A Stall Deck is designed to slow your opponent down and make it difficult to either inflict damage, or even to attack. The purpose of the stalling is usually to inflict burn to the opponent, or have time enough to carry out some complicated strategy or combo. Although it is most commonly used in the Exodia Deck, it is also used in the Destiny Board Deck and the Burn Deck. In rare cases it may succeed in running opponents (especially those with decks of 50 cards or less) out of cards to draw from their deck, or to win with cards such as Final Countdown and Wave-Motion Cannon.

Thousand-Eyes Restrict, Spirit Barrier, D.D. Borderline, Nightmare's Steelcage, Gravity Bind, Level Limit - Area B, Swords of Revealing Light, and Wall of Revealing Light, all stall your opponent.

Another Final Stall method would be the "Ultimate Field" Strategy. The Strategy is a combination which can alternate between cards that negate your opponents opportunity to summon monsters, play spell cards, or play trap cards. Although it may not defeat your opponent, it does guarantee that you will control the duel. The Ultimate Field consists of: Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8, Jinzo, the powerful Armed Dragon LV10 and the meek yet strong Mystic Swordsman LV6 or Ground Collapse Times Three. The Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8 can be replaced with Spell Canceller, Silent Swordsman LV7. The Jinzo can be replaced with a Royal Decree, and the three Ground Collapses can be replaced with any combination of Ojama King, Ojama Knight, Ojama Trio, and Ground Collapse.

Another version of the ultimate field strategy is using Ojama Trio, destroying one and using another. Then using Spatial Collapse.

  • Three Ground Collapse assures your opponent can't play or take control of your monsters.

The Ultimate Field Strategy can be stopped by cards such as Spiritualism as it can not be negated by Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8, after using Spiritualism on a Ground Collapse/Royal Decree the opponent could summon a monster and could in turn set a Man-Eater Bug and destroy either Horus or Jinzo and destroy your combo. To stop these dangerous flip effects you could include Mystic Swordsman LV2 and Mystic Swordsman LV4. Add in a Final Countdown card or Wave-Motion Cannon cards which will be for winning during your stall for time. Spiritualism, however, is very rare and situational. Should you have that combo down (which itself is also hard to compose), defeat for your opponent is imminent anyways. The only way the Ultimate Field can be stopped if Ojama King, Ojama Knight, Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8 and Jinzo are used is via the effect of Exodia the Forbidden One.

Deck Archetypes

Aggro - Beatdown - Burn - Exodia - Mill - Stall - One Turn Kill

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