I haven't been to a local event since Duel Overload came out, and last week Konami released a statement that all Organized Play and events are postponed indefinitely until further notice. That means that for at least a few more weeks, instead of playing Yu-Gi-Oh at a local card shop, you just gotta play it with friends on your kitchen table. Or your living room coffee table. Or even on the floor.
Of course, you could play the best and most viable decks of the format to uhhhh… "practice"? Or you could be like me and explore some serious jank instead; the kind of decks that are funny when they work, especially against your friends.
I was thinking about Chaos Space a little while ago while I was surfing through the endless sea of social media, and it occurred to me that Chaos Space can also search for Ritual Monsters, because they fill the card's qualification of monsters that "cannot be normal summoned or set." So what Light or Dark Ritual deck's the most viable in combination with Chaos Space? Probably the one with negation effects and the power to search any Fairy-type monster that
That means Herald of Perfection and Cyber Angel Benten.
Chaos Space costs you a card to play, and the Ritual engine doesn't inherently banish anything; you'll have to do a little footwork to draw the extra card off of Chaos Space. But like Ritual Sanctuary I think two copies of Chaos Space is still viable; the two cards work well together since they're both hard once-per-turn effects.
Besides searching for those Light Fairies, Chaos Space can also fetch Impcantation Chalislime, which in turn searches for the non-Ritual Impcantations. They can search for any Ritual Spell or Ritual Monster. It's actually really amazing; there's so much Ritual support that almost every card in the deck can search for your key combo.
That combo is Ritual Summoning Herald of Perfection with Dawn of the Herald by tributing Cyber Angel Benten. Once Herald hits the board both the Ritual Spell and Cyber Angel Benten will trigger. You want to dodge a possible Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring by using Benten's effect as Chain Link 1, and then Dawn of the Herald's effect as Chain Link 2. That lets you retrieve the Cyber Angel Benten and then search for any Fairy in the game.
Sitting on a Herald of Perfection with two negates is ok, but it won't win you the game outright. And even though Cyber Angel Benten can search for the likes of The Agent of Creation - Venus, Star Seraph Scepter, Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands and so on, I'd rather search for something like Vanity's Ruler to just win the game instantly.
You could play Archlord Kristya instead, but I think Vanity's Ruler helps you progress your own position far more. Follow-up moves like Special Summoning more Impcantations on the following turn to get more Fairies back your hand for Herald of Perfection negates can be incredibly valuable, and you can't do that if Archlord Kristya's locking down your Special Summons too.
And this is where you'll see even more synergy. The Impcantations don't let you use your Extra Deck while they're on the field, and you usually need to use them to search for the Cyber Angel Benten combo. So searching for The Agent of Creation - Venus or Star Seraph Scepter would be somewhat counter-productive, as those Impcantations are still on the board. It's much easier to use them to Tribute Summon Vanity's Ruler! After that, you just keep poking at your opponent one turn at a time, gathering more and more Fairies in your hand for Herald of Perfection.
And that's the deck's concept. It's VERY simple: search for a way to Ritual Summon Herald of Perfection, search for Vanity's Ruler, and if you've got two Impcantations on board just Tribute Summon it. That combination of Ruler's floodgate effect and Herald of Perfection mass negation is often an instant win. Ask your opponent if they have Dark Ruler No More, and if they don't then they've probably lost.
Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Hanko's Herald Vanity Deck by Hanko Chow
'Hanko's Herald Vanity Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!
Created By: Hanko Chow
Herald of the Arc Light
Market Price: $3.64
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
Any monster sent from the hand or Main Deck to the GY is banished instead. During either player's turn, when a Spell/Trap or monster effect is activated: You can Tribute this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 Ritual Monster or 1 Ritual Spell from your Deck to your hand.
Pre-Preparation of Rites
Market Price: $1.33
Add 1 Ritual Spell Card from your Deck to your hand, and add 1 Ritual Monster from your Deck or Graveyard to your hand whose name is listed on that Ritual Spell Card. You can only activate 1 "Pre-Preparation of Rites" per turn.
Market Price: $0.18
You can discard 1 Spell; add 1 LIGHT Ritual Monster or 1 Ritual Spell from your Deck to your hand. You can shuffle any number of Spells from your GY into the Deck, then target 1 LIGHT Fairy monster in your GY whose Level equals the number of cards you shuffled into the Deck; Special Summon it. You can only use each effect of "Ritual Sanctuary" once per turn.
