In every format, there are always decks that are very consistent; decks that can win games, matches, and above all entire events, more consistently than the rest. Competitors value the ability to perform reliably, and some of the most important deck building choices you can make are often intended to mitigate the luck factor; the world only has a limited number of tournament opportunities at any given time, so for most players, decks that present a higher risk of unbalanced draws or useless, brick hands are largely avoided.

There are tons of decks and strategies that can carry you to victory right now, and Anthony covered some of the biggest, most consistent decks in the new format earlier this week; decks you'll want to prepare for, and should expect to see in current metagames, as well as decks you might want to consider playing yourself. A lot of the decks he looked at were pulled from the Luxury Championship XI tournament this past weekend, and the results of that online event really do display the variety we have in competitive play right now.

The tl;dr version? Dragon Link, Dinosaurs, Zoodiac Eldlich, and Invoked Shaddoll Dragoon are the most popular and powerful strategies at the moment. With increasing popularity, decks like these can quickly become the new decks-to-beat, defining the field at hundreds, if not thousands of future tournaments.

I'd argue that there are a few other decks that compete on the highest level as well this format, such as Infernobles (AKA Warrior Combo), Dragoon Subterror, Tri-Brigades, and decks with Dogmatika cards. But we'll need to wait for events like this weekend's Remote Duel Invitational Qualifiers (RDI Qualifiers) to see if competitors actually end up playing them.

Now that we have some idea of what you might see in your metagames at this early point in the format, I want to talk about some other decks that I think have high potential to win; decks that are less explored and less talked about, but still have a good chance to top or win big events.

Players often refer to these types of less acknowledged strategies as rogue decks, which is somewhat true. These types of decks often need a bit more luck to win in events, largely because they often excel in specific machups at the cost of others. Realistically, that's not saying much: this is a card game and every deck needs some amount of luck!

While rogue decks often come with heightened risk, the right metagame read can let a rogue deck swoop in out of nowhere to take a tournament. You can never underestimate the surprise factor, either. Championships have been won and lost because players simply didn't know what their opponent's strategy was doing, or weren't prepared with the proper answers in their Side Deck.

Defining What Is And Isn't "Rogue"

So before I continue further, I want to define what "rogue" means to me, personally, and discuss some more reasons why anyone should play a rogue deck instead of a more popular, more widely tested strategy.

One of my favorite reasons to go rogue is actually a benefit of being unpopular: you have a much lower chance of playing a mirror match! For example, I've yet to play a Prank-Kids mirror in any of my recent events! In my opinion, that's a good thing. I personally don't enjoy playing mirror matches unless I feel very confident that my decision-making skills are better than my opponent's, and that those decisions are impactful enough to let me win more consistently. I also want my list to just be more prepared for the mirror so that I feel like I have an advantage.

Just because a deck isn't popular doesn't mean it's a bad idea. But if all the "professionals" aren't playing a particular strategy, then maybe it's because they think it has a lower chance of winning for them. That can be true. These types of decks are usually less consistent, carry more risks such as more "brick" draws, and they may rely more on the dice roll. Often, a poor rogue choice for a given event may have the same weakness as other top decks, so players will already be prepared to Side Deck against you.

But there are good rogue decks, I swear! Again, those top rogue strategies are often the decks that players don't expect, and decks that are well positioned because they have an inherent strength against others. If your deck consistently beats the more popular strategies, then the right matchups can feel like snatching victory off a silver platter.

In the end, what is and isn't "rogue" is up for debate, and different players will define it differently. Some players will have dueled for hundreds of hours and played every matchup an equal number of times, while some will think a deck is rogue only because they barely see it in their metagames. Rogue decks can be hidden gems, and the best have the potential to be top tier in the right setting.

So let's talk about some of the decks with the most potential! We're going to look at some promising rogue decks for the new format, covering their strengths as well as some of their flaws and weaknesses. In the right metagame these strategies could all be contenders.

Are You MAD-dolches?

Whenever I think of a good rogue deck, Madolches are usually one of the first ones that come to mind. The deck has a lot of strengths, with nine 1-card combo starters that can end on powerful disruption with huge follow-ups. Some of those combos can even OTK.

The Madolche deck has some extenders to help you play through opposing negations, and since it needs so few cards to launch big combos, it can play a lot of anti-meta utility cards to stop your opponent. Some variants even max out on Madolche Hootcake and pair itt with lots of hand traps, since Madolche Hootcake technically a viable starter card when you have that one monster in grave to help activate effect.

Some of the biggest benefits to playing Madolches ? Your boss monster Madolche Queen Tiaramisu has a non-targeting and non-destruction removal effect, so it can get rid of untargetable, indestructible monsters like Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon. It's especially good if you protect it with Madolche Teacher Glassouffle. The deck can also loop certain hand traps to reuse them if you have a combination of Madolche Chateau and Madolche Teacher Glassouffle. I'll explain.

Madolche Teacher Glassouffle has two effects, and one essentially helps you activate the other. The first lets you detach a material as a Quick Effect to shield one of your Madolches from monster effects, which is an amazing protection ability.

The second effect says it can return any two cards back to the deck, but you can only trigger it if a Madolche card's sent to your graveyard. Since you can only Xyz Summon Madolche Teacher Glassouffle with two Level 4 Madolches, you're going to be detaching a Madolche for the first ability. Oncce that resolves, you'll meet the conditions to trigger Madolche Teacher Glassouffle second effect in a new chain.

How does this combo with the Madolche Field Spell, Madolche Chateau? Well, the Field Spell has multiple effects: it shuffles all your Madolches in your graveyard back into your deck upon activation and it boosts all Madolches by 500 ATK and DEF. Not only that, but while Madolche Chateau on the field, any monsters in your graveyard that would be returned to your deck by the effect of a Madolche monster, can return to your hand instead.

Ccombined with Madolche Teacher Glassouffle second effect, you can return any monster back to your hand, even hand traps. My friend David Green from Montreal showcased that kind of strategy in one of the last Regional Qualifiers before the lockdown started last year. Since Orcust was the dominant deck at the time, the ability to loop Artifact Lancea over and over again was a really good metagame call, and helped put Madolches back on the map!

