I wasn't overly kind when I removed Emerging Emergency Rescute Rescue from myRobo Rabbit strategylast week, but I hope I didn't come across as an opponent of the card. It'stotally adorable – just super cute – and in the right context it could be apowerful asset.

Did I mention how cute it is?

Ironically enough, the four Rescue Squad members usually don't work welltogether, since each is tied to a different summoning mechanic. Why would acard supporting Pendulum monsters work well with Xyz? It's not entirelymoot; you could summon Rescue Cat or Rescue Hamster with RescueFerret, it's just not a great idea since it negates the effects of itsRescue counterparts.

This week's contributor from New Mexico writes…

Metalfoes haven't been doing as well as I thought they would in thenew format. When the new Forbidden & Limited List dropped ashort time ago, didn't you think that Paleozoic and Metalfoestrategies would rise to the top like they were in early 2017,before Zoodiacs hit the stage? Maybe I was just being overlyoptimistic, but maybe I'm not. Keep in mind, we have three RescueRabbits at our disposal, so why not leverage that card while wecan?

Metalfoes Mithrillium is my favorite card by far - and for goodreason. With Daigusto Emeral finally landing on the F&L List,you have to turn our attention elsewhere to recycle cards back toyour deck. Perhaps we'll get Emeral back one day, but the in themeantime… not so much.

Thanks!

-Alex S. ~ Sante Fe, New Mexico

The cat's out of the bag with how I'm going to transform this deck. I don'talways hijack a strategy and run with it in a different direction, but whensomeone sends me a run of the mill Metalfoes build, I figure I have a lotof creative freedom.

So, yeah, the joke's on you, Alex. Check out his submission.

DECKID=107957If my endgoal was to build a run-of-the-mill Metalfoes deck, I wouldn'thave much critique for this; there wouldn't be much I'd choose to do tostreamline Alex's strategy.

But that's not the case today! Too bad, so sad. Let's get to work.

How About We Call them Metalfriends?
Most of my aversion to Metalfoes stemmed from their complete dominance inthe competitive scene for parts of 2016 and 2017. When you see them inevery match of every tournament, their mere use in amodern strategy could drive you up the wall. Metalfoes are a pretty solidPendulum theme, but Magicians, Performapals, and Qliphorts would give thema run for their money. That said, Metalfoes won't be the focal point oftoday's fix.

Talk about anti-climactic if you thought my topic would purely bePendulums.

Looking at all four of the Rescue monsters - Rescue Ferret, Rescue Cat,Rescue Hamster, and Rescue Rabbit – you can make the argument that all fourwill work together if you bend a few conventions. Rescue Cat merelydictates that you use Beast monsters and Rescue Ferret takes a heftyinvestment to produce. Rescue Rabbit and Rescue Hamster naturally fit intothe Metalfoes strategy, so those two cause no problems. But those firsttwo? They spell trouble.

Let's talk about Rescue Cat first. Sadly, Rescue Cat's errata makes itextremely hard to work with. Pretty much every Level 3 or lower Beastmonster is useless by virtue of it being an effect monster and directlyclashing with the whole "negated effects" clause of Rescue Cat. When you'researching through cards, you'll find there isn't a Reborn Tengu orPerformage Trick Clown equivalent that Rescue Cat can bring to the field,so it really has no saving grace extending its range or creating biggerplays. That's the biggest reason I think we need some alternative ways tocapitalize on a niche card.

I might sound optimistic, but it's hard to beat the Synchro Cat decks ofold. But fear not, we can always modernize the strategy. In looking forRescue Cat options, I was pleasantly reminded of the Cat's ability to bringout both Tuners and non-Tuners; a single Rescue Cat can be a free Synchroof Level 2 to Level 6. One card stuck out in particular - XX-Saber Hyunlei.Its requirements are surprisingly simple - a non-Tuner X-Saber monster anda Tuner. If I had to guess, I would've assumed they were more restrictive,but a simple XX-Saber Darksoul is a simple segue to a Synchro monster thatwill shatter most if not all of your opponent's spell and trap cards.

