I pride myself on my understanding of obscure themes and my ability toleverage lesser known cards. It's pretty rare to see me playing amainstream deck; I like winning with cards that haven't really beenexplored or abused before. I did play Dino Rabbit at three consecutiveRegionals in 2012 trying to win a specific playmat, but it didn't evenwork: I somehow got 9th at two of them, and 10th atthe other. No, I'm not bitter.

Nope. Not me. Not bitter at all.

Anyway, Cubics are one of those strategies that Ithought I understood. Every time someonementioned Cubics I'd say in the most haughty way, "Pffft, I think I knowwhat Duta the Meteor Cubic Vessel and Unification of the Cubic Lords do! Iwasn't born yesterday! NERD!"

So geez, did I feel foolish when I saw Jose David Monge Machado climb hisway to Top 32 at YCS San Jose Costa Rica...

DECKID=108536Impressive monsters are typically the lifeblood of a deck, but one of thebiggest reasons Machado's was so successful was Crimson Nova the Dark CubicLord - yeah, that card that looks ugly and has way too much text to careabout.

Instead of me trying to describe which Cubic card is which, you'll HAVE togo and read them. Just go ahead, take a minute, and click through using thelinks in the deck list above. Otherwise, you'll be hopelessly lost; theyall look extraordinarily alike and have very similar names. The Cubics arelargely a bunch of squiggly eye creatures all named "King" or "Lord."

Let's go back to Crimson Nova the Dark Cubic Lord. Sure, it's hard tosummon, but you can use it to smack your opponent for 3000 damage. Wait,what's that? The second effect? Deal 3000 damage to your opponent? Againsta clear field, yes, that's 6000 damage by itself. And wait, there's more?!Attacking again? To support the boss monster, Machado's played Denko Sekka,Raigeki, and Twin Twisters. At the very least, he wanted the option ofsmacking his opponent really hard all in one turn.

Simple, right? I'm not saying your opponent would leave a Sangan in attackmode with no other monsters very often, but hey - it's a window ofopportunity.

After all, the Cubic deck isn't exactly the crown jewel of longevity: mostof the cards have one singular goal in mind. Since Crimson Nova burns youfor 3000 damage yourself, you're more concerned with, in the least pedanticway possible, killing your opponent before they kill you. Cubicdecks are akin to someone entering a go-kart race with a very fast go-kartthat happens to be on fire at the start of the competition and will explodeif you run over any rocks but can go significantly faster than everyoneelse's.

Do I know that personal experience myself? Maybe.

But even if the deck's fragile, it's not inconsistent. Take Cubic Karma forexample - the first two effects definitely have their place in all of this,but more importantly you can banish the card from your graveyard to searcha Cubic card from your deck! Unification of the Cubic Lords issimilar - its first effect will come in handy, but the second effect fieldsa Cubic monster straight from your deck. Suddenly all the pieces arestarting to fall in place.

Cubic Wave may not search your deck or summon Cubics, but it's a searchableon-theme version of Limiter Removal. Crimson Nova the Dark Cubic Lord's3000 ATK becomes that much more intimidating when it's doubled, making youropponent's monsters look pathetic and tiny, kinda like the chances of myfriend Mitchell coming up with an original deck idea that doesn't involveYang Zings.

All other things equal, those are the powerhouses of the Cubic deck. Try torun through your deck, field Crimson Nova the Dark Cubic Lord, double itsATK for a turn, then burn your opponent away for an OTK after attackingtwice. Otherwise, you might not live to see the next turn, though neitherwill your opponent.

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There are plenty of important cards beside the search cards and bossmonster. Because he needed to actually see his search cards, Machado usedmore searchers to find and yard his most important cards. Duza the MeteorCubic Vessel sends a Cubic card to the graveyard, so it's basically a pathto any Cubic card when you yard Cubic Karma. If you send Unification of theCubic Lords to the graveyard, a Cubic card hits the yard so you can banishUnification to field another Duza the Meteor Cubic Vessel. Continue thetrend, make more monsters and pack on the damage.

You can summon Duza easily with Summoner Monk, but the deck is more thanjust Duza and Crimson Nova. The extremely creepy looking Geira Guile theCubic King gives you another way to tack on damage without going into yourextra deck - keep in mind, you'll be expending tons of resources to do abajillion damage with Crimson Nova, so if you have a one-card method to dosome easy damage, why not?

