Last year Zach covered five of the most hated decks of all time, including TeleDAD, Chain Burn, and Qliphorts. Those decks weren't all hated for the same reasons: TeleDAD collapsed competitive play into a 'play TeleDAD or you're throwing' state; Chain Burn was hated, not because it was good, but because its playstyle encourages limiting interaction as much as possible. Qliphorts drove players crazy by hiding behind floodgates, producing a seemingly endless number of monsters–many of which were immune to monster effects.

We've all had those match-ups where you can't wait for the duel to end, and everyone has a different tolerance for it depending on your preferred playstyle. Combo players hate running into backrow-heavy stun or anti-meta strategies that slow the pace of the game and make their combos impossible. The end fields of combo decks are similarly prohibitive to control strategies, to the point where playing second can be impossible if you didn't open with enough hand traps. Either way these match-ups aren't fun to play, and there are a handful of decks that have done an excellent job of wrecking the enjoyment players get from the game.

And it's not just losing that isn't fun. Sometimes winning isn't either.

True Dracos Punished You For Playing The Game

I think the decks that earn the most ire from players broadly fall into two categories: decks that don't let you interact with them, and decks that punish you for interacting with them. True Dracos are a bit of both–as most of the decks on this list are–but they're mostly aggravating players from that second category.

There's very little in the True Draco deck that stops you from summoning monsters, activating spells and traps, or resolving effects. You can search your deck, banish cards from the graveyard, and draw cards freely. But True Draco players aren't out to stop every single action your deck needs to work; that's because their engine actually rewards them for sitting back as you make your moves.

There's little room to maneuver under Dinomight Knight, the True Dracofighter, Ignis Heat, the True Dracowarrior, and Majesty Maiden, the True Dracocaster. Activating a card effect during your turn will simply hand your opponent a free True Draco or True King card, so any break-even exchanges through Cosmic Cyclone or Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit will inevitably leave you down a card.

It's a frustrating position to be in. You can't activate cards without digging a deeper hole for yourself, but you also can't afford to sit back and do nothing. Your opponent can keep their engine rolling with Dragonic Diagram while you're stuck waiting for an opening.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Demise True Dracos by Dominique Johnson

'Demise True Dracos' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Dominique Johnson

Event: Regional - 2017-06-03 Ft. Worth Texas

Rank: 5th-8th

Advanced

Market Price: $155.88

Cards

True Draco Apocalypse

Market Price: $0.30

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If this card is sent from the Spell & Trap Zone to the Graveyard: You can target 1 monster on the field; destroy it. You cannot activate the following effects of "True Draco Apocalypse" in the same Chain.

- You can target 1 other "True Draco" or "True King" card you control; destroy it, and if you do, the ATK and DEF of all face-up monsters your opponent controls become half their current ATK and DEF (even if this card leaves the field).
- During your opponent's Main Phase, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon 1 "True Draco" or "True King" monster face-up.
You can only use each effect of "True Draco Apocalypse" once per turn.

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Maxx "C"

Market Price: $10.91

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During either player's turn: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; this turn, each time your opponent Special Summons a monster(s), immediately draw 1 card. You can only use 1 "Maxx "C"" per turn.

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The Monarchs Stormforth

Market Price: $0.19

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Once during this turn, if you would Tribute a monster for a Tribute Summon, you can Tribute 1 monster your opponent controls even though you do not control it. You can only activate 1 "The Monarchs Stormforth" per turn. During the turn you activate this card, you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck.

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Pot of Desires

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Banish 10 cards from the top of your Deck, face-down; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Desires" per turn.

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Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy

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2 Level 8 monsters

Once per turn, during either player's turn, when a Spell Card or effect is activated on the field: You can negate that effect, and if you do, attach that card to this card as Xyz Material. When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; change the attack target to this card and perform damage calculation. If a face-up Xyz Monster(s) you control is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 face-up Xyz Monster you control; it gains ATK equal to 1 of those destroyed monster's original ATK.

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Dark Hole

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Destroy all monsters on the field.

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Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King

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To Tribute Summon this card face-up, you can Tribute Continuous Spell/Trap Card(s) you control, as well as monsters. Unaffected by the effects of cards with the same card type (Monster, Spell, and/or Trap) as the original card type of the cards Tributed for its Tribute Summon. Once per turn, during either player's turn, if you control this Tribute Summoned monster: You can banish 1 Continuous Spell/Trap Card from your Graveyard, then target 1 other card on the field; destroy it.

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Mermail Abyssgaios

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2 Level 7 WATER monsters // While this face-up card has Xyz Material, Level 5 or higher monsters cannot attack. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the effects of all face-up monsters your opponent currently controls that have less ATK than this card, until the end of the turn.

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Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger

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2 Level 7 monsters // You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 5 or 6 Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material. (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing Battle Damage to your opponent.

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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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Bujintei Kagutsuchi

Market Price: $0.93

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2 Level 4 Beast-Warrior-Type monsters
When this card is Xyz Summoned: Send the top 5 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard (or your entire Deck, if less than 5), also this card gains 100 ATK for each "Bujin" card sent to the Graveyard by this effect. If a "Bujin" Beast-Warrior-Type monster(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or by card effect, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead of destroying 1 of those monsters. You can only control 1 "Bujintei Kagutsuchi".

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Imperial Order

Market Price: $3.72

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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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Mirror Force

Market Price: $0.63

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Destroy all your opponent's Attack Position monsters.

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Naturia Exterio

Market Price: $4.26

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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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Dragonic Diagram

Market Price: $2.85

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All "True Draco" and "True King" monsters on the field gain 300 ATK and DEF. The first time each Tribute Summoned "True Draco" or "True King" monster would be destroyed by battle each turn, it is not destroyed. Once per turn: You can destroy 1 other card you control or in your hand, and if you do, add 1 "True Draco" or "True King" card from your Deck to your hand.

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Pot of Duality

Market Price: $0.45

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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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Card of Demise

Market Price: $2.54

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Draw until you have 3 cards in your hand, also for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, your opponent takes no damage. During the End Phase, send your entire hand to the Graveyard. You can only activate 1 'Card of Demise' per turn. You cannot Special Summon during the turn you activate this card.

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Cosmic Cyclone

Market Price: $1.95

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

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True Draco Heritage

Market Price: $0.85

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During your Main Phase: You can draw cards equal to the number of "True Draco" and "True King" card types (Monster, Spell, and Trap) sent from the field to the GY this turn. During your Main Phase, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon 1 "True Draco" or "True King" monster face-up. If this card is sent from the Spell & Trap Zone to the GY: You can target 1 Spell/Trap on the field; destroy it. You can only use each effect of "True Draco Heritage" once per turn.


