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Triamid Guide

Introduction

Welcome to our guide on the best rocks from the box, Triamids! This deck's playstyle is unique, fun, and challenging. Of all the Duel Links decks that have existed, this is by far the most difficult and interactive. Matches can run very long, and resource management is essential for any victory. As you will see from this guide, there are definitely standard plays that must be learned about this deck. The beauty of this deck, however, is in the new situations that arise constantly. Every few duels I discover a new interaction I haven't encountered before or some insane play that feels amazing to pull off properly. There are infinite ways to misplay, but also infinite ways to outplay your opponent. This deck is easy to pick up, but difficult to perfect. Hopefully, after reading this guide, you'll be one step closer to becoming a Triamid Master! (Haha the guide man made a pun.)


Core Cards

Before we go into strategies and interactions, let's first cover the card pool.

Within the Triamid archtype there are 3 different Monsters, 3 different Field Spells, and 1 Trap:

Triamid Master (2-3x):

Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Master

The only Super Rare monster from the box definitely earns its rarity. This monster is the biggest of the three, sitting at a solid 1800 ATK. Master's primary effect allows you to send any face-up Triamid card you control to the graveyard (including himself) to target any set card on the field and destroy it. This effect is great against backrow, but specifically good against Subterrors. We'll dissect matchups later in the guide. Master's second effect is shared between all three Triamid monsters. Every single one will allow you to send one field spell card from your field to the grave and play another field with a different name from your deck. This is where the deck's creative playstyle comes into effect. Master should be a 2-3 of, depending on whether you play 1 or 2 Triamid Dancer.

Triamid Hunter (3x):

Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Hunter

This monster is easily the best of the three. While you control a field spell, Hunter allots you an additional normal summon of any Rock monster. This effect allows you to establish two monsters on board, which in turn allows you to cycle through two different field spells on your opponent's turn while also fueling your graveyard for Triamid Pulse's effect. Hunter is extremely important and is a mandatory 3 of.

Triamid Dancer (1-2x):

Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Dancer

Arguably the worst of the three, but definitely important. Dancer is very weak with only 600 ATK, but has a sizeable DEF of 1900. Resolving her primary effect will be your main goal in every single game. By shuffling any Triamid card from your grave into the deck, you can boost the ATK and DEF of all your Rocks by 500. This is a permanent boost. If she remains on the field for more than a turn and resolves her effect twice, your Master will sit at a sizeable 2800 attack and will be a huge 3300 attack with the Kingolem field spell, as you'll see in a second. Dancer should be played at 1-2 copies. She's not very good to open, however establishing two Dancers allows you to boost your Triamids at twice the speed, letting you hit astronomical amounts of attack very quickly. If you opt for two Dancer, cut Master down to two as well, since 7 monsters is the sweet spot.

Triamid Cruiser (3x):

Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Cruiser

The Super Rare field spell of the archetype is amazing and boosts the consistency of the deck. You will be utilizing this card endlessly in games, more times than the simple three copies would seem to allow. All of these field spells have effects while on the field and effects when they're sent to grave. While Cruiser is face-up, you gain 500 Life Points each time a Rock monster is normal summoned (by either player.) Also, when a Triamid monster is normal summoned (also by either player) you can draw one card and discard one card. At the very least, this will allow you to stock your graveyard turn one for usage with your trap and other field spells. At best though, it'll draw you into one of the techs that you play and help establish a fantastic board. This effect will also be great for seeing side deck cards more quickly than normal. When Cruiser is sent to grave you can search your deck for any Triamid monster. This deck has three ways to send field spells to grave: you can use Master's effect to send a Triamid and pop a set card, you can use your Triamid monsters during the opponent's turn to send your field spells to grave, or you can simply play one field spell over top of the other. Yes, this works. The field spells just need to go from the field to the grave, and this game mechanic fulfills that requirement. This will allow you to turn Cruiser into any monster you need when you open it in tandem with another field spell on turn one. Needless to say, Cruiser is an absolute mandatory 3 of.

Triamid Kingolem (3x):

Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Kingolem

Despite my long-winded explanation of Cruiser, Kingolem is arguably the best field spell. This card is the deck's win condition. While on the field, Kingolem increases all Rock monsters' ATK by 500. More importantly, it stops your opponent from using any cards or effects when your Triamid monsters battle. Yes, this field spell turns all of your Triamids into Armades, Keeper of Boundaries. This deck's tiered potential all stems from this simple clause. Kingolem's other effect happens when it's sent to grave, and it allows you to special summon a Triamid monster from your hand. The deck's plays can get even more hectic because of this effect, as you'll see in some scenarios I describe below. Again, all 3 copies are mandatory.

