The new Speed Duel: Battle City Box was released last month just in time for the holidays. I'm sure many of you must have purchased one, or more than one to add to your collection. Maybe you even got one as a gift!

So you get your Battle City Box. You open it up and you find four sealed packages with over 200 guaranteed cards, plus a pack with three Secret Rare Egyptian God Cards that are legal for Speed Duels, as well as some Secret upgrades of cards from the Battle City Box core set. I know I was excited to see a Secret Rare version of Nobleman of Crossout.

The last thing that's in the box is the paper playmat. You're probably familiar with these; you know, that thing you normally pitch the moment you open a structure deck? Maybe you even give it a skim and have a laugh at what it says before hucking it into the Shadow Realm that is your trash can.

But you know what, this time it's actually a pretty well thought out design! Not only is the Battle City Box mat the first two-player paper playmat (I'm pretty sure it's the first?). But it gives you some ideas on what to do with the Battle City Box in the "Formats to Play" section; good stuff if you just wanna have some casual time with your friends and family, especially if they're new to the game. It even gives you recommended deck lists to start out with, builds you can make from the contents of just the one box, as well as a short and simple list of rules for Speed Dueling. It's a terrific job by the Konami R&D team.

Anyways, I'm sure that many of the more dedicated Speed Duel players will have bought more than one Battle City Box, maybe three to get a playset of every card. So once you've finished playing through what's recommended, you'll be staring at your other two boxes thinking of what decks you can build and where to play them.

Where Can You Play Remote Speed Duels?

Speed Dueling's very niche right now. Even before the lockdowns, the only big official tournaments public events at events like YCS weekends. Maybe you're lucky, and you have a big enough community that your local OTS store hosts local weekly events to give away those Speed Duel Tournament Packs. But that's rare, and it's not happening during the global pandemic.

Now that we're in lockdown, it's the age of Remote Duels. So fear not! I've taken some time and scouted the web to find you a few of the more active Remote Speed Duel locals. I really recommend you check them out!

A Rising Star Discord Server:
Remote Speed Duels are on Sundays at 4:30pm PST, 7:30pm EST for registration time. Tournaments begin at 5:00pm PST, 8:00pm CST

Click here to visit their Discord server and get started.

Fargo Yu-Gi-Oh! Community Discord Server:
Remote Speed Duels run on Thursdays, organized by JWW Sports Cards & Gaming

All tournaments begin at 4:00pm PST (7:00pm EST), with a cutoff for payment at 1:45pm PST (4:45pm EST). These events cap at 32 players for now, but the event size will likely change in the future.

Check out the community and find a tournament on their Discord server.

Alternate Universes Discord Server:
Alternate Universe is running a Speed Duel Remote Duel Win-a-Mat tournament on Sunday January 10, at 11:00am PST (2:00pm EST). The entry fee's $10 and registration begins at 9:00am PST (12:00PM EST).

They're also holding a Remote Speed Duel open tournament on Sunday January 17, at 10:00am PST (1:00PM EST). Entry is again $10, and registration begins at 9:00am PST (12:00pm EST).

Drop in on the Alternate Universe Discord right here.

What Decks Should You Build?!

So what are you gonna build with all those new cards? In a brand-new Speed Dueling metagame?

If you checked out my last article, I gave a brief rundown on the state of competitive Speed Duels prior to the release of the Battle City Box. Then I shared my thoughts on how the new cards could change the competitive landscape. Here's some decklists that you can build with the new box set, as well as some older cards from previous Speed Duels releases.

Let's get started with XYZ Turbo!

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - XYZ-Dragon Cannon Turbo by Hanko Chow

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

Created By: Hanko Chow

Event:

Rank:

Speed Duel

Market Price: $18.72

Cards

Union Hangar

Market Price: $0.35

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When this card is activated: You can add 1 LIGHT Machine Union monster from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn, if a LIGHT Machine Union monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to your field (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 of those monsters; equip 1 appropriate LIGHT Machine Union monster, with a different name, from your Deck to that monster, but the Union monster you equipped cannot be Special Summoned this turn. You can only activate 1 "Union Hangar" per turn.

