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|Once you have mastered the basic rules of Yu-Gi-Oh!,
the next step is to create your own Deck. This is known as Deck Construction. The rules for constructing a Deck are simple,
but it takes skill to put together a strong Deck. We'll also give you some hints on putting together your Deck in this section.|
|A. Deck Construction Rules|
A Deck must
contain at least 40 cards. Keep in mind that Decks with too many cards mean you will have a smaller chance of drawing the
cards you need, so its best to limit your cards to around 40.
can have up to 3 duplicates of the same card in your Deck. Cards included in your Side Deck count towards this 3 duplicate
limit. Also, be aware of Forbidden and Limited Cards.
B. Deck Construction Hints
I. Keep the Monster Card to Spell/Trap Card ratio at 1 : 1
The building blocks of your Deck are the Monster
Cards. No matter how many powerful Spell or Trap Cards you have, no monsters on the field means you've got nothing to defend
your Life Points. A general rule of thumb is that roughly half of your Deck should be made up of monsters. Therefore, if you've
got a Deck of 40 cards, around 20 should be Monster Cards.
II. Keep The Number of High Level Monsters To A Minimum
order to perform a Tribute Summon (required for a Level 5 or higher monster), you will have to offer monsters as a Tribute.
If your Deck is filled with high-level monsters, summoning them to the field will be very costly. Instead, include lots of
Level 4 or lower monsters in your Deck and keep the number of high-level monsters to a minimum.
III. Make Good Use
Of Your Effect Monsters
Effect Monsters with Spell or Trap effects play an important strategic role in your Duels.
You can create a powerful Deck if you take full advantage of these effects. For example, the "Hane-Hane" card forces your
opponent to return one monster from the field to their hand. Using this card at the right moment could leave your opponent's
Life Points wide open for an attack from a high-level monster.
IV. Include Cards That Increase Opportunities To
In a Duel, the basic rule is that you can only draw 1 card during the Draw Phase. Therefore, it is strategically
to your advantage to be able to draw more cards than your opponent. For example, cards like "Pot Of Greed" increase your chances
of drawing vital cards from your deck.
V. How To Create Your Side Deck
In between Duels, you are allowed
to use a Side Deck of 15 cards to adjust the contents of your Deck. Prepare your Side Deck with cards that help address the
weaknesses in your Deck or have the power to neutralize specific cards.
The following cards will help strengthen anyone's Deck:
• Raigeki •
Monster Reborn • Dark Hole
Pot of Greed • Change of Heart
|C. Forbidden And Limited Cards|
to the Official Rules, certain cards have specific quantity restrictions that limit the number that can be included in a Deck.
These limited cards are announced at Official Tournaments, and should be taken into account when customizing your Deck.