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Gem-Knights: deck recipe [May 2020]

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Required Card Boxes

 Primal Burst Burning Nova Guardians of Rock

Example Deck

Block DragonBlock DragonBlock DragonGem-TurtleRyko, Lightsworn HunterRyko, Lightsworn Hunter
Gem-Knight AlexandriteGem-Knight ObsidianGem-Knight ObsidianGem-Knight ObsidianGem-Knight LazuliGem-Knight Lazuli
Gem-Knight LazuliGem-Knight AmberGem-Knight AmberGem-Knight AmberGem-Knight GarnetGem-Knight Garnet
Gem-Knight LapisGem-Knight LapisGem-Knight LapisDark World DealingsCharge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light Brigade
Charge of the Light BrigadeGem-Knight FusionGem-Knight FusionGem-Knight FusionHey, Trunade!Magnet Reverse
Gem-Knight Lady Brilliant DiamondGem-Knight Master DiamondGem-Knight SeraphiniteGem-Knight ZirconiaGem-Knight AmethystGem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli
[Skill] descriptionUser
Grit
If you had 4000 or more Life Points at the start of that turn, you Life Points will not fall below (work one time only). When this Skill is applied, you can only Special Summon 1 monster until the end of your next turn.
This Skill will only activate once per Duel.
Jesse Anderson
Jesse Anderson

How To Play

Lightsworn Engine

Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
LIGHT Beast ★2
ATK 200 / DEF 100
Lords of Shining [SR]
FLIP: Apply these effects in sequence.
● You can target 1 card on the field; destroy that target.
● Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard.
Charge of the Light Brigade
Charge of the Light Brigade
Normal Spell
Judgement Force [SR]
Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard; add 1 Level 4 or lower "Lightsworn" monster from your Deck to your hand.

Gem-Knight Lazuli & Gem-Knight Obsidian

Gem-Knight Lazuli
Gem-Knight Lazuli
EARTH Rock ★1
ATK 600 / DEF 100
Primal Burst [R]
If this card is sent to the Graveyard by a card effect: You can target 1 Normal Monster in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand.
  • If Gem-Knight Lazuli is sent to the Graveyard by a card effect, you can add a Normal Monster from your Graveyard to your hand.

If you use Gem-Knight Lazuli as Fusion Material, send it to the Graveyard to activate Gem-Knight Lady Brilliant Diamond or Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli’s effect or if you simply mill it with That Grass Looks Greener or Needlebug Nest, you will be able to add a Normal Monster back to your hand.

Gem-Knight Obsidian
Gem-Knight Obsidian
EARTH Rock ★3
ATK 1500 / DEF 1200
Burning Nova [R]
If this card is sent from the hand to your Graveyard: You can target 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target.
  • If Gem-Knight Obsidian is sent from the field to the Graveyard, you can Special Summon a Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from your Graveyard.

Use Gem-Knight Obsidian to activate Lady Brilliant Diamond’s effect. Having an additional Special Summoned monster on the field will allow you to deal more damage to your opponent via Lady Lapis Lazuli’s effect.

Block Dragon

Block Dragon
Block Dragon
EARTH Rock ★8
ATK 2500 / DEF 3000
Guardians of Rock [SR]
Selection Box Vol. 03 [SR]
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand or Graveyard) by banishing 3 EARTH monsters from your hand and/or Graveyard, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. Rock-Type monsters you control cannot be destroyed, except by battle. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add up to 3 Rock-Type monsters from your Deck to your hand, whose total Levels equal 8. You can only use this effect of "Block Dragon" once per turn.

You can Special Summon Block Dragon from your hand or Graveyard by banishing 3 EARTH monsters from your Graveyard. If you mill Block Dragon via That Grass Looks Greener or Needlebug Nest, you will have it immediately available and you might even already have enough monsters in your Graveyard to banish to Summon it.

Block Dragon prevents Rock-Type monsters you control from being destroyed by card effects, which prevents Treacherous Trap Hole from disrupting your plays.

If Block Dragon is sent from your field to the Graveyard, you can add up to 3 Rock-Type monsters whose total Levels equal 8 from your Deck to your hand.