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Cyber Dragon Infinity

Market Price: $3.31

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3 Level 6 LIGHT Machine monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Cyber Dragon Infinity" by using "Cyber Dragon Nova" you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Gains 200 ATK for each material attached to it. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up Attack Position monster on the field; attach it to this card as material. Once per turn, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it.

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Dinomight Knight, the True Dracofighter

Market Price: $0.24

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To Tribute Summon this card face-up, you can Tribute a Continuous Spell/Trap Card you control, instead of a monster. Once per turn, during either player's turn, when your opponent activates a card or effect while you control this Tribute Summoned monster: You can take 1 "True Draco" or "True King" Continuous Trap Card from your Deck, and either activate it or add it to your hand.

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Number 23: Lancelot, Dark Knight of the Underworld

Market Price: $3.96

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2 Level 8 monsters

This card can attack your opponent directly while it has Xyz Material. When this card inflicts battle damage to your opponent: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; destroy it. Once per turn, during either player's turn, when a Spell/Trap Card, or another monster's effect, is activated: Detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the activation.

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True King's Return

Market Price: $2.08

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If this card is sent from the Spell & Trap Zone to the Graveyard: You can target 1 monster on the field; destroy it. You cannot activate the following effects of "True King's Return" in the same Chain.

• You can target 1 "True Draco" or "True King" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it in Defense Position, also for the rest of this turn, you cannot Special Summon.
• During your opponent's Main Phase, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon 1 "True Draco" or "True King" monster face-up.
You can only use each effect of "True King's Return" once per turn.

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True King of All Calamities

Market Price: $0.49

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2 or more Level 9 monsters

Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card and declare 1 Attribute; this turn, all face-up monsters on the field become that Attribute, also all monsters in your opponent's possession with that Attribute cannot activate their effects or attack. Monsters that "True Draco" and "True King" monsters in your hand would destroy with their effects can be chosen from your opponent's field.

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Raigeki

Market Price: $1.33

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Destroy all monsters your opponent controls.

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Upstart Goblin

Market Price: $1.17

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Draw 1 card, then your opponent gains 1000 LP.

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Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo

Market Price: $0.60

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If this card is flipped face-up: Destroy all Special Summoned monsters on the field. Neither player can Special Summon monsters.

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Disciples of the True Dracophoenix

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You can target 3 "True Draco" and/or "True King" cards in your Graveyard; shuffle them into the Deck, then draw 1 card. During your Main Phase, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon 1 "True Draco" or "True King" monster face-up. If this card is sent from the Spell & Trap Zone to the Graveyard: You can target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy it. You can only use each effect of "Disciples of the True Dracophoenix" once per turn.

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Forbidden Chalice

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One face-up monster on the field gains 400 ATK, but Its effect is negated until the End Phase.

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Solemn Warning

Market Price: $0.43

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When a monster(s) would be Summoned, OR when a Spell Card, Trap Card, or monster effect is activated that includes an effect that Special Summons a monster(s): Pay 2000 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

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Anti-Spell Fragrance

Market Price: $1.34

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Both players must Set Spell Cards before activating them, and cannot activate them until their next turn after Setting them.

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Xyz Universe

Market Price: $0.30

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Target 2 face-up Xyz Monsters on the field; send both monsters to the Graveyard, then Special Summon 1 Xyz Monster from your Extra Deck, except a "Number" monster, whose Rank is equal to, or 1 less than, the combined original Ranks of those 2 Xyz Monsters, and if you do, attach this card to it as an Xyz Material. If you activate this card, your opponent takes no further damage this turn.

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Terraforming

Market Price: $0.23

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Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Red-Eyes Flare Metal Dragon

Market Price: $2.15

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2 Level 7 monsters

Cannot be destroyed by card effects while it has Xyz Material. While this card has Xyz Material, each time your opponent activates a card or effect, inflict 500 damage to your opponent immediately after it resolves. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 "Red-Eyes" Normal Monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it.

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Constellar Ptolemy M7

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2 Level 6 monsters

You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a "Constellar" Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material, other than "Constellar Ptolemy M7". (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) If Summoned this way, the following effect cannot be activated this turn. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 monster on the field or in either player's GY; return that target to the hand.

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Majesty Maiden, the True Dracocaster

Market Price: $0.22

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To Tribute Summon this card face-up, you can Tribute a Continuous Spell/Trap you control, instead of a monster. Once per turn, when your opponent activates a card or effect while you control this Tribute Summoned monster (Quick Effect): You can add 1 "True Draco" or "True King" monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Cat Shark

Market Price: $2.14

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2 Level 2 monsters
While this card has an Xyz Material attached that was originally WATER, it cannot be destroyed by battle. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 Rank 4 or lower Xyz Monster you control; its ATK and DEF each become double its original ATK and DEF until the end of this turn.

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Full power True Dracos in 2017 had both a robust engine fed by Dragonic Diagram, as well as the incredible power of Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King. Like Apoqliphort Towers, Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King would effectively end games the moment it hit the field. If you didn't have an out to it, and many players didn't, then your fate was sealed as soon as Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King was Summoned.

Competitive players had no choice but to build their decks and choose their cards with Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King in mind, and it lived in the back of everyone's mind even after it landed on the Limited List.

Performage Performapals Vindicated Pendulum Haters

Each new Extra Deck summoning mechanic has its fair share of criticisms. Players deployed the harshest criticisms on Link Monsters–mostly due to the Extra Monster Zone–but I think Pendulums were more terrifying for casual players.

The idea of unlimited, potentially huge monsters is wild, but the mechanic got off to a rocky start. Shaddolls, Burning Abyss, and Satellarknights dominated the competitive scene while Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon sat in trade binders. Qliphorts did an excellent job of pushing Pendulums into the spotlight, but Performage Performapals showed just how degenerate the mechanic could be.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Performage Performapals by Jose Lagunes

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

Created By: Jose Lagunes

Event: YCS - 2016-02-07 Atlanta Georgia

Rank: 1st

Advanced

Market Price: $99.02

Cards

Vector Pendulum, the Dracoverlord

Market Price: $0.54

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Pendulum Effect : Negate all card effects in your opponent's Pendulum Zones.

Monster Effect : This Overlord overran an entire world with his army of Dracofiends, using his Dragon Alchemy to convert all life into his terrible minions. The source of this power is unidentified, and probably extra-dimensional.

