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The Master Rules are a series of card rules that were applied in the OCG since the beginning of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. The Master Rules are a modified version of the New Expert Rules, which basically consists on altering the rules along with some well-known Dueling terms. In the TCG, rule changes don't have formal names like they do in the OCG.

Master Rules

The Master Rules came into effect in the OCG with the release of Starter Deck 2008.

Master Rules 2

The Master Rules 2 came into effect in the OCG with the release of Starter Deck 2011.[1]

Master Rules 3

The Master Rules 3 came into effect in the OCG with the release of Starter Deck 2014.[2][3]

  • Change in rules:
    • The first player no longer draws during their first Draw Phase.
    • Each player can control 1 face-up Field Spell Card on their field.
      • If a player places a Field Spell Card on their field, the previous Field Spell Card is sent to the Graveyard instead of being destroyed.
  • Simplified the Damage Step into 5 timings:
    • Start of the Damage Step
    • Before damage calculation
    • During damage calculation
    • After damage calculation
    • End of the Damage Step

New Master Rules

The New Master Rules came into effect in the OCG with the release of Starter Deck 2017[4][5] and in the TCG with the equivalent Starter Deck: Link Strike.

  • Monsters Special Summoned from the Extra Deck must be Summoned to either an Extra Monster Zone or a Main Monster Zone a Link Monster points to.

References

  1. yugioh-card.com/japan Master Rule 2 (Japanese)
  2. yugioh-card.com/japan Master Rule 3 (Japanese)
  3. yugioh-card.com/hk Master Rule 3 (Asian English)
  4. yugioh-card.com/japan New Master Rule (Japanese)
  5. yugioh-card.com/hk New Master Rule (Asian English)

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