This past weekend we had our first Yu-Gi-Oh Highlander tournament at The Hidden Lair. The rules were very simple you could play with any card on the banned list (besides a select few that break the game), but you could only play one copy of each card. This would mean you could do really cool tricks with old banned cards once again.
Cards like a Last Will, Cyber-Stein, Painful Choice and many others came back from the grave. But with the allowance of being able to play them we had to restrict everything to one. A lot of the new mentor meta-cards sided with cards from older generations. This made for a fun and exciting new experience here at The Hidden Lair.
Just to give everyone a idea of what I was playing with was a mix of the Burning Abyss archetype, frogs and Monarchs. My idea was to utilize the constant tribute fodder of the frogs. Also the ability to cycle through my deck with the Burning Abyss monsters to access old broken cards like Sangan and create big cards like Dante, The Traveler of the Burning Abyss and Virgil, The Rockstar of the Burning abyss. Unfortunately I was unable to keep up with some of our local top players.
The format requires that you know the uses of the old banned cards and incorporate them at a pace that will benefit you. Since you are only getting a single copy of one card chances are you will want to create combos too quickly, which may give you the advantage but can be a disadvantage as well. Not knowing what broken card your opponent will use is a big part in Highlander.
Josh Thomas was the winner of the tournament and won himself a ultimate rare Chaos Emperor Dragon – Envoy of the End. Here in the near future we will be talking with the champ in person to discuss his decisions on his deck build, what you could learn from his playing style and how he won the tournament. He will also give us some feedback on what should be banned for the next highlander format.
Sunday when he won he stated, “Painful Choice needs to be banned next time, it’s way too powerful.” Especially combined with this quarters meta, Shaddolls and Burning Abyss, it is a very grand card.
If you have any questions on how the tournament format is set up we will assist in answering those questions the best that we can. And we will be hosting many more of these tournaments in the future. So get your banned cards ready for a fun day of dueling!