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Gladiator Beasts: deck recipe

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update 13/11/2018

Updated Information

  • Updated Version Decklist Updated
  • Gladiator Beast Hoplomus Notes Added

Overview

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, they had a poor matchup against Fur Hire and Amazoness, but, now these two are pretty much gone, it might be time for them to make a comeback.

Example deck

Updated Version

Gladiator Beast EquesteGladiator Beast EquesteGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast Bestiari
Gladiator Beast DimacariGladiator Beast MurmilloGladiator Beast HoplomusSuper Rush HeadlongSuper Rush HeadlongPaleozoic Canadia
Paleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaMirror WallMirror WallMirror WallImpenetrable Attack
Impenetrable AttackTreacherous Trap Hole----
Gladiator Beast HeraklinosGladiator Beast NerokiusGladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast Essedarii-

Previous Version

Gladiator Beast DariusGladiator Beast EquesteGladiator Beast RetiariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast Bestiari
Gladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast MurmilloWidespread RuinWidespread RuinPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic Canadia
Floodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleMirror WallTreacherous Trap HoleWall of DisruptionWall of Disruption
Wall of DisruptionXing Zhen Hu----
Gladiator Beast HeraklinosGladiator Beast NerokiusGladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast Essedarii-

[Skill] descriptionUser
Endless Trap Hell
Can be used when you have 3 trap cards in the Graveyard. 1 random Trap Card in your Graveyard is added to your hand. Then, shuffle 1 random Trap Card in your Graveyard into your Deck. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Odion
Odion

Other Version

Balance Version

Gladiator Beast DariusGladiator Beast DariusGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast EquesteGladiator Beast Bestiari
Gladiator Beast MurmilloGalaxy CycloneGalaxy CycloneEnemy ControllerEnemy ControllerSuper Rush Headlong
Super Rush HeadlongPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleMirror Wall
Wall of DisruptionWall of Disruption----
Gladiator Beast HeraklinosGladiator Beast NerokiusGladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast Essedarii-

Berserk Scales Version

Gladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast MurmilloGladiator Beast Murmillo
Gladiator Beast DimacariGladiator Beast DimacariCosmic CycloneCosmic CycloneEnemy ControllerEnemy Controller
Berserk ScalesBerserk ScalesPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaFloodgate Trap Hole
Floodgate Trap HoleMirror Wall----

[Skill] descriptionUser
Balance
Your starting hand will reflect the card balance of your deck. This Skill will not activate unless you have at least 6 of each type of card (Monster, Spell, and Trap) in your Deck.
Akiza Izinski
Akiza Izinski

Sealed Tomb Version

Gladiator Beast DariusGladiator Beast DariusGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast EquesteGladiator Beast Bestiari
Gladiator Beast MurmilloGladiator Beast DimacariEnemy ControllerEnemy ControllerWidespread RuinWidespread Ruin
Paleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleWall of Disruption
Wall of DisruptionWall of Disruption----
Gladiator Beast HeraklinosGladiator Beast NerokiusGladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast Essedarii-

[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

Fusion Version

Gladiator Beast DariusGladiator Beast DariusGladiator Beast DariusGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast Laquari
Gladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast MurmilloGladiator Beast EquesteGladiator Beast TygeriusEnemy ControllerEnemy Controller
Floodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleImpenetrable AttackImpenetrable AttackWall of DisruptionWall of Disruption
Curse of AnubisWindstorm of Etaqua----
Gladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast NerokiusGladiator Beast NerokiusGladiator Beast HeraklinosGladiator Beast Heraklinos-

[Skill] descriptionUser
Holy Guard
You receive no battle damage during your turn.

Tea

How to Use

New Addition

Gladiator Beast Hoplomus has one thing going for him and that’s his high DEF. The best way to use this card would be to Set it and then wait for your opponent to attack it; Hoplomus is hopefully going to survive the attack and you will be able to Special Summon another “Gladiator Beast” monster from your Deck.