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Wavering Eyes

Market Price: $0.07

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Destroy as many cards in each player's Pendulum Zones as possible, then apply these effects, in sequence, depending on the number of cards destroyed by this effect.

• 1 or more: Inflict 500 damage to your opponent.
• 2 or more: You can add 1 Pendulum Monster from your Main Deck to your hand.
• 3 or more: You can banish 1 card on the field.
• 4: You can add 1 "Wavering Eyes" from your Deck to your hand.

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Solemn Strike

Market Price: $5.17

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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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Performage Damage Juggler

Market Price: $0.13

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When a card or effect is activated that would inflict damage to you (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. During the Battle Phase (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; reduce the next battle damage you would take this turn to 0. You can banish this card from your GY; add 1 "Performage" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Performage Damage Juggler". You can only use this effect of "Performage Damage Juggler" once per turn.

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Daigusto Emeral

Market Price: $0.58

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2 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then activate 1 of these effects .
• Target 3 monsters in your GY; shuffle all 3 into the Deck , then draw 1 card.
• Target 1 non-Effect Monster in your GY; Special Summon that target.

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Performage Hat Tricker

Market Price: $0.19

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If 2 or more monsters are on the field, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). During either player's turn, when a card or effect is activated that would inflict damage to you: You can place 1 Performage Counter on this card (max. 3), then make that effect damage to you 0. When the 3rd Performage Counter is placed on this card, it's ATK and DEF become 3300.

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Number F0: Utopic Future

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2 Xyz Monsters with the same Rank, except "Number" monsters

(This card's original Rank is always treated as 1.)
Cannot be destroyed by battle, and neither player takes any battle damage from attacks involving this card. At the end of the Damage Step, if this card battled an opponent's monster: You can take control of that opponent's monster until the end of the Battle Phase. If this face-up card on the field would be destroyed by a card effect, you can detach 1 material from this card instead.

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Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer

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Pendulum Effect

Once per turn, if you have a card in your other Pendulum Zone: You can destroy that card, and if you do, add 1 card from your Deck to your hand, with the same name as that card. Monster Effect
Cannot Special Summon Fusion, Synchro or Xyz Monsters using this card as a Material, except "Dracoslayer" monsters.

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Performage Trapeze Magician

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2 Level 4 Spellcaster-Type monsters

You never take damage if the amount is less than or equal to this card's ATK. Once per turn, during either player's Main Phase 1: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up Attack Position monster the turn player controls (other than this card); it can make a second attack during each Battle Phase this turn, also destroy it at the end of the Battle Phase. If this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, or if this card in your possession is destroyed by an opponent's card effect and sent to your Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Performage" monster from your Deck.

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Raigeki

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Destroy all monsters your opponent controls.

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Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer

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2 Level 4 monsters

You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up monster on the field; change it to face-down Defense Position. You can detach 2 Xyz Materials from this card, then target 1 other face-up card on the field; shuffle it into the Deck. You can only use 1 "Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Majester Paladin, the Ascending Dracoslayer

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2 Level 4 Pendulum Monsters
When this card is Xyz Summoned: You can add 1 Pendulum Monster from your Deck to your hand during the End Phase of this turn. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 face-up "Dracoslayer" Pendulum Monster from your Extra Deck, but it cannot be used as an Xyz Material for a Summon.

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Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit

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During either player's turn, when a monster on the field activates its effect, or when a Spell/Trap Card that is already face-up on the field activates its effect: You can send this card from your hand or field to the Graveyard; destroy that card on the field. You can only use this effect of "Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit" once per turn.

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Maxx "C"

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During either player's turn: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; this turn, each time your opponent Special Summons a monster(s), immediately draw 1 card. You can only use 1 "Maxx "C"" per turn.

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Performapal Skullcrobat Joker

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Pendulum Effect :You cannot Pendulum Summon monsters, except "Performapal" monsters, "Magician" Pendulum Monsters, and "Odd-Eyes" monsters. This effect cannot be negated.

Monster Text :When this card is Normal Summoned: You can add 1 "Performapal" monster, 1 "Magician" Pendulum Monster, or 1 "Odd-Eyes" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Performapal Skullcrobat Joker".

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Performage Trick Clown

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If this card is sent to the GY: You can target 1 "Performage" monster in your GY; Special Summon it, but its ATK/DEF becomes 0, then you take 1000 damage. You can only use this effect of "Performage Trick Clown" once per turn.

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Treacherous Trap Hole

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If you have no Trap Cards in your Graveyard: Target 2 monsters on the field; destroy those targets.

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Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer

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Pendulum Effect:  Once, while this card is in your Pendulum Zone: You can target 1 card in a Pendulum Zone; destroy it.

Monster Effect: "Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer" continues his journey to uncover the secrets of Dragon Alchemy, believing it is the key to dispelling his curse and restoring his memory. His power continues to grow... perhaps the same power used by the Dracofiends?

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Twin Twisters

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Discard 1 card, then target up to 2 Spells/Traps on the field; destroy them.

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Traptrix Rafflesia

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2 Level 4 monsters

This card is unaffected by Trap effects while it has Xyz Material. "Traptrix" monsters you control, except "Traptrix Rafflesia", cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. Your opponent cannot target "Traptrix" monsters you control, except "Traptrix Rafflesia", with card effects. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card and send 1 "Hole" Normal Trap Card that meets its activation conditions from your Deck to the Graveyard; this effect becomes that Trap Card's effect when that card is activated.

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Abyss Dweller

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2 Level 4 monsters

While this card has an Xyz Material attached that was originally WATER, all WATER monsters you control gain 500 ATK. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; any card effects that activate in your opponent's Graveyard cannot be activated this turn.

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Cyber Dragon Infinity

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3 Level 6 LIGHT Machine monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Cyber Dragon Infinity" by using "Cyber Dragon Nova" you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Gains 200 ATK for each material attached to it. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up Attack Position monster on the field; attach it to this card as material. Once per turn, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it.

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Dark Hole

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Destroy all monsters on the field.

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Performapal Partnaga

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Pendulum Effect:  Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster you control; it gains 300 ATK for each "Performapal" card you currently control, until the end of this turn.

Monster Effect: If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 monster you control; it gains 300 ATK for each "Performapal" monster you currently control. Level 5 or lower monsters cannot attack.

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Performapal Monkeyboard

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Pendulum Effect: Unless you have a "Performapal" card in your other Pendulum Zone, this card's Pendulum Scale becomes 4. During your Main Phase, if this card was activated this turn: You can add 1 Level 4 or lower "Performapal" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Performapal Monkeyboard" once per turn.

