Doing Your Research: Learning your Resources

Hey guys, Kiley Davis here, back again with some more insight into the game of Yu-Gi-Oh! This week, I’d like to discuss the resources that we as a playerbase have that are easily available that will help us improve as players as a whole. There are plenty of awesome resources to learn about cards that we have at our disposal; we’ve got everything from card databases, to hub websites to let us gauge the price of a card, to forums where you’re able to look up card rulings. Today, I’m gonna tell you guys about a handful of websites that you may or may not be aware of that will help you be more on your game!

First, I’d like to talk about how to actually research cards, because even if you’ve been playing since the beginning of the game, it’d still be hard to know the effect of every single card we’ve got in our TCG cardpool. There are a ton of great database websites at our disposal, like Dueling Network, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Database, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia. Combined, these three sites should ideally let you find any card you could possibly be looking for.

Say we’re looking for a specific group of cards. Well, we just load up DN or go the Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Database, and search for whatever we’re looking for! If we’re looking for Six Samurai cards, we can just type “Six Samurai” into the search bar, and only those cards will show up. Duh. This all is fundamental to even using Dueling Network, and its exactly what the Yu-Gi-Oh Card Database was made for, so a majority of players are aware of this handy tool. But have you guys utilized it to its fullest potential?

300px-LightningChidori-CBLZ-EN-UR-1E (1)Pretend we just started playing, and we just learned about this awesome card, Rescue Rabbit! “Two Normal Monsters?” we ask ourselves, “How do I even find two good ones?” With these resources, of course! With these two card indexes, you can easily find which cards are compatible with other cards by narrowing your search results. Say you want a WIND Vanilla monster so that you could make Lightning Chidori off of the Rabbit? Search for that, specifically!

To help us discover those cards that we can’t necessarily search by card name, we’ve got the ability to search both our databases by card’s effects. As of writing this, the search function is a little wonky with the official card database, which is unfortunate because it ought to be the better of these two resources. However, in both of these databases, you’re able to type keywords and phrases like “excavate” or “when your opponent special summons a monster” and discover which cards have these lines of text. This is incredibly useful, but you have to be aware of how to use it; you might have to play around with what you search, since older Yu-Gi-Oh cards were often worded hilariously. For example, you’ll find 22 pages of cards when you type “Banish”, but you’ll also find 6 pages of cards that say “Remove from play”.

338px-DanteTraveleroftheBurningAbyss-DUEA-EN-ScR-1ESo how do we look up card rulings? Unfortunately, I don’t believe there’s an amazing resource for card rulings that’s made public, just yet. Konami typically publishes a .pdf with tons of individual card rulings after they release every set, but I haven’t seen these in a while. In addition, we’ve got simple sites like the Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia, but these are not always 100% accurate. While this is a place to start for looking up rulings, your best bet is honestly to just Google the ruling you’re looking for. You might have to be vague with what you google; instead of Googling “What happens when Dante detaches a Malebranche for his effect,” you might want to search for something much more simple, like “Dante Malebranche rulings”. This will often link you to a bunch of forum posts from websites like Duelistgroundz and Pojo. These are the links you want to click, but still be wary. If possible, look for website that has the word “SOLVED” in the title, since these claim they figured out whatever ruling question they had.

When you actually look through these forum posts, you still need to proceed with caution, since it’s possible that the people in the thread are still wrong. Look for threads where there’s a general consensus on whether or not the ruling is right or wrong, which typically means the forum will have a handful of posts. Make sure to read every post that looks valuable since they’re all typically short, and try to extract the correct answer from your findings. Again, this is something that more people are aware of, but never fully utilize.

Oh, and try not to blow up your local judge’s phones every time you have a ruling question. Just because they’re judges doesn’t mean they necessarily want to be badgered about card rulings at all hours of the night. This means don’t blow them up all the time on facebook, either, unless they literally tell you they don’t mind it. Yeah they’re a resource, but they’re also real people with real lives outside of this card game; please be somewhat considerate.

So we found the card that we want to play in our deck. Now we gotta pick up a copy! How do we do this efficiently? Well, the easiest option might to simply Google the card name and see what pops up. However, this is honestly not a very effective method unless you’re doing specific things that I’ll get into a little later. Instead, we should utilize websites like TCGPlayer and eBay to find the cards we’re looking for.

MysticalSpaceTyphoonSDMA-EN-C-1ETCGPlayer is incredibly useful because it shows you a decent amount of data for every card you look for. For example, if you type in “Mystical Space Typhoon”, it’ll display individual listings for every single copy of Mystical Space Typhoon: Ghost Rare, Duelist League, Secret, Super, etc. This will be useful if you’re looking for a specific rarity, or if you’re just shopping for what’s cheapest. It then lists every single vendor that is selling those cards, sorted from cheapest to most expensive by default. This means that if you’re looking to buy your Mystical Space Typhoons, you can pick them up from wherever they’re cheapest. This site is also useful because it shows tons of vendors, which means that when you’re trading, you’re able to establish a fair price on a card based on numerous sources all in one hub website.

