This week's deck combines the worst of both worlds in those regards, sotough cookies. Three archetypes may be too many, and every pun I came upwith is six times too long for the average article title, so my haters mayhave a point. But let's take a look at what this week's contributor had tosay, writing us from Cheyenne, Wyoming…
I used to collect bugs as a kid, but I'm still fascinated by them.I think that's why I like Insect decks. At first, I had a pureInzektor deck and used Cocoon of Ultra Evolution to combo my way tovictory, but then I learned that Inzektor Giga-Mantis and InzektorGiga-Weevil don't play nice with Ultra Evolution, so I scaled backthat strategy.
Train cards are hard to work with because the monsters have suchspecific requirements. Machina monsters were my first idea, butMachinas made my deck harder to pilot with my very specific plans.Machina Force is an option to grab with Revolving Switchyard, butnothing worked when I tried to do it that way. My favorite card canonly be Number 81: Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Super Dora, whichis why I submitted three copies.
-Angela "Daylight" B. ~ Cheyenne, Wyoming
I really like bugs, arachnids, and insects in general, I just don't likesurprise ones. Spiders are great because they eat smaller insects, and Ilove them for that.
What I don't like is rolling over in the morning and meeting eye to eyeswith one or more spiders.
DECKID=108595One of my hobbies is etymology, and the fact that the Insect-type inYu-Gi-Oh! covers monsters that aren't scientifically recognized as"insects" had me looking back to the Japanese original name for answers.Turns out, it wasn't so much a translation error like the poorly localized"Winged-Beast" monster type, but in the same way that English can say"insect" to really mean "bug," that's basically what's going on with thenomenclature.
If you're a non-English speaker, let me go ahead and apologize for anyconfusing phrases I say - we have so many nuances that make sensecolloquially and yet aren't easily defined by context. I spent ten minutesexplaining to my friend from Ethiopia what the contraction "y'all'ld'nt've"meant, but that was actually easier than trying to explain how "dude" worksin the English language.
Pain Gainers, Trains, And Parasites In Brains - What Gives?
The deck isn't tied together by much because the themes being played heredon't really have much in common. Insect decks already struggle for acohesive game plan, so adding another theme seems questionably worthwhile.The central card is none other than Cocoon of Ultra Evolution… hold forapplause…
Cocoon of Ultra Evolution depicts the enhanced version of Cocoon ofEvolution, and by tributing a monster on the field, you'll get any bug youwant from your deck! Sadly there aren't that many insects that are actuallyuseful. Sure, Inzektors by themselves are wonderful and Maxx "C" isForbidden, but after you throw out all the Normal, Extra Deck, and nomiInsects, half your Insects are Krawlers and the other half are Gokipon.
Hyperbole aside, playing a generic Insect deck's almost as hard as makingfriends as an adult when you work a very isolating tech job. Combined withParasite Paranoid, Cocoon of Ultra Evolution transforms any monster on thefield into whatever big monster you can imagine. Obviously, you'd like tosummon your best Insect to speed the game along in your favor, but as Imentioned before, the best Insects are either Inzektors or currentlyForbidden.
One monster that's surprisingly useful is Earthbound Immortal Uru. I'malways surprised when an Earthbound Immortal monster dredges itself fromthe pits of obscurity and into relevance, but this giant bug fills a nicheroll. It's Level 10 to combine with your Level 10 Train monsters like NightExpress Knight, and its other effects are quite neato too.
You can attack directly when there's a Field Spell on the table, but thewhole "tribute to steal a monster" aspect seems that much better. If you'replaying a Level 10 Train deck, you're definitely running RevolvingSwitchyard, the requirements you need for Earthbound Immortal Uru to stayon the field. Even better? Once you field Uru, Revolving Switchyard can netyou an extra monster, so you'll have something to tribute off with Uru'seffect and still make a Rank 10.
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To throw down three or more Level 10 monsters for Superdimensional RobotGalaxy Destroyer, you'll normally need Monster Reborn or Special Schedule.But Uru also fits the bill coming from Cocoon of Ultra Evolution. It's notthe be-all end-all, but hey, why not diversify your Extra Deck?
The Kaiju in the deck don't act as catalysts for much of anything. I don'twant to say they're just mouth breathers taking up space, but to an extent,that's what they are here. Obviously, Kaiju monsters are the coolest catsaround when you want to deal with a pesky opposing monster you otherwisecouldn't kill, but until factoring in other cards, they're average at best.
