The first-ever Remote Duel Invitational for North American competitors featured sixteen recognized duelists. Eleven competitors from the United States and five more Canada threw down in 4 Swiss Rounds cutting to a Top 4, and at the end of the weekend it was Canadian duelist Sam Arunnaveesiri, AKA TeamSamuraix1, who took the title of King of Games with Dinosaurs!

This week I had the honor of interviewing my fellow Canadians Bo Tang and Thomas Cheung. I wanted to ask them about their experience with the event: how they got everything set up for remote duels, the decks they played and their thoughts on the current format.

Bo Tang is a master duelist with numerous Top Cut appearances in Regionals, Nationals, and the Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Series. He even represented Canada in the 2011 World Championships! Tang's been playing Yu-Gi-Oh since the era of Dino Rabbit and Six Samurais, all the way through to Nekroz and most recently Sky Strikers.

Bo Tang's definitely one of Canada's best; here's the Dogmatika Nekroz deck he played at the Invitational.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Dogmatika Nekroz by Bo Tang

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

Created By: Bo Tang

Event: Remote Duel Invitational - 2020-08-23

Rank:

Advanced

Market Price: $607.97

Cards

Nekroz Cycle

Market Price: $0.76

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This card can be used to Ritual Summon any "Nekroz" Ritual Monster. Tribute monsters from your hand or field, then Ritual Summon 1 "Nekroz" Ritual Monster from your hand or Graveyard whose Level exactly equals the total Levels of those monsters. You can only use this effect of "Nekroz Cycle" once per turn. If you control no monsters: You can banish this card and 1 "Nekroz" monster from your Graveyard; add 1 "Nekroz" Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.

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Dinowrestler Pankratops

Market Price: $0.24

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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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Nekroz of Clausolas

Market Price: $0.54

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You can Ritual Summon this card with any "Nekroz" Ritual Spell. Must be Ritual Summoned and not special Summoned by other ways. You can only use each of these effects of "Nekroz of Clausolas" once per turn. 

• You can discard this card; add 1 "Nekroz" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand.
• During the player's turn: You can target 1 face-up monster on the field that was Special Summoned from the Extra Deck; until the end of this turn, that target's ATK becomes 0, also that target's effects are negated.

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Nekroz of Trishula

Market Price: $1.18

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You can Ritual Summon this card with any "Nekroz" Ritual Spell. Must be Ritual Summoned without using any Level 9 monsters, and can not be Special Summoned by other ways. You can only use each of these effects of "Nekroz of Trishula" once per turn. 

• During the player's turn, when a card or effect is activated that targets a "Nekroz" monster(s) you control: You can discard this card; negate the activation.
• When this card is Ritual Summoned, you can: Banish exactly 3 of your opponent's cards, 1 each from their hand, field, and GY. (The card in the hand is chosen at random.)

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Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted

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During the Main Phase, if a monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck is on the field (Quick Effect): You can Special Summon this card from your hand, then, if you control another "Dogmatika" monster, you can negate the effects of 1 face-up monster on the field, until the end of this turn. When your "Dogmatika" monster declares an attack: You can make all "Dogmatika" monsters you currently control gain 500 ATK. You can only use each effect of "Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted" once per turn.

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Shaddoll Schism

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During the Main Phase, you can: Fusion Summon 1 "Shaddoll" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, by banishing Fusion Materials listed on it from your field or GY, but it cannot attack directly. Then, you can send to the GY 1 monster your opponent controls with the same Attribute as that Fusion Summoned monster. You can only use this effect of "Shaddoll Schism" 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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Tornado Dragon

Market Price: $0.23

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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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Infinite Impermanence

Market Price: $9.66

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Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; negate its effects (until the end of this turn), then, if this card was Set before activation and is on the field at resolution, for the rest of this turn all other Spell/Trap effects in this column are negated. If you control no cards, you can activate this card from your hand.

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Evilswarm Exciton Knight

Market Price: $2.91

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2 Level 4 monsters

Once per chain, during your Main Phase or your opponent's Battle Phase, if your opponent has more total cards in their hand and field than you do (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card; destroy all other cards on the field, also your opponent takes no further damage this turn.

