The Weather – otherwise known as Weather Painters – won their first round of the Create-a-Card Project. I basically predicted that outcome last week, but it's not exactly a big surprise: The Weather was easily the favorite to win against Graydles, and as I argued last week it simply made more sense to support them. Graydles might need four or five cards to become a serious, cohesive strategy, but Weather Painters are potentially a single card away from being a real competitor.

I'm planning on highlighting some of the decks that are winning in the Create-a-Card Project as the voting goes on, and this week we're starting off with a look at current builds of The Weather. Keep in mind that there's a good reason why Weather Painters are featured in this poll in the first place: the deck has a hard time keeping up with the best strategies in today's game. That said, The Weather has a fascinating mechanic where the deck's spells and traps grant the Weather Painter monsters new effects, and like Witchcrafters there are plenty of opportunities to out-resource your opponent.

Painting A Picture - The Weather

The Weather theme sets itself apart from other strategies with its completely unassuming monster line-up. All of the deck's monsters do the following: if banished from the field to activate a "The Weather" card, you can summon that monster from the banished zone during the next Standby Phase.

None of the Weather Painters actually have an effect that banishes themselves or other monsters – excluding The Weather Painter Rainbow – but you can change that with the Canvass spells and traps. Placing a Canvass in the same column or adjacent column as a Weather Painter will grant each monster an additional effect.

You can stack your Weather Painter monsters with up to three effects from Canvas cards by strategically building your field. Like Mekk-Knights you'll find yourself paying careful attention to the columns of your monsters, spells, and traps, long before you try to Link Summon. Poor placement could leave your monsters without an effect, and turn them into sitting ducks for your opponent.

Layering the best Canvass effects on your monsters is a great first step towards winning the game, but this isn't a deck that wins quickly. You'll need to grind out resources, fight for every inch against your opponent, and slowly ramp up your field presence until you can lock down the game with The Weather Painter Rainbow.

Defining Your Palette

The Weather Painter Snow is the deck's obvious go-to Normal Summon and the ideal card to open with. Snow's effect lets you place a "The Weather" spell or trap from your deck face-up in your backrow, and yes that does include placing traps face-up. If you're going first in the duel you'll probably want to activate The Weather Snowy Canvas to search for more members of the theme, but if you're playing second you might grab The Weather Rainbowed Canvas instead. The Weather Rainbowed Canvas effect turns your The Weather monster into a themed Lonefire Blossom on a Quick Effect, but your opponent needs to control a monster to activate it. It also locks you out of summoning monsters from the deck for the rest of the turn, which could be important if you're playing Interrupted Kaiju Slumber.

You can make do without The Weather Painter Snow if you open with The Weather Snowy Canvas, and if you're playing second a combination of Valhalla, Hall of the Fallen and The Weather Painter Rain you can put The Weather Rainbowed Canvas in play a turn earlier. The Weather Painter Rain typically one of the first cards you'll summon from the deck with The Weather Rainbowed Canvas to put another trap Canvas into play, like The Weather Thundery Canvas or The Weather Auroral Canvas. Ideally you'll simply open with The Weather Snowy Canvas, but not seeing your key search cards in the early game is a very real vulnerability with this deck. It's hard to avoid without playing Pot of Extravagance.

The Weather Painter Thunder is another great early game pick to summon with The Weather Rainbowed Canvas. You'll typically summon The Weather Painter Thunder to swap out some card that's outlived its usefulness, like a Valhalla, Hall of the Fallen that you already resolved earlier that turn. The Weather Painter Thunder can exchange any continuous spell or trap for a "The Weather" spell or trap, so you can use it to find your starting cards like The Weather Snowy Canvas or The Weather Rainbowed Canvas.

Alternatively, you can also swap out a duplicate Canvas card if you happen to draw a second copy. You can only control a single copy of any given Canvas at a time, so there's no downside to exchanging a The Weather Snowy Canvas for a The Weather Thundery Canvas if you have another The Weather Snowy Canvas in your hand.

Creating Optimal Set-Ups

It's rarely possible to summon The Weather Painter Rainbow on your first turn, but you can insulate yourself from the worst of your opponent's plays. The Weather Painter Aurora is a hugely important defensive monster for The Weather and it's largely the reason why you won't see Starlight Road or Waking the Dragon in the Main Deck of the following example build.

