Ultimate Guide: HEROs

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Update 2022-10-03 added:

Table of Contents


Archetype Summary

Exordio del Duelista did an amazing job with the following summary slides. Please check out the full video here which includes game play and how to pilot the deck.

Strengths

Weaknesses

Win Conditions

Banishes your opponent’s cards that go to the grave, which nullifies grave reliant decks (modern meta decks)
Negate your opponent’s monster effects on the field
Negate your opponent’s activated spells.
OTK 5000 attack, 3 times

Impactful Cards

The ability to destroy opponent’s cards and resurrect itself can be incredibly difficult for some decks to out.
Indestructible and a board wipe. This card is difficult for some decks to out. Evil HERO Adusted Gold discards itself to get Dark Calling, which can then get this card. This is easy extension.
Puts powerful monsters on the field while setting up the graveyard for further extension.

Competitive Deck Lists

Pak w/ N3sh did a great job showing how a successful competitor (multiple tops at YCS including 1st place), goes through building a HERO deck. He covers the thought process, iteration, and challenging assumptions.

Rogue Hero

Vlog that covers his experiences using HEROs competitively at tournaments (locals, regionals, etc).

Avengers

This deck list aims to go second against the current meta (Branded-Despia, Swordsoul, Floowandereeze, and S.A.D.). The focus is on breaking established boards, but not necessarily OTK-ing. Super Polymerization and Forbidden Droplets both negate monsters and helps dodge Skill Drain (as well as other board based negates).

2022-05-28

H3ro of L3gend

Vlog that covers deck profiles, combos, theory crafting, locals top decks. He is unusually crafty in the HERO space, as his decks genuinely tests the new cards at tournaments and gives feedback. Each deck profile has a different theme and unusual ratios which catch opponents off-guard and provide great sources of innovation.

One Punch

This deck embraces HERO’s going second OTK philosophy. There is no grind strategy, it’s all in on the OTK. Key things to note, no Elemental HERO Honest Neos, the intent to avoid having a single dead card in hard.

2022-02-27

Jaden BR

Releases HERO strategies and tests new HERO cards on EdoPro.

Robust HEROs

This deck leverages Destiny HERO – Dark Angel to prevent the opponent from using Spells on their first turn while also having Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer and Masked HERO Dark Law. Also note the inclusion of Destiny HERO Dominance which can pair well with Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier (together they act like Pot of Prosperity). This deck can also go second and OTK.

2022-09-28

Casual Deck Lists

JHERO YG

Innovative online warrior. He explores all the HERO cards and finds niche interractions which show case the potential of all the HERO cards as they come out. He crafts both competitive and casual decks

[Unreleased] Neo-Avengers HERO (Casual)

This decklist contains 1 card unreleased in the TCG (EN Shuffle). It does give an interesting perspective on what a near future HERO deck can look like.

2022-09-28

Destiny HEROs (Casual)

The latest ban-list no longer provides a reliable way of seeing Rapid Trigger, so this decklist is focused on theme and consistency. It uses Destiny HEROs to flood the field with big monsters with nasty effects as well as drawing cards a lot.  This strategy heavily relies on OTK-ing (Destiny HERO Dominance into Destiny HERO Dreadmaster or Vision HERO Trinity).

2022-05-23

Combos

Click the image to go to Spreadsheet. REF in spreadsheet links back to the specific combo below. This image does NOT display all the combos in the sheet.

Bread and Butter

Every HERO player should know this line of play, as it generates the greatest value for the archetype.

