Gouki refers to a new archetype coming out in Code Of The Duelist that consists of Earth, Warrior type monsters. The monsters in the deck have a wrestling theme, being named after wrestling moves such as the Cobra Twist and Suplex. Though only a few cards have been revealed thus far, it is likely that this deck will get plenty of support over the next few years as it is used by a main character in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Vrains anime, called Go Onizuka. This makes me hopeful that this deck may get as many cards as the Superheavy Samurai archetype from the Arc-V era, as the deck was used by a character who appears to have a very similar role to Go.
Monsters We Have So Far:
Gouki Suplex Rex
When this card is Normal Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 “Gouki” monster from your hand. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 “Gouki” card from your Deck to your hand, except “Gouki Suplex”. You can only use this effect of “Gouki Suplex” once per turn.
The compulsory Vega of the deck, and probably the best Gouki card released so far, Suplex seems to be the main link enabler of the deck, summoning Gouki monsters to the field to create a mini swarming effect. The downside is that currently we only have three Gouki monsters available to us in the main deck, and no searching outside of ROTA which is of course limited. This does make it so that this card, whilst the best Gouki main deck card revealed to us, quite lacklustre at this current point in time until the deck gets more support.
Gouki Rising Scorpio
If you control no monsters, or all monsters you control are “Gouki” monsters, you can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 “Gouki” card from your Deck to your hand, except “Gouki Rising Scorpio”. You can only use this effect of “Gouki Rising Scorpio” once per turn.
Another theme of the Gouki archetype this far is that they all appear to hold different levels, and an example of this is Gouki Rising Scorpio, a level 5 beatstick that can be normal summoned if you have no monsters, or alternatively if you just control Gouki monsters. Sadly this is indeed a normal summon as opposed to a special summon, meaning that you do not get the shenanigans of a Cyber Dragon style monster. Hopefully in the future the deck will get support to rectify this. An advantage of this monster however is that the effect is optional, allowing you to tribute a Gouki monster and gain the search from the secondary ability that all main deck monsters in the archetype have so far.
Gouki Twist Cobra
During either player’s turn: You can Tribute 1 “Gouki” monster, then target 1 “Gouki” monster you control; it gains ATK equal to the original ATK of the Tributed monster, until the end of this turn. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 “Gouki” card from your Deck to your hand, except “Gouki Twist Cobra”. You can only use each effect of “Gouki Twist Cobra” once per turn.
Possibly the worst Gouki monster revealed so far, serving as another target for Gouki Rematch is possibly the only upside to this card outside of its searching effect. The primary effect is useless, and doesn’t even reach the next end phase serving for one battle phase alone. Honestly, this card will probably be the first one to be removed from my own build when support gets released to replace it.
Gouki Great Ogre
Warrior/Earth/Link 3/Effect/2600/Bottom-Left, Bottom, Bottom-Right
Link 3 – “Gouki” monsters – min. 2
All monsters on the field lose ATK equal to their own original DEF. If this card would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can destroy 1 monster linked to this card instead.
The revealed boss monster of the archetype, and I certainly hope there are more link monsters to come as this one is actually quite underwhelming. The cards protection is nice and all, but doesn’t prevent non-destruction effects and is an awfully large amount of set-up for such a card. The card also lacks the searching ability that all other Gouki monsters share, reducing the reason to use this over other revealed link monsters such as Firewall Dragon and Topologic Bomber Dragon. Hopefully there will be stronger monsters released in the future, but for now you’re better off building up resources into something stronger.
Spells of the Deck:
Target 2 “Gouki” monsters in your Graveyard with different Levels; Special Summon them in Defense Position. You can only activate 1 “Gouki Rematch” per turn.
Now this is a card that gives me hope for the whole archetype, and it is perfect in so many ways. Being able to summon two Gouki monsters back from the grave allows a number of combinations and the ability to set up your link summons into high link monsters. The only way this card could be better is if the restriction on multiple levels was removed to allow for more utility, though I can see why the card was designed like this from the theme of the archetype so far.
Overall, ironically the best link monster the deck has access to is Missus Radiant. This not only boosts all Gouki effects, but also only requires two tributes to summon it as opposed to Great Ogres requirement of 3. As such it leads to a great combo to summon Firewall Dragon or Topologic Bomber Dragon by performing the following:
Summon two Gouki Monsters (Made easy with Suplex).
Summon Missus Radiant with the two monsters.
Both Gouki effects will activate providing that they are separate monsters allowing to search for a Gouki rematch and another Gouki card of your choice.
Activate Gouki Rematch to summon back the first two Gouki monsters and tribute both with Missus Radiant for a link of 4 allowing for the summon of any powerful link.
Sadly this is the best the deck has for this amount of time, but as mentioned previously, this deck is likely to get more support in the future, I can only hope it gives the archetype some much needed protection and swarming abilities to allow the deck to bring out link monsters faster and keep them around too.