Despite some semi-traumatic experiences losing to Noble Knights, I've always hadfond thoughts of the theme.

I was blown away by the detailed attention to art and flavor text fromNoble Knight Artorigus when Galactic Overlord was released, and Ieven stockpiled Magical Spring when I thought Noble Knights would bedominant. Ironically, Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights benefitsLink-heavy combo decks more than dedicated Noble Knights, but I digress.

Today's contributor from Oregon writes…

Hey man - I'm really passionate about Noble Knights, and withIsolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights finally here I'm ready tostart winning games. I seem to always run into the most randomdecks at locals, and it's sad that I lost count of the number oftimes I lost to Ghostrick Jackfrost.

The hardest part of the deck is balancing how many Noble Arms EquipSpells to run, but Glory of the Noble Knights helps me out there.I'm iffy on Last Chapter of the Noble Knights, but every time I doresolve it, I seem to win. Attached is my updated deck without Ladyof the Lake, but if you want to put it back in, that's cool Iguess. I don't have any Linkuriboh, though…

-Rhett L. ~ Salem, Orgeon

In an ideal world, I suppose the Noble Knights would be better. But Rhetthas a point that the deck faces some serious shortcomings.

Check out his list below.

DECKID=108432Noble Knight Brothers is one of the better Noble Knight cards now thatIsolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights exists, so I really have no idea whyRhett didn't have at least one copy in his submission.

Then again, I've forgotten some easy choices in my own decks before, so whoam I to judge? Let's get to the fix and start making some cuts to get thisstrategy into shape.

I Was A Noble Knight Once
Despite having even more approaches to the game than Red-Eyes cards, NobleKnights never really showed any promise in competition. Tournament-hopefulbuilds quickly devolved into a race to make Artorigus, King of the NobleKnights and eventually rank it up into Sacred Noble Knight of KingArtorigus. Despite the varied support cards that should theoreticallyresults in different viable ways to run the theme – like a focus on SynchroSummons or Normal Monsters – the deck quickly transformed into a one-trickpony.

All that changed when Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights was released.I shouldn't say that every way you try to play Noble Knights isnow viable, like sayyyy, Knights of the Round Table FTK. But you couldargue that even Rescue Rabbit iterations have a chance.

Of all the Noble Knight cards, my favorite is Noble Knight Eachtar, simplybecause you can Summon it for the low cost of banishing Noble Knights fromyour graveyard. You can't flood continuously from the graveyard with theonce-per-turn restriction, but with the right setup, Sacred Noble Knight ofKing Artorigus becomes extremely easy to make. The Rank 4 version,Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights, deals with spells and traps all daylong, but sometimes you need to bring out the Rank 5 to pop monsters.

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Unfortunately Noble Knights suffer from a lot of double-edge swords… like…a lot of them. Noble Arms - Excaliburn can't rank up your Rank 4 Artorigusinto the Rank 5 the turn it's sent to the graveyard, and the setbacks don'tend there. Noble Knight Medraut is only good with a clear field, and LastChapter of the Noble Knights is almost always dead. Merlin, for someunknown reason, can't even use its effect if you brought it out withMonster Reborn, and Noble Knight Brothers will virtually never get in anattack just because.

Rant over. Let's talk about how to leverage Eachtar.

It may come across as coy, but the best way to use Eachtar is to be veryliberal with your Noble Knights. As much as you can make plays andcontinuously throw Noble Knights in the graveyard, do so to that end aslong as you can also finish with another way to make a Level 5 Noble Knightappear on your field. Obviously, that's pretty simple since most of yourNoble Knights gain a Level when they're equipped; it's smooth sailing onceyou do the deed.

The biggest problem I found was eventually running out of steam with nomore Noble Knights in the graveyard, and since I often gear decks towardlongevity, I rattled through the options on how to recycle banished cards.Leviair the Sea Dragon and Burial from a Different Dimension were too muchwork to deal with, but a long-time favorite card of mine was quick to therescue: Chaos Zone!

