The first Remote Duel YCS is in the record books! After 11 Rounds of Swiss competition, 1800 competitors were reduced to a Top 16. Those players then waited patiently for three weeks to resume the Top Cut, and after a full day of livestream dueling was finished, Pak Pamornsut was crowned our newest YCS Champion, piloting the "best" deck, Prank-Kids!

Before the Top 16 even began, Pak and Sena Katagiri were my two picks to win the entire tournament. Pak was playing Prank-Kids, a deck I'm a huge fan of and that I know he's an expert with, while Ottawa's Katagiri went UNDEFEATED in Swiss.

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Those two competitors started on opposite sides of the Top 16 bracket, and in the end, surprisingly the Dragon Link player Darren Dyal ended up defeating Sena in the Semi-Finals to play against Pak. All three of these duelists put in excellent performances, and deserve to take pride in their finishes.

This week, I got some time to talk with all three of these amazing competitors and ask them some questions about the event, and the decks they played. To start things off, we have Pakawat Pamornsut, AKA Pak, our Prank-Kid champion.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Prank-Kids by Pak Pamornsut

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

Created By: Pak Pamornsut

Event: Remote Duel YCS North America

Rank: 1st

Advanced

Market Price: $600.01

Cards

Prank-Kids Dropsies

Market Price: $1.96

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Abyss Dweller

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2 Level 4 monsters

While this card has an Xyz Material attached that was originally WATER, all WATER monsters you control gain 500 ATK. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; any card effects that activate in your opponent's Graveyard cannot be activated this turn.

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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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Twin Twisters

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Discard 1 card, then target up to 2 Spells/Traps on the field; destroy them.

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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 Fusion Deck. (This Special Summon is treated as a Fusion Summon). The Fusion Monster Special Summoned by this effect cannot attack, and is destroyed during the End Phase. Only 1 Instant Fusion can be activated 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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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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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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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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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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Effect Veiler

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During your opponent's Main Phase, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard to select 1 face-up Effect Monster your opponent controls. Negate the effect(s) of that monster until the End Phase.

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Accesscode Talker

Market Price: $158.44

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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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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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Polymerization

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Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand or field as Fusion Material.

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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-Dooddle-Doo" once per turn.

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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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Prank-Kids Weather Washer

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2 "Prank-Kids" monsters

If your "Prank-Kids" 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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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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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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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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Parallel eXceed

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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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Cosmic Cyclone

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

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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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One for One

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

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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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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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Congratulations on winning the FIRST-EVER Remote Duel YCS out of over 1800 players! Why did you choose to play Prank-Kids?

Pak Pamornsut: I thought Prank-Kids would be a really great meta call for an event like this. I'll list off a few reasons why.

Pak Pamornsut: One, it can play a lot of tech cards to adapt to the metagame. Two, the new banlist put Zoodiac Drident on the Forbidden List, therefore cards like Contact "C" that were good against the pure Zoodiac and Prank-Kids matchup were no longer being played.

And three, due to people gravitating towards Drytron and Tri-Brigade, I felt that Nibiru, the Primal Being would no longer be Main Decked, since it's not the best against those two. So people would choose to play more generic hand traps like Ash Blossom & Joyous Springs, Effect Veiler, and Infinite Impermanence.



Effect Veiler and Infinite Impermanence are essentially a -1 in card economy against Prank-Kids, since Pranks can easily play through them. So to beat Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring we played Parallel eXceed, making the concession to Nibiru, the Primal Being. But because we didn't expect Nibiru, the Primal Being in the format, it made sense. And it worked out!

Would you give us a quick breakdown on what kinds of decks you played against in the YCS? How many good or bad matchups did you face? And how did you overcome them?

Pak Pamornsut: In Swiss I played against one Eldlich deck, two Drytrons, four Tri-Brigade variants, a Sky Striker build, a Prank-Kid mirror, one Virtual World deck, and one Shaddoll Invoked.

I went 10-1 in Swiss, only losing a match to one of the Tri-Brigade players, but only due to drawing zero Prank-Kids. In Top 32 I faced off against Virtual Worlds, and Drytrons in Top 16, [I played against] Virtual Worlds again in Top 8, and finally the on-stream matches were Eldlich in Top 4, and Dragon Link in the Finals.

I don't there were any "good" matchups except for Sky Strikers. Every deck I played against it was pretty 50-50. The bad matchups were definitely Virtual Worlds, and I played against a bunch of them towards the later rounds and in Top Cut.



I remember in top 32 I was able to beat Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon and Invoked Caliga by using the effect of Prank-Kids Place three times! I reduced Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon ATK to 1500 so I could beat over it with my Prank-Kids Dodo-Doodle-Doo. It's a super small technical play that carried me in those matchups.

