Yugioh Strategies


Yugioh Strategies deck talk

  Learning the Yugioh strategies is important in becoming a good Yugioh player.  Like chess, Yugioh is an easy game to learn but difficult to master.  Developing your Yugioh strategies will allow you to play at a higher level, giving you more confidence,  better enjoyment,  and allows you to beat more opponents!

What's the difference between a average player and a Championship winner?  Do they know some secret strategies others don't?  Is it because they always happen to draw the right cards? Is it because they are rich so they have all the really rare cards? Or is it because they are really THAT good of a player?

To be frank it can be all of the above. At national level, you would need the ‘best’ cards. No matter who you are, you will not win a national with a starter deck! In mirror matches, or even bad matches (as in their deck was built to counter yours), a bit of luck could take you a long way. But in reality if you play around 12 matches before the final, that’s up to 36 games, your luck would even out! So the reality is, to get to the top, you HAVE to be a good player too.

So what makes a player good? Firstly you need to know your deck well and know exactly what the best combos are and the chance of getting it.  Imagine the scenario: If You have an Allure of Darkness in your hand, and a Dark Armed Dragon, should you play it? What is going to alter the decision?

Second, and this is overlooked by most, is knowing your enemy, and be able to side deck against them efficiently. You should have prepared exact side deck strategies against all deck types that are bad matches for you. You need to know what to take out as well as what to put in. So making the decision in what goes in your side deck, you still need to decide what you should take out when playing against various opponents. 15 cards out of 40 is significant!

Third, develop the ability to read your opponent's field and hand, and be able to work out if certain play can be ‘game breaking’ and learn to avoid letting them do that. For example, if you have two monsters out, they have a Spirit Reaper, you have a Caius in hand, should you play that card? What should you be thinking about? Over committing is often punished by Torrential Tribute,  Lightning Vortex, Mirror Force,  or even Needle Ceiling!

Fourth, the ability to plan ahead. Unless you are absolutely sure you can win this turn, you should always keep a few ‘aces’ up your sleeve. E.g. You have one monster out, they have nothing, you have a monster reborn and a dead Monarch, should you play it? What if they Gorz you? Would it have been a better choice saving that reborn so you can do a synchro later?

Fifth, the ability to adapt your playing style when facing different decks. Playing against Gladiator Beast needs an entirely different mind set for example. You need to practice and work out when to go on the offensive and when to hold back. Maybe when your opponent is a control player, you may not want to keep a Health Hand and save up on ‘options’ for later, you could lose the game to a Morphing Jar! Against a Gladiator Beast player, you may want to be more aggressive and not set any bluffs etc. All this only comes with experience, and so play testing is essential.

Want to learn about play testing, decision making and great Yugioh Strategies?  See the Yugioh Guide