Tech Update

[p]Yesterday, more than 1.400 Duelists showed their skills in 8 rounds of Dueling action with just 256 remaining today. Some of them were able to overcome the opposition thanks to the inclusion of some hot tech. I spoke to the judges that performed Deck Checks all day long and also checked with some players what the hottest innovations of the weekend where. This is what they had to say…[/p][nbsp]

One Day of Peace

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A fan favorite among collectors: the German edition of One Day of Peace!
A fan favorite among collectors: the German edition of One Day of Peace!

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The Deck Check judges noticed an interesting pattern when they were looking over the lists of various Dark World Duelists this weekend: They were all running 1 sole copy of [1dop]. Apparently, the card that will find itself on the Limited List come March the 1st can buy you that crucial additional turn to draw into your strongest combo. While many other Decks strive to go off as early as possible, the forces of [grapha] don’t mind taking a little break, only to wreak even more havoc on the opposition come the next turn.
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[1dop] can help you disrupt the rhythm of your opponent and in turn steal the momentum in the game. Very often, that will be enough to secure a victory in a tight Duel!
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Breakthrough Skill

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Martin Funke is one of many players giving Breakthrough Skill a try today!

Martin Funke is one of many players giving Breakthrough Skill a try today!

[/p][nbsp][p]While we didn’t see many players try out [bts], the one time it did get activated in our Round 4 Feature Match, it stopped Spyros Melissaratos from coming back in a heavily contested Duel where Martin Funke eventually came out on top.
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Even though your opponent can see it coming unlike, say, an [veiler], it makes up for this disadvantage by providing you with a second opportunity to negate the effect of an opposing monster. Even though you can only activate this effect on your own turn, this can help you pick the lock of your opponent’s defenses and turn the tides in a game!
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Marshmallon + Tsukuyomi + Ceasefire

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Ute Kahle's combo lead to lots of frustration among her opponents!
Ute Kahle's combo lead to lots of frustration among her opponents!

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Granted, this hasn’t been a combo that’s been all over the place, however, Ute Kahle was able to share a few bad beat stories of her own with me. First, she started to slow the game down for quite a bit with the help of [marshmallon], after his opponent committed a lot of monsters to the field, she punished him with [cease] and once he recovered from that initial shock and felt like he could sport a comeback, she crushed his dreams with her favorite card [tsuku] to flip [marshmallon] down for one more time!
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Dimension Wall

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Dimension Wall is catching players off guard left and right this weekend!
Dimension Wall is catching players off guard left and right this weekend!

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Apparently, there are a number of British Duelists in attendance this weekend that are seemingly very convinced of [dwall]. Few players expect to take a lot of damage when they declare an attack – usually, the “worst” that could happen is you losing half of your field courtesy of [mf]. This sounds quite like something, but when the alternative is losing the game, you’ll gladly trade your monsters for a card of your opponent.
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That’s it for the time being, but don’t you worry, we’ll continue to try and make out exciting Decks that are still in competition in Day 2!
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