For every other deck, because I'm actively playing the format and not sticking to just one type of strategy, I was able to have a strong understanding of where to use my interactions best. I think that helped carry me the most.

Did you miss playing Prank-Kids Rip-Roarin-Roaster? What are your thoughts on a second copy of Prank-Kids Battle Butler?

Pak Pamornsut: I only missed the Prank-Kids Rip-Roarin-Roaster in Top 4 when I had to play against Eldlich Stun. But other than that, I never missed it.



The second copy of Prank-Kids Battle Butler isn't really needed in my opinion, unless you're playing with Thunder Dragon Fusion or if you want to play around effect negation like Forbidden Droplet.

Now that the YCS is over, will you still continue to play Prank-Kids? If so, what changes would you make to the deck moving forward?

Pak Pamornsut: I'll continue to play and test different decks as the format shifts. I'm sure there will be a lot more Prank-Kids entering the competitive scene, so I think the changes I would make to the deck are definitely the tech cards. The format's evolving and the deck needs to evolve with it. I'm not sure yet on exactly what cards to change.

Thanks for your time! And congratulations again on your victory!

Winning a YCS is no easy feat. First you have to make it through the Swiss rounds and earn yourself a Top 32 spot, and you can only afford to lose or draw maybe once along the way. If you lose twice, you're on the bubble with a ton of other players, hoping to get lucky on tiebreakers. And losing three times is usually a pretty doubtful situation. Once you make the Top 32 you're in the playoffs, and you can't afford to lose if you want that sweet, sweet 1st Place finish.



Since Pak made the Top 16 of the YCS, he earned himself a Super Rare copy of Duel Link Dragon, the Duel Dragon (SR). Everyone in the Top 16 got a copy. But because he won the YCS, he was also awarded Duel Link Dragon, the Duel Dragon (UR) Not to mention a unique trophy to go along with it! That trophy's sure to make any player jealous whenever Pak can show it off.

But that's not all! He also earned prizes like a Nintendo Switch and a Playstation 5! With loot like that, why would you ever miss out on a YCS?

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Dragon Link by Darren Dyal

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

Created By: Darren Dyal

Event: Remote Duel YCS North America

Rank: 2nd

Advanced

Market Price: $662.73

Cards

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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Rokket Synchron

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target 1 Level 5 or higher DARK Dragon monster in your GY; Special Summon it in Defense Position, negate its effects, destroy it during the End Phase, also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn, except DARK monsters.

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Dragon Ravine

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Once per turn: You can discard 1 card, then activate 1 of these effects;

- Add 1 Level 4 or lower "Dragunity" monster from your Deck to your hand.
- Send 1 Dragon-Type monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

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Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

Market Price: $17.07

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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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Chamber Dragonmaid

Market Price: $77.09

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Dragonmaid" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand. At the start of the Battle Phase: You can return this card to the hand, and if you do, Special Summon 1 Level 7 or higher "Dragonmaid" monster from your hand or GY. You can only use each effect of "Chamber Dragonmaid" once per turn.

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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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Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres

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2 Dragon monsters

Once per opponent's turn, if this card is in the Extra Monster Zone (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 monster from your hand or field; return 1 face-up card on the field to the hand. If this card is Tributed: Special Summon 1 Dragon monster from your hand or Deck, but make its ATK/DEF 0. You can only use this effect of "Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres" once per turn.

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Red Reboot

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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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Black Metal Dragon

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You can target 1 "Red-Eyes" monster you control, except "Red-Eyes B. Chick"; equip this monster from your hand or field to that target. It gains 600 ATK. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "Red-Eyes" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Red-Eyes B. Chick".

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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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Number 22: Zombiestein

Market Price: $1.68

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2 Level 8 DARK monsters

Must be Xyz Summoned and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card and send 1 card from your hand to the Graveyard, then target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; change this card to Defense Position, and if you do, that face-up card has its effects negated until the end of this turn.

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Black Dragon Collapserpent

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 LIGHT monster from your Graveyard, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. You can only Special Summon "Black Dragon Collapserpent" once per turn this way. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "White Dragon Wyverburster" from your Deck to your hand.

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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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Saryuja Skull Dread

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2+ monsters with different names

This card gains effects based on the number of materials used for its Link Summon.
• 2+: If a monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to a zone this card points to: That monster(s) gains 300 ATK/DEF.
• 3+: Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 monster from your hand.
• 4: When this card is Link Summoned: You can draw 4 cards, then place 3 cards from your hand on the bottom of your Deck in any order.

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Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon

Market Price: $1.73

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by banishing 1 face-up Dragon-Type monster you control. Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Dragon-Type monster from your hand or Graveyard, except "Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon".

