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Charles Powell’s “Stormcloud Synchro”

16.07.2011 | 14:02 |

[p]WATER Synchro is another popular Deck here this weekend, making the most of free [tree], [fishborg] and multiple [fsynch][s] to constantly have a full hand to take opponents down with. The Deck has been quite popular in the UK ever since Abid Arshad’s Top 8 performance (with Frog Monarchs, the Deck that WATER Synchro evolved from) at last year’s European Championship, and one of his fellow countrymen has taken a unique version with him to Madrid today.[/p]

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It's not just a regular WATER Synchro Deck!


[quote][b][u]Charles Powell (“Stormcloud Synchro”)[/b]

Monsters: 29[/u]
1 [b]Cloudian – Smoke Ball[/b]
3 [b]Cloudian – Turbulence[/b]
3 [b]Swap Frog[/b]
3 [b]Genex Undine[/b]
2 [b]Genex Controller[/b]
2 [b]Treeborn Frog[/b]
2 [b]Fishborg Blaster[/b]
1 [b]Sangan[/b]
3 [b]Caius the Shadow Monarch[/b]
1 [b]Vanity’s Fiend[/b]
1 [b]Gorz the Emissary of Darkness[/b]
1 [b]Tragoedia[/b]
1 [b]D.D. Crow[/b]
3 [b]Effect Veiler[/b]
1 [b]Maxx “C”[/b]
1 [b]Glow-Up Bulb[/b]

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[u]Spells: 13[/u]
2 [b]Pot of Avarice[/b]
3 [b]Enemy Controller[/b]
2 [b]Mystical Space Typhoon[/b]
1 [b]One for One[/b]
1 [b]Foolish Burial[/b]
1 [b]Monster Reborn[/b]
1 [b]Giant Trunade[/b]
1 [b]Dark Hole[/b]
1 [b]Mind Control[/b]

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[u]Traps: 0[/u]
-none-

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[u]Extra Deck: 15[/u]
3 [b]Formula Synchron[/b]
1 [b]T.G. Recipro Dragonfly[/b]
1 [b]Armory Arm[/b]
1 [b]Ally of Justice Catastor[/b]
2 [b]T.G. Hyper Librarian[/b]
1 [b]Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier[/b]
1 [b]Black Rose Dragon[/b]
1 [b]Arcanite Magician[/b]
1 [b]Colossal Fighter[/b]
1 [b]Scrap Dragon[/b]
1 [b]Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier[/b]
1 [b]T.G. Blade Blaster[/b]
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[p]Charles Powell hails from Portsmouth in the United Kingdom and is using “Stormcloud Synchro”, which combines WATER Synchro cards with Cloudians to make explosive plays. Like any Deck of this kind Powell sets up his combos by sending [tree] and [fishborg] to the Graveyard, usually with either [swap] or [undine]. Once that’s all done he can Special Summon [tree] and [fishborg] in the normal way, and then Normal Summon [turbulence] to get a Fog Counter, which is removed right away to Special Summon [smokeball] from the Deck or Graveyard. From here he Summons [tghl], discards a card to get back Fishborg, Summons [fsynch] and draws 2 cards (paying for those Fishborg Summons right away). Next up is another [fishborg] Summon and he combines it with the remaining Level 1 monster to Summon [tgrd], giving him the Levels he needs to Summon [tghl] (and with [fsynch] he can do it on either player’s turn)! The great thing about this play is that most people expect [tghl] + 2 [fsynch][s], and use their [veiler] on Librarian when the first Formula is Summoned. That leaves them wide open for [trish], since it’s quite rare to have 2 [veiler][s] in-hand at any one time.[/p]

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Everything Powell needs is here.

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[p]Another neat thing about this Deck is that it’s full of tech cards to one-up the competition. [maxx] is the big tech card this weekend being played in just about everything, but in a Deck like this Powell can draw into [gorz], [trag], [fader] or one of three copies of [veiler] to keep himself safe for the turn, and with all those free cards he can unleash the biggest combos possible against his opponents. There’s also a single copy of [vanity] in here, which can completely lock down several decks when played at the right time (especially opposing WATER Synchro decks that only have one way to get rid of it in [hole]).[/p]

[p]The only other cards in Powell’s deck are Spell Cards (so there’s no way to stop him Summoning [tree] ever Standby Phase) and include the standard 3 copies of [econ] to take opposing monsters for free, 2 [poa] to recycle those [fsynch][s] and [141] to give him even greater odds of having a [tree] or [fishborg] on his opening turn. [allure]'[s] also a good fit with all the DARK monsters in here (don’t forget the 3 [caius][s]), and is another card to power through the Deck and set up combos.[/p]

[p]WATER Synchro is one of the toughest Decks to play against once it gets going, and Charles Powell’s alternate take on it could just give him the variety he needs to trip up several opponents this weekend![/p]