What are Proxy Cards?
Proxy cards are copies of original cards created for testing decks or cards in tabletop duels. They are usually used by players who prefer to test the cards before purchasing them, and also by those who cannot afford steep staples.
Despite being replicas, proxies are not “perfect” and can be identified as such by comparing them to original cards or even looking at their “print failures”.
Are Proxy Cards allowed in Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tournaments?
Official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG only allow the use of original and printed cards for the TCG format, so proxy cards and also OCG cards (format played in Asia) are considered illegal and cannot be used in official tournaments in the West.
However, although proxies are illegal in competitive tournaments, it is quite pertinent to extend the discussion to casual duels and “for fun” tournaments, which aren't official. So, we can rephrase the initial question:
Can I use proxy cards in casual Yu-Gi-Oh games?
Theoretically, there should be no problem using proxies in a game that has the sole purpose of fun for the players, since there is no financial factor involved. But in practice, it is common for other players to “boycott” those who use proxies.
The most used argument to justify this practice is that the use of proxy cards hinders the sales of original cards and that piracy is harmful to the game. But it seems to me that the real reason is financial, since it takes a much bigger investment to acquire a deck with original cards, while a deck with proxy cards is much cheaper. But does that make any sense? Is there a demerit to not having access to high-priced cards?
Also, many of these players give the same treatment to those who use OCG cards. This reinforces the hypothesis that this is a financial issue, since OCG cards are original, but they cost much less than TCG cards, and that is probably why they are illegal in official TCG tournaments.
Is Orica the same as Proxy?
Contrary to what many believe, orica and proxy are not the same thing. Despite being printed in the same way as proxy cards, orica cards are “original” Yu-Gi-Oh fan creations. Thus, the term “orica” refers both to cards entirely created by fans (not existing in the card game) and cards existing in the game, but with alternate (unofficial) art.
Like proxies, orica cards are only for collection or casual play, and cannot be used in official tournaments.
How to avoid spending on unnecessary cards?
Proxy cards are created precisely to help you save money, so you can use them to test specific decks or cards at home with your friends. You can also use proxies to learn how to face a certain deck, reading the cards and playing your combos will definitely help you to identify that deck's weaknesses.
Also, another way to use proxies is to create your own tokens and field centers!
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