CDP: Horus, Destiny Board, and Dark World, ft. AGOV Support

No Black Flame Dragon spelled out here.


Strategic Summary:

Welcome back for today’s CDP featuring a brand-new archetype, the Horus theme! The Horus archetype centers around the Continuous Spell Pharaonic Sarcophagus (YGOrg Translation), which can send a card from the hand to the GY to send 1 Horus monster from your Deck to the GY. This effect can be used up to 4 times in a single turn, letting you quickly get all 4 Level 8 Horus Main Deck monsters into your GY. Whenever one of these Horus monsters is in your GY, you can Special Summon it as long as you control Pharaonic Sarcophagus. Since the Sarcophagus is so important, it’s great that the leading Horus monster tutors it, and that is Imsety, Glory of Horus (YGOrg Translation). The second key characteristic of the Horus theme is that they each have an effect that triggers when a card you control leaves the field. For example, Qebehsenuef, Aegis of Horus (YGOrg Translation) prevents your opponent’s monsters from targeting Horus monsters for attacks while Hapy, Vanguard of Horus (YGOrg Translation) returns 2 cards that are banished or that are in either GY back to the hand or deck. The best Horus effect is the final one though, Duamutef, Blessing of Horus (YGOrg Translation), which draws cards equal to the number of monsters with different names in your Main Monster Zone. That’s right, you can rather consistently draw 5 cards off of its effect.

Now that we’ve covered the Horus stars, let’s talk about the rest of the strategy built around this new theme. First up is the Destiny Board cards and its associated Spirit Messages. While this deck can definitely stall with all your Horus monsters to buy time for Destiny Board to tick closer to victory, it actually forces the opponent into a difficult choice – destroy the Destiny Board to interrupt the win condition and trigger all the Horus effects, or simply let it click one turn closer to victory. Even if they destroy Destiny Board, or even if you never take the opportunity to use it properly, I love including it here for the additional draws that Dark Spirit’s Mastery provides, since it can return Destiny Board and/or Spirit Message cards back into the Deck for new draws. Outside of this Destiny board suite, the other primary supporting archetype today is the Dark World theme. I’ve covered this extensively, but it is one of the best archetypes for digging quickly through your deck with the help of The Gates of Dark World and Genta, Gateman of Dark World. Grapha and Reign-Beaux even return monsters back to hand that then you can send to the GY for Sarcophagus.

Ultimately, with all of these Level 8 monsters, free draws, and power, you need to convert that into a win. That’s where the Extra Deck chalk full of Rank 8 Xyz monsters come in. Whether it is making use of Thelematech Cratis (YGOrg Translation) to tutor Spells, Number 1: Infection Buzz King (YGOrg Translation) to interrupt the opponent’s Extra Deck, or The Zombie Vampire to mill more cards, you have a full toolbox of options. The list also includes game-ending bosses like Number C62: Neo Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon, but it also has options to gain even more card advantage (like you’d need it) through Coach King Giantrainer. Watch the new Horus archetype rise from the grave in this hybrid strategy!

Provided Decklist:

Monsters: 16
| Reign-Beaux, Overking of Dark World
||| Imsety, Glory of Horus
| Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World
| Vanguard of the Underground Emperor
| Qebehsenuef, Aegis of Horus
| Hapy, Vanguard of Horus
| Duamutef, Blessing of Horus
|| Snoww, Unlight of Dark World
||| Genta, Gateman of Dark World
| Dark Spirit of Banishment
| Dark Spirit of Malice

Spells: 18
||| Dark Spirit’s Mastery
| Metalfoes Fusion
||| Dark Corridor
| Dark World Accession
| Spirit Message “L”
| Spirit Message “I”
| Spirit Message “N”
| Spirit Message “A”
||| Pharaonic Sarcophagus
||| The Gates of Dark World

Traps: 6
|| Sentence of Doom
| Destiny Board
||| Canopic Protector

Extra Deck:
| Grapha, Dragon Overlord of Dark World
| Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS – Sky Thunder
| Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon
| Number 22: Zombiestein
| Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragon
| Number 62: Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon
| Number C62: Neo Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon
| The Zombie Vampire
| Number 1: Infection Buzz King
| Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy
| Hieratic Sky Dragon Overlord of Heliopolis
| Thelematech Cratis
| Teardrop the Rikka Queen
| Coach King Giantrainer
| Number 23: Lancelot, Dark Knight of the Underworld


Note: This is continuing the style of Creative Deck Profile articles, designed to showcase a build through replays and an attached summary. If you wish to see a CDP for an archetype, theme, or strategy you love, feel free to private message me on the YGOrg Discord server, the comments section of any of my YouTube videos, or just post a comment in response to this article on our Facebook page or through the site with your ideas for me to keep under consideration! On most YGO-related communities my username is Quincymccoy, so feel free to reach out. Current pending requested profiles include: Yubel, Gate Guardian Gold Pride, Gem-Knight, Watt, Nouvelles

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