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Creative Deck Profile: Cipher Captivation, ft. AC01 Support

Encrypt the soul of your opponent’s monsters with the Cipher archetype!


Strategic Summary:

The Cipher archetype from the ZEXAL era was released as an alterative way to get to R8NK Xyz Summons, with their boss monster tangentially related to the Galaxy-Eyes archetype, as it’s name is Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon. This boss monster uses materials to gain control of your opponent’s monster, then since it changes the captured monster’s name to Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon, you can use it as Xyz material for the summon of Galaxy-Eyes Cipher X Dragon. Recently released to the TCG, this boss monster boasts a massive 4000 ATK and the ability to pseudo-Xyz summon Rank 9 or lower Dragons from your GY! The best option is the in-theme upgrade to Cipher Dragon, Neo Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon which can steal up to 3 of your opponent’s monsters at a time, without even targeting.

But the issue with Ciphers has never been their boss monsters – their main deck options were the part that was severely lacking. However, with the rise of the new support from AC01, Ciphers are finally worth building as a fun casual deck with Cipher Biplane (YGOrg Translation). Biplane can modify the levels of any 2 Cipher monsters you control to 8, giving you easy access to your boss, but it also summons itself from the hand whenever you summon any other Cipher monster. It even has an additional search effect when destroyed by battle or card effect, giving you a bit more longevity in duels. Even if you don’t draw Biplane, Ciphers already can tutor it directly from the deck with Cipher Twin Raptor or Cipher Mirror Knight, and Cipher Etranger offers access to the theme’s spell cards such as their Rank-Up-Magic Cipher Ascension or the new Cipher Interference (YGOrg Translation) giving extreme ATK power to your battling Cipher monster! Encode your opponent’s monsters as Xyz material with the Cipher!

Provided Decklist:

Monsters: 20
||| Sword Master of the Illusory Iris
||| Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted
||| Cipher Biplane
||| Cipher Twin Raptor
||| Cipher Wing
||| Cipher Mirror Knight
|| Cipher Etranger

Spells: 17
| One for One
|| Xyz Shift
| Reinforcement of the Army
||| Pot of Desires
| Upstart Goblin
| Foolish Burial
| Monster Reborn
||| Generation Force
||| Rank-Up-Magic Cipher Ascension
| Cipher Interference

Traps: 3
| Xyz Wrath
|| Xyz Block

|| Galaxy-Eyes Cipher X Dragon
| Neo Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon
| Number C107: Neo Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon
| Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon
| Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragon
| Number 97: Draglubion
||| Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon
| Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy
| Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon
| Number F0: Utopic Future Dragon
| Number 100: Numeron Dragon
| Number F0: Utopic Future


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