Later in the year, Madolche players began running Dimension Shifter to shut down an opponent's turn, while still being able to combo off and potentially recycle the Dimension Shifter. Some builds went so far as to skip Madolche Puddingcess, because it's just not necessary if you're always playing around Nibiru, the Primal Being by not comboing off at the start.

Now in 2021, Madolches are even better and coincidentally more affordable, gaining new cards and benefiting from several reprints. Madolche Promenade and Madolche Salon both arrived in Eternity Code, and they're amazing support cards for this kind of theme.

The release of Pot of Prosperity is good news for Madolches too. Madolche was playing Pot of Extravagance in previous years, since Madolches don't need the entire Extra Deck. But being able to pick and choose which cards you lose from your Extra Deck is still hugely valuable, helping push this deck's consistency even higher.

Here's a decklist that my friend David Green, a veteran Madolche player, has kindly given to me to share. Consider it a place to start if you want to try Madolches this format.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Madolches by David Green

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

Created By: David Green

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Market Price: $834.28

Cards

Madolche Hootcake

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When this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to your Graveyard: Shuffle this card into the Deck. You can target 1 monster in your Graveyard; banish it, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Madolche" monster from your Deck, except "Madolche Hootcake". You can only use this effect of "Madolche Hootcake" 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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Madolche Queen Tiaramisu

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2 Level 4 "Madolche" monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target up to 2 "Madolche" cards in your GRaveyard; shuffle those cards into the Deck, then shuffle cards your opponent controls into the Deck, up to the number of "Madolche" card returned.

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Madolche Anjelly

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When this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to your Graveyard: Shuffle this card into the Deck. You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 "Madolche" monster from your Deck, but shuffle it into the Deck during the End Phase of your next turn. You can only use this effect of "Madolche Anjelly" once per turn. That Special Summoned monster cannot be destroyed by battle.

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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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Madolche Petingcessoeur

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If this card in your possession is destroyed by an opponent's card and sent to your GY: Shuffle this card into the Deck. You can only use each of the following effects of "Madolche Petingcessoeur" once per turn.

• If you have no monsters in your GY: You can Special Summon this card from your hand.
• If this card is Special Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 "Madolche" monster from your hand or Deck, except "Madolche Petingcessoeur", and if you do, reduce its Level by 1, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except "Madolche" monsters.

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Madolche Fresh Sistart

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2 "Madolche" monsters

While this card points to a "Madolche" monster, "Madolche" Spells/Traps you control cannot be destroyed by card effects, also neither player can target them with card effects. If this card on the field would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can shuffle 1 "Madolche" monster from your GY into the Deck instead.

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Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir

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2 Level 4 monsters

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

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Madolche Teacher Glassouffle

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2 Level 4 "Madolche" monsters

(Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 "Madolche" monster on the field; this turn, that face-up monster is unaffected by monster effects, except its own. If a "Madolche" card is sent to your GY while this card is on the field (except during the Damage Step): You can shuffle up to 2 cards from the GYs into the Deck(s). You can only use each effect of "Madolche Teacher Glassouffle" once per turn.

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Madolche Salon

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During your Main Phase, you can Normal Summon 1 "Madolche" monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) If another "Madolche" card(s) you control or in your GY is added to your hand or shuffled into your Main Deck by a card effect: Set 1 "Madolche" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck, except "Madolche Salon". You can only use this effect of "Madolche Salon" 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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Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode

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2 Level 5 EARTH monsters

You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 4 or lower "Madolche" Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Once per turn: You can target 1 "Madolche" card in your GY; shuffle it into the Deck. While this card has "Madolche Puddingcess"as material, when a "Madolche" card(s) in your GY is shuffled into the Main Deck (except during the Damage Step): You can detach 1 material from this card; Special Summon 1" Madolche" monster from your Deck in Attack Position or face-down Defense Position.

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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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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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Madolche Ticket

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When a "Madolche" card is returned from your side of the field or Graveyard to your hand or Deck by a card effect: Add 1 "Madolche" monster from your Deck to your hand. If you control a face-up Fairy-Type "Madolche" monster, you can Special Summon it in face-up Attack Position instead. You can only use the effect of "Madolche Ticket" once per turn.

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Madolche Magileine

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If this card in your possession is destroyed by an opponent's card and sent to your GY: Shuffle this card into the Deck. When this card is Normal or Flip Summoned: You can add 1 " Madolche " monster from your Deck to your hand.

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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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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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Madolche Chateau

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When this card is activated: Shuffle all "Madolche" monsters in your GY into the Deck. All "Madolche" monsters on the field gain 500 ATK/DEF. If a monster(s) in your GY would be returned to the Deck by the effect of a "Madolche" monster, you can add it to your hand instead.

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Gozen Match

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

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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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Madolche Puddingcess

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If this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent's card (by battle or card effect) and sent to your GY: Shuffle this card into the Deck. While you have no monsters in your GY, this card gains 800 ATK and DEF. After damage calculation, when this card battles an opponent's monster: You can target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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Madolche Promenade

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Target 1 face-up card your opponent controls and 1 "Madolche" monster you control or in your GY; negate the effects of that opponent's card until the end of this turn, and if you do, return your monster to the hand. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 "Madolche" Xyz Monster you control; attach 1 "Madolche" monster from your hand, Deck, or GY, to it as material. You can only use 1 "Madolche Promenade" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Madolche Messengelato

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When this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to your Graveyard Shuffle this card into the Deck. When this card is Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Madolche" Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to your hand. You must control a face-up Beast-Type "Madolche" monster to activate and to resvole this effect.

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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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Pot of Prosperity

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

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Building Madolches is similar to Zoodiacs or Prank-Kids, as it's mostly a 1-card combo deck. But because you want to be consistent in activating the effect of Madolche Petingcessoeur, you have to try and play with the mindset that you don't necessarily want to have monsters in your graveyard early. That way you can Special Summon it from your hand and maximize its value. The Main Deck in this build is optimized for that philosophy.

You could play all sorts of other anti-meta cards depending on your metagame reads, and what you think you'll go up against: cards like Evenly Matched, Kaijus, and Lightning Storm.

If you don't want to play expensive cards like Pot of Prosperity and Forbidden Droplet, I think you can still manage to do pretty well with Pot of Extravagance and Dark Ruler No More in the main.

