So here is something interesting subject to talk about. I have been around since starter deck Yugi and the game has definitely changed, but you most likely know that. If you don't... Well... things are very different now. Anyways, A fair amount of people get annoyed at the new monster types like Synchro, Xyz, and Pendulums. Some people may also get mad at the focus on archetypes or the OTKs and FTKs. I want to talk about what I think about the game currently.
Let's start out with the first new card type introduced: Synchro monsters.
For those that do not know: Synchro Monsters are white monster cards that go in your extra deck. To summon them, you need a monster labled as a tuner and other monsters whose combined levels equal that of the monster you are Synchro summoning.
So these monsters are basically next gen fusion monsters (some Synchro monsters require specific cards). These cards have abilities you would see in regular cards and they are not easy to get out on the field, requiring nearly every monster in your deck to be compatible with the tuners in your deck. Honestly, these cards are a great edition to Yu-Gi-Oh. But I could see someone saying Synchros are fusion and ritual knock offs... and to that, You are dead wrong. Let's look at one minor factor these people are not realizing; Synchro monsters do NOT use spell cards to be summoned. They use Tuner monsters. Yes, the concept is similar, but that does not mean that the cards are ripping off their predecssors. It's like trying to say that Guren Lagann is a rip off of Gundam. The two are similar, but they have things that make them different from each other.
And before anyone says that Synchros are setting a bad example for future monsters..... Black Luster Soldier, Envoy of the beginning and Chaos Emperor Dragon, Envoy of the End are two effect monsters (that came before Synchro Monsters) that were and are banned (BLS was moved down to limited for some odd reason) from tournament play.
On a minor note: the mentioning of Guren Lagann and Gundam was just a comparison. Do not discuss these two animes in the comments. This is a journal about Yu-Gi-Oh!
Let's move onto Xyz monsters.
These monsters are black monster cards that also go in your extra deck. These are summoned by having two monsters of the same level (sometimes certain types and attributes are required). You stack the two cards (now called Xyz materials) and place the Xyz monster on top. You also usually detach the Xyz materials (they get sent to the graveyard) to activate the monsters effect.
I am going to be honest: I love these cards, but I can see how they are over powered. They are very easy to get out on the field and some have universal compatibility with the majority of decks out there. This was certainly an interesting addition to the card game. As for something new: I think this card type does it job. It provides a new mechanic and it has a fresh new look. However, they do seem a little too similar to Synchro monsters in my opinion. But to be fair, using traps to summon them would be clunky and slow. Do Xyz monsters ruin the game? Hell no. There are ways to kick these things to the graveyard easily (torrential tribute, black rose dragon, Mirror force, etc.) and once their Xyz materials are gone, they can no longer use their effects. Plus there are cards from earlier in the game that put these cards to shame.
And now: Pendulum Monsters.
Oh boy... these cards. These are Monster/spell hybrids that go in the normal deck and can be used for pendulum summons. You need to have two pendulum monsters in your pendulum zones. Once you do, announce you are doing so and special summon monsters from your hand and extra deck that are in between the pendulum scales listed on the pendulum monster cards. The monsters must have a level that is between the pendulum scales and must not match the scale numbers. When pendulums are destroyed, they are sent to the extra deck. When I mentioned that monsters can be summoned from the extra deck, that was in reference to the pendulum monsters sent there. These cards also have an effect that is used in the monster zone and an effect that is used in the pendulum zone (although some have no effects).
I have discussed these monsters before. I have said they are OP, but not that OP. I will get to this in a minute. These are very interesting cards. They are hybrid cards and the first time we have gotten hybrid cards...ACTUAL HYBRID CARDS. And let me guess, someone is going to say Konami is running out of ideas, right? I loathe this accusation so much it is not funny. This is the first time Konami has done Hybrid cards. Honestly, I think it's a good idea. It is certainly different. But the pendulum summons were unnecessary in my opinion... or at the least; they should have been nerfed. Only one monster should be summoned. That is how I would do it.
Now you know how I said these monsters are OP, but not that OP? Well here is the thing, these things are still monsters and can be destroyed with cards that destroy them. I'd imagine that they can even be destroyed in the pendulum zone (if not, these would be unbelievably broken). If they are summoned, unless you get them back to your hand, they cannot be put in the pendulum zones. Once all of them are in the extra deck, that is it and unless you have a card to get them back. Plus it is very hard to get a scale of 1 to 8. Even then, you can't summon level 1 and level 8 monsters. Plus the majority of my pendulums only work with and towards certain cards meaning they cannot be placed in any deck.
Do they ruin the game? I am actually going to say no. Although it doesn't seem like it, Pendulums can be easily countered with cards like torrential tribute and black rose dragon. You can also get rid of all the monsters summoned with the previously mentioned cards. And there is a lot of cards that can wipe out entire fields, so you are not limited to a certain card type or archetype.
And one last thing to talk about: The current focus on Archetypes.
Yeah... it will openly admit that has gotten a little ridiculous with the heavy focus on archetypes. But there is a lot these days and they provide variety to the game and prevent people from using the same cards.... although people are using the same archetypes................ No matter what, I like archetypes and I feel it gives people something to build their decks around instead of just slapping the most popular cards from the anime into a deck that requires no skill whatsoever.
The card game currently.
I think it is doing fine. Sure, the new card types can be OP. But it's not like there isn't a way to counter them. Plus it's not the cards, it's the people that make things annoying or unfair. I am not going to blame an Xyz for a cheap tactic some scumbag duelist uses. Ultimately, all these cards are good additions to the game of Yu-Gi-Oh! and keep things from getting stale. Can you imagine if we still just had Fusions and rituals as our special monsters? it would get boring after a while.
So on an ending note, I am not an expert on Yu-Gi-Oh! and these are just my opinions. If you disagree with me, that is alright as long as your argument is well founded and not nostalgia blind rambling. By all means, share what you think in the comments. I am very curious to see what you think of Yu-Gi-Oh! right now