It's been a while since my last rogue deck article! But now that there's a new format and the competitive landscape is settling down, it's a great time to look at some of the best rogue strategies; off-the-radar decks that could do well in tournaments.

As usual, I'm defining a rogue as an underplayed strategy. For one reason or another, rogue decks haven't caught on in the tournament mainstream; maybe certain flaws make them less viable in certain metagames, or under certain conditions, compared to the more popular meta decks. Or maybe they're just undiscovered hidden gems, and have underappreciated advantages that counter the top decks! For whatever reason, these are the decks your opponents probably won't see coming - and probably won't be siding for, at least not intentionally.

Current metagames are very fast-paced, with Drytrons and Tri-Brigades at the top, and many other top tier decks like Prank-Kids, Invoked Shaddolls, and Virtual Worlds chasing them in Top Cuts. Sky Strikers and Salamangreat just got some cards back off the banlist, so they became popular picks too, but they're not as strong as the other decks. Just like @Ignisters, they're only really part of the discussion because dedicated fans choose to play them.

So with that out of the way, let me introduce you to what I think are some of the best rogue decks right now.

Starting Off With Cyber Dragons

This deck is a favorite for many GX fans, including James Jung! My fellow Canadian just got Top 32 with Cyber Dragons at the Remote Duel YCS weekend; something few players expected at one of the biggest events of the year.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Cyber Dragons by James Jung

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

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Market Price: $1416.61

Cards

Pot of Prosperity

Market Price: $112.03

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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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Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion

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

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

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Cybernetic Overflow

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Banish "Cyber Dragon(s)" with different Levels from your hand, face-up field, and/or GY, then destroy an equal number of cards your opponent controls. If this card on the field is destroyed by card effect: Add 1 "Cyber" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Cybernetic Overflow" once per turn.

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Summon Limit

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Neither player can Summon more than two times per turn.

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Cosmic Cyclone

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

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Chimeratech Megafleet Dragon

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1 "Cyber Dragon" monster + 1+ monsters in the Extra Monster Zone

Cannot be used as Fusion Material. Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by sending the above cards from either field to the GY. (You do not use "Polymerization".) The original ATK of this card becomes 1200 x the number of Fusion Materials used for its Special Summon.

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Cyber Dragon Infinity

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3 Level 6 LIGHT Machine monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Cyber Dragon Infinity" by using "Cyber Dragon Nova" you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) Gains 200 ATK for each material attached to it. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up Attack Position monster on the field; attach it to this card as material. Once per turn, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it.

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Red-Eyes Black Dragon

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A ferocious dragon with a deadly attack.

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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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Galaxy Soldier

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You can send 1 other LIGHT monster from your hand to the GY; Special Summon this card from your hand in Defense Position. When this card is Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Galaxy" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Galaxy Soldier" 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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Machine Duplication

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Target 1 Machine monster you control with 500 or less ATK; Special Summon up to 2 monsters from your Deck with the same name as that face-up monster.

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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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Red Reboot

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

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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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Salamangreat Almiraj

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1 Normal Summoned monster with 1000 or less ATK

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

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Dark Magician

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Chimeratech Fortress Dragon

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Cyber Dragon + 1 or more Machine-Type monsters. This monster cannot be used as a Fusion Material Monster. You can only Special Summon this card from your Extra Deck by sending the above cards from either side of the field to the Graveyard. (You do not use ""Polymerization"".) The original ATK of this card is equal to 1000 x the number of Fusion Material Monsters used to Special Summon it.

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Lightning Storm

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

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

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Link Spider

Market Price: $2.18

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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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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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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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Cyber Dragon Herz

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This card's name becomes "Cyber Dragon" while on the field or in the GY. You can only use 1 of the following effects of "Cyber Dragon Herz" per turn, and only once that turn.

• If this card is Special Summoned: You can make this card's Level become 5 until the end of this turn, also, you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except Machine monsters.
• If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 other "Cyber Dragon" from your Deck or GY to your hand.

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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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Jizukiru, the Star Destroying Kaiju

Market Price: $0.17

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's field in Attack Position, by Tributing 1 monster they control. If your opponent controls a "Kaiju" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Attack Position. You can only control 1 "Kaiju" monster. When a card or effect is activated that targets exactly 1 card (and no other cards) (Quick Effect): You can remove 3 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; negate that effect, and if you do, you can destroy 1 card on the field.

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Cyber Dragon

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If there is a monster on your opponent's side of the field and there are no monsters on your side of the field, you can Special Summon this card from your hand.

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Cyber Repair Plant

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If "Cyber Dragon" is in your GY: You can activate 1 of these effects. If you have 3 or more "Cyber Dragon" in your GY at this card's activation, you can activate both effects and resolve in sequence. You can only activate 1 "Cyber Repair Plant" per turn.

• Add 1 LIGHT Machine monster from your Deck to your hand.
• Target 1 LIGHT Machine monster in your GY; shuffle that target into your Deck.

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Cyber Emergency

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Add 1 LIGHT Machine monster that cannot be Normal Summoned/Set, or 1 "Cyber Dragon" monster, from your Deck to your hand. If the activation of this card in its owner's possession was negated by your opponent's card effect and sent to your GY: You can discard 1 card; add this card to your hand. You can only activate 1 "Cyber Emergency" per turn.