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Boot Sector Launch

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All "Rokket" monsters on the field gain 300 ATK/DEF.

You can activate 1 of these effects;
• Special Summon up to 2 "Rokket" monsters with different names from your hand in Defense Position.
• If your opponent controls more monsters than you do: Special Summon "Rokket" monsters with different names from your GY in Defense Position, up to the difference. You can only use this effect of "Boot Sector Launch" once per turn.

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Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon

Market Price: $36.57

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Pendulum Effect

You can pay 1000 LP, then target 1 of your banished Dragon monsters; destroy this card, and if you do, add that monster to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon" once per turn.
Monster Effect
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand or Extra Deck) by banishing 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from your GY. You can only Special Summon "Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon" once per turn this way. Once per turn: You can pay half your LP; send as many cards you control as possible to the GY, except from the Extra Monster Zone, and if you do, send cards your opponent controls to the GY, up to the number of your cards sent to the GY, then, inflict 300 damage to your opponent for each card sent to their GY by this card's effect. If this face-up Special Summoned card leaves the field, return it to the bottom of the Deck.

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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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Absorouter Dragon

Market Price: $0.73

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If you control a "Rokket" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can only Special Summon "Absorouter Dragon" once per turn this way. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 "Rokket" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Absorouter Dragon" once per turn.

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Chaos Dragon Levianeer

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 3 LIGHT and/or DARK monsters from your GY. When Summoned this way: You can activate this effect; apply the following effect, based on the Attribute(s) of the monsters banished for the Special Summon, also this card cannot attack for the rest of this turn. • Only LIGHT: Special Summon 1 monster from your GY in Defense Position. • Only DARK: Shuffle 1 random card from your opponent's hand into the Deck. • Both LIGHT and DARK: Destroy up to 2 cards on the field.

You can only use this effect of "Chaos Dragon Levianeer" once per turn.

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Dragunity Knight - Romulus

Market Price: $1.25

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2 Dragon and/or Winged Beast monsters, except Tokens

If this card is Link Summoned: You can add 1 "Dragunity" Spell/Trap or 1 "Dragon Ravine" from your Deck to your hand. If a Dragon monster(s) is Special Summoned from the Extra Deck to a zone this card points to (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon 1 Dragon or Winged Beast monster from your hand in Defense Position, but for the rest of this turn, its effects (if any) are negated and it cannot be used as Link Material. You can only use each effect of "Dragunity Knight - Romulus" once per turn.

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Striker Dragon

Market Price: $4.10

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1 Level 4 or lower Dragon monster

If this card is Link Summoned: You can add 1 "Boot Sector Launch" from your Deck to your hand. You can target 1 face-up monster you control and 1 "Rokket" monster in your GY; destroy that monster on the field, and if you do, add that other monster from the GY to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Striker Dragon" once per turn.

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Starliege Seyfert

Market Price: $11.35

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You can send any number of Dragon monsters from your hand and/or face-up field to the GY; add 1 Dragon monster from your Deck to your hand, whose Level equals the total original Levels of those monsters sent to the GY. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 Level 8 LIGHT or DARK Dragon monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Starliege Seyfert" once per turn.

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Noctovision Dragon

Market Price: $0.35

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When your opponent activates a card or effect that targets a face-down card(s) you control (Quick Effect): You can banish this card from your GY; negate that effect, also your opponent cannot target that face-down card(s) with card effects for the rest of this turn. You can only use each of the following effects of "Noctovision Dragon" once per turn.

• If a DARK Dragon monster(s) is Special Summoned to your field (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand.
• If this card is sent to the GY as Link Material: You can draw 1 card.

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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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Cosmic Cyclone

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

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World Legacy Guardragon

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When this card is activated: You can target 1 Level 4 or lower Dragon monster in your GY; add it to your hand or Special Summon it. Once per turn: You can target 1 Dragon monster you control; move that monster you control to another of your Main Monster Zones. You can only activate 1 "World Legacy Guardragon" per turn.

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Rokket Recharger

Market Price: $1.69

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If a DARK monster(s) you control that was Special Summoned from the Extra Deck is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can send this card from your hand or field to the GY, then target 1 of those destroyed monsters; Special Summon 1 DARK monster from your GY with a different original name from that targeted monster. You can only use this effect of "Rokket Recharger" once per turn. While you control a DARK monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck, your opponent's monsters cannot target this card for attacks.

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Dillingerous Dragon

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2 DARK Dragon monsters

Once per turn, during your opponent's End Phase: You can target 1 Attack Position monster your opponent controls that did not declare an attack this turn; destroy it, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to that monster's original ATK. If a "Rokket" monster(s) is Special Summoned to your field, while this card is in your GY (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card, but banish it when it leaves the field. You can only use each effect of "Dillingerous Dragon" once per turn.