[2] Vision Starter

Starting: Vision HERO Faris, (HERO)

Ending: Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, Polymerization, specifically searched HERO, normal summon unused, 2 additional extension of Destiny HERO Malicious in grave

  1. Effect – Vision HERO Faris discard (HERO) to special
    1. Effect – Vision HERO Faris to place Vision HERO Increase in Trap zone
      ====locked into HEROs for all special summons======
  2. Effect – Vision HERO Increase tribute Vision HERO Faris, Special Vision HERO Vyon
  3. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon to pitch Destiny HERO Malicious from deck
  4. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon banish Vision HERO Faris, tutor Polymerization
  5. Link Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Vision HERO Increase, Vision HERO Vyon)
    1. Effect – Xtra HERO Cross Crusader reborn Destiny HERO Malicious
  6. Effect – Xtra HERO Cross Crusader tribute Destiny HERO Malicious, search (HERO)

Choke Points

This section identifies your hand trap magnets. Since HEROs are a fusion based strategy, Polymerization is the crux of the deck. Unlike Invoker or Branded strategies, this Archetype has no in theme fusion protection.

The most important effect to stop is the ignition search for Polymerization. If you can stop the on summon effect to send to graveyard this will significantly stop extension.
Destroy or banish this card when it is in the Spell/Trap zone after it tributes a HERO for cost. The HERO player not only loses 2 monsters, but also loses access to the combo line needed to get to Polymerization.
HEROs only play one copy and once it’s in the graveyard the only way to get it back takes 3 monsters (summoning to a zone Xtra HERO Wonder Driver points to). Once negated, the HERO player is cut-off from combo lines with Elemental HERO Sunrise or any means to control the board.

Playing Under Nibiru (4 or Less Summons)

The HERO strategy has no in archetype way to prevent to this board wipe, hand trap. Furthermore, coming back from it rarely happens. To avoid this, you can setup sub-optimal boards that avoid the 5 summon condition which triggers the board wipe.

[2] Phoenix Enforcer & Absolute Zero

special thanks to H3ro of L3gend who shared this combo

Starting: Vision HERO Vyon, Fusion Destiny

Ending: Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, Elemental HERO Absolute Zero

Note: if you have Mask Change or draw into it, you can go further

  1. Normal Vision HERO Vyon
    1. Trigger, send Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to the grave
  2. Trigger Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, search Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier
  3. Activate Vision HERO Vyon, banish Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to search Polymerization
  4. Activate Polymerization, Fusion summon Elemental HERO Absolute Zero (Vision HERO Vyon, Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier)
    1. Trigger Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier, draw 2 then discard 1 (here’s where you have a chance to draw into Mask Change)
  5. Fusion Destiny (Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Denier), special summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer

[2 or 3] Phoenix Enforcer & Absolute Zero/Acid or Dark Law

special thanks to H3ro of L3gend who shared this combo

Starting: Vision HERO Vyon, Fusion Destiny

Ending: Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, Elemental HERO Absolute Zero, Destiny HERO Malicious, Mask Change

Note: Continues the above combo, with the condition you have Mask Change. Also, you can use DPE to pop Absolute with Dark Law on the field to Banish all your opponent’s monsters.

  1. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious in grave, banish itself to special summon Destiny HERO Malicious from deck
  2. Set Mask Change
    ==========Opponent’s turn============
  3. Activate Mask Change, Fusion summon Masked HERO Dark Law or Masked HERO Acid

[2] Rank 4, Masked HERO Dark Law, and (HERO)

Starting: A HERO Lives, Elemental HERO Solid Soldier

Ending: Rank 4, Masked HERO Dark Law, and (HERO)
note; you can start with Elemental HERO Shadow Mist and just search Elemental HERO Solid Soldier instead off of Stratos.
special thanks to H3ro of L3gend who shared this combo

  1. Activate A HERO Lives, special summon Elemental HERO Stratos
    1. trigger Elemental HERO Stratos effect to search Elemental HERO Shadow Mist
  2. Normal summon Elemental HERO Solid Soldier
    1. Trigger Elemental HERO Solid Soldier effect to special summon Elemental HERO Shadow Mist
  3. Trigger Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, search Mask Change
  4. Xyz summon Rank 4 (Elemental HERO Stratos, Elemental HERO Solid Soldier) — recommended Abyss Dweller, Tornado Dragon, or Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
  5. Set Mask Change
    ==========Opponent’s turn============
  6. Activate Mask Change (chain link 2) targeting Elemental HERO Shadow Mist Fusion summon Masked HERO Dark Law
    1. Trigger Elemental HERO Shadow Mist search (HERO)

