YGO DN Tournament (1st May 2015)

Pairings for YGO DN Tournament (TCG Banlist including Crossed Souls cards – without OCG exclusives)

Rules:

– Victories must be posted here in the comments section or sent to me directly on DN

– Disconnects counts as a game loss (means you will lose this game, but not the whole match)

– When there are ruling questions contact me and I will try to solve them

– best of 3  (you have to post in this comment section /send the links to me Kahzel of screenshots from both of your victories)

– we will be playing swiss rounds first, then after swiss, playing top 4

Participants at the moment (11):

bloodbead

Helol95

Kahzel

Lightswornfan1

Tuanii

Qwerque

marko1marco

shoemaker101

(Pokemon) Druddigon

michaelangelo98

(D/D/D) Lord Beerus

{Genesis}Vegeta

Pairings Round 1:

(Pokemon) Druddigon vs (D/D/D) Lord Beerus (0 – 2 because of afk)

Shoemaker101 vs marko1marco (2 -0)

bloodbead vs michaelangelo98 (0- 2)

{Genesis}Vegeta  vs Helol95 (1 -2)

Sylveraine  vs Tuanii (1 – 2)

Kahzel vs. Lightswornfan1 (0 – 2)

Pairings Round 2:

Kahzel vs {Genesis}Vegeta (2 – 0, Vegeta afk)

michaelangelo98 vs (D/D/D) Lord Beerus (2 – 0)

Sylveraine vs. Helol95 (0 – 2, Sylveraine afk)

Tuanii vs. Lightswornfan1

Dropped:

(Pokemon) Druddigon

Shoemaker101

{Genesis}Vegeta

Sylveraine

bloodbead

I have no more time to organize this tourny today anymore so I’m sorry for cancelling it. I’ll write you when the next one is available. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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By Kahzel Posted in Decks

Qliphort January 2015

This new Archetype was introduced in Next Challengers and they consist of EARTH-Machine monsters the “main engine monsters” are either LV 6, 7 or 8. It’s the first Pendulum archetype that I consider as competetive. They have the thing in common that they can be Normal Summoned without a tribute and become LV 4 with an Original ATK of 1800 ATK when summoned like this (except Scout that is only our searcher card). BUT: Same as Beast King Barbaros their ATK will reset to their original printed value when their effects are negated for example when Skill Drain is face-up on the field and even better is that if Skill Drain or the effect negating effect stops their ATK will remain at their original printed value.

Why’s this deck so good? Well first you have several searchers that can search you everything you need, making it super consistent. Secondly you have access to almost every good flood gate in the meta (Vanity’s Emptiness, Skill Drain or Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror in the side) and suffer almost no drawback from using them, while most of your opponents will be crippled when they face these flood gates you are using. It’s a pretty easy to learn deck, but it’s not autoplay as some people suggest, especially in game 2 and 3 where you have to be careful not to get your Scouts and Skill Drains blown up by Fairy Wind or other Spell and Trap hate that they sided in.

How do Pendulums work? First you have to have Pendulum cards in your Pendulum Zones. These Zones were introduced with the Yuma Starter Deck and they are located between the Extra Deck and the Field Spell Zone on the left side and between the grave and your deck on the right side.

Each Pendulum card is multicolored (the upper half is orange/yellow, while the lower half is green; yellow means its monster part is just a normal monster, if it’s orange it has a monster effect too).

You have to activate 2 Pendulum cards in your Pendulum Zones, then you can Special Summon any monster from your Hand AND/OR face-up on your Extra Deck that has a level in between the Pendulum Scales (so if they are 9 and 1 like above you can Special Summon monsters that have Level 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8). Pendulum Scales are the numbers that are in the middle under the Blue/Red arrow, at the moment there are only Pendulum cards whose scales have the same number on both sides.

So let’s have a quick glance at the build that I’m playing in real life at the moment. Sidenote: I don’t own Vanity’s Emptiness and don’t want to purchase a playset without any big event that I want to attend as I already have my WCQ for the European Championship and I speculated that Vanity’s Emptiness might get hit, so I sold all my copies.

Why does nobody play Qliphort in Japan although it has good cards against Nekroz? – My guess would be that nobody wants to play it because it’s a budget deck and all cards are just common or rare, might be the same as why not many people play U.A. here even though it’s a decent Tier 2 deck.

Qliphort (pre SECE)

Decklist:

Monster (12):

3x Qliphort Scout (LV 5)

3x Qliphort Disk (LV 7)

3x Qliphort Carrier (LV 6)

2x Qliphort Helix (LV 6)

1x Performapal Trampolynx (LV 2)

 

Spell (22):

3x Pot Of Duality

2x Upstart Goblin

2x Forbidden Chalice

3x Mystical Space Typhoon

2x Night Beam

1x Raigeki

1x Enemy Controller

1x Snatch Steal

1x Book Of Moon

3x Summoner’s Art

3x Saqlifice

 

Trap (6):

1x Bottomless Trap Hole

1x Compulsory Evacuation Device

1x Solemn Warning

3x Skill Drain

 

Extra (15):

1x Gagaga Cowboy (R 4)

1x Number 80: Rhapsody In Berserk (R 4)

1x Abyss Dweller (R 4)

1x Daigusto Emeral (R 4)

1x Lavalval Chain (R 4)

1x Evilswarm Exciton Knight (R 4)

1x Steelswarm Roach (R 4)

1x Diamond Dire Wolf (R 4)

1x Number 82: Heartlandraco (R 4)

1x Castel The Skyblaster Musketeer (R 4)

1x Number 101: ARK Knight (R 4)

1x Number 103: Ragnazero (R 4)

1x Number 85: Crazy Box (R 4)

1x Volcasaurus (R 5)

1x Gaia The Thunder Charger (R 7)

 

Side (15):

1x Apoqliphort Towers (LV 10)

3x Maxx “C” (LV 2)

3x Spell Shattering Arrow

2x Chain Disappearance

2x Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror

1x Qlimate Change

1x Magic Deflector

2x Wiretap

 

Card explanations:

Qliphort Scout

 

Pendulum Effect

You cannot Special Summon monsters, except ‟Qli” monsters. This effect cannot be negated. Once per turn: You can pay 800 LP; add 1 ‟Qli” card from your Deck to your hand, except ‟Qliphort Scout”.

Monster Effect

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This card keeps your deck running and that’s what’s making it good. You have to pay 800 Lifepoints to get any Qli card that you want/need at the moment. The only downside of this card is that you run out of Lifepoints pretty quick when you combine it with other cards where you have to pay Lifepoints (Skill Drain, Solemn Warning). Scout can be searched with Summoner’s Art or Saqlifice. Upstart Goblin and Duality is there to make sure that you get Scout as soon as possible. I don’t play Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon anymore, because it is far too slow. Just imagine a Hand where you have no Scout and just an Odd-Eyes with several backrow cards and no monster. In this case you would have to wait 1 Turn for a Scout, then have to hope that you draw either a monster or Saqlifice so that you can establish some field and then you have to wait for another turn to make a Disk play. If you don’t draw any of them you have to search for a monster, while hoping that he doesn’t have MST. That’s far too slow in this format… So it’s better to run some filler cards like Upstart Goblin or Pot Of Duality instead of Odd-Eyes, that can possibly net you a Scout instantly or at least thin your deck out, in order to get Scout faster.

 

Qliphort Disk

Pendulum Effect
You cannot Special Summon monsters, except “Qli” monsters. This effect cannot be negated. All “Qli” monsters you control gain 300 ATK.
Monster Effect
You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If this card is Normal Summoned without Tributing or is Special Summoned, its Level becomes 4 and its original ATK becomes 1800. If this card is Normal Summoned/Set, it is unaffected by activated effects from any monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card’s current Level. When this card is Tribute Summoned by Tributing a “Qli” monster(s): You can Special Summon 2 “Qli” monsters from your Deck, but destroy them during the End Phase.

This guy is your OTK enabler, if you Tribute Summon Disk with at least 1 Qliphort monster you can Special Summon 2 Qliphort monster from your deck that are destroyed in your End Phase, but that doesn’t matter as you will either win the game anyways or have them ready for a Pendulum next turn in order to serve as Tribute fodder or to deal heavy damage. Don’t forget that he’s unaffected from all monster effects that have a lower Level or Rank, so that means that for example all Rank 3 0r 4 Xyz’s can’t harm him. A nice addition is that all Qliphort monsters are unaffected by Swift Scarecrow, that every Burn or other troll decks is using and also Effect Veiler cannot affect Disk. In almost all cases you’ll want to Special Summon 1 Carrier and 1 Helix, as you don’t want to waste too much resources (Like wasting all Carrier), except when you want to go for game and know that you have a Skill Drain set, then you will probably summon 2 Disk, or when you just don’t have anything else in your deck.

 

Qliphort Carrier

Pendulum Effect
You cannot Special Summon monsters, except “Qli” monsters. This effect cannot be negated. All “Qli” monsters you control gain 300 ATK.
Monster Effect
You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If this card is Normal Summoned without Tributing or is Special Summoned, its Level becomes 4 and its original ATK becomes 1800. If this card is Normal Summoned/Set, it is unaffected by activated effects from any monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card’s current Level. If this card is Tributed: You can target 1 monster on the field; return it to the hand.

Generally you want to start with this Normal summoned guy on the field equipped with Saqlifice, especially when you don’t know what you’re playing against. As you can read above he can bounce a monster to the hand when he’s tributed, so Carrier is the one that will get rid of your opponents monsters for you to OTK him or at least deal some serious damage when you Tribute him equipped with Saqlifice for Qliphort Disk. I also play Enemy Controller because of this guy. The idea is to tribute him for Enemy Controller steal 1 of your opponents monsters while being able to bounce another one, so that you completely interrupt your opponents plays. It has worked for me so far, that’s why I’m still playing it like this.

In case that you have a special summoned Scout you can also bounce your own Scout to be able to use it again or you could bounce a Disk when there’s a Skill Drain face-up so that Disk’s effect will trigger and Special Summon 2 Qliphort Monsters from your Deck with full ATK while being able to search another monster for Saqlifice and being able to Pendulum Summon your bounced Disk + the card that you’ve searched for.

Qliphort Helix

 

Pendulum Effect

You cannot Special Summon monsters, except “Qli” monsters. This effect cannot be negated. All monsters your opponent controls lose 300 ATK.

Monster Effect

You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If this card is Normal Summoned without Tributing or is Special Summoned, its Level becomes 4 and its original ATK becomes 1800. If this card is Normal Summoned/Set, it is unaffected by activated effects from any monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card’s current Level. If this card is Tributed: You can target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

Helix is the counterpart to Carrier, as he destroys Spell and Trap cards to ensure that there’s nothing to interrupt you from “OTK-ing” your opponent. Normally this card is better than Carrier in the mirror match, but except that there aren’t any advantages in using him against other Top Tier decks like Burning Abyss, Shaddoll or the upcoming Necloth archetype as almost every deck only plays chainable Spell or Trap cards or like Necloth barely any at all. In the mirror match you can destroy your opponents Pendulum Zones, that’s why you should search him instead of Carrier, except when your hand is capable to OTK him in the next turn, then you should aim to clear the field with Carrier and OTK him or else he will OTK you.

Like Carrier his only purpose isn’t only destroying your opponents s/t, but sometimes it’s wise to destroy your own Spell or Trap cards as well like a face-up Skill Drain that would otherwise block your Disk’s effect (just do this when you’re sure you can win, e.g. when he has no more backrow or you already know his backrow and know he has nothing in hand or deck that would allow him to come back).

Another time you would want to use Helix’s effect on your own cards would be when you want to Special Summon Xyz monsters, but the Qli scales would prevent that as every Qli monster prevents Special Summons except Qli monsters.

There were quite a few duels were I had to do this in order to call Abyss Dweller to keep Burning Abyss effects from activating in the grave (of course you want to have a spare Scout in your hand before you do this risky play). That’s one possibility to Xyz summon using Qli monsters, the other and probably better option would be using Performapal Trampolynx which will be discussed right now.

Performapal Trampolynx

 

This is your only “monster” that isn’t a Qli monster, although you won’t use him much as a monster, but only as a Pendulum Scale. Trampolynx allows you to bounce a Pendulum Scale back when you Pendulum Summon monster(s). Normally you want to bounce your Scout back to use its effect one more time, but as already mentioned before you can also abuse this little cat to allow Xyz plays to use your Rank 4 monsters as a toolbox when needed, as you can bounce Scout and therefore releasing you from the restriction not being able to Special Summon anything besides Qli monsters.

Why am I only playing 1 copy of this awesome card? Well that is because it is a card that can only allow Power Plays, but it will suck on its own for example when you only draw this little guy without anything else and only Spells and Traps. Of course you would want to reduce that situation to happen as close to zero percent as possible. In addition to that you don’t want to draw more than 1 copy of Trampolynx, so just running 1 reduces these crap hands to a minimum, also you can win without this card as it is only a win-more card and not absolutely necessary.

Pot Of Duality


So this card that was a staple in many decks the last formats, didn’t really see a use in the Meta Decks for a long time except in HAT, but finally has a purpose here, too. Why’s that you ask? Isn’t this a deck that special summons like crazy? Well yes, that’s true, although not quite. 😀

Normally in your first turn you will only Normal Summon your Carrier/Helix and equip it with Saqlifice, that’s where Pot Of Duality will come in handy and net you a good backrow like Skill Drain or any staple or it allows you to search a necessary Scout that you might not have in your starting hand. With access to cards like Skill Drain or Vanity’s Emptiness this deck can play the grinding game quite well if you’re forced to, while you lock your opponent with the mentioned flood gates. You can just sit on your 2800 ATK beaters and take your time to take out your opponent while searching for good cards with Duality and locking your opponent with your flood gates.

Upstart Goblin


I only play 2 Upstart Goblin. You think this is bad and I should play 3? It is partially correct that 3 Upstart Goblin is better than just 2, but then you have to think about it that Upstart Goblin is just a filler card that thins out my deck. Why should I leave out good cards or cards that I absolutely want to play on purpose just to play 3 copies of a filler card? That’s my reasoning and I do fill up the remaining spots with Upstart Goblins and it does make the deck faster, but I think it fulfills the same purpose with 2 copies as with 3 copies. The percentage to get a card better is so small that it’s not worth leaving out a card that might win me a game. I wouldn’t play just 1 Upstart Goblin, as you probably won’t see it in all of your games, but 2 or more copies are just right to play.

