from your Deck to your hand. If this card is sent to your Graveyard: You can add one "HERO" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Elemental HERO Shadow Mist". You can only use one "Elemental HERO Shadow Mist" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

With this newest Elemental HERO, it not only helps Mask Change based deck to quickly access "Mask Change", it also serves as a "Reinforcement of the Army" or "E - Emergency Call" with its second effect. Furthermore, since it is also a DARK type monster, it complements well with the Shaddoll Deck theme, and also with "Mask Change", it gives rise to one of the strongest new Masked HEROes, "Masked HERO Dark Law"!

Name: Masked HERO Dark Law
DARK/ Warrior/ Level 6/ Fusion/ Effect/ ATK2400/ DEF1800
Effect: Must be Special Summoned by "Mask Change", and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. Any card sent to your opponent's Graveyard is banished instead. Once per turn, if your opponent adds a card(s) from their Main Deck to their hand, except during the Draw Phase or Damage Step: You can banish one random card from your opponent's hand.

Dark Law essentially serves as walking "Macro Cosmos" that only applies to your opponent's side of the field, leaving your own side of the field safe from its effect. Furthermore, as if that effect isn't badass enough, its second effect allows you to drop cards from your opponent's hand if they search any cards. That means cards such as "E - Emergency Call", "Reinforcement of the Army", "Traptrix Myrmeleo" and so on and so forth may leave your opponent in a vulnerable state instead, making Dark Law a strong opponent for your opponent!

With all that introduction done, let's now move on the main topic of the day. Introducing Shaddoll HEROes:

Monsters (17):
[2] Elemental HERO Shadow Mist
[1] Elemental HERO Stratos
[2] Summoner Monk
[2] Shaddoll Hedgehog
[2] Shaddoll Dragon
[1] Shaddoll Falcon
[1] Shaddoll Beast
[1] Shaddoll Lizard
[1] Shaddoll Hound
[2] Elemental HERO Bubbleman
[1] Elemental HERO Neos Alius
[1] Elemental HERO Heat

Spells (20):
[3] Shaddoll Fusion
[3] Mask Change
[1] Monster Reborn
[1] Heavy Storm
[1] Reinforcement of the Army
[1] Allure of Darkness
[2] E - Emergency Call
[2] Mystical Space Typhoon
[2] Miracle Fusion
[2] Super Polymerization
[1] Dark Hole
[1] Book of Moon

Traps (3):
[3] Breakthrough Skill

Extra (15):
[2] El-Shaddoll Midrash
[1] El-Shaddoll Grystal
[1] El-Shaddoll Nephilim
[1] Masked HERO Dark Law
[1] Masked HERO Kouga
[1] Masked HERO Acid
[1] Masked HERO Goka
[1] Elemental HERO Nova Master
[1] Elemental HERO Escuridao
[1] Elemental HERO The Shining
[1] Elemental HERO Absolute Zero
[1] Lavalval Chain
[1] Number 101: Silent Honor ARK

At first look, this deck may look weird, and you may be thinking how Shaddolls would interact with Elemental HEROes here. The answer is that these two seperate deck themes do not interact with each other! They essentially work on their own as two seperate engines. However, in times of need, they do provide materials for each other to unleash their combos!

For example: You can use "Shaddoll Fusion" to send one Shaddoll monster and either "Elemental HERO Neos Alius" or "Elemental HERO Heat" to Fusion Summon "El-Shaddoll Nephilim" or "El-Shaddoll Grystal" respectively. The materials that the Elemental HERO deck provides is something that the Shaddoll deck does not have as Shaddolls are all DARK types, and do not have the LIGHT type or FIRE type to fusion summon the above mentioned monsters on their own.

Similarly, Shaddolls also provide materials for the Elemental HERO deck when they are using "Miracle Fusion" to Fusion Summon "Elemental HERO Escuridao". While there is also "Elemental HERO Shadow Mist" that is also a DARK type, you may want to keep it there for other purposes, and that allows the Shaddoll Deck to fill in the role.

"Super Polymerization" is a support card for both the Shaddoll engine and the Elemental HERO engine. Some of you may ask why I chose to only use "Mask Change" instead of mixing it with "Mask Change Second". The answer is that "Mask Change Second" requires the player to discard one card from his/her hand in order to activate the effect, and I generally dislike cards that burns the hand size. Furthermore, discarding Shaddoll monsters for "Mask Change Second" do not allow the Shaddoll monsters to trigger their effect as they were discarded to fulfill a cost, and Shaddoll monsters' effects can only activate if they were sent to the Graveyard by a card effect.

Finally, the last question that some of you may have is why I chose "Elemental HERO Heat" over the brand-new "Elemental HERO Blazeman". The answer is that I do not run "Polymerization" in my deck, so Blazeman would only be useful for its second effect to send an Elemental HERO to the Graveyard, which essentially hints at "Elemental HERO Shadow Mist". However, with cards such as "Summoner Monk", "Elemental HERO Stratos", and "E - Emergency Call", there is really no need for me to rely on Blazeman to use Shadow Mist's effect. Furthermore, Blazeman has a really low attack while Heat can become a really big beatstick if there are more Elemental HEROes on the field.

