And then there's Skull Servants.
They look silly, they're all weak, and, oops, what's that? You've won!?King of the Skull Servants can end the game before you even realize it.It's a surprising treat for you and a huge pain for your opponent. Here'swhat our contributor this week had to say about his Skull Servant deck.
I'm trying to make Skull Servants kind of viable to use for fun.I've been having trouble making them work with just one "That GrassLooks Greener," so I added several supporting themes. My goal forthe deck is an obvious one: make King of the Skull Servants have aninsane amount of ATK and wipe out my opponent.
The best attribute of this deck is that it can have good reactionson my opponent's turn with Fairy Tail - Snow. The downside is thatit can brick hard at the beginning of a duel. My favorite card inthe deck is Wightprincess. It's an amazing hand trap and helps sendnames to the graveyard for King of the Skull Servants.
-Michael H. ~ Chicago, Illinois
Well said, Michael. Send what you can to the graveyard, abuse Fairy Tail -Snow, then win with King of the Skull Servants.
DECKID=108540I'll go ahead and make one edit. Literally every time I've ever playedSuper Soldier Rebirth in a mill based strategy, I've opened with that card.I don't know if I'm cursed, but I think it's destiny telling me not to runit.
Considering you have to yard Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginningand Super Soldier Rebirth and then wait a turn, you might not be missingtoo much when you drop it.
The Grass In Fact Does Look GreenerAs good of a card as That Grass Looks Greener is, it's very frustrating attimes, and always gives me idealistic visions of what duels will look like.In a 58-card deck like Mike's submission, you'll mill a maximum of 13 cardsin 1 out of every 29 duels. At first that sounds mediocre, but turn thatback around and realize that drawing That Grass Looks Greener will neverhurt you. Even in some extreme situations where you have to bleed through alot of your deck just to see it, you'll mill enough cards to justify it.
So barring the most extreme circumstances, That Grass Looks Greener isnever a bad card and you it's best to build your deck around it. Luck isn'tsomething that defines success over a long time, but if you can giveyourself the most opportunities to be get lucky, you're building the deckright. That's why the Lightsworn decks that work best are ones that profitfrom barfing your deck into your graveyard.
Therefore, I'd like to put in more cards that you can yard with and withoutThat Grass Looks Greener. Obviously, the Lightsworn cards like Wulf,Lightsworn Beast are fun to yard straight from the deck, but I think theShaddoll Fusions are a good addition for several reasons. Sure, King of theSkull Servants is pretty useful as a standalone card, but it's nice to haveother cards that act as boss monsters, or at least decoys.
Using a simple Shaddoll Fusion to bring out El Shaddoll Shekhinaga eitherwastes your opponent's resources or at least pokes for damage. By usingShaddoll Fusion and subsequently Shaddoll monsters, the food you're usingfor the big Fusions is also another pool of cards you'd like to mill withThat Grass Looks Greener.
Furthermore, El Shaddoll Winda makes for a cool segue into another card -Instant Fusion. Even with great malleability given you can revive cardswith many different Levels, you might not always have exactly what you needto go into specific Xyz or Synchros. Instant Fusion fields a free Level 3,4, or 5 monster, and if you Special Summon then yard El Shaddoll Winda, youcan get back a yarded Shaddoll Fusion. From that, it's a cheap El ShaddollShekhinaga to push for even more damage.
Juggling Your Card ResourcesI don't think all cards you mill are going to pull equal weight. Necrofacehas merit, but in virtually every instance, I'd rather see something like aShaddoll Beast even if I'm blindly drawing another card.
Even though Performage Damage Juggler acts as defense and gives you accessto another Performage monster, I realized I needed to cut some cards tomake space for the Shaddolls and Instant Fusion. More often than not, Ifound myself searching out Performage Hat Tricker and making a NaturiaBeast with a revive Glow-Up Bulb, but you know what's a lot easier thanthat? Using something like Giant Rex, Goblindbergh, or even the InstantFusion target of Karbonala Warrior.
Naturia Beast can be paramount to instantly winning some match-ups, but ithappens incidentally as an after effect more often than not. With only oneLink Monster in the Extra Deck, you can't very well spam tons of Synchro,Link, and Fusion Monsters. It's either OTK your opponent, sit on one goodExtra Deck monsters, or perhaps try to push using your Link monster.
I wouldn't call it fixing the Extra Deck, but I definitely changed a lot ofthings due accommodate the Fusion hordes I'm vouching for. Some cards likeBlack Rose Dragon are mandated in the deck to clear the way for youreventual King of the Skull Servants. Others like Minerva, the ExaltedLightsworn PSY-Framelord Omega are almost too easy to make and help millyour deck, or recycle Mezuki.
Other cards may have their uses but are hard to actually summon or don'tnet you enough economy. Bujinki Amaterasu's one of my favorite Xyz butfielding it using three Level 4 monsters just to recycle a Mezuki is arough proposition. Clear Wing Synchro Dragon and Stardust Dragon wererarely the first monsters I wanted to hide behind, since Crystal WingSynchro Dragon and Naturia Beast are simply better options.
Even though Bujinki Amaterasu helps you out on your opponent's turn aswell, Leviair the Sea Dragon's a lot easier to summon. If you want to playAmaterasu instead, you can drop Leviair and the Level 3 Fusion ZombieWarrior. Again, I'm partial to Leviair.
After all, most of your wins will come from King of the Skull Servantssmashing over your opponent's weakest monster for lethal damage. Mosteverything you can do should facilitate summoning that Level 1 or millingcards. That, or just ruin your opponent's day with Trishula, Dragon of theIce Barrier.
Here are the changes. There's not too much to change in the way of SkullServant monsters, especially when adding in the rest of the Fusion cards.
-1 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
-1 Performage Damage Juggler
-1 Performage Hat Tricker
-1 Performage Trick Clown
-1 Super Soldier Rebirth
-1 Bujinki Amaterasu
-1 Clear Wing Synchro Dragon
-1 Michael, the Arch-Lightsworn
-1 PSY-Framelord Omega
-1 Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend
-1 Stardust Dragon
+3 Instant Fusion
+3 Shaddoll Fusion
+1 Shaddoll Dragon
+2 Shaddoll Beast
+1 Leviair the Sea Dragon
+1 Sea Monster Theseus
+1 Zombie Warrior
+1 El Shaddoll Winda
+1 El Shaddoll Shekhinaga
+1 Karbonala Warrior
That said, most of the time it's best to run maxed out copies of all theSkull Servant cards, but space is really tight. Considering that most duelsdon't last more than a couple turns, you don't need the longevity the addedSkull Servant cards would add.
DECKID=108541What's best about Skull Servants is that most opponents forget all aboutKing of the Skull Servants. With the ability to instantly kill youropponent out of nowhere, it's quite the shock pop off a giant monster withenough ATK for lethal damage.
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 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.
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