Deck Profile: Merlin Schumacher’s Shaddoll

Still holding a X:1 record is Merlin Schumacher with his Shaddoll Deck. You already saw him on Round 1 of our live stream and it seems like his deck is running smoothly. Check out what he has to tell about his Match-Ups and card choices.


Merlin Schuhmacher[abstand]

[b]22 Monsters:[/b]

3 [veiler]
1 [bls]
3 [mathe]
2 [shd beast]
1 [shd hedg]
3 [shd squa]
3 [shd falco]
2 [shd drag]
2 [lancea]
1 [felis]
1 [peropero]

[b]7 Spells:[/b]

3 [el shd fus]
3 [shd fus]
1 [foolish]

[b]13 Traps:[/b]

1 [vane]
2 [bts]
3 [ssg]
3 [mistake]
1 [shd core]
1 [bth]
2 [mind crush]

[b]Extra Deck:[/b]

3 [shd construct]
3 [shd winda]
2 [shd shekh]
1 [dweller]
1 [castel]
1 [armades]
1 [brd]
1 [arcanite]
1 [leo]
1 [eek]


[b] Hi Merlin, can you explain why you choose Shaddoll today? [/b]
Shaddoll was the Deck I felt most comfortable with going into this big tournament. I played very little lately due to university and my job so I decided to run a deck that I’m already familiar with. Shaddoll was the way to go and I’m very pleased with my results so far. It has decent Match-Ups against all the current Meta-Decks: it’s fast, can dish out a lot of damage in one turn and it’s able to maindeck floodgate cards like [mistake] without any problems. With the decline of Qliphort Shaddoll became stronger again.
[b] What are your Tech Picks going into the Event? [/b]
[quote] I maindeck a lot of cards to stop Nekroz plays. You will see when my decklist gets posted, I don’t want to give away too much information right now. I have a lot of outs against the Djinn lock and I’m maindecking [mind crush]. The card is so valuable even though it’s only 1:1 trade, because you gain free information on the opponent’s hand. This knowledge allows you to predict plays and save your hand traps to stop crucial plays.

I side [v fiend] which proved to be very strong against Nekroz. People are siding out many of their outs like [ddwl] and [boe]. So their only remaining out is [rai] making the play even stronger.

[b] Can you tell us about your Match-Ups? [/b]
Nekroz is my most favourable Match-Up. My deck is teched to beat Nekroz. I do not have any problems at all beating Satellarknights or Burning Abyss. I have more resources and can push through heavy backrows with the help of [denko]. My only bad Match-Up with this deck is the mirror match. That’s my only loss at the moment. [/quote]

[b]What were your expectations for this event? [/b]
I would be happy to reach the top cut. As I said before I played very little lately; I’m getting used to the deck and each Round I’m feeling more comfortable with it. [/quote]
[b]Any final words? [/b]
I want to give shoutouts to all my friends in red. Thanks for helping me build the deck and lending me cards. [/quote]

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