 

Forbidden Chalice


That’s one of my tech cards and it’s working wonders so far. It will be one of your cards that can decide the mirror match and it can shut down all Flip effects that would trigger when you attack them while they are face-down. Of course you could Flip a Skill Drain pre-emptively, but then you would lock yourself out of Disk’s effect, so it might be wise to just let the Skill Drain stay face-down and only activate it when it’s absolutely necessary.

The ability to use this card offensively and defensively is amazing too, as it will reset the ATK and LV of your monsters to their printed value and giving them a 400 ATK boost on top. In addition to that the reset will stay permanently, and just to mention its awesomeness one more time, you can also use this against your opponent to interrupt his plays, too. Although it’s awesome 2 copies are more than enough as you also have your Skill Drain.

 

Night Beam


An almost forgotten card in the last format, but it’s more and more regaining its usefulness as Artifacts are vanishing and everybody trying to use only chainable Spell and Traps. Especially in the Burning Abyss match-up which is by far the worst one (Shaddoll Artifact was annoying too, but that problem disappeared with the limitation of Moralltach). I’m just maining 2 copies, but that might change from time to time (you should run 2-3 copies depending on the decks you will face).

 

Raigeki


A card that isn’t as broken as it was when it was released, as almost every monster will trigger their effects in this Meta when they go into the grave, but the good thing is you don’t really care much about that, if it enables you to OTK your opponent. Normally Burning Abyss (BA) will be able to Special Summon 1 Dante back with Cir and get a bunch of effects, but that’s it. You can get rid of the Dante with your Carrier effect while your opponent isn’t able to use Fire Lake anymore, one of the probably most annoying cards that BA has. If you have used some S/T removal before they will probably have nothing anymore or a Fire Lake that he can’t use anymore. Even against Shaddoll it’s good to have because the only one that can’t be destroyed is Winda and that card is almost no problem for Qliphort as you will bounce it with Carrier and only Special Summon 1 time a 2 monsters with Disk, the Pendulum Summon can be performed later after you get rid of Winda.

 

Enemy Controller


This card is just my tech card, I tried to use 2 copies but 2 were too much. 1 random Enemy Controller is just perfect for me, usually you want to tribute your Carrier/Helix to interrupt your opponent by stealing their monster and in addition to that with Carrier’s/Helix’s effect.

It also prevents your Helix/Carrier disappearing from Bottomless Trap Hole or similiar, as Enemy Controller is a Quick-Spell card and can be chained to tribute Helix/Carrier to steal one of your opponents monsters for you to Attack/Tribute. In a pinch it can change an opponents monster into DEF.

I would probably use Vanity’s Emptiness instead of this card if I had one.

 

Snatch Steal


There was a reason why this card was banned and it’s still good as you’ll be able to clear your opponents field for an OTK or just use the targeted monster for a Tribute Summon. If your opponent wastes a MST on this card, good for you then you don’t have to worry about them having much more MST’s for your Scout, that’s ’nuff said.

 

Book Of Moon


Book Of Moon is so broken against Burning Abyss as every other Burning Abyss monster will automatically self-destroy when there’s a facedown monster on their field, rendering them unable to do any big combo on that turn (face-down monsters are not considered as Burning Abyss monsters and all BA monsters have an effect that says that they will destroy themselves when there’s a monster that doesn’t have “Burning Abyss” in its name).

It’s also good in the mirror match as their tribute summoned monster will only have 1000 DEF that you can easily run over. The only match-up where you probably don’t want to use this card is Shaddoll, but even there you can flip one of their Fusions face-down to prevent some damage or to stop their attack.

 

Summoner’s Art


Now let’s finally look at the deck specific Spell cards, this is your card that searches your Scout, if you have the choice between this card and Scout (e.g. Pot of Duality) you should always add this card and then search for Scout as this will thin your Deck out and you don’t want to draw into a useless Summoner’s Art during mid-or late game assuming there is one.

 

Saqlifice


The last part of the core engine that keeps your deck running. As said above you always want to start with this card and a Carrier/Helix (preferredly Carrier). This cards gives your Qli monster a 300 ATK boost, prevents it from being destroyed by battle and when you Tribute Summon a Qli monster the equipped monster counts as 2 Tributes. In addition to that Saqlifice will net you a Qli monster when it goes into the grave. So all in all an awesome card. You will mostly want to add a back-up Scout or a Scale 1 Pendulum monster to Pendulum Summon after you used Disk’s effect, depending on your hand.

 

Solemn Warning


This card is a little bit controversial in the deck as 2000 Lifepoints are a huge amount in a deck that pays more than 800 Lifepoints every turn not counting the 1000 Lifepoints for Skill Drain. But it does have its use and I did throw out this card for something else, but I deeply regretted that decision in the tournament and wished I had a Solemn Warning instead, so now it’s a part of my deck again. This card sucks against Burning Abyss but can at least stop Cir from activating in your grave when you get rid of his field.

 

Skill Drain


One of your best flood gates if not your best. As mentioned above the cost of 1000 in addition to the 800 Lifepoints you have to pay everytime for Scout are a huge amount, but normally you can end it pretty quick so that you don’t have to worry about that too much. The ATK of all your monsters will be reset to the original printed value if you activate this card making all monsters you Pendulum Summon or Normal Summon into 2400/2800 ATK beaters.

 

Side Deck Explanation:

I normally side out the 2 Upstart Goblin, sometimes 1 Pot Of Duality and depending on the deck some of the staples or tech cards, for example Enemy Controller or Bottomless Trap Hole against BA. This is what you have to test quite a lot to see what fits you the most against which decks and makes the difference whether you are a good player or not, you can always learn all combos, but these little decisions will make the small difference.

I don’t have that much problems against Shaddoll so I’m just siding Shadow-Imprisoning Mirrors, Wiretaps and a Qlimate Change for these matches most of the time depending on who goes first, if my opponent goes first I sometimes side 1-2 Maxx “C” instead of Wiretap.

 

Apoqliphort Towers


People first thought that this guy was your boss monster and it is a fact that he is pretty cool, but I’m still just playing him in the side deck, because you don’t want to draw Towers, but only search him when you can really summon him. In most of the cases if you can Summon this guy, you would have been able to win otherwise. The only match-up where he comes in handy is against Burning Abyss as they have nothing that can run over or get rid of him except having an Acid Golem and Giga-Brilliant and being able to activate Giga-Brilliant 2 times, which is pretty much non-existent. That’s why I only side this card when I’m facing Burning Abyss and even then I only side it in a game where I begin.

 

Maxx “C”


My favorite side card against Burning Abyss as they have to Special Summon a bunch of monsters in order to protect themselves and being able to activate Fire Lake or they will die pretty quick against Qliphort. Maxx “C” will allow me to draw my combo pieces like Scout, Saqlifice, Carrier and the Spell and Trap removal that I need for their backrow.

 

Spell Shattering Arrow


Of course this card is for the mirror match as it can destroy your opponents Scouts and other scales while also burning themfor some damage. The fact that it is a Quickplay Spell is even better as you can use it in your turn or set it and use it in your opponents turn. Spell Shattering Arrow is also good against Bujin, Madolche, U.A. Spellbook and several other decks.

 

Chain Disappearance


This is more than obviously a card against Burning Abyss and you should use it against either Tour Guide, Scarm or Graff, but don’t forget that you can also use it on Dante in a pinch. This card is also useful against Spellbook as it will reduce their consistency when you banish their blue boy, even though everbody says that blue boy is just there as a filler, but it actually allows them cycle through their deck really fast, so hitting it is a pretty ok. Also no more Spellbook Of Life makes it worthy.

In case of troll decks like Burn you can hit their Cardcars with this card which is pretty good, too.

 

Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror


I always side the Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror (SIM) against Shaddoll and Burning Abyss, but against BA I only side it when I begin, if not then I side something else like Chain Disappearance or Maxx “C” as you will always be countered with Fairy Wind or similiar making it not worth it as you have to set it after your opponent already had a turn to set up having already used a bunch of monsters and having several set cards including S/T hate, thus creating a wide gap in advantage and having much more resources to get rid of your SIM.

 

Qlimate Change


This card helps you get back your Scouts that were probably destroyed by your opponents S/T hate, as a bonus you even get more resources back like Carriers that were destroyed by battle or tributed, or Disks that also were destroyed. Don’t forget that you can search this card with Scout.

 

Magic Deflector


My secret tech card against MST, Spell Shattering Arrow, Saqlifice/Noble Knight Equip Spells or El Shaddoll Fusion. It negates every face-up effect of a Spell Card that isn’t a Normal, Ritual or Pendulum Spell Card (Pendulum Spell Cards are not considered as a continous Spell Card, but an own type).

 

Wiretap


Wiretap is for decks that rely heavily on backrow or in case that I go first the second or third game, so that I can make my plays without having to fear my opponents backrow. Also good against Chain Burn and other Troll decks.

 

Extra Deck Choices:

Your extra deck is pretty much a toolbox that you can use when you really need it. Think of it as a an always welcome present that you didn’t expect.

I’ve used my extra deck quite often even if you won’t believe it. These are the Xyz’s that I frequently use:

  1. Castel
  2. Abyss Dweller
  3. Ragnazero
  4. Rhapsody
  5. Exciton
  6. Crazy Box
  7. Lavalval Chain
  8. Gagaga Cowboy
  9. Volcasaurus
  10. Gaia

The most spectacular thing that happened to me was when I only had 1 Helix in hand and a Saqlifice and drew a Trampolynx, while having 1 Carrier in the Extra Deck. That completely turned the tide as I could Pendulum Summon Carrier from my Extra Deck bounce Helix back into my hand with Trampolynx effect, equipped Saqlifice to Carrier, normal summoned Helix, overlayed for Excition, activating its effect while Saqlifice triggered in Grave to destroy my opponents whole field. I searched for Scout then searched for Carrier and from then on he couldn’t come back.

The point I’m trying to convey is that you shouldn’t forget your extra deck that might be able to ensure your victory. For example Ragnazero is really good in the mirror match as he will always need to equip Saqlifice or use a Pendulum scale that will boost his monsters ATK. You can abuse this and make Ragnazero to lock him down, while gaining hand advantage with Ragnazero’s effect.

In case that you’re wondering why I play Lavalval Chain: Its other effect allows me to put Scout on top of my deck, which is pretty neat in case that both players have bad hands and I only have the LV 6 monsters in my hand (that become LV 4 when normal summoned).

I never needed Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon so I kicked him for something else, also don’t forget that you can play Ragnazero Control style in case that you have a Helix in your Pendulum Zone (Helix makes all opponents monsters lose 300 ATK, which is the condition for Ragnazero to use its effect). Best time to use would be when you have Helix and Trampolynx as you always can get rid of Helix when you need to.

Try to be careful in Game 2 and 3 when your opponent will side in S/T hate to get rid of your Scout. In case that you have a monster, S/T removal and Scout, try to bait out the Traps that aren’t S/T removal then use your S/T removal to get rid of the rest before you play Scout. Sometimes you have to consider if you can afford waiting a turn to wait your backrow to be active (e.g. Magic Deflector or Wiretap) before you use your Scout or not. If you can figure these things out, then this deck will take you pretty far even though it’s still expensive. I wish you the best luck to figure that out.

I don’t play Shell, because it doesn’t help me at all as he would just be a big beater, doesn’t have the damage output as Disk (2800 + 1800 + 1800 = 6400 / 2800 + 2800 = 5600) and I don’t need an additional Pendulum Scale of 9 as Scout already is Scale 9 same as Helix.

If you only play online or have the money and I think you will have the money if you plan on playing this deck, I would switch out 1 Enemy Controller and 2 Upstart Goblin for 3 Vanity’s Emptiness. If you want to keep the Upstarts you can also consider switching out 1 Enemy Controller, 1 Forbidden Chalice and 1 Solemn Warning (although I would keep Solemn Warning, you can also just play 2 Vanity’s Emptiness, that worked for me, too).

Qliphort (post SECE)

Decklist:


Monster (14):

3x Qliphort Scout (LV 5)

1x Qliphort Monolith (LV 5)

2x Qliphort Disk (LV 7)

2x Qliphort Alias (LV 8)

3x Qliphort Carrier (LV 6)

2x Qliphort Helix (LV 6)

1x Performapal Trampolynx (LV 2)

 

Spell (18):

3x Pot Of Duality

1x Forbidden Chalice

3x Mystical Space Typhoon

2x Night Beam

1x Raigeki

1x Snatch Steal

1x Book Of Moon

3x Summoner’s Art

3x Saqlifice

 

Trap (8):

1x Bottomless Trap Hole

1x Compulsory Evacuation Device

1x Solemn Warning

3x Skill Drain

2x Vanity’s Emptiness

 

Extra (15):

1x Gagaga Cowboy (R 4)

1x Number 80: Rhapsody In Berserk (R 4)

1x Abyss Dweller (R 4)

1x Daigusto Emeral (R 4)

1x Lavalval Chain (R 4)

1x Evilswarm Exciton Knight (R 4)

1x Steelswarm Roach (R 4)

1x Diamond Dire Wolf (R 4)

1x Number 82: Heartlandraco (R 4)

1x Castel The Skyblaster Musketeer (R 4)

1x Number 101: ARK Knight (R 4)

1x Number 103: Ragnazero (R 4)

1x Number 85: Crazy Box (R 4)

1x Volcasaurus (R 5)

1x Gaia The Thunder Charger (R 7)

 

Side (15):

1x Apoqliphort Towers (LV 10)

3x Maxx “C” (LV 2)

3x Spell Shattering Arrow

2x Chain Disappearance

2x Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror

1x Qlimate Change

1x Magic Deflector

2x Wiretap

 

Card Explanation

There are 3-5 cards in the next set that I think are useful in this deck. 3 are Qliphort specific cards and 2 of them are more generic cards.

Qliphort Stealth

Pendulum Effect

You cannot Special Summon monsters, except “Qli” monsters. This effect cannot be negated. All “Qli” monsters you control gain 300 ATK.

Monster Effect

You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. If this card is Normal Summoned without Tributing or is Special Summoned, its Level becomes 4 and its original ATK becomes 1800. If this card is Normal Summoned/Set, it is unaffected by activated effects from any monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card’s current Level. When this card is Tribute Summoned by Tributing a “Qli” monster(s): You can target 1 card on the field; return it to the hand. Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this effect’s activation.

