We're back again with another look at the competitive Speed Duel Scene!

The latest Remote Del Extravaganza hosted more than 30 Win-A-Mat Speed Duel flights, and the trends we saw last time were in full effect once again. The current Speed Duel scene's dominated by a triangle of three different decks, where the Union Combination deck with XYZ-Dragon Cannon punishes Inner Conflict builds; the Inner Conflict variants routinely beat up Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth strategies with Cocoon of Ultra Evolution (Skill Card); and the Moth decks beat XYZ-Dragon Cannon in turn.

But this time around we did see one deck of the three at a disadvantage, in large part due to the tournament format: since Win-A-Mat tournaments are played single elimination, the Union Combination decks lose a bit of their edge; a single Moth matchup guarantees elimination from the tournament. That made XYZ-Dragon Cannon a tough deck to commit to, and after the last Extravaganza it seemed far fewer players were running it.

I went into this tournament with a fully powered Moth deck myself, knowing that it was all single elimination. I was able to win quite a few mats over the course of the weekend piloting a slightly modified version of the deck. I also developed a new strategy I called the 'cheese' deck, a sort of Zoma the Spirit Burn which I gave to my brother. He won one of his flights too, and came 2nd Place in another.

Without having to worry about XYZ-Dragon Cannon, we could prepare for the Inner Conflict deck more aggressively. Here's the Moth list I used; it's very standard.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Cocoon of Ultra Evolution by Dan Parker

'Cocoon of Ultra Evolution' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Dan Parker

Event: May Extravaganza Speed Duel Win-A-Mats

Rank: 1st

Speed Duel

Market Price: $125.14

Cards

Parasite Paranoid

Market Price: $16.75

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(Quick Effect): You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; equip this card from your hand to that target. The equipped monster becomes an Insect monster, cannot attack Insect monsters, also its effects that activate by targeting an Insect monster(s) are negated. You can only use this effect of "Parasite Paranoid" once per turn. If this Equip Card is sent to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 Level 7 or higher Insect monster from your hand, ignoring its Summoning conditions.

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Allure of Darkness

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Draw 2 cards, then banish 1 DARK monster from your hand, or, if you do not have any in your hand, send your entire hand to the GY.

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Night Beam

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Target 1 Set Spell/Trap your opponent controls; destroy that target. Your opponent cannot activate the targeted card in response to this card's activation.

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Cocoon of Ultra Evolution

Market Price: $7.78

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Activate the following Skill(s) during your Main Phase.

• You can Tribute 1 Insect monster from either field equipped with an Equip Card, and if you do, Special Summon 1 Insect monster from your Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions, also flip this card over.
• You can shuffle 1 Insect monster from your GY into the Deck, then draw 1 card, also flip this card over.
Each of these Skills can only be used once per Duel.

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Newdoria

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When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, select 1 monster on the field and destroy it.

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Offerings to the Doomed

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Target 1 face-up monster on the field; destroy that target, also skip your next Draw Phase.

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Twister

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Pay 500 Life Points. Destroy 1 face-up Spell or Trap card.

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Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth

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This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This monster can only be Special Summoned by Tributing "Petit Moth" on the 6th of your turns after "Petit Moth" has been equipped with "Cocoon of Evolution".

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Sphere Kuriboh

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; change the attacking monster to Defense Position. When you Ritual Summon a monster, you can banish this card from your Graveyard as 1 of the monsters required for the Ritual Summon.

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Santa Claws

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's side of the field in Defense Position, by Tributing 1 monster they control. If Summoned this way, during the End Phase of this turn: You can draw 1 card.

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Breaker the Magical Warrior

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If this card is Normal Summoned: Place 1 Spell Counter on it (max. 1). Gains 300 ATK for each Spell Counter on it. You can remove 1 Spell Counter from this card, then target 1 Spell/Trap on the field; destroy that target.

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Nobleman of Crossout

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Destroy 1 face-down monster and remove it from play. If the monster is a Flip Effect Monster, both players must check their respective Decks and remove all monsters of the same name from play. Then shuffle the Decks.