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Harpie's Feather Duster

Market Price: $3.87

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

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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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Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder

Market Price: $15.59

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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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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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Cyber Dragon Nova

Market Price: $3.02

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2 Level 5 Machine-Type monsters

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

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Chimeratech Rampage Dragon

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2+ "Cyber Dragon" monsters

A Fusion Summon of this card can only be done with the above Fusion Materials. When this card is Fusion Summoned: You can target Spells/Traps on the field, up to the number of Fusion Materials used for its Fusion Summon; destroy them. Once per turn: You can send up to 2 LIGHT Machine monsters from your Deck to the GY, and if you do, for each monster sent to the GY, this card gains 1 additional attack during each Battle Phase this turn.

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Cyber Revsystem

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Special Summon 1 "Cyber Dragon" from your hand or GY. It cannot be destroyed by card effects.

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Cyber Dragon Core

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When this card is Normal Summoned: Add 1 "Cyber" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand. If only your opponent controls a monster: You can banish this card from your GY; Special Summon 1 "Cyber Dragon" monster from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Cyber Dragon Core" effect per turn, and only once that turn. This card's name becomes "Cyber Dragon" while on the field or in the GY.

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Cyber Dragon Nachster

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This card's name becomes "Cyber Dragon" while on the field or in the GY. You can discard 1 other monster; Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 Machine monster with 2100 ATK or DEF in your GY; Special Summon it, also, you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except Machine monsters. You can only use each effect of "Cyber Dragon Nachster" once per turn.

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Cyber Dragon Sieger

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2 Machine monsters, including "Cyber Dragon"

This card's name becomes "Cyber Dragon" while on the field or in the GY. During each Battle Phase, if this card has not declared an attack (Quick Effect): You can target 1 Machine monster you control with 2100 or more ATK; for the rest of this turn, that monster gains 2100 ATK/DEF, also neither player takes any battle damage from attacks involving this monster. You can only use this effect of "Cyber Dragon Sieger" once per turn.

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Overload Fusion

Market Price: $0.19

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Fusion Summon 1 DARK Machine Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, by banishing Fusion Materials listed on it from your field or GY.

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Droll & Lock Bird

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

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I've played against Cyber Dragons many times at a variety of locals. There's usually one dedicated CyDra player anywhere you go. It's a strong deck that's versatile enough to play first or second. If you go first, you can set up a Cyber Dragon Infinity, and maybe even the trap card Cybernetic Overflow to pop cards.

Jung ran Predaplant Verte Anaconda, not just to summon Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon going first, but also for Overload Fusion going second, to summon out a potentially game-winning Chimeratech Rampage Dragon! The Fusion Monster Chimeratech Rampage Dragon is the deck's main way to OTK, since it can deal over 6000 damage by itself, AND destroy backrow cards.

One of the big reasons to play Cyber Dragon is the deck's inherent advantage over Machine-type decks, or strategies that like to summon a monster and leave it in the Extra Monster Zone. So with the rise in popularity of Sky Striker, Cyber Dragons can use their unique contact fusions Chimeratech Fortress Dragon or Chimeratech Megafleet Dragon to take away Sky Striker's main defensive Link Monster; those Links are Machines, and the Striker player always wants to summon into their Extra Monster Zone.

Cyber Dragon is most certainly a threat, but it's probably stuck in a rogue position since it's got fewer starter cards than other strategies; that means it can draw some less optimal hands at times. It definitely has some great matchups though, and it can catch many inexperienced players off guard.

Revisiting 2016 With Monarchs

Domain Monarchs is another deck that caught my eye. It got a lot of help from certain cards being freed from the banlist, but also some new cards that support this unique strategy. A duelist named Franklin Joel Santos made Day 2 at the South American Remote Duel YCS with the new support. Here's his list.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Domain Monarchs by Franklin Joel Santos

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

Created By: Franklin Joel Santos

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Market Price: $74.29

Cards

Majesty's Fiend

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Cannot be Special Summoned. Monster effects cannot be activated.

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Tenacity of the Monarchs

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Reveal 1 monster in your hand with 2400 ATK & 1000 DEF, or 2800 ATK & 1000 DEF; add 1 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to your hand, except "Tenacity of the Monarchs". You can only activate 1 "Tenacity of the Monarchs" per turn.

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Ehther the Heavenly Monarch

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You can Tribute Summon this card by Tributing 1 Tribute Summoned monster. If this card is Tribute Summoned: You can send 2 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Cards with different names from your hand and/or Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, Special Summon 1 monster with 2400 or more ATK and 1000 DEF from your Deck, but return it to the hand during the End Phase. During your opponent's Main Phase, if this card is in your hand: You can banish 1 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Card from your Graveyard; immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon this card (this is a Quick Effect).

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Edea the Heavenly Squire

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 monster with 800 ATK and 1000 DEF from your Deck in Defense Position, except "Edea the Heavenly Squire", also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 of your banished "Monarch" Spell/Trap Cards; add it to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Edea the Heavenly Squire" once per turn.

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Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's field in Attack Position, by Tributing 1 monster they control. If your opponent controls a "Kaiju" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Attack Position. You can only control 1 "Kaiju" monster. When your opponent activates a card or effect, except "Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju" (Quick Effect): You can remove 2 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; negate the activation, and if you do, banish that card.

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Pantheism of the Monarchs

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Send 1 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Card from your hand to the Graveyard; draw 2 cards. You can banish this card from your Graveyard; reveal 3 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Cards from your Deck, your opponent chooses 1 for you to add to your hand, and you shuffle the rest back into your Deck. You can only use this effect of "Pantheism of the Monarchs" once per turn.

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Return of the Monarchs

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You cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck. When you Tribute Summon a monster: You can activate 1 of these effects;

- Add, from your Deck to your hand, 1 monster with 2400 ATK and 1000 DEF with a different name from that Tribute Summoned monster.
- Add, from your Deck to your hand, 1 monster with 2800 ATK and 1000 DEF with a different name from that Tribute Summoned monster. The Tribute Summoned monster must be face-up on the field to activate and to resolve this effect. You can only activate this effect of "Return of the Monarchs" once per turn.

