Goat Format's the most popular unofficial format in the Yu-Gi-Oh community, but don't let the name fool you: you don't have to play Goat Control to win duels. In fact, the Goat Control 'era' wasn't dominated by one specific deck. There are plenty of competitive strategies from that time, and modern Goat Format tournaments have an even wider variety of decks!

Of course, if you're playing Goat Format because you want to play Goat Control then you're in luck. Goat Control's one of the most competitive strategies in the format, and its unique playstyle is a breath of fresh air if you're a little exhausted from today's combo decks. Goat Format's an excuse to revel in nostalgia, and embrace a change of pace using cards you might already own. And if you don't own those cards already? Well good news: unless you want to go max rarity, Goat Format decks are super-cheap to build.

I wrote an article earlier this year that covered the four things you should know about Goat Format, so if you're not familiar with it I highly recommend you start there. This week we're looking at three ways to play in Goat Format, including Chaos Control, Horus Lockdown, and the format's namesake: Goat Control.

Goat Control, Or: Why Metamorphosis Is Forbidden

The core of the Goat Control strategy is Metamorphosis, a spell card that lets you cheat out Thousand-Eyes Restrict by tributing a Level 1 monster from your field. This deck's loaded with Level 1s, including Magician of Faith, Magical Merchant, and Sinister Serpent, but you'll typically use a token created with Scapegoat to feed Metamorphosis. The Sheep Tokens are largely useless anyways without Links, so they're generally only used to block attacks and act as fodder for Metamorphosis.

Thousand-Eyes Restrict was insanely powerful in the Goat Format era thanks to its ability to remove any opposing monster from the field, steal its stats, and take complete control of the Battle Phase. Instant Fusion can cheat out Thousand-Eyes Restrict today, but we're playing in an era where many monsters have built-in targeting immunity, and removal's often plentiful enough anyways. Instant Fusion kicks Thousand-Eyes Restrict off the field at the end of the turn, and as a result its floodgate effects are never really relevant.

But Metamorphosis didn't make Thousand-Eyes Restrict explode in the End Phase, which meant it could stay on the field indefinitely as long as you could keep it safe. That wasn't terribly difficult either: Thousand-Eyes Restrict floodgate effects made it hard for your opponent to fight back, and cards like Book of Moon and Tsukuyomi could reset Thousand-Eyes Restrict to let it absorb another monster.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Goat Control by Kelly Locke

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

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Goat Format

Market Price: $119.76

Cards

Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning

Market Price: $0.45

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from your Graveyard. Once per turn, you can activate 1 of these effects.

• Target 1 monster on the field; banish that target face-up. This card cannot attack the turn this effect is activated.
• If this attacking card destroys an opponent's monster by battle, after damage calculation: It can make a second attack in a row.

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Magician of Faith

Market Price: $0.71

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FLIP: Select 1 Spell Card from your Graveyard. Add the selected card to your hand.

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Sinister Serpent

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During your Standby Phase, if this card is in your GY: You can add it to your hand, also banish 1 "Sinister Serpent" from your GY during your opponent's next End Phase. You can only use this effect of "Sinister Serpent" once per turn.

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Book of Moon

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

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Nobleman of Crossout

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Destroy 1 face-down monster and remove it from play. If the monster is a Flip Effect Monster, both players must check their respective Decks and remove all monsters of the same name from play. Then shuffle the Decks.

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Mirror Force

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Destroy all Attack Position monsters your opponent controls.

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Airknight Parshath

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If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage. If this card inflicts battle damage to your opponent: Draw 1 card.

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Raigeki Break

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Discard 1 card to target 1 card on the field; destroy it.

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Magical Merchant

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FLIP: Pick up cards from the top of your Deck until you pick up a Spell or Trap Card. Add that card to your hand. Send the remaining cards to the Graveyard.

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Premature Burial

Market Price: $0.31

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Pay 800 Life Points. Select 1 monster from your Graveyard, Special Summon it on the field in face-up Attack Position, and equip it with this card. When this card is destroyed, destroy the equipped monster.