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Dragonmaid Tidying

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Target 1 Dragon monster you control and 1 card your opponent controls or in their GY; return them to the hand. You can banish this card from your GY; Special Summon 1 "Dragonmaid" monster from your hand or GY in Defense Position, but return it to the hand during the End Phase. You can only use 1 "Dragonmaid Tidying" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Omni Dragon Brotaur

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If a monster you control is destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect: You can Special Summon this card from the GY (if it was there when the monster was destroyed) or hand (even if not), but banish it when it leaves the field. If this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; discard 1 card, and if you do, add 1 monster from your Deck to your hand, with the same Type and Attribute as that target, but a different name. You can only use each effect of "Omni Dragon Brotaur" once per turn.

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Borrelsword Dragon

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3+ Effect Monsters

Cannot be destroyed by battle. Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can target 1 Attack Position monster; change it to Defense Position, also, this card can make a second attack during each Battle Phase this turn. Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this effect's activation. Once per turn, when this card declares an attack on a face-up monster: You can activate this effect; until the end of this turn, this card gains ATK equal to half that monster's current ATK, and if it does, that monster's current ATK is halved.

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Hot Red Dragon Archfiend Abyss

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1 Tuner + 1 non-Tuner DARK Dragon-Type Synchro Monster

(Quick Effect): You can target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; negate its effects until the end of this turn. When this card inflicts battle damage to your opponent: You can target 1 Tuner in your GY; Special Summon it in Defense Position. You can only use each effect of "Hot Red Dragon Archfiend Abyss" once per turn.

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Quick Launch

Market Price: $1.37

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Special Summon 1 "Rokket" monster from your Deck, but it cannot attack, also destroy it during the End Phase.

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Quadborrel Dragon

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2 Dragon monsters, including a "Rokket" monster

You can discard 1 card, then target 1 face-up monster on the field; you cannot Special Summon Link-2 or lower monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of the turn, also destroy the targeted monster, then, if it was a Link Monster, you can Special Summon any number of "Rokket" monsters with different names, from your hand or GY, up to its Link Rating. You can only use this effect of "Quadborrel 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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Guardragon Pisty

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1 Level 4 or lower Dragon monster

You cannot Special Summon monsters, except Dragon monsters. During your Main Phase: You can target 1 of your Dragon monsters that is banished or in your GY; Special Summon it to your zone that 2 or more Link Monsters point to. You can only use this effect of "Guardragon Pisty" once per turn. You can only Special Summon "Guardragon Pisty(s)" once per turn.

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Twin Twisters

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Discard 1 card, then target up to 2 Spells/Traps on the field; destroy them.

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Rokket Tracer

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(Quick Effect): You can target 1 face-up card you control; destroy it, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Rokket" monster from your Deck, except "Rokket Tracer", also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn, except DARK monsters. You can only use this effect of "Rokket Tracer" once per turn.

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Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can add 1 excavated LIGHT or DARK monster to your hand, also send the remaining cards to the GY. You can banish 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from your hand and/or GY, except this card; Special Summon this card from your GY, but banish it when it leaves the field. You can only use each effect of "Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon" once per turn.

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Skull Meister

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When a card effect is activated in your opponent's GY (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY; negate that effect.

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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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Borreload Savage Dragon

Market Price: $23.75

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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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Effect Veiler

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During your opponent's Main Phase, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard to select 1 face-up Effect Monster your opponent controls. Negate the effect(s) of that monster until the End Phase.

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Crystron Halqifibrax

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2 monsters, including a Tuner

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

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Chaos Space

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Send 1 LIGHT or DARK monster from your hand to the GY; add 1 LIGHT or DARK monster that cannot be Normal Summoned/Set from your Deck to your hand, with a Level from 4 to 8, and with a different Attribute than that monster. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 of your banished LIGHT or DARK monsters that cannot be Normal Summoned/Set; place that monster on the bottom of the deck, then draw 1 card. You can only use each effects of "Chaos Space" once per turn.

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White Dragon Wyverburster

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 DARK monster from your Graveyard, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. You can only Special Summon "White Dragon Wyverburster" once per turn this way. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "Black Dragon Collapserpent" from your Deck to your hand.

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Next up I spoke to Darren Dyal from British Columbia. He put on an amazing performance piloting Dragon Link, a deck many thought would be less relevant this format, with Guardragon Elpy banned and Striker Dragon Limited. Dyal ended up finishing in 2nd Place at the YCS, defeating Sena Katagiri to get there.

Congratulations Darren, for your amazing performance! Finishing so strongly with a deck that everyone counted out was an amazing feat.

Why did you decide to stick with this deck instead of playing Tri-Brigade or Drytron? What was your meta call or your mindset when you were entering the event?

