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  1. The Premier League 16/17 season saw Antonio Conte’s Chelsea run away with the title but the competition is sure to heat up this year with all top 6 managers having now completed their first full season with their squad. Who will win the league this season? Signings: Arsenal: Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolašinic Chelsea: Ethan Ampadu, Tiemoué Bakayoko, Willy Caballero, Álvaro Morata, Antonio Rüdiger Liverpool: Mohammed Salah, Andrew Robertson Manchester City: Bernardo Silva, Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy Manchester United: Victor Lindelöf, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matić Tottenham Hotspur: N/A 16/17 Season Review Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side marched to victory in the league after making a change in system accelerated by the 3-0 defeat at the Emirates which exposed the frailties in Conte’s initial 4-1-4-1. New signing and 15/16 league champion N’Golo Kante helped Chelsea’s counter-attacking style by acting as a ball-winning midfield alongside Serbian Nemanja Matić to initiate counter-attacks quickly. A rejuvenated Victor Moses and new signing Marcos Alonso functioned as the essential wing-backs to make forward runs in behind defenders, or make space for Pedro, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard. However, an inability to sign key targets such as Alex Sandro as well as the sale of Nemanja Matić to Manchester United have left Conte disappointed at his club’s transfer activity so far. Mauricio Pochettino established himself as one of the best coaches in the league this season after leading Tottenham to a second place finish, and the first time the club has ended the season above bitter London rivals since the 94/95 season. The brilliant pair of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweirld formed the backbone of the strongest defense in the league, while full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose allowed Spurs to move their play wide and make overlapping runs for Cristian Eriksen and Son Heung-min, who were given freedom to make runs inside. However, the club has made no signings so far this Summer, and with most other top 6 clubs strengthening it may become more difficult for Tottenham to challenge this coming season. Pep Guardiola's Manchester City were the favourites going into the season. Signing Claudio Bravo, Leroy Sané, İlkay Gündoğan, Nolito, Gabriel Jesus, and Oleksander Zinchenko (who subsequently left on loan), Guardiola transitioned City's style of play into a possession based team using passing channels and slow build-up play to help dominate and break down the opposition. After a disappointing league campaign finishing 3rd, as well as losing in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal, fourth round EFL Cup knockout against bitter city rivals Manchester United and a Champion's League last 16 defeat at the hands of Leonardo Jardim's brilliant AS Monaco, Pep Guardiola will be sure to reinvest heavily this Summer to ensure a more successful season. Guardiola has fuelled further speculation by stating that his squad needs a “little more” to compete on all fronts after an initial five signings. Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool have once again finished in the top four after doing so in 13/14 thanks to the heroics of Luis Suárez. Klopp's exciting "heavy metal football" resonated with the Anfield faithful who seek return to the glory days of the 80's. Playing fast attacking football with a high line and high press, Liverpool would win the ball further up the pitch and quickly overload the opposition. Liverpool showed they are as good as anyone in the league with an excellent record vs the top six, but a potential title challenge was halted by inconsistent form against the lower half of the table. Following the sale of Neymar to Paris St. Germain, Barcelona have a large transfer war chest to spend on Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele and Liverpool’s Phillipe Coutinho who has reportedly already agreed personal terms with Barcelona. Arsène Wenger remains in a job after a horrendous 16/17 season which saw his Arsenal side finish outside Champion's League qualification for the first time in 20 years. Despite an FA Cup win, the season was one of Wenger's worst and calls for his resignation had been louder than ever. However, having signed a 2-year extension it would seem Arsenal fans have become resigned to another season under his leadership. Having signed left-back Sead Kolašinac and striker Alexandre Lacazette, Wenger may turn his attention towards Leicester City's Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez who has requested a transfer from the club following a disappointing season when compared to his 15/16 performance, or OGC Nice’s Jean Michaël Seri. Mahrez, however, has also been linked heavily with a move to AS Roma. Despite strengthening, Wenger may still find it difficult to keep talisman Alexis Sanchez who seems determined to leave the club and move to Manchester City. A horror contract situation whereby Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all have 12 months or less left on their contracts has also been described by Wenger as “ideal” for generating competition in the squad… Manchester United - now managed by José Mourinho - enjoyed a successful season, winning the EFL Cup and Europa League to qualify for the Champion's League's Pot B. Despite a disappointing league campaign in which a plethora of draws stalled his side to a 6th place finish and an FA Cup last 8 defeat at the hands of Antonio Conte's Chelsea, Manchester United fans are satisfied with the season and feel the rot has been stopped after three painful seasons following the Sir Alex Ferguson era. The pressure is now on for Mourinho to mount a challenge for the league title thanks to the financial muscle of the club which has allowed them to spend upwards of £75m on former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, and £35m on Swedish Benfica centre-back Victor Lindelöf. A failure to sign French striker Antoine Griezmann following Atletico Madrid's transfer ban this Summer, as well as Internazionale’s Ivan Periŝić had held up Mourinho's transfer plans. However, the recent signing of Nemanja Matic (£35m + £5m) will surely add balance and discipline to Mourinho’s midfield, allowing Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera to play in more advanced positions. 17/18 table predictions: 1 Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3 Chelsea 4 Tottenham Hotspur ------------------------------------------------------- 5 Liverpool 6 Arsenal ------------------------------------------------------- 7 Everton 8 Southampton 9 Leicester City 10 West Bromwich Albion 11 Bournemouth 12 West Ham United 13 Stoke City 14 Burnley 15 Newcastle United 16 Crystal Palace 17 Watford -------------------------------------------------------- 18 Swansea City 19 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 Huddersfield Town What are your predictions? The fixture list for the 17/18 Premier League season can be found below: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40253157
  2. March 2010 "Edison" Format