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Sangan

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If this card is sent from the field to the GY: Add 1 monster with 1500 or less ATK from your Deck to your hand, but you cannot activate cards, or the effects of cards, with that name for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Sangan" once per turn.

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Dekoichi the Battlechanted Locomotive

Market Price: $7.15

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FLIP: Draw 1 card. If you have face-up "Bokoichi, the Freightening Car" card(s) on your side of the field, draw an additional card for each of them.

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Tsukuyomi

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This card cannot be Special Summoned. This card returns to the owner''s hand during the End Phase of the turn that it is Normal Summoned, Flip Summoned or flipped face-up. When this card is Normal Summoned, Flip Summoned or flipped face-up, flip 1 face-up monster on the field into face-down Defense Position.

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Breaker the Magical Warrior

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When this card is Normal Summoned: Place 1 Spell Counter on it (max. 1). This card gains 300 ATK for each Spell Counter on it. You can remove 1 Spell Counter from this card, then target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

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Mystical Space Typhoon

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Target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

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Tribe-Infecting Virus

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Effect: Discard 1 card from your hand and declare 1 Type of monster. Destroy all face-up monsters of the declared Type on the field.

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Snatch Steal

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Take control of a monster on your opponent''s side of the field that is equipped with this card. Increase your opponent''s Life Points by 1000 points during each of their Standby Phases.

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Ring of Destruction

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During your opponent's turn: Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls whose ATK is less than or equal to their LP; destroy that face-up monster, and if you do, take damage equal to its original ATK, then inflict damage to your opponent equal to the damage you took. You can only activate 1 "Ring of Destruction" per turn.

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Delinquent Duo

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Pay 1000 Life Points. Your opponent randomly selects and discards 1 card from his/her hand and then selects and discards another card from his/her hand.

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Metamorphosis

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Offer 1 monster on your side of the field as a Tribute to Special Summon 1 Fushion Monster of the same Level in face-up Attack or Defense Position from your Fushion Deck. Monsters used for a Tribute Summon or that are offered as Tribute due to other card''s effects are excluded.

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Scapegoat

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Special Summon 4 "Sheep Tokens" (Beast-Type/EARTH/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) in Defense Position. These Tokens cannot be Tributed for a Tribute Summon. You cannot Summon other monsters the turn you activate this card (but you can Normal Set).

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Pot of Greed

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Draw 2 cards.

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Mystic Tomato

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When this card is sent to the Graveyard as a result of battle, you can Special Summon 1 DARK monster with an ATK of 1500 or less in face-up Attack Position from your Deck. Then shuffle your Deck.

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Heavy Storm

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Destroy all Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

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Trap Dustshoot

Market Price: $7.82

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You can activate this card only when your opponent has 4 or more cards in his/her hand. Look at your opponent''s hand, then select 1 Monster Card and return it to its owner''s Deck. The Deck is then shuffled.

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Graceful Charity

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Draw 3 cards, then discard 2 cards.

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You're probably noticing that there's no Extra Deck listed here, and that's for a very specific reason: they didn't exist at the time! Okay, so there was a 'Fusion Deck' back in the day that eventually became what we now call the Extra Deck, but it played by a very different set of rules. First, there was no actual limit to the number of cards in the Fusion Deck, so you could theoretically run three copies of every Fusion in the game. That said, we'll still cover the ones you're most likely to use in combination with Metamorphosis.

Thousand-Eyes Restrict is, of course, pretty much mandatory here at three copies. It's not unusual to see all three copies of Metamorphosis in a single game, and Thousand-Eyes Restrict can still be defeated despite its prohibitive effects. Dark Balter the Terrible a Level 5 option if you find yourself needing spell negation after summoning Airknight Parshath, and Gatling Dragon a Level 8 option for those rare moments when you can steal a game by using Premature Burial or Snatch Steal on Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning.

Cards like Magical Merchant and Magician of Faith are incredibly important for finding and recycling your key spells, but they're also vulnerable to Nobleman of Crossout, a near-staple in Goat Format decks since it effortlessly clears some of the best flip monsters in the game. Keep in mind that flip monsters are tremendously powerful in this format, and you'll pay a steep price by blindly attacking set monsters. Raigeki Break also fantastic for clearing set cards, and Sinister Serpent keeps it fueled at all times.