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I chose not to play an Extra Deck, so my opponents would be more likely to use their copies of Breaker the Magical Warrior to destroy my backrow cards, instead of fearing Waking the Dragon and holding back. If my opponent's Breaker the Magical Warrior is at 1600 ATK, it's much more manageable than it would be at 1900 ATK. Encouraging an opponent to play fast and loose could make them quicker to Night Beam too, and if they aren't holding that Night Beam in hand, that's one less card I have to wonder about when I consider whether or not I might be swinging into a Sphere Kuriboh.

Managing the Inner Conflict deck's defense is a big concern for Moth, and Inner Conflict players continue to innovate the strategy. Matthew Rivera took a 1st Place finish with this version of the deck, maining Soul Exchange to switch up the pace and surprise his opponents.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Soul Exchange Inner Conflict by Matthew Rivera

'Soul Exchange Inner Conflict' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Matthew Rivera

Event: May Extravaganza Speed Duel Win-A-Mats

Rank: 1st

Speed Duel

Market Price: $44.13

Cards

Blast Held by a Tribute

Market Price: $0.19

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When an opponent's monster that was Tribute Summoned declares an attack: Destroy as many face-up Attack Position monsters they control as possible, and if you do, inflict 1000 damage to your opponent.

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Zoma the Spirit

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Special Summon this card in Defense Position as an Effect Monster (Zombie-Type/DARK/Level 4/ATK 1800/DEF 500). (This card is also still a Trap Card.) If this card is destroyed by battle: Inflict damage to your opponent equal to the ATK of the monster that destroyed it.

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Creature Swap

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Each player chooses 1 monster they control and switches control of those monsters with each other. Those monsters cannot change their battle positions for the rest of this turn.

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Apprentice Magician

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When this card is Summoned, put 1 Spell Counter on a face-up card that you can put a Spell Counter on. If this card is destroyed by battle, you can select 1 Level 2 or lower Spellcaster-Type monster from your Deck and Special Summon it in face-down Defens

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Jinzo

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Trap Cards, and their effects on the field, cannot be activated. Negate all Trap effects on the field.


This is the Trials of the Pharaoh - Match of the Millennium & Twisted Nightmares promotional card

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Soul Exchange

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Target 1 monster your opponent controls; this turn, if you Tribute a monster, you must Tribute that monster, as if you controlled it. You cannot conduct your Battle Phase the turn you activate this card.

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Dark Ruler Ha Des

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Negate the effects of Effect Monsters destroyed by battle with Fiend-Type monsters your control. This card cannot be Special Summoned from the Graveyard.

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Old Vindictive Magician

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FLIP: Target 1 monster your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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Book of Moon

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Target 1 face-up monster on the field; change that target to face-down Defense Position.

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Charging Gaia the Fierce Knight

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You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If this card is Normal Summoned without Tributing, its original ATK becomes 1900. If this card is Tributed: You can add 1 "Black Luster Soldier" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Charging Gaia the Fierce Knight" once per turn.

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Breaker the Magical Warrior

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If this card is Normal Summoned: Place 1 Spell Counter on it (max. 1). Gains 300 ATK for each Spell Counter on it. You can remove 1 Spell Counter from this card, then target 1 Spell/Trap on the field; destroy that target.

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Gaap the Divine Soldier

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While this card is face-up on the field, all monsters on the field are changed to face-up Attack Position and their battle positions cannot be changed. Flip Effects are not activated at this time. Once per turn, by revealing 1 or more Fiend-Type monsters 

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Widespread Ruin

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Destroy the Attack Position monster your opponent controls with the highest ATK (your choice, if tied).

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Inner Conflict

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Activate this Skill during your Main Phase. Once per Duel, you can pay half your LP and take control of 1 monster your opponent controls until the End Phase, but it cannot attack directly this turn.

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The idea here is that Soul Exchange makes it easier and faster to summon your big tribute monsters. In this case that's usually Jinzo, Gaap the Divine Soldier, or the sided Dark Ruler Ha Des. But you can even pair Soul Exchange with Inner Conflict to tribute for a Level 7+ monster, which in this deck means Charging Gaia the Fierce Knight.

Charging Gaia the Fierce Knight an excellent card here, and the best Level 7+ in my mind, since it's never dead in your hand - at worst, you can always just Normal Summon it with 1900 ATK. Better yet, if your opponent blocks it with Book of Moon, it just comes back even stronger off the Flip Summon.

