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Tabletop Game / Kaijudo

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Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters TCG is the second TCG of the Duel Masters Franchise, based on the (Western created) Continuity Reboot. It was released June 26, 2012, the same month as the animated series, and was discontinued on August 29, 2014.

The game is extremely similar to the first Duel Masters card game, but different enough that the two games cannot be played together. There are three sources of incompatibility:

  • Differing card designs (the front and the back of the cards are different)
  • Cards that appear in Kaijudo from Duel Masters no longer work the same way or have different mana costs
  • Change in the mana rule


This game provides example of:

  • Card Game
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Vortex spawn.
  • Expy: Many cards are extremely similar to those of the first TCG. Or even identical.
  • Instant-Win Condition: Gathering all five of the Mystics from The 5 Mystics on your side of the field grants you one at the end of your turn, thanks to the Mystic of Light's ability.
  • Lighter and Softer: After seeing the images, it's clear that the game is meant to be less dark than the first TCG.
  • Never Say "Die":
    • Creatures who are defeated are referred to as "banished," rather than "killed" as in Magic: The Gathering. This is to better fit with the lore of the animated series, where defeated creatures are sent back to the Creature Realm rather than killed.
    • Additionally, banished creatures go to the "discard pile," not the "graveyard."
  • Self-Plagiarism: Of the first card game, which in turn is a plagiarism of Magic: The Gathering.
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  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The 5 Civilizations are very similar to the 5 mana colors of Magic: The Gathering. Replace Darkness with Black and Light with White and you have the 5 Colors.
  • Title Drop: DragonStrike Infernus is a bit of an odd one; Herald of Infernus was released in this set, but Infernus himself was not released until Clash of the Duel Masters, the set which came after.