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With X-Saber Airbellum as your Level 3 Tuner, you aren't solely restrictedto X-Saber Synchro monsters. Given the current restrictions of the ExtraMonster Zoe, Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing is one of the strongest Level 7monsters right now. Not only does it have a sizeable ATK and built-inprotection, it can destroy your opponent's cards in a flash.

XX-Saber Darksoul rounds out the miniature strategy, searching more copiesof your Tuner for future plays when you're bereft of Rescue Cat. After all,I don't want to bog the deck down with Cats. It's supposed to be a nichecomponent of the strategy here, not the focal point.

Now Onto That Dastardly Ferret!
Based on the sheer number of cards that Rescue Ferret can Special Summon,you'd think there'd be an infinite number of decks revolving around thecard.

Simply put, you're right, but all the extremely broken combos so farinvolve other specific cards. You'll need to open with Brilliant Fusion orsomething else to abuse your Rescue Ferret with. Strangely enough, RescueFerret has a lot of potential in Burning Abyss, but that's straying too faroff the beaten path. I'd rather not toy around with a 60 card deck today.

You know one of the better ways to capitalize on Rescue Ferret? Just doubledown on the other tricks we already implemented. As I said, you could spendliterally infinite time piecing together every possible combination ofmonsters Rescue Ferret can search, but in the end it's safer to focus onthe X-Sabers and Metalfoes.

After all, wouldn't you like to actually summon boss monsters likeMetalfoes Mithrilium? Rescue Ferret instantly turns into two Metalfoesmonsters: Metalfoes Goldriver and Metalfoes Steelen to fulfill therequirements for Mithrilium. Even better, you can Special Summon an X-SaberGarsem and the aforementioned Metalfoes Steelen; Garsem's a prime targetfor a Metalfoes' destruction effect, making a segue into X-Saber Faultrollto further diversify your plays. Metalfoes Mithrillium won't win games onits own.

While it may seem like the deck's running away into an X-Saber strategy, Idon't think that's really what we're doing. X-Saber decks largely hinge onXX-Saber Gottoms's hand disruption effect, but the individual X-Sabermonsters here largely just a means to an end, Summoning big Link threatsand putting pressure on your opponent with other Extra Deck monsters.Playing the X-Sabers with the Rescue family, you're adding another layer ofpower to the one-dimensional Metalfoes strategy.

Here are the changes - some things I liked but simply couldn't keep in dueto space. I romanticize the idea of Evolzar Laggia and Evolzar Dolkka inevery deck I pilot, but fate is a cruel mistress in that regard.

-1 Raremetalfoes Bismugear
-3 Sangan
-1 Rescue Rabbit
-2 Sabersaurus
-3 Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow
-1 Painful Decision
-1 Metalfoes Counter

-2 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
-1 The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
-1 Decode Talker
-1 Evolzar Dolkka
-1 Evolzar Laggia

+3 Rescue Cat
+3 Rescue Ferret
+2 XX-Saber Faultroll
+1 XX-Saber Garsem
+2 X-Saber Airbellum
+2 XX-Saber Darksoul
+1 Mare Mare
+3 Summoner Monk
+3 Emerging Emergency Rescute Rescue

+2 Missus Radiant
+1 Mistar Boy
+1 XX-Saber Hyunlei
+1 Constellar Ptolemy M7
+1 Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing

One card I forgot to explain, which you might've noticed in the recapabove, was Mare Mare. It's a target for Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing and alittle more: using a Summoner Monk and a spell card, you can bring outX-Saber Airbellum and XX-Saber Darksoul and go into a quick Yazi.

When Yazi destroys itself, you'll fetch Mare Mare, spit out three Tokensfor a Mistar Boy and set yourself up for even more plays having threemonsters leftover. It's not revolutionary or anything, but it's a neatinteraction hidden within a set of already strong cards.

So here's the final deck!

DECKID=107958Now that Link monsters demand a bigger share of your Extra Deck, hybridstrategies like these are becoming that much tighter; one of the mainreasons I couldn't keep going with the X-Saber support.

If you're purely in the business of looping all of the cards from youropponent's hand, you could shuffle things around for that purpose. I'dpersonally like to have a more interesting deck by leveraging EmergingEmergency Rescute Rescue while I can, but perhaps we'll see an alternativestrategy in the future.

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 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.


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