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[1] Phoenix Enforcer & Plasma 

Starting: Fusion Destiny

Ending: Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, Destiny HERO Plasma, Polymerization

  1. Fusion Destiny (Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Denier), special summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer
  2. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious in grave, banish itself and special summon Destiny HERO Malicious from deck
  3. Activate Destiny HERO Denier in grave, special summon itself
    1. Trigger Destiny HERO Denier, put banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of deck
  4. Link summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Destiny HERO Denier, Destiny HERO Malicious)
    1. Trigger Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, targeting Destiny HERO Malicious and special summoning it from grave
  5. Activate Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, tribute Destiny HERO Malicious to search Vision HERO Vyon
  6. Normal Vision HERO Vyon
    1. Trigger, send Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to the grave
  7. Trigger Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, search Destiny HERO Plasma
  8. Activate Vision HERO Vyon, banish any HERO to search Polymerization
  9. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious in grave, banish itself to special summon Destiny HERO Malicious from deck
  10. Special Destiny HERO Plasma (tribute Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, Vision HERO Vyon, Destiny HERO Malicious)

[1] Phoenix Enforcer & Plasma V2

Starting: Fusion Destiny

Ending: Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, Destiny HERO Plasma, Polymerization

  1. Fusion Destiny (Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Denier), special summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer
  2. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious in grave, banish itself and special summon Destiny HERO Malicious from deck
  3. Activate Destiny HERO Denier in grave, special summon itself
    1. Trigger Destiny HERO Denier, put banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of deck
  4. Link summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Destiny HERO Denier, Destiny HERO Malicious)
    1. Trigger Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, targeting Destiny HERO Malicious and special summoning it from grave
  5. Activate Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, tribute Destiny HERO Malicious to search Vision HERO Faris
  6. Tribute summon Vision HERO Faris (tribute Xtra HERO Cross Crusader)
    1. Trigger Effect – Vision HERO Faris to place Vision HERO Increase in Trap zone
      ====locked into HEROs for all special summons======
  7. Effect – Vision HERO Increase tribute Vision HERO Faris, Special Vision HERO Vyon
  8. Normal Vision HERO Vyon
    1. Trigger, send Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to the grave
  9. Trigger Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, search Destiny HERO Plasma
  10. Activate Vision HERO Vyon, banish Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to search Polymerization
  11. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious in grave, banish itself to special summon Destiny HERO Malicious from deck
  12. Special Destiny HERO Plasma (tribute Vision HERO Increase, Vision HERO Vyon, Destiny HERO Malicious)

[1] Dark Law Search or Acid Draw

Starting: Fusion Destiny

Ending: Masked HERO Dark Law or Masked HERO Acid

  1. Fusion Destiny (Destiny HERO Malicious, Elemental HERO Shadow Mist), special summon Destiny HERO Dangerous.
    Do NOT trigger Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, you will special summon later.
  2. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious in grave, banish itself and special summon Destiny HERO Malicious from deck
  3. Link summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Destiny HERO Dangerous, Destiny HERO Malicious)
    1. Trigger Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, targeting Destiny HERO Malicious and special summoning it from grave
  4. Activate Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, tribute Destiny HERO Malicious to search Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier
  5. Normal summon Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier
    1. Trigger Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier, special summon Elemental HERO Shadow Mist from grave
  6. Trigger Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, search Mask Change
  7. Set Mask Change in your spell and trap zone
    ========= Opponent’s Turn =======
  8. Activate Mask Change targeting either Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to get a search and Masked HERO Dark Law or target Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier to draw 2 cards and discard 1 and Masked HERO Acid wipes your opponent’s back row.

