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Masked HERO: deck recipe [June 2020]

Duel Links Masked Hero deck, Masked Hero in the meta,
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update 22/06/2020

Required Card Boxes

Valiant Souls Galactic Origin Selection Box Vol. 03

Example Deck

Standard Version

Destiny HERO - PlasmaVision HERO FarisVision HERO FarisVision HERO FarisElemental HERO StratosElemental HERO Stratos
Elemental HERO StratosDestiny HERO - MaliciousDestiny HERO - MaliciousVision HERO IncreaseVision HERO IncreaseDestiny HERO - Celestial
Vision HERO - VyonVision HERO - VyonCosmic CycloneCosmic CycloneForm ChangeMask Change
Mask ChangeMask ChangePolymerization---
Masked HERO AnkiMasked HERO AnkiMasked HERO KogaMasked HERO BlastVision HERO AdorationVision HERO Trinity
[Skill] descriptionUser
Master of Fusion
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1000. Return 1 card from your hand to your Deck and add 1 "Polymerization" to your hand from outside of your Deck. This Skill can only be used twice per Duel.
Aster Phoenix
Aster Phoenix

How To Play

Main Combo

Vision HERO Faris
Vision HERO Faris
DARK Warrior ★5
ATK 1600 / DEF 1800
Fortress of Gears [UR]
You can discard 1 other "HERO" monster; Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can place 1 "Vision HERO" monster from your Deck, except "Vision HERO Faris", in your Spell & Trap Zone as a face-up Continuous Trap, also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn, except "HERO" monsters. You can only use each effect of "Vision HERO Faris" once per turn.
Vision HERO Increase
Vision HERO Increase
DARK Warrior ★3
ATK 900 / DEF 1100
Fortress of Gears [SR]
If you take battle or effect damage while this card is in your GY: You can place this card from your GY in your Spell & Trap Zone as a face-up Continuous Trap. During the Main Phase, if this card is treated as a Continuous Trap: You can Tribute 1 "HERO" monster; Special Summon this card. If this card is Special Summoned from the Spell & Trap Zone: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower "Vision HERO" monster from your Deck. You can only use each effect of "Vision HERO Increase" once per turn.

The Vision HEROes in this deck are used to get a bunch of HERO monsters out on the field quickly. Because all of them are DARK, they are good targets for Mask Change to make Anki.

Faris alone can start a combo that Special Summons two monsters from the deck. And by discarding Destiny HERO - Malicious for Faris' cost, you can easily swarm the field, to use for summoning Destiny HERO - Plasma.

Special Summon Faris by discarding a HERO, preferably Malicious. Use Faris' effect to put Increase in your Spell/Trap zone, then tribute Faris to Special Summon Increase. Increase Special Summons Vyon from your deck which mills a HERO to the graveyard. This is your main combo and from this you can make various boss monsters depending on the match up.

Elemental HERO Stratos

Elemental HERO Stratos
Elemental HERO Stratos
WIND Warrior ★4
ATK 1800 / DEF 300
Selection Box Vol. 03 [UR]
When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can activate 1 of these effects.
● You can destroy Spell/Trap Cards on the field, up to the number of "HERO" monsters you control, except this card.
● Add 1 "HERO" monster from your Deck to your hand.

Stratos' will mostly be used for his second effect. Normal Summon him to search out Faris. Or search Malicious if you already have Faris and want something to use as discard cost. You can Normal Summon Stratos and search another copy of himself if you just want to cycle your deck.

You can occasionally use Stratos' second effect to remove your opponent's backrow. But usually Stratos is the first monster summoned to search your combo pieces. If you do want to use this effect, do your Faris combo first and you should end with Increase and another HERO onboard. Summon Stratos and destroy 2 of your opponent's Spell/Traps. Then follow this up by Fusion Summoning Trinity for an OTK.

Masked HERO Blast
Masked HERO Blast
WIND Warrior ★6
ATK 2200 / DEF 1800
Must be Special Summoned with "Mask Change" and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. If this card is Special Summoned: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; its ATK becomes half its current ATK. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can pay 500 LP, then target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls; return it to the hand.

Since Stratos is your only WIND HERO, you can only summon Blast by targeting him Mask Change. Blast's first effect is good for getting your opponent to OTK range by reducing their monster's ATK by a significant amount. It can also be used defensively when summoned during your opponent's turn and reducing their ATK so that they can't attack over your monsters.

Bouncing your opponent's Spell/Trap cards back to their hand has some good utility. You can do this during your opponent's End Phase to bounce something like Dark Magical Circle so they cannot activate its effect during your turn. Returning set backrow during your opponent's End Phase prevents them from chaining the targeted card. On your turn, you can bounce an opponent's Necrovalley so you'll be free to use Malicious' or Celestial's effect.