Triamid Fortress (2-3x):

Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Fortress

This field spell is the normal rarity one, and deservedly so. It's definitely the more niche of the three field spells. Fortress gives all Rock monsters a 500 DEF boost and protects your Triamids from card destruction effects, living up to its name. When it's sent from field to grave, you can add a Triamid monster from your graveyard to your hand. Normally this is better beyond the early turns, however if you utilize Cruiser's drawing and discarding effect then Fortress can be useful much earlier than normal. If future builds need more room for tech space, expect this card to be the first to get cut. Until then, max this card out at 3 copies.

Triamid Pulse (1-3x):

Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Pulse

And finally, the one and only archetypal trap card in the deck. This card has been around for quite some time and saw use in Magnets way back in the beginning of 2018. However, it was only able to banish Rock monsters in that deck. Now, we can utilize it to its full potential in the deck it was made for. Pulse allows you to banish two cards (Rock-type Monsters, Field Spells, or a combination of the two) to activate one of its three effects. The first effect is the best and by far the most utilized: destroy one face-up card on the field, plain and simple. I have never seen the second or third effects be utilized until the release of this archetype. The second effect allows you to special summon a Rock monster from your graveyard in defense position, which can be very handy to block attacks. You can also use this effect during your opponent's End Phase in order to use another Triamid monster's effect to filter through and trigger another field spell. The third and final effect I have barely used, and I've only ever needed to in severely grindy games (upwards of 20 or 30 turns.) The third effect allows you to shuffle back up to three field spells and draw one card. Keep in mind though that this is after you banish two cards from the graveyard, so you don't have infinite resources. You will deck out slower though, which is great if stall decks ever become relevant again.


Tech Cards

Being a mostly pure deck that benefits off of maximizing its archetypal cards, it's very difficult to fit tech cards into this deck. There are limited slots for non-archetypal cards because the deck loses consistency when it can't maximize its resources. That being said, the tech choices that we do play need to be very high impact in order to warrant slots in the main deck. The least important cards of the archetype that are cuttable in order to make room for techs are Triamid Pulse and Triamid Fortress. Pulse, however, is the first card to go because it bricks when you open multiple copies. Fortress also bricks in multiple copies, however it is a field spell to use with your monsters at the very least. Cutting Pulse down to one or two copies frees up some space in the main deck. With Pulse at one, you'll have three main deck slots for techs. Let's explore some of those options:

Treacherous Trap Hole:

Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

The main problem this deck faces is getting over big monsters; backrow is not an issue. We have Kingolem to prevent effects on attack and Master to pop set cards preemptively. Treacherous helps us deal with the monster issue and will allow us to easily attack directly with a Kingolem active, ensuring a victory the majority of the time it's used. Absolutely a mandatory tech card to play, use at least 1 copy.

Enemy Controller:

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Obviously a great card, this has been in the meta for the entirety of Duel Links' history. Unfortunately, I don't believe it to be good enough for a main deck slot, as you want to maintain your monsters on board to synergize with your field spells. And since that's the case, there are better cards to block attacks, like World Legacy Clash.


World Legacy Clash:

Duel Links Card: World%20Legacy%20Clash

The interactions this card has with the deck are fantastic and they went undiscovered for a few days. Big thanks to wayne kenoff for figuring them out. Aankara recently placed second in the Duel Links Taiwan Weekly #61 and his list utilized 2 copies of this card. Luke Tyler also made Top 32 in PCT #37 and played 3 copies in his main deck. He cut down Fortress to 2 in order to make room for this. World Legacy Clash allows you to use its effect in the Damage Step of an opponent's attack and banish a monster you control. If you banish the monster being attacked, you can both block the attack of the opponent's monster (because your opponent won't be able to redeclare an attack after entering Damage Step) while also reducing the attack of a second monster your opponent controls. However, the truly amazing interaction comes during the End Phase when your monster returns to the field. If your toggle is ON, you will be able to reuse the monster that was just returned and cycle through another field spell in your deck. Since each monster has a soft once per turn effect (meaning you can only use that specific card's effect once per turn), its effect will be ‘refreshed' when it returns to the field, as if it's a brand new monster. This is essentially the same as having two separate monsters, allowing you to filter through two field spells on your opponent's turn. Needless to say, I'm a fan of this card. Until another card becomes better for a different meta, I will be playing this card at 2 copies, which unfortunately doesn't leave room for any other main deck techs. But that's what the side deck is for, so let's get into some more options.

