We need to take some time to stop and smell the roses.

A few weeks ago it was Yu-Gi-Oh Christmas, AKA, the day the new Forbidden & Limited List dropped. Banlist Day may not be everyone's favorite holiday, but considering my last Christmas saw me laid up on the couch for three weeks bedridden with COVID, this was even better to me. (Yeah, there was a reason I went on writer's hiatus for a little bit there.)

Right now, everyone's scrambling to find the best strategy going forward . It's open season for a lot of the decks that have spent the last few months scratching at the glass ceiling of competition, and at the same time, a bunch of top strategies are struggling to hold onto their dominance. As for me, I'm over here just wanting a break from the competitive rat race.

Since I'm resolved to take a vacation from hyperventilating while trying to find the best strategy for the format, I wanted to play around with some casual and fun decks. Hanko recently pitched a bunch of rogue decks that will be top notch this format, but sometimes it can feel like an uphill battle when you see the price tag on cards like The Phantom Knights of Torn Scales. Anthony highlighted what you'll see at top events over the next few weeks too, though you can rest easy knowing I won't force you to play Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon if you're over that card.

Fun Or Cheap? Pick Both!

The biggest criticism I always hear about budget decks is the lack of "things" they do. A lot of budget decks are one-trick ponies, and as Yu-Gi-Oh's evolved, combo decks have gotten crazier and crazier. You'll see some strategies that Special Summon literally dozens of times in one turn, doing whatever they want thanks to branching decision trees, while their opponent puts their head down on the table and grabs a nap.

Conversely, budget decks might ALSO bore people with their lack of flashy cards… even if they should be more exciting than 20 minutes of playing Turn 1 Solitaire. The newest combos and the most dazzling modern tricks typically use newer cards that can cost a pretty penny; it's created a situation where money is often the dividing line between "having fun" and "not."

And I think those two factors are why I've been having so much fun with Plant deck I want to show you today: you get to activate so many cards, and end on a board that's actually a big threat to your opponent.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Loukas's Plant Combo Deck by Loukas Peterson

'Loukas's Plant Combo Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Loukas Peterson

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Advanced

Market Price: $90.30

Cards

Lonefire Blossom

Market Price: $0.46

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Once per turn: You can Tribute 1 face-up Plant monster; Special Summon 1 Plant monster from your Deck.

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Sacred Tree Beast, Hyperyton

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2 Level 9 monsters

During your turn, when you activate a card or effect (Quick Effect): You can target 1 card of the same type (Monster, Spell, or Trap) in your GY; attach it to this card as material. During your opponent's turn, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material of the same type (Monster, Spell, or Trap) from this card, and if you do, negate the activation, and if you do that, destroy that card. You can only use each effect of "Sacred Tree Beast, Hyperyton" once per turn.

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Mudan the Rikka Fairy

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You can Tribute 1 Plant monster; Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is Normal Summoned, or Special Summoned by the effect of a Plant monster: You can add 1 "Rikka" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Mudan the Rikka Fairy" once per turn.

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Spore

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If this card is in your Graveyard, you can remove from play 1 other Plant-Type monster from your Graveyard to Special Summon this card from your Graveyard, and increase its Level by the Level of the monster removed from play to activate this effect. Each 

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One for One

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Send 1 monster from your hand to the Graveyard; Special Summon 1 Level 1 monster from your hand or Deck.

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Snowdrop the Rikka Fairy

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You can Tribute 1 Plant monster; Special Summon both this card and 1 other Plant monster from your hand, also you cannot Special Summon for the rest of this turn, except Plant monsters. You can target 1 Plant monster you control; all Plant monsters you currently control become that monster's Level until the end of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Snowdrop the Rikka Fairy" once per turn.

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Aromaseraphy Angelica

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During either player's turn: You can discard this card, then target 1 "Aroma" monster in your Graveyard; gain LP equal to that target's ATK. While your LP is higher than your opponent's, you control an "Aroma" monster, and this card is in your Graveyard: You can Special Summon this card, but banish it when it leaves the field. You can only use each effect of "Aromaseraphy Angelica" once per turn.

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Blessed Winds

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You can activate 1 of the following effects.

• Send 1 Plant monster from your hand or face-up field to the GY; gain 500 LP.
• Target 1 Plant monster in your GY; shuffle it into the Deck, then gain 500 LP.
• Pay 1000 LP; Special Summon 1 "Aroma" monster from your GY.
You can only use this effect of "Blessed Winds" once per turn.

