Masked HERO: deck recipe

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There are only 3 Masked Heroes in the game right now, but just one of them seems actually good, which is Masked HERO Anki. This card together with Mask Change can be added to a destiny hero deck, which already had success on its own, but will now get a huge power boost.

Example Deck

Balance Version

Destiny HERO - DeciderDestiny HERO - DeciderDestiny HERO - DeciderDestiny HERO - CelestialDestiny HERO - DrilldarkDestiny HERO - Drilldark
Vision HERO - VyonCosmic CycloneCosmic CycloneMask ChangeMask ChangeMask Change
Destiny DrawPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaXing Zhen HuTreacherous Trap Hole
Wall of DisruptionWall of Disruption----
Masked HERO AnkiMasked HERO AnkiMasked HERO Anki---

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Your starting hand will reflect the card balance of your deck. This Skill will not activate unless you have at least 6 of each type of card (Monster, Spell, and Trap) in your Deck.
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Alexis Rhodes

How to Use

Anki OTK

(This OTK is only possible because of a bug that doesn't half Anki's attack when he attacks directly with his effect and Titan Showdown is active.)
Use Cosmic Cyclone to banish a spell/trap card and reduce your LP to make Titan Showdown active, then used masked change to special summon Masked HERO - Anki. Anki is able to attack your opponent directly and because of Titan Showdown he will deal 5600 damage. If your opponent does not control any spell/trap card for you to use Cosmic Cyclone on, you can turn on self-chain. First activate Masked Change on your HERO and then use Cosmic Cyclone on Masked Change, you will still be able to summon Anki with your LP reduced for Titan Showdown.

Masked Hero Anki & Mask Change

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. With all the Destiny Hero monsters having the DARK attribute, they are all possible targets for Mask Change to summon Masked Hero Anki.

The power from Masked Heroes and Mask Change comes from the fact that Mask Change is a quick-play spell card, meaning you can first attack with your Destiny Hero to destroy a monster or deal extra damage and then bring out your Masked Hero 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, Super Rush Headlong etc to avoid those card effects and still get another attack in.

Besides having the highest attack of all three Masked Heroes available right now, Anki also has the best effect. He can attack your opponent directly, but his attack will be halved when you do so but most importantly when he destroys an opponent’s monster by battle, you can add another Mask Change spell card from your deck to your hand, meaning you can then use that Mask Change either on another one of your destiny hero monsters to summon another Masked Hero Anki, or use it on your Masked Hero Anki because he is a DARK attribute HERO monster. However if you do so and destroy another monster by battle you can’t add another Mask Change card to your hand because that effect can only be used once per turn.

Destiny HEROes

We use the same three Destiny Hero beatstick monsters as before, because they have the highest attack but also good effects. Destiny Hero - Celestial is great to draw cards, and with Mask Change now in this deck, more monsters will be sent to your graveyard. Decider cannot be destroyed by a level 6 or higher monster, which can counter Cyber Angel decks, he can also bring back (one time) a hero monster from your graveyard to your hand. Drilldark will allow you to swarm the field, which could be very powerful if you have access to a Mask Change spell card.

If you start with Drilldark, one other Destiny Hero monster and Mask Change you can; summon those two Destiny Hero monsters, go in for one or two attacks (depending on the amount of monsters you might want to leave one monster on the field to be destroyed by Anki), then use Mask Change on one of them to summon Anki, destroy an opponent’s monster, add a Mask Change to your hand so you can send the last Destiny Hero monster to the graveyard to get out your second Masked Hero Anki. This combo could easily be an OTK.

Spell/Trap Protection

Use these cards so that you can attack your opponent safely. Use Cosmic Cyclone to banish potentially harmful backrow. Xing Zhen Hu pins down your opponent's backrow making them unusable and take up your opponent's backrow space.
Beside protecting your monsters and allowing you to activate your skill, you can significantly slow down some decks that rely on a specific Spell/Trap card.

Destiny Draw

Destiny Draw is a great draw card that can help you get to your combo faster. You can also use the discard to put Destiny HERO - Celestial into your graveyard and use him to draw 2 more cards the next turn.

Vision HERO Vyon

Vision HERO Vyon is used to mill Destiny HERO - Celestial out of your deck so that he can later be used to draw cards. You can also banish a HERO monster from your graveyard to search out Polymerization. Since your monsters except for Celestial don't really do much in the graveyard, it is fine if you use Vyon to search Polymerization even though you do not plan to fusion summon just to thin your deck.

Additional Notes

  • The core of the deck with Destiny Calling is 3x Destiny Hero - Drilldark, 3x Destiny Hero - Celestial, 3x Destiny Hero - Decider, 2x Cosmic Cyclone, 3x Mask Change . The remaining slots can be filled with whatever good backrow cards you own. We included Powerful Rebirth, Super Rush Headlong, Enemy Controller, Mirror Wall and Floodgate Trap Hole to give you some examples.

  • You can also include the Mask Change+Masked Hero Anki package into a fusion destiny hero deck.