Do not bounce cards during their Main Phase because they'll just re-activate it or set it again.

Masked Hero Anki & Mask Change

Mask Change
Mask Change
Quick Spell
Valiant Souls [SR]
Target 1 "HERO" monster you control; send it to the Graveyard, also, after that, if it left the field by this effect, Special Summon 1 "Masked HERO" monster from your Extra Deck with the same Attribute that the sent monster had when it was on the field (its original Attribute, if face-down).

The way Mask Change works is you send one HERO monster from your field to the graveyard, and then summon a Masked Hero monster from your extra deck that has the same attribute as the HERO monster that you sent. Because Destiny HERO and Vision HERO monsters are DARK attribute, they are all possible targets for Mask Change to summon Masked Hero Anki.

Masked HERO Anki
Masked HERO Anki
DARK Warrior ★8
ATK 2800 / DEF 1200
Valiant Souls [UR]
Must be Special Summoned with "Mask Change" and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. This card can attack your opponent directly, but when it does so using this effect, the battle damage inflicted to your opponent is halved. When this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "Change" Quick-Play Spell Card from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Masked HERO Anki" once per turn.

The versatility of Anki and Mask Change comes from the fact Mask Change is a Quick-Play Spell, meaning you can first attack with your HERO to destroy a monster or deal extra damage and then bring out Anki for a second attack. You can also activate Mask Change in response to your opponent activating a card like Enemy Controller, Wall of Disruption, etc. to avoid those card effects and still get another attack in.

Anki can attack your opponent directly, but his attack will be halved when you do so. This can let you steal some wins when you only need to put in a little more to damage.

But more importantly when Anki destroys an opponent’s monster by battle you can search a Mask Change or Form Change. Search for Masked Change if you want to make another Anki; higher base stats make him good for direct attacking and his search effect can be used the next turn. Search Form Change if you want to make Koga; better for pushing damage if your opponent controls a monster because of his self ATK boost and debuff effect. You can immediately activate the searched Change Spell to summon another Masked HERO, giving you an extra attack. However, you only get the search effect once so even if you summon a new Anki you don't get to search another Change Spell.

Masked HERO Koga & Form Change

Masked HERO Koga
Masked HERO Koga
LIGHT Warrior ★8
ATK 2500 / DEF 1800
HERO Generation
Must be Special Summoned with "Mask Change" and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. This card gains 500 ATK for each monster your opponent controls. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can banish 1 "HERO" monster from your Graveyard, then target 1 face-up monster on the field; that target loses ATK equal to the ATK of the monster banished to activate this effect, until the end of this turn.
Form Change
Form Change
Normal Spell
Jaden/Yubel Lvl 40 [UR]
Target 1 "HERO" Fusion Monster you control; return it to the Extra Deck, then Special Summon from your Extra Deck, 1 "Masked HERO" monster with the same Level as that monster's original Level, but with a different name. (This Special Summon is treated as a Special Summon with "Mask Change".)

Using Form Change on Anki, Adoration, or Trinity is the only way to make Koga in this deck. Koga's ATK boost easily puts him at 3000+ ATK enough to deal with most monsters. And the stat debuff can let you deal huge damage through an opponent's monster.

Most of the monsters in this deck doesn't have graveyard recovery or graveyard effects so you will have lots of options for the debuff cost. Using an Anki, sent to your graveyard by Masked Change, or any other Extra Deck monster as cost will usually 0 the opponent's ATK. The only things you shouldn't banish as cost are Vision HERO Increase, Destiny HERO Celestial, and Destiny HERO Malicious. (if you haven't used Malicious' effect yet)

Additionally, the ability to debuff your opponent's monsters during their turn, prevents them from battling you while you have HEROes in the graveyard and Koga on the field.

Destiny HERO - Celestial

Destiny HERO - Celestial
Destiny HERO - Celestial
DARK Warrior ★4
ATK 1600 / DEF 1400
Destiny Rulers [R]
When this card declares an attack: You can target 1 face-up Spell Card your opponent controls; destroy it, and if you do, inflict 500 damage to your opponent. If you have no cards in your hand, except the turn this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can banish this card and 1 "Destiny HERO" monster from your Graveyard; draw 2 cards. You can only use this effect of "Destiny HERO - Celestial" once per turn.

Destiny Hero - Celestial has a good draw effect when he is in the graveyard. The other monster you will banish for Celestial's cost should be your second copy of Malicious. You can mill Celestial to the graveyard with Vyon, or put him there by using him as a target for Mask Change or using him as fusion material.

The first effect is actually quite useful for getting rid of problem cards like Necrovalley and Dark Magical Circle. But being activated during the Battle Phase makes it kinda slow, since you would want to get rid of your opponent's disruption before you do your combos during the Main Phase.

