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Appearances

Anime appearances

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL

Manga appearances

  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist

Lists

Duel winners are a series of cards whose text mentions certain unique conditions that can allow a player to automatically win a Duel.

Contents

  • 1 List
    • 1.1 Cards that give the user a victory condition
    • 1.2 Cards that give both players a victory condition
    • 1.3 Cards that give the opponent a victory condition
  • 2 See also
  • 3 Trivia

Cards that give the user a victory condition

  • “Exodia the Forbidden One”: If your hand contains this card along with “Left Arm of the Forbidden One”, “Right Arm of the Forbidden One”, “Left Leg of the Forbidden One” and “Right Leg of the Forbidden One”, you win the Duel. All five of these cards are currently Limited.
  • “Destiny Board”: This card can place 1 “Spirit Message” card from your hand or Deck to your side of the field at the end of each of your opponent’s turns, in the order of “Spirit Message “I””, “Spirit Message “N””, “Spirit Message “A””, and “Spirit Message “L””. If “Destiny Board” and all four different “Spirit Messages” are on the field, you win the Duel. (In the manga, the “Spirit Messages” were not separate Spell Cards but rather simply spectral forms that appeared above this card. In addition, it required “Dark Necrofear” to be in the Graveyard to activate its effect.)
  • “Final Countdown”: This card requires a cost of 2000 Life Points to activate. 20 turns after its activation, you win the Duel. This card is currently Limited in the TCG only.
  • “Vennominaga the Deity of Poisonous Snakes”: This card gains a Hyper-Venom Counter each time it inflicts battle damage to your opponent. If this card has three Hyper-Venom Counters on it, you win the Duel. (In the anime, this card allowed you to win the Duel three turns after it inflicted battle damage to your opponent, with no Counters involved.)
  • “Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord”: This card sends 1 monster from your hand or Deck to the Graveyard each time it attacks. If five different “Forbidden One” monsters are in your Graveyard that were sent there by this card’s effect, you win the Duel. (In the anime, the five “Forbidden One” monsters could be in the Graveyard by any method, not necessarily needing to be sent by this card’s effect.)
  • “Holactie the Creator of Light”: The only way to Summon this card is by Tributing monsters whose original names are “Slifer the Sky Dragon”, “Obelisk the Tormentor” and “The Winged Dragon of Ra” (meaning that you cannot use cards like “Phantom of Chaos” to copy any card names). If you successfully Summon this card, you win the Duel. The Summon of “Holactie” cannot be negated, so cards like “Solemn Warning”, etc. cannot stop it.
  • “Number 88: Gimmick Puppet of Leo”: This card can gain a Destiny Counter once per turn by detaching one of its three Xyz Materials, but in order to do so, you must have no cards in your Spell & Trap Card Zone and must skip that turn’s Battle Phase. If this card has three Destiny Counters on it, you win the Duel. (In the anime, this card could detach one of its Xyz Materials once per turn with no restrictions, and it allowed its controller to win the Duel if it detached all of its Xyz Materials by its own effect, with no Counters involved.)
  • “Number C88: Gimmick Puppet Disaster Leo”: Once per turn, you can detach an Xyz Material from this card to inflict 1000 damage to the opponent. During your End Phase, if this card has no Xyz Materials while the opponent has 2000 or fewer Life Points, you win the Duel. (In the anime, the damage was 4000 instead of 1000, and it allowed its controller to win the Duel if it had no Xyz Materials at the end of a turn, with no requirement on the opponent’s Life Points.)
  • “Creator of Miracles”: By shouting “ZEXAL Field!”, this card allows a “Number C39” monster you control to attack directly for one turn. If you have previously activated the effects of “Winning Formula” and “Creator of Hope” during that Duel, and if it successfully inflicts battle damage during that direct attack, you win the Duel. “Creator of Miracles”, “Winning Formula”, and “Creator of Hope” are all illegal to use in official Duels.
  • “Jackpot 7”: This card banishes itself when sent to the Graveyard by your opponent’s card effect. When three “Jackpot 7” are banished by this effect, you win the Duel.
  • “Don Thousand/Monster C”: As a Boss Duel card equivalent to “Number iC1000: Numeronius Numeronia” (see below), it has the same victory condition in that during your opponent’s End Phase, if they did not declare an attack that turn, they lose the Duel. However, this card does not have the attack-negating effect that the real “Numeronia” has. This card is only usable by a boss during a Yu-Gi-Oh! DayBoss Duel event.
  • “Ghostrick Angel of Mischief”: Once per turn, you can attach a “Ghostrick” card in your hand to this card as an Xyz Material. When this card has 10 or more Xyz Materials, you win the Duel.
  • “Phantasm Spiral Assault”: This card allows you to target a “Phantasm Spiral Dragon” you control, and if it goes on to destroy 3 of your opponent’s Effect Monsters while equipped each time with 3 or more “Phantasm Spiral” Equip Spells with different names, you win the Duel.
  • “Flying Elephant”: This card can prevent its destruction from a card effect. Then, when it does, a bonus effect is added that allows it to attack directly and if successful, you win that Duel.
  • “F.A. Winners”: This card allows you to banish an F.A. Field Spell each turn, given the conditions and when three of those are banished, you win the Duel.
  • “Exodia, the Legendary Defender”: If this card is Tribute Summoned using 5 monsters and it destroys a DARKFiend monster that is owned by your opponent in battle, you win the duel.

