This isn't an article about Six Samurai.

Well, it is, but I'm being overly blunt to hammer home a point. Like my article discussing the Catoblepas combo, the theory here is more important than the cards used in each deck I'm going to show you. As hilarious as Catoblepas and the Witch of Fate is, even I'm not convinced it's Tier 0.

…Yet.

Thought experiments are often just that: trials and tests to see how far a theory could go. I'm not saying you have to exhaust every possibility, but blindly accepting something as "the best" just because someone said so is kinda foolish. Sure, any given Crystron Halqifibrax combo may hold the title of "best", but that's only because someone hasn't outdone it yet. The game is constantly growing, and that means what's "best" is always changing and evolving.

I mean, come on. Imagine someone showed you something like Koty Angeloff's Gogogo Adamancipator deck before Angeloff won a Pro Play Tour with it in April 2020, one of the first flagship competitions of the pandemic era. You probably would have laughed at your friend's Tier 97 Gogogo Rock deck, right?

A few tournaments and a few builds of that deck later, and cards like Beta The Magnet Warrior and Tackle Crusader were Tier 1. Maybe the wisdom there is not laughing at strategies just because they haven't won a YCS just yet.

Combos are basically just giant flowcharts, and when you have a rock-solid starting point, I think it's up to the individual to explore the possibilities. And today I want to do that with Six Samurai.

Infinite Summons Is An Understatement

You may be asking yourself… why Six Samurai? Unlike a lot of other decks, the Samurai have an extremely - yes, fight me - extremely broken card in Gateway of the Six. The first effect is useful and the third can be overpowered, but it's that second effect that's busted: remove four Bushido Counters from the field and get a free Six Samurai from your deck or graveyard.

Thanks to Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho and Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai, you can Special Summon infinite Samurai for a net loss of zero Bushido Counters. But when you add another card that can gain Bushido Counters, you'll slowly increase your net counters indefinitely.

Summon Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho and Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai to gain 6 counters (each gets 2 from Gateway of the Six and 1 from your other source), tribute Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai with Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho effect to pop itself, and Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai gets you back Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho for free. Spend 4 to retrieve Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai from your graveyard, and there you go.

Infinite summons means infinite counters means infinitely using all three effects of Gateway of the Six. So my whole point here is… How can you best abuse that? It feels nice to have all Six Samurai from your graveyard and deck in your hand constantly, right?

Let's spice it up three ways!

Praise Be To Meta

It's actually fairly simple to get infinite Bushido Counters, thanks to Battle Shogun of the Six Samurai. In fact, you can get there if you can field just three monsters - a Warrior, a Six Samurai, and either Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho or Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai. If M-X-Saber Invoker was legal this would be a 1-card combo.

Technically, there's an easier version with Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki and Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru specifically, but I like boiling things down to the lowest common denominator. And depending on what you draw, there are a bunch of weird ways to make this combo work - even just drawing cards like Overdone Burial and Shien's Dojo can land you with the above criteria.

The first version I'm highlighting is the closest to a "meta" build, because it runs the most streamlined choices. I haven't put anything really crazy in this version of the deck because I wanted to reduce the number of cards you don't want to draw.

I see you, Gem-Knight Garnet! Looking all smug!

The main idea here is pretty simple: once you have infinite Bushido Counters, you can roll them into a very solid board that neatly counters a large portion of what most modern decks do. Because you can recycle Battle Shogun of the Six Samurai infinitely, you'll always have three Six Samurai you can effectively field for free - Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan, Grandmaster of the Six Samurai, and Battle Shogun of the Six Samurai.

That triple threat lets you Link climb into some very impressive monsters on the way to your end board of Borreload Savage Dragon/Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En, Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess, and Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL/Abyss Dweller.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Loukas's Meta Samurai by Loukas Peterson

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Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai

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If you control a face-up "Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho", you can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Tributed, select and add 1 "Six Samurai" monster from your Graveyard to your hand, except "Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai".

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Borreload Savage Dragon

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can equip 1 Link Monster from your GY to this card, and if you do, place Borrel Counters on this card equal to that Link Monster's Link Rating. This card gains ATK equal to half the ATK of the monster equipped to it by its effect. When your opponent activates a card or effect (Quick Effect): You can remove 1 Borrel Counter from this card; negate the activation. You can only use this effect of "Borreload Savage Dragon" once per turn.