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Kanzashi the Rikka Queen

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2 Level 6 monsters

If a monster(s) is Tributed (except during the Damage Step): You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 monster in either GY; Special Summon it, but negate its effects, also it becomes a Plant monster. If a Plant monster(s) you control would be destroyed by a card effect, you can Tribute 1 Plant monster from your hand or field instead. You can only use each effect of "Kanzashi the Rikka Queen" once per turn.

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Mardel, Generaider Boss of Light

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You can only control 1 "Mardel, Generaider Boss of Light". If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Generaider" card or 1 Plant monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Mardel, Generaider Boss of Light". You can only use this effect of "Mardel, Generaider Boss of Light" once per turn.

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Rikka Glamour

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When you activate this card, you can also Tribute 1 Plant monster; add 1 "Rikka" monster from your Deck to your hand, then, if you Tributed a monster when you activated this card, add 1 Plant monster, with the same original Level as that "Rikka" monster but a different name, from your Deck to your hand. You can only activate 1 "Rikka Glamour" per turn.

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Fallen Angel of Roses

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by returning 1 Plant-Type monster you control to the hand, except "Fallen Angel of Roses", but banish it when it leaves the field.

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Alsei, the Sylvan High Protector

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2 Level 8 monsters // Once per turn: You can declare 1 card name; excavate the top card of your Deck, and if it is the declared card, add it to your hand. Otherwise, send it to the Graveyard. If a card is sent from your Deck to the Graveyard by a card effect (except during the Damage Step): You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 card on the field; place that target on either the top or bottom of the Deck. You can only use this effect of "Alsei, the Sylvan High Protector" once per turn.

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Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio

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If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can send 1 monster from your hand to the GY; Special Summon 1 "Predaplant" monster from your Deck, except "Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio". You can only use this effect of "Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio" once per turn.

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Predaplant Chimerafflesia

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1 "Predaplant" monster + 1 DARK monster

Once per turn: You can target 1 monster on the field with a Level less than or equal to this card's; banish it. When an attack is declared involving this card and an opponent's face-up monster: You can activate this effect; until the end of this turn, that opponent's monster loses 1000 ATK, and if it does, this card gains 1000 ATK. Once per turn, during the next Standby Phase after this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can add 1 "Polymerization" Spell Card or "Fusion" Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.

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World Carrotweight Champion

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If this card is in your Graveyard: You can send 1 Plant-Type monster from your hand or face-up from your field to the Graveyard, except "World Carrotweight Champion"; Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "World Carrotweight Champion" once per turn.

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Aromaseraphy Sweet Marjoram

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

While your LP are higher than your opponent's, your opponent cannot target Plant monsters you control with card effects. You can only use each of the following effects of "Aromaseraphy Sweet Marjoram" once per turn.
• If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can add 1 "Humid Winds", "Dried Winds", or "Blessed Winds" from your Deck to your hand.
• If you gain LP: Target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy it.

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Rikka Petal

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During your Main Phase: You can take 1 "Rikka" monster from your Deck, except "Rikka Petal", and either add it to your hand or send it to the GY, also you cannot Special Summon for the rest of this turn, except Plant monsters. During your opponent's End Phase, while this card is in your GY, if you control no monsters or all monsters you control are Plant monsters: You can Special Summon this card. You can only use each effect of "Rikka Petal" once per turn.

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Hellebore the Rikka Fairy

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When your opponent activates a monster effect that targets a monster(s) you control, while you control a "Rikka" monster (Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card from your hand or face-up field; negate that effect. If this card is in your GY: You can Tribute 1 Plant monster; Special Summon this card in Defense Position, but banish it when it leaves the field. You can only use each effect of "Hellebore the Rikka Fairy" once per turn.

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Toadally Awesome

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2 Level 2 Aqua-Type monsters

Once per turn, during the Standby Phase: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 "Frog" monster from your Deck. Once per turn, during either player's turn, when your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect: You can send 1 Aqua-Type monster from your hand or face-up from your field to the Graveyard; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card, then you can Set it to your field. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 WATER monster in your Graveyard; add it to your hand.

