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  1. Dedication: In memory of Korey McDuffie, a true emotional genius and dear friend to many. Forward: This post's author has been in the shadow in some of the greatest players in the history of the game and, as a gift, this outline of the knowledge and wisdom that that author has gathered has been prepared for the sake of the game's community: The author hopes that this information finds you well and wishes you the best. Outline: I. Definitions A. 'consistency' - n. [representing...] "the measure of the rate at which a deck is able to complete its function" i. does not necessarily mean less cards is better ii. may vary by event rather than deck B. 'ceiling' - n. [representing...] "the maximum of the amount of power" i. each deck has a ceiling ii. each event's 'format' has a ceiling C. 'testing' - v. [which represents the...] "finding of the best deck to accomplish a player or team's goal at an event by practicing against decks that player/team expects player/team expects a reasonable number of matchups to be." ; "the preparation for an event." i. some people go to events that they have not tested for a. they get a peak at the next event by seeing games and hearing discussion ii. tools for testing (WARNING: do not commit the actions mentioned below to muscular memory. Doing so may result in accidental breaking of the rules at actual events) a. one tool requires playing with hands shown in order to be certain that correct plays are made aa. when this is done, there should be open and honest communication between the two players b. another tool involves choosing cards to start with or to be drawn D. 'format' - n. [representing...] "the sum of the decks that are statistically significant to impact the decisions of players" i. each event has its own format a. some people who frequent events make decisions based on those previous b. sometimes a deck that is unknown to many people does well and influences future formats c. sometimes a deck that is expected to do well by many fails, influencing future formats E. 'starter'- as mentioned in "Road of the King," by Patrick Hoban i. does not always server the same function in every deck or every event ii. dependent on the 'ceiling' of the format and that of the deck iii. usually provides the deck with the ability to consistently reach an intended height of power F. 'superior extender' cards - as mentioned in "Road of the King," by Patrick Hoban i. does not always server the same function in every deck or every event ii. dependent on the 'ceiling' of the format and that of the deck iii. usually required to maximize in order to reach the 'ceiling' a. may not be necessary to reach the ceiling aa. intentionally not reaching the ceiling may provide an advantage in the future G. 'engine requirement cards' as mentioned in "Road of the King," by Patrick Hoban {these cards are also referred to as "brick" cards} i. are usually necessary for the function of other cards ii. playing more 'support cards' may cause inconsistency iii. siding additional copies is an option H. 'draw cards' - as mentioned in "Road of the King," by Patrick Hoban {these cards are also referred to as "water" or "water hose" cards.} i. does not necessarily serve the function of lowering the number of cards in one's deck a. sometimes playing a number greater than the minimum in addition to draw cards is correct b. sometimes playing the minimum number of cards with no draw cards is correct c. sometimes playing a number greater than the minimum with no draw cards is correct d. sometimes playing the minimum number of cards with draw cards is correct. ii. the correct number of draw cards may be impacted by the ceiling of a deck or format iii. some draw cards are usually bad a. examples: ODoP, PoDu iv. some draw cards are almost always 'broken' ai. examples: USG, PoDe, PoG, GC I. 'banned cards' - "cards that a player chooses not to play in an event for the reason that they are too 'broken.'" i. players should be aware of the rules and follow them at all times, but that is not what I am talking about. ii. the personal 'banned cards' list is what separates the great players from the rest iii. players may choose not to play cards regardless J. 'broken' - [adj. used to describe...] "something which causes super-cession of an understanding held previously" i. things and concepts may be described by this adjective ii. in the context of game theory, something if broken if it provides a player with an unfair advantage II. Assumptions A. The player's deck is 'consistent' enough to play the majority of hands drawn i. There is an ideal ratio of 'starter,' 'superior extender,' and 'additional extender,' cards to the number of 'engine requirement' cards. ii. There is an ideal number of cards to play a. This number is variable aa. This number fluctuates with the 'ceiling' b. The number of cards used to determine consistency may require the use of a special calculator found on this site. bb. When determining the number of cards in a deck, 'draw cards' may be considered as -Xs rather than +Xs B. The player is not cheating during events i. the player should not cheat a. 