The Weather Painter Aurora built-in effect protects your Weather Painter cards from Cosmic Cyclone, Twin Twisters and Lightning Storm, as well as any number of targeting or destruction effects that attempt to attack your Canvas cards. The Weather Painter Cloud acts as a second insurance policy against mass removal targeting your backrow, and you can summon it with The Weather Rainbowed Canvas in response to backrow removal.

The Weather Cloudy Canvas is another line of defense that can help you stay alive in the Battle Phase, but the real star of your defensive line-up is The Weather Thundery Canvas. Remember when Neo-Spacian Grand Mole was Limited? Well, The Weather Thundery Canvas turns your Weather Painters into even better Neo-Spacian Grand Mole that return to the field on their own without burning your Normal Summon. It's extremely useful for sending your opponent's Extra Deck monsters back where they came from, and you can even bounce a Kaiju back to your own hand.

Eventually you'll reach The Weather Painter Rainbow which offers some of your Weather Painters a negation effect. It's the capstone of the strategy and the deck's win condition, and ideally you'll summon it with The Weather Painter Sun. Sun's effect lets it pop right back out of the graveyard to pick up The Weather Painter Rainbow negation effect, and as a result it's a great option for Link and Xyz Summons. It's also a useful tool for shutting off cards like Skill Drain and Lose 1 Turn, or triggering the effect of The Weather Painter Cloud.

Example Build

The early game for The Weather is a little rough, and you might be holding on for dear life if you don't open with a floodgate to slow the pace of the duel. Valhalla, Hall of the Fallen accelerates your summons, and Hecatrice ensures you'll see it sooner. What's uniquely interesting about Valhalla, Hall of the Fallen in this deck is that you can actually use it at almost any point in the duel – simply banish your Weather Painters and you'll have an open field again.

Lose 1 Turn, Skill Drain and Dimensional Barrier all have minimal impact on your monsters, so there's almost no downside to playing them. They're an excellent backup to help slow down the game when your hand traps and Canvas effects aren't cutting it, and you can send them to the graveyard with The Weather Painter Sun whenever you're done using them. The floodgates also draw out your opponent's backrow removal which should hopefully keep your more important Canvas cards in play.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Kelly's Weather Painter Deck by Kelly Locke

'Kelly's Weather Painter Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Kelly Locke

Event:

Rank:

Advanced

Market Price: $100.83

Cards

Hecatrice

Market Price: $0.28

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/156005_200w.jpg

You can discard this card to the Graveyard; add 1 "Valhalla, Hall of the Fallen" from your Deck to your hand.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/structure-deck-wave-of-light/hecatrice

Interrupted Kaiju Slumber

Market Price: $1.57

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/111188_200w.jpg

Destroy as many monsters on the field as possible, then Special Summon in Attack Position, 2 "Kaiju" monsters with different names from your Deck (1 on each side), but they cannot change their battle positions, and must attack, if able. During your Main Phase, except the turn this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can banish this card from your Graveyard; add 1 "Kaiju" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only activate 1 "Interrupted Kaiju Slumber" per turn.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/breakers-of-shadow/interrupted-kaiju-slumber

Borreload Dragon

Market Price: $1.24

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/196861_200w.jpg

3+ Effect Monsters

Neither player can target this card with monster effects. Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; it loses 500 ATK/DEF. Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this effect's activation. At the start of the Damage Step, if this card attacks an opponent's monster: You can place that opponent's monster in a zone this card points to and take control of it, but send it to the GY during the End Phase of the next turn.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/structure-deck-rokket-revolt/borreload-dragon

Number 3: Cicada King

Market Price: $0.27

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/217971_200w.jpg

2 Level 3 monsters

If the battle position of this card is changed: You can Special Summon 1 Insect monster from your hand or GY in Defense Position. When a monster on the field activates its effect: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target that monster; negate its effects, then make 1 Insect monster on the field either gain 500 DEF, or change its battle position. You can only use each effect of "Number 3: Cicada King" once per turn.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/battles-of-legend-armageddon/number-3-cicada-king

The Weather Auroral Canvas

Market Price: $0.22

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152448_200w.jpg

"The Weather" Effect Monsters in your Main Monster Zones of this card's column and its adjacent columns gain this effect.

? When exactly 1 card is added to one player's hand (except during the Damage Step): You can banish this card; banish the added card, and if you do, that player draws 1 card. You can only control 1 "The Weather Auroral Canvas".

