#C1/W1 Introducing the Hotsaucegames Weekly Writing Competition!


stock-footage-writing-a-letter-close-upWelcome to the Hotsaucegames Weekly Writing Competition! This is a weekly competition that we will use to help discover the most skilled and distinguished writers that our community has to offer, all while giving away prizes in the process! Every week for the next eight weeks, we will publish all the articles we receive. Every Friday, we will pick the top four writers and reward them for their articles with a free box of the newest product! The weekly winners will be chosen based on the number of views the article gets, the amount of likes/comments the article gets, the quality/innovation of the article, and the number of votes an article gets (tallyed up based on the comments on each article). After these eight weeks, the weekly winners will be entered into the Final’s Competition, where they will be eligible for a permanent position on the Hotsaucegames writing staff!

So, do you think you have what it takes to join our writing staff? Let us know! You’ll have to provide us with professional-level writing, all while demonstrating your extensive knowledge of Yu-Gi-Oh! The winners of that week’s competition, as well as a new competition theme will be posted every Friday, so make sure you keep checking our Facebook page!

Below are the dates for each of the weekly writing contests. Competition submissions are to be submitted to articles@hotsaucegames.com by 11:59pm CST every Friday prior to the week of the competition. When submitting your articles, please identify which week you are submitting for, the title of your article, and be sure to include your full name!

Week 1. August 11th – August 15th (Entries due August 8th at 11:59pm CST)

Week 2. August 18th – August 22nd (Entries due August 15th at 11:59pm CST)

Week 3. August 25th – August 29th (Entries due August 22nd at 11:59pm CST)

Week 4. September 1st – September 5th (Entries due August 29th at 11:59pm CST)

Week 4.5. September 8th – September 12th (Entries due September 5th at 11:59pm CST)

Week 5. September 15th – September 19th (Entries due September 12th at 11:59pm CST)

Week 6. September 22nd – September 26th (Entries due September 19th at 11:59pm CST)

Week 7. September 29th – October 3rd (Entries due September 26th at 11:59pm CST)

Week 8. October 6th – October 10th (Entries due October 3rd at 11:59pm CST)

Week 9. October 13th – October 17th (Entries due October 10th at 11:59pm CST)

Articles must already be proofread and have minimal spelling and grammar errors. In addition, articles must be between 2,000-10,000 words and must be formatted abiding by this style guide:

1. Be able to distinguish between when to use numbers and when spell out a number. I’d like the following things:

  • A monster’s level/rank will always be a number (“Don Zaloog is a Level 4.”)
  • The amount of copies of a card you play will always be written out (“I play three Effect Veiler.”)
  • Which game/round you’re talking about will always be a number (“Game 2 I beat him” / “I got the bye round 8.”)
  • When you’re talking about plussing/minusing, use numbers. (“I went +3 off Torrential Tribute.”)

2. Please Bold all card names and deck types, and spell them right. This includes when you use a shortened version of a card name/deck. (“I was beating him until he dropped the Majesty’s Fiend on me.”) If you are using a shortened version of the card’s name, please use the full name of the card on the first instance. (You can call it PWWB, but please call it Phoenix Wing Wind Blast at least once first.)

  • Also, capitalize names and attributes and card types, etc. (“Don Zaloog is a Level 4 DARK Warrior-type monster”) (“You can beat your opponent by special summoning a dope Synchro or Xyz monster”)

3. If there are specific cards you’d like to have in the article as images, you can put something like “(use Kuribandit’s photo here)” in your articles and I can make that happen.

4. If you are posting decklists, please write your lists out as follows, with each headliner and the full name of a card bolded, and the multiples of each card listed as xX:
Main Deck Total: (Total Number of Cards in Main Deck)

Monsters: (Total Number of Monsters)

x1 Monster Y

Spells: (Total Number of Spells)

x2 Spell X

Traps: (Total Number of Traps)

x3 Trap X

Extra Deck: (Total number in Extra Deck)

x2 Extra Deck Card X

Side Deck: (Total number in Side Deck)

x1 Side Deck Card X

After eight weeks, all 32 of the weekly winners will be entered into a playoff-style Finals Competition (if a player wins multiple weeks in a row, they will still win the weekly prize, but their slot in the Finals Competition will be passed down). In the Finals, writers will have complete freedom to write about anything Yu-Gi-Oh!-related that they like! Half of these competitors will be eliminated every week until only four remain- these four will be rewarded with a permanent spot in our writing staff!

