Mahedi Shareef’s “Old-School Anti-Meta”

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.

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Mahedi Shareef's one of the most experienced Duelists here in Milan.

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[quote][b][u]Monsters: 14[/b][/u]
3 [deko]
3 [tkr]
2 [dck]
2 [breaker]
2 [dyna]
1 [gorz]
1 [gale]

[b][u]Spells: 13[/b][/u]
3 [duality]
2 [mst]
2 [smash]
2 [book]
1 [hole]
1 [allure]
1 [reborn]

[b][u]Traps: 14[/b][/u]
3 [warning]
3 [reckless]
2 [bth]
2 [prison]
1 [judgment]
1 [tt]
1 [mf]
1 [ro]

[b][u]Extra Deck: 15[/b][/u]
2 [chimeratech]
1 [catastor]
1 [goyo]
1 [brionac]
1 [urbellum]
1 [android]
1 [arcanite]
1 [stardust]
1 [tra]
1 [armor master]
1 [blackrose]
1 [colossal]
1 [ded]
1 [s arch]

[b][u]Side Deck: 15[/b][/u]
2 [crow]
2 [banisher]
2 [cydra]
1 [veiler]
2 [noc]
2 [dim fiss]
3 [restrict]
1 [7tools][/quote]
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Shareef’s Deck is based around drawing all the cards he needs to shut his opponents down. He can do this through [duality], like every other Anti-Meta Deck played these days, but also classic picks such as [deko] and [reckless]. [reckless] 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] 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. [tkr] and [dck] serve to shut down Synchro Summons, Deck thinning and monster effects, and are useful against pretty much every Deck out there. [dyna] 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]'[s] another ‘Old-School’ card, and cat help eliminate threatening cards like [decree] which has been seen in several Main decks in Milan. The last monster in the Deck is [gale], which can take down huge monsters like [stardust] 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] 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. [smash] can help with monsters that Shareef can’t take down on his own. As for the Traps he’s packing a full playset of [warning], which allows him to prevent any type of Summon he wishes, at almost any time. [prison] and [bth] allow him to take care of single monsters with ease, while [tt] and [mf] can get rid of larger numbers, like several [fluff][s] 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. [restrict] will win Duels against Formula Monarchs on its own , while [banisher] can take care of Plant Synchro and X-Sabers which are heavily reliant on the Graveyard (as can [dim fiss]). [crow][s]and [veiler] are good against several Decks as well, and [cydra] 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.

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