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Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

Market Price: $18.08

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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

Market Price: $6.09

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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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Nekroz Mirror

Market Price: $0.24

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This card can be used to Ritual Summon any "Nekroz" Ritual Monster. Tribute monsters from your hand or field, and/or banish "Nekroz" monsters from your GY, then Ritual Summon 1 "Nekroz" Ritual Monster from your hand Level exactly equals the total Levels of those monsters. You can only use this effect of "Nekroz Mirror" once per turn. If you control no monsters: You can banish this card and 1 "Nekroz" monster from your GY; add 1 "Nekroz" from your Deck to your hand.

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Herald of the Arc Light

Market Price: $1.40

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

Any monster sent from the hand or Main Deck to the GY is banished instead. When a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect, is activated (Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 Ritual Monster or 1 Ritual Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Abyss Dweller

Market Price: $0.93

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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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Triple Tactics Talent

Market Price: $36.82

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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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Dogmatika Punishment

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Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; send 1 monster with an equal or higher ATK from your Extra Deck to the GY, and if you do, destroy that monster. Until the end of your next turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck. You can only activate 1 "Dogmatika Punishment" per turn.

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There Can Be Only One

Market Price: $1.23

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

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Token Collector

Market Price: $2.88

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If a Token is Special Summoned (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from the GY (if it was there when the Token was Special Summoned) or hand (even if not). You can only use this effect of "Token Collector" once per turn. If this card is Special Summoned: Destroy as many Tokens on the field as possible, and if you do, this card gains 400 ATK for each Token destroyed. Neither player can Special Summon Tokens.

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El Shaddoll Construct

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1 "Shaddoll" monster + 1 LIGHT monster

Must first be Fusion Summoned. If this card is Special Summoned: You can send 1 "Shaddoll" card from your Deck to the GY. At the start of the Damage Step, if this card battles a Special Summoned monster: Destroy that monster. If this card is sent to the GY: You can target 1 "Shaddoll" Spell/Trap in your GY; add it to your hand.

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Nekroz Kaleidoscope

Market Price: $0.25

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This card can be used to Ritual Summon any number of "Nekroz" Ritual Monsters. Tribute 1 monster from your hand or field, or send 1 monster from your Extra Deck to the GY, also, after that, Ritual Summon any number of "Nekroz" monsters whose total Levels exactly equal the level of that monster. You can only use this effect of "Nekroz Kaleidoscope" once per turn. If you control no monsters: You can banishthis card and 1 "Nekroz" monster from your GY; add 1 "Nekroz" Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.

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El Shaddoll Winda

Market Price: $1.51

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1 "Shaddoll" monster + 1 DARK monster

Must first be Fusion Summoned. Cannot be destroyed by an opponent's card effects. Each player can only Special Summon monster(s) once per turn while this card is face-up on the field. If this card is sent to the GY: You can target 1 "Shaddoll" Spell/Trap in your GY; add it to your hand.

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Reinforcement of the Army

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

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Lightning Storm

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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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Dogmatika Maximus

Market Price: $0.88

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You can banish 1 Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, or Link Monster from your GY; Special Summon this card from your hand. During your Main Phase: You can activate this effect; send 2 monsters with different names from your Extra Deck to the GY, also your opponent sends 2 monsters from their Extra Deck to the GY, also you cannot Special Summon from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Dogmatika Maximus" once per turn.

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Nadir Servant

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Send 1 monster from your Extra Deck to the GY, then add 1 "Dogmatika" monster or "Fallen of Albaz" from your Deck or GY to your hand, that has ATK less than or equal to that sent monster in the GY, also, for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck. You can only activate 1 "Nadir Servant" per turn.

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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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Shurit, Strategist of the Nekroz

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If you Ritual Summon exactly 1 "Nekroz" Ritual Monster with a card effect that requires use of monsters, this card can be used as the entire requirement. If this card is Tributed by a card effect: You can add 1 Warrior-Type "Nekroz" Ritual Monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Shurit, Strategist of the Nekroz" once per turn.

