As I write this, the third Remote Duel Invitational Qualifiers (RDIQ) are about to happen! By the time this article's posted the event will probably be over. Anthony will be writing on who won with what deck, but before I get there, I'd like to discuss how I prepared for the event over the past couple of weeks.

Ever since I won the March Extravaganza a while back, I've felt like whenever someone faces me in a tournament they may think, "Hey it's Hanko! He plays Prank-Kids. All. The. Time." Which is true! I haven't been playing other decks much. So for this event, I really wanted to try and play something else instead.

Revisiting Jurassic World

First stop? I tried to play the ol' reliable Dinosaurs again. I fixed up a build I felt comfortable with by adding Pot of Prosperity, and Parallel eXceed to help make the Artifact Dagda end board more consistently. But after playing it in some local events, I realized that yeah, Dinosaur's a 2-card combo deck and it's less consistent than Prank-Kids. Not being able to summon Ultimate Conductor Tyranno because my opponent resolved Artifact Lancea also a bummer.

Here's an update to show you how I'd play Dinosaurs. But keep in mind, I don't own multiple copies of Lightning Storm. Dinosaurs definitely do a lot better against the big backrow matchups if you have them.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Hanko's Dinosaurs by Hanko Chow

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

Created By: Hanko Chow

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Market Price: $724.59

Cards

Abyss Dweller

Market Price: $0.92

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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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Foolish Burial

Market Price: $0.68

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Send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

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Artifact Dagda

Market Price: $6.31

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2 monsters with different names

When the effect of another card on the field is activated (Quick Effect): You can Set 1 "Artifact" monster from your hand or Deck to your Spell & Trap Zone as a Spell, but destroy it during your opponent's next End Phase. During your opponent's turn, if this Link Summoned card is destroyed: You can Special Summon 1 "Artifact" monster from your GY in Defense Position. You can only use each effect of "Artifact Dagda" once per turn.

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El Shaddoll Apkallone

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2 "Shaddoll" monsters with different Attributes

Must first be Fusion Summoned. Cannot be destroyed by battle. You can only use each of the following effects of "El Shaddoll Apkallone" once per turn.
• If this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 face-up card on the field; negate its effects.
• If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 "Shaddoll" card from your Deck or GY to your hand, then discard 1 card.

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Dark Hole

Market Price: $0.28

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Destroy all monsters on the field.

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Pentestag

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2 Effect Monsters

If your linked monster attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage to your opponent.

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Elder Entity N'tss

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1 Synchro Monster + 1 Xyz Monster

Must be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by sending the above cards you control to the GY. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 monster from your hand. If this card is sent to the GY: You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. You can only Special Summon "Elder Entity N'tss(s)" once per turn.

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PSY-Frame Driver

Market Price: $0.23

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A Psychic soldier that rides into battle against the Security Forces on currents of lightning, using an autonomic amplifier called "PSY-Frame".

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Pot of Prosperity

Market Price: $140.00

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Banish 3 or 6 cards of your choice from your Extra Deck, face-down; for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, any damage your opponent takes is halved, also excavate cards from the top of your Deck equal to the number of cards banished, add 1 excavated card to your hand, place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Prosperity" per turn. You cannot draw cards by card effects the turn you activate this card.

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Raigeki

Market Price: $1.31

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Destroy all monsters your opponent controls.

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Mystical Space Typhoon

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

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Ultimate Conductor Tyranno

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 2 Dinosaur monsters from your GY. Once per turn, during the Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can destroy 1 monster in your hand or field, and if you do, change all face-up monsters your opponent controls to face-down Defense Position. This card can attack all monsters your opponent controls, once each. At the start of the Damage Step, if this card attacks a Defense Position monster: You can inflict 1000 damage to your opponent, and if you do, send that Defense Position monster to the GY.

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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 until the end of this turn.
You can only use this effect of "Number 60: Dugares the Timeless" once per turn.

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Souleating Oviraptor

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can take 1 Dinosaur-Type monster from your Deck, and either add it to your hand or send it to the GY. You can target 1 other Level 4 or lower Dinosaur-Type monster on the field; destroy it, then Special Summon 1 Dinosaur-Type monster from your GY in Defense Position. You can only use each effect of "Souleating Oviraptor" once per turn.

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Dark Ruler No More

Market Price: $10.45

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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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Accesscode Talker

Market Price: $62.16

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2+ Effect Monsters

Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this card's effect activations. If this card is Link Summoned: You can target 1 Link Monster that was used as material for its Link Summon; this card gains ATK equal to that monster's Link Rating x 1000. You can banish 1 Link Monster from your field or GY; destroy 1 card your opponent controls, also for the rest of this turn, you cannot banish monsters with that same Attribute to activate this effect of "Accesscode Talker".

