It's been a while since we looked at competitive Speed Duels, and with good reason. The Trials of the Kingdom booster ushered in an era dominated by Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth in December of 2019: it was only supposed to last a couple of months, but when Starter Deck Twisted Nightmares and Starter Deck Match of the Millennium were delayed, we wound up seeing no changes to the available card pool - and no changes to competitive Speed Duels - for six months.

Fast forward to now. It's been a year since the latest Starter Decks released, we have the new Speed Duel: Battle City Box, and boy are things different… for the better! The Battle City Box turned out to have incredible value as both a product, and a format fixer. Meanwhile Remote Duels are offering pretty nice prizes for Speed Dueling at Extravaganza events, in the form of some beautiful Slifer and Obelisk mats.  There aren't many of those mats in circulation yet, but they're already going for as much as 250 dollars.

With renewed support for OP and a rejuvenated card pool, Speed Duels have evolved into something incredibly fun and healthy. And thanks to Remote Duels, we can look at an entire crop of new 1st Place decks from Win-A-Mat competitions.

Let's take a look at how new changes have affected the old, established Speed Duel decks, starting with the most popular one: Inner Conflict.

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So that's pretty different. Inner conflict has always been about paying half your Life Points to take a monster that can't attack directly, so you usually use that monster for a Tribute Summon. In the recent Win-A-Mats we saw players leverage that in a few different ways: the build above, played to a 1st Place finish and a mat win by Angel Sandre, ran Jinzo as its tribute of choice, which appeared in Battle City Box. Here's another 1st Place build run by Davide Ferrari, who took the deck in a different direction with Blowback Dragon instead (also from SBCB). Each card is better suited for certain match-ups, answering particular threats that are a big deal in Speed Duels,like Zoma the Spirit.

Both players opted to run Kaiser Glider as well, an outstanding choice. The biggest difference between the two builds is Ferrari's use of the Apprentice Magician engine. Some people call these builds the 'Inner Conflict Monarch' deck, and the other the 'Apprentice Monarch' deck. They play a bit differently, but notice that you can see the start of a big competitive trend in both builds: Book of Moon, Zoma the Spirit, and Breaker the Magical Warrior have made their way into almost every deck.

Okay, so how about less Bakura, more Marik. Let's visit the second deck of the old trinity and see how it's developed.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Twisted Personality by Aaron Forrest

'Twisted Personality' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Aaron Forrest

Event: April Extravaganza Speed Duel Win-A-Mats

Rank: 1st

Speed Duel

Market Price: $76.04

Cards

Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon

Market Price: $10.62

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"Blue-Eyes White Dragon" + "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" + "Blue-Eyes White Dragon"

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Sphere Kuriboh

Market Price: $4.03

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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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Twisted Personality

Market Price: $0.51

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Each time a player loses LP, place 1 counter on this card (max. 3). Once per turn, during your Main Phase, you can use 1 of the following Skills.

• Remove 2 counters from this card, then discard 1 random card from your opponent's hand.
• Remove 3 counters from this card, then destroy 1 face-up card your opponent controls.

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Reinforcement of the Army

Market Price: $0.66

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

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Zombyra the Dark

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This card cannot attack your opponent directly. If this card destroys a monster by battle: This card loses 200 ATK.

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Thousand-Eyes Restrict

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"Relinquished" + "Thousand-Eyes Idol"

Other monsters on the field cannot change their battle positions or attack. Once per turn: You can target 1 monster your opponent controls; equip that target to this card (max. 1). This card's ATK/DEF become equal to that equipped monster's. If this card would be destroyed by battle, destroy that equipped monster instead.

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Ryu Senshi

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Warrior Dai Grepher + Spirit Ryu
This monster can only be Fusion Summoned by the above Fusion Material Monsters. Negate the effect of a Normal Trap Card by paying 1000 Life Points. Also negate the effect of a Spell Card that designates this card as a tar

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Mirror Wall

Market Price: $0.27

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Each of your opponent's monsters that conducted an attack while this card was face-up on the field has its ATK halved as long as this card remains on the field. During each of your Standby Phases, pay 2000 LP or destroy this card.

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Alligator's Sword Dragon

Market Price: $0.14

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"Baby Dragon" + "Alligator's Sword"

This card can attack your opponent directly if the only face-up monsters they control are EARTH, WATER, or FIRE.

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Command Knight

Market Price: $0.34

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All Warrior-Type monsters you control gain 400 ATK. If you control another monster, monsters your opponent controls cannot target this card for an attack.

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Widespread Ruin

Market Price: $0.22

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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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Eradicating Aerosol

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Destroy all face-up Insect-Type monsters on the field.

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Cosmic Cyclone

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Pay 1000 LP, then target 1 Spell/Trap on the field; banish it.

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Lost Wind

Market Price: $0.64

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Target 1 face-up Special Summoned monster on the field; negate its effects, also its original ATK is halved. If a monster is Special Summoned from your opponent's Extra Deck, while this card is in your GY (except during the Damage Step): You can Set this card, but banish it when it leaves the field.

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Breaker the Magical Warrior

Market Price: $0.91

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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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Hammer Shot

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Destroy 1 face-up Attack Position monster with the highest ATK. (If it is a tie, you get to choose.)

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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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Arcana Knight Joker

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"Queen's Knight" + "Jack's Knight" + "King's Knight"

A Fusion Summon of this card can only be done with the above Fusion Material Monsters. Once per turn, during either player's turn, if this face-up card on the field is targeted by a Spell Card, Trap Card, or monster effect: You can discard the same type of card (Spell, Trap, or Monster Card); negate the effect.

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Compared to Inner Conflict, Twisted Personality decks have always been more about stripping away your opponent's resources rather than using them for yourself. You can expect these decks to just play a lot of staples that try to run the opponent out of cards and win the game quickly, before other big decks can really get to their gameplan.

This build from Aaron Forrest didn't even use Book of Moon. You really never know what to expect with Twisted Personality other than an opponent in a hurry. While Aaron found success with Command Knight, Sphere Kuriboh, and Zombyra the Dark, check out this build from Steven Lara. It played none of those cards, opting for Charging Gaia the Fierce Knight and Newdoria instead. The two builds run no trap cards in common, and across the two spell lineups the only card they shared was Offerings to the Doomed.

Rounding off the old trinity, here's Part 2 of the new Big 3…

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Finally! The ferocious, feared, and famous fascicle of flying pests, the Moth deck has embraced its true nature and become the Dark Moth deck!

This deck's singular focus is to use the newly introduced Breaker the Magical Warrior with Night Beam to clear all of your opponent's backrow, Santa Claws to clear any set monster, and then the tried and true strategy of Parasite Paranoid to Special Summon one to two copies of Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth to make simple attacks for game. There are more ways to deal with this deck now, but it's definitely going to be a perpetual presence in competition in the current format, and it's definitely the first matchup you should consider when you're preparing your deck lists.

Rounding off the new Big 3 for competitive Speed Duels, let's take a look at a brand new contender introduced in the Battle City Box.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Union Combination by Levi West

'Union Combination' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Levi West

Event: April Extravaganza Speed Duel Win-A-Mats

Rank: 1st

Speed Duel

Market Price: $28.74

Cards

XY-Dragon Cannon

Market Price: $0.26

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"X-Head Cannon" + "Y-Dragon Head"

Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by banishing the above cards you control. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Cannot be Special Summoned from the GY. You can discard 1 card, then target 1 face-up Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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Offerings to the Doomed

Market Price: $1.11

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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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Book of Moon

Market Price: $2.63

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

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Cosmic Cyclone

Market Price: $2.17

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Pay 1000 LP, then target 1 Spell/Trap on the field; banish it.

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Union Scramble

Market Price: $0.21

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Target up to 3 of your banished LIGHT Machine Normal Monsters and/or LIGHT Machine Union monsters; Special Summon them. During either player's turn, except the turn this card was sent to the GY: You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 of your banished LIGHT Machine-Type Normal Monsters or LIGHT Machine Union monsters; return it to the hand. You can only activate 1 "Union Scramble" per turn.

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Lost Wind

Market Price: $0.64

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Target 1 face-up Special Summoned monster on the field; negate its effects, also its original ATK is halved. If a monster is Special Summoned from your opponent's Extra Deck, while this card is in your GY (except during the Damage Step): You can Set this card, but banish it when it leaves the field.

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Obelisk the Tormentor

Market Price: $3.12

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Requires 3 Tributes to Normal Summon (cannot be Normal Set). This card's Normal Summon cannot be negated. When Normal Summoned, cards and effects cannot be activated. Cannot be targeted by Spells, Traps, or card effects. During the End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned: Send it to the Graveyard. You can Tribute 2 monsters; destroy all monsters your opponent controls. This card cannot declare an attack the turn this effect is activated.

