The core strategy of this deck is destroying your own monsters via card effects to trigger their effects. At the center of this deck is Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys which can revive and destroy all spell/trap cards on the field after being destroyed by a card effect. And then there are the Fire King monsters, that quickly can swarm the field and also have great synergy with almost every card in this deck. Goka, the Pyre of Malice and Fire King Island provide support for destroying your own monsters and triggering their effects.
Card of the Soul can search any monster in your deck, but the down side is that the monster has to have a combined attack and defense points equal to your current life points making this card somewhat difficult to use. The best use for Card of the Soul in this deck would be to search for Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys while your life points are still at a full 4000.
Fire King monster's effect activates when a monster you control is destroyed by card effects. Their primary effect is always special summoning them form your hand except during the damage step. In addition, they have secondary effects which support their play style.
Fire King Avatar Yaksha can destroy another card in your field or hand after he is destroyed. this can trigger the effect of Fire Kings, Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys or other cards you might add to this deck.
During the next standby phase after being destroyed by a card effect, Fire King Avatar Barong searches your deck for a Fire King monster and adds it to your hand. Destroying him while in your hand with Fire King Island or Fire King Yaksha is a great way to thin your deck and search for combo pieces.
Goka, the Pyre of Malice is a great card to use in this deck. Normal summon a Fire King monster then special summon Goka to destroy it. This puts a powerful monster on your field while aslo triggering your Fire King's effect, and can also cause other Fire Kings to be special summoned from your hand. You can also use destroy Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys with Goka's effect, giving you two high leveled monsters and clearing your opponent's backrow during your next stanby phase.
Other useful cards
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When Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys is destroyed by a card effect he revives himself during your next standby phase and clears the field of all spell/trap cards. By using cards that take advantage of his effect we are able to continuously clear the enemy's backrow.
What this deck desperate needs in Fire King Avatar Arvata to shut down all the monster effect bullshit going on (i.e. Sylvans), and Circle of the Fire Kings for more synergy. Fire King High Avatar Garunix would probably be too broken for Duel Links, but those two other cards alone would make this deck Tier 1 or 2 again.
I do agree with you that those cards you mentioned are very good to this deck, but none of them can search nephthys in your deck and special summon it or add it to your hand you know. My point is a decent replacement for Card of the Soul.
Garunix please, Konami!
Nephthys's effect isn't even considered strong anymore, since nowadays you can obtain Vision Hero Witch Raider from a much more useful box (e.g. Canadia), with more ATT, an effect that destroys ONLY your opponent's spells and traps, and can be tribute summoned using TRAP CARDS TOO.
Is there a way to beat this deck consistently? I don't see it much in PvP but I'm worried because I heard SDs use it later on so I'll have to deal with this deck once I get to the last stage levels.
Trust me. Once you reach that level, it's going to be one of the easiest SD decks to beat. Any 2500+ monster will do, spell destruction spell to destroy Fire King Island, Econ to change Nephthys to defense position once it revives (since it's quick play), super rush headlong, wall of disruption, ... so many ways to counter.
This archetype got a crapload of support yesterday and people are saying its more duel links oriented. so prepare to see this deck return if they bring it over like the furries
Is there really no way to use card of soul to get sacred phoenix in pvp anymore? Does it have to equal exactly the amount of attack points of a monster or can it be over the amount as long as it still covers it?
Your life points have to exactly equal the total of the monster's ATK and DEF points. The 5000 lp change will only be for the 1 month/season.
Seeing Phoenix on tier 4 breaks my heart more than if my girlfriend would break up would. I spend so much time and gems only into building this piece of deck and i wasted so many gems that this is the only real deck i have. :( hope Konami brings out more support and aliens & sylvians stop raping the meta
You can take advantage of that. Best thing to do is to special summon your phoenix by yaksha's effect so he will be forced to banish a monster to protect SSA and then if there is still any monster on his side you can delete them with your phoenix or with a fire king. Super Rush Headlong can help you deleting his monsters if 1800 atk isn't enough since they can use SSA's effect only once per turn.