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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!

Two More Characters from Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox

October 5th, 2022

The Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box is coming out on October 7, packed with 100 Speed Duel cards and 12 new Skills; some for returning characters from the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box, and some for Duelists making their Speed Duel debut! Each box even comes with 4 Secret Rares from a set of 12, all paying homage to these iconic heroes and rivals.

In Midterm Paradox 101 last week, we showed you the new Skill Cards for Jaden and Syrus. We talked about how their pre-built Decks work, and how you can build your own Decks for those two characters. But grab your notebook and get ready to study up, because today’s lesson will teach you all about the remaining featured Duelists in Midterm Paradox Bastion Misawa and the Paradox Brothers.


Bastion Misawa
Armed with countless Decks and strategies, Bastion Misawa was one of the most memorable Duelists in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. He’s the thinking man’s Duelist, for sure, but his best cards were often aggressive, triggering powerful effects and kicking off combos as a reward for attacking.

In the real-life Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, Bastion’s biggest gift to competitive Dueling was Hydrogeddon. It was really popular in the GX era whenever there were lots of small monsters to punish. Hydrogeddon actually made its first Speed Duel appearance in the Duel Academy Box, but that was just a teaser for what’s next. Midterm Paradox has everything you need to build a full-blown Deck featuring Bastion’s biggest boss monsters!

Bastion’s Deck revolves around Water Dragon and Hyozanryu. Water Dragon can’t be Normal Summoned or Set. Instead, you Special Summon it from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard by activating the Spell Card Bonding – H2O and Tributing three monsters: Oxygeddon and two copies of Hydrogeddon. Do that, and you’ll unleash a 2800 ATK Sea Serpent that drops the ATK of all FIRE and Pyro monsters on the field to 0 (and when it’s destroyed and sent to the Graveyard, it Special Summons back your Oxygeddon and Hydrogeddons).

Bastion has several ways to take advantage of that effect to wipe the ATK of FIRE monsters, including a more modern monster: he’s got Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju! That means you can Tribute an opposing monster, replace it with Dogoran, then use Water Dragon to crash its ATK to 0 and run it over. Oh, and Dogoran? It’s one of the 12 Secret Rares you might find in your Midterm ParadoxMini Box.

You’ve got multiple copies of Hydrogeddon to make this all happen, and following the winning formula of “Dinosaurs + battle = victory”, Bastion also has Carboneddon, Jurrac Iguanon and Jurrac Protops. Two copies of Duoterion help search out your “Bonding” Spell Cards and the Dinosaurs you’ll need for them, and A Legendary Ocean helps beef up your Hydrogeddon, Duoterion, and Water Dragon with an ATK boost. There’s even Bonding – D20 and Water Dragon Cluster to take the strategy to a new level.

Bastion’s main Skill Card is called Chemistry in Motion, and it helps support the Water Dragon strategy. You’ll flip it face-up at the start of the Duel, and then once per turn, you’ll place a counter on it and apply an effect.

  • With one counter, you’ll discard a Dinosaur monster to get another one with a different Attribute from your Deck to your hand. It’s great to set up Hydrogeddon, or troubleshoot your opponent’s field with Dogoran.
  • With two counters, you’ll Normal Summon a WIND or WATER Dinosaur in addition to your regular Normal Summon.
  • With three counters you’ll change the names of all your WATER Dinosaurs on the field to “Hydrogeddon” until the end of the turn, then search your Deck for Bonding – H2O and add it to your hand.
  • And with four counters, you’ll remove all of them from the Skill Card and start the process again. You’ll also change all your opponent’s monsters into FIRE/Pyro types until the end of your turn, leaving them wide open to Water Dragon!

