Ok, when I used to think of a top tier deck, the first decks that came to mind were X-Sabers, Infernities, Gladiator Beasts, and Blackwings. However, the more I have started dueling on Dueling Network, I have observed that the Six Samurai deck is a very destructive one well! Along with an Exodia deck, Six Samurai decks have been the hardest deck for me to stop. And it is not just me that feels that way; when people host duels, many of them literally say “No Samurai deck!'”. That’s how powerful they (apparently) are. Today, just like I did in my top 5 archetypes post from last year, where Six Samurais were excluded, I will talk about the strengths and weaknesses of a Six Samurai deck.
Six Samurai decks focus on stacking up Six Samurai monsters and swarming them. With cards like Legendary Six Samurai – Kizan and Shien’s Smoke Signal, they are very good at it. I run an X-Saber deck and even they are not as fast as Six Samurais! Plus, Six Samurais have a lot of support cards that make the swarming process even faster (of which include the previously mentioned Shien’s Smoke Signal, Shien’s Dojo, and Double Edged Sword). The new additions of synchro monsters like Legendary Six Samurai Shi En and Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier (which has become a staple in Six Samurai decks) make the deck even stronger.
The main weakness of Six Samurais. the same for Infernities, Blackwings, and X-Sabers, is this: once you take away their swarming ability, they are useless. How do you do this? Cards such as Royal Opression, Special Hurricane, and even a Herald of Perfection deck, will do the trick (Herald can negate and destroy Six Samurai support cards). Besides that, Six Samurais do not have a notable weakness(es).