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Gladiator Beasts : deck recipe

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Overview

The unique effect of Gladiator Beast monsters allows them to switch places with another Gladiator Beast monster from your deck. Monsters summoned by this effect get access to an additional strong effect. The strategy of this deck revolves around picking of your opponent’s monsters, spells and traps one at a time. Because the low level Gladiator Beast monsters aren’t that strong on their own the deck runs a lot of strong spells and traps to hinder your opponent from destroying your monsters and allowing them to tag out.

Even with more Gladiator Beast cards added during the event, the new support they got was not enough to boost them to the top of the tier list. However the new support was able to give them a boost in maintaining card advantage which could help them in a long game.

Example deck

Balance 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----

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-

Control Version

Gladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast Bestiari
Gladiator Beast MurmilloGladiator Beast MurmilloGladiator Beast DimacariHalf ShutCosmic CycloneCosmic Cyclone
Enemy ControllerEnemy ControllerFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleImpenetrable AttackImpenetrable Attack
Impenetrable AttackWall of Disruption----
Gladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast NerokiusGladiator Beast Heraklinos-

Set skill

[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.
Ishizu Ishtar
Ishizu Ishtar
Mind Scan
From the third turn and onward, you can see the opponents card as long as your Life Points are 3000 or Higher.
Maximillion Pegasus
Pegasus
Holy Guard
You receive no battle damage during your turn.
Tea Gardner
Tea Gardner

How to Use (Fusion Version)

Gladiator Beast Darius

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.

Search and Recovery

Gladiator Beast Heraklinos' effect also requires you to discard a card from your hand to negate an effect. And Fusion summoning also drains your card advantage. So to keep your hand count up you will need lots of search and recovery.

  • Gladiator Beast Tygerius searches your deck for any Gladiator Beast monster. but it is best to search them out based on their attack because their effects activate when they are special summoned from the deck. You could also use the searched monster as cost for another effect like Gladiator Beast Heraklinos'. Additionally, Tygerius cannot be used as a fusion material so while he on the field you can only summon Gladiator Beast Essedarii.
  • Gladiator Beast Equeste is similar to Tygerius but he recovers a Gladiator Beast in your graveyard to hand. Also Equeste has slightly lower attack but can be used as fusion material. Retrieve Gladiator Beast Lacquari and summon him next turn and fusion into Heraklinos.

Surviving Battle

  • Half Shut - This card can make one of your monsters unable to be destroyed by battle or halve the attack of one of your opponent’s monsters, allowing your low attack monsters to attack, deal damage and tag out. This card can help make some creative lethal plays where your opponent controls one strong monster and one weak monster, and you control multiple monsters (or even Dimacari with its effect activated) , allowing you to deal lethal damage to your opponent by attacking the weak monster over and over again, ignoring his strong monsters.
  • Impenetrable Attack - This card comes in the same box as all the Gladiator Beast cards, and for good reason, it allows one of your monsters to become invincible during one of you battle phases, allowing it to tag out at the end of that battle phase. But you can also choose if you want to activate its other effect instead, allowing you to survive a turn when you have no monsters. This makes it an even better card because of its versatility.

Fusion monsters

All Gladiator Beast fusion monsters are summoned through contact fusion, meaning you need to control the needed cards on the field and you shuffle them in your deck (you don’t use polymerization).

Every Fusion monster in this deck is great in terms of offense. Additionally, they do not need Polymerization to summon just return the fusion material monsters face-up on the field back to deck.

  • Gladiator Beast Essedarii - Only summon this monster when you really need a high attack monster on the field, otherwise he is a waste of card advantage. You cannot even return him to the deck to special summon more Gladiator beasts from your deck which is bad because now you are stuck with just an above average beater on the field.
  • Gladiator Beast Nerokius - Very powerful fusion monster and has access to a boosted version of the “Ancient Gear effect” , because your opponent can’t activate any spells, traps or monster effects when this card attacks or is attacked. It also can’t be destroyed by battle and has the added bonus effect that it can tag out for 2 other Gladiator Beast monsters from your deck (Gladiator Beast Essedarii does not have access to this effect).
  • Gladiator Beast Heraklinos - Fusion summon with Gladiator Beast Lacquari and 2 other Gladiator Beast monsters. The strongest stats of all Gladiator Beast monsters and has the powerful effect of being able to negate spell and trap cards which can be useful or even deadly in some matchups.

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.

How to use (Control Version)

Gladiator Beasts

Beaters

Aside from your fusion monsters these Gladiator Beasts will be your main attackers, because they relatively high attack or effect that help them in battle.

  • Gladiator Beast Laquari - This monster has a respectable attack of 1800 which it can raise to 2100 if summoned by another Gladiator Beast. This is the monster you want to see in your opening hand as it allows to pick of a weaker monster (Gozuki, Senju of the thousand hands, Sonic Bird, Sergeant Electro,..) and then tag out into Gladiator Beast Murmillo to deal with stronger monsters (Red-Eyes Zombie, Ancient Gear Golem, Cyber Angel Dakini,...) or tag out into Gladiator Beast Bestiari to destroy your opponent’s spells and traps.
  • Gladiator Beast Dimacari - Another card you don’t mind seeing in your starting hand as it allows you to switch out into any of your other 3 Gladiator Beast monster depending on the situation. Most decklists only run one copy of this card because it’s best suited to finish your opponent thanks to its two attacks, but it can also come in handy if your opponent has multiple monsters that need to be cleared.

