We are in full-fledged WCQ season now and for Malaysians we have a little less than 2 weeks before our two day tournament starts. The common predicament right now is deciding what decks to run IF you have no access to the top three most played decks at the moment. A lot of you might feel it is pointless to enter a large-scale tournament with a sub-par deck which in a way is true but misguided as well. The point of today’s article is to suggest a few decks you can pilot and potentially do well with it. Whether you reach the top tables or not depends entirely on your capabilities. What I am doing is presenting choices you can choose from and maybe change your mind if you have already decided to or not to compete in this year’s nationals (if your argument is about the 30 Duelist Points I cannot help you.) So, let’s get right to it.
My first pick would go to 4-Axis Fire Fist. The deck is consistent and has proven to be a very strong contender also running this deck pretty much assures that you have one of the top three decks covered, Verz. Contrary to popular belief, 4-Axis Fire Fist does have the juice to go against Dragon Rulers. You have access to Tensen that gives you a leverage in the beatstick game and remember King Tiger’s effect can be a nuisance to deal with (Dracossack not so problematic now huh?) Apart from all that, the deck has the ability to tech in popular hate cards like Imperial Iron Wall, Compulsory Evacuation Device, and Soul Drain which, if successfully resolved, puts you in a high up ground against Dragon Rulers. Crimson Blader is also another point to ponder on. Though having said all that, you’ll need to figure out how to deal with Prophecies EFFECTIVELY.
Second option goes to Constellars. The deck might not be as consistent as 4-Axis but bear in mind Compulsory Evacuation Device is doing a massive amount of damage towards Dragon Rulers and guess what? Add in Sacred Pleiades in the equation you might just have a solid strategy going on. Like 4-Axis, Constellars has a pretty fair match-up against Verz. Boss monster-wise, Pleiades definitely gives Ophion a hard time. Though you might not have the ability to run Imperial Iron Wall as effectively as 4-Axis (Sombres plays) you get to fully utilize DNA Surgery against Prophecies if you are concentrating your game plan on dishing out Rank 5 Exceeds. Continuing from that point, having easy access to Rank 5 means you get to go Adreus, Keeper of Armageddon for Eradicator Epidemic Virus plays. Mental Drain is also a good Side in this deck given the fact that Iron Wall is a fifty-fifty. Overall, you have a fair match-up against the three top decks (maybe a relatively easier match against Verz.) As always, to go the extra mile, think outside the box.
Third option, CHAIN BURN! I am not joking. Decks like these will never cease to be a surprise factor and sometimes a deciding factor. Even if people are aware of it not everyone is prepared for it. The deck stalls like crazy with stuff like Swift Scarecrows, Battle Faders, and whatnot which eventually becomes annoying and could possibly lead certain players to make a huge misplay where you can take advantage of. If your opponent doesn’t know how to handle rogue shit like that you are as good as gold (well, maybe.) Speaking of rogue decks, include Herald of Perfection into the list. If you don’t know what the deck does, you deserve to get slap by it. Consistency is a good argument however recently the deck has evolve to a point where even teching in cards like Metaion and Imperial Iron Wall works. Leave the rest to Krystia and odd ball to deal with. If you really like to be “special”, this deck might just be your pick. At times going all "fuck logic" is the most logical way.
The last two decks included in the list are Mermails and Gadgets. Abyssteus is out and coupled with Tidal the deck can go nuts easily. Mermail Abyssgaios and Mecha Phantom Beast Draccosack on the board with no effort, not only Dragons can do that. However, by running a combo deck you put yourself in the position of being affected by Maxx “C” which, in many ways, is the least of your problems. Imperial Iron Wall is there for you to play with and so is Eradicator Epidemic Virus. Again, you just need to think outside the box. Mermails are very, very flexible when it comes to Spell and Trap techs. Last but not least, Gadgets! This is one deck I will never write out because it is absolutely one of the best adaptable decks in the game. Amazing consistency and rock solid! Gadgets can deal with Verz pretty well and has been constantly evolving to do battle against the other top decks. You have Double Summon power plays as well as Kagetokage and Chain Summoning (SHOCK MASTER SYNDROME!) Sadly, Tinplate Goldfish isn’t official. When you talk about tech/hate cards like Imperial Iron Wall, Soul Drain, Gozen Match, Rivalry of the Warlords the deck practically has it all. The idea of trolling Dracossack with Cyber Dragon is amusing. Shit if you don’t like CyDra being a Level 5, you can always play Proto-Cyber Dragon or Cyber Dragon Zwei for fucks (can be search out by Geargiganto’s effect.) Overall, the deck has a lot of consistency and versatility.
So, yeah, if you cannot afford to play the Meta or don’t want to play the Meta for whatever reasons you have these decks are always here for you to choose. Its not the end of your dueling career. All that and I forgot to mention Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer and Vanity’s Emptiness. It has been awhile since I posted anything this long. I hope you enjoyed reading it. That’s it for today. Until next time, remember to play smart, fight hard, or go home a loser. Thank you for stopping by!