"Well...good game. Guess you're the best here." Chris said, shrugging. "Still, to think I lost so easily in front of my best friend...Kind of funny, if you think about it." Chris added, trying to awkwardly laugh it off, as Valkoor gathered his cards and walked off, before saying one thing to Chris.

"Still, you put up a better fight than most of the people here. If you want a rematch, I'm game." He said, heading out the door. Frost however, looked at his card, which wasn't glowing anymore.

Still...Gale Phoenix and Midnydra definitely triggered something with this card. Besides, the game looked fun...Chris and that Valkoor guy seemed really into it. Frost thought, before turning to Jaden. "I've decided...I want to try this game, as well. Do you have any decks for sale that could work with this card?" Frost asked, handing it to Jaden, who looked it over.

"Never seen this card before...but I definitely recognize the archetype. It's definitely fit for an Abyszard deck. Fortunately, we've got one left." Jaden said, going over to the deck boxes, before putting one on the counter, before noticing Chris put money on the counter.

"...Hey, it's my buddy's first deck, It's on me. Besides, I still owe you for taking the blame on that prank at school." Chris said, nervously laughing as Frost stared at him. "Look, I said I was sorry, and even your sister said it was an accident." He continued, Jaden laughing at that.

"Either way, a friend of Chris is a friend of mine, kid. So, how about I show you some more advanced tactics tomorrow? It's my day off." Jaden offered.

"That'd be great, thank you..." Frost said.

"In that case, since tomorrow's a Saturday, so I know you and Chris don't have classes, I'll meet you outside the shop. Tomorrow's a special occasion for Creatures, as is." Jaden started, noting Frost raising an eyebrow. "Well, that's a surprise if you don't already know about it. I'll see you tomorrow then, kid." Jaden said, as Frost walked out to go home, Chris staying behind and looking over his deck. Frost also decided to look at the deck box and it's contents during his walk, before hearing someone call out to him.

"You." A boy with brown hair and yellow eyes said, Frost looking over. "That card you have..." They started, before holding out a card of their own, as the Frostbite Wolf in Frost's hand took on a faint blue glow. "...I knew it." He said, before pointing at Frost. "What's your name?" he asked, Frost looking slightly surprised.

"Uh...Frost. What's yours?" Frost decided to ask.

"Levon. I'm aware that we're strangers, but I'd like to ask a simple request. For you to have a Creature Clash with me." Levon said, revealing a deck.

"Huh..? A clash?" Frost asked, before looking at his own deck. Then again...It might be nice to see what a real opponent is like. I learned enough about the rules as is to play somebody, at least... He thought to himself, before looking back at Levon. "...Alright. So, do we have to find a table, or..?" He started, before a strange cyan device was tossed at him. "Whoa..! What's this?" He asked, barely catching it.

"With that device, you won't need a table ever again. Put it on your arm, and put your deck into that empty space there." Levon said, before putting his own white device on to demonstrate. "Then, press the 'Standby' button." He declared, before walking a considerable distance away from Frost.

"Okay..." Frost said, putting it on, and inserting his deck, before pushing the button. "You said standby, right..?" He started, before the device flashed, as did Levon's, as a ray of light traced the field, before disappearing, as the HUD on the device showed their grids, and SP count, as Levon already drew his starting hand. "Whoa..." was all Frost could say, before shaking himself back to reality, drawing 6 cards as well.

"If you'd like, I can take the first move in order to show you the functionality of this device." Levon offered, Frost simply nodding. "Very well." Levon said, before drawing. "First, I suppose I should start simple, with a Support. If you're activating it instead of concealing it, there's a slot right above the support slots." He said, before taking a card from his hand and inserting it, before it turned into light, and vanished, before appearing in front of Levon, Frost's eyes slightly widening. "Support, activate. Ancient Jewel. By paying 1 SP, I draw 2 cards." he declared, as a blue crystal with the number '3' appeared, before the '3' shattered to pieces, revealing a '2', Levon drawing 2 cards.

[SP - 2]

"Summoning is also an easy task. There's a slider on the side of the device, so as long as you have SP, you simply tap which spot on your grid you wish to summon to..." Levon said, tapping a spot, before taking a card from his hand, and swiping it, as the card turned to light and vanished. "Then, swipe the card. I summon Gardna Ruby to the Back-Left." He declared, before a humanoid composed of rubies...actually appeared on the field.

[SP - 1]

[HP - 100]

[ATK - 70]

[DEF - 10]

"Then, concealing supports. By pushing this button, the support slots will open up." Levon said, pushing the button, the 3 slots ejecting out, as Levon took 3 cards from his hand and placed them face-down on those slots, before 3 cards appeared face-down in front of him in a flash of light. "I conceal 3 supports, and end my turn." He declared. "Now, show me what you can do, Frost." Levon said, pointing at him.


