Obelisk the Tormentor: deck recipe

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Obelisk the Tormentor is nearly upon us. The last and arguably most anticipated of the three Egyptian God Cards will soon be introduced into the game, but will it manage to make an impact on the current meta? Well, Summoning Obelisk is definitely no easy task, but it also can’t be denied that it is a really powerful card.

4000 ATK and DEF are nothing to scoff at, especially when combined with an immunity to targeting effects, so here are a few ideas on how you can run this Divine Beast.

Junk Synchron Version

Example Deck

Obelisk the TormentorSphere KuribohSphere KuribohSphere KuribohJunk SynchronJunk Synchron
Junk SynchronJunk ForwardJunk ForwardJunk ForwardDouble SummonDouble Summon
Enemy ControllerEnemy ControllerPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic Hallucigenia
Paleozoic HallucigeniaPaleozoic Hallucigenia----
HTS PsyhemuthJunk DestroyerArmades, Keeper of BoundariesArmades, Keeper of BoundariesArmades, Keeper of Boundaries-

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
What Grows in the Graveyard
Begin the Duel with 1 "Dark Verger" in your Graveyard.
Akiza Izinski
Akiza Izinski

How to Use

Junk Synchron & Junk Forward

You can Normal Summon Junk Synchron, Special Summon Dark Verger (What Grows in the Graveyard) from your Graveyard via its effect and then Special Summon Armades, Keeper of Boundaries or you can Special Summon Junk Forward from your hand, Normal Summon Junk Synchron, Special Summon Dark Verger from the Graveyard and then Special Summon HTS Psyhemuth (Junk Synchron + Junk Forward) or Junk Destroyer (Junk Synchron + Junk Forward + Dark Verger). If you Summon Junk Destroyer this way, you will get to destroy up to two cards on the field.

If you have Double Summon available, the combination of Junk Forward and Junk Synchron can also lead into Obelisk the Tormentor. Normally using so many cards to Summon a single monster would be considered a waste, you would likely leave yourself completely open after this play, but with Obelisk it’s sort of different: this card’s immunity to targeting effects prevents your opponent from taking control of it with an Enemy Controller or from destroying it with a Koa'ki Meiru Maximus or a Vampire Kingdom.

Paleozoic Canadia & Paleozoic Hallucigenia

Both Paleozoic Canadia and Paleozoic Hallucigenia work particularly well with Armades, they can be used after the Level 5 Synchro has declared an attack to prevent your opponent from responding to them, but another thing that is worth mentioning is the fact that they can provide Tribute Material for Obelisk after they have been activated.

Additional Notes


[Skill] description (After 24 Jan)User
KaibaCorp Bling
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1000. Randomly draw a Glossy/Prismatic card from your deck.
Mokuba Kaiba
Mokuba Kaiba

The change has undeniably improved this Skill, making it quite easy to trigger. Cosmic Cyclone could be an interesting card to use in combination with this Skill now, but, since Obelisk doesn’t really have to worry about backrow thanks to its effect, it would be kind of redundant.

[Skill] descriptionUser
What Grows in the Graveyard
Begin the Duel with 1 "Dark Verger" in your Graveyard.
Akiza Izinski
Akiza Izinski

This is the only Skill I would advise running with the second version of the deck, as it pretty much turns Junk Synchron into an automatic Armades, Keeper of Boundaries.

[Skill] descriptionUser
Last Gamble
Can be used in your Main Phase, starting from the fifth turn. Upon activation, reduces your LP to 100 and discards 2 cards from your hand. You roll a die and draw that number of cards. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Joey Wheeler
Joey Wheeler

If you are going for a huge combination of cards, then Last Gamble is generally a great Skill, but surviving until your 3rd Turn can be quite hard with Koa'ki Meiru, Karakuri and Masked HERO decks around.


  • Kaiba Corp Bling is still pretty slow as a Skill, it still substitutes your draw rather than just adding the card to your hand or giving you the option of shuffling something back into the Deck for it like Reinforcement.
  • If any of your cards are Glossy or Prismatic, your chances of drawing Obelisk will be drastically reduced.
  • Both decks aren’t really able to Summon Obelisk so consistently: the first one uses the Egyptian God Card as its only winning condition, whereas the second one can function without it.


Hot New Top
Are there any suggestions for a new deck, that actually focusses on bringing out Obelisk? I mean not only as a side-strategy...
Obelisk is not invulnerable, it can be affected by many spells and trap cards that send him to the deck or even destroy him. I think Konami should eliminate or change the description. Instead of say unaffected by spell, trap or card effects, it should say by some spell, trap or card effects and make a list of the cards that affect it. Otherwise there is a lie in that description. Very annoying for me, trying to build a deck with Obelisk as a main power an discover that it is weaker than I thought.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Targeted: select as an object of attention or attack.

When it is returned to the deck or is destroyed, it is being targeted, even it is not selected as an objetive.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Dude I don't think that you understand the word "target" in YuGiOh.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
i dont understand these people. RULES ARE RULES. stop trying to justify a bug when there isnt any.

2 reply above : no, the definition of 'target' you found on google is not what it means in Yugioh
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
can you read?
If this meta won't change, they'll force me to use Obelisk
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
use it and get destroyed by d.d. prison, widespread ruin, d.d. assailant etc
obelisk animation for yugi
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
only for kaiba
Pretty much unstoppable, to think one of the best ways to play it is actually with fur hire XD
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I once saw a Fur Hire deck that uses Obedience Schooled to quickly bring out either Osiris or Obelisk turn 1.
<< Anonymous
Aster is #1 Reply
It is great as long as this doesn't happen. XD
I return to the game and Obelisk appears finally.
Kaiba must be proud.
We need a perfect skill of Obelisk!
tablero de obelisco
GameA can't build a deck without Junk Synchron x3 and Armades.
<< Anonymous
Another Anon Reply
Anonymous can't build a deck without copy pasting and then criticizing it.
<< Anonymous(Another Anon)
Anonymous Reply
Another Anon can't understand the meaning of other ppl comments.
To get obelisk you must let Ishizu ride your obelisk
Y'all be slapping junk synchrons everywhere damn
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Why not ? It IS a good card useful for many decks.

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