I try not to hinge all my affinity for a card on the external, but wow doesSerpentine Princess haunt my dreams. Plain and simple, it's one of thestrangest cards in Yu-Gi-Oh. The Reptile-type is sorely underrepresented inYu-Gi-Oh – it's one of the worst types out there – and the Princess' statsand Water attribute don't help either. Serpentine Princess' effect is sohard to trigger that for the longest time, Monster Recovery was the bestoption off very short list of potential triggers.

But neither the creature's bizarre face nor its difficult-to-use effectcould stop today's submitter from going all out. Dan D. from Cork, Irelandwrites...

I hope this submission finds you well as this deck has not found mewell. It's not an easy task to make a deck using SerpentinePrincess, but I will try. Very few cards actually work withSerpentine Princess, and I considered using Liberty at Last! Turnsout, that trap is useless. It's too difficult to use.

Fusion Tag and Serpentine Princess are the two main combo pieces.Have you considered using Summoner Monk for the deck? If youhaven't, maybe think about it! Even though you haven't read thedeck yet! Take that! Try to do something with it that'srespectable.

-Dan D. ~ Cork, Ireland

Gladiator Beasts can be really fun, but I'll admit I've never really usedSerpentine Princess. I think I once thought about kinda maybe using thecard? Once? Maybe?

…Sounds like something I would do, but I'm also worried that I actuallyconsidered it in the first place.

DECKID=108626When we finally get theLink Gladiator Beastin the TCG, I'll be happy.

Until that day, I guess I'll be sad...

I Have Many Ideas For GB Cards But No One Asks Me
I don't mean to complain too much, but geez is this card hard totrigger in a standard deck. Arguably the easiest way to use SerpentinePrincess is to power through with Shuffle Reborn. I'm probably the world'sbiggest fan of that card, and even I wasn't happy thinking of that, and I'mdisappointed that Shuffle Reborn wasn't in the original submission.

What Dan decided to do has merit and can be leveraged in some unique ways.Fusion Tag fills a strange gap in certain decks that I never realizedexisted. Equipping Fusion Tag onto Serpentine Princess means you can easilysummon Gladiator Beast Gaiodiaz, Gladiator Beast Gyzarus, Gladiator BeastHeraklinos, and Gladiator Beast Andabata; then, Serpentine Princess Summonsany a Level 3 or lower monster from your deck!

As neat as that is, it turns out you can summon all of those monstersrelatively easily anyway. Virtually every Gladiator Beast deck ever hasplayed Gladiator Beast Laquari and Gladiator Beast Bestiari, so GladiatorBeast Gyzarus and Gladiator Beast Heraklinos aren't that far away.Gladiator Beast Andabata's already a hassle in and of itself, and GladiatorBeast Gaiodiaz is outclassed by Gokipon and Snapesnatch.

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The other way Dan used Serpentine Princess was with Compulsory EscapeDevice, and I think that's a bit slow as well. Unless you can wait untilyour turn to spring the trap on your opponent, you'll be throwing whatevermonster Princess fetches onto the field for easy pickings by your opponent.

It isn't a bad idea to try and slowly roll through the duel with a heavydefensive trap line-up, but Gladiator Beasts are weak monsters in a vacuumand don't compare to a lot of heavy hitters in competition today. SinceGladiator Beasts depend on "tagging out" in the Battle Phase after anattack, you'll need an extra layer of protection to use them on youropponent's turn.

Using Compulsory Escape Device to return a Serpentine Princess to your handmay net you a Gladiator Beast Murmillo, but that new fish is susceptible tobattle and card effects. You may have broken even in card economy, but it'sa lot of effort to accomplish a task that can be achieved through so manyeasier ways.

I think most of what you're trying to accomplish in Gladiator Beasts isbetter accomplished in other decks like Chain Beat, the long forgottenstrategy hinging on Wind-Up Rabbit and Black Garden. Even that deck hasfallen by the wayside largely in part due to Link Summoning, so I'llinstead turn our back to the Gladiator Beasts.

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Fusion Tag would be a lot more useful if we had better targets, and I willsay if you're really feeling crazy, you can make Fusion Tag workby leveraging Odd-Eyes Venom Dragon. Sure, you'd have to use an Odd-Eyesmonster and then turn a monster you control into Starving Venom FusionDragon with Fusion Tag. It sounds outlandish, but if you really set yourmind to it, the most difficult part of that set-up would be drawing FusionTag.