{Levon} - {Frost}

{SP - 1} - {SP - 3}

{Hand - 4} - {Hand - 6}

{CONCEALED - 3} - {CONCEALED - 0}

{FIELD}

[Gardna Ruby {100 HP}] [X] [X] - [X] [X] [X]

[X] [X] [X] - [X] [X] [X]

[X] [X] [X] - [X] [X] [X]


"R-Right...My turn!" Frost said, drawing, and looking at his hand, noting one in particular. You...I guess that means I should give you a try, huh? It might not be a bad move. He thought to himself, before swiping the card. "I'll summon this card to the Center-Middle!" He declared, as the card turned to light, before a majestic cyan wolf with white outlines entered the battlefield, landing on the designated spot. "Abyszard, Frostbite Wolf!"

[SP - 1]

[HP - 180]

[ATK - 90]

[DEF - 10]

"I see...So you've already summoned it." Levon remarked to himself, before tapping a spot on his HUD. "However, that was also a very predictable move to make. Counter Support, activate!" He said, Frost's eyes slightly widening as a vortex started pulling Wolf down. "Gravity Gate! When the opponent summons a Cost 2 or greater Creature, this Support exhausts that Creature, rendering it unable to attack!" Levon explained.

"No way..!" Frost said, before shaking his head. "I-It's fine..! I still have options! I summon Abyszard, Frozen Magician to the Center-Left!" he said, swiping the card, as a male mage with a blue hat covering their eyes, only revealing a bit of silver hair and a smirk on their face entered the field.

[SP - 0]

[HP - 100]

[ATK - 70]

[DEF - 10]

"True, you could summon it...But it's quite a waste until you gain some SP." Levon pointed out, Frost flinching, before grabbing a card in his hand.

"I've got some right here..! Support, activate! Mana Charge!" Frost said, as his SP increased.

[SP - 1]

"Then, I use Frozen Magician's effect..!" Frost said. "By paying 1 SP, I conceal a Support from my hand..!" He said, as his SP went down, and he concealed a card.

"True, you have a support...but you could have done that during my turn, could you not?" Levon asked, Frost's eyes slightly widening. "My, what a waste of your SP." He remarked.

"...Frozen Magician attacks Gardna Ruby..!" Frost said, holding his hand out, as the magician blasted at the crystalline humanoid, as Levon held his own hand up.

"In that case, Support, activate. Gardna Fortify. Ruby's DEF, including the formation bonus, is doubled for this battle." Levon remarked. "Because the bonus brought it up to 20...I'm sure you can figure out what 'double' is." he told Frost.

[DEF - 40]

"But there'll still be some damage dealt..!" Frost said, as the blast connected.

[ATK - 70]

[DEF - 40]

[HP - 70]

"A very meager amount of damage, yes, but I suppose it is damage." Levon remarked. "However, Gardna Fortify's additional effect. If the Creature that gained DEF by this effect wasn't destroyed, I gain 1 SP." He declared.

[SP - 2]

"In that case, I conceal a Support and end my turn..." Frost said, putting the card down, as it appeared in front of him.


{Levon} - {Frost}

{SP - 2} - {SP - 0}

{Hand - 4} - {Hand - 2}

{CONCEALED - 1} - {CONCEALED - 2}

{FIELD}

[Gardna Ruby {70 HP}] [X] [X] - [X] [X] [X]

[X] [X] [X] - [X] [Abyszard Frostbite Wolf {180 HP}] [X]

[X] [X] [X] - [X] [Abyszard, Frozen Magician {100 HP}] [X]


"In that case, I believe it's my turn." Levon remarked, drawing, his SP increasing as well.

[SP - 3]

"I see...So it really does wish to fight you." he commented to himself, Frost raising an eyebrow, before Levon held up a card, as it engulfed in a yellow shine immediately. "Come, partner! I summon to the Back-Center!" He declared, as a heavenly-looking knight with two shields, and no weapon, with an angelic pair of wings descended onto the battlefield. "Heart Gardna, Abdiou!"

[SP - 1]

[HP - 150]

[ATK - 80]

[DEF - 20]

"In addition, Special Support, Gardna Draw." Levon declared, the card appearing immediately. "As long as I have two or more Gardnas, I draw cards equal to the highest cost 'Gardna' on my grid's cost. The highest would be Abdiou's Cost 2. You can figure that one out." He remarked, before drawing 2 cards. "Then, Abdiou's effect activates." he added, before discarding a creature. "By discarding a Cost 2 or greater 'Gardna' from my hand, I add one Cost V2 'Gardna' from my deck to my hand." He declared, before revealing one.

"A Victory Creature..!" Frost realized.

"Yes, and with the normal support, Mana Charge. I will gain the SP needed to use it." Levon added, holding out the card.

[SP - 2]

As Levon held another card upward, the area around them seemed to turn gray, as the yellow shine from the card was all that Frost could really 'see', his eyes slightly widening. "With a Victory Cost of 2." Levon declared. "I transform Abdiou into a Victory Creature. Victory Drive!" He added, before the area returned to normal, as a pillar of golden light engulfed Abdiou, who's armor became golden, and held out a larger sword. "Saint Sword, Abdiou."