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Rose Girl

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If a face-up Plant monster(s) you control is sent to the GY (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If a Plant monster is on the field and this card is in your GY: You can add this card to your hand. You can only use 1 "Rose Girl" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Fairy Knight Ingunar

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3 Level 6 monsters // Once per turn: You can detach 2 Xyz Materials from this card; return all other cards on the field to the hand. Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this effect’s activation.

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Evil Thorn

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You can Tribute this card; inflict 300 damage to your opponent, and if you do, you can Special Summon up to 2 "Evil Thorn" from your Deck in Attack Position, but their effects cannot be activated.

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Mistar Boy

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2 WATER monsters

All WATER monsters on the field gain 500 ATK and DEF, also all FIRE monsters on the field lose 400 ATK and DEF. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 WATER monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Mistar Boy" once per turn.

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Ultra Polymerization

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Pay 2000 LP; Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using 2 monsters you control as Fusion Materials. Neither player can activate cards or effects in response to this card's activation. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 Fusion Monster that was Fusion Summoned with this card's effect: Special Summon all the Fusion Materials used for its Fusion Summon from your GY but change their ATK/DEF to 0, also they have their effects negated.

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Rikka Queen Strenna

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2 Level 4 monsters

You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 Plant monster or "Rikka" card in your GY; add it to your hand. If this card with Xyz Material is Tributed: You can Special Summon 1 Rank 5 or higher Plant Xyz Monster from your Extra Deck or GY, then you can attach this card to it as material. You can only use each effect of "Rikka Queen Strenna" once per turn.

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Teardrop the Rikka Queen

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2 Level 8 monsters

You can detach 1 material from this card, then target 1 monster on the field; Tribute it. This is a Quick Effect if this card has a Plant monster as material. You can only use this effect of "Teardrop the Rikka Queen" once per turn. Each time a monster(s) is Tributed: This card gains 200 ATK for each, until the end of this turn.

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Orea, the Sylvan High Arbiter

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2 Level 7 monsters

Once per turn: You can send 1 Plant-Type monster from your hand or face-up from your side of the field to the Graveyard; look at a number of cards from the top of your Deck, equal to the Level that the sent monster had in the hand or on the field, then place them on the top of the Deck in any order. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; choose a number from 1 to 3, then excavate that many cards from the top of your Deck, send any excavated Plant-Type monsters to the Graveyard, and if you do, return up to that many cards from the field to the hand (min. 1), except this card. Also, place the other cards on the bottom of your Deck in any order.

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Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra

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If this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "Predaplant" monster: You can add 1 "Polymerization" Spell Card or "Fusion" Spell Card from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra" once per Duel.

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Bahamut Shark

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2 Level 4 WATER monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 material from this card; Special Summon 1 Rank 3 or lower WATER Xyz Monster from your Extra Deck. This card cannot attack for the rest of this turn.

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Gizmek Yata, the Gleaming Vanguard

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You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by Tributing 1 Normal Summoned monster. You can only use each of the following effects of "Gizmek Yata, the Gleaming Vanguard" once per turn.

• During your Main Phase, if this card was Normal or Special Summoned this turn, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Normal Summon 1 monster. If you do, you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except monsters with the same original Type as that monster.
• If this card Special Summoned by its own effect is Tributed: Gain 2050 LP.

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Fairy Archer Ingunar

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Cannot attack the turn this card is Special Summoned. If this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a Plant monster: You can target 1 Level 6 or higher Plant monster in your GY; Special Summon it in Defense Position, also you cannot Special Summon for the rest of this turn, except Plant monsters. You can only use this effect of "Fairy Archer Ingunar" once per turn.

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Rikka Sheet

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Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls, also, you can Tribute 1 Plant monster; players cannot activate that face-up monster's effects on the field this turn, then, if you Tributed a monster when you activated this card, take control of that monster until the End Phase, and if you do, it becomes a Plant monster until the End Phase. You can only activate 1 "Rikka Sheet" per turn.

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Aromaseraphy Jasmine

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2 Plant monsters

If your LP are higher than your opponent's, this card and any Plant monsters it points to cannot be destroyed by battle. You can Tribute 1 monster this card points to; Special Summon 1 Plant monster from your Deck in Defense Position. You can only use this effect of "Aromaseraphy Jasmine" once per turn. Once per turn, if you gain LP: Add 1 Plant monster from your Deck to your hand.

