Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel has released, but if you’re feeling lost with all of the new mechanics, this is the guide for you!

Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel released recently, and maybe you’re an old fan coming back after a long hiatus. Back in the day, you only needed to know about three types of cards. Monsters, spells, and traps. It was a simpler time, but things have certainly changed since the days of Duelist Kingdom. The Fusion deck is now your Extra deck, and there’s a variety of new summoning mechanics to learn. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ll break down all of the new types of extra deck monsters in chronological order. First off, we’ll start with Synchro monsters.

What is a Synchro monster?

Synchro monsters were introduced after Fusion monsters. First appearing in the 5D’s era of Yu-Gi-Oh, these monsters are easy to recognize because of their striking white background. Unlike Fusion monsters, you do not need to use a spell card like Polymerization in order to summon one. Synchro monsters must be Synchro summoned by using a combination of tuners and non-tuner monsters. Synchro monsters, like Fusion monsters, can be both normal, or effect monsters.

How do you Synchro summon?

To perform a Synchro summon, you must send monsters you control to the graveyard whose totals level is equal to the Synchro monster you are trying to summon. At least one Tuner will be needed in order to Synchro summon, though for some specific cards, multiple tuners will be required. Tuner monsters are easily recognizable. “Tuner” will be listed on the card’s Type/Ability line. Some Synchro monsters will require specific Attributes, or Types of monsters to be used, so make sure to double check!

Good Synchro monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel?

There are hundred of Synchro monsters in the game, but not all are created equal. We at esports.gg have your back. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best Synchro monsters that you can use in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel.

Ally of Justice Catastor

This level 5 synchro monster might not have an amazing stat line, but its effect more than makes up for it. If Catastor battles any non-Dark attribute monster, the other monster is destroyed before damage calculation. Although this card might be old, but it can be a surprise trump card that can take out the opponent’s boss monster.

Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

Brionac allows you to discard cards to return any cards your opponent controls to their hand. Many cards in modern Yu-Gi-Oh have abilities that prevent destruction. Because of Brionac’s unique form of field removal, it can get around destruction negation. Brionac can also be used to remove the opponent’s spell or trap cards, not just monsters!

Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon

Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon is a powerful boss monster. This monster can negate any other monster’s effect during either player’s turn. If it does, Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon will destroy the monster and gain its attack points. Also, during battle, if Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon battles a level 5 or higher monster, it will gain the attack points of the other monster. Battle removal and effect negation in one neat little package.

Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

Trishula is an incredible Synchro monster that can really throw a wrench in the opponent’s plans. When played, Trishula banishes one card from the opponent’s hand, field, and graveyard. Once banished, most decks don’t have any way to recover those cards. You significantly reduce the number of options the opponent has access to, as well as having a decent attack value.

Synchro monsters are a powerful addition to the extra deck that can be useful in a variety of situations. These are not the only new types of monsters that have been added, and we will be releasing Boomer Guides for the other new types of monsters added to Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel.


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By day Tyus is a quality assurance tester for Idea Factory International but by night he is a prolific Street Fighter fan and aspiring competitive player.