Post #370 - This is goodbye.
Hello to all who care enough to read this.
My name is *Censored* , but most people online call me Rauzes or Rau. I am "Japanese" by passport, but as the blog titles suggests, my appearance is far from it.
Life always has its twists and turns, some you can see coming, and others completely unexpected.
Yes, it was very hard to see for the many people I met with recently, but the words to describe my recent life are "Raging Shitstorm."(I'd prefer to not share any details, thanks.)
Yes, this, like everything, will come to pass, like all things, but with things like this, with sacrifice.
Unfortunately, one of the things I must give up is this blog(We'll come back to the reasons later).
Thus, this will be the last blog entry, and the end of "The Gaijin Duelist".
Precisely one year ago(Even the time), I started this blog, with a blog entry titled Ore No Turn! DRAW!(Its my turn! DRAW!) , to mark off the start of something new, a new turn, and thus, this blog entry is titled appropriately, Kore de Turn End.(This is turn end.)
One year ago, what was going through my mind? What made me start a blog?(The never before heard story!)
To be honest, judging from my facebook entry at that time, it was probably "Man I dont wanna study for exams, its a pain."
But, it was also inspiration from others to spread my ideas and knowledge to an audience willing to listen.
I know a LOT of the new bloggers were inspired by myself(and PJ) to start Yugioh blogs themselves, but what about myself?
Who influenced Rauzes to start a Yugioh blog?
First, there were the other bloggers.
Before I started, I was already following PJ and Bahamut84(+DSummon) 's blogs, and I found it quite nice how they wrote what they wanted and how popular they became, just saying what they had to say, and I aspired to be as famous as them in the Yugioh world.
Its kinda weird how I've become almost as renown around the world as them, one year later.
To be honest, I didnt read anyone else's blogs.
Then there were the other players around the world.
When I started the blog, I had been playing Yugioh for approximately a year(well, and two weeks, since I TECHNICALLY started on Boxing Day 2007), and I was next to a nobody on the Pojo forums(and even more nameless on the Japanese sites).
Being fluent in Japanese and English allowed me to draw upon all sorts of sites for playing tips, comboes, and ideas, and being able to spread it.
Being more or less nameless, you can kinda know what kind of response I got from Pojo.
I was trying to tell people about Hopeless Dragon at the time, when I got the PM from someone who was willing to listen, DM.
While I dont really remember how I responded, I believe it was something along the lines of "How about I make a blog, and you read about it there?", to which the response was more or less "k."
Looking back, I dont think I ever made that Hopeless Dragon post...
Also, there was Firebot88. I knew him online from before I started Yugioh, and he was one of the reasons I started playing in general(Of course, getting a Structure deck for Christmas more or less forced me to play), and helped me transition into building more competitive decks.
But, before the blog, all my random ideas and comboes that I usually post here, I more or less poured onto him.
Yes, thats ALL the random comboes that go through my head, with cards nobody else has heard of, all onto ONE person, and demanding feedback.(Junk and Debris was one of them, but so was "Exodios + Wulf + Wicked Gods")
Then, slightly more than one year ago, he suggested making a blog, so more people could hear of these weird comboes. And so I did.
And yeah. I guess that kinda wraps it up for the people who influenced the starting of this blog.
I've had the opportunity to see other people rise to fame, during my time, one of them being a friendly guy and popular Yugituber, Neuxcharge.
Since starting, I've also become well known in Pojo, for many reasons.
I posted a lot of decks in Pojo OCG section, and offered quite a lot of fixes and such, leading me to become quite well known there, and I also was a part of the Frustrations thread for quite a while.
Which also lead to the success of the blog.
Another reason for my success was how I always shared an idea or two, and at times, full length articles and decklists(with playguide!) every day.(A very Japanese blogger thing to do, for some reason)
Unfortunately, another reason why I'm quitting blogging is how that this daily update has, at times, become more of a chore than a hobby, something I felt obliged to do rather than want to do.
This lead to me not really thinking of ideas for the blog as openly as I wanted to, at times, and limiting my scope.
This, and other random factors that dont come to mind and the big one thats on my mind right now are the reason I'm quitting blogging as Rauzes.
But you think I'll just end without posting up ONE LAST NEW DECK?
Of course not. Who do you think I am?
I've been bringing the Yugioh Community new and innovative ideas and decklists for a year, and the last day is no exception.
Today, I give the world the latest and most used of my decks, Skill Drain Zero.
While most people guard their main decklists with secrecy, since its the deck most important to them, its quite something to share your main deck.
