Joshua Graham is an individual known to almost anybody who plays this game seriously. He’s been known for brilliant ideas, YCS tops, and instructional posts on Duelistgroundz, but most recently he’s been gaining recognition from a new program he’s started: CardSharp Pro.
The last two months have shown that he wants to sell you “How to Win at Yugioh”.
Hello and welcome to YGOrganization, where today we want to show you our review of the CardSharp Pro System, how it affected us, and most importantly, how much value you’re getting for your hard earned $97.
We’re going to be reviewing all of the content available to us on his website. This is what you will get access to upon purchasing account access:
- An introductory article explaining the product, and who he is.
- A “Beginner” video – Aimed at covering the basics.
- An “Intermediate” video – Aimed at covering theory.
- An “Advanced” video – Aimed at making you ‘as good as the Pros’.
I assessed the best way to review such a product was to have people from four levels of experience in this game take a look at the product, that way it would lower bias, and evaluate it to see if a sort of ‘demographic’ existed that could make better use of the product.
- A beginner, who only knows how to play the game as far as the rulebook is concerned
- An intermediate player, who knows combos, intricacies, but still is only playing for fun
- An advanced player, who would be capable of winning their local once in a while, seemingly the target demographic.
- An expert player, somebody with a lot of experience, Tier 2 event wins, and hopefully beyond the necessary ability to understand the content within the post.
There’s still a level above it – The pro player – who has multiple YCS wins and unmatched game theory, but since this video is meant to turn you into one of them, naturally one isn’t needed to review the product.
We each watched the videos separately, and did our reviews at different times without talking to each-other during or afterwards. Nobody other than me due to reviewing this, knows what the others have said. This was done in an effort to remove any bias or drawing additional attention to something the initial party would have missed. If they missed it, that’s something I wanted included.
We’ll start with a quick introduction of our reviewers, and their opinions on section 1: the “blurb.”
Our beginner player: Anika Nagy.
Our intermediate player is John “Cheesedude” Klauser.
Our advanced player is Earl “Pharaoh Atem” Ratliff
The last reviewer is myself, I being a player who has been playing as long as Earl, but actually taking it seriously the entire time and collecting tier 2 event tops. As final editor of the article and review, I will abstain from introducing myself with fluff and also just say that the intro blurb was effectively written by Billy Mays.
The First Video
The above image is a screenshot from the first video. All 3 videos follow the same format. He sits on his couch, talks a bit, and the rest is basically a powerpoint presentation. Being that you have to pay for the content within, we will not provide a screenshot of the ‘content’.
So we established that not only does our 97$ get us the three videos, but that the first is only ten minutes long.
Some claim the related Facebook group open exclusively to CSP purchasers costs $20/month to join. We are investigating this further.
Still, two videos left and 70 minutes of content, right?
However, the site now says 60 minutes of content, despite advertising 80 earlier.
The Beginner video is slightly less than 10 minutes long.
The Intermediate video is slightly less than 11.5 minutes long.
The Expert video is slightly less than 20 minutes long.
This means the total length is slightly less than 42 minutes. Not 60.
Let’s move onto our reviews of the 2nd video.
The Intermediate Video
With one video left, at the very least his videos use accurate info and are trying to instruct. An appreciated effort.
Final Video and closing thoughts
“I have learned nothing from this product, and I am not the strongest player out there. I consider myself quite weak, in fact.
“This program claims to teach me everything I need to know to be great at YGO. I do not believe I know everything I need to know to be great at it, so I feel like the program fails that mark. The fact that I learned nothing from it that I did not already know is an indelible stain on the program.
“The ‘right mentality’ he proclaims to teach is honestly a bunch of common-sense stuff I expect anyone to be able to espouse. Aside from jargon, which can be taught and explained to someone new immediately, the ideas of making smart, efficient decisions with one’s tactics and strategy as one’s only concerns is just… elementary.
“Playing the game on your own terms, not on your opponent’s, is fundamental. Forcing the opponent to take actions he doesn’t want to take is rudimentary. Building your deck without devoting too many slots to the wrong goals, concerns, and methods is essential, but basic.
“He claims we ‘cannot get this anywhere else’ – I disagree, DuelistGroundz instilled this sort of thing into me very quickly. POJO could even instill this in someone, if you avoid the swarms of players there who hate doing what must be done in order to play better.
“Of course some of the best follow these recommendations, they’re as endemic to ‘good YGO’ as water is to the human body. If you DON’T play and deckbuild and think with the opposition’s own plays, decks, and thoughts in mind, you ARE going to lose for it. That’s not some next-level YGO strategy, it’s ‘don’t be a careless moron!’
“Someone should not charge nearly one hundred dollars in order to hear this. It’s dreck. I consider it beneath anyone who isn’t completely new to the game.
“The blurb claims that it is “crucial to go against the grain” when people are all ‘playing the game a certain way’ – but these tips are not some sort of secret plan of how to win, nor are they against the grain at all. All they boil to is ‘pay attention to the community and its habits, pay close attention to the cards and how they work, and deduce your way to the top from there.’
“If this is next-level YGO, I have bad news: everyone’s already playing it, and thus tips on how to do it are NOT worth your cold, hard cash!” – Earl
“I am not the biggest fan of josh, in fact I chuckled a few times at ironic statements he’d make during the video, but at the same time it’d be wrong to be biased in my review and not take this seriously, so I will say that the content in the video is true, accurate, and helpful to a certain level of player. That level of player is not who he’s marketing it to (somebody who wants to top but can’t seem to), it’s more of a ‘get you from going 4-3 on day 1, to actually making it into day 2 level stuff. He’s clearly worked hard on this, put a lot of time into editing it, and you can tell he does want you to learn from the videos, but I’d at most value it at about $20, and only to players who find they top 8 their locals ‘once in a while, and then lose when I make it’. I applaud the effort Josh, but it’s not groundbreaking enough to warrant a $100 price tag out of highly competitive players. Information like this shouldn’t cost money in the first place” – Dan
So there you have it. Four reviews of the CardSharp Pro program. So what do you think? Worth a buy? or should Joshua Graham stop trying to juice players for money? Let us know what you think below. We hope this review helped anyone on the fence with their decision of whether or not to purchase.