    The next DGz Live will be this format most likely. It's good to see this thread getting more interest again. I've been liking Frog Monarch a lot personally.
  3. Hello everybody, I’ve been collaborating with MMF to restart DGz Live tournaments again. We had initially planned to begin with March 2010 (SJC Edison) format, but instead the decision was made to begin with April 2005. This change was made because it gives us the opportunity to advertise the tournament on the April 2005 Goat Format Discord server. The initial plan was to set tournaments regionally so that people could play in their own time zones rather than somebody else’s time zone, and this remains a distinct possibility. However, the decision was made to begin with just one tournament and see how it goes first before trying to branch out into several tournaments. Please note that this event is free to enter, and there will be no prizes. This first tournament will be held on Saturday 23rd September, 2017. It will be using an April 2005 pre-Exarion Universe format. It is possible that MMF will also be online and available to record as well, and since I live in the United Kingdom the tournament will be held at 19:00 as it is a convenient time for me. For reference, this translates to the following times in their corresponding time zones: 19:00 BST 20:00 CET 11:00 Pacific 12:00 Mountain 13:00 Central 14:00 Eastern The tournament will be held as a Double Elimination bracket. This is a "test run" of sorts to see how many participants sign up, and to see if the tournament an run fairly smoothly. If the tournament has 3/7/15 participants, I or MMF may have to enter to adjust the number of participants to the correct amount, however we will likely first try to find one more participant by asking on Discord first. I will be adding people to the bracket on a first come first served basis. Matches may be held on www.DuelingBook.com or LackeyDGz. Dueling Book will be the default program due to its accessibility. If both players agree, their match may be held on LackeyDGz instead. However, if there is a disagreement regarding which program should be used for the match, the default choice should be www.DuelingBook.com. This is because LackeyDGz requires a player to download, install and learn how to use the program, all of which takes time. Watchers must not be disallowed in matches on either program, however a watchers password may be used. A watchers password must be given to members of the War Council - or myself - if requested. We hope to record footage of the tournament to upload. A feature match will be selected in each round, recorded and uploaded to YouTube. Matches may also be streamed on twitch.tv. By signing up to this tournament. Players may decline to be featured if they wish, in which case a different feature match will be selected instead. In the event of a ruling dispute, please contact a member of the DGz War Council on Duelistgroundz.com, or on our Discord server: DGz Username/Discord Username: ACP/ACP MMF/Frog Emoji Tristan/TristanP Satchmo/Satchmo Digbick/digbick There will be no round timers. Players are asked, however, to play at a reasonable pace. If you would like to register your interest in this tournament, please say so in this thread, anddon't forget to post your Discord username as well so that your opponent may contact you via Discord. Cards from the following sets are legal: Legend of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon Metal Raiders Magic Ruler/Spell Ruler Pharoah’s Servant Labyrinth of Nightmare Legacy of Darkness Pharaonic Guardian Magician’s Force Dark Crisis Invasion of Chaos Ancient Sanctuary Soul of the Duelist Rise of Destiny Flaming Eternity The Lost Millenium Forbidden: Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End Fiber Jar Magical Scientist Makyura the Destructor Witch of the Black Forest Yata-Garasu Butterfly Dagger - Elma Change of Heart Confiscation Dark Hole Harpie's Feather Duster Mirage of Nightmare Monster Reborn Painful Choice Raigeki The Forceful Sentry Imperial Order Limited: Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning Breaker the Magical Warrior Cyber Jar Dark Magician of Chaos D.D. Warrior Lady Exodia the Forbidden One Exiled Force Injection Fairy Lily Jinzo Left Arm of the Forbidden One Left Leg of the Forbidden One Morphing Jar Protector of the Sanctuary Reflect Bounder Right Arm of the Forbidden One Right Leg of the Forbidden One Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys Sangan Sinister Serpent Tribe-Infecting Virus Twin-Headed Behemoth Card Destruction Delinquent Duo Graceful Charity Heavy Storm Lightning Vortex Mage Power Mystical Space Typhoon Pot of Greed Premature Burial Snatch Steal Swords of Revealing Light United We Stand Call of the Haunted Ceasefire Deck Devastation Virus Magic Cylinder Mirror Force Reckless Greed Ring of Destruction Torrential Tribute Semi-Limited: Abyss Soldier Dark Scorpion - Chick the Yellow Manticore of Darkness Marauding Captain Night Assailant Vampire Lord Creature Swap Emergency Provisions Level Limit - Area B Nobleman of Crossout Reinforcement of the Army Upstart Goblin Good Goblin Housekeeping Gravity Bind Last Turn For more information on April 2005 format, please visit: http://formatlibrary.weebly.com/ http://duelistgroundz.com/index.php?/topic/145347-the-official-goat-format-thread-april-2005-forbidden-and-limited-lists-sets-until-tlm/
  4. Congratulations to @personofsecrets for winning DGz Live #204 with a unique Flip-Flop Monarch deck! Commiserations to @Shining Blue-eyes for finishing as Runner-up. Here are the brackets: http://dgz.challonge.com/dgzlive204 I recorded the following matches: Losers Round 2: ACP vs Personofsecrets Losers Round 3: Cameron vs Personofsecrets Losers Round 4: Rip kid no cry vs Personofsecrets Grand Finals: Shining Blue-eyes (W) vs Personofsecrets (L) My apologies for recording the same player over and over. I had wanted to record more but I screwed up the recording of Round 1's Rip kid no cry vs Buildthewalia, and for Round 2 (Losers Round 1) I was unable to record after experiencing issues with my laptop. I would have recorded more Winners bracket matches but there was a drop out from the Winners side. I hope to have more variety in players next time. I played audio of a few songs from the Kingdom Hearts series, Shadow of the Colossus and Dragon Ball Super during the matches which I hope to upload. When I upload them I will embed them in this thread. People can then tell me if they prefer with no audio or if they don't mind the music. I figure the viewer could just mute the video if they don't care for the audio.
  5. Barclays Premier League 2017/18

