II. Posting decks
III. Taking Advice
IV. Replying to decks
V. Final Comments
VI. Special Thanks
I would like to say that my early on experience on the forum would have been much better, had I had a guide to use which showed me how to post decks and reply to others. I didn't have the benefit from that experience, but I really hope others do, because I sure want to attract some pretty cool people to the forum. Every time I see who is in deck advice, there's a bunch of guests. They should feel YCG is welcome to them.
And if any guests ARE reading this, then I encourage you to join. It's a pretty fun place here. Now, let's get into the guide, shall we?
II. Posting Decks
So, you're probably new around here looking to post your deck in the deck advice section, and it's your first time being on a forum, so you really don't know what to do. Well, you've come to the right place then! I'll go everything you might want to do when you post your first decks.
First of all, you should type out a decklist. Shouldn't take too long to do that. It usually takes me about 10 minutes tops, plus I grab a video and add some commentary about the deck I'm posting for viewers. If you don't have a decklist in mind, but you have a general idea of a certain deck you want to build, head over to Game Strategies to get some help in getting your concepts into a 40 card masterpiece.
Secondly, most of us here appreciate visuals on deck advice threads. It's easier to get a visual perspective instead of a written one and having to look at it several times. There are several ways in which you could get a visual. The most common way we use is A website called Dueling Newtork In which you can edit decks and have access to every card in the game, including some which aren't even in the TCG yet to check out decks coming up soon. There is a Camera in the upper right hand corner of the browser, and it you click on it, it will take a screenshot of the deck and generate a link to an imgur image. (You might have to disable your pop-up blocker in order to get the screenshot to work). Then, copy that url on the image, and go into your new topic, and paste your image like:
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[img]Your Image Here.png[/img]
You don't HAVE to have a visual, it's just widely appreciated for some of us, myself included.
Third, you need to specify what you are specifically playing with in terms of rules.
Are you playing with a few friends and just want to have a fun time? Don't really care about banned cards? Well, you probably won't want to post your deck in deck advice. We really don't know what you guys call banned or not, and if you're playing with no banlist, everyone just says "Use EotS ftk." we really don't know how to give advice, because we don't have any limits in a sense of banned cards. If you were not aware there is a banlist, it is right here. Are you in the OCG? If you don't know what that is, then you probably aren't in it. If you ARE in the OCG, then mention it to get appropriate advice on your decks. If you're using "fun decks", certainly post them. We're tired of the meta a lot and we like to see creative thought being put into decks. It gives everyone great ideas of their own.
Lastly, I typically like to add a brief summary to my decks stating why I made a deck, if it's irl or if I plan on making it irl, what works, what doesn't, what's been testing good, what hasn't. It really helps if someone is netdecking and trying to learn how to play something for a short summary on what works well and what doesn't to be there.
III. Taking Advice
Obviously, you're going to want advice on your decks, or else you wouldn't be in deck advice in the first place. When you post your deck, people may reply instantly to your deck, but odds are they won't. The key here is patience. Wait a few hours or even a day and come back. Members go through a lot of posts in a day, and it's not necessarily uncommon to skip over some. If your deck isn't replied to in several days, then it's probably because people skipped over it, didn't have any advice, or it was a slow week for the forum and people are busy. Things like that happen, so if your deck hasn't gotten a reply, you can double post on it saying "Bump" to bump the thread to the top of the deck advice forum, that way there are members seeing the deck again. I'm typically in deck advice often and will give advice as much as I can, because I read every post and know if something isn't getting much advice on.
In the likely event that you get reply, however, there are different ways you could reply based on advice given.
1. In the event that someone is asking you to change your whole deck base, such as removing an engine from your deck to put in another one, it would be best to ask why they want to do so. How is it going to make it better? The key here is understanding why your deck isn't as good as it can be with how you're running it.
2. In the event where someone gives you a basic reply asking you to change around a few tech cards and substitute in other cards, and you don't know why, then you should ask. They probably have a good reason to make those changes. What bugs me the most in deck advice is when someone just says "+ card. - card.", and doesn't give a reason why they should do that. It removes the essential point in advice, teaching. If they haven't explained something, ask.
3. In the event you are asked for why you've run 1/2 cards or asked to run 1/2 cards, you should ask what you should take out for it, unless you know what you yourself want to take out. It's best to ask advice, though, because someone might be more experienced with your deck's archetype/theme than you are.
In taking advice, there is one important thing you must remember: You must be open to advice. I remember my early time in the forum when I would post an irl deck and be totally against every change someone made. Now I look back on it and I think about how stupid I was. Be open to change. Be willing to change things around. Change is why you're here in deck advice. Anyway, I'm done talking about taking advice, so let's head over to the more complicated section, Giving advice.
IV. Replying to Decks
This is probably going to be the most important section of this guide, I HIGHLY encourage anyone reading this guide to read over this section carefully.
If you look over someone's list and you don't have a clue what they're doing, then ask. It not only helps you learn the deck better, but it makes whoever posted the deck feel good about themselves that someone is looking at their decks and actually replying.
For more experienced members like myself, I have previously been refraining from posting in deck advice unless it is a deck I specify in. I will stop doing that from now on to further enforce my previous points.
If you think you can give advice with someone's deck and you have experience with it, then go for it! I'm not stopping you. No one is. It's how deck advice works. We want to see people replying to decks, it makes all of us feel great that our decks are getting replied to and not being ignored. Having to bump a decklist without having any replies is quite saddening. my decks haven't been good enough to avoid replies like that, as I'm always screwing something up. But that's a good thing to screw up and ask advice.
V. Final Comments
I hope you found this guide helpful in deck advice posting, for both new members and old.
VI. Special Thanks
MysticJhn, and the rest of the forum for voting to have this thread stickied.
Loki, for suggestions and support.
Windsofthepast, for suggestions and support.
XYZ Dragon Cannon, for suggestions and support.
dedoombringer, for suggestions and support.
Everyone who reads and looks at this guide.