Skill Drain Zero ~ Ver. PinaColada ~
3 Elemental Hero Neos Alius/Ｅ・ＨＥＲＯ アナザー・ネオス
2 Blizzed, Defender of the Ice Boundary/氷結界の番人 ブリズド
2 Elemental Hero Ocean/Ｅ・ＨＥＲＯ オーシアン
1 Elemental Hero Captain Gold/Ｅ・ＨＥＲＯ キャップテン・ゴールド
1 Cyber Dragon/サイバー・ドラゴン
1 Elemental Hero Stratos/Ｅ・ＨＥＲＯ エアーマン
1 Treeborn Frog/黄泉ガエル
1 Dragon Ice/ドラゴン・アイス
1 Elemental Hero Prisma/Ｅ・ＨＥＲＯ プリズマー
3 Miracle Fusion/ミラクル・フューション
2 Gemini Spark/デュアル・スパーク
2 E - Emergency Call/Ｅーエマージェンシーコール
2 Gold Sarcophagus / 封印の黄金室
1 Skyscraper / 摩天楼―スカイ・スクレイパー
1 Future Fusion / 未来融合―フューチャー・フュージョン
1 Mystical Space Typhoon / サイクロン
1 Heavy Storm / 大嵐
1 Paralell World Fusion/平行世界融合
1 Reinforcement of the Army/増援
2 Hero Blast/ヒーロー・ブラスト
2 Skill Drain/スキル・ドレイン
1 Call of the Haunted/リビングデッドの呼び声
1 Mirror Force/聖なるバリアーミラーフォースー
3 Deep Sea Diva/深海のディーヴァ
1 Sea Archer/シー・アーチャー
1 Elemental Hero Voltic/Ｅ・ＨＥＲＯ ボルテック
1 Parallel World Fusion/平行世界融合
1 Brain Control/洗脳ーブレインコントロール―
1 Inter dimension Matter Transporter /亜空間物質転送装置
2 Bottomless Trap Hole /奈落の落とし穴
1 Skill Drain / スキル・ドレイン
2 Threatening Roar/威嚇する咆哮
Skill Drain Zero has been my main for quite a while, and probally will be in the future, being the deck I enjoy the most.
Well, what does the future hold?
Just because I quit blogging doesnt mean I'm quitting Yugioh, nor does it mean that other people are quitting blogging, either.
There are many Yugioh blogs out there.
Take a look at the sidebar. Most of those are Yugioh blogs, and all of them are worth reading.
Take some time, and hear what others have to say.
First off, some of those blogs should already be on your reading list.
PJ's blog should already be on your "Why am I not reading this yet" list.
Anyhows, there are many blogs out there, some new, others old, but all have something to say, and you ought to lend your ears to them.
The backlogs for this blog also have quite a lot of tips and comboes and information. If you have the time, go back and read some backlogs and entries that were posted before you started reading. There ARE 390 other blog posts, each with a lesson.
If you couldnt solve some of the duel puzzles, try them again. I always try to teach people new ways of using a card(or in some cases, MANY cards), so it would be nice to see people solve them for themselves.
All the decklists were constructed upon concepts. Some better than others, yes, but all of them workable if you update them to the new format. Maybe one of these will appeal to you, who knows?
So, take some time, and read some old entries. You might be suprised as to what you find. I know I am sometimes.
Also, just because I've quit blogging doesnt mean I'm going to stop building decks and discussing the game, just that I'm cutting back significantly and it wont be all here.
My MSN/EMail wont be dissapearing suddenly for quite a while, so you can contact me there(its in the sidebar. Scroll UP.
Ill still be on Pojo(mainly OCG deck discussion), and Duelist Groundz, as well as on Xenophase, so you can still see me around. Ill be posting my new decks mainly on Pojo, and be in-game in Xenophase.(Join us), so if you see me around say hi.
So, thanks for visiting the blog, and following it, and I hope you all learned a few lessons or built a few of these decks I posted.
Thanks for listening to the "random Yu-Gi-Oh thoughts and toughts of my daily life"
Thanks for being a follower of "The Gaijin Duelist".
Well, theres not much else to say.
This post is a WHOLE lot longer than the first post.
I dont know how much longer I'm going to be continuing playing Yugioh, nor posting on forums.
I dont know how many people will still remember who I am or about this blog in a few months.
And I dont know if I will ever get to meet any of you people in the future.
But what I do know is that I'll still be thinking of new ideas and concepts for as long as I play, and Ill be spreading these ideas to what ears hear them.
And who knows? Maybe one day I'll take up a new name and start blogging again...
It'll be quite interesting competing with my own legacy...
Until then, I guess I'll return to being "That Gaijin" at locals again.