Duel Monsters Cards

There are a handful of Duel Monsters cards used in What Doesn’t Kill You that don’t “actually” exist in the real TCG or OCG (or even in the anime or manga). This page shows the cards, created using Neo Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Maker, arranged by deck owner.

The artwork is sourced from a variety of places, but I have made sure to give credit to the artist on the bottom right corner of the card wherever possible. For “Invincible Heracles,” I was unable to find the original artist. If you know who it is, please let me know and send me a link!

I have linked to the artist’s portfolio or website first, and then the individual piece, if possible.

Keep in mind, these images are strictly for entertainment only– they aren’t to be printed, sold, traded, etc. They are not real Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards, either! They are created as illustrations for my Yu-Gi-Oh! fanfiction, What Doesn’t Kill You.

Worth noting is that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Maker uses the latest terminology for cards, e.g. Spell instead of Magic. However, in the fanfic, I typically use the terms that were used in the dub anime, or that are the most accurate translation of what was said in Japanese… so Téa plays Magic cards, not Spell cards. Or maybe she plays both!


* Edits by Azurite

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG)/Original Card Game (OCG) is property of Konami, Kazuki Takahashi, et al. No infringement is intended.

Alessa Marino (Greek Heroes & Gods Deck)

As with many of the Duelists in the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, I wanted the decks of the two biggest enemies Téa and Mai have to face in the Chapter 27 Duelist Cruise to match their personalities.

I came up with Alessa as this self-assured (perhaps even arrogant), loudmouthed powerhouse duelist. That means she ran a power deck, based around the concepts of strong attacks, swift attacks, and godlike invincibility.

Originally, her deck was going to feature Valkyries, as sort of a “Woman Power!” sort of theme, but after re-watching the KC Grand Prix arc of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, I decided against it. I wanted a Deck that would reflect Alessa’s Italian nationality, but it was very difficult coming up with (or finding) Italian myths that could easily be made into Duel Monsters cards.

My boyfriend and editor Andinel ended up coming up with the idea of using Greek Gods and Heroes and Trojan Heroes, as they would work well as individual decks, but would also work well in tandem as a Power Deck (for the Gods and Heroes) and a Control Deck (for the Trojan Heroes).

Serena Compagno (Trojan Heroes)

Where Alessa is meant to be something of a “firebrand” character, her duelist partner Serena is intended to be her foil– quiet where Alessa is loud, thoughtful and contemplative where Alessa rushes in headlong.

Her Deck is based off the Trojans in the Trojan War– frankly, the people I feel got the short end of the stick, because the exiled son Paris caused all this death and destruction by doing something stupid and picking a goddess as “the fairest” based purely off her saying she could get him a hot woman as his wife. Of course that was going to piss off the two other powerful goddesses and launch a war!

Anyway, the Trojans were both defensive (they were known for having a powerful wall around their city) and offensive (Hector was a well-known hero, and only taken down by Achilles after years and years of warfare; he was also duped into thinking his brother was on the field by one of those two vengeful goddesses). So Serena’s deck reflects that.

Originally, her deck was going to reflect Norns, or the goddesses in Norse mythology that are capable of seeing the past, present, and future. You might know them as Urd, Skuld, and Belldandy (or Verdandi).

When I had to change Alessa’s deck, it seemed only appropriate to change Serena’s too, and so we have the Greeks and the Trojans.