By Erik Luna
Behind the F5 building and other corners around campus, a variety of Elans gather to play a card game almost daily.
For these students, the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game goes well beyond the complexities of poker or blackjack. It presents opportunities to compete in intense strategic duels and trade precious commodities.
The card game provides Elans with a hobby that tests their skills and engrosses them in a fantastical world.
“Many of us have been playing since we were young and we continue to play to this day.
“We bring our decks and meet friends and different people that also want to play,” said Christian Campa.
Yu-Gi-Oh! is based on different strategies that vary by the type of deck a player has. The objective is to reduce the opponent’s life points from 8,000 to zero.
Players draw cards from their respective decks, which are formed of spell, trap, and monster cards.
Then they play according to the cards they have in their hand.
Most of the Yu-Gi-Oh! players show up early in the morning and stay because there is a greater variety of duelists to play with.
Some students even show up as early as 8 a.m. to start conversations and friendly duels, even when the weather is bad.
One of the main reasons students show up to duel at ELAC is because they have more of an opportunity to sell and trade cards.
Some places duelists visit to buy cards and duel have rules preventing them from selling and even trading their cards.
ELAC gives them an opportunity to sell their cards without having to worry about getting kicked out.
When it comes to bad weather, these students will still show up to play as long as there is a dry place to keep their cards safe from water or strong winds.
“When it’s raining we usually go to the E7 building to play, or Carl’s Jr. whichever one seems like the better option at the time,” said Anthony Macias.
Macias also said that many people who happen to be passing by seem to stare at them a lot, and maybe that’s because they’re loud, but it doesn’t bother them.
“If anybody wants to learn, has the patience to learn the game, and has an open mind we’ll be happy to teach them how to play,” said Macias.
Some students even joke around by saying that playing Yu-Gi-Oh! has improved their math skills, because the game involves math at times.
For most duelists, the game has been a major part of their lives and to part with it would mean they are leaving their childhood and entering a new adult world.
“The game may have changed, but we changed with it. Now, as we are going to college, we are bringing our childhood with us,” said Campa