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Artifact Lancea

Market Price: $0.90

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

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Miscellaneousaurus

Market Price: $0.24

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During either player's Main Phase: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; during this Main Phase, Dinosaur-Type monsters you control are unaffected by your opponent's activated effects. You can banish any number of Dinosaur-Type monsters from your Graveyard, including this card; Special Summon 1 Dinosaur-Type monster from your Deck with a Level equal to the total number of monsters banished to activate this effect, but destroy it during the End Phase. You can only use this effect of "Miscellaneousaurus" once per turn.

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PSY-Framelord Lambda

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2 monsters, except Tokens

You can activate the effects of "PSY-Framegear" monsters in your hand even while you control a monster(s). If a face-up Psychic monster you control is banished face-up while you control this monster (except during the Damage Step): You can activate this effect; during the End Phase of this turn, add 1 "PSY-Frame" card from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "PSY-Framelord Lambda" once per turn.

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PSY-Framegear Gamma

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned by a card effect. When your opponent activates a monster effect while you control no monsters (Quick Effect): You can Special Summon both this card from your hand and 1 "PSY-Frame Driver" from your hand, Deck, or GY, and if you do, negate that activation, and if you do that, destroy that monster. During the End Phase, banish the face-up monsters Special Summoned by this effect.

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Called by the Grave

Market Price: $2.68

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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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Petiteranodon

Market Price: $0.87

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If this card is destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: Special Summon 1 Level 4 or higher Dinosaur-Type monster from your Deck, but it cannot attack this turn.

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Animadorned Archosaur

Market Price: $2.05

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can destroy 1 Dinosaur monster in your hand or face-up field, except "Animadorned Archosaur", then add 1 Reptile, Sea Serpent, or Winged Beast monster with the same original Level as that destroyed monster, OR 1 "Evolution Pill" Spell, from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Animadorned Archosaur" once per turn.

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Lost World

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All monsters on the field lose 500 ATK/DEF, except Dinosaur monsters. Once per turn, if a Dinosaur monster is Normal or Special Summoned (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon 1 "Jurraegg Token" (Dinosaur/EARTH/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) to your opponent's field in Defense Position. While your opponent controls a Token, they cannot target monsters on the field with card effects, except Tokens. Once per turn, if a Normal Monster(s) on the field would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can destroy that many Dinosaur monsters in your hand and/or Deck instead.

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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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Fossil Dig

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Add 1 Level 6 or lower Dinosaur monster from your Deck to your hand.

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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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Double Evolution Pill

Market Price: $1.08

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Banish 1 Dinosaur monster and 1 non-Dinosaur monster from your hand and/or GY; Special Summon 1 Level 7 or higher Dinosaur monster from your hand or Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions. You can only activate 1 "Double Evolution Pill" per turn.

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Parallel eXceed

Market Price: $0.76

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If this card is Special Summoned by the effect of "Parallel eXceed", its Level becomes 4 and its original ATK/DEF become halved. You can only use each of the following effects of "Parallel eXceed" once per turn.

• If you Link Summon: You can Special Summon this card from your hand to your zone that Link Monster points to.
• If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 "Parallel eXceed" from your Deck.

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Secure Gardna

Market Price: $0.53

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1 Cyberse Link Monster

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

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Evolzar Dolkka

Market Price: $0.68

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2 Level 4 Dinosaur monsters

When another monster's effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that monster.

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Dinowrestler Pankratops

Market Price: $0.19

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If your opponent controls more monsters than you do, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can only Special Summon "Dinowrestler Pankratops" once per turn this way. (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 "Dinowrestler" monster, then target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy it. You can only use this effect of "Dinowrestler Pankratops" once per turn.

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Tornado Dragon

Market Price: $0.18

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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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Giant Rex

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Cannot attack directly. If this card is banished: You can Special Summon this card, and if you do, this card gains 200 ATK for each of your banished Dinosaur monsters. You can only use this effect of "Giant Rex" once per turn.

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Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju

Market Price: $2.05

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's side of the field in Attack Position, by Tributing 1 monster they control. If your opponent controls a "Kaiju" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Attack Position. You can only control 1 "Kaiju" monster. Once per turn: You can remove 3 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; destroy all monsters your opponent controls. This card cannot attack the turn you activate this effect.

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Harpie's Feather Duster

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

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Babycerasaurus

Market Price: $0.66

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If this card is destroyed by an effect and sent to the Graveyard, select 1 Level 4 or lower Dinosaur-Type monster from your Deck and Special Summon it.

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Lightning Storm

Market Price: $66.39

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If you control no face-up cards: Activate 1 of these effects;

• Destroy all Attack Position monsters your opponent controls.
• Destroy all Spells and Traps your opponent controls.
You can only activate 1 "Lightning Storm" per turn.

