Lots of competitors at the October Remote Duel Extravaganza last weekend made it to the Top 32 with trap-heavy decks. Though a trap deck didn't win the entire event, it was an encouraging sign at a time when it feels like real defensive traps have long been on the way out. Hand traps might not be totally taking over just yet.

Why Depend On Trap Cards?

I ran Trap Eldlich at the Extravaganza, and it probably begs the question: why play a trap deck over a combo deck? Crossout Designator was just released, so surely combo decks are going to shine, right?

That's not wrong. And while I could probably figure out a really long and totally believable explanation, the truth is, I just haven't got my Crossout Designator in the mail yet! If had them, I probably would've been experimenting with them.

In all honesty, I don't own a ton of different fully built decks, and while the 2021 Tin of Ancient Battles makes Tri-Brigade more affordable, their playstyle's never appealed to me.

After looking at the decks my friends have been successful with at some recent locals that were pretty big, I noticed that Pak Pamornsut - the Remote Duel YCS Champion - went undefeated in Swiss at a recent 3v3 event with his Eldlich Dogmatika deck. I saw the list and agreed with a lot of the meta calls Pamornsut had made, and I happened to have all of the cards.

Of course, metagame trends change very quickly, and a control player must constantly study those trends and adapt in order to keep the upper hand. One of the problems with playing trap decks is that once one person has success with it, other players will have a rough idea of what traps to expect when they face you, provided they're keeping themselves informed. So it's a good idea to try and switch it up a bit, even if it's just a few cards.

Acknowledging Dragoon Again

Another problem was that Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon was markedly more popular, with lots of players splashing it into anything they could. I've even seen popular Yugituber Gage Poijak hyping up his Tri-Brigade build lately, because it plays the Predaplant Verte Anaconda package with Red-Eyes Fusion. I think Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon actually pretty optimal in that deck too, since the effects of Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom and Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager both let you place a card in your hand back to your deck. If you ever happen to draw one of the Normal Monsters you need for Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, or Red-Eyes Fusion, it's not a problem since you can put them back where you need them.

So we've got Drytrons playing Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon with Predaplant Verte Anaconda, Tri-Brigades too, and Virtual World using Muddy Mudragon to make it with Ultimaya Tzolkin. I honestly won't be surprised if Dragon-Link players start playing Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon too.

The good news is that you can deal with that threat. As long as you either stop Predaplant Verte Anaconda from resolving, or pressure your opponent enough that they run out of cards to discard for the Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon negation, you have a chance to defeat it. That was a big factor on my mind heading into the Extravaganza weekend.

How I Ran It

So with my initial thoughts out of the way, here's the decklist I played the past weekend. I ended up coming in 7th after Swiss, but lost out in the Top 32 after Day 2.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Trap Eldlich by Hanko Chow

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

Created By: Hanko Chow

Event: October Remote Duel Extravaganza

Rank: 17th-32nd

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Solemn Judgment

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Pay half of your Life Points. Negate the activation of a Spell Card / Trap Card / Normal Summon / Flip Summon / Special Summon and destroy the Spell Card, Trap Card, or Summoned monster.

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Solemn Strike

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When a monster(s) would be Special Summoned, OR a monster effect is activated: Pay 1500 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

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Torrential Tribute

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When a monster(s) is Summoned: Destroy all monsters on the field.

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Gozen Match

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Each player can only control 1 Attribute of monster. Send all other face-up monsters they control to the Graveyard.

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Predaplant Verte Anaconda

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2 Effect Monsters

You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; it becomes DARK until the end of this turn. You can pay 2000 LP and send 1 "Fusion" or "Polymerization" Normal or Quick-Play Spell from your Deck to the GY; this effect becomes that Spell's effect when that card is activated, also, you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Predaplant Verte Anaconda" once per turn.

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Accesscode Talker

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2+ Effect Monsters

Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this card's effect activations. If this card is Link Summoned: You can target 1 Link Monster that was used as material for its Link Summon; this card gains ATK equal to that monster's Link Rating x 1000. You can banish 1 Link Monster from your field or GY; destroy 1 card your opponent controls, also for the rest of this turn, you cannot banish monsters with that same Attribute to activate this effect of "Accesscode Talker".

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Red-Eyes Fusion

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Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster that lists a "Red-Eyes" monster as material from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand, Deck, or field as Fusion Materials, and if you do, its name becomes "Red-Eyes Black Dragon". You cannot Normal or Special Summon other monsters the turn you activate this card. You can only activate 1 "Red-Eyes Fusion" per turn.

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Ice Dragon's Prison

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Target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; Special Summon it to your field, but its effects are negated, then, you can banish 1 monster from both players' fields that have the same Type as each other. You can only activate 1 "Ice Dragon's Prison" per turn.

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Vampire Sucker

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2 Zombie monsters

If you would Tribute a monster(s) for a Tribute Summon, you can Tribute a Zombie monster(s) your opponent controls, even though you do not control them. You can only use each of the following effects of "Vampire Sucker" once per turn.
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• If a Zombie monster(s) is Special Summoned from either GY: Draw 1 card.

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Skill Drain

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Pay 1000 Life Points. The effects of all face-up Effect Monsters are negated.

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Evenly Matched

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At the end of the Battle Phase, if your opponent controls more cards than you do: You can make your opponent banish cards from their field face-down so they control the same number of cards as you do. If you control no cards, you can activate this card from your hand.

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Pot of Duality

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Excavate the top 3 cards of your Deck, add 1 of them to your hand, also, after that, shuffle the rest back into your Deck. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Duality" per turn. You cannot Special Summon during the turn you activate this card.

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Eldlich the Golden Lord

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You can send this card and 1 Spell/Trap from your hand to the GY, then target 1 card on the field; send it to the GY. If this card is in your GY: You can send 1 Spell/Trap you control to the GY; add this card to your hand, then you can Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your hand, and if you do, until the end of your opponent's turn, it gains 1000 ATK/DEF and cannot be destroyed by card effects. You can only use each effect of "Eldlich the Golden Lord" once per turn.

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Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon

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"Dark Magician" + "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" or 1 Dragon Effect Monster

Cannot be destroyed by card effects. Neither player can target this card with card effects. During your Main Phase: You can destroy 1 monster your opponent controls, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to that monster's original ATK. You can use this effect a number of times per turn up to the number of Normal Monsters used as Fusion Material for this card. Once per turn, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card, and if you do that, this card gains 1000 ATK.

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Imperial Order

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Negate all Spell effects on the field. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase, you must pay 700 LP (this is not optional), or this card is destroyed.


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Dark Magician

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Elder Entity N'tss

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1 Synchro Monster + 1 Xyz Monster

Must be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by sending the above cards you control to the GY. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 monster from your hand. If this card is sent to the GY: You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. You can only Special Summon "Elder Entity N'tss(s)" once per turn.

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Constellar Pleiades

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2 Level 5 LIGHT monsters

Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 card on the field; return that target to the hand.