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Spell Canceller

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As long as this card remains face-up on the field, Spell Cards cannot be activated. The effects of all Spell Cards are also negated.

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Proof of Pruflas

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If you control no Special Summoned monsters: You can Special Summon this card from your hand, also you cannot Special Summon other monsters for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Proof of Pruflas" once per turn. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon 1 monster.

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Domain of the True Monarchs

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While you have no cards in your Extra Deck and you are the only player that controls a Tribute Summoned monster, your opponent cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck. If a Tribute Summoned monster you control attacks an opponent's monster, it gains 800 ATK during damage calculation only. Once per turn: You can reduce the Level of 1 monster with 2800 ATK and 1000 DEF in your hand by 2 until the end of this turn (even after they are Summoned/Set, and even if this card leaves the field).

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The Prime Monarch

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Once per turn: You can target 2 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Cards in your GY; shuffle them into the Deck, then draw 1 card. If this card is in your GY: You can banish 1 other "Monarch" Spell/Trap from your GY; Special Summon this card in Defense Position as a Normal Monster (Fairy/LIGHT/Level 5/ATK 1000/DEF 2400). (This card is NOT treated as a Trap Card.) You can only use this effect of "The Prime Monarch" once per turn.

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March of the Monarchs

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Tribute Summoned monsters you control cannot be targeted by, or destroyed by, card effects. You cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck.

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Eidos the Underworld Squire

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: During your Main Phase this turn, you can Tribute Summon 1 monster, in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) You can banish this card from your Graveyard, then target 1 monster with 800 ATK and 1000 DEF in your Graveyard, except "Eidos the Underworld Squire"; Special Summon it in Defense Position, also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Eidos the Underworld Squire" once per turn.

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Vanity's Fiend

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Cannot be Special Summoned. Neither player can Special Summon monsters.

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The Monarchs Stormforth

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Once during this turn, if you would Tribute a monster for a Tribute Summon, you can Tribute 1 monster your opponent controls even though you do not control it. You can only activate 1 "The Monarchs Stormforth" per turn. During the turn you activate this card, you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck.

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Upstart Goblin

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Draw 1 card, then your opponent gains 1000 Life Points.

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Kuraz the Light Monarch

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When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target up to 2 cards on the field; destroy those targets, and if you do, each player can draw 1 card for each of the cards they controlled that was destroyed by this effect. This card cannot attack during the turn it is Normal or Special Summoned.

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Erebus the Underworld Monarch

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You can Tribute Summon this card by Tributing 1 Tribute Summoned monster. If this card is Tribute Summoned: You can send 2 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Cards with different names from your hand and/or Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, shuffle 1 card from your opponent's hand (at random), Graveyard, or their side of the field into the Deck. Once per turn, during either player's Main Phase, if this card is in your Graveyard: You can discard 1 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Card, then target 1 monster in your Graveyard with 2400 or more ATK and 1000 DEF; add it to your hand.

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Foolish Burial

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Send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

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Twin Twisters

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

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Anchamoufrite

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Pendulum Effect

If you have no cards in your Extra Deck except "Anchamoufrite": You can destroy this card, then draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Anchamoufrite" once per turn.
Monster Effect
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your face-up Extra Deck) by having no cards in your Extra Deck except "Anchamoufrite". You can only Special Summon "Anchamoufrite" once per turn this way. If this face-up card in the Monster Zone leaves the field, banish it.

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One for One

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

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Shared Ride

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For the rest of this turn, each time a card(s) is added from the Main Deck or GY to your opponent's hand, except by drawing them, you immediately draw 1 card. You can only activate 1 "Shared Ride" per turn.

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Mithra the Thunder Vassal

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If this card is in your hand: You can activate this effect; you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn, also Special Summon this card, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Vassal Token" (Thunder-Type/LIGHT/Level 1 /ATK 800/DEF 1000) to your opponent's side of the field in Defense Position. If this card is Tributed for a Tribute Summon: You can activate this effect; you can Tribute Summon 1 monster during your Main Phase this turn, in addition to your Normal Summon/Set this turn. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) You can only use each effect of "Mithra the Thunder Vassal" once per turn.

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Jinzo

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Trap Cards, and their effects on the field, cannot be activated. Negate all Trap effects on the field.


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Almost everyone played Domain Monarch in 2016. It was so strong that many cards had to be Limited to remove Monarchs from dominance. Now they're back! Pantheism of the Monarchs, Ehther the Heavenly Monarch, and The Monarchs Stormforth have all returned at full power. To top it off, Lightning Overdrive introduced a couple of new cards that fit perfectly with what the deck wants to do: Tribute Summon and not care about the Extra Deck.

Anchamoufrite is a Pendulum Monster, but it's not played in Pendulum decks. It's a free draw and a Special Summon, but only if you don't have an Extra Deck; its effects and stats actually make it perfect for Domain Monarchs. It also won't conflict with Domain of the True Monarchs, because it actually banishes itself if it was Special Summoned by its own effect.

The other new card this deck benefits from is Proof of Pruflas. It's a free Special Summon, so long as you didn't control a Special Summoned monster to begin with, and it gives you an additional Tribute Summon to help extend your plays - something this deck has historically lacked in the past. Both effects compliment the deck well enough to make it a one-of.

