I don't think I'm being haughty when I say there's a handful of things I'mreally good at, but my good sides are often overshadowed by some simplisticshortcomings.

Can I drink water without spilling it on myself? 50/50 shot. Am I bad ateating sandwiches? Just ask Doug "Stealer of Dreams" Zeeff. Can I spellRaccoon? About 85% of the times you'll see the word "Raccoon" in thisarticle were automatically corrected by my spell-checker.

Regardless of that, I've always liked the Raccoon strategy… if you can callit that. Baby Raccoon Ponpoko and Baby Raccoon Tantan boosted by ObedienceSchooled resulted in a strategy affectionately nicknamed for theaforementioned cards, but it's more accurate to call it a Level 2 Beastdeck since your primary restriction comes from Obedience Schooled. Thatacknowledged, I like the cute moniker instead.

This week's contributor from France writes…

The link format is really a boon for the raccoon deck thanks to thearrival of Missus Radiant! That's We don't have Number 29:Mannequin Cat quite yet, but the deck's still powerful! Smallcreatures can turn into scary behemoths!

The addition of Kaiju allows me to get rid of monsters I otherwisecouldn't. I know it's not defense in the traditional sense, butwith Interrupted Kaiju Slumber, you can turn your defense into anoffense is well. I give it up to you to help me maximize the deck'spotential. Thank you again for your tremendous work!

-Kevin C. ~ Poitiers, France

And here's the deck!

DECKID=107890Kaiju revolve around Interrupted Kaiju Slumber while Raccoons are centeredon Obedience Schooled. At first, the two themes might appear to contrastreally well, but there's hardly a situation you'd need to play both cardsin the same turn. Kevin's deck makes for a surprisingly interestingcombination!

Back in the day, Rescue Cat was the cat's pajamas [Loukas' note: I had tostop writing for about five minutes because my terrible joke was apparentlythat funny to me]. When the card was errata'd and its effect was changed tomake the monsters summoned by Rescue Cat moot, its impact was drasticallydecreased. Playing Summoner Monk for another Summoner Monk, bringing outRescue Cat and following up with two X-Saber Airbellum used to be aphenomenal play. It's weird how Yu-Gi-Oh's changed that significantly, butmy point is that I really didn't like Summoner Monk in this build.It would be better if we added Rescue Ferret, but that's a deck for anotherday.

Why no love for the Monk? There's no really pressing reason to removeRescue Cat, but I found that resolving a Rescue Cat was never thedifference between winning and losing. Especially on Turn 1, what wouldSummoner Monk really accomplish? Before Link Summoming, Summoner Monk mayhave had more of an impact on your games, but now you're either forced tofeed Summoner Monks to premature Link Summons or waste a Rank 4 with theexhausted Monk(s). On top of that, it eats up your Normal Summon and wastesotherwise valuable spells from your hand. Ultimately, Rescue Cat's newrestriction means the once powerful kitty now produces mostly useless andeffectless monsters.

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Just because Summoner Monk proved to be too niche of a card doesn't meannetting free monsters is a bad thing. Even though Yokotuner can onlySpecial Summon Tuners, I found it just as good as Rescue Cat when it cameto netting free cards as long as I added a Level 2 Tuner - in this case TheFabled Cerburrel. Your first chunk of Extra Deck Summons will obviously bedelegated to a Link Monster like Missus Radiant. And all other things beingequal, Yokotuner will do a fine job adding to your on-field monster count,and it also lets you reuse monsters you're playing in short supply. WithThe Fabled Cerburrel, Yokotuner can revive a Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3Tuner.

In removing the emphasis on Rescue Cat, it didn't seem important to keepPero Pero Cerberus. Most of the time I wouldn't bring it out with RescueCat, and since Obedience Schooled can't bring it to your field, it was justanother card I didn't want to draw. Speaking of one-ofs, I'venever been a big fan of Ryko, Lightsworn Summoner in Raccoon decks. It'sthe very definition of telegraphing your plays to your opponent afterNormal Summoning Baby Raccoon Ponpoko and it's really easy to play around.