 

This card’s effect looks not very powerful at the first glance, but if you think about it or test it, you will see it’s really strong, as your opponent won’t be able to chain anything to this effect and it can bounce every card on the field, that means you can either clear your opponents backrow/monsters or bounce your own cards like Vanity’s Emptiness or your own Scout. In addition to that you can put Helix/Carrier on Chain Link 1 so that you get more of Stealth Superpolymerisation-like effect. Unfortunately effects like Cir or Graff will activate in a separate chain, so it will still activate.

 

Qliphort Monolith

Pendulum Effect
You cannot Special Summon monsters, except “Qli” monsters. This effect cannot be negated. During the End Phase, if you Tribute Summoned this turn: You can draw a number of cards equal to the number of “Qli” monsters you Tributed for Tribute Summons this turn.
Monster Effect
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Ignore the error and continue? <Y/N>…[ ]
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Monolith is a Scale 1 Normal Monster with LV 5, which means that you can now search for Monolith with Summoner’s Art, too. The stats of 2400/1000 aren’t bad too, as the ATK won’t go down to 1800 when it is pendulum summoned (in case that it was destroyed and is face-up on your Extra Deck, I wouldn’t Special Summon it in any other case from hand except when going for game).

Its Pendulum effect is kind of like Super Rejuvenation, but only for Tribute Summons. I haven’t used Monoliths effect that much as in most cases where I had this guy, I had an OTK, but it’s definitely worth a try as you can also play a control style with Alias and Carrier/Helix supported by Vanity’s Emptiness rather than trying to go for game with the Disk play. If I go for game I would rather have Carrier, Disk or Alias as a Pendulum 1 Scale, because they give me a 300 ATK boost, that is clearly better than a draw that you would never get when everything goes right. You should also just play 1 Monolith, maximum 2 because same as Trampolynx you don’t want to have this in your starting hand without Scout and you definitely don’t want to have multiple copies in your hand. The fact that you can search for this card with Scout, Summoner’s Art and Saqlifice makes it even less important to play more than just 1 copy. Like Trampolynx it’s just a win-more card.

 

Re-Qliate

When a Level 4 or lower monster is Normal or Flip Summoned: Negate its effects until the end of this turn. (This negation remains even if this card leaves the field.) When a Level 5 or higher monster(s) is Special Summoned: Negate its effects until the end of this turn, also banish it when it leaves the field. (This negation remains even if this card leaves the field.) If the only “Qli” cards on the field are “Reqliphort”, send this card to the Graveyard.

It’s certainly a cool card and it’s searchable with Scout but I would probably only play Re-Qliate in the side deck, as it’s kind of like Vanity’s Emptiness and doesn’t work on Xyz or monsters that are already on the field. The only decks that this card is good against is Shaddoll and Nekroz, maybe some rogue decks, too.

Soul Transition

If you control no Special Summoned monsters: Tribute 1 face-up Level 4 Normal Summoned/Set monster; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 “Soul Transition” per turn. You cannot Special Summon the turn you activate this card.

This card serves the same purpose as Enemy Controller but it’s slightly better, as your opponent doesn’t have to have a monster on the field and you don’t lose any card advantage. The only thing is that you lose field presence and can’t use it when you have special summoned monsters. 2 copies of this card are good, but I can’t find the space to add this card.

 

Pot Of Riches

Shuffle 3 Pendulum Monsters into the Deck, from your Graveyard and/or face-up in your Extra Deck, then draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 “Pot of Riches” per turn. You cannot Special Summon the turn you activate this card, except by Pendulum Summon.

A new pot! And it’s good! I don’t know what Konami was thinking when they created this card, but I’m happy to have it, although I would probably only play it in my side deck as the only good moment to play it would be during mid or late game, when you want to shuffle back your Disk/Alias/Scout, might be good in a deck that tries to grind with with Vanity’s Emptiness/Alias and stuff. I wouldn’t play it in an agressive build, only in the side deck as in game 2 and 3 you will lose much more Scouts due to the sided Spell and Trap hate.

 

Strategy

So if you still don’t know what to do in this deck after all this explanation here’s what you have to do:

  1. Search for Scout (if you already have one pretend that you don’t have one and search another)
  2. Look at your hand: If you have Carrier/Helix in hand, then search Saqlifice, if you have Saqlifice, then search Carrier, if you only have Disk or Alias as your only monster in your hand, then search Saqlifice
  3. Normal Summon your monster
  4. Equip Saqlifice
  5. Set some Backrow and wait a turn
  6. Search for Disk, if you already have one then search for Saqlifice
  7. Normal Summon Disk
  8. Activate Disk’s effect
  9. Special Summon 1 Helix and 1 Carrier (or any other combination of Qliphort monsters depending on your field and hand)
  10. Win the game

 

 

 

Thanks for reading, see you next time with an in-depth analysis of the upcoming Nekroz and after that I’ll give you a deck review of the Burning Abyss Deck, that is rampaging in the TCG right now.

Kahzel

 

 

Madolche 04-01-15 Banlist 2015 (Various builds)

So first of all, like I wrote on the Facebook-Page I’m sorry for one year with no posts. I was busy as a student and DJ and in addition to that the meta didn’t really allow to write something that wasn’t “How to counter the meta?”. Happy new year to you all! Stay healthy and best wishes from me.

The draft of this post is exactly 1 year old, so the part with the Ghostrick engine might be a little outdated. 😀

Dragons were dominating the scene, then Fire Fists/Mermail, so nothing that interesting…

Of course I did play Yu-Gi-Oh! casually and online, but I didn’t deem anything worthful enough to write a post. Also I noticed that most bloggers that I knew from before have stopped posting (at least about YGO), so now I’ll try to counter this trend by writing again in order that the internet doesn’t lack some creative YGO input 😉

 

Well here we go with the post:

Several important Ruling:

If your opponent negates the Summon of your Madolche monster, then the shuffle into the deck effect is still applied. In case that you have Chateau/Ticket then their effects will trigger, too.

This effect will activate even if this card is destroyed in the hand or Deck by the opponent and sent to the Graveyard. (Source: wikia)

This means that it just has to be destroyed no matter if it hits the field or not (Solemn Warning prevents the monster from hitting the field, but still destroys them).

If this card is destroyed when its original owner does not have control of it, the effect does not activate. (Source: wikia)

So if your Madolche monster gets swapped by Creature Swap their effect will not trigger in the grave.

If your Madolche monster is destroyed by your own effects, such as Dark Hole, the effects will not trigger, nor will you get Chateau/Ticket effect. (Source: Read the card carefully)


Madolche Ghostricks

Important Note: This is a draft from like 8 months ago, you can still play it like this as a budget version, but with the access to Anjelly the deck became much better. The combo explanations are the same though.

I’ll be honest this isn’t my own idea but one of Gabriel Andrade who topped the YCS 2014 in Chicago (here’s his original deck profile and here is his feature match on Konami’s blog). I changed quite a bit to match it to my own playstyle and the current meta. Note that this build still doesn’t include Anjelly, as Anjelly makes Ghostricks unnecessary in my opinion.

 

Decklist:

 

 

Monster (23)

3x Madolche Magileine (LV 4)

3x Madolche Mewfeuille (LV 3)

3x Madolche Hootcake (LV 3)

3x Madolche Messengelato (LV 4)

1x Effect Veiler (LV 1 – Tuner)

2x Maxx C (LV 2)

3x Ghostrick Mary (LV 1)

3x Ghostrick Jiangshi (LV 3)

1x Ghostrick Jackfrost (LV 1)

1x Spell Striker

 

 

Spell (10)

1x Reinforcement Of The Army

1x Book Of Moon

2x Madolche Chateau

2x Madolche Ticket

1x Forbidden Lance

3x Mystical Space Typhoon

 

 

Trap (7)

2x Fiendish Chain

1x Madolche Palooza

1x Bottomless Trap Hole

1x Torrential Tribute

1x Solemn Warning

1x Divine Wrath

1x Trap Stun

 

Extra (15)

1x Mechquipped Angineer (R 3)

2x M-X-Saber Invoker (R 3)

1x Leviair The Sea Dragon (R 3)

1x Ghostrick Alucard (R 3)

1x Number 17: Leviathan Dragon (R 3)

1x Gagaga Cowboy (R 4)

1x Abyss Dweller (R 4)

1x Maestroke The Symphony Djinn (R 4)

1x Evilswarm Exciton Knight (R 4)

1x Diamond Dire Wolf (R 4)

1x Blackship of Corn (R 4)

1x Number 101: Silent Honor ARK (R 4)

2x Madolche Tiaramisu (R 4)

 

 

Strategy and Card explanations

So first of all: This deck is not a one turn kill deck that needs no set-up (unless you open Mewfeuille, Hootcake, Reinforcement Of The Army and already have a Veiler or Maxx C in grave), it does have the possibility, but most of the time you will need to search your combo stuff together to get your combo started.

Why playing Ghostricks at all?

  1. They stall; this gives you the time to search your Madolche stuff you need to start your combo.
  2. Ghostrick Jiangshi is LV 3 and enables you to special M-X-Saber Invoker.
  3. Ghostricks (especially Mary) fill your grave with monsters you need to banish for Hootcake.
  4. Mary and Jiangshi thins out your deck making it easier to draw into the cards you need.

Now that we have solved this question, let’s talk about the Madolche core engine:

 

Madolche Magileine (LV 4)

This card is your Stratos in your deck aka the searcher. Together with the field spell she has a boasting 1900 ATK, so a pretty nice card. I would always recommend playing 3 copies, but some people say they only need 2. Make up your own mind and decide how much you want to play, I always played maximum Stratos and I will play 3 Magileine. Enough said. In this Ghostrick build you will most likely want to search for Hootcake as you can start your combos really easy with Jiangshi already on the field or having Mary in your hand to special Jiangshi from your deck. If you already have Hootcake, no problem search for Mewfeuille for even more crazy combo stuff. The only thing I wouldn’t search is a Messengelato as you want to Special Summon it with M-X-Saber Invoker. If you already have everything, you don’t even have to play her so I won’t talk about that, but you can always search more stuff. A second Hootcake or a second Mewfeuille is never wrong except if you want to do some crazy combos with Ticket at the end, then you have to keep in mind what you should leave in your deck.

 

Madolche Mewfeuille

The cat allows you to Special Summon one Madolche monster from your hand. This will be most of the time your Hootcake, but if you don’t have anything in grave, then don’t do this. What you can do is Special Summon a Messengelato from your hand to get his effect and get the Chateau (or in case that you already have one get the Ticket), but I would always advise you to get the Field Spell aka Chateau first then get the Ticket, as Chateau‘s effect will always kick in, while Ticket‘s effect can only be used once per turn. Of course it does depend on the situation. Sometimes it will be better to have a Ticket when you have the combo to get Invoker and Tiaramisu out, but can only search for one of both Spells, as you can then search for a card with Ticket when using Tiaramisu‘s effect, because you shuffle your monsters into the deck.

Madolche Hootcake

Hootcake is the core of your deck and will always start your combos, if it gets veilered or Fiendish Chained it’s not that big of a problem assuming you have Ticket or Chateau and it deosn’t get hit by Mystical Space Typhoon. Best thing is to Special Summon this guy with Mewfeuille and have something in grave to banish for Hootcake. So what do you Special Summon with this card? In 90% of all cases it will be Messengelato that allows you to search for a Madolche Spell or Trap card. The remaining 10% includes the case where you already have all Madolche Spell/Traps or only have 1 Messengelato remaining in the deck and still want to do some Invoker plays. In this case you may Special Summon Magileine to get a LV 4 Madolche in order to Xyz with Messengelato that is specialed by Invoker. Be aware of the fact that the banishing is part of the effect and not a cost, so if your monster’s effect gets negated you don’t banish the targeted monster. Though if your opponent activates D.D. Crow or similiar effects on your targeted monster, that moves it to somewhere else, then you cannot Special Summon your Madolche monster from your deck.

 

Madolche Messengelato

Messengelato searches your Madolche Spell/Traps when he is Special Summoned while a Beast Madolche is on the field. So like I told you before the order of the cards you want to search is probably most of the times like this: Chateau, Ticket, Palooza, then you begin from Chateau again. He can be Special Summoned by Invoker‘s effect and/or Madolche Hootcake. In rare cases you also Special Summon him with Mewfeuille or Ticket.

Ok, this is the Madolche Main Deck core (Monsters), so let’s move to the staple monsters, before looking at the Ghostrick techs.

Effect Veiler

 

This card lets you stop some crazy combos from getting off or your opponent plussing like crazy, while it’s still your opponents turn (mainly against crazy turn 1 plays, just look at our own deck, Fire Fists or Infernity). Fodder for Hootcake, too, so it’s all in all a win-win situation.

Maxx C

Maxx C stops your opponent too, if he’s not able to One-Turn-Kill you. In the worst case you can drop it to use it as a Hootcake banish fodder.

Now here’s the Ghostrick engine:

Ghostrick Mary

Mary is one of the main reasons to run this deck as she specials your Jiangshi from the deck therefore thinning it out. Of course you need to take some damage first before you can activate her effect, but there are plenty of opportunities to do so, for example a Magileine without Field Boost or Messengelato + Mewfeuille on the field.

Ghostrick Jiangshi

Jiangshi is your Geargia Armor of the deck. It has a solid 1800 DEF and searches out another Mary or Jackfrost. The most important point besides thinning out the deck would be that it is a LV 3 monster that will definitely survive your opponents attacks, just wait for the opponents last attack and then drop Mary. You need this LV 3 monster to start your combo with Hootcake. If you just have Jiangshi and Hootcake then you can only search for one Spell/Trap (Most likely Ticket then, I’ll explain the combos later in this post).

Ghostrick Jackfrost

This is just a nice add-on and can save your ass sometimes, at least it did for me. Flips annoying monsters face-down before Special Summoning itself and doesn’t target, so basically you can get rid of your opponents Bujin Yamato or anything similiar. Also you get another meat shield. Too bad that it can’t get rid of monsters that prevents Special Summons like Fossyl Dyna, Kristya or similiar.

Spell Striker

This guy here is there to allow you to go insane with a Mewfeuille + Hootcake hand, as you won’t need to use your Hootcake for Xyz and therefore can add 2 Madolche Spell/Traps. He can be searched with Reinforcement Of The Army, which is the banish fodder for him, too.

