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U.A: deck recipe

Duel Links U.A. Deck, How to Use, U.A. Deck Skill.
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Overview

“U.A.”, short for “Ultra Athlete”, is an archetype of EARTH Warrior-Type monsters that share the effect of Special Summoning themselves by returning another “U.A.” monster from the field to the hand; there is only one Level 4 or lower “U.A.” monster in the entire archetype, U.A. Midfielder, so he is the only one that can be Normal Summoned naturally.

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. Perfect Ace, U.A. Goalkeeper and U.A. Blockbacker), but the 14th Main Box unfortunately features only the formers.

In the TCG the strategy of the deck was to utilize the offensive “U.A.” monsters and then switch to the defensive ones during the Main Phase 2, but in Duel Links we don’t have another Main Phase after the Battle Phase.

Example Deck

Beatdown [Post-Banlist Version]

Sphere KuribohSphere KuribohThe TrickyThe TrickyThe TrickyU.A. Midfielder
U.A. MidfielderU.A. MidfielderU.A. Dreadnought DunkerU.A. Rival RebounderU.A. Mighty SluggerU.A. Mighty Slugger
U.A. StadiumU.A. StadiumHey, Trunade!Hey, Trunade!Paleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic Canadia
U.A. Penalty BoxU.A. Penalty Box----

Set Skill

[Skill] description (After Aug 29)User
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

Previous Version

Restart Version

Sphere KuribohSphere KuribohSanganU.A. MidfielderU.A. MidfielderU.A. Midfielder
U.A. Mighty SluggerU.A. Mighty SluggerU.A. Mighty SluggerU.A. Rival RebounderU.A. Dreadnought DunkerGalaxy Cyclone
Galaxy CycloneGalaxy CycloneU.A. StadiumU.A. StadiumTreacherous Trap HoleTreacherous Trap Hole
U.A. Penalty BoxU.A. Penalty Box----

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Restart
Can be used only once after starting hands are dealt. Reveal and redraw your starting hand. Your first Draw will be skipped if you use this Skill.
Yugi Muto
Yugi Muto

Beatdown Version

Sphere KuribohSanganSanganSanganU.A. MidfielderU.A. Midfielder
U.A. MidfielderU.A. Mighty SluggerU.A. Mighty SluggerU.A. Mighty SluggerU.A. Rival RebounderU.A. Dreadnought Dunker
Hey, Trunade!Hey, Trunade!U.A. StadiumU.A. StadiumTreacherous Trap HoleTreacherous Trap Hole
U.A. Penalty BoxU.A. Penalty Box----

Set Skill

[Skill] description (After Aug 29)User
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

Cyber Style Version

Sphere KuribohSanganU.A. MidfielderU.A. MidfielderU.A. MidfielderU.A. Mighty Slugger
U.A. Mighty SluggerU.A. Mighty SluggerU.A. Rival RebounderU.A. Rival RebounderU.A. Dreadnought DunkerCosmic Cyclone
Cosmic CycloneCosmic CycloneU.A. StadiumU.A. StadiumTreacherous Trap HoleTreacherous Trap Hole
U.A. Penalty BoxU.A. Penalty Box----

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Cyber Style
Can be used each time your Life Points are at 3000 or below. Play 1 "Proto-Cyber Dragon" on from outside of your Deck for every 1000 Life Points below 4000. This skill can nly be used once per Duel.
Zane Truesdale
Zane Truesdale

How to Use [Previous Version]

We still lack a few monsters and a lot of the Spell/Trap Cards that would make the archetype actually very good for Duel Links, but “U.A.” is already playable; it suffers from the same problems it suffered from in the TCG, but it’s able to overwhelm the opponent with high ATK monsters and powerful effects.

U.A. Midfielder the “Playmaker”

As I said, U.A. Midfielder is the only “U.A.” monster you can Normal Summon naturally, so he is a very important card; ideally you want to start with him in your hand, which is also why Restart is possibly the best option when it comes to Skills.

Midfielder’s secondary effect also allows you to return another face-up “U.A.” monster on the field to the hand and then Special Summon a “U.A.” monster from the hand with a different name from the returned monster; this effect gets around the “once per turn” restriction each “U.A.” monster has on its primary Special Summoning effect.

Since Midfielder has less than 1500 ATK, you can add it from the Deck to your hand with Sangan’s effect; unfortunately we don’t have U.A. Perfect Ace and U.A. Goalkeeper yet, but they could be added to your hand too.