'testing' may require doing things that violate regular rules, but it is important to not commit these actions to muscular memory. I. Events A. Choose whether to top or to win before registration, and prepare accordingly i. There is always a best deck to win the event and it should always win the event a. it is not always ideal to win every event aa. if the player intends to win a later event, lower the ceiling or consistency of that player's deck, or avoid 'banned' cards aaa. in this case, the winning player's goal should be to win with an unideal deck b. the best deck to win the event should be the most consistently powerful deck ba. the best deck to win the event is not necessarily either the most powerful or the most consistent deck bb. the best deck to win the event may sacrifice this property for the sake of a better matchup in top-cut c. the best deck to win the event is sometimes the one with the best matchup in top-cut ca. the best deck to win the event may thereby not be likely to top the event caa. if a player intends to win the event, that player should not always expect to top the event ii. There is always a best deck to top the event a. the best deck to top the event is not likely to win in top-cut aa. the player who chooses this deck should never expect to win the event b. The best deck to top the event is often the one that has the best win to loss ratio in matches over the field bb. The player choosing this deck can use results from other events leading up to events and that player's knowledge of the card pool to find this deck iv. The best deck to top the event will likely have the greatest technical advantage over the field II. Deck Profiles A. The player in the deck profile should give out information at that player's discretion i. This use of discretion should not be mistaken as a misuse of that player's influence ii. The player who intentionally wins the event has options a. That player may choose not to deck profile b. That player may choose to deck profile aa. The intentional winner who does deck profile may choose to act ignorant without ommision aaa. This player should act completely unknowing about the deck and quickly go through the cards aab. This player should not give information about cards aac. If asked open ended questions, this player should give shoutouts rather than information about the deck ab. The intentional winner who does deck profile may choose to act ignorant with omission aba. This player should act completely unknowing about the deck and quickly go through the cards abb. This player should not give information about cards abc. If asked open ended questions, this player should give shoutouts rather than information about the deck abd. This player would omit cards from the deck profile abe. This player would likely only do this at an event where lists are not released abea. Otherwise, other great players would be able to deduce the omission and potentially take advantage ac. The intentional winner who does deck profile may choose to share knowledge aca. This player may disclose reasoning with intention of not appearing to be falsely ignorant of choices acaa. This may prevent giving advantage to skilled players acab. This may cause giving advantage to less skilled players ad. The intentional winner who does deck profile may choose to share knowledge with omission acaa. This may prevent giving advantage to skilled players and may actually provide them with misinformation that leads to an advantage acab. This may cause a small giving advantage to less skilled players and may actually provide them with a disadvantage and thereby the intentional winner with an advantage ii. The player who intends to top and accidentally wins should deck profile a. That player may choose to omit advantages in the mirror aa. This may lead to advantages and/or disadvantages as discussed above b. That player may omit any advantage against the best deck ba. This may lead to advantages and/or disadvantages as discussed above iii. The player who tops with the intention to win may choose to or choose not to deck profile and with or without omition with similar repercussions to those listed above iv. The player who tops intentionally may choose to or choose not to deck profile and with or without omition with similar repercussions to those listed above Solemnly, Abe Thalos P.S. - The player should not ever troll for the sake of trolling itself P.S.S. - The player may choose to troll of the sake of misuse of influence over the format, though this should be avoided