Spell And Trap Lockdown With Horus And Jinzo

As a kid I loved the Horus The Black Flame Dragon series, but I haven't been able to play it in any serious capacity since Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos was Forbidden.

Luckily, the Goat Format time machine's given me another chance to summon Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8. The build here isn't too complicated, although you'd typically be using these same monsters to summon Mobius the Frost Monarch, Jinzo, or Airknight Parshath. Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8 is probably the least consistent engine that could fit here, but the payoff's huge: complete control over all spell activations. Combined with Jinzo or Royal Decree you'll only have to worry about your opponent's monster effects–many of which can be dealt with using Book of Moon.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Horus Lockdown by Kelly Locke

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

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Goat Format

Market Price: $52.62

Cards

Magician of Faith

Market Price: $0.71

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FLIP: Select 1 Spell Card from your Graveyard. Add the selected card to your hand.

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Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV4

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Control of this face-up card cannot switch. During the End Phase, if this card destroyed a monster by battle this turn: You can send this face-up card to the Graveyard; Special Summon 1 "Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV6" from your hand or Deck.

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Nobleman of Crossout

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Destroy 1 face-down monster and remove it from play. If the monster is a Flip Effect Monster, both players must check their respective Decks and remove all monsters of the same name from play. Then shuffle the Decks.

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Heavy Storm

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Destroy all Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

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Scapegoat

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Special Summon 4 "Sheep Tokens" (Beast-Type/EARTH/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) in Defense Position. These Tokens cannot be Tributed for a Tribute Summon. You cannot Summon other monsters the turn you activate this card (but you can Normal Set).

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Pot of Greed

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Draw 2 cards.

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Premature Burial

Market Price: $0.31

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Pay 800 Life Points. Select 1 monster from your Graveyard, Special Summon it on the field in face-up Attack Position, and equip it with this card. When this card is destroyed, destroy the equipped monster.

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Dust Tornado

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Target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; destroy that target. Then you can Set 1 Spell or Trap Card from your hand.

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Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV6

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This card is unaffected by Spell effects. During the End Phase, if this card destroyed a monster by battle this turn: You can send this face-up card to the Graveyard; Special Summon 1 "Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8" from your hand or Deck.

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Delinquent Duo

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Pay 1000 Life Points. Your opponent randomly selects and discards 1 card from his/her hand and then selects and discards another card from his/her hand.

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Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8

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This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by the effect of "Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV6". You can negate the activation and effect of any Spell Cards and destroy them.

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Breaker the Magical Warrior

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When this card is Normal Summoned: Place 1 Spell Counter on it (max. 1). This card gains 300 ATK for each Spell Counter on it. You can remove 1 Spell Counter from this card, then target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

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Mystical Space Typhoon

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Target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

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Gravekeeper's Spy

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FLIP: Special Summon 1 "Gravekeeper's" monster with 1500 or less ATK from your Deck.

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Snatch Steal

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Take control of a monster on your opponent''s side of the field that is equipped with this card. Increase your opponent''s Life Points by 1000 points during each of their Standby Phases.

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Mirror Force

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Destroy all Attack Position monsters your opponent controls.

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Creature Swap

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Each player selects 1 monster they control and switches control of those monsters with each other. Those monsters cannot change their battle positions for the rest of this turn.

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Sakuretsu Armor

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Target the attacking monster; destroy that target.

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Sinister Serpent

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During your Standby Phase, if this card is in your GY: You can add it to your hand, also banish 1 "Sinister Serpent" from your GY during your opponent's next End Phase. You can only use this effect of "Sinister Serpent" once per turn.

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Sangan

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If this card is sent from the field to the GY: Add 1 monster with 1500 or less ATK from your Deck to your hand, but you cannot activate cards, or the effects of cards, with that name for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Sangan" once per turn.

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Magical Merchant

Market Price: $0.72

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FLIP: Pick up cards from the top of your Deck until you pick up a Spell or Trap Card. Add that card to your hand. Send the remaining cards to the Graveyard.