    A professional 1-0 win vs Southampton. We played poorly in the second half but our defence stayed resilient and showed their mettle.
  6. Rare Fish Turbo?

    Have you tried teching in Worm Linx and Snipe Hunter yet?
  7. Nintendo Switch (new console)

    That's a real shame then. I thought Evil Ryu and Violent Ken were almost the same as the original versions of the characters, like they were just a costume change. Why mess around with the metagame of a classic fighting game?
  8. I'm usually free on Sundays so next time perhaps I'll try around the same time on a Sunday instead and see if that has any effect on participation.
  9. This says it all about the progression of DGz in 2017. As a community we have all strayed so far from what this site was once. Was it too strict in those days even before I was a member? Going off what other users have described, probably so. But maybe that's why the quality of content was higher back then too. At least little trolls like slade4000 were put in their place before the stupid attitude and ficticious persona poisoned the rest of the site and ruined the quality of discussion.
  10. Nintendo Switch (new console)

    Pokken Tournament DX also comes out this Friday, I think. I was excited to try it out for a while but I played the free demo and was unimpressed. I think I'll just pass. My brother told me that long combos weren't much of a thing in Street Fighter II, it was more about Fireballs + Dragon Fists, and your own movement. That suits me well because I'm not good at learning combos, if I just need to do simple motions for my moves I prefer it. For this reason I am considering picking up Ultra Street Fighter II instead.
  11. I don't know what the Dueling Book Forum is getting up to, but we are trying to rotate with about 5-6 different formats that people have voted on. The next one planned is an Edison format tournament.
  12. You're right, The Lost Millenium should be there. I C&P'd that set list info from Format Library but I think I clicked for info from April 2005 since that's the name of the format, forgetting that it would not show TLM. It's meant to be the same Goat Format everybody has gotten used to, no Exarion Universe and no Cybernetic Revolution. Good thing you spotted that, I'll ask somebody to edit it real quick since I don't have moderator privileges. Edit: ACP fixed it for me.
  13. Nintendo Switch (new console)

