Literally every Nordic deck I've ever seen aimed to Summon Thor, Lord of the Aesir and straight-up pretends that Loki, Lord of the Aesir and Odin, Father of the Aesir don't exist. While Loki and Odin have arguably better effects, the Nordic Beast monsters are infinitely better than the other Nordic cards, and subsequently support Thor, Lord of the Aesir's comparatively "easy" summoning requirements.

Odin, Father of the Aesir is the best of the three on account of its superior attack, widespread built-in protection effect and superb revival ability post graveyard. Based off Norse mythology, it makes sense that big daddy is the best of the trio, so it may be fair punishment that it's the hardest to summon.

You're required to use a "Nordic Ascendant" Tuner for Odin, and boy, that really cramps your style. Vanadis of the Nordic Ascendant forces your deck to be a pure Nordic build and a slow one at that. The other Tuner for Odin is Valkyrie the Nordic Ascendant, and for our purposes today it's a Normal Monster without the perks of actually being a Normal Monster, since its effect requires you to run a ton of Nordic monsters.

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Today's contributor writes...

What's up, dude? Can you help a brother out with this crazy mash-up of mine? It's an original deck to summon Odin, Father of the Aesir. He's hard to actually bring out, but he's the best, so might as well try for that. The best idea I had involved Chronomalies since they can Special Summon each other, but my idea broke down after that since the themes don't mesh very well.

After that, I decided to get a bit crazier and introduce some of the Lightray monsters, and before you knew it, I had no idea what I was doing. I even included some Karakuri monsters and your best friend Junk Synchron. If you can't tell by looking at the deck, I ran out of things to do and just started adding more monsters. If you have any suggestions, I'm more than open to them. I'd rather you not fix up this deck and rather you make a different flavor of mash-up to go with Odin instead of making changes. Maybe you should just take a look at it?

-Ryan R. ~ Boston, Massachusetts

Karakuris? What on earth are you possibly doing with this deck?

I knew that I'd instantly regret asking that question since reading the deck list confused me more than it should have. It's… interesting to say the least, and I think it's best if you just take a look at the deck yourself instead of me trying to criticize it too much.

DECKID=105446I don't know if there's a great name for the above strategy, but I'm definitely on board with it... I think? At the very least, I'm not not liking the deck, but as suggested by Ryan, I won't try to fix the deck as it stands.

Instead I'll try to change the direction of the strategy because the deck's a metaphorical representation of me at an all-you-can-eat buffet. At least, swapping out a large portion of the cards for other options will be my main priority; I'll try to avoid not hemorrhaging the deck's lifeblood entirely.

Ok, So, Chronomaly Monsters…
I have to admit, I know almost nothing about what Chronomaly decks can do as a whole. I know there's some super cool one-shot wonders, but a pure "Chronomaly" deck is… something? Someone probably uses it and knows what that would look like, just not this guy.

Chronomaly Nebra Disk is a Stratos that revives itself, though it has the unfortunate side effect of shutting down all non-Chronomaly effects that turn. Fortunately, you can just Normal Summon Valkyrie and make Odin that way, so the restriction isn't completely impossible to work around.

Our goal for the deck is to pump out Odin, Father of the Aesir using Valkyrie of the Nordic Ascendant, trashing Vanadis since it requires other Nordic cards to work. In other words, we have to get Valkyrie on the field with at least two non-Tuners whose Levels total 8. You'd think that would be easy, but we also need to actually put Valkyrie on the field, which is actually the hard part! It's easy to throw down lots of monsters for a Synchro Summon, but the whole Level 2 Valkyrie thing - ugh! Ryan used Junk Synchron for that, but that puts two Tuners on the field, so let's maybe rethink that.

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The first thing that needs to change is… honestly, the Karakuri monsters. I love the fact that Ryan has lots of Level 5 monsters to combine with Valkyrie the Nordic Ascendant, which in turn allows you to Special Summon more monsters from the deck, namely Karakuri mdl Ninja 7749 "Nanashick." Outside of making Cyber Dragon Infinity off Cyber Dragon Nova, it seems like a whole bunch of effort for very little payout, and drawing one of your Nanashicks is lethal.

Because I like beating dead horses, I found that one of the easiest ways to make Odin, Father of the Aesir is through Brilliant Fusion. Activate Brilliant Fusion, yard and scoop Bio-Mage back to your hand with Gem-Knight Lazuli, then Normal Summon Valkyrie the Nordic Ascendant. Boom - instant Level 10 Aesir.