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Primula the Rikka Fairy

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If a monster you control is Tributed (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand in Defense Position. You can target up to 2 Plant monsters you control; increase their Level(s) by 2 until the end of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Primula the Rikka Fairy" once per turn.

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Periallis, Empress of Blossoms

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

Gains 400 ATK for each Plant monster you control, except this card. During your Main Phase: You can Special Summon 1 Level 5 or higher Plant monster from your hand or GY in Defense Position, except "Periallis, Empress of Blossoms". You can only use this effect of "Periallis, Empress of Blossoms" once per turn.

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Yeah, a budget combo deck that's effective and fun. Who'd have thought?

Let's walk you through a combo that starts with just a few cards. Snowdrop the Rikka Fairy, Rikka Petal, and Evil Thorn. You'll see later on, there are lots of other ways to get to these cards, like One for One, Lonefire Blossom, Aromaseraphy Jasmine, and Rikka Glamour. But for now I'm trying to simplify things as I introduce cards you may have never even read before.

Take a moment to read everything, because wow, all the Rikka cards really start to blend together

With this set-up on your opponent's turn, you'll have the freedom to pop cards, gain Life Points, and search Plants! It's really satisfying playing around with dirt cheap cards that actually have a pretty solid opening, let alone one that goes positive on card economy. Don't underestimate the trio of Aromaseraphy Jasmine, Aromaseraphy Sweet Marjoram, and Blessed Winds - they can spiral out of control pretty quickly and dominate the duel.

Rewind Time

After looking at that big combo, let's go a little wider, talking about the over-arching aim of the deck and some of the big stars.

Without a doubt, Snowdrop the Rikka Fairy the best card in the deck. It singlehandedly enables almost every Synchro and Xyz Summon in the Extra Deck by fielding free monsters and manipulating Levels. By extension, Rikka Petal also super high value, and there are over a dozen ways to see the lynchpin monster when you factor in all the search effects.

Don't worry, I wouldn't vouch for a deck that couldn't see its best cards in a reasonable timeframe.

The Extra Deck also packs some unique threats: Aromaseraphy Jasmine gets free Plants from your deck, but its effect isn't limited to just that ability. While Aromaseraphy Jasmine stops destruction by battle, Kanzashi the Rikka Queen fends off destruction by card effects. Aromaseraphy Jasmine protection only works while your Life Points are higher, which is why the Life Point manipulation from Blessed Winds and Evil Thorn are so important.

Fielding Aromaseraphy Jasmine and Kanzashi the Rikka Queen in tandem with Aromaseraphy Sweet Marjoram makes for a tough board to break - in the above combo, if you add in something like Rikka Glamour to search Rikka Sheet, you can craft an iron clad defense from seemingly benign little Plant cards. If your opponent doesn't deal with Aromaseraphy Jasmine, summoning Rikka Petal to a zone Aromaseraphy Jasmine points to during your opponent's End Phase may be the proverbial nail-in-the-coffin.

All that spice aside, I want to make sure I could summon Periallis, Empress of Blossoms, due to its revival ability. It's easiest to summon Periallis, Empress of Blossoms with Aromaseraphy Angelica, and ist' a nice followup to Aromaseraphy or any of your other Level 6 monsters. It's a good feeling when you're constantly getting back your Plants after you send them to the graveyard; factor in Fairy Archer Ingunar and Mardel, Generaider Boss of Light, and you'll recur lots of Plants every turn.

Don't Sleep In This Garden

The summon restrictions of Rikka Petal and Snowdrop the Rikka Fairy are kind of the elephant in the room: all you can Special Summon is Plants. The Extra Deck's mostly Plants to accommodate that, but it's not exactly a bad thing. I've touched on a few of those Plants thus far, but take a gander at the full spread.

First up is Predaplant Chimerafflesia; it's an easy summon, and 2500 ATK with a banish effect is no laughing matter. I'll eternally sing the praises of Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio, which gives you fodder for other plays. Setting up your moves while summoning a big beater is always a good start.

The two Sylvan monsters, Orea, the Sylvan High Arbiter and Alsei, the Sylvan High Protector, may be a bit old school, but they're legit when you need to deal with problem cards. Orea, the Sylvan High Arbiter ability to bounce cards - including your own - is severely underrated, and Alsei, the Sylvan High Protector isn't bad either. Both are relatively easy to summon with some Level manipulation, but I'm always going to lean on the side of Orea, the Sylvan High Arbiter.

