The latest update to the Forbidden & Limited list may have brought you a few more months of Adamancipator and Eldlich at the top of conversation, but it may finally be time to see what other spicy combos our favorite Block Dragon can enable. That's where our reigning jank enthusiast MBT and the dynamic diva, Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli come in.

As Adamancipator Researcher can Special Summon any Level 4 or lower non-Tuner Rock, she's perfect to search out our Gem-Knights for a Turn 1 Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli (and subsequently, a Turn 1 kill). The rest of the deck helps generate the consistency that MBT craves by playing monsters that can always bring you back to a Gem-Knight Phantom Quartz on field with a graveyard full of Rock monsters. Check out the video to see if these rockers can go 3-0, or if they bite the dust against more competitive decks!

The Gem-Knight engine's the perfect example of how new cards can bring awesome firepower to older decks. With the current game so focused on wars between Special Summoned monsters, any strategy that can reliably beat your opponent  without having to destroy their monsters has a great advantage. It's even better if your deck gains more power the more monsters your opponent puts onto the battlefield, which is the case here since Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli counts Special Summons on both sides of the field.

Since most of this deck's pretty cheap, you can focus your budget on some of the harder to find cards like Adamancipator Researcher. Only time will tell if our favorite Block Dragon can remain safe from Konami's clutches!

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - MBT's Gem-Knight FTK by Joseph Rothschild

'MBT's Gem-Knight FTK' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Joseph Rothschild

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Advanced

Market Price: $74.80

Cards

Gem-Knight Obsidian

Market Price: $0.86

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If this card is sent from the hand to your Graveyard: You can target 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target.

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Gem-Knight Lapis

Market Price: $0.55

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The best of friends with Lazuli, this soldier deeply cares about the well-being of her friends.

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Gallant Granite

Market Price: $1.93

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2 Level 4 monsters

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

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Link Spider

Market Price: $3.00

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1 Normal Monster

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

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Foolish Burial

Market Price: $0.71

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Send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

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Block Dragon

Market Price: $0.23

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

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Gem-Knight Zirconia

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1 "Gem-Knight" monster + 1 Rock-Type monster

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Gem-Knight Master Diamond

Market Price: $1.16

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3 "Gem-Knight" monsters

Must first be Fusion Summoned. This card gains 100 ATK for each "Gem-" monster in your Graveyard. Once per turn: You can banish 1 Level 7 or lower "Gem-Knight" Fusion Monster from your Graveyard; until the End Phase, this card's name and original effect become the same as that banished monster's.

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Gem-Knight Sapphire

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His Sapphire power commands the waters to protect him from attack. His comrades trust his silent protection.

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Rescue Rabbit

Market Price: $0.25

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

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Gem-Knight Lady Brilliant Diamond

Market Price: $8.08

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3 "Gem-Knight" monsters

Must first be Fusion Summoned with the above Fusion Materials. You can only Special Summon "Gem-Knight Lady Brilliant Diamond(s)" once per turn. Once per turn: You can send 1 "Gem-Knight" monster you control to the Graveyard, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Gem-Knight" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions.

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Gem-Knight Phantom Quartz

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2 "Gem-" monsters

If this card is Link Summoned: You can add 1 "Gem-Knight" card from your Deck to your hand. You can pay 1000 LP; Fusion Summon 1 "Gem-Knight" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, by shuffling Fusion Materials in your possession listed on it into your Deck, that are banished or in your GY, but it cannot attack directly this turn. You can only use each effect of "Gem-Knight Phantom Quartz" once per turn.

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Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion

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3 monsters with the same Attribute but different Types

If this face-up card is destroyed by battle, or leaves the field because of an opponent's card effect while its owner controls it: You can target 1 card in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use each of the following effects of "Curious, the Lightsworn Dominion" once per turn.
• If this card is Link Summoned: You can send 1 card from your Deck to the GY.
• If a card(s) is sent from your Deck to the GY by an effect: Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the GY.

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Crystal Rose

Market Price: $0.43

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Once per turn: You can send 1 "Gem-Knight" or "Melodious" monster from your hand or Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, this card's name becomes the sent monster's name, until the End Phase. If this card is in your Graveyard: You can banish 1 Fusion Monster from your Graveyard; Special Summon this card in Defense Position. You can only use this effect of "Crystal Rose" once per turn.

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Gem-Knight Aquamarine

Market Price: $0.51

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Gem-Knight Sapphire + 1 "Gem-Knight" monster // Must first be Fusion Summoned (from the Extra Deck) using the above Fusion Material Monsters. If this card attacks: Change it to Defense Position at the end of the Battle Phase. When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: Target 1 card your opponent controls; return it to the hand.

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Parallel eXceed

Market Price: $0.64

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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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Gem-Knight Lazuli

Market Price: $1.44

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If this card is sent to the Graveyard by a card effect: You can target 1 Normal Monster in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand.

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Pot of Desires

Market Price: $1.56

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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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Called by the Grave

Market Price: $2.82

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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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Adamancipator Researcher

Market Price: $1.06

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

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Monster Reborn

Market Price: $0.47

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Unexpected Dai

Market Price: $0.26

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

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Gem-Knight Seraphinite

Market Price: $0.34

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1 "Gem-Knight" monster + 1 LIGHT monster

Must first be Fusion Summoned with the above Fusion Materials. During your Main Phase, you can Normal Summon/Set 1 monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.)

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Adamancipator Signs

Market Price: $0.64

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Target 1 Rock monster in your GY; Special Summon it in Defense Position, then, if you Special Summoned an "Adamancipator" monster by this effect, you can take 1 Level 4 or lower Rock monster from your Deck and place it on top of your Deck.

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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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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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Magical Mid-Breaker Field

Market Price: $0.46

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

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Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli

Market Price: $0.61

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"Gem-Knight Lapis" + 1 "Gem-Knight" monster
Must first be Fusion Summoned with the above Fusion Materials. You can only Special Summon "Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli(s)" once per turn. Once per turn: You can send 1 "Gem-Knight" monster from your Main Deck or Extra Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, inflict 500 damage to your opponent for each Special Summoned monster on the field.

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Gem-Knight Fusion

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Send, from your hand or your side of the field to the Graveyard, the Fusion Material Monster that are listed on a "Gem-Knight" Fusion Monster Card, then Special Summon that Fusion Monster from the Extra Deck. (This Special Summon is treated as a Fusion Summon.) If this card is in the Graveyard: You can banish 1 "Gem-Knight" monster from your Graveyard; add this card to your hand.

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Reasoning

Market Price: $1.28

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Your opponent declares a monster Level. Reveal cards from the top of your Deck until you reveal a monster that can be Normal Summoned. If that monster is the same Level as the one declared by your opponent, send all revealed cards to the Graveyard. If not, Special Summon the revealed monster, also send the remaining cards to the Graveyard.

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Cross-Sheep

Market Price: $0.81

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2 monsters with different names

If a monster is Special Summoned to a zone this card points to: You can apply the following effects, in sequence, based on the card types of the monster(s) this card points to.
? Ritual: Draw 2 cards, then discard 2 cards. ? Fusion: Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower monster from your GY. ? Synchro: All monsters you control gain 700 ATK. ? Xyz: All monsters your opponent controls lose 700 ATK.
You can only use this effect of "Cross-Sheep" once per turn.

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