But the biggest problem with "consistently" making Odin is that you have to gear your deck towards the boss monster, which in turn makes the deck's overall strength plummet.

High-Level Monsters! Fire! Unicorns! Doomsday! Other Random Words!
Galaxy Soldier is a great monster to spam to the field since you need high Level monsters to make Odin, but a lot of the other cards Ryan's relying on are brittle and take more setup to field.

Instead of Ghost Ship and Chronomaly Tula Guardian, I'd vouch for Garbage Lord. It's searchable, lets you play the deck-thinning Allure of Darkness, and doesn't require to have a Light monster in the graveyard, have a Field Spell on the field, or have an empty field to summon it. Don't get me wrong, I love those Guardians and Ships, but more and more I realized that a lot of Ryan's cards did nothing but make Odin, and offered zero leeway when you ran into suboptimal hands.

More emphasis should be placed on Chronomaly Nebra Disk and subsequently Galaxy Soldier, so I looked for other ways to throw it down on the field as quickly as possible. I haven't thought of Transmodify in a while, but it fits the bill perfectly here! The best card in Chronomaly decks is definitely Chronomaly Nebra Disk, and Transmodify transforms your best Chronomaly monster into your best Level 5, Galaxy Soldier.

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I actually didn't realize it until I looked back over the card, but Soldier searches another Soldier when it's Special Summoned in any way, even through Transmodify. To boot, I added in the derpy little Key Mace since it's effectively "searchable" with Brilliant Fusion and turns into Valkyrie with Transmodify as well, increasing the chances to see your Odin requirements early in the game.

Sadly, I had to take out Junk Synchron because its Tuner status made it kind of worthless for your end goal of summoning Odin, Father of the Aesir. I added the somewhat mediocre Marauding Captain in its place, only to get the necessary Levels of monsters on the field for Odin. Under virtually every other circumstance I wouldn't bother using a card like that, but it does get us to Odin quickly! As I said, fielding Valkyrie with the right number of Levels on the field for your boss monster isn't an easy job.

There wasn't much else to change outside of mixing up the Extra Deck to broaden our horizons and range of plays. I added Number 36: Chronomaly Chateau Huyuk since you can make it so easily with Chronomaly Nebra Disk's revival effect; it makes virtually any monster killable as long as you can target it.

Check out the changes below:

-1 Chronomaly Crystal Bones
-1 Chronomaly Moai
-2 Junk Synchron
-2 Karakuri mdl Ninja 7749 "Nanashick"
-2 Lightray Grepher
-2 Ghost Ship
-2 Lightray Sorcerer
-2 Chronomaly Tula Guardian
-3 Monster Slots
-3 Chronomaly City Babylon

-2 Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei"
-1 Constellar Pleiades
-1 Odin, Father of the Aesir
-1 Panzer Dragon
-1 Cyber Dragon Nova
-1 Cyber Dragon Infinity

+2 Garbage Lord
+2 Garbage Ogre
+2 Chronomaly Crystal Skull
+2 Marauding Captain
+1 Bio-Mage
+1 Key Mace
+2 Gem-Knight Lazuli
+3 Transmodify
+3 Brilliant Fusion
+2 Allure of Darkness

+1 Number 36: Chronomaly Chateau Huyuk
+1 Gem-Knight Zirconia
+1 Gem-Knight Seraphinite
+1 Goyo Guardian
+1 Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree
+1 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
+1 Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing

If I could ever get two Odin, Father of the Aesir on the field at the same time without using Soul Charge, I'd be extremely impressed with myself. A 4000 ATK beatstick that can't be killed with spell and trap effects is pretty swell, especially one that revives itself during the End Phase with a free draw as well.

I tried not to make the deck too much of any one strategy, but take a look at the mish-mash final version, which wound up skipping the Lightray forces completely.

DECKID=105447Maybe in another lifetime, I'll go back to building decks revolving around Cyber Dragon Infinity, but I don't have a strong desire to spam that thing ad nauseum as this precise moment. Hopefully, the next Advanced Format will breathe some new life into the game and I won't have to build so many decks around the caveat of non-targetable monsters.

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!

-Loukas Peterson

Loukas "Muffin Top" Peterson moved back to the cold and desolate North to fulfill his dream as a popsicle in Madison, Wisconsin where he's earned the honor of Employee of the Century at his basket-weaving job. When he's not getting lost walking to the grocery store, his days are spent shaking his fist in the direction of Konami's North American headquarters demanding Fabled support or an archetype based around rainbow flags. In his spare time, Loukas enjoys yelling at happy people on the street that they "have it too good."

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