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U.A.: deck recipe [August 2020]

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Overview

“U.A.”, short for “Ultra Athlete”, is an archetype of EARTH Warrior-Type monsters that share the ability of Special Summoning themselves by returning another monster of the same archetype from the field to the hand. There are two types of “U.A.” monsters, the offensive ones (U.A. Mighty Slugger, U.A. Rival Rebounder, U.A. Dreadnought Dunker and U.A. Playmaker) and the defensive ones (U.A. Midfielder, U.A. Perfect Ace, U.A. Goalkeeper, and U.A. Blockbacker); now that all of these monsters have been released, we finally have more options.

Required Card Boxes

Galactic Origin Gaia Genesis

Example Deck

Standard Version

U.A. MidfielderU.A. MidfielderU.A. MidfielderU.A. Perfect AceU.A. Perfect AceU.A. Rival Rebounder
U.A. Rival RebounderU.A. Dreadnought DunkerU.A. BlockbackerU.A. Mighty SluggerCosmic CycloneCosmic Cyclone
Star BlastStar BlastStar BlastU.A. StadiumU.A. StadiumU.A. Stadium
U.A. Penalty BoxU.A. Penalty BoxPaleozoic Marrella---
[Skill] descriptionUser
Switcheroo
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1000. Return 1 card in your hand to your Deck and draw another. This skill can only be used once per turn and twice per Duel.
Bandit Keith
Bandit Keith

Paleozoic Engine Version

U.A. MidfielderU.A. MidfielderU.A. MidfielderU.A. Perfect AceU.A. Perfect AceU.A. Dreadnought Dunker
U.A. Mighty SluggerCosmic CycloneCosmic CycloneCosmic CycloneU.A. StadiumU.A. Stadium
Fiendish ChainPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaU.A. Penalty BoxU.A. Penalty Box
Paleozoic MarrellaPaleozoic MarrellaPaleozoic Marrella---
[Skill] descriptionUser
Draw Sense: Low Level
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1000. In the Draw Phase, instead of conducting a normal draw, draw a random monster of Level 4 or lower.
Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi

D - Mind Version

U.A. MidfielderU.A. Perfect AceU.A. Perfect AceBerlineth the Firestorm VassalBerlineth the Firestorm VassalU.A. Dreadnought Dunker
U.A. Rival RebounderU.A. Mighty SluggerU.A. Mighty SluggerU.A. Mighty SluggerDestiny HERO - Doom LordDestiny HERO - Doom Lord
D - MindD - MindD - MindU.A. StadiumU.A. StadiumU.A. Stadium
U.A. Penalty BoxU.A. Penalty Box----
[Skill] descriptionUser
Mind of the Plana
Send all of your opponent's banished cards to another dimension.
This Skill can only be used once per Duel.
Sera (DSOD)
Sera (DSOD)

How to Use

U.A. Midfielder the “Playmaker”

U.A. Midfielder
U.A. Midfielder
EARTH Warrior ★4
ATK 1200 / DEF 1000
Gaia Genesis [UR]
You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by returning 1 "U.A." monster you control to the hand, except "U.A. Midfielder". You can only Special Summon "U.A. Midfielder" once per turn this way. During either player's turn: You can target 1 other "U.A." monster you control; return that face-up monster to the hand, then Special Summon 1 "U.A." monster from your hand with a different name from that monster. You can only use this effect of "U.A. Midfielder" once per turn.

The midfielder is the only “U.A.” monster that you can Normal Summon without Tributing, so it’s a very important card. Ideally, you would open with it in your starting hand, but you can always draw it via Draw Sense: Low Level. Normal Summon Midfielder and then switch him out for a Level 5 or higher “U.A.” monster-like U.A. Mighty Slugger or Perfect Ace.

Midfielder’s secondary effect allows you to return another face-up “U.A.” monster to your hand to Special Summon a “U.A.” monster with a different name from your hand. This effect can be used to get around the “once per turn” restriction all “U.A.” monsters have on their primary effect or to simply prevent them from being destroyed by a card like Treacherous Trap Hole.

U.A. Perfect Ace

U.A. Perfect Ace
U.A. Perfect Ace
EARTH Warrior ★5
ATK 1500 / DEF 2500
Valhalla Calling [SR]
You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by returning 1 "U.A." monster you control to the hand, except "U.A. Perfect Ace". You can only Special Summon "U.A. Perfect Ace" once per turn this way. Once per turn, during your opponent's turn, when a card or effect is activated: You can discard 1 card; negate that activation, and if you do, destroy it (this is a Quick Effect).

U.A. Mighty Slugger

U.A. Mighty Slugger
U.A. Mighty Slugger
EARTH Warrior ★5
ATK 2300 / DEF 700
Gaia Genesis [R]
Valhalla Calling [R]
You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by returning 1 "U.A." monster you control to the hand, except "U.A. Mighty Slugger". You can only Special Summon "U.A. Mighty Slugger" once per turn this way. If this card attacks, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step.

When Mighty Slugger declares an attack, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step. You can use this effect to temporarily disable your opponent’s backrow or to prevent your opponent from negating a Spell/Trap Card using Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En’s effect.

Mighty Slugger is a Level 5 monster, which means it can be Special Summoned from the hand or Graveyard via Feast of the Wild LV5 together with a U.A. Perfect Ace or another copy of Mighty Slugger. Feast of the Wild LV5 does negate the effects of the monsters it Special Summons, but you can still return them to the hand using another “U.A.” monster in your hand and then Special Summon them back to the field.

U.A. Rival Rebounder

U.A. Rival Rebounder
U.A. Rival Rebounder
EARTH Warrior ★6
ATK 2200 / DEF 2300
Gaia Genesis [R]
Valhalla Calling [R]
You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by returning 1 "U.A." monster you control to the hand, except "U.A. Rival Rebounder". You can only Special Summon "U.A. Rival Rebounder" once per turn this way. If this card is Special Summoned during your opponent's turn, or Normal Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 "U.A." monster from your hand or Graveyard, except "U.A. Rival Rebounder". You can only use this effect of "U.A. Rival Rebounder" once per turn.

Rival Rebounder’s secondary effect allows you to Special Summon another “U.A.” monster from your hand or Graveyard when he is Special Summoned during the opponent’s turn or Normal Summoned. Special Summon The Tricky by discarding U.A. Penalty Box or a “U.A.” monster you want to Special Summon, and then Tribute it to Summon Rival Rebounder.

U.A. Blockbacker

U.A. Blockbacker
U.A. Blockbacker
EARTH Warrior ★7
ATK 1600 / DEF 2700
Valhalla Calling [R]
You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by returning 1 "U.A." monster you control to the hand, except "U.A. Blockbacker". You can only Special Summon "U.A. Blockbacker" once per turn this way. Once per turn, when your opponent Special Summons a monster(s): You can change their battle positions, and if you do, negate their effects.

Star Blast

Star Blast
Star Blast
Normal Spell
Tag Duel Tournament [Aug 2020] [UR]
Pay any number of Life Points in multiples of 500; reduce the Level of 1 monster you control or that is in your hand by 1 for each 500 Life Points you paid, until the End Phase.

U.A. Stadium to Search and Boost the ATK

U.A. Stadium
U.A. Stadium
Field Spell
Gaia Genesis [SR]
Selection Box Vol. 02 [SR]
If a "U.A." monster is Normal Summoned to your side of the field: You can add 1 "U.A." monster from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn, if a "U.A." monster(s) is Special Summoned to your side of the field: All monsters you currently control gain 500 ATK (even if this card leaves the field).

U.A. Stadium is the Field Spell of the archetype and it has two effects: one that activates if a “U.A.” monster is Normal Summoned and one that activates if a “U.A.” monster is Special Summoned.

  • If a "U.A." monster is Normal Summoned to your side of the field: You can add 1 "U.A." monster from your Deck to your hand.

You can Normal Summon U.A. Midfielder or Tribute Summon for any of your higher-level monsters and get a monster to tag them out for right away.

  • Once per turn, if a "U.A." monster(s) is Special Summoned to your side of the field: All monsters you currently control gain 500 ATK (even if this card leaves the field).

Not only the ATK boost stays even if the card is banished by a Cosmic Cyclone or destroyed, but it’s also permanent as long as that monster stays face-up on the field. Use the ATK boost from U.A. Stadium together with Beatdown to quickly overwhelm your opponent.

U.A. Penalty Box is the U.A. Amazoness Onslaught

U.A. Penalty Box
U.A. Penalty Box
Continuous Trap
Gaia Genesis [SR]
At the start of the Damage Step, if your "U.A." monster battles an opponent's monster: You can banish that opponent's monster until your opponent's 2nd End Phase. You can only use this effect of "U.A. Penalty Box" once per turn. You can banish this card from your Graveyard; add 1 "U.A." Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.

A Continuous Trap Card that banishes a monster that battles with a “U.A.” monster at the start of the Damage Step. Sounds familiar?

Penalty Box, unfortunately, cannot Special monsters from the hand and its banishing effect lasts only until the 2nd End Phase of the opponent, but, if it ends up in the Graveyard, you can banish it to add a “U.A.” Spell/Trap Card to your hand (Stadium). The fact that you can banish Penalty Box from the Graveyard means that you’re free to run Treacherous Trap Hole in this Deck.

Paleozoic Engine

Paleozoic Canadia
Paleozoic Canadia
Normal Trap
Valiant Souls [UR]
Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; change it to face-down Defense Position. Once per Chain, when a Trap Card is activated while this card is in your Graveyard: Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Aqua-Type/WATER/Level 2/ATK 1200/DEF 0). (This card is NOT treated as a Trap Card.) If Summoned this way, this card is unaffected by monster effects, also banish it when it leaves the field.
Paleozoic Marrella
Paleozoic Marrella
Normal Trap
Valiant Souls [N]
Send 1 Trap Card from your Deck to the Graveyard. Once per Chain, when a Trap Card is activated while this card is in your Graveyard: Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Aqua-Type/WATER/Level 2/ATK 1200/DEF 0). (This card is NOT treated as a Trap Card.) If Summoned this way, this card is unaffected by monster effects, also banish it when it leaves the field.

