Friday, January 3, 2014

Meet the Meta: An Interview with Joshua Graham

Welcome to Know the Meta’s first interview, with none other than Joshua Graham! We’re very pleased to be able to talk to such a prolific player about the competitive scene, upcoming sets, and the state of the game. With seven premiere event tops and one YCS win, Joshua Graham has had continued tournament success throughout the years.  A list of his credentials will be provided at the end of the interview for those that are interested.  If you haven’t heard, Joshua is currently working on a new project called ‘CardSharpProDueling’, where he hopes to deliver high quality competitive content. Be sure to give his Facebook page a like and definitely subscribe to his YouTube channel when you get the chance. Anyways, without further ado, enjoy the interview.

Joshua Graham, 7 Premiere Event Tops and 1 Premiere Event Win

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Do You Like Free Cards? Of Course You Do!

Pictures of the rest of the prize are shown after the break!
Giveaways are fun, no?  Today, we'll be giving away a complete Battlin' Boxer deck, fit with a full extra deck as well. Even if you're not interested in playing these fiery warriors, there are plenty of staples that can be more than helpful for any prospective duelist?  What do you have to do to enter our giveaway?  Easy, just give the Know The Meta Facebook page a like and comment down below letting us know your Facebook name (please do not comment Anonymously). This contest will go all the way up until some time in February, so keep your eyes peeled to our Facebook page for the winner announcement!  Thank you all for the tremendous amount of support you've each provided to the site. We've had thousands of views each days thanks to this wonderful community and we have so many exciting partnerships to announce this coming year.  Happy 2014 everyone!

Note: If you win the giveaway and live outside the U.S. we will PayPal you money that is equal to the value of the deck.  Cheers!

Deck Analysis: Top 4 Decks from YGOrganization's 2nd Tourney

For one of the first times since May, YuGiOh has been graced by an event not plagued by Dragon Rulers.  Today, we're going to be taking a look at the top 4 decklists from the most recent YGOrganziation tourney. If you haven't already, check out our in-depth analysis regarding the overall meta of the event. Also, be sure to give the kind folks at YGOrganization a greeting! They graciously provided the decklists to me and are responsible for helping me produce the content you've come to enjoy on Know the Meta. Anyways, without further ado, I present to you the top 4 decklists for YGOrg's 2nd Tourney.



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Know the Meta: Geargia in January 2014

A couple formats ago, if you had told me Geargia was not only going to be really good, but a Tier 1 contender, I would have looked you as if you were crazy. Sure, the deck can easily pump out OTKs, but its reliance on a pseudo-flip effect is what ultimately barred it from entering the competitive scene (besides a small stint at YCS Toronto 2012). However, now it is blatantly apparent that this deck is indeed a force to be reckoned with. With a combination of field-filling combos and a large wave of hype (due to its recent YCS win),  Geargia may finally have their time to shine.



Monday, December 30, 2013

Meta Analysis: YGOrganization's 2nd Online Tournament (Jan 2014 Post-LVAL)

Before I begin, I'd like to thank the wonderful people over at YGOrganization for helping me aggregate all of this data. There is an absurd amount of high quality content over on their site and I highly recommend that you check them out as soon as possible (if you haven't already). I'd also suggest joining the next YGOrganization tournament if you get the chance; these always seem like a blast for all parties involved. Anyways, onto the meta analysis.  The 2nd YGOrganization tournament was held under the new January 2014 banlist and included cards from the Legacy of the Valiant set (only the cards the TCG is going to receive). To kick things off, we'll take a look at the meta for this tournament as a whole.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Know the Meta: Mermails in January 2014

Hey guys. Welcome to the first installment of Know the Meta.  Right now we’re in a lull in terms of the competitive scene until YCS Sydney so I’m going to continue the YuGiOh analysis with some theory-oh!  Today, I'm going to discuss everyone’s favorite critters from the deep, Mermails, for the upcoming January 2014 format! We'll take a look at the potency of the deck, issues the deck faces, and the plethora of strategies a smart duelist can utilize to combat these nasty fish.



Effect Veiler in January 2014

Hi guys!  This has nothing to do with tournament/meta analysis (that will come once the format actually starts).  Rather, it's a bit of theory-oh regarding Effect Veiler, a hand trap that many people haven't seen in main decks since March 2013 format.