Really it’s up to which one you like the most aesthetically, some prefer larger throws, other like them smaller, lighter or heavier.
I’m not a huge fan of CLYW pre-chief, but to some, they’re very nice
I’d stick with a 2012 design or a throw that’s still produced now (or that has been updated such as the genesis), performance standards really seem much better today than they were one or two or more years ago.
about the genesis, you’ll end up getting one eventually, it’s really a must have, it’s the kind of throw you can always trust. I had mine as a backup for french nationals, it’s all dinged up, vibes like a dual shock controller after all these drops (I play 5A, I drop a lot when I train new tricks, but I also train with my best performing throws if that says anything about the genesis), but it still can be trusted with anything that I throw at it.
I wouldn’t say the same about the avalanche, but for others, it’s also a must have, but after 2 years in the game, having a reputable blog and today my own yoyo shop, I’ve grown to not believe the hype that much. Brands such as OD or CLYW, or even YYF for that matters have a very loyal fanbase, and sometimes the fans can be biased, and when people spend $100+ on something, they usually don’t like to admit (even to themselves) that the money may not have been that well spent. So I feel that’s a risk when you ask for advice on forums.
But for some throws, you need to be more experienced to really enjoy what they have to offer, the MVP2 comes to mind, the “La Goutte” from Xcube, the ClashCube from YYR can be some examples of excellent throws but they will require a confident game to be used to their full potential.
So there’s that too
CLYW, OD, C3 are passionate people, they try to make the most exciting throws out there, and sometimes they succeed, sometimes they are less fortunate (even tho the quality standard for these brands is very high), not OD, CLYW or C3 are all equals. I’m taking those brands because I feel these are the most hyped out there (I believe anti-yo is now out of the picture, for now at least, even tho their viszilla was very fun to play)
There also are solid brands out there that do not benefit to as much hype but have been known to be constantly proposing high quality throws. First to come to mind here is Xcube, it’s a fairly recent (a little less than 2 years old) company that’s trying to release more original designs, arguably, they put the superwide designs on the map with the steamroller (which is one of my all times favorites).
For Xcube, you could try the ZeuS, which is amazing, stable, long spinning, killer looking
OD, I’d stick with the Code 1, in my eyes, it’s yet to be matched in terms of pure performance by other OD throws (personal opinion here)
CLYW, if you play for 1 month, you may want to give the arctic circle a shot, solid player. The chief is also a sure buy (plays floatier than the AC tho)
C3yoyodesign, you could probably find a winning bird somewhere, if you want to go hardcore, you could get an H5 (oversize monster, plays like a dream and spins forever), the master galaxy’s also an excellent player (definitely underrated)
YYR, that’s some pricey stuff right there, and most of the time it delivers, at least if you know what to expect there. Their full sized throws are amazing, the undersized ones are a little trickier to play but can be fun as well
You also got the young manufacturer “Diamont Noir”, I’ve only tried their entry level “ampoule” and it’s already amazing, I’m pretty sure their celestial and celestial deuxieme are complete beasts as the ampoule is based on the celestial.