Greetings, duelists! I'm back today with something a little different. Throughout this game's storied history there have been lots of decks that nobody liked playing against. For one reason or another, those decks just pushed that button inside us all, leading countless competitors to brandish blunt objects yelling things like, "WHY WOULD YOU PLAY THAT!?" and, "DO YOU HATE JOY!?!?"

If you're reading this you probably know what I mean. That special kind of deck that leaves you screaming on the inside every time it pops up.

Don't get me wrong, over the last two decades there have been plenty of decks that fit that description, even if they only lasted a few weeks. But today we're going to talk about the absolute worst of the worst, the ones that stood head and shoulders above the rest. These are the types of decks that leave a genuinely acrid taste in your mouth post-match, the stuff you never even wanted to playtest against, let alone see in a tournament.

Today, I want to dive into my own personal well of anguish and bring you the Top 5 most hated Yu-Gi-Oh decks of all time, at least as far as I ragefully remember them.

Seriously, worst ever. Nobody liked these. If you ever sat across the table from one of these decks, this is probably how you felt…

Teleport Dark Armed Dragon (AKA, TeleDAD)

So here's the backstory. When Emergency Teleport Dark Armed Dragon was all the rage in 2008 and 2009, I was but a lad in highschool, who had the good fortune to own the entire deck. But most duelists weren't so lucky, especially many less competitive players. If you weren't trying to win a SHONEN JUMP Championship (SJCs) - the predecessor to the Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Series (the current YCS circuit) - there wasn't really incentive to go out of your way to spend $1200 USD to build this thing.

You had to be hyper-dedicated to competitive play to commit to this deck, and if you weren't, it just meant that you'd get run over every time it came up in your locals or Regionals.

As a sidenote, I see a lot of people discussing card prices and how much TeleDAD cost back in its heyday. I promise you, it was $1000-1200 on average, not the crazy numbers people often state. (Unless you were playing prize cards, in which case it was literally thousands of dollars more.) Other decks eventually rose up to compete with it, but for a long while in 2008 and 2009, it was common for TeleDAD to take as many as all 16 spots in an SJC Top Cut. What we call "one deck formats" now don't even compare to how it used to be.

For those who've never seen it, here's what the "standard" build for the deck looked like. The Duelist Genesis dropped in September 2008, making this deck possible, but I snagged the winning list from SJC San Francisco in 2009, to show you a full-strength build.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - TeleDAD by Alejandro V Reyes Suarez

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

Created By: Alejandro V Reyes Suarez

Event: 2009 SJ San Francisco

Rank: 1st

Advanced

Market Price: $386.16

Cards

Necro Gardna

Market Price: $0.20

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During your opponent's turn: You can banish this card from your Graveyard; negate the next attack this turn from a monster your opponent controls (this is a Quick Effect).

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Stardust Dragon

Market Price: $0.43

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

When a card or effect is activated that would destroy a card(s) on the field (Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. During the End Phase, if this effect was activated this turn (and was not negated): You can Special Summon this card from your GY.

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Colossal Fighter

Market Price: $1.49

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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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Plaguespreader Zombie

Market Price: $1.02

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If this card is in your GY: You can place 1 card from your hand on the top of the Deck; Special Summon this card, but banish it when it leaves the field.

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Heavy Storm

Market Price: $0.66

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Destroy all Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

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Breaker the Magical Warrior

Market Price: $0.25

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

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Dust Tornado

Market Price: $0.32

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Destroy 1 Spell or Trap Card on your opponent''s side of the field. You can then Set 1 Spell or Trap Card from your hand.

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Snipe Hunter

Market Price: $0.27

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You can discard 1 card to target 1 card on the field; roll a six-sided die, and destroy the target unless you roll a 1 or 6.

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Elemental HERO Stratos

Market Price: $3.48

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When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can activate 1 of these effects.
? You can destroy Spell/Trap Cards on the field, up to the number of "HERO" monsters you control, except this card.
? Add 1 "HERO" monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Brain Control

Market Price: $0.05

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Pay 800 LP, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls that can be Normal Summoned/Set; take control of that target until the End Phase.

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Destiny HERO - Malicious

Market Price: $2.43

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You can banish this card from your GY; Special Summon 1 "Destiny HERO - Malicious" from your Deck.

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Return from the Different Dimension

Market Price: $0.50

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Pay half of your Life Points. Special Summon as many of your monsters as possible that have been removed from play on your side of the field. During the End Phase, remove from play all monsters that were Special Summoned by this effect.

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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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Dark Grepher

Market Price: $0.38

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by discarding 1 Level 5 or higher DARK monster. Once per turn: You can discard 1 DARK monster; send 1 DARK monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

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Dark Armed Dragon

Market Price: $0.28

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by having exactly 3 DARK monsters in your GY. You can banish 1 DARK monster from your GY, then target 1 card on the field; destroy that target.

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Psychic Commander

Market Price: $0.30

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When a Psychic-Type monster you control battles, you can pay Life Points in multiples of 100 (max. 500). Target monster your opponent controls that is battling loses ATK and DEF equal to the value of Life Points paid until the end of the turn.

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Mystical Space Typhoon

Market Price: $0.40

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

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Sangan

Market Price: $0.21

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If this card is sent from the field to the GY: Add 1 monster with 1500 or less ATK from your Deck to your hand, but you cannot activate cards, or the effects of cards, with that name for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Sangan" once per turn.

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Destiny HERO - Diamond Dude

Market Price: $0.16

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Once per turn: You can excavate the top card of your Deck, and if it is a Normal Spell, send it to the GY, otherwise place it on the bottom of your Deck. During the Main Phase of your next turn, you can activate the effect of that Spell in your GY (even if you no longer control this face-up card).

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Emergency Teleport

Market Price: $8.40

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Special Summon 1 Level 3 or lower Psychic-Type monster from your hand or Deck, but banish it during the End Phase of this turn.

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Light-Imprisoning Mirror

Market Price: $0.57

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When the effect of a LIGHT monster activates on the field or in the Graveyard, negate it.