Let’s advance to the Spell section:

Madolche Chateau

Chateau gives your Madolche monsters 500 ATK + 500 DEF, also it shuffles all your madolche monsters from your grave back to your deck. This effect is compulsory so don’t forget it and think hard, when to activate it so that you still have Madolche targets for Tiaramisu. Normally you would activate Chateau before summoning Mewfeuille or Hootcake. If you grabbed it with a Messengelato combo (HootcakeMessengelato (deck) or MewfeuilleMessengelato (hand)), then play it right after that. Remember that the effect that allows you to return Madolche monsters into the hand instead of shuffling them into the deck is a continous effect like Zenmaines, that CHANGES their effect to be shuffled into the deck to an effect that lets you add them to your hand, so no matter what you will get the effect, even if your opponent uses Solemn Warning on your Madolche monster.

Madolche Ticket

Ticket allows you to search for 1 Madolche monster once per turn (and only once no matter how many you have on the field), if a Madolche monster is shuffled into your deck or returned to your hand. If you have Tiaramisu and use her effect to shuffle back your Madolche CARDS from grave, you can even Special Summon 1 Monster (in most cases you will Special Summon Hootcake).

Forbidden Lance

Forbidden Lance is just there to protect your monsters in case of something like Bottomless or similiar. I tested 2 copies of Lance, 1 Lance and 2 Trap Stun, but it was too much for me. 1 Lance + 1 Trap Stun is just perfect. This is a Tech choice that you have to decide on your own and only testing will show how many you need.

Mystical Space Typhoon

3 copies, because I’m a careful player and I think this format this card is pretty good as most decks will use a heavy backrow or continous cards to combo. It’s true that because of Artifacts you don’t use a random MST anymore on set cards on your turn, but you can still use it on your opponents End Phase.

Fiendish Chain

There are still 2 Chains in this build, but they will be replaced with Breakthrough Skills when more people are playing Artifacts/Artifact splashes.

Madolchepalooza

I thought about cutting Palooza, but then after a lot of tests I decided that this card enables you to go for OTK’s really easy and is an additional target for Tiaramisu, as Tiaramisu only needs Madolche cards, so you can even shuffle this card to the deck for her effect. Normally you will search this card, when you already have both Chateau + Ticket.

Divine Wrath

In this build you will notice that you will have a lot of unneccessary cards in the hand like 2 Mary’s or 2 Jiangshi’s, so this card gets rid of them and fills the grave for Hootcake while blocking your opponent. I just play 1 copy, because of course this card is a -2 card as you need to use itself + 1 more card from your hand, but in some situations this card can be game breaking. You will have a lot of card advantage with this build so losing 1 or 2 cards shouldn’t be a big problem for you.

Trap Stun

Trap Stun at 1 is perfect for me, as I already mentioned with Forbidden Lance, this is just my preference, you have to decide on your own if you want to play it. An alternative would be Wiretap which “recently” came out in Dragons of Legends in TCG.

That’s it for the main deck, all other choices should be pretty standard, but if you have some questions, feel free to use the comment section.

Let’s take a quick glance at the Extra Deck choices (only the “strange” ones/combo pieces).

Mechquipped Angineer

It’s a pretty standard Extra Deck monster now, but in case that you are really desperate or feel that your opponent has a Mirror Force, you can use this guy. He even helps against an incoming Ark Knight or Exciton, but in case of an Ark you have to use it before your opponent activates the effect, as Ark will still get the monster if it’s in DEF at resolution. So you have to activate it before he declares the effect. Best time to declare it would be after the Summon, Angineer protects against destruction by battle and by effect so it will be most unlikely that he gets rid of your monster.

M-X-Saber Invoker

Invoker is one of your main combo monsters in your Extra Deck as you will almost always use him to Special Summon Messengelato in DEF, I currently use 2, because I don’t use Anjelly in this build, but when you play Anjelly it’s probably better to use 2 Leviar instead of 2 Invoker. Remember that since it’s your own monsters effect that destroys Messengelato it won’t be shuffled into your deck and you don’t get Chateau/Tickets effect.

Leviair The Sea Dragon

Sometimes it’s better to use Leviair to Special Summon back a banished Messengelato instead of using Invoker a second time, but you have to think about that before when you banish monsters for Hootcake. Normally it’s better to shuffle back Messengelato with Tiaramisu, but sometimes you need the extra 200 Lifepoints to win the game so it might be wise to think carefully before you start your combo.

Ghostrick Alucard

Here in this deck you can even use his grave effect, so it’s never that wrong to Special Summon him, while your opponent has a big backrow, as you will almost always get at least 1 card back (except if he uses Bottomless Trap Hole), while you can make him waste his backrow/destroy his backrow. In addition to that you fill your grave with monsters (Madolches, to shuffle back for Tiaramisu). Don’t forget that you can destroy set monsters, too.

Number 17: Leviathan Dragon

Many people use Acid Golem instead of Leviathan, but I prefer Leviathan as there isn’t a Special Summon restriction and you can dump 1 material instantly in case that your opponent has nothing set to use your Alucard. Especially in early game while your grave is not filled this card can be a good choice as it fills your grave and makes your opponent waste cards which can’t be used on the main combo anymore (like Solemn Warning). If there’s another monster you want to include (like for example Downerd Magician, which can be overlayed over any Rank 3) then you can cut this guy here.

Madolche Queen Tiaramisu

This is your boss monster. 2200 seems to be weak, but with the field spell she will have a boasting 2700 ATK and she has one of the best Rank 4 effects if not the best. When summoning this monster and activating the effect you must always have in your mind that you will need at least 1 Madolche CARD in your grave to activate her effect. At the resolution you can shuffle the material back that you just detached, but there has to be 1 Madolche card there in the first place (same as Lumina or Cyber Dragon Nova).

You can use her effect to shuffle up to 2 cards from your grave and up to the same number from your opponent’s field, but you can decide to shuffle nothing if you don’t want to, but like before there has to be a card on the opponents field before you can activate her effect (If there are no cards when the effect resolves, then there isn’t a problem).

  • The shuffling to deck part is a part of the effect and not a cost.
  • The effect, that shuffles back your opponents cards doesn’t target
  • You can also target 2 cards in your grave to return, even if your opponent only has 1 card on the field
  • If the cards would be returned to the deck you can also use Chateau’s/Ticket’s effect

Source: wikia

Strategy and Combos

So your main strategy will be farming your combo pieces first. I really like Mew + Messengelato in the starting hand, which nets me a Chateau, therefore you have a Reinforcement, that can fetch you a Messengelato or a Spell Striker. When Chateau is out the opponent has to get rid of it first or he will let you make +1 when he destroys your monsters.

Having Magileine and Mary in your hand isn’t bad too as you can get your Hootcake with Magileine and use Mary‘s effect to special summon a Jiangshi in face-down DEF.

Next turn you can either just use Hootcake to banish Mary for a Mess to get a Chat or if you have Mew + Hootcake you can go for the big combo.

If those hands are not available, then setting a Jiangshi isn’t a bad start either as it will get you a Mary or a Jackfrost (if you already have a Mary).

Now I’ve teased you enough with big combos and small combos, so what do you really have to do?

Small Combo:

Requirements:

  • Field: Jiangshi
  • Hand: Hootcake
  • Grave: 1 Monster

or:

  • Hand: Hootcake, Spell Striker
  • Grave: 1 Monster, 1 Spell

1. Combo (Jiangshi):

  1. Flip Summon Jiangshi
  2. Use the Flip Effect to get a Ghostrick (Mary/Jackfrost)
  3. Normal Summon Hootcake
  4. Use Hootcakes effect to Special Summon Messengelato
  5. Activate Messengelatos effect to get the Ticket (Important!)
  6. Activate Ticket
  7. Overlay Hootcake + Jiangshi to Summon Invoker
  8. Use Invoker’s effect to Special Summon Mess in DEF, detach Hootcake
  9. Overlay the 2 Mess to Summon Tiaramisu
  10. Activate Tiaramisu, detach 1 Messengelato, target Messengelato + Hootcake (or just Messengelato if there’s only 1 card on your opponent’s field)
  11. Shuffle back your opponents cards (normally you would shuffle back the backrow or big monsters, but if you have some safety with Trap Stun you can shuffle back only the monsters, too)
  12. Activate Ticket’s effect to Special Summon Hootcake or add something else to the hand (usually the best choice is to summon Hootcake; be careful not to run into Mirror Force, as you already activated Ticket)

2. Combo (Spell Striker):

  1. Normal Summon Hootcake
  2. Use Hootcakes effect to Special Summon Mess
  3. Activate Mess effect, add 1 Ticket to the hand
  4. Activate Ticket
  5. Special Summon Spell Striker by banishing 1 Spell Card (important to use Hootcake first, as there’s always the chance of Maxx C, Veiler, Bottomless etc. and you don’t want to waste Spell Striker)
  6. Overlay Striker + Hootcake to Summon Invoker
  7. Use Invoker’s effect to Special Summon Mess in DEF, detach Hootcake
  8. Overlay the 2 Mess to Summon Tiaramisu
  9. Activate Tiaramisu, detach 1 Messengelato, target Messengelato + Hootcake (or just Messengelato if there’s only 1 card on your opponent’s field)
  10. Shuffle back your opponents cards (normally you would shuffle back the backrow or big monsters, but if you have some safety with Trap Stun you can shuffle back only the monsters, too)
  11. Activate Ticket’s effect to Special Summon Hootcake or add something else to the hand (usually the best choice is to summon Hootcake; be careful not to run into Mirror Force, as you already activated Ticket)

 

Big Combos:

Requirements:

or:

1. Combo:

  1. Flip Jiangshi (if it’s not already flipped)
  2. Normal Summon Mewfeuille
  3. Activate Mewfeuille’s effect
  4. Special Summon Hootcake from your Hand
  5. Activate Hootcake’s effect
  6. Banish the monster in the grave
  7. Special Summon Messengelato
  8. Activate Messengelato’s effect
  9. Search Madolche Ticket
  10. Activate Ticket
  11. Overlay Mewfeuille + Jiangshi
  12. Special Summon Invoker
  13. Activate Invoker’s effect, detach Mewfeuille
  14. Special Summon another Messengelato from your Deck
  15. Activate Messengelato’s effect
  16. Search Madolche Chateau (don’t play it now)
  17. Overlay the 2 Messengelato
  18. Special Summon Madolche Tiaramisu
  19. Activate Tiaramisu’s effect, detach Messengelato
  20. Shuffle Messengelato and Mewfeuille back into the Deck and 2 of your opponents cards (This effect doesn’t target, so they have to respond to the activation if they want to chain something. If they chain some s/t you just choose something else)
  21. Activate Ticket’s effect, as Tiaramisu is a Fairy-type Madolche monster you can Special Summon a Madolche monster instead of adding it to the hand.
  22. Either Special Summon Messengelato to get another Madolche Spell or Trap and do some more Damage or Special Summon any LV 3 Madolche monster to make a Rank 3 play for example Leviar and Special Summon back a Madolche monster that you might have banished with Hootcake
  23. Activate Chateau
  24. Now you have a field of Madolche Tiaramisu (2700 ATK), Invoker (1600 ATK), Leviair (1800 ATK) and a Madolche monster (in case that you had one banished, would normally be a Messengelato, Hootcake or Magileine, so  between 1900 ~ 2100 ATK) (=  8000 Damage minimum) or a field of Tiaramisu (2700 ATK), Invoker (1600 ATK), Hootcake (2000 ATK) and Messengelato (2100 ATK) (=8400 Damage)

 

2. Combo (Same thing, but you replace Jiangshi with Spell Striker and have to have a Spell in grave)

  1. Normal Summon Mewfeuille
  2. Activate Mewfeuille’s effect
  3. Special Summon Hootcake from your Hand
  4. Special Summon Spell Striker by Banishing 1 Spell in your grave
  5. Activate Hootcake’s effect
  6. Banish the monster in the grave
  7. Special Summon Messengelato
  8. Activate Messengelato’s effect
  9. Search Madolche Ticket
  10. Activate Ticket
  11. Overlay Mewfeuille + Spell Striker
  12. Special Summon Invoker
  13. Activate Invoker’s effect, detach Mewfeuille
  14. Special Summon another Messengelato from your Deck
  15. Activate Messengelato’s effect
  16. Search Madolche Chateau (don’t play it now)
  17. Overlay the 2 Messengelato
  18. Special Summon Madolche Tiaramisu
  19. Activate Tiaramisu’s effect, detach Messengelato
  20. Shuffle Messengelato and Mewfeuille back into the Deck and 2 of your opponents cards (This effect doesn’t target, so they have to respond to the activation if they want to chain something. If they chain some s/t you just choose something else)
  21. Activate Ticket’s effect, as Tiaramisu is a Fairy-type Madolche monster you can Special Summon a Madolche monster instead of adding it to the hand.
  22. Either Special Summon Messengelato to get another Madolche Spell or Trap and do some more Damage or Special Summon any LV 3 Madolche monster to make a Rank 3 play for example Leviar and Special Summon back a Madolche monster that you might have banished with Hootcake
  23. Activate Chateau
  24. Now you have a field of Madolche Tiaramisu (2700 ATK), Invoker (1600 ATK), Leviair (1800 ATK) and a Madolche monster (in case that you had one banished, would normally be a Messengelato, Hootcake or Magileine, so  between 1900 ~ 2100 ATK) (=  8000 Damage minimum) or a field of Tiaramisu (2700 ATK), Invoker (1600 ATK), Hootcake (2000 ATK) and Messengelato (2100 ATK) (=8400 Damage)

 

Don’t forget that you can’t Normal Summon a Ghostrick monster if you don’t have one on the field already. If you don’t have any, you can only set them.

Additional Note (04. January 2015):

I would probably change the extra deck, just look at the decklist below that’s what I’m playing right now.

 

Pure Madolche

This is the updated list with all the new cards that I would play right now.

