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Hieratic Dragon: deck recipe

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Overview

“Hieratic” monsters focus on Special Summoning and destroying cards by Tributing other monsters of their own archetype; when Tributed, most of these cards have the ability to Special Summon Normal Dragon-Type monsters from the hand, Deck or Graveyard, but their ATK and DEF become 0.

The first time we saw a “Hieratic” monster was back when the Structure Deck: Dragonic Force was released, then the archetype received some “support” in Valiant Souls and now it looks like we are getting three more cards. The reason why this archetype has had no impact at all up to this point is quite simple, their mechanic is geared towards something that is not in the game yet: Xyz Summoning.

There would be nearly no point in Special Summoning monsters with no effect and take away their stats, one of the only things that they have going for them, if it wasn’t for Special Summoning something from the Extra Deck that requires multiple monsters of the same Level to be on the field; it’s kind of ironic that we are receiving support for an archetype that focuses on Xyz Summoning right after the release of 5D’s.

Leaving everything else aside, some of these new cards do have potential in Duel Links thanks to their removal effects, so they might see some play before the advent of the next big update.

Example Deck

Sphere KuribohHieratic Dragon of SuHieratic Dragon of SuHieratic Dragon of SuHieratic Dragon of NebthetHieratic Dragon of Nebthet
Hieratic Dragon of NebthetHieratic Dragon of EsetHieratic Dragon of EsetHieratic Dragon of EsetHieratic Dragon of NuitHieratic Dragon of Nuit
Galaxy SerpentGalaxy SerpentGalaxy SerpentRed-Eyes B. DragonMonster GatePaleozoic Canadia
Paleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic Canadia----
Stardust DragonFlamvell UruquizasAzure-Eyes Silver DragonGiganticastleGravity Warrior-

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Beatdown!
This turn, the Atk of all Level 5 or higher face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters of Level 5 or higher on your field times 300.
Seto Kaiba
Seto Kaiba

How to Use

Main Deck Monsters

Just like Hazy Flame Cerbereus, you can Normal Summon this Level 5 monster without having to Tribute, but its original ATK will become 1000; after Normal Summoning this card, you will be able to Special Summon either Hieratic Dragon of Su or Hieratic Dragon of Nebthet from your hand, triggering Eset’s effect and Special Summoning Galaxy Serpent from your hand, Deck or Graveyard,

Hieratic Dragon of Eset has another effect that allows you target a face-up Normal Dragon-Type monster on the field and make the Level of all “Hieratic” monsters currently on the field become the Level of that monster; this effect is not particularly useful in this deck as the only monster you can target with it is Galaxy Serpent, a Level 2 monster.

Hieratic Dragon of Su is a Level 6 monster, which means that you can Special Summon a Level 8 Synchro (Stardust Dragon) using him and Galaxy Serpent.

This card is able to, once per turn, destroy a Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls by Tributing another “Hieratic” monster from your side of the field or your hand; if you Tribute a Hieratic Dragon of Eset from your hand, its effect will still activate, Special Summoning a Normal Dragon-Type monster from your hand, Deck or Graveyard.

Hieratic Dragon of Nebthet is very similar to Hieratic Dragon of Su, the only differences is that it’s a Level 5 monster and its effect can destroy a monster on the opponent’s side of the field instead of a Spell/Trap Card. With Nebthet and Su, the deck is already able to deal with anything on the field that doesn’t have protection, they can get rid of cards like Amazoness Onslaught or Amazoness Queen and then attack aided by Beatdown!.

Since Nebthet is a Level 5 monster, it could be used to Special Summon a Level 7 Synchro, together with Galaxy Serpent, but unfortunately we don’t have any good generic Synchros at the moment.

The “Hieratic” of the deck, Hieratic Dragon of Nuit is a Level 4 Dragon-Type monster that doesn’t have the ability to Special Summon Normal Dragon-Type monsters when Tributed—Nuit has to be targeted by a card effect in order to activate this effect.

Red-Eyes Black Dragon is here for one reason only: giving access to Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon. You can Special Summon Red-Eyes Black Dragon from your hand, Deck or Graveyard using Hieratic Dragon of Eset, Su, Nebthet or Nuit’s effect.

Protection

Both of these cards are here to avoid OTKs: Paleozoic Canadia is an excellent form of protection against common decks such as Fur Hire and Sphere Kuriboh is a Hand Trap, which means that it is obviously unaffected by cards like Hey, Trunade! and Cosmic Cyclone.

Paleozoic Canadia can be Special Summoned from the Graveyard by chaining it to a Trap Card and be used as Tribute Material for one of your Level 5 or higher “Hieratic” monsters.

