Okay, so I'm officially announcing my return to Yu-Gi-Oh! for a few reasons. One, I have too many cards that are just sitting around. Two, I need some cash and I made decent money playing it on the side with my job. I figured as a returning statement, I want to rant just a bit about a few things I've noticed about Yu-Gi-Oh! since I've left. When I left, I was having increasing difficulty putting a working deck together, which I usually never did. Most of the players I lost to were running CCChaos decks. I have nothing against chaos monsters, they're effective, fast, and strong. So I guess what I'm talking about is originality. The first tournament I won, I was using a Hayabusa Knight deck, the only one at my store. It was the week of the LON release and I defeated an Exodia deck (belonging to the number 1 ranked player in our store), a fully-loaded LON deck (equips, Kycoos and Geminis), and a vicious dragon deck. If I came back to a store today, I probably would have face three decks with similar or identical builds. Why? Because people learned what wins and what doesn't. You can't force creativity, it's up to the players. I was always one to try out new decks and new ideas (my Guardian Baou deck was pretty damn fun now that I think of it). Originality is dead, plain and simple. Another thing, not related to the actual game, but the critics of the game are the targets now. Yu-Gi-Oh! players are bashed usually because it's considered a kids game. You know why? Because in every aspect except for gameplay, it is childish. The merchandise, the anime, the target audience, it's all for children. In America, Yu-Gi-Oh was aimed at a younger crowd of boys and girls around 7 and up (whereas Japan it's aimed at teenaged boys). Upperdeck saw the potential to print their own money and they succeeded. Kind of like the way players net deck to win money, Upperdeck will not change anything if they're winning with what they have already. Anyways, don't get offended if someone laughs at you or says it's a kid's game, because it is. You need to take the next step and say, "So what?" or simply laugh it off. So that's my take on Yu-Gi-Oh!, I am hoping to be able to start organizing my own tournaments (I are a tourney orgazin0r) around my college and get some people to play.