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Imduk the World Chalice Dragon

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1 Normal Monster, except a Token

During your Main Phase, you can Normal Summon 1 "World Chalice" monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) At the start of the Damage Step, if this card battles an opponent's monster this card points to: You can destroy that opponent's monster. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 "World Chalice" monster from your hand.

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Dogmatika Punishment

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Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; send 1 monster with an equal or higher ATK from your Extra Deck to the GY, and if you do, destroy that monster. Until the end of your next turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck. You can only activate 1 "Dogmatika Punishment" per turn.

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Huaquero of the Golden Land

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Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Zombie/LIGHT/Level 5/ATK 1800/DEF 1500) (this card is also still a Trap), then, if you control "Eldlich the Golden Lord", you can banish 1 card from either GY. During the End Phase: You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Eldlixir" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Huaquero of the Golden Land" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Red-Eyes Black Dragon

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A ferocious dragon with a deadly attack.

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Inspector Boarder

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Cannot be Normal or Special Summoned if you control a monster. Neither player can activate monster effects unless the number of monster effects that player has previously activated that turn is less than the number of monster card types currently on the field (Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, Pendulum, and Link). (If an effect's activation was negated, it still counts toward the total for that turn. Only count effects that were activated while this monster was face-up on the field.)

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Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max

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2 Level 10 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card; inflict 2000 damage to your opponent.

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Wind Pegasus @Ignister

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

During your Main Phase: You can destroy Spells/Traps your opponent controls, up to the number of "@Ignister" monsters you control. If another card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect, while this card is on the field or in the GY: You can banish this card, then target 1 card your opponent controls; shuffle it into the Deck. You can only use each effect of "Wind Pegasus @Ignister" once per turn.

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Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians

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2+ monsters, including a Spellcaster monster

If this card is Link Summoned: Place Spell Counters on this card, equal to the number of Spells on the field and in the GYs. While an "Endymion" card(s) is on the field, your opponent's monsters cannot target this card for attacks. Once per turn, during the Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can remove 3 Spell Counters from your field; Special Summon 1 Spellcaster monster from your hand or GY in Defense Position, to your zone this card points to.

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Rivalry of Warlords

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Each player can only control 1 Type of monster. Send all other face-up monsters they control to the GY.

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Stall Turn

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When a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect, is activated that negates the Summon OR the activation of a Spell/Trap Card: Banish 3 cards from the top of your Deck, face-down; negate the activation, and if you do, shuffle that card into the Deck.

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Pot of Extravagance

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At the start of your Main Phase 1: Banish 3 or 6 random face-down cards from your Extra Deck, face-down; draw 1 card for every 3 cards banished. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot draw any cards by card effects.

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Storming Mirror Force

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Return all your opponent's Attack Position monsters to the hand.

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Conquistador of the Golden Land

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Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Zombie/LIGHT/Level 5/ATK 500/DEF 1800) (this card is also still a Trap), then, if you control "Eldlich the Golden Lord", you can destroy 1 face-up card on the field. During the End Phase: You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Eldlixir" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Conquistador of the Golden Land" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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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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Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine

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Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your Deck or GY, but if you control no "Eldlich" monsters, you can only Special Summon "Eldlich" monsters with this effect. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except Zombie monsters. You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous

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Cannot be destroyed by battle with a monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck. You can only use each of the following effects of "Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous" once per turn. If a monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck is on the field: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can activate this effect; add 1 "Dogmatika" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous", also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn.

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Titaniklad the Ash Dragon

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"Fallen of Albaz" + 1 monster with 2500 or more ATK

Gains ATK equal to the combined original Levels of the monsters used for its Fusion Summon x 100. After this card is Fusion Summoned, for the rest of this turn, it is unaffected by the activated effects of any other monsters Special Summoned from the Extra Deck. During the End Phase, if this card is in the GY because it was sent there this turn: You can add to your hand, or Special Summon, 1 "Fallen of Albaz" or "Dogmatika" monster from your Deck. You can only use this effect of "Titaniklad the Ash Dragon" once per turn.

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Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder

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2 Level 12 monsters

Once per turn, if an Xyz Monster battled this turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder" by using 1 Xyz Monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) (Quick Effect): You can detach 2 materials from this card; send all other cards from the field to the GY. Once per turn, if another card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect: You can attach 1 card from your hand, Deck, or Extra Deck to this card as material.

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Link Spider

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1 Normal Monster

Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from your hand to your zone this card points to.

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Lyna the Light Charmer, Lustrous

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2 monsters, including a LIGHT monster

(This card is always treated as a "Familiar-Possessed" card.)
You can target 1 LIGHT monster in your opponent's GY; Special Summon it to your zone this card points to. If this Link Summoned card is destroyed by battle, or is destroyed by an opponent's card effect while in its owner's Monster Zone: You can add 1 LIGHT monster with 1500 or less DEF from your Deck to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Lyna the Light Charmer, Lustrous" once per turn.

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The Main Deck is very similar to Pak's build, since a majority of the deck's card choices were relatively safe to play against a wide range of decks, while also keeping up a good level of synergy.

The only thing I didn't agree with was Trap Trick in a trap deck. While Trap Trick does search for another Normal Trap, I find the fact that it limits you to just one trap activation the turn it resolves, to be too restrictive. And while that disadvantage isn't always a problem, I find that the risk isn't necessary. If you use it preemptively it feels a lot like playing Red Reboot on yourself, while also letting your opponent know what trap to expect. That's just my opinion, but it's enough to make me not want to run it.

Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder

The whole essence of a trap deck is that it presents your opponent with some element of mystery. You want your opponent to play into scenarios that are incredibly favorable for you, and making them play a game of incomplete information is a big part of that. So I took out the Trap Trick, considered the rising popularity of Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, and thought to myself, Storming Mirror Force helps deal with Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon especially if I have multiples.

A Mirror Force type of trap was exactly what the deck needed, especially heading into an event where not many duelists expected it.  Storming Mirror Force not only pressures Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, but also helps keep certain decks off Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder. A lot of players are making indestructible Xyz Monsters these days, so Storming Mirror Force is really helpful.

Giant Beetrooper Invincible Atlas

Indestructible Xyz are just the beginning. One of the highlights of my Extravaganza run saw me up against Insects, and using Storming Mirror Force to bounce Giant Beetrooper Invincible Atlas back to the deck. In a Dinosaur matchup, I bounced back two copies of Ultimate Conductor Tyranno to win the game the following turn.

But is Storming Mirror Force really optimal? The problem is that once the secret's out, opponents will be wary of it. So I still think it's good, but I do side out some copies when I know my opponent has seen me play it.

Overall I'm happy with how the Main Deck turned out.

The Side Deck Theory

After Pak's recent success, players expect this type of deck to side with the same kinds of cards. They expected Inspector Boarder going first, Lava Golem or Sphere Mode, with maybe Broken Line. And that's the problem. They expect it.