1.5 Card

[1.5] Phoenix Enforcer, Dark Law, Plasma, & Polymerization version 1

Starting: Vision HERO Vyon, (ANY)

Ending: Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, Xtra HERO Wonder Driver

  1. Normal summon Vision HERO Vyon
    1. Trigger Effect – Vision HERO Vyon to pitch Elemental HERO Shadow Mist from deck
  2. Trigger Effect Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to search Destiny HERO Malicious
  3. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon banish Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, tutor Polymerization
  4. Activate Polymerization (Vision HERO Vyon, Vision HERO Vyon) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Dangerous
  5. Activate Effect Destiny HERO Dangerous discard (ANY) to send Destiny HERO Denier to grave
  6. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  7. Link summon Xtra HERO Wonder Driver (Destiny HERO Dangerous, Destiny HERO Malicious)
  8. Activate Destiny HERO Denier to special summon itself from grave underneath Xtra HERO Wonder Driver
    1. Trigger Effect (chain link 1) Xtra HERO Wonder Driver set Polymerization from grave to spell and trap zone
    2. Trigger Effect (chain link 2) Destiny HERO Denier to put the banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of the deck
  9. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  10. Activate Polymerization (Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Denier) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer

[1.5] Plasma

Starting: Vision HERO Vyon, (ANY)

Ending: Destiny HERO Plasma

  1. Normal summon Vision HERO Vyon
    1. Trigger Effect – Vision HERO Vyon to pitch Elemental HERO Shadow Mist from deck
  2. Trigger Effect Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to search Destiny HERO Malicious
  3. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon banish Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, tutor Polymerization
  4. Activate Polymerization (Vision HERO Vyon, Destiny HERO Malicious) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Dangerous
  5. Activate Effect Destiny HERO Dangerous discard (ANY) to send Destiny HERO Denier to grave
  6. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  7. Link summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Destiny HERO Dangerous, Destiny HERO Malicious)
    1. Trigger Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, targeting Destiny HERO Denier and special summoning it from grave
  8. Trigger Destiny HERO Denier to put the banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of the deck
  9. Activate Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, tribute Destiny HERO Denier to search Destiny HERO Plasma
  10. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  11. Activate Destiny HERO Denier to special summon itself from grave
  12. Special summon Destiny HERO Plasma (tribute Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Denier)

[1.5] Plasma backed by D – Force

Starting: Vision HERO Vyon, (ANY)

Ending: Destiny HERO Plasma, D-Force

  1. Normal summon Vision HERO Vyon
    1. Trigger Effect – Vision HERO Vyon to pitch Elemental HERO Shadow Mist from deck
  2. Trigger Effect Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to search Destiny HERO Malicious
  3. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon banish Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, tutor Polymerization
  4. Activate Polymerization (Destiny HERO Malicious,Vision HERO Vyon) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer
  5. Activate Polymerization (Vision HERO Vyon, Destiny HERO Malicious) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Dangerous
  6. Activate Effect Destiny HERO Dangerous discard (ANY) to send Destiny HERO Denier to grave
  7. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  8. XYZ summon Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal (Destiny HERO Malicious,Destiny HERO Dangerous)
  9. Activate Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal (detaching Destiny HERO Malicious) to send Break the Destiny from deck to grave.
  10. Activate Destiny HERO Denier in grave, special summon itself
    1. Trigger Destiny HERO Denier to put the banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of the deck
  11. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  12. Activate Break the Destiny from grave to add D-Force to hand.
  13. Activate D-Force to add Destiny HERO Plasma from deck to hand
  14. Special summon Destiny HERO Plasma (tribute Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal, Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Denier)

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[2] Phoenix Enforcer & Plasma

Starting: Vision HERO Vyon, Destiny HERO Malicious (works w/ Destiny HERO Denier too)

Ending: Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, Destiny HERO Plasma

