In Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links, one of the archetypes that a lot of people would say is high-tier is Fur Hires (otherwise known as Skyfang Brigade in the OCG), released just 3 months ago. Very few archetypes have as much monster synergy as this one does.
Here's a brief overview of just the monsters. (Literally, just the monsters.)
Alright, here's what they can do:
Look crazy? That's because it is. What we're going to look at today is Wiz, Sage Fur Hire.
What makes this card good?
Its stats are great. The ATK isn't bad, but its DEF is pretty high, making it ideal to Special Summon Wiz in Defense mode. In Duel Links, you'd often do so as a safe starting move, typically via the effect of Beat, Bladesman Fur Hire to leave Wiz ready to negate any Spell/Trap card or effect activation.
Because Beat searches the Deck for any 'Fur Hire' monster upon the summon of Wiz, and Seal brings back destroyed Fur Hires to the hand, even though the negation is once per turn, the cost is very easy to satisfy, especially because it does not require the cost to be a monster (there's 1 Spell and 1 Trap that I didn't show).
You can just build your deck with a bunch of monsters, and if Wiz is on the field, that's likely a free negation.
How do I get around it?
As you can tell, the negation is the most bothersome aspect of Wiz, as it forces duelists to play around it. Here are some ways that come to mind to successfully activate a Spell/Trap against Wiz, using cards that are available in Duel Links (you know, besides just carrying 2 copies of the same card in your hand!).
Can this card get any more broken?
Ooh boy... yes, it can. In Duel Links, you can play as Mako Tsunami, and one of his skills is to place Umi on the field at the start.
Then the tech card that really provides a lot of protection is Sea Stealth Attack.
Um, you know the ways I just mentioned to counteract Wiz's negation effect? Yeah, 2 of those are down the drain when Sea Stealth Attack and Umi are both in play. Here's what is added...
But why? Why would you do this???
Can anything stop this setup?
In principle, yes... you can get around it, or avoid it early on. Here are some inconsistent or temporary solutions.
If your opponent already has all three cards set up (Wiz, Sea Stealth Attack, Umi), here are some other, better solutions.
Wow, this card can just do so much... With the proper support, it is nearly invincible. We did find ways to get over it, but they're not foolproof. Of course, nothing is, but as Yami Yugi once said, "every card has its weakness, and I'll find yours!".
Indeed, that's quite true. Otherwise the card should be banned. Maybe someday we'll get support that more consistently deals with this card. For now, in Duel Links, that's what we have to work with. C'est la vie.
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