Deck Analysis: Christian Passalacqua’s Inzektor Rabbit

I asked a few [b]Quick Questions[/b] earlier and came across Christian Passalacqua. He’s running Inzektors – admittedly, that’s nothing out of the ordinary. You might want to reconsider that initial statement after you learned that he’s also running Dino Rabbit!
[b]18 Monsters:[/b]

1 [sangan]
3 [i fly]
3 [tgu]
3 [i pede]
3 [i hornet]
2 [maxx]
2 [veiler]
1 [i mantis]

[b]12 Spells:[/b]

2 [lance]
2 [ground]
2 [mst]
1 [bom]
1 [storm]
1 [foolish]
1 [hole]
1 [reborn]
1 [poa]

[b]11 Traps:[/b]

2 [call]
2 [tt]
2 [warning]
2 [fiendish]
1 [sj]
1 [road]
1 [bth]

[b]Side Deck:[/b]

2 [macro]
2 [snowman]
2 [guaiba]
3 [rabbit]
3 [kabaz]
3 [saurus]

What we’re having here looks like a more or less ordinary Inzektor Deck at first, however, it’s the Side Deck that puts this Deck apart from the other Inzektor Decks in the field!
Christian can side into a complete Dino Rabbit Deck, catching his opponents off-guard in the second (and a possible third) game. If he was lucky enough to win the first Duel, this often means he’ll walk away victorious in no time!
I asked him how he came up with the idea and this is what he had to say:
I like the Inzektors a lot, however, I don’t like the fact that it’s so easy to Side Deck against them. Once your opponent brings in [macro] and [sim], you’re pretty much dead and will struggle a lot to win the all-important second game. [maxx] can also give you quite the headache and that’s why I don’t like to play Inzektors during games 2 and 3. That’s why I decided to side into an entirely different strategy!
The best thing about this approach is that basically [i]all[/i] the cards they can side in against Inzektors don’t help them against the Dino Rabbit Deck that I’m playing in game 2 and 3!
It sounds nice in theory. How did it work out in your field tests?
The strategy worked like a charm, however, there are some cards that work well against both Dino Rabbits and Inzektors. Some of my opponent’s got lucky and drew into these cards, so the element of surprise didn’t prove as crucial as I was hoping for. That’s why I fell from a 4 – 0 record to 4 – 2. I’m now on 5 – 2, so I still have a chance at making it to the Top 32!

Christian Passalacqua (right) together with his friend Paolo Miroballi!
Christian Passalacqua (right) together with his friend Paolo Miroballi!

What are you typically doing in Game 3?
It really depends on what my opponent is playing and what I think he’s going to do. When I think he’s going to add the cards that work well against Dino Rabbit, I side back into Inzektors and the other way round. Most of the times, I stick with Dino Rabbit in game 3, though, as I’ll go first most of the times. If you then start with [rabbit] into [laggia], you’re already far ahead and it’s hard for your opponent to come back.
The best thing is that I can also change my Deck in a way that turns it into a Dino Rabbit and Inzektor mix. I then play 2 copies of all the Inzektors and 2 copies of the Dino Rabbit suite. This is something no one is prepared for, however, I can end up with less usable hands (when I’m drawing into 1 [kabaz] and 1 [saurus] for example). So it’s a risk I’m only willing to take when I feel like I really need to.[/p][/quote]
Christian was able to unite 2 of the most powerful strategies in one Deck. I’m thrilled to find out if he can make it to the Top 32 tomorrow and how he’ll fare from then on. In case you never considered throwing 2 Decks together and turning them into 1, you should certainly give it a try! It might turn out to be as rewarding for you as it was for Christian this weekend!

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