    Super Mario Odyssey truly looks phenomenal. Breath of the Wild may have a fight on it's hands for game of the year. This is exactly why I bought the Switch; the quality of these exclusives (LoZ, ARMS, Splatoon, Super Mario, Mario Kart, Pokémon etc) is greater than any other console. It just needs those third party developers to take the plunge. Capcom are supposed to be very satisfied with sales of Ultra Street Fighter II, and I'll definitely be picking up FIFA 18. Bethesda also seem to believe in the console. So hopefully we'll see more and more third party titles. They could still improve the quality of their online service though. A web browser and a way to message friends would be a good start. I hope they don't have the nerve to start charging for their online service before they have made updates and improvements like that though. I don't mind if it stays as it is as long as it's free, but I don't want to pay until there's more.
  14. Barclays Premier League 2017/18

    Another 4-0 win. Was a close game until the last 10 minutes where they just fell apart. We didn't play great but we looked more solid once Herrera was subbed on. We drew 1-1 with Everton twice last season in the league so it's nice to get a win over them. Koeman talked shit about us a lot last season for no reason but he clearly has a big job on his hands. Very little pace on his side, and he signed a bunch of players who don't seem to have addressed Everton's biggest problems. Rooney was surely not meant to be the Lukaku replacement, they needed to go a spend that Lukaku money on a quality striker. I'd say Giroud would have been a good signing for them but he doesn't address that pace issue either.
  15. Barclays Premier League 2017/18

    Manchester City look like they could do the business this season. They hit Watford for six earlier today. I didn't watch the Liverpool game but they drew 1-1 so I assume their defence let them down as per usual. http://www.football365.com/news/klopp-no-better-defenders-out-there-than-the-ones-i-have His teams play great attacking football but Klopp clearly hasn't got a scooby-doo when it comes to organising a defense. I looked at the Liverpool subreddit and they were saying somebody didn't mark the far post (might have been near post I forget which). It's clearly not just the players that are the problem anymore. Not that I'm complaining though.
  16. Flaws of Goat Format. What would you change about it?

    You can beat most of them fairly easy though if you use a side deck, or even just come up with loops with Magician of Faith to break down certain setups if you have the right options to add back. I don't think they're such a problem, and even if they were if you just played 3/5 matches instead of 2/3 that weakens them even more. These kind of decks tend to excel in g1 usually. Mind you I'm not that good at this format so maybe I'm missing something.
  17. Barclays Premier League 2017/18

    Roy Hodgson has been announced as the new manager of Crystal Palace FC.
  18. UEFA Champions League 2017/18

    Celtic fans will tell you Celtic Park is the biggest home advantage in world football but it's a massacre out there; PSG 3-0 Celtic. Not so easy when they are facing teams stronger than the EFL League 1 to beat up on. 1-0 at half time against Basel, we've dominated the ball and stopped them from barely getting out of their box but we've created very little. At least Young could put in a decent cross unlike Valenica. Fellaini isn't a great player but he has his uses so I can see why Mourinho would want to keep him.
  19. UEFA Champions League 2017/18

