Hey, why did he play that card anyway?
Another year brings new Yi-Gi-Oh challenges, and with that new cards to add to my lists of top ten cards everyone will abuse like the new cheapest brand of over-the-counter medicine that’s in low stock because of flu season. We had interesting things happen this year… Monster Reborn is back (I would have never guessed that would happen), Konami continues to push their loli-fetish on us by making the zombie girls staples for top-tier decks, Evenly Matched exists, and Solemn Strike NEVER got hit. As I make these lists, many people love to point out how A. MST is boss because it negates everything (Jking :P), B. I missed a mention for a card clearly more boss than the others, or C. My lists are purely subjective because a card might work better in another type of deck than another. So I’m going to respond here by saying: A. MST is boss but I don’t care you think it negates everything (still Jking :P. Grab Twin Twisters kids or go home), B. I might have missed your card (God, we know you make sweet babies with your Quasar Dragon love pillow at night, but keep it to yourself), but I most likely didn’t because better –ish exists, and C. I’m making this blog post to tell you how I make my lists as objective as possible despite… You being a quarter right.
It’s undeniable many cards work better, or rather thrive, in the theme they’re supposed to thrive in. For example: Eradicator Epidemic Virus will naturally only work in a Dark deck, Trickstar Reincarnation works best when aligned with 90s popstar group, and Solar Recharge only gives one a benefit in Lightsworns. However, where I create a distinction between cards great in a theme vs just great cards is in asking what cards perform best, given similar circumstances, across themes.
The greatest example I love to use is what I still regard as the best draw card in the game: Solar Recharge. From Dragons to Destiny Heroes, most competent themes have vacuum-heavy draw power or CIA-level search power. Most card-shuffling enthusiasts with an appreciation for spikey-haired protagonists can tell you at least five decks with incredible draw cards you wouldn’t use in any other deck, but all those cards have one useful, yet bland, effect in common: “Do this to draw two cards,” and that’s it. However, Solar Recharge ups the ante by allowing one to “Do this to draw two cards,” but also doing something to push forward the theme’s overall objective (For those fresh to suicidal priests worshiping a crusading dragon: it sends two cards from the deck to the Graveyard, which brings Judgment Dragon closer to blasting your field away). Barely any other draw cards do this, making Solar Recharge my pick for best draw card, until they create something that destroys a card on the field and lets you draw without discarding (Spell Strikers, frighteningly, come close to this). A similar case can be made for Eradicator Epidemic Virus. Yes, it only works in Dark decks, but a card disabling one from using Spells or Traps for three turns can be extremely damaging, especially with the option of deciding what to disable as opposed to being a static card disabling one or the other (Royal Decree, Imperial Order, Jinzo, Spell Canceller, etc.).
In moi’s conclusion, even if a deck can only be used in a certain type of deck, or if its influence is severely limited in most other builds, as long as it’s a powerful card outpacing others in its class, it’s going to get top grades faster than a brownnosing-student in an insecure teacher’s classroom. If you haven’t checked out my Top Ten Lists yet, please do ;). As I posted in previous blog a ways back, I hate lists, but everyone else loves them, so I’m obliged to write them. I can promise you this though: A heavy amount of time and research goes into my lists, and I am not stealing them from some unknown, struggling writer somewhere who dreams of getting a break (But my articles get stolen pretty often. Seriously, a site admin of a Yugioh forum actually stole my article one time. I had to give him one-for so he’d take it down…). You can reach my Hubpage articles by clicking on the appropriately named tab above. Take care, and have a nice life yallz! Now excuse me while I get my Grog Nozzle to complete my Gunzerker with a DPUH…