For the last couple of weeks I've been focusing on the Create-A-Card Project: an incredible opportunity for players to choose their favorite of sixteen themes, the winning theme receiving a new card.

Tensions have run high as duelists advocate for the themes they believe most deserve that support, and it was inevitable that some portion of the player base would try to rig the results in their favor. The TCG decided to restart the voting over the weekend after investigating the results of the first two match-ups , and voting will resume tomorrow with Graydles once again squaring off against The Weather.

If you've been following along you probably already know my opinion on the first match-up in the Project, but what about the second? Between Inzektors and Valkyries, which deck is more likely to win, and which one would benefit most from a single new card?

The Destructive Nostalgia Of Inzektors

Inzektors debuted all the way back in 2012, making them one of the oldest themes in the Create-A-Card Project. They were heavyweights at a time when Wind-Ups were forcing players to discard their entire hands, and Rescue Rabbit Xyz strategies were among the best decks in the game. Inzektors cleaved through the competition with the impressive removal effect of Inzektor Hornet and the summoning power of Inzektor Dragonfly. Both cards spent years on the Forbidden & Limited List before recently returning to Unlimited, but in the end the deck couldn't compete against modern strategies.

The Inzektor deck of 2020 is better in every way compared to its 2012 counterpart. Inzektor Picofalena isn't perfect, but it can fix some of your dead hands, equip Inzektor Hornet from the deck, and it can even recycle important cards like Inzektor Centipede and Inzektor Dragonfly. The newly-released Number 3: Cicada King's a reasonable negation body if you're playing first, although your best Extra Deck options become available after resolving Inzektor Ladybug. The access to Rank 3, Rank 4 and Rank 5 Xyz is a major selling point for Inzektors, and Inzektor Dragonfly also makes Link Summoning incredibly easy.

Inzektors had two playstyles in 2012, but only one of them is viable given the current state of the game. The 'war of attrition' strategy died out with the advent of near-infinite card economy post- Duelist Alliance, which leaves Inzektors no choice but to pursue an OTK. It's fairly straightforward: simply blast your opponent's field with Inzektor Hornet and use Number 39: Utopia Double or Accesscode Talker to secure the win.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Kelly's Inzektor Deck by Kelly Locke

'Kelly's Inzektor Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Market Price: $63.68

Cards

Salamangreat Almiraj

Market Price: $1.21

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1 Normal Summoned monster with 1000 or less ATK

(Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card, then target 1 monster you control; it cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects this turn. When a Normal Summoned monster you control is destroyed by battle, while this card is in your GY: You can Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Salamangreat Almiraj" once per turn.

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Gokipole

Market Price: $0.12

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If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 Level 4 Insect monster from your Deck to your hand, then, if you added a Normal Monster, you can Special Summon it, then you can destroy 1 monster on the field with ATK greater than or equal to that Special Summoned monster's. You can only use this effect of "Gokipole" once per turn.

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Draco Masters of the Tenyi

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2+ monsters, including a Link Monster

Cannot be destroyed by battle with an Effect Monster. If you control no other Effect Monsters: You can destroy Effect Monsters your opponent controls, up to the number of non-Effect Monsters you control and/or in your GY. You can only use this effect of "Draco Masters of the Tenyi" once per turn.

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Double or Nothing!

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When a monster's attack is negated: Target that monster; during this Battle Phase, it can attack again, and if it does, its ATK is doubled during the Damage Step only.

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Inzektor Hopper

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Once per turn: You can equip 1 "Inzektor" monster in your hand or Graveyard to this card. While this card is equiped its level increases by 2. You can send this Equip Card to the Graveyard to make the monster that was equiped attack your opponent directly this turn.

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Number 39: Utopia Double

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2 Level 4 monsters

(Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card; add 1 "Double or Nothing!" from your Deck to your hand, then Special Summon from your Extra Deck, 1 "Utopia" Xyz Monster, except "Number 39: Utopia Double", by using this face-up card you control as material, and if you do, its ATK becomes doubled, but it cannot attack directly. (This is treated as an Xyz Summon. Transfer its materials to the Summoned monster.) You can only use this effect of "Number 39: Utopia Double" once per turn.