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Mystic Tomato

Market Price: $0.29

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When this card is sent to the Graveyard as a result of battle, you can Special Summon 1 DARK monster with an ATK of 1500 or less in face-up Attack Position from your Deck. Then shuffle your Deck.

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Jinzo

Market Price: $0.02

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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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Ring of Destruction

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During your opponent's turn: Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls whose ATK is less than or equal to their LP; destroy that face-up monster, and if you do, take damage equal to its original ATK, then inflict damage to your opponent equal to the damage you took. You can only activate 1 "Ring of Destruction" per turn.

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Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning

Market Price: $0.45

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from your Graveyard. Once per turn, you can activate 1 of these effects.

• Target 1 monster on the field; banish that target face-up. This card cannot attack the turn this effect is activated.
• If this attacking card destroys an opponent's monster by battle, after damage calculation: It can make a second attack in a row.

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Book of Moon

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

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Graceful Charity

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Draw 3 cards, then discard 2 cards.

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Raigeki Break

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Discard 1 card to target 1 card on the field; destroy it.

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Creature Swap and Book of Moon also help you set up the End Phase effect of Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV4. It's not the ideal pathway to Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8 since Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV6 is a sitting duck on your opponent's turn, but Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV6 itself is at least immune to Book of Moon.

Most of the time you'll want to Tribute Summon Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV6 before attacking over a monster that isn't D.D. Warrior Lady or Night Assailant. Like Airknight Parshath, the Horus family punishes your opponent for setting up with battle searchers or Scapegoat. You'll absolutely need an answer to Thousand-Eyes Restrict though.

'Best-Of' Hits From Invasion Of Chaos

Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning is practically a staple in Goat Format strategies thanks to its relatively easy summoning conditions, excellent stats, and two great effects. It's a game ender in its own right, and after you summon it properly you can even bring it back to the field with Premature Burial. Cards like Graceful Charity make it absurdly easy to dump a Light and Dark monster into your graveyard, so why stop with Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning? Chaos Sorcerer was Unlimited at the time, and its effect is just as useful.

The Chaos Control strategy leverages self-replacing monsters like Gravekeeper's Spy and Thunder Dragon into fodder for bigger Chaos monsters. The gameplay's pretty straightforward here: stall for time until you can draw into your Chaos monsters, then start to chip away at your opponent's field by banishing their monsters. I personally like the idea of leading with Jinzo or Breaker the Magical Warrior whenever possible to counter cards like Raigeki Break or Torrential Tribute. After you've cleared a path you can summon Chaos Sorcerer or Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning to clean up your opponent's field.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Chaos Control by Kelly Locke

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

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Goat Format

Market Price: $54.14

Cards

Magician of Faith

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FLIP: Select 1 Spell Card from your Graveyard. Add the selected card to your hand.

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Dust Tornado

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Target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; destroy that target. Then you can Set 1 Spell or Trap Card from your hand.

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Heavy Storm

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Destroy all Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

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Dark Mimic LV1

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FLIP: Draw 1 card from your Deck. Also, during your Standby Phase, send this face-up card to the Graveyard to Special Summon 1 "Dark Mimic LV3" from your hand or Deck.

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Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from your Graveyard. Once per turn, you can activate 1 of these effects.

• Target 1 monster on the field; banish that target face-up. This card cannot attack the turn this effect is activated.
• If this attacking card destroys an opponent's monster by battle, after damage calculation: It can make a second attack in a row.

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Sangan

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If this card is sent from the field to the GY: Add 1 monster with 1500 or less ATK from your Deck to your hand, but you cannot activate cards, or the effects of cards, with that name for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Sangan" once per turn.

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Delinquent Duo

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Pay 1000 Life Points. Your opponent randomly selects and discards 1 card from his/her hand and then selects and discards another card from his/her hand.

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Chaos Sorcerer

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from your GY. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; banish that target. This card cannot attack the turn you activate this effect.

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Mirror Force

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Destroy all Attack Position monsters your opponent controls.

