Despite a plethora of Xyz and Synchro Monsters and a strong base ofrecursion, destruction, and revival effects, the most notable Fire Fistdeck in the history of the theme was "+1 Fire Fists."

That deck was arguably the most boring strategy in the history of existencebecause it did roughly one thing and one thing only: accrue hand and fieldeconomy with simple effect activations and whittle down opponents card bycard. It was less entertaining and more straightforward than H.A.T. –Hands, Artifacts, and Traptrix – and that's really setting the barimpossibly low. But this week's contributor from France writes…

If there is indeed a deck that has been at the top and has thencompletely disappeared from tournaments today, it's Fire Fists. Thedeck has many advantages, a great flexibility in monsters, and yetwe see it nowhere. We have all the tools off the Forbidden andLimited list!

Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Rooster is clearly the all-star; itallows you to fetch any monster from the deck. The direct access tothis card passes through Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - HorsePrince. Of course, you can see that's the real reason I added RedResonator and Resonator Call. A Level 2 plus a Level 4 and blam -you have your Synchro!

Thanks,

-Simon H. ~ Montazeau, France

Kudos to Simon for putting together a string of Fire Fist cards that dosomething besides Summon Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear and activateFire Formation - Tenki.

I appreciate that. Here's his build.

DECKID=108213Virtually any time you add a spicy element to an established deck,especially an older fan-favorite that's gone out of style, I'm going tolike what you're doing.

There are limitations to that I'm sure, but if a new add opens up a newpathway for powerful plays, I'm game. I love to see innovation.

Because "Fire Punch" Was Trademarked Already
There was another Fire Fist deck that briefly had some time in the sun, butthe monsters in the 3-Axis Fire Fist deck still didn't span the fullbreadth of Fire Fists.

I'm not saying you need to play every Fire Fist monster in every iterationof the theme, but there are some cool interactions when you start combiningthemes. Also, I know that 4-Axis Fire Fist was technically a thing, but itwas hugely overshadowed by 3-Axis Hybrids and "+1 Fire Fist," so I largelydiscredit it as a best-of-the-best deck rather than a standalone strategy.There was hype for that deck at some point, sure, but there wassignificantly more noise than actual results.

Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Caribou's one of the biggest cards I want toexplore with this Rerouting. While it has two effects, the first effect istoo slow to be reliable. In a pinch, it'd be useful to summon a monster,but I want to use its second effect. After all, Fire Formation - Tenki isthe lifeblood of your deck, and using Caribou to Synchro Summon a Fire Fistmonster – specifically Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince – willfeed into more Fire Fist monsters and in turn more Fire Formation spells,and so on and so on.

And I'm in full agreement with Simon – the easiest way to do that is withRed Resonator. You've got Fire Formation - Tenki and Onslaught of the FireKings to fetch Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Caribou, and Resonator Callfor Red Resonator, so keeping the deck as close to 40 cards as possiblemeans you'll have a good chance of getting to Horse Prince. Again,Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince isn't necessarily your mainplay, but it's a good means to an end. It's a beefy monster, but the "styleof play" if you will is more focused on generating cards.

Which means that Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Rooster is the other segueto keep the ball rolling. Fire Fists dominate by generating more and moreeconomy in the form of Fire Fist and Fire Formation cards, so keeping thatstream steady is definitely one of the best ways to keep your strategyrunning smoothly. The "+1 Fire Fists" deck used Cardcar D and Pot ofDuality to see Fire Formation - Tenki more, 3-Axis Fire Fists playedBrotherhood of the Fire Fist - Leopard, and this iteration runs Cariboualongside the previously used Horse Prince to accomplish the same goal.

But instead of just using Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Rooster as yourdefault off Horse Prince, adding in other cards diversifies what the deckcan do. Adding in Lonefire Blossom, albeit only one, lets you dip into yourExtra Deck in a different way. Obviously, not every deck should just try tomash monsters together until you have infinite copies of Firewall Dragon onthe field, but a Lonefire Blossom that turns into a Dandylion means youhave extra fuel for Link Summons.

Between Fire Formation - Tensu, Onslaught of the Fire Kings, Soul Charge,and my addition of Synkron Resonator, you'll have plenty of ways to get athird monster to Link Summon into Decode Talker, which in turn gives youtwo Fluff Tokens. Again, that's just another option beyond the standardBrotherhood of the Fire Fist - Rooster.

Consolidation Is King
Additionally, Simon opted to cover as much ground as possible with hisstrategy. Don't get me wrong - I'm doing the same thing by pulling keypoints from several iterations of Fire Fists, but I think there's a limitto how far we can reasonably take that. Some of the spells - like a singleTwin Twisters and single Forbidden Chalice – don't really mesh with therest of the deck. Since you're hoping for your combos early on and you needto see them consistently, you'd like your backup cards to be equallyconsistent. More on those changes later.

