Why should you play Edison Format?
If you loved the Synchro era of YuGiOh! but don't enjoy Advanced play, Edison is for you!
Keeping up with the metagame of Advanced play can certainly be a chore, and this is before considering the barrier to entry posed by costly staple cards. Generations of power creep have caused some of Yugioh’s most iconic cards to get swept into the dustbin of history, made obsolete by new strategies which consistently establish boards of multiple negates on the first turn of the duel. These are often the reasons duelists chose to dabble in retro formats. The combination of a closed card pool, the nostalgia of playing iconic cards at their prime, and the emphasis on skillfully maintaining card advantage is what makes retro formats so enjoyable. We believe Edison Format offers precisely this: an alternative with room for innovative deck building, which also preserves the historic power of many iconic Monsters, Spells, and Traps.
Edison Format’s Forbidden and Limited list restricts many of the most powerful Spells and Traps which have come to define Goat Format, while also taming the power of TeleDAD and Lightsworn strategies which dominated the preceding format. Games won’t be decided by the first player to resolve powerful Spells such as Delinquent Duo, Graceful Charity, or Pot of Greed, as generating card advantage in Edison Format is a more difficult process. While power Spells have come to define Goat Format, Monsters play a much more defining role in Edison Format. Powerful Synchro Monsters are accessible to almost all strategies, and even Main Deck monsters achieve notoriety for their tech utility. Additionally, Edison Format precedes “The Shining Darkness”, a core set responsible for making Infernity and X-Saber strategies as oppressive as they were in their prime. The exclusion of future core sets such as “Duelist Revolution” also reduces the quantity of generic power cards such as “Effect Veiler”, “Solemn Warning”, “Pot of Duality” which streamlined deck construction and often still see play to this day.
The brief window of time, to which Edison Format belongs, preserves a broad diversity of strategies and fan favourite archetypes. It rewards duelists who patiently trade resources favorably with their opponent, making reads and punishing misplays. As with all formats, many powerful cards exist in Edison Format. However, no strategy is outright oppressive to the point of breaking the format and dominating the metagame. Iconic cards from Yugioh’s history such as “Dimensional Prison”, “Stardust Dragon”, “Caius the Shadow Monarch”, and many others retain their roles in shaping the format. The sheer number of strategies and tech cards available ensures duelists are able to meet any challenge the competitive scene can dish out. Edison Format’s card pool contains plenty of extenders for combo decks, utility Traps and Quickplay Spells for control decks, and floodgates for stun strategies. It is the intersection of these elements, the Forbidden & Limited List, and the rich diversity of the format which produces a healthy and diverse metagame.
In short, Edison Format incorporates the elements we enjoy in Advanced play while tempering each aspect. Blowout Spells that offer little opportunity for interaction have been striped out, Main Deck boss Monsters like “Dark Armed Dragon” are Limited, and many famous Trap Cards must still be respected. So why not give Edison Format a try? It's a terrific retro format and an alternative to Advanced play, it rewards skillful decision making, allows for creative deck building, and provides the environment in which some of our favourite cards that have been lost to time can be appreciated. If you need more convincing, just take a look at how decklists have evolved since SJC - Edison!