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One of the new archetypes added with the latest box “Abyssal Encounters”, is the Alien archetype. This archetype revolves around putting “A-Counters” on your opponent’s monsters. These monsters will lose attack/defense when battling an Alien monster but you can also use very powerful and versatile spells/traps that interact with these A-Counters.

This deck, while some versions add some UR/SRs from other boxes, can be easily made by a F2P/Budget-player because most cards are R(ares) from the latest box.

Sample deck

F2P Version

Doesn’t require a box reset, or cards from other boxes

Alien OverlordAlien OverlordAlien TelepathAlien TelepathAlien TelepathAlien Warrior
Alien WarriorAlien WarriorAlien KidAnti-Magic ArrowsAnti-Magic ArrowsEnemy Controller
Enemy ControllerEnemy Controller"A" Cell Recomposition Device"A" Cell Recomposition Device"A" Cell Recomposition DeviceBrainwashing Beam
Brainwashing BeamBrainwashing Beam

Ananta Version

Evil Dragon AnantaAlien OverlordAlien TelepathAlien TelepathAlien TelepathAlien Warrior
Alien WarriorAlien WarriorAlien GreyAlien KidMysterious TriangleEnemy Controller
Enemy Controller"A" Cell Recomposition Device"A" Cell Recomposition Device"A" Cell Recomposition DeviceBrainwashing BeamBrainwashing Beam
Powerful RebirthPowerful Rebirth
[Skill] descriptionUser
Can be used only once after starting hands are dealt. Reveal and redraw your starting hand.
Seto Kaiba
Seto Kaiba

How to Use

Restart is used to try and start with cards like “A” Cell recombination device which can start putting A-Counters on your opponent’s monsters quickly which is the key to winning with this deck.

This deck has a lot of OTK potential, it has ways of dealing with your opponent’s monsters and backrow, so it’s also very versatile. You can decide yourself if your prefer to run a more control or OTK oriented version.

Evil Dragon Ananta

Has great synergy with this deck because all the alien monsters are Reptiles. Can help out in duels vs burn/stall decks because you can destroy one card at the end of your turn, which puts a lot of pressure on your opponent and can get rid of annoying cards like Temple of the Mind’s Eye.

Evil Dragon Ananta [UR]

Evil Dragon Ananta
Evil Dragon Ananta
DARK Reptile ★8
ATK ? / DEF ?
Generation Next [UR]
This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by removing from play all Reptile-Type monsters from your side of the field and Graveyard. This card's ATK and DEF are each equal to the number of Reptile-Type monsters you removed x 600. During each of your End Phases, destroy 1 card on the field.

Alien Overlord

Can either be normal summoned with one tribute, or special summoned by removing 2 A-counters from a card on the field. You can put one A-counter on each of your opponent’s monsters once per turn which is a great way to get all your other effects rolling or just make your Alien monsters stronger than your opponent’s, this is because for each A counter on a monster, when that monster battles one of your Aliens they’ll lose 300 atk/def for each A counter on it.

Alien Overload [R]

Alien Overlord
Alien Overlord
DARK Reptile ★6
ATK 2200 / DEF 1600
Abyss Encounter [R]
You can remove 2 A-Counters from anywhere on the field to Special Summon this card from your hand. Once per turn, you can place 1 A-Counter on each face-up monster your opponent controls. (If a monster with an A-Counter battles an "Alien" monster, it loses 300 ATK and DEF for each A-Counter during damage calculation only.) You can only control 1 face-up "Alien Overlord".

Alien Telepath

Once per turn, each one of your Alien Telepaths can destroy a spell/trap card on the field in exchange for removing one A counter from one of your opponent’s monsters. Keep in mind to do plays in the right order, for example if you want to take control of a monster with brainwashing beam that has more than 1 A counter, you can first remove one counter with Alien Telepath to destroy backrow and then follow up by taking control of it.