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Titaniklad the Ash Dragon

Market Price: $1.55

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"Fallen of Albaz" + 1 monster with 2500 or more ATK

Gains ATK equal to the combined original Levels of the monsters used for its Fusion Summon x 100. After this card is Fusion Summoned, for the rest of this turn, it is unaffected by the activated effects of any other monsters Special Summoned from the Extra Deck. During the End Phase, if this card is in the GY because it was sent there this turn: You can add to your hand, or Special Summon, 1 "Fallen of Albaz" or "Dogmatika" monster from your Deck. You can only use this effect of "Titaniklad the Ash Dragon" once per turn.

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Nibiru, the Primal Being

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During the Main Phase, if your opponent Normal or Special Summoned 5 or more monsters this turn (Quick Effect): You can Tribute as many face-up monsters on the field as possible, and if you do, Special Summon this card from your hand, then Special Summon 1 "Primal Being Token" (Rock/LIGHT/Level 11/ATK ?/DEF ?) to your opponent's field. (This Token's ATK/DEF become the combined original ATK/DEF of the Tributed monsters.) You can only use this effect of "Nibiru, the Primal Being" once per turn.

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The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode

Market Price: $9.63

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

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Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous

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Cannot be destroyed by battle with a monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck. You can only use each of the following effects of "Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous" once per turn. If a monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck is on the field: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can activate this effect; add 1 "Dogmatika" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous", also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn.

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Nekroz of Unicore

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You can Ritual Summon this card with any "Nekroz" Ritual Spell. Must be Ritual Summoned and not special Summoned by other ways. You can discard this card, then target 1 "Nekroz" card in your GY, except "Nekroz of Unicore"; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Nekroz of Unicore" once per turn. Negate the effects of face-up monsters on the field that were Special Summoned from the Extra Deck.

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Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands

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When this card is Normal or Flip Summoned: You can add 1 Ritual Monster Card or 1 Ritual Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.

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Nekroz of Brionac

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You can Ritual Summon this card with any "Nekroz" Ritual Spell. Must be Ritual Summoned, without using "Nekroz of Brionac", and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. You can only use each of these effects of "Nekroz of Brionac" once per turn.

• You can discard this card; add 1 "Nekroz" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Nekroz of Brionac".
• You can target up to 2 face-up monsters on the field that were Special Summoned from the Extra Deck; shuffle them into the Deck.

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PSY-Frame Driver

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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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Unending Nightmare

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You can pay 1000 LP, then target 1 face-up Spell/Trap on the field; destroy it. You can only activate this effect of "Unending Nightmare" once per Chain.

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Nekroz of Valkyrus

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You can Ritual Summon this card with any "Nekroz" Ritual Spell. Must be Ritual Summoned without using any Level 8 monsters, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. You can only use each of these effects of "Nekroz of Valkyrus" once per turn.

• When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can banish 1 "Nekroz" card from your GY and discard this card; negate the attack, then end the Battle Phase.
• During your Main Phase: You can Tribute up to 2 monsters from your hand and/or your side of the field, and if you do, draw the same number of cards you Tributed.

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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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Five-Headed Dragon

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5 Dragon-Type monsters

Must be Fusion Summoned, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. Cannot be destroyed by battle with a DARK, EARTH, WATER, FIRE, or WIND monster.

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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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Preparation of Rites

Market Price: $0.69

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Add to your hand 1 Level 7 or lower Ritual Monster Card from your Deck. Then you can add to your hand 1 Ritual Spell Card from your Graveyard.

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Effect Veiler

Market Price: $2.46

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During your opponent's Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY, then target 1 Effect Monster your opponent controls; negate the effects of that face-up monster your opponent controls, until the end of this turn.

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Evenly Matched

Market Price: $17.13

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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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Thomas Cheung is better known as Tombox from the MST.TV Youtube channel. He creates content covering rulings and card interactions to help players become better at the game, as well as lots of deck profiles. Having been a judge in the past Cheung's constantly studying, finding new ways to educate and entertain Yu-Gi-Oh players on Youtube and social media.

Cheung played an Adamancipator build with some of the weekend's big picks, like the Unexpected Dai engine with Angel Trumpeter and Beta the Magnet Warrior. Here's what it looked like.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Adamancipators by Thomas Cheung

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

Created By: Thomas Cheung

Event: Remote Duel Invitational - 2020-08-23

Rank:

Advanced

Market Price: $492.78

Cards

Adamancipator Analyzer

Market Price: $0.22

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If only your opponent controls a monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 excavated Level 4 or lower non-Tuner Rock monster, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Analyzer" once per turn.