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Unexpected Dai

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If you control no monsters: Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from the Deck.

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Doom Dozer

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This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by removing from play 2 Insect-Type monsters from your Graveyard. When this card inflicts Battle Damage to your opponent, send 1 card from the top of your opponent's D

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Gold Sarcophagus

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Banish 1 card from your Deck, face-up. During your second Standby Phase after this card's activation, add that card to your hand.

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Number 3: Cicada King

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2 Level 3 monsters

If the battle position of this card is changed: You can Special Summon 1 Insect monster from your hand or GY in Defense Position. When a monster on the field activates its effect: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target that monster; negate its effects, then make 1 Insect monster on the field either gain 500 DEF, or change its battle position. You can only use each effect of "Number 3: Cicada King" once per turn.

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Danger! Mothman!

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

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Link Spider

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1 Normal Monster

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

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Foolish Burial

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Send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

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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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Inzektor Picofalena

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2 Insect monsters

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 other Insect monster you control; equip 1 Insect monster from your Deck to it as an Equip Spell that gains this effect.
• The equipped monster gains 500 ATK/DEF. You can target 3 Insect monsters in your GY; shuffle them into the Deck, then draw 1 card. You can only use each effect of "Inzektor Picofalena" once per turn.

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Terraforming

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Add 1 Field Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.

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Rescue Rabbit

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Cannot be Special Summoned from the Deck. You can banish this face-up card you control; Special Summon 2 Level 4 or lower Normal Monsters with the same name from your Deck, but destroy them during the End Phase. You can only use this effect of "Rescue Rabbit" once per turn.

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Aztekipede, the Worm Warrior

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This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by removing from play 1 Insect-Type monster from your Graveyard. When this card inflicts Battle Damage to your opponent, send the top card of their Deck to the Graveyard.

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Seraphim Papillion

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2+ monsters with different names

Gains 200 ATK for each counter on it. You can only use 1 of the following effects of "Seraphim Papillion" per turn, and only once that turn.
• If this card is Link Summoned: Place 1 counter on this card for each Insect monster used as its Link Material.
• (Quick Effect): You can remove 1 counter from this card; Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Insect monster from your GY in Defense Position.

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Shiny Black "C" Squadder

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Wherever there are shadows, you'll find the "C" Squad! Their hidden flying abilities let them confront the giants on equal terms!

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Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer

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2 Level 4 monsters

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

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Inzektor Dragonfly

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Once per turn: You can equip 1 "Inzektor" monster from your hand or Graveyard to this card. If an Equip Card(s) is sent to your Graveyard while equipped to this card (Except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon 1 "Inzektor" monster from your Deck, except "Inzektor Dragonfly". While this card is equipped to a monster, that monster's Level is increased by 3.

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Inzektor Hornet

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Once per turn: You can equip 1 "Inzektor" monster from your hand or Graveyard to this card. While this card is equipped to a monster, that monster's Level is increased by 3, also it gains ATK and DEF equal to this card's ATK and DEF. While this card is equipped to a monster: You can send this Equip Card to the Graveyard to target 1 card on the field; destroy that target.

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Resonance Insect

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If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 Level 5 or higher Insect-Type monster from your Deck to your hand. If this card is banished: You can send 1 Insect-Type monster from your Deck to the Graveyard, except "Resonance Insect".

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Inzektor Centipede

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Once per turn: You can equip 1 "Inzektor" monster from your hand or Graveyard to this card. If an Equip Card(s) is sent to your Graveyard while equipped to this card (except during the Damage Step): You can add 1 "Inzektor" card from your Deck to your hand. While this card is equipped to a monster, that monster's Level is increased by 3.

