I've always believed that Slifer the Sky Dragon was the best of the three God Cards. Slifer the Sky Dragon effect to blow up any freshly summoned monster with less than 2000 ATK makes it pretty impressive.

Even the ATK nerf Slifer the Sky Dragon places on monsters that are big enough to survive its effect helps mitigates Slifer the Sky Dragon downside: Slifer the Sky Dragon gains 1000 ATK for every card in your hand, but since it takes three tributes to summon, it may be pretty weak when you finally get it onto the field. But thanks to that ATK draining effect, two cards will generally be enough for Slifer the Sky Dragon to survive battle.

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Slifer the Sky Dragon other challenge is a lack of protection. It explodes most of the monsters your opponent plays, sure, but almost any effect can destroy Slifer the Sky Dragon. Or banish it. Or bounce it. Or send it to the graveyard. Once Slifer the Sky Dragon on the field there's nothing keeping it there, at least nothing in its text box.

Oh, also? It's hard to actually get to. If you want to play Slifer the Sky Dragon you have to actually draw Slifer the Sky Dragon, which isn't always easy. But yeah, apart from all that?

Best God Card ever. Kinda.

No More "Wait And See"

Yesterday, I highlighted Obelisk the Tormentor in a strategy that could function without actually drawing Obelisk. With Phantom Knights and Burning Abyss, the deck could survive without the God Card in play. Today I wanted to go in a different direction.

More often than not, most of your Main Deck answers to cards aren't spells or traps. Dark Hole and Raigeki don't see much play anymore, largely because the Extra Deck is littered with effects that can out your opponent's set-ups. That puts Slifer the Sky Dragon in a unique position of power: if you blow up all your opponent's monsters before they can do their dirty work, you'll win, right?

So instead of building a deck that waits around, why not build something that draws some cards instead? While I never saw them as a competitive strategy, the Fortune Fairy and Fortune Lady decks are really good at drawing cards. Every time I've played them, I've had no trouble getting a mitt full of cardboard. The problem is that those strategies don't really go anywhere: you sit around shuffling your giant hand and don't really do anything else.

What's the point of Fortune Lady Water if all you draw is more copies of Fortune Lady Water? If you want a bunch of cards that don't do anything, I suppose that's easy. But drawing cards and making sure you can turn them into resources on the field? That's a tad harder.

There are several ways you could build this strategy, but I wanted to dabble in a bit of everything. If you want to mess around with some of the ratios and put your own spin on it, be my guest! Personally, I found the Fortune Fairy support card Miracle Stone routinely gives me the worst luck of all time, but hey: you do you.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Loukas's Slifer Upgrade Deck by Loukas Peterson

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Cards

Monster Reborn

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Fortune Lady Calling

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If you control a "Fortune Lady" monster: Special Summon 1 "Fortune Lady" monster from your Deck with a different name from the cards you control, also for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck, except Synchro Monsters. You can only activate 1 "Fortune Lady Calling" per turn.

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Fortune Lady Past

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This card's ATK/DEF become its Level x 200. Once per turn, during your Standby Phase: Increase this card's Level by 1 (max. 12). You can target 1 "Fortune Lady" monster you control; banish any number of other Spellcaster monsters from your hand, field, and/or GY, and if you do, increase or reduce that monster's Level by the number of monsters banished, until the end of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Fortune Lady Past" once per turn.

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Allure of Darkness

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

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Fortune Lady Water

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This card's ATK and DEF are equal to its Level x 300. During each of your Standby Phases, increase the Level of this card by 1 (max 12). When this card is Special Summoned while you control a face-up "Fortune Lady" monster except "Fortune Lady Water", draw 2 cards.


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Crystron Halqifibrax

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2 monsters, including a Tuner

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

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One for One

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Send 1 monster from your hand to the GY; Special Summon 1 Level 1 monster from your hand or Deck.

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Upstart Goblin

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Draw 1 card from your Deck. Your opponent gains 1000 Life Points.

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Reasoning

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Your opponent declares a monster Level from 1 to 12. Excavate cards from the top of your Deck until you excavate a monster that can be Normal Summoned/Set. If that monster is the same Level as the one declared by your opponent, send all excavated cards to the GY. If not, Special Summon the excavated monster, also send the remaining cards to the GY.

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Fortune Fairy Chee

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When you draw this card: You can reveal it; Special Summon it from your hand. If this card is Special Summoned from the hand: You can make each player draw 1 card. You can only use each effect of "Fortune Fairy Chee" once per turn.