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Gigantes

Market Price: $0.23

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 EARTH monster from your Graveyard. If this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: Destroy all Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

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Tackle Crusader

Market Price: $0.26

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If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can activate 1 of these effects; // * Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; change that target to face-down Defense Position. // * Target 1 face-up Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; return that target to the hand. This turn, your opponent cannot activate cards, or the effects of cards, with the same name as the card returned to the hand by this effect.

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Koa'ki Meiru Guardian

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During each of your End Phases, destroy this card unless you send 1 Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru from your hand to the Graveyard or reveal 1 Rock-Type monster in your hand. You can Tribute this card to negate the activation of an Effect Monster's effect and destroy that monster.

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Appointer of the Red Lotus

Market Price: $0.64

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Pay 2000 LP and reveal your entire hand; look at your opponent's hand and banish 1 card from their hand, until your opponent's next End Phase.

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Dinowrestler Pankratops

Market Price: $0.24

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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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Martial Metal Marcher

Market Price: $0.38

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can target 1 Tuner in your GY; Special Summon it in Defense Position, but negate its effects. You can only use this effect of "Martial Metal Marcher" once per turn. A Synchro Monster that used this card as material is treated as a Tuner while face-up on the field.

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Link Spider

Market Price: $3.24

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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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Cosmic Cyclone

Market Price: $1.95

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

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Foolish Burial

Market Price: $0.70

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Send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

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Adamancipator Risen - Raptite

Market Price: $0.25

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 excavated Rock monster in Defense Position, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. During your opponent's turn, if a WIND monster is in your GY (Quick Effect): You can target 1 card in your opponent's GY; banish it. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Risen - Raptite" once per turn.

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Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

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2+ monsters with different names, except Tokens

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

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Token Collector

Market Price: $2.88

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If a Token is Special Summoned (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from the GY (if it was there when the Token was Special Summoned) or hand (even if not). You can only use this effect of "Token Collector" once per turn. If this card is Special Summoned: Destroy as many Tokens on the field as possible, and if you do, this card gains 400 ATK for each Token destroyed. Neither player can Special Summon Tokens.

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Doki Doki

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You can discard 1 Rock-Type monster; Special Summon from your Deck, 1 Rock-Type monster that has the same original Attribute and Level as that monster, in face-up Attack Position or face-down Defense Position. You can only use this effect of "Doki Doki" once per turn.

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I:P Masquerena

Market Price: $7.01

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2 non-Link Monsters

During your opponent's Main Phase, you can (Quick Effect): Immediately after this effect resolves, Link Summon 1 Link Monster using materials you control, including this card. You can only use this effect of "I:P Masquerena" once per turn. A Link Monster that used this card as material cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects.

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Infinite Impermanence

Market Price: $9.66

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Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; negate its effects (until the end of this turn), then, if this card was Set before activation and is on the field at resolution, for the rest of this turn all other Spell/Trap effects in this column are negated. If you control no cards, you can activate this card from your hand.

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Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion

Market Price: $0.40

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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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Angel Trumpeter

Market Price: $1.46

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Linkross

Market Price: $2.45

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1 Link-2 or higher Link Monster

If this card is Link Summoned: You can activate this effect; Special Summon a number of "Link Tokens" (Cyberse/LIGHT/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) up to the Link Rating of the monster used for this card's Link Summon, also you cannot use "Link Tokens" as Link Material for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Linkross" once per turn.

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Adamancipator Seeker

Market Price: $0.21

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If you control an "Adamancipator" monster, except "Adamancipator Seeker": You can Special Summon this card from your hand. During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 excavated Level 4 or lower non-Tuner Rock monster, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Seeker" once per turn.

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Lightning Storm

Market Price: $69.00

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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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Adamancipator Researcher

Market Price: $1.09

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If you control a Rock monster, except "Adamancipator Researcher": You can Special Summon this card from your hand. During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 excavated Level 4 or lower non-Tuner Rock monster, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Researcher" once per turn.