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Torrential Tribute

Market Price: $1.97

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

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Destiny Draw

Market Price: $0.22

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Discard 1 "Destiny HERO" card; draw 2 cards.

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Crush Card Virus

Market Price: $0.23

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Tribute 1 DARK monster with 1000 or less ATK; your opponent takes no damage until the end of the next turn, also, you look at your opponent’s hand and all monsters they control, and if you do, destroy the monsters among them with 1500 or more ATK, then your opponent can destroy up to 3 monsters with 1500 or more ATK in their Deck.

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Psychic Lifetrancer

Market Price: $0.33

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
Once per turn, you can remove from play 1 Psychic-Type monster from your Graveyard to gain 1200 Life Points.

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Black Rose Dragon

Market Price: $0.34

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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 banish 1 Plant-Type monster from your Graveyard, then target 1 Defense Position monster your opponent controls; change that target to face-up Attack Position, and if you do, its ATK becomes 0 until the end of this turn.

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Monster Reborn

Market Price: $0.48

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Caius the Shadow Monarch

Market Price: $1.91

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When this card is Tribute Summoned, remove from play 1 card on the field. If it was a DARK Monster Card, inflict 1000 damage to your opponent.

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Krebons

Market Price: $0.15

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When this card is targeted for an attack: You can pay 800 Life Points; negate the attack.

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Magical Android

Market Price: $1.44

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters During your End Phase, gain 600 Life Points for each face-up Psychic-Type monster you control.

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Raiza the Storm Monarch

Market Price: $0.25

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When this card is Tribute Summoned: Target 1 card on the field; place that target on the top of the Deck.

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Destiny Hero - Doom Lord

Market Price: $0.41

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Once per turn: You can target 1 monster your opponent controls; banish that target. You cannot declare an attack the turn you activate this effect. You must control this face-up Attack Position card to activate and to resolve this effect. The banished monster returns to the opponent's side of the field, in the same battle position, during your 2nd Standby Phase after activation.

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Armageddon Knight

Market Price: $0.18

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When this card is Summoned: You can send 1 DARK monster from your Deck to the GY.

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Reinforcement of the Army

Market Price: $0.20

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

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Phoenix Wing Wind Blast

Market Price: $0.24

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Discard 1 card, then target 1 card your opponent controls; place that target on the top of the Deck.

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Allure of Darkness

Market Price: $103.32

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Draw 2 cards, then remove from play 1 DARK monster from your hand. If you don't have any DARK monsters in your hand to remove, send all cards in your hand to the Graveyard.

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Goyo Guardian

Market Price: $0.28

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
When this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard, you can Special Summon that monster to your side of the field in face-up Defense Position.

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Doomkaiser Dragon

Market Price: $9.76

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"Plaguespreader Zombie" + 1 or more non-Tuner Zombie-Type monsters
When this card is Special Summoned, you can select 1 Zombie-Type monster in your opponent''s Graveyard and Special Summon it to your side of the field in Attack Position. Destroy it when this card is removed from the field.

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Thought Ruler Archfiend

Market Price: $0.23

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters

If this card destroys a monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard: Gain LP equal to that monster's original ATK in the Graveyard. During either player's turn, when a Spell/Trap Card is activated that targets exactly 1 Psychic-Type monster (and no other cards): You can pay 1000 LP; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it.

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Bottomless Trap Hole

Market Price: $0.24

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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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Gorz the Emissary of Darkness

Market Price: $1.87

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If you take damage from a card your opponent controls, while you control no cards, you may Special Summon this card and activate 1 of the following effects depending on the type of damage taken: 
Battle Damage: Special Summon 1 "Kaien the Emissary of Darkness Token" (Fairy-Type/LIGHT/Level 7/ATK ?/DEF ?). The ATK and DEF of the "Kaien the Emissary of Darkness Token" are equal to the amount of Battle Damage taken. 
Effect Damage: Inflict damage to your opponent equal to the damage taken.

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D.D. Crow

Market Price: $1.70

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During either player's turn: You can discard this card to the Graveyard to target 1 card in your opponent's Graveyard; banish that target.

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Red Dragon Archfiend

Market Price: $1.12

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters

After damage calculation, if this card attacks a Defense Position monster your opponent controls: Destroy all Defense Position monsters your opponent controls. During your End Phase: Destroy all other monsters you control that did not declare an attack this turn. This card must be face-up on the field to activate and to resolve this effect.

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Compared to the decks of today, this is relatively tame. Your best opening would be a Level 8 Synchro with either Trap Dustshoot or Crush Card Virus (which was more vicious before its errata… and debuted as a prize card that often cost $2k or more). However, compared to the other decks at the time - chiefly Gladiator Beasts and Lightsworn, - TeleDAD was on another level. Furthermore, those other two decks? They were also $800-1000. On top of that, neither deck had the power or the consistency to do more against TeleDAD than give you a chance to win that was slightly above zero.

Nowaday's TeleDAD's often hailed as one of the best formats, and best decks, of all time. It was a skill-driven mirror match format played at a time when SJCs were smaller, and were often held every two or three weeks. Week over week, tiny tech innovations could make all the difference, so competitive insight was constantly rewarded. It was an intense era of competition for the most elite players.

But during the time of its reign, TeleDAD was the bane of budget and casual players everywhere. It wasn't fun to sit down knowing you didn't have a ghost of a chance against this powerhouse, and that was the reality of the situation for tens of thousands of duelists.

Chain Burn

Very few decks in history are as affordable, and potentially powerful as Chain Burn. Named for its key mechanic of chain resolution, this deck aimed to build lengthy chains of 3, 4, or even 5 or more chain links, gaining massive advantage and dealing big damage for each chain link due to Chain Strike.