The other Cubic monsters - Buster Gundil the Cubic Behemoth and IndioraDoom Volt the Cubic Emperor exist to get Crimson Nova the Dark Cubic Lordon the field. You can summon them with Unification of the Cubic Lords, butyou aren't trying to win a prize for cutest or most useful monsters.They're just cogs in a wheel, perhaps a way to summon Number S39: Utopiathe Lightning or Black Rose Dragon.

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In the average OTK strategy, your chief goal is typically a singular one.And while you may have a Plan B or Plan C, you'll divert most of yourresources to whatever can help you achieve that one intent. That brings meto Machado's's Extra Deck - not exactly the biggest strength of thestrategy, but certainly an integral component to his success.

Crimson Nova Trinity the Dark Cubic Lord was an absolute must. With all thesearching you can do, it's not a huge surprise that the biggest challengein using the card is waiting around for a turn after you set Unification ofthe Cubic Lords. It's one of those boss monsters that won't always make anappearance, but it's part of your toolbox because, I don't know, ithalves your opponent's Life Points like it's nothing?

There are a few other essentials for that may seem like innocuous choices.Underclock Taker, for example, means Crimson Nova the Dark Cubic Lord canachieve maximum damage output. Assuming whatever monster your opponent hasclocks in at under 3000 ATK, Crimson Nova the Dark Cubic Lord achieves thefull 6000 damage you dreamed of.

The other all-star in the Extra Deck is Number S39: Utopia the Lightning.Machado didn't build the deck for longevity; rather, he snuck in moretricks that could burn off whatever life points Crimson Nova the Dark CubicLord couldn't reach on its own. Sometimes it'll be overkill, but when it'snot - well, that brings us to the last card.

Number 82: Heartlandraco is a blast from the past that swings straight pastyour opponent's monsters and plucks their last 2000 Life Points away. It'snot as flashy as Elemental HERO Rampart Blaster, but one of thoseaforementioned cards is a lot easier to pull off than the other.

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There's very little missing from this deck, and in terms of Cubic cards,the coffer's already run empty. Dark Garnex the Cubic Beast was useful inthis one Karakuri / Naturia deck my friend Chris made, but that's notreally going to translate to this strategy. Vulcan Dragni the Cubic King'sactually a good card for certain combos, but not ones that involve OTK's.The same can be said for Cubic Mandala and Cubic Rebirth: they'd be handyif you expected to live past Turn 3.

You can see that Machado's had good reason to be concerned with the strong,but fragile Cubic deck since he packed it with protection cards.Unification of the Cubic Lords is a pseudo-defensive option, but BattleFader is a cry for help saying "Yeah, I should lose this duel, but… maybeone more turn?"

You could argue that Triple Burst Dragon, Gagaga Cowboy, Dark StrikeFighter, and Topologic Bomber Dragon deserve a place in the strategy, butthat's starting to wander into extremely unlikely territory. Machado knewfull well his deck couldn't out-grind most opposing strategies, so dealingthe last few Life Points with a Gagaga Cowboy would've been prettyredundant.

Lastly, I want to touch on Genex Ally Birdman. As can be said for so manycards in this deck, Birdman has a very specific purpose. Three of them,really. Not only does it let you make Black Rose Dragon to clear the fieldand reuse Duza the Meteor Cubic Vessel, but it puts another Cubic monsterin your hand for Crimson Nova the Dark Cubic Lord. That might really be itsmost important use.

Since Duza can yard Unification of the Cubic Lords to Special Summon moreDuzas, or Cubic Karma to search more Cubic cards to your hand, a clutchGenex Ally Birdman could take you from a hodge-podge of cards to well over8000 damage.

Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.

-Loukas Peterson


Loukas Peterson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where it's warmer thanwarm, whatever that means. When he's not submitting ideas for Fabledsupport and a Fabled Link monster, you can find making "attempts" at"art" and playing his ukulele terribly, or on Wednesday nights, hangingout with the local mice. Hailed as the only person capable of cookingMinute Rice in 56 seconds, Loukas is always looking at expanding hisapartment to house every dog in the world.

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