Normally I like to start off an article like this by talking about the history of the deck or the theme we're looking at, but there's not much to say about today's strategy from a historical perspective. Gogogo monsters have never made an impact before, and with no real life tournaments running right now, we haven't seen how well Adamancipators will do offline at Regional Qualifiers and beyond.
Recently, Koty Angeloff - one of the hottest names in Yu-Gi-Oh! for the last few years - won an online tournament sponsored by Pro-Play Games, piloting a deck that's effectively brand new. It was a big achievement and I don't want to downplay that, but in such a limited format, it's hard to say exactly how the deck should be played going forward. In a few weeks the consensus version could be entirely different!
Furthermore, the deck may have been a Gogogo and Adamancipator hybrid, but you'll notice Angeloff didn't use all the cards you might expect to see when you hear either of those names. Is the deck that versatile? Yes. Are we in a lawless wasteland with no rules? Yes. Will Konami EVER print more Fabled cards to make them competitive? No.
Take a look at the list below to see which cards Angeloff kept from each of the two themes; it might shock you!
Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Gogogo Adamancipators by Koty Angeloff
'Gogogo Adamancipators' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!
Created By: Koty Angeloff
Market Price: $264.14
Market Price: $4.31
Target 1 Rock monster in your GY; Special Summon it in Defense Position, then, if you Special Summoned an "Adamancipator" monster by this effect, you can take 1 Level 4 or lower Rock monster from your Deck and place it on top of your Deck.
Market Price: $1.02
2+ monsters with different names
If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 card on the field; return it to the Deck, then, if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Unicorn" once per turn. While any co-linked "Knightmare" monsters are on the field, for your normal draw in your Draw Phase, draw 1 card for each different card name among those co-linked "Knightmare" monsters, instead of drawing just 1 card.
Market Price: $1.83
Draw 1 card, then your opponent gains 1000 Life Points.
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Market Price: $1.05
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.
Market Price: $0.21
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand or GY) by banishing 3 EARTH monsters from your hand and/or GY, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. Rock monsters you control cannot be destroyed, except by battle. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can add up to 3 Rock monsters from your Deck to your hand, whose total Levels equal 8. You can only use this effect of "Block Dragon" once per turn.
Herald of the Arc Light
Market Price: $1.03
1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters
Any monster sent from the hand or Main Deck to the GY is banished instead. When a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect, is activated (Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 Ritual Monster or 1 Ritual Spell from your Deck to your hand.
Market Price: $0.30
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 1 EARTH monster from your Graveyard. If this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: Destroy all Spell and Trap Cards on the field.
Market Price: $2.18
1 Normal Monster
Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from your hand to your zone this card points to.
Market Price: $1.74
2+ Effect Monsters
If a monster(s) is Special Summoned to a zone(s) this card points to: Banish as many of those monster(s) as possible, also as many Spells/Traps on the field as possible, and if you do, inflict 500 damage to your opponent for each of their cards banished by this effect.
Market Price: $0.08
When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target 1 "Gogogo" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target in face-up Defense Position, then change this card to Defense Position. If this card attacks, it is changed to Defense Position at the end of the Battle Phase.
Market Price: $0.18
While this card is in your Graveyard, if you Special Summon a "Gogogo" monster(s) (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your Graveyard in face-up Defense Position. You cannot conduct your Battle Phase the turn you activate this effect. You can only use the effect of "Gogogo Gigas" once per turn.
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Market Price: $0.16
You can only activate 1 "Onomatopaira" per turn. Send 1 card from your hand to the Graveyard; add up to 2 of these monsters from your Deck to your hand (you cannot add 2 from the same category).
• 1 "Zubaba" monster
• 1 "Gagaga" monster
• 1 "Gogogo" monster
• 1 "Dododo" monster
Market Price: $32.89
2 monsters, including a Tuner
If this card is Link Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 Level 3 or lower Tuner from your hand or Deck in Defense Position, but it cannot activate its effects this turn. During your opponent's Main Phase or Battle Phase (Quick Effect): You can banish this card you control; Special Summon 1 Tuner Synchro Monster from your Extra Deck. (This is treated as a Synchro Summon.) You can only use each effect of "Crystron Halqifibrax" once per turn.
Market Price: $0.19
You can discard 1 Rock-Type monster; Special Summon from your Deck, 1 Rock-Type monster that has the same original Attribute and Level as that monster, in face-up Attack Position or face-down Defense Position. You can only use this effect of "Doki Doki" once per turn.