In the anime only:

  • “Number iC1000: Numeronius Numeronia”: During your opponent’s End Phase, if they did not declare an attack that turn, they lose the Duel.

In a video game only:

  • “Speed Spell – Final Countdown”: As a Speed Spell version of “Final Countdown”, you must remove 3 of your Speed Counters to activate this card. Then, as with the original card, after paying 2000 Life Points, you win the Duel after 20 turns have passed. Like most Speed Spell cards based on actual cards, this card exists only in the later games of the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship series of video games, specifically only in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus.

Cards that give both players a victory condition

  • “Last Turn”: You must have 1000 or fewer Life Points to activate this card. When activated, you choose one monster you control, and all other cards on the field and in both players’ hands are sent to the Graveyard. Your opponent then Special Summons a monster from their Deck. A special Battle Phase occurs in which the two monsters battle and battle damage is ignored. The player whose monster remains alone on the field at the End Phase of this turn wins the Duel. This card is currently Forbidden.

In the anime only:

  • “Deuce”: This card allows either player to win the Duel if they damage the opponent twice in a row; however, only one monster per player may attack per turn.
  • “Draw of Fate”: This card negates an opponent’s attack and then has both players draw 1 card. Whoever has not used their drawn card by the End Phase loses the Duel.

Cards that give the opponent a victory condition

  • “Relay Soul”: This card allows you to Special Summon a monster from your hand, and prevents all damage to you while it stays face-up, but if it leaves the field, then your opponent wins the Duel. (In the anime, this card activated when the user’s Life Points became 0 and prevented the user from losing, instead giving the opponent the only way to win the Duel of destroying the Special Summoned monster.)
  • “True Exodia”: If the only monsters on the field are this card you control and 4 “Forbidden One” Normal Monsters with different names, your opponent wins the Duel.

In the manga only:

  • “Zero Gate of the Void”: Similar to the anime effect of “Relay Soul”, this card Special Summons “Void Ogre Dragon” when the player’s Life Points hit 0 while their hand and field are empty, and gives the opponent the only way to win the Duel of destroying “Void Ogre Dragon”.

Duel winners are a series of cards whose text mentions certain unique conditions that can allow a player to automatically win a Duel. 1 List 1.1 Cards that give the user a victory condition 1.2 Cards that give both players a victory condition 1.3 Cards that give the opponent a victory condition…

Instant Win Deck

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An Instant Win Condition Deck is any Deck whose goal is to win not by normal victory conditions (i.e. causing the opponent to lose all of their Life Points or Deck milling), but by using the effect of a specific card that allows one to instantly win the Duel. There are currently eleven cards in existence that can accomplish this: “Exodia the Forbidden One”, “Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord”, “Final Countdown”, “Destiny Board”, “Vennominaga the Deity of Poisonous Snakes”, “Last Turn”, “The Creator God of Light, Horakhty”, “Number 88: Gimmick Puppet of Leo”, “Number C88: Gimmick Puppet Disaster Leo”, “Jackpot 7” and “Ghostrick Angel of Mischief”.