Sacred Sword of Seven Stars
Market Price: $1.33
Banish 1 Level 7 monster from your hand or face-up from your side of the field; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Sacred Sword of Seven Stars" per turn.
Market Price: $0.26
During your Main Phase: You can return this face-up card from the field to the hand. During either player's Damage Step, when a LIGHT monster you control battles: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; that monster gains ATK equal to the ATK of the opponent's monster it is battling, until the end of this turn.
Market Price: $0.30
You can reveal 1 Ritual Spell in your hand; Special Summon both this card from your hand and 1 “Impcantation” monster from your Deck, except “Impcantation Bookstone”. If this card is Special Summoned from the Deck: You can target 1 Ritual Spell in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use 1 “Impcantation Bookstone” effect per turn, and only once that turn.You cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck.
Cyber Angel Benten
Market Price: $0.16
You can Ritual Summon this card with "Machine Angel Ritual". If this card destroys a monster by battle and sends it to the GY: Inflict damage to your opponent equal to that monster's original DEF in the GY. If this card is Tributed: You can add 1 LIGHT Fairy monster from your Deck to your hand.
Dawn of the Herald
Market Price: $0.62
This card is used to Ritual Summon Herald of Perfection. You must also Tribute monsters whose total level equals 6 from the field or your hand. When Herald of Perfection is Summoned by the effect of this card, you can remove from play this card in your Gr
Market Price: $0.23
This card cannot be Special Summoned. Your opponent cannot Special Summon monsters.
Herald of Perfection
Market Price: $3.02
This card can only be Ritual Summoned with the Ritual Spell Card, "Dawn of the Herald". When your opponent activates a Spell Card, Trap Card, or Effect Monster's effect, you can send 1 Fairy-Type monster from your hand to the Graveyard to negate the activation and destroy that card.
Preparation of Rites
Market Price: $0.77
Add to your hand 1 Level 7 or lower Ritual Monster Card from your Deck. Then you can add to your hand 1 Ritual Spell Card from your Graveyard.
Allure of Darkness
Market Price: $2.53
Draw 2 cards, then banish 1 DARK monster from your hand, or, if you do not have any in your hand, send your entire hand to the GY.
Market Price: $1.11
You can reveal 1 Ritual Monster in your hand; Special Summon both this card from your hand and 1 "Impcantation" monster from your Deck, except "Impcantation Talismandra". If this card is Special Summoned from the Deck: You can add 1 Ritual Monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use 1 "Impcantation Talismandra" effect per turn, and only once that turn. You cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck.
Market Price: $0.86
Pay half your LP; Send 1 monster from your Extra Deck to the GY. You can only activate 1 "Extra-Foolish Burial" per turn. You cannot Set any Spell or Trap during the turn you activate this card.
Market Price: $1.63
Draw 1 card, then your opponent gains 1000 Life Points.
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Market Price: $1.12
You can reveal 1 Ritual Spell in your hand; Special Summon both this card from your hand and 1 "Impcantation" monster from your Deck, except "Impcantation Candoll". If this card is Special Summoned from the Deck: You can add 1 Ritual Spell from your Deck to your hand. You can only use 1 "Impcantation Candoll" effect per turn, and only once that turn. You cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck.
Market Price: $0.73
This card can be used to Ritual Summon any Ritual Monster. You must also Tribute "Impcantation" monsters from your hand or field whose total Levels equal or exceed the Level of the Ritual Monster you Ritual Summon. If this card is in your GY: You can send 1 "Impcantation" card from your hand or face-up field to the GY, except "Impcantation Inception"; Special Summon 1 "Impcantation" monster from your Deck, then add this card from the GY to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Impcantation Inception" once per turn.
Market Price: $2.62
You can Ritual Summon this card with "Impcantation Inception". You can reveal this card in your hand; discard 1 card, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Impcantation" monster from your Deck, also, during the End Phase, lose 2500 LP if you did not Special Summon a Ritual Monster this turn after you resolved this effect. You can send 1 "Impcantation" card from your hand or face-up field to the GY, then target 1 monster your opponent controls; destroy it. You can only use 1 "Impcantation Chalislime" effect per turn, and only once that turn.
Market Price: $0.19
You can reveal 1 Ritual Monster in your hand; Special Summon both this card from your hand and 1 “Impcantation” monster from your Deck, except “Impcantation Penciplume”. If this card is Special Summoned from the Deck: You can target 1 Ritual Monster in your GY; add that target to your hand. You can only use 1 “Impcantation Penciplume” effect per turn, and only once that turn.You cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck.