Darren Dyal: I decided to play Dragon Link because the deck was versatile and resilient in the face of hand traps. Even when the opponent had Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres and Dragonmaid Tidying.

Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

Droll & Lock Bird

I also played it because more people were leaning towards low impact hand traps like Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion, Effect Veiler, and Infinite Impermanence. As opposed to the high-impact hand traps that hurt Dragon-Link, like Droll & Lock Bird or Nibiru, the Primal Being.

My testing group and I - my friends Tristan, Landon, and Daniel Ramirez - figured that Tri-Brigade would be the most represented deck, and we felt that Dragon Link had a good matchup against it.

Your build looks very well made. I can tell that you put a lot of thought into it, especially the ratios with the 2-ofs in your Side Deck, and the Main Deck utility cards. Could you explain what your mindset was when Side Decking? What cards swap places with which for each matchup?
Darren Dyal: The week prior to the event, I knew Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion and Effect Veiler were going to be vital hand traps in disrupting the most popular decks. I didn't know whether to put them in the Main Deck or Side Deck. However, my Side Deck was already tight. So after doing the calculations and math, I decided to run 44 cards.

I decided to play 2-ofs throughout the deck as I didn't want to draw multiples, but I did want to draw a combination of two or more hand traps. Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring and PSY-Framegear Gamma were the most versatile and since we just had a banlist, it was expected there would be a lot of rogue decks in competition.

Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion



When I was siding, I'd first take out certain hand traps that can't be added off of Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon, as that's one of my go-to plays going first. Instead, I'd put in Triple Tactics Talent and other hand traps that work better in the matchup, for example: swapping Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion out for Skull Meister. That also synergizes with cards like Chaos Space.

Going second, I look to side out some engine cards like the Dragonmaid package, and sometimes the Noctovision Dragon and World Legacy Guardragon. I'll refrain from siding out starter cards, but will sometimes side out extenders.



Nibiru, the Primal Being for all combo decks, and works in conjunction with other hand traps. Skull Meister is for Prank-Kids and Drytron. Droll & Lock Bird was for the mirror if anyone [else was playing Dragon Link], as well as Drytron. Triple Tactics Talent is great for going first and second, and I sided it in going second versus Tri-Brigade.

What was it like playing in the YCS for you, overall? What kind of decks did you face and were there any exciting or difficult moments you wanted to share?

Darren Dyal: Playing in the YCS was interesting. The time elapsed from when we first submitted our lists, to finally playing, and then waiting three weeks forTtop 16 was interesting, since the meta continued to evolve weekly.

It was hard leading up to Top 16 as there were many times I would want to change up my list to make it better against certain decks. But while I was in Top 16, my deck didn't let me down and the hand traps were perfect. I didn't win a single dice roll in Top 16.

Winning the Semi's and making it to the Finals was an exciting moment. There were some difficult moments leading up to the Top 16, managing my nerves and my sense of doubt in my deck building.

Now that the YCS is over, are there any changes you would make to the deck to adapt it moving forward?

Darren Dyal: I think I would change up the Side Deck and Extra Deck, primarily. I really thought the Main Deck performed well, and maybe outside of some hand traps, everything would stay the same.



I love the copy of Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon and World Legacy Guardragon, even though they did slow me down in the Finals. But overall the Main Deck worked perfectly for me. For sure, it'll continue to evolve as the meta does constantly.

The Extra Deck space is interesting, especially now, since there's no Guardragon Elpy or extra Striker Dragon. Before, the Extra Deck was really tight, but now it's very flexible and it just depends on what you prefer. I'd perhaps like to try and add the package of I:P Masquerena with Knightmare Unicorn as another form of disruption on my opponent's turn.

And there you have it! Thank you, Darren, for your time, and congratulations again on your Runner-Up finish at the YCS!

Dragons are definitely still a top contender. Even without Guardragon Elpy, they can still get a lot of advantage if they resolve Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon. Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres, Dragon Ravine from Dragunity Knight - Romulus, and many other cards make for a strong lineup of multiple interruptions.

Finally we have Sena Katagiri from Ottawa, the only duelist who went undefeated in the 11 rounds of Swiss play on the initial YCS weekend! Katagiri ran what everyone believed to be the best strategy going into the YCS, Zoodiac Tri-Brigade.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Zoodiac Tri-Brigade by Sena Katagiri

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

Created By: Sena Katagiri

Event: Remote Duel YCS North America

Rank: 3rd-4th

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Cards

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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Hraesvelgr, the Desperate Doom Eagle

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2+ WIND monsters

Gains 2400 ATK while your opponent has no monsters in their GY. (Quick Effect): You can target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; shuffle it into the Deck. You can only use this effect of "Hraesvelgr, the Desperate Doom Eagle" once per turn.