If you haven't faced Domain Monarchs before, I can tell you that it's a very aggressive control deck. It wants to Tribute Summon to put the required monster on the field for Domain of the True Monarchs; while Domain of the True Monarchs is on the field with a Tribute Summon, and you have no Extra Deck, your opponent can't summon from their Extra Deck at all!

Once that lock is in place, your opponent will have to rely on their Main Deck to win, or break the lock, either by drawing a removal card to get rid of Domain of the True Monarchs or the Tribute Summoned monster. Because Domain Monarchs is a floodgate strategy, it can be a glass cannon, but the lock can be very difficult to escape.

That's not all: the deck itself is strong engine that can build up lots of card advantage, too! Pantheism of the Monarchs is practically Destiny Draw, and searches any Monarch card to help get the set-up going. Discarding The Prime Monarch is ideal, because you want it in the graveyard to give you more tribute fodder.

If you resolve the effects of Ehther the Heavenly Monarch or Erebus the Underworld Monarch, you'll get two more Monarch cards in your graveyard to help fuel The Prime Monarch. You'll also get a free monster with Ehther the Heavenly Monarch or take a card away with Erebus the Underworld Monarch.

But the truth is, this is also a combo deck, one that relies on seeing Monarchs and cards to help summon them. And because of that philosophy, it doesn't always work out. You need all the card advantage you can get to help fuel your plays and ensure that you can make follow-ups.

So why are Monarchs rogue, and not the top tier deck that they were years ago? Well, the deck's consistency isn't as amazing as the 1-card combo decks we have nowadays. And since Monarch's essentially a floodgate deck, it loses to all sorts of generic removal that any opponent could be running. So while it can have good matchups where it auto-wins off a lockdown set-up, it'll have a bad matchup against any deck that plays Twin Twisters, or Lightning Storm, and so on.

That said, this deck's incredibly affordable to build. With no need for an Extra Deck, and lots of on-theme support that leaves you with no room to run big, expensive power cards, there may be no better budget deck in the current format! Speaking of another floodgate control deck…

Remember Necrovalley?

Royal Tribute was removed from the banlist and unrestricted a while back. And since then, Gravekeepers have been nothing more than a gimmick deck. I remember building it back then when Card of Demise was at three copies, combining it with Pot of Desires to try and find Royal Tribute and Necrovalley. It was powerful when it worked, but it just wasn't consistent enough at the time.

Today we have Pot of Prosperity and once again, it's helped another rogue deck become more reliable, and more competitive. The Gravekeeper player also has the Red-Eyes Fusion package to summon Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, a stun deck's absolute best friend. A strong negation body and a floodgate works wonders in a deck like this.

Looking around online, I found that some players even topped the recent local Yu-Gi-Oh! Day event with Gravekeepers! So what I've got here is my own build inspired by a 2nd Place finisher from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Day weekend. I made a couple changes and fixed up the Extra Deck to my liking, and now it looks like this.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Gravekeepers by Duelist Unknown

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

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Cards

Sky Striker Ace - Shizuku

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1 non-WATER "Sky Striker Ace" monster

Monsters your opponent controls lose 100 ATK/DEF for each Spell in your GY. Once per turn, during the End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned this turn: You can add 1 "Sky Striker" Spell from your Deck to your hand with a different name from every card in your GY. You can only Special Summon "Sky Striker Ace - Shizuku(s)" once per turn.

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Earth Golem @Ignister

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1 Cyberse monster + 1 Link Monster

After this card is Fusion Summoned, you take no damage for the rest of this turn. If this card attacks a monster that was Special Summoned from the Extra Deck, this card gains ATK equal to its original ATK during the Damage Step only. When this card is destroyed by battle: You can target 1 Cyberse monster in your GY, except "Earth Golem @Ignister"; Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Earth Golem @Ignister" once per turn.

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Sky Striker Mecha Modules - Multirole

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Once per turn: You can target 1 other card you control; send that card to the GY, also your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to your Spell Card activations for the rest of this turn (even if this card leaves the field). (You can only gain the previous effect once per turn.) Once per turn, during the End Phase: You can Set "Sky Striker" Spells with different names from your GY, up to the number of "Sky Striker" Spell Cards you activated this turn while this card was face-up on your field, but banish them when they leave the field.

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Necrovalley

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New Font Errata: All "Gravekeeper's" monsters gain 500 ATK and DEF. Cards in either player's Graveyard cannot be banished. Negate any card effect that would move a card in the Graveyard, other than itself, to a different place.


As long as this card remains face-up on the field, all effects of Spell, Trap, and/or Effect Monster Cards that involve Graveyards are negated and neither player can remove cards in the Graveyards from play. In addition, increase the ATK and DEF of all monsters that includes Gravekeeper''s in their card name by 500 points.

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Gravekeeper's Headman

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If this card is Summoned: You can target 1 Level 4 "Gravekeeper's" monster in your GY; Special Summon it in Attack Position or face-down Defense Position. You can only use this effect of "Gravekeeper's Headman" once per turn. This effect is unaffected by "Necrovalley".

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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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Starving Venom Fusion Dragon

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2 DARK monsters on the field, except Tokens

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

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Sky Striker Ace - Hayate

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1 non-WIND "Sky Striker Ace" monster

This card can attack directly. After damage calculation, if this card battled: You can send 1 "Sky Striker" card from your Deck to the GY. You can only Special Summon "Sky Striker Ace - Hayate(s)" once per turn.

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Super Polymerization

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Discard 1 card; Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from either side of the field as Fusion Materials. Cards and effects cannot be activated in response to this card's activation.

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Red-Eyes Wyvern

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During your End Phase, if you did not Normal Summon/Set a monster this turn: You can banish this card from your GY; Special Summon 1 "Red-Eyes" monster from your GY, except "Black Dragon's Chick".