Decklist:

 

 

Monster (18)

3x Madolche Magileine (LV 4)

3x Madolche Mewfeuille (LV 3)

3x Madolche Hootcake (LV 3)

3x Madolche Messengelato (LV 4)

3x Madolche Anjelly (LV 4)

1x D.D. Crow

1x Maxx C (LV 2)

1x Spell Striker

 

 

Spell (10)

2x Pot Of Duality

1x Reinforcement Of The Army

2x Madolche Chateau

2x Madolche Ticket

1x Forbidden Lance

1x Mystical Space Typhoon

2x Double Summon

1x Raigeki

1x Snatch Steal

1x Book Of Moon

 

 

Trap (7)

1x Bottomless Trap Hole

1x Torrential Tribute

1x Solemn Warning

1x Madolche Palooza

2x Fiendish Chain

1x Trap Stun

1x Breakthrough Skill

1x Compulsory Evacuation Device

 

Extra (15)

1x Mechquipped Angineer (R 3)

1x Ghostrick Alucard (R 3)

1x M-X-Saber Invoker (R 3)

2x Leviair The Sea Dragon (R 3)

1x Gagaga Cowboy (R 4)

1x Abyss Dweller (R 4)

1x Evilswarm Exciton Knight (R 4)

1x Diamond Dire Wolf (R 4)

1x Blackship of Corn (R 4)

1x Castel, The Skyblaster Musketeer (R 4)

1x Number 101: Silent Honor ARK (R 4)

2x Madolche Tiaramisu (R 4)

1x Number 85: Crazy Box (R 4)

 

So what changed here? The major difference is of course that we now have Anjelly that boosts our play to another dimension, also the Ghostrick engine is kind of slow, this build is a lot faster than the old one. Let’s take a look at what changed:

Madolche Angelly

When this card in your possession is destroyed by your opponent’s card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to your Graveyard: Shuffle this card into the Deck. You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 “Madolchemonster from your Deck, but shuffle it into the Deck during the End Phase of your next turn. You can only use this effect of “Madolche Anjelly” once per turn. That Special Summoned monster cannot be destroyed by battle.

The “new” support card (well it was new, it just took me ages to complete this post >.< ). She has the ability to give you a +1 instantly alone. If her effect is combined with other cards, you’ll get more than just a +1. 😉

She’s also the reason why you’re playing 2 Leviair now instead of 2 Invoker. Normally you will Special Summon Hootcake with Anjelly’s effect and then banish her with Hootcake to Special Summon a Madolche monster and then Special Summon Anjelly back with Leviair from the Banished Zone to make more combos. I’ll explain these combos later.

Double Summon

This one allows you to restart / continue your combo in case that it got stopped by Effect Veiler/Fiendish Chain or Breakthrough Skill. It’s also one of your outs against Winda as you can Normal Summon Magileine, search a Magileine, then Normal Summon the next one with Double Summon, search another card and Overlay both of them to Tiaramisu or any other R 4 Xyz.

 

That’s all that I would consider worth discussing about card choices, there are of course the new unbanned cards like Raigeki or Snatch Steal, but it’s probably a given fact that you would want to include these good cards. Crazy Box is there in case that you run into a Skill Drain which isn’t as rare as it was in the last formats (just think of Qliphorts and Yang Zing), so you might want to consider running Acid Golem in your Extra Deck, too.

Strategy and combos:

These are basically the same as before with the addition of Anjelly.

1. 1-card Combo

Requirements:

  1. Normal Summon Anjelly
  2. Activate Anjelly’s effect
  3. Special Summon Hootcake
  4. Activate Hootcake’s effect, banish Anjelly
  5. Special Summon Messengelato
  6. Activate Messengelato’s effect
  7. Search a Madolche Spell or Trap (Normally Chateau or Ticket, if you don’t have any of them in your hand, search Chateau first, in case that you already have both, search Palooza)

2. Small Combo

Requirements:

 

  1. Normal Summon Mewfeuille
  2. Activate Mewfeuille’s effect
  3. Special Summon Anjelly
  4. Activate Anjelly’s effect
  5. Special Summon Hootcake
  6. Activate Hootcake’s effect, Banish Anjelly
  7. Special Summon Messengelato
  8. Activate Messengelato’s effect
  9. Search Chateau (or Ticket if you want the more dangerous version)
  10. Activate Chateau (or Ticket)
  11. Overlay Mewfeuille and Hootcake
  12. Special Summon Leviair
  13. Activate Leviair’s effect, detach Mewfeuille
  14. Special Summon Anjelly back from the Banished Zone
  15. Overlay Anjelly + Messengelato
  16. Special Summon Tiaramisu
  17. Detach Anjelly, target Anjelly and Mewfeuille to shuffle back to your deck.
  18. Add Anjelly and Mewfeuille back into your hand instead of shuffling them to your deck with Chateau’s effect.
  19. Shuffle 2 cards from your opponents field into his deck
  20. Now you got your starting hand back AND have a field of Chateau, Leviair, Tiaramisu and shuffled at least 2 of your opponents cards back into his deck. Sounds like a good turn, right? 😀

You can change Leviair to Invoker, but that would reduce your damage output and waste your resources (your Messengelatos).

3. Big combo:

Requirements:

or:

or:

 

  1. Normal Summon Mewfeuille
  2. Activate Mewfeuille’s effect
  3. Special Summon Anjelly
  4. Activate Anjelly’s effect
  5. Special Summon Hootcake
  6. Activate Hootcake’s effect, Banish Anjelly
  7. Special Summon Messengelato
  8. Activate Messengelato’s effect
  9. Search Ticket
  10. Activate Ticket
  11. Special Summon Spell Striker (or use Double Summon to Summon the additional LV 3 Madolche monster)
  12. Overlay Mewfeuille + Spell Striker/additional LV 3 monster that was either on the field or summoned with Double Summon
  13. Special Summon Leviair
  14. Activate Leviair’s effect, detach Mewfeuille
  15. Special Summon Anjelly back
  16. Overlay Messengelato + Anjelly
  17. Special Summon Tiaramisu
  18. Activate Tiaramisu’s effect, detach Messengelato, target Messengelato and Mewfeuille
  19. Shuffle Messengelato + Mewfeuille back and 2 of your opponents cards
  20. Activate Ticket’s effect
  21. Special Summon Messengelato (as Tiaramisu is a Fairy-type Madolche Monster)
  22. Activate Messengelato’s effect
  23. Search Chateau
  24. Activate Chateau
  25. You now have a field of Hootcake (2000 ATK), Tiaramisu (2700 ATK), Leviair (1800 ATK) and Messengelato (2100 ATK) (= 8600 Damage), Ticket, Chateau

The only thing is that you don’t have any resources left in your hand which is kind of bad and inferior to the combo above, so just use this when you really think you can go for game or your opponent doesn’t have any chance to come back as he already used Exciton, Dark Hole, Raigeki and similiar stuff.

If you have one more LV 4 Madolche monster on the field you can even make 2 Tiaramisus, but I’ll leave that to your imagination how to make this field as I’ve already shown most of the basic combos of this deck.

A few more pieces of advice: Be careful not to run into Exciton Knight as he will wipe your field as soon as you make a +1, be sure to have something that counters Exciton Knight before you make a +1 and then set every back row you have without having something to counter Exciton. Exciton will prevent you from getting anything back with Chateau as it clears the whole field including your Chateau/Ticket. You might want to run more Space Typhoons, as there are Flood Gates everywhere like Vanity’s Emptiness or Skill Drain. Also don’t run into a Torrential Tribute 😉

Qliphort monsters (with LV 6 or higher are unaffected by your Tiaramisu, don’t forget that, too. You can only shuffle back his non-tribute Summoned monsters.

Take care, next Post will be Qliphort and then Necroz, assuming I have that much time to write, I have to learn for my exams in a few weeks, so it might take some more time. 😀

Greetz,

Kahzel

 

 

 

Official March 2013 Banlist

Hey everybody, Kahzel here and I want to give you a fast update on the new March Banlist which was officially released one day ago for those who didn’t catch it. Sorry to everybody that I wasn’t able to post my Harpie deck in time, I have to learn for my exams this semester and I got no time to write or testing my decks so I haven’t finish the post yet.

There will be some major changes in the metagame with the new banlist mostly Wind-Ups will be crippled with the new banlist as Zenmaity is now totally banned from the game and Magician limited. But let’s look at it step by step. I will only list the changes that are relevant, you can look the full list on the Konami page.

Banned:

  • Sangan (I guess they want to hit Wind-Ups and Rabbits, but hitting Sangan is a bit too much in my opinion; Now you can Maxx “C” Tour Guide and scream hell yeah without worrying about a Sangan… )
  • Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity (This is a total overkill for Wind-Ups, I could be wrong like with Inzektors, but I’m 98% sure that there’s no recovery for Wind-Ups now)

Limited:

  • Wind-Up Magician (That was somehow expected, but I didn’t expect them to hit both Zenmaity and Magician)
  • One Day Of Peace (I didn’t see that coming, haha, but it will punish those Exodia/Final Countdown Players, so hell yeah)
  • Solemn Warning (I definitely think they want to speed up the pace of the game if they limit the Warning and still have MST at 3)

Semi-Limited:

No longer restricted:

Some additional thoughts:

Maybe I’ll try to run a Chaos Dragon deck (even with Sangan banned) or a Lightsworn deck as some might stop using Dino/Macro Rabbit. Both of them are really explosive and with the new Banlist they might be more viable than before. Mermails and Fire Fists are just too expensive and Fire Kings are still unstable without Yaksha and Wolfberk.

Fire Kings Update (Decklist + Rulings)

Update (01-20-2013)

If you want to read the original post, click here.

Deck Changes:

Main Deck:

Out:

In:

Flamvell Firedog

Firedog

Can Special Summon 1 Fire King monster with 200 or less DEF from our deck. I think his effect is better than Qilin’s, although with Qilin gone we lose a monster that we can set and profit from that. Another LV 4 target for Rekindling isn’t bad though.

Extra Deck:

Out:

In:

Lavalval Chain

Lavalval Chain

You can Special Summon Chain, activate the first effect and send Garunix/Nephtys to the grave, destroy Chain with Cycle and revive the Garunix from grave. Besides that there’S nothing more useful about this guy, maybe in a match against Burn decks you can put Prime Material Dragon on top of your deck for your opponent to scoop.

Side Deck:

Out:

In:

Kickfire

Kickfire

Effect:

Once per turn, when a face-up FIRE monster(s) you control is destroyed by a card effect, place 1 counter on this card for each destroyed FIRE monster. During either player’s Standby Phase: You can send this card to the Graveyard; inflict 1000 damage to your opponent for each counter on this card.

So this card is like a modified Wave-Motion Cannon for FIRE decks and the perfect choice against staller decks like Final Countdown decks, where you have plenty of time to set up your play if you’re not able to deal any damage. Just try to make a double Garunix, destroy one of them and you’ll have enough counters to kill them in no time.

Updated Decklist Screen:

Fire King Decklist 2013

Rulings Update

Fire King Fire Cycle

Cycle image was removed, sorry

Effect:

Target 1 FIRE monster you control and 1 FIRE monster in your Graveyard; destroy the first target on the field, and if you do, Special Summon the second target. You can only activate 1 “Fire King Fire Cycle” per turn.

The Special Summoning and the destruction part happens simultaneously, so you CAN Special Summon Wisel or a LV 4 Fire King monster with their destruction effect (e.g. Barong; the first part of his effect).

Source: leescyu (who translated this from the Japanese Konami Question & Answer website)

Generation Shift

Generation Shift image was removed, sorry

  • Destroying your monster for “Generation Shift” is not a cost. It’s part of the effect. (Source: Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia)
  • You can destroy a face-up LV 4 or lower Fire King monster, add it to your hand and activate its effect to Special Summon itself, because a Fire King monster is destroyed (Source: Japanese Yugi Wiki; translated by Akira) (Probably because the destruction and the add happens simultaneously, but I have no solid proof for that; therefore you can also Special Summon Wisel to Generation Shift, but you can’t Special Summon both Wisel and the added Fire King monster)

Last but not least a troll screenshot for you, this was a match against a Burn deck, which got in the end trolled by my Fire Kings + Side. As you can see it’s always good to be prepared for every deck, so make sure your Side Deck can counter as many decks as possible; that applies to every deck you run, don’t underestimate your Side Deck. Many people say that no pro deck will Side, because it already has every answer, but I have to disagree to that: you can’t prepare yourself enough, if they’re too proud to make use of their Side Deck, well that’s their problem, you should use every single option you have to increase the possibility of your win. Just make sure that you don’t overside (Means that your own strategy is messed up because of too many or even wrong Side Cards).

Burn Troll

Fire Kings

Updated Version (01-20-2013) here.

Sorry for the big delay between the posts, I got no time till now to finish my posts as I was busy with Christmas, New Years party organizing and gigs and stuff. Had to work right after New Years Eve, too, then learning for the exams… I hope you’ll forgive me and understand my situation, I’ll try to keep posting regularly though, if you want to know when a new post is up you can always follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I won’t spam you full of ads or something like that (at least I won’t do something like that by myself, I can’t influence what Facebook or Twitter does, but I think none of them spam you full of ads). In addition to that a 5300+ words post isn’t written in one day.

Seems like quite a few people have read my post on Constellars, as many deck variants are now floating around on DN, to be honest half of myself is proud and the other half is annoyed by facing all those builds now :DToday I’ve got a brand-new Archetype for you guys, the Fire Kings. Fire Kings just came out on December, 8th 2012 in the Structure Deck 24: Assault Of The Fire Kings. 2 cards that are needed are still only available as a VJump Promo only (Yaksha and Wolfberk), but the potential of this deck is really great, that the key cards will be banned or limited before they even release them in the TCG. You’ll understand what I mean when you continue reading this article.

Well what’s so awesome about this deck? There are great searching cards (Barong, Tenki and Generation Shift), special summoning cards (Assault of The Fire Kings, Fire Kings Fire Cycle, Call Of The Haunted) and destruction effects (Garunix, Nephtys). Looks like all requirements for an awesome deck are met, right? The only thing that will hurt this deck are cards that can banish your stuff like Macro Cosmos, Dimensional Fissure, Dimensional Prison or Banisher Of The Radiance. Of course you should take care of Bottomless Trap Holes or Solemn Warnings, too, as both of them can stop your Garunix from reviving from grave.

Let’s take a look at the decklist and I’ll explain my card choices later.