If you want to switch gears and play something different, Bastion’s Under Pressure Skill supports Hyozanryu. Just Special Summon the Level 7 2100 ATK Normal Dragon-type by banishing Carboneddon from your Graveyard. Once it’s on the field you can flip Under Pressure and from there, once per turn, you can reveal the top four cards of your Deck and apply these effects in sequence if you see the corresponding monsters:

  • If you reveal Carboneddon, Hyozanryu gains 1000 ATK for the turn
  • If you reveal Hydrogeddon and Hyozanryu will be unaffected by opposing monster effects for the turn
  • And if you reveal Oxygeddon you’ll destroy a face-up monster your opponent controls, then deal 800 damage to their LP

A free destruction effect, and you get to burn off a fifth of your opponent’s starting Life Points? Yeah, that last one’s pretty great! When you’re done claiming your effects you’ll place the revealed monsters on the bottom of your Deck too, in an order of your choosing. That means if the Duel goes long enough and you avoid effects that shuffle your Deck, a few Misawa mathematics might actually let you memorize your upcoming draws. Bastion would approve.


The Paradox Brothers

New villains arrive at Duel Academy! The Paradox Brothers are bringing Kazejin, Suijin, and Sanga of the Thunder to Speed Duels, as well as the massive monster Gate Guardian! All three of their Skill Cards revolve around these four monsters, making it easier to Summon them, and helping you close out the Duel.

The Paradox Brothers’ Deck comes with Kazejin, Suijin, and Sanga of the Thunder, and it’s packing lots of cards to support them. (Plus, they can all appear as Secret Rares!) Jirai Gumo‘s a heavy-hitter that sticks to the field, while Stone Statue of the Aztecs is a big defender with 2000 DEF. They make good Tribute fodder, but the Paradox Brothers also have Kaiser Sea Horse, Unshaven Angler, and Whirlwind Prodigy, three monsters that can count as two Tributes for a LIGHT, WATER, or WIND monster respectively. From there, Spell Cards like Soul Exchange and Double Summon help you make your big Tribute Summons.

The Paradox Brothers also have key cards for an iconic strategy straight out of old school Dueling: Clown Control! Crass Clown and Dream Clown have effects that trigger when their battle positions shift: Crass Clown bounces a monster from the field, and Dream Clown destroys a monster outright. Ryu-Kishin Clown joins in, changing the battle position of 1 face-up monster when it itself is Summoned. These little miscreants can put in some serious work in Speed Duels, thanks to the lower starting Life Points.

The Skill Cards for the Paradox Brothers are all great, and they all help you Summon big monsters. You can flip Behold, Gate Guardian! when you control one of Kazejin, Suijin, or Sanga of the Thunder, and you can activate it during your Main Phase. When you do, you’ll shuffle your entire hand into your Deck, then add a Level 11 monster from your Deck to your hand…that’s Gate Guardian, for anybody not on the honor roll…and then Special Summon up to 2 Level 7 monsters with different Attributes from your Deck or Graveyard with 0 ATK and DEF, with their effects negated.

This Skill basically says, “If you have one piece of Gate Guardian, go get everything else you need.” Then it gives Gate Guardian an effect as well: one time only, Behold, Gate Guardian!  lets you change the ATK of a monster attacking your Gate Guardian to 0, just like the abilities of the Level 7’s. Your opponent won’t dare to attack your gargantuan Guardian! Cool stuff.

Beware the Brothers Paradox! Takes a different approach: as long as you have no Extra Deck, you can reveal a Gate Guardian, or a Kazejin, Suijin, or Sanga of the Thunder from your hand and flip it. Once you do, you’ll get the following Skills:

  • You can Normal Summon Level 7 monsters for 1 less Tribute. Awesome.
  • You can Tribute Summon a Level 7 monster face-up, in addition to your Normal Summon.
  • Your opponent takes no effect damage. You can only attack with one monster a turn, but it can make a second attack on a monster in each Battle Phase.

This Skill’s more about the Level 7’s than Gate Guardian itself; it gives you an instant path to a Level 7 Summon, and then it turns that card into a double attacker. Since all three monsters have defensive effects that drain the ATK of anything that attacks them, you can secure the field and then make short work of your opponent’s monsters.