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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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Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom

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2 Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters

During your Main Phase: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your hand, also you cannot use monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn, except Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monsters. If this card is sent to the GY: You can draw 1 card, then place 1 card from your hand on the bottom of the Deck. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom" 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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Pot of Desires

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Banish 10 cards from the top of your Deck, face-down; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Desires" per turn.

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Twin Twisters

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Discard 1 card, then target up to 2 Spells/Traps on the field; destroy them.

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Zoodiac Boarbow

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5 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Boarbow" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. This card can attack your opponent directly. When this card inflicts battle damage to your opponent while it has 12 or more Xyz Materials: You can send as many cards as possible from your opponent's hand and field to the Graveyard, then change this card to Defense Position.

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Tri-Brigade Rugal the Silver Sheller

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2+ Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters

During your opponent's Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your hand or GY, but negate its effects, also, return it to the hand during the End Phase. If this card is sent to the GY: You can make all monsters your opponent currently controls lose 300 ATK for each Monster Type you control, until the end of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Rugal the Silver Sheller" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Revolt

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Special Summon a number of your Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters, that are banished and/or in your GY, but negate their effects, then, immediately after this effect resolves, Link Summon 1 "Tri-Brigade" Link Monster using only those monsters. You can only activate 1 "Tri-Brigade Revolt" per turn.

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Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder

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2 Level 12 monsters

Once per turn, if an Xyz Monster battled this turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder" by using 1 Xyz Monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) (Quick Effect): You can detach 2 materials from this card; send all other cards from the field to the GY. Once per turn, if another card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect: You can attach 1 card from your hand, Deck, or Extra Deck to this card as material.

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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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Foolish Burial

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Send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

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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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Zoodiac Barrage

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You can target 1 face-up card you control; destroy it, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Zoodiac" monster from your Deck. You can only use this effect of "Zoodiac Barrage" once per turn. If this card is destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 "Zoodiac" Xyz Monster you control; attach this card from your Graveyard to that Xyz Monster as Xyz Material.

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I:P Masquerena

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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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Solemn Strike

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When a monster(s) would be Special Summoned, or a monster effect is activated: Pay 1500 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

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Zoodiac Ratpier

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If this card is Normal Summoned: You can send 1 "Zoodiac" card from your Deck to your Graveyard. An Xyz Monster whose original Type is Beast-Warrior and has this card as Xyz Material gains this effect.
- Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 "Zoodiac Ratpier" from your hand or Deck.

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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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Ancient Warriors Oath - Double Dragon Lords

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2 Beast-Warrior monsters, including a WIND "Ancient Warriors" monster

All "Ancient Warriors" monsters you control gain 500 ATK/DEF. You can only use each of the following effects of "Ancient Warriors Oath - Double Dragon Lords" once per turn. If this card is Link Summoned: You can add 1 "Ancient Warriors" card from your Deck to your hand. (Quick Effect): You can send 1 card from your hand or field to the GY, then target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; return it to the hand.

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Tri-Brigade Nervall

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You can banish any number of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters in your GY; Special Summon 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck, with Link Rating equal to the number banished, also you can only use Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 "Tri-Brigade" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Tri-Brigade Nervall". You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Nervall" once per turn.

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Red Reboot

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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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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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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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Salamangreat Almiraj

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1 Normal Summoned monster with 1000 or less ATK

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

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Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen

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2+ Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters

If this card is Special Summoned, or if another Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster(s) is Special Summoned to your field: You can banish 1 card on the field. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your Deck to your hand, whose Level is less than or equal to the number of your banished Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen" once per turn.

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Anti-Spell Fragrance

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Both players must Set Spell Cards before activating them, and cannot activate them until their next turn after Setting them.

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Infinite Impermanence

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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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Zoodiac Chakanine

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2 or more Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Chakanine" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 "Zoodiac" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it, but for the rest of this turn, it has its effects negated, also it cannot be used as an Xyz Material for a Summon.

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Zoodiac Ramram

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If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 "Zoodiac" monster in your Graveyard, except "Zoodiac Ramram"; Special Summon it. An Xyz Monster whose original Type is Beast-Warrior and has this card as Xyz Material gains this effect.
- During either player's turn, when your opponent activates a Trap Card or effect that targets this card: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the activation.

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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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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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Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager

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2 "Tri-Brigade" monsters

You can discard 2 cards, then target 1 of your banished Level 4 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monsters; Special Summon it. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 "Tri-Brigade" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand, then, place 1 card from your hand on the bottom of the Deck, also you cannot Special Summon for the rest of this turn, except "Tri-Brigade" monsters. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager" once per turn.