Cosmic Cyclone:

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

Definitely a really great card to consider, however, it isn't useful against enough decks to be considered for the main deck. In the side deck, however, this card is useful for the Ancient Gear matchup, the mirror match, Subterrors, Spellbooks, and Amano Stun. So, against half the meta, you'll be wanting to side this card. In changing metas with majority backrow-heavy decks this card will make its way into the main deck. Until then, side about 2 copies.

Paleozoic Canadia:

Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

Both a tech and a counter, this card has very good synergy with Triamid Master. Since Master is able to destroy set cards, you can easily flip down something like Elemental Hero Brave Neos and destroy it without your opponent being able to protect with Neos Fusion. This also offers crucial protection and allows you to get to your following turn without losing resources, effectively placing you in a great position to begin snowballing with Dancer boosts.

Offerings to the Doomed:

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This card has seen more play in recent weeks due to Triamids’ inability to deal with big monsters. Overall this is a solid option, however skipping the draw phase might be too detrimental in some situations. A solid option and a card to keep an eye on for the future.

Leeching the Light:

Duel Links Card: Leeching%20the%20Light

Blue-Eyes is this deck's toughest matchup. Dragon Spirit of White can hit the field during the End Phase, sometimes after you've already used up your Triamid effects, leaving you unable to respond to the banish. Blue-Eyes monsters also have huge attack, which this deck can normally handle, but not at the rate that Blue-Eyes decks can summon them. By siding this card, a simple Blue-Eyes on the board can spell trouble for your opponent. Boosting all of your Triamids by 3000 ATK is a fantastic effect, and sure to secure the game when you have Kingolem on the field.


Counters

And here's where the interesting part comes in. Even if you're not thinking about playing this deck, this section still pertains to you. Let's discuss some cards that counter this deck.

Cosmic Cyclone:

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

A well-timed Cyclone can be this deck's kryptonite. Using this card on a field spell will normally be a waste because Triamids can just chain their own effect, however, if you hold your cyclone until your opponent runs out of monster effects to switch field spells, this card will leave them top decking. At worst it slows their resource advantage, but at best it shuts them down entirely. Definitely worth siding for this deck as it also deals with many other decks.

Gate Blocker:

Duel Links Card: Gate%20Blocker

This unknown card absolutely destroys Triamids. As long as you can protect it, you will win the majority of your Triamid matchups. This card negates all field spell effects, including in the graveyard. This simple clause is all that's needed to shut down any Triamid deck. Unfortunately though, it's not useful against any other meta deck so this will likely only see play if Triamid becomes the most represented deck. Something to look out for, but nothing to worry about for now.

Closed Forest:

Duel Links Card: Closed%20Forest

This card is in the same vein as Gate Blocker. However, this card simply prevents field spell cards from being activated while it’s on the field. Ideally you want to go first and open this card so that Triamids can’t establish a field spell to begin with. However, if you happen to play this card while Triamids already have a field spell and a monster effect established, then they’ll be able to respond to your activation of Closed Forest before it resolves. This little downside will allow Triamids to trigger their field spell effect in grave while also quickly reestablishing a more needed field spell before your Closed Forest has the chance to lock them down. Because this card doesn’t prevent field spell effects, it’s significantly worse than Gate Blocker, especially since Triamids also side Cosmic Cyclone. Play Gate Blocker instead, unless your deck relies on its normal summon. In that case, generic cards like Cosmic Cyclone are still a better option than Closed Forest.

Paleozoic Canadia:

Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

We need our monsters face-up in order to activate their effects. Otherwise, we won't be cycling through our field spells and we won't be gaining advantage. Thankfully, very few decks play Canadia in the main deck. Overall, this card falls into the same category as Cosmic Cyclone: very good against our deck while still versatile in its use against other meta decks. Definitely consider this card.

