With the immense success of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links mobile game, it was just a matter of time before it is brought out into the real world. Introducing the Speed Duel Starter Decks where all of the mechanics from the mobile game can be found in these introductory TCG decks. These include different skills that can be used during the duels, giving the metagame a fresh new twist! The Duelists of Tomorrow deck contains three different decks in total, each including 20 cards (or 23 in the Joey deck, which has three extra deck monsters), three Skill cards, and three Ultra Rare variant cards.
The Speed Duel Starter Decks come in two three-deck sets. In contrast to Destiny Masters, the Duelists of Tomorrow features characters who depend on their raw dueling skills instead of Millennium Items to win their duels. Not only does it include everyone’s favorite underdog Joey Wheeler, but there are also decks for Mai Valentine and Seto Kaiba, all fully themed in the playstyle of each character. This means that you get to duel with Warrior-type monsters with Joey, Harpies with Mai, and a beatdown strategy with Kaiba.
The most interesting part in this latest YGO TCG set is the introdcution of Skills. Skills are special abilities that can be activated during the duel to give your deck or strategy an extra boost. However, you can only use one Skill card per duel that can only be activated once you've met the activation requirements and their effects do not use the Chain and cannot be responded to. Take Joey’s Pal-O’Mine-zation! Skill for example. This once-per-duel Skill allows you to substitute a normal monster in your hand for any Fusion material for a Fusion Summon, making it easier to summon your ace: the Fusion Monster Thousand Dragon! There are other several Skill cards to boost the strategies of each deck. Also don't forget the amazing boss monsters in this expansion, such as Red-Eyes B. Dragon and Blue-Eyes White Dragon.
One of the most notable things about Speed Dueling is that the game follows the same setup as Duel Links. You get three Main Monster Zones and three Spell or Trap Zones instead of five. Each duelist begins with 4000 LP instead of the regular 8000. Lastly, you can only have a 20- (max. 30-) card main deck. Furthermore, each Speed Duel card has a special watermark and only cards with it can be used in Speed Duels. However, you can use all Speed Duel cards (minus the Skill cards) in your regular TCG decks. Konami has also announced organized play and Speed Duel booster packs for 2019, so prepare to see a lot more of these products in the not so distant future.a
Curious how you can up your game with these decks? Speed Duel Starter Decks: Duelists of Tomorrow releases on 24 January 2019 with an MSRP of $ 9.99 (approx. 8,81 €).