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-auroral-canvas

Valhalla, Hall of the Fallen

Market Price: $0.64

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/47155_200w.jpg

Once per turn, if you control no monsters, you can Special Summon 1 Fairy-Type monster from your hand.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/structure-deck-lost-sanctuary/valhalla-hall-of-the-fallen

Knightmare Cerberus

Market Price: $1.22

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/166353_200w.jpg

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. Your co-linked monsters cannot be destroyed by card effects.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/flames-of-destruction/knightmare-cerberus

The Weather Painter Sun

Market Price: $0.73

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152437_200w.jpg

If this card is in your GY: You can send 1 face-up Continuous Spell/Trap you control to the GY; Special Summon this card in Defense Position, and if you do, place 1 "The Weather" Spell/Trap from your hand face-up in your Spell & Trap Zone. You can only use this effect of "The Weather Painter Sun" once per turn. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase of the turn after this card was banished from the field to activate a "The Weather" card's effect: You can Special Summon this banished card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-painter-sun

The Weather Rainy Canvas

Market Price: $0.20

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152444_200w.jpg

"The Weather" Effect Monsters in your Main Monster Zones of this card's column and its adjacent columns gain this effect.

• You can banish this card, then target 1 Spell/Trap your opponent controls (Quick Effect); return it to the hand.
You can only control 1 "The Weather Rainy Canvas".

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-rainy-canvas

The Weather Painter Thunder

Market Price: $1.13

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152438_200w.jpg

You can send 1 face-up Continuous Spell/Trap you control to the GY; place 1 "The Weather" Spell/Trap from your Deck face-up in your Spell & Trap Zone. You can only use this effect of "The Weather Painter Thunder" once per turn. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase of the turn after this card was banished from the field to activate a "The Weather" card's effect: You can Special Summon this banished card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-painter-thunder

Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

Market Price: $12.02

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/184763_200w.jpg

When a card or effect is activated that includes any of these effects (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; negate that effect.

• Add a card from the Deck to the hand.
• Special Summon from the Deck.
• Send a card from the Deck to the GY.
You can only use this effect of "Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring" once per turn.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/structure-deck-soulburner/ash-blossom-and-joyous-spring

The Weather Painter Cloud

Market Price: $1.03

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152435_200w.jpg

If another face-up "The Weather" card you control is sent to the GY: You can target up to 2 "The Weather" Spells/Traps in your GY; place them face-up in your Spell & Trap Zone. You can only use this effect of "The Weather Painter Cloud" once per turn. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase of the turn after this card was banished from the field to activate a "The Weather" card's effect: You can Special Summon this banished card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-painter-cloud

Skill Drain

Market Price: $5.33

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/69704_200w.jpg

Pay 1000 Life Points. The effects of all face-up Effect Monsters are negated.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/battle-pack-epic-dawn/skill-drain

The Weather Painter Snow

Market Price: $11.97

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152420_200w.jpg

When this card is Normal Summoned: You can place 1 "The Weather" Spell/Trap from your Deck face-up in your Spell & Trap Zone. You can only use this effect of "The Weather Painter Snow" once per turn. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase of the turn after this card was banished from the field to activate a "The Weather" card's effect: You can Special Summon this banished card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-painter-snow

Knightmare Unicorn

Market Price: $14.34

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/197122_200w.jpg

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.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/2019-gold-sarcophagus-tin-mega-pack/knightmare-unicorn

The Weather Sunny Canvas

Market Price: $0.18

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152446_200w.jpg

"The Weather" Effect Monsters in your Main Monster Zones of this card's column and its adjacent columns gain this effect.

? You can banish this card, then target 1 monster you control (Quick Effect); Tribute that target, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "The Weather" monster from your hand or GY, but not with the same name the Tributed monster had on the field. You can only control 1 "The Weather Sunny Canvas".

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-sunny-canvas

Number 47: Nightmare Shark

Market Price: $0.95

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/92545_200w.jpg

2 Level 3 monsters

When this card is Special Summoned: You can attach 1 Level 3 WATER monster from your hand or your side of the field to this card as an Xyz Material. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 WATER monster you control; this turn, that monster can attack your opponent directly, also other monsters cannot attack.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/2014-mega-tins/number-47-nightmare-shark

The Weather Cloudy Canvas

Market Price: $0.29

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152445_200w.jpg

"The Weather" Effect Monsters in your Main Monster Zones of this card's column and its adjacent columns gain this effect.

