Deck Feature: Christian Böttcher’s Anti Deck

Even though Christian Böttcher lost his round 12 feature match, we decided to take a closer look and introduce you to his take on the Anti Deck. His creative build shows that Elemental Heroes can still be a force to be reckoned with and that it pays out to know about cards that aren’t played that often.

[b]13 Monster Cards:[/b]

3 Elemental Hero Neos Alius
3 Crusader of Endymion
3 Thunder King Rai-Oh
2 Honest
1 Elemental Hero Stratos
1 Doomcaliber Knight

[b]12 Spell Cards:[/b]

3 Gemini Spark
3 Smashing Ground
2 Dark Factory of Mass Production
1 Reinforcement of the Army
1 E – Emergency Call
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Future Fusion

[b]15 Trap Cards:[/b]

2 Dimensional Prison
2 Royal Oppression
2 Bottomless Trap Hole
2 Hero Blast
2 Skill Drain
2 Dark Bribe
1 Starlight Road
1 Solemn Judgment
1 Trap Dustshoot

[b]Side Deck:[/b]

3 D.D. Crow
3 Consecrated Light
2 Mask of Restrict
2 Divine Wrath
2 Dust Tornado
2 Goldd, Wu-Lord of the Dark World
1 Gottoms’ Emergency Call

[b]Extra Deck:[/b]

2 Superalloy Beast Raptinus
2 Stardust Dragon
1 Mist Wurm
1 Ally of Justice Catastor
1 Thousand Dragon
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Thought Ruler Archfiend
1 Red Dragon Archfiend
1 Ancient Fairy Dragon
1 Goyo Guardian
1 X-Saber Urbellum
1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice-Barrier
1 X-Saber Hyunlei

One can’t help but feel a little nostalgic when looking at Böttcher’s list. A lot of the cards he’s running used to be dominant in past formats, but don’t belong to the popular choices for the reigning superstars like X-Sabers, Infernities, Blackwings or Frog Monarchs. Still, as Böttcher’s record proves, cards like [stratos] can still make a competitive deck. With a 7 – 4 record, he still has a slight chance of making top 8 and a [ded] is already pretty much guaranteed for him.

The biggest strength of the deck is the fact that Bötcher doesn’t need to run a lot of monsters thanks to the effects of [stratos], [rota] and [e call]. Their search effects speed up the deck and provide him with the fuel to put the pressure on his opponent from early on. With 1900 ATK respectively, [alius], [crusader], [dck] and [rai oh] are some of the strongest 4 star monsters in the game and can only be trumped in battle by Tribute or Synchro Monsters. Even if an opponent’s monster has more printed ATK, Böttcher can always use [honest] to give his star players a large boost and dish out a lot of damage in the process.

[crusader] and [alius] are not only strong on the offense, they are also both Gemini Monsters, allowing Böttcher to run 3 copies of [spark]. The Quick Spell Card is a great answer to popular cards like [prison] or [bth] as you can simply ditch your monster, take down an opposing threat and draw into a fresh card at the same time. [alius] also works well with [hero blast].

In Böttcher’s version, 3 [ground][s], 2 [prison][s] as well as 2 [bth][s] complete this line up. With the help of [drain], you can easily shut down all offensive moves of an unprepared opponent, forcing him to rely on Spell or Trap Cards to get rid of your own threats. As many decks are heavily relying on their monster’s effects, [drain] is often all it takes to win a match. Even if an opponent has an answer, Böttcher can still try to keep his Continuous Trap Card on the field with [bribe], [road] and [sj].

The Side Deck provides answers for all of the popular decks. [mor] can shut down Monarch decks all on its own, [consec] is extremely useful against Infernities and [goldd] can punish X-Saber players trying to strip you off your cards in your hand.

All in all, Böttcher’s deck is well prepared against many of the popular decks in the format. While his game plan is pretty straightforward, it doesn’t make the deck any less effective.


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