Market Price: $0.25
When this card is activated: You can add 1 "Onomat" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Onomatopickup". You can target 1 "Zubaba", "Gagaga", "Gogogo", or "Dododo" monster you control; all monsters you currently control become that monster's Level until the end of this turn (even if this card leaves the field). You can only use this effect of "Onomatopickup" once per turn. You can only activate 1 "Onomatopickup" per turn.
Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion
Market Price: $0.67
You can banish this card from your Graveyard; immediately after this effect resolves, Normal Summon 1 "Mecha Phantom Beast" monster from your hand. While you control a Token, this card cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Mecha Phantom Beast Token" (Machine-Type/WIND/Level 3/ATK 0/DEF 0). You can only use this effect of "Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion" once per turn.
Market Price: $0.25
During your Main Phase: You can Special Summon 1 "Zubaba" or "Gagaga" monster from your hand. If you control a "Gogogo" or "Dododo" monster except "Dodododwarf Gogogoglove", while this card is in your GY: You can Special Summon this card, but banish it when it leaves the field. You can only use each effect of "Dodododwarf Gogogoglove" once per turn.
Adamancipator Risen - Raptite
Market Price: $0.32
1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters
During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 excavated Rock monster in Defense Position, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. During your opponent's turn, if a WIND monster is in your GY (Quick Effect): You can target 1 card in your opponent's GY; banish it. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Risen - Raptite" once per turn.
Nibiru, the Primal Being
Market Price: $14.87
During the Main Phase, if your opponent Normal or Special Summoned 5 or more monsters this turn (Quick Effect): You can Tribute as many face-up monsters on the field as possible, and if you do, Special Summon this card from your hand, then Special Summon 1 "Primal Being Token" (Rock/LIGHT/Level 11/ATK ?/DEF ?) to your opponent's field. (This Token's ATK/DEF become the combined original ATK/DEF of the Tributed monsters.) You can only use this effect of "Nibiru, the Primal Being" once per turn.
Market Price: $0.93
If you control an "Adamancipator" monster, except "Adamancipator Seeker": You can Special Summon this card from your hand. During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 excavated Level 4 or lower non-Tuner Rock monster, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Seeker" once per turn.
Market Price: $1.75
2 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 Spell/Trap on the field; destroy it.
Market Price: $0.43
2 Level 4 monsters
You can detach 1 material from this card, then activate 1 of these effects;
• Add 1 Rock monster from your Deck to your hand.
• Special Summon 1 Rock monster from your hand in face-down Defense Position.
You can only use this effect of "Gallant Granite" once per turn.
Market Price: $2.20
(Quick Effect): You can discard this card to the GY, then target 1 card in your opponent's GY; banish that target.
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Market Price: $0.80
(This card is always treated as a "Zubaba", "Gagaga", "Gogogo", and "Dododo" card.)
During your Main Phase: You can Special Summon up to 1 each "Zubaba", "Gagaga", "Gogogo", and/or "Dododo" monster(s) from your hand in Defense Position, also you cannot Special Summon from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn, except Xyz Monsters. You can only use this effect of "Utopic Onomatopoeia" once per turn.
Market Price: $3.11
2 monsters with different names
If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Special Summoned monster in your opponent's Main Monster Zone; destroy it, then, if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Cerberus" once per turn. Co-linked monsters you control cannot be destroyed by card effects.
Market Price: $0.57
2+ monsters with different names
If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Spell/Trap your opponent controls; destroy it, then, if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Phoenix" once per turn. Co-linked monsters you control cannot be destroyed by battle.
Market Price: $4.09
2 monsters with the same Type or Attribute
Cannot be used as Link Material the turn it is Link Summoned. You can target 1 face-up monster you control; equip 1 monster to it from your hand or Deck with its same original Type or Attribute. The equipped monster gains 1000 ATK. If you equipped it from the Deck, you cannot Special Summon monsters with that Equip Card's name for the rest of this turn. You can only use this effect of "Union Carrier" once per turn.
Market Price: $31.01
If you control a Rock monster, except "Adamancipator Researcher": You can Special Summon this card from your hand. During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 excavated Level 4 or lower non-Tuner Rock monster, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Researcher" once per turn.