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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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Sky Striker Mecha - Widow Anchor

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If you control no monsters in your Main Monster Zone: Target 1 face-up Effect Monster on the field; negate that face-up monster's effects until the end of this turn, then, if you have 3 or more Spells in your GY, you can take control of that monster until the End Phase.

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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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Predaplant Triphyoverutum

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3 DARK monsters on the field

Gains ATK equal to the total original ATK of all other monsters on the field with a Predator Counter. You can only use each of the following effects of "Predaplant Triphyoverutum" once per turn.
• When your opponent Special Summons a monster(s) from their Extra Deck while you control this Fusion Summoned card (Quick Effect): You can negate the Summon, and if you do, destroy that monster(s).
• If your opponent controls a monster with a Predator Counter(s): You can Special Summon this card from your GY in 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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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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Harpie's Feather Duster

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

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Droll & Lock Bird

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

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Sky Striker Mecha - Hornet Drones

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If you control no monsters in your Main Monster Zones: Special Summon 1 "Sky Striker Ace Token" (Warrior/DARK/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) in Defense Position, which cannot be Tributed, and if you have 3 or more Spells in your GY when this effect resolves, the Token's ATK/DEF become 1500 instead.

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Dark Magician

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Gravekeeper's Commandant

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You can discard this card to the Graveyard to add 1 "Necrovalley" from your Deck to your hand.

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Necrovalley Throne

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Activate 1 of these effects.

• Add 1 "Gravekeeper's" monster from your Deck to your hand.
• Immediately after this effect resolves, Normal Summon 1 "Gravekeeper's" monster.
You can only activate 1 "Necrovalley Throne" per turn.

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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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When a monster(s) is Summoned: Destroy all monsters on the field.

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Metaverse

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Take 1 Field Spell from your Deck, and either activate it or add it to your hand.

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Red-Eyes Insight

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Send 1 "Red-Eyes" monster from your hand or Deck to the GY; add 1 "Red-Eyes" Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to your hand, except "Red-Eyes Insight". You can only activate 1 "Red-Eyes Insight" per turn.

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Sky Striker Ace - Kaina

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1 non-EARTH "Sky Striker Ace" monster

If this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; it cannot attack until the end of your opponent's turn. Each time you activate a "Sky Striker" Spell Card, or its effect, gain 100 LP immediately after the card or effect resolves. You can only Special Summon "Sky Striker Ace - Kaina(s)" once per turn.

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Mystic Mine

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

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Royal Tribute

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This card can only be activated when your Necrovalley is active on the field. Both players must discard all monster cards in their hand to the Graveyard.

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Terraforming

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Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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El Shaddoll Construct

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1 "Shaddoll" monster + 1 LIGHT monster

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

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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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Sky Striker Ace - Kagari

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1 non-FIRE "Sky Striker Ace" monster

If this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 "Sky Striker" Spell in your GY; add it to your hand. Gains 100 ATK for each Spell in your GY. You can only Special Summon "Sky Striker Ace - Kagari(s)" 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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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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Red-Eyes Black Dragon

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A ferocious dragon with a deadly attack.

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El Shaddoll Winda

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1 "Shaddoll" monster + 1 DARK monster

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

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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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Sky Striker Mobilize - Engage!

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If you control no monsters in your Main Monster Zone: Add 1 "Sky Striker" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Sky Striker Mobilize - Engage!", then, if you have 3 or more Spells in your GY, you can draw 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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Inspector Boarder

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Cannot be Normal or Special Summoned if you control a monster. Neither player can activate monster effects unless the number of monster effects that player has previously activated that turn is less than the number of monster card types currently on the field (Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, Pendulum, and Link). (If an effect's activation was negated, it still counts toward the total for that turn. Only count effects that were activated while this monster was face-up on the field.)

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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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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. Your co-linked monsters cannot be destroyed by card effects.

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Some would say that this is sort of a pseudo FTK deck, since it aims to draw Necrovalley with Royal Tribute to rip all the monsters out of your opponent's hand and win from there. If the opponent doesn't scoop at that point, they have to play against Necrovalley, a powerful floodgate that stops revival effects or even banishing from the graveyard. When Necrovalley up, you can't touch the graveyard.

In a format where Drytron and Tri-brigade are so dominant, Necrovalley fits right in as one of the best anti-meta cards around. Since it's searchable with Gravekeeper's Commandant which is searchable in turn with Necrovalley Throne, you'll find Necrovalley reliably in every game.

But how does it push for damage? Well, Gravekeepers do gain 500 ATK while Necrovalley active, so Gravekeeper's Commandant will be at 2100 ATK for a slow beatdown. Red-Eyes Fusion into Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon really helps this deck push for damage, destroy opposing monsters and protecting Necrovalley by negating any threat to it.

So what's flawed about Gravekeepers and keeping them rogue? Well, it's yet again another glass cannon floodgate deck. It has very few resources to play with and hopes to draw optimally at the very start, and win in the first couple turns. If it doesn't, it struggles for a win condition.

Once the Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon gets answered you can revive it with Red-Eyes Wyvern, but you'll have to turn off Necrovalley for a turn to do so. And because the deck is super reliant on Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, you'll always need a card in hand to fuel its negation. The only card I see in the deck that helps increase hand size is Sky Striker Mobilize - Engage!, but maybe playing with four cards can still work.

Zooooooeus Turbo!

Zoodiac Drident was recently banned, and in my opinion, rightfully so. I think one of the biggest reasons for the ban was because Zoodiac Drident would have been too powerful with the new Number F0: Utopic Draco Future. But regardless, Zoodiacs were becoming one of the strongest Normal Summon in the game toward the end of the last format, and were being splashed into almost any deck just because they could be.