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Foolish Burial

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Send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

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Union Hangar

Market Price: $0.33

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When this card is activated: You can add 1 LIGHT Machine Union monster from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn, if a LIGHT Machine Union monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to your field (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 of those monsters; equip 1 appropriate LIGHT Machine Union monster, with a different name, from your Deck to that monster, but the Union monster you equipped cannot be Special Summoned this turn. You can only activate 1 "Union Hangar" per turn.

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Night Assailant

Market Price: $1.55

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

When this card is sent from the hand to the GY: Target 1 Flip monster in your GY, except this card; return that target to the hand.

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Union Combination

Market Price: $0.33

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Activate this Skill during your Main Phase. Once per turn, you can Fusion Summon 1 LIGHT Machine Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your GY or field as Fusion Material. For the rest of this turn, your opponent takes no damage.

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X-Head Cannon

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Z-Metal Tank

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Once per turn, you can either: Target 1 "X-Head Cannon" or "Y-Dragon Head" you control; equip this card to that target, OR: Unequip this card and Special Summon it. A monster equipped with this card gains 600 ATK/DEF, also if the equipped monster would be destroyed by battle or card effect, destroy this card instead.

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Y-Dragon Head

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Once per turn, you can either: Target 1 "X-Head Cannon" you control; equip this card to that target, OR: Unequip this card and Special Summon it. A monster equipped with this card gains 400 ATK/DEF, also if the equipped monster would be destroyed by battle or card effect, destroy this card instead.

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XYZ-Dragon Cannon

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"X-Head Cannon" + "Y-Dragon Head" + "Z-Metal Tank"

Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by banishing the above cards you control. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Cannot be Special Summoned from the Graveyard. You can discard 1 card, then target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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YZ-Tank Dragon

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"Y-Dragon Head" + "Z-Metal Tank"

Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by banishing the above cards you control. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Cannot be Special Summoned from the GY. You can discard 1 card, then target 1 face-down monster your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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XZ-Tank Cannon

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"X-Head Cannon" + "Z-Metal Tank"

Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by banishing the above cards you control. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Cannot be Special Summoned from the GY. You can discard 1 card, then target 1 face-down Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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Similar to the Moth deck, this strategy trades the potential of a generic Skill Card for one that streamlines its more specific strategy. Levi West's Union Combination deck is less linear in concept than the other decks we've looked at so far: you're not actually trying to make the obvious play of summoning XYZ-Dragon Cannon. Instead, you're using Union Hangar to equip Z-Metal Tank to Y-Dragon Head and just calling it a turn.

On your next turn, if those cards hit the graveyard, you can just use Union Combination to banish them and summon YZ-Tank Dragon as an extra body and keep your grind game going. Doing so also makes Union Scramble live, an incredible trap card in this format.

This deck is all about recycling and summoning the Fusion Monsters, with or without the Skill Card, until you push through your opponent. With YZ-Tank Dragon punishing set monsters like Apprentice Magician, this strategy beats the Inner Conflict deck pretty easily. It does have a very hard time with the Moth deck, but Moth loses Inner Conflict almost every time, creating a sort of triangle format. There's lots of ways to adjust these matchups, especially with Side Decking, so try to get creative. West used Obelisk the Tormentor to auto-win mirror matches! How cool is that?

Lastly, wherever there's this much Kaiba, you can bet Yugi isn't far behind…

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Magnetic Attraction by Steven Lara

'Magnetic Attraction' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Steven Lara

Event: April Extravaganza Speed Duel Win-A-Mats

Rank: 1st

Speed Duel

Market Price: $65.49

Cards

Beta The Magnet Warrior

Market Price: $0.23

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Alpha, Beta, and Gamma meld as one to form a powerful monster.

