Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V - Scale 012
|Japanese magazine||V Jump 2016 #9|
|English magazine||Weekly Shonen Jump|
|Volume||2: "Turbo Duel!"|
|Japanese||July 21, 2016|
|English||July 25, 2016|
|Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V chapters|
|Next||"The Adam Factor!"|
"High-Speed Strategy!" (高速の駆け引き！ Kōsoku no Kakehiki!) is the twelfth chapter of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga.
Yugo keeps struggling against Ren inside Yuya's mind. Ren keeps cornering Yugo with his "Reincarnation Synchro" and his outstanding riding skills. However, things seem to be about to change as they reach the depths of Yuya's heart.
Yugo has entered Yuya Sakaki's mindscape to intercept an intruder trying to invade Yuya's memories. The intruder, Ren, challenges Yugo to a Turbo Duel on their Duel Runners, which Yugo accepts. Yugo takes an early lead ahead of Ren, who knows much more about Yugo than he lets on. However, Ren's style of Dueling distract Yugo, and Ren uses the oppurtunity to pull ahead of Yugo. This stings Yugo's pride, and he makes a mad dash to reclaim the front position. However, Yugo's pride blinds him to all danger, and he tries to turn a corner too harshly to take the lead, causing him to fly off the cliff the two Duelists are racing on.
In the real world, Yuya, who is recovering from injuries sustained in his last Duel, is murmuring Yugo's name in his sleep, subconsciously distressed about his predicament. Yuto and Yuri, also watching over Yuya, wonder if something has happened to Yugo. Back at the Duel, Ren continues riding as Yugo falls. Suddenly, a loud rumbling noise starts from the ground far below the cliffs, and the ground rises up. A new road has appeared, parallel with the cliff road Ren is on and ending with a sudden ramp. Something flies from the end of that ramp, landing on the road behind Ren. Yugo rejoins the Duel, now seated on his Duel Runner again.
Ren wonders if perhaps Yuya's consciousness created that road in order to protect Yugo, while Yugo silently thanks Yuya for the help. Yuto and Yuri, having entered Yuya's mind to check on Yugo, observe the Duel from a high vantage point, wondering if Yugo might be in over his head. The fall has calmed Yugo down enough to be more objective about his situation. He admits to himself that his opponent is a very skilled rider, and handles the current course better than Yugo can. Yugo decides to stop trying to take back the lead and focus on breaking through Ren's defense. After all, he still has Clearwing Fast Dragon, who currently has 3000 ATK, versus Ren's White Aura Dolphin, with 0.
Yugo attacks and destroys White Aura Dolphin, and Ren's LP fall to 1000. Ren commends Yugo's efforts, but activates White Aura Dolphin's effect. Since it was destroyed by battle, he banishes White Moray monster from his Graveyard to Summon White Aura Dolphin back to his field, and in addition treat it as a Tuner monster. Yugo Sets a card and ends his turn. Follow Wing's effect ends, and Clearwing's ATK returns to 2500.
Ren begins his turn, and the next Action Card appears on the track ahead. Ren has the lead, and has no problem claiming it. He activates White Aura Dolphin's effect to halve Clearwing's ATK, but Yugo was expecting that, and uses Clearwing's effect to negate Dolphin's effects, and reduce its ATK to 0. However, this is what Ren in turn was waiting for. He activates the Continuous Spell White Salvation, allowing him to add a White monster from his Graveyard to his hand every turn. He chooses White Moray, which he then Normal Summons. He tunes the Level 2 White Moray to the Level 6 Tuner White Aura Dolphin to Synchro Summon White Aura Whale, with 2800 ATK.
Ren explains that when Summoned, White Aura Whale's effect can destroy all of Yugo's monster, and when destroyed, Ren can banish a White monster from his Graveyard to Special Summon it as a Tuner, just like White Aura Dolphin. This is the power of Ren's Synchro Summon - the Reincarnation Synchro. Ren activates his monster's effect to destroy Clearwing Fast Dragon. Yugo uses the Action Card Protective Wind to prevent his monster's destruction by a monster effect. Ren responds with his own Action Card Against the Wind, forcing Clearwing into Defense Position and reducing its DEF by 1000, to 1000.
Ren attacks Clearwing with White Aura Whale. He explains that his monster inflicts piercing damage in battle, and if it destroys a monster, it can attack again. Clearwing is destroyed, and Yugo's LP fall from 2700 to 900. With the threat of another attack coming, Yugo starts to lose hope at being able to beat Ren. Suddenly, a memory stirs in Yugo, from his own childhood. When he was just starting to race, even as a child, Yuya had been there to cheer him on every time. Yuya was always there for him, and Yugo will be there for him now.
