Deck Analysis: Michael Rasmussen’s Steel Plated Gadgets

In a sea of Dragons and Spells, it’s great to see something come out of the woodwork that takes people completely by surprise and has a strong chance of doing well in the competition. Michael Rasmussen fits the bill perfectly, piloting his [tinfish]-helped Gadget Deck to the top four of his National Championship. Now he hopes for a repeat performance – if not better – on the biggest European stage of all.

Check back after the event for the complete Decklist.

Danish player Rasmussen is riding on the momentum of his success at his recent WCQ: National Championship. A top four finish with a unique Deck that bases itself around Summoning a whole heap of monsters in one turn and then using whichever cards from the Extra Deck best fit the bill for the occasion. It’s a solid strategy with quite the arsenal to work with, and better yet it is truly worthy of the phrase “a flurry of summons” (although believe me, that won’t be the last time you see that phrase this weekend!).
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Michael Rasmussen qualified at a WCQ: Regional in Denmark
Michael Rasmussen qualified at a WCQ: Regional in Denmark

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The 23 year old Duelist has been playing for nearly four years now, and has stuck with a variation of Gadgets for the last two and a half of them. With the release of [ha07] came the birth of [tinfish], and the further strengthening of Gadgets.

[quote]If I open with a copy of Tin Goldfish and a Gadget, I can summon both – the Gadget replaces itself and then I can use [ggx] to get another copy of Goldfish, ready to do exactly the same next turn.[/quote]
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This self-replicating theory is what allows the Deck to keep up with the big hitters of the moment. I asked Rasmussen to elaborate a bit more about the idea of the Deck, his first turn plays and the most valuable cards:

[quote]It really revolves around Summoning as much as possible. [redox] gives me a chance to [ss] a Gadget – you can choose the same one you discard, effectively just gaining an extra Summon for the turn. [kage2] is helpful for swarming the field and allowing me to [xyz] more effectively.

I try to put [16] on the field on the first turn if I’m playing against Dragon Ruler or Spellbooks because it does a really good job of shutting them down. Of course, it really depends on the situation but that’s what I try and do to gain control of the Duel from the start.

The real star card of the Deck is [offering]. Most of the time if I get it active I will win the game. It allows me to completely swarm the field and put as many Monsters as possible out. It’s rare that I can’t finish the game in one turn with the help of Ultimate Offering. [/quote]
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This is the first time Rasmussen has used two copies of Shock Master in his Extra Deck in a big European tournament – although he said in testing he has managed to put two on the field in the same turn and completely shut down the opponent, easily winning on the next turn.

Preparing for the Decks you will have to play against at an event is an integral part of building your own unique Deck, and a couple of tech choices really give this Deck a boost in taking out the popular choices for the weekend. [iiw] in the Main Deck stops Spellbooks from using [sb fate] as well as the effect of [hpop]. It also stops any of the bigger Dragon Rulers hitting the field with their own effect – an almost unbeatable advantage against the Deck.

It’s the Side Deck, however, that provides one of the tech cards of the weekend: [vaskii]. A one-card out to a [sack] is not something to be laughed at. If you look careful, she’s actually searchable too. Have you seen it yet? Making a rank 4 Xyz Monster is not something this Deck struggles with, meaning [kotfi] can search her out with no problems. She’s [ss]ed by tributed both of Dracossack’s tokens, and then use her effect to destroy the Machine before attacking for 2600!

It’s looking out for great tech cards like this that put you ahead of the game. Rasmussen qualified for the main event this weekend at a Regional in Denmark and has been testing for this relentlessly. Will it pay off? We’ll check back and see how he’s doing this weekend – but if there’s one thing we can say for sure, it’s that this could be one small step for Gadgets, one giant leap for innovation.

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