Without any further ado, here are the weekly discussion topics for the Hotsauce Games Weekly Writing Competition! Please note that while these topics will not change, there is a possibility that alternate topics will be added. Check back often to see if there is an alternate topic for you to discuss!

Week #1: Since the release of Duelist Alliance is looming in the distance, your task is to write about this set! You could provide us with any perspective of insight that you’d like: you could discuss a deck that you’re going to play when this set comes out, you can take a look at several specific cards in this set, you can discuss the TCG Exclusive cards, etc. While you have the freedom to talk about what you like, your discussion has to pertain to cards from Duelist Alliance! Please remember that articles should be proofread, have minimal spelling and grammatical errors, and should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Submissions are due on August 8th at 11:59pm CST. Please submit your articles in .rtf format to articles@hotsaucegames.com, making sure that the subject of the email mentions that it is Week #1’s entry.

Week #2: We’d like to take some time to honor the release of Battle Pack 3! This week, your task-at-hand is to discuss the Battle Pack. You have the freedom to discuss what you’d like, as long as your discussion pertains to the Battle Pack! Discuss the deckbuilding process, how to draft, the card pool as a whole, specific cards in the cardpool, the innovations since Battle Pack 1, etc. You might want to draft the new Battle Pack with your friends and take note of all the cards you all pick, post all of your decklists, and then face off to see who’s deck is the best!

Alternatively, you can also spend this week discussing the the idea of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Drafting Cube. Exactly like the topic above, please discuss the deckbuilding process, how to draft, you cube’s card pool as a whole, specific cards in the cardpool, whether or not you are using Battle Pack 3’s “Special Rule”, the innovations that your cube mas made over Konami’s Battle Pack series, etc. You might want to draft your cube with your friends and take note of all the cards you all pick, post all of your decklists, and then face off to see who’s deck is the best!

Please remember that articles should be proofread, have minimal spelling and grammatical errors, and should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Submissions are due on August 15th at 11:59pm CST. Please submit your articles in .rtf format to articles@hotsaucegames.com, making sure that the subject of the email mentions that it is Week #2’s entry.

Week #3: Now that the Shaddolls, Tellarknights and the rest of the Duelist Alliance archetypes have had a chance to impact the meta, which deck(s) do you think are going to be the most competitive for the rest of this format? Pick a deck and thoroughly discuss it! Provide several different builds of the same deck, discuss card choices, deck match-ups, tech options, synergy with other cards/decks, etc.

Alternatively, you may also choose to write an article looking at the future of Yu-Gi-Oh!. This means that you may want to write about new cards that we will get in the next set, The Next Challengers, or the contents of the Mega Tin Mega Packs, etc.! Basically, pick a product that is not yet out in the TCG and write about it: Knights of the Round Table Box Set, Mega Tin Mega Pack, Geargia Rampage Structure Deck, Legendary Collection 5Ds,  your choice! You may also write about products that are not yet out in the OCG, as long as you write about them from the TCG perspective (you may write about Raging Masters!)

Please remember that articles should be proofread, have minimal spelling and grammatical errors, and should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Submissions are due on August 22nd at 11:59pm CST. Please submit your articles in .rtf format to articles@hotsaucegames.com, making sure that the subject of the email mentions that it is Week #3’s entry.

Week #4: This week, you will be assigned a challenge. Since YCS Toronto is this coming weekend, instead of writing about a previously-established deck, your task this week will be to look at a less-competitive deck and see what you can do to make it competitive! You will be expected to brainstorm and create the ultimate underdog deck based the list of deck options provided, test that deck against competitive decks to help make yours as competitive as possible, and then write about the entire process! Make sure to discuss what your deck’s “goal” is, your card choices, your testing process, your match-up against competitive decks, etc.! This week, the competitive and innovative decks will win. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up taking this deck to YCS Toronto! Please remember that articles should be proofread, have minimal spelling and grammatical errors, and should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Submissions are due on August 29th at 11:59pm CST. Please submit your articles in .rtf format to articles@hotsaucegames.com, making sure that the subject of the email mentions that it is Week #4’s entry.