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Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL

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3 "Number" Xyz Monsters with the same Rank

(This card's original Rank is always treated as 1.) You can also Xyz Summon this card by discarding 1 "Rank-Up-Magic" Normal Spell Card, then using a "Utopia" monster you control as the Xyz Material. (Transfer its Xyz Materials to this card.) This card's Xyz Summon cannot be negated. When Xyz Summoned, your opponent's cards and effects cannot be activated. Gains 1000 ATK and DEF for each Xyz Material attached to it. Once per opponent's turn (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; your opponent's cards and effects cannot be activated this turn.

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Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan

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If you control a face-up "Six Samurai" monster other than "Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan", you can Special Summon this card from your hand. While you control 2 or more other face-up "Six Samurai" monsters, this card gains 300 ATK and DEF.

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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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Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights

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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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Reinforcement of the Army

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

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Shien's Dojo

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Each time a "Six Samurai" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned, place 1 Bushido Counter on this card. You can send this card to the GY; Special Summon 1 "Six Samurai" or "Shien" Effect Monster from your Main Deck, whose Level is less than or equal to the number of Bushido Counters on this card.

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Gateway of the Six

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Each time a "Six Samurai" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned, place 2 Bushido Counters on this card. You can remove Bushido Counters from your side of the field to activate these effects. // * 2 Counters: Target 1 face-up "Six Samurai" or "Shien" Effect Monster; that target gains 500 ATK until the End Phase. // * 4 Counters: Add 1 "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck or Graveyard to your hand. // * 6 Counters: Target 1 "Shien" Effect Monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target.

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Six Samurai United

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When a Six Samurai monster is Normal Summoned or Special Summoned, place 1 Bushido Counter on this card (max. 2). By sending this card to the Graveyard, draw a number of cards from your Deck equal to the number of Bushido Counters on this card.

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Number 39: Utopia

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2 Level 4 monsters

When any player's 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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Legendary Secret of the Six Samurai

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When you Normal or Special Summon a "Secret Six Samurai" monster(s) (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. You can only use this effect of "Legendary Secret of the Six Samurai" once per turn. Once per turn: You can banish 1 Level 4 or lower "Six Samurai" monster from your GY; until the end of this turn, this card's Attribute, Level and ATK/DEF become the same as that banished monster's.

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Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho

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If you control a face-up "Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai", you can Special Summon this card from your hand. Once per turn, you can Tribute 1 "Six Samurai" monster, except this card, to destroy 1 card on the field.

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Living Fossil

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Activate this card by targeting 1 Level 4 or lower monster in your GY; Special Summon it and equip it with this card, but banish it when it leaves the field (even if this card has left the field). When this card leaves the field, banish the equipped monster. The equipped monster loses 1000 ATK/DEF, also its effects are negated. You can only activate 1 "Living Fossil" per turn.

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Leviair the Sea Dragon

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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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Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume

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You can banish 2 "Six Samurai" monsters from your GY and/or face-up from your field, then target 1 "Six Samurai" monster in your GY, except "Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume"; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume" once per turn. If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.

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Monster Reborn

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Target 1 monster in either GY; Special Summon it.

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Divine Sword - Phoenix Blade

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You can only equip this card to a Warrior-Type monster. Increase the ATK of the equipped monster by 300 points. If this card is in your Graveyard during your Main Phase, by removing from play 2 Warrior-Type monsters from your Graveyard, add this card to your hand.

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Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force

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Target the 1 Xyz Monster you control with the highest Rank (your choice, if tied); Special Summon from your Extra Deck, 1 monster with the same Type and Attribute as that monster you control but 2 Ranks higher, by using it as material. (This is treated as an Xyz Summon. Transfer its materials to the Summoned monster.) During your Draw Phase, if this card is in your GY, instead of conducting your normal draw: You can add this card from your GY to your hand. You cannot Special Summon during the turn you activate this effect, except by the effect of "Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force".

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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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Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru

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When this card is Special Summoned: You can add from your Deck to your hand, 1 "Six Samurai" monster with a different Attribute from every monster you control. If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.

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Grandmaster of the Six Samurai

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You can only control 1 face-up "Grandmaster of the Six Samurai". While you control a face-up "Six Samurai" monster(s), you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). When this card is destroyed by your opponent's card effect: Target 1 "Six Samurai" monster in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand.

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Called by the Grave

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

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Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki

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When this card is Normal Summoned, you can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower "Six Samurai" monster from your hand. While you control another face-up "Six Samurai" monster with a different name, this card gains 1500 ATK.

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Fire Flint Lady

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If you control a Warrior monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. You can send this card from the field to the GY; Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Warrior monster from your hand, and if you do, your opponent cannot target it with card effects this turn. You can only use each effect of "Fire Flint Lady" once per turn.

