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The simplest terms I can think to put it is: Your deck requires 40 cards. Imagine you could have a 12 card deck - your 4 best cards, 3 copies each. You'd probably win every game against those 40-card deck losers, since you're always drawing your best cards and deploying them. Every card you put in your deck makes you less likely to draw those game winning ...


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In most Trading Card Games drawing a card is generally one of the most powerful effects that can be printed. Having access to more cards means you have access to more options, and Yu-Gi-Oh is no exception to this. Another thing that is really important in TCGs is the ability to play cards at no cost. This applies to all Spell Cards in YGO (unless the card ...


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The above picture reflects the probability of drawing the full set of Exodia, dependent on the number of cards drawn overall. For example, there is a 0.000152% chance the player will draw Exodia in their opening hand, and a 87.5% chance they will draw it after seeing 39 cards out of their 40 card deck. If all 40 cards are drawn, there is a 100% chance the 5 ...


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What's the difference between a Forbidden card and an Illegal Card? I understand that the difference is that you can use Forbidden cards in a private duel if both players agreed to it before, or in a Championship if its regulations allow it. But you can never use illegal cards. Why not? There seems to be a bit of misunderstanding between what an "Illegal"...


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As strange as it sometimes comes through, Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards are commonly being censored for the western market, not only visually, but also in text. One prominent example is the renaming of "Magic Cards" to "Spell Cards" shortly after the release of the third set "Magic Ruler", which was released as "Spell Ruler" in Europe. This renaming is probably due to ...


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Konami has general contact information for their offices. However, I highly doubt that they will accept unsolicited card suggestions. There are a couple of reasons for that: They are already paying people to design cards, and they have a lot more experience. If they were to accept fan-submitted cards, you would not be the only person submitting them. Konami ...


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(Caveat: I am not at all an experienced YGO player.) Don't think of it as a single card. Think of what the card does as part of an entire deck with a clear gameplan. A bit of research shows that the original 2004 banning was because of a combo that would strip both players' hand and field, then break symmetry by allowing you to search up Yata-Garasu. At ...


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The stack in Magic is, well, a stack. Spells you cast, abilities you activate, and abilities that trigger based on some game action or change in state, go on the stack. The system used to determine who gets an opportunity to put something on the stack is known as priority in the formal rules. When one player passes priority, the other gets a chance to put ...


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Short Answer: Frogs. They even managed to become the 2010 World Champion Deck. Longer Answer: It was banned because of its relatively easy abuse on OTK and FTK Burn decks, that focused on continuously summoning frogs to sacrifice them and drain your opponent's LP. Basically it consisted on "dumping" as many frogs as you could to your graveyard with the ...


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No, although you can use foreign language cards from the TCG, OCG cards are not allowed. From Konami's Yugioh FAQ, that lists several Official Tournament Stores Q: Can I use foreign language cards in my Deck? You can use foreign-language copies of legal-for-play cards printed for the TCG market, as long as you can show an official translation of the ...


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Having all five pieces of Exodia triggers a win condition, not a monster effect. No card may directly prevent this win condition from triggering. No card may negate or override the win condition printed on Exodia the Forbidden One. There are multiple rulings to this effect in OCG, including that Prohibition cannot block the effect of Exodia the Forbidden ...


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Okay, I think I've worked out what's going on here. The link to Original Slifer that you kindly provided for me shows the original, illegal version of the card. There is a second link, from that page, to the legal Slifer version. You will see that the second Slifer does not have any ruling declaring the card to be of Dragon Type. Why does the illegal ...


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The effect should not apply. You do not have one Type of monster in your Graveyard; you have zero. This would be different if the card said, say "all monsters in your Graveyard are the same Type" - that statement is certainly vacuously true with an empty Graveyard. Further, it doesn't even matter. The effect only affects monster of the same Type, and ...


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No, you do not win the game if your opponent somehow controls 6 Trap cards. There are only three ways to win a game of Yu-gi-oh (page 26 or 30 in pdf): Winning a Duel Each player starts a Duel with 8000 Life Points. You win a Duel if: you reduce your opponent's Life Points to 0; if your opponent is unable to draw a card; or if a card's special effect ...


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Banisher of the Radiance wouldn't banish itself, it would go to the Graveyard. Banisher of the Radiance has a Continuous Effects, which is only active while it remains on the field face-up. (Rule book page 14). Continuous Effect This effect is active while the Effect Monster Card is face-up on the field. The effect starts when the face-up monster ...


