Today's card is best played in a stall/burn deck seeing as how his effects either inflict direct damage or protect your other monsters. Also, the fact that only burn and/or stall decks are going to run the cards neccessary to summon Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder shows that there really isn't a better place to use Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder. Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder is the epitome of stall and burn. As I explained in the introduction, stall/burn decks run the continuous spells needed to summon Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder including Wave Motion Cannon, Messenger of Peace, The Dark Door, Level limit - Area B and Dark Room of Nightmare. Also, the effects of Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder include an direct damage effect and a stall effect depending on what Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder is doing. However, despite the impresive stats and seemingly easy to meet summoning requirements, Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder should only be played in a deck designed to capitalize on his effects rather than his stats. Also, the high defense of Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder will make him and easy target for Smashing Ground. Stall cards like Messenger of Peace,The Dark Door and Level Limit - Area B mentioned earlier are used to protect the monsters that inflict the direct damage including Solar Flare Dragon, Stealth Bird, Bowganian or even stop the Lava Golems this kind of deck might also run. Cards like Wave Motion Cannon and Dark Room of Nightmare, on the other hand are intended to help inflict direct damage to the opponents life points. It is also important that this type of deck run some form of negation such as Solemn Judgement in the event cards like Heavy Storm, Giant Trunade or Mobius the Frost Monarch are played because they can do a lot to interrupt the flow of this deck. Since this deck does little, if any attacking, the direct damage effet of Hamon will probably not be used often unless to end the duel. Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder is a powerful card, at first glance. However Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder is only worth playing in the right deck. Even in the right deck you shouldn't build your deck around him or count on Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder to be your win condition. Stall/burn deck 3/5 I wouldn't even play it in any other deck.