Kia ora everyone! For this year's Halloween, we'll be covering the creepy Occult Deck used by Yami Bakura in the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series!

Yami Bakura always took an unusual stance on dueling, generally preferring to let his opponent ebb slowly away rather than attacking them, and his Occult deck from the Battle City tournament was no exception. Initially, he barely seemed to know how to play — that is, until he summoned the powerful Dark Necrofear. But when Yugi destroyed it, he unleashed the spirit of its marionette to haunt the field through Dark Sanctuary, while Dark Necrofear herself operated the Destiny Board to spell out a final message from the afterlife.

All the while, Yami Bakura used every other card in his deck to mess with his opponent and make it that much more difficult to defeat him. Egyptian God cards were typically required to take him down, and even then, he was rarely out of the picture for long.

Today's episode deck aims to recreate the strategy Yami Bakura set up against Yami Yugi in Battle City. That includes spelling out the final message of Destiny Board, haunting the field with Dark Sanctuary, limiting your opponent's attacks with The Dark Door, and accelerating this dark magic with new cards introduced in Legendary Duelists: Immortal Destiny.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Yami Bakura's Occult Deck by Samuel Frew

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

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Market Price: $126.24

Cards

Spirit Message "N"

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This card can only be placed on the field when Destiny Board is active.

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Sentence of Doom

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You can target any number of your Fiend monsters that are banished or in your GY, up to the number of "Destiny Board" and/or "Spirit Message" cards you control; add them to your hand. You can send this card from your Spell & Trap Zone to the GY; place 1 "Spirit Message" card from your hand, Deck, or GY in your Spell & Trap Zone. (This is treated as being placed by the effect of "Destiny Board".) You can only use 1 "Sentence of Doom" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Foolish Burial

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Send 1 monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

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Spirit Message "A"

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This card can only be placed on the field by the effect of "Destiny Board".

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Monster Reborn

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This promotional card is printed in Japanese.

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Dark Sanctuary

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If a "Spirit Message" card would be placed on your field with "Destiny Board", you can Special Summon it as a Normal Monster (Fiend-Type/DARK/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) instead, and if you do, it is unaffected by card effects, except "Destiny Board", and cannot be targeted for attacks, but does not prevent your opponent from attacking you directly. When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Toss a coin and if the result is heads, negate the attack, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to half the current ATK of that monster your opponent controls.

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Multiple Destruction

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If both players have 3 or more cards in their hand: Each player places their entire hand on the bottom of the Deck in any order, also you lose LP equal to the total number of cards returned to the Deck by this effect x 300 (min. 1), then each player draws 5 cards. You can only activate 1 "Multiple Destruction" per turn.

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Jowgen the Spiritualist

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Randomly discard 1 card from your hand to the Graveyard to destroy all Special Summoned monsters on the field. In addition, as long as this card remains face-up on the field, no monsters can be Special Summoned.

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Morphing Jar

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FLIP: Both you and your opponent discard all cards in your hands and draw 5 cards from your respective Decks.

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Headless Knight

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A haunted spirit of a falsely accused knight who wanders in search of truth and justice.

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Pot of Duality

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Excavate the top 3 cards of your Deck, add 1 of them to your hand, also, after that, shuffle the rest back into your Deck. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Duality" per turn. You cannot Special Summon during the turn you activate this card.

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The Earl of Demise

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This gentlemanly creature is extremely wicked, feared by man and fiend alike.

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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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Dark Spirit of Malice

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When your opponent activates a card or effect (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand or field to the GY, then target 1 Level 8 Fiend monster in your GY; Special Summon it, but its effects are negated. If a Level 8 Fiend monster(s) is sent to your GY while this card is in your GY (except during the Damage Step): You can add this card to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Dark Spirit of Malice" once per turn.

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Spiritualism

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Return 1 Spell or Trap Card on your opponent's side of the field to his/her hand. This card's activation and effect cannot be negated by any other card.

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The Dark Door

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Both players can only attack with 1 monster during their respective Battle Phases.

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Destiny Board

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At the end of each of your opponent's turns, place 1 Spirit Message card from your hand or your Deck face-up to the field. If it is from your Deck, then shuffle your Deck. If Spirit Message cards I, N, A and L are all on the field in their proper order, y

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Dark Spirit of Banishment

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If your opponent's monster attacks, at the start of the Damage Step: You can send this card from your hand or field to the GY, then target 1 Level 8 Fiend monster in your GY; Special Summon it, but its effects are negated, and if you do, change the attack target to it and perform damage calculation. If a Level 8 Fiend monster(s) is sent to your GY while this card is in your GY (except during the Damage Step): You can add this card to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Dark Spirit of Banishment" once per turn.

