Even for seasoned players, the finer points of chain links can be difficult to understand. Despite being a critical mechanic in the game, lots of players struggle ordering their chain links optimally, and instead focus solely on negating their opponent's cards once they've played them. But that's not always the right way to go.
Example? Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring can win entire games on Turn 1. The most common way to play around it is to pack your deck with a set of Called by the Grave, but some strategies can also use "chain blocking" to set up chains in an order where your key cards can't be chained to, forcing your opponent to play their hand trap suboptimally or not at all. If that has you confused, check out the video below and let Dr. Susu teach you how to call your chain links!
In modern Yu-Gi-Oh, much of the difficulty in winning games comes from your ability and knowledge of the game itself. With only a handful of decks currently vying for the top spot, you'll find yourself playing mirrors more often than you might think, so your individual knowledge of cards and mechanics will determine whether you win or lose. If you want to continue learning with Dr. Susu, be sure to check out the previous episode of Casual to Competitive at: Casual to Competitive | Don't Get Ashed Episode 1.
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