The last Regional Qualifier weekend of the July 2014 format has come to an end, and one of the more surprising success stories comes from Stephen Reiter at the Omaha Nebraska Regional. Reiter played Artifact Watts: a trap-heavy strategy that deals damage using monsters that attack directly. This deck isn't concerned with defensive set-ups, or monsters like El Shaddoll Winda or El Shaddoll Construct. As long as Reiter could make direct attacks and prevent his opponent from winning, he'd slowly chip away Life Points.


Wattcobra gets this strategy rolling by searching out other Watt monsters– namely Wattgiraffe and Wattpheasant. Each Watt monster can attack directly, and they'll activate each time they deal battle damage by doing so. While Cobra searches the deck, Giraffe prevents your opponent from activating cards until the end of the turn, and Pheasant banishes monsters on the field until the End Phase. Reiter could attack with Wattgiraffe and then make plays during his Main Phase 2 while his opponent was locked out of their card effects. Wattpheasant can be used more proactively: it banishes face-up monsters after attacking, stripping Xyz Monsters of their materials and taking cards with negation effects off the field temporarily.

Reiter's trap line-up is full of cards that Block Attacks. Threatening Roar, Waboku, Magic Cylinder, and Fiendish Chain kept his Watts safe from attacks. Dimensional Prison and Mirror Force are unnecessary; destroying monsters doesn't make a big difference most of the time. Artifact Sanctum and Artifact Moralltach provide more than enough removal, and for a deck that's focused on making direct attacks with Watt cards, clearing away monsters is irrelevant. If he did end up needing a bit more removal, his sided Fire Hand and Ice Hand would have done the trick.

Stephen Reiter's Watts is another example of how rogue strategies can hold their own against the best decks in the game. Check it out!