Rerouting Deck Fix: Hazy Flame

Loukas Peterson

8/16/2017 11:00:00 AM

Hazy Flames are one of those themes that I've always built decks for but never put into serious practice. I remember when Cosmo Blazer came out in 2013: I sleeved up my Hazy Flame deck and tested dummy hands for a good two weeks, but never actually played any real games. I've used Hazy Flame Basiltrice in the infamous Hieratic Monarch deck, but never manned up enough to play Hazy Flames competitively on their own.

Oh, come on, have you never toyed with Tyhone #2? One of my good friends is obsessed with the name… but I'm not much better. John and I can't stop laughing at the ridiculous shape and name of the card, knowing full well it's ridiculous but not ridiculous enough to stop at just one Tyhone.

This weeks contributor from Manchester, England writes…

How goes it, sir? Samuel here, reviving an old deck for fun. Talk about all the new cards they print for legacy support, where is my Hazy Flame Barrage? Brilliant Hazy? Hazy Diagram? Come on, someone do something! But enough complaining, we should fix this deck. Hazy Flames are clunky behemoths that need Hazy Pillar to be useful. How can we change that?

I figure we can follow in your footsteps and add something crazy in! Why not Fire Kings? Fire King Island pops our main man Hazy Flame Cerbereus and can Special Summon Hazy Flame Griffin! I would included Hazy Flame Mantikor too, but… that card stinks worse than a pile of rubbish left out in the sun! Hazy Flame Cerbereus is my favorite card by far… so let's go with that!

-Samuel E. ~ Manchester, England

Fun fact, if you're ever confused about what falls into the realms of various countries, kingdoms, and a whole lotta other stuff, I highly recommend this succinct video. Remember kids, knowledge is power.

Anyway, here's the deck if I didn't put you to sleep with my weekly lesson.

    Hazy Flames Ver 1.0 Samuel E.    
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear
3 Fire King Avatar Barong
2 Fire King High Avatar Garunix
3 Hazy Flame Cerbereus
3 Hazy Flame Griffin
3 Hazy Flame Hydra
3 Hazy Flame Peryton
3 Hazy Flame Sphynx
Monsters [21]
3 Circle of the Fire Kings
2 Dark Hole
2 Fire Formation - Tenki
2 Fire King Island
3 Hazy Pillar
3 Onslaught of the Fire Kings
1 Rekindling
2 Shuffle Reborn
2 Terraforming
Spells [20]
2 Call of the Haunted
Traps [2]
Deck Total [43]


3 Constellar Ptolemy M7
3 Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger
2 Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow
1 Gauntlet Launcher
3 Hazy Flame Basiltrice
1 Number 72: Shogi Rook
Extra Deck [13]

The Extra Deck includes 2 Pilgrim Reaper

If you blink twice, you may get confused at which Hazy Flame is which, and adding the Fire Kings and Fire Fists makes it that much more confusing. Half the cards have “Fire” in their name while the second half are made of fire, so it can get a little mixed up.

Take a minute to mouse over or click through any cards in the deck list that you're not familiar with. Don't worry; I'll wait.

Burning Ring Of Fire All other cards being equal, Hazy Flame Cerbereus and Hazy Pillar are two of the most important cards for Hazy Flame decks. Neither is a powerhouse by itself, but they're the building blocks for many of your plays. Hazy Pillar mitigates the steep summoning requirements of your Level 6 Hazy Flames while Hazy Flame Cerbereus nets you a Hazy card from your deck whenever it's destroyed.

Furthermore, Hazy Flame Cerbereus doesn't need a tribute to hit the field, though the “price” for that caveat is halved ATK… which is pretty irrelevant since you're hoping to destroy Cerbereus for a free search. Abusing Hazy Flame Cerbereus is a focal point, but I don't think it's best as your priority, which is the role Sam clearly placed it in. Searching ad nauseum won't further your position in the game, and I've lost plenty of duels with half a dozen cards in my hand.

The Fire King cards, namely Fire King Island, were only included to pop Hazy Flame Cerbereus. Even when you don't have a Hazy Flame Cerbereus on the field, Shuffle Reborn and Call Of The Haunted work to bring it back for more destruction. Let me say that I've always loved Shuffle Reborn's secondary effect to circumvent Fire King Island's downside after getting destroyed, but that said, too much of this deck is centered squarely on Hazy Flame Cerbereus.

 Hazy Flame Cerbereus
Hazy Flame Cerbereus67623
Set Cosmo Blazer
Number CBLZ-EN028
Level 6
Type Effect Monster
Monster Beast
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 2000 / 200
Rarity Common
Card Text

You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing, but its original ATK becomes 1000. Your opponent cannot target this card with card effects. When this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "Hazy" card from your Deck to your hand.

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Furthermore, the Fire Kings - and by extension Fire Fists - just don't meld well with Hazy Flames. You use your Fire King Island to destroy a Hazy Flame Cerbereus and search a Fire King Avatar Barong… and then what? The Fire King Island and Barong are effectively useless at that point, lending your Extra Deck space to diversify more. Instead, we want other ways to pop Hazy Flame Cerbereus that don't clog the deck.

Goka, the Pyre of Malice is a good example. It's a Level 6 Fire, so by its stats alone you're safe with Hazy Flame Griffin and the like. You can Special Summon it for free when you have a Fire monster, and you can still finish with boss monsters like Hazy Flame Basiltrice. Obviously Goka, the Pyre of Malice has merit thanks to its synergy, but it's not without flaws. I'd just rather have a more versatile monster dependent on only one fielded card rather than stuff my deck with all but useless Fire King cards.