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Giant Ballpark

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During damage calculation: You can make the battle damage that both players receive from that battle becomes 0, and if you do, you can send 1 Level 4 or lower Insect monster from your Deck to the GY, then, if the monster you sent was a Normal Monster, you can Special Summon any number of cards with the same name as that monster from your hand, Deck, and/or GY. If a monster you control is sent to the GY by an opponent’s card effect: You can Special Summon 1 Insect Normal Monster from your GY. You can only use each effect of "Giant Ballpark" only once per turn.

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Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir

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2 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, during your Standby Phase, detach 1 material from this card. If you cannot, destroy it. This Attack Position card cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects. Your opponent cannot target this Attack Position card with card effects. While this card is in face-up Defense Position, change all face-up monsters on the field to Defense Position, also negate the activated effects of monsters that were in Defense Position when that effect was activated.

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Tornado Dragon

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2 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 Spell/Trap on the field; destroy it.

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Inzektor Ladybug

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Once per turn: You can equip 1 "Inzektor" monster from your hand or Graveyard to this card. while this card is equipped to a monster, that monster's Level is increase by 2, also it gains ATK and DEF equal to this card's ATK and DEF. while this card is equipped to a monster: You can send this Equip Card to the Graveyard to target 1 face-up monster you control; increase that target's Level by up to 2.

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Naturia Beast

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1 EARTH Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner EARTH monsters 

During either player's turn, when a Spell Card is activated: You can send the top 2 cards of your Deck to the GY; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. This card must be face-up on the field to activate and to resolve this effect.

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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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Insect Knight

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Of all Insect fighters, he is the paragon of the Indestructible Insect Invaders, which only the elite of the elite can join. We can no longer ignore their unmatched battle prowess.

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Inzektor Giga-Mantis

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You can target 1 face-up "Insektor" monster you control; equip this card from your hand to that target. While this card is equipped to a monster, that monster's original ATK becomes 2400. If this card is sent to the Graveyard while equipped to a monster: You can target 1 "Insektor" monster in your Graveyard except "Inzektor Giga-Mantis"; Special Summon that target. This effect of "Inzektor Giga-Mantis" can only be used 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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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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Look familiar? This deck is a modified version of the Giant Ballpark build I wrote about last month with Kaijus traded out for Inzektors. There are lots of interesting synergies between Inzektors and Normal Insect support, but ultimately the plan here is to just use the extra bodies to Link Summon Inzektor Picofalena as early as possible.

Gokipole and Resonance Insect are a little limited in what they can search out of the Inzektor theme, so they're mostly here to find fodder for Xyz and Link Summons. Giant Ballpark is a bit more interesting. You can use its effect to send an Inzektor from the deck to the graveyard to set up your combos, or simply deter your opponent from attacking. The latter is actually a key part of older Inzektor strategies – stopping your opponent from making attacks is crucial for keeping your Inzektor Centipede or Inzektor Dragonfly on the board.

Divining The Potential Of Valkyries

Valkyries are surprisingly new: they just passed their two-year anniversary this week and received support as recently as Toon Chaos. Normally it'd be hard to make an argument for such a new theme, but Valkyries are in a particularly bad place. The deck has a lot of pieces that should lead up to a set of excellent boss monsters, and yet the theme's somehow missing those monsters entirely. The two strongest Valkyries are definitely worth playing, but they're not win conditions. A lack of Main Deck win conditions would be fine if Valkyries had consistent access to Extra Deck monsters – which of course they don't – or at least enough OTK potential to try to close out duels quickly.

Mischief of the Time Goddess is an insane going-second card that gives you a second Battle Phase if you control only Valkyrie monsters, and it really sells the idea that Valkyries are an OTK strategy. Ride of the Valkyries also positions the deck for an OTK, letting you summon up to three Valkyries from your hand but returning them to the deck during the End Phase. These cards are wild, but unfortunately it's hard to put them to use effectively. There's a missing piece of the puzzle here – and it's probably a Link monster – that needs to be added to the deck before it can realize its OTK potential.