I firmly believe that every aspiring duelist should pilot some version of Chainn Burn at some point, and everyone should be forced to play against it, as it teaches some of the most core fundamentals in the game. Managing a power ceiling that literally doesn't exist, and knowing your entire path to victory is reliant on perfect play and maximizing the value of each card is key. For example…

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Zach's Borrowed Chain Link Deck by Zachariah Butler

'Zach's Borrowed Chain Link Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Zachariah Butler

Event:

Rank:

Advanced

Market Price: $48.24

Cards

Ring of Destruction

Market Price: $0.59

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During your opponent's turn: Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls whose ATK is less than or equal to their LP; destroy that face-up monster, and if you do, take damage equal to its original ATK, then inflict damage to your opponent equal to the damage you took. You can only activate 1 "Ring of Destruction" per turn.

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Magic Cylinder

Market Price: $0.50

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Target the attacking monster; negate the attack, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to its ATK.

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Dimension Wall

Market Price: $2.45

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You can only activate this card when your opponent declares an attack with a monster. Instead of you, your opponent takes the Battle Damage you would have taken as a result of this battle.

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Card of Demise

Market Price: $2.52

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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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Chain Strike

Market Price: $0.48

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Activate only as Chain Link 2 or higher; inflict 400 damage to your opponent times the Chain Link number of this card. You cannot activate this card if multiple cards/effects with the same name are in that Chain.

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Lilith, Lady of Lament

Market Price: $5.04

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

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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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Ojama Trio

Market Price: $0.45

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Special Summon 3 "Ojama Tokens" (Beast-Type/LIGHT/Level 2/ATK 0/DEF 1000) to your opponent's field in Defense Position. They cannot be Tributed for a Tribute Summon, and each time 1 is destroyed, its controller takes 300 damage.

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Blazing Mirror Force

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Destroy as many Attack Position monsters your opponent controls as possible, and if you do, take damage equal to half the combined original ATK of those destroyed monsters, then inflict damage to your opponent equal to the damage you took.

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Secret Blast

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Inflict 300 damage to your opponent for each card they control. If this card you control is destroyed by an opponent's card and sent to your Graveyard: Inflict 1000 damage to your opponent.

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Secret Barrel

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Inflict Direct Damage to your opponent''s Life Points equal to the total number of cards on your opponent''s side of the field and in your opponent''s hand x 200 points.

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Balance of Judgment

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If your opponent controls more cards than the combined number of cards in your hand and that you control: Draw cards equal to their surplus. You can only activate 1 "Balance of Judgment" per turn.

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Just Desserts

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Inflict 500 points of Direct Damage to your opponent's Life Points for each monster your opponent has on the field.

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Dark Sacrifice

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When your opponent activates a card or effect that would destroy a card(s) on the field: Negate the effect, then send 1 Level 3 or lower DARK monster from your Deck to your GY.

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Absolute King Back Jack

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During your opponent's turn (Quick Effect): You can banish this card from the GY; excavate the top card of your Deck, and if it is a Normal Trap Card, Set it to your field. Otherwise, send it to the GY. That Set card can be activated during this turn. If this card is sent to the GY: You can look at 3 cards from the top of your Deck, then place them on the top of the Deck in any order. You can only use each effect of "Absolute King Back Jack" once per turn.

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Accumulated Fortune

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Activate only as Chain Link 4 or higher. Draw 2 cards. You cannot activate this card if multiple cards/effects with the same name are in that Chain.

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Reckless Greed

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Draw 2 cards and skip your next 2 Draw Phases.

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This isn't a perfect build by any means, but you can get the basic premise. Shoutout to the random list I found online.

Playing against Chain Burn's a whole other ordeal. You can't make mistakes, nor can you wastefully activate cards. You need to be precise in all your moves and understand how to maximize your plays while doing the bare minimum the majority of the time. Many players fall victim to the idea of summoning a large swath of monsters to do as much damage as possible, trying to end the matchup early. But that's a great way to lose the game! Cards like Blazing Mirror Force, Just Desserts, and Secret Barrel beat you if you just feed monsters into them.

If you're not familiar with Chain Burn, give it a shot; you'll be surprised at how fun it can be to play, and to play against. It's extremely rewarding either way and it can make you a better competitor. But in a tournament setting, it can be massively frustrating if you're not well schooled in how to deal with it.

Switching it up again, let's shift from punishing you with chain links, to beating you over the head with the ability to stop you from playing at all....

Danger Darkworld FTK

I'll be honest, I wasn't sure which first-turn kill deck to put on this list (FTK). There have been an obscene numbers of FTK's in Yu-Gi-Oh over the years. But very few have managed to be as powerful, and surprisingly challenging to play, as Danger Darkworld.

This deck focuses on combining the Danger monsters' ability to rip through your deck, with Darkworld monsters that rake in bonus effects whenever they're sent to the graveyard. Add in some draw spells, and a loop involving Cannon Soldier, Firewall Dragon, and Grapha, Dragon Lord of Darkworld to infinitely loop for burn damage, you had a deck that was utterly horrifying to face. Check out this build from Jonas Koschell at YCS London in 2018.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Danger! Dark World FTK by Jonas Koschell

'Danger! Dark World FTK' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Jonas Koschell

Event: YCS - 2018-10-28 YCS London

Rank: 17th-32nd

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Market Price: $144.85

Cards

There Can Be Only One

Market Price: $1.23

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Each player can only control 1 monster of each Type. If a player controls 2 or more monsters of the same Type, they must send some to the GY so they control no more than 1 monster of that Type.

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Danger!? Jackalope?

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You can reveal this card in your hand; your opponent randomly chooses 1 card from your entire hand, then you discard the chosen card. Then, if the discarded card was not “Danger?! Jackalope?”, Special Summon 1 “Danger!? Jackalope?” from your hand, and if you do, draw 1 card. If this card is discarded: You can Special Summon 1 "Danger!" monster from your Deck in Defense Position, except "Danger?! Jackalope?". You can only use this effect of "Danger!? Jackalope?" once per turn.

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Secure Gardna

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1 Cyberse Link Monster

After this card is Special Summoned, you take no effect damage for the rest of this turn. Once per turn, if you would take battle or effect damage, you take no damage. Cannot be used as Link Material. You can only control 1 "Secure Gardna".

