Archfiends are one of the stranger themes in Yu-Gi-Oh, since all thatreally ties them together is their name stamp. The theme's so loosely tiedtogether, it's comparable to broader Monster Types as a whole – there's nota lot of common ground amongst the theme's effects and monster abilities.

Nevertheless, there are enough cards - including a new Link Monster! – tolet you you have some fun, even if you need a little bit of luck on yourside to really shine. This week's contributor is Christopher H. writing usfrom Tulsa, Oklahoma with his Archfiend build. Here's what he had to sayabout his strategy…

Imagine this! You have big scary-looking Fiend monster, and thenpour metal over them all... boom! Metalfiends!

Archfiends are stupid old and have largely fallen out ofeverybody's thoughts in Yu-Gi-Oh, so I'm eager to bring them backand see what they can do. Also, it's cool to me to think of the twothemes together. The idea of playing Archfiends in Metalfoes is theperfect metaphor of a horse and a goat pulling the cargo of twohorses. Metalfoes help the decent cards in Archfiends to be good,and the Archfiends… well...

I'd have to say one of Archfiend's biggest strengths is their spotremoval; Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of Horror helpsMetalfoes out by supplementing as a strong attacker, and it offersbetter removal. Alas, when you're playing Archfiends you're boundto have some risk of clogged hands and general bricking. I don'tknow what I can do to mitigate that. I'd also like to keep thisbuild on the affordable side so, no Heavymetalfoes Electrumite,though it pains me to say it... Do you accept my challenge?

-Chris H. ~ Tulsa, Oklahoma

Ugh, fine, whatever. Be that way. I'll take my super expensiveHeavymetalfoes Electrumite and throw them in the furnace, Chris. Is thatwhat you want? Because it's what I'm gonna do. I'm doing it right now.Envision it in your mind, because it's happening as you read this.

Anyway, here's the deck Chris sent in for a fix.

DECKID=108542I think it's a fair request to skip some expensive cards when you'rebuilding decks that are geared towards casual play. Back when Pot ofDesires was only available as a Secret Rare and regularly sold for morethan 100$ on the secondary market, it wasn't realistic to mandate threecopies in literally every casual strategy someone wanted to try. Very fewplayers would find that kind of column useful.

Flash forward and the same thing is true for Heavymetalfoes Electrumitetoday. It's not like Chris' deck crumbles and dies without Electrumite,even if it's a super-duper helpful option for those who own it. There aredefinitely ways to build this thing without it.

Sadly, Metalfoes Aren't Very Punny
When I think of Archfiend decks, I suppose I think of decks revolvingaround Archfiend Cavalry, Archfiend Commander, and Archfiend Heiress. It'shard to qualify that as a cohesive strategy since the cards only tietogether in very loose terms. It's not like the deck has a Fire King Islandor Dragonic Diagram type build-around to neatly package everything up.Christopher is playing Metalfoes in the deck as another way to pop yourArchfiends, since the end goal is to destroy them.

But in terms of Metalfoes monsters, Metalfoes Goldriver and MetalfoesSilverd are Scale 1 and there are five in the deck. Metalfoes Volflame andRaremetalfoes Bismugear only account for three slots as Scale 8's. Sure,Archfiend Eccentrick fills the role of another high Scale to balance outthe numbers, but if you bump Metalfoes Volflame up to three copies youeasily play Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon and Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon as adefensive front.

But to save space, you can cut one Archfiend Eccentrick. After all,Archfiend Heiress searches a copy when you really need it. I'd rather drawa Volflame naturally to further my plays or to make Odd-Eyes AbsoluteDragon. Going first, Archfiend Eccentrick would just be a scale otherwise.

In terms of the other Metalfoes support, I really like Baobaboon inMetalfoes decks in general, but Lonefire Blossom is often superfluous andit's an easy cut for more space. Initially I wanted to play PredaplantDarlingtonia Cobra and Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio, but that strategy quicklydevolved into a completely different deck that just spammed Links and hadno real room for Archfiends. Lonefire Blossom was clearly out after I felldown that rabbit hole of options.