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Artifact Scythe

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You can Set this card from your hand to your Spell & Trap Zone as a Spell Card. During your opponent's turn, when this Set card in the Spell & Trap Zone is destroyed and sent to your Graveyard: Special Summon it. If this card is Special Summoned during your opponent's turn: Your opponent cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this 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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Naelshaddoll Ariel

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FLIP: You can target 1 of your banished "Shaddoll" monsters; Special Summon it in face-up or face-down Defense Position.

If this card is sent to the GY by a card effect: You can target up to 3 cards in the GY(s); banish them. You can only use 1 "Naelshaddoll Ariel" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

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When a card or effect is activated that includes any of these effects (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; negate that effect.

• Add a card from the Deck to the hand.
• Special Summon from the Deck.
• Send a card from the Deck to the GY.
You can only use this effect of "Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring" once per turn.

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PSY-Framelord Omega

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

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

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Why was I running Parallel eXceed in a Dinosaur deck? Well, why not? If you can consistently open with the full Dinosaur combo featuring Animadorned Archosaur and Babycerasaurus, you should be able to make a Linkuriboh or even a Link 2, especially if you run Giant Rex.

Thus, Parallel eXceed a nice little win-more card to help you make an even better end board. Stuff like Tornado Dragon with Artifact Dagda, so you can set up an Artifact and destroy it on your opponent's turn. Or a free Abyss Dweller. Both of those types of setup help you play around Dark Ruler No More, since you can shotgun their effects in the Standby Phase before Dark Ruler No More hits the table.

While you could have already done that normally with two Level 4 Dinosaurs, I'd rather just make Evolzar Laggia and Evolzar Dolkka instead when I'd have the opportunity to, since they're so strong. The Parallel eXceed can also help Dinosaurs go second by adding more materials to help you make that Accesscode Talker OTK with Ultimate Conductor Tyranno.

Call Of The Zombies

So I moved on from Dinosaurs and decided to play a more control-based deck. I started experimenting with Eldlich, specifically the Zombie World variant because it's so powerful against the three best decks at the moment: Dragon Link, Dinosaurs and Tri-Brigade. Just activating Zombie World usually forces your opponent to scoop if they didn't open with an answer to it.

That said, I tried to improve the deck and solve the problems I was having with it before. Zombie World Eldlich struggles going second unless you see Super Polymerization or Forbidden Droplet. Uni-Zombie helps the deck set up Zombie World with Necroworld Banshee, or discarding whatever you wanted from your hand, but the entire thing just seemed lackluster at times.

To solve those issues, I felt it was best to incorporate Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon and yeah, Red-Eyes Fusion is really bonkers in a control deck. It effectively becomes another negation, which you want to have with your floodgates. Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon can destroy monsters and inflict damage, which helps when you'rer going second. And it's very hard for other Eldlich players, or control players in general, to answer. It's still technically a discard outlet just like Uni-Zombie, so it not only fulfils the role it was replacing, but it added a lot more power to the deck.

Here's my updated Zombie World Eldlich Dragoon deck that I was going to play for the RDIQ.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Hanko's Zombie World Eldlich by Hanko Chow

'Hanko's Zombie World Eldlich ' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Hanko Chow

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Market Price: $1072.21

Cards

Predaplant Dragostapelia

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1 Fusion Monster + 1 DARK monster

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

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Doomking Balerdroch

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During the Standby Phase, if a face-up card is in a Field Zone and this card is in your GY: You can Special Summon this card in Defense Position. You can only use this effect of "Doomking Balerdroch" once per turn. Once per Chain, when a Zombie monster, except "Doomking Balerdroch", activates its effect (except during the Damage Step) (Quick Effect): You can apply 1 of these effects (but you cannot apply that same effect of "Doomking Balerdroch" again this turn).
• Negate that effect. • Banish 1 monster from the field or GY.

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Harpie's Feather Duster

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

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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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Elder Entity N'tss

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1 Synchro Monster + 1 Xyz Monster

Must be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by sending the above cards you control to the GY. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 monster from your hand. If this card is sent to the GY: You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. You can only Special Summon "Elder Entity N'tss(s)" once per turn.

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Eldlixir of Black Awakening

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Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your hand or Deck in Defense Position, but if you control no "Eldlich" monsters, you can only Special Summon "Eldlich" monsters with this effect. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except Zombie monsters. You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Eldlixir of Black Awakening" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Zombie World

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All monsters on the field and in any Graveyard become Zombie-Type monsters. Neither player can Tribute Summon monsters, except Zombie-Type monsters.

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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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Invoked Mechaba

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"Aleister the Invoker" + 1 LIGHT monster

Once per turn, when a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect, is activated (Quick Effect): You can send the same type of card (Monster, Spell, or Trap) from your hand to the GY; negate the activation, and if you do, banish that card.