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Dark Ruler No More

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

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D.D.R. - Different Dimension Reincarnation

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Discard 1 card, then target 1 of your banished monsters: Special Summon it in face-up Attack Position, and equip it with this card. When this card leaves the field, destroy the equipped monster.

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Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En

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1 Warrior-Type Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner "Six Samurai" monsters
Once per turn, during either player's turn, when your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card: You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. If this card would be destroyed, you can destroy another face-up "Six Samurai" monster you control instead.

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Secret Six Samurai - Fuma

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If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck, except "Secret Six Samurai - Fuma". If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.

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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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Shien's Smoke Signal

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Add 1 Level 3 or lower "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Overdone Burial

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Activate this card by discarding 1 monster, then target 1 monster in your GY whose Level is lower than the discarded monster's original Level; Special Summon it and equip it with this card. The equipped monster has its effects negated. You can only activate 1 "Overdone Burial" per turn.

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Number 60: Dugares the Timeless

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2 Level 4 monsters

You can detach 2 materials from this card, then activate 1 of the following effects;
• Skip your next Draw Phase, also draw 2 cards, then discard 1 card.
• Skip your next Main Phase 1, also Special Summon 1 monster from your GY in Defense Position.
• Skip the Battle Phase of your next turn, also double the ATK of 1 monster you control the end of this turn.
You can only use this effect of "Number 60: Dugares the Timeless" once per turn.

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Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

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2+ monsters with different names, except Tokens

You can only control 1 "Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess". The original ATK of this card becomes 800 x the number of Link Materials used for its Link Summon. Once per Chain, when your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can make this card lose exactly 800 ATK, and if you do, negate the activation.

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Number 71: Rebarian Shark

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2 Level 3 monsters

Once per turn: You can target 1 "Number" Xyz Monster in your GY, except "Number 71: Rebarian Shark"; Special Summon it, and if you do, attach 1 material from this card to it. If this card is sent to the GY: You can choose 1 "Rank-Up-Magic" Spell from your Deck and place it on top of your Deck.

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Battle Shogun of the Six Samurai

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2 Warrior monsters, including a "Six Samurai" monster

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card; add 1 card from your Deck to your hand that has an effect that places a Bushido Counter(s). You can only use this effect of "Battle Shogun of the Six Samurai" once per turn. Each time a "Six Samurai" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to a zone(s) this card points to, place 1 Bushido Counter on this card. This card gains 100 ATK for each Bushido Counter on your field.

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There isn't anything revolutionary about the combo - a large part of it is "merely" that Link climbing with your free Six Samurai. The step that ties everything together is Number 71: Rebarian Shark and Saryuja Skull Dread. As you're throwing down your 9,475 Six Samurai one after another, use Number 71: Rebarian Shark to stack Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force, drawing it with Saryuja Skull Dread to make Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL. Of course, Saryuja Skull Dread also important to Special Summon Secret Six Samurai - Fuma from your hand to make your Synchro, but those are the deck's biggest nuances you have to remember.

What makes this streamlined version so deadly is that you don't need the infinite combo to punish your opponent. Even if you're just spamming your remaining Six Samurai from your hand or using up Shien's Dojo to get the cards you need out of your deck, you can easily end on Abyss Dweller, Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En, and a 3-negate Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess.

That's kinda nice when half your deck tosses Warriors onto the field from all directions, right? Really makes life a bit easier. There's almost nothing as satisfying as using Fire Flint Lady to Special Summon Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru from your hand, let me tell you.

Let's Do A Silly One

Like your aunt demanding more photos at a family reunion, I can't write anything without doing "a silly one." That's even less likely when we're discussing a loop combo; I wouldn't even try to write this without including at least one absolutely ridiculous combo. It'll either get you excited to see something cool and fresh, or in Zach Butler's case you'll reply with, "Why are you like this?"

I do love giving my fellow writers headaches.

Focusing on Deep Sea Diva and leveraging Six Samurai, I wrote about one crazy loop that turned a single Diva into Exodia. But why stop there with alternate win conditions? Asking my opponent "nicely" to forfeit hasn't worked very often, so I had to come up with another way to win without letting them play cards.

In short, "Gagaga Cowboy for game?"

This loop starts the exact same way as all Six Samurai loops - infinite counters for infinite Six Samurai. But then it goes to some… well, to some weird places.

