Card of the Year (#4): Master Hyperion | The Irish Duelist

Card of the Year (#4): Master Hyperion

As I was (shall we say..) "decomissioned" by the flu yesterday there'll be 2 blog posts today, and here's the first, #4 of my Top 10 cards of the year.

Master Hyperion

(Structure Deck: Lost Sanctuary)

LIGHT/Fairy/Level 8

You can Special Summon this card from your hand by removing from play 1 "The Agent" monster in your hand, field, or Graveyard. Once per turn, you can remove from play 1 LIGHT Fairy-Type monster from your Graveyard to select 1 card on the field, and destroy it. If "The Sanctuary in the Sky" is face-up on the field, you can activate this effect up to twice per turn.


Nobody will argue that the card of 2008 was Dark Armed Dragon, the destructive force that defines the DARK monsters of this game we all play. It was (relatively) easy to Summon, had high ATK and could clear the way for direct attacks without needing any help. It's also my personal favourite card out of everything I've ever tried, even if it's no longer the terrifying force it once was.

If you look at Master Hyperion, you can see that it shares several characteristics with the most fearsome Dragon from Phantom Darkness. It's got high enough ATK, can get rid of cards on its own, and in the right Deck is easy to Summon. It's a Dark Armed Dragon for Fairy-Types, and has seen top table play ever since it made its debut earlier this year.

The Lost Sanctuary Structure Deck also gave Hyperion the support it needed to make it a powerful and consistent threat. The Agent of Mystery - Earth can search for more Agent cards, making Hyperion's Special Summon cost a freebie, and in Sanctuary builds can even get out Hyperion itself, before being banished to Summon the showstopper right away. With Sanctuary out Hyperion can destroy 2 cards per turn, and with the card currently being Unlimited, there's a high chance of a Duelist dropping multiple copies at once to demolish opponents. In fact, that's exactly what happened at the finals of the World Championship this year, when Duel 1 took only 3 minutes, thanks to double Hyperion (and Gachi Gachi Gantetsu).

There's not much else that can be said about Master Hyperion to be honest, one look at the card text shows how powerful the card is, and with it being a Structure Deck card everybody has easy access to it. This year's Structure Decks have all been quite strong for players of all levels of experience, and the best Structure Deck card of the year deservers its place in the Top 10.