It’s a new season for YuGiOh: Master Duel, the popular online card game that launched to resounding success earlier this year. With each new season in a live service game, there’s an opportunity to address some of the community’s biggest issues and make package fixes alongside a new Battlepass. However, it seems that many of the biggest problems in Master Duel remain. The elephant in the room refuses to leave.
These problems come in pairs. On the one hand, an immutable banlist that allows some of the game’s most dominant decks to stay on top, thereby keeping the high ranks of the leaderboard a little stale. The other side of the coin is the Battle Pass itself, which many find is too damn long, with many players exhausting it long before a new one is added.
Let’s tackle the first problem first. Since the game’s release, decks like Eldlich and Dryton have been overwhelming and difficult to overcome unless you intentionally construct decks aimed at conquering them. Add to that a selection of powerful hand traps (cards that can be used to great effect without having to place them on the board) and you’ll see how playing the game can become quite repetitive.
The second concern is a little more sinister. It’s true that you can easily rank through the ranks if you play multiple games a day, but those who are only looking for a game or two a day will of course find maxing out the rank more time-consuming. It’s likely that the frustration surrounding the Battle Pass is obscuring the real issue – a lack of in-game progression aside from a bare-bones ranked mode and the aforementioned Battle Pass.
In the author’s opinion, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed by the game if you set aside an hour or two a day to play it. With the exception of the festival events, like the brilliant N/R Festival, which provided a much-needed break from the usual meta, there’s little to encourage players to shuffle their deck. It’s like I could certainly pull out a new weird deck, but why run the gauntlet of over-optimizing players with extraordinary meta decks for no reason?
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