Monster Effect: You can discard this card; reveal 1 "Performapal" or "Odd-Eyes" monster in your hand, and if you do, reduce the Levels of monsters in your hand with that name by 1 for the rest of this turn (even after they are Summoned/Set).

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Tellarknight Ptolemaeus

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2 or more Level 4 monsters

Once per Chain, during either player's turn: You can detach 3 Xyz Materials from this card; Special Summon from your Extra Deck, 1 monster that is 1 Rank higher than this card, except a "Number" monster, by using this face-up card you control as the Xyz Material. (This is treated as an Xyz Summon. Xyz Materials attached to this card also become Xyz Materials on the Summoned monster.) You can detach 7 Xyz Materials from this card; skip your opponent's next turn. During each player's End Phase: You can attach 1 "Stellarknight" card from your Extra Deck to this card as a face-up Xyz Material.

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Fog King

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You can Normal Summon this card with 1 Tribute, or without a Tribute. The ATK of this card is equal to the combined original ATK of the monsters Tributed to Summon it. Neither player can Tribute monsters.

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Psi-Blocker

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Once per turn, you can declare 1 card name. Cards with that name, and their effects, cannot be used until the End of your opponent’s next turn.

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Diamond Dire Wolf

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2 Level 4 monsters 
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast-Type monster you control and 1 other card on the field; destroy them.

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Dinoster Power, the Mighty Dracoslayer

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1 "Dracoslayer" Pendulum Monster + 1 Pendulum Monster
Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by Tributing the above cards. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Pendulum Monster Cards in your Monster Zones and Pendulum Zones cannot be destroyed by battle or your opponent's card effects. Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 "Dracoslayer" Pendulum Monster from your hand or GY, but it cannot be used as a Fusion Material.

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Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer

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Pendulum Effect:

If a "Performapal" monster(s) is Pendulum Summoned to your field: All "Performapal" monsters you currently control gain 1000 ATK until the end of this turn (even if this card leaves the field).
Monster Effect:
If this card is Special Summoned: You can target up to 2 cards you control; destroy them, and if you do, add "Performapal" monsters with different names from your Deck to your hand, except "Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer", equal to the number of cards destroyed. You can only use this effect of "Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer" once per turn.

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Performage Plushfire

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Pendulum Effect: If a face-up "Performage" monster(s) you control is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon this card from your Pendulum Zone, then take 500 damage. You can only use this effect of "Performage Plushfire" once per turn.

Monster Effect: If this card on the field is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Performage" monster from your hand or Deck, except "Performage Plushfire".

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King of the Feral Imps

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2 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; add 1 Reptile-Type monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Cyber Dragon Nova

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2 Level 5 Machine monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 "Cyber Dragon" in your GY; Special Summon that target. Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can banish 1 "Cyber Dragon" from your hand or face-up from your Monster Zone; this card gains 2100 ATK until the end of this turn. If this card in your possession is sent to your GY by your opponent's card effect: You can Special Summon 1 Machine Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck.

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Bottomless Trap Hole

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When your opponent Summons a monster(s) with 1500 or more ATK: Destroy that monster(s) with 1500 or more ATK, and if you do, banish it.

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Performapal Lizardraw

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Pendulum Effect:  If you have a "Performapal" card in your other Pendulum Zone, except "Performapal Lizardraw": You can destroy this card, and if you do, draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Performapal Lizardraw" once per turn.


Monster Effect: If another face-up monster(s) you control is destroyed by battle with an opponent's attacking monster or by an opponent's card effect: You can draw 1 card for each "Performapal" monster you control. You can only use this effect of "Performapal Lizardraw" once per turn.

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Mask of Restrict

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Monsters cannot be Tributed.

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Performapal Guitartle

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Pendulum Effect: If a "Performapal" card is activated in your other Pendulum Zone: You can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Performapal Guitartle" once per turn.

Monster Effect: Once per turn: You can target 1 card in your Pendulum Zone; increase its Pendulum Scale by 2 until the end of this turn.

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Performage Mirror Conductor

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Pendulum Effect:  Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up Special Summoned monster on the field; its ATK and DEF each become equal to its ATK or DEF (whichever is lower, your choice if tied), until the end of this turn (even if this card leaves the field).

Monster Effect: Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; switch its current ATK and DEF until the end of this turn, then take 500 damage.

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Draco Face-Off

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Reveal 1 "Dracoslayer" Pendulum Monster and 1 "Dracoverlord" Pendulum Monster from your Deck, your opponent randomly picks 1 of them for you to place in your Pendulum Zone or Special Summon (your choice), and you add the other card to your Extra Deck, face-up. You can only activate 1 "Draco Face-Off" per turn.

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Effect Veiler

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During your opponent's Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY, then target 1 Effect Monster your opponent controls; negate the effects of that face-up monster your opponent controls, until the end of this turn.

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Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner Pendulum Monsters
Once per turn: You can target 1 Pendulum Monster on the field or 1 card in the Pendulum Zone; destroy it, and if you do, shuffle 1 card on the field into the Deck. Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 "Dracoslayer" monster from your Deck in Defense Position, but it cannot be used as a Synchro Material for a Summon.

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Performage Performapals were insanely powerful and consistent, and it instantly made them the best going-first strategy of the format. Performapal Monkeyboard, Performapal Skullcrobat Joker, and Performage Plushfire are all Forbidden today, in part because of how they boosted the Performage Performapal strategy to near-unbeatable heights. The deck's Turn 1 boards used to include negation bodies, Naturia Beast, and multiple Counter Traps searched by Guiding Ariadne.

The deck was about as broken as you can get, but that's not the full reason why it was so hated. I think a lot of players saw it as definitive proof that the Pendulum mechanic, as it existed in 2016, was a mistake. It vindicated the critics of Pendulums in 2014, and I imagine it played a big role in the decision to limit Extra Deck Pendulum Summons in 2017 with Master Rule 4.

Zoodiacs Broke A Mechanic

I would have written about Zoodiacs regardless of whether they were being played today, but the fact that Zoodiacs are competitive again thanks to Zoodiac Drident return is just extra proof that this theme is broken.