[ATK - 120]

"Abdiou's effect activates. When a Victory Creature is placed on top of him, he lends his printed ATK to that Creature." Levon added.

[ATK - 200]

"200 ATK..!" Frost realized. "Even with the formation bonus lowering it to 190..." He started.

"Exactly. If you aren't careful, Abdiou could still destroy both of your Creatures." Levon declared. "In addition, I move Gardna Ruby up one space." Levon said, Frost raising an eyebrow. "Oh? You didn't know? As long as it isn't the turn the Creature was summoned, once per turn, they can move one space, as long as something isn't in their way." He commented. "Regardless, Gardna Ruby's effect activates. While there's a Cost V2 'Abdiou' on the grid, it's own ATK increases by 30." Levon pointed out.

[ATK - 100]

"In addition, Saint Sword's effect. All of my other 'Gardna' Creatures get an additional 20 ATK." Levon declared, as Ruby engulfed in a red energy.

[ATK - 120]

"With that, Ruby attacks Frozen Magician." Levon declared, as the red humanoid spinkicked the magician, destroying it immediately. ...A complete amateur like this, getting a card like that? It makes no sense. Is there ANYTHING to them? Levon thought to himself, before holding his hand out. "Saint Sword, Abdiou attacks Wolf." He declared, as the knight rushed right towards Wolf, aiming to slash it down with one hit, as Frost held his hand out.

"Counter Support..! Perfect Barrier! I reduce the damage to 0!" Frost said, as a green barrier got in the way, knocking Abdiou back.

"However, Victory Creatures can make two attacks. Are you prepared?" Levon asked, before Abdiou rushed at Wolf one more time, as the impact let out an explosive energy, surrounding the area in smoke, as Levon started to turn around. "...I suppose I expected too much, even from a-" Levon started, before noticing his HUD was still on, and turned around in slight surprise.

[HP - 50]

"Why is Wolf still on the field..?" Levon asked, before noticing an activated counter support. "That card..." he started.

"Yeah...I activated it when Abdiou attacked. It's a Special Support called Abyszard Blessing. Wolf gained 50 DEF during that battle. In addition, I gained 1 SP." Frost said.

[SP - 1]

"So with the extra DEF, Wolf survived...I see. In that case, I conceal a support and end my turn." Levon remarked. "It seems you've still got some fight after all."


{Levon} - {Frost}

{SP - 0} - {SP - 1}

{Hand - 2} - {Hand - 2}

{CONCEALED - 2} - {CONCEALED - 0}

{FIELD}

[X] [Gardna Ruby {70 HP}] [X] - [X] [X] [X]

[Heart Gardna, Abdiou {150 HP}] [X] [X] - [X] [Abyszard Frostbite Wolf {50 HP}] [X]

[X] [X] [X] - [X] [X] [X]


I just have to draw a Creature that can turn this around..! Frost thought to himself, before drawing with everything he had. "My turn..!" He declared.

[SP - 2]

Uh oh... Frost thought. I can try this, but if I can't clinch it this turn, I won't be able to summon anything to help Wolf...I guess that means I'd better give it a shot! Frost thought, before raising up a card, as the area around them became gray, Levon's eyes slightly widening. "With a Victory Cost of 2! I turn Wolf into a Victory Creature this turn!" He declared, swiping the card. "Victory Drive!" He called out, as a cyan pillar engulfed Wolf, as he turned into a spirit-like blue knight. "Glacial Knight!"

[SP - 0]

[ATK - 140]

"Glacial Knight attacks Ruby..!" Frost declared, as the knight rushed forward, and slashed at the humanoid, only for it to hop backwards as a purple barrier got in the way.

"True Guard. That attack is blocked." Levon remarked.

"In that case, I'll use his second attack on Ruby..!" Frost said, holding his hand out as the knight tried to slash again.

"Then I'll activate Big Guard." Levon declared, as a red barrier got in the way. "Ruby gains DEF equal to the ATK of Glacial Knight." Levon started.

[DEF - 140]

"Then, I draw one card." He added, drawing.

"...I end my turn..." Frost said, knowing what that meant, as Glacial Knight reverted to Wolf.


{Levon} - {Frost}

{SP - 0} - {SP - 0}

{Hand - 3} - {Hand - 2}

{CONCEALED - 0} - {CONCEALED - 0}

{FIELD}

[X] [Gardna Ruby {70 HP}] [X] - [X] [X] [X]

[Heart Gardna, Abdiou {150 HP}] [X] [X] - [X] [Abyszard Frostbite Wolf {50 HP}] [X]

[X] [X] [X] - [X] [X] [X]


As Levon drew, he simply held his hand out. "It's about time to end this already, Abdiou." He remarked, as the knight rushed right for Wolf, and slashed through him, as the Wolf fell to the ground, and disappeared, clearing Frost's grid. "I win." he remarked, Frost looking at his empty field in shock.