Additionally, eBay is also amazing for letting you pick up cards. If you’re looking for a card in particular, you can search it through a number of options by utilizing other resources that we have at our disposal. Pretend you’re trying to pick up Mystical Space Typhoons again, but this time on eBay. While you can simply type in Mystical Space Typhoonand the rarity you want it in, you’re able to do much more than that. For example, if you’re looking for foreign Space Typhoons, you have a number of options. First and foremost, you have to make sure you’re searching the “Worldwide” item location options. This will enable you to see cards that are on foreign eBays. Then, you could go to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia, search for the card you’re looking for, copy the card’s foreign name and paste it into eBay. Alternatively, and potentially more conveniently, you can look up the set code and copy/paste that into eBay; if you’re looking for a specific language, include the language code (IT, PT, DE, EN, FR, SP), or else you can just search the set code and find every listing of a card. This means that you can find your French super Space Typhoons by either eBaying “Typhon d’Espace Mystique super” or “YS13- V12”. If you weren’t aware of this, it might make it significantly easier for you to find the foreign cards you’re looking for!

Also, if you’re making trades using eBay to check for prices, you can also utilize something that TCGPlayer lacks: the ability to view recently completed listings. This means that you can see how much a card sold (or didn’t sell) for recently. When you’re using this option, you want to sort the listing by “recently ended”, so that you’re able to see if a card has sold recently, or has recently spiked in price. This sort option is very useful, because otherwise you’re forced to gauge a card’s actual value based on the number of copies that exist on TCGPlayer, which already doesn’t sound like the best time..

BatterymanMicro-CellLODT-EN-C-1ELike I had mentioned before, it’s not always the smartest to simply type a card name into Google and see what listings for it pop up. However, this is useful if you’re trying to track down a cheap copy of a card as it is spiking in price. There are tons of vendors that are not listed through TCGPlayer, which means that your only way to find them might be through Google. But additionally, this might also mean that they don’t update their card prices as often as TCGPlayer vendors. This means that you can often find a card on sale for cheap, even though the card is still spiking in price. For example, as of this article, Batteryman Micro-Cell has become a $5 common. During the time that it was spiking in price, it would’ve been entirely possible to Google Batteryman Micro-Cell” or “LODT-EN032” and find other listings for that card that may potentially be cheaper than what eBay and TCGPlayer are listing them for. This is definitely useful if you’re “late to the party” and the card has already spiked on TCGPlayer/eBay.

What happens if we don’t want to buy the cards just yet, and we want to see how they perform first? Well, we’ve got websites and programs like Dueling Network and DevPro to help you with that! These two big names act as Yu-Gi-Oh simulators, where you’re able to build your own deck and play against either your friends, or random opponents over the internet. These resources are amazing because they will help you test with cards quickly and cost-effectively. Instead of thinking to yourself, “Hey, I wonder how Cardcar Ds work in this deck? Time to go buy some Cardcars,” you can just load up one of these two simulators and test a few matches using the card.

These two simulators are different in a few ways that ultimately make them play drastically different. Have you ever played any of the official Konami Yu-Gi-Oh! duel simulators, like any of the video games? Remember how if you had a card set, the game would ask you “Your opponent has played a card, would you like to respond with anything?” every time you were legally able to make a response? This is how DevPro plays. It’s outrageously reminiscent of the official simulators, which could be a good or a bad thing. It’s also worth noting that DevPro does not utilize a chat bar, which is also for better or for worse.

On the other hand, Dueling Network is completely reliant on player-input. By this, I mean that you’re the one who manually has to set your Reckless Greed, but you’re also responsible for manually flipping it face-up when it’s appropriate. Because of this change in the overall simulator mechanics, the chat bar is essential for dueling on this simulator. Since DN doesn’t take things step by step like DevPro does,  you’ll often see conversations in duels that look like this:

“Activate eff?”






Neither of these simulators are better than the other, they’re just different (yeah, they’re different). When using either of these simulators, you need to be wary: there are a handful of good players, but there is an outnumbering amount of bad players. This means that these simulators are best-utilized if you’re playing with people that you actually know, instead of being randomly paired up with an opponent. While the ability to play random opponents might help you when you’re first building a deck, you’ll quickly find that “testing” against random opponents on DN/DevPro will not help you gain any experience as a player, and it will not help you prepare for a premiere event.

Anyways, that just about wraps up this discussion on the resources that we have at our disposal to help us discover, purchase cards and even play cards. What resources do you guys utilize to help you play Yu-Gi-Oh!? Let us know in the comments below!

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