Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Structures - Chapter 007
|Series||Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Structures|
|Japanese magazine||V Jump 2020 #2|
|Japanese||December 21, 2019|
|Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Structures chapters|
|Previous||"Immortal Phoenix VS Thunder Dragon"|
|Next||"Immortal Phoenix VS Herald"|
It's been one week since the National Qualifiers Duel, and Saiko Tendo is taking his crushing defeat in the final round in stride. At the Satellite Shop, Tendo chuckles to himself as he shows off a silver medal around his neck, causing no small amount of grief to his friend Jukyu Goriki as he does it. Finally, Jukyu snaps at him in annoyance, asking what the big deal with the medal is. Tendo proudly (and mockingly) explains that the medal is the prize he got for finishing in second place during the Qualifiers. Jukyu points out that he and Kuroda would know that already, being that they were there and all.
Still proudly displaying his medal (and not really listening to Jukyu), Tendo asks how the two of them did in last year's Qualifiers. Kuroda calmly says that he came in second place as well, while Jukyu embarrassingly says he finished in the Top 8. Tendo laughs and declares that this is the definitive proof that Strong Jukyu is in fact the weakest of the Four Duel Kings, to which Kuroda agrees wholeheartedly. Jukyu is annoyed by this, and points out that Tsukiko has never even participated in the Qualifiers before, and since she hasn't, they have no proof of anything. Kuroda and Tendo immediately round on Jukyu, Kuroda to say without a doubt that his sister is definitely stronger than him, and Tendo to exclaim that she's certainly much scarier than him. At that moment, Tendo's alarm beeps, and he realizes that it's time for him to go study for a school exam.
Jukyu wonders where Tendo gets the nerve, only coming to the Satellite Shop to brag about his medal to them, while they were there when he was bawling his eyes out after he lost. A voice calls out from behind him that Tendo doesn't mean bad by his actions. The two turn and see Mr. Gob, the manager of the Satellite Shop. He explains that he could see it in Tendo's eyes that he had been crying recently. Spending the better part of a year practicing for the World Championship youth division, only to lose his chance at the last moment as he did, would be a very emotionally upsetting event for him, especially now that he's too old to enter the youth division now, and so will never get the chance again. The feeling must be eating him up inside, and he certainly wouldn't be the only one to know it among their group. Strong and Kuroda look away abashedly.
Mr. Gob suddenly remarks that he hasn't seen Shoma today at all, which is odd considering he's usually at the Shop every weekend. Strong and Kuroda finally notice his absence as well, and wonder where he could be. At that moment, Kuroda raises a hand to his head, as an earpiece he has been wearing starts making noise. On the other end, he hears his sister Tsukiko's voice, thanking someone for coming along with her. Mr. Gob asks if something's the matter with Yami, but Kuroda tells him to be silent or else he will "paint his chromedome as black as the abyss". Mr. Gob is stunned at being called a chromedome, and Kuroda listens intently to figure out who Tsukiko is talking to.
Tsukiko continues talking, telling none other than Shoma that they've been stopped from Dueling twice now, and now that they're finally somewhere secluded, they can play uninterrupted. Just the two of them. Nobody else. Alone. Kuroda, naturally, responds to this like the reasonable and responsible older brother he is, by pulling out his phone and opening a map with Tsukiko's exact location in Tokyo pinpointed. He immediately runs off, vowing to make Shoma pay for going behind his back, praying for Tsukiko to hold on until he arrives. Jukyu hurries after him in confusion, and Mr. Gob sighs as he watches them go. The Four Duel Kings, always thick as thieves.
Far away from any nosy family members, in an empty parking lot, a Duel truly is beginning, between Shoma Yusa and the fourth Duel King - "Light" Tsukiko Kuroda. Shoma takes the first turn, utilizing his "Immortal Phoenix" Deck that he used against Tendo just last week. As he begins a similar first turn, Tsukiko looks through the cards in her hand, wondering how she'll counter his troublesome cards. Seeing her look through her cards, and remembering Tendo's "Maxx "C"" that contributed heavily to his last defeat, Shoma nervously asks if she's planning on activating an effect. As if reading his mind, Tsukiko smiles and reminds him that she despises cockroaches. Shoma continues, but soon shows off new cards and strategies that he didn't use during the Duel with Tendo, such as "Infernoble Knight - Renaud" and "Living Fossil", and even sending his ace "Immortal Phoenix Gearfried" to the Graveyard instead of Summoning it, and she realizes that he's rebuilt this Deck from the ground up. Finally, to end his turn, Shoma Link Summons "Linkuriboh", a useful card, if a bit out of place in a FIRE Warrior Deck like his.