  1. Normal summon Vision HERO Vyon
    1. Trigger Effect – Vision HERO Vyon to pitch Elemental HERO Shadow Mist from deck
  2. Trigger Effect Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to search Destiny HERO Denier (or Destiny HERO Malicious if you started with Denier)
  3. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon banish Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, tutor Polymerization
  4. Activate Polymerization (Destiny HERO Malicious,Destiny HERO Denier ) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer
  5. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  6. Link summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Vision HERO Vyon, Destiny HERO Malicious)
    1. Trigger Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, targeting Destiny HERO Denier and special summoning it from grave
  7. Trigger Destiny HERO Denier to put the banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of the deck
  8. Activate Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, tribute Destiny HERO Denier to search Destiny HERO Plasma
  9. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious in grave, banish itself and special summon Destiny HERO Malicious from deck
  10. Activate Destiny HERO Denier in grave, special summon itself
  11. Special summon Destiny HERO Plasma (tribute Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Denier)

[2] Phoenix Enforcer & Dystopia

Starting: Vision HERO Vyon, Destiny HERO Denier (works w/ Destiny HERO Malicious too)

Ending: Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, Destiny HERO Dystopia, Xtra HERO Wonder Driver

  1. Normal summon Vision HERO Vyon
    1. Trigger Effect – Vision HERO Vyon to pitch Elemental HERO Shadow Mist from deck
  2. Trigger Effect Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to search Destiny HERO Denier (or Destiny HERO Malicious if you started with Denier)
  3. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon banish Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, tutor Polymerization
  4. Activate Polymerization (Destiny HERO Malicious,Destiny HERO Denier ) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer
  5. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  6. Link summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Vision HERO Vyon, Destiny HERO Malicious)
    1. Trigger Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, targeting Destiny HERO Denier and special summoning it from grave
  7. Trigger Destiny HERO Denier to put the banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of the deck
  8. Activate Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, tribute Destiny HERO Denier to search Destiny HERO Dynatag
  9. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious in grave, banish itself and special summon Destiny HERO Malicious from deck
  10. Link summon Xtra HERO Wonder Driver (Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, Destiny HERO Malicious)
  11. Activate Destiny HERO Denier in grave, special summon itself underneath Xtra HERO Wonder Driver
    1. Trigger Effect Xtra HERO Wonder Driver set Polymerization from grave to spell and trap zone
  12. Activate Polymerization (Destiny HERO Dynatag, Destiny HERO Denier) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Dystopia
    1. Trigger Destiny HERO Dystopia, targeting Destiny HERO Denier and dealing 1100 damage to your opponent.
  13. Activate Destiny HERO Dynatag by banishing itself and targeting Destiny HERO Dystopia (it gains 1000 attack, but more importantly since its attack is different it can destroy an opponent’s card next turn).

[2] Plasma & Enforcer Backed By D – Force

Starting: Fusion Destiny, D – Force

Ending: Destiny HERO Plasma, Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, D – Force

  1. Fusion Destiny (Destiny HERO Malicious, Elemental HERO Shadow Mist), special summon Destiny HERO Dangerous.
    1. Trigger Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, search Vision HERO Vyon.
  2. Normal summon Vision HERO Vyon
    1. Trigger Effect – Vision HERO Vyon to pitch Destiny HERO Denier from deck
  3. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon banish Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, tutor Polymerization
  4. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious in grave, banish itself and special summon Destiny HERO Malicious from deck
  5. Link summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Destiny HERO Dangerous, Vision HERO Vyon)
    1. Trigger Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, targeting Destiny HERO Dangerous and special summoning it from grave
  6. Activate Destiny HERO Denier in grave, special summon itself
    1. Trigger Destiny HERO Denier, put banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of deck
  7. Activate D – Force to search Destiny HERO Plasma from deck
  8. Special summon Destiny HERO Plasma (tribute Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Denier)
  9. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  10. Activate Polymerization (Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Dangerous) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer

[2] Sunrise, Enforcer, Zero

Starting: Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, Vision HERO Faris

Ending: Xtra HERO Wonder Driver, Elemental HERO Sunrise, Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, Elemental HERO Absolute Zero