Market Price: $3.43
Send 1 LIGHT or DARK monster from your hand to the GY; add 1 LIGHT or DARK monster that cannot be Normal Summoned/Set from your Deck to your hand, with a Level from 4 to 8, and with a different Attribute than that monster. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 of your banished LIGHT or DARK monsters that cannot be Normal Summoned/Set; place that monster on the bottom of the deck, then draw 1 card. You can only use each effects of "Chaos Space" once per turn.
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Just a reminder: this is only a deck concept. When I was testing it I found that I didn't necessarily need an Extra Deck unless I really wanted an Elder Entity N'tss to send to the graveyard with Extra-Foolish Burial when I'm going second. Or you could be playing Pot of Extravagance. There's probably some room for improvement, but you'll be surprised to see how consistent this deck already is if you give it a try.
Pre-Preparation of Rites is hands down the best card in the deck, alongside regular Preparation of Rites. Pre-Preparation of Rites gets you the full setup with Dawn of the Herald and Herald of Perfection in your graveyard or deck, while regular Preparation of Rites can search for Cyber Angel Benten, Herald of Perfection or Impcantation Chalislime. It can even get back a Ritual Spell from your graveyard if you had to discard it earlier.
Honest was probably the only remaining Fairy I found that I'd want to search, because even if you don't summon Vanity's Ruler, you still want something that could help you win with an 1800 ATK Herald of Perfection. It's also very nice that Ritual Sanctuary can let you revive and reuse Honest by recycling spell cards.
I chose to play Sacred Sword of Seven Stars and Allure of Darkness because not only is drawing two cards really good, I wanted to get the additional draw with Chaos Space by recycling Impcantation Chalislime. My list plays 6 Dark monsters with multiple ways to search for the Impcantation Chalislime, so it's actually pretty consistent.
The deck has 27 cards that search for the Herald of Perfection and Cyber Angel Benten combo. To recap, those are: the Preparation of Rites and Pre-Preparation of Rites; Extra-Foolish Burial and Herald of the Arc Light; all the Impcantations, chiefly to Special Summon Impcantation Talismandra or Impcantation Candoll to get cards from the deck; the Chaos Space, to go along with the Impcantations; and the Ritual Sanctuary. With so many search cards it's a good thing Thunder Dragon Colossus is Forbidden.
After that I max out on Herald of Perfection, Dawn of the Herald and Cyber Angel Benten, with 5 filler draw cards in Upstart Goblin, Sacred Sword of Seven Stars, and triple Allure of Darkness. Vanity's Ruler, Honest and Impcantation Inception round things out, all searchable cards you'd rather avoid drawing. Though you don't want to draw the Impcantation Inception, it does combo with Impcantation Chalislime and you can discard it with Ritual Sanctuary, so I guess it could sort of be considered the 28th search card.
That's the deck. Like I've said, it's very simple and there's only one real Normal Summon.
In my playtesting I tried to incorporate cards like Monster Gate and Reasoning because the Impcantations get their on-summon effects as long as you Special Summon them from the deck. So after sending Ritual Monsters and spells to the graveyard, even Impcantation Bookstone and Impcantation Penciplume could also have gotten you a card. If you played Archlord Kristya instead of Vanity's Ruler, the Monster Gate and Reasoning could also Special Summon it.
I experimented with some going-second Fairy monsters to help break boards, too. Timelord monsters would probably be the best cards to search with Cyber Angel Benten, but usually you would have Herald of Perfection on board to get the Cyber Angel Benten search anyways, which means you'd have to rely on Tribute Summoning with the Impcantations.
After I created this list I realized just how affordable all the cards were, especially because this version doesn't play Pot of Extravagance. Even if you have to buy everything and build it all from the ground up, the whole deck can be had for as little as 60 dollars give or take shipping.
There's not really much else to say. The strategy's very linear and very consistent, which is what I wanted to build. Though being flashy and wombo comboing with stuff like The Agent of Creation - Venus and Star Seraphs is fun, all of those options come with risks. Tribute Summoning a card that stops your opponent from playing the game while having a card that negates almost anything is pretty funny and carries a very low chance of failure. Why does this combo exist? And why is it so easy to do? It's so good!
I hope you guys have fun with this quick list I made. Maybe the next time you hang out with your friends you can whip this deck out and bully them with it a bit. Just don't play this against your friends too much, as the strategy's pretty oppressive and may prove discouraging.
Wait! This article didn't mention True King of All Calamities! Oh no, I broke my pattern! See ya next time.