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Union Scramble

Market Price: $0.24

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Target up to 3 of your banished LIGHT Machine Normal Monsters and/or LIGHT Machine Union monsters; Special Summon them. During either player's turn, except the turn this card was sent to the GY: You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 of your banished LIGHT Machine-Type Normal Monsters or LIGHT Machine Union monsters; return it to the hand. You can only activate 1 "Union Scramble" per turn.

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Union Combination

Market Price: $0.29

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Activate this Skill during your Main Phase. Once per turn, you can Fusion Summon 1 LIGHT Machine Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your GY or field as Fusion Material. For the rest of this turn, your opponent takes no damage.

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Z-Metal Tank

Market Price: $0.31

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Once per turn, you can either: Target 1 "X-Head Cannon" or "Y-Dragon Head" you control; equip this card to that target, OR: Unequip this card and Special Summon it in face-up Attack Position. While equipped by this effect, the equipped monster gains 600 ATK and DEF. (A monster can only be equipped with 1 Union monster at a time. If the equipped monster would be destroyed by battle, destroy this card instead.)

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XYZ-Dragon Cannon

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"X-Head Cannon" + "Y-Dragon Head" + "Z-Metal Tank"

Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by banishing the above cards you control. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Cannot be Special Summoned from the Graveyard. You can discard 1 card, then target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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Book of Moon

Market Price: $2.59

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

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Foolish Burial

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Send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

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YZ-Tank Dragon

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"Y-Dragon Head" + "Z-Metal Tank"

Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by banishing the above cards you control. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Cannot be Special Summoned from the GY. You can discard 1 card, then target 1 face-down monster your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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X-Head Cannon

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XZ-Tank Cannon

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"X-Head Cannon" + "Z-Metal Tank"

Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by banishing the above cards you control. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Cannot be Special Summoned from the GY. You can discard 1 card, then target 1 face-down Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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XY-Dragon Cannon

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"X-Head Cannon" + "Y-Dragon Head"

Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by banishing the above cards you control. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Cannot be Special Summoned from the GY. You can discard 1 card, then target 1 face-up Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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Y-Dragon Head

Market Price: $0.27

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Once per turn, you can either: Target 1 "X-Head Cannon" you control; equip this card to that target, OR: Unequip this card and Special Summon it. A monster equipped with this card gains 400 ATK/DEF, also if the equipped monster would be destroyed by battle or card effect, destroy this card instead.

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Rare Metalmorph

Market Price: $0.20

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Select 1 Machine-Type monster on your side of the field, it gains 500 ATK. Only once, negate the effect of a Spell Card that targets the monster. When the selected monster is removed from the field, destroy this card.

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Night Assailant

Market Price: $1.33

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FLIP: Target 1 monster your opponent controls; destroy that target.

When this card is sent from the hand to the GY: Target 1 Flip monster in your GY, except this card; return that target to the hand.

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Union Hangar a high impact search card. While it's much stronger in the Advanced Format, where can search ABC-Dragon Buster, Union Hangar power level is still good enough with the "XYZ" Union Monsters. Here in Speed Duels Union Hangar gets you Y-Dragon Head, which you'll Normal Summon to attach Z-Metal Tank from your deck. That's an instant YZ-Tank Dragon.

If you drew Foolish Burial and Union Hangar together, you can send X-Head Cannon from your deck to the graveyard so you can activate your Union Combination skill and Fusion Summon XYZ-Dragon Cannon instead! While that might not sound great from the perspective of the Advanced Format perspective, a 2800 ATK beatstick that can blast any card off the field is huge in Speed Duels. It's scary, it's fast, and it's really, really big.

Combine that with Union Scramble and you've got yourself a very strong followup for damage, as well as more ammo to pitch for XYZ-Dragon Cannon. If you discard one Night Assailant you can get back another Night Assailant from the graveyard, and it's also a Man-Eater Bug if you really want to set it. It offers some really good synergy in this deck.