Finally, you can activate Elements of Thunder, Water, and Wind when you have 1000 Life Points or less. It lets you Normal Summon Suijin, Kazeijin, or Sanga of the Thunder without Tributing. Or, if you already control all three, you can send all the cards on the field to the Graveyard and Special Summon Gate Guardian from your Deck. Summoning all of those monsters might be tricky, but it’s a pretty big old school flex if you can pull it off, and your victory will be truly spectacular!


Bastion Misawa’s Speed Duel strategies are flexible and aggressive, assembling arithmetical combos with poise and precision to rule your Duels! Meanwhile the Paradox Brothers bludgeon your opponents with giant monsters you’ll rush to the field, and when your need to, they buy time with big bodies and Clown Control antics. These two Dueling personas are unique additions to the Speed Duel landscape, and you’ll find these characters and more in Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox.

Class isn’t out just yet! There’s one more lesson plan in your syllabus, so don’t be late for our next lesson. We’ll be looking at some of the extra Speed Duel cards in Midterm Paradox, as well as the new Skill Cards for Chumley Huffington and Jaden & Syrus, so you won’t wanna miss it!

It’s Time to Head Back to Duel Academy!

September 27th, 2022

The Speed Duel: Battle City Box and the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box changed the landscape of Speed Dueling.  Two massive boxed sets, both with more than 200 Speed Duel cards, they each offered a ton of value, a great way to jump into Speed Duels, and a one-box experience to bring Yu-Gi-Oh! to your game night. Each one had great Secret Rares too – cards that were popular for historic Time Wizard formats, making them collectible and a blast to open.

Now, for the first time ever, the Speed Duel Box concept is getting a spinoff! The new Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box arrives October 6*, loaded with new cards and new Skills for characters that made their Speed Duel debut in the Duel Academy Box. It also introduces new Yu-Gi-Oh! GX characters to Speed Duels, and sneaks in some awesome cards to shake up the competition.

For fans of the original Duel Academy Box, the Midterm Paradox Mini Box turns up the volume on everything you loved the first time around:

  • Every Mini Box has 100 Speed Duel cards, lots of them new to Speed Dueling
  • There are 12 all-new Skill Cards
  • Discover 4 Secret Rares per box, randomized from a total set of 12

What are those Secret Rares you ask? Get ready for stunning new Secret Rare versions of fan-favorites, like Gate Guardian, Super Vehicroid Jumbo Drill, and Elemental HERO Tempest! Time Wizard format Duelists will want Drillroid and Elemental HERO Bubbleman, while current competitors can find Secret Rares of A Hero Lives, Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju and more!

Speed Duels are here to stay, and the Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box is just one of several incoming releases for Speed Duelists. Speed Duel Tournament Pack 4 launches at Official Tournament Stores on September 28*, with foil upgrades like Super Rare Breaker the Magical Warrior and Ultra Rare Mind Crush! Then in March, get ready for another full-sized boxed set bringing more than 200 cards, with the Speed Duel GX: Duelists of Shadows box.

There’s a ton of action coming your way, but for now, let’s talk about the first two characters with starring roles in the Midterm Paradox Mini Box.


Jaden Yuki

First up, the Slifer Slacker turned Duel Academy hero is back, with new cards and new ways to Duel! Lots of classic monster cards from Jaden’s Deck make their return from the Duel Academy Box, but his Spell and Trap Cards are way different, and his new Skill Cards amp up his Fusion strategies. While Jaden’s previous Deck was all about using pairs of monsters to Fusion Summon heavy hitters like Elemental HERO Flame Wingman and Elemental HERO Thunder Giant, he’s taken his classes a little more seriously, and his Deck now features Elemental HERO Fusion Monsters that combine three, and even four Elemental HERO monsters into one!

Elemental HERO Avian, Elemental HERO Burstinatrix, Elemental HERO Clayman, and Elemental HERO Sparkman are all back for an encore, along with Elemental HERO Bubbleman, Elemental HERO Bladedge, and Elemental HERO Wildheart. Joining them is Elemental HERO Blazeman, giving you a new way to search for Polymerization. Use it to Fusion Summon any of five HERO Fusion Monsters you’ll find in Midterm Paradox, all new to Speed Duels: Elemental HERO Wild Wingman, Elemental HERO Mariner, and Elemental HERO Nova Master all take two Fusion Materials. But if you’re ready to go big, Jaden’s also got Elemental HERO Tempest and Elemental HERO Electrum!

