Building on a Budget with Martyn Jones
Many players think that [duality] and [warning] are essential to the strategy of the Gravekeepers, providing them with answers to opposing monsters and helping them to find their key cards. Some would go as far as claiming that the deck wouldn’t work without them. Here’s one Duelist to prove them all wrong: Martyn Jones! He made it all the way to the Top 16 of the YCS Paris, without playing a single copy of [duality] or [warning]! Let’s see how he pulled it off!
This is Martyn’s decklist:
Martyn Jones (Gravekeepers)
1 [gk ass]
3 [gk des]
3 [gk com]
2 [r trib]
[u]Extra Deck: 15[/u]
1 [iron chain]
1 [b]Scrap Archfiend[/b]
[u]Side Deck: 15[/u]
Martyn, tell us how your deck choice came along!
[quote][p]I had a fully fledged Lightsworn Deck around a year ago, but with a change of the Forbidden and Limited List, it wasn’t able to perform as good as it used to anymore. I was looking for different decks to try out and eventually stumbled across the Marik Structure Deck. I originally wanted to get it just for [mf], but once I realized I couldn’t put together most of the other good decks, I felt like Gravekeepers were a great choice for me.
That doesn’t sound bad. How did you end up with the final list?
[quote][p]It started to get better once some of my friends helped me out and traded some good cards with me, but I still didn’t own any copies of [warning] or [duality]. I decided to use more tech cards that were easily available to me instead of trying to simply copy the decklists that did well. I doubled tech cards like [ced] or [7tools] [dash] cards I often saw played as 1of’s in the decks of top contenders. I also added [veiler] as I think it’s a great card!
I felt the deck I came up with was very consistent thanks to the Gravekeeper engine. Though [warning] is a very powerful card, you have to invest 2000 Life Points. I have won games as my opponent’s paid too many Life Poins and couldn’t take the attacks of my monsters in the following turns. I thought that’s the way to go, building the perfect deck that can easily work around [warning], so I tried to always use [7tools] against opposing counter traps to trade 1000 Life Points and a card on my side of the field for their 2000 Life Poins and their Counter Trap Card. This worked extremely well, in fact, better than expected!
So what other changes did you apply to your deck?
[quote][p]I added [mind crush] and [dustshoot]. The first is good against all decks that like to search a lot, while the latter is great in the early game and can be extremely disruptive to your opponent’s strategy. Those cards aren’t great against every deck in the format, however, but you can use that to your advantage, too! They can make room for cards from my Side Deck, making it easier for me to figure out which card to swap in between Duels.
[p]You mentioned you had a good Side Decking strategy when you’re getting paired against other Tombkeeper Duelists?
[quote][p]I always side out [r trib] and 2 copies of [necrov]. My opponent’s are using [duality] to get to [r trib], so they’re often faster than me. I figured I shouldn’t try to win that race and simply add some more cards that can turn the Duel around. [necrov] is on the field most of the time anyway, so I side them out as well.
I often sided in [rai oh], [puppet] and [cd], all able to give me an advantage over my opponent!
For more information how those 3 cards can help you beat the Gravekeepers, you may check out our article The Art of Side Decking.
So there you have it! Martyn Jones’ deck proved to be extremely competitive, helping him to score a respectable Top 16 finish. With the better options for the Gravekeeper mirror, this might be a deck you’ll see even more often in the future!
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