How hot are the Fire King/Fist Decks now?

A little later today, we’ll share with you a full metagame breakdown of YCS Paris. In it, among other things, you’ll learn that the Fire Fist and Fire King archetypes aren’t the hottest commodities right now despite what their names might suggest. I sat down with a couple of experienced players to discuss this development.[nbsp]


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First, let’s look at the facts: [rekindling] and [wolfbark] have both been limited to just 1 copy per Deck. While [rekindling] wasn’t such a big player in the Fire Fist Deck, the Fire King archetype was heavily relying on the card. The way Michael Ciplak put it in our Fire King Deck Analysis (a very recommended read) was:
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You have huge plays because you can have a great field but you can always come back from a bad position thanks to [fk ons] and [rekindling].[/quote]
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Granted, that wasn’t exactly applying to [wolfbark], but thanks to some powerful additions in the Extra Deck, he could also provide you with excellent outs. Let’s now hear from the pros:

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[b]Vincent Ralambomiadana:[/b] The Fire Kings have great match-ups against the most popular Decks, but the Deck isn’t coping so well against the supposedly weaker Decks. The strategy, therefore, is to try and start strong and stay on top of the standings for as long as possible since you’re more likely to play against popular Decks this way. Although you always want to try and start strong, it’s harder with this Deck to recover from a bad start than with some of the other Decks that you could choose.[/quote]

We have seen some of the most skilled players losing one or two matches in one (or two) of the earlier rounds only to then never drop another match all weekend and end up winning the tournament. It appears that this is much less likely if you’re putting your money on the Fire Kings right now.
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We saw Ben-Abbes earlier trying to turn things around with Wolfbark!

We saw Ben-Abbes earlier trying to turn things around with Wolfbark!

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Let’s hear from Walid Ben-Abbes who was playing Fire Kings today:

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[b]Walid Ben-Abbes:[/b] The limitation of [wolfbark] hurts the Fire Kings a whole lot. Before that, you could go for [eek] and [101] all the time and no matter how far ahead your opponent was, you could come back. So these “failsafes” are now missing, which means you sometimes cannot come back when your opponent pulls ahead.

Still, I think it’s very competitive thanks to the power of [fk hgar]. Often, they don’t have an out to it and it win you games single-handedly.[/quote]
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This is what the Fire Kings can do when left unchecked for just a second!

This is what the Fire Kings can do when left unchecked for just a second!

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The last player I wanted to hear from was Michael Ciplak. After all, he was one of the Duelists that first made me aware of the power of the Fire Kings. He’s running Fire Kings again today, which is surprising considering that he announced last time he quickly gets bored of Decks and he wanted to play a Cyber Dragon Deck soon.
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[b]Michael Ciplak:[/b] Truth be told, I was too lazy to put something else together. I replaced [wolfbark] with [f dog] (which is great against Mermails since their key cards miss their timing).

The [rekindling] can’t be replaced, but soon we’ll have [b]Soul Charge[/b] for that! I put in [tthn] instead which isn’t too bad in the current environment, but it’s not a card that you usually want to play in the Main Deck. The one match I lost was mostly due to my own mistakes, so I think the Deck is still not doing too bad despite the limitations.[/quote]
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Michael Ciplak's replacements were strong metagame calls!
Michael Ciplak's replacements were strong metagame calls!

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[b]What happened to your promise that you would be playing a Cyber Dragon Deck?[/b]

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I fulfilled it! I was playing a Cyber Dragon OTK Deck for a few weeks and I ended up in the finals of a larger tournament with it, but I didn’t think it was consistent enough for a tournament that lasts 10 and more rounds. That’s why I went with this choice instead.[/quote]
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So despite the problems the Fire Fist and Fire King Duelists have to deal with these days, the archetypes still seem to be a valid choice. You might just have to put in a little more effort when compared to some of the other Decks out there which have easier combos, but it’s still possible!
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