Market Price: $16.41
2 non-Link Monsters
During your opponent's Main Phase, you can (Quick Effect): Immediately after this effect resolves, Link Summon 1 Link Monster using materials you control, including this card. You can only use this effect of "I:P Masquerena" once per turn. A Link Monster that used this card as material cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects.
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Adamancipator Crystal - Dragite
Market Price: $0.22
If this card is Special Summoned by the effect of an "Adamancipator" card: You can draw 1 card. If this card is in your GY: You can target 1 WATER Synchro Monster you control or in your GY; return it to the Extra Deck, and if you do, place this card on top of the Deck. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Crystal - Dragite" once per turn.
Market Price: $1.07
If only your opponent controls a monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 excavated Level 4 or lower non-Tuner Rock monster, also place the rest on the bottom of your Deck in any order. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Analyzer" once per turn.
Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess
Market Price: $7.08
2+ monsters with different names, except Tokens
You can only control 1 "Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess". The original ATK of this card becomes 800 x the number of Link Materials used for its Link Summon. Once per Chain, when your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can make this card lose exactly 800 ATK, and if you do, negate the activation.
Adamancipator Risen - Dragite
Market Price: $3.34
1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters
During your Main Phase: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can return cards your opponent controls to the hand, up to the number of excavated Rock monsters, also place the excavated cards on the bottom of your Deck in any order. When your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card or effect, while a WATER monster is in your GY (Quick Effect): You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. You can only use each effect of "Adamancipator Risen - Dragite" once per turn.
Unlike my Melodious deck or Alien deck, Angeloff's Gogogo Adamancipator build isn't the most budget friendly strategy out there. Jason's Market Watch from last week shows how the secondary market reacted to Angeloff's success, with nine of the ten cards in the Top 10 being found in Angeloff's build; make of that what you will.
Gogogogadget, Shape Of, "The Best Deck"
Looking at the deck, I'll admit that the strategy doesn't seem like it does anything besides self-duplicate. I'm not saying the cards are bad, but most of them spam more cards ad nauseum with no clear focal point in the Main Deck. Don't worry, I promise there's a cohesive theme here.
Consider the Adamancipator Tuners: Adamanciaptor Analyzer, Adamanciaptor Seeker, and Adamanciaptor Researcher - all of them have a way to get themselves to the field for free and then Special Summon an excavated Rock monster, so the barriers to entry are low getting stuff off the ground.
Angeloff's aims for that excavation effect are Adamancipator Crystal - Dragite, Doki Doki, Dododowarf Gogogoglove, and Gogogo Gigas. What do those cards all do? They either draw more cards, summon other monsters, or summon themselves. Heck, Gogogo Giant can even summon two Gogogo cards, so you're getting the ball rolling with lots of monsters on the field. I promise we're going somewhere with this...
While none of the monsters are 100% interchangeable, laying out combos for someone who's completely inexperienced with either of the two big themes here can get confusing pretty fast. Depending on what you have in your hand and what you'll excavate, the order of operations for any "end" board changes, whatever that end goal may be. With all of the variability and unknowns that come from the excavation mechanic, it's easier to highlight an example combo than to talk about every permutation of your options.
It's a blessing and a curse that many of the smaller pieces to these combos are so interchangeable, but I still want to highlight some of the crazy things the deck can do. Let me show you what I'm talking about…
For simplicity's sake, let's say you start with Adamancipator Analyzer, Dodododwarf Gogogoglove, and Adamancipator Signs in hand for this first combo.
-Normal Summon Adamancipator Analyzer, and excavate the top 5 cards from your deck. Let's say you hit Doki Doki and summon it
-Use Doki Doki's effect and discard Dodododwarf Gogogoglove, summoning Gogogo Gigas from your deck
-Summon the discarded Dodododwarf with its own ability, then Xyz Summon Gallant Granite by overlaying both Gogogo monsters. Use Gallant's effect to search Adamancipator Seeker from your deck to your hand
-Synchro Summon Adamancipator Risen - Raptite with Doki Doki and Adamancipator Analyzer. Use Raptite to excavate 5 cards, and say you hit and summon another Dodododwarf Gogogoglove
-I know, I know, it's a lot of "say you hit this," and "imagine you hit that," but since the play sequence is so flexible and many of the cards are so similar, we can just roll with it. I DID warn you about this going in.