This isn't the only way to make this play, but I think this is the combo with the fewest number of steps, and it's the easiest to remember. It also requires the lightest Extra Deck commitment. You'll want to get things started with your infinite number of counters, plus Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho in Monster Zone 1, and presumptively Battle Shogun of the Six Samurai in Extra Monster Zone 2. We're counting Zones from the left, so "Zone 1" is the left-most Monster Zone, while "EMZ 2" is the Extra Monster Zone on the right.  Keep in mind, any Six Samurai that goes to the graveyard is effectively in your Extra Deck or hand as well.

Special Summon Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan to Zone 2, Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai to Zone 3, and Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho to Zone 4. Now you can repeat the whole combo, using four monsters [including Dewloren, but not the Mizuho in Zone 1] to make your first Saryuja Skull Dread. When you get to Daigusto Emeral, that's where you'll have to specifically return Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier, Gagaga Cowboy, and Crystron Ametrix to loop your opponent

I can still hear Zach Butler crying in the distance. If that isn't a victory, I don't know what is.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Loukas's Cowboy Combo Samurai by Loukas Peterson

'Loukas's Cowboy Combo Samurai' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Loukas Peterson

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Advanced

Market Price: $98.80

Cards

Secret Six Samurai - Rihan

Market Price: $3.69

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3 "Six Samurai" monsters with different Attributes

Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by sending the above cards you control to the GY. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Cannot be used as Fusion Material. Once per turn: You can banish 1 "Six Samurai" card from your hand or face-up from your field, then target 1 card on the field; banish it. If a "Six Samurai" monster(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.

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Living Fossil

Market Price: $0.47

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Activate this card by targeting 1 Level 4 or lower monster in your GY; Special Summon it and equip it with this card, but banish it when it leaves the field (even if this card has left the field). When this card leaves the field, banish the equipped monster. The equipped monster loses 1000 ATK/DEF, also its effects are negated. You can only activate 1 "Living Fossil" per turn.

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Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En

Market Price: $2.56

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1 Warrior-Type Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner "Six Samurai" monsters
Once per turn, during either player's turn, when your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card: You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. If this card would be destroyed, you can destroy another face-up "Six Samurai" monster you control instead.

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Saryuja Skull Dread

Market Price: $1.27

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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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Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier

Market Price: $7.10

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner WATER monsters // Once per turn, you can return any number of face-up cards you control to the owner's hand. This card gains 500 ATK for each card returned to the owner's hand by this effect until the End Phase of this turn.

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Shien's Dojo

Market Price: $1.67

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Each time a "Six Samurai" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned, place 1 Bushido Counter on this card. You can send this card to the GY; Special Summon 1 "Six Samurai" or "Shien" Effect Monster from your Main Deck, whose Level is less than or equal to the number of Bushido Counters on this card.

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Shien's Smoke Signal

Market Price: $0.42

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Add 1 Level 3 or lower "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Fire Flint Lady

Market Price: $0.84

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If you control a Warrior monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. You can send this card from the field to the GY; Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Warrior monster from your hand, and if you do, your opponent cannot target it with card effects this turn. You can only use each effect of "Fire Flint Lady" once per turn.

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Infernoble Arms - Durendal

Market Price: $5.98

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While this card is equipped to a monster: You can add 1 Level 5 or lower FIRE Warrior monster from your Deck to your hand, then destroy this card. If this card is sent to the GY because the equipped monster is sent to the GY: You can target 1 Level 5 or lower FIRE Warrior monster in your GY; Special Summon it, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of the turn, except Warrior monsters. You can only use 1 ""Infernoble Arms - Durendal"" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Gagaga Cowboy

Market Price: $1.06

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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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Reinforcement of the Army

Market Price: $0.23

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

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Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights

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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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Upstart Goblin

Market Price: $1.91

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

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D.D.R. - Different Dimension Reincarnation

Market Price: $1.08

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Discard 1 card, then target 1 of your banished monsters: Special Summon it in face-up Attack Position, and equip it with this card. When this card leaves the field, destroy the equipped monster.

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Six Samurai United

Market Price: $0.81

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When a Six Samurai monster is Normal Summoned or Special Summoned, place 1 Bushido Counter on this card (max. 2). By sending this card to the Graveyard, draw a number of cards from your Deck equal to the number of Bushido Counters on this card.

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Crystron Ametrix

Market Price: $0.22

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can change all face-up Special Summoned monsters your opponent controls to Defense Position. If this Synchro Summoned card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 "Crystron" monster in your Graveyard, except a Synchro Monster; Special Summon it.