Zoodiacs aren't even 'broken' in the sense that they're competitive–Zoodiacs are broken because they completely undo the Xyz Mechanic with virtually no drawbacks. I know it's a weird critique to have, but Zoodiac Drident would be a much more tolerable card if it couldn't be summoned by throwing it on top of any other Zoodiac. If it were a regular Rank 4 that couldn't be cheated into play, or if Zoodiacs needed to make at least one Rank 4 the usual way, I'm sure the deck would be a lot less despised and significantly more fair.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Pure Zoodiacs by Peter Xiang

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

Created By: Peter Xiang

Event: YCS - 2017-05-14 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Rank: 2nd

Advanced

Market Price: $170.60

Cards

Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries

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If your opponent controls more monsters than you do (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; reveal 1 card in your Extra Deck, then look at your opponent's Extra Deck, also banish all cards in their Extra Deck with the same name as that revealed card. You can only use this effect of "Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries" once per turn.

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Zoodiac Tigermortar

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3 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Tigermortar" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 Xyz Monster you control and 1 "Zoodiac" monster in your Graveyard; attach that "Zoodiac" monster to that Xyz Monster as Xyz Material.

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Zoodiac Barrage

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You can target 1 face-up card you control; destroy it, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Zoodiac" monster from your Deck. You can only use this effect of "Zoodiac Barrage" once per turn. If this card is destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 "Zoodiac" Xyz Monster you control; attach this card from your Graveyard to that Xyz Monster as Xyz Material.

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Zoodiac Hammerkong

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3 or more Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Hammerkong" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. While this card has Xyz Material, your opponent cannot target face-up "Zoodiac" monsters on the field with card effects, except this one. Once per turn, during the End Phase: Detach 1 Xyz Material from this card.

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Zoodiac Ramram

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If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 "Zoodiac" monster in your Graveyard, except "Zoodiac Ramram"; Special Summon it. An Xyz Monster whose original Type is Beast-Warrior and has this card as Xyz Material gains this effect.
- During either player's turn, when your opponent activates a Trap Card or effect that targets this card: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the activation.

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Mirror Force

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Destroy all your opponent's Attack Position monsters.

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Zoodiac Boarbow

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5 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Boarbow" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. This card can attack your opponent directly. When this card inflicts battle damage to your opponent while it has 12 or more Xyz Materials: You can send as many cards as possible from your opponent's hand and field to the Graveyard, then change this card to Defense Position.

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Zoodiac Drident

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4 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Drident" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up card on the field; destroy it.

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M-X-Saber Invoker

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2 Level 3 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 Level 4 EARTH Warrior or Beast-Warrior-Type monster from your Deck, in face-up Defense Position. Destroy it during the End Phase.

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Elder Entity Norden

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1 Synchro or Xyz Monster + 1 Synchro or Xyz Monster

When this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 Level 4 or lower monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it, but its effects are negated, also banish it when this card leaves the field.

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Zoodiac Ratpier

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If this card is Normal Summoned: You can send 1 "Zoodiac" card from your Deck to your Graveyard. An Xyz Monster whose original Type is Beast-Warrior and has this card as Xyz Material gains this effect.
- Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 "Zoodiac Ratpier" from your hand or Deck.

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Daigusto Emeral

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2 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then activate 1 of these effects .
• Target 3 monsters in your GY; shuffle all 3 into the Deck , then draw 1 card.
• Target 1 non-Effect Monster in your GY; Special Summon that target.

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Zoodiac Broadbull

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2 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Broadbull" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; add 1 Beast-Warrior-Type monster, that can be Normal Summoned/Set, from your Deck to your hand.

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Dimensional Barrier

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Declare 1 monster card type (Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, or Pendulum); for the rest of this turn, neither player can Special Summon monsters of the declared type, also negate the effects of all monsters of that type while they are on the field. You can only activate 1 "Dimensional Barrier" per turn.

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Kumongous, the Sticky String 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. When your opponent Normal or Special Summons a monster(s): You can remove 2 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; until the end of the next turn, that monster(s) cannot attack and its effects are negated.

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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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Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's 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. When your opponent activates a card or effect, except "Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju" (Quick Effect): You can remove 2 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; negate the activation, and if you do, banish that card.

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Speedroid Taketomborg

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If you control a WIND monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 "Speedroid" Tuner monster from your Deck, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except WIND monsters. You can only Special Summon "Speedroid Taketomborg(s)" once per turn.

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Fire Formation - Tenki

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When this card is activated: You can add 1 Level 4 or lower Beast-Warrior monster from your Deck to your hand. All Beast-Warrior monsters you control gain 100 ATK. You can only activate 1 "Fire Formation - Tenki" per turn.

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Dark Hole

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Destroy all monsters on the field.

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Speedroid Terrortop

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If you control no monsters, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Speedroid" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Speedroid Terrortop". You can only use this effect of "Speedroid Terrortop" once per turn.

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Jizukiru, the Star Destroying Kaiju

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's 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. When a card or effect is activated that targets exactly 1 card (and no other cards) (Quick Effect): You can remove 3 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; negate that effect, and if you do, you can destroy 1 card on the field.

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Fusion Substitute

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(This card's name is always treated as "Polymerization".)
Fusion Summon 1 monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters you control as Fusion Materials. You can banish this card from your Graveyard, then target 1 Fusion Monster in your Graveyard; return it to the Extra Deck, then draw 1 card.

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Lunalight Black Sheep

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You can discard this card, then activate 1 of these effects;

- Add 1 "Lunalight" monster from your Graveyard to your hand, except "Lunalight Black Sheep".
- Add 1 "Polymerization" from your Deck to your hand.
If this card is sent to the Graveyard as a Fusion Material for a Fusion Summon: You can add to your hand, 1 face-up "Lunalight" Pendulum Monster from your Extra Deck or 1 "Lunalight" monster from your Graveyard, except "Lunalight Black Sheep".

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Flying "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 side of the field in face-up Defense Position. The controller of this card cannot Xyz Summon.

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Maxx "C"

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During either player's turn: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; this turn, each time your opponent Special Summons a monster(s), immediately draw 1 card. You can only use 1 "Maxx "C"" per turn.

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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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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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Zoodiac Chakanine

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2 or more Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Chakanine" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 "Zoodiac" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it, but for the rest of this turn, it has its effects negated, also it cannot be used as an Xyz Material for a Summon.

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Interrupted Kaiju Slumber

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Destroy as many monsters on the field as possible, then Special Summon in Attack Position, 2 "Kaiju" monsters with different names from your Deck (1 on each side), but they cannot change their battle positions, and must attack, if able. During your Main Phase, except the turn this card was sent to the GY: You can banish this card from your GY; add 1 "Kaiju" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only activate 1 "Interrupted Kaiju Slumber" per turn.

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Zoodiac Thoroughblade

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can discard 1 "Zoodiac" card, and if you do, draw 1 card. An Xyz Monster whose original Type is Beast-Warrior and has this card as Xyz Material gains this effect.