Here's a budget build that my friend David has also been gracious enough to contribute!

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Minimalist Madolches by David Green

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

Created By: David Green

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Cards

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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Relinquished Anima

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1 Level 1 monster, except a Token

You can target 1 face-up monster this card points to; equip that face-up monster to this card (max. 1). You can only use this effect of "Relinquished Anima" once per turn. This card gains ATK equal to that equipped monster's.

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Madolche Hootcake

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When this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to your Graveyard: Shuffle this card into the Deck. You can target 1 monster in your Graveyard; banish it, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Madolche" monster from your Deck, except "Madolche Hootcake". You can only use this effect of "Madolche Hootcake" once per turn.

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Mudragon of the Swamp

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2 monsters with the same Attribute but different Types

Your opponent cannot target this card, or monsters on the field with the same Attribute as this card, with card effects. Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can declare 1 Attribute; this card becomes that Attribute until the end of this turn.

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Madolche Chateau

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When this card is activated: Shuffle all "Madolche" monsters in your GY into the Deck. All "Madolche" monsters on the field gain 500 ATK/DEF. If a monster(s) in your GY would be returned to the Deck by the effect of a "Madolche" monster, you can add it to your hand instead.

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Gravedigger's Trap Hole

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When your opponent activates a monster effect in their hand or GY, or when your opponent's banished monster effect is activated: Negate its effect, and if you do, inflict 2000 damage to your opponent.

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Madolche Puddingcess

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If this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent's card (by battle or card effect) and sent to your GY: Shuffle this card into the Deck. While you have no monsters in your GY, this card gains 800 ATK and DEF. After damage calculation, when this card battles an opponent's monster: You can target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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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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Madolche Ticket

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When a "Madolche" card is returned from your side of the field or Graveyard to your hand or Deck by a card effect: Add 1 "Madolche" monster from your Deck to your hand. If you control a face-up Fairy-Type "Madolche" monster, you can Special Summon it in face-up Attack Position instead. You can only use the effect of "Madolche Ticket" 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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Madolche Salon

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During your Main Phase, you can Normal Summon 1 "Madolche" monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) If another "Madolche" card(s) you control or in your GY is added to your hand or shuffled into your Main Deck by a card effect: Set 1 "Madolche" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck, except "Madolche Salon". You can only use this effect of "Madolche Salon" once per turn.

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Evilswarm Exciton Knight

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2 Level 4 monsters

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

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Linkuriboh

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1 Level 1 monster

When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can Tribute this card; change that opponent's monster's ATK to 0, until the end of this turn. If this card is in your GY (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 Level 1 monster; Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Linkuriboh" once per turn.

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Traptrix Rafflesia

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2 Level 4 monsters

This card is unaffected by Trap effects while it has Xyz Material. "Traptrix" monsters you control, except "Traptrix Rafflesia", cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. Your opponent cannot target "Traptrix" monsters you control, except "Traptrix Rafflesia", with card effects. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card and send 1 "Hole" Normal Trap Card that meets its activation conditions from your Deck to the Graveyard; this effect becomes that Trap Card's effect when that card is activated.

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Madolche Anjelly

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When this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to your Graveyard: Shuffle this card into the Deck. You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 "Madolche" monster from your Deck, but shuffle it into the Deck during the End Phase of your next turn. You can only use this effect of "Madolche Anjelly" once per turn. That Special Summoned monster cannot be destroyed by battle.

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Madolche Magileine

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If this card in your possession is destroyed by an opponent's card and sent to your GY: Shuffle this card into the Deck. When this card is Normal or Flip Summoned: You can add 1 " Madolche " monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Madolche Messengelato

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When this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent's card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to your Graveyard Shuffle this card into the Deck. When this card is Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Madolche" Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to your hand. You must control a face-up Beast-Type "Madolche" monster to activate and to resvole this effect.

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Madolche Fresh Sistart

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2 "Madolche" monsters

While this card points to a "Madolche" monster, "Madolche" Spells/Traps you control cannot be destroyed by card effects, also neither player can target them with card effects. If this card on the field would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can shuffle 1 "Madolche" monster from your GY into the Deck instead.

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Summoner Monk

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While this card is face-up on the field, it cannot be Tributed. If this card is Normal or Flip Summoned: Change this card to Defense Position. Once per turn: You can discard 1 Spell Card; Special Summon 1 Level 4 monster from your Deck, but that monster cannot attack this turn.

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Madolche Petingcessoeur

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If this card in your possession is destroyed by an opponent's card and sent to your GY: Shuffle this card into the Deck. You can only use each of the following effects of "Madolche Petingcessoeur" once per turn.

• If you have no monsters in your GY: You can Special Summon this card from your hand.
• If this card is Special Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 "Madolche" monster from your hand or Deck, except "Madolche Petingcessoeur", and if you do, reduce its Level by 1, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except "Madolche" monsters.

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Madolche Nights

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When a monster effect is activated, if you have no monsters in your Graveyard: Negate the activation, then if you control "Madolche Puddingcess", shuffle 1 random card from your opponent's hand into the Deck.

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Book of Moon

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

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Madolche Queen Tiaramisu

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2 Level 4 "Madolche" monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target up to 2 "Madolche" cards in your GRaveyard; shuffle those cards into the Deck, then shuffle cards your opponent controls into the Deck, up to the number of "Madolche" card returned.

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Madolche Teacher Glassouffle

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2 Level 4 "Madolche" monsters

(Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 "Madolche" monster on the field; this turn, that face-up monster is unaffected by monster effects, except its own. If a "Madolche" card is sent to your GY while this card is on the field (except during the Damage Step): You can shuffle up to 2 cards from the GYs into the Deck(s). You can only use each effect of "Madolche Teacher Glassouffle" once per turn.

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Thousand-Eyes Restrict

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"Relinquished" + "Thousand-Eyes Idol"

Other monsters on the field cannot change their battle positions or attack. Once per turn: You can target 1 monster your opponent controls; equip that target to this card (max. 1). This card's ATK/DEF become equal to that equipped monster's. If this card would be destroyed by battle, destroy that equipped monster instead.