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Danger! Dogman!

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You can reveal this card in your hand; your opponent randomly chooses 1 card from your entire hand, then you discard the chosen card. Then, if the discarded card was not "Danger! Dogman!", Special Summon 1 "Danger! Dogman!" from your hand, and if you do, draw 1 card. If this card is discarded: You can have all face-up monsters your opponent currently controls lose 1000 ATK until the end of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Danger! Dogman!" once per 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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Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World

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You can Special Summon this card (from your Graveyard) by returning 1 "Dark World" monster you control to the hand, except "Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World". If this card is discarded to the Graveyard by a card effect: Target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy that target, then, if this card was discarded from your hand to your Graveyard by an opponent's card effect, look at 1 random card in your opponent's hand, then, if it was a monster, you can Special Summon it to your side of the field.

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Saryuja Skull Dread

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2+ monsters with different names

This card gains effects based on the number of materials used for its Link Summon.
• 2+: If a monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to a zone this card points to: That monster(s) gains 300 ATK/DEF.
• 3+: Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 monster from your hand.
• 4: When this card is Link Summoned: You can draw 4 cards, then place 3 cards from your hand on the bottom of your Deck in any order.

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Knightmare Mermaid

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1 "Knightmare" monster, except "Knightmare Mermaid"

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card; Special Summon 1 "Knightmare" monster from your 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 Mermaid" once per turn. All monsters on the field lose 1000 ATK/DEF, except co-linked monsters.

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The Beginning of the End

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If you have 7 or more DARK monsters in your GY: Banish 5 DARK monsters from your GY; draw 3 cards.

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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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Outer Entity Azathot

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3 Level 5 monsters

You can also Xyz Summon this card by using an "Outer Entity" Xyz Monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Cannot be used as material for an Xyz Summon. After you Xyz Summon this card, monsters in your opponent's possession cannot activate their effects for the rest of this turn. If this card has a Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz Monster as Xyz Materials: You can detach 1 material from this card; destroy all cards your opponent controls.

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Broww, Huntsman of Dark World

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If this card is discarded from the hand to the Graveyard by a card effect, draw 1 card from your Deck. If this card is discarded from the hand to the Graveyard by your opponent's card effect, draw 1 more card from your Deck.

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Danger! Bigfoot!

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You can reveal this card in your hand; your opponent randomly chooses 1 card from your entire hand, then you discard the chosen card. Then, if the discarded card was not "Danger! Bigfoot!", Special Summon 1 "Danger! Bigfoot!" from your hand, and if you do, draw 1 card. If this card is discarded: You can target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; destroy it. You can only use this effect of "Danger! Bigfoot!" once per turn.

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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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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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Danger! Mothman!

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You can reveal this card in your hand; your opponent randomly chooses 1 card from your entire hand, then you discard the chosen card. Then, if the discarded card was not "Danger! Mothman!", Special Summon 1 "Danger! Mothman!" from your hand, and if you do, draw 1 card. If this card is discarded: You can have both players draw 1 card, then both players discard 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Danger! Mothman!" once per turn.

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Link Spider

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1 Normal Monster

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

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Danger!? Tsuchinoko?

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You can reveal this card in your hand; your opponent randomly chooses 1 card from your entire hand, then you discard the chosen card. Then, if the discarded card was not "Danger!? Tsuchinoko?", Special Summon 1 "Danger!? Tsuchinoko?" from your hand, and if you do, draw 1 card. If this card is discarded: You can Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Danger!? Tsuchinoko?" once per turn.

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Knightmare Phoenix

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2+ monsters with different names

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

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Cannon Soldier

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By Tributing 1 monster, inflict 500 damage to your opponent.

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Mind Drain

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Activate this card by paying 1000 LP. Effects of monsters in the hand cannot be activated.

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Armageddon Knight

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When this card is Summoned: You can send 1 DARK monster from your Deck to the GY.

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Space Insulator

Market Price: $0.15

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2 monsters

Monsters this card points to lose 800 ATK/DEF. When a Cyberse Link Monster is Link Summoned to your field while this card is in your GY, except the turn this card was sent to the GY: You can Special Summon this card to your zone that monster points to, but it cannot be used as material for a Link Summon, also banish it when it leaves the field.

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Knightmare Gryphon

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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 in your GY; Set it to your field, but it cannot be activated this turn, 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 Gryphon" once per turn. Special Summoned monsters on the field cannot activate their effects, unless they are linked.

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Soul Charge

Market Price: $0.22

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Target any number of monsters in your GY; Special Summon them, and if you do, you lose 1000 LP for each monster Special Summoned by this effect. You cannot conduct your Battle Phase the turn you activate this card. You can only activate 1 "Soul Charge" per turn.

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Danger! Chupacabra!

Market Price: $0.70

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You can reveal this card in your hand; your opponent randomly chooses 1 card from your entire hand, then you discard the chosen card. Then, if the discarded card was not "Danger! Chupacabra!", Special Summon 1 "Danger! Chupacabra!" from your hand, and if you do, draw 1 card. If this card is discarded: You can target 1 "Danger!" monster in your GY, except "Danger! Chupacabra!"; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Danger! Chupacabra!" once per turn.

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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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Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite

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If this card is in your GY: You can return 1 face-up card you control to the hand; Special Summon this card, and if you do, take 400 damage. You can only use this effect of "Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite" once per Duel.

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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.


Official Tournament Stores must review their Konami OTS agreement before selling this product.

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Allure of Darkness

Market Price: $2.17

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

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Binary Sorceress

Market Price: $0.18

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2 monsters, except Tokens
This card gains these effects based on the number of monsters co-linked to this card.

• 1+: When a monster co-linked to this card battles your opponent's monster and inflicts battle damage to them: You can gain that much LP.
• 2: Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can target 2 face-up monsters you control; until the end of this turn, halve the ATK of 1 monster, and if you do, add that lost ATK the other monster.

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Leviair the Sea Dragon

Market Price: $3.72

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2 Level 3 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 banished Level 4 or lower monster; Special Summon that target to your field.

