Kia ora everyone! After last week's Episode Deck focusing on Yugo, this week features his greatest rival and Fusion Dimension counterpart: Yuri.

Yuri might have resembled Yugo, Yuya, and Yuto, but he differed from them significantly — mainly due to his sadism and lack of interaction with Celina, the fragment of Ray Akaba who had been placed to placate him. Under Professor Leo Akaba's tutelage, Yuri quickly became Duel Academy's strongest duelist. Despite his success, he didn't care about their goal of uniting the Four Dimensions, and only worked for them for fun.

His main task was gathering the four fragments of Ray so the Professor could merge them back into his daughter. Yuri started with Yugo's friend Rin, earning him the ire of the hot-headed Turbo Duelist. Yuri's own Starving Venom Fusion Dragon didn't help matters, teleporting him to the Synchro Dimension due to its own desire to reunite with the other Dimension Dragons, including Yugo's Clear Wing Synchro Dragon.

Yuri's deck made him perfect to take on Synchro and Xyz duelists, as his Predaplants could attach Predator Counters to his opponent's monsters and reduce their levels to 1. Naturally, he often ignored that completely and jumped straight into Starving Venom Fusion Dragon. In his defense, Starving Venom Fusion Dragon was absurdly powerful in the anime, and in the event it that wasn't enough, Yuri could upgrade it into Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon, trading the on-field power of Starving Venom Fusion Dragon for an abusable destruction effect coupled with revival.

Today's Episode Deck aims to effectively use both strategies, debilitating your opponent's monsters with Predator Counters while overwhelming them with his powerful Fusion Dragons.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Yuri’s Predaplant Deck by Samuel Frew

'Yuri’s Predaplant Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Predaplant Sarraceniant

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When an opponent's monster declares a direct attack: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. After damage calculation, if this card battled an opponent's monster: You can destroy that opponent's monster. If this card is destroyed by battle, or if this card on the field is sent to the Graveyard by a card effect: You can add 1 "Predap" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Predaplant Sarraceniant". You can only use this effect of "Predaplant Sarraceniant" once per turn.

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Predaprime Fusion

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If a "Predaplant" monster(s) is on the field: Fusion Summon 1 DARK Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from either field as material, including 2 or more DARK monsters you control. You can only activate 1 "Predaprime Fusion" per turn.

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Predaplant Pterapenthes

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When this card inflicts battle damage to your opponent: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; place 1 Predator Counter on it, and if it is Level 2 or higher, it becomes Level 1 as long as it has a Predator Counter. Once per turn: You can target 1 monster your opponent controls with a Level less than or equal to this card's; take control of it until the End Phase.

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Predaplanet

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If a monster with a Predator Counter leaves the field while this card is face-up on the field: Add 1 "Predap" card from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Predaplanet" once per turn. You can banish this card from your Graveyard; Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand or field as Fusion Materials. Only "Predaplant" monsters can be used as Fusion Materials for a Fusion Summon using this effect.

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Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon

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1 "Predaplant" monster + 1 DARK monster whose original Level is 8 or higher

Must first be Fusion Summoned. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; until the end of this turn, change that target's ATK to 0, also that target has its effects negated. If this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: Destroy as many monsters on the field as possible, then you can banish 1 Level 8 or higher DARK monster from your Graveyard and Special Summon this card from the Graveyard.

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Predaplant Squid Drosera

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You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard, then target 1 face-up monster you control; this turn, it can attack all monsters your opponent controls with a Predator Counter, once each. If this face-up card leaves the field: Place 1 Predator Counter on each Special Summoned monster your opponent controls, and if you do, any of those monsters that are Level 2 or higher become Level 1 as long as they have a Predator Counter.

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Super Polymerization

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Discard 1 card; Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from either field as Fusion Material. Neither player can activate cards or effects in response to this card's activation.

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Predaplant Heliamphorhynchus

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If your opponent controls a monster with a Predator Counter: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card in its owner's possession is destroyed by your opponent's card: You can target 1 DARK Dragon or 1 DARK Plant monster in your GY, except "Predaplant Heliamphorhynchus"; Special Summon it. You can only use each effect of "Predaplant Heliamphorhynchus" once per turn.

