Game mechanics

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Game mechanics are the internal workings of the game's rules.

Destroyed by game mechanics[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh!, a number of specific interactions causes cards to be destroyed by a specific game rule, rather than by battle or by card effect.

Field Spell (pre-2014)[edit]

Prior to 2014, there could only be 1 face-up Field Spell on the field, between both players. If there was a face-up Field Spell in either player's Field Zone, while either player could play a new Field Spell, if they did any other face-up Field Spell in a Field Zone would be destroyed by game mechanics. Additionally, if a player had a Set card in their Field Zone and played a new Field Spell, the Set card would be destroyed by game mechanics. Because the card is destroyed by game mechanics, it is impossible to prevent, even with effects such as that of "Magical Citadel of Endymion".

Equip Cards[edit]

Equip Cards continuously target the equipped monster. If that monster is no longer face-up on the field, the Equip Card is destroyed by game mechanics. Likewise, if the equipped monster is no longer an appropriate target for the Equip Card (e.g. if a monster equipped with Dragon Treasure is no longer Dragon-Type), the Equip Card is destroyed by game mechanics.

Infinite loops[edit]

There are cards that, when combined together, create loops that can (and just might) never end. If an infinite loop with no net change is occurring, the card ruled to be the cause of the infinite loop is destroyed by game mechanics.