Alien Telepath [R]

Alien Telepath
Alien Telepath
FIRE Reptile ★4
ATK 1600 / DEF 1000
Abyss Encounter [R]
Once per turn, you can remove 1 A-Counter from a monster your opponent controls, and destroy 1 Spell or Trap Card. (If a monster with an A-Counter battles an "Alien" monster, it loses 300 ATK and DEF for each A-Counter during damage calculation only.)

Alien Warrior & Alien grey

These two monsters are good to see in your opening hand because they allow you to get the ball rolling with your A counters.

Alien Warrior is the highest 4 star Alien effect monster available and also has a nice effect that allows him to put 2 A-counters on the monster that destroyed it by battle.

Alien grey is a great monster to set when you go first; you’ll get an A-counter on one of your opponent’s monsters and you get to draw a card (if your opponent attacked into it that is).

Alien Warrior [R]

Alien Warrior
Alien Warrior
EARTH Reptile ★4
ATK 1800 / DEF 1000
Abyss Encounter [R]
When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, place 2 A-Counters on the monster that destroyed it. (If a monster with an A-Counter battles an "Alien" monster, it loses 300 ATK and DEF for each A-Counter during damage calculation only.)

Alien Grey [N]

Alien Grey
Alien Grey
LIGHT Reptile ★2
ATK 300 / DEF 800
Abyss Encounter [N]
FLIP: Place 1 A-Counter on 1 face-up monster on your opponent's side of the field. (If a monster with an A-Counter battles an "Alien" monster, it loses 300 ATK and DEF for each A-Counter during damage calculation only.) After this card has been flipped face-up, when it is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, draw 1 card.

“A” Cell recombination Device

Probably the most amazing card in this deck. Not only is it an easy way to get a lot of A-counters on your opponent’s monsters, you get to thin your deck by sending an Alien monster to the graveyard (which can be brought back with Powerful Rebirth for example). It also has an effect that can be activated from the graveyard (but not the same turn you activated it) which allows you to draw an Alien monster in exchange for banishing this card from the graveyard, so you can search for whatever Alien works best in your current situation.

This is a quick-play spell card which can make a lot of plays possible. For example you can activate this card when your opponent attacks and immediately follow it up with brainwashing beam to take control of that monster. Effectively stopping their attack, defending your monsters and making your field stronger thanks to theirs.

“A” Cell recombination Device [R]

"A" Cell Recomposition Device
"A" Cell Recomposition Device
Quick Spell
Abyss Encounter [R]
Target 1 face-up monster on the field; send 1 "Alien" monster from your Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, place A-Counters on the targeted monster equal to the sent monster's Level. During your Main Phase, except the turn this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can banish this card from your Graveyard; add 1 "Alien" monster from your Deck to your hand.

Brainwashing Beam

A very strong swing card which allows for a lot of OTKs. You can take control of one of your opponent’s monsters that has one or more A-counters on it. You can keep control of that monster as long as this trap remains on the field; during your end phase you remove one A counter from that monster, if there are no A counters left this trap is destroyed. With this trap you can quickly change the state of the board field by taking control of your opponent’s monster for multiple turns.

You can take control of a monster during its attack, to stop that attack, plus it’s only during your end phase that an A counter is removed, and not during each end phase.

Works great together with “A” cell recombination device because it allows you to easily take control of one of your opponent’s monsters for 4 turns.

Brainwashing Beam [R]

Brainwashing Beam
Brainwashing Beam
Continuous Trap
Abyss Encounter [R]
Select 1 monster with at least 1 A-Counter on your opponent's side of the field, and take control of that monster. During each of your End Phases, remove 1 A-Counter from that controlled monster. If all A-Counters are removed from that monster, or that monster is destroyed, destroy this card.

Mysterious Triangle

Another big swing card that makes OTKs possible. You can destroy a monster with an A counter on it and special summon a level 4 Alien from your deck (it’s destroyed during the end phase). A big thing to keep in mind is that you can also destroy one of your own monsters with an A counter, which you can do after that monster already attacked. You can also do that if the monster you took with Brainwashing Beam is about to lose all its A-counters during this end phase, you destroy it (so your opponent doesn’t get it back) and you get a new monster from your deck.