Contents

  • 1 Exodia
    • 1.1 Loops
      • 1.1.1 Butterfly Dagger – Elma Loop
      • 1.1.2 Manticore of Darkness Loop
      • 1.1.3 Heart of the Underdog / Reload Loop
      • 1.1.4 Cyber Valley Loop
      • 1.1.5 Departed Wanghu Loop
      • 1.1.6 Spear Cretin Loop
      • 1.1.7 Red Ogre Loop
      • 1.1.8 Dragon Frog Loop
      • 1.1.9 Tuner Loop
    • 1.2 Summoning Exodia Pieces And Returning Them To Your Hand
    • 1.3 Exodia Necross
    • 1.4 Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord
  • 2 Destiny Board
  • 3 Final Countdown
  • 4 Last Turn
  • 5 Number 88: Gimmick Puppet of Leo

Exodia

An Exodia Deck relies upon helping you to:

  • Either obtain all 5 pieces of “Exodia the Forbidden One” to declare an instant win;
  • Send all pieces of “Exodia the Forbidden One” to the Graveyard so that “Exodia Necross” can be summoned; or
  • Summon “Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord” and use its effect to send all 5 pieces of “Exodia the Forbidden One” to the Graveyard to declare an instant win.

This option can be used with cards such as “Deep Diver” and “Emissary of the Afterlife” to add the pieces to your hand (to quickly do that is to have a “Torrential Tribute” when you Summon one of them). Deck thinning monsters such as “Mystic Tomato” can allow you to thin your deck and Special Summon monsters such as “Sangan”. “Legacy of Yata-Garasu” and “Jar of Greed” provide deck thinning. “Monster Reincarnation”, “Dark Factory of Mass Production” and “Dark Eruption” can be used to retrieve pieces from the Graveyard.

“Gold Sarcophagus” can be used to bring the Exodia head from your deck to your hand.

Loops

Loops to continually draw cards in the same turn can be used to draw all five pieces:

Butterfly Dagger – Elma Loop

Continually equip “Gearfried the Iron Knight” with “Butterfly Dagger – Elma” while “Royal Magical Library” is on your side of the field. This allows you to continually Draw a Card until you Draw all five pieces.

  • This is only available in the Traditional Format due to the banning of “Butterfly Dagger – Elma”.
Manticore of Darkness Loop

To Draw all five pieces of Exodia in the one turn, continually tribute a “Manticore of Darkness” to revive another using their effect while “Card of Safe Return” is active. This allows you to continually draw cards until you Draw all five pieces. Some cards that go great with this loop are “Foolish Burial” and “Infinite Cards”. “Foolish Burial” gets one of the “Manticore of Darkness” to your Graveyard and “Infinite Cards” makes you not have to discard when you draw.

  • This is only available in the Traditional Format due to the banning of “Card of Safe Return”.
Heart of the Underdog / Reload Loop

Fill your deck with the five pieces of Exodia, one, two or three copies of “Heart of the Underdog” and fill it to 40 cards with the rest as Normal > Level 4 2000+ DEF monsters. Keep setting your 2000 DEF monsters until you draw “Heart of the Underdog”. On your next draw, if you draw a Normal Monsters, you can draw again with the effect of “Heart of the Underdog”. Keep drawing until you have all five pieces. You may have to wait two turns to draw all pieces, because “Exodia the Forbidden One” is an effect monster. You may want to throw in two or three “Reloads” to give you a brand new hand if you don’t have a “Heart of the Underdog”. “Reload” is used to get a new hand during the Draw Phase because it is a Quick-Play Spell. However, be wary when using “Reload” as you do not want to dump back four pieces just to get rid of one bad card. “Magical Mallet” would work just as fine in this situation-but since it is not a Quick-Play Spell Card it does not work instantly. Another solution is “Hand Destruction”, another Quick-Play Spell.