U.A. Mighty Slugger

When U.A. Mighty Slugger declares an attack your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step, which means that Sphere Kuriboh, Amazoness Onslaught, Wall of Disruption and even Drowning Mirror Force are all useless against him;

Mighty Slugger not only prevents the activation of Spell/Trap Cards, just like Ancient Gear monsters, he also prevents the activation of card effects.

Mighty Slugger is a Level 5 monster, which means he can be Special Summoned from the hand or Graveyard with Feast of the Wild LV5, but the Spell Card is honestly not worth running without the other Level 5 monster in the archetype, U.A. Perfect Ace.

Feast of the Wild LV5 negates the effects of the monsters it Special Summons, but you would still be able to tag them out, because the effect activated in the process is the one of the monster in your hand; the most important thing is to get a “U.A.” monster on the field.

U.A. Rival Rebounder

U.A. 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. Normal Summoning this card is not that difficult, if you’re using Cyber Style: once you have taken 1000 Life Points of damage, you can activate the Skill and tribute one Proto-Cyber Dragon to get this on the field and then activate the effect.

Thanks to Rival Rebounder you can get even U.A. Dreadnought Dunker, the Level 7 monster, on the field quite easily.

In the Restart Version, Rival Rebounder is limited to one copy because he is obviously more difficult to Normal Summon; you could utilize Soul Exchange or Mausoleum of the Emperor, but the former can easily be negated by Wiz and forces you to skip the Battle Phase, whereas the latter occupies the Field Spell Zone and would probably fit better in the Cyber Style Version.

U.A. Dreadnought Dunker

The highest level “U.A.” monster that is worth using so far; U.A. Dreadnought Dunker is a 2500 ATK monster with piercing damage and the ability to destroy a card your opponent controls whenever he inflicts damage.

Without U.A. Powered Jersey, there is definitely a lot less you can do with this card (even though the game is probably not ready of it), but overall it’s still worth running at at least one copy since it can be searched by U.A. Stadium.

Galaxy Cyclone / Hey, Trunade! / Cosmic Cyclone

These are your options when it comes to backrow removal:

Galaxy Cyclone is a Normal Spell, so it’s less versatile than Cosmic Cyclone, but it does offer the possibility of being used again next turn to destroy face-up Spell/Trap Cards like Amazoness Onslaught or Sea Stealth Attack.

Hey, Trunade! is a typical card is decks that try to go for quick OTKs, it’s very good at what it does, but the opponent can still chain a Continuous Trap and keep it on the field.
Cosmic Cyclone is a Quick-Play Spell and it banishes the card it targets; you can use it on your own Treacherous Trap Hole in order to be able to use a second one in the same duel, you can banish Onslaught thus preventing Endless Trap Hell from shuffling it back into the deck or adding it back to the hand or you could even target a Gem-Knight Fusion, so that your opponent won’t be able to add it back to the hand. Cosmic Cyclone has good synergy with the Skill Cyber Style, but how good this particular version of the deck will be depends on how the new Main Box will affect the meta.

Backrow removal may seem redundant when you have a monster like U.A. Mighty Slugger that has a better version of the typical “Ancient Gear” effect, but it may prevent cards like Treacherous from being used before he’s able to declare an attack.

U.A. Stadium to Search and Boost the ATK

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 by a Donpa, Marksman Fur Hire or Atlantean Heavy Infantry, it’s also permanent as long as that monster stays face-up on the field.

How do “U.A.” monsters get over Wiz? With this card right here:

U.A. Dreadnought Dunker becomes 3000 ATK with piercing damage and U.A. Mighty Slugger becomes 2800 ATK with that better Anti-Magic Arrows effect.

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

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

U.A. 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 (U.A. Stadium); thanks to the secondary part of the effect, you can still run Treacherous Trap Hole with this freely.

Treacherous Trap Hole

The deck runs only one other Trap Card that can even be banished from the Graveyard with its own effect, so Treacherous Trap Hole seems like an obvious choice here.

Treacherous offers protection from decks that focus on swarming, but it might not be enough to stop Fur Hires with Wiz, Sage Fur Hire at three copies.

Additional Notes

Skills

Restart

User[Skill] description
Yugi Muto
Yugi Muto
Restart
Can be used only once after starting hands are dealt. Reveal and redraw your starting hand. Your first Draw will be skipped if you use this Skill.

U.A. Midfielder is the most important card in the deck, even if skipping the first Draw Phase is the cost you have to pay to start with this card. If you manage to get U.A. Stadium and Midfielder in your starting hand, you can already search a “U.A”. monster thanks to the Field Spell.

Beatdown!

