Mahedi Shareef’s “Old-School Anti-Meta”
21.11.2010 | 18:10
We’ve seen several interesting Decks here at YCS Milan, and you’ll be able to view the Top 16 Deck lists before this evening is over, but there was one of the Top 32 Decks that we just had to show you. Mahedi Shareef from Germany has been playing the game for years, and he came up with classic take on a modern trend.
3 Dekoichi the Battlechanted Locomotive
3 Thunder King Rai-Oh
2 Doomcaliber Knight
2 Breaker the Magical Warrior
2 Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo
1 Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
1 Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind
Extra Deck: 15
2 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1 Ally of Justice Catastor
1 Goyo Guardian
1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 X-Saber Urbellum
1 Magical Android
1 Arcanite Magician
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Thought Ruler Archfiend
1 Blackwing Armor Master
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Colossal Fighter
1 Dark End Dragon
1 Scrap Archfiend
Shareef’s Deck is based around drawing all the cards he needs to shut his opponents down. He can do this through Pot of Duality, like every other Anti-Meta Deck played these days, but also classic picks such as Dekoichi the Battlechanted Locomotive and Reckless Greed. Reckless Greed in particular is an interesting choice as it’s usually seen in fast-paced Decks like Vayu Turbo (and early versions of Blackwings in 2009). In those Decks it’s used to win Duels in a single turn before the side-effect of the card kicks in (locking out your next 2 Draw Phases), but in Shareef’s Deck he uses it to get the cards he needs to slow the pace of the Duel right down, where he won’t miss those 2 cards later on. With all the DARK monsters in his Deck he’s also using Allure of Darkness to draw even more cards.
The cards he’s looking for of course are the Anti-Meta cards designed to limit the opponent’s options. Thunder King Rai-Oh and Doomcaliber Knight serve to shut down Synchro Summons, Deck thinning and monster effects, and are useful against pretty much every Deck out there. Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo is one of the less popular Anti-Meta cards at the moment, but when Summoned at the right time it can completely neutralise entire Decks, especially ones heavily reliant on particular monsters like Formula Monarchs (who tend to lose very quickly without a way to Tribute Summon). Breaker the Magical Warrior's another ‘Old-School’ card, and cat help eliminate threatening cards like Royal Decree which has been seen in several Main Decks in Milan. The last monster in the Deck is Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind, which can take down huge monsters like Stardust Dragon all on its own!
The Spells and Traps for this Deck are similar to the monsters, they help Shareef draw the cards he needs, and then chip away at the opponent’s resources piece by piece. Book of Moon is one of the most popular Spell Cards in the history of the game due to its immeasurable Level of versatility and Shareef’s running 2 copies. Smashing Ground can help with monsters that Shareef can’t take down on his own. As for the Traps he’s packing a full playset of Solemn Warning, which allows him to prevent any type of Summon he wishes, at almost any time. Dimensional Prison and Bottomless Trap Hole allow him to take care of single monsters with ease, while Torrential Tribute and Mirror Force can get rid of larger numbers, like several Fluff Tokens or X-Sabers on the field.
The Side Deck also has a few interesting picks, which allow Shareef to modify his Deck to suit any matchup. Mask of Restrict will win Duels against Formula Monarchs on its own , while Banisher of the Radiance can take care of Plant Synchro and X-Sabers which are heavily reliant on the Graveyard (as can Dimensional Fissure). D.D. Crowsand Effect Veiler are good against several Decks as well, and Cyber Dragon is the number 1 choice to defeat Scraps and Machina Gadgets.
What Mahedi Shareef has done is made an Anti-Meta Deck that is faster than most, while also versatile enough to defeat any matchup. His hard work and vast Levels of experience paid off today, as he earned himself a Top 32 finish.