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PostSubject: Art of Side Decking   2012-12-28, 23:55

The side deck is on of the most important parts of dueling. Unless of course you only do single matches. In which case your probably playing Dark World or some other meta deck in rated and don't accept any rematches. You monster. If you are a monster, stop reading now as this is mostly on ways to beat you in case you DO accept a rematch.

The biggest mistake people make when making a side deck is siding cards that only work for specific decks. Like super-poly on E-heros, which can actually be worth it if you have the space. Most of the time you don't have the space. The best thing you can do to conserve space AND have a successful side deck is to have cards that can hurt multiple deck types. My rule is at least 2 meta decks. Random fun fact: meta is actually used to guage how often a deck is seen, not how good it is. People just think of it that way. So if you have a card like dimension fissure that harms any deck that forcuses on having monsters in the grave, which is most of them.

Therin lies another problem though, your side deck may harm you. If you are running frogs, its probably a bad idea to run Dimension Fissure. When siding dangerous cards like that its best to learn how to play around them. "Xyz Materials underneath Xyz Monsters do not count as monsters, so detached Xyz Materials will be sent to the Graveyard even if "Dimensional Fissure" is on the field, and they cannot be targeted or activate any of their effects". That's one way to get around it, and believe me it helps.

Just having a good side deck isn't really enough though. If you don't know what you're going to side out of your deck you are going to be in a bit of a bind. If every card in you deck is essential to your strategy, your strategy must not be very flexible. Or you have the best deck ever and never lose. The latter is theoretically impossible as this game is about 45% luck based, 45% skill based and 10% psycological. Unless you are a leprechaun with a degree in psychology who has beentaught by a world champion Yu-Gi-Oh pro, you are going to lose. My point being if you can make it so you can side cards in without majorly disrupting your strategy while you build your deck, your going to have a way easier time side decking and in doing so, a larger chance of winning.

This of course is assuming your opponent doesn't use their side deck too. Many of the pro players I know not only side for their opponents deck, but side for what they think their opponent will side in for to counter their deck. For example, if they play Malefics the obvious thing to do would be to side in MST's and Dust Tornado, the Malefic player may side in Dark Bribe in addition to whatever counter cards they add.

Ultimately side decking is important but it isn't as important as building your main deck. Build your side deck after you've figured out your main deck. Seriously, if you have a bad main no amount of side is going to help you. It doesn't matter how good it is.

Well that's all I can actually think of, and I think I covered a lot. So if you guys think of something else I can add on side decking or if you have questions post below.

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PostSubject: Re: Art of Side Decking   2012-12-29, 00:25

Noticed after I made this that CC had one already.

Whoops

Link: http://zeroduelacademy.lolbb.com/t217-methodology-of-side-decking


Dueling against me is like getting stomped in the balls repeatedly by a man in a bear suit. The bear is wearing a hat and a bowtie. It's random and slightly painful. I speak from experience.
It looks like this:

P.S. the man on the ground is me
P.P.S. The man in the bear suit is also me
P.P.P.S. The opponent is probably the building or the tree or a very scared onlooker.
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