Lightning Storm

Many players would now keep Infinite Impermanence in for the Eldlich matchup if they have nothing else to side out, since it can negate a Continuous Trap, and even the expected Inspector Boarder. Not to mention that they'll also be siding into generic backrow wipes like Lightning Storm, Evenly Matched and Harpie's Feather Duster.

So yes, Inspector Boarder is good, especially with so many trap cards to defend it. But it doesn't answer the cards that your opponent's siding in, and it's not something that the deck always needs to see. So instead of playing more copies of Inspector Boarder, I opted to play only one, because I never wanted multiple copies in my opening hand anyways.

Apart from that, I also chose not to play Nadir Servant, but opted for another set of cards that help the deck go second and break boards. It also helps save the deck when I go first, and need to negate the opponent's plays or board wipes.

Red-Eyes Fusion

Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon

Yup, Red-Eyes Fusion was my only answer.

Not only does this deck have to respect and defeat Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, but it can play it as well. And why not? Not every deck out there can deal with Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, so it really helps to have it in those matchups. Especially the games where a certain set of trap cards in my Main Deck are just less optimal.

For example, say I'm playing against Sky Strikers: Ice Dragon's Prison isn't that great in the Striker matchup, and I know Strikers need to work hard to beat Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon. Plus, it often sides into Twin Twisters. In the Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon goes, and once it hits the field the game ends really fast.

But unfortunately it may not have been the best idea to run Pot of Extravagance with the Red-Eyes Fusion and only one copy of Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon. As luck would have it, there's a huge chance to banish the only copy of Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon in your Extra Deck if you use Pot of Extravagance before you play the Fusion Spell, and sadly Pot of Extravagance must be played as the first action in your Main Phase. And yeah, that happened in my final game. Did I regret it? Not really, since I felt comfortable with the rest of the opener. I took the risk and played the cards I was dealt.

Moving on, back to the topic of my Side Deck. Going second against Drytron is not easy. They can get out a Herald of Ultimateness or Herald of Perfection with multiple Fairy monsters in their hand, and they can also make Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon. How do you deal with it?

Well, Lava Golem turned out to be the safest choice. The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode is too easy to play around since they don't need to commit Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon early. But it's almost guaranteed that they'll have a Herald Ritual Monster with something else beside it in the early game, like an I:P Masquerena and another monster. A set-up like that gives them the option of Link Summoning Knightmare Unicorn on my turn.

With that being said, Broken Line was amazing in theory, but the fact that so many players now know about it makes it very lackluster. Setting any card in the same column as their Herald is too obvious. And keeping the Broken Line in your hand and anticipating that your opponent will make a Knightmare Unicorn to spin it away is too risky.

But what other cards can you play? Do you just have to hope to draw Solemn Strike? If you've read my recent article on underrated cards from Dawn of Majesty, you'll know that I'm keen on a card called Stall Turn.

Stall Turn a Counter Trap that negates and SHUFFLES back any card that would negate the activation of a card you're playing, for the mere cost of banishing the top three cards of your deck face-down. So while it isn't the exact same as Broken Line negating something that just "activates", it does SHUFFLE instead of destroy, meaning that it answers Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon and can also shuffle back a Herald, so your opponent can't just summon it again with Meteonis Drytron. They'll have to search it again with Drytron Alpha Thuban.

Situational as it may be, Stall Turn does have the element of surprise and it isn't something players were expecting, such as Broken Line. In my playtesting, I've played against Cyber Dragons and it was helpful at dealing with not only Cyber Dragon Infinity, but also the Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon. I fully believe it was one of my best picks for this event, helping to counter decks that put up end boards with Herald Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, as well as any other deck that splashes Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon just because they can.

Overall, I think the theory was very safe. Trap cards are still good in these early stages of the format, especially since players aren't respecting them as much with their Side Deck choices. But that was also the problem; plenty of players were expecting something similar to what Pak played.

But with a bit of change and the element of surprise, cards like Storming Mirror Force, siding into Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon when they keep Infinite Impermanence, and siding more cards like Stall Turn to help deal with the opposing Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon worked out well. Will it work out again now, when players expect it? Who knows.

Enough about my deck, though. There were several others who played trap-heavy decks too, and made it to the Top Cut of the Extravaganza!

Lightsworn And Zombies!

I wasn't the only player who topped with an Eldlich variant: Calvin Jin also scored a Top 32 finish with his Lightsworn Zombie World Eldlich deck. While I've played Zombie World in Eldlich before, a couple things caught my attention when I looked at Jin's build.

Here's what he ran; see what stands out to you.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Lightsworn Eldlich by Calvin Jin

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

Created By: Calvin Jin

Event: October Remote Duel Extravaganza

Rank: 17th-32nd

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Cards

Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion

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When a card or effect is activated that includes any of these effects (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; negate that activation.

• Add a card(s) from the GY to the hand, Deck, and/or Extra Deck.
• Special Summon a Monster Card(s) from the GY.
• Banish a card(s) from the GY.
You can only use this effect of "Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion" once per turn.

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Link Spider

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1 Normal Monster

Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from your hand to your zone this card points to.

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Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner

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Once per turn: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Level 4 or lower "Lightsworn" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target. During each of your End Phases: Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard. You must control this face-up card to activate and to resolve this effect.

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Eldlich the Golden Lord

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You can send this card and 1 Spell/Trap from your hand to the GY, then target 1 card on the field; send it to the GY. If this card is in your GY: You can send 1 Spell/Trap you control to the GY; add this card to your hand, then you can Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your hand, and if you do, until the end of your opponent's turn, it gains 1000 ATK/DEF and cannot be destroyed by card effects. You can only use each effect of "Eldlich the Golden Lord" once per turn.

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Knightmare Phoenix

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2+ monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Spell/Trap your opponent controls; destroy it, then, if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Phoenix" once per turn. Co-linked monsters you control cannot be destroyed by battle.

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Barricadeborg Blocker

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2 monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card; during the End Phase of this turn, add 1 Continuous or Field Spell from your GY to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Barricadeborg Blocker" once per turn. Face-up Spells you control cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects.

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Evenly Matched

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At the end of the Battle Phase, if your opponent controls more cards than you do: You can make your opponent banish cards from their field face-down so they control the same number of cards as you do. If you control no cards, you can activate this card from your hand.

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Cursed Eldland

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You cannot declare attacks, except with Zombie monsters. You can only use each of the following effects of "Cursed Eldland" once per turn.

• You can pay 800 LP; add 1 "Eldlich" monster or 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand.
• If this card is sent from the Spell & Trap Zone to the GY: You can send 1 "Eldlich" monster or 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap from your Deck to the GY.

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Eldlixir of Black Awakening

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Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your hand or Deck in Defense Position, but if you control no "Eldlich" monsters, you can only Special Summon "Eldlich" monsters with this effect. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except Zombie monsters. You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Eldlixir of Black Awakening" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Crystron Halqifibrax

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2 monsters, including a Tuner

If this card is Link Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 Level 3 or lower Tuner from your hand or Deck in Defense Position, but it cannot activate its effects this turn. During your opponent's Main Phase or Battle Phase (Quick Effect): You can banish this card you control; Special Summon 1 Tuner Synchro Monster from your Extra Deck. (This is treated as a Synchro Summon.) You can only use each effect of "Crystron Halqifibrax" once per turn.

