Konami presents its new mobile game Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross-table duel with 4-player matches in PvP and PvE modes. You may have been sitting comfortably playing Master Duel since early 2022 when the traditional TCG format finally arrived on mobile. However, Cross Duel entered the arena, ready to shake up the formula; expect new rules, new game modes and lots of Yu-Gi-Oh! a taste to feast on while you learn to play the new version of Tower Defense.
And don’t forget to grab your favorite wireless headphones to enjoy the gaming soundscape as you learn the new tower defense rules (old, new) with our handy beginner’s guide; In this way, you will quickly become a first-class duelist.
Presentation of new rules
Don’t expect Cross Duel to play like Yu-Gi-Oh! game, and be prepared for some changes to the official TCG rules to reflect the new mechanics of this game; it’s like a MOBA where you protect your LP (your turn) by sending monsters to attack or defend lanes. You are limited in the use of spell cards and trap cards, but you will have the freedom to set skills on your monsters, which are like active traits that increase your stats to help you gain an extra advantage for a while. Below we have summarized the new set of rules.
General mechanics of cross-duels
- If Yu-Gi-Oh! if it was a MOBA it would be the closest game to the genre. Now your monsters are limited to lanes and automatically move along that lane (just like in automatic chess).
- You cannot directly damage LP on the same turn; it takes two turns to reach the opponent’s LP, provided your opponent has no more monsters on the field.
- The duel ends when one or more players have 0 LP.
- Spell cards cannot be played or used during the main phase; they all activate the same way (no need to worry about spell speed, for example). You can use more than one Spell card in your hand at the same time (one after the other).
- Trap cards are placed during the main phase and are automatically activated during the combat phase; You can place a maximum of 3 Trap Cards in your Trap Zones. You cannot change when trap cards are activated; they happen automatically.
- You will always start with an ace monster in hand, which is a powerful monster with conditions that must be met in order to be summoned. An example is the Blue Eyed White Dragon card, where you sacrifice two monsters to summon them.
- Duels also end when the turn limit is reached.
- Bonus cards are powerful spell/trap cards used to gain an advantage; you must use your monster to get a Bonus card (on the field).
- LP placement is determined at the end of the match; the higher the place, the more rewards you will receive.
Card and Skill Restrictions
- You can set skills on monsters to make them stronger.
- Duplicate cards are not allowed. 20 cards must be different.
- Slots are limited by the number of skills you can equip on your monsters; they depend on the mode you are playing in. For ranking purposes, you can only have 3 monsters per Ace and 1 per regular monster.
Choosing your starting UR (ace-monster)
It is very important to choose the best starting UR around which you plan to build your deck. Below we have a list of UR cards that are in the selection pool:
- Bloom Diva Melodic choir
- Blue eyes white dragon
- black magician
- Elemental Hero News
- dragon firewall
- Dragon Dragias Multi-Strike
- Number 17: Dragon Leviathan
- Number 39: Utopia
- Pendulum dragon with strange eyes
- King Oyama
- Red Dragon Archdemon
- Wizard of the road of sevens
- stardust dragon
- Trickstar Holly Angel
Remember that acquiring new cards requires gacha costs, so you need to be careful with the starting UR you choose; this defines your starting deck. We highly recommend choosing the Blue Eyed White Dragon as your first UR as it is the easiest to summon, offers full stats and is easy to build.
Ranked and Random matches will become your daily bread once you build and upgrade your deck. However, the campaign and PvE modes are the key to getting comfortable with the new rules and collecting all the free gems you end up putting into this game’s gacha system.
Event matches: where you will play time-limited content.
Raid Duels: A PvE mode where you team up with up to three other players (shared LP) to defeat a raid boss.
Ranked Matches: Competing in Ranked Matches earns you Ranked Points (increase your points with Ranked Match Tickets) that determine your place on the leaderboard. You can level up and down, and you’ll earn seasonal rewards as you level up through the season.
Room Mapping: Place and search private and public rooms. Your main hub for dueling with friends.
Tag Duels: A single-player 2v2 campaign where you’ll face off against characters from Yu-Gi-Oh! series. You team up with AI to defeat your opponents.
Tips and Tricks for Beginners
- Use the Guaranteed UR Gacha Ticket before it expires (if applicable). You can purchase up to three.
- Collect more cards using crystals (paid currency) and gems in Card Gacha; Gems can be obtained through missions and game modes, and new cards can also be purchased with doubloons.
- Restart your account (delete your game data) if you are not satisfied with the results of Card Gacha; it’s a tedious process, but you can skip the lessons.
- Upgrade your monster ace first using the skill system; try to unlock the main skill of your monster ace. Your skills set you apart from your opponents in matches.
- Play PvE modes first to acquire gems, build your deck, and upgrade/craft your skills; you don’t want to step onto the leaderboard until you’re happy with your cards in your deck and equip your monster ace’s best skills. But this step takes time.
- Attack the raid boss’s weak spot to deal more damage; you have a limited number of moves, so use your most powerful attacks when available.
- Destroy objects to stun the raid boss; you can summon monsters with lower attack value (even zero) to purify items.
While raid bosses may not be to everyone’s taste, Cross Duel may not be one of the best card games on Android (it should rival Master Duel after all). Ouch! fan. Tag Duels mode pays homage to the nostalgic Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series, then you will be able to see some of your favorite monsters in full 3D animation. So, if you want to get started, click on the widget below to find out what Cross Duel is.