The Extra Decks

Stardust Dragon is the best—and the only—generic Level 8 Synchro in the game, its effect allows you to negate common forms of removal such as Treacherous Trap Hole; in order to activate Stardust Dragon’s effect you need to Tribute it, but the monster will come back during the End Phase of that same turn.

You can Special Summon this card with Hieratic Dragon of Su and Galaxy Serpent.

Flamvell Uruquizas is a Level 6 Synchro Monster with piercing damage and the ability to increase its ATK each time it inflicts Battle Damage to the opponent, it’s a good card to keep in the Extra Deck primarily for the first part of its effect.

You can Special Summon this card primarily with Hieratic Dragon of Nuit and Galaxy Serpent.

With so many Dragon-Type monsters in the deck, it’s a shame that Synchro Summoning Azure-Eyes is not that easy; this Level 9 Synchro can temporarily protect all Dragon-Type monsters you control from targeting and destruction effects.

You can Special Summon this card with Red-Eyes B. Dragon and Galaxy Serpent.

Gravity Warrior is another option that you should keep in your Extra Deck, it can reach up to 3000 ATK and it can switch opponent’s Defense Position monsters into Attack during the opponent’s Battle Phase.

Additional Notes

Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Beatdown!
This turn, the Atk of all Level 5 or higher face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters of Level 5 or higher on your field times 300.
Seto Kaiba
Seto Kaiba

This deck has a pretty easy time summoning high Level monsters, so Beatdown! fits perfectly; the changes the Skill underwent relatively recently matter very little as most of the times Level 5 or higher monsters are going to be the only ones face-up on your side of the field before the Battle Phase.

Weaknesses

  • This deck, like many others, dislikes going first: setting up a board early is not ideal given how easy it would be to dismantle it. Without Paleozoic Canadia or Sphere Kuriboh in starting hand, going first can easily result in a loss.

  • While the “once per turn” negation from both Wiz, Sage Fur Hire and Silent Magician don’t really hurt the deck, common cards such as Paleozoic Canadia and Treacherous Trap Hole are enough to prevent “Hieratic” monsters from activating their effects and/or prevent you from Synchro Summoning.

  • Hieratic Dragon of Su and Nebthet without Hieratic Dragon of Eset or Nuit are pretty much dead cards.

Comments

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Anonymous
This deck has more future potential than the spirit dragon deck
<< Anonymous
DDR Reply
It's always good to see decks with future potential. It keeps the meta updated.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 13days ago Reply
Yeah, there'a a future potential with this deck. We haven't got the two real bosses of the deck yet, because the two bosses are Xyz monsters lol
Nice deck, seriously 13days ago
Hieratics are not bat at all, however, they might need the help of Azure Eyes to prevent destruction.
Anonymous 19days ago
I really like Heiratics. Hopefully XYZ comes to the game so they can really ascend.
AngelicOG 19days ago
Example deck is off. Must run 3x neb, 3x eset, 3x su, 3x gebeb, 3x advance draw and 4 staple traps. Skill is "last gamble" from joey. The idea of the deck is to get as many hieratics in your hand as possible, as fast as possible. This deck has incredible potential and im sure it will see competitive play in the future!
Anonymous 23days ago
The Example deck is terrible Hieratic work best as control they can pop cards easily and with downbeat they can even get the correct Hieratic for the job.

Need Spell/Trap Destruction? Use Asar

Need monster removal? Use Su
Need a beater to finish the job get Gebeb off Neb or Eset.

No way to use that dreadful 0 ATK sphere? Use downbeat for Asar.

Downbeat also protects you from target effects as well.
Anonymous 31days ago
Better than blue eyes????
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Anonymous
Advance Draw + Level Augmentation really helps in unbricking dead hands. Still not consistent enough though
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
And you cant use beatdown :/ but i like the idea
Anonymous
Pretty good deck.
2 galaxy serpents are more than enough btw
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Agree..Unknown Synchron is also rlly good..
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Maybe, but i think its easy enough to get a tuner out
Anonymous
Frontrow and backrow spot removal, easy swarming of powerful monsters, easy access to Azure Eyes for protection, this deck is really good, and it's stupidly easy to obtain if you're willing to shell out the $$$.
Anonymous
This deck has some serious potential. Have pulled off several turn 2 wins thanks to good card draw.
Anonymous
Since it has removal and easy synchro shoukan then it's definitely worthy !
Anonymous
This one has great potential

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seriously though.. i wish they would make tag duels a game mode in pvp or have some kinda online ...
Really komoney??
this deck needs Legionnaire to make it truly competitive or Ravine
Lol, you are the one that got it reversed. XYZ is the monster and xyz is the summoning mechanic.
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