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Photon Beat Skill Drain Deck List Review

Photon Sabre Tiger Yu-Gi-Oh Card Game PHSW-EN-SR-1EAll I can say is WOW! As more and more people put on their thinking caps, more and more creative decks come busting out. This week at one of my local spots one of the top 2 decks was a Photon Beat deck.

I was very surprised to see this type of deck in the tops. I mean you really have not heard much about a photon beat deck. Maybe a Hero Beat deck, but photon, NA!

Looking at the deck, I see why it made it to the top 2 decks at the tournament. It firstly has monsters that are able to search eachother out. When Photon Sabre Tiger is normal summoned you can go get another out of your deck to your hand. Ready to summon on your next turn. Then there is Photon Lizard which can tribute itself to special summon one of your big monsters from your deck.

It also played one of the, if not the best, trap card for this format Skill Drain. This card does double duty in this deck. Depending on the opponents deck it can disrupt their plays but also gives the photon player monsters a big attack boost. You see with Skill Drain on the field, all those changing of attack effects are negated. So the Photon Sabre Tiger keeps it’s 2000 attack and the Beast King Barbaros keeps his 3000 attack. That’s like Tony Stark saying, “We have a Hulk!”

No only can the monsters get big by Skill Drain, they have access to some of the best attack changing cards in the game. Horn of the Phantom Beast, Forbidden Lance, and the recently popular Forbidden Chalice. Better yet it has its own theme one too that also destroys a backrow, Photon Trident. Being able to use all of these during damage calcutaltion is a huge plus for the photon player. Now the opponent needs to worry about losing their boss monster to a flip of a card. Or better yet, the photon player can attack an empty field then win the game with a flip of the card. Now that’s power that no one wants to have against then, even the mighty dino rabbit players.

Check Out Anthony’s Top 2 Tournament Winning Photon Beat Deck:

Forbidden Chalice Yu-Gi-Oh Card Game RGBT-EN-UR-1EMonsters: 16
3 – Photon Sabre Tiger
3 – Photon Thrasher
3 – Beast King Barbaros
2 – Photon Lizard
2 – Photon Crusher
2 – Thunder King Rai-Oh
1 – Honest

Spells: 11
3 – Pot Of Duality
2 – Mystical Space Typhoon
2 – Forbidden Lance
2 – Photon Trident
1 – Monster Reborn
1 – Forbidden Chalice

Traps: 13
3 – Skill Drain
2 – Horn of the Phantom Beast
2 – Compulsory Evacuation Device
2 – Torrential Tribute
1 – Solemn Warning
1 – Bottomless Trap Hole
1 – Dark Bribe
1 – Starlight Road

Gozen Match Yu-Gi-Oh Card Game CSOC-EN-C-1EExtra Deck: 15
2 – Stardust Dragon
2 – Number 39: Utopia
2 – Blade Armor Ninja
1 – Acid Golem
1 – Wind-Up Zenmaines
1 – Number 20: Giga Brilliant
1 – Leviair the Sea Dragon
1 – Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
1 – Number C39 Utopia Ray
1 – Steelswarm Roach
1 – Chimeratech Fortress Dragon

Side Deck: 15
2 – Cyber Dragon
2 – King Tiger Wanghu
2 – Kinetic Soldier
2 – Shadow Imprisoning Mirror
2 – Gozen Match
1 – D.D. Crow
1 – Dark Hole
1 – Mystical Space Typhoon
1 – Starlight Road
1 – Bottomless Trap Hole

I really like this build as a blueprint. I would actually make some changes like adding another Dark Bribe and taking out the Honest. Maybe even taking out the 2 Forbidden Lance and put in the 3rd Horn of the Phantom Beast and 2nd Forbidden Chalice.

What do you think of the deck and what changes would you make? Leave your comments below.

2 Responses to “Photon Beat Skill Drain Deck List Review”


is there a card missing in the extra deck because i only counted 14


@suroosh – You are right. I’ll have to speak to him about the missing card. Thanks for noticing that.
Keep playing good Yu-Gi’s!!


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