Extra Decks

Gem-Knight Lady Brilliant Diamond
Gem-Knight Lady Brilliant Diamond
EARTH Rock ★10
ATK 3400 / DEF 2000
Burning Nova [UR]
3 "Gem-Knight" monstersMust first be Fusion Summoned with the above Fusion Materials. You can only Special Summon "Gem-Knight Lady Brilliant Diamond(s)" once per turn. Once per turn: You can send 1 "Gem-Knight" monster you control to the Graveyard, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Gem-Knight" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions.

Once per turn, by sending a "Gem-Knight" monster you control to the Graveyard, Lady Brilliant Diamond allows you to Special Summon a "Gem-Knight" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions. Use this effect to Special Summon Gem-Knight Master Diamond or Lady Lapis Lazuli. Try and send Lazuli or Obsidian to the Graveyard to get more value back from this effect.

Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli
Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli
EARTH Rock ★5
ATK 2400 / DEF 1000
Burning Nova [R]
"Gem-Knight Lapis" + 1 "Gem-Knight" monster
Must first be Fusion Summoned with the above Fusion Materials. You can only Special Summon "Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli(s)" once per turn. Once per turn: You can send 1 "Gem-Knight" monster from your Main Deck or Extra Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, inflict 500 damage to your opponent for each Special Summoned monster on the field.

By sending a “Gem-Knight” monster from your Deck or Extra Deck to the Graveyard, Lady Lapis Lazuli allows you to inflict to your opponent damage equal to the number of Special Summoned monsters on the field x500. You can only Special Summon Lady Lapis Lazuli once per turn, but you can use Gem-Knight Master Diamond to sort of getting around this restriction.

Gem-Knight Master Diamond
Gem-Knight Master Diamond
EARTH Rock ★9
ATK 2900 / DEF 2500
Primal Burst [UR]
3 "Gem-Knight" monsters
Must first be Fusion Summoned. This card gains 100 ATK for each "Gem-" monster in your Graveyard. Once per turn: You can banish 1 Level 7 or lower "Gem-Knight" Fusion Monster from your Graveyard; until the End Phase, this card's name becomes that monster's, and replace this effect with that monster's original effects.

Once per turn, Master Diamond can gain the original effects of any Level 7 or lower “Gem-Knight” monster in your Graveyard until the end of the turn by banishing it. Use this effect to utilize Lady Lapis Lazuli’s effect one more times or simply take advantage of Master Diamond’s high ATK.

Gem-Knight Zirconia
Gem-Knight Zirconia
EARTH Rock ★8
ATK 2900 / DEF 2500
Burning Nova [R]
1 "Gem-Knight" monster + 1 Rock-Type monster
Gem-Knight Amethyst
Gem-Knight Amethyst
EARTH Aqua ★7
ATK 1950 / DEF 2450
Burning Nova [R]
1 "Gem-Knight" monster + 1 Aqua-Type monster
Must first be Fusion Summoned. When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: Return all Set Spell and Trap Cards on the field to the hand.

The OTK

You can Fusion Summon Gem-Knight Lady Brilliant Diamond, activate its effect by sending a face-up “Gem-Knight” monster to the Graveyard, Special Summon Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli, Special Summon Block Dragon, activate Lady Lapis Lazuli’s effect, inflict 1500 damage to your opponent by sending Gem-Knight Lazuli from your Deck to the Graveyard and add a “Gem-Knight” Normal Monster from your Graveyard to your hand.

Now you can banish a “Gem-Knight” monster from your Graveyard to add Gem-Knight Fusion back to your hand and then use Block Dragon and Lady Lapis Lazuli as Fusion Materials to Summon Gem-Knight Zirconia. Block Dragon will allow you to add Gem-Knight Lapis (Level 3), Gem-Knight Lazuli (Level 1) and a Level 4 “Gem-Knight” monster from your Deck to your hand. Add Gem-Knight Fusion back to your hand and Fusion Summon Gem-Knight Master Diamond using Lapis, Lazuli and another “Gem-Knight” monster, add Lapis back to your hand via Lazuli’s effect, activate Master Diamond’s effect, banish Lady Lapis Lazuli from your Graveyard, activate its effect by sending Lady Lapis Lazuli from your Extra Deck to the Graveyard and inflict 1500 more damage to your opponent.

