Match winner

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Match winner
"Victory Dragon", the first Match winner.
"Victory Dragon", the first Match winner.

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The Match winners are a series of monsters that allow the player to win the entire Match instead of just the Duel.

With the exception of Pendulum Monsters without a Monster Effect, Match winners have a condition that causes its controller to win the Match if it decreases the opponent's Life Points to 0 with a direct attack (sometimes with additional requirements, such as having an Xyz Material of a certain Type or having an Extra Linked Link Monster). For Match winners that are Pendulum Monsters, their Pendulum Effect includes an Ignition Effect that allows them to banish 3 monsters of the same Type as it controlled by the player, then target a Pendulum Monster, which then causes its controller to win the Match if it decreases the opponent's Life Points to 0 with a direct attack that turn.

All Match winners have a high Level/Rank, ATK (with the exception of "Leonardo's Silver Skyship"), and DEF (except the Link Monsters), and require the use of 3 monsters to be Summoned (with the exception of Normal Pendulum Monsters), some or all of which must be of a specific Type. For example, the Main Deck Match winners all cannot be Special Summoned (except the Pendulum Monsters), and require 3 Tributes of the same Type as themselves in order to be Tribute Summoned (except Pendulum Monsters without a Monster Effect). All Link Monsters require 3+ Effect Monsters of the corresponding type, and their Link Rating is 4 or higher with optimal Link Arrows with no restrictions.


Starting in 2013, all Match winners are designed based on the country or city which hosted that year's World Championship.


The first Match winner, "Victory Dragon", was given away as a promotional card with "Shonen Jump Magazine". It was quickly made Forbidden due to its ability to interfere with something outside of the current Duel, leading to many ruling hassles and declarations of unsportsmanlike conduct regarding players who would surrender right before "Victory Dragon" attacked, therefore losing only the Duel instead of the Match.

All Match winners since the release of "Victory Dragon" have only been available as top prize cards or attendance cards at each year's World Championship, making them almost impossible to obtain with prices easily amounting in the thousands of dollars or more per card. All of them, barring "Victory Dragon", have the Limitation Text: "This card cannot be used in a Duel" present on the lower left corner of the card, making them illegal in official tournaments.

Two new Match winners debut at each World Championship, with a single Ultra Rare copy of one card being given to the champion and three Ultra Rare copies of the other being given to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers. A Super Rare reprint of the previous year's top Match winner is also given out to all attendees. This reprint always has the word "REPLICA" printed on it, and is generally less expensive than the original version, although the price is still astronomically high compared to most other cards.

Starting from 2013, the previous year's Match winners have received reprints in the current year's OCG-exclusive Extra Pack as Extra Secret Rare cards; the first to be released were the 2012 Match winners, "Legendary Dragon of White" and "Legendary Magician of Dark", in the 2013 set Extra Pack: Sword of Knights.

The Match winners "Legendary Dragon of White" and "Legendary Magician of Dark" were reprinted in World Superstars, marking the first time Match winners were printed in the TCG in a language other than English.


Year Members Monster type
2003 Victory Dragon Effect Monsters
2004 Ulevo Meteo the Matchless
2005 King of Destruction - Xexex Queen of Fate - Eternia
2006 Testament of the Arcane Lords Armament of the Lethal Lords
2007 Chimaera, the Master of Beasts Emperor of Lightning
2008 Tyr, the Vanquishing Warlord Lorelei, the Symphonic Arsenal
2009 Aggiba, the Malevolent Sh'nn S'yo Skuna, the Leonine Rakan
2010 Stardust Divinity Grizzly, the Red Star Beast Synchro Monsters
2011 King Landia the Goldfang Queen Nereia the Silvercrown Xyz Monsters
2012 Legendary Dragon of White Legendary Magician of Dark
2013 Grandopolis, The Eternal Golden City E☆HERO Pit Boss
2014 The Twin Kings, Founders of the Empire Leonardo's Silver Skyship Pendulum Monsters
2015 Kuzunoha, the Onmyojin Sakyo, Swordmaster of the Far East
2016 Juno, the Celestial Goddess Shelga, the Tri-Warlord
2017 Sanctity of Dragon Iron Knight of Revolution Link Monsters
2018 Noritoshi in Darkest Rainment Amatsu-Okami of the Divine Peaks
2019 Kaiser Eagle, the Heavens' Mandate Skyfaring Castle of the Black Forest