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Snoww, Unlight of Dark World

Market Price: $1.67

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If this card is discarded to the Graveyard by a card effect: If it was discarded from your hand to your Graveyard by an opponent's card effect, you can target 1 monster in your opponent's Graveyard, add 1 "Dark World" card from your Deck to your hand, then Special Summon that target (if any) in face-up Defense Position.

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Danger! Nessie!

Market Price: $1.15

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You can reveal this card in your hand; your opponent randomly chooses 1 card from your entire hand, then you discard the chosen card. Then, if the discarded card was not "Danger! Nessie!", Special Summon 1 "Danger! Nessie!" from your hand, and if you do, draw 1 card. If this card is discarded: You can add 1 "Danger!" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Danger! Nessie!". You can only use this effect of "Danger! Nessie!" once per turn.

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Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion

Market Price: $1.00

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3 monsters with the same Attribute but different Types

If this face-up card is destroyed by battle, or leaves the field because of an opponent's card effect while its owner controls it: You can target 1 card in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use each of the following effects of "Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion" once per turn.
• If this card is Link Summoned: You can send 1 card from your Deck to the GY.
• If a card(s) is sent from your Deck to the GY by an effect: Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the GY.

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Shaddoll Beast

Market Price: $0.40

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FLIP: You can draw 2 cards, then discard 1 card.
If this card is sent to the Graveyard by a card effect: You can draw 1 card. You can only use 1 "Shaddoll Beast" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Number 42: Galaxy Tomahawk

Market Price: $0.35

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2 Level 7 monsters
You can detach 2 Xyz Materials from this card; Special Summon as many "Battle Eagle Tokens" (Machine-Type/WIND/Level 6/ATK 2000/DEF 0) as possible, but destroy them during the End Phase of this turn, also your opponent takes no further battle damage this turn.

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Danger! Thunderbird!

Market Price: $1.32

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You can reveal this card in your hand; your opponent randomly chooses 1 card from your entire hand, then you discard the chosen card. Then, if the discarded card was not "Danger! Thunderbird!", Special Summon 1 "Danger! Thunderbird!" from your hand, and if you do, draw 1 card. If this card is discarded: You can target 1 Set card your opponent controls; destroy it. You can only use this effect of "Danger! Thunderbird!" once per turn.

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Firewall Dragon

Market Price: $3.54

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2+ monsters

Once while face-up on the field (Quick Effect): You can target monsters on the field and/or GY up to the number of monsters co-linked to this card; return them to the hand. If a monster this card points to is destroyed by battle or sent to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 monster from your hand.

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Outer Entity Nyarla

Market Price: $0.57

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2 Level 4 monsters

When this card is Xyz Summoned: You can discard any number of cards; increase this card's Rank by 1 for each card discarded. Once per turn, if this card has Xyz Material: You can target 1 monster in your GY; detach all materials from this card, and if you do, attach that monster to this card as material, and if you do that, this card's Type and Attribute become that material's original Type and Attribute.

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Red Reboot

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When your opponent activates a Trap Card: Negate the activation, and if you do, Set that card face-down, then they can Set 1 other Trap directly from their Deck. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, your opponent cannot activate Trap Cards. You can activate this card from your hand by paying half your LP.

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The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode

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Cannot be Special Summoned. Requires 3 Tributes from either side of the field to Normal Summon to that side of the field (cannot be Normal Set), then shift control to this card's owner during the End Phase of the next turn. Cannot attack. Your opponent cannot target this card for attacks or by card effects. You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 "The Winged Dragon of Ra" from your hand or Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions, and if you do, its ATK/DEF become 4000.

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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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This deck was a powerhouse when it was legal, and the scariest thing about it was that even if you couldn't FTK your opponent, you could just win games anyway. Floodgates which were easy to find thanks to Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion and Knightmare Gryphon, or you could simply beat your opponent over the head with giant Danger monsters.

Thankfully, this deck was addressed pretty swiftly when Firewall Dragon was Forbidden, but joke's on you! The deck evolved into a Slash Draw FTK deck still using the Danger engine, which was equally as terrifying, but even harder to pilot. That particular deck would end the game by having multiple monsters on the field, and would destroy them with Slash Draw, assuming you drew another copy of Slash Draw off the first; easy to do when you resolved multiple copies of Saryuja Skull Dread to change the order of the cards on the bottom of your deck. Luckily that was short-lived too, as the Slash Draw deck was swiftly handled on the Forbidden & Limited list.

Qliphort

Switching gears from an FTK, we have the other end of the "no fun" spectrum. Qliphort was infamous for being a "floodgate deck", exploiting continuous cards that seek only to reduce your opponent's ability to play, such as Mystic Mine. While it was technically a pendulum deck, I don't think anyone really played Qliphorts that way. Paired with cards like Skill Drain, Lose 1 Turn, and Rivalry of Warlords, you were often just forced to sit down and hope you could draw a solid combination of engine and removal cards to handle the deck.

Check out this build from an old Regional for an example.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Qliphorts by Michael Tamez

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

Created By: Michael Tamez

Event: Regional - 2016-05-21 San Antonio Texas

Rank: 5th-8th

Advanced

Market Price: $81.81

Cards

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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Upstart Goblin

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Draw 1 card, then your opponent gains 1000 LP.

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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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Number C39: Utopia Ray

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3 Level 4 LIGHT monsters

You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a "Number 39: Utopia" you control as the Xyz Material. (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; it gains 500 ATK and 1 monster your opponent controls loses 1000 ATK, until the End Phase. You must have 1000 Life Points or less to activate and to resolve this effect.

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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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Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss

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2 Level 3 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card and choose a number from 1 to 3, then send that many cards from the top of your Deck to the GY; until the end of this turn, this card gains 500 ATK for each card sent to the GY this way. If this card attacks, it is changed to Defense Position at the end of the Battle Phase. If this card is sent to the GY: You can target 1 "Burning Abyss" card in your GY, except this card; add it to your hand.

