Silent Swordsman is a powerful card that can easily fit in any deck that mostly runs Warrior-Type monsters like Gouki. The ability to negate a Spell every turn, floating into Silent Swordsman LV7, and support from Silent Sword Slash make Silent Swordsman quite a difficult monster to deal with.
|LIGHT Warrior ★4|
ATK 1000 / DEF 1000
|Swordbound Silence [UR]|
|Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by Tributing 1 Warrior-Type monster, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase: This card gains 500 ATK. Once per turn, during either player's turn, when a Spell Card is activated: You can negate the activation. If this card is destroyed by battle, or if this card in its owner's control is destroyed by an opponent's card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Silent Swordsman" monster from your hand or Deck, except "Silent Swordsman", ignoring its Summoning conditions.|
You can Special Summon Silent Swordsman by tributing Gouki monsters, while also triggering the tributed Gouki's search effect. The inherent ATK gain is pretty slow but it helps. You will want to use Silent Sword Slash, to quickly make Silent Swordsman a more formidable beater on the field.
The Spell card negation will mostly be used to negate Invocation, Neos Fusion, Mask Change, and other fusion spells so your opponent can't get their boss monsters out. It can also negate Enemy Controller, Dark Magical Circle and other Spells that disrupt your board.
Watch out for Samurai Destroyer, Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon, and other cards that can negate Silent Swordsman's floating effect.
The non-LV Silent Swordsman can float into Silent Swordsman LV7 when it is destroyed. This is useful in cases where you don't have Silent Sword Slash, so you can crash Silent Swordsman into an opponent's monster to get a powerful beater onboard. Silent Swordsman LV7 has a more oppressive version of Silent Swordman's effect, entirely negating all Spell cards put on the field. This is why we use minimal Spells in this deck, excluding Silent Sword Slash which is immune to negation.
Silent Sword Slash
|Crusaders Battleground [R]|
Swordbound Silence [R]
|Target 1 "Silent Swordsman" monster you control; that target gains 1500 ATK and DEF, and if it does, it is unaffected by your opponent's card effects until the end of this turn. This card's activation and effect cannot be negated. You can banish this card from your Graveyard; add 1 "Silent Swordsman" monster from your Deck to your hand.|
This is the “Silent Swordsman” version of Silent Burning, it’s much easier to activate compared to its counterpart and has an arguably better effect. This Quick-Play Spell permanently increases the ATK and DEF of a “Silent Swordsman” monster you control by 1500, and the best part is it makes that monster immune to all your opponent's effects until the end of the turn. Sphere Kuriboh, Drowning Mirror Force and other battle traps won’t be able to stop your monster, and you can even activate this card in response to them for protection. The immunity to negation is there so that Silent Swordsman LV7 does not shutdown his own support, but also prevents your opponent from negating this card.
Lastly, you can banish this card from the graveyard to search Silent Swordsman. You can send Silent Sword Slash to the graveyard as cost for something like Karma Cut, then banish it to get your base Silent Swordsman.
|EARTH Warrior ★4|
ATK 1800 / DEF 0
|Flames of the Heart [UR]|
|When this card is Normal Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 "Gouki" monster from your hand. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Gouki" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Gouki Suprex". You can only use this effect of "Gouki Suprex" once per turn.|
|EARTH Warrior ★3|
ATK 1600 / DEF 0
|Flames of the Heart [SR]|
|(Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 "Gouki" monster, then target 1 "Gouki" monster you control; it gains ATK equal to the original ATK of the Tributed monster until the end of this turn. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Gouki" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Gouki Twistcobra". You can only use each effect of "Gouki Twistcobra" once per turn.|
Because of their simplicity of use, Goukis make this deck quite easy to use and effective. Normal Summon Suprex to help swarm the field, you can Special Summon another copy of Suprex but most of the time you want to Special Summon Twistcobra to get its ATK boost effect ready. Gouki monsters' search effect will be activated when you use them as tribute to summon Silent Swordsman, giving them some synergy.
Gouki Iron Claw
|EARTH Warrior ★2|
ATK 1000 / DEF 0
|Flames of the Heart [R]|
|During the Damage Step, when your "Gouki" monster battles an opponent's monster (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY; until the end of this turn, your monster gains 500 ATK, and if it does, it is unaffected by your opponent's card effects. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add 1 "Gouki" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Gouki Iron Claw". You can only use each effect of "Gouki Iron Claw" once per turn.|
Iron Claw for Gouki is comparable to what Silent Sword Slash does for Silent Swordsman, you can even chain it to your opponent's card to give your Gouki total effect immunity. It is better than Silent Sword Slash in the sense that it does not need to be set, to use on your opponent's turn. But it is also worse in that it can only be used during battle therefore only really negating battle traps, and it gives a significantly less ATK boost.
Only tribute Gouki monsters for Ballista Squad's cost. Tributing a Gouki will activate its search effect, overall maintaining your resources. Ballista Squad can be used to get rid of problematic monsters and set backrow.
Karma Cut is a good removal card while also providing some graveyard disruption. Discounting Shiranui, not many decks can interact with their banish zone so a boss monster banished by Karma Cut would be devastating to the opponent. The discard cost can be used to put Silent Sword Slash in your graveyard and use it to search Silent Swordsman.
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