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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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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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Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Mode

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2 Level 5 EARTH monsters

You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 4 or lower "Madolche" Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Once per turn: You can target 1 "Madolche" card in your GY; shuffle it into the Deck. While this card has "Madolche Puddingcess"as material, when a "Madolche" card(s) in your GY is shuffled into the Main Deck (except during the Damage Step): You can detach 1 material from this card; Special Summon 1" Madolche" monster from your Deck in Attack Position or face-down Defense Position.

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Instant Fusion

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

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Madolche Promenade

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Target 1 face-up card your opponent controls and 1 "Madolche" monster you control or in your GY; negate the effects of that opponent's card until the end of this turn, and if you do, return your monster to the hand. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 "Madolche" Xyz Monster you control; attach 1 "Madolche" monster from your hand, Deck, or GY, to it as material. You can only use 1 "Madolche Promenade" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Millennium-Eyes Restrict

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"Relinquished" + 1 Effect Monster

Once per turn, when your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can target 1 Effect Monster your opponent controls or in their GY; equip that target to this card you control. This card gains ATK/DEF equal to that equipped monster's. Monsters with that equipped monster's name cannot attack, also their effects on the field and their activated effects are negated.

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Summoner Monk's another possible starter for this strategy. It can actually Special Summon Madolche Petingcessoeur from the deck, triggering its effect to let you combo off. It's a solid alternative if Pot of Extravagance or Pot of Prosperity aren't in your budget.

So what are the Madolche deck's weaknesses? Its biggest challenge is probably that the key combos are vulnerable to disruption, because Madolche's plays revolve around the initial Madolche Petingcessoeur Special Summoned from the hand, and your Normal Summon. They do have Madolche Salon for an additional summon, but relying on it turns a lot of simple plays into more demanding 3-card combos. Regardless, if you put up enough disruption, then this deck can struggle going second ,which is why it's necessary to play so many blow-out cards.

Madolches also play a variety of cards that you'd rather not see in your opening hand. You'd rather search out cards like Madolche Messengelato and Madolche Puddingcess and put them onto the field directly, rather than drawing them. There are some consistency issues here that can't really be solved. But like I mentioned before, some players have opted to not even play Madolche Puddingcess since they'd rather not commit to the longer combo line.

Overall, it's a good deck! And it's very scary to play against.

Phantom Knights, AKA Level 3 Combo

Phantom Knights is another obviously good deck, and there's usually a Phantom Knight player hanging around every Remote Duel locals nowadays. For good reason: the deck is strong and consistent. You only need two Level 3's to combo off, and if your opponent has something to stop you, you can usually end on at least a Predaplant Verte Anaconda to cheat out Red-Eyes Fusion and summon Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon. From there you can sit on the Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, which is usually very hard to answer especially if you have one more copies of Phantom Knights' Fog Blade set.

Joshua Oosters, one of Europe's best players, recently won a European Extravaganza Main Event with Dragoon Phantom Knights. It was a big reminder that this deck has what it takes. Oosters has actually created an updated build he's been showcasing on his Youtube channel!

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Phantom Knights by Joshua Oosters

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

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Cards

Reinforcement of the Army

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

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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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The Phantom Knights of Break Sword

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2 Level 3 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 card you control and 1 card your opponent controls; destroy them. If this Xyz Summoned card is destroyed: You can target 2 "The Phantom Knights" monsters with the same Level in your GY; Special Summon them and increase their Levels by 1, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except DARK monsters.

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Red-Eyes Black Dragon

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A ferocious dragon with a deadly attack.

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Psychic Wheeleder

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If you control a Level 3 monster other than "Psychic Wheeleder", you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Defense Position. You can only Special Summon "Psychic Wheeleder" once per turn this way. If this card is sent to the GY as Synchro Material: You can target 1 monster on the field with less ATK than the Synchro Monster that used this card as material; destroy it. You can only use this effect of "Psychic Wheeleder" once per turn.

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Monster Reborn

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Link Spider

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1 Normal Monster

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

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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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Kagemucha Knight

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When you Normal Summon a Level 3 monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. Cannot be used as Synchro Material.

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Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss

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If you control a monster that is not a "Burning Abyss" monster, destroy this card. You can only use 1 of the following effects of "Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss" per turn, and only once that turn.
? If you control no Spell/Trap Cards: You can Special Summon this card from your hand.
? If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 "Burning Abyss" monster in your Graveyard, except "Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss"; Special Summon it.

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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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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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Tour Guide From the Underworld

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 Level 3 Fiend monster from your hand or Deck, but it has its effects negated, also it cannot be used as Synchro 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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The Phantom Knights of Torn Scales

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You can discard 1 card; send 1 "Phantom Knights" card from your Deck to the GY, except "The Phantom Knights of Torn Scales". If another "Phantom Knights" card in your GY is banished, while this card is in your GY: You can Special Summon this card, but banish it when it leaves the field. You can only use each effect of "The Phantom Knights of Torn Scales" 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 a card(s) is added from the Main Deck to your opponent's hand, except during the Draw Phase (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY; for the rest of this turn, cards cannot be added from either player's Main Deck to the hand.

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The Phantom Knights of Ragged Gloves

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A DARK Xyz Monster that was Summoned using this card on the field as Xyz Material gains this effect.

• If it is Xyz Summoned: It gains 1000 ATK.
You can banish this card from your GY; send 1 "Phantom Knights" card from your Deck to the GY. You can only use each effect of "The Phantom Knights of Ragged Gloves" 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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Time Thief Redoer

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2 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, during the Standby Phase: You can attach the top card of your opponent's Deck to this card as material. (Quick Effect): You can detach up to 3 different types of materials from this card, then apply the following effect(s) depending on what was detached. • Monster: Banish this card until the End Phase. • Spell: Draw 1 card. • Trap: Place 1 face-up card your opponent controls on the top of the Deck. You can only use this effect of "Time Thief Redoer" once per turn.

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The Phantom Knights of Silent Boots

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If you control a "The Phantom Knights" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can only Special Summon "The Phantom Knights of Silent Boots" once per turn this way. You can banish this card from your GY; add 1 "Phantom Knights" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "The Phantom Knights of Silent Boots" once per turn.