Because this Deck is comprised almost entirely of stall monsters, it will have trouble dealing with beatdown monsters with 4 stars and 2100+ ATK, or ones with effects that destroy Defense position monsters. Thus, “Gene-Warped Warwolf” will come in handy, as its 2000 ATK can serve well as a defender, or destroy any unwanted monsters on the field, such as a “Goblin Attack Force” or “Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke”, both of which can dispose of your 2000 DEF monsters very easily. “Gene-Warped Warwolf” stands out due to being a normal monster as well as having 2000 ATK, allowing it to survive all attacks just as well as any 2000 DEF monster, which common 1900 Attackers cannot do. Being a normal monster, it can be used with “Heart of the Underdog”. It is also a good idea to include a few higher Level Normal Monsters such as “Labyrinth Wall”, “Millennium Shield” or “Blue-Eyes White Dragon”. It would also help to put one copy of “Cry Havoc!” in this Deck, to swarm your field with defenses, and make it harder for your opponent to damage you. If you have more than one copy of this card, then drawing Exodia will be that much harder. “The Dark Door” can help this deck, since you probably won’t need to attack with more than one monster. Using multiple copies of “Messenger of Peace” can also work very effectively. Since “Messenger of Peace” prevents any monsters with at least 1500 ATK attacking your monsters, you will be safe from harm as all of your monsters have 2000 DEF. Although adding any non-Normal Monsters will slow the deck down, “Gold Sarcophagus” or “Different Dimension Capsule” can help to draw “Heart of the Underdog” or a piece of Exodia.
Recommended Cards:

Alternatively, you can use “Veil of Darkness” and “Heart of the Underdog” to make this loop more consistent. A deck with these uses:

  • Veil of Darkness (3 required)
  • Heart of the Underdog (3 required)
  • Reload (3 required)
  • Monster Recovery (Maximum of 1)
  • Hand Destruction (3 required)
  • Exodia Pieces
  • Gil Garth
  • Blocker
  • Mechanicalchaser
  • Vorse Raider

A simple Exodia Deck with “Heart of the Underdog” is to have exactly 40 cards in your deck. Include the Exodia Pieces and 3 copies of “Heart of the Underdog”. Add in “D.D. Borderline” in the deck so that your opponent cannot attack so that your defense is very strong. Have the rest of the monsters as a Level 4 monster with at least 2000 DEF. You may also want to add monsters that are Level 5 and 6 that have 3000 DEF. This is a good strategy to keep your defense up high.

Cyber Valley Loop

With the release of “Cyber Valley”, a new strategy is available. Summon “Cyber Valley” and activate “Machine Duplication” to Special Summon the other two. Activate “Spell Economics”, Banish 2 “Cyber Valley” to draw 2 cards, activate “Dimension Fusion” to get them back, activate the effect of “Dark Magician of Chaos” to get “Dimension Fusion” back, and repeat.

Have “Dark Magician of Chaos”, 3 “Cyber Valley”, “Spell Economics” and “Dimension Fusion”. Have the 3 “Cyber Valley” and the “DMoC” Banished. Activate “Spell Economics”. Activate “Dimension Fusion” to Special Summon “DMoC” and the 3 “Cyber Valleys”. Use “DMoC’s” effect to bring “Dimension Fusion” back to your hand. Activate the 3 “Cyber Valley’s” effects (For the 3rd “Cyber Valley” use “DMoC” as the tribute for “Cyber Valley’s” second effect)to draw 4 cards. Use “Dimension Fusion’s” effect again and repeat.

  • Neither of these loops work in Advanced Format due to the banning of “Dimension Fusion”.
Departed Wanghu Loop

This Loop uses the following cards:

During your Standby Phase have “King Tiger Wanghu” and “Card of Safe Return” Face-up on your side of the field and “Destiny Hero – Departed” in your Graveyard. “Departed” is Special Summoned to your opponent’s side of the field and you can draw one card due to the effect of “Card of Safe Return”. “Departed” is destroyed by the effect of “Wanghu” but Special Summons itself again during the same Standby Phase. This will cause an infinite loop. Repeat this until you get all the 5 Pieces of Exodia in your hand.