What we need to think about is what decks we are going to face while using this card: Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dragon Spirit of White and Cosmo Brain will force you to activate something like a Mirror Wall to prevent Hoplomus from being destroyed by battle and, in that case, it would have been better to just Normal Summon a Dimacari or a Laquari; any Level 5 or higher “Vampire” monster, Gozuki and Samurai Skull will be able to get over your face-down monster if Vampire Kingdom is activate on the field, so, once again, you will have to use something to protect it; a Masked HERO player may attack recklessly into your face-down with a Destiny HERO - Decider, Destiny HERO - Drilldark or Destiny HERO - Celestial rather than going directly into Masked HERO Anki, but, fearing it might be a Kinetic Soldier, they may prefer to attack you directly.

Overall, Gladiator Beast Hoplomus is not a bad card and it’s always nice to have a couple different options, especially when the vast majority of the cards that have been added to the archetype are incredibly underwhelming. This rhinoceros may not have the ability to destroy face-up monsters or Spell/Trap Cards, but its high DEF alone can gain you a couple turns and chip away at your opponent’s Life Points

Beaters

Gladiator Beast Laquari is here primarily for its ATK, it forces Masked HEROes to bring out one of their Extra Deck monsters to get over it and, with the help of Mirror Wall, it can destroy by battle common high ATK monsters such as Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Masked HERO Anki and even Silent Magician LV8.

When Gladiator Beast Laquari is Special Summoned by the effect of another “Gladiator Beast” monster, its original ATK becomes 2100, allowing it to end a duel with just two direct attacks.

When it’s Special Summoned by the effect of another “Gladiator Beast” monster, Gladiator Beast Dimacari gains the ability to attack twice during each Battle Phase, meaning it’s able to deal up to 3200 damage per turn. With its 1600 ATK, Gladiator Beast Dimacari ties with cards like Destiny HERO - Decider and Destiny HERO - Drilldark, forcing them to crash into it or to use Mask Change or Polymerization.

Removal

When Gladiator Beast Bestiari is Special Summoned by the effect of another “Gladiator Beast” monster, it destroys a Spell/Trap Card on the field. Gladiator Beast Bestiari is used for backrow removal, it doesn’t have the best ATK, but, with the help of a Mirror Wall, it can still tie with a Blue-Eyes White Dragon.

When Gladiator Beast Murmillo is Special Summoned by the effect of another “Gladiator Beast” monster, it destroys a face-up monster on the field. Gladiator Beast Murmillo is the main way this Deck has to deal with problematic monsters, it’s a great card despite its poor stats, but keep in mind that, just like for Gladiator Beast Bestiari, its effect is mandatory, so, if your opponent has no face-up monsters on the field when you Special Summon it, you will have to destroy one of your own.

Recovery

When it’s Special Summoned by the effect of another “Gladiator Beast” monster, Gladiator Beast Equeste allows you to add a “Gladiator Beast” card from your Graveyard to the hand; this effect was notably worse when Amazoness Onslaught was still around, but, seeing how easy it is for your monsters to end in the Graveyard right now, it's actually very useful.

Revival

Gladiator Beast Darius is great for swarming the field with Gladiator Beasts. When he is special summoned from the graveyard you can revive a Gladiator Beast monster but with it's effect negated. Since there is no main phase 2 in Duel Links you would usually have to wait till your next turn to fill your field and fusion summon your monster.
Another use for Darius is recovery, revive a monster you want to return to the deck. And then when Darius leaves the field, even with his own effect, the revived monster is also returned to the deck so that you can special summon it later.

Backrow

Now that swarming is not as much of an issue as it was a couple weeks ago, Mirror Wall has been re-evaluated; this Trap Card can be activated during the Damage Step, when cards like Mask Change can't anymore, and it allows your monsters to deal with Blue-Eyes, even when the opponent has only one monster in the field, which is something Wall of Disruption isn't able to do.

Paleozoic Canadia is a great card that can help you slow down the opponent and that can also become a monster. Keep in mind that you can't chain Paleozoic Canadia from the Graveyard to a Mirror Wall if you activated it during the Damage Step.

You can only activate this Trap Card during the Battle Phase, but its effect can prevent your monsters from being destroyed by battle and card effect; you can activate this card after your opponent has already declared an attack to be able to tag out your “Gladiator Beast” monsters.