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Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon

Market Price: $10.62

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"Blue-Eyes White Dragon" + "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" + "Blue-Eyes White Dragon"

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Sphere Kuriboh

Market Price: $4.03

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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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Ryu Senshi

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Warrior Dai Grepher + Spirit Ryu
This monster can only be Fusion Summoned by the above Fusion Material Monsters. Negate the effect of a Normal Trap Card by paying 1000 Life Points. Also negate the effect of a Spell Card that designates this card as a tar

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Valkyrion the Magna Warrior

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by Tributing 1 "Alpha The Magnet Warrior", "Beta The Magnet Warrior", and "Gamma The Magnet Warrior" from your hand and/or field. You can Tribute this card, then target 1 "Alpha The Magnet Warrior", "Beta The Magnet Warrior", and "Gamma The Magnet Warrior" in your GY; Special Summon them.

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Thousand-Eyes Restrict

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"Relinquished" + "Thousand-Eyes Idol"

Other monsters on the field cannot change their battle positions or attack. Once per turn: You can target 1 monster your opponent controls; equip that target to this card (max. 1). This card's ATK/DEF become equal to that equipped monster's. If this card would be destroyed by battle, destroy that equipped monster instead.

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Gamma The Magnet Warrior

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Alpha, Beta, and Gamma meld as one to form a powerful monster.

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Dark Paladin

Market Price: $0.61

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"Dark Magician" + "Buster Blader"

Must be Fusion Summoned and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. During either player's turn, when a Spell Card is activated: You can discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. This card must be face-up on the field to activate and to resolve this effect. This card gains 500 ATK for each Dragon-Type monster on the field or in either player's Graveyard.

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Arcana Knight Joker

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"Queen's Knight" + "Jack's Knight" + "King's Knight"

A Fusion Summon of this card can only be done with the above Fusion Material Monsters. Once per turn, during either player's turn, if this face-up card on the field is targeted by a Spell Card, Trap Card, or monster effect: You can discard the same type of card (Spell, Trap, or Monster Card); negate the effect.

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Delta The Magnet Warrior

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can send 1 Level 4 or lower "Magnet Warrior" monster from your Deck to the Graveyard. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can banish 3 Level 4 or lower "Magnet Warrior" monsters from your Graveyard, except "Delta The Magnet Warrior"; Special Summon 1 "Valkyrion the Magna Warrior" from your hand or Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions. You can only use each effect of "Delta The Magnet Warrior" once per turn.

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Meteor Black Dragon

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"Red-Eyes B. Dragon" + "Meteor Dragon"

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Magnetic Attraction

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Apply the following Skill(s):

• When a Level 4 or lower "Magnet Warrior" monster is Normal Summoned, you can add 1 Level 4 or lower "Magnet Warrior" monster with a different name from your Deck to your hand.
• You can reveal 2 Level 4 or lower "Magnet Warrior" monsters with different names from your hand, and if you do, add 1 "Valkyrion the Magna Warrior" from your Deck to your hand.
Each of these Skills can only be used once per Duel.

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Waking the Dragon

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If this Set card in its owner's control has left the field because of an opponent's effect, and is now in the GY or banished: You can Special Summon 1 monster from your Deck or Extra Deck.

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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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Magnetic Field

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If you control a Level 4 or lower EARTH Rock monster: You can target 1 Level 4 or lower "Magnet Warrior" monster in your GY; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Magnetic Field" once per turn. Once per turn, at the end of the Damage Step, when an EARTH Rock monster you control battled an opponent's monster, but the opponent's monster was not destroyed by the battle: You can return that opponent's monster to the hand.

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Metaverse

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Take 1 Field Spell from your Deck, and either activate it or add it to your hand.

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Dust Tornado

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Target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; destroy that target. Then you can Set 1 Spell or Trap Card from your hand.

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The Magnetic Attraction deck's all about abusing its incredible Field Spell, Magnetic Field.

If the Union Combination deck's Union Monsters even try to battle, the Kaiba player gets left with an empty board. The lack of Main Phase 2 in Speed Duels makes the battle effect of the Field Spell tremendously strong, and the free summon each turn is extremely strong. Delta The Magnet Warrior and the Skill Card give this deck all sorts of gas to just push with, making this the definitive rogue deck of the format so far.

You're less likely to win an event with this guy than the others, but it's absolutely possible. as Steven Lara demonstrated. And yes, that's the same Steven Lara who ran the second Inner Conflict deck from earlier. He won two different tournaments with two different decks on the same weekend!

There are plenty of other viable strategies in Speed Duels right now, but this is a great place to start to get a handle on the current format. Speed Duels are really fun right now, and the prizes are really worth it: I hope to see you guys at the next Extravaganza to play for more of those amazing playmats!