Mysterious Triangle [SR]

Mysterious Triangle
Mysterious Triangle
Quick Spell
Abyss Encounter [SR]
Destroy 1 monster on the field with an A-Counter. Then, you can Special Summon 1 Level 4 "Alien" monster from your Deck. Destroy it during the End Phase.

Crop Circles

When you activate this card you send any number of monsters from your side to the graveyard and summon a monster whose level is equal to the combined level of monsters you sent. Most of the time you’ll use this card to sacrifice a level 4 alien to summon another level 4 alien, which can is useful to dodge annoying effects like the effect of Massivemorph/Wall of Disruption, or you can also use this card to OTK your opponent if you got in a successful attack and need just one more attack.

However you can also use this card in combination with Brainwashing Beam/enemy controller to easily get rid of your opponent’s monster and get one of your own on the field.

As said before with other cards, this is just another example of a strong swing card that has a lot of ways to be used, making it versatile as well. Just make sure to pay attention to the level of that monster or you could be taking 2000 damage

Crop Circles [N]

Crop Circles
Crop Circles
Normal Trap
Abyss Encounter [N]
Send any number of monsters from your side of the field to the Graveyard to activate this card. Select from your Deck 1 "Alien" monster whose Level is equal to the total Levels of the sent monsters, and Special Summon it. If you fail to find a monster to Special Summon, you take 2000 damage.

Additional Notes

  • As you can see the amount of plays possible are endless at times, which is why it’s not only a fun deck, but a very strong deck as well.

  • Don’t forget the effect that reduces your opponent’s monsters atk/def by 300 for each A counter on them and for each alien you control (because each alien will apply the atk/def reduction when a battle involving an alien happens). There are times when you’ll be able to put extra counters on a monster during the battle step with “A” Cell recombination device which could be enough to make your opponent’s monster too weak to beat yours. Always think of all the possible plays that you can make.

  • As said before this deck can either be ran as a fast OTK deck, or run more control cards and try to find a balance. This is up to personal preference for now as it’s difficult to know what the most optimal playstyle is as of now with the meta being shaken up.

Other Useful Cards

Windstorm of Etaqua
Windstorm of Etaqua

Curse of Anubis
Curse of Anubis
Because the alien monsters themselves are on the weaker side, this will help you defend them and make plays possible for your next turn.
Wall of Disruption
Wall of Disruption
Great card against for example CAffira and Hazy Flame decks because they swarm the field, less useful against Gladiator Beasts because they can just tag out.
Powerful Rebirth
Powerful Rebirth
Has synergy with a lot of the cards that send Aliens to the graveyard , making it possible to help OTK your opponent quickly by swarming the board.
Alien Kid
Alien Kid
Puts an A-counter on each monster special summoned to your opponent’s side of the field. This meta has a lot of ways of special summoning monsters so running one copy of this card can be a very good choice.
Hey, Trunade!
Hey, Trunade!
Since "A' Cell is a quick-play spell that can reduce your opponent's attack, you can use Trunade to return your opponent's set back row and activate A Cell from your hand to deal some damage over most monsters.

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Anonymous 13days ago
Anyone getting to KOG with this?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 12days ago Reply
Most likely not, especially in the current OTK meta.
<< Anonymous
Malefic 9days ago Reply
Me, it's still extremely powerful. Just need some tweak to counter those Sylvan plebs
<< Anonymous
Malefic 9days ago Reply
Btw here's my decklist. Apparently I only have 1 of each Chalice, Divine Wrath and Memory Loss. It would be better if you throw in more Chalice than the other 2
Anonymous 19days ago
Alien overlord reduce atk def of monster by 600
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 16days ago Reply
Bro do you even read and math?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 16days ago Reply
Which anon you're talking to
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 15days ago Reply
The Op anon obviously duh
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 10days ago Reply
Oh I thought I'm right hahaha
Anonymous 18days ago
Lion Alligator doesn't synergize with alien counters but the piercing catches many opponents by surprise
To be honest is it just me or os there like a specific deck that have a higher brick rate with certain character or what... I used Alien with Kaiba and it run well with Beatdown but when I tried to use it with Dr. Crowler with the same skill it bricks every freakin time. Same goes with Restart skill as well. Eveb though restarted it still bricks with Crowler :(
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
With Crowler you have to use AG or you lose ;)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
yes when you try aliens with a new character it works very well tried it with Bakura just to grind him some skills and in almost every duel it gives me a really good hand
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 19days ago Reply
My Crowler has Life Boost Alpha, and Aromage deck runs just fine on him.
Anonymous 25days ago
Lion Alligator worth to put in an alien deck?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 19days ago Reply
It is piercing is something your opponent doesn't account for even he sees aliens
Neo 20days ago
If alien warrior is attacked while face down does he get to place counters on the monster that attacked and destroyed him ?
<< Anonymous(Neo )
Anonymous 20days ago Reply
The "Crop circles" card does not seem to work correctly. This is the card text:

"Send any number of monsters from your side of the field to the Graveyard to activate this card. Select from your Deck 1" Alien "monster whose Level is equal to the total Levels of the sent monsters, and Special Summon it. If you fail to find a monster to Special Summon, you take 2000 damage. "

Analyzing your text, we concluded that it should be possible to send any kind of monster to the graveyard, provided it is in my field. However, what happens is that it is only possible to send to the graveyard "alien" cards of level 4 or lower. Example: I summoned in my field the "Alien Overload" card. There was already in my field the trap card "Crop circles" set down on the previous turn. So I tried to activate the card, but the card did not turn green indicating that it could be activated.

Sorry for my bad english
<< Anonymous(Gui)
Eragon1563 Reply
The problem might be that you don't have any monsters that have 6 stars except for Alien Overlord. If you activate Crop Circles and sacrifice Time Wizard(2 stars) you can special summon Alien Grey(also 2 stars) but if you use Alien Overlord(6 stars) you can't summon Alien Warrior or Alien Kid(both 4 stars)
<< Anonymous(Gui)
sheepofheaven 28days ago Reply
Yo hablo español, maybe its because you try to special summon anothes overloard, but you cannot because his effect than you can only control one ovelorloard on the field
Why was this bumped down to tier 2?
<< Anonymous
Yugimanz Reply
Probably because of Masked Heros (and possibly Geargia). When I play them, I use Mask Change to dodge alien counters and shrek my opponents who thing their aliens are unstoppable.
Still the best deck imo. Tried sylvan but they flat out lose to cyber angels.

And by running restart I have over a 50% winrate against Sylvan's which rely a bit too much on luck.
<< Anonymous(cyka)
Anonymous Reply
I've beaten maybe 1 sylvan out of 10. Any good sylvan player will destroy aliens deck.
<< Anonymous
Kk Reply
But ultimate providence can completely destroy sylvan too XD. Easy by alien
<< Anonymous
blyat Reply
Meh, that's not what I've experienced. I've been running Aliens with a super-special-secret card in it that has high synergy; no difference other than that one card, and I typically beat Sylvan at least 3 out of every 5 times. Sylvan is completely dependent on having the cards on top of the deck in the right order, whereas Aliens, with careful planning and forethought, can outmaneuver anything.
<< Anonymous(blyat)
Anonymous Reply
A good sylvan player can abuse the effect of guardioak and hermitree to control their card on the top of the deck so they are not "completely" dependent in having the card on the top of the deck in the right order.

Or they can be super lucky and excavate 3 marshalleaf and 2 komushroomo
This deck and sylvans need to be nerfed...
Someone prescribe chemotherpy, because this deck is a cancer case. If any deck needs to be nurfed in the current meta, it’s this one. It does too much for how easy deck it is to build, thus too many people running around with it in PvP.
I have a few spare gems. Should I build this deck?
<< Anonymous(Frustration)
Anonymous Reply
Go for it if you’ve already invested in the pack
<< Anonymous(Frustration)
Anonymous Reply
This is 1 of the best f2p deck. But you also need some good effect resistance/negate trap/spell.(cyclone/gyokkou/divine wrath) or temporarity replace it with (ultimate providence)
From gold to Dlv Max and KoG if you use it's max potential.

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