Floodgate Trap Hole:

Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole

Canadia against this deck is annoying, but Floodgate is especially obnoxious. We need our monsters to be face-up in order to trigger their effects, however if we have a monster face-down and also locked on our field then our ability to cycle field spells is severely hindered. Eventually, we'd like to get to the point where we can have 3 monsters on board and start gaining serious steam. With a locked zone, or potentially even two locked zones, our ability to cycle is very minimal. If your deck can play Floodgate then absolutely use it.

Skull Meister:

Duel Links Card: Skull%20Meister

Just like Ancient Gears, Triamids have field spells that need effects to resolve in the graveyard. This card is an obvious choice to stop that. If both Ancient Gears and Triamid see more meta use, this card will be a great side deck option to answer both decks.


Builds and Skill Options

As of right now, there are two dominant deck styles, each with their separate builds and gameplay. The first is to use is to use a more generic utility skill like Sealed Tombs. The other is to use Balance as the skill. After a few weeks of testing, the Balance build has the most success in high-level play.

The Balance Build

Originally, we were attempting to force both techs and resources into a 20 card Balance build, but it just wasn’t strong enough. By simply adding more cards, this allows us to play more techs without sacrificing crucial field spell resources, while also maintaining the perfect balanced hand of 1 monster 1 spell and 1 trap, with the potential for an additional field spell or monster as the fourth card. Because having a trap card for protection is crucial in a lot of matchups, the balance version is preferred over The Tie that Binds and Sealed Tombs.

Luke Tyler’s MCS 20 Top 4 Decklist.

Duel Links Card: Mirror%20Wall
Duel Links Card: Mirror%20Wall
Duel Links Card: Bad%20Aim
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Duel Links Card: Bad%20Aim

The Generic Build

The generic build is dubbed that because of its ability to run multiple different options for skills. While many options are available, the two predominant ones are Sealed Tombs and The Tie that Binds as the former provides lack of interaction with the opponent through graveyard lockdown, and the latter provides a very appreciated ATK boost for Triamids. Other skills that could help the generic Triamid build in the future include, but are not limited to, Straight to the Grave for the synergy with Triamid Pulse and Triamid Hunter's first effect and the ability to be sided for Posthumous Army in some matchups, Mind Scan for its synergy with Triamid Master, Field Restock for its recycling ability, and Field Exchange for its ability to unbrick otherwise dead hands. The main advantages of this build include: the general versatility while still maintaining high (but not guaranteed, like balance) consistency. This deck is significantly cheaper to buy or build with Gems or cash as most cards can be acquired through either free in-game means (like the Card Trader) or are all in the same box as each other. The weaknesses of the build include: the incredibly large core causing a lack of protection/tech space, lack of build variance, and reliance on destruction and/or banishing for most interruption. Below are some builds that Top Players have used for tournaments.

Small_cheese DLE 4 1st Place Decklist.

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Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Mirror%20Wall
Duel Links Card: Mirror%20Wall
Balance

Sasuke’s PCT 38 Top 4 Decklist. Sealed Tombs

Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
The Tie that Binds

Gameplay and Example Scenarios

So, now that we've covered the deck and cards that supplement it, let's go over some example hands together. We'll be discussing how to maximize advantage in any hand. Interactions will be discussed in the matchups section.

Example 1: Ideal Hand

Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Cruiser
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Master
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Hunter
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
  1. Activate Triamid Cruiser
  2. Normal summon Triamid Hunter and gain 500 LP. If your hand needed correcting, here is where you would utilize Cruiser's effect to draw and discard. We won't need that in this scenario.
  3. Use your additional normal summon (provided by Hunter) to normal summon Master. Gain another 500 LP. If your hand still sucks, go ahead and draw/discard once more.
  4. Set your tech card, in this case we'll say it's Treacherous. End your turn.
  5. During your opponent's turn, you'll be able to trigger both Triamid effects. Try not to shotgun them, since you'll want to use their effects in response to your opponent's plays, i.e. switching to Fortress to prevent destruction, or Kingolem during the Battle Phase to boost your Triamids. To prevent needing a flowchart of decisions, we'll say they set a few cards and end their turn.
  6. Now, during their End Phase, use one of your monster's effects to send Cruiser to grave and activate Kingolem from deck.
  7. Search Dancer with Cruiser, then use your other Triamid to send Kingolem to grave and play Fortress from deck.
  8. Activate Kingolem in grave to special Dancer from hand in DEF position. Then, use the Dancer you just summoned (your THIRD Triamid effect of the turn) to switch Fortress for another Kingolem. Chain your Treacherous to this effect if you so wish, even if they only have one monster to destroy. Your Triamids will be protected from effect destruction until your Fortress leaves the field.
  9. Now, at the start of your turn, you'll be able to use Master's effect to pop a set, Dancer's effect to recycle a field and boost everything by 500 ATK and DEF, and you also have Kingolem to boost ATK by an additional 500 and make all of your monsters Armades. That is undoubtedly very good.