User[Skill] description (After Aug 29)
Seto Kaiba
Seto Kaiba
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.

Despite the fact that the Skill will suffer from some changes soon, it is undeniably still very good at what it’s meant to do: getting over monsters you wouldn’t be able to and push for some OTKs; most of the times you won’t have U.A. Midfielder on the field, so all monsters should benefit from Beatdown! anyway,

Cyber Style

User[Skill] description
Zane Truesdale
Zane Truesdale
Cyber Style
Can be used each time your Life Points are at 3000 or below. Play 1 "Proto-Cyber Dragon" on from outside of your Deck for every 1000 Life Points below 4000. This skill can nly be used once per Duel.

Depending on how the new Main Box will affect the meta, this may or may not be the best skill to pair with this deck. Cyber Style allows you to get up to three copies of Proto-Cyber Dragon that you can tribute to summon you high level “U.A.” monsters.

Matchups

Fur Hire Matchup

It’s too early to say what will happen to this deck after Donpa, Marksman Fur Hire and Dyna, Hero Fur Hire end up in the Forbidden/Limited List, but it looks like the main idea would be to add one more copy of Wiz, Sage Fur Hire to the standard version of the deck.

The deck is still threatening and the Fur Hire Sage can negate the activation of some of the main cards that make the deck function (U.A. Penalty Box and U.A. Stadium), but, if it doesn't manage to do so, U.A. Dreadnought Dunker can get over it, even if it’s in Defense Position, after the 500 ATK boost from Stadium is applied and Penalty Box can straight up banish it.

Amazoness Matchup

U.A. Mighty Slugger is an incredible card for this matchup: his effect prevents Amazoness Onslaught from banishing him when he’s the one declaring the attack while Penalty Box will give Amazoness a taste of their own medicine.

Silent Spellbook Matchup

If you are usually summoning a single monster per turn, it’s easy to say that Spellbook of Fate would be enough to mess up the deck, but you still have backrow removal and Treacherous Trap Hole to protect yourself from this deck; additionally U.A. Penalty Box can get rid of Silent Magician without summoning the Silent Magician LV8.

Masked HERO Matchup

If U.A. Penalty Box is on the field, your opponent will not be able to attack your monsters with Masked HERO Anki and search a Mask Change, but Masked HERO decks can run Cosmic Cyclone to get rid of the Continuous Trap. Treacherous Trap Hole and Sphere Kuriboh can play a big factor since they can avoid OTKs.

