Frankfurt Tech Card Update!

Premier events are often trend-setters for upcoming tournaments in different countries. No doubt the eyes of all of those preparing for the WCQ: North American Championship 2013 will be on Europe this weekend to pick out the techs, successful rogue decks and key plays. Let’s take a look at some of what’s emerged today.

Coming into a big event, testing and playing against other Duelists on a regular basis can make a real difference to how you perform. A wise man once said “failure to prepare is preparing to fail” and those words ring true around the hall of Messe Frankfurt at the moment as seasoned veterans and new competitors alike scramble around to find the cards that will give them the all-important edge over their opponents.

Some of the tech we’ve seen flying around today is as follows:
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[i][vaskii][/i]

Having trouble against Dragon Rulers? Struggling to find a way to get over an early game [sack]? Here’s your answer! [vaskii] provides an easy out, tributing both of the tokens spawned by Dracossack to [ss] it before destroying it with the effect. If the Dragon player hasn’t had a [rejuv] there’s a good chance they spent a lot of cards in their hand, meaning you could be well ahead of the game with just one card!
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[boe]

This is one for the Dragon Ruler players. Many Duelists are playing cards to stop the strategy of the Deck in it’s tracks, such as [jowgen], [kycoo] and [ophion]. With these monsters turned face-down, a Deck with as much [ss]ing power as Dragon Rulers should have no problem in flooding the field with boss monsters. As long as you can make a successful attack over the problematic monster by the end of the turn, you ensure you haven’t given your opponent too much advantage while at the same time ridding yourself of the issue.
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[iiw]

What started out as a commonly played Side Deck card has evolved into Main Deck tech all over the venue. You can’t look at too many tables without seeing a Duelist trying to foil a Dragon Ruler Deck, a [sb fate], or a [ev kery] with [iiw]. It’s a stone cold slap in the face to any Deck that wants to banish a card, and trumps nearly every card that says otherwise! Winning out against cards like [macro] and [df], it puts a stop to a lot of the current top strategies.
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[pblocker]

Arguably one of the biggest tech choices of the weekend is Psi-Blocker. This gives almost any Deck the option to stop an opponent from using a card or effect that would usually cause them a huge amount of aggravation. However, the rulings of Psi-Blocker have been largely discussed over the past few weeks so I strongly suggest checking up on any card interactions you’re not 100% sure of before heading into a major event. We’ve already seen from a feature match this weekend how it can turn the Duel against you if you get it wrong and call a card which has a lingering effect!

These are just a few of the tech cards that are seeing play this weekend. After a few Swiss rounds we should be able to see just how much of an impact some of these cards are having: as you’ll see from our upcoming metagame analysis from the pre-registered players there is, as expected, a huge part of the field occupied by Dragon Rulers, Spellbooks and Evilswarm.

One of the best ways to discover new tech cards is to keep going back through your old back catalogue of cards, re-reading through effects and seeing if you can make use of anything you might not have paid any attention to for a long time. This is how innovation begins and how trends are set. Keep looking out for great tech cards you can use to improve your chances against the popular Decks and your discovery may end up in one of these articles soon!

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