  1. Activate Vision HERO Faris by discarding Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to special
    1. Trigger Effect (chain link 1) – Elemental HERO Shadow Mist search Destiny HERO Denier
    2. Trigger Effect (chain link 2) – Vision HERO Faris to place Vision HERO Increase in Trap zone
  2. Effect – Vision HERO Increase tribute Vision HERO Faris, Special Vision HERO Vyon
  3. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon to pitch Destiny HERO Malicious from deck
  4. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon banish Vision HERO Faris, tutor Polymerization
  5. Link summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Vision HERO Vyon, Vision HERO Increase)
    1. Trigger Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, targeting Destiny HERO Malicious and special summoning it from grave
  6. Activate Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, tribute Destiny HERO Malicious to search Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier
  7. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  8. Link summon Xtra HERO Wonder Driver (Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, Destiny HERO Malicious)
  9. Activate Polymerization (Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier, Destiny HERO Denier) to fusion summon Elemental HERO Sunrise underneath Xtra HERO Wonder Driver
    note: you can activate Elemental HERO Liquid Solidier’s effect now, or you can do it later. It is shown later in this combo, so you can know both spots.
    1. Trigger Effect (chain link 1) Elemental HERO Sunrise, search Miracle Fusion
    2. Trigger Effect (chain link 2) Xtra HERO Wonder Driver set Polymerization from grave to spell and trap zone
  10. Activate Destiny HERO Denier in grave, special summon itself
    1. Trigger Destiny HERO Denier, put banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of deck
  11. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  12. Activate Polymerization (Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Denier) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer
  13. Activate Miracle Fusion (banish Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier) to fusion summon Elemental HERO Absolute Zero

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[3] Phoenix Enforcer, Dark Law, Plasma, & Polymerization version 1

Starting: Mask Change, Fusion Destiny, Elemental HERO Stratos

Ending: Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, Masked HERO Dark Law, Destiny HERO Plasma, & Polymerization in hand

  1. Normal summon Elemental HERO Stratos
    1. trigger Elemental HERO Stratos effect to search Faris
  2. Activate Fusion Destiny (sending Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Denier) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer
    ====locked into Dark HEROs for all special summons======
  3. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  4. Link summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Elemental HERO Stratos, Destiny HERO Malicious)
    1. Trigger Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, targeting Destiny HERO Denier and special summoning it from grave
  5. Trigger Destiny HERO Denier to put the banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of the deck
  6. Activate Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, tribute Destiny HERO Denier to search Elemental HERO Shadow Mist
  7. Effect – Vision HERO Faris discard Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to special
    1. Trigger Effect (chain link 1) – Vision HERO Faris to place Vision HERO Increase in Trap zone
    2. Trigger Effect (chain link 2) – Elemental HERO Shadow Mist search Destiny HERO Plasma
  8. Effect – Vision HERO Increase tribute Vision HERO Faris, Special Vision HERO Vyon
  9. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon to pitch (HERO) from deck
  10. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon banish Vision HERO Faris, tutor Polymerization
  11. Special summon Destiny HERO Plasma (tribute Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, Vision HERO Increase, Vision HERO Vyon)
  12. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  13. Activate Mask Change (targeting Destiny HERO Malicious) fusion summon Masked HERO Dark Law

[3] Phoenix Enforcer, Dark Law, Plasma, & Polymerization version 2

Starting: Mask Change, Vision HERO Faris, Destiny HERO Malicious

Ending: Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, Masked HERO Dark Law, Destiny HERO Plasma