Jaden’s Deck in the Duel Academy Box was focused on lots of cards that supported Fusions, but this time, his Spell and Trap cards are more focused on supporting HERO monsters on the field and getting them onto the table in the first place. Cards like Hero Signal and Skyscraper 2 – Hero City help keep your HERO monsters in the fight, and Jaden’s even got A Hero Lives to Special Summon whatever HERO you need, straight from your Deck. (If you’re lucky, you might even open a Secret Rare copy.)

What you won’t find are Fusion support cards from the original Duel Academy Box like Fusion Sage, Fusion Recovery, and Wroughtweiler. That’s because Jaden’s primary Skill Card has you covered for giant-sized Fusion Summons! Flip the Skill Card HEROES UNITE – FUSION!! in your Main Phase. When you do, you’ll discard a card, then Fusion Summon an Elemental HERO monster using monsters from your hand or field.

Doesn’t sound like much, right? But here’s the kicker: if you’re going for an Elemental HERO Fusion that takes three or more materials, and you’ve got two of those monsters on the field? You can use monsters from your Deck as the other Fusion Materials!

That means you can flip your Skill, discard a card, and Fusion Summon Elemental HERO Electrum with just two monsters: a grand total of one discard and two Fusion Materials, instead of Polymerization and four Fusion Materials. That’s huge, and it’s pretty sweet with Elemental HERO Tempest, too.

And that’s not all! If you’re playing the Jaden Deck straight out of the box, then HEROES UNITE – FUSION!! is the recommended Skill Card. But if you’re making your own build and you want a more flexible Skill Card, HERO World offers five different effects based on the HERO monsters you control. Once per turn, if you control at least one HERO Normal Monster or a HERO Fusion Monster, you can discard a card to activate 1 of these Skills based on the HERO monster’s attribute:

  • If you’ve got an EARTH HERO, destroy an EARTH monster you control and a face-up monster your opponent controls
  • If you have a WIND, blow away a face-up Spell or Trap Card
  • A FIRE will let you return all face-up non-FIRE Special Summoned monsters back to their controller’s hand
  • A WATER HERO will get you a free draw, and until the end of the next turn, you can activate one Normal Trap straight from your hand
  • If you’ve got a LIGHT HERO, you can change the battle position of a face-up monster on the field

You can only get one of these effects per turn, but some of them are wildly powerful and the sheer range of options is massive; that mass return to hand effect from FIRE is especially awesome. You can get at these Skills just by controlling classic Normal Heroes like Elemental HERO Burstinatrix or Elemental HERO Clayman, but if you’ve got Elemental HERO Electrum you can choose from any of the first four. That’s no easy feat, but it’s a pretty awesome payoff if you can make it happen, especially if you can use the EARTH or FIRE Skills to clear the field and win your Duel!


Syrus Truesdale

Next up, Midterm Paradoxmarks the full Speed Duel debut of Syrus Truesdale! Gyroid made a cameo in the Duel Academy Box, but now Syrus is stepping up as a featured character with not one, not two, but three unique Skill Cards. And you know what? They’re all pretty good! Before we get to the Skills, here’s what Jaden’s lil’ bro is running.

Syrus’ Deck is loaded with “roid” monsters; everything from the defensive picks like Gyroid and Rescueroid, to the supporters like Expressroid and UFOroid, and the more aggressive ones like Steamroid, Drillroid, and Stealthroid.

He backs them up with battle tricks like Weapon Change and Supercharge, and a bunch of Spell and Trap Cards that are a bit quirky, like Twister and Wonder Garage. If your opponent is running multiple copies of a powerful Spell or Trap Card, you can negate them with Emergeroid Call, sending all their copies from their Deck to their Graveyard. Syrus also has Shield Crush, which is new to Speed Duels!

