Ay 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:
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.