It's impossible to discuss a future Valkyrie deck without mentioning Diviner of the Heralds. We don't know exactly when this card is coming to the TCG, but I'd expect it to show up before the Create-A-Card Project winner is printed. Diviner gives the deck an actual Turn 1 combo that ends in a respectable lockdown with Imperial Order and True King of All Calamities, and allows for builds like the following. Replace the three missing cards with three copies of Diviner.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Kelly's Valkyrie Deck by Kelly Locke

'Kelly's Valkyrie Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Market Price: $43.53

Cards

Valhalla, Hall of the Fallen

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Once per turn, if you control no monsters, you can Special Summon 1 Fairy-Type monster from your hand.

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Eva

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If this card is sent to the GY: You can banish up to 2 other LIGHT Fairy monsters from your field and/or GY; add from your Deck to your hand, Level 2 or lower LIGHT Fairy monsters with different names, except "Eva", equal to the number of monsters banished this way. You can only use this effect of "Eva" once per turn.

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Valkyrie Erda

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You can only control 1 "Valkyrie Erda". While you control this card, Special Summoned by the effect of a "Valkyrie" card, all face-up monsters your opponent controls lose 1000 ATK. Any card destroyed by battle or card effect that would be sent to your opponent's GY is banished instead.

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Valkyrie Dritte

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 “Valkyrie” card from your Deck to your hand, except "Valkyrie Dritte". You can only use this effect of "Valkyrie Dritte" once per turn. Gains 200 ATK for each of your opponent’s banished monsters.

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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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Salamangreat Almiraj

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1 Normal Summoned monster with 1000 or less ATK

(Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card, then target 1 monster you control; it cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects this turn. When a Normal Summoned monster you control is destroyed by battle, while this card is in your GY: You can Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Salamangreat Almiraj" once per turn.

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Imperial Order

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

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Unknown Card

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Condemned Darklord

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2 Fairy monsters

You can Tribute Summon Fairy monsters that require 2 Tributes by banishing 2 monsters from your GY instead of Tributing (it is still treated as a Tribute Summon). You can discard 1 card; take 1 "Darklord" monster from your Deck, and either add it to your hand or send it to the GY. You can only use this effect of "Condemned Darklord" once per turn. Once per turn, during your End Phase: Gain 500 LP for each Fairy monster on the field.

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Hip Hoshiningen

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2 LIGHT monsters

All LIGHT monsters on the field gain 500 ATK/DEF, also all DARK monsters on the field lose 400 ATK/DEF. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 LIGHT monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Hip Hoshiningen" once per turn.

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Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion

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You can banish this card from your GY; immediately after this effect resolves, Normal Summon 1 "Mecha Phantom Beast" monster from your hand. While you control a Token, this card cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. If this card is sent to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 "Mecha Phantom Beast Token" (Machine-Type/WIND/Level 3/ATK 0/DEF 0). You can only use this effect of "Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion" once per turn.

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Ride of the Valkyries

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Special Summon any number of “Valkyrie” monsters with different names from your hand. If you Special Summoned 3 or more monsters with this effect, you take no battle damage until the end of the next turn. During the End Phase of the turn you activated this card, shuffle all monsters you control into the Deck. You can banish this card from your GY; add 1 “Mischief of the Time Goddess” from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of “Ride of the Valkyries” once per turn.

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Trias Hierarchia

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During the Main Phase, if this card is in your hand or GY (Quick Effect): You can Tribute up to 3 Fairy monsters; Special Summon this card (but banish it when it leaves the field), then, you can apply the following effect(s) in sequence, depending on the number of Tributed monsters.

• 2+: Destroy 1 card your opponent controls.
• 3: Draw 2 cards.
You can only use this effect of "Trias Hierarchia" once per turn.

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Union Carrier

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2 monsters with the same Type or Attribute

Cannot be used as Link Material the turn it is Link Summoned. You can target 1 face-up monster you control; equip 1 monster to it from your hand or Deck with its same original Type or Attribute. The equipped monster gains 1000 ATK. If you equipped it from the Deck, you cannot Special Summon monsters with that Equip Card's name for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Union Carrier" once per turn.

