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Starter Deck (2006)

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**YSD-EN003 was previously called "Luster Dragon".
                                                               YSD-EN040
Trap Card

Magic Cylinder
Normal Trap
Negate the attack of 1 of your opponent's monsters and inflict damage equal to the attacking monster's ATK to your opponent's Life Points.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
Put the hurt on your opponent's lifepoints when he or she attacks with his or her One-Turn Kill Monster and win the duel in one turn!
 
                                                               YSD-EN039
Trap Card

Cemetary Bomb
Normal Trap
Inflict 100 points of damage to your opponent's Life Points for each card in their Graveyard.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 1
This card certainly is not the bomb. In fact, it's not even worth playing!
 
                                                               YSD-EN038
Trap Card

Compulsory Evacuation Device
Normal Trap
Return 1 monster on the field to its owner's hand.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
Return that Cyber End Dragon that your opponent paid 5000 lifepoints for with Cyber Stein or another Monster with large summoning requirements!
 
                                                               YSD-EN037
Trap Card

Sakuretsu Armor
Normal Trap
You can only activate this card when your opponent declares an attack. Destroy the attacking monster.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 2
Use Mirror Force instead. Still has some use though.
 
                                                               YSD-EN036
Trap Card

Jar of Greed
Normal Trap
Draw 1 card from your Deck.
COMMON

                                              Rating: 3
Draw power is good but not if you don't get what you need. It will still give you an extra chance at it though.
 
                                                               YSD-EN035
Trap Card

Dust Tornado
Normal Trap
Destroy 1 Spell or Trap Card on your opponent's side of the field. You can then Set 1 Spell or Trap Card from your hand.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
While not quite as good as MST, it still isn't as bad as RfI.
 
                                                               YSD-EN034
Trap Card

Ready for Intercepting
Normal Trap
Flip 1 face-up Warrior or Spellcaster-Type monster on the field into face-down Defense Position.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 1
I'd say you're ready for ripping this card up or something else that involves destroying this, right? Thought so.
 
                                                               YSD-EN033
Trap Card

Castle Walls
Normal Trap
Increase the DEF of 1 face-up monster on the field by 500 points until the end of this turn.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 1
Give me a second to count the ways this is playable. That didn't take long as there aren't any so don't even think about using this.
 
                                                               YSD-EN032
Trap Card

Reinforcements
Normal Trap
Increase the ATK of 1 face-up monster on the field by 500 points until the end of this turn.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 1
Wow, this card is so unplayable! Just don't use it.
 
                                                               YSD-EN031
Spell Card

Brain Control
Normal Spell
Pay 800 Life Points. Select 1 face-up monster on your opponent's side of the field. Take control of the selected card until the End Phase of the turn this card is activated.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 2
The Change of Heart with a cost. Use this when absolutely necessary.
 
                                                               YSD-EN030
Spell Card

Monster Reincarnation
Normal Spell
Discard 1 card from your hand. Add 1 Monster Card from your Graveyard to your hand.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 1
Discarding a card isn't worth adding a Monster back to your hand as CotH lets you revive the Monster to your field so use that instead except for Jaden decks.
 
                                                               YSD-EN029
Spell Card

Dark Factory of Mass Production
Normal Spell
Select 2 Normal Monsters from your Graveyard and add them to your hand.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
Bring those E-Heroes back to your hand so you can play Flame Wingman or Thunder Giant!
 
                                                               YSD-EN028
Spell Card

The Warrior Returning Alive
Normal Spell
Select 1 Warrior-Type monster from your Graveyard and add it to your hand.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
A good way to revive those decent Warrior Monsters like Marauding Captain and Gearfried!
 
                                                               YSD-EN027
Spell Card

Heavy Storm
Normal Spell
Destroy all Spell and Trap Cards on the field.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
An overall good card!
 
                                                               YSD-EN026
Spell Card

Tribute to the Doomed
Normal Spell
Discard 1 card from your hand. Select 1 monster on the field and destroy it.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
While you have to discard a card, that isn't much of a cost if you get to destroy your opponent's best Monster. A decent card overall.
 
                                                               YSD-EN025
Spell Card

Fissure
Normal Spell
Destroy 1 face-up monster with the lowest ATK on your opponent's side of the field. (If it's a tie, you get to choose.)
COMMON

                                             Rating: 2
This card can be good but don't count on it as most of the time, it won't help you.
 
