Monday, May 20, 2013

Why Dracossack is good for Yugioh

1-2 times a year, Konami prints a generic support card at a high rarity. This specific card is so good, that any player without it is playing at a significant disadvantage.

2008 Dark Armed Dragon
2009 Dark Strike Fighter
2010 Pot of Duality
2011 Tour Guide from the Underworld
2012 Mermail Abyssmegalo
2013 Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack

Other cards can be added to this list, such as Allure of Darkness, Effect Veiler, Goyo Guardian, and TG Hyper Librarian. 

In the past, most Yugioh players didn't know about the OCG meta. It was something only discussed in small, dedicated circles. Players such as myself bought Dark Strike Fighters for $10, and resold them to the same people for $50 two months later. 

What changed this process was the advent of presales via major websites. When online retailers started doing presales, they didn't know what to expect. Again, I was glad to buy Pot of Duality for $55 (later $150) and TG Hyper Librarian for $12 (forget it's ceiling, but $40 I think?). Retailers realized this over time, and began hyping up the prices based on pure speculation. Once casual / less intelligent players caught on to this, we began the era that we are in today. It is very rare for a card to be "undiscovered" - cards are known to be good within the instant of reading them. 

The result of this is that most players complain about having to play an expensive card game, without any chance of getting the cards cheap (outside of ripping off little kids, which creates a very intimidating environment. Yugioh ballers circle like hawks around children). It is funny to me that Yugioh players complain about Dracossack being $150, yet they are willing to spend $300+ on trips to YCSs with next to zero prize support outside of top 4.

But that's besides the point!

There are two kinds of players who own Dracossack right now.

1. Serious and committed players. These players manage their trades well, win tournaments to get prize support, and network through friends to make sure that they have all necessary cards available to them.

2. Rich kids who throw money at the game. They don't know why they are spending money and they don't care. They just want to be the next top 32 profile on Youtube or next poster boy for ARG.

That being said, if I played in a tournament today and faced Elemental Dragons, I would play against either a reasonably good player, or a retard. The later the tournament goes on, the more concentrated the field gets. Retards do get lucky, but are less likely to win. Good players get lucky, but also play well enough to maximize their win percentage. 

The trend here is that when Konami introduces expensive cards, you are more likely to play good players in a tournament, and have a more enjoyable tournament experience. More games will be decided by skill. It is unfortunate that Elemental Dragons can win regardless of skill or not, but that doesn't change the fact that as long as you are a good player, you will maintain a higher win percentage. 

So in summary:

-Yugioh is a very luck based game
- you need to use every advantage you can to win (knowledge of rulings and tournament policies)
- expensive cards create an environment where you will be faced with more like-minded players, instead of random bullshit
- Goat Control and Teledad were regarded as the most skilled formats because only serious players had access to entire card pools. At their times, Goats and Teledad were the most expensive decks in history

I will continue to do a couple more Yugioh posts in the next few days. This format is not as bad as people make it out to be.


  1. I totally agree, one deck format had always been skill intensive, this format where spellbook and e dragons are expected to win, can be considered a skill intensive format, it all goes down to the tech cards, skill and sometimes luck, good players will always triumph against bad players in a mirror match

  2. How do money cards improve the quality of a format? If an inexperienced player drops $600 on a tier deck they can and will top (see RescueRabbit.dek and Spellbook of Judgement). Yes they won't win as frequently like a more experienced player with the same deck, but they still will beat a highly experienced player who is using a budget deck. I don't understand the basis of your argument.

    1. skilled players evaluate cards better than the average joe... back then you don't need to drop $600 on a tier-ed deck, the pre-sale thing screws up the "market" and those damn rarity bumps!

      there is a sound argument that single-deck formats are more "skill-intensive"

      but I think multi-deck formats is a better sign of health in the game in terms of balance - which I think is better overall for players good or bad...

  3. I wouldn't put Megalo there since you HAVE to run a mermail deck for that...

    the prize to cost-of-deck ratio is usually where the butt-hurt comes from. Did you equate access to the expensive card pool to skill?

    1. Yeah I goofed on Megalo :P

      In some ways, yes, I do. Better players usually manage card pools better.

  4. good players are known generally by more people because they have more success than bad players that if they win their fame will only be known by smaller group of people or for only for a short time, this opens up more trading or source of cards, good players can analyze cards that will be in good use in future formats or rather good card techs in the current format than bad players that only buys a card when it is hyped,cause good players innovate not just copy what is proven good to have an edge over others

  5. Guys I think there is no point in buying dracossack right now , we could wait until the price goes down . But I think no matter what deck you play if your skilled you will use all the opportunities that you have.

  6. Just wait for dracossacks price to go down

  7. i disagree with the money card basis, i feel im a good player but i cant afford a tier 1 deck when they are over $600 for the card base, so for this i should lose in any major tounrny?

    1. Instead of acting like a helpless victim, why don't you manage your trades properly so you never have to buy anything?

    2. thats not a valid response. thats like saying i wouldnt be poor if i knew how to invest. Also to get enough trades to get a dracossack you need a fair amount to offer so it stil comes back to those with money win. Now im not saying im a helpless victim but i disagree with the concept of money cards for a game, when it should come down to skill. Take magic the gathering for instance yes they have money cards but a budget deck can win a tournament if played with skill, yugi the tier 1 decks, those that win, are all worth over $600. So explain to me how this is good for the game? and how it helps new players, kids and those who dont earn lots get into the game?

    3. I actually do think you wouldn't be poor if you knew how to invest.

      Stack up store credit. Make good trades. It isn't rocket science. Konami will never stop printing expensive secret rares - either adapt, or stay stuck.

      Also, you must not play a lot of Magic. No budget decks win serious tournaments.

    4. please explain how someone is suppose to trade for dracossack when anyone who has it only wants cash, also compared to other generic cards dracossack is actually kinda weak