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A card's Speed
designates when during a turn the card's damage or effect will trigger. This provides an order of operations within a turn to determine, for example, if a counter is fast enough to affect the current incoming attack. A lower Speed represents a faster card, with a Speed of 1 being the fastest and 9 being the slowest.
The Speed value represents the second within a round when the card triggers. Each turn is made of 10 seconds. All Equipment cards trigger on seconds 1 through 9, with second 10 being used for end of turn effects like poison damage.
Two cards can trigger at the same time if they have the same Speed.
If a faster card deals a killing blow the dead Immortal's card does not trigger. Although the Speed difference between your card and your opponent's card doesn't affect the outcome of every turn, a close match can sometimes come down to who can deal the quicker final blow.
“Strike first, strike swift, and strike deadly.” - Calling card of unknown Shadow