All non-Fusion “Gladiator Beast” monsters, with a few exceptions, share the ability to return to the Deck during the end of the Battle Phase of the turn in which they battled, and Special Summon another monster of their archetype from the Deck. When a “Gladiator Beast” monster is Special Summoned this way, it gains different effects that can range from backrow and monster removal (Gladiator Beast Bestiari and Gladiator Beast Murmillo respectively) to Special Summoning from the Graveyard (Gladiator Beast Darius).
Gladiator Beast decks usually rely heavily on their backrow to protect their monsters and allow them to continuously “tag out” and activate their effects, slowly depleting the opponent's resources.
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You can Special Summon Gladiator Beast Gyzarus by shuffling Gladiator Beast Bestiari and another “Gladiator Beast” monster into your Deck. When Gyzarus is Special Summoned, you can target up to 2 cards on the field and destroy them.
This is possibly the most convoluted way of Summoning Gyzarus. Since the effects of the monster Summoned by Darius are negated, you can even use Tygerius as Fusion Material for Andabata.
Gladiator Beast War Chariot is possibly the only card that’s keeping this archetype from being completely outdated; a Counter Trap with a minor activation requirement that allows you to prevent your opponent from searching Invocation via Aleister the Invoker, Special Summoning a “Spectralsword” via Shiranui Squiresaga, or from applying the effect of The Sanctified Darklord using Darklord Ixchel, Darklord Nasten, or Darklord Tezcatlipoca.
When Gladiator Beast Bestiari is Special Summoned by the effect of another “Gladiator Beast” monster, it destroys a Spell/Trap Card on the field.
When Gladiator Beast Murmillo is Special Summoned by the effect of another “Gladiator Beast” monster, it destroys a face-up monster on the field. Murmillo used to be the main way Gladiators had to deal with problematic monsters, it’s a great card despite its poor stats, but keep in mind that its effect is mandatory, so, if your opponent has no face-up monsters on the field when you Special Summon it (or no face-up monsters that can be targeted by its effect), you will have to destroy one of your own.
Gladiator Beast Essedarii is a 2500 ATK monster with no effect. You need to shuffle back into your Deck 2 “Gladiator Beast” monsters in order to Special Summon it, and you can use it to prevent yourself from decking out.
The monsters used to Summon “Gladiator Beast” Fusion Monsters do not have to be face-up, so, even if your opponent flips your Bestiari face-down with Canadia, you can still use it for Gyzarus, Essedarii, or Nerokius.
Nerokius requires you to shuffle back into the Deck 3 “Gladiator Beast” monsters, it can't be destroyed by battle and, when it attacks, the opponent cannot activate cards or effect until the end of the Damage Step.
This Skill will increase your chances of opening with Test Tiger and reduce the chances of finding Augustus in your hand. “Gladiator Beast” decks love to have a lot of backrow available to disrupt the opponent’s plays, and that’s the main drawback of running My Monster Cards: your hand is going to consist primarily of monsters.
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