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Dimension Shifter

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If you have no cards in your GY (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY; until the end of the next turn, any card sent to the GY is banished instead.

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Rivalry of Warlords

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

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Cursed Eldland

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You cannot declare attacks, except with Zombie monsters. You can only use each of the following effects of "Cursed Eldland" once per turn.

• You can pay 800 LP; add 1 "Eldlich" monster or 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand.
• If this card is sent from the Spell & Trap Zone to the GY: You can send 1 "Eldlich" monster or 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap from your Deck to the GY.

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Huaquero of the Golden Land

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Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Zombie/LIGHT/Level 5/ATK 1800/DEF 1500) (this card is also still a Trap), then, if you control "Eldlich the Golden Lord", you can banish 1 card from either GY. During the End Phase: You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Eldlixir" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Huaquero of the Golden Land" effect per turn, and only once that 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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Necroworld Banshee

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"Zombie World" in the Field Zone cannot be destroyed by card effects, also neither player can target it with card effects. (Quick Effect): You can banish this card from your field or GY; activate 1 "Zombie World" directly from your hand or Deck. You can only use this effect of "Necroworld Banshee" once per turn.

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Vampire Sucker

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2 Zombie monsters

If you would Tribute a monster(s) for a Tribute Summon, you can Tribute a Zombie monster(s) your opponent controls, even though you do not control them. You can only use each of the following effects of "Vampire Sucker" once per turn.
• You can target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; Special Summon it to your opponent's field in Defense Position, but it becomes a Zombie monster.
• If a Zombie monster(s) is Special Summoned from either GY: Draw 1 card.

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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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Pot of Prosperity

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Banish 3 or 6 cards of your choice from your Extra Deck, face-down; for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, any damage your opponent takes is halved, also excavate cards from the top of your Deck equal to the number of cards banished, add 1 excavated card to your hand, place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Prosperity" per turn. You cannot draw cards by card effects the turn you activate this card.

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Eldlich the Golden Lord

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You can send this card and 1 Spell/Trap from your hand to the GY, then target 1 card on the field; send it to the GY. If this card is in your GY: You can send 1 Spell/Trap you control to the GY; add this card to your hand, then you can Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your hand, and if you do, until the end of your opponent's turn, it gains 1000 ATK/DEF and cannot be destroyed by card effects. You can only use each effect of "Eldlich the Golden Lord" once per turn.

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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 Black 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 Black Dragon

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A ferocious dragon with a deadly attack.

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Glow-Up Bloom

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If this card is sent to the GY: You can banish this card from your GY; add 1 Level 5 or higher Zombie monster from your Deck to your hand, or, if "Zombie World" is in a Field Zone, you can Special Summon it from your Deck instead, also, in either case, you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except Zombie monsters. You can only use this effect of "Glow-Up Bloom" once per turn.

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Dark Magician

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay

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

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Constellar Pleiades

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2 Level 5 LIGHT monsters

Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 card on the field; return that target to the hand.

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Jack-o-Bolan

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You can discard 1 Zombie monster; Special Summon this card from your hand. During your opponent's Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can target 1 Zombie monster in either GY; Special Summon that monster (but banish it when it leaves the field), then banish this face-up card until the End Phase. You can only use each effect of "Jack-o-Bolan" once per turn.

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Cosmic Cyclone

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

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Foolish Burial

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Send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

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Prank-Kids Weather Washer

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2 "Prank-Kids" monsters

If your "Prank-Kids" monster attacks, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step. During your opponent's turn (Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card, then target 2 "Prank-Kids" non-Fusion Monsters with different names in your GY; Special Summon them. They cannot be destroyed by battle this turn. You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Weather Washer" once per turn.

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Eldlixir of White Destiny

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Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your hand or GY, but if you control no "Eldlich" monsters, you can only Special Summon "Eldlich" monsters with this effect. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except Zombie monsters. During your Main Phase: You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Eldlixir of White Destiny" effect per turn, and only once that 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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Cyber Dragon Nova

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2 Level 5 Machine monsters

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

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Forbidden Droplet

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Send any number of other cards from your hand and/or field to the GY; choose that many Effect Monsters your opponent controls, and until the end of this turn, their ATK is halved, also their effects are negated. In response to this card's activation, your opponent cannot activate cards, or the effects of cards, with the same original type (Monster/Spell/Trap) as the cards sent to the GY to activate this card. You can only activate 1 "Forbidden Droplet" per turn.

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Eldlich the Mad Golden Lord

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1 "Eldlich" monster + 1 Level 5 or higher Zombie monster

This card's name becomes "Eldlich the Golden Lord" while on the field. Cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. You can Tribute 1 Zombie monster, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; take control of it, but it cannot attack or activate its effects this turn. You can only use this effect of "Eldlich the Mad Golden Lord" once per turn.

