The longer something exists, the more likely it is to change and evolve. Card games are not exempt, which means Yu-Gi-Oh! inevitably had to do this to stay relevant. One of the ways Konami has done this is by introducing new types of monsters every now and then to add more variety and lore to the many universes found in the franchise.
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Cyberse Monsters are one of the newest monster types introduced in Yu-Gi-Oh! coming out in 2017 with the announcement of a new anime in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. As the youngest kids on the block, Cyberse monsters had a lot of anticipation prior to release due to the unique theme surrounding the monsters. With that said, what better way to show appreciation for said monsters than to look at some of the very best.10 Knightmare Corruptor Iblee
Released on January 18th in the OCG and May 3rd of the same year in the TCG, Knightmare Corruptor Iblee was one of the first cards to have good synergy with Link monsters. It would also prove to be a bit of a nuisance in the early days of the Link era, as many players didn’t always have a way to deal with the monster.
While Iblee’s first effect is good, it wasn’t always the reason the card was played. The floodgate effect the card has in blocking opponents from Special Summoning, except for the Link monster, can often yield an instant win in some cases, but as time went on and more viable Link monsters came along, players they wouldn’t have much trouble handling the card.9 Salamangreat Almiraj
It’s not uncommon for cards to be more popular outside of their archetype, but it doesn’t always remain that way. As the meta changes and cards move in and out of the banned list, it’s hard to believe that a card released in 2019 has continued to be a mainstay of so many unique decks to this day.
Salamangreat Almiraj is great specifically because of its summon requirement. This can often be a death knell for some cards, but being so “generic” allows the card to fit in so many decks that it’s not uncommon for Almiraj to be the only Cyberse monster in the entire decklist.8 Firewall Dragon
It wasn’t that long ago that Firewall Dragon was terrorizing the metagame with countless OTKs and infinite loops. The card became so ubiquitous that nearly every metaviable deck was looking for a way to incorporate the card into their strategies. Eventually, the card had to be banned and would soon receive an errata before leaving the banlist.
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While its reign is definitely over, it’s far from a mediocre card. These days, Firewall Dragon sees healthy play in decks focused primarily on Cyberse monsters, specifically those that look very hard for Special Summons, like Salamangreat decks.7 Cyberse Device
If versatile is the name of the game, then the Cyberse Gadget has it covered. As one of the best starters for almost any Cyberse deck combination, the card increases immense synergy with so many different decks that it’s hard to ignore.
Thanks to fantastic Spell cards like Cynet Mining, Cyberse Gadget is capable of being a one-card Link-2 Summon, which is an extremely impressive distinction. With other combo extenders such as Link Devotee and Link Disciple, Cyberse Gadget’s stockpile remains high even in the current metagame.6 Dotscaper
Don’t let the beautiful cart art fool you, as Dotscaper is a ferocious monster that is a top game maker for most, if not all Cyberse-focused decks. That’s more or less been the case since the cards launched in 2017 and that doesn’t look like it’s going to change.
This card is one of the best players because it can be summoned back to the field twice and in two different ways. While this is limited to once per duel for balance reasons, it allows Dotscaper to be an amazing combo starter and essential in decks that need one more summon to finish their moves.5 Mekk-Knight Crusade Avramax
One of the characteristics that makes a good boss monster is “protection”, high stats and a reasonable summoning condition. Luckily Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax is all of that and more with the added benefit of being quite balanced.
Not only does the monster fit into many decks and various playstyles, but it also has one of the best removal effects in the entire game. Right off the bat, the effect is easy to trigger, it’s not targeted, and the fact that it shuffles a card is significant because it ignores a lot of common floating effects.4 The Cyberse Arrival @Ignister
The @Ignister archetype has a lot of personality and sparkle, but what many forget is that it also includes one of the strongest boss monsters of any archetype in The Arrival Cyberse @Ignister. Its strength can be easily identified in its useful removal effect and potentially high attack stat that depends on the number of monsters used for its summon.
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Undoubtedly, the best thing about the card is the fact that it is not affected by the effects of other cards. This means that even the controlling player cannot use effects on the card. For added context, this effect is so rare that only 34 other cards in the entire card pool share this exact effect.3 I:P Mask
Initially, a player cannot put too much stock into Link Summoning on their opponent’s turn, as it is not a common option. However, once the plays start to become more apparent… any player of any level will realize just how powerful this effect is, especially when it’s a quick effect.
Players using this effect of I:P Masquerena will often enter Knightmare Unicorn to interrupt an opponent’s moves or another boss monster to make their board even more difficult to deal with. An often overlooked and underappreciated effect that I:P Masquerena has is when it is used to Link Summon another Link monster, that monster cannot be destroyed by the opponent’s card effects.2 Topological Gumblar Dragon
If Topologic Gumblar Dragon wasn’t banned in the OCG and limited in the TCG, it would definitely be becoming one of the most disturbing and frustrating cards in the metagame. The card’s legacy is so notorious that many Yu-Gi-Oh! players question why it was printed.
Gumblar Dragons have excellent stats, an easy summon condition, force the opponent to discard multiple cards per turn, and will deal burn damage to add insult to injury. Even without protection and/or a floating effect, this card could go down as one of the best Cyberse monsters ever released.1 passcode announcer
If any card deserves to be the best Cyberse monster in Yu-Gi-Oh! it has to be Accesscode Talker. It ticks all the necessary boxes to be a fantastic card with the added benefit of being easily accessible, which hasn’t always been the case with many cards on this list.
As of early 2023, the card is among the top 10 most used cards in TCG/OCG and Master Duel. This isn’t all that surprising when players consider that the card has high stats, untargeted removal, absurdly easy summon condition, and other cards can’t respond to its effects. With a resume like that, it’s hard not to consider Accesscode Talker as the best Cyberse card in the game.
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