Some people said that the Rise of the Duelist starter set changed the way they played the game.
It had some new card types and a lot of magic that are still some of the best out there.
But unlike many other sets, Rise of the Duelist also had some of the most expensive and sought-after cards.
This, of course, made it hard and expensive to get a few good choices for this group.
So, if you want to know which of these cards are the best to find, take a look at the list below and see what catches your eye.
13. Frightfur Cruel Whale
The Fluffal and Frightfur theme has enough cards to make big boards and one-hit kills, but it has never had enough answers and answers to its answers.
At least, Frightfur Cruel Whale has the answer to that. when you use Edge Imp Scythe to play it.
Don’t get me wrong, Cruel Whale is a great aggressive card with its destruction effect and ability to send useful Edge Imp cards to the graveyard for later effects.
However, the combo potential with Edge Imp Scythe is huge, and it can easily stop most of the cards your opponent could throw at you.
Just use Edge Imp Scythe and any Fluffal to Fusion Summon Frightfur Cruel Whale, then pop the Whale and whatever you want to kill with its effect.
If you take Scythe out of the graveyard to protect your Whale, your opponent will only be down one card.
12. Wynn the Wind Channeler
Wynn the Wind Channeler can look through almost 400 cards, which is a fun fact.
The second fun fact is that most of them are worthless.
Third, there are so many great Wind cards that the first two fun facts don’t matter.
Even though Wynn the Wind Channeler stops you from using the powers of your monsters other than Winds, who cares?
Under those conditions, Speedroids, Dragunities, Harpies, Ritual Beasts, and Windwitches can all do well.
Wind doesn’t bother even weaker characters like Yosenju, Mecha Phantom Beasts, Nephthys, Lyrilusc, and Simorgh.
And remember, just like with Forbidden Droplet, that losing a card from your hand can often help you.
11. Melffy of the Forest
This fits into the category of “I don’t make the rules; ask the player base.”
Even with their cute effects, I don’t see Meffys becoming popular anytime soon, but that doesn’t always mean that people will want to buy them.
What’s not to like?
They’re cute and cuddly, the art style is a nice change for a card game, and their effects are cool and unique.
Don’t get me wrong. When I criticize Mellfies, especially Melffy of the Forest, I’m just saying that they probably won’t become a deck that can’t be beaten.
If I said anything bad about the strategy, I’d probably get attacked by either the Melffys or the crazed players who love this insanely cute theme.
10. D.D Crow
When it came out, D.D. Crow was a very famous card, and many people still play it today.
If you have a D.D. Crow in your hand, you can throw it away to get rid of any card in your opponent’s graveyard.
If you don’t understand why this card is so good, think about how almost every deck has effects that involve cards in the graveyard.
Eldlich, the Golden Lord, for example, is known for always coming back from the dead and destroying cards on your field.
But if you have D.D. Crow, you can easily solve that situation by sending Edlich away.
9. Ice Dragon’s Prison
Ice Dragon’s Prison can change the course of a game by itself, depending on the situation, because it lets you both steal and get rid of a monster.
When you use Ice Dragon’s Prison, you can target a monster in your opponent’s graveyard and special summon it with its effects cancelled.
Then you can get rid of either a monster your opponent controls or one you control.
So, this is basically a 1 for 1 trade, but you also get a free monster.
The only trouble is that both monsters have to be the same type.
But you can easily get around this by using cards like Zombie World or DNA Surgery to make all the cards the same type.
8. Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon
Any monster that can easily come back from the dead with an effect is a huge pain to deal with.
Chaos Ruler, the Chaos Magical Dragon just so happens to be one of these cards.
When this is Synchro Summoned, you can dig up the top 5 cards of your deck and add a light or dark monster from the pile to your hand. The other cards would go to the graveyard.
And if Chaos Ruler is in your graveyard, you can bring it back to life by sending a light or dark monster from your hand or field to the graveyard.
When Chaos Ruler leaves the field again, you would send it back to the graveyard.
This is easy to do because when you call this thing, you can add a light/dark monster right away.
Since it has such a high strength, Chaos Ruler can also be very hard to deal with. But it’s a great addition to any deck that focuses on either light or dark.