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Red Reboot

Market Price: $0.27

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

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Borreload Savage Dragon

Market Price: $28.38

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

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

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Union Carrier

Market Price: $1.58

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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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Magical Mid-Breaker Field

Market Price: $0.48

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Activate this card at the start of your Main Phase 1 or 2. During each player's Main Phase 1, monsters on the field cannot be destroyed by their opponent's card effects, also neither player can target monsters their opponent controls. You cannot activate or Set Field Spell Cards.

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Dragon Buster Destruction Sword

Market Price: $0.42

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You can target 1 "Buster Blader" you control; equip this monster from your hand or your side of the field to that target. While this card is equipped to a monster, your opponent cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck. While this card is equipped to a monster: You can Special Summon this equipped card. You can only use this effect of "Dragon Buster Destruction Sword" once per turn.

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Nibiru, the Primal Being

Market Price: $12.13

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During the Main Phase, if your opponent Normal or Special Summoned 5 or more monsters this turn (Quick Effect): You can Tribute as many face-up monsters on the field as possible, and if you do, Special Summon this card from your hand, then Special Summon 1 "Primal Being Token" (Rock/LIGHT/Level 11/ATK ?/DEF ?) to your opponent's field. (This Token's ATK/DEF become the combined original ATK/DEF of the Tributed monsters.) You can only use this effect of "Nibiru, the Primal Being" once per turn.

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Abyss Dweller

Market Price: $0.93

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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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Revival Golem

Market Price: $1.33

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The effect if "Revival Golem" can only be used once per turn. When this card is sent from your Deck to the Graveyard: Activate 1 of these effects. // * Special Summon this card from the Graveyard. // * Add this card from the Graveyard to your hand.

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Koa'ki Meiru Supplier

Market Price: $13.62

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If a face-up Rock monster you control is sent to the GY (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Special Summoned: You can add from your Deck to your hand, 1 "Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru" or 1 card that specifically lists "Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru" in its text, except "Koa'ki Meiru Supplier". You can only use each effect of "Koa'ki Meiru Supplier" once per turn.

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Tenyi Spirit - Adhara

Market Price: $1.04

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

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Knightmare Unicorn

Market Price: $0.51

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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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Weeping Idol

Market Price: $0.26

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You can banish 1 Tuner from your GY; Special Summon this card from your hand.


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

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Beta The Magnet Warrior

Market Price: $0.26

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Alpha, Beta, and Gamma meld as one to form a powerful monster.

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Knightmare Cerberus

Market Price: $2.59

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2 monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Special Summoned monster in your opponent's Main Monster Zone; destroy it, then if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Cerberus" once per turn. Your co-linked monsters cannot be destroyed by card effects.

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Accesscode Talker

Market Price: $61.51

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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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Block Dragon

Market Price: $0.22

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand or GY) by banishing 3 EARTH monsters from your hand and/or GY, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. Rock monsters you control cannot be destroyed, except by battle. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add up to 3 Rock monsters from your Deck to your hand, whose total Levels equal 8. You can only use this effect of "Block Dragon" once per turn.

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Crystron Halqifibrax

Market Price: $37.95

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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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Gallant Granite

Market Price: $1.91

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2 Level 4 monsters

You can detach 1 material from this card, then activate 1 of these effects;
• Add 1 Rock monster from your Deck to your hand.
• Special Summon 1 Rock monster from your hand in face-down Defense Position.
You can only use this effect of "Gallant Granite" once per turn.

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Unexpected Dai

Market Price: $0.26

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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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Herald of the Arc Light

Market Price: $1.40

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

Any monster sent from the hand or Main Deck to the GY is banished instead. When a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect, is activated (Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 Ritual Monster or 1 Ritual Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Miracle Rupture

Market Price: $5.75

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Send 1 Level 4 or lower Rock monster from your Deck to the GY, then, if "Fossil Fusion" is in your GY, draw 1 card. You can only activate 1 "Miracle Rupture" per turn.

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Both of these players definitely have what it takes and deserved to be in the spotlight, helping to showcase Remote Duels. But unfortunately, they didn't get any of their games on stream. So let's dive right into the questions and find out how it went for them!