However, just as Tsukiko is about to begin her turn, Kuroda arrives on the scene, Jukyu in tow. He hurriedly asks if Tsukiko's alright, but Tsukiko is more confused as to how he knew she'd be here. Kuroda earnestly explains that they are Darkness and Light, two sides of a coin, and that he knows everything about her. Even as he says it, he starts sweating, and Tsukiko immediately sees through his lies. Dropping her Potan bag, she wonders if he would actually dare to do it, and her suspicions are confirmed when she opens it to see a GPS tracker and microphone, in clear view. She'd been bugged. A dark aura begins to surround her, and she crushes the bug with only a harsh utterance of, "Disgusting".
She rounds on Kuroda and tells him that she and Shoma are in the middle of a date, and to not mess with their date. Kuroda tries to explain that as the older brother, it is his duty to protect his sister's purity, but Tsukiko shuts him down by pointing out that he put a GPS on his little sister. Which would make him disgusting. Kuroda tries to stammer something out, but finally balks under Tsukiko's menacing aura - a darkness more complete than anything he pretends to serve. Meanwhile, Shoma is wondering if this Duel is really supposed to be a date. With her brother finally brought back in line, Tsukiko twirls back to Shoma, the dark aura dissipated immediately, and chipperly asks if their Duel Date can continue now. Shoma agrees, a bit more nervous than before, for more than one reason. Kuroda is left to wonder how his noble intentions could be so misinterpreted, while Jukyu can only laugh at his friend's self-inflicted pain.
Tsukiko begins her turn, and begins to set up her Fairy monsters for a Ritual Summon, gathering the right cards for Summoning "Herald of Perfection". Shoma is quite familiar with the "Herald" cards, who focus on the negation of any and all activated cards and effects. Moving fast, he activates his Set "Gemini Ablation" and uses its effect to bring out "Evocator Eveque", and through it, reviving the "Immortal Phoenix Gearfried" he sent to the Graveyard, all before Tsukiko has a chance to negate his cards. Even though he managed to bring out his ace monster, Tsukiko remains undaunted and forges onward. In the end, she Summons not one, but two copies of "Herald of Perfection". In addition, she has also Summoned a "Linkuriboh" of her own, still slightly out of place in a LIGHT Fairy Deck, but no less useful a card.
Shoma studies the scene with worry. He knows that at least three of the four cards left in her hand are Fairy monsters, meaning she has enough ammunition to use the effect of "Herald of Perfection" to negate three of his card activations, which will certainly hinder his ways of counterattacking. Kuroda, relegated to the sidelines, also studies the scene in front of him with horror - both Shoma and his sister now control their own matching copy of "Linkuriboh". His life flashes before his eyes as he sees a vision of the two of them walking through town, wearing matching "Linkuriboh" t-shirts like a couple. He collapses to his knees, wondering what this "Duel Date" really means, and Jukyu laughs at his wild leaps of logic.
Tsukiko declares that now is the end of her Main Phase. She apologizes to Shoma for all the delays thus far, and wonders if, despite that, Shoma is enjoying their "date". Suddenly, her aura grows darker again, but filled with much more intense energy, as she moves into her Battle Phase.
Featured Duel: Shoma Yusa vs Light Tsukiko
Turn 1: Shoma Yusa
Since he controls no monsters, Shoma Special Summons "Super Quantum Red Layer" (L5|2000/800) from his hand in Attack Position. He then Normal Summons "Infernoble Knight - Roland" (L1|500/500). He sets "Super Quantum Red Layer" and "Infernoble Knight - Roland" (2 Warrior monsters) in the Link Arrows to Link Summon "Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights" (1600|↙ ↘) into the Extra Monster Zone. As it was Link Summoned, Shoma activates the first effect of "Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights" to add a Warrior monster from his Deck to his hand; however, he can neither Normal Summon/Special Summon/Set nor activate the effects of monsters with the same name for the rest of the turn. He adds "Immortal Phoenix Gearfried" to his hand.
