Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel players need to combine the best cards from each sub-archetype into one deck to get the most out of a HERO deck.
The HERO archetype is one of the most well-known in the history of Yu-Gi-Oh! This is likely because Jaden/Judai Yuki, the main character of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, chose to be a HERO. There are many different types of HEROes, such as Destiny, Elemental, and Masked.
It’s safe to assume that each of the sub-archetypes should be played separately, and it is possible to do so. However, a duelist must combine the best cards from each sub-archetype into one deck to get the most out of a HERO deck.
Mask Change is a card that can be used quickly. It lets its user sacrifice a face-up Hero monster on the field to special summon a Masked HERO monster with the same attribute as the sacrificed monster from their extra deck. This makes it a very useful card.
This effect can be used to protect the monster that was sacrificed from bad card effects that would banish it, cancel its effects, or otherwise hurt it. Most of the Masked HERO monsters that this card can bring out are pretty strong, and one of them is especially strong in most situations.
Elemental HERO Shadow Mist
Elemental HERO Shadow Mist is a level 4 monster with the dark attribute and the type of a warrior. Shadow Mist has two effects: one that summons a special creature and one that affects the graveyard. If Shadow Mist is sent to the graveyard, the person who owns it can add one HERO monster from their deck to their hand.
If this card is Special Summoned, its owner can add one “Change” quick-play spell from their deck to their hand. This card is an important searcher for the main plays of the deck. Its dark type also makes it one of the best HERO cards and a great target for Mask Change.
Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier
The Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier is a water-type warrior monster with a level of 4. This card can be used in two ways. The first effect is that when the Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier is summoned normally, the user can special summon a level 4 or lower HERO monster from their graveyard.
Its second effect happens when this card is used as a fusion material for a HERO fusion monster. The user can draw two cards, but they have to get rid of one of them. The Liquid Soldier gives the deck a nice boost to its consistency and presence on the board.
Miracle Fusion is a normal spell card whose effect is very easy to understand. When activated, the user can fusion summon one Elemental HERO fusion monster from the extra deck by removing materials from the field or graveyard.
This card lets you go into some of the most powerful boss monsters in the HERO archetype. It can be searched by more than one HERO card. This is because getting HEROes into the graveyard is much easier than getting them onto the field.
Fusion Destiny is a normal spell card, and you can only have two copies of it in your deck at the moment. It’s effect lets its user summon a fusion monster from their extra deck that lists a Destiny HERO monster as one of its fusion materials by sending cards from their hand or deck to the graveyard.
Fusion Destiny lets its user summon Destiny Hero Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer, one of the strongest fusion monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, with just one card. It’s one of the best HERO cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel game because of this.
Destiny HERO – Plasma
Plasma is a Destiny HERO monster with a level of 8, a dark attribute, and a warrior type. It can’t summoned or set normally. Destiny HERO: Plasma can only special summoned from the owner’s hand if they sacrifice three monsters on their side of the field. That investment will pay off in a big way. Plasma can cancel the effects of all monsters with effects that the opponent controls while it is face up on the field.
It can also pick a monster that the opponent is in charge of and put it on itself. If it does, Plasma gets half of that monster’s attack points as its attack. Plasma is one of the strongest boss monsters in the deck, so if you get the chance to play it, you should.
Elemental HERO Stratos
Elemental HERO Stratos is a level 4 warrior with the wind attribute. It has a really powerful summon effect that lets the user either search their deck for a HERO monster and add it to their hand, or destroy as many spell and trap cards as the number of HERO monsters they control other than Elemental HERO Stratos that the opponent controls.
Stratos is often used as the deck’s searcher, and its ability to pop spell and trap cards is rarely used. Still, a HERO deck doesn’t feel complete without at least two copies of Elemental HERO Stratos.
A Hero Lives
The cost to use A Hero Lives is pretty high for a normal spell card. You can only use the effect of A Hero Lives if you don’t have any monsters in your hand. When activated, the user pays half of their life points and can then special summon one Elemental HERO monster from their deck.
Since both Elemental HERO Stratos and Elemental HERO Shadow Mist have great special summon effects, they are often the targets of this card. This effect can also used to find fusion materials, like Elemental HERO Neos, that duelists need on the field.
Masked HERO Dark Law
Masked HERO Dark Law is one of the two most powerful boss monsters in the deck. Dark Law is a level 6 fusion monster that has a dark attribute and is of the warrior type. It does two things. The first thing that happens is that any card that would sent to the graveyard is instead removed from play.
The second one goes into effect when an opponent adds a card from their deck to their hand, except during the draw phase, and gets rid of a random card from their hand. Dark Law made HEROes go from a niche fun deck to a powerful rouge deck overnight. Both of these effects are very powerful and can win Basket Random game on their own for the player who uses them.
Destiny Hero Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer
Hero Destroyer in Destiny Phoenix Enforcer, or D.P.E. for short, is a level 8 fusion monster with the dark attribute and the warrior type. It has three really powerful effects that make it one of the best boss monsters in all of Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel. All monsters your opponent controls have their attack lowered by 200 times the number of HERO cards in your graveyard.
The second effect lets the player destroy one of their opponent’s cards. The last effect of D.P.E. is that when it is destroyed, it can bring itself or any other Destiny HERO monster back from the dead during the next stand-by phase. All of these effects make D.P.E. the most powerful HERO card in Master Duel. It is so powerful that it is often used in decks that have nothing to do with HEROes.
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