Kia ora! This week is another look at a Deck used by Yu-Gi-Oh! GX's Yubel after they possessed Jesse Anderson. 

You may remember from our last article on Yubel that they wanted revenge against Jaden for abandoning them. Through their machinations with Professor Viper, they succeeded in pulling Duel Academy into another dimension to get at him. Once they possessed Marcel Bonaparte, they sought the Sacred Beasts and wielded them in a Duel against Jaden, but then their plan hit a snag: Jesse Anderson. Jesse had not only become a fast friend with Jaden — something Yubel did not like — but had also just acquired Rainbow Dragon. It matched Armityle the Chaos Phantasm in strength, sending Duel Academy back home, but trapping Jesse with Yubel. 

With no other options, Yubel possessed Jesse and claimed his Crystal Beast Deck. Unlike their Sacred Beast Deck, Yubel directly corrupted Jesse's Deck and empowered it. The seven gentle Crystal Beasts became the DARK Advanced Crystal Beasts, Rainbow Dragon became Rainbow Dark Dragon and had Jesse's soul sealed within, and Yubel accelerated this strategy with their new Field Spell Advanced Dark, which could send Crystal Beasts to the Graveyard to prevent battle damage. 

Today's Episode Deck adds modern cards to get us to Advanced Dark and Rainbow Dark Dragon more quickly, get all our Advanced Crystal Beasts on the field or in the Graveyard, and power Rainbow Dark Dragon up to its full potential!

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Yubel’s Advanced Crystal Beast Deck by Samuel Frew

'Yubel’s Advanced Crystal Beast Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Market Price: $74.99

Cards

Crystal Beast Cobalt Eagle

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Once per turn, you can return 1 face-up Crystal Beast card you control to the top of its owner's Deck. If this card is destroyed while it is in a Monster Card Zone, you can place it face-up in your Spell & Trap Card Zone as a Continuous Spell Card, instead of sending it to the Graveyard.

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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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Rainbow Gravity

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If you have 7 "Crystal Beast" cards with different names on the field or in your GY: Special Summon 1 "Ultimate Crystal" monster from your Deck or GY, ignoring the Summoning conditions.

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Rare Value

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If you control 2 or more "Crystal Beast" cards in your Spell & Trap Zone: Your opponent chooses 1 "Crystal Beast" card in your Spell & Trap Zone, you send it to the GY, and if you do, you draw 2 cards.

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Crystal Beast Emerald Tortoise

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Once per turn: You can target 1 monster you control that attacked this turn; change that target to Defense Position. If this face-up card is destroyed while it is in a Monster Card Zone, you can place it face-up in your Spell & Trap Card Zone as a Continuous Spell Card, instead of sending it to the GY.

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Crystal Beast Ruby Carbuncle

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When this card is Special Summoned, you can Special Summon as many "Crystal Beast" cards as possible from your Spell & Trap Card Zone. If this card is destroyed while it is in a Monster Card Zone, you may place it face-up in your Spell & Trap card Zone as a Continuous Spell Card, instead of sending it to the Graveyard.

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Rainbow Life

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Discard 1 card. Until the end of this turn, whenever you would take damage you gain that amount of Life Points instead.

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Crystal Master

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Pendulum Effect: Your opponent cannot target "Crystal Beast" cards you control, or "Ultimate Crystal" monsters in your Monster Zone, with card effects.

Monster Effect: You can Tribute this card; add 1 "Ultimate Crystal" monster, "Crystal Beast" monster or "Crystal" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand.

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Crystal Conclave

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Once per turn, if a face-up "Crystal Beast" monster(s) you control is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Crystal Beast" monster from your Deck. You can send this face-up card from the field to the GY, then target 1 "Crystal Beast" card you control and 1 card on the field; return them to the hand. You cannot activate these effects in the same Chain.

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Rainbow Dark Dragon

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(This card is always treated as an "Ultimate Crystal" card.)

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 7 DARK monsters with different names from your GY. You can banish all other DARK monsters from your field and GY; this card gains 500 ATK for each card banished this way.

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Crystal Beacon

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If there are 2 or more Crystal Beast cards in your Spell & Trap Card Zone, Special Summon 1 Crystal Beast monster from your Deck.

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Terraforming

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Add 1 Field Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.

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Crystal Abundance

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Send 4 "Crystal Beast" cards from your Spell & Trap Card Zone to the GY; send all cards on the field to the GY, then Special Summon as many "Crystal Beast" monsters as possible from your GY, up to the number of cards your opponent controlled that were sent to the GY by this card's effect.

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Rainbow Dragon

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Cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by having 7 "Crystal Beast" cards with different names on your field or in your Graveyard, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. This card cannot activate its effects the turn it is Special Summoned. 

• During either player's turn: You can send all "Crystal Beast" monsters you control to the Graveyard; this card gains 1000 ATK for each card sent.
• You can banish all "Crystal Beast" monsters in your Graveyard; shuffle all cards on the field into the Deck.

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Crystal Promise

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Select 1 "Crystal Beast" card in your Spell & Trap Card Zone and Special Summon it.

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Crystal Beast Topaz Tiger

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If this card attacks an opponent's monster, it gains 400 ATK during the Damage Step only. If this face-up card is destroyed while it is in a Monster Card Zone, you can place it face-up in your Spell & Trap Card Zone as a Continuous Spell Card, instead of sending it to the GY.