How were you invited to the Remote Duel Invitational?

Bo Tang: "I think I was selected based on my previous performance at events like the Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Series, WCQs, Worlds and Comic Con. This was a prestigious event and I'm proud I was invited as a player."

Thomas Cheung: "I got invited like anyone else via an email. I did make a couple Remoote Duel videos already, one of which was sponsored by Konami."

Was it hard to set up remote dueling on your desktop?

Bo Tang: "No, it was not hard at all. If you have a PC or laptop with Discord installed, a webcam to capture your field to your opponent, then you are good to go."

Thomas Cheung: "Setting up remote dueling is actually not that difficult because my standard Yugitubing set-up was like a fixture in my room already. It's the little details that make it difficult. A top-down camera is really all you need with a decent internet connection."

How did you choose your deck for the tournament?

Bo Tang: "I played Nekroz Dogmatika because Nekroz is one of my favorite decks. Nekroz is at full power and we now have three Nekroz of Unicore available again; I believe it has a good matchup against combo decks. In addition, my deck allowed me to search any cards I needed at any stage of the game. I wanted to take this opportunity to show people how good Nekroz is."

Thomas Cheung: "I was originally going for Dogmatika Synchro Eldlich, but through testing with many of my friends I came to a different decision. The deck is great, but only if you get two complimenting engines; the Synchro engine is much harder to use, and if you open poorly, any hand trap can turn your hand into a brick. I chose to go with a deck I was more or less comfortable with, Rock."

What was your mindset preparing for the event?

Bo Tang: "I predicted the metagame for the tournament would be 70% combo and 30% control, so I built my deck to beat combo with 14 hand traps in the Main and Side Deck, and sided backrow removal for control."

Thomas Cheung: "My mindset was to try to have fun and hope that everyone else also enjoys remote dueling. The goal for me was Top 4, but knowing that it was only sixtteen players, unlike most tournaments, you can't really even finish X-1 to make it. Realistically, Between working a 9-to--6 job and making videos, it was hard to find the time to practice. I was just hoping not to go X-4 against such a strong line of players."

How did you do? What were the highlights or your favorite moments in the event?

Bo Tang: "I did not perform too well. I lost to super unfair cards like a topdecked Block Dragon. But I still like my deck a lot. There was one game against Adamancipator where I had Nekroz of Unicore on the field and my opponent wasted a ton of resources to make a Borreload Savage Dragon just to try and attack over it. I followed up with a Nekroz of Trishula play and ended the game."

Thomas Cheung: "Round 1 was one of my highlights, even though I lost in time to Aaron Furman, I definitely gave him a scare in Game 3. I attempted to combo and then actually got disrupted with a Token Collector. I fell behind, but his follow-up wasn't too strong because his hand had a lot of Dogmatika cards and not enough Eldlich. He couldn't summon his Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted, because my Extra Deck monsters were all removed from the field. So I used Angel Trumpeter to regain some ground, eventually leading to a full recovery as well as being able to summon Accesscode Talker for an OTK. Unfortunately that was cut short in the Main Phase because time was called."

What changes would you make to your deck if you were to enter another event?

Bo Tang: "I would play three copies of Triple Tactics Talent instead of one, so that I would have more powerful cards in my Main Deck."

Thomas Cheung: "I'd main the Red Reboot, and swap the Infinite Impermanence for Forbidden Droplets or go above 40 for them. It isn't mandatory for the Rock deck to be at 40 cards. With Dogmatika in the mix, popping two cards is to be expected, and having Red Reboot against that can help make the board. Even if they aren't Dogmatika you can still use it against Infinite Impermanence, that provides a safety net during play.

"Forbidden Droplet great for stopping Dogmatika Punishment too, by removing the target and turning off big negators."

Dogmatika Punishment

I asked Bo Tang, is Dogmatika the way to go for Nekroz players? What was his opinion on the previously popular version with Impcantations or Deskbot combos?

Bo Tang: "I think the Dogmatika add a lot of consistency to the deck. Dogmatika Punishment is one of the best traps in the game right now. It gets rid of threats on the field, it recycles resources from the grave, searches from the deck, et cetera. Dogmatika Maximus also helps set up the Shaddoll Winda play by sending El Shaddoll Apkallone to the grave.