The One Who Said Chaos Was I
Chaos Zone is often difficult to deal with because it takes so much time tobanish enough cards. I've played it in several Zombie decks before, and itisn't always the best draw early on in the game. But it's actually live asearly as Turn 1 in Noble Knights. How? Well, you'll also have to add oneextra Equip card: Divine Sword - Phoenix Blade. It's the ultimate freebie;as long as you have Warriors, you have your Phoenix Blade.

Thinking back to Chaos Zone I realized that you could also play other FieldSpells too, and strangely enough, there was a laundry list of Fields thatmade convincing arguments for their use. Not that I talk and argue withcards, at least not out loud, but the one that stood out the most wasEmpowerment because it fields a Warrior-type monster. I had an idea withGateway to Chaos and Super Soldier Soul earlier this week, but let's stickto one level of crazy at time.

Back to some of the annoying restrictions I talked about earlier in NobleKnight decks: it's surprisingly a lot of work to field an Isoldeconsistently on your first turn. Sure, you could always boost your chancesand play more Noble Knights along with some support like Rescue Rabbit, butwhen Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio, Lonefire Blossom, Vision HERO Vyon,Armageddon Knight, Genex Undine, and Galaxy Worm arguably make Isolde mosteasily, it doesn't look favorable for the Noble Knight theme.

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In the end, getting your Isolde on the table as fast and as reliably aspossible is of paramount importance, so the deck should focus on that, andthe current lineup of two Noble Knight Gawayn and Merlin with ZERO NobleKnight Brothers makes that extremely hard. Once I added three Noble KnightBrothers, another Gawayn, and another Merlin, it still wasn't consistentenough. I was planning on adding Goblindbergh, and then I remembered that Ialready added Terraforming and Empowerment. Those final few cards - barringyou have another Warrior in hand - give you a nearly absolute chance toSummon Isolde on Turn 1.

The biggest problem with Rhett's deck isn't actually very interesting,which is why I didn't talk about it until this late in the fix: there areso many Noble Arms cards that even the biggest convoy couldn't carry aroundall those swords, so we have to cut those numbers down. I'm a huge fan ofNoble Knight Brothers to recycle Noble Arms now that Isolde is out, sothere goes any mystery of how I'm going to make space.

Here are the changes:

-2 Noble Knight Borz
-1 Noble Knight Drystan
-1 Noble Knight Gwalchavad
-1 Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms
-3 Last Chapter of the Noble Knights
-1 Glory of the Noble Knights
-2 Noble Arms - Arfeudutyr
-1 Noble Arms - Gallatin
-1 Noble Arms - Excaliburn
-1 Foolish Burial
-1 Solemn Strike
-1 Avalon
-1 Solemn Warning

-1 Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights
-1 Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus
-2 Heroic Champion - Excalibur
-1 Gagaga Samurai

+3 Noble Knight Brothers
+3 Noble Knight Eachtar
+1 Merlin
+1 Noble Knight Gawayn
+1 Dragonox, the Empowered Warrior
+3 Terraforming
+1 Empowerment
+2 Chaos Zone
+1 Divine Sword - Phoenix Blade
+1 Solemn Judgement

+1 Decode Talker
+1 Borreload Dragon
+1 Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
+1 Number 39: Utopia
+1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning

And here's the final deck. I went with Solemn Judgment just because it canbe pretty neat in certain situations, and I heavily debated playing aroundwith Solemn Scolding. More often than not, I found Solemn Strike to bebetter with less of a Life Point cost, so, well, here we are.

Also, I have NO idea how you're supposed to activate Avalon without half ofthe requirements anywhere in the deck, so… that card got cut, too.

DECKID=108433I know I preached consistency early on in the article, but with more thanfifteen cards that promise an Isolde, keeping the defense of Solemn Strikehas a noticeable impact. Keep in mind, there are plenty of cards you'drather not open with in the first place - like virtually all your NobleArms Equip spells and Divine Sword - Phoenix Blade.

What I like most about this strategy is the ease of access to Sacred NobleKnight of King Artorigus – the Rank 5. As I mentioned earlier, it typicallytakes a turn of setup with Noble Arms - Excaliburn or an utter hemorrhagingof resources, by turning Level 4 monsters like Noble Knight Medraut intoLevel 5's. But Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms and Noble Knight Eachtarsave the day.

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