I think the Yu-Gi-Oh! community has finally healed from the brunt of the Six Samurai madness endured over so many years. Rarely was the theme every truly unplayable - it usually jockeyed between a rogue deck and a hyperactive Reasoning spam strategy, and hit its peak when Storm of Ragnarok dropped. Gateway of the Six was beyond terrifying when played in triplicate and coupled with Six Samurai United; I think the Forbidden & Limited list a month later temporarily saved the game.

Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En used to be the big, bad wolf on the block but I think its limitation is a moot point. Despite the decrease in ATK, Naturia Beast is arguably better in the Six Samurai deck and just about everywhere else. It's virtually just as easy to make, sans Legendary Six Samurai - Kaigeki, and dominates a helluva lot more decks (cough Nekroz and Qliphort cough). My submission today comes from Kascher P. from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Hey Loukas!

Don't get me wrong - I like the Pendulum focus you have going, but there's been some themes you've completely forgotten about. Remember writing about Grandsoil Samurai over a year ago? I loved that deck, but I lost hard to Evilswarm every time I played it. It has a killer Dragon Ruler matchup, but since Rulers were so popular, I found myself playing against Evilswarm just as often.

Since Evilswarm isn't a problem right now (anyone who says Evilswarm dominates Nekroz is a stupid head), can we bust out the Samurai again? Hiya! Let's get to it - I want to make sure Naturia Beast and Naturia Barkion are at your fingertips at all times! Psychic Overdrive Go! Hopefully you like the deck.

-Kascher P. from Green Bay

DECKID=101811It doesn't take a genius to figure out what's going up here, so even Doug "Worst Driver Ever" Zeeff could tell you it's a Psychic Samurai deck… which is just wonderful.

My ESP Is Telling Me To Cut Some Cards
Ok, that was probably the worst header I've ever made; please go back to other articles to verify this claim. Nevertheless, the biggest problem I noticed with this deck is its strange chemistry. Unlike Burning Abyss, Shaddolls or even the "Plant engine," I don't really think Six Samurai monsters are splashable. Honestly, I can't really see how to splash Samurai in a deck.

After all, the best non-Forbidden Samurai cards are the searching spells and Six Samurai United. Opening turns for Samurai decks have to be consistent, and with 3 Shien's Smoke Signal and 3 Reinforcement of the Army, I can't find any reason not to max out on these cards. Considering Six Samurai specialize in swarming the field, Six Samurai United's inclusion is obvious. I highly doubt you'll be dropping a field full of Samurai, but putting two Bushido counters on United is super easy.

Elder of the Six Samurai, Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan, Grandmaster of the Six Samurai, Asceticism of the Six Samurai… the list goes on of monsters that plop themselves to the field. Kascher's omitted Asceticism to focus on the Psychic monsters, but I'm going to do the exact opposite. Don't get me wrong - Serene Psychic Witch and other Psychic monsters are phenomenal, but it's hard to make a first-turn Shi En or Naturia Beast with such passive cards.

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Asceticism should have a few more compatible cards to justify its inclusion, and thanks to the ATK modification built into the Samurai, you have more targets than meets the eye. Kageki has no counterpart at first glance, but when boosted by another Samurai, you can fetch Legendary Six Samurai - Enishi from your deck. Legendary Six Samurai Kizan and Six Samurai - Zanji pair without a boost, but Grandmaster works when Kizan boosts to 2100 ATK. The only obvious pairing is Elder of the Six Samurai and Kagemusha of the Six Samurai, the perfect pair for Naturia Beast or Shien.

Psychic Support
After I dropped some of the Psychic monsters, I realized there wasn't too much else to change with the deck. The Psychic Tuners, Emergency Teleport and Instant Fusion stayed, albeit in tweaked numbers, purely as Synchro and Xyz fodder. Building a strong, consistent Samurai base was my biggest priority, but in light of massive field spamming, I wanted to keep my supporting cast large to extend my plays.

While I wouldn't call the deck completely linear, I obviously modified the ratios to ensure consistency. Thanks to the range of Tuners, Earth monsters and outlets for Special Summoning, Naturia Beast and Naturia Barkion are really easy to Summon. Given one half of the Synchro puzzle, there's like five different ways to complete it. In fact, all your powerhouses in the Extra Deck are fairly accessible at any given time. With this consistency, I think you actually have an excuse to play the elephant in the room - Miracle Synchro Fusion.

However, playing a full three Miracle Synchro Fusion is something I'll vehemently disagree with. Don't get me wrong - I love the bananas out of that card, but drawing multiple copies is death on a stick. I don't know what that metaphor really means, but I'll stand by it. Packing multiple Miracle Synchro Fusion means you're prepared to use it every time you draw it, I can safely say it's nearly impossible to use more than one per duel.

Besides, your Psychic Synchros as fodder for Ultimate Axon Kicker are few and far between. Thought Ruler Archfiend only made the cut since it's still really good against Burning Abyss and their army of Phoenix Wing Wind Blast, Enemy Controller, Karma Cut and Fire Lake. Naturia Exterio typically beats out Ultimate Axon Kicker most of the time, but I kept both for the sake of it and never looked back.

For better or worse, there's not too much more I can really say about the deck - I kept the theme mostly intact while revving up the consistency and tried to give the deck a little reality check. Below are the changes!

-1 Psychic Jumper
-3 Serene Psychic Witch
-2 Silent Psychic Wizard
-1 Instant Fusion
-2 Miracle Synchro Fusion
-1 Mystical Space Typhoon
-3 Upstart Goblin
-1 Psychic Overload

-1 Naturia Exterio
-1 Driven Daredevil
-1 Naturia Barkion
-1 Goyo Guardian
-1 HTS Psyhemuth

+1 Legendary Six Samurai - Enishi
+1 Legendary Six Samurai - Kaigeki
+1 Six Samurai - Zanji
+3 Asceticism of the Six Samurai
+1 Book of Moon
+3 Shien's Smoke Signal
+3 Vanity's Emptiness

+1 Cycroid' rel="https://yugioh.tcgplayer.com/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Pair Cycroid">Pair Cycroid
+1 Black Rose Dragon
+1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
+1 Evilswarm Exciton Knight
+1 Heroic Champion - Excalibur

I guess the best way to put it is that I just made the deck "more Samurai-y." And here's the final list!

DECKID=101812I'll wind up feeling happy with pretty much anything that runs Psychic monsters, Naturia Beast and Cycroid' rel="https://yugioh.tcgplayer.com/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Pair Cycroid">Pair Cycroid. I've been changing up the list constantly, tailoring it to my needs as I play more games. I hate to say it, but outside of a certain Naturia monster Vanity's Emptiness is definitely the MVP of the strategy. Now that you can get a playset for ten bucks, there's no excuse to miss out on it.

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you.

-Loukas Peterson






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