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Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss

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If you control a monster that is not a "Burning Abyss" monster, destroy this card. You can only use 1 of the following effects of "Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss" per turn, and only once that turn.
? If you control no Spell/Trap Cards: You can Special Summon this card from your hand.
? If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Burning Abyss" monster from your Deck, except "Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss".

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The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche

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2+ DARK monsters

During your Main Phase: You can send 1 "The Phantom Knights" monster from your Deck to the GY, then Set 1 "Phantom Knights" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck to your Spell & Trap Zone. If a DARK Xyz Monster(s) is Special Summoned to a zone(s) this card points to, while this monster is on the field (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 card on the field; destroy it. You can only use each effect of "The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche" once per turn. Cannot be used as Link Material.

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The Phantom Knights of Shade Brigandine

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Special Summon this card in Defense Position as a Normal Monster (Warrior/DARK/Level 4/ATK 0/DEF 300). (This card is NOT treated as a Trap.) If you have no Traps in your GY, you can activate this card the turn it was Set. You can only activate 1 "The Phantom Knights of Shade Brigandine" per turn.


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Pot of Prosperity

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

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Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon

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"Dark Magician" + "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" or 1 Dragon Effect Monster

Cannot be destroyed by card effects. Neither player can target this card with card effects. During your Main Phase: You can destroy 1 monster your opponent controls, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to that monster's original ATK. You can use this effect a number of times per turn up to the number of Normal Monsters used as Fusion Material for this card. Once per turn, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card, and if you do that, this card gains 1000 ATK.

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Evilswarm Nightmare

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2 Level 4 DARK monsters

When your opponent Special Summons a monster(s) (except during the Damage Step): You can detach 1 material from this card; change that Special Summoned monster(s) to face-down Defense Position.

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Dark Magician

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Phantom Knights' Fog Blade

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Activate this card by targeting 1 Effect Monster on the field; negate that face-up monster's effects, that face-up monster cannot attack, also monsters cannot target that face-up monster for attacks. When it leaves the field, destroy this card. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 "The Phantom Knights" monster in your GY; Special Summon it, but banish it when it leaves the field. You can only use this effect of "Phantom Knights' Fog Blade" once per turn.

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Cherubini, Ebon Angel of the Burning Abyss

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2 Level 3 monsters

Monsters this card points to cannot be destroyed by card effects. If this card would be destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect, you can send 1 other card you control to the GY instead. You can send 1 Level 3 monster from your Deck to the GY, then target 1 "Burning Abyss" monster on the field; it gains ATK/DEF equal to the ATK/DEF of the monster sent to the GY, until the end of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Cherubini, Ebon Angel of the Burning Abyss" once per turn.

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Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

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2+ monsters with different names, except Tokens

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

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Psychic Tracker

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If you control a Level 3 monster other than "Psychic Tracker", you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Defense Position. You can only Special Summon "Psychic Tracker" once per turn this way. A Synchro Monster that used this card as material gains 600 ATK.

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Red-Eyes Fusion

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Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster that lists a "Red-Eyes" monster as Material from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand, Deck, or field as Fusion Materials, and if you do, its name becomes "Red-Eyes B. Dragon". You cannot Normal or Special Summon other monsters the turn you activate this card. You can only activate 1 "Red-Eyes Fusion" per turn.

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Emergency Teleport

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Special Summon 1 Level 3 or lower Psychic-Type monster from your hand or Deck, but banish it during the End Phase of this turn.

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The Phantom Knights of Ancient Cloak

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If this card is in Attack Position: You can target 1 DARK monster on the field; change this card to Defense Position, and if you do, that monster gains 800 ATK/DEF until the end of your opponent's turn. You can banish this card from your GY; add 1 "The Phantom Knights" card from your Deck to your hand, except "The Phantom Knights of Ancient Cloak". You can only use each effect of "The Phantom Knights of Ancient Cloak" once per turn.

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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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Libic, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss

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If you control a monster that is not a "Burning Abyss" monster, destroy this card. You can only use 1 of the following effects of "Libic, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss" per turn, and only once that turn.
If you control no Spell/Trap Cards: You can Special Summon this card from your hand.
If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 Level 3 DARK Fiend-Type monster from your hand, but its effects are negated.

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Leviair the Sea Dragon

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2 Level 3 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 banished Level 4 or lower monster; Special Summon that target to your field.

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Oosters is Main Decking Droll & Lock Bird this time around, because he's building to beat Dragon Link, Dogmatika Shaddolls, and Dinosaurs. He recommended siding Cosmic Cyclones as well, to respect Eldlich and Shaddoll Schism.

Some players run the deck differently by incorporating Phantom Knights' Rank-Up Magic Force, since it's searchable and can potentially set up a Dark Reqium XYZ Dragon summon on your opponent's turn. That allows for multiple monster negates and even a pop from The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche.

Those kinds of plays are pretty cool, but they do add more risk to the deck for a relatively small reward. Especially since you're already weighed down with Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon and Dark Magician, you want to try and avoid sub-optimal cards to help ensure strong hands in a long event. That said, if you don't own the Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon and Predaplant Verte Anaconda package, then playing that Phantom Knights' Rank-Up Magic Force with the two Xyz Dragons in your Extra Deck could be a good idea.

Aside from those risky vanillas the deck's pretty consistent. When you're playing against this strategy, you know you're either facing down a board of Phantom Knights' Fog Blade with an Xyz like Evilswarm Nightmare, Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon or both. So what's stopping this deck from being a top competitor besides a slim chance of bricking?

Well, people's Side Decks are already prepared for it. Since you need to banish cards to activate Phantom Knight abilities, Artifact Lancea stops you from ever using those effects. That shuts down a lot of the deck. And if the Phantom Knight Player doesn't make Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, they have no real spell and trap negation. Meanwhile cards like Evenly Matched, Cosmic Cyclone, and Lightning Storm can clear a lot of what this deck sets up, and it gets easier if they also have Forbidden Droplet to negate Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon.

Overall, I'd call this a Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon turbo deck because that's usually the card that I can't stop them from getting out. It's one of the few decks in the format that can summon Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon so easily, making it somewhat of a gatekeeper to other decks. If you can't deal with Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, then you won't stand a chance against decks like these.

