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Vampire: deck recipe [Post Banlist Oct 2019]

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Overview

“Vampire” is an archetype of primarily DARK Zombie-Type monsters whose main strategy revolves around slowly taking control of the field using Vampire Grace’s “bleed effect” and Vampire Kingdom.

Samurai Skull being taken off the Semi-Limited List and other powerful contenders such as Darklords receiving their first hit will likely allow Vampires to perform a lot better after being almost completely irrelevant for months.

Example Deck

Post-Banlist Version

Vampire VampVampire GraceGozukiGozukiGozukiSamurai Skull
Samurai SkullVampire RetainerVampire RetainerVampire RetainerVampire FamiliarVampire Familiar
Enemy ControllerHey, Trunade!Vampire KingdomVampire KingdomVampire's DesireVampire's Desire
Vampire's DomainVampire Takeover--------
[Skill] descriptionUser
Sealed Tombs
Until the end of the opponent's next turn, neither player can banish cards from the Graveyard or Special Summon monsters from the Graveyard. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Ishizu Ishtar
Ishizu Ishtar

Previous Version

Bandit Version

GozukiGozukiGozukiSphere KuribohSphere KuribohVampire Retainer
Vampire RetainerVampire FamiliarVampire FamiliarVampire GraceVampire GraceSamurai Skull
Samurai SkullVampire VampVampire KingdomVampire KingdomCosmic CycloneCosmic Cyclone
Vampire's DomainVampire Takeover--------
[Skill] descriptionUser
Bandit (Skill)
Can be used if your Life Points are at 1500 or below. Select and take control of 1 card Set in your opponent's Spell & Trap Zone. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Bandit Keith
Bandit Keith

Sealed Tombs Version

GozukiGozukiVampire RetainerVampire RetainerVampire FamiliarVampire Familiar
Vampire GraceVampire GraceSamurai SkullSamurai SkullVampire VampVampire Kingdom
Vampire KingdomCosmic CycloneCosmic CycloneVampire's DomainVampire's DesireMirror Wall
Mirror WallVampire Takeover--------
[Skill] descriptionUser
Sealed Tombs
Until the end of the opponent's next turn, neither player can banish cards from the Graveyard or Special Summon monsters from the Graveyard. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Ishizu Ishtar
Ishizu Ishtar

How to Use

Gozuki & Samurai Skull

Running both Gozuki and Samurai Skull may seem redundant, but it’s necessary: it’s the easiest and most consistent way of getting Vampire Retainer and Vampire Familiar into the Graveyard.

  • You can send Vampire Retainer to the Graveyard, Special Summon it by sending a “Vampire” card from your hand or face-up field to the Graveyard, and then, by paying 500 Life Points, add a “Vampire” Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to your hand.

You can use Retainer’s effect to search the Vampire Kingdom, Vampire’s Desire, Vampire’s Domain or Vampire Takeover. If you want to Summon Vampire Vamp or Vampire Grace, you are likely going to need the additional Normal Summon/Set from Vampire’s Domain, whereas, if you already have the Continuous Spell available, you might want to go for your Field Spell.

  • Vampire Familiar, just like Retainer, can be Special Summoned from your Graveyard by sending a “Vampire” card from your hand or face-up field to the GY, but, instead of allowing you to add a Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to your hand, it gives you access to any “Vampire” monster, except Vampire Familiar.

You can use Familiar’s effect to search Vampire Grace, which, in combination with Vampire Kingdom, used to be this Deck’s primary way of removing potential threats from the field, or to add to your hand Vampire Vamp, a Level 7 “Vampire” monster that can get rid of high ATK monsters like Elemental HERO Brave Neos and Blue-Eyes White Dragon by equipping them to itself.

Unfortunately, if they were Special Summoned by their own effect, both Retainer and Familiar are banished when they leave the field, which means you will not be able to Special Summon them again on your next turn or even to use them for Gozuki’s effect. You can use Burial from a Different Dimension to replenish your resources, but I personally haven’t found particular success with that card.

Vampire Retainer & Vampire Familiar

These two cards allow you to add from your Deck to your hand a Vampire Spell/Trap and a Vampire monster respectively when they are Special Summoned at the cost of 500 LP. Retainer and Familiar can be Special Summoned from the Graveyard by their own effects by discarding a Vampire card from your hand or sending a Vampire card from the field to the Graveyard.

Unfortunately, neither Gozuki nor Samurai Skull can be used to activate their effects and Special Summon them from the Graveyard since they are not part of the archetype, but you can use any Vampire card. You can activate Vampire’s Domain’s effect and then send it to the Graveyard to Special Summon either of these monsters: you will still get the additional Normal Summon/Set of the effect from Continuous Spell.

Retainer and Familiar are incredibly important, they give you access to cards like the Vampire Kingdom whenever you need them: you don’t necessarily need to run three copies of both thanks to Gozuki and Samurai Skull, but, due to the cost of their Special Summoning effect, having other Vampire cards in the deck doesn’t hurt.

After Special Summoning these cards you can tribute them to get Vampire Grace on the field.

Vampire Grace & Vampire Kingdom

Once per turn, when one or more cards are sent from your opponent’s Deck to the Graveyard, by sending a “Vampire” monster from your hand or Deck to the GY, Vampire Kingdom allows you to target a card on the field and destroy it. Use Vampire Grace’s effect to force your opponent to send a certain type of card (Monster, Spell, or Trap) from their Deck to the GY and trigger Kingdom’s effect.

