Burning Abyss decks have been surprisingly successful since their debut in Duelist Alliance. The deck has been giving Shaddolls and Satellarknights some serious competition, and has even out-performed them at recent events. At the West Allis Wisconsin Regional three Burning Abyss players made it to the Top 8. Kenny Washington was one of them, and this week we'll be taking a look at his take on the new strategy. Starting with his monster line-up, Washington ran the usual suite of Tour Guide From the Underworld; Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss; Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss; and Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss. Notably he only played two copies of Cir, which has the lowest utility in the early game. Washington ran a slimmer monster count than usual and used the extra space for more spells and traps.

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Dark Eruption's a perfect fit with Burning Abyss; Washington could use it to add back Graff or Scarm. It also acts as a fourth copy of Tour Guide, a huge advantage for a deck that can easily run out of steam in the late game. By playing a set of Supply Squad and Upstart Goblin there's a sizeable amount of deck-thinning in Washington's build that narrows the focus of his strategy. With Chaos Sorcerer and Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning, this deck can end games quickly while maintaining a robust defense.

Speaking of defense, check out Washington's trap line-up. Three copies of Phoenix Wing Wind Blast and two Raigeki Break provide huge spot removal. Burning Abyss monsters will still activate when discarded with either trap. Complimenting a pair of Main Deck Mystical Space Typhoon and a third copy in the Side Deck, this build has nothing to fear from opposing Continuous spells and traps like Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror and Stygian Dirge. Burning Abyss has become a serious contender this format, and its early adopters like Kenny Washington who are paving the way for future innovation!