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Super Polymerization

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Discard 1 card; Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from either field as Fusion Material. Neither player can activate cards or effects in response to this card's activation.

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Conquistador of the Golden Land

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Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Zombie/LIGHT/Level 5/ATK 500/DEF 1800) (this card is also still a Trap), then, if you control "Eldlich the Golden Lord", you can destroy 1 face-up card on the field. During the End Phase: You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Eldlixir" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Conquistador of the Golden Land" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine

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Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your Deck or GY, but if you control no "Eldlich" monsters, you can only Special Summon "Eldlich" monsters with this effect. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except Zombie monsters. You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Borreload Furious Dragon

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2 DARK Dragon monsters

(Quick Effect): You can target 1 monster you control and 1 card your opponent controls; destroy them. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 DARK Link Monster in your GY; Special Summon it, but it cannot activate its effects this turn. You can only use each effect of "Borreload Furious Dragon" once per turn.

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Starving Venom Fusion Dragon

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2 DARK monsters on the field, except Tokens

If this card is Fusion Summoned: You can make this card gain ATK equal to 1 opponent's Special Summoned monster, until the end of this turn. Once per turn: You can target 1 Level 5 or higher monster your opponent controls; until the End Phase, this card's name becomes that monster's original name, and replace this effect with that monster's original effects. If this Fusion Summoned card is destroyed: You can destroy all your opponent's Special Summoned monsters.

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Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon

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2 Zombie-Type monsters

Must first be Fusion Summoned. Monsters cannot be destroyed by battle with this card. At the end of the Damage Step, if this card battled a monster that has an original Level: That monster's ATK becomes 0, also, if that monster is still face-up on the field, Special Summon 1 "Dark Soul Token" (Zombie-Type/DARK/Level ?/ATK ?/DEF 0). (When Summoned, its Level and ATK become equal to the original Level and ATK of that monster.) You can only control 1 "Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon".

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Solemn Judgment

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Pay half of your Life Points. Negate the activation of a Spell Card / Trap Card / Normal Summon / Flip Summon / Special Summon and destroy the Spell Card, Trap Card, or Summoned monster.

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World Chalice Guardragon Almarduke

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3 Link Monsters

Must first be either Fusion Summoned, or Special Summoned from your Extra Deck by Tributing the above cards you control (in which case you do not use "Polymerization"). This card can attack all monsters your opponent controls once each. When an attack is declared involving this card and an opponent's Link Monster: You can banish 1 Link Monster with the same Link Rating as that monster from your field or GY; destroy that opponent's monster, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to its original ATK.

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I'm pretty proud of the way I built this. It's still a control deck, but with so many powerful spells, it's got a really good chance at playing the game even when you go second. Unfortunately it just wasn't doing well when I played matchups where Zombie World wasn't effective. I planned for that by transitioning to a more Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon-centric Eldlich build after Side Decking. It just wasn't doing what I wanted it to do consistently.

The deck started out as a Zombie World Eldlich strategy, but once I added the Red-Eyes Fusion package, it felt more like a Subterror deck. It was aiming to set up a floodgate and a negation to hopefully buy enough turns to accumulate more advantage with the other engine - in this case the Eldlich engine - which isn't a bad idea. But it was either too much, or too slow depending on the game.

Regardless, I think you might enjoy the theory that I attempted, and who knows, maybe I can still pull out this deck in a different environment when I know that most of the room doesn't want to see Zombie World.

I'll end this part of the discussion with some smaller notes to explain some of the more obscure card choices.

I added the Dimension Shifter to the Side Deck when I realized that Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, or any other hand trap, was just too slow. It's not impactful enough here against the bigger combo decks. Taking a page out of Gabriel Vargas's Burning Abyss deck , as well as listening to some of my friends, Dimension Shifter works great if it was going to be the only hand trap you were opening with anyways. It buys you time so you can set up and disrupt your opponent the next turn.

Dimension Shifter also has a nice interaction with Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay, since you can use it to draw into Dimension Shifter. You'll often get to activate Dimension Shifter in that scenario since you won't have any cards in the graveyard going second. Just keep in mind that It does conflict with Forbidden Droplet, as well as Eldlich the Golden Lord in-hand effect and Foolish Burial.

Pot of Prosperity especially good in this deck, since you actually don't need all of the options in the Extra Deck. Many of those cards are just Super Polymerization targets that you can banish painlessly when you know you don't need them. The same goes for the Dogmatika Maximus package of Cyber Dragon Nova, Invoked Mechaba and Elder Entity N'tss. Being able to look at the top six cards of your Deck to dig for Red-Eyes Fusion, Rivalry of the Warlords to compliment Zombie World, or that Super Polymerization is great!

Realizing That The Prank Never Ends

But alas, in the end I felt that I was more comfortable with Prank-Kids than these other decks. Seeing other players doing well with the deck also gave me more confidence that maybe I can do well with it too… again!

