Get Your Game On! That’s right duelists, it’s time to head back to the Academy. Suit up in those Slifer Red jackets, because this is going to take a look at exactly what it takes to recreate Jaden’s deck.
One of the more likable protagonists from the Yu-Gi-Oh series, the character had no problem taking battle after battle, even in the face of some incredible odds. Let’s break down some of the more critical elements of Jaden’s deck, making it a cinch for anyone looking to use one of GX’s most supported characters in the anime.
10 DRAW SPELLS
Jaden was never without draw spells in his deck for good reason. Fusion summoning takes no fewer than three cards most of the time—two monsters to fuse with and a Polymerization spell. That’s why he kept cards like Dark Factory of Mass Production, which added two Normal Monsters to the hand from the graveyard. He also had access to cards like Pot of Greed, but that’s not legal anymore and no one will let a player have them in their deck.
9 NEGATE ATTACK
Jaden used a wide variety of traps in Yu-Gi-Oh GX, usually involving heroic support cards. But one of his most used traps was Negate Attack. So much of Heroes is about assembling the perfect combo for the situation, so a negate attack gives the player one more turn by stopping the opponent’s attack and making them end their battle phase.
8 FUSION SPELLS
This seems obvious, but yes Jaden had no shortage of different ways to fuse his hero monsters. Don’t settle merely for Polymerization, but make sure to include cards like Super Polymerization, which is one of the best fusion spells in the game.
It lets a player use their opponents cards as well, and since nothing can be chained to it, it means nearly every boss monster is effected. And that’s without including cards like Miracle Fusion, which can fuse monsters on the field and in the graveyard.
Jaden always had multiple copies of Wroughtweiler in his deck. It didn’t have much in the way of attack or defense but it’s effect was pretty incredible. Whenever it was sent from field to graveyard, the player could not only add an Elemental Hero but a Polymerization from the graveyard to the hand. That’s exactly the kind of card control a deck like this that burns up so many resources desperately needs.
6 HERO KID
Jaden kept Hero Kids around from the beginning of the game until the end. When it was special summoned, Jaden could special summon others from the deck. This made it easy to gain multiple cards on the field, which meant he could tribute them for some of the higher level monsters he used in the show like Neos.
5 WINGED KURIBOH
Kuriboh is a staple in every Yu-Gi-Oh main character’s deck. They always have some variant of it, and Jaden’s was Winged Kuriboh. The main version stopped the player from taking damage when it’s destroyed. The Winged Kuriboh LV10 is a bit of a bolder choice, as it requires using three different cards, but it can be tributed to destroy all the opponent’s monsters and make them take damage to its attack, which is pretty impressive no matter how we look at it.
4 ELEMENTAL HERO BUBBLEMAN
Most of the Hero cards are important, but Elemental HERO Bubbleman was particularly crucial for this deck. When it’s the only card in the hand, it can be special summoned, which means it’s an easy monster to get out for additional bodies on the field.
But if the player doesn’t have any other cards in hand or on field, Bubbleman also draws two more cards for the player. This offers the player an opportunity to get through more of the cards in their deck.
The second half of the series saw Jaden start to include the Neo-Spacian cards he’d made up as a kid. These cards included monsters like Aqua Dolphin, which allows the player to look at the opponent’s hand and destroy a card in hand if the player controls a monster with ATK greater or equal to the monster they chose. They were a unique set of monsters that could fuse with Elemental Hero Neos to create a variety of new boss monsters.
2 HERO SUPPORT CARDS
There are a ton of HERO support cards that have been made over the last few decades. There’s quick play spells like Mask Change which allow the player to summon the Masked Heroes from the manga, there’s the best search spell in the game in E – Emergency Call. There’s also cards like H – Heated Heart or their field spell Skyscraper, which are designed to even the odds with lower ATK heroes.
1 NORMAL MONSTERS
Jaden counted on a number of normal Hero monsters in his deck. They made up just as big a part of his deck as everything else. That means including monsters like Elemental Hero Avian and Sparkman. This rewards the player though because they get access to some solid fusion boss monsters like Elemental Hero Shining Flare Wingman, which can burn the opponent for damage based on a monster they attacked over during the battle phase.
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