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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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Qlimate Change

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Add up to 3 face-up "Qli" Pendulum Monster Cards from your Extra Deck to your hand. You can only activate 1 "Qlimate Change" per turn.

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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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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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Vanity's Emptiness

Market Price: $1.39

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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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Mask of Restrict

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Monsters cannot be Tributed.

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Qliphort Helix

Market Price: $2.41

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Pendulum Effect  You cannot Special Summon monsters, except "Qli" monsters. This effect cannot be negated. All monsters your opponent controls lose 300 ATK.

Monster Effect You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If this card is Normal Summoned without Tributing or is Special Summoned, its Level becomes 4 and its original ATK becomes 1800. If this card is Normal Summoned/Set, it is unaffected by activated effects from any monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card's current Level. If this card is Tributed: You can target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

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Qliphort Shell

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Pendulum Effect  You cannot Special Summon monsters, except "Qli" monsters. This effect cannot be negated. All monsters your opponent controls lose 300 ATK.

Monster Effect You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If this card is Normal Summoned without Tributing or is Special Summoned, its Level becomes 4 and its original ATK becomes 1800. If this card is Normal Summoned/Set, it is unaffected by activated effects from any monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card's current Level. If this card is Normal Summoned by Tributing a "Qli" monster(s), it can make a second attack during each Battle Phase, and if it attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage to your opponent.

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Super Quantal Mech Beast Aeroboros

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2 Level 4 monsters

Cannot attack unless it has Xyz Material. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 other face-up monster on the field; change it to face-down Defense Position.This effect can be activated during either player's turn, if this card has "Super Quantum Green Layer" as Xyz Material. Once per turn: You can attach 1 "Super Quantum" monster from your hand or field to this card as an Xyz Material.

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Drowning Mirror Force

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When an opponent's monster declares a direct attack: Shuffle all your opponent's Attack Position monsters into the Deck.

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Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal

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2 Level 6 monsters

You can also Xyz Summon this card by sending 1 "Burning Abyss" monster from your hand to the GY, then using 1 "Dante" monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) If Summoned this way, the following effect cannot be activated this turn. Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card; send 1 card from your Deck to the GY. If this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent's card and sent to your GY: You can Special Summon 1 "Burning Abyss" monster from your Extra Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions.

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PSY-Framelord Omega

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

Once per turn, during the Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can banish both this face-up card from the field and 1 random card from your opponent's hand, face-up, until your next Standby Phase. Once per turn, during your opponent's Standby Phase: You can target 1 banished card; return it to the GY. If this card is in your GY: You can target 1 other card in the GY; shuffle both that card and this card from the GY into the Deck.

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Raidraptor - Ultimate Falcon

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3 Level 10 Winged Beast-Type monsters

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

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Imperial Iron Wall

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Cards cannot be removed from play.

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Qliphort Monolith

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Pendulum Effect : You cannot Special Summon monsters, except "Qli" monsters. This effect cannot be negated. During the End Phase, if you Tribute Summoned this turn: You can draw a number of cards equal to the number of "Qli" monsters you Tributed for Tribute Summons this turn.

Monster Text :
Unhandled exception at 0x1i-666 in qliphort.exe:
Access violation writing location 0x00-000
Continue, ignoring this error? ...[ ]
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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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Necrovalley

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All Gravekeeper's monsters gain 500 ATK and DEF. Cards in either player's Graveyard cannot be banished. Cards in either player's Graveyard cannot be affected by card effects, except for their own effects.


(Red text indicates errata.)

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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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Qlipper Launch

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Normal Summoned "Qli" monsters on the field gain 300 ATK, their effects are negated, also they are unaffected by other Spell/Trap effects, until the end of this turn.

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Skill Drain

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

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The Phantom Knights of Break Sword

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2 Level 3 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 card you control and 1 card your opponent controls; destroy them. If this Xyz Summoned card is destroyed: You can target 2 "The Phantom Knights" monsters with the same Level in your GY; Special Summon them and increase their Levels by 1, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except DARK monsters.

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Chaos Trap Hole

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Pay 2000 Life Points. Negate the Summon of a LIGHT or DARK monster, and remove it from play.

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Number 39: Utopia

Market Price: $0.17

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2 Level 4 monsters

When a monster declares an attack: You can detach 1 material from this card; negate the attack. If this card is targeted for an attack, while it has no material: Destroy this card.

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Number S39: Utopia the Lightning

Market Price: $1.20

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3 Level 5 LIGHT monsters

You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 4 "Utopia" monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Cannot be used as material for an Xyz Summon. If this card battles, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step. Once per Chain, during damage calculation, if this card battles an opponent's monster while this card has a "Utopia" Xyz Monster as material (Quick Effect): You can detach 2 materials from this card; this card's ATK becomes 5000 during that damage calculation only.

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Qliphort Carrier

Market Price: $1.21

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Pendulum Effect  You cannot Special Summon monsters, except "Qli" monsters. This effect cannot be negated. All "Qli" monsters you control gain 300 ATK.

Monster Effect You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If this card is Normal Summoned without Tributing or is Special Summoned, its Level becomes 4 and its original ATK becomes 1800. If this card is Normal Summoned/Set, it is unaffected by activated effects from any monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card's current Level. If this card is Tributed: You can target 1 monster on the field; return it to the hand.

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Qliphort Stealth

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Pendulum Effect : You cannot Special Summon monsters, except "Qli" monsters. This effect cannot be negated. All "Qli" monsters you control gain 300 ATK.

Monster Effect : You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If this card is Normal Summoned without Tributing, or is Special Summoned, its Level becomes 4 and its original ATK becomes 1800. If this card is Normal Summoned/Set, it is unaffected by activated effects from any monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card's current Level. When this card is Tribute Summoned by Tributing a "Qli" monster(s): You can target 1 card on the field; return it to the hand. Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this effect's activation.

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Soul Transition

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If you control no Special Summoned monsters: Tribute 1 face-up Level 4 Normal Summoned/Set monster; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Soul Transition" per turn. You cannot Special Summon monsters the turn you activate this card.