Impenetrable Attack can also be used to prevent you from taking battle damage during the Battle Phase in which you activate it.

Protection

Because the Gladiator Beast monsters need to survive battle before being able to activate their effects, it’s important to run strong cards spells and traps.

Enemy Controller - A staple card in a lot of decks ever since the beginning of Duel Links because of its sheer power and versatility. Recently gained even more popularity because it helps you beat Cyber Angels which is the most popular deck right now.

Floodgate Trap Hole - This card is amazing overall in this meta, but has great use in a Gladiator Beast deck. It defends your weaker monsters. Once their monster is in defense you can attack it (your monsters won’t be destroyed by battle), but watch out for your life points when doing this , unless you use the skill Holy Guard.

Changes multiple opponent's monsters to defense making your opponent unable to attack during their battle phase.

This trap helps you even the playing field for your weaker monsters. It’s also devastating for people that swarm the field and don’t play around it.

The Extra Decks

You are not going to be able to Special Summon monsters from your Extra Deck that often, but I would still advise keeping them there as an option; you don't have to use Polymerization in order to summon any of these monsters and the monsters used as material are shuffled inside the Deck instead of ending up in the Graveyard.

Gladiator Beast Essedarii is a 2500 ATK monster with no effect at all, you need to shuffle back into the Deck two “Gladiator Beast” monsters that are on the field in order to Special Summon it, you can use it to prevent yourself from decking out or just to get over a high ATK monster your opponent controls.

Gladiator Beast Nerokius requires you to shuffle back into the Deck three “Gladiator Beast” monsters, it can't be destroyed by battle and, just like U.A. Mighty Slugger, when it attacks, the opponent can't activate cards or effect until the end of the Damage Step.

If Nekrokius attacked, you can decide to shuffle it back into the Extra Deck during the end of the Battle Phase to Special Summon two “Gladiator Beast” monsters. Nekrokius is hard to bring out, but it's a great card that can pretty much ignore the opponent's backrow and attack freely.

Just like Gladiator Beast Nerokius, Gladiator Beast Heraklinos requires three “Gladiator Beast” monsters, but one of them must be Gladiator Beast Laquari.

Heraklinos, similarly to Wiz, Sage Fur Hire, can negate the activation of Spell/Trap Cards, but its effect is not limited to a “once per turn” use and it allows you to discard any card in order to activate it.

Additional Notes

Skills

[Skill] descriptionUser
Endless Trap Hell
Can be used when you have 3 trap cards in the Graveyard. 1 random Trap Card in your Graveyard is added to your hand. Then, shuffle 1 random Trap Card in your Graveyard into your Deck. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Odion
Odion

This Skill prevents can prevent you from decking out, even though that is usually not an issue with “Gladiator Beast”; Endless Trap Hell is generally a great choice for a deck that, just like Amazoness, relies so heavily on its backrow.

You can build your Gladiator Beast deck to have lots of Trap cards that protect your monsters during battle. In that case a good skill to use is Endless Trap Hell. When you have enough Trap cards in the graveyard you can use this skill to add one of them to your hand and another one to your deck. The Trap cards are chosen at random but is great for gaining advantage.

[Skill] descriptionUser
Balance
Your starting hand will reflect the card balance of your deck. This Skill will not activate unless you have at least 6 of each type of card (Monster, Spell, and Trap) in your Deck.
Akiza Izinski
Akiza Izinski

By having at least 6 Monster Cards, 6 Spell Cards and 6 Trap Cards, Balance can guarantee you a starting hand featuring at least a card of each type, it essentially gives you at least a monster and a Spell and a Trap Card to protect it.

[Skill] descriptionUser
Holy Guard
You receive no battle damage during your turn.
Tea Gardner
Tea Gardner

This skill prevents you from taking any battle damage during your turn. This allows you to attack freely into your opponent’s monsters (either in defense position or in combination with Impenetrable Attack/Half Shut when attacking an attack position monster).

[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

Another skill option for control variants. Use Sealed Tombs to prevent your opponent from accessing the graveyard. Gladiator Beast decks really don't mind not accessing their own graveyards because they don't do much revival except for Gladiator Beast Darius.

