Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel: fans discover how to take advantage of the XYZ event, Konami catches them immediately

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel: fans discover how to take advantage of the XYZ event, Konami catches them immediately

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel are playing at the newly released XYZ event and have realized that there is a way to get lots of rewards easily. Just lose. Luckily Konami noticed this and decided to change some details to encourage victory.

Let's take a step back. The Yu-Gi-Oh! XYZ event Master Duel gives rewards to players even in the event of a defeat. Obviously, winning results in better rewards, but the most efficient strategy is not (or was, as we'll see shortly) trying to win, but deliberately losing as quickly as possible. The victory guaranteed 100/50 medals (depending on the type of deck), while the defeat 50/25 medals. Understand that two defeats are often quicker to achieve than one victory.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Specifically, players were creating decks that included cards that did damage to the owner's Life Points: in this way, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel defeats himself and can immediately start with a new match.

Konami, as mentioned, has however listened to the feedback of players annoyed by these tactics and has therefore decided to significantly increase the medals obtained by the victory, so as to push the players to aim for the latter. We are talking about 500/250 medals, which is 5 times more than before. The medals for the defeat, however, have not decreased, so it is possible that some players still decide to always abuse the old tactic.

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Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel is seeing players deliberately lose en-masse, thanks to its new event

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel has a new event that players are exploiting - by deliberately losing games as fast as they can.

In pretty much any card game, players normally battle to be the best, but Master Duel's new event is offering rewards based on match count rather than win count. As noted by PCGamesN, that means that players are killing themselves as swiftly as possible – and reaping the spoils. While the XYZ Festival offers more ‘medals’ to players that actually win their games, time-conscious deck builders have created a deck filled with cards that deal damage to the user, allowing them to quickly rack up those sweet, sweet loser medals.

Unsurprisingly, the ‘suicide’ strategy has proved pretty controversial. Take a glance at Master Duel’s Steam forums and subreddit and the discussion is dominated by players arguing whether these ‘self-burn’ decks are hurting or helping the game. One player has even created a deck to directly counter attempts to end games quickly, deliberately keeping their opponents alive. The deck thrives on a card called Kuribon, a low-power monster that, when it would be destroyed in battle, is returned to its owner's hand. When that happens, rather than the player losing health, their opponent gains it instead. The player, EpitomeWisdom, documented their efforts in the video below, amusingly soundtracked by The Fray's classic 'How to Save a Life'.

While this was probably not what publisher Konami envisioned for the event, the mass cheesing strategy has seen new players flocking to the game, resulting in the highest user count since launch. Whether you fancy playing properly or simply collecting some tasty-looking medals, the XYZ Festival runs until the 24th February.

It's time to duel, so here's our Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel explainer.