The rest of the build is just Book of Moon… because it's Book of Moon… and Rare Metalmorph to counter an opposing Book of Moon or Soul Exchange. Both spells are very popular and very strong in current Speed Duel metagames, so it's good to have protection against them.

Speaking of which, one of the first decks I played against in the new Speed Duel format was Spell Proof Armor Machines.

It's a very strong anti-meta contender since like the XYZ Turbo deck, it can put out a strong monster very quickly. And with Spell Proof Armor, cards like Book of Moon, Soul Exchange, and Offerings to the Doomed are useless against it. Combine that with Jinzo, and you're immune to both spells and traps!

Here's my take on the strategy.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Spell Proof Armor Machines by Hanko Chow

'Spell Proof Armor Machines' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Hanko Chow

Event:

Rank:

Speed Duel

Market Price: $34.83

Cards

Zoma the Spirit

Market Price: $3.43

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Special Summon this card in Defense Position as an Effect Monster (Zombie-Type/DARK/Level 4/ATK 1800/DEF 500). (This card is also still a Trap Card.) If this card is destroyed by battle: Inflict damage to your opponent equal to the ATK of the monster that destroyed it.

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Allure of Darkness

Market Price: $4.30

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Draw 2 cards, then remove from play 1 DARK monster from your hand. If you don't have any DARK monsters in your hand to remove, send all cards in your hand to the Graveyard.

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Soul Exchange

Market Price: $0.29

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Select an opponent's Monster and use it as a Tribute in place of one of your own.  You must skip your Battle Phase for the turn in which this card is activated.

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Ally of Justice Clausolas

Market Price: $0.24

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Offerings to the Doomed

Market Price: $0.86

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Destroys 1 face-up monster. Skip your next Draw Phase.

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Spell Proof Armor

Market Price: $0.98

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Activate this Skill during your Main Phase. All Machine monsters you control are unaffected by your opponent's Spell effects. You can Normal Summon Machine Normal Monsters with 1 less Tribute. If a non-Machine monster is in your GY, flip this Skill over. This Skill can only be used once per Duel.

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Summoner's Art

Market Price: $1.94

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Select 1 Level 5 or higher Normal Monster from your Deck and add it to your hand.

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Pendulum Machine

Market Price: $0.12

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A horrible torture machine with a large pendulum blade.

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Jinzo

Market Price: $0.47

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


This is the Trials of the Pharaoh - Match of the Millennium & Twisted Nightmares promotional card

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In a half-sized deck of cards, Allure of Darkness can be really fun! All the Machines you play happen to be Dark! Combine that with Summoner's Art and you can easily thin your deck to find the utility cards you need, when you need them. Since Spell Proof Armor only lets you cheat out high Level Normal Machines, you need to see Soul Exchange to actually Tribute Summon Jinzo. Or you can set up Zoma the Spirit and if it survives a turn, you can tribute it for Jinzo.

Note that while Spell Proof Armor is strong, it also creates blatant weaknesses in deck construction. Since it can ONLY play Machines, that means other monsters like Sphere Kuriboh is out of the question. Sphere Kuriboh is actually huge in this matchup, because the monsters won't be immune to it.

But why use Soul Exchange when Inner Conflict still exists? Taking control of an opponent's monster lets you either tribute it for a bigger summon, or it opens your opponent up to an attack with your other monsters. The Skill from the Twisted Nightmares starter is so game-breaking that there's no real answer to it, especially with Jinzo keeping you off trap cards.

The only real option is stalling it out with Sphere Kuriboh. A majority of Top Cut placements from recent local events have just been decks running Inner Conflict. Here's my take on it.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Inner Conflict Warriors by Hanko Chow

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

Created By: Hanko Chow

Event:

Rank:

Speed Duel

Market Price: $21.47

Cards

Reinforcement of the Army

Market Price: $0.46

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

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Book of Moon

Market Price: $2.59

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

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Command Knight

Market Price: $0.36

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All Warrior-Type monsters you control gain 400 ATK. If you control another monster, monsters your opponent controls cannot target this card for an attack.