Synchro Summon…?
Hazy Flame Cerbereus nets you a Hazy card, but focusing solely on its search power slows your deck down. If you use your Normal Summon on Cerbereus, no matter how many times you destroy it per turn, you won't get your Normal Summon again without resorting to cards I wouldn't want to play in this strategy.

See the minor problem?

That being said, all you really need to get going is a Hazy Flame Peryton or Hazy Flame Sphynx. Hazy Flame Peryton's like a Rescue Rabbit - pop it and discard a card from your hand to summon any two Hazy Flame monsters from your deck. Hazy Flame Sphynx, on the other hand, nets you another on-field monster by guessing the top card of your deck correctly. Cerbereus may fuel your hand and field, but it's those two Hazy Flames that can actually put a dent in your opponent's Life Points.

Really, that's the power of a Hazy Flame deck - Sphynx and Peryton. And once you have access to them you won't need to be constantly searching your deck with Cerbereus, making the redundant destruction effects moot in the long run. Simple, right? With both those monsters, you can make Hazy Flame Basiltrice with upwards of five materials once you leverage Hazy Flame Hydra. Your Rank 6 machine is ready to go!

But knowing me, I wanted to add another element to the deck that Samuel omitted. Surprisingly, I found Plaguespreader Zombie to be an incredibly good niche supporting card here. I wanted a simple route to Scrap Dragon as another way to destroy Cerbereus, but what sold me on the card was the interaction between Plaguespreader Zombie and Hazy Flame Cerbereus. A yarded Zombie means you'll know what card's on top of your deck, and Hazy Flame Sphynx will have a 100% chance of succeeding. If that nets you a Hazy Flame Peryton for even more Level 6 monsters, you're that much closer to winning.

After all, Scrap Dragon isn't the only monster at your disposal. Stardust Dragon can put a dent in Zoodiacs while Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons can end games right then and there. If you want to get really cute about it, go with the Rise to Full Height and PSY-Framelord Omega combo to keep your Life Points eternally safe. Having a diverse Extra Deck with many options helps you face all kinds of threats you may see.

 PSY-Framelord Omega
PSY-Framelord Omega136850
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN061
Level 8
Type Synchro/Effect Monster
Monster Psychic
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2800 / 2200
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters
Once per turn, during the Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can banish both this face-up card from the field and 1 random card from your opponent's hand, face-up, until your next Standby Phase. Once per turn, during your opponent's Standby Phase: You can target 1 banished card; return it to the GY. If this card is in your GY: You can target 1 other card in the GY; shuffle both that card and this card from the GY into the Deck.

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The only other Level 2 Tuner that came to mind was Jiaotu, Darkness of the Yang Zing. I think the Yang Zings would work better in a dedicated Fire King version since you only have so many Normal Summons! The Hazy Flames would just be left out if we loaded the deck with Yang Zings.

Here are the changes!

-3 Fire King Avatar Barong
-2 Fire King High Avatar Garunix
-1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear
-1 Onslaught of the Fire Kings
-2 Circle of the Fire Kings
-2 Terraforming
-2 Shuffle Reborn
-2 Fire King Island
-2 Fire Formation - Tenki
-2 Call Of The Haunted

-1 Hazy Flame Basiltrice
-1 Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow
-2 Constellar Ptolemy M7
-2 Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger
-2 Pilgrim Reaper

+3 Plaguespreader Zombie
+3 Goka, the Pyre of Malice
+1 Maxx “C”
+3 Mystical Space Typhoon
+1 Soul Charge
+1 Upstart Goblin
+1 Rise to Full Height
+1 Torrential Tribute
+2 Xyz Reborn

+1 Scrap Dragon
+1 Stardust Dragon
+2 Evolzar Solda
+1 Beelze of the Diabolic Dragon
+1 PSY-Framelord Omega
+1 Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal
+1 Dante, Pilgrim of the Burning Abyss

And here's the final deck. I kept a few Fire King elements; just enough to be useful. Fire King High Avatar Garunix didn't make the cut, but Circle of the Fire Kings facilitates combos and helps with OTK's in a pinch.

    Hazy Flames Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
Main Deck
Side Deck
3 Goka, the Pyre of Malice
3 Hazy Flame Cerbereus
3 Hazy Flame Griffin
3 Hazy Flame Hydra
3 Hazy Flame Peryton
3 Hazy Flame Sphynx
1 Maxx "C"
3 Plaguespreader Zombie
Monsters [22]
1 Circle of the Fire Kings
2 Dark Hole
3 Hazy Pillar
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
2 Onslaught of the Fire Kings
1 Rekindling
1 Soul Charge
1 Upstart Goblin
Spells [14]
1 Rise to Full Height
1 Torrential Tribute
2 Xyz Reborn
Traps [4]
Deck Total [40]


1 Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal
1 Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons
1 Constellar Ptolemy M7
1 Dante, Pilgrim of the Burning Abyss
2 Evolzar Solda
1 Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger
1 Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow
1 Gauntlet Launcher
2 Hazy Flame Basiltrice
1 Number 72: Shogi Rook
1 PSY-Framelord Omega
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Stardust Dragon
Extra Deck [15]

I toyed around with Metalfoes as an alternative to Fire King Island – another way to destroy Hazy Flame Cerbereus - but it was just a huge commitment of deck space. Most importantly, Hazy Flame Peryton can't be Pendulum Summoned, so talk about having the rug pulled out from under you.

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!

-Loukas Peterson

Loukas Peterson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where it's warmer than warm, whatever that means. When he's not playing cards or crying about the lack of Fabled support, you can find making “attempts” at “art” and playing his ukulele terribly, or on Thursday nights, practicing punching the air for an upcoming contest. Hailed as the only person capable of cooking Minute Rice in 57 seconds, Loukas is always looking for another creative outlet and a dog to pet.

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