I'm actually not as confident as I used to be playing Prank-Kids, since I know that by now, a lot of players are more familiar with the matchup. They've adapted their card choices, siding stuff like Twin Twisters and learning to use it in the Standby Phase to destroy my set Prank-Kids Pandemonium. Some players even started a trend and tried to popularize Contact "C" to completely end a Prank-Kids player's turn!

I was also worried about the new Ogdoadic Reptile deck, and all the quiet hype surrounding it. I simply didn't know what to do if my opponent resolved Snake Rain, since I have no experience playing against any of the several iterations of the strategy.

So the night before the tournament I fixed up my Prank deck. I made some metagame calls that felt safer to me. I set my alarm, and went to bed.

Up to this sentence, everything I've written in this article was written before the event happened. Now the event's over, and I can give you a gist of what happened, and the changes I've made to my Prank-Kids build.

Here's the updated list that I ended up using! I got really lucky and finished in 2nd Place after Swiss and the Top 8 playoffs, with a final record of 7-2 overall.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Prank-Kids by Hanko Chow

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

Created By: Hanko Chow

Event: Remote Duel Invitational Qualifier Group A

Rank: 2nd

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Market Price: $425.71

Cards

Prank-Kids Rip-Roarin-Roaster

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2+ *Prank-Kids" monsters

Must be Link Summoned. (Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card; destroy all Spells and Traps your opponent controls. If this card in your possession is sent to your GY by your opponent's card: You can target 1 card in your GY, except a Link Monster; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Rip-Roarin-Roaster" once per turn.

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Solemn Judgment

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Pay half of your Life Points. Negate the activation of a Spell Card / Trap Card / Normal Summon / Flip Summon / Special Summon and destroy the Spell Card, Trap Card, or Summoned monster.

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Harpie's Feather Duster

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

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Triple Tactics Talent

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If your opponent has activated a monster effect during your Main Phase this turn: Activate 1 of these effects;

• Draw 2 cards.
• Take control of 1 monster your opponent controls until the End Phase.
• Look at your opponent's hand, and choose 1 card from it to shuffle into the Deck.
You can only activate 1 "Triple Tactics Talent" per turn.

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Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

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When a card or effect is activated that includes any of these effects (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; negate that effect.

• Add a card from the Deck to the hand.
• Special Summon from the Deck.
• Send a card from the Deck to the GY.
You can only use this effect of "Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring" once per turn.

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Toadally Awesome

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2 Level 2 Aqua-Type monsters

Once per turn, during the Standby Phase: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 "Frog" monster from your Deck. Once per turn, during either player's turn, when your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect: You can send 1 Aqua-Type monster from your hand or face-up from your field to the Graveyard; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card, then you can Set it to your field. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 WATER monster in your Graveyard; add it to your hand.

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Instant Fusion

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

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Prank-Kids Pranks

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You can discard 1 "Prank-Kids" card; Special Summon 1 "Prank-Kids Token" (Pyro/FIRE/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0), but it cannot be Tributed. During your End Phase: You can target 3 "Prank-Kids" cards in your GY, except "Prank-Kids Pranks"; shuffle all 3 into the Deck, then draw 1 card. You can only use each effect of "Prank-Kids Pranks" 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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Prank-Kids Meow-Meow-Mu

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1 Level 4 or lower "Prank-Kids" monster

You can only Link Summon "Prank-Kids Meow-Meow-Mu" once per turn. If a "Prank-Kids" monster you control would Tribute itself to activate its effect during your opponent's turn, you can banish this card you control or from your GY instead. You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Meow-Meow-Mu" 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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Droll & Lock Bird

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If your opponent adds a card(s) from their Deck to their hand, except during the Draw Phase, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard. For the rest of this turn, neither player can add card(s) from their Deck to their hand. (Drawing cards is also considered as "adding a card to the hand".)

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Prank-Kids Weather Washer

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2 "Prank-Kids" monsters

If your "Prank-Kids" monster attacks, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step. During your opponent's turn (Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card, then target 2 "Prank-Kids" non-Fusion Monsters with different names in your GY; Special Summon them. They cannot be destroyed by battle this turn. You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Weather Washer" once per turn.

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Monster Reborn

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Prank-Kids Pandemonium

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During the Main Phase: Fusion Summon 1 "Prank-Kids" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand or field as Fusion Material. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Normal or Special Summon monsters, except "Prank-Kids" monsters.

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Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion

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When a card or effect is activated that includes any of these effects (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; negate that activation.

• Add a card(s) from the GY to the hand, Deck, and/or Extra Deck.
• Special Summon a Monster Card(s) from the GY.
• Banish a card(s) from the GY.
You can only use this effect of "Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion" once per turn.