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  5. (2/10/1) I am in the process of updating, you're very welcome. Majespecters are good because they all (except Unicorn, replace themselves with spells traps or monsters depending on the card) while having clauses that say they can't be targeted or destroyed by oponent's card effects. So far the majority of Pendulum decks have had one overarching problem. That is, they lack a follow up. The fact that this deck has so much tutoring means that if your oponent outs your scales, you'll have more to play! The Raccoon is a pendulum monster with a stratos effect? Can you spell BROKEN? Majespecter Cat - Nekomata When I first saw Cat, it reminded me very much of Genex Neutron. However, the fact that it activates and resolves when summoned means that even if it leaves the field, you get your search in the endphase. So, to anyone who played in 2011, don't forget your darksoul search. Majespecter Fox - Kyubi As of right now, Fox can only search Tornado and Tempest. Again, being a level 4 makes Fox important for the xyz toolbox as well as a non-tuner for Ignister. Being able to search traps is probably what made Infernity the broken deck it was. Patrick Hoban also often claims stacking and drawing Vanity's Emptiness is what won him the event he won with his Sylvan deck. Majespecter Crow - Yata The fact that you can search these spells with a normal summoned Crow and then immediately tribute the cat for their effects is pretty broken, but the fact that you can pendulum summon it later for another search if you play more spells is insane. Also, Cat is a level 4 making it important for rank 4 plays, especially Trapeze Magician! Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin The deck that placed first in swiss at San Jose played 3. Wasn't on lists from this format found here: http://www.complexitycardgaming.com/2015/11/top-16-decklists-5/ Majespecter Cylone Searchable off Crow and Cat, Cyclone is especially important when facing down an opposing Vanity's Emptiness. You can search this with Crow, then pop crow to pop your opponents monster, outing Emptiness! Then, you can hopefully pendulum it back for an OTK or some crazy shit. Majespecter Storm Hasn't seen much play yet, but searchable off Crow and Cat Majesty's Pegasus Pegasus isn't searchable by Cat or Crow, only Terraforming. However, the card is pretty amazing considering it allows you to get the search off your normal summon and its special summon. Majespecter Tempest Searchable off Cat and Fox, Tempest is arguably the reason people play this deck. Its ability to negate an entire pendulum summon or other inherant special summon or monster effect at the cost of a floater you can pendulum back next turn anyways is AMAZING. Majespecter Tornado Also searchable off Cat and Fox, Tornado functions as Karma Cut does. This card is scary for a lot of decks like infernoid that rely on their normal summon. This is the list that a Norman Wilde piloted to top 16 of CCG Series Milan last week, more relevant than the winner's list because of his inclusion of certain cards that he winner excluded. So, now that we've seen a list, let's discuss the non-Majespeter cards! [The Below Cards are Optional Support for Majespecters, yet are commonly played.] Archfiend Eccentrick   This arguably the best generic pendulum monster yet, MST and exiled force in one! Luster Pendulum - the Dracoslayer *Now Limited to 1 The deck's primary tuner, Luster pendulum is probably the best tuner in the game. The fact that he is a scale that doesn't limit majespecters other than Unicorn, that can be special summoned from the deck via Ignister is INSANE. Masked Chameleon Another tuner. This card is extremely important because he is searchable off King of the Feral Imps, along with Performapal Lizarddraw and Partanaga (scales 6 and 3 respectively). His effect to summon a monster with 0 DEF iis cool, but don't forget to do NORMAL SUMMON him before you play brilliant fusion or synchro because your opponents gonna smaq u. Guess who's got 0 DEF? Luster Pendulum, thats who tha fuck got 0 DEF! I feel a rank 8 play coming on that no one ever saw coming. Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer WHAT'RE THOSE>!?!!: This card is Broken, no better way to put it. The fact that this guy doesn't target makes it expecially important this format in outing opposing Majespectres and Spaceships.   Anyone notice his DEF? Majester Paladin, the Ascending Dracoslayer Thsi card seems more important here than in PePe, because your majespectres are going to get you most of what you need, but its quite likely that you run out of things to search with them. You're probably not running out of ALL of you Pendulums though. Totem Bird Cat and Raccoon are both level 3 WIND monsters, so this is a very good card in this deck Performage Trapeze Magician Arguably the deck's win condition. The fact that it tutors plushfire is pretty awesome, too!
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