Example 2: Average Hand

Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Kingolem
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Master
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Dancer
Duel Links Card: World%20Legacy%20Clash
  1. Activate Kingolem from your hand.
  2. Normal Summon Triamid Master.
  3. Set World Legacy Clash and end your turn.
  4. During your opponent's turn, you'll be able to activate Master's effect, sending Kingolem to grave and playing Cruiser from your deck. Do this as soon as possible, this way you can utilize Clash to reset your Master and block attacks.
  5. Kingolem will then activate in the grave, allowing you to special Dancer from your hand in defense position.
  6. Then use Dancer to send Cruiser to grave and activate either a Fortress or a Kingolem from deck, depending on the situation. If you needed to use Clash this turn to protect, then activate Fortress so that you can then send Fortress with the returned Master in the End Phase and play Kingolem from deck. This thins your deck by 1 more card and gives you a slightly better chance to see Treacherous or Pulse.

Example 3: Poor Hand

Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Fortress
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Master
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Dancer
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Pulse

Unfortunately, this hand is very lackluster. Not necessarily a brick since you can still make plays, but opening only Fortress without a way to establish 2 monsters isn't ideal. Regardless, we need to make the best of it.

  1. Activate Fortress from your hand and normal summon Master.
  2. Set Pulse and end your turn.
  3. During your opponent's turn, you'll be able to swap Fortress for Cruiser. Also, your Master will likely die since you don't have protection.
  4. This will stack your grave with 2 Triamid cards, giving you an activatable Pulse effect. You can either pop a card if there's an immediate threat, or wait to see what you top deck on the following turn.
  5. Ideally, you'll top deck a field spell. Since you played optimally and maximized your resources from the beginning, you'll be able to make some cool plays this turn. Let's say you draw Kingolem in this instance.
  6. Play the Kingolem over the Cruiser, allowing you to search for Hunter. Cruiser then gives you a third Triamid card in the grave if you didn't use Pulse on the previous turn. You can use Pulse's second effect to banish 2 field spells and special your Master from the grave. Master can bait backrow with his primary effect if needed.
  7. If you successfully bait backrow, or even if you don't need to, proceed with summoning Hunter. This will then allow you to also normal summon Dancer. Unfortunately you won't be able to utilize Dancer's boost, but you now have 3 monsters on the field, allowing you to cycle through all 3 field spells on your opponent's turn.
  8. This will stock your grave for a Pulse effect on your opponent's turn, and then another Pulse effect on your following turn, assuming one of your Triamid monsters died giving you the fourth card in grave. This is how the deck snowballs very quickly, even from lackluster hands.

Matchups

Right now, the meta is extremely diverse with a whopping 12 decks to look out for, 8 on the Tier List and 4 High Potential decks. This section is here to help Triamid players in each of the matchups they could face off against in a tournament by briefly explaining core interactions and some strategies.

Red-Eyes

One of the current top decks in the meta and sitting at tier one is Red-Eyes. The deck's main strength is relying on Power of the Guardians and other equip cards when they are equipped to Red-Eyes Slash Dragon. This can be a problem because they allow Red-eyes to negate the targeting effects of Triamid Master and Triamid Pulse. The trick to winning this matchup is using Triamid Kingolem to prevent the Red-Eyes effects from happening. When Kingolem is on the field and a Red-Eyes monster enters battle with a Triamid, Power of the Guardians will not get a new spell counter and Red-Eyes Slash Dragon cannot equip or negate any targeting effects. This allows you to safely activate Triamid Pulse during the Battle Step and destroy the problem cards. If Power of the Guardians is giving problems due to already having counters, then siding in other cards like Paleozoic Canadia could help the matchup.