  • This loop no longer works in Advanced Format due to the banning of “Card of Safe Return”.
Spear Cretin Loop

The Loop uses the following cards:

  • Spear Cretin (one on the field and one in your Graveyard)
  • All-Out Attacks
  • Card of Safe Return
  • Spirit Barrier (not necessary for the loop but good if your opponent has a high ATK monster and you do not have enough Life Points)
  • One monster on your opponents side of the field with an ATK of 500 or more

Flip Summon “Spear Cretin” and attack your opponents monster with it. Special Summon the other “Spear Cretin” from your Graveyard and draw one card from “Card of Safe Return”. The Special Summoned monster is changed to Face-up Attack Position due to “All-Out Attacks'” effect and attacks the opponent’s monster. This will work even if your opponent has a 500 ATK monster and Special Summons it in Face-down Defense Position because it will be switched to Attack Position by All-Out Attacks.

  • This loop no longer works in Advanced Format due to the banning of “Card of Safe Return”.
Red Ogre Loop

The Loop uses the following cards:

  • Red Ogre
  • Precious Cards from Beyond
  • Ultimate Offering
  • Samsara Kaiser (recommended at least one at the beginning of the loop, you can start even without it, but will be impossible to continue if you don’t draw it)
  • Mysterious Puppeteer (not necessary to start the loop but it is essential to draw it soon as it will make any Summon costless)

Activate “Ultimate Offering” and “Precious Cards from Beyond” then Normal Summon 2 monsters (preferably 1 “Samsara Kaiser”). Tribute them to Summon “Red Ogre”. Draw 2 cards from “Precious Cards from Beyond”, then discard one to return “Red Ogre” to your hand. Continue this until you get all of the pieces in your hand. “Mysterious Puppeteer” will make any Normal Summon by “Ultimate Offering” effectively costless. Both being Warrior-type monster they can be searched by “Reinforcement of the Army”. If you must discard or use for a Tribute a Piece of Exodia at the start of the loop, use “Monster Reincarnation” or “Dark Factory of Mass Production” to return it to your hand. Once you can repeat this loop 2/3 times, there will be no problem to finish it. Two copies of “Level Eater” can serve as tribute fodder for “Red Ogre”, allowing you to save 1000 life points each time you summon it. Your hand would increase by one card per summon as you would draw two from “Precious Cards from Beyond” and discard one to return the “Ogre” to your hand. You can get +3 per summon if you add “Card of Safe Return” (Traditional Format only).

  • This loop no longer works in Advanced Format due to the banning of “Ultimate Offering”.
Dragon Frog Loop

For this Loop you will need:

  • Substitoad
  • DNA Surgery or D. Tribe
  • Super Rejuvenation
  • Any other monster, or a card that can give you a monster to tribute
  • And of course, many Frogs in the Deck

Normal Summon “Substitoad” then activate any card that can give you a tribute for “Substitoad” (ex. “Brain Control”, “Instant Fusion”, “Fiend’s Sanctuary”, “Emergency Teleport”, “One for One”). Play “DNA Surgery” (selecting Dragon-type) or “D. Tribe” and tribute monsters to Special Summon “Frogs” from your Deck with the effect of “Substitoad” until the number of tributed monsters is equal to the number of remaining cards in your Deck. Play “Super Rejuvenation” and draw your entire Deck, including the five pieces of Exodia. You do not have to tribute every frog in your deck to win.

  • This loop no longer works in Advanced format due to the banning of “Substitoad”.
Tuner Loop

For this loop you will need:

Summon the Tuner monster before Normal Summoning “King Tiger Wanghu” unless it has 1500 or more ATK. Once all of the other four cards are Face-up and active, Special Summon “Quillbolt Hedgehog”. It will be destroyed right away but you can Special Summon it again over and over. You will draw a card for “Card of Safe Return”. As soon as that happens, it will go back to the Graveyard instead of getting Banished because of “Imperial Iron Wall”. Thus, the process will start over again and repeat infinitely until you draw the 5 pieces of Exodia.

