In the heat of the Israeli desert a new duelling academy has opened, inviting duellists from across the globe to enter and train to become world class duellists. But as the first weeks of the academy begin a horrifying threat looms and ten students soon find themselves on the run, hunted by the demented Cult of Apophis, a secretive and hate-filled organisation that seeks to resurrect their deity and extinguish all life on earth.And thus begins the tale of the students of East Academy.
Cerebus Syndrome: The introduction and the first arc are both fairly standard Yu-Gi-Oh! fare, with rivalries and friendships developing and generally a fairly light-hearted roleplay. Then the second arc rolls around...
Cold-Blooded Torture: Haine inflicts this on both Marcus and Sylvestre. Never mind the Shadow Game, the deck he uses is essentially made as a collection of his favorite torture devices.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: Played straight during Caramon and Peter's tag duel against one of Apophis' cultists, in which she consistently maintains an advantage over them for nearly the entire duel.
Curb-Stomp Battle: David utterly destroys Denero in his first duel. Proving himself to be more than just some fanboy.
And before that was Marcus's duel against Denero's father. Every move the latter made only served to help Marcus's strategy. Which cultimated in him finishing off the culitst with a casual One-Hit Kill.
Epic Fail: During the battle royale, Marcus screws up his entire strategy twice by misreading his own cards.
Fusion Dance: Denero and Meteor are forced in to doing this during the duel against his parents, proving there conviction but also hoping to gain the power to win Marcus seeming to be unable to keep a monster on the field for them had not helped matters.
David flirting with Crystal. Seems harmless enough, until you consider that Crystal had just lost her only remaining family member and that David was only doing it to amuse himself, rather than being genuinely interested in her...dick move, mate. Dick. Move.
Marcus's Breaking Speech to Gretel was incredibly vicious, but you can't really say she didn't deserve it.
Then there's his cold blooded execution of one of the cultists. It was horrible enough to qualify him as the group's Token Evil Teammate, but considering that the cultist was a nihilistic psycho who had tried to torture and kill Daniel...
Kill the God: Apophis is dead, at long freaking last, due to the heroes combining into Marduk...and some last minute help from David.
Knights of Cerebus: The Cult of Apophis present a very real and significant danger to the heroes; their appearance marks the darkening tone of the RP.
Mêlée à Trois: There was a battle royale between Justin, Marcus and an NPC called Yikhezkel.
Mind Rape: Gol'gar does this to one of the cultists on Marcus's orders.
My Greatest Failure: While he tries to deny it, Marcus clearly feels horrible about the death of Sylvestre.
Nerves of Steel: Every single one of the East Academy duellists shows an almost mind-boggling amount of courage, standing firm in the face of horrors that most war veterans would break down at. bear in mind that these kids are all underage schoolchildren who never asked for this.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A subtle example from Marcus during his Tag Duel with Denero. While his strategy is solid, it unfortunately has the unforeseen consequence of being indirectly responsible for Denero merging his mind with the Meteor and becoming more aggressive and unstable as a result.
Shown Their Work: In-Universe, Caramon did enough researching into Duel Academies prior to attending that both the large quantity of Duel Spirit-seeing people and an Omnicidal Maniac trying to revive itself left him mostly unfazed.
Smug Snake: Haine and Skull Knight. They can dish out the taunts, but they can't seem to take them.
Straw Nihilist: The Cult of Apophis's philosophy revolves around the fact that the world is worthless and must be extinguished. Marcus [[Breaking Lecture tries to Deconstruct this philosophy.]]
Suddenly Always Knew That: Duel Spirit powers pop up left and right, from Gol'gar's mind-reading and Machine King's ability to hack anything to Denero and Meteor's ability to merge permanently. Justified since this happens early on in the series when such things are normally introduced.
Tag Team: Caramon and Peter are part of a two-on-one duel against the Constellar cultist.
Rivals Team Up: Denero and Marcus do this in order to face Denero's parents.
Both the Penultimate duel and the Grand Finale have all of the duelists teaming up against Haine and Apophis respectively.