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Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians

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2+ monsters, including a Spellcaster monster

If this card is Link Summoned: Place Spell Counters on this card, equal to the number of Spells on the field and in the GYs. While an "Endymion" card(s) is on the field, your opponent's monsters cannot target this card for attacks. Once per turn, during the Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can remove 3 Spell Counters from your field; Special Summon 1 Spellcaster monster from your hand or GY in Defense Position, to your zone this card points to.

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Golden Land Forever!

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When a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect, is activated, while you control an "Eldlich" monster: Tribute 1 Zombie monster; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. You can only activate 1 "Golden Land Forever!" per turn.

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Glow-Up Bloom

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If this card is sent to the GY: You can banish this card from your GY; add 1 Level 5 or higher Zombie monster from your Deck to your hand, or, if "Zombie World" is in a Field Zone, you can Special Summon it from your Deck instead, also, in either case, you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except Zombie monsters. You can only use this effect of "Glow-Up Bloom" once per turn.

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Rivalry of Warlords

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Each player can only control 1 Type of monster. Send all other face-up monsters they control to the GY.

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Pot of Prosperity

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Banish 3 or 6 cards of your choice from your Extra Deck, face-down; for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, any damage your opponent takes is halved, also excavate cards from the top of your Deck equal to the number of cards banished, add 1 excavated card to your hand, place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Prosperity" per turn. You cannot draw cards by card effects the turn you activate this card.

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Eldlixir of White Destiny

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Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your hand or GY, but if you control no "Eldlich" monsters, you can only Special Summon "Eldlich" monsters with this effect. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except Zombie monsters. During your Main Phase: You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Eldlixir of White Destiny" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

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When a card or effect is activated that includes any of these effects (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; negate that effect.

• Add a card from the Deck to the hand.
• Special Summon from the Deck.
• Send a card from the Deck to the GY.
You can only use this effect of "Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring" once per turn.

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Constellar Pleiades

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2 Level 5 LIGHT monsters

Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 card on the field; return that target to the hand.

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Zombie World

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All monsters on the field and in any Graveyard become Zombie-Type monsters. Neither player can Tribute Summon monsters, except Zombie-Type monsters.

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Charge of the Light Brigade

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Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard; add 1 Level 4 or lower "Lightsworn" monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Pot of Extravagance

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At the start of your Main Phase 1: Banish 3 or 6 random face-down cards from your Extra Deck, face-down; draw 1 card for every 3 cards banished. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot draw any cards by card effects.

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Huaquero of the Golden Land

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Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Zombie/LIGHT/Level 5/ATK 1800/DEF 1500) (this card is also still a Trap), then, if you control "Eldlich the Golden Lord", you can banish 1 card from either GY. During the End Phase: You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Eldlixir" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Huaquero of the Golden Land" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Inspector Boarder

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Cannot be Normal or Special Summoned if you control a monster. Neither player can activate monster effects unless the number of monster effects that player has previously activated that turn is less than the number of monster card types currently on the field (Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, Pendulum, and Link). (If an effect's activation was negated, it still counts toward the total for that turn. Only count effects that were activated while this monster was face-up on the field.)

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Imperial Order

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Negate all Spell effects on the field. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase, you must pay 700 LP (this is not optional), or this card is destroyed.


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Linkuriboh

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1 Level 1 monster

When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can Tribute this card; change that opponent's monster's ATK to 0, until the end of this turn. If this card is in your GY (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 Level 1 monster; Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Linkuriboh" once per turn.

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Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn

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During your Main Phase: You can send the top 2 cards of your Deck to the GY, then if any "Lightsworn" monsters were sent to the GY by this effect, this card gains 200 ATK until the end of your opponent's turn. You can only use this effect of "Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn" once per turn. Once per turn, during your End Phase: Send the top 2 cards of your Deck to the GY.

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Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Juggernaut Liebe

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3 Level 11 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Juggernaut Liebe" by using 1 Rank 10 Machine Xyz Monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card; it gains 2000 ATK/DEF, also for the rest of this turn, you can only declare an attack with this card. During each Battle Phase, this card can make attacks on monsters up to the number of materials it has +1.

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Avendread Savior

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2 Zombie monsters

This card's name becomes "Revendread Slayer" while on the field. You can only use each of the following effects of "Avendread Savior" once per turn.
• You can target 1 "Vendread" card in your GY; add it to your hand.
br>• During damage calculation, if this card battles an opponent's monster (Quick Effect): You can send 1 Zombie monster from your Deck to the GY; that opponent's monster loses ATK equal to the Level of the monster sent to the GY x200, until the end of this turn.

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Guardian of the Golden Land

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Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Zombie/LIGHT/Level 8/ATK 800/DEF 2500) (this card is also still a Trap), then, if you control "Eldlich the Golden Lord", you can make the ATK of 1 face-up monster on the field become 0. During the End Phase: You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Eldlixir" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Guardian of the Golden Land" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Harpie's Feather Duster

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Destroy all of your opponent''s Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

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Conquistador of the Golden Land

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Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Zombie/LIGHT/Level 5/ATK 500/DEF 1800) (this card is also still a Trap), then, if you control "Eldlich the Golden Lord", you can destroy 1 face-up card on the field. During the End Phase: You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Eldlixir" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Conquistador of the Golden Land" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Skill Drain

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Pay 1000 Life Points. The effects of all face-up Effect Monsters are negated.

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Necroworld Banshee

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"Zombie World" in the Field Zone cannot be destroyed by card effects, also neither player can target it with card effects. (Quick Effect): You can banish this card from your field or GY; activate 1 "Zombie World" directly from your hand or Deck. You can only use this effect of "Necroworld Banshee" once per turn.

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Vampire Sucker

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2 Zombie monsters

If you would Tribute a monster(s) for a Tribute Summon, you can Tribute a Zombie monster(s) your opponent controls, even though you do not control them. You can only use each of the following effects of "Vampire Sucker" once per turn.
• You can target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; Special Summon it to your opponent's field in Defense Position, but it becomes a Zombie monster.
• If a Zombie monster(s) is Special Summoned from either GY: Draw 1 card.

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Doomking Balerdroch

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During the Standby Phase, if a face-up card is in a Field Zone and this card is in your GY: You can Special Summon this card in Defense Position. You can only use this effect of "Doomking Balerdroch" once per turn. Once per Chain, when a Zombie monster, except "Doomking Balerdroch", activates its effect (except during the Damage Step) (Quick Effect): You can apply 1 of these effects (but you cannot apply that same effect of "Doomking Balerdroch" again this turn).
• Negate that effect. • Banish 1 monster from the field or GY.

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Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max

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2 Level 10 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card; inflict 2000 damage to your opponent.

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Accesscode Talker

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2+ Effect Monsters

Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this card's effect activations. If this card is Link Summoned: You can target 1 Link Monster that was used as material for its Link Summon; this card gains ATK equal to that monster's Link Rating x 1000. You can banish 1 Link Monster from your field or GY; destroy 1 card your opponent controls, also for the rest of this turn, you cannot banish monsters with that same Attribute to activate this effect of "Accesscode Talker".

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Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress

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You can target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; this card's battle position cannot be changed until the end of your next turn, also change this card you control from face-up Attack Position to face-up Defense Position, and if you do, destroy that target. During each of your End Phases: Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard.

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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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Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine

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Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your Deck or GY, but if you control no "Eldlich" monsters, you can only Special Summon "Eldlich" monsters with this effect. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except Zombie monsters. You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Lyna the Light Charmer, Lustrous

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2 monsters, including a LIGHT monster

(This card is always treated as a "Familiar-Possessed" card.)
You can target 1 LIGHT monster in your opponent's GY; Special Summon it to your zone this card points to. If this Link Summoned card is destroyed by battle, or is destroyed by an opponent's card effect while in its owner's Monster Zone: You can add 1 LIGHT monster with 1500 or less DEF from your Deck to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Lyna the Light Charmer, Lustrous" once per turn.

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Firstly, he's playing one of the most powerful spells in the game, Charge of the Light Brigade. Charge only searches for a Normal Summon, but the fact that it mills three cards from your deck as a cost is really good. The mill is guaranteed to happen, and Jin played more Elixir cards and Golden Land trap monsters, as well as the Zombies he wants to mill. That gave him a high chance to gain a lot of value right away, just from activating Charge of the Light Brigade.

Secondly, he also played Zombie World alongside three copies of the counter trap Golden Land Forever! That was good, but I'm kinda surprised he didn't Main Deck the Rivalry of Warlords as well, since it's so strong with Zombie World. Still, that aside, leveraging the searchable Golden Land counter trap to protect Zombie World probably won Jin a good number of matches over the course of the weekend.

As far as trap-heavy decks go, Eldlich was just the beginning.

Spellcaster Control

One of my Montreal friends, Dave Trepanier, topped this Extravaganza with his Altergeist deck, teched with Dogmatika. Even though Dogmatika cards lock you out of your Extra Deck for a turn, the amount of flexibility and card advantage you get from them is worth it in the long run. Here's what he ran.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Dogmatika Altergeist by Dave Trepanier

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

Created By: Dave Trepanier

Event: October Remote Duel Extravaganza

Rank: 17th-32nd

Advanced

Market Price: $791.69

Cards

Droll & Lock Bird

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If your opponent adds a card(s) from their Deck to their hand, except during the Draw Phase, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard. For the rest of this turn, neither player can add card(s) from their Deck to their hand. (Drawing cards is also considered as "adding a card to the hand".)

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Titaniklad the Ash Dragon

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"Fallen of Albaz" + 1 monster with 2500 or more ATK

Gains ATK equal to the combined original Levels of the monsters used for its Fusion Summon x 100. After this card is Fusion Summoned, for the rest of this turn, it is unaffected by the activated effects of any other monsters Special Summoned from the Extra Deck. During the End Phase, if this card is in the GY because it was sent there this turn: You can add to your hand, or Special Summon, 1 "Fallen of Albaz" or "Dogmatika" monster from your Deck. You can only use this effect of "Titaniklad the Ash Dragon" once per turn.

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Altergeist Kunquery

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack, if you control an "Altergeist" card: You can Special Summon this card from your hand, and if you do, negate that attack. If this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; negate the effects of that card while it and this monster are face-up on the field.

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Contact "C"

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When your opponent Normal or Special Summons a monster(s) (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand to the opponent's field in Defense Position. This card's controller cannot Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, or Link Summon unless they use this card as material.

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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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Altergeist Meluseek

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This card can attack directly. When this card inflicts battle damage to your opponent: You can target 1 card your opponent controls; send it to the GY. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Altergeist" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Altergeist Meluseek". You can only use this effect of "Altergeist Meluseek" once per turn.

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Evenly Matched

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At the end of the Battle Phase, if your opponent controls more cards than you do: You can make your opponent banish cards from their field face-down so they control the same number of cards as you do. If you control no cards, you can activate this card from your hand.

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Dimension Shifter

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If you have no cards in your GY (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY; until the end of the next turn, any card sent to the GY is banished instead.

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Toadally Awesome

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2 Level 2 Aqua-Type monsters

Once per turn, during the Standby Phase: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 "Frog" monster from your Deck. Once per turn, during either player's turn, when your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect: You can send 1 Aqua-Type monster from your hand or face-up from your field to the Graveyard; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card, then you can Set it to your field. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 WATER monster in your Graveyard; add it to your hand.

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Solemn Strike

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When a monster(s) would be Special Summoned, OR a monster effect is activated: Pay 1500 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

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Skill Drain

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Pay 1000 Life Points. The effects of all face-up Effect Monsters are negated.

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Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous

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Cannot be destroyed by battle with a monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck. You can only use each of the following effects of "Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous" once per turn. If a monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck is on the field: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can activate this effect; add 1 "Dogmatika" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous", also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn.

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Nadir Servant

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Send 1 monster from your Extra Deck to the GY, then add 1 "Dogmatika" monster or "Fallen of Albaz" from your Deck or GY to your hand, that has ATK less than or equal to that sent monster in the GY, also, for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck. You can only activate 1 "Nadir Servant" per turn.

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Altergeist Manifestation

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Target 1 "Altergeist" monster in your GY; Special Summon it in Attack Position and equip it with this card. When this card leaves the field, destroy that monster. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 "Altergeist" Trap in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Altergeist Manifestation" once per turn.

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Elder Entity N'tss

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1 Synchro Monster + 1 Xyz Monster

Must be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by sending the above cards you control to the GY. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 monster from your hand. If this card is sent to the GY: You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. You can only Special Summon "Elder Entity N'tss(s)" once per turn.

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Accesscode Talker

Market Price: $62.33

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2+ Effect Monsters

Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this card's effect activations. If this card is Link Summoned: You can target 1 Link Monster that was used as material for its Link Summon; this card gains ATK equal to that monster's Link Rating x 1000. You can banish 1 Link Monster from your field or GY; destroy 1 card your opponent controls, also for the rest of this turn, you cannot banish monsters with that same Attribute to activate this effect of "Accesscode Talker".

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Altergeist Silquitous

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(Quick Effect): You can return 1 other "Altergeist" card you control to the hand, then target 1 card your opponent controls; return it to the hand. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can target 1 "Altergeist" Trap in your GY; add that card to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Altergeist Silquitous" once per turn.