  • This loop no longer works in Advanced Format due to the banning of “Card of Safe Return”.

Summoning Exodia Pieces And Returning Them To Your Hand

This Exodia deck uses cards like “Apprentice Magician” and “Mystic Tomato” to Special Summon The 5 Pieces of Exodia to the field and then using “Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier”, “Penguin Soldier and “Compulsory Evacuation Device” to add them to your hand. If you are able to summon on a mass scale you can use “Sound the Retreat!” to make doing this far easier and without sacrificing any advantage you have.

  • Apprentice Magician x 2-3
  • Mystic Tomato x 2-3
  • Penguin Soldier
  • Dark Cat with White Tail
  • Sangan
  • Snipe Hunter
  • Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier (and a Tuner and compatible non-Tuners to Summon it. “Fishborg Blaster” works well as the Tuner because it is easy to summon if you have your “Penguin Soldier” already out. Traditional Format only.)
  • Compulsory Evacuation Device
  • Any other card for drawing or deck thinning

Exodia Necross

This option can be used with cards such as “Painful Choice”, “Foolish Burial”, and “Witch of the Black Forest”. Needless to say, “Exodia Necross” and “Contract with Exodia” are needed.

  • This option will not work in Advanced Format due to the banning of “Painful Choice” in 2012. However, with the release of “Quintet Magician”, as an alternative, you can simply use “Future Fusion”, reveal “Quintet Magician”, and send the 5 “Forbidden One” monsters to your Graveyard from your Deck as Fusion Material. Not only will you meet the requirements for “Contract with Exodia”, but you can also clear your opponent’s field when “Quintet Magician” is summoned.

The main goal, though is to thin your Deck to make it easier and faster to draw all five pieces. Deck thinners like the “Gadget Monsters”, “Gold Sarcophagus” and “Different Dimension Capsule” are good ideas.

Cards like “Necrovalley”, “The End of Anubis” and “Imperial Iron Wall” are also good options to make the Exodia’s parts stay on the Graveyard. Use “Spirit Barrier” with “Exodia Necross” so that you take no damage.

Cards such as “Armageddon Knight”, “Veil of Darkness”, and “Dark Grepher” can make this deck extremely quick at getting what it needs into your Graveyard.

Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord

You could also have a Deck with mostly Normal Monsters, since the ATK of “Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord” is 1000 x the number of Normal Monsters in your Graveyard. “Heart of the Underdog” can be awesome in a Deck like this. If you put a lot of DARK Normal Monsters in the Deck, “Veil of Darkness” can help power “Exodius” up and thin your deck but don’t send “Exodia” cards to the Graveyard this way because they have to be sent by “Exodius'” effect if you’re looking to trigger the automatic win. If you send an “Exodia” piece to the Graveyard with “Veil of Darkness” you can shuffle it back into the Deck with “Pot of Avarice”.

“Exodius” can be used in many OTK strategies, as “Diffusion Wave-Motion” can provide some awesome support. An example of a simple OTK strategy involves:

  • “Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord”
  • Any cards that prevent Battle Damageanddestruction in battle.
  • “Heavy Storm” or “Giant Trunade” (optional)
  • “Diffusion Wave-Motion”
  • “Spell Economics” (should your Life Points be lower than 1000)
  • “Ojama Trio” (Optional helps fill up your opponents monster zones).

Here is how the strategy works:

  • Wait until your opponent has filled all of their Monster Card Zones. If necessary, force the situation, using card effects that summon monsters to the opponent’s side of the field.
  • Summon “Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord” to the field.
  • Use an effect to prevent “Exodius” from being destroyed in battle. For insurance, be sure the card has an added effect to prevent battle damage. (e.g. “Necro Defender”, “Zero Gardna”, “Waboku”, etc.)
  • Activate “Diffusion Wave-Motion” and “Spell Economics” (See above tip). Since “Exodius'” effect requires a monster to be sent from your hand or Deck to the Graveyard, “Diffusion Wave-Motion” will allow “Exodius” to attack all your opponent’s monsters in one turn, so send the 5 Exodia cards for the effect of “Exodius”, and you’ve instantly won.
  • The main weakness of this strategy is that your opponent could block any of these cards with countering effects, which is why cards like “Heavy Storm” and “Giant Trunade” will enable you to clear the field. “Spell Wall” can also be effective, if you target “Exodius” for its second effect, as it can prevent your opponent from activating cards or effects while “Exodius” attacks.