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Divine Sword - Phoenix Blade

Market Price: $1.81

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You can only equip this card to a Warrior-Type monster. Increase the ATK of the equipped monster by 300 points. If this card is in your Graveyard during your Main Phase, by removing from play 2 Warrior-Type monsters from your Graveyard, add this card to your hand.

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Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru

Market Price: $13.27

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When this card is Special Summoned: You can add from your Deck to your hand, 1 "Six Samurai" monster with a different Attribute from every monster you control. If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.

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Number 60: Dugares the Timeless

Market Price: $8.80

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2 Level 4 monsters

You can detach 2 materials from this card, then activate 1 of the following effects;
• Skip your next Draw Phase, also draw 2 cards, then discard 1 card.
• Skip your next Main Phase 1, also Special Summon 1 monster from your GY in Defense Position.
• Skip the Battle Phase of your next turn, also double the ATK of 1 monster you control the end of this turn.
You can only use this effect of "Number 60: Dugares the Timeless" once per turn.

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Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki

Market Price: $0.46

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When this card is Normal Summoned, you can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower "Six Samurai" monster from your hand. While you control another face-up "Six Samurai" monster with a different name, this card gains 1500 ATK.

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Grandmaster of the Six Samurai

Market Price: $0.18

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You can only control 1 face-up "Grandmaster of the Six Samurai". While you control a face-up "Six Samurai" monster(s), you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). When this card is destroyed by your opponent's card effect: Target 1 "Six Samurai" monster in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand.

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Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume

Market Price: $8.14

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You can banish 2 "Six Samurai" monsters from your GY and/or face-up from your field, then target 1 "Six Samurai" monster in your GY, except "Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume"; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume" once per turn. If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.

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Called by the Grave

Market Price: $1.67

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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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Daigusto Emeral

Market Price: $0.45

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2 Level 4 monsters

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

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Secret Six Samurai - Fuma

Market Price: $0.25

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If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck, except "Secret Six Samurai - Fuma". If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.

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Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan

Market Price: $1.50

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If you control a face-up "Six Samurai" monster other than "Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan", you can Special Summon this card from your hand. While you control 2 or more other face-up "Six Samurai" monsters, this card gains 300 ATK and DEF.

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Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

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2+ monsters with different names, except Tokens

You can only control 1 "Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess". The original ATK of this card becomes 800 x the number of Link Materials used for its Link Summon. Once per Chain, when your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can make this card lose exactly 800 ATK, and if you do, negate the activation.

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Into the Void

Market Price: $2.17

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If you have 3 or more cards in your hand: Draw 1 card, and if you do, during the End Phase of this turn, discard your entire hand.

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Gateway of the Six

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Each time a "Six Samurai" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned, place 2 Bushido Counters on this card. You can remove Bushido Counters from your side of the field to activate these effects. // * 2 Counters: Target 1 face-up "Six Samurai" or "Shien" Effect Monster; that target gains 500 ATK until the End Phase. // * 4 Counters: Add 1 "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck or Graveyard to your hand. // * 6 Counters: Target 1 "Shien" Effect Monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target.

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Asceticism of the Six Samurai

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Select 1 face-up "Six Samurai" monster you control. Special Summon 1 "Six Samurai" monster with a different name and an equal ATK from your Deck. During this turn's End Phase, destroy the selected monster.

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Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai

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If you control a face-up "Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho", you can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Tributed, select and add 1 "Six Samurai" monster from your Graveyard to your hand, except "Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai".

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Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho

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If you control a face-up "Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai", you can Special Summon this card from your hand. Once per turn, you can Tribute 1 "Six Samurai" monster, except this card, to destroy 1 card on the field.

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Battle Shogun of the Six Samurai

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2 Warrior monsters, including a "Six Samurai" monster

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card; add 1 card from your Deck to your hand that has an effect that places a Bushido Counter(s). You can only use this effect of "Battle Shogun of the Six Samurai" once per turn. Each time a "Six Samurai" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to a zone(s) this card points to, place 1 Bushido Counter on this card. This card gains 100 ATK for each Bushido Counter on your field.

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Overdone Burial

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Activate this card by discarding 1 monster, then target 1 monster in your GY whose Level is lower than the discarded monster's original Level; Special Summon it and equip it with this card. The equipped monster has its effects negated. You can only activate 1 "Overdone Burial" per turn.