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Prank-Kids Dropsies

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If this card is sent to the GY as material for the Fusion or Link Summon of a "Prank-Kids" monster: You can gain 1000 LP, then you can Special Summon 1 "Prank-Kids" monster from your hand or Deck in Defense Position, except "Prank-Kids Dropsies". You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Dropsies" 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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Evenly Matched

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At the end of the Battle Phase, if your opponent controls more cards than you do: You can make your opponent banish cards from their field face-down so they control the same number of cards as you do. If you control no cards, you can activate this card from your hand.

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Prank-Kids Lampsies

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If this card is sent to the GY as material for the Fusion or Link Summon of a "Prank-Kids" monster: You can inflict 500 damage to your opponent, then you can Special Summon 1 "Prank-Kids" monster from your hand or Deck in Defense Position, except "Prank-Kids Lampsies". You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Lampsies" once per turn.

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Prank-Kids Battle Butler

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"Prank-Kids Lampsies" + "Prank-Kids Dropsies" + "Prank-Kids Fansies"

Must be Fusion Summoned. (Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card; destroy all monsters your opponent controls. If this card in your possession is sent to your GY by your opponent's card: You can target 1 non-Fusion Monster in your GY; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Battle Butler" once per turn.

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Terraforming

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Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Book of Moon

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Target 1 face-up monster on the field; change that target to face-down Defense Position.

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Prank-Kids Bow-Wow-Bark

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2 "Prank-Kids" monsters

A "Prank-Kids" monster this card points to gains 1000 ATK. During your opponent's turn (Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card, then target 2 "Prank-Kids" cards with different names in your GY, except Link Monsters; add them to your hand, also "Prank-Kids" monsters you control cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects this turn. You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Bow-Wow-Bark" once per turn.

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Cosmic Cyclone

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

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Accesscode Talker

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2+ Effect Monsters

Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this card's effect activations. If this card is Link Summoned: You can target 1 Link Monster that was used as material for its Link Summon; this card gains ATK equal to that monster's Link Rating x 1000. You can banish 1 Link Monster from your field or GY; destroy 1 card your opponent controls, also for the rest of this turn, you cannot banish monsters with that same Attribute to activate this effect of "Accesscode Talker".

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Dinowrestler Pankratops

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If your opponent controls more monsters than you do, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can only Special Summon "Dinowrestler Pankratops" once per turn this way. (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 "Dinowrestler" monster, then target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy it. You can only use this effect of "Dinowrestler Pankratops" once per turn.

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Mystic Mine

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If your opponent controls more monsters than you do, your opponent cannot activate monster effects or declare an attack. If you control more monsters than your opponent does, you cannot activate monster effects or declare an attack. Once per turn, during the End Phase, if both players control the same number of monsters: Destroy this card.

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Prank-Kids Place

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When this card is activated: You can add 1 "Prank-Kids" monster from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn, if you Fusion Summon a "Prank-Kids" Fusion Monster (except during the Damage Step): You can have all monsters you control gain 500 ATK (even if this card leaves the field). Once per turn, if you Link Summon a "Prank-Kids" Link Monster (except during the Damage Step): You can have all monsters your opponent controls lose 500 ATK (even if this card leaves the field). You can only activate 1 "Prank-Kids Place" per turn.

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Prank-Kids Rocksies

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If this card is sent to the GY as material for the Fusion or Link Summon of a "Prank-Kids" monster: You can banish 1 card from your hand, and if you do, draw 1 card, then, you can Special Summon 1 "Prank-Kids" monster from your hand or Deck in Defense Position, except "Prank-Kids Rocksies". You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Rocksies" once per turn.

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Prank-Kids Dodo-Doodle-Doo

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2 "Prank-Kids" monsters

If this card is Link Summoned: You can add 1 "Prank-Kids" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand. You can Tribute this card, then target 2 "Prank-Kids" cards with different names in your GY, except Link Monsters; add them to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Prank-Kids Dodo-Doodle-Doo" once per turn.

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Artifact Lancea

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

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Prank-Kids Fansies

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If this card is sent to the GY as material for the Fusion or Link Summon of a "Prank-Kids" monster: You can send 1 "Prank-Kids" card from your Deck to the GY, except "Prank-Kids Fansies", then you can Special Summon 1 "Prank-Kids" monster from your hand or Deck in Defense Position, except "Prank-Kids Fansies". You can only use this effect of "Prank-Kids Fansies" once per turn.

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Prank-Kids Rocket Ride

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2 "Prank-Kids" monsters

If this card is Fusion Summoned: You can have this card lose 1000 ATK this turn, also it can attack directly this turn. You can Tribute this card, then target 2 "Prank-Kids" non-Fusion Monsters with different names in your GY; Special Summon them, but they cannot attack this turn. You can only use each effect of "Prank-Kids Rocket Ride" once per turn.