After the April Extravaganza me and some friends devised a strategy to handle what we were experiencing at that event, and we noticed that both the Moth deck and the Inner Conflict deck share a similar approach: they take opposing monsters and turn them into win conditions.

With that information in mind we built a bit of a cheesy strategy that aimed to abuse the shared trend; a deck that simply never left any monsters on the field for opponents to exploit. With the overwhelmingly powerful Zoma the Spirit, the goal was to just not let the opponent play until we were ready to win the game.

Here's what the winning build of that deck looks like.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Zoma Burn Inner Conflict by Robert Parker

'Zoma Burn Inner Conflict ' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Robert Parker

Event: May Extravaganza Speed Duel Win-A-Mats

Rank: 1st

Speed Duel

Market Price: $31.85

Cards

Waboku

Market Price: $0.58

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You take no battle damage from your opponent's monsters this turn. Your monsters cannot be destroyed by battle this turn.

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Exiled Force

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You can Tribute this card to target 1 monster on the field; destroy that target.

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Offerings to the Doomed

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Target 1 face-up monster on the field; destroy that target, also skip your next Draw Phase.

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Mask of Brutality

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The equipped monster gains 1000 ATK and loses 1000 DEF. Once per turn, during your Standby Phase, pay 1000 LP or destroy this card.

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Lava Golem

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) to your opponent's side of the field by Tributing 2 monsters they control. You cannot Normal Summon/Set the turn you Special Summon this card. During each of your Standby Phases: Take 1000 damage.

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Mind Crush

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Declare 1 card name. If that card is in your opponent's hand, they must discard all copies of it in their hand to the Graveyard. If it is not, you randomly discard 1 card.

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Inner Conflict

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Activate this Skill during your Main Phase. Once per Duel, you can pay half your LP and take control of 1 monster your opponent controls until the End Phase, but it cannot attack directly this turn.

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Gaap the Divine Soldier

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While this card is face-up on the field, all monsters on the field are changed to face-up Attack Position and their battle positions cannot be changed. Flip Effects are not activated at this time. Once per turn, by revealing 1 or more Fiend-Type monsters 

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Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer

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When this card inflicts Battle Damage to your opponent, you can remove from play up to 2 Monster Cards from their Graveyard. Your opponent cannot remove from play cards from either player's Graveyard.

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Zoma the Spirit

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Special Summon this card in Defense Position as an Effect Monster (Zombie-Type/DARK/Level 4/ATK 1800/DEF 500). (This card is also still a Trap Card.) If this card is destroyed by battle: Inflict damage to your opponent equal to the ATK of the monster that destroyed it.

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Twister

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Pay 500 Life Points. Destroy 1 face-up Spell or Trap card.

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Sphere Kuriboh

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; change the attacking monster to Defense Position. When you Ritual Summon a monster, you can banish this card from your Graveyard as 1 of the monsters required for the Ritual Summon.

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With cards like Exiled Force that don't stay on the board, and Zoma the Spirit that can wait until the right moment to appear, your opponent can do very little beyond playing a Breaker the Magical Warrior. When you're up against the Moth deck you have to flip Waboku instantly, or you'll risk losing it to Night Beam, but this deck runs so much backrow that it can afford to burn the Waboku early. It's usually pretty safe.

Twister stops opposing copies of Zoma the Spirit, Parasite Paranoid, and more. Gaap the Divine Soldier stops Sphere Kuriboh and Book of Moon, and it lets you summon your Zoma the Spirit right into attack mode instead of forcing you to activate them earlier. It also stops the Apprentice Magician and Old Viindictive Magician line from functioning, keeping your opponent from hiding from your attacks.

Mask of Brutality great: play them on your opponent's monsters and Zoma the Spirit can deal an absolutely unreal amount of damage. Mind Crush was a very cute card too, with some pretty impressive applications.

Moving on, the Inner Conflict deck always puts in TONS of work, both with and without Apprentice Magician. Believe it or not, my father was able to win an event with a version of Inner Conflict that ran a bigger decklist, optimized to punish opponents for holding back. The other weakness of Moth and Inner Conflict Monarch decks is that they generally wait for the opponent to commit to a play before they can steal something.