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Freed the Matchless General

Market Price: $0.24

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Negate any Spell effects that target this card, and if you do, destroy that Spell Card. During your Draw Phase, instead of conducting your normal draw: You can add 1 Level 4 or lower Warrior-Type monster from your Deck to your hand. This card must be face-up on the field to activate and to resolve this effect.

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Inner Conflict

Market Price: $0.50

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Activate this Skill during your Main Phase. Once per Duel, you can pay half your LP and take control of 1 monster your opponent controls until the End Phase, but it cannot attack directly this turn.

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Jinzo

Market Price: $0.47

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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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Soul Exchange

Market Price: $0.29

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Select an opponent's Monster and use it as a Tribute in place of one of your own.  You must skip your Battle Phase for the turn in which this card is activated.

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Exiled Force

Market Price: $0.25

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You can Tribute this card to target 1 monster on the field; destroy that target.

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Amazoness Sage

Market Price: $0.75

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At the end of the Damage Step, if this card attacked and is still on the field: Target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; destroy that target.

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Sphere Kuriboh

Market Price: $2.43

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; change the attacking monster to Defense Position. When you Ritual Summon a monster, you can banish this card from your Graveyard as 1 of the monsters required for the Ritual Summon.

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While summoning Jinzo might be a big deal, it's not a problem if you're not playing traps. As you can see, I largely choose not to play many trap cards because Jinzo exists, even though there are so many good traps in Speed Dueling.

Freed the Matchless General is an old school fan-favorite that never really saw much play in the Advanced Format, but in Speed Duels it's a different beast. It has a built-in protection effect keeping it safe from any spells that would target it - stuff like Book of Moon or Soul Exchange - while also searching Warriors from your deck!

Combine that with three copies of Reinforcement of the Army and you'll easily assemble an army for Freed to command. Get Command Knight for a free ATK boost, or Exiled Force to pick off any monster. Amazoness Sage can force out like Widespread Ruin. Or you could even search Blade Knight to beat cards like Man-Eater Bug. This deck definitely has a classic toolbox feel to it, but it's also aggressive and dishes out lots of damage.

You can definitely customize the warrior lineup and the numbers of each Warrior card you play, since they're all based on metagame calls, or what kind of boards you think you'll encounter.

It's Jinzo! The only way you're immune to Inner Conflict is if you're playing the Skill Card It's Jinzo!.

The new skill makes your Jinzo immune to your opponent's skill. As long as you can protect your Jinzo from everything else, you should be able to counter Inner Conflict, at least in theory. Here's a list I made based on that idea.

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

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

Created By: Hanko Chow

Event:

Rank:

Speed Duel

Market Price: $55.50

Cards

Allure of Darkness

Market Price: $4.30

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Draw 2 cards, then remove from play 1 DARK monster from your hand. If you don't have any DARK monsters in your hand to remove, send all cards in your hand to the Graveyard.

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Sphere Kuriboh

Market Price: $2.43

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; change the attacking monster to Defense Position. When you Ritual Summon a monster, you can banish this card from your Graveyard as 1 of the monsters required for the Ritual Summon.

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Soul Exchange

Market Price: $0.29

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Select an opponent's Monster and use it as a Tribute in place of one of your own.  You must skip your Battle Phase for the turn in which this card is activated.

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Jinzo

Market Price: $0.47

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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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Night Beam

Market Price: $7.95

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Target 1 Set Spell/Trap your opponent controls; destroy that target. Your opponent cannot activate the targeted card in response to this card's activation.

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It's Jinzo!

Market Price: $0.21

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"Jinzo" monsters you control are unaffected by your opponent's Skill Cards. Once per turn, during your Main Phase, if you control "Jinzo", you can look at 1 face-down card in your opponent's Spell & Trap Zones, and if it is a Trap, draw 1 card.

