If you can't even use a pick up deck, what kind of strategy do you expect to have? Even in your own created deck, your 'strategy' is based on what you have on the field and in your hand at the time. (Though not always necessarily) You play the game like you draw, 1 card at a time. Anyway, the game's story was ok. Having played since Nighmare Troubadour(?), I gotta say, the cards are getting cheaper and cheaper. Anyway, Having to get all the cards all over again every year is getting old, unless you Action Replay. This game is worth a 10, sure, but it has much room for improvement. I'm still waiting for a wii version, because even though the dueling is absolutely solid, the graphics are...well...if it was more like the tv show when dueling, it would be ok. Provided there was an option to turn of battle animations, as i'm sure that would get old when grind dueling.