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Soul Crossing

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During the Main Phase: Immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon 1 Divine-Beast monster. When you do, you can Tribute a monster(s) your opponent controls, even though you do not control them, but if you Tribute Summon this way, apply this effect.

• Until the end of the next turn after this card resolves, you can only activate 1 card or effect per turn, not counting the effects of Divine-Beast monsters.
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LANphorhynchus

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2 monsters

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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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Spellbook of Knowledge

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Send to the GY either 1 Spellcaster monster you control, or 1 other "Spellbook" card from your hand or face-up field, except "Spellbook of Knowledge", and if you do, draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Spellbook of Knowledge" per turn.

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Card Destruction

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

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Fortune Lady Dark

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This card's ATK and DEF are equal to its Level x 400. During each of your Standby Phases, increase the Level of this card by 1 (max 12). When a face-up Fortune Lady monster you control destroys an opponent's monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard, you can select and Special Summon 1 "Fortune Lady" monster from your Graveyard.

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F.A. Dawn Dragster

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

Gains ATK equal to its Level x 300. If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage. Each time a "F.A." Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated: You can increase this card's Level by 1. Once per turn, when your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card or effect (Quick Effect): You can reduce this card's Level by 2, and if you do, negate the activation, and if you do that, destroy that card.

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Fortune Lady Every

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner Spellcaster monsters

This card's ATK/DEF become its Level x 400. Once per turn, during your Standby Phase: Increase this card's Level by 1 (max. 12), then, you can banish 1 face-up monster your opponent controls. During your opponent's End Phase, if this card is in your GY: You can banish 1 other Spellcaster monster from your GY; Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Fortune Lady Every" once per turn.

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Coral Dragon

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

Once per turn: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy it. If this Synchro Summoned card is sent from the field to the GY: You can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Coral Dragon" 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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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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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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Slifer the Sky Dragon

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Requires 3 Tributes to Normal Summon (cannot be Normal Set). This card's Normal Summon cannot be negated. When Normal Summoned, cards and effects cannot be activated. During the End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned: Send it to the Graveyard. This card gains 1000 ATK and DEF for each card in your hand. When a monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to your opponent's side of the field in face-up Attack Position: That monster(s) loses 2000 ATK, then if its ATK has been reduced to 0 as a result, destroy it.

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Linkuriboh

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1 Level 1 monster

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

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Fortune's Future

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Select 1 of your removed from play "Fortune Lady" monsters and return it to the Graveyard. Then draw 2 cards.


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World Legacy Succession

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Target 1 monster in your GY; Special Summon it to your zone a Link Monster points to. You can only activate 1 "World Legacy Succession" 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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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 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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Formula Synchron

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1 Tuner + 1 non-Tuner monster

When this card is Synchro Summoned: You can draw 1 card. Once per Chain, during your opponent's Main Phase, you can (Quick Effect): Immediately after this effect resolves, Synchro Summon using this card you control.

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Fortune Fairy Hikari

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When you draw this card: You can reveal it; Special Summon it from your hand. If this card is Special Summoned from the hand: You can target 1 monster you control; send it to the GY, and if you do, Special Summon 1 Level 1 Spellcaster monster from your Deck. You can only use each effect of "Fortune Fairy Hikari" once per turn.

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Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

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1 Tuner + 2+ non-Tuner monsters

When this card is Synchro Summoned: You can banish up to 1 card each from your opponent's hand, field, and GY. (The card in the hand is chosen at random.)

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Wonder Wand

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Equip only to a Spellcaster monster. It gains 500 ATK. If you control the equipped monster and this card: You can send both to the GY; draw 2 cards.

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Fortune Fairy Ann

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When you draw this card: You can reveal it; Special Summon it from your hand. If this card is Special Summoned from the hand: You can banish 1 Spellcaster monster from your Deck. You can only use each effect of "Fortune Fairy Ann" once per turn.

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Fortune Lady Light

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This card's ATK/DEF become its Level x 200. Once per turn, during your Standby Phase: Increase this card's Level by 1 (max. 12). When this face-up card leaves the field by card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Fortune Lady" monster from your Deck.


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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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Hand Destruction

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Each play sends 2 cards from their hand to the Graveyard and draws 2 cards.