                                                               YSD-EN024
Spell Card

Red Medicine
Normal Spell
Increase your Life Points by 500 points.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 1
It's no wonder this deck is for beginners as no experienced duelist would use this atrocious card.
 
                                                               YSD-EN023
Spell Card

Premature Burial
Normal Spell
Pay 800 Life Points. Select 1 monster from your Graveyard, Special Summon it on the field in face-up Attack Position, and equip it with this card. When this card is destroyed, destroy the equipped monster.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
800 points isn't much to pay when it comes to resurrecting your best Monsters!
 
                                                               YSD-EN022
Spell Card

Gaia Power
Field Spell
Increase the ATK of all EARTH monsters by 500 points and decrease their DEF by 400 points.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
The Mystic Plasma Zone for EARTH Monsters. A GAF has 2800 ATK, WDG has 2200 ATK. Not too bad a card overall.
 
                                                               YSD-EN021
Spell Card

Black Pendant
Equip Spell
Increase the ATK of a monster equipped with this card by 500 points. When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard, inflict 500 points of damage to your opponent's Life Points.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 2
500 ATK boost isn't all that great and neither is the 500 point damage but use it in 3's it might be okay.
 
                                                               YSD-EN020
Spell Card

Ookazi
Normal Spell
Inflict 800 points of damage to your opponent's Life Points.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 1
Cards this bad just don't fly, except in a strong wind so throw this card away.
 
                                                               YSD-EN019
Effect Monster

Elemental Hero Bladedge
EARTH / Warrior / Level 7 / ATK 2600 / DEF 1800
During battle between this attacking card and a Defense Position monster whose DEF is lower than the ATK of this card, inflict the difference as Battle Damage to your opponent's Life Points.
ULTRA RARE

                                             Rating: 1
I have one place for a card this bad: Jaden's deck so put it there only.
 
                                                               YSD-EN018
Effect Monster

Mirage Dragon
LIGHT / Dragon / Level 4 / ATK 1600 / DEF 600
While this card is face-up on your side of the field, your opponent cannot activate Trap Cards during the Battle Phase.
COMMON

                                              Rating: 2
Dragon decks are the only place this should see play if any.
 
                                                               YSD-EN017
Effect Monster

The Trojan Horse
EARTH / Beast / Level 4 / ATK 1600 / DEF 1200
If you Tribute Summon an EARTH monster, you can treat this 1 monster as 2 Tribute Monsters for the Tribute Summon.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 1
Only good for playing Ancient Gear Golem and nothing else.
 
                                                               YSD-EN016
Effect Monster

Spirit Caller
LIGHT / Spellcaster / Level 3 / ATK 1000 / DEF 1000
FLIP: You can Special Summon 1 Level 3 or lower Normal Monster from your Graveyard to your side of the field.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 1
Horrible stats and a horrid effect make Monsters like this one unplayable so don't use this.
 
                                                               YSD-EN015
Effect Monster

Spear Dragon
WIND / Dragon / Level 4 / ATK 1900 / DEF 0
During battle between this attacking card and a Defense Position monster whose DEF is lower than the ATK of this card, inflict the difference as Battle Damage to your opponent's Life Points. If this card attacks, it is changed to Defense Position at the end of the Damage Step.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
Why only a 3? Well it has 0 DEF and is changed to Defense Position after attacking. Keep FAO out and he can do well though.
 
                                                               YSD-EN014
Effect Monster

Princess of Tsurugi
WIND / Warrior / Level 3 / ATK 900 / DEF 700
FLIP: Inflict 500 points of damage to your opponent's Life Points for each Spell and Trap Card on your opponent's side of the field.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
Combine this with Just Desserts and that's potentially 5000 damage in one blow! Still, she's prone to Monster Removal.
 
                                                               YSD-EN013
Effect Monster

Kuriboh (original artwork)
DARK / Fiend / Level 1 / ATK 300 / DEF 200
Discard this card from your hand. Make the Battle Damage inflicted to your Life Points by 1 of your opponent's monsters 0. You can only use this effect during your opponent's Battle Phase.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
Discard him and you take no damage! A nice card but the fact is, you can only use the effect during your opponent's Battle Phase.
 