Comments

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Anonymous 22days ago
NPC using U.A .. lols
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 4days ago Reply
That's why I left my world on 50. don't wanna level up. lol
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
I left my DM world stage on 31 lol.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous latest Reply
Mine is at 38. I dont want to face meta decks to level up muy characters, lol.
<< Anonymous
Lovely Aster latest Reply
The worst is the fabled deck.
Lovely Aster 1days ago
My Aster will be so mad that his rival has to be weakened (yes it's Zane and his Cyber Style nerf) but who cares? Aster is still cool with or without the nerfs. Now that Cyber Style is going to be nerfed, I don't actually have a reason to build this deck anymore.
<< Anonymous(Lovely Aster)
Saladfingers 1days ago Reply
What will you do if they nerfed me? Will you still accept me?
<< Anonymous(Saladfingers)
Anonymous 19hour ago Reply
lol
<< Anonymous(Lovely Aster)
Black♡Bullet 2hour ago Reply
Lol feel like you're happy because of the nerf
<< Anonymous(Black♡Bullet)
Lovely Aster latest Reply
I am actually sad. (Didn't post any of that.)
Black♡Bullet 1days ago
I finally got my second Midfielder and 3 copies of U.A Stadium, so I can build a good deck. I need your opinion, guys! I still have my UR dream ticket by the way.
<< Anonymous
Gate 17hour ago Reply
its a joke from a web series
<< Anonymous(Black♡Bullet)
Anonymous 9hour ago Reply
IMO, -1 Sphere Kuriboh +1 Midfielder
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 4hour ago Reply
Nah -1 olaf +1 mid
<< Anonymous
Black♡Bullet 2hour ago Reply
Yeah that would be better.
But the problem is I do not have 3 copies of Midfielder.
If the new box is trash, I'll complete my U.A. or maybe I'll collect Vampire. Idk
Monreaux
Just took this deck down with my Fur Sh!t Deck. >.< SAVE YOUR GEMS!!!
<< Anonymous(Monreaux)
Anonymous Reply
Let's duel. I'll take you down with my UAs
<< Anonymous(Monreaux)
Anonymous Reply
same bro... whenever I take my vampire vamp from my deck, they immediately surrender. lul
<< Anonymous(Monreaux)
Anonymous Reply
Played several Fur Hires with my U.A. deck and its always the same situation. If I don't have good traps in turn 1 to stop an OTK then Fur Hire wins but if I survive that first special summoning then Fur Hire loses 100% of the time. All or nothing is a stupid strategy anyways, so U.A. is clearly better. Also, people combining it with SSA, that isn't really working.
<< Anonymous(Monreaux)
Anonymous No. 2 1days ago Reply
@Monreaux GET REKT, FURRY BTCH HAHAHA
Anonymous 1days ago
DO NOT BUILD A DECK THAT RELYING TO A SKILL.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
I dont play UA but why not?, when cyber style finnaly is nerfed they just need to adjust the deck a little, but so far.. abuse the heck out of it!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
You don't necessarily NEED the skill, although it does make the deck more consistent. I use Unknown Synchron (free tribute fodder or tuner for synchro) and The Tricky (has synergy with Penalty Box) and it's still a viable deck. Would probably only move down 1 Tier... if any.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
CYBER STYLE NERFED, THIS WILL BE A MEME DECK.
NOT TO MENTION THIS IS AN EXPENSIVE DECK, THINK TWICE IF YOU'RE GOING TO BUILD THIS DECK AND F2P.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
CALLED IT, NOW LET'S SEE HOW IS THIS DECK BECOME.
Stacks 10days ago
How do you get copies of cards if the store only has one? Want more u.a cards!!
<< Anonymous(Stacks)
Anonymous 10days ago Reply
You have the reset the box. As soon as you get your first copy of an UR you want, reset the box. Then go through the box again get your second copy and repeat.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous No. 2 1days ago Reply
Yeah, "as soon you get a copy of an UR, reset the box".
And then 2 months later you need another UR from the same box for a new meta deck and go "dammit, if only i hadn't reset the box half way through".
Aster lover 20days ago
I want to try getting two more midfielders to finish this deck. But now I don't know. I am afraid that cyber style will get nerfed so that you cannot tribute with it. The way this deck is now, will it still be good without cyber style? Almost everyone I meet in ranked with this deck uses Zane (the ones with 3 midfielders win more), and when I did see someone using it with another skill, they bricked so hard that it was not even funny. Can this deck be good without cyber style, or should I wait to invest in it more until we get other cards like signing deal? Please help. I don't want to reset the box if there is no hope when it looks like cyber style will probably get hit.
<< Anonymous(Aster lover)
Anonymous 10days ago Reply
why are you worried? you're already worshipping some meta decks like Masked and Amazon. the interesting wait is when will synchro supports be out because future boxes will surely have them either as main treat or an icing in the cake.
<< Anonymous
Aster lover 9days ago Reply
Yeah. I love those two. But I also want more synchro (especially aromage). I am done with U.A. now. I am just worried that I will lose a lot of my fun pvp adventures of dueling against Zane if they hurt the cyber style and people end up using him less. Last night, he was even using toons!
<< Anonymous(Aster lover)
Anonymous 8days ago Reply
I run a restart version with 3 midfielders. So far I haven’t really bricked at all. Worst case I end up with a hand of traps with dynatherums and midfielders without the heavy hitters. If you’re still on the fence about don’t worry. If you invest in 3 midfielders the deck will have good enough consistency even without cyber style.
<< Anonymous
Aster lover 8days ago Reply
Thanks. I have now dueled other characters more to know that it is really 3 midfielders that counts. I am just afraid to invest more because I think this box is cursed for me. 44 packs left for galaxy cyclone, 15-10 for midfielder, 4 for 2nd stadium. I am semi p2w, but this may be too much for me.
Hotar 12days ago
I've came here to look at the U.A matchup against Vampires, just to see that there isn't a single tip, so sad...
Athletic Ability 18days ago
1-2 Escher the frost vassal is what I run and it works well. Soul exchange while kuribo in hand is also good
Anonymous 19days ago
what do UA players do turn 1? summon 3000 dunker with no backrow?
Anonymous 24days ago
Battle Fader better be released.
Duelingmonkey 24days ago
I’ve used all the higher tier decks, and U.A gets me the most consistent wins. Yes it’s expensive to build a proper deck which explains why it’s not used as much. But it works great against the current meta, I strongly suggest cyber style because restart should never be used, no matter how much GA puts it on a pedistool. Wether if it’s a good idea to invest in it is between you and you wallet, but it will only get better when the rest of its cards are out and as synchros phase in.

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