  1. Effect – Vision HERO Faris discard Destiny HERO Malicious to special
    1. Effect – Vision HERO Faris to place Vision HERO Increase in Trap zone
      ====locked into HEROs for all special summons======
  2. Effect – Vision HERO Increase tribute Vision HERO Faris, Special Vision HERO Vyon
  3. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon to pitch Elemental HERO Shadow Mist from deck
    1. Trigger Effect Elemental HERO Shadow Mist search Destiny HERO Denier
  4. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon banish Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, tutor Polymerization
  5. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  6. Activate Polymerization (Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Denier) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer
  7. Link summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Vision HERO Vyon, Vision HERO Increase)
    1. Trigger Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, targeting Destiny HERO Denier and special summoning it from grave
  8. Trigger Destiny HERO Denier to put the banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of the deck
  9. Activate Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, tribute Destiny HERO Denier to search Elemental HERO Stratos
  10. Normal summon Elemental HERO Stratos
    1. Trigger effect Elemental HERO Stratos search Destiny HERO Plasma
  11. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  12. Special summon Destiny HERO Plasma (tribute Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, Elemental HERO Stratos, Destiny HERO Malicious)
  13. Activate Destiny HERO Denier to special summon itself from grave
  14. Activate Mask Change (targeting Destiny HERO Denier) fusion summon Masked HERO Dark Law

[3] Phoenix Enforcer, Dark Law, Plasma, Untargetable

Starting: Mask Change, Fusion Destiny, D-Force

Ending: Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, Masked HERO Dark Law, Destiny HERO Plasma, D-Force
special thanks to H3ro of L3gend who shared this combo. Step 6 is VERY clever

  1. Activate Fusion Destiny (sending Destiny HERO Malicious, Destiny HERO Denier) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer
    ====locked into Dark HEROs for all special summons======
  2. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  3. Activate Destiny HERO Denier to special summon itself from grave
    1. Trigger Destiny HERO Denier to put the banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of the deck
  4. Link summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Destiny HERO Denier, Destiny HERO Malicious)
    1. Trigger Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, targeting Destiny HERO Denier and special summoning it from grave
  5. Activate Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, tribute Destiny HERO Denier to search Vision HERO Faris
  6. Tribute summon Vision HERO Faris
    1. Trigger Effect – Vision HERO Faris to place Vision HERO Increase in Trap zone
  7. Effect – Vision HERO Increase tribute Vision HERO Faris, Special Vision HERO Vyon
  8. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon to pitch Elemental HERO Shadow Mist from deck
    1. Trigger Effect Elemental HERO Shadow Mist search Evil HERO Adusted Gold
  9. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon banish Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, tutor Polymerization
  10. Activate Evil HERO Adusted Gold to add Dark Calling from deck to hand
  11. Activate Dark Calling (banishing Evil HERO Adusted Gold, Vision HERO Faris) to fusion summon Evil HERO Malicious Bane
  12. Activate D-Force to search Destiny HERO Plasma
  13. Special summon Destiny HERO Plasma (tribute Evil HERO Malicious Bane, Vision HERO Increase, Vision HERO Vyon)
  14. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  15. Activate Mask Change (targeting Destiny HERO Malicious) fusion summon Masked HERO Dark Law

[3] Sunrise, Enforcer, Plasma, 2 Fusion Spells and a Draw

Starting: Elemental HERO Stratos, Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, Fusion Destiny

Ending: Elemental HERO Sunrise, Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer, Destiny HERO Plasma, Miracle Fusion, Polymerization, +1 Draw

