Deck Analysis: Michael Ciplak’s Fire Kings!

23.02.2014 | 18:22 |
Earlier today you saw Michael Ciplak in our Round 8 Mega Feature, and Round 9 Feature Match. He was using Fire Kings for the event - a gutsy choice. Since he did so well, I figured why not follow it up with a Deck Analysis!?


Monster Cards: 17 3 Coach Soldier Wolfbark 1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear 3 Fire King Avatar Yaksha 3 Fire King Avatar Barong 3 Fire King High Avatar Garunix 2 Fire King Avatar Garunix 2 Effect Veiler Spell Cards: 15 3 Fire Formation - Tenki 3 Mystical Space Typhoon 3 Onslaught of the Fire Kings 3 Circle of the Fire Kings 1 Book of Moon 2 Rekindling Trap Cards: 8 3 Fiendish Chain 1 Solemn Warning 1 Torrential Tribute 1 Bottomless Trap Hole 1 Compulsory Evacuation Device 1 Mirror Force Side Deck: 15 2 Maxx "C" 3 Debunk 2 DNA Surgery 2 Light-Imprisoning Mirror 3 Overworked 3 Dust Tornado Extra Deck: 15 2 Number 101: Silent Honor Ark 1 Evilswarm Exciton Knight 2 Diamond Dire Wolf 2 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King 2 Bujintei Kagutsuchi 1 Lavalval Chain 1 Gagaga Cowboy 2 Abyss Dweller 1 Maestroke the Symphony Djinn 1 Number 50: Blackship of Corn
Michael finished the event in the top 32 and was one of two players in the top cut using the Fire King cards. I decided to ask him some questions about the Deck:



So why did you chose to play with the Fire King cards?
They have a great match up against the top Decks - Mermail and Fire Fist. You have huge plays because you can have a great field but you can always come back from a bad position thanks to Onslaught of the Fire Kings and Rekindling. We decided against playing Fire Fist as this Deck does the same things - and has the same strengths - but is even stronger.

Did you ever find that Fire King High Avatar Garunix was a dead draw?
Drawing Fire King High Avatar Garunix is not a bad thing any more. You play Fire Formation - Tenki for Fire King Avatar Yaksha every time which the opponent's don't really tend to destroy and it allows me to have multiple options. Of course I lost a couple of games by having three Fire King High Avatar Garunix in hand but it does not make it worth playing two of them - I still think three is the best number.

What are the main plays for the Deck?
It's not really a combo Deck but has lots of standalone cards. Onslaught of the Fire Kings is great to get Fire King High Avatar Garunix because it keeps coming back again and again. I play two of the Rekindling because it's great in the late game and forgives earlier mistakes sometimes. There are great plays with the Circle of the Fire Kings especially in the Battle Phase to make more damage but it is also great with Fire King Avatar Barong and Fire King High Avatar Garunix. It's a great feeling to have both a Circle of the Fire Kings and Fire King High Avatar Garunix on the field at the same time.

Do you have a best play from the weekend?
I played against a Battlin' Boxer Deck in the early rounds and it was great for me because you have so many outs against the big Xyz Monster and it's a great feeling to know that a Deck that will normally give you a lot of trouble was so easy. I had a lot of hard games all weekend and that felt like the easiest because I really got to feel the full potential of my Deck.

Are you going to continue to play this Deck after this tournament?
I might play it for a few weeks more but I am going to switch Decks to either Harpie Ladies or Cyber Dragons - I really like Cyber Dragons because of the DNA Surgery plays and it gives me a sense of nostalgia since I was around when Cyber Dragon was first released and it had a huge impact on the game.

Are you happy with your choice to play Fire Kings this weekend?
Of course - I would never chose another Deck for this event. No regrets.