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Metalfoes Fusion

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Fusion Summon 1 "Metalfoes" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand or field as Fusion Materials. If this card is in your Graveyard: You can shuffle it into the Deck, then draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Metalfoes Fusion" once per turn.

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Knightmare Gryphon

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2+ monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Spell/Trap in your GY; Set it to your field, but it cannot be activated this turn, then, if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Gryphon" once per turn. Special Summoned monsters on the field cannot activate their effects, unless they are linked.

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Starliege Paladynamo

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2 Level 4 LIGHT monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 2 Xyz Materials from this card to target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; its ATK becomes 0, and if it does, its effects are negated. When this card you control is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to your Graveyard: Draw 1 card.

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Honest

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During your Main Phase: You can return this face-up card from the field to the hand. During either player's Damage Step, when a LIGHT monster you control battles: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; that monster gains ATK equal to the ATK of the opponent's monster it is battling, until the end of this turn.

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Hecatrice

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You can discard this card to the Graveyard; add 1 "Valhalla, Hall of the Fallen" from your Deck to your hand.

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Valkyrie Sigrun

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If this card is in your hand: You can target 1 face-up Spell/Trap you control; send it to the GY, and if you do, Special Summon this card. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 Level 8 or lower "Valkyrie" monster from your hand or GY. You can only use each effect of "Valkyrie Sigrun" once per turn.

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Valkyrie Zweite

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If this card is Summoned: You can target 1 monster your opponent controls; destroy it. After damage calculation, if this card battled: You can target 1 Continuous Spell in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use each effect of “Valkyrie Zweite” once per turn.

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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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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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Valkyrie Funfte

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"Valkyrie" monsters you control gain 200 ATK for each of your opponent's banished monsters. If you control a "Valkyrie" monster other than "Valkyrie Funfte": You can send 1 Spell/Trap from your Deck to the GY. You can only use this effect of "Valkyrie Funfte" once per turn.

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Herald of Mirage Lights

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2 monsters with the same Type and Attribute, except Tokens

When a Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can send 1 Fairy monster from your hand to the GY; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. If this card in your possession is sent to your GY by an opponent's card: You can add up to 2 Ritual Monsters and/or Ritual Spells with different names from your GY to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Herald of Mirage Lights" once per turn.

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Borreload Dragon

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3+ Effect Monsters

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

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D.D. Sprite

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You can Special Summon this card from your hand by removing from play 1 face-up monster you control. If you do, return the removed from play monster to the field during the next Standby Phase.

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Valkyrie Erste

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If this card is Special Summoned from your hand by a Spell effect: You can target 1 “Mischief of the Time Goddess” in your GY; add it to your hand. If you control a “Valkyrie” monster other than “Valkyrie Erste” (Quick Effect): You can banish 1 monster from your opponent’s GY, then this card’s ATK becomes equal to the banished monster’s original ATK until the end of this turn. You can only use each effect of “Valkyrie Erste” once per turn.

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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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Valkyrie Vierte

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During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top cards of your Deck equal to the number of other "Valkyrie" monsters you control, and if you do, add 1 excavated Normal Spell/Trap to your hand, also send the remaining cards to the GY. Otherwise, shuffle all excavated cards into the Deck. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 "Valkyrie" monster from your Deck. You can only use each effect of "Valkyrie Vierte" once per turn.

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Knightmare Unicorn

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2+ monsters with different names

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

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Valkyrie Sechste

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If this card is Special Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 "Valkyrie" monster from your Deck, except "Valkyrie Sechste". During your Main Phase: You can send the top 2 cards of your opponent's Deck to the GY. You can only use each effect of "Valkyrie Sechste" once per turn.