Deck Options:

  • Aliens
  • Duston
  • Ice Barrier
  • Nordic
  • Penguin

Week #4.5: Because we had a low turnout for week #4, we’ve decided to hold an alternate version of Week #4’s competition! This week, your task is to discuss your favorite archetype in Yu-Gi-Oh! You have the freedom to talk about your favorite deck or archetype in Yu-Gi-Oh! the only stipulation is that you must write your article with the current limited and forbidden list in mind; no triple Pot of Greed decks! Please remember that articles should be proofread, have minimal spelling and grammatical errors, and should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Submissions are due on September 5th at 11:59pm CST. Please submit your articles in .rtf format to articles@hotsaucegames.com, making sure that the subject of the email mentions that it is Week #4.5’s entry.

Week #5: Since it’s about time for a new Advanced Format, we’d like to hear about your experiences with previous formats! If you loved April ‘05’s “Goat Control” Format, March ‘10’s “Edison” Format or any other format, now is your opportunity to write about how great you thought these formats were! You will have to provide your audience with the context of this format by discussing which cards were available and which cards were on the limited/forbidden list, as well as detail which decks were the best at the time. Feel free to discuss specific card/deck choices, the ways a format has evolved since it’s time, specific famous player’s decks, etc. Please remember that articles should be proofread, have minimal spelling and grammatical errors, and should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Submissions are due on September 5th at 11:59pm CST. Please submit your articles in .rtf format to articles@hotsaucegames.com, making sure that the subject of the email mentions that it is Week #5’s entry.

Week #6: Now that we’ve got a brand new limited/restricted list coming into effect at the end of September, what are your thoughts on the new ban list? Discuss which decks are going to become better, which decks haven’t gotten touched and which decks got nerfed! In addition, be sure to provide some speculation toward which decks will perform the best this format! You should use this week’s theme to highlight and discuss specific card/deck choices that you feel will have an impact on the gamestate after this ban list. Please remember that articles should be proofread, have minimal spelling and grammatical errors, and should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Submissions are due on September 12th at 11:59pm CST. Please submit your articles in .rtf format to articles@hotsaucegames.com, making sure that the subject of the email mentions that it is Week #6’s entry.

Week #7: This week, we’d like for you to discuss evolution! You’re free to talk about the game of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the meta, an archetype, the playerbase, sets, etc., as long as you’re talking about how your topic has progressed over the course of time! Please cite examples, post players’ decklists, and provide any other information necessary to help develop your discussion. Please remember that articles should be proofread, have minimal spelling and grammatical errors, and should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Submissions are due on September 19th at 11:59pm CST. Please submit your articles in .rtf format to articles@hotsaucegames.com, making sure that the subject of the email mentions that it is Week #7’s entry.

Week #8: This week, we’d like you to discuss the theory-oh of Yu-Gi-Oh as a whole! Feel free to discuss anything that requires any actual analysis! You may choose to write about power vs. consistency, deck/card synergy, card advantage/resource management, how many copies of a card to run, what makes a deck good, attrition, mind games, what makes a card good, determining the speed of a format, determining a deck’s goals, specific card interactions, psychographic profiles in Yu-Gi-Oh, the art of control/aggro/stall/burn/etc., and more! Aim for your article to be as engaging and informative as possible! Looking at Magic the Gathering articles may assist in the brainstorming process for this week’s articles. Please remember that articles should be proofread, have minimal spelling and grammatical errors, and should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Submissions are due on September 26th at 11:59pm CST. Please submit your articles in .rtf format to articles@hotsaucegames.com, making sure that the subject of the email mentions that it is Week #8’s entry.

*All articles submitted through this contest are considered to be property of Hotsaucegames.

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    Derek

    I think this is an amazing idea but one thing that I see is that each week a different task is given to the people that are going to be writing. I was looking at week 2 and the release of Battle Pack 3 did not affect me in any way as well as drafing cubes. If the contest was write any article written about the card game in general I feel you would receive much better responses as people want to discuss general meta and card game topics instead of being forced to write about a certain topic for that certain week.

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    Randy Chesley

    Great Idea. Great Contest. Thank you for the opportunity. Hope I win, but more than anything love the opportunity to share my experience and insights into the game of Yugioh.

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