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A Return Deck utilizes card effects that banish monsters as a means for swarming the opponent during the mid-late game. The banished monsters are "returned" to the field through the effects of cards like "Return from the Different Dimension". This Deck's primary focus is to end the game during the turn the monsters return to the field. This Deck has an explosive approach to victory, as well as flexibility for achieving its goal.
Quickly sending several monsters to the Graveyard is usually a key part to this Deck's strategy; the effects of cards such as "Card Trooper", "Magical Merchant", and "Reasoning" can mill monsters off the top of the player's Deck directly into the Graveyard. Monster Cards can also be discarded to the Graveyard to pay the costs of powerful card effects, such as "Lightning Vortex" and "Enemy Controller", or be sent directly to the Graveyard from the Deck, via "Future Fusion" or "Foolish Burial". Finally, monsters can simply be played to the field, and destroyed as a result of battle.
Monsters in the Graveyard can be banished through various methods. The traditional way is to banish them as a cost for Special Summon only monsters like "Soul of Purity and Light" and "Chaos Sorcerer". Another strategy, however, is to use monster effects with the same cost, but better long-term strength. These monsters include "Bazoo the Soul-Eater", "Freed the Brave Wanderer" and "Strike Ninja". "Dimensional Fissure" and "Macro Cosmos" can also be used to banish monsters without sending them to the Graveyard at all.
Since "Return from the Different Dimension" banishes all of the monsters is Special Summons at the end of the turn, the player must rely on card synergy to maintain field presence. If the Duel is not ended on the turn the monsters return to the field, use them for Synchro or Xyz Summons.
Return variants often enlist the powers of Spell/Trap removal (e.g. "Heavy Storm") and Trap negators (e.g. "Jinzo", "Mirage Dragon", "Elemental HERO Wildheart") to ensure that the final push for victory goes unopposed. Some variants utilize retrieval cards such as "Mask of Darkness" and "A Feather of the Phoenix" to reuse the strategy's key cards, in case the initial execution failed or the cards were accidentally sent to the Graveyard.
The following decks are subject to common return variants: