Our Website Sucks So We Built A New One

Jason Grabher-Meyer

3/18/2020 11:00:00 AM
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I don't know if you've noticed, but our website's old and busted.

I'm Jason Grabher-Meyer, and depending on how long you've been playing Yu-Gi-Oh! that could mean a lot of different things. You might know me from right here at TCGplayer: I edit and post the Yu-Gi-Oh! side of the site, I talk to you directly on our social media, and I've been writing here for 15 years. Seriously. It's been that long. Maybe you recognize my name from Konami's tournament coverage or the Konami strategy blog. If you're an OG you might remember me from Metagame.com (RIP), or stuff like SHONEN JUMP Magazine. And heck, if you really go way back we may have even thrown down at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Mall Tour.

And that's all cool. But right now? I'm the guy who's saying... “You might have noticed, Yugioh.TCGplayer's old and busted.” And let's be honest: I'm pretty sure you noticed. Especially if you're on mobile. I mean, there's a pretty good chance you're pinching your screen and squinting at this article literally right now. I'm sorry. I know it's rough.

The good news is that today I also get to be the guy to say that it's all coming to an end. This is the last article you're ever going to read here on Yugioh.TCGplayer. It's done, cancelled, over. We're going. You're free. Dobby has a sock.

Why? Because the future is now. And the future is Infinite.

We're launching a brand-spanking new content site today called TCGplayer Infinite, and not only does it not suck, it's actually pretty awesome. It looks fantastic and it's way easier to find the stuff you want to read or watch. It's more secure, it doesn't break all the time and yes, it works on mobile. So you can use your fingers for whatever you want instead of pinching and zooming our website.

Your fingers, your business. That's on you now.

And hey, don't take my word for it. Click on over and see TCGplayer Infinite for yourself. If you've ever visited us here at Yugioh.TCGplayer and thought to yourself “This website looks like an actual crime scene,” or “It looks like a donkey cart full of Geocities websites got hit by a train,” you're going to feel a lot better about TCGplayer Infinite.

Change Is Scary. What's The Catch?
Okay, so here's the deal: all the writers and creators you love on Yugioh.TCGplayer are making the leap to TCGplayer Infinite, and all the old articles from 2014 to now are already over there. If you come to TCGplayer for the latest Top Cut decklists (or even the really old ones), we moved those too. The history of our game's secure and once priorities permit we'll move over the rest of the articles from before 2014. When the transition's complete, we're loading this thing up with fireworks and pushing it into the ocean we'll sunset Yugioh.TCGplayer and redirect the URL to the new site.

And that's great. The stuff you like? It's not changing. But a lot of other stuff is.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! community's not what it was ten years ago and I mean that in the best way possible. Our community's grown into an incredible place full of passionate players, gifted creators and generally cool human beings doing awesome stuff. We've become a global community of competitors, organizers, artists, commentators, meme makers, entrepreneurs, world travelers and a million things in between. We're not Magic's little brother anymore, and TCGplayer Infinite's set up to recognize that. So here's what's up.

First, you're going to see some new faces around here adding their voices to the discussion. We used to have a huge roster of authors, and while we're not jumping right back to ten or twelve writers all in one go, we're doubling our current writing staff. We're bringing on some big names you'll recognize, from both the tournament scene and the community at large.

We'll also be hosting lots of new guest writers to deliver unique perspectives, discussing topics only they could handle. What's the Worlds race like, from the POV of someone who's done it and won? What are the finer points of Goat Format as described by one of the format's legends? How do the best of the best take complex probabilities, boil them down to on-the-fly techniques and win more games? What on earth is a Yu-Gi-Oh penny stock?! We finally have the resources, the reach and the platform to seek out the best people to answer those types of questions, and deliver them straight to you.

I can't name names because it's important to never make promises until the ink's dry and the content's ready to go. But mark my words, you're in for a good time. Oh, and if you want to check out one of our new weekly hires? Zach Butler’s back for good, and his first article’s about a brand-new Gouki build he's been running himself. It’s good stuff.

Wanna Get In On This?
You can! We'll be opening up submissions, taking pitches and supporting writers to help you make articles for TCGplayer Infinite. The Yugitube scene's exploded over the last few years and those creators have done an amazing job churning out topnotch material week to week, making something truly great out of almost nothing. That took grit, hard work, personal risk and a lot of courage. It also took a support network that could get those creators compensated for their efforts. With TCGplayer Infinite we'll be taking steps to help other types of creators too, and as a writer myself I'm really excited about it.

What else. Remember when TCGplayer's deck archive was an open deck builder? You could plug in your decks to show them off and get comments from players all around the world. People made crazy stuff, it was sweet, and everybody loved it. And then one day we lost that, for reasons that basically amount to aging web design. But years later, we remember how much you were into it; there's not a week that goes by where you guys don't remind us. We listened and a new Yu-Gi-Oh! deck builder's coming to TCGplayer Infinite with a whackton of new tools; stuff to help you flex your creativity, share your ideas and seek advice from your fellow duelfans. I'm super jazzed about it.

That's not everything we're working on for you, but hopefully you're getting an idea of what the future holds for Yu-Gi-Oh! on TCGplayer Infinite. We're standing at the starting line of something truly awesome and it all begins today.

So check out the site and see what you think. And while you're here? Thank you. If you've been with us for years we appreciate you sticking it out. If you're just stopping by for the first time, thanks for giving us a look. I'm incredibly lucky to have served this community for so long, and now I'm even luckier to do it with incredible support and a stellar team, on a website you don't have to keep, like... pinching.

Your fingers. Your business.

TCGplayer Infinite. Let's go.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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