With the prevalence of the Dangers, Guardragons, Orcusts, and splashablethemes like them, more and more players are finding success by combining ahandful of strategies that become tougher and tougher to name succinctly.Can't wait for Kaiju-Iron-Chain-Infernities; how 'bout you!?
On the minimalist side of things the Extra Deck Guardragons made a bigsplash in the competitive scene. World Chalice Guardragon's an importantpiece of the puzzle in some dedicated World Chalice decks, but I've yet tosee a Guardragon strategy that leans heavily into the Main Deck monsters.Granted, I've advocated for Guardragon Justicia in strategies as odd asFrog decks, so maybe other players have seen even crazier stuff.
Blue-Eyes decks have certainly taken a backseat to just about everythingelse in competitive Yu-Gi-Oh!, but that never means they're really out ofthe running. New cards often revitalize old strategies in ways duelists ofyears past could only dream of, and with that in mind I want to wishcongratulations to Massinissa Rabouhi for his Top Cut finish at the latestMontreal Regional with one heckuva Blue-Eyes mash-up…
DECKID=109555Despite everything the deck can do, the strategy presented herelargely boils down to the easy Summon of Amorphage Goliath. It takes a fewsteps to make it all happen, but the focal point is easy to hone in on –you just want to throw down two Level 8 monsters and you're golden.
Summon any two Level 8s and Xyz Summon either Number 90: Galaxy-Eyes PhotonLord or Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon and you'll cheat your way straight intoNumber 95: Galaxy-Eyes Dark Matter Dragon without using any Level 9monsters. Once you send away Amorphage Goliath and Arkbrave Dragon you'llrevive the Amorphage Goliath from your graveyard on your opponent's StandbyPhase and cut off their summons from the Extra Deck. Pretty vicious.
Obviously that's not the only way this deck succeeds, but it's anincredibly strong opening play that has the potential to end the duel rightthen and there. Against a combo deck like Thunder Dragons, AmorphageGoliath's ability to cut your opponent off from the Extra Deck is lethal.You're technically stranded in the same way yourself and won't be able toswarm the field, but you just can't overlook such a powerful card.
Keep in mind, Amorphage Goliath is essential to this deck's core gameplan,but the strategy needs more than just that to work. It's the heavy hittersthat do most of the raw damage, operating through clever effects or sheeraggressive power. Yes, it's good to fall back on Amorphage Goliath as afloodgate, but hitting your opponent in the face with Blue-Eyes WhiteDragon isn't a bad idea either.
Keep in mind, there are plenty of Rank 8 Xyz and Level 9 Synchro monstersto dominate your opponent with. Beast King Barbaros, Blue-Eyes AlternativeWhite Dragon, Chaos Dragon Levianeer… the list goes on, including nichecards like Parsec, the Interstellar Dragon. Rabouhi ran a full threecopies! At the very least, the deck can frequently just flood the fieldwith an army of Dragons and deal lethal damage that way.
Consider the range of easy ways Rabouhi could search and Summon his bigmonsters. The Melody of Awakening Dragon can search roughly a quarter ofthis deck and it triggers the Danger monsters along the way. Add in Danger!Bigfoot! and Danger! Ogopogo!, and you have lots of ways to swarm the fieldwhile also fielding big monsters.
The sheer power behind Rabouhi's deck comes from the consistency providedby large Level 8 monsters that hit the table for low, low prices. TheMelody of Awakening Dragon and various Danger monsters that thin the deckto support the strategy are fantastic, but hey, what's your opponent goingto do when they're staring down a million dragons?
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On the flip side to the overwhelming dragons, Rabouhi did play a small armyof tiny monsters. Guardragon Garmides, Guardragon Promineses, The WhiteStone of Legend… those are all largely subpar cards on their own, but theyoffer glimpses of hope and some pretty awesome combos that open up some bigoptions.
Consider Guardragon Garmides, an easy way to field a small Dragon whenBlue-Eyes White Dragon hits the yard. Unlike options like White DragonWyverburster that need resources to banish, Garmides hits the field with noadditional resource cost. The same thing can be said for GuardragonPromineses - when Blue-Eyes White Dragon finally falls, you can throw downtwo small Dragons and immediately unlock the Guardragons in your ExtraDeck.
If you've played against a Dragon deck, or just any deck that cansummon Dragons, you're probably woefully familiar with Guardragon Agarpain,Guardragon Elpy, and Guardragon Pisty. The first summons a Dragon from theExtra Deck, the second from the Main Deck, and the last from the graveyard.Having spare Dragons to throw down as bonuses when you're doing the"normal" things the deck does anyways – in this case summoning big Dragonsand sending them to the graveyard - means instant access to theGuardragons.
Obviously Guardragon Elpy and Guardragon Pisty keep your combos going byfielding more and more Dragons for Link Summons, but Guardragon Agarpainbrings the strategy home by fielding Hot Red Dragon Archfiend Abyss. Aslong as you have Link Arrows to spare you'll unleash a giant Dragon thatadds another negation to your field and from there you'll probably finishup with Saryuja Skull Dread.
So while the obvious three components of the deck account for consistency,power, and bonus Dragons, the last piece of the puzzle is a personalfavorite of mine - King Dragun. That card hasn't seen play in, what, tenmillion years?, but since you can now Summon it with Guardragon Pisty it'sat least worth a second look. The summoning from hand effect puts extradamage on board and extends your combos, sure, but cutting off youropponent from targeting Dragons? That's nothing to scoff at, and it's oftenthe basis for some of the deck's strongest boards when you open with anideal hand.
Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.
Loukas Peterson lives in Nashville, Tennessee, hoping one day to run in5th Congressional District on the platform of "Marshmallows forEveryone." When he's not submitting ideas for Fabled support and aFabled Link monster, you can find him building a bonfire in hisbackyard to attract the local wildlife for an audience with hisukulele. Hailed as the only person capable of cooking Minute Rice in 56seconds, Loukas is always looking at expanding his backyard to houseevery dog in the world without a home. Well, and those with homesalready.
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