Posted by : Abdalaziz al-shammari Mar 31, 2010

Many Duelists use strategies that require heavy use of the Graveyard. Blackwing Duelists Special Summon “Blackwing” monsters from the Graveyard with the effect of Blackwing – Blizzard the Far North. They also remove Blackwing – Vayu the Emblem of Honor from their Graveyard to Special Summon “Blackwing” Synchro Monsters from their Extra Decks. Gladiator Beast Duelists return Gladiator Beast cards from the Graveyard with the effects of Gladiator Beast Darius and Gladiator Beast Equeste. Duelists running Chaos Sorcerer need to remove a DARK and a LIGHT monster from their Graveyards in order to Summon it. Duelists playing Dark Armed Dragon need exactly 3 DARK monsters in their Graveyard to bring it onto the field. Many Decks just can’t function without constant access to their Graveyards.

                                            Use these to shut down the Graveyard completely!

So what happens if you completely shut down your opponent’s Graveyard? When a player can’t build up his Graveyard the way he wants it, he’s unable to play a lot of the cards in his Deck. That’s why so many Duelists try to manipulate their opponents’ Graveyards to control the plays their opponents can make.

There are a lot of ways to control which cards can make it into your opponent’s Graveyard and stay there. Some cards, like Banisher of the Radiance, Dimensional Fissure, and Macro Cosmos will prevent monsters from ever entering either player’s Graveyard.
If you don’t want to give up access to your own Graveyard, there are other options you can take to manipulate your opponent’s Graveyard. Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer, Soul Release, and D.D. Crow can all remove cards from your opponent’s Graveyard while leaving your Graveyard in tact. A Gladiator Beast Duelist can also tag-in Gladiator Beast Retiari to remove a card from his opponent’s Graveyard whenever he needs to.

Even though there are many Decks that rely on the Graveyard to some extent, some Decks need it a lot more. Twilight Decks, for example, can’t Summon Judgment Dragon, Chaos Sorcerer or Dark Armed Dragon without being able to build up a Graveyard. They also can’t use the effect of Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner to Special Summon a Lightsworn monster from the Graveyard if there are no monsters in there.

That’s why cards like Banisher of the Radiance and Dimensional Fissure, which prevent opponents from getting monsters into their Graveyards, are great cards have in your Side Deck. Even if you lose out on some of your own effects that require a Graveyard, it may still be worth it if the card destroys the way your opponent’s Deck functions.

Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer and Soul Release are also great cards to have in your Side Deck. At any point in the game, they can remove cards from the Graveyard that your opponent worked so hard to build up.

A skilled Duelist knows how important cards in the Graveyard can be during a Duel. You can get an edge over your opponent by disrupting his Graveyard and restricting the plays he can make.

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