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Breaker the Magical Warrior

Market Price: $1.29

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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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Zoma the Spirit

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Special Summon this card in Defense Position as an Effect Monster (Zombie-Type/DARK/Level 4/ATK 1800/DEF 500). (This card is also still a Trap Card.) If this card is destroyed by battle: Inflict damage to your opponent equal to the ATK of the monster that destroyed it.

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Offerings to the Doomed

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Destroys 1 face-up monster. Skip your next Draw Phase.

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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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One of the more popular ways to get rid of Jinzo is to Book of Moon it and attack it. Exiled Force is a threat too, as well as your opponent somehow having a monster with higher ATK. But It's Jinzo! lets you scope out a backrow card every turn, so if you see a Book of Moon, you can apply pressure to it with Breaker the Magical Warrior or just get rid of it with Night Beam. Book of Moon can stall an opposing Exiled Force too, and [[Offerings to the Doomed] helps as well.

If your opponent plays something like Hammer Shot or their own Soul Exchange, there's no consistent counter to it. Maybe if you had Amplifier on your Jinzo so you can play traps like Magic Drain or Interdimensional Matter Transporter you could be more secure. But overall, this deck works really well give or take its vulnerabilities.

Guardians of the Tomb

If you do want to play some sort of deck with trap cards, the Skill Card Guardians of the Tomb is actually not bad. You basically get to draw a card for free once per turn if you Special Summon a trap monster, though it only triggers if you do it on your opponent's turn.

Here's a deck I want to show you that's heavily inspired by some recent online results.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Trap Monsters by Hanko Chow

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

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Market Price: $33.53

Cards

Offerings to the Doomed

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Destroys 1 face-up monster. Skip your next Draw Phase.

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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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Sphere Kuriboh

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; change the attacking monster to Defense Position. When you Ritual Summon a monster, you can banish this card from your Graveyard as 1 of the monsters required for the Ritual Summon.

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Guardians of the Tomb

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During your opponent's Main Phase, when a monster is Special Summoned from your Spell & Trap Zone to your field while you have no cards in your hand, you can draw 1 card, and if you do, you can Set 1 Spell or Trap from your hand. This Skill can only be used once per turn.

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Swamp Mirrorer

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Activate this card by declaring 1 Monster Type and 1 Attribute; Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Level 4/ATK 1800/DEF 1000) with that Type and Attribute. (This card is also still a Trap Card.)

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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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Exiled Force

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You can Tribute this card to target 1 monster on the field; destroy that target.

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Zoma the Spirit

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Special Summon this card in Defense Position as an Effect Monster (Zombie-Type/DARK/Level 4/ATK 1800/DEF 500). (This card is also still a Trap Card.) If this card is destroyed by battle: Inflict damage to your opponent equal to the ATK of the monster that destroyed it.

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The deck's goal is pretty straight forward: draw a card every turn with Guardians of the Tomb. Preferably you try to Special Summon one each turn. The other cards you play help you trade with your opponent so that you can have the better board and attack for damage.

Cards like Exiled Force and Offerings to the Doomed help you get rid of monsters. Since you're drawing a card every turn with your skill, you don't mind skipping a draw for Offerings to the Doomed. Book of Moon helps keep Jinzo in check, as well as high ATK monsters, so you can let your monsters beat over them. Breaker the Magical Warrior pressures the opponent's backrow if they have one, and it's an efficient attacker even if they don't.

I really wanted to show you what new decks you can build with the Battle City Box. But if you're like me, and you've collected a bunch of older cards for Speed Duels too, then you can build decks like Twisted Personality Gravekeeper Burn or Parasite Paranoid with the Skill Card Cocoon of Ultra Evolution for some fast OTKs.

If you're seriously interested in Speed Duels, you should try to get the rest of the card pool as well so you can build everything!