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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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Rivalry of Warlords

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

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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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System Down

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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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Summoner's Art

Market Price: $1.78

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Select 1 Level 5 or higher Normal Monster from your Deck and add it to your hand.

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The Monarchs Stormforth

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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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Card of Demise

Market Price: $2.52

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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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Magic Drain

Market Price: $0.24

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You can activate this card when your opponent activates a Spell Card. Your opponent can discard 1 Spell Card from his/her hand to negate the effect of this card. If your opponent does not, negate the activation of the Spell Card of your opponent and destroy it.

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Saqlifice

Market Price: $2.12

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Equip only to a "Qli" monster. It gains 300 ATK and cannot be destroyed by battle. The equipped monster can be treated as 2 Tributes for the Tribute Summon of a "Qli" monster. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "Qli" monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Qliphort Scout

Market Price: $0.38

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Pendulum Effect : You cannot Special Summon monsters, except "Qli" monsters. This effect cannot be negated. Once per turn: You can pay 800 LP; add 1 "Qli" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Qliphort Scout".

Monster Text :
Booting in Replica Mode…
An error has occurred when executing C:\sophia\zefra.exe
Unknown publisher.
Allow C:\tierra\qliphort.exe ? …[Y]
Booting in Autonomy Mode…

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Qliphort Scout was the flagship card of the Qliphort strategy. Originally released in The New Challengers, it had a Pendulum Effect that let you pay 800 LP to search for any Qliphort card you could wanted. The cards you could search offered monster destruction, spell and trap destruction, as well as the ability to just end games out of nowhere. Oh, and you could search Qliphort Scout with Summoner's Art.

Playing Yu-Gi-Oh while this strategy existed was just a bad time, because you'd often have to build to beat control decks like Qliphort, or combo decks like Nekroz. It was almost impossible to have sufficient matchup coverage against both types of strategy, signing yourself up for a lot of near-impossible matchups no matter what you chose.

Finally...

Gouki

If you played during the Summer of 2018, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

The Gouki Extra Link was already bad enough, but things got even worse when Summon Sorceress and Topologic Gumblar Dragon were introduced into the format. It was already hard enough to combat the power of a full Extra Link, which the Gouki player could assemble for just two cards. But to add to it, Gouki could rip apart your hand as well thanks to Topologic Gumblar Dragon. From there, you were forced to try and grind out against a deck that had a full field and a loaded graveyard, while you were literally top decking.

Take a look at the winning build from the 2018 NAWCQ, piloted by Gabriel Vargas.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Sky Striker Goukis by Gabriel Vargas

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

Created By: Gabriel Vargas

Event: WCQ - 2018-07-01 North America

Rank: 1st

Advanced

Market Price: $201.00

Cards

Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

Market Price: $18.62

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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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Knightmare Corruptor Iblee

Market Price: $2.76

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target 1 Link Monster in your GY; Special Summon it to your field so it points to this card, but change its ATK to 0, also negate its effects. You cannot Special Summon monsters, except Link Monsters. If this card in its owner's control is sent to the GY: You can Special Summon this card to your opponent's field in Defense Position. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Corruptor Iblee" once per turn.

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Instant Fusion

Market Price: $1.05

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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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Knightmare Unicorn

Market Price: $0.49

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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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Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries

Market Price: $0.37

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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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Monster Reborn

Market Price: $0.48

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Junk Forward

Market Price: $1.28

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If you control no monsters, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand).

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Gouki Twistcobra

Market Price: $0.29

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(Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 "Gouki" monster, then target 1 "Gouki" monster you control; it gains ATK equal to the original ATK of the Tributed monster until the end of this turn. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Gouki" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Gouki Twistcobra". You can only use each effect of "Gouki Twistcobra" once per turn.

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Underclock Taker

Market Price: $0.17

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2 Effect Monsters

Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster this card points to and 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; the opponent's target loses ATK equal to the ATK of the target this monster points to, until the end of this turn.

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Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights

Market Price: $4.05

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2 Warrior monsters

If this card is Link Summoned: You can add 1 Warrior monster from your Deck to your hand, but for the rest of this turn, you cannot Normal Summon/Set or Special Summon monsters with that name, nor activate their monster effects. You can send any number of Equip Spells with different names from your Deck to the GY; Special Summon 1 Warrior monster from your Deck, whose Level equals the number of cards sent to the GY. You can only use each effect of "Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights" once per turn.

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Infinite Impermanence

Market Price: $10.02

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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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Called by the Grave

Market Price: $2.74

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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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Knightmare Goblin

Market Price: $2.60

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2 monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card; apply this effect, and if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. Once applied, during your Main Phase this turn, you can Normal Summon 1 monster to your zone this card points to, in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) Neither player can target your co-linked monsters with card effects.

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Soul Charge

Market Price: $0.22

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Target any number of monsters in your GY; Special Summon them, and if you do, you lose 1000 LP for each monster Special Summoned by this effect. You cannot conduct your Battle Phase the turn you activate this card. You can only activate 1 "Soul Charge" per turn.

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Droll & Lock Bird

Market Price: $14.09

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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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Tri-Gate Wizard

Market Price: $0.45

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2+ monsters, except Tokens

This card gains these effects based on the number of monsters co-linked to this card.
• 1+: If a monster co-linked to this card battles your opponent's monster, any battle damage it inflicts to your opponent is doubled.
• 2+: Once per turn: You can target 1 card on the field; banish it.
• 3: Once per turn, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can negate the activation, and if you do, banish that card.

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Reinforcement of the Army

Market Price: $0.20

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

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Linkuriboh

Market Price: $2.92

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1 Level 1 monster

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

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Dragoness the Wicked Knight

Market Price: $1.99

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Armaill + One-Eyes Shield Dragon

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M-X-Saber Invoker

Market Price: $0.48

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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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Knightmare Cerberus

Market Price: $2.59

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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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Sky Striker Mobilize - Engage!