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Predaplant Drosophyllum Hydra

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand or Graveyard) by Tributing 1 monster on either player's field with a Predator Counter. You can only Special Summon "Predaplant Drosophyllum Hydra" once per turn this way. During either player's turn, if this card is on the field or in the Graveyard: You can banish 1 other "Predaplant" monster from your Graveyard, then target 1 face-up monster on the field; it loses 500 ATK. You can only use this effect of "Predaplant Drosophyllum Hydra" once per turn.

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Starving Venom Fusion Dragon

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2 DARK monsters on the field, except Tokens

If this card is Fusion Summoned: You can make this card gain ATK equal to 1 opponent's Special Summoned monster, until the end of this turn. Once per turn: You can target 1 Level 5 or higher monster your opponent controls; until the End Phase, this card's name becomes that monster's original name, and replace this effect with that monster's original effects. If this Fusion Summoned card is destroyed: You can destroy all your opponent's Special Summoned monsters.

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Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can send 1 monster from your hand to the Graveyard; Special Summon 1 "Predaplant" monster from your Deck, except "Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio". You can only use this effect of "Predaplant Ophyrs Scorpio" once per turn.

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Predapractice

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Special Summon 1 "Predaplant" monster from your hand, then add 1 "Predap" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Predapractice", also for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck, except Fusion Monsters. You can only activate 1 "Predapractice" per turn.

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Predaplant Cordyceps

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During your Standby Phase: You can banish this card from your Graveyard, then target 2 Level 4 or lower "Predaplant" monsters in your Graveyard; Special Summon them, also, for the rest of this turn, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except Fusion Monsters, nor Normal Summon/Set any monsters.

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Predaplast

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Reveal any number of "Predap" cards in your hand, then target that number of face-up monsters your opponent controls; place 1 Predator Counter on each one, and if you do, any of those monsters that are Level 2 or higher become Level 1 as long as they have a Predator Counter. If your "Predaplant" monster would be destroyed by battle, you can banish this card from your GY instead.

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Predaponics

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Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower "Predaplant" monster from your hand or Graveyard, but it has its effects negated (even if this card leaves the field). Once per turn, during your Standby Phase, pay 800 LP or destroy this card.

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Ultra Polymerization

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Pay 2000 LP; Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using 2 monsters you control as Fusion Materials. Neither player can activate cards or effects in response to this card's activation. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 Fusion Monster that was Fusion Summoned with this card's effect: Special Summon all the Fusion Materials used for its Fusion Summon from your GY but change their ATK/DEF to 0, also they have their effects negated.

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Predapruning

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Activate this card by targeting 1 "Predaplant" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it and equip it with this card. When this card leaves the field, destroy that monster.

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Predaplant Dragostapelia

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1 Fusion Monster + 1 DARK monster

Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; place 1 Predator Counter on it, and if it is Level 2 or higher, it becomes Level 1 as long as it has a Predator Counter. Negate the activated effects of your opponent's monster that have Predator Counters.

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Polymerization

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Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand or your side of the field as Fusion Materials.

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Predaplant Spinodionaea

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; place 1 Predator Counter on it, and if it is Level 2 or higher, it becomes Level 1 as long as it has a Predator Counter. After damage calculation, if this card battled a monster with an equal or lower Level: You can Special Summon 1 "Predaplant" monster from your Deck, except "Predaplant Spinodionaea".

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Predaplant Chlamydosundew

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Monsters with a Predator Counter that you use as Fusion Materials are treated as DARK. During your Main Phase: You can Fusion Summon 1 DARK Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using this card on the field and monsters from your hand, field, and/or monsters with a Predator Counter your opponent controls as Fusion Materials. You can only use this effect of "Predaplant Chlamydosundew" once per turn.

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Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra

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If this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "Predaplant" monster: You can add 1 "Polymerization" Spell Card or "Fusion" Spell Card from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra" once per Duel.

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Predaplant Triphyoverutum

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3 DARK monsters on the field

Gains ATK equal to the total original ATK of all other monsters on the field with a Predator Counter. You can only use each of the following effects of "Predaplant Triphyoverutum" once per turn.
• When your opponent Special Summons a monster(s) from their Extra Deck while you control this Fusion Summoned card (Quick Effect): You can negate the Summon, and if you do, destroy that monster(s).
• If your opponent controls a monster with a Predator Counter(s): You can Special Summon this card from your GY in Defense Position.