Vision HERO Vyon

Vision HERO - Vyon
Vision HERO - Vyon
DARK Warrior ★4
ATK 1000 / DEF 1200
Destiny Rulers [R]
If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can send 1 "HERO" monster from your Deck to the Graveyard. You can only use this effect of "Vision HERO Vyon" once per turn. Once per turn: You can banish 1 "HERO" monster from your Graveyard; add 1 "Polymerization" from your Deck to your hand.

Vision HERO Vyon is usually seen when Special Summoned by Increase, letting you mill a HERO monster from your deck. You can send Celestial or Malicious to the graveyard to prepare their effects. Or you can mill extra copies of Faris or Vyon, which you will banish to search Polymerization.

Fusion monsters

These Fusion monsters add utility to your Extra Deck by giving you more options to go into. By the end of the main combo mentioned in the first section you should have at least 2 HERO monsters, Increase and Vyon. If you didn't get Mask Change, you should use Vyon's effect to search Polymerization.

Vision HERO Adoration
Vision HERO Adoration
DARK Warrior ★8
ATK 2800 / DEF 2100
Selection Box Vol. 03 [SR]
2 "HERO" monsters
Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls and 1 face-up "HERO" monster you control, except this card; the opponent's targeted monster loses ATK and DEF equal to the ATK of your targeted monster, until the End Phase.

Adoration can be made with Increase and Vyon if you don't have any other HEROes on hand. His free debuff effect is good for getting rid of high stat monsters and pushing damage, especially if you control another Extra Deck monster. However you do need to control another HERO monster to use this effect. And aside from being a high stat monster, Adoration is not really a good turn one play without Form Change.

Vision HERO Trinity
Vision HERO Trinity
DARK Warrior ★8
ATK 2500 / DEF 2000
Destiny Rulers [R]
3 "HERO" monsters
During the turn this card was Fusion Summoned, its ATK is double its original ATK. This Fusion Summoned card can attack 3 times during each Battle Phase. This card cannot attack your opponent directly.

Trinity has extremely high stats upon summoning, and the ability to attack three times lets him easily OTK if your opponent controls at least two monsters. Because of this he should be summoned when your opponent doesn't have backrow, letting him freely attack. However, he is extremely costly to summon and you should never summon him on the first turn.

Other useful cards

Elemental HERO Solid Soldier
Elemental HERO Solid Soldier
EARTH Warrior ★4
ATK 1300 / DEF 1100
Valhalla Calling [SR]
When this card is Normal Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower “HERO” monster from your hand. If this card is sent from the Monster Zone to the GY by a Spell effect: You can target 1 “HERO” monster in your GY, except “Elemental HERO Solid Soldier”; Special Summon it in Defense Position. You can only use this effect of “Elemental HERO Solid Soldier” once per turn.
Destiny Draw
Destiny Draw
Normal Spell
Aster Phoenix [SR]
Discard 1 "Destiny HERO" card; draw 2 cards.
Enemy Controller
Enemy Controller
Quick Spell
Seto Kaiba [SR]
Activate 1 of these effects.● Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; change that target's battle position.● Tribute 1 monster, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; take control of that target until the End Phase.

[June 2020] KOG Notes

dknight179


M HEROdknight179M HERO dknight1792
IGN: dknight179, Skill: Fields of the Warriors, Date Submitted: June 22

Note by dknight178:

"I use these two interchangeably depending on who is winning.

Shiranui: Squiresaga and spectralsword shade helped me win matchups I otherwise would not have won and made my deck more flexible against backrow-heavy decks.

Masked hero: Standard deck but with two favorite hero cards instead of two Malicious, as added attack boost and protection against targeting outweigh higher chance of summoning Plasma or fusion summoning Trinity."

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Anonymous 21days ago
can f2p version reach KOG?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 21days ago Reply
You mean the one without stratos?