"I am not a big fan of Impcantations because they are too fair, and the only Ritual Monster I want to summon in the early game is Nekroz of Unicore. I have multiple ways to summon Nekroz of Unicore, so I don't need other redundant cards. Forbidden Droplet and Dark Ruler No More can easily shut down plays with Archlord Kristya or Vanity's Ruler too.

"I like the Deskbots. The downside is that they can be stopped by any hand trap. Since I wanted to make my deck as simple and consistent as possible, I decided to cut them. But it may be correct to play them as well."

What do you think of the current format? Do you want a new Forbidden & Limited list?

Bo Tang: "The current format is diverse and in favor of combo decks. There are many decks that are abusing the Crystron Halqifibrax Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon combo and it makes "unbreakable" boards way too easily. I think that is a problem and effect negations shouldn't be so free. Furthermore, I think Block Dragon should be banned. This card simply generates too much advantage."

Thomas Cheung: "I know people are talking about Block Dragon being unfair because it nets so much value when it works. Is it ban worthy? Maybe. I think the combos that exist need to be adjusted. Block Dragon searching for two or three Rock-types isn't that scary if there was no end goal for those monsters.

"I think Crystron Halqifibrax and Martial Metal Marcher should probably take a ban hammer. It affects all decks. Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians

combo, Rock's starting combo, Jet Synchron combos, Infernoble Knights... If you take away Crystron Halqifibrax, you'll see each of those decks start to focus on different strategies, maybe into making Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon.

That and Miscellaneousaurus, because Sam brought too much attention to it. Miscellaneousaurus and Animadorned Archosaur are just safe and consistent, it feels similar to someone setting up Koa'ki Meiru Guardian and Herald of the Arc Light, they get to combo for free."

Do you recommend people try out remote dueling with their friends? Any advice for other players setting up for remote dueling?

Bo Tang: "Yes, definitely! Anyone who has access to the equipment should try out remote dueling. This is real life Yu-Gi-Oh just like the game we used to play, and you can simply play it at home. The OTS stores who operate remote duel tournaments will help you out on any questions or technical issues."

Thomas Cheung: "Yes, I recommend doing remote dueling, I asked some of the players [and people agreed], if you have the right set-up, it's as close as you can get to dueling in real life. Basic software, just get Discord and OBS.

"Here are some equipment specs I'd recommend if you're on a budget: get a webcam like a Logitech C920 or just your smartphone. Use a cellphone clamp or a telescoping boom mic stand with a 3/8 to 1/4 thread adapter, so you can put your webcam on the mic stand. Adjust the top down and you're good to go."

Beta the Magnet Warrior

Do you have any shoutouts for people who helped you prepare for the event?

Bo Tang: "Big shoutouts to Ryan Yu and TeamSamuraiX1 for helping me perfect the deck and playtesting with me. Also shoutouts to Konami for hosting these events."

Thomas Cheung: "Shoutouts to all my friends for helping me test for that day: Justin, Dustin, Aron, Paul, and Darren for giving me some testing, and my soon-to-be-wife Hayoung for letting me practice, and Nishi for digging out the only copy of Beta the Magnet Warrior and running the channel while I was busy!"

(By the time this article is posted, Thomas Cheung will be already married! Congratulations to him and his wife!)

Did you have fun?

Bo Tang: "Of course! A lot of fun! It's great to be able to compete again during such difficult times!"

Thomas Cheung: "I did have fun. Would recommend 10/10."

And that concludes the interview! Overall it sounds like both players had a great time from start to finish. From setting up their Remote Duel rigs on their desktop, to preparing their decks and practicing, all the way to finding the cards they needed and competing.

If you're not convinced that you should try remote dueling yourself, then maybe seeing the sweet Remote Duel playmats that OTS stores are giving out will change your mind. Zach wrote an extensive article on remote dueling as well, packed with advice to help you get started.

Heck, even I'll try remote dueling once I've got it all set up! I'm still testing the waters right now, and I'm not too confident since Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon is now released. But the Remote Duel events are out there, and it's time to jump back into competition!