• If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage to your opponent.

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Instant Fusion

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Pay 1000 Life Points; Special Summon 1 Level 5 or lower Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck. (This Special Summon is treated as a Fusion Summon.) It cannot attack, and is destroyed during the End Phase. You can only activate 1 "Instant Fusion" per 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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Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit

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During either player's turn, when a monster on the field activates its effect, or when a Spell/Trap Card that is already face-up on the field activates its effect: You can send this card from your hand or field to the Graveyard; destroy that card on the field. You can only use this effect of "Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit" once per turn.

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Raigeki

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Destroy all monsters your opponent controls.

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Zoodiac Whiptail

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During either player's turn: You can target 1 Beast-Warrior-Type Xyz Monster you control; attach this card from your hand or field to it as Xyz Material. An Xyz Monster whose original Type is Beast-Warrior and has this card as Xyz Material gains this effect.
- If this card battles an opponent's monster, after damage calculation: Banish that opponent's monster.

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It's worth considering how other decks 'cheat' to summon Xyz Monsters. Whitebeard, the Plunder Patroll Helm can summon the Rank 4 Plunder Patrollship Moerk from the Extra Deck when your opponent has a Dark monster on their field or in their graveyard. Plunder Patrollship Moerk doesn't get Xyz materials when it's summoned and Whitebeard, the Plunder Patroll Helm effect isn't considered an Xyz Summon.

Plunder Patrolls are dependent on your opponent's card choices, they don't provide as much long term value as Zoodiacs, and they can't stack Xyz materials onto a monster. Zoodiacs remain one of the best Xyz themes in the history of the game, and I think it's partially because the mechanic has nowhere left to go. Zoodiacs are the ultimate power creep for Xyz, and it's no surprise that Zoodiac Drident return immediately ushered in another format where Zoodiacs take a significant share of tournament tops.

Trickstar Reincarnation Should Have Been Forbidden Years Ago

Decks with alternate win condition are rarely fun to play against, so historically strategies like Final Countdown, Chain Burn, and hand loop strategies are the target of a lot of hate from everyday players.

These decks rarely interact with their opponents except to deal Life Point damage through card effects, or when they're ripping cards out of your hand on Turn 1. Zach mentioned both Chain Burn and Dark World FTK as examples of the most hated decks in the game, but my mind always returns to Trickstars whenever I think about burn strategies. Trickstar burn wasn't an FTK, so instead they relied on another match-ending interaction: Trickstar Reincarnation and Droll & Lock Bird.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Trickstars by Tavin Gadsby

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

Created By: Tavin Gadsby

Event: WCQ - 2019-06-23 North America

Rank: 33rd-64th

Advanced

Market Price: $276.87

Cards

Trickstar Lilybell

Market Price: $0.42

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If this card is added to your hand, except by drawing it: You can Special Summon it from your hand. You can only use this effect of "Trickstar Lilybell" once per turn. This card can attack directly. When this card inflicts battle damage to your opponent: You can target 1 "Trickstar" monster in your GY; add it to your hand.

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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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Trickstar Reincarnation

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Banish your opponent's entire hand, and if you do, they draw the same number of cards. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 "Trickstar" monster in your GY; Special Summon it.

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Twin Twisters

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Discard 1 card, then target up to 2 Spells/Traps on the field; destroy them.

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Borreload Dragon

Market Price: $2.11

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3+ Effect Monsters

Neither player can target this card with monster effects. Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; it loses 500 ATK/DEF. Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this effect's activation. At the start of the Damage Step, if this card attacks an opponent's monster: You can place that opponent's monster in a zone this card points to and take control of it, but send it to the GY during the End Phase of the next turn.

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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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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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Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay

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If your opponent Special Summons a Link Monster(s) (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand, draw cards equal to the number of Link Monsters your opponent controls +1, then shuffle cards from your hand into the Deck equal to the number of Link Monsters they control. When your opponent activates a card or effect that targets a monster(s) you control (Quick Effect): You can discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. You can only use each effect of "Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay" once per turn.

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Trickstar Candina

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can add 1 "Trickstar" card from your Deck to your hand. Each time your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card, inflict 200 damage to them immediately after it resolves.

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Trickstar Corobane

Market Price: $1.40

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If you control no monsters, or all monsters you control are "Trickstar" monsters: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. During the Damage Step, when your "Trickstar" monster battles an opponent's monster (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY; that monster you control gains ATK equal to its original ATK until the end of this turn. You can only use 1 "Trickstar Corobane" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Trickstar Light Stage

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When this card is activated: You can add 1 "Trickstar" monster from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn: You can target 1 Set card in your opponent's Spell & Trap Zone; while this card is in the Field Zone, that Set card cannot be activated until the End Phase, and your opponent must activate it during the End Phase or else send it to the GY. Each time a "Trickstar" monster you control inflicts battle or effect damage to your opponent, inflict 200 damage to them.

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Trickstar Lycoris

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(Quick Effect): You can reveal this card in your hand, then target 1 "Trickstar" monster you control, except "Trickstar Lycoris"; Special Summon this card, and if you do, return that monster to the hand. Each time a card(s) is added to your opponent's hand, inflict 200 damage to them for each.

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Knightmare Phoenix

Market Price: $0.44

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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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Artifact Lancea

Market Price: $0.86

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You can Set this card from your hand to your Spell & Trap Card Zone as a Spell Card. During your opponent's turn, if this Set card in the Spell & Trap Card Zone is destroyed and sent to your Graveyard: Special Summon it. During your opponent's turn: You can Tribute this card from your hand or face-up from your side of the field; neither player can banish cards for the rest of this turn. (this is a Quick Effect).

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Trickstar Holly Angel

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2 "Trickstar" monsters

Each time a "Trickstar" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to a zone(s) this card points to, inflict 200 damage to your opponent. "Trickstar" monsters this card points to cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. If your opponent takes damage by a "Trickstar" monster's effect: This card gains ATK equal to the damage they took, until the end of this turn.

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Terraforming

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Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Solemn Warning

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When a monster(s) would be Summoned, OR when a Spell Card, Trap Card, or monster effect is activated that includes an effect that Special Summons a monster(s): Pay 2000 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

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Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit

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During either player's turn, when a monster on the field activates its effect, or when a Spell/Trap Card that is already face-up on the field activates its effect: You can send this card from your hand or field to the Graveyard; destroy that card on the field. You can only use this effect of "Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit" once per turn.

