A triad of card abuse! These completely separate archetypes have quite the potent combination; this topic shall describe the play in detail. Without further delay, with the show!:
The Hieratic Gishki Messier 7 loop can easily cripple an enemy, even on the first turn. Most hieratic gishki decks rely on activating a ritual as soon as possible. For those who are unfamiliar with the basic idea, here is an example of what a build may look like (or, rather, it is my current deck).
An explanation of the loop and how it impacts each player
1.) Have the following 3+ cards in your hand: Evigishki Gustkraken, Gishki Aquamirror, and a Hieratic monster.
2.) Ritual Summon Gustkraken by tributing the Hieratic; activate Gustkraken's effect (-1 to opponent's hand); special summon a normal dragon from deck/hand/grave.
3.) Overlay for Constellar Ptolemys Messier 7; detach Gustkraken; activate the effect to return one of the following from your graveyard to your hand:Gishki Shadow (if you need another Mirror), Su/Tefnuit, or Abyss/Manju if a normal summon is still possible.
4.) Activate Aquamirror's effect in your graveyard to return it to the deck and add a Gustkraken from your graveyard to your hand.
5.) Repeat 2-4 if possible; two more Messier Summons are possible if there is an extra Gustkraken/Rites in your hand. (Since you will need to detach a normal dragon before beginning the third cycle unless you run three normals.) Alternatively, bounce a Messier from field if you have an extra hieratic and don't need a mirror.
The net change to each player and the field per cycle
-1 to your hand
-1 to opponent's hand (and reveals another card)
+1 to field (Messier 7)
Assuming the Messier(s) survive until your next turn, they may use their effect again to bounce another card from your grave, a Messier to the extra for additonal cycles, and/or an enemy monster.
That, of course, is an amazing trade. So why isn't everybody using this deck?
1.) It requires three components to start. This can cause major consistency issues.
2.) 2-3 Normal Dragons must be included and may be semi-dead draws.
3.) Messier 7 must eventually be bounced back to the extra deck via its effect or avarice in order to continue the loop. Otherwise the play becomes a -2 to your hand for a different rank 6. (Not a terrible trade, but not ideal either.)
4.) Because this is a deck-type that utilizes many special summons quickly, draw power is limited. (From Duality/Cardcar)
5.) Tons of searchers are required to help alleviate the aforementioned consistency issues; subsequently, there is little room for traps and cards not directly related to the loop. (Limits alternative moves and defensive options.)
6.) Messier 7 is currently OCG-only. =/
Searcher balance and how not to get screwed
Well, if there is one thing that can totally ruin this deck's day, it is only holding 2/3rds of the required formula in your hand. Draw power is also limited, so the right mixture of Ritual Monster / Ritual Spell / Hieratic Monster or equivalents obtains priority one status. Take my deck, for instance:
Ritual Monster or Equivalent (11)
Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands
Preparation of Rites
Ritual Spell or Equivalent (12-14)
Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands
Preparation of Rites (if Aquamirror in grave)
Hieratic Monster or Equivalent (9)
Hieratic Dragon of Tefnuit
Hieratic Dragon of Su
Hieratic Seal of Convocation
So, we have a 11:12:9 ratio by conservative estimate. At first glance, this may seem unbalanced. And, to some extent, it is. However, there are a few factors that mitigate this inequality:
1.)Gishki Shadow must be in the grave in order to effectively recycle Aquamirror without a normal summon. (or Rites in hand)
2.)Gustkraken can always be recycled to hand via Aquamirror unless you decide not to detach him from Messier.
3.)There is no simple solution for increasing the hieratic ratio. However, you only need one (Messier Recycle) if you have spare mirrors in hand.
I'd like input on this ratio and if/how it should be adjusted. The current setup feels like a nice balance to me, but more ideas are never bad.
My decklist for any interested party
Enemy hand destruction and 2700 Attack beatsticks? Boss.
Xyz Rank 6 swarming with Atum/Gaia backup options? Beastly.
Relatively complex moves that require specific cards? Boy, I hope my initial hand doesn't suck.