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Legendary Secret of the Six Samurai

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When you Normal or Special Summon a "Secret Six Samurai" monster(s) (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. You can only use this effect of "Legendary Secret of the Six Samurai" once per turn. Once per turn: You can banish 1 Level 4 or lower "Six Samurai" monster from your GY; until the end of this turn, this card's Attribute, Level and ATK/DEF become the same as that banished monster's.

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Shadow of the Six Samurai - Shien

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2 Level 4 "Six Samurai" monsters

Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control with less than 2000 ATK; its original ATK becomes 2000 until the end of this turn.

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Going Out With A Bang

I totally understand if doot doot loops aren't your thing. If your entire combo is ridiculous, you know, sometimes a single hand trap can kick you in the teeth. Keep in mind though, the above is all just a thought experiment. A thought experiment that'll let you dunk on your opponents, sure, but perhaps not the next Tier 0 deck, just to clear up any confusion.

Actually you know what? Someone, please, take that deck to a tournament and go X-0. Since Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier a hard once-per-turn in the OCG, you can't win Worlds with it, but maybe the next NAWCQ? Go for it. I believe in you.

Anyway, the last deck I was to present is a souped up iteration of the first build. That first deck was a streamlined strategy that only leveraged Six Samurais, but if we add some spicier cards to the mix, your end boards can be that much crazier.

Obviously, your bread and butter will be Six Samurai suite and free counters, but the obvious additions here are the True Draco and True King cards. They may seem like a random addition, but they crack open two extremely important paths.

First of all, True King of All Calamities is like, borderline unfair? Against decks that focus on one Attribute, True King of All Calamities basically says, "you suck, is it my turn yet?" And even if you only stop one monster, it's probably going to be good enough. And while the True King and True Draco cards feed into True King of All Calamities, that isn't their only purpose.

Secret Six Samurai - Fuma isn't just a Tuner; it also Special Summons Six Samurais when it's destroyed. That means you can pop it with any of your big Wyrms to summon Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru.

Start with access to Secret Six Samurai - Fuma and another monster, plus a corresponding True King or True Draco monster and you get to crack open your deck to whatever you're missing. You're bound to have some other Six Samurai cards in your hand - Six Samurai United, Shien's Dojo, Reinforcement of the Army, Shien's Smoke Signal, Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan, Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki, or heck, even something like Living Fossil, so seeing your infinite loop with Gateway of the Six is that much easier.

The added bonus is obviously True King of All Calamities. The deck functions as a Six Samurai strategy, but your Level 9 Wyrms pop Secret Six Samurai - Fuma for free Samurais and you finish on True King of All Calamities.

Doesn't get much better than that, right?

The tricky part about this deck is doing everything in the correct order. Out of the dozens of games I've played with this build, I only mananged to finish with Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, Borreload Savage Dragon, True King of All Calamities, and a quad-negate Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess a handful of times.

If you had infinite space on the field it would be a lot easier, but because some monsters take so many materials (cough, Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess and Saryuja Skull Dread cough) to reap the full benefits, you'll often have to settle for three of the four.

It's sort of flashbacks to my ABC-Dragon Buster article - you can do a lot of awesome things with this deck, but heaven forbid you only get three boss monsters out instead of the full suite. It's not a cop out, but sometimes you just don't have the resources: Cloudcastle, and thus True King of All Calamities, compete with Borreload Savage Dragon for a Tuner, and sometimes your hand only lets you make Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess with three materials.

My biggest issue when I'm playing this deck is the clear excess of "dead" cards, but with Saryuja Skull Dread being so fundamental to the combo - often bringing out a Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai, Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho, or Secret Six Samurai - Fuma from your hand - you can often fix the dead card problem quite easily. I mean, I guess if you open up Dark Magician, Divine Sword - Phoenix Blade, AND Red-Eyes Black Dragon, your life will be hard? But one unusable card won't sink you.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Loukas's Big Board Samurai by Loukas Peterson

'Loukas's Big Board Samurai' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Loukas Peterson

Event:

Rank:

Advanced

Market Price: $202.13

Cards

Dragonic Diagram

Market Price: $3.63

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

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True King Agnimazud, the Vanisher

Market Price: $0.96

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If this card is in your hand: You can destroy 2 other monsters in your hand and/or face-up field, including a FIRE monster, and if you do, Special Summon this card, and if you do that, you can banish 1 monster from your opponent's field or GY, if both the destroyed monsters were FIRE. If this card is destroyed by card effect: You can add 1 non-FIRE Wyrm monster from your GY to your hand. You can only use each effect of "True King Agnimazud, the Vanisher" once per turn.