Destroy opponent's field

Gladiator Beast Bestiari - Amazing Gladiator Beast monster as it allows you to destroy your opponent’s spells and traps when it’s special summoned. Don’t forget that you can’t tag out this card for another Gladiator Bestiari in your deck. If you run this deck with the skill Mind Scan you know exactly which spell or trap to target as long as your life points are 3000 or above.
Gladiator Beast Murmillo - This card is the main way for Gladiator Beasts to deal with high attack or annoying monsters if you can’t summon a Gladiator Beast fusion monster. Even though this card has very poor stats, most decklists still run two copies of this card. The reason for this is in case you draw or start

Possible skills

[Skill] descriptionUsers
Mind Scan
If your Life Points are 3000 or more, you can see the cards Set in your opponent's field.

Pegasus

This skill helps you play around your opponent’s backrow and decide exactly which spell/trap you want to destroy with the effect of Gladiator Beast Bestiari. Keep in mind when attacking into monsters in defense position (to activate the Gladiator Beast effect) that you won’t be able to use Mind Scan anymore once your life points drop below 3000 life points.

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

Tea

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).

Pro tip when playing against another Gladiator Beast deck

When playing against another Gladiator Beast deck, one of the most powerful plays you can make is when both of you Gladiator Beast monsters battled (and survived) you activate Enemy Controller at the end of the Battle Phase and tribute your monster to take control of theirs, this will allow you to shuffle their Gladiator Beast into their deck , and special summon one from yours.

Other useful cards

CardExplanation
Gladiator Beast Tygerius
Gladiator Beast Tygerius
Searches your deck for a Gladiator Beast monster but keep in mind he cannot be used as a fusion material.
Gladiator Beast Equeste
Gladiator Beast Equeste
Retrieves a Gladiator Beast from your graveyard to hand.
Gladiator Beast Darius
Gladiator Beast Darius
Revives a Gladiator Beast monster from your graveyard but it's effects are negated and it returns to the deck when Darius leaves the field. You can use Forbidden Chalice on Darius after you revive the monster so that you can keep him on the field and use his effect after he attacks during that turn.
Gladiator Beast Secutor
Gladiator Beast Secutor
Can swarm your field with Gladiator Beast monsters.
Gladiator Beast Alexander
Gladiator Beast Alexander
Great beater and can be made immune to spell cards.
Gladiator Beast Retiari
Gladiator Beast Retiari
Banishes a card from your opponent's graveyard. Could be useful to banish cards that special summon from the graveyard like Zombies, Amazoness Baby Tiger, etc.
Gladiator Beast Octavius
Gladiator Beast Octavius
Easily special summoned in a Gladiator Beast deck. Great beater and can destroy a set spell/trap card.
Gladiator Beast Augustus
Gladiator Beast Augustus
Easily special summoned in a Gladiator Beast deck. Great beater and special summons a gladiator beast from your hand, greatly helps to summon Gladiator Beast Fusion monsters.
Sphere Kuriboh
Sphere Kuriboh
A great card to defend your monsters as well. Helps against Ancient Gear and decks that use Anti-Magic Arrow.
Colosseum - Cage of the Gladiator Beasts
Colosseum - Cage of the Gladiator Beasts
Increasingly boosts your Gladiator Beasts' attacks.
Gladiator Beast's Battle Gladius
Gladiator Beast's Battle Gladius
Attack boost and returns to your hand when Gladiator Beast returns to deck.
Gladiator Beast's Battle Halberd
Gladiator Beast's Battle Halberd
Destroys spell/trap cards and returns to your hand when Gladiator Beast returns to deck.
Gladiator Beast's Respite
Gladiator Beast's Respite
Good draw card card for Gladiator Beast decks.
Forbidden Chalice
Forbidden Chalice
Great tech card to stop your opponent's monster effects from going off.
Gladiator Taming
Gladiator Taming
Could serve as a replacement against Enemy Controller to protect against attacks. In some situations like when facing aliens and an Enemy Controller take you can use this to take back your monster.
Super Rush Headlong
Super Rush Headlong
This spell allows you to defend your monster and take out one of your opponent’s monster as well (can be used offensively and defensively) . The reason this isn’t played in most Gladiator Beast decks is because of this card no battle actually occurred (the monster is destroyed at the start if the damage step), meaning your Gladiator Beast monster won’t be able to tag out if it survives because if this card.
Mirror Wall
Mirror Wall
A trap, just like wall of disruption, that protects your weaker monsters from your opponent’s stronger monsters. This card is better than Wall of Disruption when playing against Ancient Gears, but is worse when playing against Cyber Angels.
Fire Formation - Tenken
Fire Formation - Tenken
Protects a beast-warrior monster from card effects and gives all beast-warriors a boost.
Parry
Parry
Negates a trap card by returning a Gladiator Beast to the deck.
Windstorm of Etaqua
Windstorm of Etaqua
Defends your monsters for one turn, and allowing you to hit into a defense position monster during your next turn.
Curse of Anubis
Curse of Anubis
Same use as Windstorm of Etaqua.

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
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
Release GYZARUS Please ... Gyzarus is not that OP anymore in the current meta It will just bring GB back to meta
<< Anonymous
Magzywagzy Reply
I don't like nuking the field but the sylvan combo and amazon remove from play on battle is fine right?
<< Anonymous(Magzywagzy)
Anonymous Reply
If They release Field nuking cards like Amazoness Onslaught and Sylvan cards and Fur Hires .. so Why do not they release Gyzarus as UR card in Main or Mini Box as support for Gladiator Beasts to return them to meta ? GB Gyzarus and GB Noxious are not OP now anymore !!!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I want this card so bad !!!!!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Well,we need that card.
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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