Despite knowing its cost, Yami tries to use it to defeat Rafael, and ends up losing Yugi’s soul, despite nothing being on the line other than a loss if he hadn’t.There’s no logic behind this; it was just something silly Yami did to keep the plot going.Still, by the end of Duelist Kingdom he placed Top 2, and in Battle City he came in fourth.
Despite knowing its cost, Yami tries to use it to defeat Rafael, and ends up losing Yugi’s soul, despite nothing being on the line other than a loss if he hadn’t.There’s no logic behind this; it was just something silly Yami did to keep the plot going.
One of the rules of Battle City was that every duel required a duelist to wager their best and most important card.
The idea behind this was wagering that card would not only cause the duelist to fight their hardest, but it would mean every duel was harder than the last, as players would incorporate cards they won in prior duels to make their own decks stronger and the next duel more challenging. Even during that simplified era, every deck has specific strategies they work within.
Probably one of the weirdest things about Duel Monsters is how there seems to be no actual text on the cards in the game.
This is mostly a problem in the dub version of the series, as it seems to be an FCC ruling which prevents cartoons in America from specifically advertising their products to children in feature-length television series.
All of that means Pegasus has a very large card collection, which is fair.
But he also has cards literally no one has ever seen before, which is quite a different thing.Joey started out not even knowing how useful spells and traps were to deck building.He had to figure it all out from scratch and claw his way to relevance, never mind the top.In the Waking the Dragons arc, Yugi and his friends fight against Dartz and his forces, as the last king of Atlantis uses the power of Orichalchos to try and capture the soul of the Pharaoh within Yugi’s Millennium Puzzle.The Seal of Orichalchos is used for this job and it granted some absurd abilities like increasing the attack of all monsters a player controlled by 500 and allowing a player to control monsters in their back row, at the cost of their soul being lost if they lost the duel.All of the duelists in the first half of Duel Monsters had to have their own gimmicks.It was partially necessary to help them stand out, but on the flip side, it made it easy to root for the protagonist when everyone else tended to be cheating.The only problem is, that doesn’t actually make a person the best duelist.Someone could easily get to that level by beating a bunch of scrubs, while another could have beaten all the other worthy opponents.In Mai’s case, she wasn’t exactly cheating, but she was psyching her opponent out by guessing what card she’d draw before she drew it. Aside from the grossness of dousing unsleeved cards in perfume, this meant she had to tell 40 different scents apart from one another. Joey Wheeler was the most compelling duelist to watch from arc to arc.Yugi was placed in so many life or death Shadow Games that he pretty much had to win or the show was over, plus he had Yami and the Millennium Puzzle on his side.