Armed with Vehicroid Connection Zone, Syrus has four Fusion Monsters in his out-of-the-box sealed Deck: Steam Gyroid, Ambulance Rescueroid, Super Vehicroid Jumbo Drill, and Super Vehicroid Stealth Union. Two of his three Skill Cards revolve around Fusion Summoning: The Roids are Alright flips at the start of the Duel, and it’s sort of a new take on another popular Skill Card: Bandit Keith’s Spellproof Armor. The Roids are Alright has four different effects:

  • It lets you use Vehicroid Connection Zone to Fusion Summon any “roid” monster, instead of just “Vehicroids”. That’s good news for Steam Gyroid and Ambulance Rescueroid.
  • You can Normal Summon or Set “roid” monsters with an original Level of 6 or lower without Tributing.
  • Any non-Fusion “roid” monster that’s Level 6 or lower gains ATK equal to its Level x100 when it attacks an opposing monster.
  • If you control a non-Machine monster, The Roids are Alright flips down and the fun is over.

This Skill Card makes it easier to play your Fusions, helps you get UFOroid and Rescueroid to the field, and lets you boost attackers like Truckroid and Drillroid (which could appear in your Midterm ParadoxMini Box as a Secret Rare!).

But that’s not all Syrus has going for him. Zane Truesdale had his Speed Duel debut in the Duel Academy Box, but he didn’t get one of the most famous cards fans associate him with: Power Bond. Now, you can use Syrus’ Power Bond Skill Card instead: activate it during your Main Phase, discard a card, and Fusion Summon a Machine Fusion using monsters from your hand or field.

The monster you Summon doubles its original Attack Points, but it can’t attack directly, and it explodes to damage you for a number of Life Points equal to its ATK in the End Phase…unless you win the Duel first. It’s awesome with Super Vehicroid Jumbo Drill: Power Bond will boost it to a whopping 6000 ATK, and since Jumbo Drill deals piercing damage, attacking a monster with 2000 DEF or less will mean an instant Duel win.

Finally, Syrus’ Small Roid Big City Skill is entirely different; it’s got nothing to do with Fusion Summoning. Instead, you’ll flip it over and place it in your Field Spell Zone at the start of the Duel. Then, once per turn, you can target and destroy a card you control to search a “roid” monster from your Deck.

In addition, once per turn and when a “roid”  battles with another monster, Small Roid Big City lets you send a “roid”  from your Deck to the Graveyard to switch the original ATK of your battling monster in damage calculation. That can change Truckroid from 1000 ATK to 2000 ATK, helping you win battles so you can take your opponent’s cards with its effect. You can also load up your Graveyard for stuff like Expressroid or Mixeroid.


While Jaden has two new Skill Cards and Syrus has three, there are two more featured characters in the Midterm Paradox Mini Box: classmate Bastion Misawa gets two new Skill Cards representing his strategic genius, while the Paradox Brothers get three. And there are two final Skills to explore: one for Chumley Huffington, and another with Jaden & Syrus together on one card!

We’ll cover those Skills and the cards that work with them in two more articles. The Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox Mini Box arrives on October 6*, so stick with us and we’ll help you study up with more sneak peeks.

*Date subject to change

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Skill Card Text Update

September 1st, 2022

We are quickly approaching the release of Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox, the first small box expansion for Speed Duels! Along with Midterm Paradox, Speed Duel Tournament Pack 4 is set to be released towards the end of September.

Last November, we announced that 3 Skill cards would receive text updates. Today we’re announcing the next 6 Skill Cards that will receive card text updates. These Skills are clarified, simplified, or modified to work within the updated rules for Skill Cards introduced with the Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box.

Skill Card Text Update

The following Skill Cards’ text has been updated to the following text.
These changes are effective immediately as of today, September 1st, 2022.


Skill Card Text Update for Final Draw

Previous Text:
Activate this Skill during your Main Phase.
Once per turn, during your turn, you may place a counter on this Skill. If it has 3 or more counters when you would draw a card, you may search your Deck for any card and add it to your hand instead. At the end of the turn you use this Skill, you lose the Duel.