Subterror

Another beast of a deck, this deck relies on using powerful flip monsters like Subterror Behemoth Umastryx to clear their opponents board. This is augmented by Subterror Final Battle allowing them to use the flip effects on either player's turn and also make their Subterror monsters gigantic. The most important cards for this matchup are Triamid Master and Triamid Pulse. Triamid Master can target and destroy any set card, including the Subterror Behemoths and all their back row. That alone can force out effects. Triamid Pulse also helps as it can chain to a Behemoth flip effect or to Final Battle and destroy them. It will not negate their effects however. It can also destroy Nemesis Warrior or the tribute target, nullifying (not negating) his effect. Triamid Pulse can also help you recycle and revive Triamid Master, allowing for multiple set card destruction effects in one turn. If you continue to struggle with the matchup, try using or siding cards like Cosmic Cyclone, Galaxy Cyclone, Treacherous Trap Hole, or Xing Zhen Hu as all these cards can help deal with the back row. The Behemoths are not as much of a problem when they do not have a way to flip them up.


Blue-Eyes

A fairly hard matchup to define, Blue Eyes has potential to win based on their naturally bigger monsters and built in spell and trap removal with Dragon Spirit of White. Try not to attack into a face-down monster in case it is The White Stone of Ancients. Use Triamid Pulse or other disruption, if not under Sealed Tombs, to destroy their monsters like Snipe Hunter and Cosmo Brain when they appear. Once you have enough monsters, you can use Triamid Kingolem and Triamid Master to set up a game push and OTK through their set monsters. Do that, or use Triamid Dancer to continuously make your monsters bigger until they inevitably cannot attack over you. Either works. Watch out for their new tech card Share the Pain as well, since you can’t protect with Fortress. Establishing 2 monsters is more crucial than normal in this case, because you don’t want to just lose to your opponent attacking you directly. Also, make sure you’re chaining a Triamid effect so that you don’t lose a field spell cycle, and then remember to tribute the monster that already used its effect when Share the Pain resolves.


Koa'ki Neos

One of the harder matchups for Triamid, Neos Koa'ki remains one of the more linear decks in the meta. Koa'ki Neos proves to be a major problem primarily due to being able to swarm the board with large boss monsters almost instantly and consistently while also main decking multiple copies of Cosmic Cyclone to prevent back row disruption. Furthermore, Diamond Core of Koa'ki Meiru and Neos Fusion preventing destruction effects from going through can shut down Triamid Pulse almost completely. If your opponent does not open Cosmic Cyclone, you can sometimes survive their push turn and return by generating too much advantage for them to overcome. Otherwise, the goal for the matchup is to try and outlast them, because it will be incredibly difficult to outspeed or overpower them without a perfect hand. Siding or main-decking Paleozoic Canadia or Floodgate Trap Hole can help the matchup immensely.


Six Samurai

In our opinion this is the hardest matchup for Triamids. Six Samurai have multiple cards that all cause problems for the deck. Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En Can be a problem with its ability to negate your field spells and trap interruptions, while Legendary Six Samurai - Enishi gives them an easy answer to your monsters. Furthermore, Six Style - Dual Wield allowing them to return your resources to your hand hurts when you need at least two cards on board to function fully, and World Legacy Clash giving good ability to dodge and make Dual Wield live is dangerous. The trick to this matchup is breaking their board and forcing interactions and trades that they lose. Going first always helps, but whether going first or second try and use the cards in your hand to grind through their interruptions and resources. If you can grind through their interruptions and end with a monster and field spell (or better) you have a definite chance at winning the game. The matchup may be hard but it is still possible. Good side deck cards depend on your built, but generic Six Sam hate from the past like Karakuri Ninja mdl 339 "Sazank", Cipher Soldier, and also generic interruption cards can go a long way. Sealed Tombs can also help, though be careful that it turns off Triamid Pulse. Lastly, beware of a main deck or side deck Cosmic Cyclone. Definitely a deck to practice playing against.


Ancient Gears

An interesting matchup, the main threats that Ancient Gears have are their high amounts of spell and trap removal, Ancient Gear Reactor Dragon being a big beater, and their highly variable tech choices. Try and out resource them and when possible destroy their monsters with Triamid Pulse. Triamid Master is also good at removing set cards preemptively should they run back row. Overall, this is one of the more difficult matchups to describe due to AG having such variable techs and side decks. If worried, skills like The Tie that Binds to attack over their smaller monsters and cards like Cosmic Cyclone and Skull Meister can go a long way. If they can’t summon a monster they will struggle to win the game.


