If we were ever to choose a hipster deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! I'd have to give that award to Frogs. Think about it: the deck is so uncool that it's cool. These strange little amphibians have always been on the fringe of competition ever since the insanity of Substitoad. Shoot, even the duelists that play Frogs could be consider hipsters. They always know when the deck is good before anybody else realizes it, and then as soon as everyone realizes the deck is good – boom! the shape of the Format changes and the opportunity's gone. The deck's suddenly not cool anymore.

Well my friends, I'm here to make us all hipsters. You see right now is that opportunity! All of the conditions are right for you to give your opponent a good frogging! First off, the Format is slooooooow. Frogs can usually keep up regardless, but man do they absolutely flourish in slower conditions. Second, Fire Hand and Ice Hand are everywhere and seeing as a Frog deck traditionally forgoes backrow cards entirely, you can disrupt one of the most annoying control engines this game has ever seen by leaving Ice Hand with no targets for its effect (and thus no Special Summons). Finally, no deck can really stand its entire field being wiped. That's a hard kind of hit to recover from.

Which these Frogs do. So, yeah…

A Tale Of Two Frogs…
If you're hipstery enough for the hipster club then you know that there are two relatively popular variants of the Frog strategy. Everyone knows the Monarch version; it's the more popular of the two and has essentially become the standard thought when someone mentions Frogs. I'm also lumping Lancer Frogs and all other Tribute-based strategies into this category for the sake of consistency. Whenever you see a Frog deck top, the culprit's usually something along these lines. It's understandable of course; the deck's incredibly consistent and versatile. If you don't know what you're playing against, it can be easy to fall into the myriad pitfalls the deck employs to win. Losing out to a well-timed Creature Swap blows incredibly hard – and believe me when I say that it is a horn that is indeed tooted often.

The second strategy is something that could be considered a radical departure from normal conventions. Instead of focusing on economically sound Tribute Summons, this strategy makes it all the way to the bank on the back of flashy Xyz Summons, specifically the under-played Rank 5's that sporadically dot competition. Treeborn Frog, be damned! You'll have your traps and you'll use them too! It's a strategy that's been made popular in recent times by a young man from Germany by the name of Michael Friedmann – and yeah, that is pretty hipstery. Some of you may have a faint inkling as to what this strategy looks like, after he Topped the German Nationals with it last year the ball began to roll and hasn't quite stopped rolling yet.

The best part about anything Frog related is that your deck's generally affordable regardless of what version you're playing, and that's something I take notice of. What I have for you today is somewhat of an amalgamation of the two strategies, partially because I think that both have different strengths that lend themselves well to a cohesive strategy, and partially because I just like both. You know, make new friends and keep the old, one is Sillva and the other Goldd…

Sorry, wrong deck. Here's the right one:

DECKID=100491This strategy hinges on abusing Des Frog, one of the game's more obscure amphibians. If you've played Frogs in the past or present, you may recognize the name because both Dupe Frog and Ronintoadin are both treated as Des Frog while they're face-up on the field. So what exactly is this Des Frog that all of the other toadies are trying to be? The short answer is gallons upon gallons of synergy. The long answer is, well… this article. On the surface of the lily pad, Des Frog's pretty unassuming. It's a 1900 ATK Level 5 Aqua monster – not exactly a showstopper to say the least. As for its effect, whenever it's Tributed Summon (Thank Ra you're playing Frogs, right?) you can Special Summon any number of Des Frogs from your hand or deck up to the number of T.A.D.P.O.L.E. you have in the graveyard.

Already things are starting to look better for this large, aquatic creature and it's easy to see how you can make a solid Rank 5 Xyz Summon using Des Frog's effect. So what about this T.A.D.P.O.L.E. thing that's getting more and more annoying to type in? What does it do? Well, let me explain it so I don't have to punch type it out one more time: it's an enabler. That's it. Sure, when it's destroyed by battle and sent to the graveyard you can add any other copies of itself from your deck to your hand… but since we're running only one copy of it, it might as well just be a Normal Monster. Believe me when I say that you've got better ways of Special Summoning all three copies of Des Frog

…Like Mother Effing Inferno Reckless Summon, Yo
I can't even begin to describe to you how magnificent Inferno Reckless Summon is in this deck. However, since it's my job, I'm going to have to. Do you remember Rekindling? The busted "Special Summon ALL THE FIRE MONSTERS" card? Well, within the context of this particular deck, Inferno Reckless Summon might as well just be Rekindling – except it's more like, "Look! I can make Des Frogs appear out of anywhere! Oooooh!" Now, to eliminate any confusion that could be lingering, yes you are right in the fact that you can only activate Inferno Reckless Summon in response to the Special Summoning of a monster with 1500 ATK or less and, as noted, Des Frog has 1900 ATK. However, Ronintoadin's treated as Des Frog while face-up on the field and only has 100 ATK; meager by all standards but perfect for some Reckless Summoning.

So whenever you Special Summon Ronintoadin – which is pretty much all the time, because Frogs – you can activate Inferno Reckless Summon and proceed to Special Summon all three copies of Des Frog from your hand, deck, or graveyard. The bigger picture's probably starting to get clearer now. With three copies of Ronintoadin and Inferno Reckless Summon, you're going to start cranking out Rank 5 Xyz Monsters at an incredibly consistent rate because you can put multiple copies of Des Frog on the field at an incredibly consistent rate. It's for that reason that you're also running a full play set of Des Croaking. It's a simple spell card with catastrophic results: you can only activate it if you have three Des Frogs face-up, and it destroys all of your opponent's cards. The wickedly cool and unfair thing about it? You're running nine copies of Des Frog. Once you draw into Des Croaking you're going to have no trouble at all wiping out your opponent's precious infrastructure.

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It's easy to see how alluring your power plays are, but there's glory in the subtle nuances as well. It wouldn't be a Frog article if there wasn't any discussion of Swap Frog, and believe me, it's necessary to talk about everyone's favorite at least for a little while. We don't really need to rehash the commonly known fact that Swap Frog sets up all of your plays, but it is worth talking a little bit about its interaction with Inferno Reckless Summon. Since Swap Frog has 1000 ATK, it meets the requirement of Inferno Reckless Summon so that you can bring two more copies of it to the field.

Be careful though, because if you activate the effect of your first Swap Frog, your other two will miss timing. Special Summoning your Swap Frogs in this fashion will almost always result in a field with three Ghostrick Socuteboss for you and three locked out monsters plus the inability to attack for your opponent. It's brutal, it's effective, and it's borderline unprecedented. There isn't much more to ask for, is there?

Alright, Buck. Where's The Bang!?
This one comes right up to the nose at $100. Frogs are oddly expensive commons and the Extra Deck features some relatively notable Xyz Monsters. But man, you will love this deck to pieces if you build it. I've been searching for my next deck to build and this is it. I can't wait to share with you guys where my exploration and development take me. I'm sure some of you have experience with the deck already? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the Comments section below!

-Zach Buckley

Team Nofatchx