Kia ora everyone! This week we're taking a stab at one of the opponents Yubel played the Sacred Beasts against, East Academy's Adrian Gecko.

Adrian's an interesting guy. Orphaned at a young age, he was adopted by the wealthy Gecko family and promised he would become its heir. Eventually the family had a son of their own, forever denying Adrian that destiny; to his credit, Adrian never resented his new brother and even worked to heal him when he fell ill. However, when Yubel offered Adrian a different kind of power, Adrian couldn't help himself and accepted the offer, choosing to rule in another dimension with Yubel's Exodia cards.

Adrian wanted a just world free of suffering, but it would require him to sacrifice his childhood friend to gain the power of Exodia. After wielding that power in a duel with Aster Phoenix, he headed off to confront Yubel. Unlike most Exodia Duelists, Adrian didn't just rely on Exodia, but had a backup plan if the pieces ended up in his graveyard: he could return them to his deck to summon Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord.

Exodius gained ATK for each Exodia piece in the Graveyard, and was indestructible by opposing effects, which forced Yubel to use last week's Armityle the Chaos Phantasm - Phantom of Fury to get rid of it. In addition, if Adrian milled all the Exodia pieces by attacking, Exodia the Forbidden One would be complete and he'd win the duel.

…so naturally the real-life Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord is nothing like that. But it's also not tethered to The Ultimate Ritual of the Forbidden Lord, so Exodius can just be a good body to recycle monsters and act as fodder on the field. Today we're going to try and make it work as Konami intended, so we'll borrow some help from Adrian's first deck, the Cloudians. The strategy aims to put monsters into the graveyard efficiently, summon Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord, and protect it long enough to either win through sheer damage, or by its effect.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Adrian’s Exodia Fog Deck by Samuel Frew

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Cloudian - Eye of the Typhoon

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This card cannot be destroyed by battle. If this card is in face-up Defense Position, destroy it. When this card declares an attacks, change the battle positions of all face-up monsters, except "Cloudian" monsters.

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Left Arm of the Forbidden One

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A forbidden left arm sealed by magic. Whosoever breaks this seal will know infinite power.

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Cloudian - Turbulence

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This card cannot be destroyed in battle.   If this card is in face-up Defense Position, destroy it.  When you Normal Summon this card, place 1 Fog Counter on it for each "Cloudian" monster on the field.  You can remove 1 Fog Counter from this card to Special Summon 1 "Cloudian - Smoke Ball" from your Deck or either player's Graveyard.

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A Feather of the Phoenix

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Discard 1 card, then target 1 card in your GY; return that target to the top of your Deck.

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Forbidden Lance

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Target 1 face-up monster on the field; until the end of this turn, that target loses 800 ATK, but is unaffected by the effects of other Spells/Traps.

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Deep Diver

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If this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, at the end of the Battle Phase select 1 Monster Card from your Deck, and place it on top of your Deck.

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Dimensional Prison

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

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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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Upstart Goblin

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

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Linkuriboh

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1 Level 1 monster

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

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Backup Soldier

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While there are 5 or more monsters in your Graveyard: Target up to 3 non-Effect Monsters with 1500 or less ATK in your Graveyard; add them to your hand.

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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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Mound of the Bound Creator

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Level 10 or higher monsters on the field cannot be targeted or destroyed by card effects. If a Level 10 or higher monster destroys a monster by battle and sends it to the GY: The player who controlled the destroyed monster takes 1000 damage. When this card on the field is destroyed by card effect and sent to the GY: You can add 1 DIVINE monster from your Deck to your hand.

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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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Right Leg of the Forbidden One

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A forbidden right leg sealed by magic. Whosoever breaks this seal will know infinite power.

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Emissary of the Afterlife

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When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard, each player selects 1 Level 3 or lower Normal Monster from their Deck, and adds it to their hand after showing it to the opponent. The Decks are then shuffled.

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Clara & Rushka, the Ventriloduo

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1 Normal Summoned/Set monster

Cannot be Link Summoned, except during Main Phase 2.

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Cloudian - Smoke Ball

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Smoke Balls are newly born Cloudians.  They fear being alone, and would rather swing and sway in the sky with their friends.

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Cloudian Aerosol

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Discard 1 "Cloudian" monster, then target 1 face-up monster on the field; place Fog Counters on that target equal to its Level. You can banish this card and 1 "Cloudian" monster from your GY; Special Summon 1 "Cloudian" monster from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Cloudian Aerosol" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Forbidden Chalice

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Target 1 face-up monster on the field; until the end of this turn, that target gains 400 ATK, but its effects are negated.