Spellbooks

Despite being the other extremely technical deck in the meta, this matchup is one of the most simple to pilot against, although this should not be considered easy as Spellbooks do pack a lot of interruption. If Silent Magician is on the board, try and bait it so you can get your Kingolem on the field. After that, do what you can to grind through your opponent’s Spellbook of Fate banishes through your monsters and Triamid Master’s destruction effect and you should be able to grind for the win. Unless you can promptly kill Silent Magician LV8 with a Triamid Pulse, don’t attack into Silent Magician for risk of it floating into a large monster. Of course, Sealed Tombs with Kingolem on field or just going first and killing their initial spellcaster with Triamid Pulse or another destruction effect can be enough for game. Another skill you can use is the Bonz skill Posthumous Army to turn all their monsters into zombies as it will also turn off Spellbook of Fate. This can be useful as Triamid Pulse can still banish the field spells for its effect to destroy at this point, though it cannot banish or special summon monsters under this while the skill is active. Still, beware of the side deck, Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer, and the possibility of them outplaying you.


Magnet Warriors

The first of the high potential decks, Magnets are by far the most hyped deck in the box. Their main threat is using Berserkion the Electromagna Warrior to both clear your board and set up an incredible defense. In this matchup, try and do everything you can to end the duel quickly by being aggressive with Triamid Kingolem on the board to prevent battle tricks. However, do note that they also benefit from the attack and defense boosts of your field spells. As a result, try and use Triamid Master when you can since its base states are higher than all the level 4 or lower Magnets. If you can’t end the duel quick enough and they manage to get Berserkion out, one option is to destroy him immediately to protect your cards. He will float into a full board, but if done with good timing you could possibly prevent Alpha the Electromagnet Warrior from getting another search for Berserkion. If they could safely search Berserkion again, try and force them to waste resources by swapping field spells and keeping Triamid Fortress on board to prevent your monsters from being destroyed. When you are clear, use Triamid Pulse to destroy Berserkion when you are battling with Kingolem active as that will prevent it from floating. If you are having problems, try siding cards like Paleozoic Canadia or Floodgate Trap Hole for Berserkion or their other monsters to deny them set up. Sealed Tombs is also a good skill to have as it can buy you another turn to kill your opponent.


Triamid (Mirror Match)

Oh Lawd, this is a fun one. Truth is, the Triamid Mirror is one of, if not the most technical mirror match to appear in the history in Duel Links. With low ability to OTK through an established board and both sides benefiting from each player’s field spells, the mirror is extremely complicated. If the person going first opens Triamid Pulse they definitely have an advantage… unless their opponent opens Triamid Master or Triamid Fortress to force it out. Ultimately skill and build make an incredible difference in each game. If one of the decks is playing a Balance build, they will naturally have more back row and disruption, making their turn one more volatile and stronger against Sealed Tombs. They also are guaranteed to never brick as they will always have a monster with a field spell and at least one trap. They however do trade this off for becoming significantly more vulnerable to Triamid Master as they have less resources to use. Furthermore, their grind game is weakened with there being less resources to expend for Triamid Pulse. When playing against Balance, focus on picking off their back row and out grinding them. Try and trade resource for resource as they will run out significantly faster than you will. When your opponent is playing a more standard build with Sealed Tombs or The Tie that Binds, the matchup depends on what your opponent has and what you have. Sealed Tombs is incredibly useful early as it allows you to safely begin your first turn without worrying about a Triamid Pulse destroying your field spells or monsters. Sometimes that initial set up turn is what you need. However, Ties allows you or your opponent to safely attack over the other player’s Triamids without crashing. If you are playing Sealed Tombs vs Sealed Tombs, try and use your skill to either set up or prevent your board from being broken. If you are playing Ties vs Ties, try and swing over opponent to prevent them from establishing monsters in the first place. If you are the one on the back foot, a defense position Triamid Dancer can easily stall the game for a long period of time if given the chance. When playing Sealed Tombs vs Ties, use your skill to deny them Triamid Pulse destruction. When playing Ties vs Sealed Tombs, be confident in your ability to consistently attack over their monsters with your own. When side decking happens, cards like Gate Blocker, Cosmic Cyclone, and Paleozoic Canadia can help give you an edge.


Conclusion

If you’ve made it this far, congrats! Thanks for reading and supporting the work we put into this. As you can probably tell, this deck is complex. We hope this helped you immensely with your plays and allowed you to get a big brain like us! Continue practicing and you’ll be a pro in no time!


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