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Predaplant Chimerafflesia

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1 "Predaplant" monster + 1 DARK monster

Once per turn: You can target 1 monster on the field with a Level less than or equal to this card's; banish it. When an attack is declared involving this card and an opponent's face-up monster: You can activate this effect; until the end of this turn, that opponent's monster loses 1000 ATK, and if it does, this card gains 1000 ATK. Once per turn, during the next Standby Phase after this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "Polymerization" Spell Card or "Fusion" Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.

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Predaplant Moray Nepenthes

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This card gains 200 ATK for each Predator Counter on the field. When this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle: You can equip that monster to this card. Once per turn: You can target 1 Monster Card equipped to this card by this card's effect; destroy it, and if you do, gain LP equal to its original ATK.

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Predaplant Flytrap

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Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; place 1 Predator Counter on it, and if it is Level 2 or higher, it becomes Level 1 as long as it has a Predator Counter. At the start of the Damage Step, when this card battles a monster with an equal or lower Level: You can destroy that monster, then increase this card's Level by the original Level of the destroyed monster.

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Predaplant Verte Anaconda

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2 Effect Monsters

You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; it becomes DARK until the end of this turn. You can pay 2000 LP and send 1 "Fusion" or "Polymerization" Normal or Quick-Play Spell from your Deck to the GY; this effect becomes that Spell's effect when that card is activated, also, you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Predaplant Verte Anaconda" once per turn.

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Predaplanning

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Send 1 "Predaplant" monster from your Deck to the GY; place 1 Predator Counter on each face-up monster on the field, and if you do, any of those monsters that are Level 2 or higher become Level 1 as long as they have a Predator Counter. If you Fusion Summon a DARK monster while this card is in your GY (except during the Damage Step): You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 card on the field; destroy it. You can only use each effect of "Predaplanning" once per turn.

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Many players will recognize the combo of Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio and Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra, which Yuri debuted in his duel against Yuya to summon Starving Venom Fusion Dragon from one card. 

Other good candidates to summon with Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio are Predaplant Spinodinoaea, to instantly place a Predator Counter, or Predaplant Chlamydosundew, to Fusion Summon without Polymerization. Predaponics, Predapractice, and Predapruning can also summon more monsters for Fusion Summons. 

Other "Predap" cards will seed Predator Counters on your opponent's monsters. Predaplast works best with a full hand but can still be helpful when only seeding one or two counters, Predaplant Squid Drosera can potentially seed all your opponent's monsters, and Predaplanning works well in tandem with the Fusion Monsters, particularly Predaplant Dragostapelia.

To get to our Fusion Monsters, we'll run three of the classic Polymerization and two Predaprime Fusion, since we can search the latter out with Predapractice and Predaplant Sarraceniant. Its restriction in how it can use your opponent's monsters for Fusion Summons may seem discouraging, but serves to put extra damage out or avoid an opponent's effect by fusing the materials away. 

If we can't draw either or get Predaplant Chlamydosundew on the field, we also have the infamous and recently reprinted Predaplant Verte Anaconda. It can access any of our Fusion Spells, including Yuri's most powerful ones; Super Polymerization and Ultra Polymerization, though the latter is best cast normally due to its second effect.

All three "Predaplant" Fusion Monsters are solid picks. Predaplant Chimerafflesia takes advantage of monsters sapped by Predator Counters, and its second effect can take down a lot of large monsters. Its third effect makes it helpful material for Predaplant Dragostapelia, which can negate the effect of monsters with Predator Counters. Predaplant Triphyoverutum borrows traits from the Fusion Dragons with its effect to gain the ATK of monsters with Predator Counters and self-revival but retains a disruption effect if need be. They're good to start on when you need defense before switching to the Fusion Dragons for offense.

Because we want to consistently get to Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon, we'll run three copies of the Level 8 Predaplant Heliamphorynchus, which can also Special Summon itself when your opponent has a monster with a Predator Counter. If we don't draw it, we can also use Starving Venom Fusion Dragon and any other Predaplant, especially with Predaprime Fusion to help finish off an opponent.

Thanks to his tendency to go straight for Starving Venom Fusion Dragon in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Yuri's other monsters are a little underdeveloped. That said, they're still a fun deck to use, capable of sheer offense or messing with the opponent's monsters — much like Yuri himself. Which of the four Z-ARC fragments' Deck is your favorite? Yuri's Predaplants, or Yugo's Speedroids for last week? Or perhaps Yuto's Phantom Knights or Yuya's Odd-Eyes, Magician and Performapal Deck? Let us know!