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Mischief of the Time Goddess

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Neither player can activate cards or effects in response to this card’s activation. Cannot be activated as Chain Link 2 or higher. At the end of your Battle Phase, if all monsters you control are “Valkyrie” monsters (min. 1): Send this card to the GY, also, immediately after this effect resolves, skip to the start of the Battle Phase of your next turn. If you do, you cannot activate “Mischief of the Time Goddess” until the end of that 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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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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I really like Valhalla, Hall of the Fallen here to trigger the effect of Valkyrie Sechste as soon as possible, and luckily Diviner of the Heralds also benefits from being Special Summoned. There are lots of Normal Summons in this build, so Valhalla, Hall of the Fallen ends up being an important card to help you outplay hand traps and other interruption effects. You can try to OTK with Ride of the Valkyries and Mischief of the Time Goddess, or aim for a Turn 1 lockdown using Diviner of the Heralds and any other card in your hand. Here's what that combo looks like:

Summon Diviner and activate its effect to send Trias Hierarchia from the deck to the graveyard. Activate Trias Hierarchia by tributing Diviner to summon it from the graveyard

Activate Diviner in the graveyard to summon Valkyrie Sechste from the deck. Activate Valkyrie Sechste to summon Valkyrie Dritte. Activate Valkyrie Dritte to and add Valkyrie Sigrun from your deck to your hand.

Summon Union Carrier with Valkyrie Sechste and Valkyrie Dritte, and use its effect to equip Trias Hierarchia with Eva from the deck.

Summon Valkyrie Sigrun by sending Eva to the graveyard, then activate Valkyrie Sigrun and chain Eva's effect. Use Eva to banish two of your Fairies in the graveyard to search Valkyrie Funfte and D.D. Sprite, then resolve Sigrun to summon Valkyrie Funfte.

Activate Valkyrie Funfte to send Imperial Order from the deck to the graveyard. Banish Union Carrier with D.D. Sprite, then Link Summon Crystron Halqifibrax with Valkyrie Funfte and D.D. Sprite. Use Crystron Halqifibrax to Summon Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion.

Link Summon Knightmare Unicorn with Crystron Halqifibrax and Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion. Summon one Mecha Phantom Beast Token thanks to Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion, then Link Summon Knightmare Gryphon with Knightmare Unicorn and the Token.

From there you activate Knightmare Gryphon effect to set Imperial Order to your field. Xyz Summon True King of All Calamities with Valkyrie Sigrun and Trias Hierarchia. Not bad.

So Which Deck Is Winning This Thing?

I think Giant Ballpark Inzektors might actually be more playable today, but with Diviner of the Heralds Valkyries would finally have some meaningful Turn 1 plays that could make them a bigger threat. Both decks need different things: Inzektors could use a new monster that helps them find Inzektor Dragonfly or Inzektor Centipede – think Madolche Anjelly – while Valkyries are in desperate need of a solid Link 2.

That said, I think Inzektors have the most to gain from a new support card. The deck's foundation is a lot stronger thanks to some of the best card interactions in the game, and Hornet remains a robust removal card that can still put in work against backrow.

Of course, Inzektors have already had their time in the spotlight, and I don't know if everyone's on board with bringing that strategy back into competition. I've said before that players should probably be a little more cautious about excitedly throwing their support behind new releases that accelerate power creep, but it's just wishful thinking on my part. A refreshed Inzektor theme that can dismantle boards while turning a single card into four or five more could be oppressive, but honestly I doubt it. I don't think either theme will suddenly become a serious pick for major tournament play with just one new card at their disposal.

Ultimately Inzektors probably have the best shot at winning the second round of voting thanks to nostalgia and popularity. The theme has a reputation as a former deck to beat, and it's a classic strategy from the early Xyz period where many of today's players got their start. I suspect – and this is based on no evidence at all – that Valkyries probably have less name recognition and even fewer players who can actually describe what the deck does. But recency bias favors Valkyries, and deck building communities around Valkyries are significantly larger than similar Inzektor groups. That said, Inzektors are probably still more well-known among players that are likely to vote in an upcoming poll.

Anything can happen in these matchups, and a dedicated and passionate group of advocates could carry a specific theme to victory by encouraging as many real votes as possible. This Project is anyone's game. Don't buy into the idea that the winners are already decided.

Until next time then

-Kelly