Updated Text:
Activate this Skill during your Main Phase, by placing 3 counters on this card. Once per turn, during your Main Phase, you can remove 1 counter from this card. Once, if this card has no counters, the next time you would draw a card(s), do the following instead.
●Add 1 card from your Deck to your hand, but at the start of the End Phase of this turn, you lose the Duel.


Skill Card Text Update for Nightmare Sonic Blast!

Previous Text:
You can activate this Skill while you control “Serpent Night Dragon”.
Once per turn, you can reveal the top 4 cards of your Deck, use 1 of the following Skills, depending on the number of monsters revealed.
1: Add one of the revealed cards to your hand.
2: Destroy 1 card your opponent controls.
3 or more: Apply both effects.
Then place the rest of the revealed cards on top of your Deck in any order.

Updated Text:
Activate this Skill while the only monster you control is “Serpent Night Dragon”.
Once per turn, you can reveal the top 4 cards of your Deck and do 1 of the following, based on the number of monsters revealed.
1: Add 1 of the revealed monsters to your hand.
2: Destroy 1 face-up card your opponent controls.
3+: Both of the above, in sequence.
Then place the rest of the revealed cards on the bottom of your Deck in any order.
You cannot Summon or Set monsters the turn you activate this Skill, except “Serpent Night Dragon”.


Skill Card Text Update for Spell Proof Armor

Previous Text:
Activate this Skill during your Main Phase. All Machine monsters you control are unaffected by your opponent’s Spell effects. You can Normal Summon Machine Normal Monsters with 1 less Tribute. If a non-Machine monster is in your GY, flip this Skill over. This Skill can only be used once per Duel.

Updated Text:
Activate this Skill during your Main Phase and apply the following:
●Machine Normal Monsters you control are unaffected by your opponent’s Spell Cards or effects.
●While you control no monsters, you can Normal Summon Machine Normal Monsters with 1 less Tribute.
If you have a non-Machine monster on your field or GY, flip this card over. This Skill can only be used once per Duel.


Skill Card Text Update for Fusion Party

Previous Text:
Activate this Skill during your Main Phase. You can Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand or field as Fusion Material. This Skill can only be used once per Duel.

Updated Text:
Once per Duel, during your Main Phase, you can discard 1 card, then Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand or field as material.


Skill Card Text Update for Union Combination

(The materials used are the ones listed on the card you’re Summoning, and they are banished.)

Previous Text:
Activate this Skill during your Main Phase. Once per turn, you can Fusion Summon 1 LIGHT Machine Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your GY or field as Fusion Material. For the rest of this turn, your opponent takes no damage.

Updated Text:
Once per turn, during your Main Phase, you can place 1 card from your hand on the bottom of your Deck, then Special Summon 1 LIGHT Machine Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, that cannot be Fusion Summoned, using monsters from your field or GY as material, ignoring its Summoning conditions. For the rest of this turn, your opponent takes no damage.


Skill Card Text Update for Ritual Ceremony

Previous Text:
Activate this Skill during your Main Phase. You can reveal 1 Ritual Monster from your hand, then add 1 Ritual Spell from your Deck to your hand whose name is listed on that Ritual Monster. This Skill can only be used once per Duel.

Updated Text:
Once per Duel, during your Main Phase, you can reveal 1 Ritual Monster from your hand, add 1 Ritual Spell from your Deck to your hand whose name is mentioned on that Ritual Monster, then place 1 card from your hand on the bottom of your Deck.


All 6 updated Skill Cards will be available in Speed Duel Tournament Pack 4 later this month. Remember to play your original copies of these Skill cards as if they have the updated text.

Skill Cards are what make Speed Duel so unique, and there may be other Skill Cards that will receive updated card text in the future to better clarify how they are used.

In the meantime, get ready for Speed Duel GX: Midterm Paradox and the return of Jaden and the arrival of Syrus Trusdale, Bastion Misawa, and the Paradox Brothers!