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Lyna the Light Charmer, Lustrous

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2 monsters, including a LIGHT monster

(This card is always treated as a "Familiar-Possessed" card.)
You can target 1 LIGHT monster in your opponent's GY; Special Summon it to your zone this card points to. If this Link Summoned card is destroyed by battle, or is destroyed by an opponent's card effect while in its owner's Monster Zone: You can add 1 LIGHT monster with 1500 or less DEF from your Deck to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Lyna the Light Charmer, Lustrous" once per turn.

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Imperial Order

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Negate all Spell effects on the field. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase, you must pay 700 LP (this is not optional), or this card is destroyed.


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Five-Headed Dragon

Market Price: $1.27

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5 Dragon-Type monsters

Must be Fusion Summoned, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. Cannot be destroyed by battle with a DARK, EARTH, WATER, FIRE, or WIND monster.

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Altergeist Marionetter

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can Set 1 "Altergeist" Trap directly from your Deck to your Spell & Trap Zone. You can target 1 "Altergeist" card you control and 1 "Altergeist" monster in your GY; send that card on the field to the GY, and if you do, Special Summon that other monster from your GY. You can only use this effect of "Altergeist Marionetter" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom

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2 Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters

During your Main Phase: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your hand, also you cannot use monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn, except Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monsters. If this card is sent to the GY: You can draw 1 card, then place 1 card from your hand on the bottom of the Deck. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom" once per turn.

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Altergeist Multifaker

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If you activate a Trap Card (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Special Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 "Altergeist" monster from your Deck in Defense Position, except "Altergeist Multifaker". You cannot Special Summon monsters the turn you activate this effect, except "Altergeist" monsters. You can only use each effect of "Altergeist Multifaker" once per turn.

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Terraforming

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Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Altergeist Protocol

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The activation and effects of "Altergeist" cards activated on your field cannot be negated. When your opponent activates a monster effect: You can send 1 other face-up "Altergeist" card you control to the GY; Negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. You can only use this effect of "Altergeist Protocol" once per turn.

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Personal Spoofing

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Once per turn: You can shuffle 1 other "Altergeist" card from your hand or face-up from your field into the Main Deck; add 1 "Altergeist" monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Secret Village of the Spellcasters

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If only you control a Spellcaster monster, your opponent cannot activate Spell Cards. If you control no Spellcaster monsters, you cannot activate Spell Cards.

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Linkuriboh

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1 Level 1 monster

When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can Tribute this card; change that opponent's monster's ATK to 0, until the end of this turn. If this card is in your GY (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 Level 1 monster; Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Linkuriboh" once per turn.

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Wind Pegasus @Ignister

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

During your Main Phase: You can destroy Spells/Traps your opponent controls, up to the number of "@Ignister" monsters you control. If another card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect, while this card is on the field or in the GY: You can banish this card, then target 1 card your opponent controls; shuffle it into the Deck. You can only use each effect of "Wind Pegasus @Ignister" once per turn.

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Dogmatika Punishment

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Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; send 1 monster with an equal or higher ATK from your Extra Deck to the GY, and if you do, destroy that monster. Until the end of your next turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck. You can only activate 1 "Dogmatika Punishment" per turn.

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Artemis, the Magistus Moon Maiden

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1 Level 4 or lower Spellcaster monster

If another "Magistus" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned while you control this monster (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 of those monsters; equip this card you control to it. While this card is equipped to a monster: You can add 1 "Magistus" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Artemis, the Magistus Moon Maiden" once per turn. You can only Special Summon "Artemis, the Magistus Moon Maiden" once per turn.

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Pot of Prosperity

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Banish 3 or 6 cards of your choice from your Extra Deck, face-down; for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, any damage your opponent takes is halved, also excavate cards from the top of your Deck equal to the number of cards banished, add 1 excavated card to your hand, place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Prosperity" per turn. You cannot draw cards by card effects the turn you activate this card.

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Mystic Mine

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If your opponent controls more monsters than you do, your opponent cannot activate monster effects or declare an attack. If you control more monsters than your opponent does, you cannot activate monster effects or declare an attack. Once per turn, during the End Phase, if both players control the same number of monsters: Destroy this card.

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Relinquished Anima

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1 Level 1 monster, except a Token

You can target 1 face-up monster this card points to; equip that face-up monster to this card (max. 1). You can only use this effect of "Relinquished Anima" once per turn. This card gains ATK equal to that equipped monster's.

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Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians

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2+ monsters, including a Spellcaster monster

If this card is Link Summoned: Place Spell Counters on this card, equal to the number of Spells on the field and in the GYs. While an "Endymion" card(s) is on the field, your opponent's monsters cannot target this card for attacks. Once per turn, during the Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can remove 3 Spell Counters from your field; Special Summon 1 Spellcaster monster from your hand or GY in Defense Position, to your zone this card points to.

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Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted

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During the Main Phase, if a monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck is on the field (Quick Effect): You can Special Summon this card from your hand, then, if you control another "Dogmatika" monster, you can negate the effects of 1 face-up monster on the field, until the end of this turn. When your "Dogmatika" monster declares an attack: You can make all "Dogmatika" monsters you currently control gain 500 ATK. You can only use each effect of "Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted" once per turn.

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Altergeist Hexstia

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2 "Altergeist" monsters

Gains ATK equal to the original ATK of each "Altergeist" monsters it points to. When a Spell/Trap Card is activated (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 "Altergeist" monster this card points to; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Altegeist" card from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Altergeist Hexstia" once per turn.

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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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I mentioned Altergeist as one of the most underrated decks of the format in one of my "Best Rogue Deck" articles back in March. And though I've seen lots of other players top with pure Altergeist since, I haven't seen many attempt a Dogmatika Altergeist hybrid.

The key synergy here is that any of your Altergeist monsters can become Artemis, the Magistus Moon Maiden or other Link 1 monsters, so you can Special Summon Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous with her effect. Ideally you'd Normal Summon Altergeist Meluseek, turn it into a Linkuriboh and then search for Altergeist Multifaker. Afterwards you'd activate Nadir Servant, or if you already have Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous, you'd Special Summon her to get the trap card Dogmatika Punishment. From there you're set up with a trap card and Altergeist Multifaker to stop your opponent's plays, and advance your own position.

Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous



That's just one of the ways these themes work together. There are other small details too, like sending Toadally Awesome to the graveyard to get back Altergeist Meluseek, or how Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous another Spellcaster to keep Secret Village of the Spellcasters up. Even just the sheer amount of card advantage you can get from resolving Nadir Servant and Dogmatika Punishment might make it worth your while to pass on Altergeist Hexstia depending on your matchup.

Another thing I noticed that differs from a standard Altergeist deck is the lack of Infinite Impermanence. While drawing Infinite Impermanence and Altergeist Multifaker together is usually an auto win, perhaps it's better to play Altergeist without relying on an inconsistent 2-card combo moving forward?

Something Trepanier does mention is that in current competition, a single Infinite Impermanence alone isn't enough to stop a turn completely. So if you're going to run that card, you'll also need other hand traps to complement it, which could eat up a lot of deck space. Since he's using the Dogmatika cards, there isn't that much room for low impact hand traps.