It's Just A Prank!

I've written multiple articles on my journey with Prank-Kids, starting from a how-to-play guide and moving on to cover my tournament tops with the strategy. Unfortunately Prank-Kids are still just a rogue deck. It's not popular enough to become "meta," and while I'm not the only person running it, usually only one Prank-Kid player makes it to the Top Cut of any given event.

The linear combo line of Prank-Kids has a lot of weaknesses, so its win condition is often more about the off-theme anti-meta cards that accompany the actual Prank-Kids engine. But since the Prank-Kids plays all start with a single card, the deck strikes a workable balance. You can run A LOT of those anti-meta cards.

Being able to play Mystic Mine while building a win condition is cheesy, but it works! Prank-Kid's one of the few decks in the format that can use Mystic Mine besides Dinosaurs. That means you can win in two different ways: by deck-out, since you have Prank-Kids Pranks to recycle your cards; or by Life Point manipulation and recycling, thanks to a series of combos with Prank-Kids Lampsies, Prank-Kids Dropsies and attacking directly each turn with Prank-Kids Rocket Ride.

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

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

Created By: Hanko Chow

Event: February Remote Duel Extravaganza

Rank: 3rd-4th

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Cards

Knightmare Unicorn

Market Price: $0.95

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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 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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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 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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PSY-Framelord Lambda

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2 monsters, except Tokens

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

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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 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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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 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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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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Instant Fusion

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

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Artifact Lancea

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

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Cosmic Cyclone

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

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Set Rotation

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Set 2 Field Spells with different names from your Deck on the field (1 on your field, and 1 on your opponent's field). While either of those cards remain Set on the field, neither player can activate or Set other Field Spells.

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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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Terraforming

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Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Monster Reborn

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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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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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 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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Harpie's Feather Duster

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Destroy all Spell and Trap Cards your opponent controls.

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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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Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit

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When a monster on the field activates its effect, or when a Spell/Trap that is already face-up on the field activates its effect (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand or field to the GY; destroy that card on the field. You can only use this effect of "Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit" 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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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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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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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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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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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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Mystic Mine

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

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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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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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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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But besides that, Prank-Kids' normal routine of setting Prank-Kids Pandemonium and holding the Fusion Materials in hand with Prank-Kids Meow-Meow-Mu in the grave is no joke. It commits so few cards, and it wins by reacting to the opponent, demolishing the vulnerable commitments they make to their board. Then you activate Prank-Kids Pandemonium, and unless they have niche cards like Retaliating "C" or Blizzard, you can nuke their board and whatever they can follow up with.

While I'm hyping that up, that strategy actually has a blind spot. Prank-Kids can play around Nibiru, the Primal Being by drawing multiple Prank-Kids, so I can do the combo with four summons. But you can only activate Prank-Kids Pandemonium in the Main Phase. That means Quick-Play removal spells like Cosmic Cyclone or Twin Twisters are devastating to the deck's biggest plays if they're activated in any other phase. If any deck can play those cards, that means any deck can beat Prank-Kids.

That's why I'm always going to play Solemn Judgment in this kind of deck. I feel like Prank-Kids need to have that protection in order to not auto-lose in those types of situations.

In summary, Prank-Kids is a great rogue deck because it has a powerful one-card combo, a lot of recycling which works really well for grindy matchups, multiple win-conditions, and a rewarding gameplan for resource management.

The "Set 4 And Pass" Decks

Trap decks are constantly lurking at every event. At the moment, the best trap deck is inarguably Eldlich, the the trap decks of the past are still holding on.

I recently attended a Remote Duel local event with a copy of Gaia the Magical Knight of Dragons (Starlight Rare) as a prize. I played in it, and unfortunately placed 9th out of 60 competitors, just missing that Top 8 cut off. The Top 8 played it out and crazy enough, an Altergeist player managed to win it! I was pretty impressed.

I've played Altergeists before and from my experience, the deck's pretty consistent. It's technically a combo deck, where all you need is Altergeist Multifaker and any trap card to get everything off the ground. The third combo piece you need though, is "a turn". As long as you get a turn, you can do a huge combo that ends on Altergeist Hexstia and several other disruptions. You quickly snowball into victory from there.

Now, with Pot of Prosperity, this deck is even more consistent. Davis Anandeth Sinhradsvong's list is public in the CardBrawlers Discord, so I managed to find it and share it with you guys.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Altergeist by Davis Anandeth Sinhradsvong

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

Created By: Davis Anandeth Sinhradsvong

Event:

Rank:

Advanced

Market Price: $695.66

Cards

Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

Market Price: $20.18

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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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Rivalry of Warlords

Market Price: $1.93

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Each player must send monsters from his/her side of the field to the Graveyard so that he/she only controls 1 Type of face-up monster. As long as this card remains face-up on the field, each player can only Summon or control 1 Type of face-up monster at a time.

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Pot of Extravagance

Market Price: $28.75

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At the start of your Main Phase 1: Banish 3 or 6 random face-down cards from your Extra Deck, face-down; draw 1 card for every 3 cards banished. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot draw any cards by 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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Altergeist Manifestation

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Target 1 "Altergeist" monster in your GY; Special Summon it in Attack Position and equip it with this card. When this card leaves the field, destroy that monster. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 "Altergeist" Trap in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Altergeist Manifestation" once per turn.

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Altergeist Hexstia

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2 "Altergeist" monsters

Gains ATK equal to the original ATK of each "Altergeist" monsters it points to. When a Spell/Trap Card is activated (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 "Altergeist" monster this card points to; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Altegeist" card from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Altergeist Hexstia" once per turn.

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Relinquished Anima

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1 Level 1 monster, except a Token

You can target 1 face-up monster this card points to; equip that face-up monster to this card (max. 1). You can only use this effect of "Relinquished Anima" once per turn. This card gains ATK equal to that equipped monster's.

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Crackdown

Market Price: $1.39

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Activate by targeting 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; take control of that monster. While you control that monster, it cannot attack or activate effects. When that monster leaves the field, destroy this card.

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Altergeist Kunquery

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack, if you control an "Altergeist" card: You can Special Summon this card from your hand, and if you do, negate that attack. If this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; negate the effects of that card while it and this monster are face-up on the field.

