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Deck Profile: Steven Darling’s Destiny Board

October 5th, 2019

The spirit of the Millennium Ring has found a new host! Steven Darling has been possessed by the power of Zorc and is now wielding Bakura’s Destiny Board cards!

Main Deck Total: 40

Monster Cards: 3
3 Inspector Boarder

Spell Cards: 21
3 Mystic Mine
3 Pot of Duality
3 Dark Spirit’s Mastery
1 Spirit Message “I”
1 Spirit Message “N”
1 Spirit Message “A”
1 Spirit Message “L”
1 Terraforming
1 Final Countdown
1 One Day of Peace
3 Demise of the Land
2 Dark Sanctuary

Trap Cards: 16
3 Destiny Board
3 Waboku
3 Threatening Roar
3 Reckless Greed
3 Trap Trick
1 Metaverse

Side Deck: 15
3 Wave-Motion Cannon
3 Dark Snake Syndrome
3 Rainbow Life
3 Goddess Skuld’s Oracle
3 Field Barrier

Extra Deck: 15
3 Starving Venom Fusion Dragon
3 Salamangreat Violet Chimera
3 Mudragon of the Swamp
3 Link Spider
1 Secure Gardna
1 Barricade Borg Blocker
1 Linkuriboh

In true Bakura fashion, Darling’s looking to win with Destiny Board, and he’s using a lot of new and old cards to get the job done. Since he only needs four turns to win, he’s using a ton of lockdown cards to let him survive. Since all these cards can slow down the game effectively, a single Final Countdown gives him another option for victory. Having Final Countdown is also necessary as a way to win if one of his Spirit Messages gets banished.

The centerpiece of the Deck is actually Mystic Mine; he packs three copies and six ways to search for it. Demise of the Land and Metaverse are particularly brutal, because he can wait until his opponent is in the middle of a combo to throw down the Mine. He can also almost always keep the Mine from destroying itself, since the only monsters he’s playing are a trio of Inspector Boarder.

The remaining cards are ways to keep his Life Points up long enough to win. One Day of Peace, Waboku, and Threatening Roar each give one extra turn. Dark Sanctuary gives him another option to search for with all his Field Spell support, and it can redirect attacks half of the time. It also allows him to Special Summon his Spirit Messages to leave his Spell & Trap Card Zone clear for important cards. He can then use the Spirit Messages to Link Summon in a pinch, such as to play Linkuriboh or Barricadeborg Blocker.

The part of Darling’s Deck that truly comes from the evil Zorc? It’s his Side Deck, designed entirely to torture his opponent! He knows his opponents will be using their Side Decks to bring in a lot of ways to handle Destiny Board. They can wait until the last turn to destroy it, wasting all the time and effort Darling put into it. So he uses his Side Deck to completely remove the Destiny Board package, bringing in more lockdown options like Field Barrier and Goddess Skuld’s Oracle. Then he plans to mercilessly take his opponents out with damage from Wave-Motion Cannon and Dark Snake Syndrome! The last card is Rainbow Life to block attacks and to turn Dark Snake Syndrome into a win, rather than a draw if it gets that far.

Darling is taking this strategy to a level Zorc would be proud of!