-So, with an Adamancipator on board, summon Adamancipator Seeker and use its effect to summon another Gogogo Gigas
-Link Summon Crystron Halqifibrax and Special Summon your last Adamancipator Tuner, Adamancipator Researcher. With its effect negated, Synchro Summon Adamancipator Risen - Dragite with your Researcher and Adamancipator Risen - Raptite
-Finally, activate your Adamancipator Signs and revive your yarded Amancipator Researcher. Use its effect, and for simplicity's sake, say you excavate and summon another Dodododwarf.
-Use Dodododwarf Gogogoglove, Halqifibrax and Adamancipator Researcher to Link Summon Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess
-Now make Abyss Dweller with both Gagaga monsters to finish out
With three negations from Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess, plus Abyss Dweller shutting down the graveyard and Adamancipator Risen - Dragite, the next turn's going to be an uphill battle for your opponent. Keep in mind, Dragite's effect is live with Halqifibrax in the graveyard!
Keep in mind that's only one combo, but encountering other cards along the way would make the same field; access to Doki Doki in your opening hand, or scoring Dodododwarf Gogogoglove from the deck, or even switching which Tuner is summoned during the combo can present slightly different options that can all lead you down different paths.
So Why's The Deck Good?
First of all, the Gogogo Adamancipator deck's pretty unique in that it excels going both first and second. Not many decks are blessed with that gift, but Angeloff's build is certainly one of the few that can make that claim. The above combo is something you could easily do going first, but going second the deck could make the same combo or swap around a few Extra Deck cards to really capitalize.
Take a look at Angeloff's Extra Deck. Tornado Dragon, Knightmare Unicorn, Knightmare Phoenix, Toplogic Trisbaena, Knightmare Cerberus… you caan insert one of those cards into the above combo to pick apart your opponent as needed and then go into your defensive board. Spamming monsters is incredibly easy with Gogogo Adamancipators, so any detours needed won't usually hinder your final plays.
And of course, having three copies of D.D. Crow and Nibiru, the Primal Being doesn't hurt either. Both are amazing going first, but still work in the late game as well. And since Gallant Granite can search Nibiru, the Primal Being, well, that's another detour too.
Piggybacking off my first point, the deck's extremely quick to adapt, a strength that's often overlooked for in other strategies. Powerful head-turning combos may be pretty, but if they're glass cannons, there's little potential for recovery and that means the deck will have poor longevity in tournaments. Angeloff's deck isn't like that; it's extremely sturdy and can play through almost any hand trap just by launching its onslaught of more cards.
Since all the Adamancipator Tuners have free ways to summon themselves, stopping one isn't going to end your turn. Gogogo Gigas and Dodododwarf Gogogoglove effectively field an extra monster even if your opponent stops one, and Gogogo Giant and Utopic Onomatopeia each summon several other monsters with no commitment. It's a non-stop wave of just… more and more combo pieces.
Block Dragon, Doki Doki, Gigantes, Adamancipator Signs… it seems like everything in the deck fields an "extra" monster even if Plans A, B, and C all fall through. Even if your opponent uses Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring on Onomatopaira and knocks you down to three cards, you can still bounce back from devastating blows like that. The resiliency of this thing is off the charts, and it's all thanks to the deck's level of redundancy.
Sure, Adamancipator Seeker and Adamancipator Researcher have slightly different summoning conditions, but they're basically the same card. Onomatopaira searches a third of your deck, and Onomatopickup is a search card for Onomatopaira, while Dodododowarf Gogogoglove and Gogogog Gigas are basically two sides of the same coin.
As far as consistency goes, it doesn't get much better than having search cards that search other search cards.
Looking Ahead To… Stuff?
While we don't know when the next in-person tournaments will be held around the world, I can confidently say some amalgamation of Gogogos and Adamancipators will see competitive success. With an uncanny ability to go first or second, incredible interchangeability and impressive adaptability, the only thing that may need to change over time is the Extra Deck.
The end board I laid out is very specific, but most Link Monsters and Rank 4s are possible here. It's a simple effort to tailor the Extra Deck to beat your metagame, whatever that happens to be.
It's pretty rare for a deck to have all those factors going for it, and easy access to Crystron Halqifibrax, but the Gogogo Adamancipator strategy does it all. With no defined weaknesses and an open toolbox, I'm excited to see what the deck can do moving forward.
Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.