Market Price: $2.20

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If you control no monsters in your Main Monster Zone: Add 1 "Sky Striker" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Sky Striker Mobilize - Engage!", then, if you have 3 or more Spells in your GY, you can draw 1 card.

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Twin Twisters

Market Price: $0.75

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

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Topologic Gumblar Dragon

Market Price: $2.93

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2+ Effect Monsters

If another monster is Special Summoned to a zone a Link Monster points to, while this monster is on the field: Discard up to 2 random cards (min. 1), then your opponent discards the same number of cards. If this card is Extra Linked: You can make your opponent discard 2 cards (or their entire hand, if less than 2), then, if they have no cards in their hand as a result, inflict 3000 damage to them. You can only use 1 "Topologic Gumblar Dragon" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Knightmare Phoenix

Market Price: $0.40

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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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Gouki Riscorpio

Market Price: $0.32

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If you control no monsters, or all monsters you control are "Gouki" monsters, you can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Gouki" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Gouki Riscorpio". You can only use this effect of "Gouki Riscorpio" once per turn.

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Sky Striker Ace - Kagari

Market Price: $0.58

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1 non-FIRE "Sky Striker Ace" monster

If this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 "Sky Striker" Spell in your GY; add it to your hand. Gains 100 ATK for each Spell in your GY. You can only Special Summon "Sky Striker Ace - Kagari(s)" once per turn.

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Sky Striker Mecha - Eagle Booster

Market Price: $0.48

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If you control no monsters in your Main Monster Zones: Target 1 face-up monster on the field; that target is unaffected by card effects this turn, except its own, and if you have 3 or more Spells in your GY, it cannot be destroyed by battle this turn.

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Divine Sword - Phoenix Blade

Market Price: $1.85

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Equip only to a Warrior monster. It gains 300 ATK. During your Main Phase, if this card is in your GY: You can banish 2 Warrior monsters from your GY; add this card to your hand.


Official Tournament Stores must review their Konami OTS agreement before selling this product.

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Dragged Down into the Grave

Market Price: $0.47

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You and your opponent look at each other''s hand, select 1 card from each other''s hands and discard them to the Graveyard, and each draw 1 card.

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Gouki Re-Match

Market Price: $0.45

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Target 2 "Gouki" monsters in your GY with different Levels; Special Summon them in Defense Position. You can only activate 1 "Gouki Re-Match" per turn.

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Gouki Headbatt

Market Price: $0.32

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If this card is in your hand: You can send 1 other "Gouki" monster from your hand to the GY, then target 1 "Gouki" monster you control; Special Summon this card in Defense Position, and if you do, the targeted monster gains 800 ATK until the end of this turn. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Gouki" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Gouki Headbatt". You can only use each effect of "Gouki Headbatt" once per turn.

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Sky Striker Mecha - Hornet Drones

Market Price: $0.39

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If you control no monsters in your Main Monster Zones: Special Summon 1 "Sky Striker Ace Token" (Warrior/DARK/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) in Defense Position, which cannot be Tributed, and if you have 3 or more Spells in your GY when this effect resolves, the Token's ATK/DEF become 1500 instead.

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Knightmare Mermaid

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1 "Knightmare" monster, except "Knightmare Mermaid"

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card; Special Summon 1 "Knightmare" monster from your 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 Mermaid" once per turn. All monsters on the field lose 1000 ATK/DEF, except co-linked monsters.

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Gouki Octostretch

Market Price: $0.17

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During damage calculation, if an opponent's monster attacks (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; any battle damage you take from that battle is halved. When your opponent activates a card or effect that would inflict damage to you (including during the Damage Step) (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; any damage you take from that effect is halved. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Gouki" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Gouki Octostretch". You can only use this effect of "Gouki Octostretch" once per turn.

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Gouki Bearhug

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If this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "Gouki" card, or Normal Summoned: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; its ATK becomes half its original ATK, until the end of this turn. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Gouki" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Gouki Bearhug". You can only use each effect of "Gouki Bearhug" once per turn.

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Sky Striker Maneuver - Afterburners!

Market Price: $0.84

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If you control no monsters in your Main Monster Zone: Target 1 face-up monster on the field; destroy it, then, if you have 3 or more Spells in your GY, you can destroy 1 Spell/Trap on the field.

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Noble Arms - Arfeudutyr

Market Price: $0.24

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You can only control 1 face-up “Noble Arms – Arfeudutyr”. Equip only to a Warrior-Type monster. Once per turn: You can target 1 Set card your opponent controls; the equipped monster permanently loses 500 ATK, and if it does, destroy that target. (The ATK loss remains even if this card leaves the field or the monster becomes unaffected by card effects.) If this face-up card on the field is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 face-up Warrior-Type “Noble Knight” monster you control; equip this card to that target. You can only use this effect of “Noble Arms – Arfeudutyr” once per turn.

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Gagaga Cowboy

Market Price: $1.41

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2 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; apply this effect, depending on this card's current battle position.
- Attack Position: If this card attacks an opponent's monster this turn, it gains 1000 ATK, also the opponent's monster loses 500 ATK, during the Damage Step only.
- Defense Position: Inflict 800 damage to your opponent.

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Gouki Suprex

Market Price: $1.36

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 "Gouki" monster from your hand. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Gouki" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Gouki Suprex". You can only use this effect of "Gouki Suprex" once per turn.

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Firewall Dragon

Market Price: $3.54

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2+ monsters

Once while face-up on the field (Quick Effect): You can target monsters on the field and/or GY up to the number of monsters co-linked to this card; return them to the hand. If a monster this card points to is destroyed by battle or sent to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 monster from your hand.

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The worst part about facing off against Gouki was knowing that you were stuck in a format where you had to either prepare for Gouki, or prepare for literally everything else; the format was so polarizing due to the strength of the Gouki combo, the consistency of Sky Strikers, and Trickstar decks being all over the place.

That's it for me, but check out my YouTube and Twitter over the course of the week as I'll be doing a lot of thankfulness exercises and trying to be more communicative with you all! Until next time.