  1. Normal summon Elemental HERO Stratos
    1. trigger Elemental HERO Stratos effect to search Vision HERO Faris
  2. Effect – Vision HERO Faris discard Elemental HERO Shadow Mist to special
    1. Trigger Effect – Vision HERO Faris to place Vision HERO Increase in Trap zone
    2. Trigger Effect Elemental HERO Shadow Mist search Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier
      ====locked into HEROs for all special summons======
  3. Effect – Vision HERO Increase tribute Vision HERO Faris, Special Vision HERO Vyon
    1. Trigger Effect – Vision HERO Vyon to pitch Destiny HERO Malicious from deck
  4. Effect – Vision HERO Vyon banish Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, tutor Polymerization
  5. Link summon Xtra HERO Wonder Driver (Vision HERO Vyon, Vision HERO Increase)
  6. Activate Polymerization (Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier, Elemental HERO Stratos) to fusion summon Elemental HERO Sunrise underneath Xtra HERO Wonder Driver
    1. Trigger Effect (chain link 1) Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier to draw 2 and discard 1
    2. Trigger Effect (chain link 2) Elemental HERO Sunrise, search Miracle Fusion
    3. Trigger Effect (chain link 3) Xtra HERO Wonder Driver set Polymerization from grave to spell and trap zone
  7. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  8. Activate Fusion Destiny (sending Elemental HERO Honest Neos, Destiny HERO Denier) to fusion summon Destiny HERO Phoenix Enforcer
    ====locked into Dark HEROs for all special summons======
  9. Activate Destiny HERO Denier to special summon itself from grave
    1. Trigger Destiny HERO Denier to put the banished Destiny HERO Malicious on top of the deck
  10. Link summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader (Xtra HERO Wonder Driver, Destiny HERO Malicious)
    1. Trigger Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, targeting Destiny HERO Malicious and special summoning it from grave
  11. Activate Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, tribute Destiny HERO Malicious to search Destiny HERO Plasma
  12. Activate Destiny HERO Malicious from grave (banishing itself and special summoning Destiny HERO Malicious from deck)
  13. Special summon Destiny HERO Plasma (tribute Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, Destiny HERO Denier, Destiny HERO Malicious)

Strategies

This section covers the deck building splits within the community and what people use to make the decision which best fits their personal style.

Vision HERO Increase Ratios

The community is split between 2 or 1 Vision HERO Increase. The decision breaks down to risk aversion and normal summon of choice. You only need 1 Vision HERO Increase in the grave, and you only care to have Vision HERO Increase succeed once from the Vision HERO Faris combo. The problem stems from Vision HERO Faris requiring Vision HERO Increase to be in the deck (not your hand). Vision HERO Faris has no other useful targets to set in the spell / trap zone. The chance you will see Vision HERO Increase in the beginning of the game with a 40 card deck is:

Vision HERO Increase in DeckOpening HandGoing Second
112.5%15%
2
(chance of seeing both)
1.3%2%
40 Card Deck Probabilities

Some feel that the Vision HERO Faris combo is not critical, and are ok with just having Vision HERO Faris act as an extender and Vision HERO Increase can be discard fodder in the worst case. These decks tend to favor Vision HERO Vyon at 3 (which is another discussion). By choosing to have Vision HERO Vyon as their normal summon (instead of Elemental HERO Stratos), these decks favor getting Masked HERO Dark Law on the field

3x Elemental HERO Stratos Versus 3x Vision HERO Vyon

Elemental HERO Stratos

Pros

  • Searcher or destroys back row (which the archetype struggles against)
  • Can get Vision HERO Faris which is the bread and butter combo, as well as can fix hands.

Cons

Vision HERO Vyon

Pros

Cons

The HERO strategy is very normal summon reliant. The biggest impacting factors are:

Counter Strategies

For side decking probabilities, check out Yu-Gi-Oh! – Starting Hand Probabilities.

Beware Of These Cards

Counters for Your Opponent’s Counters

Cards That Have Fallen Out Of Favor

5 responses to “Ultimate Guide: HEROs”

  1. Hello! Can you guys re-add the hero combo matrix from the Google doc?

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    1. I didn’t realize anyone liked that section. Sure! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

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  2. Thanks for that! Greetings from germany

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  3. As far as I can tell, the only in-archetype way of searching out Mask Change is to normal summon either Solid or Liquid to special summon Shadow Mist?

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    1. You’re spot on! Shadow Mist is the only in archetype searcher. In addition to the 2 monsters you mentioned, A HERO Lives (which is now at the 3 from the latest ban list) also works. You can combo your way through the example you mentioned by using Fusion Destiny as well (https://fasteasylearn.com/2022/03/08/ultimate-guide-yu-gi-oh-heros/#%5B1%5D-Dark-Law-Search-or-Acid-Draw).

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