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Fortune Vision

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When this card is activated: You can add 1 "Fortune Lady" card from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn, if a card(s) you control is banished by card effect (except during the Damage Step): You can activate this effect; this turn, monsters you control cannot be destroyed by card effects (even if this card leaves the field). Once per turn, if a card(s) your opponent controls is banished by card effect (except during the Damage Step): You can make the next battle damage you take this turn become 0 (even if this card leaves the field). You can only activate 1 "Fortune Vision" per turn.

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Arcanite Magician

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner Spellcaster monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: Place 2 Spell Counters on it. This card gains 1000 ATK for each Spell Counter on it. You can remove 1 Spell Counter from your field, then target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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This deck wins by summoning Slifer the Sky Dragon. There aren't any secret strategies squirreled away here: turn by turn, your constant goal is to draw more cards. Fortune Lady decks are tough to balance because many of the cards have once-per-turn restrictions, and there are only two effects you really want to trigger anyway: the abilities of Fortune Lady Light and Fortune Lady Water. But after some testing I'm pretty happy with where this list landed.

As I said, if you want to try tinkering with the specific number of certain cards here, feel free to switch it up! Personally I can't justify cramming in every card I want - since you're always trying to draw toward a win condition I felt I needed to keep the deck to a tight 40 cards. But that said, a few extras like Wonder Wand can and will be a life saver, boosting the deck's consistency.

So yeah, it's not a complicated plan: draw cards until you hit Slifer the Sky Dragon. Hopefully, you'll still have your Normal Summon when you do, but if you don't, that's what Soul Crossing is for. I opted not to play Thunderforce Attack here because it doesn't help you actually summon Slifer the Sky Dragon, but don't worry; we'll put that card to work in a moment.

Straight out of the box, Egyptian God Deck: Slifer the Sky Dragon has some big consistency issues. But with the right support and the right fallbacks, you can make the strategy a heck of a lot better.

Off To The Races

Just like I did yesterday with the Obelisk Structure, I wanted to tackle the challenge of building a Slifer the Sky Dragon deck with cards solely from Egyptian God Deck: Slifer the Sky Dragon. You know the deal: take three Structures, and make the most playable deck possible without adding more cards.

I'll admit, this one is trickier! But it's still possible. There are some cards in the Slifer Structure I'd definitely avoid, but on the other hand there are some wildly powerful cards to work with too.

Aside from Slifer the Sky Dragon itself, the deck's two all-stars are Soul Crossing and Thunderforce Attack. While Slifer the Sky Dragon can shield itself from smaller monsters by blowing them up, those two spells deal with everything else.

Need a way to sacrifice your opponent's big monsters? Soul Crossing is crazy-good at doing just that. You won't need to waste three monsters and drain your whole hand just to summon one card! Not wasting resources is always a good policy, but since we're talking Slifer the Sky Dragon here, those extra cards in your mean extra attack power!

Or if you need to refill your hand to buff Slifer the Sky Dragon, Thunderforce Attack is the card you want. Have you heard of Raigeki? Well how would you like a Raigeki that operates at Quick-Play speed? Specifically a Raigeki that can't be negated? That may also draw you cards?

It's wild, y'all. Check out what you can make with just three copies of the Structure Deck.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Loukas's 3x Slifer Deck by Loukas Peterson

'Loukas's 3x Slifer Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Cards

Metal Reflect Slime

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Special Summon this card in Defense Position as an Effect Monster (Aqua/WATER/Level 10/ATK 0/DEF 3000). (This card is also still a Trap.) This card cannot attack.

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Soul Crossing

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During the Main Phase: Immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon 1 Divine-Beast monster. When you do, you can Tribute a monster(s) your opponent controls, even though you do not control them, but if you Tribute Summon this way, apply this effect.

• Until the end of the next turn after this card resolves, you can only activate 1 card or effect per turn, not counting the effects of Divine-Beast monsters.
You can only activate 1 "Soul Crossing" per turn.

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Thunderforce Attack

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This card's activation and effect cannot be negated. If you control a monster whose original name is "Slifer the Sky Dragon": Destroy as many face-up monsters your opponent controls as possible, then, if you activated this card during your Main Phase, you can apply the following effect.

• Draw cards equal to the number of monsters destroyed by this effect and sent to your opponent's GY, also you can only attack with 1 monster this turn.
You can only activate 1 "Thunderforce Attack" per turn.