Shoma activates the second effect of "Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights", allowing him to send any number of Equip Spells from his Deck to the Graveyard, then Special Summon a Warrior monster from his Deck whose Level equals the number of sent cards. He sends "Living Fossil" to the Graveyard, then Special Summons the Level 1 "Infernoble Knight - Renaud" (L1|500/200) in Defense Position. Since it was Special Summoned, Shoma activates the effect of "Infernoble Knight - Renaud" to add a FIRE Warrior monster or an Equip Spell that is banished or is in his Graveyard to his hand. He chooses to add "Living Fossil" back to his hand.
Shoma activates "Kuji-Kiri Curse", sending the Level 9 "Immortal Phoenix Gearfried" from his hand to the Graveyard to draw two cards. He then sets "Infernoble Knight - Renaud" (1 Level 1 monster) in the Link Arrows to Link Summon "Linkuriboh" (300|↓) into a Main Monster Zone that "Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights" points to. Shoma Sets a card in his Spell & Trap Zone before ending his turn. During the End Phase, since it is in the Graveyard because it was sent there this turn, Shoma activates the effect of "Infernoble Knight - Roland" to add a FIRE Warrior monster or an Equip Spell from his Deck to his hand. He adds "Infernoble Knight - Renaud" to his hand.
Turn 2: Light Tsukiko
Tsukiko Normal Summons "Diviner of the Heralds" (L2|500/300). Since it was Normal or Special Summoned, she activates its first effect to send any Fairy monster from her Main Deck or Extra Deck to the Graveyard, then increase its Level by the sent monster's Level for the rest of the turn. She sends the Level 4 "Herald of the Arc Light" from her Extra Deck to the Graveyard, and so her monster's Level increases by 4 ("Diviner of the Heralds": Level 2 → 6). Since it was sent to the Graveyard, she also activates the effect of "Herald of the Arc Light" in her Graveyard to add a Ritual Monster or a Ritual Spell from her Deck to her hand. She adds "Herald of Perfection" to her hand.
Shoma activates his Set "Gemini Ablation", and since it is still the Main Phase, activates its effect to discard a card, then Special Summon a Gemini monster from his Deck. He discards "Blazewing Butterfly", then Special Summons "Evocator Eveque" (L4|1500/1000) in Attack Position. In addition, "Gemini Ablation" turns that Summoned Gemini monster into an Effect Monster that has gained its effects, without needing to be Normal Summoned an additional time. Since it was Normal or Special Summoned, Shoma activates the effect of "Evocator Eveque" to target and Special Summon a FIRE Warrior or Gemini monster from his Graveyard. He Special Summons "Immortal Phoenix Gearfried" (L9|3000/2200) in Attack Position.
Tsukiko activates the Ritual Spell "Dawn of the Herald". By Tributing the Level 6 "Diviner of the Heralds", she Ritual Summons "Herald of Perfection" (L6|1800/2800) in Attack Position. Since it was Tributed, Tsukiko activates the second effect of "Diviner of the Heralds" to Special Summon a Level 2 or lower Fairy monster from her Deck other than "Diviner of the Heralds". She Special Summons "Eva" (L1|500/200) in Defense Position. She then activates "Preparation of Rites" to add a Level 7 or lower Ritual Monster from her Deck to her hand, then add any Ritual Spell in her Graveyard to her hand. She adds a second "Herald of Perfection" from her Deck, then "Dawn of the Herald" in her Graveyard, to her hand.
Tsukiko again activates "Dawn of the Herald", Tributing the Level 4 "Senju of the Thousand Hands" and the Level 2 "Cyber Petit Angel" in her hand to Ritual Summon a second "Herald of Perfection" in Attack Position. Since she Ritual Summoned "Herald of Perfection" using it, she activates the effect of "Dawn of the Herald" in the Graveyard, banishing it to add the "Cyber Petit Angel" she Tributed back to her hand. She then sets "Eva" (1 Level 1 monster) in the Link Arrows to Link Summon "Linkuriboh" (300|↓) into the Extra Monster Zone. Since it was sent to the Graveyard, she activates the effect of "Eva" in her Graveyard to banish up to two other Fairy monsters from her Graveyard, then add the same number of Level 2 or lower Fairy monsters from her Deck to her hand. She banishes "Diviner of the Heralds" and "Herald of the Arc Light" from her Graveyard to add a second "Diviner of the Heralds" and "Guiding Light" to her hand.
With that, she declares the start of her Battle Phase.
Duel continues in the next chapter.
Cards in italic debuted here.