I still play. i have used a spellcaster deck from the very beginning. when spell counters came out i incorporated them. but, i do not like the new "Synchro" monsters and i do not use them at all. it just seems gimicky to me. New cards just seem like they are either copies of old cards made weaker (if the old card is forbidden) or meant to be used with a very specific deck. all these "Gladiator Beast" and "Cloudian" cards that have to be together irritate me. requiring you to have specific cards to be competitive kills the fun for me. But its fine. i've lost only 3 games in my entire gaming career with my deck.