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The Heart of the Cards is a commonly used phrase in the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh!. It refers to a mystical force that helps a duelist draw the right card at the right time needed for the situation. The phrase is also used by real-life duelists who presume to be in a tight situation, often with no hand, or when their opponent has a massive advantage and the outcome of the game resides on the next card drawn (see Top-Decking). The "Heart of the Cards" also means the belief and faith a duelist has in their deck, putting hope that every card the deck gives will be useful.

Yugi Muto also often refers to the "Heart of the Cards" as if it helps him win Duels, as well as criticizing his opponents for not believing in it.

Although this concept lies within the realm of pseudoscience, it can be assumed that a duelist who sincerely trusts in their Deck to help them out will often find that trust reciprocated in a key reversal card being drawn at the right time. As such, Yugi gives the Heart of the Cards a lot of credit for helping him win duels. Often, it is noted that when a duelist has a close bond with his deck to the point of knowing it by heart can result in usage of the term as well.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, the concept is referred to during Jaden Yuki's duel with Dimitri. Winged Kuriboh points out that since Dimitri is not Yugi, the "Heart of the Cards" is not on his side.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, the concept is reffered to by Yusei Fudo several times during different duels.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, though he does not explicitly state it, Crow Hogan seems to believe in this concept, as evidenced by his dubbed quote: "Another Blackwing. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but hey, maybe my Deck's trying to tell me something."

In the original Japanese version, the concept of "Heart of the Cards" is touched on in the first episode, but largely not referred to since.

The video game Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists Of The Roses features a concept known as the Destiny Draw. It could be considered similar to the Heart of the Cards, since the Destiny Draw has a chance of adding a card to the player's deck that could potentially turn a losing duel around.

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