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Sinister Serpent

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During your Standby Phase, if this card is in your GY: You can add it to your hand, also banish 1 "Sinister Serpent" from your GY during your opponent's next End Phase. You can only use this effect of "Sinister Serpent" once per turn.

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Book of Moon

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

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Ring of Destruction

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During your opponent's turn: Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls whose ATK is less than or equal to their LP; destroy that face-up monster, and if you do, take damage equal to its original ATK, then inflict damage to your opponent equal to the damage you took. You can only activate 1 "Ring of Destruction" per turn.

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Mystic Tomato

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When this card is sent to the Graveyard as a result of battle, you can Special Summon 1 DARK monster with an ATK of 1500 or less in face-up Attack Position from your Deck. Then shuffle your Deck.

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Mystical Space Typhoon

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Target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

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Raigeki Break

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Discard 1 card to target 1 card on the field; destroy it.

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Card Destruction

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Each player discards their entire hand and draws the same number of cards they discarded.

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Magical Merchant

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FLIP: Pick up cards from the top of your Deck until you pick up a Spell or Trap Card. Add that card to your hand. Send the remaining cards to the Graveyard.

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Premature Burial

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Pay 800 Life Points. Select 1 monster from your Graveyard, Special Summon it on the field in face-up Attack Position, and equip it with this card. When this card is destroyed, destroy the equipped monster.

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Snatch Steal

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Take control of a monster on your opponent''s side of the field that is equipped with this card. Increase your opponent''s Life Points by 1000 points during each of their Standby Phases.

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Nobleman of Crossout

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Destroy 1 face-down monster and remove it from play. If the monster is a Flip Effect Monster, both players must check their respective Decks and remove all monsters of the same name from play. Then shuffle the Decks.

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Gravekeeper's Spy

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FLIP: Special Summon 1 "Gravekeeper's" monster with 1500 or less ATK from your Deck.

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Thunder Dragon

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You can discard this card; add up to 2 "Thunder Dragon" from your Deck to your hand.

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Breaker the Magical Warrior

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When this card is Normal Summoned: Place 1 Spell Counter on it (max. 1). This card gains 300 ATK for each Spell Counter on it. You can remove 1 Spell Counter from this card, then target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

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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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Graceful Charity

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Draw 3 cards, then discard 2 cards.

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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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Pot of Greed

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Draw 2 cards.

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You'll notice that all of these decks share some common tech, including the trinity of Pot of Greed, Delinquent Duo, and Graceful Charity. Opening with two or three of these cards can put you impossibly ahead in the duel, especially if you manage to draw into Trap Dustshoot with Graceful Charity. If you resolve both Delinquent Duo and Trap Dustshoot then your opponent will start the duel with just three cards in their hand. There's almost no way to recover from that, and you'll see plenty of builds online featuring a full playset of Trap Dustshoot for that reason.

Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer an excellent Side Deck pick to deal with Chaos strategies, while Kinetic Soldier answers Warrior-heavy strategies and Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning. Asura Priest is another common Side Deck card that solves Scapegoat and keeps your opponent's field clear of Level 1 monsters. Upstart Goblin Semi-Limited in Goat Format, so feel free to target a 38-card build to see your key draw cards a bit faster.

There are plenty of other decks to try in Goat Format, including Empty Jar, Dimension Fusion with Bazoo the Soul-Eater, and more Fusion-focused strategies with Cyber-Stein. The staples are largely the same between each deck, but there's still a lot of variation in how each deck plays out. Some abuse the discard and draw power that decks had access to with now-Forbidden cards, while others make heavy use of Flip monsters to conduct Tribute Summons.

Part of what makes Goat Format so exciting is the viability of basic game mechanics that no longer function in today's game. You can't expect to win duels by setting monsters in the overwhelming majority of strategies nowadays, but you'll definitely be setting monsters in Goat Format. It's a breath of fresh air if you've been spending a good chunk of your time memorizing dozens of lengthy combos for modern strategies.

It's well-worth investing in a Goat Format deck or two to play with your friends, or with newcomers to the game. It's a great way to introduce someone to Yu-Gi-Oh without burdening them with the sheer volume of Extra Deck monster types that often make learning the game so difficult.

Until next time then