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More Surprises in Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox

October 7th, 2022

Welcome back to class, Duelists! The Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box is just around the corner headed your way today October 7, and we’re giving you one more article that’s chock full of reveals! We already covered the main characters – Jaden Yuki, Syrus Truesdale, Bastion Misawa, and the Paradox Brothers – but there are a couple more familiar faces in Midterm Paradox. In addition to the 10 Skill Cards for those characters, you’ll also find two more: one for Chumley Huffington in his Speed Duel debut and one that pairs Jaden & Syrus together in a single Skill Card!

These two bonus Skills don’t have pre-built Decks in Midterm Paradox, but you will find extra cards both in this set, and the original Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box to build them yourself. There are also more Speed Duel cards that can help you customize your favorite Decks: some to flesh out the characters and give a few nods to key moments in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and some that are going to make an impact on competitive Speed Dueling.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: the first thing on today’s syllabus is a fan-favorite Duelist with a surprising strategy.

Chumley Huffington

The Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box comes with several cards to help you build a Deck that’s fit for a Duelist from the land down under. Des Koala and Sea Koala are two cute, cuddly, and kinda competitive cards for your Chumley Deck. If you picked up the Duel Academy Box back in April, you’ve already got lots of cards to bring the koala-haired Duelist to life: it had Des Kangaroo, Big Koala,and the massive Fusion Monster Master of Oz. You also have a copy of a Trap Card that works really well with all of them called Spikeshield with Chain! Many of Chumley’s monsters have higher DEF than ATK, and Spikeshield with Chain has a unique effect: it equips to a monster of your choice, gives that monster a boost of 500 ATK, and when that monster battles it gains DEF equal to its Attack Points.

Better late than never it all comes together with Chumley’s Skill Card, Chillin’ Outback! You’ll flip it at the start of the Duel, and once per turn it lets you change the battle position of a face-up “Koala” or “Kangaroo” monster. More importantly, it lets “Koalas” and “Kangaroos” attack when they’re in face-up Defense Position, and when they do, you apply their DEF for damage calculation instead of their ATK.

That means Sea Koala splashes for 1600 DEF instead of 1100 ATK; Des Kangaroo punches for 1700 DEF, not 1500 ATK; and Des Koala claws for 1800 DEF, way higher than its 1100 ATK. Give those monsters Spikeshield with Chain and it’s a whole different ballgame: suddenly Sea Koala‘s dishing out as much as 3200 damage, while reducing the ATK of an opposing monster to 0; Des Kangaroo‘s boxing for 3700; and Des Koala’s hitting for 3400 damage, in addition to the burn damage from its effect! Suddenly, everybody’s almost as big as Master of Oz with its mighty 4200 ATK!

Jaden & Syrus

Jaden Yuki and Syrus Truesdale are one of the iconic duos of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and now thanks to Midterm Paradox you can relive their tag team action in your real-life Duels! Remember when Jaden & Syrus teamed up to take on the Paradox Brothers, and Syrus fused UFOroid and Elemental HERO Tempest to Summon UFOroid Fighter? Well good news! UFOroid Fighter is one of the extra cards in Midterm Paradox. It can appear as a Secret Rare, and there’s an entire Skill Card to help you Summon it!

Believe in Your Bro is the Jaden & Syrus Skill Card, and it flips face-up at the start of the Duel. Once per turn, you can activate a Skill based on the face-up monsters you control:

  • If you’ve got an Elemental HERO, you can discard a Trap Card, then get a Level 6 or lower Machine “roid” monster from your Graveyard to your hand. From there you can destroy an opposing monster with ATK less than or equal to the card you retrieved.
  • If you control a Machine “roid,” discard a Spell Card to Special Summon a Level 6 or lower Machine “roid” or Elemental HERO monster from your Deck. It’ll come out in Defense Position, with its effects negated.
  • If you control an Elemental HERO and a Machine “roid,” you can discard any one card to Fusion Summon a Fusion Monster using “roid” and the Elemental HERO monsters you control.

Each Skill can only be used once per Duel, which is fair, since they’re all pretty powerful. Discarding a Trap Card you don’t need, to destroy a monster and get back a “roid” from your Graveyard is just great card economy, especially when you’re getting Steamroid, Rescueroid, or Drillroid and blowing away a tough problem monster like D.D. Warrior Lady. Turning any Spell Card into A Hero Lives then Special Summoning an Elemental HERO, OR a Level 6 “roid” like UFOroid is fab: when UFOroid‘s destroyed, you’ll still get its effect, even under the Skill!

And the constant threat that you might Summon UFORoid Fighter and press enough damage over an opposing monster to win the Duel? That’s just excellent. Whether you’re looking to recreate the anime or want to build a viable HERO Vehicroid team-up Deck, there’s a lot of potential in this Skill Card.

What Else is in Midterm Paradox?

Good question! At the top of the list is Des Wombat, a 1600 ATK monster that shields you from all effect damage. Nightmare Wheel and Zoma the Spirit are two of the most annoying and powerful cards in Speed Duels, and Des Wombat lets you ignore the damage from both!

If you want to ramp up your Bastion Deck with some big Special Summons, Frost and Flame Dragon and Loud Cloud the Storm Serpent both let you banish monsters from your Graveyard to unleash monsters with big effects. Frost and Flame is especially vicious in Speed Duels, where it can clear away blocking monsters and strike for as much as 2300 damage.

And for the REAL Bastion fans, you’ll even find White Magician Pikeru and Pikeru’s Circle of Enchantment. Pikeru might not be terribly useful in a Duel, but Bastion would be happy it’s here, and Pikeru’s Circle of Enchantment could be a life-saving card when your opponent’s going for game with an effect.

Jaden gets a few more cards too, including Fifth Hope, a Normal Spell that can draw you as many as three cards when you shuffle five Elemental HERO cards from your Graveyard back into your Deck. You’ll also find Elemental HERO Necroid Shaman, a Fusion of Elemental HEROWildheart, and Elemental HERO Necroshade from the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box.

The Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box is here, packed with more cards, more characters, and more Secret Rares to chase! It’s an awesome add-on to the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box for your casual Duel nights, and since it’s got so many powerful new Skills and Speed Duel cards, it’s a must-own for competitive Speed Duelists too. Class is in session on October 7, when the Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox arrives on store shelves!