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Fire Formation - Tenki

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When this card is activated: You can add 1 Level 4 or lower Beast-Warrior monster from your Deck to your hand. All Beast-Warrior monsters you control gain 100 ATK. You can only activate 1 "Fire Formation - Tenki" per turn.

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Imperial Order

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

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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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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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Zoodiac Thoroughblade

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can discard 1 "Zoodiac" card, and if you do, draw 1 card. An Xyz Monster whose original Type is Beast-Warrior and has this card as Xyz Material gains this effect.
- If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage to your opponent.

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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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Tri-Brigade Kerass

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You can discard 1 other Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster; Special Summon this card from your hand. You can banish any number of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters in your GY; Special Summon 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck, with Link Rating equal to the number banished, also you can only use Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Kerass" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Fraktall

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You can send this card from your hand or field to the GY; send 1 Level 3 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your Deck to the GY. You can banish any number of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters in your GY; Special Summon 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck, with Link Rating equal to the number banished, also you can only use Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Fraktall" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Kitt

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You can banish any number of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters in your GY; Special Summon 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck, with Link Rating equal to the number banished, also you can only use Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn. If this card is sent to the GY: You can send 1 "Tri-Brigade" card from your Deck to the GY, except "Tri-Brigade Kitt". You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Kitt" once per turn.

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Even with Zoodiac Drident banned, it seems players like Katagiri are still going to keep using Zoodiac cards. Filling the grave with multiple Beast-Warriors to banish later with the Tri-Brigades is great, but the ability to summon Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder going second with just one monster is too powerful right now.

Congratulations Sena, for your amazing performance! Katagiri won 14 matches straight before ending his run in the Semi Finals, and then finishing 3rd Place overall with Tri-Brigade Zoodiac.

Why did you choose to play this variant of Tri-Brigade? Have you tested Rescue Cat over the Zoodiacs?

Sena Katagiri: I decided to play Zoodiacs because it was the variant I was most comfortable with. This is the best version for going second, which is Tri-Brigade's main weakness.

I don't like Rescue Cat because it requires you to have Beasts in your deck to resolve it, and that can be tricky when you want to play three copies of Pot of Desires. So most players who run Rescue Cat opt to go with Pot of Prosperity, which I didn't like because I'd rather play a card that says "draw 2."

A lot of players think that this is one of the most versatile and consistent decks of the format. What do you think is Tri-Brigade's biggest flaw? How do other players beat it?

Sena Katagiri: I think Tri-Brigade's biggest flaw is the difficulty of going second. Because the deck is so predictable, monster negation is very dangerous against it. So long story short, the best way to beat this deck is to stop every Tri-Brigade monster effect.

The deck only has one consistent extender in the form of Tri-Brigade Kerass. So as long as you stop both the Tri-Brigade Kerass Special Summon and your opponent's Normal Summon, you effectively end their turn.

What was it like playing in the Remote Duel YCS? What kind of decks did you face, and were there any particularly exciting or difficult moments?

Sena Katagiri: The YCS was overall really fun and well run! I faced a wide variety of decks, which I expected. I thought I would play more mirror matches. However! I only played one Tri-Brigade mirror the WHOLE tournament.

The most difficult experience for me was my Top 4 match on stream. At the time the face cam provided by Konami wasn't working, so they couldn't see my face at all! And because of that the cards in my hand were never allowed to leave the view of the field camera. I also wasn't allowed to show the viewers my hand or deck, which was very difficult considering the angle and that my deck was positioned relatively close to the camera.

Due to those technical difficulties and not being able to concentrate on the game, I made very poor choices during the whole match. The upside to this event was that I played against some big names, and the matches against those players ended in under ten minutes!

Now that the YCS is over, are there any changes you'd make to the deck moving forward?

Sena Katagiri: Yes, there are so many things I would change. I talked about all of them in my in-depth deck profile on Ather Gaming's YouTube channel. You should definitely check it out!

Thanks for your time, Sena! And congratulations on your amazing performance in this event. I hope to see more results from you in the future!

I've watched the live profile Katagiri recorded, and some of the changes he mentioned would make his list pretty similar to Sebastion Todd's deck, who also made the Top Cut. Those changes included switching out Zoodiac Ramram for the second Zoodiac Thoroughblade, and playing a third Zoodiac Xyz such as Zoodiac Tigermortar in the Extra Deck. That third Zoodiac can be really important to make a 4-material Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder instead of just two materials.



I'm sure that after this event, lots of players will want to run more hand traps to stop decks like Drytron, Tri-Brigade and even Prank-Kids. If you were only playing nine hand traps before, then maybe twelve or fourteen hand traps could be more consistent if you agree with that metagame call. But if playing so many hand traps is correct, then that could also mean Main Decking a card like Triple Tactics Talent would be even bettter, since monster effects will be more active in the Main Phase.