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Altergeist Silquitous

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(Quick Effect): You can return 1 other "Altergeist" card you control to the hand, then target 1 card your opponent controls; return it to the hand. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can target 1 "Altergeist" Trap in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Altergeist Silquitous" once per turn.

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Altergeist Meluseek

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This card can attack directly. When this card inflicts battle damage to your opponent: You can target 1 card your opponent controls; send it to the GY. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Altergeist" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Altergeist Meluseek". You can only use this effect of "Altergeist Meluseek" once per turn.

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Underworld Goddess of the Closed World

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4+ Effect Monsters

You can also use 1 monster your opponent controls as material to Link Summon this card. If this card is Link Summoned: You can negate the effects of all face-up monsters your opponent currently controls. This Link Summoned card is unaffected by your opponent's activated effects, unless they target this card. Once per turn, when your opponent activates a card or effect that Special Summons a monster(s) from the GY (Quick Effect): You can negate the activation.

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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.


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

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Elder Entity N'tss

Market Price: $2.29

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1 Synchro Monster + 1 Xyz Monster

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

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Torrential Tribute

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Activate only when a monster is Summoned. Destroy all monsters on the field.

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Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax

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2+ monsters Special Summoned from the Extra Deck

While this Link Summoned card is on the field, your opponent cannot target this card with card effects, also their monsters cannot target monsters for attacks, except this one. Once per battle, during damage calculation, if this card battles a Special Summoned monster (Quick Effect): You can make this card gain ATK equal to that opponent's monster's ATK during that damage calculation only. If this Link Summoned card you control is sent to your GY by an opponent's card: You can shuffle 1 card on the field into the Deck.

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Altergeist Marionetter

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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can Set 1 "Altergeist" Trap directly from your Deck to your Spell & Trap Zone. You can target 1 "Altergeist" card you control and 1 "Altergeist" monster in your GY; send that card on the field to the GY, and if you do, Special Summon that other monster from your GY. You can only use this effect of "Altergeist Marionetter" once per turn.

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Dogmatika Punishment

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

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Pot of Prosperity

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

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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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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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Personal Spoofing

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Once per turn: You can shuffle 1 other "Altergeist" card from your hand or face-up from your field into the Main Deck; add 1 "Altergeist" monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Ningirsu the World Chalice Warrior

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2+ Link Monsters

If this card is Link Summoned: Draw cards equal to the number of "World Chalice" monsters this card points to. You can only use this effect of "Ningirsu the World Chalice Warrior" once per turn. Once per turn: You can send 1 card from each player's field to the GYs. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 "World Chalice" monster from your hand.

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Altergeist Multifaker

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If you activate a Trap Card (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Special Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 "Altergeist" monster from your Deck in Defense Position, except "Altergeist Multifaker". You cannot Special Summon monsters the turn you activate this effect, except "Altergeist" monsters. You can only use each effect of "Altergeist Multifaker" once per turn.

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Altergeist Protocol

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The activation and effects of "Altergeist" cards activated on your field cannot be negated. When your opponent activates a monster effect: You can send 1 other face-up "Altergeist" card you control to the GY; Negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. You can only use this effect of "Altergeist Protocol" once per turn.

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Accesscode Talker

Market Price: $95.43

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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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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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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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Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians

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2+ monsters, including a Spellcaster monster

If this card is Link Summoned: Place Spell Counters on this card, equal to the number of Spells on the field and in the GYs. While an "Endymion" card(s) is on the field, your opponent's monsters cannot target this card for attacks. Once per turn, during the Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can remove 3 Spell Counters from your field; Special Summon 1 Spellcaster monster from your hand or GY in Defense Position, to your zone this card points to.

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Linkuriboh

Market Price: $2.40

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1 Level 1 monster

When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can Tribute this card; change that opponent's monster's ATK to 0, until the end of this turn. If this card is in your GY (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 Level 1 monster; Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Linkuriboh" once per turn.

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Pot of Prosperity really just a Pot of Duality for six that still lets you Special Summon. So if you're looking for a budget alternative, you could just play Pot of Duality with Pot of Extravagance instead. But the power of choice and the option to still be able to Link Summon is very valuable, especially in a deck that needs specific cards to combo off or stop the opponent.

Paleozoic Frogs is another trap deck that sees action nowadays. Toadally Awesome back to three, and with Paleozoic traps and the Swap Frog package, this Xyz can swing momentum in any slow matchup, spawning more Frogs, and negating and stealing cards.

Andres Torres won a huge case tournament with Frogs about a month ago. Mind you, that was back when Virtual Worlds and Drytrons were the biggest competition. Maybe with some modifications and some luck, Paleozoic Frogs might still have a chance in this format.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Paleozoic Frogs by Duelist Unconfirmed

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

Created By: Duelist Unconfirmed

Event:

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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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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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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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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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Swap Frog

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by discarding 1 other WATER monster. When this card is Summoned: You can send 1 Level 2 or lower Aqua-Type WATER monster from your Deck or face-up from your field to the Graveyard. Once per turn: You can return 1 monster you control to the hand; you can Normal Summon 1 "Frog" monster during your Main Phase this turn, except "Swap Frog", in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect 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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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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Lost Wind

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Target 1 face-up Special Summoned monster on the field; negate its effects, also its original ATK is halved. If a monster is Special Summoned from your opponent's Extra Deck, while this card is in your GY (except during the Damage Step): You can Set this card, but banish it when it leaves the field.

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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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Paleozoic Olenoides

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Target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy it. Once per Chain, when a Trap Card is activated while this card is in your Graveyard: Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Aqua-Type/WATER/Level 2/ATK 1200/DEF 0). (This card is NOT treated as a Trap Card.) If Summoned this way, this card is unaffected by monster effects, also banish it when it leaves the field.

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Dupe Frog

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This card's name becomes "Des Frog" while it is on the field. Monsters your opponent controls cannot target monsters for attacks, except this one. When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "Frog" monster from your Deck or Graveyard to your hand, except "Dupe Frog".

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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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Torrential Tribute

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Activate only when a monster is Summoned. Destroy all monsters on the field.