Decklist:

Fire Kings Deck List 2012

Monster (16)

3x Fire King Beast Barong (LV 4)

3x Fire King Beast Yaksha (LV 4)

3x Enthusiastic Beast Wolfberk (LV 4)

1x FLamvell Firedog (LV 4)

3x Fire King High Avatar Garunix (LV 8)

1x Sacred Phoenix Of Nephtys (LV 8)

2x Meklord Emperor Wisel (LV 1)

Spell (18)

3x Assault Of The Fire Kings

3x Fire Formation – “Tenki”

2x Fire Kings Fire Cycle

3x Rekindling

1x Dark Hole

1x Heavy Storm

1x Monster Reborn

1x Pot Of Avarice

3x Mystical Space Typhoon

Trap (6)

2x Torrential Tribute

1x Generation Shift

3x Call Of The Haunted

Extra (15)

1x Gagaga Cowboy (R 4)

1x Lavalval Chain (R 4)

2x Diamond Dire Wolf (R 4)

2x Fierce Leader Of The Fire Fist – Tiger (R 4)

1x Abyss Dweller (R 4)

1x Maestroke the Symphony Djinn (R 4)

1x Blackship Of Corn (R 4)

1x Photon Papilloperative (R 4)

1x Number 39: Utopia (R 4)

1x Gem-Knight Pearl (R 4)

1x Hieratic Sun Dragon Overlord Of Heliopolis (R 8)

1x Number 16: Shock Master (R 4)

1x Number 91: Thunder Spark Dragon (R 4)

Side (15)

2x Effect Veiler (LV 1 – Tuner)

1x Maxx “C” (LV 2)

1x Prime Material Dragon (LV 6)

1x Night Beam

2x Mind Crush

1x Solemn Warning

1x Bottomless Trap Hole

2x Royal Decree

1x Imperial Iron Wall

1x Needle Ceiling

1x Backfire

1x Dust Tornado

Explanation and Strategy

The basic strategy in this deck is getting Garunix as fast as possible out of your deck to pressure your opponent and abuse Garunix destruction effect (Destroy all other monsters except Garunix) when it is destroyed by card effect and revived by it’s own effect. The best thing you can do is Special Summoning Garunix with Assault Of The Fire Kings, this spell is like an Abyss-Sphere on dope. Garunix can still attack when you Special Summon him like that, at the End Phase it’ll be destroyed with Assault Of The Fire Kings effect, therefore it’ll be revived in the next Standby Phase, that means in your opponents Standby Phase and it’ll wipe out all monsters. So having Assault Of The Fire Kings in your hand is almost like having Future Fusion in Chaos Dragon before Konami banned it. To be even more broken Barong can search for any Fire King card you like when he’s destroyed by effect, so you have really easy access to your game winning spells. Yaksha allows you to destroy a card in your HAND or the field when it is destroyed, knowing that you can destroy Garunix or Nephtys in your hand to summon them with their effect in the next/your Standby Phase, as the effects will always trigger when they’re destroyed and sent to grave, no matter where they are destroyed (you can also destroy your Barong in hand to search for any Fire King card).

Fire King Avatar Barong

Effect:

Beast-Warrior/Effect

If a face-upFire Kingmonster you control is destroyed by a card effect: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. During the next Standby Phase after this card was destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: Add 1 “Fire King” card from your Deck to your hand, except “Fire King Avatar Barong”.

First of all you can search this guy with Fire Formation – Tenki, although I’d rather not search for him if you already have one in your hand (search for Wolfberk instead). Normally he’s just a beater and a bait for your opponent to call out a bigger monster just to get smashed by a Torrential Tribute that’ll make your Barong search in the next Standby Phase. The effect will even activate when he’s destroyed in your deck with effects like Chain Destruction. You can only activate the effect of Barong once per copy like XX-Saber Darksoul, that means that even if you revive a Barong destroyed by a card effect before with Call Of The Haunted and it is destroyed again by card effect you won’t get another search from the same Barong. If Barong is banished from your grave before the next Standby Phase you won’t get a search, because it’s a trigger effect that activates in grave.

Fire King Beast Yaksha

Yaksha

Effect:

Beast-Warrior/Effect

If a face-upFire Kingmonster you control is destroyed by a card effect: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: You can destroy 1 card you control or in your hand. You can only use this effect of “Fire King Beast Yaksha” once per turn.

This card’s only purpose is to destroy the Fire King cards in your hand to trigger their effects. The most effective ones to destroy are Barong, Garunix and Nephtys, you can also Xyz with this monster and Wolfberk, but I’d always choose Barong if there’s the choice between those 2 as you’ll still be able to search for a Fire King card in case of a Torrential Tribute.

Enthusiastic Beast Wolfberk

Wolberk

Effect:

Beast-Warrior/Effect

You can target 1 Level 4 FIRE Beast-WarriorTypemonster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target in face-upDefense Position, but its effects are negated. You can only use the effect of “Enthusiastic Beast Wolfberk” once per turn.

Your instant Xyz assuming you have a FIRE LV 4 in your grave. He’s searchable with Tenki and his effect is an Ignition effect that you can activate at any time you want in your Main Phases, not just at the summon like many other similiar Special Summoners, that means you can Special Summon him with Call or Reborn and still have your instant Xyz. Backside of this is his vulnerability to Effect Veiler, at least he’s got a more or less decent attack and a reusable effect. Like other cards with the same wording that mentions the name explicitly (“You can only use the effect of “Enthusiastic Beast Wolfberk” once per turn.”), you can only use Wolfberks effect once per turn even if it is another copy or destroyed and revived again (wouldn’t apply to effects with the wording “this card once per turn”).

Fire King Avatar Qilin

Qilin

Effect:

Beast/Effect

If a face-upFire Kingmonster you control is destroyed by a card effect: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: You can send 1 FIRE monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

Not the best Fire King monster and I think of replacing it with Flamvell Firedog. The only good thing it can do is sending Garunix or Nephtys to grave to revive it with Fire Cycle, Call or Reborn.

Changed Qilin for a Flamvell Firedog. Click here to read why.

Fire King High Avatar Garunix

Garunix

Effect:

Winged Beast/Effect

During the next Standby Phase after this card was destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: Special Summon this card from the Graveyard. When you do: Destroy all other monsters on the field. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: Special Summon 1 “Fire King” monster from your Deck, except “Fire King High Avatar Garunix”.

Your boss monster in this deck with a pretty decent attack and an even more awesome effect. Still vulnerable to Maestroke, but you can summon another Fire King if it is destroyed by battle, so you can easily recover again. The effect states that Garunix is revived in the next Standby Phase, that means it will come back even in your opponents Standby Phase like Evilswarm Thunderbird. There are a few possibilities to call out your boss, you can use Assault Of The Fire Kings to Special Summon him from the deck if you have no monster and your opponent has some, then Garunix will be destroyed by the card effect of Assault and revive himself in the next Standby again and blow the field up. This is probably the most broken way in this deck, but there are a few others, too. You can mill him with Qilin and then revive Garunix with Fire King Fire Cycle, Call Of The Haunted or Monster Reborn. One more possibility would be using Yaksha‘s effect to destroy Garunix in hand to make him revive himself in the next Standby Phase. Now I’ll tell you a few rulings concerning Garunix:

  • Garunix won’t revive himself again (even not in the next Standby Phase) if he’s destroyed by card effect and is removed from the grave afterwards (Revived or banished) and put back to grave again.
  • If the Trigger effect that summons himself from grave due to being destroyed by card effect is negated by Solemn Warning, Divine Wrath, Light and Darkness Dragon, Dolkka or similiar cards Garunix won’t revive himself again (even not in the next Standby Phase as cards in grave or Banished Zone can’t be destroyed, even if the card effect of Solemn Warning and others say it destroys them) (compare to Nephty’s Ruling or check the ruling affirmation of The Detonator a Head admin on DN)

This is the exact ruling it doesn’t mention Solemn WarningLight and Darkness Dragon or Dolkka, but it’s the same problem:

Divine Wrath: You can activate “Divine Wrath” when “Vampire Lord” or “Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys” activate their effects in the Graveyard, and their effects are negated and they are not Special Summoned; but because they cannot be “destroyed” while in the Graveyard, they are not destroyed by a card effect so their effect will not activate again (Look here close to the bottom of the rulings page).

Note that these rulings only apply to Garunix and Nephtys reviving themselves from grave with their own effect, if you happen to summon them by trbiuting (really unlikely to happen, but I won’t exclude this weird scenario) and its summon is negated by Solemn Warning, Solemn Judgement or similiar and destroyed THEN (means they are not in grave when destroyed) you can activate their effects to summon them.

  • If cards like AssaultFire Circle or Call Of The Haunted are negated, you won’t get to revive Garunix, as the card which is destroyed is your Spell or Trap and Garunix or Nephthys will never leave the deck or move away from grave
  • If Garunix or other monsters are destroyed because Call Of The Haunted leaves the field you can activate their effects in the next Standby Phase, because it’s considered as a card effect that destroys cards.
  • Even if Garunix is destroyed face-down his effect will still activate
  • If Garunix is destroyed by Starlight Road, it will revive in the next Standby Phase
  • In case of a mirror match the following scenario will happen (not 100% sure, but about 98%):
    • The Summon is a separate Chain from the destruction effect (destruction effect starts a new Chain, look here for the ruling; the second one)
    • Turn players Garunix will be Chain Link 1, opponent will be CL 2, therefore opponents Garunix will be summoned first the Turn players summons afterwards (no destruction effects will activate in between)
    • New chain starts after the summon: Turn players destruction effect CL 1, opponents effect CL 2
    • Opponents effect will destroy the whole field, but Turn players Garunix will still resolve their destruction effect, so the opponents Garunix will be destroyed too, even when Turn players Garunix is already destroyed

That’s all that comes to my mind right now about Garunix/Nephthys rulings that are important to know when playing with or against them. Feel free to add some more in comments or correct me if you think that I got something wrong.

The Sacred Phoenix Of Nephtys

Nephtys

The counter-part of Garunix, a bit weaker ATK stats and still vulnerable to Maestroke, but it can destroy all Spell and Traps instead of monsters. All rulings I explained in the Garunix part apply to Nephthys, too. Unlike Garunix Nephthys doesn’t have a battle destruction effect, so it’s not as good as Garunix. In addition to that Nephthys only revives in your own Standby, so it can’t protect your life points like Garunix. Important to know is that it sucks against Starlight Road, as Nephthys is weaker than Stardust Dragon, so try to read a hidden Starlight Road. Well probably they will try to save their face-down cards with Stardustagain when Nephtys is revived in your next Standby, so you might not have to worry about that too much.

Meklord Emperor Wisel

Wisel

Effect:

Machine/Effect

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned by its own effect, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. When a face-up monster you control is destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. Other monsters you control cannot declare an attack. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up Synchro Monster your opponent controls; equip that target to this card. This card gains ATK equal to those equipped monsters’ combined ATK. Once per turn, when an opponent’s Spell Card is activated: You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it.

My personal tech, as there’s so much destruction in your deck and it gives you a back-up like a small Gorz, too. Why no Gorz? Well I don’t like my Gorz + Token to be blasted by Garunix, so I didn’t put him inside, but I’ll test Gorz in this build, although Gorz will probably clash with your Tenki‘s. The negating effect of Wisel is nice, but the attack restriction will probably annoy you. Normally Wisel won’t be staying that long as it’ll be destroyed by your opponent or your Garunix/Torrential. You should know that you can’t summon Wisel if there’s something happening after the destruction like Ryko milling 3 cards or Soul Taker giving you 1000 LP, basically it’s the same condition that makes your Lightpulsar Dragon misses its timing (If there’s a chain after the destruction you still can summon Wisel, like Sangan‘s effect to Dark Hole). To mention certain things you can’t do:

Things you can do:

Assault Of The Fire Kings

Assault

Effect:

If your opponent controls a monster and you control no monsters: Special Summon 1 FIREBeast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged BeastType monster from your Deck. Its effects are negated and it is destroyed during the End Phase. You can only activate 1 “Assault of the Fire Kings” per turn.

Awesome card and probably your almost autowin condition, probably this card will be banned and Garunix will be limited with the next banlist. Look closely, this card doesn’t have a level limitation and you can still attack when summoning a monster. Important to remember is that it will just negate effects on the field, so Garnuix/Nephtys/Barong and similiar will still activate their effects in grave at the right time. The one responsible for this cards effect must have been nuts and the one who gave his ok is insane, too. Assault can be searched by Barong, so it’s not really hard to wipe the field and OTK.

Fire Formation – Tenki

Effect:

When this card is activated: You can add 1 Level 4 or lower Beast-WarriorTypemonster from your Deck to your hand. All Beast-Warrior-Type monsters you control gain 100 ATK. You can only activate 1 “Fire Formation – Tenki” per turn.

Your searcher for Barong, Yaksha or Wolfberk, although I prefer to get Wolfberk when I have some LV 4 FIRE monsters in grave. Be careful that your opponent doesn’t activate Mystical Space Typhoon on activation as you won’t get the search when it’s destroyed due to being a continous Spell Card. Tenki can be searched with your Fierce Leader Of The Fire Fist – Tiger, but remember that you can only activate one Tenki per turn. If you set Tenki with Tiger‘s effect, remember that you can play it in the same turn you set it with Tiger‘s effect as it is a Continous Spell card, which can be used in the same turn they are set.

Fire King Fire Cycle

Cycle

Effect:

Target 1 FIRE monster you control and 1 FIRE monster in your Graveyard; destroy the first target on the field, and if you do, Special Summon the second target. You can only activate 1 “Fire King Fire Cycle” per turn.

Your second Fire King support spell and it’s again a generic FIRE support card that can revive any FIRE monster in your grave. Cycle can be searched with Barongs effect and I always mix up the name and call it “Circle”, so forgive me in case that I wrote Circle somewhere. It was called Fire Kings Fire Ring before which sounded much better but the name was changed to Fire King Fire Cycle. This card is pretty awesome because it’s a Quickplay Spell, so you can attack with your monster and activate Cycle afterwards to Special Summon another FIRE monster from grave and attack again. The good thing is that almost every Fire King monster will reward their destruction with card effect so you don’t lose advantage at all. Just remember that all Fire King Special Summoning and Wisel’s effects will miss the timing if the destruction is not the last thing in the card effect like in Fire King Fire Cycle (again not if something happens in a chain after that). Something just as important as the point before is that you can evade Bottomless Trap Holes or Dimensional Prisons with Cycle or chain to Dimensional Fissure to make Garunix trigger one last time in the next Standby Phase or Special Summoning a LV 4 monster to call out Diamond Dire Wolf to pop the Fissure.

Rekindling

Rekindling

Effect:

Special Summon from your Graveyard as many FIRE monsters as possible with 200 DEF. During the End Phase, remove from play all monsters that were Special Summoned by this effect.

Probably the third OP card in this deck, as almost every Fire King monster has 200 DEF, so this is an instant Xyz for you if your grave is filled with a lot of Fire Kings. This card and Berk is also the reason for me to have Number 91: Thunder Spark Dragon which alows me to blow up every face-up monster on the field and can be a real life saver against Evilswarm/Verz decks, as Ophion will wreck your Garunix (Well you can also try to call Diamond Dire Wolf out).

Pot Of Avarice

Avarice

Avarice is pretty useful in Fire Kings as I really run out of monsters in my deck easily and 2 additional cards are never wrong. I haven’t been in a situation yet where I thought this card is a dead draw, it’s pretty useful during mid/late game when you’re running out of monsters in extra and main deck.

