Granted, those two different types of days tend to be equally divided. Sobe glad, dear submitter, that today was a good day. This week's contributorfrom Madrid writes…
When you first think of Satellarknights, you probably don't thinkof True Dracos. I know I didn't, but Satellarknights don't have agood Main Decked boss monster. Thus, I wanted to try something cooland unexpected. I certainly haven't seen anything like this in mydays of dueling. I have to admit, I just threw this togetherwithout testing it. You know, just trying the best cards in my headin theory.
The best card in this deck is Master Peace, the True DracoslayingKing, so that's why I put so many traps in the deck. DragonicDiagram is a bit out of my price range, but if I could, I wouldlike to fit it in the deck. Too bad the Forbidden & LimitedList cut me off from so many cards. Good thing we have otheroptions to play with!
-Elebar M. ~ Madrid, Spain
Don't even get me started on my weirdest ideas for Satellarknights. As soonas I read Elebar's submission, my mind spiraled into about seventeenthousand bajillion directions, give or take a handful of directions.[Loukas' Note - I would like to apologize to all my non-native Englishspeaking fans and readers that some of my nuanced language is weird. You'rethe best for still reading, thanks!]
Check out Elebar's deck.
DECKID=107997In case you're wondering, I'm currently writing in a coffee shop and thisold lady two feet away from me is reading everything I'm writing. So muchso that she point blank asked me without any introduction, "What hip thingis a Satellarknight?"
It's A Valid Question To Some…
If you've ever seen me play Satellarknights in real life, you'd know Ireally love Satellarknight Skybridge. Even before the release ofDarktellarknight Batlamyus, Skybridge still had its applications and somelegitimate merit. It wasn't a popular card, but it did well in a number ofRegional and YCS events such as Larry Musgrove's3rd place finishat a Regional Qualifier in Tenessee. I know I'm reaching back a few yearsto find prominent Satellarknight decks, but that's just how long thestrategy's been out of contention.
All that said, I don't think I'll be playing Skybridge in this build. It'sgreat to draw on Turn 1, and yes, I love it in Chaos Satellarknights whereit's either a free Satellarknight Deneb or food for Summoner Monk. Buthere, I'd rather focus on a new direction instead of rehashing a strategyI've piloted so many times before. And keep in mind, we'd like to have lotsof traps for the Tribute Summon of Master Peace, the True DracoslayingKing.
So lets talk about Upstart Golden Ninja! Yeah, I know, it sounds stupid,but it's honestly an easier way to field Bujintei Tsukuyomi. Keep in mindSatellarknight Vega is, like, the barfiest card to draw the majority of thetime – you'd rather just have one or two copies to search withSatellarknight Deneb. But with Upstart Golden Ninja you have aself-fulfilling way to get Bujintei Tsukuyomi on the field. You only wantto see Vega once in a blue moon, while Upstart Golden Ninja's live as longas you have a trap card.
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The ideal play to field your Xyz Monster would be to Normal SummonSatellarknight Vega, Special Summon Satellarknight Deneb, searchSatellarknight Altair, and then set a revival trap. You'll bolster yourcard economy while flushing out any mediocre draws and prepare forfollowing turns. While I like Satellarknight Skybridge's quick access toDarkellarknight Batlamyus and by definition Stellarknight Triverr, a focuson Bujintei Tsukuyomi's simply more consistent.
Again, if we wanted to angle the strategy more toward Chaos monsters orhead in other direction with the deck, things would change. But since we'realready bursting at the seams with trap cards that are so often redundant,why not capitalize on them in a creative way?
And as Skybridge leaves, so do the excessive residual Satellarknights - I'mlooking at you, Extra Copies Of Satellarknight Vega, Satellarknight Sirius,and Satellarknight Alsahm. Having a variety of Satellarknights to toolboxwith is fun and all, but I'd rather focus on streamlining the deck…especially to facilitate Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King.