Maybe not the most consistent plan, though…

Instead, I'd like to rely on an old favorite. You can't really ditch FusionTag completely, but focusing on the slow churn with 100 different ways touse Serpentine Princess will make for messy and unreliable hands.

After all, you have to make the Gladiator Beast portion of the deck viable.I've written about Gladiator Beasts a few times in the past, but I don'talways include Elemental Hero Prisma preferentially, but that's going tochange today.

Elemental Hero Prisma's nice because you can get it on the field withoutusing your Normal Summon, send Gladiator Beast Bestiari to the graveyard,and you're any Normal Summon away from Gladiator Beast Gyzarus. Simplycontact fuse the two away, blow up cards, make your opponent cry - all in aday's work. Prisma also works with other Gladiator Beast Fusions, but moreimportantly it ensures you'll have monsters in your graveyard -specifically Gladiator Beast Bestiari.

Earlier I mentioned Shuffle Reborn, and here's where it comes into play.Attacking with your Gladiator Beast monsters isn't the most reliable way ofdealing with threats, a.k.a. fielding Gladiator Beast Gyzarus, so you'llneed some way to throw another monster on the field. Shuffle Reborn doesthat for you and also has the added benefit of returning SerpentinePrincess to the deck!

Now that you're going for a more aggro iteration of the deck you'll needmore ways to field multiple monsters. Test Tiger's one of the better waysin a Gladiator Beast strategy, and combined with Elemental Hero Prisma,you'll have plenty of chances to easily summon Gladiator Beast FusionMonsters.

To diversify your options, why not add in an Elemental HERO Shadow Mist anda Mask Change. No matter how many good Gladiator Beast combos you think youcan make, I guarantee you there isn't a Gladiator Beast that acts as aone-sided Macro Cosmos. Springing Masked HERO Dark Law on your opponent mayvery well end the game.

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As much as I wanted to put a million different cards in the deck, thereisn't much else that meshes with Gladiator Beasts that can be leveraged offSerpentine Princess. You'll always have enough options with Gladiator BeastMurmillo and Test Tiger, and it felt underwhelming to add Predaplants. Itwas to the point that I felt I was just making a Link heavy deck weaker byadding Gladiator Beasts. Turns out, Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon's prettyeasy to make when Serpentine Princess comes into play.

Since you can field a Gladiator Beast monster with relative ease, bothGladiator Beast Equeste and Gladiator Beast Bestiari are at yourfingertips. Combined with Dragunity Phalanx, you have Dragunity KnightVajrayana, which equips your Phalanx as a spell. In turn, you can SpecialSummon the Phalanx and make Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon.

As I said, there are many things you can do with Serpentine Princess, butif you're anchoring your whole plan specifically on triggering SerpentinePrincess, I can almost guarantee you there are easier ways to summonwhatever monster you want to use.

With all of that in mind, here are the final changes:

-1 Gladiator Beast Darius
-1 Gladiator Beast Equeste
-1 Gladiator Beast Bestiari
-1 Gladiator Beast Retiari
-1 Serpentine Princess
-1 Fusion Tag
-1 Gladiator Proving Ground
-3 Pot of Duality
-3 Solemn Strike
-3 Compulsory Escape Device

-1 Gladiator Beast Gyzarus
-1 Gladiator Beast Heraklinos
-1 Missus Radiant

+2 Elemental Hero Prisma
+1 Gladiator Beast Augustus
+3 Test Tiger
+1 Dragunity Phalanx
+1 Elemental HERO Shadow Mist
+2 Shuffle Reborn
+3 A Hero Lives
+1 Mask Change
+2 Instant Fusion
+1 Reinforcement of the Army

+1 Dragunity Knight Vajrayana
+1 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
+1 Masked HERO Dark Law

I started to have really wild thoughts involving Supreme King DragonDarkwurm, Dragon Ravine, and Destrudo, the Lost Dragon's Frisson, but thatturned out to really overcomplicate the initial setup. Gladiator Beastsquickly fell by the wayside and become completely pointless in thosebuilds.

Here's the final list that focuses more on Gladiator Beasts instead.

DECKID=108627Gladiator Beast Andabata and Gladiator Beast Tamer Editor are surprisinglyhard to capitalize on, but when you can do it, it's pretty much game overfor your opponent. Sadly that won't be your central strategy, but try tosqueeze in that combo every now and then when you can. It's worth it whenyou can pull it off.

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