That's all for today's post, hope you enjoyed this decklist!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships 2014 - Something Seems to be Off

Hey everyone! It's been exactly 5 months since I last made a post on this blog, and I apologise for the lack of posts due to school and work. It's the World Championships season yet again, and just like the rest of the duelists all around the world, I'm watching the live coverage and reading the articles on the Konami's coverage page.

Link for live broadcast:
Link for event coverage:

I am not going to talk about the main event plays, nor am I going to talk about the side-play events. I am going to talk about something that has irked me about the coverage for the event, and that is the non-mentioning or coverage of any Asian players (other than last year's World Champion).

While it is good news that the event has rotated back to Europe after a significant number of years of absence, the staff that they hired, namely the photographers and writers, could have been selected in a better way. The reason why I said that is because Asian players, with the exception of the reigning champion Huang Shin-En from Taiwan (Yes, its Huang Shin-En, not Shin-En Huang, Chinese people have their last name at the front instead of the back.) seem to have been conveniently excluded from all the coverage articles on Konami's site.

Let's first look at the 4th post on the coverage site:

(photo taken from Konami's coverage site)

The first picture of a single player was that of the reigning World Champion Huang Shin-En (Once again its Huang Shin-En, not Shin-En Huang, because he's Taiwanese Chinese). That's the obvious first choice picture since he is the reigning World Champion after all.

The next picture is of the current North American Champion Korey McDuffie.

(photo taken from Konami's coverage site)

So after these 2 pictures, I was kinda expecting the next few pictures to be introducing the current Asian Champion, Oceanic Champion, European Champion, South American Champion and the Central American Champion. However, wow, no mention of them at all, like totally no mention, not even a one-liner or anything. Well, I guess they can defend themselves by saying that they didn't manage to take any pictures of the other champions, which could pass off if we are lenient enough.

So with that said, let's look at the 5th post on the coverage site:

The first picture is of the featured match, no surprises there. Following that were a string of pictures of individual players: Deon Akridge (USA), Niccolo Mazzoleni (Italy), Sehabi Kheireddine (Canada) - i think??, Andrea Zenari (Italy), Korey McDuffie (USA) - again...., Jonathon Ritzau (Australia) and Donald Thompson (Australia).

So a mention of the Oceanic Champion was made here, though Asian players, South American players and Central American were neglected once again.

The next post that featured individual players was in the 30th post:

The featured players were: Bill McCavitt (Australia), Rogger Moran (Chile), Joaquin Fernando Leites (Argentina), Marcel Burri (Switerland), Donald Thompson (Australia), Jonathon Ritzau (Australia), Deon Akridge (USA), and Jose Lagunes (Mexico).

So in this post, the South American and Central American Champions were finally featured, but where's the feature for the Asian players. Among all continental champions that were featured, only the Asian Champion and the Japanese Champion were missed out, and that being said, other than the reigning World Champion Huang Shin-En, no other Asian players were featured. This sets me thinking: if the World Champion was not from Asia last year, Asian players would completely cease to exist in the coverage articles this year, there would not be any mention of them other than standings and pairings.

Next, let's move on to the finals of the Expert Class, which sees Shunsuke Hiyama of Japan taking on Sehabi Kheireddine of Canada. The match was exciting, but the commentary was not. Throughout the entire match, the commentators Jerome and Rob (I think that's their names) were only focused on Sehabi's route to the World Championships, going on and on about the NAWCQ. There was no mention of Shunsuke Hiyama's route to the World Championships at all.

Well, we can say that the commentators only had knowledge about TCG competitions, thus, only mentioning Sehabi's route. However, if that is the case, then they should not be the commentators at all. This is a World Championships, where diversity should be taken into account and commentators should have the information on all the qualifiers of all regions, and not simply talking about only one competitor of the finals. What does this leave Shunsuke then? He was hardly mentioned at all.

With the World Championships set to take place in South Korea next year, which would make it the first time that the World Championships will be in an Asian country other than Japan, I do hope for the following changes to be made:

1) Give equal coverage to all continental champions (and not leave out the Asian Champion and Japanese Champion like this year)
2) Rotate the NAWCQ to Canada instead of always being in the USA (we all know that the NAWCQ is just a plot to send more American players to Worlds, they don't care about Canadian players at all, for more information, please check out my post last year on the NAWCQ )
3) Do not use a special list that benefits TCG players more than OCG players, that is simply unfair
4) Have a commentator who's knowledgeable in OCG and the other knowledgeable in TCG, instead of having both commentators only knowledgeable in the TCG

That's all for today's post, thanks for reading!