This Skill is used primarily when dealing with Vampire and, to a certain extent, Blue-Eyes, both of which are very popular and strong decks.

Matchups

Vampire Matchup

Vampire decks usually rely on the “once per turn” removal provided by Vampire Kingdom in order to get rid of the opponent's backrow, which is definitely not going be enough in this case; Vampires are also the only opponent against which Wall of Disruption is mostly a superior choice compared to Mirror Wall.

Masked HERO Matchup

Masked HERO Anki being able to essentially bypass your backrow by attacking directly and Cosmic Cyclone are the biggest issues with this deck; Gladiator Beasts can generally deal pretty well with Masked HEROes.

Blue-Eyes Matchups

Comments

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Anonymous
Legit how do you guys beat phoenix with this deck? If I tech anti phoenix I feel like it weakens the deck against other match ups in legend
<< Anonymous(Non-Anon)
Anonymous Reply
I know dameon
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Thanks. I understand.
<< Anonymous
None-Anon Reply
It's quite alright. :) Just don't mention it at all, please.
<< Anonymous(Daemon Blitzkrieg)
None-Anon Reply
It's quite alright. That's not what makes my nerves boil with the burning hatred of a thousand suns :)
Anonymous
thoughts on how ag would compare to gb?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You dun need Heraklinos to beat Phoenix, its just overkill. Normal GB is enough to take them down
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Maybe I'm too perfectionist, but I don't want a Kuriboh in my GB deck.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
And can you explain to me how can you counter phoenix with your GB deck?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
fuck you segeant
Anonymous
How u counter this shit, so broken with holy guard
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
AG with Gravity Blaster works well, even if attacked in defense mode the cards will go into the deck. Another good tech card is 4 Star ladybug of doom, which will destroy most of their GBs except maybe Murmillo.
<< Anonymous(me)
Mari Setagaya Reply
You don't know expensive if you think phoenix is costly.
<< Anonymous
Mari Setagaya Reply
I run my choas Frognarch deck with 3 treeborns, 3 DMoC, 3 Angmar, 3 Screech, 2 Fanguang, 3 soul exchange, and 3 econ. As long as I get a frog into the circulation, i can just continue to use my opponents monsters as tributes via econ take and soul exchange. They either quit or run out of resources.
<< Anonymous
Little_Dooze Reply
The counter to this deck is "Control" - Cheers.
Anonymous
hopes for next banlist
ban murmillo
ban bestiari
limit laquari
limit dimicari
semi limit enemy controller
semi limit impenetrable attack
ban wall of disruption
ban mirror wall
ban floodgate


this way gladiator beasts are still playable but not tier 1
<< Anonymous
A Reply
Agree
<< Anonymous
Buttsuni Reply
Sick B8
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Stfu
<< Anonymous
7wentythree Reply
Yes, nerf pls
Little D
#nerfgladiators2018