So Trepanier opted for this kind of Main Deck and it worked out for him! You can see that he still Side Decks some really high impact hand traps such as Dimension Shifter, Droll & Lock Bird and even Contact "C" for specific matchups.

There are many other things I find intriguing about this Altergeist list, but what's even crazier is that somehow, Lair of Darkness also made it to the Top 32 in the Extravaganza!

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Lair of Darkness Eldlich by Julian Demeritte

'Lair of Darkness Eldlich' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Julian Demeritte

Event: October Remote Duel Extravaganza

Rank: 17th-32nd

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Cards

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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Lilith, Lady of Lament

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If this card is Normal Summoned, its original ATK becomes 1000. (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 DARK monster; reveal 3 Normal Traps from your Deck, your opponent randomly chooses 1 for you to Set on your field, and you shuffle the rest back into your Deck. You can only use this effect of "Lilith, Lady of Lament" once per turn.

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Ahrima, the Wicked Warden

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You can discard this card; add 1 "Lair of Darkness" from your Deck to your hand. You can Tribute 1 DARK monster; draw 1 card, or, if you Tributed a DARK monster other than this card to activate this effect, you can add 1 DARK monster with 2000 or more DEF from your Deck to your hand, instead. You can only use this effect of "Ahrima, the Wicked Warden" once per turn.

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Triple Tactics Talent

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If your opponent has activated a monster effect during your Main Phase this turn: Activate 1 of these effects;

• Draw 2 cards.
• Take control of 1 monster your opponent controls until the End Phase.
• Look at your opponent's hand, and choose 1 card from it to shuffle into the Deck.
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Nibiru, the Primal Being

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During the Main Phase, if your opponent Normal or Special Summoned 5 or more monsters this turn (Quick Effect): You can Tribute as many face-up monsters on the field as possible, and if you do, Special Summon this card from your hand, then Special Summon 1 "Primal Being Token" (Rock/LIGHT/Level 11/ATK ?/DEF ?) to your opponent's field. (This Token's ATK/DEF become the combined original ATK/DEF of the Tributed monsters.) You can only use this effect of "Nibiru, the Primal Being" once per turn.

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Harpie's Feather Duster

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Destroy all of your opponent''s Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

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The Last Warrior from Another Planet

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"Zombyra the Dark" + "Maryokutai"

When this card is Special Summoned: Destroy all other monsters you control. Neither player can Summon monsters.

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Dark Ruler No More

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Negate the effects of all face-up monsters your opponent currently controls, until the end of this turn, also, for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, your opponent takes no damage. Neither player can activate monster effects in response to this card's activation.

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Raidraptor - Ultimate Falcon

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3 Level 10 Winged Beast-Type monsters

Unaffected by other cards' effects. You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; for the rest of this turn, all monsters your opponent controls will lose 1000 ATK, also your opponent's cards and effects cannot be activated. If this card has a "Raidraptor" monster as Xyz Material, it gains this effect.
• Once per turn, during the End Phase: You can make all monsters your opponent controls lose 1000 ATK. If your opponent controls no face-up monsters, inflict 1000 damage to your opponent.

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Called by the Grave

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Target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; banish it, and if you do, monsters with the same original name as that banished monster have their effects negated until the end of the next turn.

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Skill Drain

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Pay 1000 Life Points. The effects of all face-up Effect Monsters are negated.

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Dogmatika Punishment

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Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; send 1 monster with an equal or higher ATK from your Extra Deck to the GY, and if you do, destroy that monster. Until the end of your next turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck. You can only activate 1 "Dogmatika Punishment" per turn.

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Raigeki

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Destroy all monsters your opponent controls.

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Super Polymerization

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Discard 1 card; Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from either field as Fusion Material. Neither player can activate cards or effects in response to this card's activation.

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Terraforming

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Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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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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Infinitrack Fortress Megaclops

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3 Xyz Monsters

Unaffected by other monsters' effects, except those of Xyz Monsters. Cannot be destroyed by battle, except with an Xyz Monster. You can target 1 Xyz Monster in your GY and 1 card your opponent controls; Special Summon that monster from your GY, and if you do, attach that opponent's card to it as material, also for the rest of this turn, any damage your opponent takes is halved. You can only use this effect of "Infinitrack Fortress Megaclops" once per turn.

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Radian, the Multidimensional Kaiju

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's side of the field in Attack Position, by Tributing 1 monster they control. If your opponent controls a "Kaiju" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Attack Position. You can only control 1 "Kaiju" monster. Once per turn: You can remove 2 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; Special Summon 1 "Radian Token" (Fiend-Type/DARK/Level 7/ATK 2800/DEF 0), but it cannot be used as a Synchro Material.

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Naturia Exterio

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"Naturia Beast" + "Naturia Barkion"

A Fusion Summon of this card can only be conducted with the above Fusion Material Monsters. While this card is face-up on the field, you can negate the activation of a Spell/Trap Card, and destroy it, by removing from play 1 card from your Graveyard, then sending the top card of your Deck to the Graveyard.

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Summon Limit

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Neither player can Summon more than two times per turn. (Negated Summons count toward this limit. Negated cards/effects that would Summon do not count.)

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Droll & Lock Bird

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If your opponent adds a card(s) from their Deck to their hand, except during the Draw Phase, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard. For the rest of this turn, neither player can add card(s) from their Deck to their hand. (Drawing cards is also considered as "adding a card to the hand".)

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Evenly Matched

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At the end of the Battle Phase, if your opponent controls more cards than you do: You can make your opponent banish cards from their field face-down so they control the same number of cards as you do. If you control no cards, you can activate this card from your hand.

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Darkest Diabolos, Lord of the Lair

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Your opponent cannot Tribute this face-up card on the field, and cannot target it with card effects. You can only use each of these effects of "Darkest Diabolos, Lord of the Lair" once per turn.

• If a DARK monster you control is Tributed (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your GY (if it was there when you Tributed) or hand (even if not).
• You can Tribute 1 DARK monster; your opponent places 1 card from their hand on either the top or bottom of the Deck.

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Red-Eyes Fusion

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Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster that lists a "Red-Eyes" monster as material from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand, Deck, or field as Fusion Materials, and if you do, its name becomes "Red-Eyes Black Dragon". You cannot Normal or Special Summon other monsters the turn you activate this card. You can only activate 1 "Red-Eyes Fusion" per turn.

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Eldlich the Golden Lord

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You can send this card and 1 Spell/Trap from your hand to the GY, then target 1 card on the field; send it to the GY. If this card is in your GY: You can send 1 Spell/Trap you control to the GY; add this card to your hand, then you can Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your hand, and if you do, until the end of your opponent's turn, it gains 1000 ATK/DEF and cannot be destroyed by card effects. You can only use each effect of "Eldlich the Golden Lord" once per turn.