7. Infernoble Knight Emperor Charles
If you play with a Noble Knight deck, you should know how strong Emperor Charles is.
During the end phase, you can use Emperor Charles to attach a spell to this card from your hand or graveyard.
Then, you can put a fire monster from your deck on this card, giving it 500 more damage.
When a monster is given an equip card, you can destroy any card on the field.
If you don’t know about the Noble Knight strategy, you should know that Noble Knight equip cards are ridiculously strong.
For example, you can put Infernoble Arms – Durendal on Emperor Charles, which lets it attack your opponent directly.
6. Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous
At the time this story was written, the Starlight Rare version of this card could easily be sold for more than $500.
You can probably guess that this is something that a lot of people want to get their hands on.
It works like this: when a monster from the extra deck is on the field, you can use a special call to bring this card from your hand onto the field.
You can also add any Dogmatika card from your deck to your hand if this card is created normally or with a special effect.
But once you use this ability, you can’t use the extra deck to special summon monsters for the rest of this turn.
Because of that last effect, you need to play your cards in the right order. But other than that, this card is very strong because it lets you look for any Dogmatika card.
Overall, this is a staple in any Dogmatika deck because it can be used in so many different ways.
5. Shaddoll Schism
Shaddoll Schism is, as its name suggests, a support card for the Shaddoll strategy.
You can use this card during the main phase to fusion summon a Shaddoll monster by sending monsters from your field or graveyard to the graveyard.
However, that monster can’t attack directly.
Then you can send to the graveyard a monster your opponent controls that has the same trait as the monster you just summoned.
The problem is that the monster must have the same trait. But since this is an ongoing trap, you can use it every turn for as long as you want.
4. Raidraptor – Revolution Falcon – Air Raid
Raidraptor – Revolution Falcon – Air Raid is one of my favorite cards from this set and one of the most overlooked cards on this list.
Even though it has a really, really long name.
You can use a Raidraptor Xyz monster with a rank of 5 or lower to special summon this card by giving up a rank-up spell.
Once this card is brought into play, you can choose a monster your opponent controls, kill it, and deal damage equal to that monster’s attack.
Once this card is killed, you can special summon Raidraptor – Revolution Falcon from your extra deck and attach this card to it as a Xyz material.
When I don’t see either of these cards, especially Raidraptor – Revolution Falcon, in a Raidraptor deck, I honestly don’t know why.
3. Gaia the Magical Knight of Dragons
Your opponent will want to get rid of Gaia, the Magical Knight of Dragons as soon as possible.
If not, they will have a hard time.
After you play this card, you can use Gaia’s ability during the main phase to destroy another card on the field. In return, Gaia will lose 2600 attack.
Before you decide that this card is useless, you should know that it gets 2600 attack when it kills a monster in battle.
When you use Spiral Fusion to bring this card into play, it gets 2600 attack and a second attack during the battle phase.
If you don’t use this card on the turn it is summoned and you kill two monsters, Gaia can sit there with 10,400 attack and do nothing.
2. Forbidden Droplet
Forbidden Droplet is one of the best cards you can play against your opponent.
But if your opponent uses it against you, it can be a real nightmare.
Forbidden Droplet lets you send as many cards from your hand as you want to the graveyard and target as many monsters as your opponent controls.
The attacks and impacts of these monsters are then cut in half.
Plus, your opponent can’t use monsters, traps, or spells that are the same type as the cards you sent to the graveyard in answer to this card. This makes it hard to fight back.
This card is a gift against monsters like the Cyber Dragon Infinity because it makes them useless and very weak for a pretty good price.
1. Triple Tactics Talent
Now, this last card on our list might be just as expensive as Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous…
But there was a good reason.
During your main phase, if your opponent uses a monster effect, you can use this card to draw two cards, take control of one of your opponent’s monsters, or put a card from your opponent’s hand back into the deck.
This card is basically three cards in one. The three cards are Pot of Greed, Change of Heart, and The Forceful Sentry, all of which are banned because they’re too strong.
Also, in a game with a lot of hand traps, this is one of the best cards to use against them because it makes it easy to get out of them.
Overall, I’m surprised that, as of this writing, Triple Tactics Talent isn’t on the banned list.
On the other hand, it is very expensive. So it’s not surprising that not everyone is running it.