I guess that's what gave Pak the edge in this tournament, since he was able to build his deck to prepare for that mindset everyone had. Main Decking not only Polymerization and Triple Tactics Talent, but also Parallel eXceed to play through hand traps definitely paid off. It was a good meta call that worked out in the end.

Pak wasn't the only Prank-Kid player in the Top 16! Trevor Parker made it to the playoff rounds too, and he chose to main three copies of Thunder Dragon Fusion. The benefit to playing three copies is that you'll draw it more often, helping you play through Nibiru, the Primal Being and sometimes Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion too.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Prank-Kids by Trevor Parker

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

Created By: Trevor Parker

Event: Remote Duel YCS North America

Rank: 9th-16th

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Cards

Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

Market Price: $17.07

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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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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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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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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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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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Gadarla, the Mystery Dust Kaiju

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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, during either player's turn: You can remove 3 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; the ATK and DEF of all other monsters on the field become halved.

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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 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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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-Dooddle-Doo" once per turn.

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Effect Veiler

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During your opponent's Main Phase, you can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard to select 1 face-up Effect Monster your opponent controls. Negate the effect(s) of that monster until the End Phase.

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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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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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Ally of Justice Cycle Reader

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During either player's turn, you can discard this card to select and remove from play up to 2 LIGHT monsters from your opponent's Graveyard.

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Prank-Kids Weather Washer

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2 "Prank-Kids" monsters

If your "Prank-Kids" 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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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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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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Red Reboot

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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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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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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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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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Thunder Dragon Fusion

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Fusion Summon 1 Thunder Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, by shuffling the Fusion Materials listed on it into the Deck, from among your cards on the field, in your GY, and/or your face-up banished cards. During your Main Phase, except the turn this card was sent to the GY: You can banish this card from your GY; add 1 Thunder monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Thunder Dragon Fusion" once per turn.

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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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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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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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Instant Fusion

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Pay 1000 Life Points. Special Summon 1 Level 5 or lower Fusion Monster from your Fusion Deck. (This Special Summon is treated as a Fusion Summon). The Fusion Monster Special Summoned by this effect cannot attack, and is destroyed during the End Phase. Only 1 Instant Fusion can be activated per turn.

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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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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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Twin Twisters

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Discard 1 card, then target up to 2 Spells/Traps on the field; destroy them.

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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 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 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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By the time you've summoned your fifth Prank-Kid, and before you can activate Prank-Kids Dodo-Doodle-Doo effect to retrieve two cards, your opponent may want to use their Nibiru, the Primal Being to wipe your field. Usually after that, you'll have the three names Prank-Kids Fansies, Prank-Kids Lampsies and Prank-Kids Dropsies in the graveyard, and thus you can activate Thunder Dragon Fusion to shuffle them all back and summon Prank-Kids Battle Butler.

Sometimes if your opponent negated your Prank-Kids Dodo-Doodle-Doo with Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion, you'll also be in that same scenario. If that's the case you should be able to activate Thunder Dragon Fusion to help you still retain a Prank-Kids Battle Butler.

That's great, but it's only possible only if you draw this unsearchable spell card, and you manage to resolve Prank-Kids Fansies to send the necessary name if you needed to do so, or Prank-Kids Rocksies banishing one of the required names.



Once you have Prank-Kids Battle Butler on the field, it doesn't matter if your opponent opened with Twin Twisters to hit your Prank-Kids Pandemonium before the Main Phase or not, because you'd already have the Prank-Kids Battle Butler in play to stop their turn. And then on your next turn, you can use Thunder Dragon Fusion second effect to get Prank-Kids Fansies from your deck to your hand to keep playing the game. It's a very nice tech that really worked out for Trevor Parker.

If you're interested in seeing the rest of the decks from the YCS, we've collected almost all the deck lists from the Top 32 here on TCGplayer Infinite, over in our deck pages. Feel free to take a look, and see what those other competitors did to reach the Top 32!

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And if you want to see more, Anthony's latest Metagame Recap covered some of the lists from the YCS, like Bobby Kenny's 57-card Phantom Knight deck and Cameron Laureano's Mekk-Knight Orcust build. So be sure to check that out if you haven't already!

Will we get another Remote Duel YCS? I sure hope so, and I hope that when Konami announces it, I'll have enough time to arrange my schedule and prepare for it even more! I'm sure that once players realize how rewarding and easy it is to attend a Remote YCS, there will be even more players who'll want to participate!

As an aside, I want to say thank you to all the Judges, TOs and OTS locations that helped make the Remote Duel YCS what it was, and for hosting such an incredible event. I can't wait to join the next one!