Now that Zoodiac Drident banned, are Zoodiacs still playable? Well, you can still summon Zoodiac Boarbow, attack directly and then summon other Zoodiac Xyz Monsters to make a Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder with four Xyz Materials. Is it possible to make a deck that does just that, and wins in tournaments?

Yes, we can. And when it works, it feels so ignorant it's funny.

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

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

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Cards

Red Reboot

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

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Zoodiac Ramram

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

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Zoodiac Boarbow

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

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Different Dimension Ground

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This turn, any monster sent to the GY is banished instead.

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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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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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Zoodiac Combo

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Target 1 "Zoodiac" Xyz Monster you control; attach 1 "Zoodiac" monster from your Deck to that Xyz Monster as Xyz Material. During either player's turn, except the turn this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can banish this card from your Graveyard, then target 5 "Zoodiac" cards in your Graveyard with different names; shuffle all 5 into the Deck, then draw 1 card.

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Twin Twisters

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

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Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's field in Attack Position, by Tributing 1 monster they control. If your opponent controls a "Kaiju" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Attack Position. You can only control 1 "Kaiju" monster. When your opponent activates a card or effect, except "Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju" (Quick Effect): You can remove 2 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; negate the activation, and if you do, banish that card.

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Droll & Lock Bird

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

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Dimension Shifter

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

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Sky Striker Mecha - Widow Anchor

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If you control no monsters in your Main Monster Zone: Target 1 face-up Effect Monster on the field; negate that face-up monster's effects until the end of this turn, then, if you have 3 or more Spells in your GY, you can take control of that monster until the End Phase.

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Zoodiac Thoroughblade

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

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Zoodiac Hammerkong

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3 or more Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Hammerkong" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. While this card has Xyz Material, your opponent cannot target face-up "Zoodiac" monsters on the field with card effects, except this one. Once per turn, during the End Phase: Detach 1 Xyz Material from this card.

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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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Harpie's Feather Duster

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

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Sky Striker Mecha Modules - Multirole

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Once per turn: You can target 1 other card you control; send that card to the GY, also your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to your Spell Card activations for the rest of this turn (even if this card leaves the field). (You can only gain the previous effect once per turn.) Once per turn, during the End Phase: You can Set "Sky Striker" Spells with different names from your GY, up to the number of "Sky Striker" Spell Cards you activated this turn while this card was face-up on your field, but banish them when they leave the field.

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Zoodiac Ratpier

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

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Zoodiac Bunnyblast

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

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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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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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Sky Striker Mecha - Eagle Booster

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If you control no monsters in your Main Monster Zones: Target 1 face-up monster on the field; that target is unaffected by card effects this turn, except its own, and if you have 3 or more Spells in your GY, it cannot be destroyed by battle this turn.

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Effect Veiler

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

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Zoodiac Kataroost

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If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 "Zoodiac" card in your Graveyard, except "Zoodiac Kataroost"; shuffle it into the Deck. An Xyz Monster whose original Type is Beast-Warrior and has this card as Xyz Material gains this effect.

- During either player's turn, when your opponent activates a monster effect that targets this card: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the activation.

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Zoodiac Barrage

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

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Fire Formation - Tenki

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

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Shared Ride

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For the rest of this turn, each time a card(s) is added from the Main Deck or GY to your opponent's hand, except by drawing them, you immediately draw 1 card. You can only activate 1 "Shared Ride" per turn.

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Zoodiac Chakanine

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2 or more Level 4 monsters

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

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Zoodiac Tigermortar

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3 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Tigermortar" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 Xyz Monster you control and 1 "Zoodiac" monster in your Graveyard; attach that "Zoodiac" monster to that Xyz Monster as Xyz Material.

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Pot of Avarice

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Target 5 monsters in your GY; shuffle all 5 into the Deck, then draw 2 cards.

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Sky Striker Mobilize - Engage!

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If you control no monsters in your Main Monster Zone: Add 1 "Sky Striker" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Sky Striker Mobilize - Engage!", then, if you have 3 or more Spells in your GY, you can draw 1 card.

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Zoodiac Whiptail

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During either player's turn: You can target 1 Beast-Warrior-Type Xyz Monster you control; attach this card from your hand or field to it as Xyz Material. An Xyz Monster whose original Type is Beast-Warrior and has this card as Xyz Material gains this effect.
- If this card battles an opponent's monster, after damage calculation: Banish that opponent's monster.

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This deck is probably one of the few that wants to go second in this format, and gets away with it. Zoodiacs aim to either stop the opponent with hand traps, or just blow them out with removal and negation to get that successful attack with the Xyz. Sky Striker Mecha - Eagle Booster is one of the biggest reasons why this works, since this deck will only be playing one monster in the Extra Monster Zone. Making thatt monster immune to effect negation is pretty good, though Solemn Strike will still beat you.

Zoodiacs work pretty well, the only problem you may find is that you'll draw hands where you only open cards that beat backrow, and you need to deal with monsters; or you draw effect negation, but your opponent sets five backrow. If that's a problem more frequently than you care to stand, you can swap out Twin Twisters for Lightning Storm, since it can be both monster hate and backrow removal. But I thought playing Twin Twisters was bettter, to respect the Prank-Kids matchup and Prank-Kids Pandemonium.

If your opponent does force you to go first, well you don't have Zoodiac Drident anymore so you gotta hope you draw cards that stall your opponent. In the Side Deck you have Different Dimension Ground, Dimension Shifter, and Shared Ride. If you see any of those, or the hand traps you already main, it might help keep your opponent from winning.

