Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel update adds animations for spells and traps
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The biggest patch for Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel since the game was released dropped Thursday without warning and brought a ton of new changes to the game. Some adjustments aren’t live yet, but those that are include some user interface overhauls on the main menu, faster loading time on the menus and, most notably, many new animations of some of the game’s most powerful cards.

Players familiar with Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel are used to animations being played when they summon their deck’s big boss monsters, but when it comes to spell and trap card staples, almost none of them have cool effects even though those cards are most of the time more impactful than the monsters themselves. That all changed in the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel update. In total there are eight new spell and trap animations for eight of the most-used spell and trap cards in the game.

Eight new animations for spell and trap cards

In the spell department, Harpie’s Feather Duster, Lightning Storm and Crossout Designator all now have animations when they are played. These animations are thematic based on what the card does and what the card art looks like. For example, Harpie’s Feather Duster’s animation shows a feather literally dusting away the opposing player’s spell and trap cards since the card destroys all spell and trap cards the opposing player controls.

The remaining five cards that received animation updates include Solemn Judgement, Imperial Order, Skill Drain, Infinite Impermanence and Red Reboot. Just like the spell cards, these card animations are also thematic. And are based on what the card does and what the art of the card looks like. For example, when Imperial Order activates, the emperor on the card quickly appears and sends out green beams to both players spell and trap zones which mimics an order stating that spell cards and their effects are negated.

Players can try out all the animations now as they are live at the publishing of this article.


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