Back in August in my Monster Searcher article, I mentioned how much I loved Deskbot 001 and that I wanted to write an entire article about it. I was discussing the applications of Where Arf Thou? and how useful this little guy was. In case you missed it, here's what I wrote:

"Deskbot 001 is a cute little Tuner that boosts itself by 500 ATK for each Machine-type monster you control! It can also revive itself from the graveyard for even more shenanigans. I could write an entire column on this James Bond-Machine wannabe, but we'll get there. I'm sure of it."

Well. Thanks to some new support: it's time to make good on my promise! The New Challengers gave us Deskbot 002, which boosts all other Machines by 500 ATK and DEF. If it's Special Summoned, you can add any Deskbot card from your deck to your hand. This nifty thing searches out the almighty Deskbot 001 and if you happen to have both on the field, your 001 will be sitting pretty at 2000 ATK and DEF: which is nothing to scoff at for a Level 1 Tuner. With both monsters being prime targets for Machine Duplication, I knew there was something brewing, but it wasn't ready for any kind of tournament play yet.

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Enter the latest release, Secrets of Eternity! While I'm not totally head over heels in love with this set as a whole, Deskbot 003 is worth getting excited about. When you Normal Summon 003, you can Special Summon any Deskbot except 003, from your deck. Then, during either player's turn, you can boost one Deskbot by 500 ATK and DEF for each Deskbot card you control. Talk about perfect synergy, Batman.

Normal Summon Deskbot 003 to Special Summon Deskbot 002 from your deck. Deskbot 002 will then trigger to search any Deskbot including 003, so you can rinse and repeat the play next turn. I can't think of another monster that, upon a successful Normal Summon, can net you a +2 for free. It's bananas. 003's base ATK is also 500, so it's another Machine Duplication target. Its quick effect is also quite nasty the moment you can get a third Deskbot monster on the field, because it'll boost any one of them by 1500 ATK and DEF plus whatever boost your other monsters are getting from themselves. These puny little wonders get out of hand really fast.

It's Over 9000!
So the first question you need to ask yourself is: what's the game plan? Once you've got that covered you follow it up with "How can we achieve that?" So… what's the game plan?

Based on what was identified about these secret agents, I think it's safe to say that we want to swarm the field with them and OTK. We've already noted how incredibly well Machine Duplication fits into this deck, but what else can work? If you've followed any of my Des Frog articles, you'll know I love Inferno Reckless Summon and thanks to Deskbot 003: that card fits into this theme now as well! Whenever you resolve Deskbot 003's effect, you can Inferno Reckless Summon whichever Deskbot you want. The good news is that no matter which you choose, you'll always have 8000 damage on the field. Let's take a look:

If you opted to Special Summon Deskbot 002, its effect would trigger. Then, if your opponent has a monster on the field, you could activate Inferno Reckless Summon to Special Summon your other copies of Deskbot 002. Thankfully, Deskbot 002's effect is an "If…You can" ability, so you'll activate both 002's you Special Summon. You'll add three Deskbot cards from your deck to your hand and have four monsters on the field.

Each Deskbot 002 boosts all other Machines by 500 ATK and DEF. So that means all of your Deskbot 002's have 1500 ATK and DEF, while your Deskbot 003 is sitting mighty at 2500. While that's only 7000 total ATK, Deskbot 003 is going to allow you to kick one of your Deskbots up by another 2000 ATK and DEF. It's almost over 9000. Because your opponent gets some monsters out of this exchange, it's typically best to save the play until you know you can finish off your opponent; or until your opponent controls an Extra Deck monster, so they can't Special Summon anything,

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But what if you chose to Special Summon Deskbot 001? Well, the result is even MORE damage. While you won't net any extra cards in your hand, you'll gain a significant amount of damage. Each Deskbot 001 boosts itself by 500 ATK and DEF for each Machine you control, including itself. So with four Deskbots out, all of your 001's will sit at a hefty 2500 ATK and DEF. Toss in the 500 ATK and DEF of Deskbot 003 and you've hit 8000 damage. Use 003's ability and it's officially OVER 9000! That would be 10,000 damage to be exact.