Overall, you want to attack with an Xyz to make Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder with lots of Xyz Materials, so you'll be able to take lots of cards from your opponent with the lowest amount of effort. It's very simple, and very effective.

PENDULUMS BEST DEK?!

Pendulums have always been a strong strategy, able to field multiple interruptions in a single turn. Now, in such a heavy hand trap format, I believe that Pendulums don't lose very often to hand traps besides the occasional Droll & Lock Bird.

There are so many ways to play Pendulums right now: Endymion, Zefras, Performapals, Magicians, Metalfoes and even Odd-Eyes are all possible, so it's hard for me to pinpoint what the very best build is. But I did some research, taking ideas from my friend Steven Trifunoski to come up with a list I feel I can recommend to you.

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

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

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Cards

Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon

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2 Level 7 monsters

When any player's monster declares an attack: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the attack, then you can Special Summon 1 "Odd-Eyes" monster from your hand or Graveyard. If this Xyz Summoned card is sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Odd-Eyes" monster from your Extra Deck, except "Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon". You can only use each effect of "Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon" once per 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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Instant Fusion

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

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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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Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon

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1 "Odd-Eyes" monster + 1 Pendulum Monster

When this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 face-up Attack Position monster your opponent controls; return it to the hand. During either player's turn, when a Spell/Trap Card or another monster's effect is activated: You can shuffle 1 face-up Pendulum Monster from your Extra Deck into the Deck, negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. You can only use each effect of "Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon" once per turn.

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Spellbook of Knowledge

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Send to the GY either 1 Spellcaster monster you control, or 1 other "Spellbook" card from your hand or face-up field, except "Spellbook of Knowledge", and if you do, draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Spellbook of Knowledge" 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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Jester Confit

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You can only control 1 "Jester Confit". You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Attack Position. If Summoned this way, during your opponent's next End Phase: Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; return both that target and this face-up card to the hand.

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Timegazer Magician

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Pendulum Effect:

You must control no monsters to activate this card. If a Pendulum Monster you control battles, your opponent cannot activate Trap Cards until the end of the Damage Step. Unless you have a "Magician" card or "Odd-Eyes" card in your other Pendulum Zone, this card's Pendulum Scale becomes 4.
Monster Effect:
Each turn, the first card(s) in your Pendulum Zone that would be destroyed by an opponent's card effect, is not destroyed.

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Magical Abductor

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Pendulum Effect : Each time a Spell Card is activated, place 1 Spell Counter on this card when that Spell Card resolves. Once per turn: You can remove 3 Spell Counters from this card; add 1 Pendulum Monster from your Deck to your hand.

Monster Effect : Each time a Spell Card is activated, place 1 Spell Counter on this card when that Spell Card resolves. This card gains 100 ATK for each Spell Counter on it. Once per turn: You can remove 3 Spell Counters from this card; add 1 Level 1 Spellcaster-Type monster from your Deck to your hand.

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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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Magicians' Souls

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You can send up to 2 Spells/Traps from your hand and/or field to the GY; draw that many cards. If this card is in your hand: You can send 1 Level 6 or higher Spellcaster monster from your Deck to the GY, then activate 1 of these effects;

• Special Summon this card.
• Send this card to the GY, then, you can Special Summon 1 "Dark Magician" or 1 "Dark Magician Girl" from your GY.
You can only use each effect of "Magicians' Souls" 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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Servant of Endymion

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Pendulum Effect: Each time a Spell Card is activated, place 1 Spell Counter on this card when that Spell resolves. You can remove 3 Spell Counters from this card; Special Summon both this card from yourPendulum Zone and 1 monster from your Deck with 1000 or more ATK that you can place a Spell Counter on, and if you do, place 1 Spell Counter on each.

Monster Effect: You can only Special Summon "Servant(s) of Endymion" once per turn. This card with a Spell Counter can attack directly. Once per opponent's turn (Quick Effect): You can discard 1 card; place 1 Spell Counter on each card you control that you can place a Spell Counter on. If this card in the Monster Zone is destroyed: You can place this card in your Pendulum Zone, then place the same number of Spell Counters on it that it had as a monster.

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Upstart Goblin

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Draw 1 card, then your opponent gains 1000 Life Points.

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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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Chronograph Sorcerer

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Pendulum Effect:

During your Main Phase: You can destroy this card, and if you do, take 1 "Timegazer Magician" from your hand or Deck, and either place it in your Pendulum Zone or Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Chronograph Sorcerer" once per turn.
Monster Effect:
If a card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon this card from your hand, then you can Special Summon 1 monster from your hand. You can banish this card you control, plus 4 monsters from your hand, field, and/or GY (1 each with "Pendulum Dragon", "Xyz Dragon", "Synchro Dragon", and "Fusion Dragon" in their names); Special Summon 1 "Supreme King Z-ARC" from your Extra Deck. (This is treated as a Fusion Summon.)

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Saryuja Skull Dread

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2+ monsters with different names

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

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Reasoning

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Your opponent declares a monster Level from 1 to 12. Excavate cards from the top of your Deck until you excavate a monster that can be Normal Summoned/Set. If that monster is the same Level as the one declared by your opponent, send all excavated cards to the GY. If not, Special Summon the excavated monster, also send the remaining cards to the GY.

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Cross-Sheep

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2 monsters with different names

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

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Magician's Right Hand

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Negate the effect of your opponent's first Spell Card or effect that resolves each turn while you control a Spellcaster-Type monster, and if you do, or if it did not have an effect, destroy that card.

