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Numen erat Testudo: deck recipe

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Overview

Are you tired of continuously facing Fur Hire and Amazoness decks and feeling like most games are decided by the coin toss?

What if I told you that there's a single card that can almost completely shut most meta decks down? Numen erat Testudo is the hero we need: its effect prevents players from Special Summoning monsters with 1800 or less, meaning every Fur Hire excpept for the now limited Dyna, Hero Fur Hire and every Amazoness except for Amazoness Queen; A Legendary Ocean allows you to Normal Summon Level 5 WATER monsters and Sea Stealth Attack makes up for Testudo's naturally low stats, providing protection.

Example Deck

The Legendary FishermanThe Legendary FishermanWarrior of AtlantisWarrior of AtlantisWarrior of AtlantisNumen erat Testudo
Numen erat TestudoNumen erat TestudoSoul ExchangeEnemy ControllerEnemy ControllerA Legendary Ocean
A Legendary OceanA Legendary OceanDrowning Mirror ForceDrowning Mirror ForceDrowning Mirror ForceSea Stealth Attack
Sea Stealth AttackSea Stealth Attack

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Balance
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.
Ishizu Ishtar
Ishizu Ishtar

How to Use

Numen Erat Testudo

Due to the fact that Numen Erat Testudo is a Level 5 monster, it can't be Normal Summoned naturally, but you can utilize A Legendary Ocean to reduce its level by 1 or Soul Exchange in order to Tribute an opponent's monster.

Your primary focus should be getting this monster out as soon as possible and then protect it with your Trap Cards.

Warrior of Atlantis & A Legendary Ocean

Since A Legendary Ocean is treated as "Umi", you can use it to activate Sea Stealth Attack. Its effect reduces the Level of all WATER monsters in both players' hands and on the field by 1, making it possible to Normal Summon Numen Erat Testudo and Deepsea Warrior.

This Field Spell is extremely important, so Warrior of Atlantis' ability to add it from the deck to the hand is very helpful.

The Legendary Fisherman

This monster is unaffected by Spell Cards while "Umi" is on the field, which prevents it from being switched into Defense Position by Enemy Controller, Destroyed by Super Rush Headlong or banished by Spellbook of Fate.

As long as you have A Legendary Ocean ("Umi") on the field, The Legendary Fisherman can also not be target for an attack, forcing the opponent to attack you directly and allowing you to activate Drowning Mirror Force.

Drowning Mirror Force

This Trap Card makes the matchup against Masked HEROes better: Sea Stealth Attack and Legendary Fisherman force the opponent to attack directly, making it possible to activate this card even if you don't have an empty field. Drowning Mirror Force can shuffle back into the deck all Attack Position monsters on the opponent's side of the field, it can be incredibly devastating.

Sea Stealth Attack

None of the monsters in this deck sport particularly high stats, but the majority can take advantage of this Continuous Trap in order to protect themselves from anything that could naturally get over them.

Once per turn, you can banish one of your monsters in order to protect them from cards like Treacherous Trap Hole or Spellbook of Fate or even to restore their original ATK after your opponent has reduced it with Wall of Disruption.

Additional Notes

Skills

[Skill] descriptionUser
Balance
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.
Ishizu Ishtar
Ishizu Ishtar

With the correct ration, this Skill can guarantee a starting hand with at least a Monster, a Spell and a Trap Card, considerably increasing the consistency of the deck.

[Skill] descriptionUser
Trap Layer
If your Deck contains 5 or more Trap Cards with different names, you will have improved chances of having a Trap Card in your starting hand.
Odion
Odion

Trap Layer is similar to Balance it's used to increase the chance of starting with Sea Stealth Attack, but you do need to run at least 5 Trap Card with different names in order for it to have an effect.

Matchups

Fur Hire Matchup

Once Testudo is on the field, the only monster that can be Special Summoned by the opponent would be Dyna, Hero Fur Hire: Beat, Bladesman Fur Hire can't search it from the deck, Donpa, Marksman Fur Hire and Recon, Scout Fur Hire can't activate their removal effects and Wiz, Sage Fur Hire can only be Tribute Summoned; for once going first against Fur Hires is not a death sentence.

Amazoness Matchup

Amazoness Princess can't Special Summon anything from the deck except for Amazoness Queen and neither Amazoness Onslaught nor Amazoness Willpower can target anything else with their effect; Sea Stealth Attack's removal effect activates before Onslaught's, leading to an almost complete lockdown.

Paleozoic Canadia and Treacherous Trap Hole are the main threats in this matchup as they can get rid of Numen Erat Testudo.

Masked HERO Matchup

Before the introduction of drowning Mirror Force this was one of the worst matchups: Numen Erat Testudo doesn't prevent any of the Extra Deck monsters from being Special Summoned and Cosmic Cyclone can get rid of Sea Stealth Attack; Masked HEROes are not an easy opponent, but facing them doesn't necessarily mean you are going to lose.

Silent Spellbook Matchup

While Spellbook of Fate can still be a problem, your opponent will have to banish Testudo if he intends on Special Summoning Silent Magician. Overall Silent Spellbook is not too difficult to face with this deck.

U.A Matchup

It's safe to say that this is the worst matchup for the deck right now: U.A. Midfielder is the only monster affected by Testudo's effect and it's the one that is usually Normal Summoned and U.A. Mighty Slugger shuts down Sea Stealth Attack and Drowning Mirror Force on Attack Declaration.

Comments

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Anonymous
This deck is actually pretty cute and effective.
Anonymous
SOUL EXCHANGE !!!!!!!!!
Medrin
Dude this is freaky. I literally JUST brain-stormed a Testudo deck before this was posted and now it's here. O_O'
<< Anonymous(Medrin)
Anonymous Reply
O_O'
yep I know that feel
mind blowing lol
Anonymous
something..that,,came..from,,the..
englishman,,twisted..mind,,
good..luck,,convincing,,people..
hahahah..
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
that guy is an idiot
Anonymous
Numen erat Testudo !!!!!!
Anonymous
Literally you can anything with 3x drowning mirror force
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
except english apparently XD
Anonymous
Tiny Turtle Turbo.
Shoutouts to Davinator.
Anonymous
how about matchup against vampire deck?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
yes it work too they cannot spec summon bat and retrainer.
Anonymous
Everyone needs to rally for Konami to implement a way of discarding unwanted items like gate keys that reach max capacity and flood the inbox extremely frequently. This a serious problem for those that want to be able to navigate their gift box for items of actual value like gems
<< Anonymous
Airmanitelan Reply
I had that problem about the grey key max capacity.. Just trade them off to card trader for colour keys.
<< Anonymous(Airmanitelan)
Anonymous Reply
but, eventually you reeach max color key capacity which i am nearing for all keys
<< Anonymous(Airmanitelan)
Anonymous Reply
i do that and it sucks. I have so many keys and gold atm i dont even know what to do with it. I sometimes just spend it on something to get the weekly card trader mission.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
what is the max capacity for each key?
Anonymous
you might be planing something nasty..
hahahah,,
Anonymous
And no one is going to obey you
Anonymous
No one is going to spread the word

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doesn't it work on the hand with raikiri ?
Balance doesn't work. You got to have at least 6 of each card type (Monster, Spell, Trap.)
The Blackwing synchro Raikiri is so OP... blackwing will be floating PvP next two months
sometimes the effect of my steelswarm caller doesnt trigger, and i dont now why...
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