Deck Analysis: Michael Fridman (Xyz-Frog)

23.02.2014 | 14:58 |
On a Day 2 Decklist dive I love to see what has come out of the fray to be on top. In today’s foray I’ve found an interesting one: Xyz-Frog! It’s doing quite well and its pilot, Michael Fridman, has crafted it masterfully.

Gameplay and Combos

As the name suggests this Deck relies heavily on bringing out Xyz monsters and has many cards at its disposal to do so. Frogs are small but extremely versatile and as in real life they can hop wherever they like.

Swap Frog is a great card with very little drawbacks. It fuels the Graveyard with cards like Ronintoadin and T.A.D.P.O.L.E. for later combos. With its natural ability to give you an additional Normal Summon as well you can get more frogs on the field. Plus being a Level 2 monster gives it a lot of options when choosing Xyz Monsters. Mother Grizzly is an obvious choice for the Deck, but when coupled with Sea Lancer is makes for an easy combo. Ronintoadin will be fuelling the Banished Zone with Monsters for quick access and in a format without heavy storm this card will be hand to kill with up to five possible outs and a potential 6300ATK. It does have a weakness to flip cards like Book of Moon and Ghostrick Scare and I see it as a plan “B” for this Deck.

The Deck runs three Des Frog and it’s easy to see why, with T.A.D.P.O.L.E. in the Graveyard it gives you the opportunity to bring out a second copy that has been sent previously by Swap Frog or Morphing Jar. From there you can bring out a rank 5 Xyz Monster. With Swap Frog this combo is even easier, as you can use its ability to drop T.A.D.P.O.L.E. into the Graveyard and then Tribute Summon.
All in all this Deck effectively has a lot of combos and is extremely quick at what it can do. The Special Summon and combo potential that this Deck can pull off in one turn is immense!


3 Swap Frog 3 Dupe Frog 1 Morphing Jar 2 Mother Grizzly 1 T.A.D.P.O.L.E. 2 Ronintoadin 3 Des Frog 1 Sea Lancer
3 Pot of Duality 3 Mystical Space Typhoon 3 Inferno Reckless Summon 1 Dark Hole
2 Trap Stun 2 Dust Tornado 3 Fiendish Chain 2 Breakthrough Skill 1 Solemn Warning 1 Bottomless Trap Hole 1 Torrential Tribute 2 Mirror Force
Extra Deck:15
1 Gachi Gachi Gantetsu 2 Daigusto Phoenix 3 Herald of Pure Light 1 Number 96: Dark Mist 1 Downerd Magician 1 Number 12: Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja 1 Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh 1 Tiras, Keeper of Genesis 2 Number 61: Volcasaurus 2 Gaia Dragon, the Thunder charger
Side Deck:15
3 Maxx "C" 3 Battle Fader 3 Needle Ceiling 1 Dust Tornado 2 Pinpoint Guard 1 Flip Flop Frog 2 Mind Crush

From the Duelist’s mouth!

My signature card!

How long have you been play and have you been to any other YCS?
I have been to YCS Bochum and YCS Leipzig, I have been playing the game for quite a long time. I started playing in 2009.

How have you done in the YCS?
I went 7-2-1 then I dropped because my tiebreakers are pretty bad. I drew against Bujiin because of time but would have won otherwise.

Why no Des Croaking?
I already have cards that are like that if I find them in the game, Des Croaking is a great top Deck if I’m you’re in the late game but not when you’ve got nothing. I only lost games where I didn’t get into the late game. It’s a great late game Deck, the problem is getting it going.

Any other combos in your Deck?
Infernal reckless Summon, it’s the standard card, trigger when Summon Ronintoadin to get three Des Frog for anywhere. For example; My opponent had three Coach Soldier Wolfbark and I got three Des Frog and ran over them so he was out of the game.

What is your toughest matchup?
My toughest matchup is something against my combos, the synergy with rank 2 and rank 5 is good, it can OTK really easily.

Any changes after this YCS?
No I think this Deck is great the way it is now

Good luck in the future Michael!