A fusion variant of this deck would use this as its core;

Vision HERO - VyonVision HERO - VyonVision HERO - VyonDestiny HERO - MaliciousDestiny HERO - MaliciousDestiny HERO - Celestial
Destiny HERO - CelestialDestiny HERO - CelestialDestiny HERO - DreamerPolymerizationPolymerizationMask Change
Mask ChangeMask ChangeMasked HERO AnkiMasked HERO AnkiMasked HERO AnkiDestiny HERO - Dangerous

Fusion monsters

For added utility you can use fusion monsters in your deck. Sometimes you won't be able to summon Masked HERO Anki or there are some situations where Masked HERO Anki would not be effective. In case you did not draw Mask Change you can fusion summon monsters to send Celestial to the graveyard and deplete your hand so that you can use his effect. In case Celestial is not in your hand Dangerous can send him from the deck to the graveyard to gain attack. When there is a monster you cannot overpower on your opponent's field, you can fusion summon Vision HERO Trinity for a 5000 attack beater and with his ability to attack 3 times during each battle phase, you can use him to clear your opponent's monsters.

Other Useful Cards

Can be used to replace Cosmic Cyclone, although not as effective for disrupting backrow.
Fire Formation - Gyokkou
Fire Formation - Gyokkou
Can be more useful than Cosmic Cyclone in some situations, but if your opponent activates his continuous trap during your draw phase this card is dead in your hand.
Forbidden Chalice
Forbidden Chalice
If you attack your opponent directly and activate Forbidden Chalice during the damage step you will deal 3200 points of direct damage instead of just 1400.


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Anonymous 2days ago
Do you guys think, that this deck can make a comeback now that Celestial is back at three copies?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
No, because Vyon is still limited bro.
Too many HERO monsters were released, but not competitive. That's why now it's down to Tier 3... Next time make hero monster to enjoy life than do duel. HERO Breakfast at Tiffany's. Lol !
<< Anonymous
Kaien Reply
Hero is decent, all the card is decent, once they have good card it will ban quickly

A hero lives, malicious, stratos, maybe vyon next :D
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
With new boxes, where have all the heroes gone now ?? At cafe for coffee than do duel ?? Haha !
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Just sit here and wait for shadow mist and mask change ii
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Hero deck is not about ATK but fast, who ready or not ready, one turn can 🔥 you, not all player good at using deck some of them use money not brain. Good player judge by his desicion, i lose against ojama you hear OJAMA, so even bad deck if the player understand how to use it it can be good deck
Titan Showdown doubles the ORIGINAL atk value.

Damn, I guess you can't read.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
damn, guess you're literally a cunt.
me vs Yubel deck
1. i attack his yaksha with my drilldark
2. yakhsa die and destroy yubel from his hand
3. he special summon terror incernate
4. why i can't foodgate his terror incernate ?
<< Anonymous
Kaien Reply
so only (you can use this effect in damage step) and "change attack point effect" can active in amage step ?

thanks bro, you're cool
<< Anonymous(Kaien)
Anonymous Reply
Counter Trap cards, and Quick effect that negates, can also be used during Damage Step :)
<< Anonymous
Jake Reply
Good answer dude! Thanks!
<< Anonymous
Kaien Reply
awesome bro, its very tricky
Ally or conspire against hundreds of other nations, each lead by a player like you, in a sandbox political world driven by the players.
I feel that the best way to nerf this deck is make it so you can only use one Mask Change per turn. The biggest reason this deck is OTK city is because people get Anki out, swing at a creature, then use Mask change on Anki so they get a second attack. Limiting Mask Change or Anki would just 🔥 this deck overall instead of balance it. If only Konami realized that.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
yes agreed, if only they change the mc card.
still good hero deck ^_^
Compared to stuff like pre-nerf Koaki Meru and Guardian Shen, this deck isn't that bad. You people do realize that Anki isn't immune to direct removal via traps, so stuff like Draining Shield make him worthless. Also, this deck will be a fantastic counter against Golden Castle decks since you don't target creatures. If you wanna look for an absolute 🔥, direct attacking deck, then go complain on that page.
Hope Konami add this to a Selection Box in future.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Maybe later, when the power creep has crept up to 9000. Honestly though this card would be the only thing we see, then it'd be a case of who gets their's first.

Bad idea to put Dark Law in the game at least you can stop Anki.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Busted card
<< Anonymous
Silent Reply
Isn't it's trash infront of maximus?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
probably release in EX - Structure deck as UR?
or Super Jaden event drop reward will be nice!!
Too all you nerds who kept saying “ThEy’lL nuRF AnKi @ THE nEXt bAn LIst”, how's the weather in the shadow realm?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
They simply won't limit this deck nor vampires, nor koa'ki meiru. No need to. Stronger decks will come in the future, I can bet
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Masked Hero Dian might bring mask change back but not Anki, or at least not as strong as before.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
They actually found a better solution, adding a limited to 3 feature
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
"nor vampires, nor koa'ki meiru"

....well, about that......
im running a balance version of d-anki deck and it works pretty well. added future fusion to summon trinity and send celestial to gy.
<< Anonymous(slasher)
Aster is #1 Reply
It is also good if you use dreamer. Then when you fuse for trinity, you will have celestial and another d-hero in the grave to banish for celestial's effect and dreamer in there to use it's effect later.
u guys really need to update these decks like duel links meta
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I guess it's a low priority for them because this deck still works fine even without being updated.

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