The Best Offense Is A Good Defense?
You may have heard the mantra "the best defense is a good offense," but thesame can be said in some ways about the reverse. Outside of ObedienceSchooled, you don't have a lot of powerful cards that will turn the tide ofthe game with a single activation. Sometimes preparing for your big turnswill pay out in the long run, which is why I'm glad Kevin already playedScapegoat! I'm immediately bumping up the Scapegoat count to three becauseit's one of the best cards for a deck like this one.

The most obvious reason is the sheer defense it provides. By nature oftheir strategies, some decks benefit more than others from cards that shutdown your opponent's attacks, whether it be Battle Fader or ThreateningRoar. Scapegoat acts as four meat shields with the added bonus that you getto keep whatever Tokens remain after the battle. However if you wait untilafter the Battle Phase, you'll get to keep all four Tokens for your turn,instantly netting you a Firewall Dragon, Missus Radiant, or other LinkMonster!

And without an Interrupted Kaiju Slumber or Obedience Schooled, you mayfind yourself up the creek without a paddle. With three copies ofScapegoat, one can argue you'll have another key card you'll want to see onyour first few turns to get the game going. Scapegoat fills your defensivemandates while simultaneously fuelling your aggressive front.

Thankfully, there's not a whole lot you'll need to change to push the deckin a stronger direction. I really hate Soul Charge in strategies like thisbecause your revived monsters are all so… bad. Don't bother paying so manyLife Points for weak creatures sans any real effect. I don't thinkTorrential Tribute's really necessary as Kaijus will hopefully take care ofthe big threats, but one thing I'm missing is Pot of Desires. Hopefully youwon't banish all the copies of certain cards you need, but I don't see areason not to max out of Pot of Desires now that it's such an awfullyaffordable card.

One more big change that I didn't want to lump in with the introduction ofScapegoat - I want to play Enemy Controller. At first that may soundconfusing, but think about all the… dare I say useless monsters you'llinevitably control? Enemy Controller eats whatever extra Beast you havelying around and takes whatever opposing monster you deem worthy. That mayseem like too big a cost, but I think it's an added punch Kevin's strategyreally needs.

Heck, you could always revive something with Yokotuner, tribute it away tosteal a Kaiju you just dropped, and make a big Synchro that way! Here arethe final changes to the deck.

-2 Summoner Monk
-1 Peropero Cerperus
-1 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
-1 Upstart Goblin
-1 Soul Charge
-1 Solemn Warning
-1 Torrential Tribute

-1 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
-1 Stardust Charge Warrior
-1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
-1 Tornado Dragon

+1 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
+1 Baby Raccoon Tantan
+1 Yokotuner
+1 The Fabled Cerburrel
+1 Scapegoat
+1 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
+3 Enemy Controller
+3 Pot of Desires

+1 The Fabled Unicore
+1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
+1 Formula Synchron
+1 The Phantom Knights of Cursed Javelin

The Extra Deck was especially tricky because I always felt like I wasleaving something out no matter which cards I included in given versionsalong the way. For example, do you need The Phantom Knights ofCursed Javelin?

Apparently I do, because I always seem to be reaching for it.

DECKID= 107891Note that while the deck count went a ways above 40 cards, that kind ofpadding is needed with the addition of Pot of Desires.

I considered playing to a bigger emphasis on Cattle Call, because itsinteractions with Missus Radiant are impeccable. You'd lose the ATK boostfrom your fluffy pup, but in exchange you'll get two free Linked Zonesand you'll get a free monster when Missus Radiant dies. But thedeck's already pretty big, so the single copy might be good enough.Bringing out a Master of OZ and getting a beefy Token is really awesome.

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 playing cards or crying aboutthe lack of Fabled support, you can find making "attempts" at "art" andplaying his ukulele terribly, or on Thursday nights, practicingpunching the air for an upcoming contest. Hailed as the only personcapable of cooking Minute Rice in 57 seconds, Loukas is always lookingfor another creative outlet and a dog to pet.


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