Here's my take on a Twisted Personality Gravekeeper Burn deck that revolves around Nightmare Wheel and Gravekeeper's Curse, often finishing with Zoma the Spirit. You'll use the skill to annoy your opponent, ripping a card out of their hand or popping problematic cards on the field every turn.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Gravekeeper Burn by Hanko Chow

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

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Market Price: $47.26

Cards

Gravekeeper's Cannonholder

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Offer 1 card that includes Gravekeeper''s in its card name on your side of the field as a tribute to inflict 700 points of Direct Damage to your opponent''s Life Points. However, you cannot offer this card or another Gravekeeper''s Cannonholder with this card''s effect. Monsters used for a Tribute Summon or that are offered as Tributes due to other cards'' effects are excluded.

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Zoma the Spirit

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Special Summon this card in Defense Position as an Effect Monster (Zombie-Type/DARK/Level 4/ATK 1800/DEF 500). (This card is also still a Trap Card.) If this card is destroyed by battle: Inflict damage to your opponent equal to the ATK of the monster that destroyed it.

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Gravekeeper's Curse

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When this monster is Summoned, inflict 500 damage to your opponent.

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Gravekeeper's Recruiter

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When this card you control is sent to your Graveyard: Add 1 "Gravekeeper's" monster with 1500 or less DEF from your Deck to your hand.

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Nightmare Wheel

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Activate this card by targeting 1 monster your opponent controls; it cannot attack or change its battle position. When it leaves the field, destroy this card. During each of your Standby Phases: Inflict 500 damage to your opponent. That monster must be on the field to activate and to resolve this effect.

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Sphere Kuriboh

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; change the attacking monster to Defense Position. When you Ritual Summon a monster, you can banish this card from your Graveyard as 1 of the monsters required for the Ritual Summon.

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Rite of Spirit

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Select 1 Monster Card that includes Gravekeeper''s in its card name from your Graveyard and Special Summon it in face-up Attack or Defense Position. This card''s activation and effect is not affected by Necrovalley.

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Wonder Wand

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Equip only to a Spellcaster monster. It gains 500 ATK. If you control the equipped monster and this card: You can send both to the GY; draw 2 cards.

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Twisted Personality

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Each time a player loses LP, place 1 counter on this card (max. 3). Once per turn, during your Main Phase, you can use 1 of the following Skills.

• Remove 2 counters from this card, then discard 1 random card from your opponent's hand.
• Remove 3 counters from this card, then destroy 1 face-up card your opponent controls.

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There's definitely a ton of other decks in competition right now that are very under-explored; many of them can be good, depending on how the shape of competition shifts and which decks see play in your metagames.

Relinquished just got Pre-Preparation of Rites, so that could make Relinquished decks more consistent than they were before. I've seen players experimenting with Magical Hats, setting copies of Wild Tornado from their deck, which is both hilarious and rewarding. Serpent Night Dragon was a big deck in previous eras of Speed Dueling, and only lost popularity to the rise of Parasite Paranoid and Inner Conflict. It's still very strong against almost everything else.

If you want to play Obelisk the Tormentor, I'd try and squeeze it into an XYZ Union deck. That's because Union Scramble one of the easier ways to get three monsters onto the field for tribute. If you can summon Obelisk the Tormentor, you shouldn't lose the game unless your opponent runs Hammer Shot or managed to hold their Inner Conflict skill.


I didn't include a Side Deck for any of these builds because there's really no defined method for siding in Speed Duels. The Side Deck can only consist of SIX cards in this format, and usually you only play one or two copies of random rewarding-but-situational cards for your worst matchups.

Choices like Lost Wind or De-Fusion or even Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer - played to beat the XYZ Union deck - have all been pretty popular. Blast Held by a Tribute or Widespread Ruin are good answers to Freed the Matchless General. You might want to side Jinzo if you weren't already maining it. Cosmic Cyclone, Dust Tornado, and Night Beam all work if you want backrow removal. Waking the Dragon great if your opponent likes to hit your backrow; it can get you a free Ryu Senshi, Arcana Knight Joker or Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon.

That's all for now! Maybe I'll see you in a Remote Speed Duel event!