? You can banish this card, then target 1 face-up monster on the field (except during the Damage Step) (Quick Effect); halve its current ATK for the rest of this turn, but it can attack directly this turn. You can only control 1 "The Weather Cloudy Canvas".

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-cloudy-canvas

Dimensional Fissure

Market Price: $0.47

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/24980_200w.jpg

All monsters that would send to Graveyard would be removed from game instead.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/enemy-of-justice/dimensional-fissure

Akashic Magician

Market Price: $0.44

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/173538_200w.jpg

2 monsters with the same Type, except Tokens

You can only Link Summon "Akashic Magician(s)" once per turn. If this card is Link Summoned: Return all monsters this card points to to the hand. Once per turn: You can declare 1 card name; excavate cards from the top of your Deck, equal to the total Link Rating of the Link Monsters co-linked to this card, then if you excavated any copies of the declared card, add them to your hand, also send the remaining cards to the GY.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/shadows-in-valhalla/akashic-magician

Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju

Market Price: $1.24

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/107725_200w.jpg

You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's side of the field in Attack Position, by Tributing 1 monster they control. If your opponent controls a "Kaiju" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Attack Position. You can only control 1 "Kaiju" monster. During either player's turn, when your opponent activates a card or effect, except "Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju": You can remove 2 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; negate the activation, and if you do, banish that card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/dimension-of-chaos/gameciel-the-sea-turtle-kaiju

Lose 1 Turn

Market Price: $1.01

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/122331_200w.jpg

Activate this card only if you currently control no Special Summoned monsters. While a monster is face-up on the field, negate its effects during the turn that monster was Special Summoned. If an Effect Monster(s) is Special Summoned in Attack Position: Change it to Defense Position.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/2016-mega-tins-mega-pack/lose-1-turn

The Phantom Knights of Break Sword

Market Price: $0.80

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/177697_200w.jpg

2 Level 3 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 card you control and 1 card your opponent controls; destroy them. If this Xyz Summoned card is destroyed: You can target 2 "The Phantom Knights" monsters with the same Level in your GY; Special Summon them and increase their Levels by 1, also you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except DARK monsters.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/legendary-hero-decks/the-phantom-knights-of-break-sword

The Weather Painter Aurora

Market Price: $0.95

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152439_200w.jpg

When this card is Normal Summoned: You can place 1 "The Weather" Spell/Trap from your hand, Deck, or GY face-up in your Spell & Trap Zone. Your opponent cannot target "The Weather" Spells/Traps you control with card effects, also they cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase of the turn after this card was banished from the field to activate a "The Weather" card's effect: You can Special Summon this banished card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-painter-aurora

Leviair the Sea Dragon

Market Price: $0.68

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/177704_200w.jpg

2 Level 3 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 banished Level 4 or lower monster; Special Summon that target to your field.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/legendary-hero-decks/leviair-the-sea-dragon

The Last Warrior from Another Planet

Market Price: $0.58

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/210285_200w.jpg

"Zombyra the Dark" + "Maryokutai"

When this card is Special Summoned: Destroy all other monsters you control. Neither player can Summon monsters.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/duel-overload/the-last-warrior-from-another-planet

The Weather Snowy Canvas

Market Price: $0.25

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152441_200w.jpg

"The Weather" Effect Monsters in your Main Monster Zones of this card's column and its adjacent columns gain this effect.

? You can banish this card (Quick Effect); add 1 "The Weather" card from your Deck to your hand, also you cannot add cards from your Deck to your hand for the rest of this turn, except by drawing them. You can only control 1 "The Weather Snowy Canvas".

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-snowy-canvas

Knightmare Phoenix

Market Price: $4.75

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/166354_200w.jpg

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.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/flames-of-destruction/knightmare-phoenix

The Weather Thundery Canvas

Market Price: $1.52

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152447_200w.jpg

"The Weather" Effect Monsters in your Main Monster Zones of this card's column and its adjacent columns gain this effect.

? At the start of the Damage Step, if this card battles an opponent's monster: You can banish this card; return that opponent's monster to the hand. You can only control 1 "The Weather Thundery Canvas".