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If you've been following my journey with this deck, you may have a feel for my Prank-Kids philosophy already. I'm against playing Pot of Desires at the moment, since I feel it creates a lot of unnecessary luck factors, and I don't think There Can Be Only One is the best floodgate for this deck. I still have faith in Mystic Mine and I've rearranged some other cards to adapt to the current shape of competition.

I was going to play Psy-Framegear Gamma, but I felt that even though it's often very good in the early game, it's lackluster in some matchups and becomes deadweight in the mid-game. My friend Cote suggested I play Book of Moon instead. And after thinking about it, I thought I'd give it a try.

Book of Moon does have a lot of flexibility in this format, and can help Prank-Kids setup another form of disruption going first, or help force out an interruption going second. So I replaced the PSY-Framegear Gamma with Book of Moon, and maxed out on Triple Tactics Talent as well. Yeah, I remember mentioning that I'm not a big fan of Triple Tactics Talent, but its effects are just very strong and flexible. Paired with Mystic Mine or Book of Moon, I can usually create the scenario to help meet Triple Tactics Talent activation condition.

I added Prank-Kids Rip-Roarin-Roaster to my Extra Deck, as I realized it's a very strong follow-up after resolving the revival effect of Prank-Kids Weather Washer, bringing out the free bodies you need to help make it. I thought the card was too much of a commitment, but it turns out that it can be a low-risk high-reward play as well. You either clear all of your opponent's backrow cards, so you don't have to deal with Torrential Tribute or other generic traps, or it gets negated by a Solemn Strike or Solemn Judgment. When that happens, it's still sent to the graveyard in your possession, so you can trigger its other effect to get a card back from your graveyard! That's some pretty good value.

There are other scenarios where it can be good too. For example, it's a good option if you need to make something with 3000 ATK, but you're stuck under the summoning restriction of Prank-Kids Pandemonium and only summoning Prank-Kids, AND you don't have access to Prank-Kids Battle Butler. Prank-Kids Rip-Roarin-Roaster can help beat over some weird scenarios, especially if the Field Spell's lowering the ATK of opposing monsters by 500.

Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion

I ran Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion in my Side Deck this time because I felt it was generic enough and strong enough to be flexible in all sorts of matchups. I'll be writing up a more extensive theory on Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion later this week. Do I regret playing it? No. But if I'd known that I'd be playing against two Prank-Kids mirrors back-to-back in the semi-finals and Grand Finals? Maybe I would have played Contact "C" instead to have a better chance at winning those mirrors. That's hindsight for ya!

I keep mentioning that I wanted flexible cards, and that's because I prioritized my Main Deck to beat Dragon Link, focusing on it more than other matchups. It just so happens that the cards that beat Dragon Link are also very good against Dinosaurs, Invoked Dogmatika, and even Tri-Brigade, all of which are very popular. So when I sided them out, I wanted to have the most flexible options available to adapt to whatever other matchup I was facing.

If I had to pick an MVP from my playtesting, and in the event itself, it had to be Artifact Lancea. It's not useful in the Prank-Kids mirror, and it's kind of subpar against a variety of rogue matchups, sure. But it was THE card that gave me a chance to win whenever I saw it against Tri-Brigades, Dinosaurs and especially Invoked.

Onto The Matchups!

Surprisingly I faced a total of five Dinosaur players over the course of the tournament, as well as one Zoodiac Eldlich deck, a Shaddoll build, and the two Prank-Kids mirrors in the Semi-Finals and Finals. Don't ask me how I dodged Dragon Link. I honestly don't know why most of my matchups wound up being Dinos.

I honestly expected to see more of the best deck - Dragon Link - as well as the best future investment deck - Tri-Brigades. I've seen both decks a lot at local events, but somehow I just didn't encounter them at all in this event.

One of my losses was to a Dinosaur player in the last round of Swiss. The Dino deck is Prank-Kid's worst matchup, so my luck was bound to run out given the sheer number of them I had to play. My second loss was a Prank-Kids mirror match in the Finals. Whoever draws better usually wins the Prank-Kids mirror, and I drew four Prank-Kids while my opponent drew a more playable hand than mine.

Unfortunate, but I still managed to score myself 24 packs of Blazing Vortex, the RDI Qualifier Game Mat featuring Aleister the Invoker, and most importantly an invite to the next Remote Duel Invitational Qualifier! I'm very excited to rejoin such a prestigious event. Maybe this time I'll actually accomplish my goal of finishing Top 4 and getting that Prize Card.

I want to thank everyone for following my journey with Prank-Kids so far, as well as for believing in my theory and deckbuilding style. The Qualifier ran smoothly overall and I want to thank the judges and tournament staff for taking the time to host the event. That's it for me! I'll see you all later, at the Remote Duel Extravaganza this weekend!