Firestorm Vassal with Mind of Plana

Berlineth the Firestorm Vassal
Berlineth the Firestorm Vassal
FIRE Pyro ★3
ATK 800 / DEF 1000
Selection Box Vol. 01 [SR]
Crusaders Battleground [SR]
You can discard 1 card; Special Summon this card from your hand, also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn. If this card is Tributed for a Tribute Summon: You can look at your opponent's hand and banish 1 card from their hand until the End Phase. You can only use each effect of "Berlineth the Firestorm Vassal" once per turn.
[Skill] descriptionUser
Mind of the Plana
Send all of your opponent's banished cards to another dimension.
This Skill can only be used once per Duel.
Sera (DSOD)
Sera (DSOD)

Destiny HERO Doom Lord

Destiny HERO - Doom Lord
Destiny HERO - Doom Lord
DARK Warrior ★3
ATK 600 / DEF 800
Aster Phoenix [R]
Once per turn: You can target 1 monster your opponent controls; banish that target. You cannot declare an attack the turn you activate this effect. You must control this face-up Attack Position card to activate and to resolve this effect. The banished monster returns to the opponent's side of the field, in the same battle position, during your 2nd Standby Phase after activation.
D - Mind
D - Mind
Normal Spell
Professional Aster Roaming Event [UR]
Activate only if you control no "Destiny HERO" monsters. Special Summon 1 Level 3 or lower "Destiny HERO" monster from your Deck.

Skills Suggestion

  • Low Level: Use Cosmic Cyclone to lower your Life Points and draw U.A. Midfielder. Even though you can use The Tricky, Dynatherium, Mithra the Thunder Vassal, Paleozoic Canadia, and even Feast of the Wild LV5 to get your Level 5 or higher “U.A.” monster out, Midfielder is still your primary way of Summoning them (and also the one that takes fewer resources).
[Skill] descriptionUser
Switcheroo
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1000. Return 1 card in your hand to your Deck and draw another. This skill can only be used once per turn and twice per Duel.
Bandit Keith
Bandit Keith
Mind of the Plana
Send all of your opponent's banished cards to another dimension.
This Skill can only be used once per Duel.
Sera (DSOD)
Sera (DSOD)
Draw Sense: Low Level
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1000. In the Draw Phase, instead of conducting a normal draw, draw a random monster of Level 4 or lower.
Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi

Weaknesses

  • If a “U.A.” monster is flipped face-down by a Paleozoic Canadia or a Floodgate Trap Hole, you can return it to your hand to Special Summon another one. Generally, it’s very easy to disrupt your plays, especially early on.

  • Running a lot of high-Level monsters is always a risk: you might find yourself with an unplayable hand. This might change if U.A. Signing Deal is released.

  • U.A. is the type of Deck that takes a few turns to properly get going. It would be very easy for an aggressive Deck to take advantage of these weaknesses and OTK you on Turn 2.

  • If you Special Summon Perfect Ace and Mighty Slugger via Feast of the Wild LV5, you need a monster to switch them out for. If you don’t have another “U.A.” monster in your hand, the ones on the field are pretty much just beat sticks that can’t even attack.

Comments

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Anonymous 30days ago
Why haven't you added Invoked it goes in everything.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 30days ago Reply
Because, contrary to your belief, not every deck needs Invoked.
Anonymous 30days ago
Star Brust + Titan Showdown !!
Anonymous
OCG just gave new supports for this guy, including a new - finally - Level 4!!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Hope Konami bring those new supports into DL quickly

Even just Libero Spiker and Playing Manager would be a huge help to the deck
<< Anonymous
Bruh Reply
Yo the playing manager said "🔥 THIS IM PLAYING ON THE PITCH NOW"
brooo we need these cards!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yeah, this deck in DL would appreciate having that second level 4 monster.
<< Anonymous
Candend Reply
Playing manager is lit. Negate and destroy monster.
Anonymous
this archetype is awesome
Anonymous
Still op these days
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You're late in posting that comment by probably almost 2 years.
Anonymous
UA can be a meta if Komoney release some right cards.
Anonymous
it still strong?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Brick hard and lose or don’t brick but can’t deal with ag/yubel/kokai and lose
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yes still strong if you make it properly. The decks on here suck, run UA with either paleo traps, invoked had a good version, or Neos fusion. I just got KoG running an UA deck while fine tuning for the cup
Anonymous
They are competitive once again.
Hugo
Thanks..
Silent
Sadly neos is the way to play this deck
slushi
thinking of adding '' ancient rules'' to give this deck more starting power and getting rid of the brick. i know it's still a extra cost but might seem to work.
<< Anonymous(slushi)
Anonymous Reply
How does that even work? Ancient Rules can only special summon normal monsters.
<< Anonymous(slushi)
Anonymous Reply
I think he mean Mausoleum, but he forgot the name
Anonymous
Awesome deck, never gets old

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