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Terraforming

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Add 1 Field Spell from your Deck to your hand.

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Spirit Message "I"

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This card can only be placed on the field by the effect of "Destiny Board".

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Curse Necrofear

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Can not be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned by a card effect. You can target 3 of your banished Fiend monsters; Special Summon this card from your hand, and if you do, shuffle those banished monsters into the Deck. During the End Phase, if this card is in the GY because it was destroyed in your Monster Zone by an opponent's card and sent there this turn: Special Summon this card from your GY, then, you can destroy cards your opponent controls, up to the number of face-up Spells/Traps you control with different names. You can only use each effect of "Curse Necrofear" once per turn.

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Spirit Message "L"

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This card can only be placed on the field by the effect of "Destiny Board".

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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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Dark Spirit's Mastery

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Discard 1 card; add 1 " Destiny Board " or 1 Level 8 Fiend monster from your Deck or GY to your hand. You can banish this card from your GY, except the turn this card was sent to the GY; place any number of "Destiny Board" and/or "Spirit Message" cards with different names from your hand or GY on the bottom of the Deck in any order, then draw the same number of cards. You can only use each effect of "Dark Spirit's Mastery" once per turn.

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Dark Necrofear

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This card can only be Special Summoned by removing 2 LIGHT monsters in your Graveyard from play. As long as this card remains face-up on the field, decrease the ATK of all monsters on your opponent's side of the field by 300 points during his/her Battle P

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Ouija boards were commonly believed to be capable of spelling out messages from spirits, but the message Destiny Board spells out will spell doom for your opponent. Destiny Board might seem like it takes a while to spell out all five letters of FINAL, but it's faster than it looks. Destiny Board itself is one letter, and since it spells out at the end of your opponent's turn (and that'll usually be the first time you activate it), you'll have Spirit Message "I" on the field in the same turn. 

From there you just need to survive three more of your opponent's turns without Destiny Board being destroyed...which is easier said than done. Sentence of Doom can conjure an extra letter on the field, but only use it to play Spirit Message "L", as Destiny Board must ignite its Spirit Messages in the correct order. Dark Sanctuary liberates Spell & Trap Zones by igniting the Spirit Messages in your Monster Zones and protecting them, though Destiny Board itself is still vulnerable.

This deck works best when Dark Sanctuary and The Dark Door are both befuddling your opponent. Yami Bakura had to sacrifice monsters to keep Dark Sanctuary powered in the anime, but you don't have to in the real game. Three Sangan help you gaze for options, like Morphing Jar to refill your hand or the bogeyman of Special Summoned boss monsters himself, Jowgen the Spiritualist

Dark Spirit's Mastery can search Destiny Board if you don't draw it, but we'll also include Pot of Duality to help scry through your deck for any missing cards — as is fitting for Yami Bakura's nature as Bakura's dark half. The Special Summon restriction won't often be an issue. We'll also run Terraforming and Metaverse (this is becoming a trend) to see Dark Sanctuary more often. If you draw extra Spirit Messages, you can shuffle them back into the deck with the other effect of Dark Spirit's Mastery.

Yami Bakura's Dark Necrofear looked terrifying enough, but her true power lies in her marionette, which unleashes its curse when destroyed and possesses an opposing monster. Curse Necrofear is summoned by retrieving banished souls but can also be conjured by Dark Spirit of Banishment and Dark Spirit of Malice.

The trick is burying her in the graveyard in the first place; Morphing Jar and Foolish Burial will assist. Once she's been summoned, her curse is eternal; she resurrects after every turn she was destroyed and hexes any card on the field by drawing power from your face-up Spells and Traps.

Yami Bakura has a wealth of untapped potential, be it for Destiny Board, Diabound Kernel, or his largely unreleased lockdown deck from Dawn of the Duel. All of them are wildly different and very spooky strategies, but the Destiny Board deck is the most well-known and it's one of the more unusual alternate win conditions. Decks like these are always difficult to pilot, but the calculation involved with this deck will have you feeling like an evil mastermind when you successfully pull it off.