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-thundery-canvas

Naturia Exterio

Market Price: $4.39

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/39665_200w.jpg

"Naturia Beast" + "Naturia Barkion"

A Fusion Summon of this card can only be conducted with the above Fusion Material Monsters. While this card is face-up on the field, you can negate the activation of a Spell/Trap Card, and destroy it, by removing from play 1 card from your Graveyard, then sending the top card of your Deck to the Graveyard.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/hidden-arsenal-4/naturia-exterio

Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju

Market Price: $1.16

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/102506_200w.jpg

You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) to your opponent's side of the field in Attack Position, by Tributing 1 monster they control. If your opponent controls a "Kaiju" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in Attack Position. You can only control 1 "Kaiju" monster. When your opponent Normal or Special Summons a monster(s): You can remove 2 Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field; until the end of the next turn, that monster(s) cannot attack and its effects are negated.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/clash-of-rebellions/kumongous-the-sticky-string-kaiju

The Weather Painter Rainbow

Market Price: $2.64

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152440_200w.jpg

3 "The Weather" monsters
When your opponent would Special Summon a monster(s) (Quick Effect): You can send this Link Summoned card to the GY; negate the Summon, and if you do, destroy that monster(s). Once per turn, during the Standby Phase of the turn after this card was banished from the field to activate a "The Weather" card's effect: You can Special Summon this banished card. "The Weather" Effect Monsters this card points to gain the following effect.

? When a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can banish this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-painter-rainbow

The Weather Painter Rain

Market Price: $0.24

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/152421_200w.jpg

If this card is Special Summoned: You can place 1 "The Weather" Spell/Trap from your hand face-up in your Spell & Trap Zone. You can only use this effect of "The Weather Painter Rain" once per turn. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase of the turn after this card was banished from the field to activate a "Weathery" card's effect: You can Special Summon this banished card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/spirit-warriors/the-weather-painter-rain

The Weather Rainbowed Canvas

Market Price: $0.18

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/189428_200w.jpg

You can only control 1 "The Weather Rainbowed Canvas". "The Weather" Effect Monsters in your Main Monster Zones of this card's column and its adjacent columns gain this effect.

• If your opponent controls a monster (Quick Effect): You can banish this card; Special Summon 1 "The Weather" monster with a different name from your Deck, also you cannot Special Summon other monsters from the Deck for the rest of this turn.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/dark-neostorm/the-weather-rainbowed-canvas

Super Quantal Mech Beast Grampulse

Market Price: $1.96

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/112665_200w.jpg

2 Level 3 monsters

Cannot attack unless it has Xyz Material. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy it. This effect can be activated during either player's turn, if this card has "Super Quantum Blue Layer" as Xyz Material. Once per turn: You can attach 1 "Super Quantum" monster from your hand or field to this card as an Xyz Material.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/yugioh/wing-raiders/super-quantal-mech-beast-grampulse

I've made some space in the Extra Deck for sided copies of Waking the Dragon, but you could optionally side the Extra Deck monsters instead. Luckily The Weather's totally resilient against Dark Ruler No More, and there's really no equivalent counter for spells and traps at the moment. Evenly Matched and Lightning Storm are the biggest threats you'll face to your set-up, so siding copies of Imperial Order, Solemn Judgment, and of course Waking the Dragon will help you stay in the duel during Games 2 and 3.

Pot of Extravagance is a fantastic option for this deck, and if you have copies you'll definitely want to include it in your build. I've replaced the slots that would have been taken up by Pot of Extravagance with more interruption to help buy a little more time while you're establishing your set-up. There's another road you can go down if you're looking for even more defense: you can play Battle Fader. It's an odd choice, but The Weather players swear by it since your field is often empty. You can turn Battle Fader into Linkuriboh later, and you can trigger its effect early by turning an opponent's attack into a direct attack with The Weather Cloudy Canvas.

The upcoming Create-A-Card Project support could end up being a new Weather Painter monster, a new Canvas, or some kind of Extra Deck monster. I think we'll most likely see the final Weather Painter in the color spectrum: red. I'm not sure what red represents in terms of the weather outside of a sunset, so who knows what it'll look like.

What it might do for the deck is another story. Even a monster with an effect that summons another Weather Painter from the hand would be a tremendous help, but I imagine it'll be a lot stronger than that. This deck's ability to control the board and manipulate monsters is a little terrifying, so anything that accelerates its ability to build field presence could put it on the map as a serious competitive strategy. There's a lot of potential here, if players decide to give it a shot.

Until next time then

-Kelly