Blood on the Weeds, A Tale of Love, Rebirth, and Dragons

parker robertsonHello Yu-gi-oh community! I’m back this week with another article addressing the possibilities of the “Dragon Ruler” deck post 2013 September 1st banlist. Now at first many people question this idea as the deck took a severe beating on this list, loosing the babies was huge for this deck. This loss slows it down enough to be hit out of its “Best Deck” status. When I saw the list rumored on Facebook through Cordero and other avenues, I immediately knew it was real, I had this feeling in my gut. I was devastated by this list; it killed one of my favorite decks of all time. I then immediately started to look at other options for the future of this format, everything from Monarchs to Dino Rabbit. I didn’t really like any of those options, as they were too conservative or too crippled by one card. So, I then took another look at dragons, I refused to accept that my dragons were dead. I looked back at some Dragon Ruler lists I created during the gap that we didn’t know whether we were getting the “baby dragons” or not. Then I stumbled upon my “Incarnate Plant” list, which combined two of the most powerful decks ever, plants and dragons. I thought this idea was crazy and at that same time I noticed a post online by my friend Joe Barrett saying, “I can’t wait to use Dragons next format.” I messaged him about our mutual love for this deck and low and behold, he built a list very similar to mine but updated with Star Eater and such. So without further ado…

TIDAL, DRAGON RULER OF WATERFALLSMonsters: 28

3x Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos

3x Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls

3x Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms

3x Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders

3x Maxx “C”

2x Effect Veiler

2x Debris Dragon

2x Card Trooper

1x Lonefire Blossom

1x Dandylion

1x Spore

1x Copyplant

1x Dragunity Corsesca

1x Flamvell Guard

1x Swift Scarecrow

Spells: 11

3x Seven Star Sword

1x Gold Sarcophagus

2x Scapegoat

2x Enemy Controller

1x One for One

2x Wing Beat of Giant Dragon

Traps: 1

1x Return from the Different Dimension

Extra: 15

1x Number 11: Big Eye

2x Mecha Phantom Beast Plane Dracossack

1x Formula Synchron

1x Armory Arm

1x T.G. Hyper Librarian

1x Orient Dragon

1x Ancient Fairy Dragon

1x Black Rose Dragon

1x Stardust Dragon

1x Scrap Dragon

1x Crimson Blader

1x Colossal Fighter

1x Shooting Star Dragon

1x Star Eater

redoxThis deck combines easy ways to make many powerful synchros and the raw power and consistency of Elemental Dragons. It plays much like plants but more drawn around the tempo of activations from the dragon effects every turn. You use the dragons mainly for synchro fodder, Tempest and Redox are without a doubt the best two in the deck, they let you tutor for extra “Monster Reborns” or for searching your Debris Dragon. The dragons are the easily explained part of this deck, not so easy is how the plant engine “weeds” its way into the list.

Ever since Plants were murdered in the March 2012 list, I have constantly wondered why they were never brought back. They could never compete with the top decks just because they lacked ability similar to the top decks combos. Whether it was turn one Rescue Rabbit or the Wind-Up loop, it just wouldn’t have a place in the format. Now that we have a consistent body of dragons that match the various elements, we have an opportunity to unleash our fertilized friends into a new meta. The plant side of the list provides routes to massive synchro plays, while falling back onto the ferocious dragons as reinforcements.

Enemy Controller has always been a favorite of mine, creating options to play around veiler and ways to swing for game, now that we have Scapegoat at three I believe this card deserves at least two spots in this list for its incredible versatility and ease of use. Another huge force behind the power here is that neither Gold Sarcophagus nor Seven Star of Sacred Swords was hit on the list. It gives the deck draw power and easy access to the dragons, which in turn gives ease of access to many power monsters in the deck such as Debris Dragon.  This whole deck creates a one or two turn cycle that builds on each other for massive pushes.

Scapegoat is finally back at three, ladies and gentleman lets rejoice! This card has long warranted a place back on the unlimited side of the ban-hammer. It provides this deck much utility in synchroing into level 2’s 5’s and the almighty level 10’s and 11’s. With this one card allowing such synchros to be masked on the board how could you not play it! Also this card and Enemy Controller provide neat combos with each other, including just using the goats as attack blockers!

I am actually very pleased with the list; it gives players a somewhat slower pace and allows a greater diversity of decks to be played. It also gives dragon lovers a chance to play the deck in a totally different way while splashing nostalgia back into the equation. I look forward to the start of the Regional and Competitive season. I want to wish all of you luck as we come upon the first few regionals of the season!

I would like to thank Joe Barrett as he provided the main list for this deck and is a terrific innovator, friend, and solid player. I anticipate we will be working on this deck and tweaking it for months to come! I would also like to shout out Michael Albanese, he is another great player and friend who will join the crew of people playing this awesome deck!

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions please write to me on Facebook or leave them on here so I can answer them for you! And remember Play Hard or Go Home!!!

Parker Roberson

A Really Sacky Player

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