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Eradicator Epidemic Virus

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Tribute 1 DARK monster with 2500 or more ATK, and choose Spell Cards or Trap Cards; check your opponent's hand, all Spell/Trap Cards they control, and all cards they draw until the end of their 3rd turn after this card's activation, and destroy all cards of the chosen type.

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Starving Venom Fusion Dragon

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2 DARK monsters on the field, except Tokens

If this card is Fusion Summoned: You can make this card gain ATK equal to 1 opponent's Special Summoned monster, until the end of this turn. Once per turn: You can target 1 Level 5 or higher monster your opponent controls; until the End Phase, this card's name becomes that monster's original name, and replace this effect with that monster's original effects. If this Fusion Summoned card is destroyed: You can destroy all your opponent's Special Summoned monsters.

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Pot of Extravagance

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At the start of your Main Phase 1: Banish 3 or 6 random face-down cards from your Extra Deck, face-down; draw 1 card for every 3 cards banished. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot draw any cards by card effects.

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Mystic Mine

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If your opponent controls more monsters than you do, your opponent cannot activate monster effects or declare an attack. If you control more monsters than your opponent does, you cannot activate monster effects or declare an attack. Once per turn, during the End Phase, if both players control the same number of monsters: Destroy this card.

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Red-Eyes Black Dragon

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A ferocious dragon with a deadly attack.

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Inspector Boarder

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Cannot be Normal or Special Summoned if you control a monster. Neither player can activate monster effects unless the number of monster effects that player has previously activated that turn is less than the number of monster card types currently on the field (Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, Pendulum, and Link). (If an effect's activation was negated, it still counts toward the total for that turn. Only count effects that were activated while this monster was face-up on the field.)

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Storming Mirror Force

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Return all your opponent's Attack Position monsters to the hand.

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Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon

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"Dark Magician" + "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" or 1 Dragon Effect Monster

Cannot be destroyed by card effects. Neither player can target this card with card effects. During your Main Phase: You can destroy 1 monster your opponent controls, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to that monster's original ATK. You can use this effect a number of times per turn up to the number of Normal Monsters used as Fusion Material for this card. Once per turn, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card, and if you do that, this card gains 1000 ATK.

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Dark Magician

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Lair of Darkness

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All face-up monsters on the field become DARK. Once per turn, if you would Tribute a monster you control to activate a card effect, you can Tribute 1 DARK monster your opponent controls, even though you do not control it. Once per turn, during the End Phase: Special Summon as many "Torment Tokens" (Fiend/DARK/Level 3/ATK 1000/DEF 1000) as possible to the turn player's field in Defense Position, up to the number of monsters Tributed this turn while this card was face-up.

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Elder Entity N'tss

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1 Synchro Monster + 1 Xyz Monster

Must be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by sending the above cards you control to the GY. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 monster from your hand. If this card is sent to the GY: You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. You can only Special Summon "Elder Entity N'tss(s)" once per turn.

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Solemn Judgment

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Pay half of your Life Points. Negate the activation of a Spell Card / Trap Card / Normal Summon / Flip Summon / Special Summon and destroy the Spell Card, Trap Card, or Summoned monster.

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Looking at Julian Demeritte's list makes my head spin. The ratios are unexplainable to me, but there's a key strategy that I'm seeing, and it's Lair of Darkness with Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon. It also runs a lot of powerful and high impact cards such as Summon Limit, Eradicator Epidemic Virus, and even Mystic Mine.

Once Demeritte gets Lair of Darkness up, he can freely tribute any of his opponent's face-up dark monsters for his card effects, as a cost! Combine that with Lilith, Lady of Lament, Ahrima, the Wicked Warden or Darkest Diabolos, Lord of the Lair, and he'll be wiping… err, I mean, tributing your monsters away before you can do anything else with them. Combining that with Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon ability to destroy even face-down monsters can be pretty devastating. It leaves the opponent wide open for attacks.

Whenever you're up against Lair of Darkness, you'll want to side in backrow removal like Lightning Storm and Harpie's Feather Duster to get rid of the Field Spell and any other traps. But because Demeritte's also siding two copies of Waking the Dragon, he could set up a Lilith, Lady of Lament on his field; if you activate those board wipe spells, he can chain Lilith, Lady of Lament in response and set Waking the Dragon for you to destroy. Then he can freely summon some auto-win level threats, like The Last Warrior from Another Planet or Raidraptor - Ultimate Falcon.

What Does All Of This Mean For Trap Decks?

So after seeing all these trap-heavy decks in a competitive Top 32, what does it mean? Are trap decks viable to win tournaments? Or are we stuck, barely making the cut and winding up at Top 32 forever?

Well, the thing about trap decks - and trap cards in general - is that they're usually situational and reactive. Even though I can set five good trap cards, my deck doesn't win if I don't have a way to summon monsters and attack.

So honestly, the average performance of this type of deck depends on a lot more luck than other types of strategies; the situation you're in often determines whether or not you can combo off, and how strongly you can push for your win condition. What your opponent opens with and what plays their cards make have a higher degree of influence on your end results.

You can almost say that trap cards are all 2 to 3-card combos. You effectively rely on one or even two of your opponent's cards, combined with one of your own traps, and you have to play your card with correct timing to either make an equal trade or initiate a favorable exchange. That can be especially difficult when certain trap cards need to combo with one another; think playing Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine to summon the Eldlich the Golden Lord, and setting Conquistador of the Golden Land.

The actual pilot is another hurdle that can keep trap decks from being successfully. The person playing the deck needs to have extensive knowledge of how other strategies work; if you don't know the weaknesses and choke points of your opponent's deck, you can't time your trap cards for maximum value. That means you have to do a lot more playtesting and consider even more theory to make sure you have the upper hand.

Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder

And of course, the problems that every trap deck must solve beforehand: are your traps predictable? How do you beat Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon in this format, or any other generic board wipe that other decks play, such as Lightning Storm or Evenly Matched, and even Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder?

I personally think my Eldlich build did its best to solve those problems. But once people know about the cards I played, the element of surprise will be gone and with it, one of the biggest advantages.

I don't know if I'll play Eldlich again, but it was a very good meta call for last weekend, and I recommend that you try it out if you want to play a trap deck for the current format. My only losses were games that saw me draw multiple sub-optimal cards, such as Rivalry of Warlords and Gozen Match in the Hero matchup in Game 1. Even then, the clincher was that I didn't have a Solemn Judgment for my opponent's Red Reboot the following game. A Harpie's Feather Duster took game two from me in another round, but I won Game 3 in the end.

And finally, not drawing any Dogmatika or Eldlich cards in the final game of the Top 32 was the end of the line for me. But that kind of variance just happens.

Last But Not Least, Thank You!

The October Remote Duel Extravaganza was really awesome! I really enjoyed it much more than the ones I've played in previously, and I honestly can't wait for the next one with this same kind of tournament structure and prizing! The judges were really quick reacting to calls, too, and they were very well coordinated.

Thank you to all of the judges, and the tournament staff at The Side Deck! Make sure to check out their OTS discord here, and I'll see you all at the next event!