    The UEFA Champions League draw for 2017/18 season takes place today at 17:00 BST at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The managers of each of the 5 english sides in the competition have now completed a minimum of one season at their respective club, meaning that managers like José Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp and Antonio Conte will no longer have any excuse for a poor showing after having had a chance to build their team with two summer transfer windows. With the astronomical amounts of money now in the English game, English clubs are expected to perform better in the competition now moreso than in the last 5 years or so. Below are the seedings for each pot and the country the club represents. Pot 1 contains the title holders and the champions of the top seven associations based on their 2016 UEFA country coefficients. As the title holders, Real Madrid, are one of the champions of the top seven associations, the champions of the association ranked eighth are also seeded into Pot 1 (regulations Article 13.05). Pots 2, 3 and 4 contain the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2017 UEFA club coefficients. In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams enter the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League round of 32. The matchdays are 12–13 September, 26–27 September, 17–18 October, 31 October – 1 November, 21–22 November, and 5–6 December 2017. A total of 32 teams play in the group stage: 22 teams which enter in this stage, and the 10 winners of the play-off round (5 from Champions Route, 5 from League Route). Qarabağ and RB Leipzig will make their debut appearances in the group stage. Pot One: Real Madrid (ESP) FC Bayern München (GER) Juventus (ITA) Chelsea (ENG) Benfica (POR) Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) AS Monaco (FRA) Spartak Moscow (RUS) Pot Two: Barcelona (ESP) Atlético Madrid (ESP) Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) Borussia Dortmund (GER) Sevilla (ESP) Manchester City (ENG) Porto (POR) Manchester United (ENG) Pot Three: Napoli (ITA) Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) Basel (SWI) Olympiacos (GRE) Anderlecht (BEL) Liverpool (ENG) Roma (ITA) Beşiktaş (TUR) Pot Four: Celtic (SCO) CSKA Moscow (RUS) Sporting CP (POR) APOEL (CYP) Feyenoord (NED) Maribor (SLO) Qarabağ (AZE) RB Leipzig (GER) Arguably it is preferable to be in Pot Two rather than Pot One this year. Who do you support, and what would be your ideal group stage draw?
  20. I think ACP said on Discord that he amended his will to give $20 to Silver if he died in Hurricane Irma.
  21. Spellbook of Knowledge, set to be released in Code of the Duelist (COTD) on August 3rd/4th, 2017 in the TCG. After initially reading this card I was impressed but having taken more time to think about it's applications I feel this card has huge potential and will surely be an integral part of the next big Spellcaster deck. Even though this is the Single Card Discussion section, I would like to treat this post as if it were a TCG Deck Garage post in the sense that I think Shaddolls - while no longer competitive - are one of the best choices to show a proof of concept for the huge potential of this card. It singlehandedly makes me want to use Shaddolls again, not that I needed that much reason seeing as they are my favourite deck but the card helps reinvent the deck in my eyes. This card has seen play in the OCG because it functions as a splashable mini-draw engine. Simply run 3 Spellbook Magician of Prophecy, 3 Spellbook of Knowledge and 3 Spellbook of Secrets. Sending a "Spellcaster" or "Spellbook" card to the graveyard is treated as an effect and not a cost, meaning you can trigger certain effects off this card. I have been experimenting with Shaddolls using this card due to the ability to trigger their effects. While El-Shaddoll Construct is forbidden, I have found use for this card by maxing out on Shaddoll Beast, Shaddoll Hedgehog and Shaddoll Squamata. This is because they are the best Shaddolls for making your moves on the first turn and they all open up options. I have also found use for this card to retrieve Shaddoll Fusion spells sent to the graveyard by Kuribandit. Instant Fusion offers another route to summon El-Shaddoll Winda from the extra deck, which you can then send for two draws with Spellbook of Knowledge and potentially add back a Shaddoll "Fusion" spell back. Speaking of Instant Fusion, El-Shaddoll Winda and Sea Monster of Theesus are both level 5, and with Sea Monster of Theseus being a tuner you can summon Ultimaya Tzolkin. This gives you defensive options like Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon, but also an offensive option if you opt to max out on Nephe Shaddoll Fusion allowing you to instantly add it to your hand by summoning Power Tool Dragon off the back of Ultimaya Tzolkin. Taking this concept a step further I decided to add a small Predaplant engine in the form of 3 Predaplant Scorpio and 1 Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra, as well as a small Zoodiac package: 2 Zoodiac Ratpier and 1 Zoodiac Whiptail. The Predaplant engine allow me to summon M-X-Saber Invoker, which obviously links up with the Zoodiac engine. Zoodiac Whiptail can be added off Zoodiac Broadbull functioning as a way to add for free an Earth-attribute that can not only be used to add materials for extra activations of Zoodiac Drident, but also functions as an option to fuse into El-Shaddoll Shekhinaga. I think the deck has good options going first with 3 Spellbook Magician of Prophecy, 3 Spellbook of Secrets, 3 Spellbook of Knowledge (being able to send a Shaddoll from the hand and trigger their effect to adjust your hand), 3 Kuribandit, 3 Predaplant Orphys Scorpio, 2 Zoodiac Ratpier etc. The deck is 41 cards because I still haven't figured out what I want to cut. What does everybody else think of this card?
  22. Barclays Premier League 2017/18

    The first managerial casualty of the season award goes to Frank De Boer, lasting four Premier League games with Crystal Palace. Embarrassing from the club as a whole.
  23. Barclays Premier League 2017/18

    I don't think it's 50/50 in any way personally. Puts Eric Cantona to shame.
  24. Barclays Premier League 2017/18

    I think it was a red. For sure the ball was there to be won but Mane had both feet off the ground, not just one. He had no control over the challenge. For me it's a red, I'm not sure why Gary Neville feels so strongly otherwise. He blatantly kicked him in the head at the end of the day, certainly very dangerous.