History Headscratchers / YuGiOh

16th Aug '16 8:01:24 AM Cainapples
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* If, in Rafael's flashback, he was given a Duel Disk by Dartz, did Kaiba really invent them at all? I mean, considering Rafael looked much younger in the flashback. Because there are some remarkable similarities between the two that aren't present in Dia Dhanks...
24th Jul '16 6:57:41 PM ExarchofSechrima
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** With how weird the Duelist Kingdom rules were, it's highly likely that Labyrinth Wall was being regarded as some sort of bizarre field/terrain, and not a monster, and therefore couldn't be harmed normally. In the manga, the justification is that monsters like Black-Skull Dragon who have wings are unable to FIT inside the labyrinth because of how cramped the space is; which still doesn't make any sense whatsoever.
24th Jul '16 6:53:58 PM ExarchofSechrima
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** Because Pegasus is running a tournament. Printing a card like that and then winning with it would be tantamount to the game being rigged from the beginning... which would open him up to lawsuits from every participant for offering a prize that they had no chance at all of winning, as whoever challenged Pegasus would just get "ha! I win automatically" with no way to fight back, making the entire thing a huge waste of time. While the Toon monsters are nigh-unbeatable, making a card that basically says "you win the duel for no effort 100% of the time with no way for your opponent to do anything" would be disrespectful to the game and the tournament, and the entire reputation of the company and the entire game itself would be irreparably damaged by such a flagrant disregard for fair tournament conduct. It would be the equivalent of catching the people running the Olympics setting things so that one country in particular would win; Pegasus' game and company would never be able to recover from such a scandal, and a lot of players would stop playing entirely when they see how little respect the creator of the game has for both it and them. Furthermore, the resulting fallout would probably lead the Big 5 to pull their support from him when faced with the resulting public outrage, rendering his entire goal moot in the first place.
24th Jul '16 5:31:45 PM ExarchofSechrima
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** What was actually said I believe was that Exodia itself was so rare, and Exodia's summoning conditions were so difficult to accomplish that no one could actually do so in a duel until Yugi vs. Kaiba. In the actual game, there are several strategies that facilitate summoning Exodia, but in the anime there are some severe differences that make it much more difficult. For starters, both players start with 2000 life points, a fourth of what the actual card game has, meaning you'll hit zero a lot faster. Furthermore, the original rules, though never explained, seem to work something like: "Turn. Draw. Summon monster/play spell. Turn end." With no attack directly effects in the game, the implication was you would lose if you didn't play anything to defend yourself with on your turn. Since Exodia requires you to gather all five pieces in your hand, you somehow would have to do this while summoning monsters and playing spells to keep you alive. Other than swords of revealing light there aren't many "stall" cards in the original anime the way there are in the actual game, so playing a regular duel WHILE trying to gather all five pieces into your hand borders on impossible. Even the first Rare Hunters' deck, which works to get Exodia together as fast as possible, has neither the speed nor defensive power of real life Exodia decks, even with three copies of each. Add to that how absurdly rare Exodia is (Kaiba never considered it a possibility that Yugi would have such a card, so it must be pretty rare) and it's pretty obvious why no one has really done it. Yugi only summoned it through sheer luck.


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** The God Cards are stronger than Exodia because they're a lot easier to summon and win with. They each require only three tributes, and pretty much win the game when they hit the board. Exodia, on the other hand, needs the player to gather five different cards into his hand before his opponent kills him; so while you would win against a god if you revealed Exodia, the gods are so much easier to summon, and so easily splashed (in the anime at least) that they are leaps and bounds better than Exodia in terms of cost efficiency; winning the game by drawing five different pieces of Exodia just isn't as appealing as simply summoning a monster capable of killing your opponent anyway.
24th Jul '16 4:44:40 PM ExarchofSechrima
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** On another note, how fast do new cards get created in this game? Duelist Kingdom > Battle City > Doma > KC Grand Prix, being generous, would take about a year in total, and the game goes from Duelist Kingdom where, with a few exceptions, everyone is using vanilla beaters with a few magic and trap cards here and there all the way to super high speed summonings and mass tributes and getting powerful monsters with strong effects onto the board in a matter of turns. Most of these changes happened between DK and BC (because actual rules had been created by then) but in terms of real life support if would be like going from the first set and jumping all the way to pre-GX era decks in a matter of months; with a meta that shifts in power that quickly and that drastically, how on earth does I2 keep the game balanced? New sets would have to be dropping so fast that people would just be "oh, this new card I got last month just got outclassed, time to go buy another box" every few weeks.
19th Jul '16 9:36:20 PM Rubber_Lotus
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** "I bet my life" could be taken to mean that Yami would serve as Haga's gofer/errand boy for the rest of the tournament (if not the rest of his ''life'') if he lost. Given Yami's temperament at this point (see below) he may very well have killed himself if Haga ordered it.
19th Jul '16 1:06:25 AM ExarchofSechrima
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** Also, it's a lot easier to steal trading cards from a high school student instead of from the leader of an ancient organization of thieves that he rules with dark magic and mind control powers.
16th Jul '16 9:09:38 PM Rubber_Lotus
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** At least one translation I read said something like "The whole game was a setup!!", which could be taken to mean ''Gozaburo'' deliberately took a dive so he could have ''two'' kids [[WouldHurtAChild that he could abuse to his heart's content]].
16th Jul '16 11:27:12 AM Kayube
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** As for the changes in the summoning graphics, this could have just been a user-interface patch made to the Duel Disk software to make it clearer to players that the tributing comes before the monster is summoned.
2nd Jul '16 6:19:48 PM Orcophile
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*** To be fair, when the TCG was first being adapted into games, the internet was still not mainstream even in North America. Nevermind Japan which was even slower in adopting the card game so the whole concept was not as idiotic back than. Don't forget the main demograph was little kids who normally don't websurf back in the early days of TCG. Hell even today you'd be surprised that in this web age era, most kids despite having their own laptops are too busy in their own lives playing video games or sports or whatever that they'd forget something as simple as searching codes online. Being little kids they'd just impulsively buy the cards (and I seen this happen even today). On top of that even among those who used the webs in the 90s and early 2000s, most were adults, PC gamers, or nerds of other hobbies that don't normally play YGO! and thus it took some time before new cards in the latest game got released and internet news spread much slower in the days. I remember back when I had a GBA I couldn't find the code for Blue Eyes Dragon and had to actually purchase one of the decks just to get it. It wasn't until mid 2000s that finally it was easy to find every card in even the newest game thanks to internet being adopted as a mainstream social media. And as I mentioned we're not taking into account most homes didn't have internet, even many libraries outside of cities lacked any web connection.
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