Ren declares his second attack with White Aura Whale, but Yugo activates his Set Synchro Panic. Since his Synchro Monster was destroyed, he can Special Summon the materials used for its Synchro Summon from his Graveyard in Attack Position. They can't be destroyed by battle this turn, and neither player will be allowed to Synchro Summon for the next three turns, locking Ren out of his Reincarnation Synchro. Ren points out that that locks Yugo out of his best monsters as well, but Yugo accepts that price if it prevents him from losing. Yugo Summons Speedroid Passing Rider and Speedroid Domino Butterfly.
Ren still has his second attack, however, and if he attacks Domino Butterfly who only has 100 ATK, Yugo will still lose anyway. Yugo explains he can't, as Passing Rider prevents Ren from attacking any of his other monsters while he controls it. Ren attacks Passing Rider, with 2200 ATK, who isn't destroyed, and Yugo's LP fall to 300. Ren thinks to himself that even if Synchro Panic has stopped his Synchro Summon, he can still use his White Salvation to retrieve one of his White Moray next turn. With 600 ATK and the ability to attack directly after its been Normal Summoned, Ren will certainly win next turn. But perhaps Yugo is expecting that as well, and has a trick up his sleeve. To be safe, Ren activates his Set Synchro Zone, preventing all non-Synchro Monsters from declaring an attack. Ren Sets a card and ends his turn.
Yugo considers his situation. He can't Synchro Summon but also can't attack without one, and his LP are nearly depleted. If he can't get the next Action Card, he'll lose for sure, and so he has to pull ahead of Ren now. He notes that Ren hasn't tried to extend his lead for some time. Watching Ren's hands and how he steers on the road, Yugo thinks he sees a flaw in Ren's driving, and the way to victory. Yugo starts speeding up to overtake him.
Ren is impressed that Yugo noticed, and thinks to himself how he would have liked to Duel him on a grand stage. It's true, Ren has a bad memory of crashing on a right turn, so he instinctively leaves an opening on his right to prevent it from happening again. Sure enough, as the riders start to take a right curve in the road, Yugo pulls up to Ren's right to take the inside turn. But Ren dismissively remarks that he can block a rookie move like this, and moves to block Yugo. However, seemingly from nowhere, a large fog bank blows onto the road, blocking Ren's vision. Yugo calls out in the fog that they're entering into the depths of Yuya's heart and mind now. Yugo knows everything about this course, having ridden through it hundreds of times. The riders continue into the fog, with Yugo using the fog cover to finally take the lead again.
Featured Duel: Yugo vs. Ren
Duel continues from the previous Scale.
Turn 3: Yugo
Yugo manages to get back into the lane with Yuya's help, allowing him to continue his turn. He attacks and destroys "White Aura Dolphin" with "Clearwing Fast Dragon" (Ren 4000 → 1000). Since "Dolphin" was destroyed and sent to the Graveyard, Ren activates its effect, banishing one "White Moray" from his Graveyard to Special Summon "Dolphin" back as a Tuner monster. Yugo Sets a card. During the End Phase, the effect of "Follow Wing" wears off, returning the ATK of "Clearwing" to normal ("Clearwing": ATK 3000 → 2500).
Turn 4: Ren
Ren obtains an Action Card. He activates the effect of "White Aura Dolphin", attempting to halve the ATK of "Clearwing", but Yugo chains the effect of "Clearwing", negating the effect of "Dolphin" and reducing its ATK to zero ("Dolphin": ATK 2400 → 0). Ren activates the Continuous Spell Card "White Salvation", allowing him to add one "White Moray" from his Graveyard to his hand, which he subsequently Normal Summons. Ren tunes his Level 2 "Moray" with his Level 6 "Dolphin" to Synchro Summon "White Aura Whale" (2800/???). As it was Special Summoned the effect of "Whale" activates, destroying all monsters Yugo controls, but Yugo activates the Action Card "Protective Wind", negating the effect. Ren activates the Action Card "Against the Wind", switching "Clearwing" to Defense Position and reducing its DEF by 1000 ("Clearwing": DEF 2000 → 1000). Ren attacks and destroys "Clearwing" with "Whale", with the latter's effect inflicting piercing battle damage (Yugo 2700 → 900). Upon the destruction of "Clearwing", Yugo activates his face-down "Synchro Panic", allowing him to Special Summon its Synchro Materials, "Speedroid Domino Butterfly" (100/300) and "Speedroid Passing Rider" (2200/2000) from his Graveyard in Attack Position. Since "Whale" destroyed a monster in battle, its effect allows it to attack once again. Ren attacks "Domino Butterfly", but the effect of "Passing Rider" forces Ren to attack it instead. The effect of "Synchro Panic" prevents the destruction of "Passing Rider". (Yugo 900 → 300). Ren activates his face-down "Synchro Zone". As long as it is face-up, the attacks of any non-Synchro Monster will be negated. Ren Sets a card.
Duel continues in the next Scale.
The following cards appeared in this chapter. Cards in italics debuted here.