Deck Analysis: The Austrian take on Tech Genus!
17.07.2011 | 20:06
Ever since their introduction, the Synchro Monsters made quite an impact on the game. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZeXal introduced the Xyz Monsters to the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe which are destined to gain ground on the Synchros in the upcoming months, however, the stylish white monsters don't feel like succumbing just yet. In fact, rather recently, the Tech Genus Monsters were released – a Deck destined to Synchro Summon many Synchro Monsters in no time! A group of players mainly located in Austria relied on the archetype this weekend. All of them were sitting on rather impressive records, so let's take a closer look at their invention.
Check out the Decklist before reading the Deck Feature:
Monsters: 16 3 Reborn Tengu 3 T.G. Striker 3 T.G. Warwolf 3 T.G. Rush Rhino 2 King Tiger Wanghu 2 Effect Veiler
Spells: 9 3 Pot of Duality 1 Book of Moon 2 Mystical Space Typhoon 1 Dark Hole 1 Monster Reborn 1 Pot of Avarice
Traps: 16 1 Trap Dustshoot 3 TG1-EM1 3 Horn of the Phantom Beast 2 Solemn Warning 1 Solemn Judgment 2 Skill Drain 1 Call of the Haunted 1 Mirror Force 1 Torrential Tribute 1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
Extra Deck: 15 1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon 1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier 1 Mist Wurm 1 Colossal Fighter 1 Stardust Dragon 1 Scrap Dragon 1 Arcanite Magician 1 Black Rose Dragon 1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier 1 Naturia Barkion 1 Gaia Knight, The Force of Earth 1 T.G. Hyper Librarian 1 T.G. Wonder Magician 1 T.G. Power Gladiator 1 Ally of Justice Catastor
Side Deck: 15 1 TGX1-HL 1 Bottomless Trap Hole 2 Thunder King Rai-Oh 2 Kinetic Soldier 1 Smashing Ground 2 Puppet Plant 1 Royal Oppression 2 D.D. Crow 2 Cyber Dragon 1 Dust Tornado
Why did you feel that Tech Genus was the right choice for the event?
The Deck has a very good chance to score high against every kind of Plant Deck – regardless of what they're playing. As we expected lots of Plant Decks, it seemed like a good pick.
Additionally, few players are familiar with the Tech Genus Deck and know how it works. They often play their reactive cards in response to cards that aren't key to our strategy. That allows us to break their defenses in the following turns!
Tell us about your records?
4 of us made it all the way to the Top 64 – 3 of them were among the best 10 players after the Swiss portion of the event. Everyone reached day 2 and the worst record was a 5 – 3 drop.
So almost every member was among the top seated players in the event!
Which cards are key to your strategy?
We all play Horn of the Phantom Beast – it can be used together with 11 out of our 16 monsters. As we can always search out new Tech Genus monsters, we rarely find ourselves in a situation where we can't activate the Trap!
The card also works really well with King Tiger Wanghu. Many times, it can catch Reborn Tengu players completely off-guard. They send their Reborn Tengu into King Tiger Wanghu, thinking they can trade. We then activate Horn of the Phantom Beast in the Damage Step so our monster survives the attack! If they find a way around the beefed up King Tiger Wanghu, we still get to draw a card because of the other effect of Horn of the Phantom Beast.
The best support card for Tech Genus Decks is TG1-EM1. Even if your opponent knows about it, it's rather useful! We used it to bluff and force opponents into defensive plays! If they hold cards like Caius the Shadow Monarch on their hand, they sometimes don't want to risk losing them and hold onto them instead of playing them out. We've also seen Six Samurai players not wanting to Tune their monsters to Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En as they feared losing it to TG1-EM1 (after all, it can only negate one effect per turn).
Which cards do you not like to see at the opposing side of the field?
Other cards that are popular Side Deck choices didn't prove too problematic. We always expect our opponents to side into Thunder King Rai-Oh, so we often bring in Cyber Dragon against it. Additionally, we also play Thunder King Rai-Oh in case we don't draw into Horn of the Phantom Beast!
Which Decks are good against your Deck?
Gravekeepers and Six Samurai can be tough. Anti too. Generally speaking, all the Decks packing a lot of high ATK.
How did the development of the Deck go?
Long Dao was the first who played the Deck. We then decided to pick it up and make it even more competitive. In our first iteration of the Deck, we added Skill Drain. It proved to be a great weapon against Plants and we added 2 copies to our Decks. After that, we tried out different things, but it were only minor changes – we felt we had a Deck that could do well at the event!
Quite some teamwork if you ask me! This group of friends proved that it pays out to stick your heads together and come up with something unique to make it all the way to the top tables!