Mystical Space Typhoon

MST

3 MSTs are obligatory in my opinion as there are so many decks out there with a heavy backrow and you won’t stand a chance if everything is negated. In game 2 you’ll need them even more as the opponent will always side Dimensional Fissure or Macro Cosmos if their deck allows them to, so you have to have some cards to get rid of that.

Torrential Tribute

Torrential

One of the best traps in the deck, cause it’ll trigger the effects of your Fire Kings and wipe out your opponents field, too. Best thing is using it with Barong or Garunix, Barong for advantage and Garunix for a field clearer.

Generation Shift

Generation Shift

Some people prefer Destruct Pot to gain the Life Points, but I like to have more hand advantage rather than having some more Life Points. This card combos with Barong really good, as you get 2 searches, 1 Barong instantly and the Barong search next time. Generation shift also helps you evading stuff like Dimensional Prison or Bottomless Trap Hole, not as good as Cycle, but still something to keep in mind.

Call Of The Haunted

You thought that Plant decks were trolling you with chaining Call to your MST or Heavy and calling out Sangan or Dandy? Or Mermails chaining their Abyss-Sphere? This deck can do exactly the same, well not as good as Mermails with their Sphere, but still annoying when you revive your Garunix from grave and get a free Dark Hole next turn or get a search with Barong. You should keep in mind although that this just works if they activate their MST/Heavy first and you chain your Call to it. This won’t work if you activate Call first and they chain their MST to that. Why? Because of the chain links and their resolve. In the first scenario your opponent activates MST/Heavy first, so it’s Chain Link 1, you chain your Call, so it’ll be CL 2. The chain will resolve backwards and your Call will resolve first and Special Summon your monster in ATK. but if we look at the second scenario your Call will be CL 1 and your opponent’s MST/Heavy will be CL 2. The MST will resolve first and destroy your Call, as Continous Spell/Trap cards need to be on the field to resolve their effects you won’t get any summon.

Gagaga Cowboy

Cowboy

Effect:

Warrior/Xyz/Effect

2 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; apply this effect, depending on this card’s battle position.
Attack Position: If this card attacks an opponent’s monster this turn, it gains 1000 ATK and the opponent’s monster loses 500 ATK, during the Damage Step only.
Defense Position: Inflict 800 damage to your opponent.

Previously called Gunman, nowadays known as Cowboy. This card helps a lot in a pinch, as it can defeat monsters up to 3000 ATK and most important thing is the Burn effect which let’s you finish your opponent with “Last Stand”. 😀 1600 damage against staller decks like Final Countdown or Exodia shouldn’t be underestimated, too.

Diamond Dire Wolf

Dire Wolf

Effect:

Beast/Xyz/Effect

2 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged BeastType monster you control and 1 other card on the field; destroy them.

This guy’s pretty awesome as it’s a generic Rank 4 Xyz with a “Scrap Dragon“-like effect and in emergency cases you can also pop himself to destroy a card of your opponent. Best thing here would be to destroy Barong to destroy one card of your opponent as you would get a search from Barong in your next Standby Phase, but you can also blow up Garunix, although your Wolf will be gone in the next Standby then. You can chain Wisel‘s Special Summon to this card’s effect as both destructions are happening simultaneously.

Fierce Leader Of The Fire Fist – Tiger

Tiger

Effect:

Beast-Warrior/Xyz/Effect

2 Level 4 Beast-WarriorType monsters
When this card is Xyz Summoned: You can Set 1 “Fire FormationSpell/Trap Card directly from your Deck. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the effects of all face-up Effect Monster currently on the field, except Beast-Warrior-Type, until the end of your opponent’s turn. When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can send 3 face-up “Fire Formation” Spell/Trap Cards you control to the Graveyard; Special Summon 2 Level 4 or lower Beast-Warrior-Type monsters with the same ATK from your Deck, in face-up Defense Position.

This card is called Fierce Leader Of The Fire Fist – Tiger on DN, but it’ll be changed to Brotherhood Of The Fire Fist soon, I think. Tiger allows you to set a Fire Formation card from your deck to the field, that would be always Tenki in our case, but make sure that you play tenki face-up first on DN to show your opponent that the card you set is really Tenki. Then you can set it and activate it from the field, as Normal or Continious Spell cards can be activated in the same turn they are set (unlike Quick-play Spells). Tiger is also a real good staller killer like Zenmaines, Gachi Gachi, Spirit Reaper, Marshmallon, although it can’t overrun Maestroke without an additional boost. Tiger is really good against Tragoedia trolls, too, as it makes their ATK 0 till your OPPONENT’s End Phase and they can’t use the effect to steal or LV copy.

Abyss Dweller

Dweller

Effect:

Sea Serpent/Xyz/Effect

2 Level 4 monsters
While this card has an Xyz Material attached that was originally WATER, all WATER monsters you control gain 500 ATK. Once per turn, during either player’s turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; any card effects that activate in your opponent’s Graveyard cannot be activated this turn.

The main Purpose of this monster is to stop Dark World monster effects and more important: Mermails and Fire King mirrors. You can chain the effect to any card that discards these cards to grave and then when they would activate, they can’t activate, but you can’t chain to an effect that is already activated in grave like when your opponent declares to use Garunix’s effect in Standby Phase it is already activated and your Dweller’s effect won’t help anymore when the effect is already activated.

Gem-Knight Pearl

Pearl

Why the need for a mere 2600 ATK beater? The reason is the existence of a guy called Ophion, that would otherwise wreck your deck strategy, well not completely, but enough to be annoying.

Hieratic Sun Dragon Overlord Of Heliopolis

Sun Dragon

I haven’t used him yet, but I think there could be times when you need him, like destroying a Dimensional Fissure or something similiar.

Number 16: Shock Master

shock Master

Effect:

Fairy/Xyz/Effect

3 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to declare 1 card type (Monster, Spell, or Trap); that type of card (if Spell or Trap) cannot be activated, or (if Monster) cannot activate its effects, until the end of your opponent’s next turn.

The most effective weapon against troll decks like Final Countdown, Exodia and stuff. Won’t help that much against Burn though. Remember that you can always chain something to Shock Master, like Maxx “C” or similiar if you fear a Gorz, but want to call Spell (I would recommend calling spells most of the time, but it depends on the situation and the deck you’re playing with, of course).

Number 91: Thunder Spark Dragon

Thunder Spark Dragon

My secret weapon that almost nobody expects: Thunder Spark Dragon, I usually put him inside decks which can Special Summon a lot of LV 4 monsters and his effect is great as he can destroy every face-up monster on the field by detaching 3 materials. If you ask yourself how to get 5 materials with a monster that only requires 3 materials, I have to say that there are some spells that allows you to put cards from the field or hand under a Xyz as material. Examples would be Haze Pillar, Overlay Regen or Spirit Converter.

Royal Decree

Decree

I won’t explain all Side Deck choices, but only a few, the most of the other Side Deck choices are explained in other deck reviews, too, so just read through them. Decree is your counter to cards like Macro Cosmos or Soul Drain that will wreck your deck, making your grave effects useless, and helps against backrow heavy decks, too. I would always side at least 1 Decree against decks like Dino Rabbit, Evilswarm, Wind-Ups or Dark World as those already have a big Trap count or can Side devastating traps against your deck. Wind-Up are an exception where I would look closely how many traps he plays in the 1st duel to decide what to side against  them, it doesn’t have to be necessarily Decree. Dark World will mess you up with their Skill Drain and Dark Smog, so you should stop them with Decree. Burn decks will be wrecked with Decree, too.

Imperial Iron Wall

Iron Wall

Stops cards like Macro Cosmos, Dimensional Fissure, Bottomless Trap Hole and doesn’t affect you at all, so why not? I’m still thinkin about what to drop for a second Iron Wall.

Needle Ceiling

Needle Ceiling

My favorite tech against Wind-Ups as they usually don’t run Starlight Road and my own monsters effect will still trigger with this card. Best thing is, that it’s chainable and doesn’t need a condition like Torrential or Mirror Force. Face-down monsters won’t be destroyed, but still count to one of the 4 required monsters on the field.

Backfire

Backfire

This card is for all staller decks like Exodia or Final Countdown to burn them to death just in case that everything else fails.

Dust Tornado

Dust Tornado

I’m still testing Twister and Dust Tornado to see which one’s better, I’d like to have both in my side, but the Side Deck is still in the test phase.

Additional Comment:

Now what to do when facing Fire Kings? There are a lot of ways to stop aggressive grave using decks like Fire Kings, just look at Mermail, Chaos Dragon or similiar decks.

First what to do in game 1?

So you probably lost game 1 due to the swarming and destruction abilities of Fire Kings. What do you do in game 2? Of course you would be siding everything you have against grave using decks against Fire Kings. This would be:

Using Lavalval Chain to mill Garunix from deck and using Cycle to destroy Chain and revive Garunix sounds good, but I haven’t decided which Xyz to kick, maybe 1 Diamond Dire Wolf has to go.

That’s all I want to say for today, have fun, practise and enjoy like Jonathan always says (those who are youtube hardliners will know what I’m talking about, if not: look here). Thanks for reading until the end and stay tuned for my next post where I’ll give a deck review of my Harpie version, as some new Harpie cards came out like Harpie Channeler, Hysteric Sign or Harpie’s Pet Mirage Dragon. I can’t promise that it’ll be soon though, as I haven’t got much time in the next few weeks.

All images are taken from Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia and DuelingNetwork.

DJs From Mars – Phat Ass Drop (How To Produce A Club Track Today) [Official Music Video]

I’m still writing on my Fire Kings post, so I got a really funny music video from the ‘DJs From Mars’ for you. The Italian DJ duo makes fun of all the web freaks, wanna-be producers and haters on the web and they’re doing it great. 😀

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The Fire Kings post will be done in the next few days.

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Constellar Xyz Decklist (September 2012 Banlist)

I just got bored of all those Mermails nowadays floating around in TCG, so I decided to make something new. Well it’s not that new as I already made a few Sacred/Constellar decks before when they came out, but as the new monster Constellar Sombres came out a few weeks ago, I made a new Constellar deck from the scrap. Note that some of the cards are still not out, I just tested them on DN. Actually Constellars are pretty good although their summon takes some amount of your hand cards. This matter was mostly fixed now when the most broken Constellar called Constellar Sombres came out. What’s so amazing about this guy? Let us have a look at him:

Constellar Sombres

Effect:

Fairy/Effect

You can banish 1 “Constellarmonster from your Graveyard to target 1 “Constellar” monster in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand. You can only use this effect of “Constellar Sombres” once per turn. During your Main Phase, if you used this effect this turn: You can Normal Summon 1 “Constellar” monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) Once during the turn this card is sent to the Graveyard, you can Tribute Summon 1 “Constellar” monster with 1 less Tribute than required.

This is the most broken rib card ever when you’re in a pinch and have a grave full of Constellar monsters. You can ADD 1 Constellar from your grave by banishing 1 Constellar from your grave AND being able to Normal Summon ADDITIONALLY sounds like an instant Rank 4 Xyz right? Furthermore you’ve got access to one of the most broken Xyz-Archetypes so far in my humble opinion. Being able to make Beehive (A Constellar monsters gains 1000 ATK until the End Phase; can be activated during EITHER players turn) or Omega (makes all Constellar monsters you control unaffected by Spell/Trap cards; can be activated during EITHER players turn, too). But that’s not enough, you can Special Summon Constellar Ptolemys Messier 7 by just overlaying over ANY Constellar Xyz monster (you can’t activate it’s effect right away, but who the hell cares if you have a 2700 ATK beatstick and resolved the effect of your previous Xyz under M7; you can activate M7’s effect in the next turn though).

So in my opinion Constellars are far too underestimated and have some big potential (although they easily fall prey to a Dark World Skill Drain… ). I focussed on Rank 4 Xyz’s and I think that’s probably the best form of a Constellar deck, I also tried to make a Chaos build, but it didn’t work out as good as a pure build (Means teching in Tour Guide, Sangan, Chaos Sorcerer and BLS; tried teching in Tele-DAD engine with Psychic and Emergency Teleport too; not the results that I hoped). Maybe a Phantom Of Chaos + Tour Guide build works better, have to give it a try although I’m a bit skeptic about that (You know the Leviar Stuff to bring back a banished Pollux, then Additional Normal Summon and so on; Guides and Phantom Provides the DARK materials for BLS and Sorcerer).

Now I think I’ve written enough of the intro, so let’s go to the decklist, probably one of the most important parts of my posts (well for some people 😀 ).

Decklist

Constellar Xyz Decklist

Monster (22)

3x Constellar Algiedi (LV 4)

3x Constellar Pollux (LV 4)

3x Constellar Sombres (LV 4)

3x Constellar Kaust (LV 4)

3x Constellar Leonis (LV 3)

2x Constellar Sheratan (LV 3)

2x Constellar Hawwa (LV 2)

1x Constellar Schet (LV 1)

1x Honest (LV 4)

1x Gorz The Emissary Of Darkness (LV 7)

Spell (12)

1x Monster Reborn

1x Pot Of Avarice

1x Dark Hole

1x Heavy Storm

1x Reinforcement Of The Army

3x Mystical Space Typhoon

2x Constellar Star Chart

2x Constellar Super-Rebirth

Trap (6)

2x Torrential Tribute

1x Solemn Warning

1x Solemn Judgment

2x Xyz Reborn

Extra (15)

1x Wind-Up Zenmaines (R 3)

1x Constellar Hyades (R 3)

2x Constellar Beehive (R 4)

2x Constellar Omega (R 4)

2x Constellar Pleiades (R 5)

1x Adreus Keeper Of Armageddon (R 5)

2x Constellar Ptolemys Messier 7 (R 6)

1x Maestroke The Symphony Djinn (R 4)

1x Photoknight Paladius (R 4)

1x Number 91: Thunder Spark Dragon (R 4)

1x Gaia Dragon The Thunder Charger (R 7)

Side (15)

2x Effect Veiler (LV 1 – Tuner)

1x Maxx “C” (LV 2)

1x Prime Material Dragon (LV 6)

1x Thunder King Rai-Oh (LV 4)

1x Gemini Imps (LV 4)

2x Night Beam

2x Mind Crush

1x Bottomless Trap Hole

2x Royal Decree

1x Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror

1x Number 16: Shock Master (R 4)

Strategy and Explanation:

Like every of my post here’s your explanation part. The main strategy of Constellar’s is to flood the field with your Xyz and control the field with it’s effects, while gaining advantage with Constellar Star Chart (lets you draw one card once per turn when a Constellar Xyz is Special Summoned; Note that you draw when it is SPECIAL Summoned not Xyz Summoned! Means that if you Monster Reborn a Constellar Xyz, you can also draw). The double Summons from your hand does take a fair amount of your hand cards, so you have to make sure that your Xyz Summon doesn’t fail, therefore there are 3 MST + Heavy Storm. Constellar’s Super-Rebirth does give you a little of your “lost” hand cards back, but in return you can’t attack that turn (good thing is that most of the Constellar Xyz’s have Quick effects that can be activated in your opponents turn). The deck is currently not perfect in this form, it does work pretty good though.