Vampire's Domain

While this card may look like another Continuous Spell that’s already in the game, Call of the Mummy, there are a few reasons why this one is a better choice in this deck: it can be searched by Retainer, it doesn’t require you to have an empty field to activate its effect, it can be used as activation cost for either Vampire Retainer or Vampire Familiar after its effect is activated and it allows you to gain back some Life Points, which are a very important resource in this deck.

Vampire Takeover

This card was notably better in the TCG: in a 20-30 cards format, there’s a higher chance that you will draw into your Field Spell either before or together with this card.

Vampire Takeover allows you to activate Vampire Kingdom for deck and only from there, which means that, if you draw Vampire Kingdom, Takeover becomes a dead card.

In addition to getting the Field Spell out, Takeover also Special Summons a Vampire monster from your Graveyard in Defense Position.

The only problem this card has, other than becoming a dead card after you draw your Field Spell, is that it’s a Trap Card.

Additional Notes

-Using Life Points as a resource with only 4000 at your disposal and Cyberdark Edge around is admittedly not that great. A Cyberdark Edge equipped with Leng Ling is capable of inflicting 2500 damage in a single turn, which is exactly where paying for Vampire Familiar, Retainer and Domain would leave you.

  • Disrupting your plays is generally pretty easy: a single Treacherous Trap Hole or Six Style - Dual Wield is all it takes to completely set you back.

  • The Sanctified Darklord can negate the effects of Gozuki and Samurai Skull, pretty much forcing you to end your turn unless you have Vampire’s Desire available, or it can be used on Vampire Vamp and Vampire Grace. Having Hey, Trunade! or any other type of back row removal is mostly irrelevant in this case.

  • The activation of the Vampire Kingdom or Vampire’s Domain can be negated by Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En. Too bad you need Domain to get Vamp out and get rid of the Level 5 “Six Samurai” Synchro.

Other Useful Cards

CardExplanation
Vampire Vamp
Vampire Vamp
Vampire Vamp is arguably one of the best Vampire monsters: her effect allows her to equip a monster on the opponent’s side of the field with ATK higher than her own to her; this means that she can get rid of whatever she can’t get over.

This effect triggers she or another Vampire monster is Normal Summoned and it can be triggered multiple times. Vamp’s ATK becomes her own ATK + the sum of the original ATK of the monsters she’s equipped to and then, if she’s sent to the GY while equipped with a card(s), she is Special Summoned back by her effect.

Problems this card has are: her effect triggers on Normal Summon; she is Level 7.

You can try out this card and, when you manage to activate her effect, she can become very powerful, but she was left out of the decklist because of her flaws.

Paleozoic Canadia
Paleozoic Canadia

Floodgate Trap Hole
Floodgate Trap Hole
Two other great cards for protection and stalling, they can slow down your opponent while you draw into the cards that you need.

Comments

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Tackrad
needs an update Skull is no longer on ban
Anonymous
I dropped vampire takeover because 100% of games I get the field spell out on first turn
<< Anonymous
Hello Reply
I recommend you see a Mental Health Doctor.
<< Anonymous
Tackrad Reply
vampire takeover can get u a monster out & use retainer/familiar effect once again
Kak Oge
Vampire deck is not OP, thus doesn't require any nerf. This card can beat the whole deck, single-handedly.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Onionman. It's an onion, not a garlic, but yes, I get the joke XD


https://yugipedia.com/wiki/Onionman
<< Anonymous(Kak Oge)
in all honesty Reply
I always SPOOKED them away with this card. So I don't really feel the ban list
<< Anonymous(Kak Oge)
Anonymous Reply
Hats off best comment ever written
<< Anonymous(Kak Oge)
Anonymous Reply
Best comment ever written in this site
Anonymous
Cosmic cyclones are always bad in a vampire deck that depends on LP to combo vampires Domain is mainly used to get another summon than restoring LP and the skills the deck uses don't need a LP threshold to trigger which CC is often used for switch to galaxy or night beam if possible eventhough they lack the quickspell ability
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
True
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Cosmic Cyclone is, literally, the best card for Vampire decks. Stop spouting nonsense.
<< Anonymous
Hello, I Use Vamps Reply
Actually, you can drop the trunade and econ in the recommended post-banlist deck here and just add 2 cosmic cyclones. It procs the skill and better mitigates spells.
<< Anonymous(Hello, I Use Vamps)
Hello, It's Me Again Reply
The only thing that changed for me after the banlist is that I now have 3 Samurai Skull/2 Gozuki instead of 3 Gozuki/2 Samurai Skull.
Anonymous
I made a deck like this year's ago but now that I seen this Ohohoho I'm ready for cringe
F2P
F2P never died in the game. I've been climbing with Triamids forever.
Anonymous
it will return as META !
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
y not
Brazil = Vampire
I smell Vampire amazoness deck coming.
Anonymous
Now they can play 1 econ and 1 trunade + 1 amazoness onslaught
Anonymous
Cosmic Cyclone is dope in this deck
Anonymous
I'm interested about new characters. free gems :P
Anonymous
No thanks

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