Seriously, this deck needs to be dealt with, and I’m not just talking about limiting it’s cards, but needing their dog shit abilities.
<< Anonymous(What)
Ur mum Reply
Please continue posting those internet pics, to make you looks funny in front of your phone screen.
<< Anonymous(Ur mum)
Wumpers Reply
yes please keep talking, your entertain is golden, to make me "looks funny in front of my phone screen" whatever the hell that means??
<< Anonymous(What)
Anonymous Reply
Is that mia khalifa???
<< Anonymous(Anonymous )
Anonymous Reply
Nurf glatoir best
Anonymous
Please Konami we want this cards so bad xD
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Crybaby you are crying for nerfing xD
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
While Burn Decks has become too OP at the current time and Anyone in Legend will understand this definitely ... I do not think that Gyzarus will not be OP
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Sorry : I think that Gyzarus will not be OP at the current time
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
We Want GYZARUS Konami please release it !!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
Release GYZARUS Please ... Gyzarus is not that OP anymore in the current meta It will just bring GB back to meta
<< Anonymous
Yubelsapprentice Reply
Gk Visionary Requires set up to get that high and yes it's dumb but it can be outted, and the only reason that gets out is either double summon or you bricked too hard to not be able to beat over low atk and def gk monsters. I don't know if this card will be op or not but visionary isn't.
<< Anonymous(Yubelsapprentice)
Yubelsapprentice Reply
I have tested this with a similar card Aromage Rosemary Which does the same thing but only when a plant monster you control attacks while you have more LP.
<< Anonymous(Yubelsapprentice)
Yubelsapprentice Reply
Whoops wrong chat the one goes to the one Below.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Seems like an improved version of Octavius :o
Anonymous
Am I the only one feeling the need to NERF those stupid phoenix users? I swear my GB can't win a single damn thing when NO BACKROWS. Lucky if there's a bunch of Ebola and FGTs I drew early, otherwise always doomed. Semi-limit Phoenix is for the best. Also curious, why need to nerf GB when Phoenix is so strong against it??? #braindead-nerfs
<< Anonymous(: D)
Anonymous Reply
I would be impressed if you didn't use econs or flood, any regular deck with little skill can reach with patience, and... Bestiari needs to be limited, like were on TCG.
<< Anonymous
Lord Pancake Reply
Lol, I have never lost aganist Phoenix with my GB deck.
<< Anonymous(Lord Pancake)
Lord Pancake Reply
This is a better screenshot.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Phoenix is a bad matchup, but luckily most players are bad, so you can win easily by just outplaying them.
Anonymous
I don't like GA. I tried them and they lose every time.
<< Anonymous
Gladssuckyo Reply
It's clear to me that you lack the intelligence to see how far a worm deck can go in the current meta. But I wouldn't expect less from a gladsfanboii. Not to mention the CA and the AG troops.
<< Anonymous(Gladssuckyo)
Anonymous Reply
I used to see them when climbing the ladder. You're right they made it really far. Something like gold 2 or 3.
<< Anonymous(Gladssuckyo)
Anonymous Reply
Gb player skills --> buy the box that have gb + buy more box that have a good s/t =???
Profit(GB deck). Wait, did i miss skill? Yes, they have none. If they have it, it just in-game skill, that is mind scan.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Literally every deck has a deck that counters it. that's why "the meta" is a thing. if you don't like a deck, just wait a bit. It'll die out
Anonymous
Are this deck dead?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Dead ?? Hahaha I reached KOG very early this season (7 march) with my GB Deck
<< Anonymous
AK-47 Gold Reply
GB is definitely not dead yet. I reached KoG in just one day with this deck in March 15. Trunade is only good if you are using Cyber Angel or any monsters that have higher attacks on first turn. Drawing trunade is still based on luck winning. Unlike GB. the first turn you draw is always 100% luck. . .
<< Anonymous
Bruno Reply
No its not dead,but GB dont have ways to survive the massive destruction effects of new decks...its sad but GB is good but not against the actual meta,mayber if Gyzarus get released they back to tier list
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
dead from meta, trunade gb, when i see a gb it's autowin ^^
Anonymous
nerf this piece of shit deck, it takes no skill to play.
<< Anonymous
Someone Reply
Lets be honest, most meta decks (and burn) are dependent upon heavy backrow. Without this, these deck cant even survive a turn and pull their combo. Not that I hate GB or Six Sams or whatever, but this is the truth of nowadays meta :/
<< Anonymous(Someone)
Anonymous Reply
even in the tcg EVERY deck realizes on back row to win b/c the whole point is keep the other person at a disadvantage.it has been true for any game
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Ah you are one silver player that accidentally faced a legend, i see. You must be very depressed in life
<< Anonymous
St0rm Reply
Somebody doesn't like playing Blue very much...
Anonymous
Try it with Mind Scan, it is fat easier to avoid traps
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Mind scan = cheat. It needs a BIG nerf.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Even if mind scan is quite cheating, think about your starting hand. I for myself play mind scan with gladiator beast too but not this kind of deck, and it's not consistent because sometimes you'll brick your hand ,ex: hand full of monster or full of s/t. or if you're lucky, you've got a balance about those cards. and remember, the nerf they should do is limit the use of floodgate trap hole
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Lol you know you would likely bricks with mind scan, still playing with that skill? Is it that hard to play without it? Play gb that only rely on good back row to succeed but scared to other people back row. Pathetic
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
The guy above me nailed it.

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