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Borreload Savage Dragon

Market Price: $8.95

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can equip 1 Link Monster from your GY to this card, and if you do, place Borrel Counters on this card equal to that Link Monster's Link Rating. This card gains ATK equal to half the ATK of the monster equipped to it by its effect. When your opponent activates a card or effect (Quick Effect): You can remove 1 Borrel Counter from this card; negate the activation. You can only use this effect of "Borreload Savage Dragon" once per turn.

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Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume

Market Price: $8.14

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You can banish 2 "Six Samurai" monsters from your GY and/or face-up from your field, then target 1 "Six Samurai" monster in your GY, except "Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume"; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume" once per turn. If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.

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Living Fossil

Market Price: $0.47

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Activate this card by targeting 1 Level 4 or lower monster in your GY; Special Summon it and equip it with this card, but banish it when it leaves the field (even if this card has left the field). When this card leaves the field, banish the equipped monster. The equipped monster loses 1000 ATK/DEF, also its effects are negated. You can only activate 1 "Living Fossil" per turn.

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Secret Six Samurai - Fuma

Market Price: $0.25

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If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck, except "Secret Six Samurai - Fuma". If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.

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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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Red-Eyes Black Dragon

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A ferocious dragon with a deadly attack.

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Terraforming

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Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Number 60: Dugares the Timeless

Market Price: $8.80

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2 Level 4 monsters

You can detach 2 materials from this card, then activate 1 of the following effects;
• Skip your next Draw Phase, also draw 2 cards, then discard 1 card.
• Skip your next Main Phase 1, also Special Summon 1 monster from your GY in Defense Position.
• Skip the Battle Phase of your next turn, also double the ATK of 1 monster you control the end of this turn.
You can only use this effect of "Number 60: Dugares the Timeless" once per turn.

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Leviair the Sea Dragon

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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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Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights

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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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Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai

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If you control a face-up "Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho", you can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Tributed, select and add 1 "Six Samurai" monster from your Graveyard to your hand, except "Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai".

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Overdone Burial

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Activate this card by discarding 1 monster, then target 1 monster in your GY whose Level is lower than the discarded monster's original Level; Special Summon it and equip it with this card. The equipped monster has its effects negated. You can only activate 1 "Overdone Burial" per turn.

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Mariamne, the True Dracophoenix

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If this card is in your hand: You can destroy 2 other monsters in your hand and/or face-up on your field, including a WIND monster, and if you do, Special Summon this card, and if you do that, and both destroyed monsters were WIND, you can also banish exactly 4 cards from the top of your opponent's Deck. If this card is destroyed by card effect: You can add 1 non-WIND Wyrm-Type monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Mariamne, the True Dracophoenix" once per turn.

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Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

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2+ monsters with different names, except Tokens

You can only control 1 "Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess". The original ATK of this card becomes 800 x the number of Link Materials used for its Link Summon. Once per Chain, when your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can make this card lose exactly 800 ATK, and if you do, negate the activation.

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Cloudcastle

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1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
When this card is Synchro Summoned: You can target 1 Level 9 monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target. Level 8 or lower monsters cannot attack the turn they are Normal or Special Summoned.

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Reinforcement of the Army

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

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D.D.R. - Different Dimension Reincarnation

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Discard 1 card, then target 1 of your banished monsters: Special Summon it in face-up Attack Position, and equip it with this card. When this card leaves the field, destroy the equipped monster.

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Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho

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If you control a face-up "Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai", you can Special Summon this card from your hand. Once per turn, you can Tribute 1 "Six Samurai" monster, except this card, to destroy 1 card on the field.

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Predaplant Verte Anaconda

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2 Effect Monsters

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

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Secret Six Samurai - Genba

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target 1 of your banished "Six Samurai" monsters; add it to your hand. If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.

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True King of All Calamities

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2 or more Level 9 monsters

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

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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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True King Lithosagym, the Disaster

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If this card is in your hand: You can destroy 2 other monsters in your hand and/or face-up field, including an EARTH monster, and if you do, Special Summon this card, and if you do that, and both destroyed monsters were EARTH, you can also look at your opponent's Extra Deck and banish up to 3 monsters from it with different names. If this card is destroyed by card effect: You can Special Summon 1 non-EARTH Wyrm monster from your GY. You can only use each effect of "True King Lithosagym, the Disaster" once per turn.

