If the last Structure Deck, based on Water-type monsters, wasn’t your type, then get ready to set fire to the rain! Introducing the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! structure deck: Onslaught of the Fire Kings! The newest deck now focuses on fire-attribute monsters with a destroy-to-effect mechanic that, when used right, will turn your opponent into a smoldering crisp!
The cover card for Onslaught of the Fire Kings is Fire King High Avatar Garunix, which is the leader of the newly introduced Fire King archetype. With a base stat of 2700 attack and 1700 defense, Fire King High Avatar Garunix comes packed with some decent firepower. Compared to the last cover card, Poseidra, the Atlantean Dragon, Fire King High Avatar Garunix has 100 less attack, but 100 more defense (which is kinda sensible since Fire is weak to Water). Nevertheless, just as a phoenix raises after death, Fire King High Avatar Garunix has a couple of effects if it were to kick the bucket.
In terms of the other cards within the preconstructed deck, there’s quite a bit of valuable cards in here. To note, there are only 2 other Fire King monsters that make up the archetype, and both are included within the deck: Fire King Avatar Barlong and Fire King Avatar Kirin. In addition, 2 spell cards, which work for essentially any Fire-attribute monster, come bearing the archetype’s name: Onslaught of the Fire Kings and Circle of the Fire Kings. Pot of Duality and Hand Destruction, which are still commonly played, have also been included to add value to the deck.
Just like with the Atlantean structure deck, the new Onslaught of the Fire Kings deck doesn’t exactly feel complete. Introduced in Cosmo Blazar are Brotherhood of the Fire Fists, which consist of Beast-Warrior, Fire-attribute monsters that synergize quite well with the Fire Kings. Most of the cards that come with the deck can technically be replaced by Brotherhood of the Fire Fists cards, and is actually quite highly recommended as both archetypes usually have some special effects if they are either destroyed by battle or card effect (usually the latter).
Nevertheless, you’ll get some incredible fire support cards within the deck: fan favorite Flamvell Firedog makes an appearance, and the attribute summoner UFO Turtle also gives you some help to get a few new Fire-attribute monsters onto your field. Backfire and Flamvell Counter are decent traps for Fire-based decks, and a few cards, such as Horn of the Phantom Beast or Wild Nature’s Release will help aid your Beast-Warrior monsters.
Overall, the deck is alright, but not great. If you’ve been looking to make a Fire-based deck, but were turned off with the common burn strategy, then look no further than this structure deck. Though there are a few cards that pay tribute to the attribute’s common burn strategy, such as Volcanic Rocket and Volcanic Counter, the deck focuses on destroying your monsters by way of card effect or battle in order to trigger some other effects. It is, however, highly recommended that you integrate the Brotherhood of the Fire Fist archetype for maximum usability.