YCS Niagara Falls Speed Duel Public Events Limited List

August 17th, 2022

Get ready Speed Duelists, on September 10th-11th YCS Niagara Falls will implement an event-only Limited List for all Speed Duel Public Events held at YCS Niagara Falls! 

This Limited List is legal on the weekend of YCS Niagara and only at YCS Niagara. Duelists must comply with the list if they wish to participate in Speed Duel Public Events.  

Copies of the list will be available at the Public Events stage for Duelists to reference. 

The Speed Duel Limited List works like the Yu-Gi-Oh! DUEL LINKS Forbidden and Limited List.  

Limited 1: Only 1 of the following cards out of all the cards that are “Limited 1” can be used in your Deck & Side Deck. 

  • Jinzo 
  • Reinforcement of the Army 
  • Foolish Burial 
  • Zoma the Spirit 

Limited 2: Only 2 of the following cards out of all the cards that are “Limited 2” can be used in your Deck & Side Deck. 

  • Cocoon of Ultra Evolution (Weevil Underwood Skill Card) 
  • Parasite Paranoid 
  • Allure of Darkness 
  • Union Hanger 
  • Nightmare Wheel 

Limited 3: Only 3 of the following cards out of all the cards that are “Limited 3” can be used in your Deck & Side Deck. 

  • Breaker the Magical Warrior 
  • D. D. Warrior Lady 
  • Book of Moon 
  • Cosmic Cyclone 
  • Metaverse 

For Limited 1, you can only choose 1 of the listed cards to have in your Deck. If you choose 1 you cannot use any of the others. So, if you use Jinzo then you cannot use Zoma the Spirit, Reinforcement of the Army, or Foolish Burial

For Limited 2, you can choose up to 2 of the listed cards to use in your Deck. Whichever you choose, you will not be able to use any of the others. You can choose to have multiple copies of the same card if you like, but they will count towards the total limited number.  

  • Example: If you use 2 copies of Parasite Paranoid, you will not be able to use Cocoon of Ultra Evolution (Weevil Underwood Skill Card). You could however use 1 copy of Parasite Paranoid and 1 copy of Cocoon of Ultra Evolution, and if you do, you would then not be able to use Allure of Darkness, Nightmare Wheel, etc 

For Limited 3, you can choose up to 3 of the listed cards to use in your Deck. Whichever you choose, you will not be able to use any of the others. You can choose to have multiple copies of the same card if you like, but they will count towards the total limited number 

  • Example: If you run 3 copies of D.D. Warrior Lady you cannot run any other cards like Book of Moon, Breaker the Magical Warrior, or Cosmic Cyclone. You could, however, run 2 copies of D.D. Warrior Lady and 1 copy of Book of Moon but then you could not use Breaker the Magical Warrior, Cosmic Cyclone, etc.  

After the event, Official Tournament Stores will be able to use the list for Time Wizard Speed Duel tournaments. 

We’ll see you at YCS Niagara Falls!  

The Sunday Speed Duel ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! Winners

July 17th, 2022

In addition to the regular ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! tournament, competitive Speed Duel fans went head-to-head in a Speed Duel AOTGC!! tournament as well! This tournament awarded a Giant-Sized Money Mokey, plus Oversized versions of Elemental HERO Flame Wingman and Destiny HERO – Plasma! Here are your winners…

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Saturday’s Speed Duel ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! Winner!

July 17th, 2022

Here’s the winner of Saturday’s Speed Duel ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! Tournament!

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Speed Duel ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! Prizes!

July 16th, 2022

Here are the two GIANT Speed Duel cards left for Duelists to claim as prizes in the Speed Duel ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! Tournament this weekend!

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Sunday’s Speed Duel ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! Winners!

May 29th, 2022

We have our winners for Sunday’s Speed Duel ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! Tournament!

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New Speed Duel Tournament Prize Mat!

May 29th, 2022

There’s a new Speed Duel Game Mat available this weekend for Duelists who win the Speed Duel Constructed Public Event! Check it out!

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