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Gateway of the Six

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Each time a "Six Samurai" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned, place 2 Bushido Counters on this card. You can remove Bushido Counters from your side of the field to activate these effects. // * 2 Counters: Target 1 face-up "Six Samurai" or "Shien" Effect Monster; that target gains 500 ATK until the End Phase. // * 4 Counters: Add 1 "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck or Graveyard to your hand. // * 6 Counters: Target 1 "Shien" Effect Monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target.

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Shien's Dojo

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Each time a "Six Samurai" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned, place 1 Bushido Counter on this card. You can send this card to the GY; Special Summon 1 "Six Samurai" or "Shien" Effect Monster from your Main Deck, whose Level is less than or equal to the number of Bushido Counters on this card.

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Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru

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When this card is Special Summoned: You can add from your Deck to your hand, 1 "Six Samurai" monster with a different Attribute from every monster you control. If exactly 1 "Six Samurai" monster you control (and no other cards) would be destroyed by card effect, you can banish this card from your GY instead.

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Red-Eyes Fusion

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

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Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon

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

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

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Dark Magician

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Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan

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If you control a face-up "Six Samurai" monster other than "Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan", you can Special Summon this card from your hand. While you control 2 or more other face-up "Six Samurai" monsters, this card gains 300 ATK and DEF.

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Infernoble Knight Captain Roland

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can activate this effect; during the End Phase of this turn, send 1 Equip Spell from your Deck to the GY, then add 1 Warrior monster from your Deck to your hand. During the Main Phase, if this card is in your GY (Quick Effect): You can target 1 Warrior monster you control; equip this card to that monster you control as an Equip Spell that gives it 500 ATK. You can only use each effect of "Infernoble Knight Captain Roland" once per turn.

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Divine Sword - Phoenix Blade

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You can only equip this card to a Warrior-Type monster. Increase the ATK of the equipped monster by 300 points. If this card is in your Graveyard during your Main Phase, by removing from play 2 Warrior-Type monsters from your Graveyard, add this card to your hand.

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Legendary Secret of the Six Samurai

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When you Normal or Special Summon a "Secret Six Samurai" monster(s) (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. You can only use this effect of "Legendary Secret of the Six Samurai" once per turn. Once per turn: You can banish 1 Level 4 or lower "Six Samurai" monster from your GY; until the end of this turn, this card's Attribute, Level and ATK/DEF become the same as that banished monster's.

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Six Samurai United

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When a Six Samurai monster is Normal Summoned or Special Summoned, place 1 Bushido Counter on this card (max. 2). By sending this card to the Graveyard, draw a number of cards from your Deck equal to the number of Bushido Counters on this card.

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Battle Shogun of the Six Samurai

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2 Warrior monsters, including a "Six Samurai" monster

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card; add 1 card from your Deck to your hand that has an effect that places a Bushido Counter(s). You can only use this effect of "Battle Shogun of the Six Samurai" once per turn. Each time a "Six Samurai" monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to a zone(s) this card points to, place 1 Bushido Counter on this card. This card gains 100 ATK for each Bushido Counter on your field.

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Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki

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When this card is Normal Summoned, you can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower "Six Samurai" monster from your hand. While you control another face-up "Six Samurai" monster with a different name, this card gains 1500 ATK.

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True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer

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If this card is in your hand: You can destroy 2 other monsters in your hand and/or face-up on your field, including a WATER monster, and if you do, Special Summon this card, and if you do that, you can banish up to 2 Spell/Trap Cards from your opponent's field and/or Graveyard, if both the destroyed monsters were WATER. If this card is destroyed by card effect: You can Special Summon 1 non-WATER Wyrm-Type monster from your Deck in Defense Position. You can only use each effect of "True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer" once per turn.

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Shien's Smoke Signal

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Add 1 Level 3 or lower "Six Samurai" monster from your Deck to your hand.

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The Higher The Ceiling, The Bigger The Target On Your Back

I honestly can't say which of these three decks I like best, because they all came from the single idea - what can I do with Gateway of the Six to maximize my own profit? It spiraled in three different directions, but I don't have a favorite or even idea which is more competitive.

As I was sorting out these decks, I tragically had a bunch of different ideas that merge well with other pre-established combos. It's no secret that The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche is an incredibly powerful card, and honestly it would segue into this strategy really well with just a smidge of effort.

Rearrange a few things to ensure the right number of Dark monsters on board, and bam, you've cracked open a whole other can of worms. I decided to skip over some of the more outlandish ideas for a few reasons. One, Extra Deck space limits what you can do - I'm looking at you, Primathmech Alembertian; two, some final boards weren't worth it; and three, I need to sleep, y'all!

Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.

-Loukas Peterson