All that stuff sounds great, but the incidental reason I like them in thedeck is Parasite Paranoid's secondary effect. Well, really its main effect,but it's listed last on the card, so process that technicality as you will.Sadly, you can only Special Summon Level 7 or higher monsters when theEquip Spell of Parasite Paranoid gets yarded, meaning most every InsectMonster you'd like to see in your hand can't be brought out by the effect.
Two of the Kaijus are Insect-types - Gadarla, the Mystery Dust Kaiju andKumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju. I'm not a fan of either card's artworkor names, but they fulfill the purpose of being Insect-type Kaijus withdifferent attack. You'll need the different attack if you go the old schoolroute and have a Kaiju face-off.
The only downside is that they're Level 7 and by extension not the weakestKaiju you could play. Level 7 monster are hot right now thanks to residualAstrograph Sorcerers and Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon. Hopefully you can leaveyour opponent with no Kaiju monsters consistently, so try not to get boggeddown by any Levels that may help your opponent. When tributing a monsterequipped with Parasite Paranoid, you'd like to garner both effects and usethem to your advantage to get a monster from your deck and onefrom your hand.
As much as I wanted to leverage other Insects in this deck, the only one ofnote is Metamorphosed Insect Queen. Without giving up tons of deck space toplay a bevy of Inzektor monsters, I thought I might as well play onemonster that can proactively save my bugs. Instead of adding two EarthboundImmortal Uru, you might as well play one Uru and one Metamorphosed InsectQueen. Cocoon of Ultra Evolution can return Insects back to your deck, ifyou draw one of your hard to summon insects, first bring it out withParasite Paranoid's effect. You can shuffle it back later with your Cocoon.
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The lineup of Train cards - er, I guess "Railway" is the correct name ofthe theme – can be simplified. I toyed around with Snow Plow Hustle Rustle,and found it can be good as a defensive mechanism since it won't destroyyour Field Spell - only cards in your literal backrow. But it's clunky,needs other cards to work, and then restricts your Summons, so that cardgets the boot too.
I like to look through all the available options when I'm consideringrunning a monster with specific parameters, but there are only 15 montersthat Revolving Switchyard can rip from the deck. Koa'ki Meiru Powerhand'seffect can come in handy against Light and Dark monsters, but that's notvery relevant right now when you're looking to make proactive attacks.Since I'm taking out several Railway monsters already, I think you canafford to add one Express Train Trolley Olley. It gives your big monstersan even bigger boost if you need it and one copy is plenty.
Here are the changes - the worst part about Parasite Paranoid is that it'sso hard to search outside of a dedicated insect deck. Adding Trains andKaijus means you can't reliably play cards like Verdant Sanctuary, butcompromises are always needed.
-3 Snow Plow Hustle Rustle
-1 Resonance Insect
-3 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
-1 Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju
-3 Inzektor Centipede
-1 Inzektor Dragonfly
-1 Inzektor Hornet
-1 Jizukiru, the Star Destroying Kaiju
-1 Rocket Arrow Express
-3 Allure of Darkness
-1 D.D.R. - Different Dimension Reincarnation
-1 Pot of Desires
-2 Special Schedule
-1 Solemn Strike
-1 Call Of The Haunted
-1 Number 35: Ravenous Tarantula
-2 Number 84: Pain Gainer
-1 Number 77: The Seven Sins
-1 Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max
+1 Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord
+2 Gadarla, the Mystery Dust Kaiju
+3 Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
+1 Metamorphosed Insect Queen
+1 Earthbound Immortal Uru
+1 Express Train Trolley Olley
+1 Kyoutou Waterfront
+1 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
+1 Soul Charge
+1 Skill Drain
+1 Missus Radiant
+1 Number 99: Utopic Dragon
+1 Skypalace Gangaridai
+1 Superdimensional Robot Galaxy Destroyer
+1 Borreload Dragon
Even with the Kaiju cards included, it's really hard to summon Extra Deckmonsters besides Rank 10's. If you get really crazy you can profit fromexploiting a few Rank 4's and Rank 8's, but it's often more work than it'sworth.
DECKID=108596Unlike 99.999999% of decks nowadays, Railcar strategies have lots of roomin the extra deck to really shine. I considered Scapegoat as an addeddefense and a way to make some Link Monsters, but that strategy lost out toan extra copy of Number 77: The Seven Sins, so you can probably divinewhat's really important to me here (and what isn't).
I ran Borreload Dragon for a while, but it proved to be superfluous; youmight as well play 500 copies of Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Maxand Number 81: Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Super Dora. Via protection anddirect damage, those two Rank 10's are really your main path to winning theduel, just dealing asolute tons of damage.
Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.
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.
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-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