Add Gem-Knight Fusion back to your hand, Fusion Summon Master Diamond, banish the Lady Lapis Lazuli you sent to the Graveyard via the effect of the first Master Diamond and finish off your opponent. Note that, if your opponent had any Special Summoned monster on their side of the field, you would have been able to inflict 4000 damage to them without even Summoning the second Master Diamond.

Block Dragon can be used as Fusion Material and generate more value when you send it to the Graveyard, replenishing your resources and extending your turn.

Skill Suggestion

[Skill] descriptionUser
Grit
If you had 4000 or more Life Points at the start of that turn, you Life Points will not fall below (work one time only). When this Skill is applied, you can only Special Summon 1 monster until the end of your next turn.
This Skill will only activate once per Duel.
Jesse Anderson
Jesse Anderson
Spell Specialist
If your Deck contains 5 or more Spell Cards with different names, you will have improved chances of having a Spell Card in your starting hand.
Arkana
Arkana

Weaknesses

  • Both That Grass Looks Greener and Gem-Knight Fusion can be negated by Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En or Silent Magician, possibly leaving you with no other play.

  • Balance does not guarantee a Spell and a Trap Card in your first 4 cards, so, if you go first, you could have no opening play.

  • Block Dragon provides some protection, but your monsters can still be flipped face-down by a Paleozoic Canadia or a Floodgate Trap Hole or banished to prevent them from activating their effects.

  • Needless to say, if your Lady Brilliant Diamond is banished by a Subterror Behemoth Umastryx (Subterror Final Battle) or taken via Enemy Controller, you will likely lose the game.

  • Cosmic Cyclone can be used to banish Gem-Knight Fusion, preventing you from recycling it. If your opponent knows anything about your deck, they will likely activate the Quick-Play Spell as soon as you activate Gem-Knight Fusion.

  • Obsidian being milled gives you no value and there’s always the chance of either not milling Gem-Knight Fusion with That Grass Looks Greener or sending Lazuli to the Graveyard without anything to add back to the hand.

Comments

CarelessPotato
Obsidian can only activate it's effect when it's sent from the hand to the GY, not the field. So Lady Brilliant doesnt work on it.
Anonymous
It says "after" July 2019 Banlist, yet the only decklist on the page still has 2 Lapis Lazuli when it's limited at 1? :/
Anonymous
Still super powerful
Brilliant Fusion
It's been months since the banlist that hit Lazuli and this deck still hasn't been updated. Can someone please change that?
Anonymous
Will this deck still be good?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
The FTK is still possible- Master Diamond still can pull it off as long as it’s at more than 1- but it’s a lot more inconsistent and needs more setup now
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Is there no way for it to be good just for the fusions and not the whole FTK burn thing with grass looks greener? I thought it could finally have a chance with the new mini and upcoming main box support...
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Gem Knight Beatdown is a playable deck, but compared to other beatdown decks it far more underwhelming and less competitive. The FTK is by far what they’re better at and known for
Anonymous
Spellbooks are WAY slower than this deck.
Spellbooks do almost the same in all turns, this deck does a lot of things just once.
Anonymous
Surprisingly consistent. Prepare to face this a lot
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It’s still super expensive, so while it will pop up I don’t expect it to be widespread
<< Anonymous
Greg Reply
Really? I just built it with gems, pal. It's really an awesome deck, fun to play.
Anonymous
I met this deck couple of times and won easily.

Canadia/Floodgate/etc on their Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli and they auto surrender
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Just try not to fall asleep and not miss the moment when it appears on the field.
Pog
They can Firt Turn 🔥 you now
<< Anonymous(Pog)
Anonymous Reply
They could do it before xD
<< Anonymous(Pog)
Anonymous Reply
Never got FTK by a gem knight deck. I'd like too see a sample deck :0
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I used the deck that is posted on before June, the 30 card balance, and FTK wasn't that strange, its more easy now with block dragon tho.
Anonymous
Even before this deck can FTKed you, i would rather surrender than facing a deck that take 1 hour for a turn
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
True Gem Knight is 8x slower than Spellbook and Metaphys
Anonymous
Fantastic Pegasus farm lvl40
https://youtu.be/XDOB_3i4f4Q
<< Anonymous(Anonymous)
Anonymous Reply
Extremely relevant, my dude!

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