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Joseph Giorlando 2012 YCS Long Beach 4th Place Hero Beat Skill Drain Deck Review

Elemental HERO The Shining YuGiOh CardAy Yeah! I was happy to see that a hero deck running Skill Drain’s topped. You see that’s the type of deck I have been running for the past 2 weeks. I knew this type of deck could hang with the big 3 decks.

Congrats to Joseph Giorlando, for his dominating a field of over 4300 people with his Hero Beat deck. He made it all the way to top 4 but lost to the champ Michael Balan playing dark worlds. You can read coverage of their epic match here (Top 4 Feature Match: Michael Balan vs. Joseph Giorlando).

Joseph’s build had many cards that you wouldn’t think of playing within a Hero Beat build. One of the cards that should have caught people off guard were the main decked Skill Drain’s. Skill Drain is one of those cards that can completely shut down Inzektors, Wind-Ups and sometime dino rabbit. While not hurting the monsters in his deck. It actually helped one of his monsters become a 3000 attacking beast.

Joseph’s deck ran a really low monster count with a heavy trap and spell line up. He ran the 4 core hero monster, Elemental HERO Stratos and Elemental HERO Neos Alius. With just the core hero monsters he is able to fusion summon them with Miracle Fusion to bring out Elemental HERO The Shining.

The one thing I noticed was he did not run any main deck Mystical Space Typhoon. I guess he felt, why am I going to worry about my opponents Solemn Warning and Solemn Judgment. Let them lower their life points on my monsters becuase I am only going to use them to bring out a bigger problem with Miracle Fusion. Or better yet bring back my Elemental HERO Neos Alius with hero blast and kill off one of your monsters.

He also played a Crusader of Endymion to take full advantage of his Gemini Spark’s. It also gave him another light monster to use with Miracle Fusion to bring out Elemental HERO The Shining. And if all else failed, it’s another 1900 attacking beat stick his opponent needed to handle.

The key monster card I liked, since I used it too, was Beast King Barbaros. You see when this guy is on the field, he’s a 1900 beat stick. But when Skill Drain is active on the field he become like he-man, the most powerfull monster on the field. That 1900 attack now becomes 3000 attack with a flip of the card. Now that can bascially get over any monster the top 3 decks summon out.

The one surprise spell he played was Heavy Storm. Being that he played 15 traps, one which is a continuois, I’m sure playing this caught many people off guard. I don’t play this card and am still not going to. But it was a bold call on his part and I’m going to assume it worked for him.

Check Out Joseph’s Entire Deck with Side and Extra Below:
Joseph Giorlando YuGiOh 2012 YCS Long Beach Top 4 Hero Beat

Monsters: 9
3 – Elemental HERO Neos Alius
2 – Thunder King Rai-Oh
2 – Beast King Barbaros
1 – Elemental HERO Stratos
1 – Crusader of Endymion

Spells: 16
3 – Gemini Spark
3 – Miracle Fusion
3 – Pot Of Duality
2 – E – Emergency Call
1 – Reinforcement of the Army
1 – Heavy Storm
1 – Book of Moon
1 – Monster Reborn
1 – Dark Hole

Traps: 15
2 – Torrential Tribute
2 – Skill Drain
2 – Hero Blast
2 – Dark Bribe
2 – Solemn Warning
2 – Dimensional Prison
1 – Solemn Judgment
1 – Mirror Force
1 – Starlight Road

Side Deck: 15
3 – Snowman Eater
2 – Maxx C
2 – Forbidden Chalice
2 – Mystical Space Typhoon
2 – Smashing Ground
2 – Super Polymerization
2 – Shadow Imprisoning Mirror

Extra Deck: 15
3 – Elemental HERO The Shining
2 – Elemental Hero Absolute Zero
2 – Elemental HERO Nova Master
1 – Elemental Hero Great Tornado
1 – Acid Golem
1 – Blade Armor Ninja
1 – Wind-Up Zenmaines
1 – Number 39: Utopia
1 – Number C39 Utopia Ray
1 – Stardust Dragon

What do you guys think of Joseph’s Deck. Leave your comments below.

22 Responses to “Joseph Giorlando 2012 YCS Long Beach 4th Place Hero Beat Skill Drain Deck Review”


You forgot an extra deck card. I only see 14 there.


Otherwise, really excited to run this deck.


Great Budget Deck!
Great Job!


@EpicHippo – You are right. I forgot about Gaia. I’m going to update that now. Thanks. Keep playing good Yu-Gi’s


@Sascha bösch Thanks. It sure is a great budget deck. Just about everything has been reprinted recently or have common version. The only real procey card is Maxx “C”. But I’m sure we can replace that with some other card.


Ya just ran this deck last night at my locals. Went undefeated against both dinorabbit and dark world. Runs so smoothly I love it.


@EpicHippo – Nice. So did I. But I actually made a few changes bacause of the types of decks I played at my locals.
Keep Playing Good Yu-Gi’s

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Why isn’t there escuridao in the extra? I think it is good to play against dark world and inzektor after you sided super poly


@edoardo – escuridao has not come out in the TCG yet. I think it comes out in August. I’m sure it’s going in once we get it.

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how in the heck do u summon the acid golem having no lv 3 monster in the main deck? o.o


@Alex – he just put in since he had space. I’m sure he really didn’t expect to actually summon it.

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Is the only way to summon absolute zero and nova through the side deck monsters, or am I missing something here?



They can be summoned through the use of super polymerization as it can use monsters on your opponents side of the field for the fusion summon


What about adding a parallel world fusion or auper poly just to get rid of their cards at not cost?
Great deck though. I love hero’s!

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