You built YataLock? I don't think we can be friends anymore
Contrarily, I quite thoroughly remember stocking up on oh-so valuable Monarchs 'fore the Treeborn metagame started. ♪
I ran Exodia for the same reason I picked up YataLock: nothing could compete with it. Mirror Force, Swords of Revealing Light, Witch o' the Black, Sangan and draw cards like PoG 'n Graceful not bein' even semi-limited meant that only an idiot didn't run Exodia during that period. The game was still blossoming and Konami did a shit job balancing, it ain't my fault.