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Why is Pot of Greed banned?

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 ...
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Why is Pot of Greed banned?

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 ...
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How to calculate the probability to get all cards of Exodia, the Forbidden One by drawing them from my Deck during the Draw phase?

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 ...
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Why are there illegal cards?

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 ...
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What got Yata Garasu banned?

(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 ...
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Sharing Yu-Gi-Oh! card ideas

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 ...
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Why has Mass Driver been banned from play?

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 ...
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How does the new Sangan errata affect Exodia?

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 ...
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Why did Yu-Gi-Oh! change from an unlimited deck size to a 60 card maximum deck size?

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 ...
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Can Konami accept a Yu-Gi-Oh card that I made?

In general, creative industries have a hard policy not to even look at fan submissions. Why? Because if they do look at fan submissions and later come up with something similar to the fan submission, ...
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Why is Pot of Greed banned?

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. ...
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Why are the "Dragon Ruler" series of cards banned in official tournaments?

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. ...
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Zero ATK Fighting zero ATK

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 ...
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Is a monster considered "destroyed" if I tribute it?

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 ...
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How does face-down Attack Position (via Darkness Approaches) work?

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 ...
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Why would one want more than 40 cards in their deck?

Decks relying on "That Grass Looks Greener" want much more than 40 cards One deck archetype that wants to have more than 40 cards are "lawnmower" decks, named after the key card That Grass Looks ...
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Can the winged dragon of Ra use its effect during another players turn?

The answer is no. The reason why is that the Winged Dragon of Ra's effect is not a quick effect. Quick effects are monster effects you can choose to activate during either player's turn. You can ...
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Can I use level/rank changing effects on Xyz monsters?

An Xyz Monster's Rank is not its Level; Xyz Monsters do not have a Level. Consequently, Xyz Monsters cannot be used for Synchro, Ritual, or Xyz Summons (unless specifically permitted); and any effects ...
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How is Yu-Gi-Oh played with more than two players?

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 ...
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Why does negating Lady Assailant of Flames' effect still require banishing cards?

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 ...
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Why are "Egyptian God" cards so significant?

They were represented in the anime as being incredibly powerful, and you never saw them defeated by traditional means. In the card game they act as normal cards and have no special "you can't destroy ...
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What to do if I do not have any Link Monsters?

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. ...
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Why was Maxx "C" banned from play?

Well, surely Konami had their own reasons for doing so (my impression is that this was done to favor newer decks that special summon more, or perhaps many decks were abusing it) but I think you ...
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Why would someone want to use Pot of Desires, other than to draw 2 cards?

Why would someone do this? Is gaining 2 cards worth it? Exactly. Banishing 10 cards face down is the trade-off for drawing 2 cards; it's up to you (or the deck builder) to determine if this trade-...
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Why wasn't Lava Golem allowed to attack on my turn?

It's been a while since I played Yu-Gi-Oh, and I haven't played with this card, but if you read it, it says it summons it to your opponent's side of the battlefield. Since your opponent is the one who ...
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Can I activate and resolve Hand Destruction with less than 2 cards in one's hand?

No. You cannot as it states specifically: Each player sends 2 This means the number of cards is mandatory if any player has any less then the card cannot be activated. On the other side, if a ...
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Why do cards miss their timing?

Pulsar says when, tuningware says if. When Pulsar is sent to the grave during synchro summoning is in the middle of a resolving chain, and nothing can occur other than the resolving chain. However ...
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What is the benefit of having an "Inflict X damage to your opponent" spell card that does less damage than others?

There is no benefit whatsoever. The only reason why someone would use this sort or not-as-useful card is that there are some decks that mainly focus on damage from spell or trap cards, such as 'Magic ...
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Banishing cards from the graveyard

There are a lot of zones on the yugioh board. If you look at this playmat (not currently up to date with the newest rules for link summons, but it's fine for this purpose), you can see that there is a ...
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Is a Ritual Summon still considered a Tribute Summon?

A Ritual Summon is a type of Special Summon, and a Tribute Summon is a type of Normal Summon. These types of summoning are distinct, so ritual summoning Chaos Max will not count as a tribute summon. ...
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