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To a casual yugioh player, it is not very clear why it is banned, to be honest. To anyone that goes to tournaments it becomes abundantly clear why it is banned. Draw power is huge in major decks. Upstart goblin has recently become limited down to 1 copy. That is simply draw 1, and your opponent gets to gain LP. Upstart is good because you effectively get to ...


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There is a pretty good reddit thread on the subject. It sounds like they were dominating events, and several attempts to limit them without banning were unsuccessful. TL;DR: Very strong monsters. Come from anywhere. Don't die. Can combine into stronger ones. So strong it took Konami (3-4?) lists to finally kill them.


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Collectible Card Games (CCG) wax and wane in popularity.... For example, both Pokemon an Yu-Gi-Oh! cards were extremely popular over a decade ago. There are still sales of these cards and older cards sell well, but both games have shrunk considerably. The exception: Magic: The Gathering which has had pretty solid sales, organized play, and card values ...


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Great question! Unfortunately, I don't have a complete answer. According to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia: Some cards have been released in the TCG with shortened or abbreviated names. A major reason for this was that the names were too long unabbreviated, and Upper Deck Entertainment had not yet figured out the smaller card name font for long names, but ...


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There are no oddities that you need to be aware of, but you will need to remember the technical details of each action to ensure you do not breach a rule or create a tactical blunder for yourself, as explained below. Face-up monsters are given one (1) attack per turn. Face-down monsters are not face-up, so they cannot be used to attack. If a face-down ...


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Looking at the rules nothing happens: 0 ATK monsters Monsters with 0 ATK cannot destroy anything by battle. If two Attack Position monsters with 0 ATK battle each other, neither monster is destroyed. End of page 46 (or PDF page 50) here: https://img.yugioh-card.com/uk/rulebook/Rulebook_v9_en.pdf


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These rulings come from yugioh.wikia.com, and note: These TCG rulings were issued by Upper Deck Entertainment and have since been deemed unofficial by Konami.[18] They were previously considered official and can still be correct, as long as they follow the official gameplay rules, or unless Konami has issued a ruling that says otherwise. References: [19][...


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According to the official rulebook of Yu-Gi-Oh!, "destroy" means A card is destroyed when it is sent to the Graveyard due to battle between monsters or by an effect that destroys a card. A card that is returned from the field to the hand or Deck, or, that is sent to the Graveyard as a cost or Tribute, is NOT considered “destroyed.” This can be ...


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Play with the rules the show gave for free-for-all duels The closest we have to official rules for Yu-Gi-Oh! with more than three players is Episode 122 of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. It featured a four way free-for-all duel with the following rules (plus a rule involving the results of this duel determining seeds for the final four): Each Duelist must ...


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As the only time this card was released was back in 2003, it is using an older wording standard. This effect can be broken up into two pieces: Remove 3 cards from the top of your Deck from play and inflict 800 points of damage to your opponent's Life Points. The key point of this effect is that it uses the word "to," which was the old way to indicate ...


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What should I do to make it more even? (sigh)... Well, sadly, a change in the rules is certainly not something you or I can do, and is up to Konami to decide if they want to change that part or not. Perhaps when some time passes and the Link dynamics start to settle in they will adapt the rules a bit to support those decks that do not use Links as part of ...


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If Reddit is to be believed, there was a person at a German regional tournament who thoroughly abused this by bringing a deck with 2222 cards (enough for about 740 cards with 3 duplicates each). To make matters worse, as many cards as possible were added so that the deck had to be shuffled during the game as often as possible. While it was definitely poor ...


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You will not be able to get the Interplanetarypurplythorny Dragon from the effect of Witch of the Black Forest's and activate its effect. This is because the last thing to happen isn't a monster being destroyed but rather a monster being added to hand. If you already had Interplanetarypurplythorny Dragon in your hand and Witch of the Black Forest is being ...


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http://www.duelingnetwork.com/ I used to hit problems with the intro and needed to block the music file they use (it's not a part of the flash file for some weird reason), but it works well for what it does.


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1) No, negative numbers are not possible on monsters. It is true that this is not explicitly stated in any of the official rulebooks. However, it is most common that such values in games refer to non-negative integers, and therefore it can be assumed that it is the case unless otherwise stated. It is the responsibility of the rulebook to explicitly state ...


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