I'm normally a huge fan of backstory when it comes to card design, butGraydles aren't so much a reference to any one specific extraterrestrialentity or story. From my research, I haven't found much definitive literaryhomages or explicit historical references in the Graydle lore. But inshort, they're parasitic aliens that you really don't want to eatyou.

I was drawn to Graydles because of their unique effects, which areextremely powerful but don't allow you to out-and-out monopolize the duel.Being a Graydle monster is like being good at a skill you can't monetize,like naming all of America's historical vice presidents, or being anEnglish major. It's odd to say that stealing monsters left and right isn'tthe be-all end-all in this game, but that's the case, so it takes a defthand to pilot this strategy successfully.

Our contributor this week writes us from Alpha Centauri to say thefollowing...

Q: How do you make a slow deck of aliens faster?
A: You put them on motorcycles.

No seriously, I combined the Graydles with Metalfoes and itactually works! Alien sacrifice, fire and water monsters workingtogether, mass hysteria! The deck combines the destruction effectsof the Metalfoes with Graydle Alligator to go off. Since Graydleswork in the graveyard, and Metalfoes are Pendulums, I can leverageSkill Drain, too, and let's just say the combos add up after awhile.

My favorite card is Graydle Dragon because it lets me summonanother Graydle card if it's destroyed, which is great if I alreadyhave one in the graveyard. The only issue is that certain LinkMonsters are too expensive.

-Chris B. ~Alpha Centauri, PXb

Truth be told, the primary reason I chose Chris' submission was the joke.Word to the wise.

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Long story short, Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction's my favorite XyzMonster and will always be my favorite Xyz Monster. Sadly, it's on thechopping block - being Water wasn't enough to save its place in the deck,and there's still plenty left to do with Chris' strategy.

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Graydles are a strange theme that benefit from being destroyed. But unlikestrategies that can function in a vacuum like Fire Kings or Yang Zings,they need your opponent's monsters to gobble up… er, to take control of.Don't get me wrong, stealing monsters is never a bad thing, butwhat if your opponent doesn't have any in the first place?

In other words, Graydles can't do much on your first turn: most Graydledecks follow one of two paths, either combining with a strong, forwardthinking strategy, or they lean on slower cards like Pot of Duality ifyou're forced to go the slow route anyway.

Enter, Mermails!

The Mermails won't totally take over the build here since you still need toleverage the Metalfoes, but there are two big Mermail cards that can turnmediocre cards in your hand into surprises for your opponents. MermailAbyssteus fields a Level 7 monster while adding Mermail Abyssnerei to yourhand, which then pops a Graydle Eagle to steal a monster. It's not a brokenlooping play or anything, but already we have field presence, facilitationof Graydles, and searching ability built in.

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I haven't seen Mermail Abyssocea used much outside of the September 2014format, but I think with Mermail Abyssteus, we might see a resurgence ofAbyssocea. Abyssteus searches Abyssocea which then pops Abyssteus, and fromthat you're given two more Mermails from your deck. The important one hereis Mermail Abyssnerei, letting you refresh your hand while you dig intoyour Extra Deck.

The remaining Mermail monsters exist only to occupy specific niches.Mermail Abyssturge and Mermail Abysspike fill the role of a Level 4 monsterand can be used in fringe situations, but Mermail Abyssgunde takes centerstage. Abyssnerei discards a card and thus triggers Abyssgunde, so things get reallyfun when you're bringing back Mermail Abyssteus.

I'll admit, there are plenty of other ways you could abuse the Mermailmonsters, and by extension Atlanteans – not to mention Mermail AbyssUndine. But I think that path would require me to remove too many Graydleand Metalfoes cards. I'd rather focus on a few more limited avenues ratherthan try to cram 19 strategies into a single deck.

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Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about the Metalfoes… it's just thatthere's so little to say about them. They act as spells to pop GraydleAlligator and they provide Pendulum support, but the coolest thing aboutthem is Metalfoes Volflame. Why?

Because it's Level 7! Not impressed? Well, become impressed,please. Level 7 monsters means you can play Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon.

Simply put, Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon is your path to Odd-Eyes VortexDragon. You'll usually get there by stacking a Mermail Abyssteus withMetalfoes Volflame for Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon, just to send it away for aLink Summon which will field Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon. It's a pretty easyplay sequence, but it's really quite powerful.

With Astrograph Sorcerer out, you need more Level 7 monsters, and… ok, sothere aren't that many ways you can seamlessly shove Level 7monsters into the deck anymore. Radian, the Multidimensional Kaiju'sarguably the easiest monster to fill that particular void since there areGraydle monsters in the deck. Tribute off your opponent's threats, stealRadian with a Graydle, then make Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon.

The other Metalfoes aspects aren't anything to write home about. MetalfoesMithrilium's fantastic, Metalfoes Orichalc's necessary, and HeavymetalfoesElectrumite is super expensive; if you own it, you should definitely playit. That philosophy also extends to electric cellos at 3 a.m.

While you'll see a Mermail Abyssgaios in the final version of the ExtraDeck, I'd be lying if I said it's an easy card to summon. I did considersome rogue picks like Citadel Whale, Dragonpit Magician, and Gungnir,Dragon of the Ice Barrier, but all three were consistently nothing butnightmares in testing.

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And yet, I'm adding Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier. Since it's anoption to summon under Graydle Slime Jr.'s restrictions, it's well worthit. I'd avoid roaming too far off the beaten path though. Keep in mind,things like Graydle Dragon will be infinitely easier to summon, so if youneed to kick things out of the Extra Deck don't take out any necessities.

To note, White Aura Whale is absolutely phenomenal, and there's no excusefor not playing it. Here are the changes I settled on for the finalversion.

-1 Astrograph Sorcerer
-1 Graydle Slime
-1 Graydle Cobra
-3 Baobaboon
-1 Archfiend Eccentrick
-1 Soul Charge
-1 Solemn Judgment
-1 Solemn Warning

-1 Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend
-1 Link Spider
-1 Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction

+3 Mermail Abyssteus
+2 Mermail Abyssnerei
+1 Mermail Abysspike
+1 Mermail Abyssgunde
+1 Mermail Abyssocea
+1 Mermail Abyssturge
+1 Raremetalfoes Bismugear
+2 Radian, the Multidimensional Kaiju

+1 Mermail Abyssgaios
+1 Heavymetalfoes Electrumite
+1 White Aura Whale
+1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

I took out most of the traps that required Life Points payment becausetheir costs were just so high, and I felt the deck had trouble dealing withhefty Life Point payments. You often have to suicide your Graydles intobigger monsters to gain any real field presence, and an early SolemnWarning or Solemn Judgment could end up putting you out of the gameentirely if that's the case.

Here's the final list!

DECKID=108777Nothing against the Metalfoes, but it takes a dedicated chunk of space todo them real justice. You're trading off space in the deck for Metalfoescards, but then again, I'm really biased towards Fullmetalfoes Alkahest,and it fits incredibly well with the theme of stealing your opponent'scards.

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 mice. Hailed as the only person capable of cookingMinute Rice in 56 seconds, Loukas is always looking at expanding hisapartment 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