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Predaplant Dragostapelia

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1 Fusion Monster + 1 DARK monster

Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; place 1 Predator Counter on it, and if it is Level 2 or higher, it becomes Level 1 as long as it has a Predator Counter. Negate the activated effects of your opponent's monster that have Predator Counters.

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Infinite Impermanence

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Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; negate its effects (until the end of this turn), then, if this card was Set before activation and is on the field at resolution, for the rest of this turn all other Spell/Trap effects in this column are negated. If you control no cards, you can activate this card from 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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Effect Veiler

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During your opponent's Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY, then target 1 Effect Monster your opponent controls; negate the effects of that face-up monster your opponent controls, until the end of this turn.

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Knightmare Cerberus

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2 monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Special Summoned monster in your opponent's Main Monster Zone; 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 Cerberus" once per turn. Your co-linked monsters cannot be destroyed by card effects.

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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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Mudragon of the Swamp

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2 monsters with the same Attribute but different Types

Your opponent cannot target this card, or monsters on the field with the same Attribute as this card, with card effects. Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can declare 1 Attribute; this card becomes that Attribute until the end of this turn.

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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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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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Knightmare Unicorn

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2+ monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 card on the field; return it to the Deck, 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 Unicorn" once per turn. While any co-linked "Knightmare" monsters are on the field, for your normal draw in your Draw Phase, draw 1 card for each different card name among those co-linked "Knightmare" monsters, instead of drawing just 1 card.

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Borrelsword Dragon

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3+ Effect Monsters

Cannot be destroyed by battle. Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can target 1 Attack Position monster; change it to Defense Position, also, this card can make a second attack during each Battle Phase this turn. Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this effect's activation. Once per turn, when this card declares an attack on a face-up monster: You can activate this effect; until the end of this turn, this card gains ATK equal to half that monster's current ATK, and if it does, that monster's current ATK is halved.

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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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Diplexer Chimera

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2 Cyberse monsters

Once per turn: You can Tribute 1 Cyberse monster you control; this turn, neither player can activate Spell/Trap Cards or effects during the Battle Phase. If this Fusion Summoned card you control is sent to your GY: You can target 1 other Cyberse monster and 1 “Cynet Fusion” in your GY; add them to your hand. You can only use this effect of “Diplexer Chimera” once per turn.

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I can't tell you how many games I lost because my Trickstar opponent banished my entire hand with Trickstar Reincarnation, keeping me from drawing cards by resolving Droll & Lock Bird earlier in the chain. Yes, you can outplay the combo by setting your cards before you activate your search effects–nevermind how that exposes you to Twin Twisters–or you can hit either card in the combo with a hand trap or Called by the Grave. Sure. But it was still a frustrating experience on top of the incremental burn effects attached to many of the Trickstar cards.

The worst thing about Trickstars wasn't that they could banish your hand or burn away your Life Points, but that they could do both of those things without being a glass cannon strategy. The deck didn't need either win condition to actually win games, so both routes were just extra options that could beat you whenever the opportunity came up.

Dragon Rulers Locked Away So Many Cards

It's probably not controversial to argue that the Dragon Rulers from Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy would have been totally fair cards if you couldn't banish Dragons to summon them.

Each one of four Level 7 Dragon Rulers found homes in decks other than the dedicated Dragon Ruler strategy, which was ridiculously overpowered, and I loved playing them in casual stuff. Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms was fantastic in Dragunity, and Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos was a huge boon for Fire decks like Hazy Flame.

Unfortunately the dedicated Dragon Ruler strategy was so horribly oppressive that most of the theme's cards have been Forbidden at one time or another. That'd be fine if all the Dragon Rulers did was restrict themselves, but they didn't go quietly, and that's why I have a personal dislike for the theme.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Dragon Rulers by Patrick Hoban

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

Created By: Patrick Hoban

Event: WCQ - 2013-07-14 North American Championship

Rank: 1st

Advanced

Market Price: $301.53

Cards

Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls

Market Price: $2.76

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If this card is in your hand or Graveyard: You can banish a total of 2 WATER and/or Dragon-Type monsters from your hand and/or Graveyard, except this card; Special Summon this card. During your opponent's End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned: Return it to the hand. You can discard this card and 1 WATER monster to the Graveyard; send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard. If this card is banished: You can add 1 WATER Dragon-Type monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use 1 "Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Puppet Plant

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Discard this card from hand to Graveyard. Until the End Phase of this turn, gain control of a Warrior or Spellcaster type monster on opponent''s field.

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Black Rose Dragon

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters

When this card is Synchro Summoned, you can destroy all cards on the field. Once per turn, you can remove from play 1 Plant-Type monster from your Graveyard to change 1 monster your opponent controls to face-up Attack Position, and reduce its ATK to 0 until the End Phase.

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Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos

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If this card is in your hand or Graveyard: You can banish a total of 2 FIRE and/or Dragon-Type monsters from your hand and/or Graveyard, except this card; Special Summon this card. During your opponent's End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned: Return it to the hand. You can discard this card and 1 FIRE monster to the Graveyard, then target 1 card on the field; destroy that target. If this card is banished: You can add 1 FIRE Dragon-Type monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use 1 "Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Crimson Blader

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters // If this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard: Your opponent cannot Normal or Special Summon Level 5 or higher monsters during their next turn.

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Effect Veiler

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During your opponent's Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY, then target 1 Effect Monster your opponent controls; negate the effects of that face-up monster your opponent controls, until the end of this turn.

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Flamvell Guard

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A Flamvell guardian who commands fire with his will. His magma-hot barrier protects his troops from intruders.

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Tsukuyomi

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This card cannot be Special Summoned. This card returns to the owner''s hand during the End Phase of the turn that it is Normal Summoned, Flip Summoned or flipped face-up. When this card is Normal Summoned, Flip Summoned or flipped face-up, flip 1 face-up monster on the field into face-down Defense Position.

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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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Lightning, Dragon Ruler of Drafts

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You can discard this card AND 1 Dragon-Type or WIND monster; Special Summon 1 "Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms" from your Deck. It cannot attack this turn. You can only use the effect of "Lightning, Dragon Ruler of Drafts" once per turn.

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Gem-Knight Pearl

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2 Level 4 monsters

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Card Destruction

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Each player discards their entire hand and draws the same number of cards they discarded.

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Heavy Storm

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Destroy all Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

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Ancient Sacred Wyvern

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1 LIGHT Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters

While your LP are higher than your opponent's, this card gains ATK equal to the difference. While your LP are lower than your opponent's, this card loses ATK equal to the difference. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: You can pay 1000 LP; Special Summon this card.