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Crystal Beast Amber Mammoth

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When another face-up "Crystal Beast" monster you control is targeted for an attack: You can make this card the attack target instead. If this face-up card is destroyed while it is in a Monster Card Zone, you can place it face-up in your Spell & Trap Card Zone as a Continuous Spell Card, instead of sending it to the GY.

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Crystal Bond

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Add 1 "Crystal Beast" monster from your Deck to your hand and place 1 "Crystal Beast" monster with a different name from your Deck face-up in your Spell & Trap Zone as a Continuous Spell. You can only activate 1 "Crystal Bond" per turn.

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Advanced Dark

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All "Crystal Beast" monsters on the field and in the GY become DARK. If an "Ultimate Crystal" monster attacks, negate the effects of the attack target during that Battle Phase. During damage calculation, if a "Crystal Beast" monster you control battles and you would take damage: You can send 1 "Crystal Beast" monster from your Deck to the GY; you take no battle damage from that battle.

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Trap Trick

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Banish 1 Normal Trap from your Deck, except "Trap Trick", and Set 1 card with the same name directly from your Deck, also it can be activated this turn. You can only activate 1 Trap Card for the rest of this turn after this card resolves. You can only activate 1 "Trap Trick" per turn.

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Crystal Beast Sapphire Pegasus

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When this card is Normal Summoned, Flip Summoned, or Special Summoned, you can place 1 "Crystal Beast" monster from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard face-up in your Spell & Trap Card Zone; It is treated as a Continuous Spell Card. If this card is destroyed while it is in a Monster Card Zone, you can place it face-up in your Spell & Trap Card Zone as a Continuous Spell Card, instead of sending it to the Graveyard.

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Crystal Pair

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Crystal Beast Amethyst Cat

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This card can attack your opponent directly, but when it uses this effect, any Battle Damage it inflicts to your opponent is halved. If this face-up card is destroyed while it is in a Monster Card Zone, you can place it face-up in your Spell & Trap Card Zone as a Continuous Spell Card, instead of sending it to the GY.

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Rainbow Bridge

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Add 1 "Crystal" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand, except "Violet Crystal" or "Crystal Counter".

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Crystal Tree

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Each time a "Crystal Beast" monster(s) is placed in either player's Spell & Trap Zone, place 1 Crystal Counter on this card. You can send this card to the GY; take a number of "Crystal Beast" monsters from your Deck equal to the number of Crystal Counters that were on this card, and place them face-up in your Spell & Trap Zone as Continuous Spells.

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Crystal Release

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Equip only to a "Crystal Beast" monster. It gains 800 ATK. When this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can place 1 "Crystal Beast" monster from your Deck face-up in your Spell & Trap Zone as a Continuous Spell.

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Rainbow Path

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When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Send 1 "Crystal Beast" card from your Spell & Trap Card Zone to the GY to target the attacking monster; negate the attack, then you can add 1 "Rainbow Dragon" or "Rainbow Dark Dragon" from your Deck to your hand.

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Crystal Beasts are some odd, well, beasts. Many of their monsters are famously considered subpar while the others are excellent. Due to this, and all the search power we have, we're going to have a small monster line-up. We'll run two Crystal Beast Ruby Carbuncle and three Crystal Beast Sapphire Pegasus, but only one each of the other five. Three of the Crystal Master Pendulum Monster add consistency in seeing Rainbow Dark Dragon, as will three Rainbow Gravity and a single Rainbow Path. Given Yubel always liked her tricky tactics, three Trap Trick will boost our chances of getting to Rainbow Gravity.

Notably, many Crystal Beast support cards don't have a limit on how many times they can be used a turn, so drawing multiples often isn't a bad thing. Rainbow Bridge and Crystal Bond help us get to Crystal Beast Sapphire Pegasus as quickly as possible, so we'll run three of each. With that combination, we can put two Crystal Beasts in the Spell & Trap Zone — enough to use Rare Value. Crystal Tree will also help us get more Crystal Beasts in the Spell & Trap Zone as quickly as possible, while Advanced Dark will send them to the Graveyard.

In GX Rainbow Dark Dragon was basically the original Rainbow Dragon but Dark, so we'll include one copy of the original to turn into Rainbow Dark Dragon thematically with Advanced Dark. This way we can Summon it normally if we have all seven Crystal Beasts in the field or Graveyard. Crystal Master can give it some protection from the Pendulum Zone, since it lacks the effect it had in GX. One either is out, you can use their effects to boost their 4000 ATK even further, at which point they can take most of your opponent's LP out in one attack.

Jesse didn't like destroying monsters with effects, so it's a little odd that Crystal Beasts got a card like Crystal Abundance! We want to be focused on Advanced Dark and Rainbow Dark Dragon, but since Yubel doesn't mind removal effects we'll include a single copy of this powerful field clearer, which we can search with Rainbow Bridge. We'll also run a couple of defensive Traps that also put more Crystal Beasts on the field; Crystal Pair and Crystal Conclave.

Crystal Beasts could certainly benefit from some support in the future, be it for Jesse or Yubel's strategies. Rainbow Dragon the Zenith Crystal Beast is a welcome addition, but with its arrival in the TCG uncertain, this take on Crystal Beasts will have to do. It's certainly not the only way to play them though, as the best cards in the theme are extremely potent and Crystal Beasts also has two Fusion Monsters: the well-known Rainbow Neos and the alternative Rainbow Overdragon. What are your favourite ways to play Crystal Beasts?