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Spellbook Magician of Prophecy

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If this card is Normal Summoned or flipped face-up: Add 1 "Spellbook" Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Into the Void

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If you have 3 or more cards in your hand: Draw 1 card, and if you do, during the End Phase of this turn, discard your entire hand.

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Crowley, the First Propheseer

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2 Spellcaster monsters

If this card is Link Summoned: You can reveal 3 "Spellbook" cards with different names from your Deck, and your opponent randomly picks 1 for you to add to your hand, also shuffle the rest into your Deck. You can only use this effect of "Crowley, the First Propheseer" once per turn. Each turn, 1 Level 5 or higher Spellcaster monster you Normal Summon can be Summoned without Tributing.

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Allure of Darkness

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Draw 2 cards, then banish 1 DARK monster from your hand, or, if you do not have any in your hand, send your entire hand to the GY.

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Reflection of Endymion

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Pendulum Effect: Each time a Spell Card is activated, place 1 Spell Counter on this card when that Spell resolves. You can remove 3 Spell Counters from this card; Special Summon both this card from your Pendulum Zone and 1 monster that you can place a Spell Counter on from your hand, and if you do, place 1 Spell Counter on each of them.

Monster Effect: If this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 other card you control with a Spell Counter(s) and 1 card your opponent controls; return that card you control and that card your opponent controls to the hand, then place Spell Counters on this card equal to the number of Spell Counters that were on the card returned from your field. When this card with a Spell Counter is destroyed by battle: You can add 1 "Endymion" card from your Deck to your hand. You can only Special Summon "Reflection of Endymion(s)" 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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Endymion, the Mighty Master of Magic

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Pendulum Effect: You can remove 6 Spell Counters from your field; Special Summon this card from the Pendulum Zone, then count the number of cards you control that can have a Spell Counter, destroy up to that many cards on the field, and if you do, place spell Counters on this card equal to the number of cards destroyed. you can only use this effect of "Endymion, the Mighty Master of Magic" once per turn.

Monster Text: Once per turn, when a Spell/Trap Card of effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can return 1 card you control with a Spell Counter to the hand, and if you do, negate the activation, and if you do that, destroy it. Then, you can place the same number of Spell counters on this card that the returned card had. While this card has a Spell Counter, your opponent cannot target it with card effects, also it cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects. When this card with a Spell Counter is destroyed by battle: You can add 1 Normal Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Day-Breaker the Shining Magical Warrior

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2 Spellcaster monsters

If this card is Link Summoned: Place 1 Spell Counter on it. Gains 300 ATK for each Spell Counter on it. You can only activate each of the following effects of "Day-Breaker the Shining Magical Warrior" once per turn.
• If a Spellcaster monster(s) is Special Summoned to a zone(s) this card points to: PLace 1 Spell Counter on this card.
• You can remove 2 Spell Counters from this card, then target 1 card on the field; destroy it.

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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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Mythical Beast Jackal King

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Pendulum Effect : If you have no card in your other Pendulum Zone: You can destroy this card, and if you do, Special Summon 1 face-up "Mythical Beast" Pendulum Monster from your Extra Deck, except "Mythical Beast Jackal King". You can only use this effect of "Mythical Beast Jackal King" once per turn.

Monster Effect : Each time a Spell Card is activated, place 2 Spell Counters on this card when that Spell resolves. Once per turn, when an opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can remove 2 Spell Counters from your field; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

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Spell Power Mastery

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Add 1 "Endymion" card from your Deck to your hand, then you can count the number of "Spell Power Mastery" and "Spell Power Grasp" you control and/or have in your GY, and place that many Spell Counters among card(s) you control that you can place a Spell Counter on. You can only activate 1 "Spell Power Mastery" per turn.

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Spellbook of Secrets

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Add 1 "Spellbook" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Spellbook of Secrets". You can only activate 1 "Spellbook of Secrets" per turn.

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Magician's Restage

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You can target 1 Level 3 or lower Spellcaster-Type monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it. This effect can only be used once while this card is face-up on the field. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "Magician" Continuous Spell Card from your Deck to your hand, except "Magician's Restage".

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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 personally believe that Endymion's the strongest Pendulum deck right now, but you'll only be playing the good Endymion cards here, like Endymion, the Mighty Master of Magic, Servant of Endymion, and Reflection of Endymion, just because she's Level 7 and can bounce a card on summon.

I also believe the Zefra cards are very strong, mainly Zefraniu, Secret of the Yang Zing; it's so easy to search, and its ability to fetch a Counter Trap every turn is fantastic. I didn't include it in this build, since I think it might make the deck too complicated or bricky, but it could be worth building around. This list is very simple, and it's a great starting point for anyone who wants to play Pendulums.

I highly recommend watching Steven's channel to see how he plays out hands, and for his amazing dedication to Pendulums. He brings new ideas and fresh hype to the strategy whenever he uploads. We also have Zachariah Butler's guide to Pendulums, which is a must read for any player that's just picking them up for the first time.

And with that, I've presented yet another five picks that I think are the best Rogue decks right now! There were a bunch of different decks I had in mind, but most of them weren't strong enough in my eyes to do well consistently. These are definitely the five winners in their category.

Right now, Tri-Brigade is popular with Rescue Cat, Zoodiacs, and Lyriluscs. But I think other Tri-Brigade variants are unexplored. Harpies bring Harpie's Feather Storm to the table, and Fire-Fists have looping plays with Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King. I also have a feeling Raidraptors could fit with Tri-Brigade cards, which could be pretty cool.

Hopefully you can take ideas from this article and explore other fun decks that could do well at your local tournaments. Maybe I can find more rogue decks to present next month. Either way, I'll see you all in the next article!