And my favorite? Fairy Knight Ingunar. It's not the easiest monster to bring out, but once it's on the field... well, everything else just goes bye-bye. It's a board wipe that dodges destruction, and it's usually game over if you ever resolve its effect.

Sacred Tree Beast Hyperyton

The Rikka monsters, Periallis, Empress of Blossoms, and the Aromaseraphy clan may not be hyper aggressive. But between them all, you'll have lots of protection. I don't want to sell any of them short by calling them combo-only cards, either; they're actually pivotal to your end boards as well, to keep you alive for future turns.

Lastly you have Sacred Tree Beast, Hyperyton, or in other words, "True King of All Calamities if it was fair". If Sacred Tree Beast, Hyperyton has the right material attached, it can stop whatever your opponent has, monster, spell, or trap. The easiest way to summon it is with Mardel, Generaider Boss of Light and Spore, but if you're a try-hard, there's always Level manipulation.

How Am I Supposed To Gain Life Points?

I'll admit, it's not always easy to trigger Aromaseraphy Jasmine effect to search a Plant. That's not the ultimate goal of the deck either, seeing as I'd rather summon with Aromaseraphy Jasmine other effect anyways, but boy howdy is it sure helpful when you get extra Plants to your hand.

Snowdrop the Rikka Fairy an obvious choice if you haven't used her ability for the turn, but even grabbing something like Spore to pitch with World Carrotweight Champion, or searching a high Level Plant to send with Orea, the Sylvan High Arbiter can be strong in the right situations.

When you think about all the card effects that gain you Life Points, you'll see it's a relatively short list. Cut that down to proactive ways to gain them, with additional benefits, and the selection is woefully small.

Aroma Gardening and Aroma Garden are fine and dandy, but I'd rather circumvent otherwise lesser spells. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of those cards, but they just don't help you get monsters out of your hand, and we want to focus on core consistencies to keep this deck performing at a base level.

I know a bunch of Gizmek cards just got released, but Gizmek Yata, the Gleaming Vanguard has nothing to do with that deck, at least today. Gizmek Yata, the Gleaming Vanguard fulfills two niche roles here, and I didn't know I needed them until I rediscovered that card.

For one, Gizmek Yata, the Gleaming Vanguard acts like Snowdrop the Rikka Fairy by fielding another Plant from your hand. That's paramount to making Aromaseraphy Jasmine, but it also applies if you want to summon anything else from your Extra Deck. Whether it's bringing down Spore, Rose Girl, Evil Thorn, or Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio, Gizmek Yata, the Gleaming Vanguard helps you make bigger monsters at the cost of your Normal Summon.

But, surprise surprise, the real kicker's actually the Life Points you gain from tributing Gizmek Yata, the Gleaming Vanguard. No, that's not a joke. It's the semi-random Gizmek-y amount of 2050, but it's Life Point gain, so it's pretty great in this strategy. I'm just glad there's a way to actually trigger Aromaseraphy Jasmine effect.

One Toad, Two Toad, Send Toad, Card Owed

Yes, the main focus of the deck relates to various Plant plays - partially by choice and partially because so many cards lock you into Plant summons. But there are some pretty inexpensive cards that flow nicely here.

Toadally Awesome, via Bahamut Shark, was the biggest standout for the strategy. There are plenty of Extra Deck monsters you could squeeze into this deck, but with Primula the Rikka Fairy it accidentally presents itself way more often than you'd think. Do you have access to Lonefire Blossom with Primula the Rikka Fairy in hand? Well, there's a free Bahamut Shark.

That's how I feel about Predaplant Chimerafflesia as well. With Ultra Polymerization, you'll either have free food for Aromaseraphy Jasmine or you'll keep a big beater out on the field for a mere 200 Life Points. You'll find plenty of simple, enjoyable interactions to keep your opponents on their toes.

At the end of the day, I'm trying to keep this deck cheap, and with the end boards you're going for you don't need to break the bank. Crystron Halqifibrax, Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, Predaplant Verte Anaconda… cards like that may help you out, but that's gearing the strategy to something that isn't, well, novel or affordable. Keep in mind, the goal of this deck is to do something fun and new with underused cards, not rush to Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon as fast as possible. And I think this deck succeeds in that.

Just remember: beat your opponents before they beat you.