Under the Radar Decks
It’s no secret what the biggest Decks of the weekend are: Dragon Ruler, Spellbook and Evilswarm were touted to be the big three contenders for the format and they’ve not disappointed, taking up the majority of the day two tables. However, some Decks are still in contention and have put themselves across really well at the event – here’s a couple that have earned an honourable mention.
Moving away from the ‘big three’ of the weekend, we’re going to take a quick look at some of the other strategies showing up this weekend. Let’s start with a Deck that’s made it to the feature match table a few times across this weekend: Constellar!
A Constellar Deck focuses on bringing out Xyz Monsters with multi-functional effects – the main one of which is [con ple]. This gives the ability to bounce any card from the field to the hand during either player’s turn – allowing you to re-use a continuous card or press forward offensively. As a rank five it may seem difficult on first look to [xyz] – especially as there are no level five Monsters in the Deck. However, if you look through some of the Monsters you’ll come across [con kaus]. If you can get two Constellar monsters on the field this allows you to manipulate their levels and effectively gives you access to a plethora of Xyz Monsters.
Getting two Monsters on the field isn’t as difficult as anticipated, as the effects of [con alg] and [con pol] both give you a chance to make a second Summon. The really great thing about this Deck is the ‘toolbox’ aspect to it, where you have access to any effect that you may need. [ff tenki] allows you to search either a Kaus or a [ff bear] depending on the situation. [rota] gives you Pollux, opening up an armoury of possibilities.
The control element of this Deck has given Dragons and Spellbooks real trouble this weekend and it’s definitely one to watch out for going forward!
I’m also going to take a quick look at the Water Deck! This was far and away the most popular Deck at events before [ltgy] was released. It may have had some of the sting taken out of it by the rise of the newer Decktypes, but over the course of this tournament it’s proved that underestimating it’s impact can be a big mistake!
Previously the Deck had focused on using mainly Mermail and Atlantean cards. While these are still an integral part of the Deck, it’s important to not overlook a great addition as a result of LTGY: [tidal]. While you’re used to seeing Tidal in Dragon Ruler Decks, it would be foolish to overlook the fact that the Dragon Rulers are elemental-based too. This makes it really useful in the Water Deck and also creates some great combos!
Not only can you discard Tidal to [ss] a card such as [teus] or [megalo] and revive it later in the turn, you can also make a great combo with [gunde] where you can discard it with Tidal for the effect to send a Monster from your Deck to the graveyard. When you resolve Gunde’s effect, you can [ss] the same Monster you sent to the graveyard! This is a great way of getting through cards that you may not want to draw such as [leed] and provides you with whichever Mermail monster you like on the field!
With each Deck having it’s own combos and plays, many of which will be neglected by the opponent, these Decks are definitely be ones to watch out for in the future!