Destiny Board

Final Countdown

A Final Countdown Deck revolves around using “Final Countdown” in combination with another Deck type, such as a Stall Deck.

This can only be declared 20 turns after Final Countdown is activated. If “Final Countdown” is initially negated, the only way to declare a Final Countdown Victory is to retrieve “Final Countdown” from your Graveyard (or having another copy), activating it (provided you have 2000 Life Points to spare), and wait the applicable 20 turns. Thus, including cards that can negate attempts to destroy “Final Countdown” is a wise idea.

Some key cards that will play a vital role in your strategy are “Waboku”, “Threatening Roar”, and “Thunder of Ruler”. These cards stop your opponent from attacking your life points, along with any monsters that may be on your field at the time. Besides “adding” turns to your target turn count of 20, what makes these cards so vital is the simple fact that they are CHAINABLE! that means, even if your opponent pulls out S/T destruction or even “Royal Decree”, you can at least get them activated. While your opponent continues to be forced to use all his S/T destruction outs on you, there is no need to worry.

A large amount of cards that allow you to draw can be crucial if you fail to draw “Final Countdown” on your first few turns. Cards like “Pot of Duality” and “Upstart Goblin” allows you to draw a card with virtually no cost, as Life Points and revealing the card are unnecessary to you if you are using “Final Countdown”. Anyways, this won’t increase your hand but it will decrease the number of card in your Deck, increasing the chance of drawing right cards. “One Day of Peace” is a shining star here in this deck. despite your opponent also being able to draw a card along with you, no one takes any damage (battle damage or effect damage) till the end of your opponent’s next turn. that essentially adds 2-3 turns towards your 20, per card.

“Cyber Valley” can end a Battle Phase when it’s attacked, while allowing you to draw a card. In addition, if you used the effect of a “Battle Fader” last turn, you can remove it and “Cyber Valley” to draw two cards, and set up your next “Battle Fader”.

As for staple monsters, cards such as “Battle Fader”, “Swift Scarecrow”, and “Zero Gardna” are especially useful here. The Fader and Scarecrow can be used from the hand, so they are safe from destruction cards that involve the field.

Some cards, such as “Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En” and “Naturia Barkion”, can prove to be a threat to your stalling engine and will have to be dealt with. Cards like “Dark Hole” and “Lava Golem” are effective ways to get rid of them.

Burn cards will eat this play style alive. An alternative to stopping Burn cards from eating your life points, is encouraging it. “Self-Destruct Button” is a great way to save space and time in bad draws, as a tie is a great way to start over in losing situations. This card requires you to be behind, and have a difference of 7000 life points or more to activate, which is relatively easy to achieve. So, “Upstart Goblin” helps to separate the life points, as well as any cards with life point costs, such as “Final Countdown”.

“Metaion the Time Lord” is another excellent card to use. Because a great strength of this deck is relying on traps like “Threatening Roar” and “Waboku”, it is not uncommon to have an empty field. Therefore, summoning this card is made very simple. It is an excellent card to help get rid of troublesome monsters like “Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En”, as its effect is impossible to stop without negating its attack (be wary of cards like “Negate Attack” though), and it can also clear your opponent’s entire field, as well as making the cards you sent back to the deck difficult to return to the field. However, Metaion is sent back to the deck during your standby phase, so when you use it, be sure that you won’t be stopped by any traps your opponent has set.

An Instant Win Condition Deck is any Deck whose goal is to win not by normal victory conditions (i.e. causing the opponent to lose all of their Life Points or Deck milling), but by using the effect of a specific card that allows one to instantly win the Duel. There are currently eleven cards in…