As with other card games, Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG requires at least 2 people for a duel to take place, which might make the article title sound strange at first sight...
But what if I told you that there really are ways to play Yu-Gi-Oh solo? In addition, ways to find people to duel will also be mentioned.
Check out our suggestions below!
The first way to play alone is through the Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, which is considered by many to be the best Yu-Gi-Oh game ever created.
Even if you don't have any friends with access to the game, you can easily find an opponent in Duel mode. There, you have access to ranked matches, and you can also participate in events, if they are available at the time.
Also, for those who really want to play alone, there's the Solo mode, where you can fight duels that follow the lore of various archetypes from Yu-Gi-Oh!
The Duelingbook is a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG that works right in your browser. Although it is not an official platform, it is quite popular and is often used by several renowned names in competitive Yu-Gi-Oh.
This is because it is a fully manual platform, where you need to play the same way as the tabletop game works. Therefore, it is the ideal place for those who want to improve their skills.
In the Duelingbook you only have to wait a few seconds to participate in a ranked duel. There is also the possibility of playing unranked games and in addition, there is also the solo mode, where you create an exclusive room to train by performing hand tests with a chosen deck.
Duel against yourself
We've finally come up with a way to play Yu-Gi-Oh alone in the literal sense of the word! Here the goal is to duel alone, but using 2 decks.
First you need to have 2 decks, after deciding which deck will start the game you must leave the 5 initial cards of the 2 decks on display and start playing.
It's interesting to decide whether to "play around" your opponent's interactions, since you will be seeing their hand.
Another interesting option is to build a deck to play first and another to play second, using a boardbreaker approach instead of handtraps. Thus, you only need to see the cards in the “opponent's” hand after finishing your combo.
You can also use the learn-to-play approach when you go second by leaving the standard first-deck board already established, and perform a hand test with the second deck to try and break the first-deck field.
The Remote Duel was the alternative that Konami found to keep the Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments active during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, the community was able to stay active while the stores maintained social distancing and other health guidelines.
If you're looking for people to duel with, this is a suitable option, as even though in-person tournaments have been taking place for a few months now, there are still stores organizing remote tournaments. In addition, there are also small groups of players willing to participate in Remote Duels casually.
You can find people for casual or competitive Remote Dueling through Yu-Gi-Oh groups on social media or Yu-Gi-Oh channels on YouTube.
Go to an Official Tournament Store
Going to an OTS might seem like the easiest way to find people to duel with, but many don't know if their region has a store, and there are even people who don't know about official Yu-Gi-Oh!
If you were one of those people, know that the Konami official website has a list with the address of all OTS. There you can check which of these stores is closest to you.
Once you're in the store, you'll meet many people who share the same feeling for cards, and you can make some playmates.
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