by Joel Jacobson
What’s all in a YuGiOh deck?
If you were thinking about playing YuGiOh, you need to know a little about what comprises the most important part of the game – the YuGiOh deck.
There are four different YuGiOh deck to start with. You can choose either the Yugi deck, the Kaiba deck, the Joey deck, or the Pegasus deck. These decks contain 50 game cards which include; monster cards, spell cards, trap cards, and 3 foil cards.
Each YuGiOh deck contains monster cards. The monster card is the basic card to attack your opponent. A monster card is categorized by its Type and Attribute. These affect each monster’s ability to attack and defend. Monster strength is indicated by its Level, which is the number of stars in the upper right had corner of the card. The monster card is color coded yellow.
Another YuGiOh deck is the fusion monster card deck. A spell card called “Polymerization” is used to fuse, meaning using 2 or more monster cards, together to create a new monster represented by a Fusion Monster Card. A fusion deck is a group of Fusion Monster Cards that has resulted from a successful Fusion. The fusion monster cards will list the monsters necessary to create the fusion-material monster and is indicated as fusion next to its Type. The Fusion Monster Card is color coded violet.
There’s a lot of strategy involved with the YuGiOh deck. It’s all a matter of collecting more monster cards with more power, and better magic cards to cast better spells. This is all strategy in how well you do against your opponent. It’s not just a matter of laying down some cards; you have to put a lot of thought into it, otherwise you will get beat right away by your opponent.
Trap cards are another part of the YuGiOh deck. You can set these on the field of play after your opponents turn and activate at any time. There are normal trap cards, continuous trap cards, and counter trap cards. A normal trap card has no icon, and once it’s activated this type of card is destroyed. A continuous trap card remains on the field once they are activated and their effect is continuous until it’s destroyed or removed. A counter trap card is activated to neutralize the effects of Spell or Trap Cards. Once activated, they are destroyed as well.
These are just some of the basic cards that make up the YuGiOh deck. There’s a bit of work to be done trying to understand all the principles of the game, and what each card does. But once you do, the game will provide lots of action and mystery which is why it has become so popular.
Joel Jacobson is a freelance writer, web designer, and product design engineer. He's an avid fisherman who loves to northern and musky fish. He and his wife recently adopted two infant girls from Russia, and that keeps them quite busy.