That just doesn't work against something like this.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Hand Disruption Inner Conflict by Laurie Parker

'Hand Disruption Inner Conflict' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Laurie Parker

Event: May Extravaganza Speed Duel Win-A-Mats

Rank: 1st

Speed Duel

Market Price: $91.78

Cards

Sphere Kuriboh

Market Price: $4.04

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; change the attacking monster to Defense Position. When you Ritual Summon a monster, you can banish this card from your Graveyard as 1 of the monsters required for the Ritual Summon.

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Dark Red Enchanter

Market Price: $3.01

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When this card is Normal Summoned, put 2 Spell Counters on it. Each time a Spell Card is activated, put 1 Spell Counter on this card. It gains 300 ATK for each Spell Counter on it. Once per turn, you can remove 2 Spell Counters from this card to make your opponent discard 1 random card.

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Shrink

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Target 1 face-up monster on the field; its original ATK becomes halved until the end of this turn.


(This promotional card was handed out during the 2006 European Pharaoh Tour.)

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Waboku

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You take no battle damage from your opponent's monsters this turn. Your monsters cannot be destroyed by battle this turn.

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Reinforcement of the Army

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Add 1 Level 4 or lower Warrior monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Nobleman of Extermination

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Select, destroy, and remove from play 1 face-down Spell or Trap Card. If it was a Trap Card, both players must remove from play all copies of that card from their Decks.

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Lava Golem

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) to your opponent's side of the field by Tributing 2 monsters they control. You cannot Normal Summon/Set the turn you Special Summon this card. During each of your Standby Phases: Take 1000 damage.

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Soul Exchange

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Target 1 monster your opponent controls; this turn, if you Tribute a monster, you must Tribute that monster, as if you controlled it. You cannot conduct your Battle Phase the turn you activate this card.

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Amazoness Chain Master

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When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, you can pay 1500 Life Points to look at your opponent's hand, select 1 Monster Card in it, and add that card to your hand.

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Gearfried the Iron Knight

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Any Equip Card this card is equipped with is automatically destroyed.

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Creature Swap

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Each player chooses 1 monster they control and switches control of those monsters with each other. Those monsters cannot change their battle positions for the rest of this turn.

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Inner Conflict

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Activate this Skill during your Main Phase. Once per Duel, you can pay half your LP and take control of 1 monster your opponent controls until the End Phase, but it cannot attack directly this turn.

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Stray Lambs

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Special Summon 2 "Lamb Tokens" (Beast-Type/EARTH/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) in Defense Position. You cannot Summon other monsters the turn you activate this card (but you can Set).

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Amazoness Swords Woman

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The opponent takes all Battle Damage to this card's controller that he/she would have taken from a battle involving this card.

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Don Zaloog

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When this card inflicts Battle Damage to your opponent, you can activate 1 of these effects:

Discard 1 random card from their hand.
Send the top 2 cards of their Deck to the Graveyard.

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Gaap the Divine Soldier

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While this card is face-up on the field, all monsters on the field are changed to face-up Attack Position and their battle positions cannot be changed. Flip Effects are not activated at this time. Once per turn, by revealing 1 or more Fiend-Type monsters 

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Jinzo

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Trap Cards, and their effects on the field, cannot be activated. Negate all Trap effects on the field.


This is the Trials of the Pharaoh - Match of the Millennium & Twisted Nightmares promotional card

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Night Beam

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Target 1 Set Spell/Trap your opponent controls; destroy that target. Your opponent cannot activate the targeted card in response to this card's activation.

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I'm curious to see how the Speed Duels went at the UK Extravaganza this past weekend, as players largely take Speed duels much more seriously in Europe. I have some other pretty cool ideas I want to explore in this card pool.

For instance I'm a pretty big fan of using Foolish Burial to put Zolga into the graveyard, reviving it with the new Ishizu Skill Rise of the Fallen to summon it and gain 1700 life points, and then tributing it to summon Dark Ruler Ha Des, Gaap the Divine Soldier, or Kaiser Glider, gaining 2000 more. Having 7700 Life Points means you survive an awful lot from the Moth deck, buying you time and opportunities so you don't have to rely so much on drawing Sphere Kuriboh.

I hope we keep seeing continued growth in the Speed Duel world! This Extravaganza was the biggest yet, and there are more in June, so I'll see you all there.