The coolest part about Inferno Reckless Summon here is that thanks to Deskbot 003, you can tackle every monster played in Yu-Gi-Oh today: including Apoqliphort Towers. Deskbot 003 can make one of your monsters 4500 ATK and DEF until the End Phase during either player's turn. That's huge! Your opponent will have to drastically consider how they go about attacking you if they manage to survive your onslaught.

Finding The Bond Girls
Now that we know our game plan, we need to figure out how to achieve it. The first thing you should do is hop on over to the Konami Yu-Gi-Oh database. Once you're there, it's important to find all of the monsters that support Machines. Simply click "Machine" and "Effect." Then, in the text box, type "Machine" and select "Search by Card Text." 73 results come back at you, and a bunch of them are Extra Deck monsters. As you sift through them you'll notice a handful of gems, some decent monsters, and some that are just too slow.

Right off the bat you'll see Ancient Gear Box, which can grab any of the Deskbots from your deck to your hand anytime you search Ancient Gear Box. While pretty horrible to draw on its own, this card combos really well with the next useful card on the list: Geargiauger. With Geargiauger, you could run a few copies of Geargiaccelerator to give yourself the option of Rank 4 Xyz and a Turn 1 Gear Gigant X. With Gigant X on the field you can search any of your Deskbots or Ancient Gear Box, which can get you the ever-so-valuable Deskbot 003. Gear Box is a pretty neat way to thin your deck by three cards on Turn 1, but I'm not sure it's better than the next suite of useful monsters: Machinas.

The Machina monsters, while not as directly supportive as the Geargias, can easily help you accomplish your game plan. Like Geargiauger, Machina Gearframe's a quick +1 on Turn 1. You'll typically search for Machina Fortress, which is important in its own right as it'll let you place Deskbot 001 in the graveyard where you can revive it with its own effect. There's also the added bonus of yarding Deskbot 002, which you could then Special Summon to add any Deskbot from your deck to your hand.

What I like about the Machina suite is that you're gaining pure muscle while still thinning your deck and swarming the field. The Geargia monsters are all tiny and force you to go into the Extra Deck: something you don't really need to do otherwise, which gives you an edge in the Shaddoll matchup. Not to mention, playing Machina Fortress means you could easily Xyz Summon Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack, whose token generating effect is one of the easiest ways to trigger Deskbot 001. Since your core monsters are rather tiny until you Summon a few of them, this is one of the few instances where I'll trade consistency for muscle.

The rest of the deck filled itself out with generic revival, removal and power cards. Let's take a look at what we've got:DECKID=101649This deck plays out really well and thanks to the sheer power of the Deskbot monsters, it doesn't struggle with Shaddolls at all. You don't need the Extra Deck, and you have plenty of outs to El Shaddoll Winda and El Shaddoll Construct. I'd play Deskbots against Shaddolls all day long.

Burning Abyss can be a pain, but thankfully Inferno Reckless Summon is still really unfair against a wall of Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss. You can keep up with the deck in terms of card advantage, and barring a Fire Lake of the Burning Abyss, Machina Fortress almost guarantees that you won't be OTK'd. You'll win those games with your Limited cards and by boosting Deskbot 001 to over 8000 ATK.

Qliphorts' only saving grace against Deskbots is Saqlifice, but aside from that: your monsters are always pretty large. Thanks to Deskbot 003, your opponent won't have an easy time declaring attacks against you. Machina Fortress is also really fantastic in this matchup. It'll constantly pluck out cards from your opponents' hands, or destroy monsters with its effect, clearing the way for your Deskbots to finish off your opponent.

I'm a huge fan of this theme and I'm hoping for some "Deskbot" spells and traps in future sets. Deskbot 002 could add them to your hand and if any face-up cards enter the fray, Deskbot 003 will boost up your monsters for each of those as well! This theme has a ton of promise and it's shaping up to become the next Geargia, but a bit faster.

Let me know what awesome decks your toying around with now that Secrets of Eternity is legal! Did you realize the power of the deskbot army? If so, have you tried to play the deck another way?

-Pasquale Crociata