Yes it can, however you might want to stick with d hero variant and focus on anki. Celestial might be able to regaining consistency after a few turn.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 21days ago Reply
i have 1 stratos, ok will try d-hero variant
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 21days ago Reply
Tinfoil
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 21days ago Reply
Nope tinfoil is safe
Anonymous 26days ago
Unfortunately, I don't have any copies of Elemental Hero Stratos. Should I replace them with an extra copy of Destiny HERO Celestial and 2 copies of Vision HERO Minimum Ray?
<< Anonymous
Yami Aster 26days ago Reply
For another vision hero not in the deck here, I'd say gravito is the most versatile. Poisoner can be good too sometimes. Having a second celestial depends on what else is in your deck. Chances are you aren't going to be able to use it's effect twice when one malicious usually gets banished and/or plasma gets used or you don't get it in time. Although, gravito can help the whole banish situation.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 22days ago Reply
I'd say wait until stratos comes out. The deck doesn't even run well with 1 stratos, need 2-3.
Anonymous 23days ago
Hi, any version that doesn't use the new vision monsters for those who didn't dig the minibox?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
Considering you also dont have stratos, it could only be the one from d hero structure deck + anki, because using celestial for drawing power might help you a better hand. It is kinda hard to play this deck considering you dont use its consistency cards.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 22days ago Reply
You need Faris to get your combo started. The deck didn't take off even with stratos in the selection box until the mini came with increase+faris.
Anonymous
The coolest deck in all of duel links. faris increase vyon malicious combo is so good.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I don't know what's going on here, but I'm just a little bit concerned about the number of lunatics on this forum.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Its just another otk deck. I don’t understand the hard on you guys have for otk decks, all they do is one combo, or more if they are a particularly good deck, destroy everything and beat for 4000. How is it “cool” in any way?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It's very efficient. You can end your duels very fast and have a consistent deck.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You know, it wasn't all that otk when you see plasma on the recipe.
This deck is super popular because of flexibility. Stratos and faris make this deck super consistent
Anonymous
Hope Konami add this to a Selection Box in future.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
never gets old
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
too op?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
much too op!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
They wont give you this looking at the state of current meta. We dont even have shadow mist yet, and stratos still a premium card.
Anonymous
I was playing crystrons and only had a 55% win ratio in Legend. Then i switched to this exact Masked Hero build and blazed straight from Legend 1 to KoG with about 20 wins to 1 loss.
<< Anonymous
Yami Aster Reply
Yeah, it is amazing. Once even when I misplayed, I still won with it. Aster is the king of duel links right now.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Crystrons is a lot harder to play than heroes, but it is the stronger deck as the recent KCGT has shown, Crystron was the most used and the number 1 deck. You may want to practice with Crystrons more. Heroes are strong as well, but they tend to get stalled out as they are too aggressive whereas Crystrons can grind out wins.
<< Anonymous
Yami Aster Reply
One of my final matches in the KCGT was against crystrons. They would have won the duel, but they ran out of time while they were doing all their last summonings and I advanced because of that. And they are bound to get hit now.
Anonymous
where is neos version
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Neos with everything, except Heroes
Reaper
what would be a good replacement for Elemental HERO Stratos if I don't pull any?
<< Anonymous(Reaper)
Anonymous Reply
There is no good replacement. It's the card that makes this deck so consistent. But I guess you could add some additional copies of the other monsters if you still want to build that deck.
<< Anonymous
Reaper Reply
okay thanks I'm still running vampires and it feels like I need update to a more current format but it feels like I can never get enough resources for it
<< Anonymous(Reaper)
Reaper Reply
vampires just feel like they're so easily countered now
Anonymous
This has a terrible matchup vs dark magician
Anonymous
Let’s be honest, who didn’t see this thing returning to tier 1?
Yami Aster
This post-banlist version is just like mine except that I only use 2 faris and have one trap card used instead (tth right now, but I will have to change that soon), and I sometimes use decider instead of plasma for extra protection and because some people still don't understand his effect, amusingly enough. Or I use my other version: swap plasma for vision hero witch raider and have 2 fiendish chain (or 1 fiendish chain and 1 canadia) instead of destiny draw for the second trap. Idk about anyone else, but ever since fortress of gears was released and we have had this new version of the deck, I still have not seen any other hero players in pvp besides myself. I believe Konami is making a mistake already putting limits on this deck.
<< Anonymous(Yami Aster)
Anonymous Reply
I've been using this deck with just 1 stratos and it's very explosive and fun. Hopefully they'll release adoration and stratos in a proper box soon.
<< Anonymous
Yami Aster Reply
Sometimes I'll put one ehero solid soldier in it instead for the different monster since it works so good with stratos and so I can use dian. It is also a lot easier to get plasma out now. I just hope we get some other new hero stuff, too. I am hoping that disk commander and prisma could have a chance since they had errata for their effects.
<< Anonymous(Yami Aster)
ABN Reply
Hey, the deck doesn't look so bad now right? The nerf only forced you to remove TTH. Why not to replace it with Floodgate? It's really great.
<< Anonymous(ABN)
Yami Aster Reply
Probably since it can take care of Lunalight Sabre Dancer. But I am still leaning towards Divine Wrath, too. Idk yet. You know, ever since fortress of gears came out and we got this version, I still have yet to see even one hero player aside from myself in pvp. Everything is blue-eyes, shiranui, DM, Lunalight, and some Lightsworn things. Nerfing heroes was stupid since almost nobody uses it.
Anonymous
this deck is good but it needs blast you lose a lot of consistency without blast, he's well worth the level up

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Yes officer, this comment right here...
Konami please release this card in duel links
2 questions, why gishki over senjus and what is the card with cardnumber 17-18(I cant see)
I used Shiranui, need luck to get the red coin toss tho
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