I suppose this could have been seen a mile away, but nonetheless, this is it.
This format is significantly better than the previous one, that much is certain, but my interest in the game as it stands today is still dwindling day by day, and due to other commitments in life, I no longer have as much free time to invest in ygo as I have had in the past.
Subsequently, with no time to play, investing in cards for Dragon Rulers isn't exactly feasible, as I would barely be able to get any mileage out of them before WHOOOOSH!!! Before you know it, the format's over.
I mean ok I did brew together what I believe to be a solid Zombie deck (as solid as a Tier 2 / 3 deck can get anyway. It's certainly not a Dragon Ruler deck), yet I still don't feel that drive to play.
Even when nothing is on the line aka store credit and packs whoop dee doo, more often then not, I decline to play.
"Hey do you want to play for fun"
The spark just isn't there.
1-2 years back (or more), I could spend hours on end playing on The Network of Dueling or at a friends house, building decks and mock decklists, reading ygo articles and forums, watching ygo-related strategy videos, etc.
Now, not so much.
Time goes on
Ygo now is fairly different from the ygo of years past
The game changes
And it's probably time to move on, or take an indefinite hiatus at the very least
Ok I lied.
I don't think that I'll be completely cut off from the game.
I intend to sell the bulk of my cards, yes.
However, I expect that I'll still play some Goat Control games every so often, and I do still visit a certain competitive ygo forum on the daily, if only to keep up with various threads that more or less don't have anything to do with ygo.
It also goes without saying that I'm still going to keep in touch w/ the friends I've made through this game. Whether it be meeting people at locals, regionals, the two YCS events I've been to, etc (so long as you aren't a complete douchebag with no apparent redeemable qualities), it's been fun.
That aside, ygo is pretty much dead to me.
In all honesty, my initial expectations for this blog were pretty low.
I started it up to serve as a medium through which I could write and have fun, with no interest towards gaining any financial returns from doing so (I have never enabled advertisements, asked for donations, or held gimmicky contests, etc)
I'm pretty sure that my initial estimate was that this would last for about a year at most (my first 10? 20? year's worth? of posts are actually literally horrendous), before I would treat it with apathy and fade back into obscurity.
I mean it's a one-duelist project, and I don't have the reach and influence that a pro player would have, nor do I have the credentials to fill an informing / teaching sort of niche.
I'm no PJ Tierney (the Irish Duelist)
I'm no bahamut or DSummon (DuelingDays)
I'm no Michael Bonacini (Death Aspect)
I'm no Ting Tingy (Dueling Legacy)
I'm no Neuxcharge (Neuxcharge)
I'm just me.
Basically, it would be just another blog.
I also happen to suck with graphic design, photoshop, essentially anything computer related, so the appearance of the site leaves a lot to be desired.
I'm a genius with MS Paint though
Obviously, things don't always turn out as expected though, as this blog is nearing it's 3rd anniversary, and has already eclipsed 500,000 pageviews.
That's 2 years and 490,000 more views in surplus of my initial guess. Along the way, I learned that it can actually be quite the struggle to pump out content on the regular, and am 200% guilty of using shit like locals reports as filler, though I do try to make them at least mildly entertaining so that they won't have been a waste of a couple minutes of your life. No refunds, sorry.
I have both dedicated readers and casual passerby's to thank for all this, like this blog would not be what it is and where it is today without the support of others, and I do apologize for having things tail off like this.
So thank you, and sorry, respectively.
I don't think I ever got around to explaining where "LFN" came from
Well I guess that's too bad