So… About Those Extra Cards
I've toyed around with a ton of mashups over the years, but, wow, it'sreally hard to vouch for Satellarknights in a True Draco deck. Istarted by leaning heavily on True Draco support cards like DragonicDiagram and quickly I realized I wasn't making Satellarknights better - Iwas making True Dracos worse. Even when the ratios of Satellarknight cardsto True Draco cards was somewhere in the middle, it still felt lumpy. Thebest thing to do is to make a consistent Satellarknight deck that can alsosummon Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King.
That being said, things like Disciples of the True Dracophoenix don't havemuch of a place in the deck moving forward. With so few True Draco cardshere and a mandate to field multiple monsters… it just got exhausting.Unless you can just magically choose to have an opening hand of DragonicDiagram, Satellarknight Deneb, and perhaps a Satellarknight Vega, keepingvirtually any of the True Draco cards in the deck proved to be just toomuch work with too little gain. That was doubly true for spell cards inparticular: I even went as far to test Brilliant Fusion, but that didn'tpan out as well as I liked.
The reality is that Satellarknights aren't really built to do non-Denebthings. The deck hinges massively on Satellarknight Deneb, and by extensionSatellarknight Altair's effects, so you should leverage streamlined cardslike that instead of trying to split the baby. If only you could have yourcake and eat it, too.
Unlike Disciples of the True Dracophoneix, the trap cards are of greatimportance to your strategy. I wanted to create this great deck where youconstantly had access to Dragonic Diagram and could always spring MasterPeace, the True Dracoslaying King on your opponent on each one of theirfirst turns, but I'll remind you of what I said earlier - I felt like I wasjust making the True Draco deck into a lesser version of itself. TrueKing's Return is an unapologetically amazing card - whether you use it torevive a fallen Master Peace or use it to Tribute Summon one from yourhand. If you want to ditch it, well - that's why I also pushed for UpstartGolden Ninja.
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In that vein, True Draco Apocalypse is a valid one-of as well. It popscards, like Disciples of the True Dracophoenix but it's better, becauseit's a trap and it can spring monsters on your opponent's turn.Obviously the ideal starting setup would be to field a Bujintei Tsukuyomiwith the tools to throw down a Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King,but to boost consistency I clearly tempered the ratios a bit.
Check out the changes. The deck was missing a consistent way to pop spelland trap cards, and Heavy Storm Duster seemed like the best bang for yourbuck.
-2 Satellarknight Vega
-1 Satellarknight Alsahm
-1 Satellarknight Sirius
-1 Dark Hole
-3 Satellarknight Skybridge
-3 Disciples of the True Dracophoenix
-1 Solemn Strike
-3 Dimensional Barrier
-3 Back to the Front
-1 Stellarnova Alpha
-1 Stellarknight Triverr
-1 Stellarknight Delteros
-1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
-1 Blade Armor Ninja
+3 Satellarknight Unukalhai
+3 Upstart Golden Ninja
+3 Pot of Duality
+2 Phantom Knights' Fog Blade
+1 True Draco Apocalypse
+1 True King's Return
+3 Call Of The Haunted
+1 Torrential Tribute
+2 Heavy Storm Duster
+1 Decode Talker
+1 Tornado Dragon
+1 Bujintei Tsukiyomi
+1 Heroic Champion - Excalibur
Here's the final decklist - one of the changes I didn't touch on wasPhantom Knights' Fog Blade. But effect negation plus food for Master Peace,the True Dracoslayer King? Sign me up!
DECKID=107998As I mentioned before, there are tons of ways to play Satellarknights.Don't let anyone tell you they're purely a slow, grinding deck that put youto sleep. My favorite version is probably the Chaos variant, and with BlackLuster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning running free at two copies perdeck, it may be time to play that card again.
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 trying to figure out his lifeor crying about the lack of Fabled support, you can find making"attempts" at "art" and playing his ukulele terribly, or on Thursdaynights, practicing punching the air for an upcoming contest. Hailed asthe only person capable of cooking Minute Rice in 57 seconds, Loukas isalways looking for another creative outlet and a dog to pet.
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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