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Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV6

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This card is unaffected by Spell effects. During the End Phase, if this card destroyed a monster by battle this turn: You can send this face-up card to the Graveyard; Special Summon 1 "Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8" from your hand or Deck.

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Mystical Space Typhoon

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Target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

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Vanity's Emptiness

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Neither player can Special Summon monsters. When a card is sent from the Deck or the field to your Graveyard: Destroy this card.

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Super Rejuvenation

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During the End Phase of the turn this card was activated, draw a number of cards equal to the combined number of Dragon-Type monsters you discarded or Tributed from your hand or your side of the field this turn.

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Swift Scarecrow

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When your opponent's monster declares a direct attack, you can discard this card to negate that attack and end the Battle Phase.

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Scrap Dragon

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

Once per turn: You can target 1 card you control and 1 card your opponent controls; destroy them. When this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent's card and sent to your GY: Target 1 non-Synchro "Scrap" monster in your GY; Special Summon that target.

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Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger

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2 Level 7 monsters // You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 5 or 6 Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material. (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing Battle Damage to your opponent.

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Colossal Fighter

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters 
This card gains 100 ATK for every Warrior-Type monster in any Graveyard. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, Special Summon 1 Warrior-Type monster from either player's Graveyard.

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Maxx "C"

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During either player's turn: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; this turn, each time your opponent Special Summons a monster(s), immediately draw 1 card. You can only use 1 "Maxx "C"" per turn.

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Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders

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If this card is in your hand or Graveyard: you can banish a total of 2 EARTH and/or Dragon-Type monsters from your hand and/or Graveyard, except this card; Special Summon this card. During your opponent's End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned: Return it to the hand. You can discard this card and 1 EARTH monster to the Graveyard, then target 1 monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target. If this card is banished: You can add 1 EARTH Dragon-Type monster from your Deck to your hand. Yo can only use 1 "Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Enemy Controller

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Activate 1 of these effects.

- Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; change that target's battle position.
- Tribute 1 monster, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; take control of that target until the End Phase.

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Mermail Abyssgaios

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2 Level 7 WATER monsters 

While this face-up card has Xyz Material, Level 5 or higher monsters cannot attack. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the effects of all face-up monsters your opponent currently controls that have less ATK than this card, until the end of the turn.

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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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Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms

Market Price: $0.28

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You can discard this card and 1 WIND monster to the GY; add 1 Dragon monster from your Deck to your hand. You can banish a total of 2 WIND and/or Dragon monsters from your hand and/or GY; Special Summon this card from your hand or GY. During your opponent's End Phase, if you control this Special Summoned card: Return it to the hand. If this card is banished: You can add 1 WIND Dragon monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use 1 "Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Armory Arm

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
Once per turn, you can either: Target 1 monster on the field; equip this card to that target, OR: Unequip this card and Special Summon it in face-up Attack Position. While equipped by this effect, that target gains 1000 ATK. When that target destroys a monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard: Inflict damage to your opponent equal to the ATK of the destroyed monster in the Graveyard.

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Burner, Dragon Ruler of Sparks

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You can discard this card AND 1 Dragon-Type or FIRE monster; Special Summon 1 "Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos" from your Deck. It cannot attack this turn. You can only use the effect of "Burner, Dragon Ruler of Sparks" once per turn.

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Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack

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2 Level 7 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card; Special Summon 2 "Mecha Phantom Beast Tokens" (Machine/WIND/Level 3/ATK 0/DEF 0). While you control a Token, this card cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. Once per turn: You can Tribute 1 "Mecha Phantom Beast" monster, then target 1 card on the field; destroy that target. This card cannot attack during the turn you activate this effect.

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Sacred Sword of Seven Stars

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Banish 1 Level 7 monster from your hand or face-up from your side of the field; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Sacred Sword of Seven Stars" per turn.

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Stream, Dragon Ruler of Droplets

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You can discard this card AND 1 Dragon-Type or WATER monster; Special Summon 1 "Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls" from your Deck. It cannot attack this turn. You can only use the effect of "Stream, Dragon Ruler of Droplets" once per turn.

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Gold Sarcophagus

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Select and remove from play 1 card in your Deck. During your second Standby Phase after this card's activation, add the removed card to your hand. 

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Number 11: Big Eye

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2 Level 7 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 monster your opponent controls; take control of that monster. This card cannot attack the turn you activate this effect.

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Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8

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This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by the effect of "Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV6". You can negate the activation and effect of any Spell Cards and destroy them.

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Reactan, Dragon Ruler of Pebbles

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You can discard this card AND 1 Dragon-Type or EARTH monster; Special Summon 1 "Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders" from your Deck. It cannot attack this turn. You can only use the effect of "Reactan, Dragon Ruler of Pebbles" once per turn.

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Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei"

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner Machine-Type monsters 

When this card is Synchro Summoned, you can Special Summon 1 Karakuri monster from your Deck. Once per turn, you can select 1 monster on the field, and change its battle position.

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Psi-Blocker

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Once per turn, you can declare 1 card name. Cards with that name, and their effects, cannot be used until the End of your opponent’s next turn.

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The September 2013 Forbidden & Limited List was a reckoning for Dragon Rulers and the beginning of the format split between the TCG and OCG. Each of the 'baby' Dragon Rulers were Forbidden, and supporting cards like Card Destruction, Super Rejuvenation, and Gold Sarcophagus were also restricted. In January of 2014 another round of restrictions landed Return from the Different Dimension, Dragon Ravine, Debris Dragon, Sacred Sword of Seven Stars and all four of the Level 7 Dragon Rulers on the banlist.

That's where my personal grudge with Dragon Rulers lies: Dragon Ravine was vital for the Dragunity deck, and after January I had to give up on it for the foreseeable future. It finally returned to Limited status in April of 2015, over a year later, but it was still unusable in Dragunity at that point. It only escaped the list in 2017, and by then Dragunity was dated beyond being salvageable.

Dragon Rulers might be the worst offenders of, "I'm going to get all your cards banned" this game has ever seen, though TeleDAD and Orcusts have done their best to demolish theme-specific cards like Elemental HERO Stratos and The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche.

For the most part I think frustration in this game comes from the times where you feel like you're not engaging with the game at the same level as your opponent. Sometimes that's because your opponent isn't interacting with you, but it might also be because their deck's just so much more powerful. There's that other category of decks that make the game worse for everyone, and that's the kind of earth-shattering force that Dragon Rulers and Zoodiacs are responsible for.

Until next time then

-Kelly