                                                               YSD-EN012
Effect Monster

Magician of Faith
LIGHT / Spellcaster / Level 1 / ATK 300 / DEF 400
FLIP: Select 1 Spell Card from your Graveyard. Add the selected card to your hand.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
Retrieve Lightning Vortex, Hammer Shot or any other staple cards!
 
                                                               YSD-EN011
Effect Monster

Skelengel
LIGHT / Fairy / Level 2 / ATK 900 / DEF 400
FLIP: Draw 1 card from your Deck.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 2
An okay card for Exodia decks or just to have a better chance at getting what you need but overall not that great.
 
                                                               YSD-EN010
Normal Monster

Elemental Hero Sparkman (original artwork)
LIGHT / Warrior / Level 4 / ATK 1600 / DEF 1400
An Elemental Hero and a warrior of light who proficiently wields many kinds of armaments. His Shining Surge Flash cuts off the path of villainy.
COMMON
 

                                              Rating: 2
1600 ATK doesn't survive unless it has support so Jaden decks are the only place for this card.
 
                                                               YSD-EN009
Normal Monster

Elemental Hero Clayman (original artwork)
EARTH / Warrior / Level 4 / ATK 800 / DEF 2000
An Elemental Hero with a clay body built-to-last. He will preserve his Elemental Hero colleagues at any cost.
COMMON
 

                                             Rating: 2
His 2000 DEF and requirement for a decent Fusion Monster are the only reasons why this card gets 2/5.
 
                                                               YSD-EN008
Normal Monster

Elemental Hero Burstinatrix (original artwork
FIRE / Warrior / Level 3 / ATK 1200 / DEF 800
A flame manipulator who is the only woman among the Elemental Heroes. Her Burstfire burns away villainy.
COMMON
 

                                             Rating: 2
See my comments on (YSD-EN007) Elemental Hero Avian for my comments on this.
 
                                                               YSD-EN007
Normal Monster

Elemental Hero Avian (original artwork)
WIND / Warrior / Level 3 / ATK 1000 / DEF 1000
A winged Elemental Hero who wheels through the sky and manipulates the wind. His signature move, Featherbreak, gives villainy a blow from sky-high.
COMMON
 

                                             Rating: 2
Not much of a hero with those stats but he's useful for getting Flame Wingman out.
 
                                                               YSD-EN006
Normal Monster

Warrior of Zera
EARTH / Warrior / Level 4 / ATK 1600 / DEF 1600
A wandering warrior who seeks the sanctuary where he can gain the power of the Archlords. To escape the temptation of evil fiends, he fights solo day by day.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 1
Use a more decent Monster like Dark Blade or Luster Dragon instead.
 
                                                               YSD-EN005
Normal Monster

Luster Dragon
WIND / Dragon / Level 4 / ATK 1900 / DEF 1600
A very beautiful dragon covered with sapphire. It does not like fights, but has incredibly high attack power.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 4
1900 makes for a decent Monster and this one sure is!
 
                                                               YSD-EN004
Normal Monster

Dark Blade
DARK / Warrior / Level 4 / ATK 1800 / DEF 1500
They say he is a dragon manipulating warrior from the dark world. His attack is tremendous, using his great swords with vicious power.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
A good way to start a duel! Keep 1900 + ATK Monsters in mind though.
 
                                                               YSD-EN003
Normal Monster

Luster Dragon #2
WIND / Dragon / Level 6 / ATK 2400 / DEF 1400
This dragon feeds on emerald. Enchanted by this monster even when attacked, few people live to tell of its beauty.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 3
Definitely one of the better Monsters in this set so far! If it had an effect, this card's rating might have been higher.
 
                                                               YSD-EN002
Normal Monster

Warrior Dai Grepher
EARTH / Warrior / Level 4 / ATK 1700 / DEF 1600
The warrior who can manipulate dragons. Nobody knows his mysterious past.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 1
Don't use this unless it's for a Warrior or EARTH deck.
 
                                                               YSD-EN001
Normal Monster

Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts
EARTH / Beast / Level 4 / ATK 1500 / DEF 1200
This monster moves so fast that it looks like an illusion to mortal eyes.
COMMON

                                             Rating: 1
Use this in Atem's deck if you must use this card.