Constellar Algiedi

This card is not as good as Pollux when comparing their effects, as Pollux allows another Normal Summon and is a condition too, which I’ll explain later in the Pollux part. Note that you can only Special Summon a LV 4 monster, NOT a LV 4 or lower monster.

Constellar Pollux

One of your best Double Summoners in your deck, as its additional Double Summon is a condition that is fulfilled with the Normal Summon of Pollux (the effect doesn’t start a chain too). Best thing is that Pollux additional Summon can’t be Veilered; look at the Counter part of Pollux, Evilswarm Castor‘s rulings (Same card text, as it is the counter part), it says if Skill Drain is chained to Castor’s Summon , you’ll still be able to Normal Summon, the same thing will apply to Effect Veiler too that is chained to Pollux‘s Normal Summon.

Constellar Sombres

Effect:

Fairy/Effect

You can banish 1 “Constellarmonster from your Graveyard to target 1 “Constellar” monster in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand. You can only use this effect of “Constellar Sombres” once per turn. During your Main Phase, if you used this effect this turn: You can Normal Summon 1 “Constellar” monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.) Once during the turn this card is sent to the Graveyard, you can Tribute Summon 1 “Constellar” monster with 1 less Tribute than required.

Like I mentioned in the introduction part before this guy is the most broken card during mid/late game (except drawing something like Reborn or Dark Hole) as you can instantly make an Xyz out of nowhere, assuming you have some LV 4 Constellar in grave. You can overlay it to any Rank 4 Xyz which you need at the moment, but in most cases it’s better to Xyz Omega or Beehive (you can overlay M7 over them if needed). Sombres effect is pretty cool as you can use it any time you want and not only in the turn you Normal Summoned him (like Pollux), therefore you can revive him with Hawwa and still use Sombres‘ the effect. To all those who already played Constellars before: Sombres has been errata’d, you can now use its effect on either Main Phase, before you could only use it in Main Phase 1.

Constellar Kaust

Effect:

Beast-Warrior/Effect

This card cannot be used as a Synchro Material Monster. Up to twice per turn: You can target 1 “Constellar” monster on the field; activate 1 of these effects.
● Increase that target’s Level by 1.
● Reduce that target’s Level by 1.

Kaust is like your Ladybug in Constellars, although its effect isn’t as easy to resolve as the Inzektor counterpart. Keep in mind that you can use Kaust‘s effect TWICE per turn, so you can make a Rank 5 Xyz (Pleiades for example) or boost a LV 3 or LV 2 Constellar to LV 4 to overlay it with Kaust into a Rank 4 Xyz. Kaust‘s LV boost is permanent so if the situation occurs that you can’t Xyz the LV will stay like that (not just till End Phase). Be careful that you don’t get Veilered in between when boosting 2 LV 4 monsters to LV 5, as you’ll end up with a LV 4 and a LV 5 monster without being able to Xyz. But I think getting Pleiades is worth the risk as he’s a chainable field removal; Konami FTW).

Constellar Leonis

Effect:

Beast/Effect

During your Main Phase, you can Normal Summon a “Constellar” monster in addition to your Normal Summon/Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.)

This is your LV 3 double summoner, his effect is similiar to his Atlantean friend Heavy Infantry, therefore he can be Veilered. Leonis combos well with Sheratan as both of them are LV 3 Constellars and you can Xyz them to Hyades and then make M7 out of Hyades. This combo gives you a 2700 Beater which can bounce monsters in the next turn and a search for any Constellar you need at the moment, sounds awesome right?
You can also summon Kaust with Leonis and make Leonis a LV 4 monster or decrease Kaust‘s LV to make him LV 3 (the LV 4 option definitely sounds better, but remember that you have access to Leviar which can do some crazy things when you have a banished Sombres, assuming you have Leviar in the deck, which I don’t; I just have it in the Chaos build).

Constellar Sheratan

Sheratan is the searcher of your deck and it’s really a pity that he’s LV 3, but I guess LV 4 would have made Constellars far too powerful. Like I said before Sheratan is at his best form when used together with Leonis, but you still have Honest so this could be a possibility too if you want to protect it no matter what happens (I wouldn’t go that far though).

Constellar Hawwa

Effect:

Spellcaster/Effect

You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 “Constellarmonster, except “Constellar Hawwa“, from your hand or Graveyard in face-up Defense Position.

Another rib card if you have Sombres in your grave, as it gives you instant access to Sombres which doesn’t need to be Normal Summoned to use its effect (like Pollux and every other Constellar double summoner does). Don’t forget that Hawwa can revive your Constellar Xyz monsters too, that can be used as an Overlay material for M7. Well you can revive Leonis and try to Xyz Hyades too, as Leonis effect is active when he’s face-up on the field.

Constellar Schet

Effect:

If your opponent controls a monster and you control no monsters, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). Once per turn: You can target 1 “Constellar” monster you control or in your Graveyard; this card becomes the same Level as that target. This card cannot be used as Xyz Material, except for the Xyz Summon of a “Constellar” monster.

This card is your only “Self-Special Summoner” in your deck (except Gorz maybe) and I didn’t even use him once in all my duels 😀 But he might prove himself useful in the next time, although he’s a pretty annoying Effect Veiler target. I might as well drop Schet for another Sheratan, as searchers are always good, although Sheratan is a little too weak.

Honest

I don’t need to explain that much about this card, right? Constellars are LIGHT, that’s nuff said. If you want to check out rulings about Honest see here on wikia and in my post where I explained you some useful information about Honest in Damage Step. Honest is a LIGHT monster, therefore you can make Omega in emergency situations with him.

Gorz The Emissary Of Darkness

Why do we need this guy? Well our trap line-up isn’t the biggest and except a few Torrentials we don’t have that much protection when a Summon fails, the only card that could block our Gorz is Constellar Star Chart, that is most likely to be busted by a random MST as your opponent usually doesn’t want you to plus off that much. I tried a more trap heavy build but it wasn’t stable as I expected (drawing too many Spells and Traps together with a random Constellar).

Pot Of Avarice

You’ll fill your grave really quickly when you’re playing Constellars, Omega/Beehive makes 3 monsters in grave and if you’re overlaying with M7 too, you’ll already have 4 monsters in grave. So Avarice is a pretty broken card in this deck, even during early game, but I wouldn’t play it early as it’s necessary to be able to shuffle back your important parts to the Extra Deck (M7 and Omega) or your deck (Pollux, Hawwa and maybe 1 Sombres). What I want to say is that you’ll be able to draw 2 cards off Avarice most of the time and that’s pretty awesome (assuming you don’t open up with only Spell and Trap bullshit).

Reinforcement Of The Army

Now we’re moving to our Spells section: ROTA searches your Pollux out and only this guy, there’s no other Warrior. But regarding Pollux effect ROTA is worth it, the rate to have a dead draw with this card while having 3 Warriors in the deck is pretty low (You’ll have more dead draws with your Heros than here with Constellars).

Mystical Space Typhoon

It is crucial to have 3 MST‘s in here, cause you really don’t want to lose your monster to a Solemn Warning/Bottomless Trap Hole/Torrential Tribute and similiar stuff. That’s really important, because this Constellar build relies heavily on its first Normal Summon, if that fails you’ll end up with an empty field most of the time if you didn’t summon something in the last turn. I also wanted to squeeze in Night Beams, but I couldn’t decide which card to throw out. So you can conclude that Constellars have an obvious weakness against Dino Rabbit and Heros as both of them have a big backrow and you have almost no special summonable monsters like BLS that can save your ass in such situations.

Constellar Star Chart

This card is your draw card and gives you so much advantage if it stays on the field, I said it before, but I’ll say it again you can draw every time you SPECIAL SUMMON a Constellar Xyz, not XYZ SUMMON a Constellar Xyz. That means that you can use Xyz Reborn in your opponents turn and still draw a card from Star Chart, of course you can only draw once per turn but that’s still an awesome thing. This card is pretty much a fusion of Six Samurai United and Wind-Up Factory.

Constellar Super-Rebirth

Effect:

Target 2 “Constellar” monsters in your Graveyard; add them to your hand. You cannot conduct your Battle Phase the turn you activate this card.

Pretty cool card when you’re in a pinch and draw this card. The only drawback is that you can’t attack this turn but you have access to Beehive that can protect you for one turn (3400 ATK with the effect) or you can make a chainable Field removal (Pleiades) if you got Kaust and a Double Summoner. You can bounce one Xyz Constellar to the Extra deck with Super-Rebirth too, don’t forget that option when you need a particualr Constellar Xyz in your Extra Deck.

Torrential Tribute

A well timed Torrential together with Omega on the field can be a pretty big advantage for you, as Omega will protect ALL your Constellars from being destroyed while you will keep your field. Because of this combo and the lack of other protection you should max out the number of this card.

Xyz Reborn

My favorite tech in this deck, there are a few other decks that can abuse Xyz Reborn as well, but in my opinion this card is at its best form in Constellars. Xyz Reborn saved my ass really often, people never expect me playing it and use random MSTs on it, while I can still chain it to Special Summon my Xyz back.

Constellar Hyades

Normally this card is just a step stone for the Summon of M7, but you can use its effect to switch your opponents Boss monster to DEF (normally they have a lower DEF than 2700) and destroy them with your M7.

Constellar Beehive

Effect:

Machine/Xyz/Effect

2 Level 4 “Constellarmonsters
Once per turn, during either player’s Damage Step, when a “Constellar” monster you control battles: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; that monster gains 1000 ATK until the End Phase.

Your brawny Kalut version on the field, although his DEF is really poor. This guy is an out for all big monsters your opponent might have, like The Shining or similiar.

Constellar Omega

Effect:

Beast-Warrior/Xyz/Effect

2 Level 4 LIGHT monsters
Once per turn, during either player’s turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; this turn, face-upConstellar” monsters you control are unaffected by the effects of Spell/Trap Cards.

Omega is your main Xyz most of the time (I make him really often just to evade that Dark Hole).  His DEF is poor too, but at least he can protect himself from a Book Of Moon, although a Maestroke is a K.O. Some opponents don’t realize that Omega‘s effect can be activated during both turns and it’s really funny how they rage when they play Dark Hole and nothing happens.

Constellar Pleiades

Pleiades has a Quick effect too and one of the best in my opinion. He can return a monster OR a Spell/Trap per turn, therefore you can use him like a MST in the End Phase or remove some troublesome monsters in the Battle Phase.

Adreus, Keeper Of Armageddon

I prefered this guy over Tiras, because Tiras is too slow and can’t get rid of big guys when needed.

Constellar Ptolemys Messier 7

Effect:

Machine/Xyz/Effect

2 Level 6 monsters
You can also Xyz Summon this card by using 1 face-upConstellarXyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material, except “Constellar Ptolemys Messier 7”. (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials of this card.) You cannot activate this card’s effect the turn you Special Summon this card this way. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 monster on the field or in either player’s Graveyard; return it to the hand.

M7 already made his appearances in Gishki Hieratics and various other decks, but he’s probably in his best element when combined with his own buddies. You’ll probably never use the normal Xyz method, but it’s good to know that you can use the bouncing effect, if it’s summoned normally or with Xyz Reborn. You can’t use it in the same turn if you’re overlaying over an Constellar Xyz. M7 is a respectable beater with 2700 ATK and an awesome effect that allows you to bounce a monster either in grave or on the field back to the hand. Some people are not aware of the fact that you can use this effect to get your own mosters back from grave, too. Sometimes that can be more advantageous than bouncing an opponents monster.

Photoknight Paladius

Effect:

Warrior/Xyz/Effect

2 Level 4 LIGHT monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 2 Xyz Materials from this card to target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; the target‘s ATK becomes 0, and negate its effects. When this card on the field is destroyed by your opponent’s card (either by battle or by card effect) and sent to the Graveyard: Draw 1 card.

Your solution for any big guy that even your boosted Beehive can’t run over (except Obelisk), renders stallers like Utopia or an ATK-position Zenmaines useless, too. Replaces itself with a card like Card Trooper, so all in all a great card.

Number 91: Thunder Spark Dragon

I like to have a card that can destroy all big guys on your opponents field at once as your own monsters are not that big as you sometimes want them to be (Beehive can just use his effect once per turn). Therefore I prefer Thunder Spark Dragon over Shock Master, both of them can be summoned pretty easily assuming you have several Double Summoners in your hand. As you might have seen I’ve sided a Shock Master just in case of a troll deck (Exodia, Final Countdown, Burn, etc.) or facing Mermails.

Gaia Dragon, The Thunder Charger

Gaia Dragon is just there if you’re facing a staller and your Xyz’s don’t have any more materials in order to get rid of the staller.

Gemini Imps

This is the only card I probably need to explain in my Side Deck, as all other cards should be clear. This card is like you can all figure out a Side for Dark Worlds which have gained much popularity due to some hype and I don’t underestimate the strenght of Dark Worlds as an ex-Dark World player, so Gemini Imps just for the sake of having something against them.

Comment:

Constellars are pretty funny to play and are really something to fear when played right. The only downside of this Archetype is that it relies too much on the one Normal Summon you’re allowed to do in your turn and don’t have any other outs beside Monster Reborn and Gorz. This problem can be solved in most cases with maxing out MST’s and maybe a few Night Beams, too, but against Trap-heavy decks like Dino Rabbit, which can also negate monster effects you’ll have a hard time. Photon Thrasher would be a good tech card too, maybe I’ll take 1 Schet out and put 1 Thrasher in. I thought that making Constellars go to Chaos would solve the problem, but it made the deck unstable instead.

This is what I tested on DN:

The Chaos parts are obviously Phantom Of Chaos which can copy your Pollux, Leonis and Sombres effect, Tour Guide + Sangan engine and last but not least BLS and Chaos Sorcerer. The Guides will make your Leviar who can bring back your banished Sombres or Hawwa or something else.

All images are taken from Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia or DuelingNetwork.

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