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But you know what easily moves your deck forward yarding Archfiend eiress?Mathematician! It consumes your Normal Summon like Lonefire Blossom, but italso has merit once you've already seen Baobaboon. It's similar to FiendishWarrior Rhino but doesn't require you to pop it with a Metalfoes monster.Armageddon Knight works just as well, but since it's Level 4 and can't feedinto Leviair the Sea Dragon, Mathematician's a better option.

Lastly, even though I like three Metalfoes Counters and you can recycle itwith Baobaboon... I don't like drawing it. For sake of space, you can cut asingle copy of Metalfoes Counter to fit other tech cards.

Archfiends Aren't Punny Either
To help mitigate some of the poorer draws this strategy presents, you'llwant to cut down on a few cards that aren't helpful to draw on turn one. Iwon't outright say the deck revolves around Archfiend Heiress, but since itsearches most of your cards… the deck doesn't notrevolve around Archfiend Heiress. It's clearly the best card to revive withArchfiend Cavalry and you'll be able to use an Archfiend Heiress effectalmost every turn.

Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of Horror, Trance Archfiend, andArchfiend Cavalry are all phenomenal cards, but you don't want to see toomany of them in your opening hand. Since they don't fly out of your handvery easily barring Pendulum Summons, they're three strong candidates tocut down on - even though I'm adding Stygian Street Patrol.

You can yard Stygian Street Patrol with Mathematician and Fiendish RhinoWarrior, and it's actually really useful for how it feeds Trance Archfiendon both ends. You can banish Stygian Street Patrol to revive TranceArchfiend, and then when it dies you'll get back Street Patrol.

In terms of crazy left field addition, there's not much you can fit beyondthe deck's core frame. The strategy's already pretty crazy by virtue ofbeing an Archfiend deck that runs Pendulums without HeavymetalfoesElectrumite. That said, I can vouch for Infernity Archfiend.Outside of the Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon I added, there really isn't muchdefense here. Even powerhouses like Metalfoes Mithrilium do nothing on youropponent's turn, so the Infernity defense has some merit here.

You don't have to go all-in, though - a single copy each of InfernityArchfiend, Infernity Barrier, and Infernity Break should be sufficient. Youcould always add cards like Infernity Necromancer and more copies ofEternity Break, but I didn't want to bog down the deck too much, especiallyafter I removed other cards specifically because you don't want to see themtoo early.

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Furthermore, there aren't many Extra Deck boss monsters in Chris'submission. Per his request, I don't want to make the deck too expensive,but something like Borreload Dragon's too good to pass up.

Here are the changes:

-1 Archfiend Eccentrick
-1 Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of Horror
-1 Archfiend Cavalry
-1 Trance Archfiend
-3 Lonefire Blossom
-1 Upstart Goblin
-1 Metalfoes Counter

-1 Masterking Archfiend
-1 Proxy Dragon
-1 Metalfoes Mithrilium
-1 Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss

+2 Metalfoes Volflame
+2 Mathematician
+1 Stygian Street Patrol
+1 Infernity Archfiend
+1 Archfiend Commander
+1 Infernity Barrier
+1 Infernity Break

+1 Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon
+1 Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon
+1 Borreload Dragon
+1 Number 24: Dragulas the Vampiric Dragon

And here's the final deck! I didn't think this strategy would be so fun,but I proved myself wrong. It's a blast to play.

DECKID=108543Since the Archfiends extend and overlap with other themes so much, youcould make the case for crazy things like a Red-Eyes hybrid, but that'sreally too much for one deck considering everything else I changed.

When I started in on this thing I certainly wasn't aware of just how littlespace you have until I started playing around with it; oh boy, do you haveto make some tough choices. The Extra Deck really could go in a bunch ofdifferent directions, expanding further on the Rank 6 theme once you addBeatrice, Lady of the Eternal.

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 to 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