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Tellus the Little Angel

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If this card is sent from the Monster Zone to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 "Tellus Wing Token" (Fairy/LIGHT/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0). While you control a "Tellus Wing Token": You can banish this card from your GY and 1 Spell from your hand; Special Summon 2 "Tellus Wing Tokens", also you cannot Special Summon for the rest of this turn, except from your hand. You can only use each effect of "Tellus the Little Angel" once per turn.

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Nine-Tailed Fox

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If this card is in your hand or GY: You can Tribute 2 monsters; Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Nine-Tailed Fox" once per turn. If this card that was Special Summoned from the GY attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect and sent to the GY: You can Special Summon 2 "Fox Tokens" (Zombie/FIRE/Level 2/ATK 500/DEF 500).

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Slifer the Sky Dragon

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Requires 3 Tributes to Normal Summon (cannot be Normal Set). This card's Normal Summon cannot be negated. When Normal Summoned, cards and effects cannot be activated. During the End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned: Send it to the Graveyard. This card gains 1000 ATK and DEF for each card in your hand. When a monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to your opponent's side of the field in face-up Attack Position: That monster(s) loses 2000 ATK, then if its ATK has been reduced to 0 as a result, destroy it.

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Back to the Front

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Target 1 monster in your GY; Special Summon it in Defense Position.

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Card Advance

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Look at up to 5 cards from the top of your Deck, then place them on the top of the Deck in any order. You can Tribute Summon 1 monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set this turn. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.)

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Duke Shade, the Sinister Shadow Lord

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You can Tribute any number of DARK monsters; Special Summon this card from your hand, and if you do, it gains 500 ATK for each monster you Tributed. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 Level 5 or higher DARK monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Duke Shade, the Sinister Shadow Lord" once per turn. You cannot Special Summon monsters the turn you activate either of this card's effects, except DARK monsters.

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Phantom Skyblaster

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When this card is Normal or Flip Summoned: You can Special Summon any number of "Skyblaster Tokens" (Fiend/DARK/Level 4/ATK 500/DEF 500), up to the number of monsters you control. Once per turn, during your Standby Phase: You can inflict 300 damage to your opponent for each "Skyblaster" monster you control. "Skyblaster" monsters you control cannot declare an attack during the turn you activate this effect.

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Tenyi Spirit - Vishuda

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If you control no Effect Monsters: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If you control a face-up non-Effect Monster: You can banish this card from your hand or GY, then target 1 card your opponent controls; return it to the hand. You can only use each effect of "Tenyi Spirit - Vishuda" once per turn.

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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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Ahrima, the Wicked Warden

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

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Caligo Claw Crow

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If you control a DARK monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can only Special Summon "Caligo Claw Crow" once per turn this way.

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Reactor Slime

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During your Main Phase: You can activate this effect; Special Summon 2 "Slime Tokens" (Aqua/WATER/Level 1/ATK 500/DEF 500), also you cannot Normal or Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except Divine-Beast monsters. During the Battle Phase (Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card; Set 1 "Metal Reflect Slime" from your hand, Deck, or GY. It can be activated this turn. You can only use each effect of "Reactor Slime" once per 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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Monster Reborn

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Lair of Darkness

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

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Harpie's Feather Duster

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

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If you asked me what strategy would be officially combined with Slifer the Sky Dragon, I don't think Lair of Darkness would have been in my top 50 guesses. Why not, you ask? Well, how about you give me a good reason why first, then I'll get back to you on the why not.

But hey, it actually kinda works. Turning everything into Dark monsters boosts the deck's consistency on a fundamental level, while letting you tribute your opponent's monsters for your big summons. Ahrima, the Wicked Warden, Enemy Controller, Nine-Tailed Fox, and Duke Shade, the Sinister Shadow Lord can all gobble up your opponent's cards in a pinch.

Combine that with Soul Crossing, and your opponent should have about zero monsters at all times. If they try to summon fresh monsters, then Slifer the Sky Dragon can take care of them with its destruction effect.

While it's not a fool-proof strategy, I'm happy that the Structure Deck doesn't abandon you when Slifer the Sky Dragon is nowhere to be found. Actually getting Slifer the Sky Dragon into your hand presents a slight problem, but the other cards in the deck make up for it. Tributing your opponent's monster with Enemy Controller, only to use that stolen monster to crash into a third one for a double KO, is probably the most exhilarating thing this deck can do.

Other than… you know. Harnessing the power of an Egyptian God Card in the first place.

Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.