Adding a Synkron Resonator in place of a third Red Resonator makes sense;you have three Resonator Calls, and you don't need a surplus of monsters inyour hand. I appreciate Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon because itcan make Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Cardinal when Coach SoldierWolfbark can't, but two copies is superfluous. I don't think Brotherhood ofthe Fire Fist - Boar merits a spot here, and Speedroid Menko doesn't seemto fit the deck at all, even though I'm partial to it.

Thanks to Link Monsters there are really a lot of new ways to play FireFists that were previously impossible. Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Ravenand Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Buffalo suddenly become useful, albeitin niche roles. Whenthis ugly thinghits the shores in the booster set Extreme Force, you'll haveanother way to trigger effects like Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Raven.

But for now, I'm scaling the deck and resisting the urge to include everycrazy idea under the sun. One card I'd like to highlight is Brotherhood ofthe Fire Fist - Cardinal. Because it takes two "Fire Fist" monsters, it'sobviously harder to summon than something like Brotherhood of the Fire Fist- Tiger King, but Cardinal's effect is well worth the effort on two levels.Bouncing your opponent's cards is obviously good, but recycling your FireFormation - Tenki and Fire Fist monsters is pivotal.

I remember back in Round 5 of thisregionalthat my victory largely stemmed from my opponent running out of cards. Ithink he resolved all three copies of Tenki and used all his Brotherhood ofthe Fire Fist - Leopards to search all three copies of Tensu, so I won byvirtue of my opponent just not having anything useful left.

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Here are the changes - I kept a lot of the rogue cards in, though theaddition of Call Of The Haunted looks out of place. When you can leverageCoach Soldier Wolfbark's effect on top of your other plays by reviving itwith Call Of The Haunted, the game could quickly spin out of control foryour opponent.

-1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon
-1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Boar
-2 Speedroid Menko
-1 Coach Soldier Wolfbark
-1 Red Resonator
-1 Onslaught of the Fire Kings
-1 Forbidden Chalice
-1 Twin Twisters
-1 Storming Mirror Force
-1 Fire Formation - Tensen
-1 Traptrix Trap Hole Nightmare
-1 Trap Hole of Spikes

-1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
-1 Crimson Blader
-1 Traptrix Rafflesia
-1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Lion Emperor

+1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Spirit
+1 Synkron Resonator
+1 Lonefire Blossom
+1 Dandylion
+1 Upstart Goblin
+1 Fire Formation - Gyokkou
+2 Solemn Strike
+1 Fire Formation - Tenken
+1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
+2 Call Of The Haunted

+1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King
+1 Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
+1 Firewall Dragon
+1 Akashic Magician

Some cards don't really make sense in this strategy. Trishula, Dragon ofthe Ice Barrier is extremely hard to field, and if you opt to playBrotherhood of the Fire Fist - Boar, you might as well try and find a wayto squeeze in Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer. Here's thefinal composition we arrived at after the changes.

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The more I toyed around with this thing, the more weird ideas I had… someof them being the addition of Raven and Buffalo like I mentioned before.But there's no good reason to stuff the deck beyond its 40 card minimum.

Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should, though you'refree to go as crazy as you want. This is Yu-Gi-Oh after all; who knows.

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!

-Loukas Peterson


Loukas Peterson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where it's warmer thanwarm, whatever that means. When he's not submitting ideas for Fabledsupport and a Fabled Link monster, you can find making "attempts" at"art" and playing his ukulele terribly, or on Wednesday nights, hangingout with the local raccoons. Hailed as the only person capable ofcooking Minute Rice in 57 seconds, Loukas is always looking atexpanding his apartment to house every dog in the world.


Do you love winning with unconventional strategies? Do you lovecreating mash-ups? Does your deck need an injection of crazy? Send thefollowing torerouting.tcgplayer@gmail.comto have your deck featured in the "Re-Routing" deck fix column!

-Your Main and Extra Deck list. (No Side Deck needed, but please send awritten deck list, not a screencap; screencapped deck lists will befiled and then burned in the furnace accordingly… and your deck shouldbe TCG legal).

-Your name and city.

-Remember, please use full card names! Abbrevs and mis-sipllngs makeLoukas' life sad. Try your darndest to get the TCG name on there.

-A paragraph or two describing your deck: what it does, why you'replaying it, and its strengths and weaknesses. "Winning" is not astrategy per se, and neither is "beating your opponents before theybeat you."

-Your favorite card from the build and why – make me fall in love withthe deck! The cooler your strategy the more I'll want to fix it, and ifyou throw in funny jokes, that'll surely get my attention too; bewarned, unfunny jokes will push your deck to the back of the stack.Don't be afraid to get creative! New stuff takes priority, because I'mnot bored of it yet! –LJP