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Knightmare Cerberus

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2 monsters with different names

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

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Paleozoic Opabinia

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2 Level 2 monsters

This card is unaffected by other monsters' effects. You can activate "Paleozoic" Trap Cards from your hand. If this card has a Trap Card as Xyz Material: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; add 1 "Paleozoic" Trap Card from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Paleozoic Opabinia" 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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Paleozoic Leanchoilia

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Target 1 banished card; return it to the Graveyard. Once per Chain, when a Trap Card is activated while this card is in your Graveyard: Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Aqua-Type/WATER/Level 2/ATK 1200/DEF 0). (This card is NOT treated as a Trap Card.) If Summoned this way, this card is unaffected by monster effects, also banish it when it leaves the field.

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Paleozoic Dinomischus

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Target 1 face-up card on the field; discard 1 card, and if you do, banish it. Once per Chain, when a Trap Card is activated while this card is in your Graveyard: Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Aqua-Type/WATER/Level 2/ATK 1200/DEF 0). (This card is NOT treated as a Trap Card.) If Summoned this way, this card is unaffected by monster effects, also banish it when it leaves the field.

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Marincess Coral Anemone

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2 WATER monsters

You can target 1 WATER monster with 1500 or less ATK in your GY; Special Summon it to your zone this card points to, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except WATER monsters. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can target 1 "Marincess" card in your GY, except "Marincess Coral Anemone"; add it to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Marincess Coral Anemone" once per turn.

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Mistar Boy

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2 WATER monsters

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

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Paleozoic Canadia

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Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; change it to face-down Defense Position. Once per Chain, when a Trap Card is activated while this card is in your Graveyard: Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Aqua/WATER/Level 2/ATK 1200/DEF 0). (This card is NOT treated as a Trap Card.) If Summoned this way, this card is unaffected by monster effects, also banish it when it leaves the field.

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Trap Trick

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Banish 1 Normal Trap from your Deck, except "Trap Trick", and Set 1 card with the same name directly from your Deck, also it can be activated this turn. You can only activate 1 Trap Card for the rest of this turn after this card resolves. You can only activate 1 "Trap Trick" per turn.

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Storming Mirror Force

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Return all your opponent's Attack Position monsters to the hand.

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Rivalry of Warlords

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Each player must send monsters from his/her side of the field to the Graveyard so that he/she only controls 1 Type of face-up monster. As long as this card remains face-up on the field, each player can only Summon or control 1 Type of face-up monster at a time.

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Downerd Magician

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2 Level 4 Spellcaster-Type monsters

During your Main Phase 2, you can also Xyz Summon this card by using a Rank 3 or lower Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material. (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains 200 ATK for each Xyz Material attached to it. If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage to your opponent. If this card attacks or is attacked, after damage calculation: Detach 1 Xyz Material from this card.

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Sky Cavalry Centaurea

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2 Level 2 monsters

This card cannot be destroyed by battle while it has Xyz Material. At the end of the Damage Step, if this card battled an opponent's monster: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; return the opponent's monster from the field to the hand.

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Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax

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2+ monsters Special Summoned from the Extra Deck

While this Link Summoned card is on the field, your opponent cannot target this card with card effects, also their monsters cannot target monsters for attacks, except this one. Once per battle, during damage calculation, if this card battles a Special Summoned monster (Quick Effect): You can make this card gain ATK equal to that opponent's monster's ATK during that damage calculation only. If this Link Summoned card you control is sent to your GY by an opponent's card: You can shuffle 1 card on the field into the Deck.

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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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Ronintoadin

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Cannot be used as a Synchro Material. This card's name becomes "Des Frog" while it is on the field. If this card is in your Graveyard: You can banish 1 "Frog" monster from your Graveyard; Special Summon this card.

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Paleozoic Frogs and Altergeist can both struggle. Since every deck has access to generic board wipes, decks like these can lose to any matchup just because the opponent drew one card at the right time.

The other threat holding these decks back is Dinosaurs; Miscellaneousaurus is just so strong against a reactive trap-based deck. You have to be patient, and adjust how you plan to stop Dinosaurs when you're playing with trap cards. My advice would be to anticipate the Dinosaur player's Xyz Summon, since that Xyz Monster won't be a Dinosaur-type, making Miscellaneousaurus moot. And if you really want to get rid of the Dinos they have on the field, like Ultimate Conductor Tyranno, I'd wait for the Battle Phase, or any phase that isn't the Main Phase, to use your traps.

And yeah then there's combo matchups, which happen all the time. The "Set 5, pass" deck is very different when you're up against an established board loaded with negations and interruptions. Some will argue that traps are amazing even when you're going second. But that depends a lot on your card choices, the best combination being Solemn Strike and any board wipe, like Torrential Tribute or Needle Ceiling. But how often will you be able to draw that?

While some combo matchups might be reliant on the dice roll, other control matchups are doable. One of the reasons why Anandeth made it all the way to the finals with Altergeist was because he got paired with Zoodiac Eldlich in the Top 8, and then Dragonmaids in the Top 4.Altergeist does very well against those kinds of strategies, where it can slow down the game state and then establish its full set-up.

If you really want to take these decks up a notch, you can just splash in Red-Eyes Insight, Red-Eyes Fusion and the required cards to summon Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon. The Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon cards do introduce a bit more risk, but if you're setting four or five cards anyways, you might as well activate Red-Eyes Fusion while you're at it. Doing so gives you a free walking omni-negate that puts your opponent on a harsh clock. Some Eldlich players already do it, so why not Paleozoics? Trap decks need all the board wipe protection they can get.

The Rogue Summary

Finding viable rogue strategies that I wanted to share my thoughts on was tricky. Current metagames are arguably very similar to past formats, but there are some big differences. I keep mentioning Pot of Prosperity, but it's one of the biggest factors right now, making almost any deck "more consistent" than it was before.

That kinda means the playing field is more level than it used to be. At the same time, Pot of Prosperity help decks that were already pretty good, like Dinosaurs and Dragoon Subterror.

If you're like me and hate playing mirror matches, then I'm sure you'd enjoy learning about viable rogue strategies! There are plenty of other decks I didn't mention, stuff that could prove viable like Dragonmaids, Mekk-Knights, Magical Musketeers and so on. Stay tuned, because I may cover those in an upcoming article. Till next time!