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Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord

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Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by shuffling all monsters in your Graveyard into the Deck, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. When this card declares an attack: Send 1 monster from your hand or Deck to the Graveyard. This card gains 1000 ATK for each Normal Monster in your Graveyard. If this face-up card would leave the field, banish it instead. If there are 5 different "Forbidden One" cards in your Graveyard that were sent there by this card's effect, you win the Duel.

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Left Leg of the Forbidden One

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A forbidden left leg sealed by magic. Whosoever breaks this seal will know infinite power.

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Imduk the World Chalice Dragon

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1 Normal Monster, except a Token

During your Main Phase, you can Normal Summon 1 "World Chalice" monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) At the start of the Damage Step, if this card battles an opponent's monster this card points to: You can destroy that opponent's monster. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can Special Summon 1 "World Chalice" monster from your hand.

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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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Knightmare Gryphon

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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 in your GY; Set it to your field, but it cannot be activated this turn, 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 Gryphon" once per turn. Special Summoned monsters on the field cannot activate their effects, unless they are linked.

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Fog King

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You can Normal Summon this card with 1 Tribute, or without a Tribute. The ATK of this card is equal to the combined original ATK of the monsters Tributed to Summon it. Neither player can Tribute monsters.

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Exodia the Forbidden One

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When you have "Right Leg of the Forbidden One", "Left Leg of the Forbidden One", "Right Arm of the Forbidden One" and "Left Arm of the Forbidden One" in addition to this card in your hand, you win the Duel.

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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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Right Arm of the Forbidden One

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A forbidden right arm sealed by magic. Whosoever breaks this seal will know infinite power.

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Link Spider

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1 Normal Monster

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

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Terraforming

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Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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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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Burden of the Mighty

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Each face-up monster your opponent controls loses 100 ATK x its own Level.

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Secure Gardna

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1 Cyberse Link Monster

After this card is Special Summoned, you take no effect damage for the rest of this turn. Once per turn, if you would take battle or effect damage, you take no damage. Cannot be used as Link Material. You can only control 1 "Secure Gardna".

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Vortex Trooper

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When this card is Normal Summoned, you can shuffle 2 cards from your hand into your Deck, then draw 2 cards. After this card is destroyed, draw 1 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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Naturally this deck includes the Exodia pieces and can win with Exodia the Forbidden One, but that's not the absolute goal. If you're looking for a more traditional Exodia deck, Loukas presented three examples that will satisfy that itch.

Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord needs a few things to work. First you'll need a monster in the graveyard, and while this deck does take things slow you ideally don't want to rely on your opponent or lucky draws for that. Adrian might not have had them in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, but Link Monsters provide a quick and dirty way to get excess monsters into the graveyard, so you can shuffle them back into the deck for Exodius. We'll run a package of Link 1 monsters: Linkuriboh, Link Spider, Imduk the World Chalice Dragon, and Clara & Rushka, the Ventriloduo.

Next, Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord needs Normal Monsters in the graveyard to gain ATK, though it can mill any monster when it attacks. Linkuriboh and Link Spider work particularly well with getting Normal Monsters in the graveyard, and since Linkuriboh can essentially do so twice, we'll also run Secure Gardna to get Linkuriboh itself into the graveyard. Because we want to be sending cards to the graveyard and drawing cards, the Knightmare Link Monsters work quite well and add some much-needed offense.

You want to be sending Exodia pieces to the graveyard with Exodius, so you'll need some other Normal Monsters to give it respectable ATK. Running a ton of Normals is just asking for trouble, but Adrian did use other Normal Monsters…and there is a card that can spring them from the Deck…which just got a support card.

It's a mad idea, but we'll go for three each of Cloudian - Smoke Ball, Cloudian - Turbulence and the new Cloudian Aerosol. They can quickly get monsters out for your Links, and you'll also have Adrian's previous ace, Cloudian - Eye of the Typhoon, which you can either discard with Cloudian Aerosol to let Cloudian - Turbulence summon all the Cloudian - Smoke Balls in your Deck. Alternatively you can summon it with the other effect of Cloudian Aerosol.

To help put monsters in the Graveyard and add some solid defense, we'll include three Forbidden Droplet, but budget players can leave it out until Brothers of Legend arrives. Adrian also debuted the classic Dimensional Prison, so we'll use two of those. Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord is Level 10, so we'll run Mound of the Bound Creator to give it most of the immunity it had in the anime and add Terraforming and Metaverse to search it.

I honestly wasn't expecting this deck to turn out the way it did. This is another build that's very rough around the edges, and requires a bit of luck to pull off, but the result's a very rough-and-tumble strategy that can either defend with the Knightmares, or brute force with Adrian's best monsters. It's an apt outcome given all the backup plans Adrian always had!