Sealed Pack Play Strategies

If you’ve only been playing in Sneak Peeks so far, you will be surprised to find out how many viable strategies the Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants is offering. Here’s a rough breakdown of some tested and proven approaches.

[h2]Beatdown is king![/h2]

Luster Dragon is a fine addition for a Sealed Deck!
Luster Dragon is a fine addition for a Sealed Deck!
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When in doubt, always try and go for an aggressive approach. Most games in a Sealed Pack Play environment will be decided in favor of the player that had more monsters that were able to overcome their opponent’s forces in battle. So when assembling your deck, make sure to include as many heavy hitters as possible, even if they’re not sporting some of the more useful effects.

[h2]There is no such thing as “too much removal”![/h2]

All the cards that say “destroy an opposing card” in one way or another are great additions for your deck. This also includes cards that can provide your monsters with a power surge like [axe] to then attack successfully over opposing monsters, so don’t underestimate the many Equip Spell Cards and Traps that “only” buff monsters. Once again, being able to recruit the monster with the highest ATK will get you that much closer to victory, even though this approach rarely works in Constructed events where cards like [mf] or [tt] can punish players for overextending and putting all their money on few and powerful monsters rather than using their threats one after another to continuously apply pressure.

[h2]Tribute Monsters are good![/h2]

Mausoleum is a big enabler for certain strategies!
Mausoleum is a big enabler for certain strategies!
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In a Constructed Event, when you Tribute a monster to bring out a Level 5 or higher monster and your opponent can then easily get rid of it with a [bth], [tt] or a similar card, you’ll fall behind and will then have to work overtime to level the score again.

This is not true in Sealed Pack Play events, where your opponent won’t have as many direct removals that can quickly get rid of a strong monster. Instead, he’ll suddenly stand with his back against the wall and come up with something to deal with your threat.
So if you’re not sure whether it will really pay out to add some Tribute Monsters together with some cards that help you inviting them to your party, make sure you go for the gamble and include those cards in your final list.

Among the cards that will help you recruit Tribute Monsters are

  • [cd]
  • [treeborn]
  • [tricky]
  • [fader]
  • [zephy]
  • [ggg golem]
  • [ggg gardna]
  • [tiki c]
  • [tiki c]
  • [reason]
  • [zoma] and most notably
  • [mausoleum]

Just make sure that the latter doesn’t backfire like it did for Florent Henebert in our Round 1 Feature Match.

[h2]Know about the best combos![/h2]

Evocator Chevalier is combolicious!
Evocator Chevalier is combolicious!
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Some cards might not look like much on their own, but as soon as you combine them with other cards, they turn into shining stars. One example would be the “machine gun combo” that Team Austria mentioned, with [evo ch] being able to wipe out all cards your opponent controls as soon as you add [cursed arm] to the mix.

Another popular strategy revolves around [truck] that you need to push just once with a card like [axe] so it can defeat an opponent’s monster in battle. After that, it will sport 2000 or more ATK and it will only tend to get stronger for the remainder of the Duel. Often, your opponent will lose several cards and have to dig deep to come out of this trap.
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These are just some of the strategies I’ve seen Duelists use this weekend. The best thing about Sealed Pack Play is that it never starts to feel repetitive as you’re always playing with a whole new set of cards. So even if you’ve been enrolling in dozens of Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants events, there’s still more to learn.

Make sure to give the exciting format a try and maybe even enjoy it together with some of your friends at your local store!
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