Deck Feature: Andreas Halbfeld’s Quickdraw Machina

In yesterday’s article about the Top Tables in Round 8, one reply caught my interest: “I’m playing Quickdraw Machina”, Andreas Halbfeld told me. I thought he was joking at first, but after I had a closer look at his decklist I learned that he IS in fact playing this interesting mix. Let’s take a closer look!

The deck features [frame], [fortress] and [machina force], the driving force between the Machina archetype. Usually, players tend to combine these powerhouses with Gadgets, giving them enough Machine-Type monsters to basically keep [fortress] on the field forever – you just Special Summon it over and over again. While Halbfeld’s build couldn’t quite do that, it had some other aces up his sleeves. Take a look at the complete decklist:

[quote][b]Andreas Halbfeld’s Quickdraw Machina[/b]

Monsters: 21

3 Machina Gearframe
3 Machina Fortress
2 Machina Force
2 Lonefire Blossom
2 Dandylion
2 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
2 Debris Dragon
1 Quickdraw Synchron
1 Card Trooper
1 Spore
1 Tytannial, Princess of Camellias
1 Gorz the Emissary of Darkness

Spells: 13

3 Book of Moon
2 Pot of Duality
2 Pot of Avarice
2 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Cold Wave
1 Foolish Burial
1 Dark Hole
1 Monster Reborn

Traps: 8

2 Solemn Warning
2 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Solemn Judgment
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Call of the Haunted
1 Trap Stun

Extra Deck:

1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1 Junk Destroyer
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Colossal Fighter
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Nitro Warrior
2 Black Rose Dragon
1 Turbo Warrior
1 Drill Warrior
1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Goyo Guardian
1 Ally of Justice Catastor
1 Iron Chain Dragon
1 Armory Arm

Side Deck:

2 Swallow Flip
2 Dust Tornado
2 Pulling the Rug
2 King Tiger Wanghu
2 Chain Disappearance
1 Consecrated Light
1 Mind Crush
1 Nobleman of Crossout
1 Trap Hole
1 Cyber Dragon[/quote]

Some cards already indicate that these two strategies could actually work well with each other. Both the Machina archetype and the Dandywarrior decks try to set up their huge combos by sending cards to their Graveyard first. In the case of the Machina decks, it’s [fortress], for Dandywarrior decks, it’s [dandylion]. Therefore, a card like [foolish] can come in handy in even more situations – either you’re using it to put pressure on your opponent and set up a Special Summon of [fortress] or you set up your own defense with [dandy] and wall with fluff tokens, buying you more time.

In the following turn, you can use [debris] to bring back [dandy], Tune both of them to [brd] and lay waste on your opponents field! Think about it, no matter how you’re trying to beat Halbfeld’s deck, you’ll often find yourself in a tough spot: Either you’re trying to push him back so he can’t give you a beating with [fortress], opening up a huge play with [debris] and [dandy] or you try to set up your own defense and have to handle [fortress].

Andreas Halbfeld has all reason to feel confident thanks to his creative deck selection!
Andreas Halbfeld has all reason to feel confident thanks to his creative deck selection!

Let’s hear from Halbfeld as I wasn’t sure how useful [fortress] would be without the Gadgets. This is what he replied: “Since Quickdraw and [trooper] are both Machines, you can use them in a tough situation to Special Summon [fortress]. However, that’s just my plan B, usually you try to collect the Machina pieces with the [frame] / [drill warrior] combo.” (thanks to the effect of [drill warrior], you can return [frame] to your hand over and over again and whenever you Summon it to the field, it can bring you another Machina piece).

“One of the strongest synergies in the deck is [fortress] with [spore]. Together, they let you access the strong Level 8 Synchro Monsters which can help you to force through more damage. My usual suspects are [scrap dragon] and [stardust].”

Asked about the key element in his deck: “I think it’s not so much a card synergy, it’s the fact that my opponents don’t know how to play against it. They just don’t see a lot of the moves I’m trying to set up coming! Sometimes, I try to play conservatively in the first game, not going on the offense until later in the game. In the second game, I put the pressure early on, overwhelming my opponent who was expecting a more defensive strategy again.”

Halbfeld plays 3 copies of [bom]. It’s the one card that can stop opposing strategies, even while you’re affected by [trap stun] (another card Halbfeld’s running). “You can’t really rely on [mf] too much, it often leaves the field before it helps you to stop your opponent.”

You need to look past the obvious card combos to surprise your opponents and put yourself in a favorable position. Andreas Halbfeld did just that, combining two archetypes that no one would expect in the same deck to catch his opponents off guard. Currently sitting on a 7 – 2 record, he’s still in the race for the knock out portion of the tournament, so keep your fingers crossed if you’re a fan of fancy deck ideas!

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