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Hand is also the name of an archetype.
Hand
手札 (Tefuda)
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The Hand is the gameplay zone that consists of the cards that you are holding and have drawn during a game.

Details

The Duel advances by playing cards from your hand. In Duel Masters, each player starts have 5 cards in their hands at the start of the game. The player who goes first in the duel doesn't draw a card.

In principle, if you don't use cards with a Draw effect, you can only put one card into your hand each turn. Meanwhile, you will possibly using at least 1 or 2 cards each turn (charge and playing card during the main step). If you do that each turn, you will have lost your hand by the 4th or 5th turn.

To avoid that, most decks incorporate cards that allow you to search, draw sources or Mana Acceleration to speed up using powerful cards. In most card games, it is usually expressed that "a player who can control their hand controls the game".

You may always look at the cards in your hand, but don't show them to your opponent. However, "Peeking" cards from your opponents such as Jenny, the Dismantling Puppet or Spell Del Fin, Light Divine Dragon force you to show your opponent your hand by the card ability. The latter card can prove disadvantageous due to the ability of revealing your hand face-up being permanent while the creature is in the battle zone.

There is no limit to the number of cards you can have in your hand at any given time, so you can have as many cards as draw effects allow you to. However, you should refrain from drawing too much due to the risk of deck-out. The advantage is also lost if hit by Card Discard such as Lost Soul.

You still have a hand even if you have no cards in it. For example, if a card tells you to discard your hand and you have no cards in your hand, you can still discard your hand, you just discard 0 cards.

Rulings

From the Duel Masters - General Game Rules: Version 1.9 (August 9th, 2018)

  • 402. Hand
    • 402.1. The hand is where a player holds cards that have been drawn. Cards can be put into a player’s hand by other effects as well. At the beginning of the game, each player draws five cards.
    • 402.2. There is no upper limit on how many cards a player can have in their hand.
    • 402.3. A player may arrange their hand in any convenient fashion and look at it at any time. A player can’t look at the cards in another player’s hand but may count those cards at any time.

From the Duel Masters - General Game Rules: Version 1.8 (August 9th, 2018)

  • 402. 手札
    • 402.1. 手札は, プレイヤーが引いたカードを持っておく場所です.他の効果によってカードが山札以外のゾーンから手札に移動することもあります.ゲームの開始時に, それぞれのプレイヤーは 5 枚のカードを引きます.
    • 402.2. それぞれのプレイヤーに手札の上限はありません.
    • 402.3. プレイヤーはその手札を便利なように並べ, そして好きなときに見ることができます.他のプレイヤーの手札を見ることはできませんが, いつでもその枚数を数えることはできます.

Related Categories

  • For cards that allow you to draw extra cards during your turn, see Card Draw.
  • For cards that allow you to Card Discard from your opponents hand, see Card Discard.
  • For cards that allow you to discard from your own hand, see Self Discard.