Author: Dan

What’s a Normal Summon? “Normal Summon” has an official meaning in Yu-Gi-Oh, but in the competitive scene we use the term to refer to a card that requires your once-per-turn Normal Summon action to fully realize its potential. Normal Summons are tricky: you can only use one of them every turn, even if you have more than one in your hand. Having too many Normal Summons can slow you down, effectively sticking you with dead cards; if you have three Normal Summons in your hand and can’t use two of them, your hand performs like you have three cards that…

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In any given format, there are only 200 or so cards that see active competitive play. If you were to look at data from the current format, and count the number of cards with a greater than 0.01% chance of appearing in a tournament match, you’d find 184 cards. And in Yu-Gi-Oh, you can only play a maximum of 90 different cards in one deck. So if we’re speaking objectively, even if the best deck in competition and the best deck to beat it both played 90 totally unique cards, there would still be 4 cards in that 184 that…

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