Deck Analysis: Giovanni Capecci’s Lightsworn

Giovanni Capecci is no stranger to the circuit; we’ve seen him at almost every European Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series and more than once, he’s brought a rather creative Deck to the table. Granted, he didn’t always make it to day 2, but I like his approach of “go big or go home!”

This weekend, he decided to try his luck with a truly oldschool Deck: Lightsworn! Let’s take a closer look at his take on the archetype.
Monster Cards: 29

3 [jd]
1 [gragonith]
1 [celestia]
3 [wulf]
3 [lyla]
3 [lumina]
1 [garoth]
1 [aurkus]
1 [ehren]
1 [ryko]
1 [zephyros]
1 [honest]
1 [jain]
2 [trooper]
1 [veiler]
3 [gardna]
2 [l ger]

Spell Cards: 10

1 [storm]
1 [reborn]
1 [bom]
1 [rota]
1 [poa]
1 [hole]
1 [charge]
3 [recharge]

Trap Cards: 9

3 [waboku]
3 [beckoning]
3 [bts]

Side Deck: 15

2 [rai oh]
1 [aurkus]
1 [ryko]
1 [gorz]
1 [kycoo]
3 [scarecrow]
3 [iiw]
3 [gozen]

Extra Deck: 15

1 [helio]
1 [temtempo]
1 [20]
1 [zenmaines]
1 [leviair]
1 [cowboy]
1 [16]
1 [dweller]
1 [ddw]
1 [omega]
1 [maestro]
2 [paladynamo]
1 [emeral]
1 [lchain]

[b]How did you end up piloting Lightsworns this weekend?[/b]
[quote][b]Giovanni:[/b] I tried a lot of different Decks during testing and was surprised to see that Lightsworns have really good match-ups against the popular Decks. There’s very little a Dragon player can do against a Lightsworn monster like [lumina] or [garoth] backed up with [waboku] and [honest] on your hand.[/quote]
[b]How can you guarantee you’ll always have a hold of these cards?[/b]
[quote][b]Giovanni:[/b] I run 3 copies of [waboku], so it’s rather likely that I’ll draw into it early on. Especially since the Deck is so fast.
I’m also constantly sending cards from the top of my Deck to the Graveyard, setting up both my defense thanks to [gardna] as well as my offense courtesy of [bts]. So it’s a mix between adding a new card to the existing arsenal of the Lightsworns together with an important change regarding the copies of [gardna] I’m allowed to play.

Another important card is [beckoning], which allows for tricky plays with [veiler] as well as [honest]. It’s why I don’t mind “losing” a somewhat important card to all the “send to the Graveyard”-effects – I have a great option to return them to my hand after they ended up there.[/quote]
[b]What else is helping you to beat the opposition?[/b]
[quote][b]Giovanni:[/b] For some reason, many players have forgotten about the way the Lightsworns were working. I tested a lot and players kept asking about the effects of both [aurkus] as well as the other Lightsworn Monsters. Since many opponents rely on targeting removal, [aurkus] can leave them in dire straits; they just look at the card stunned, not knowing what to do next since they haven’t been in such a situation in years. Only the very best players can adapt fast enough to master a comeback, which should translate to a number of easy wins for me.

Often, they also don’t think of the Graveyard effects like [gardna] that can buy me another turn; so they overextend and throw a bunch of monsters on the field, expecting to wrap things up right then and there, only to find out that [gardna] means I’ll be able to turn things around the following turn with [jd]![/quote]
[b]You mentioned there were cards that used to be better?[/b]
[quote][b]Giovanni:[/b] I’m no longer such a big fan of [ryko]. The card used to have a lot of staple potential (you wouldn’t hesitate to run up to 3 copies), nowadays, it’s a lot less likely its effect will get you anywhere. It’s only good against certain Decks, so I tend to introduce it in between games if I feel like it can do some work.[/quote]


Giovanni is bringing Lightsworns to the table this weekend!
Giovanni is bringing Lightsworns to the table this weekend!

[b]Alright, but is all of this enough to end up on a positive record?[/b]
[quote][b]Giovanni:[/b] I feel confident enough with the Deck to give it a try. Additionally, [jd] is still one of the strongest monsters in the game; few monsters can overcome it in battle and since I can run 3 copies of it, it’s often too overwhelming for my opponents. Sometimes, they use a [sj] on the first and I simply drop the next one, which then translates to “game over”![/quote]
[b]You didn’t sign up yesterday already; what was the reason for that?[/b]
[quote][b]Giovanni:[/b] I wanted to do some more late minute testing and I wasn’t sure whether to run [l ger] or not. It proved to be a good card against both Prophecies as well as the Dragon Rulers, so I decided to add 2 copies to the Main Deck. I considered only adding 1 to the Main Deck and leaving the other copy in the Side Deck, but it seemed too good not to run 2 copies. Apart from its own useful effects, it also helps me to bring out [helio], which can make the difference in a close Duel.[/quote]
I definitely like the idea of giving an older Deck another try. Thanks to the changes among the restricted and limited cards, Lightsworns have access to almost all of their powerful cards again, which might translate to them doing well on the big stage this weekend. I for one will definitely keep my fingers crossed for Giovanni and hope we’ll see him a little later on our Feature Match table!

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