Deck Doctor #19: Gishki and Constellar

tyler nolanHey readers, this week we’re going to start off by taking a look at Joel Wilhelm’s Gishki deck
3x Gishki Zealgigas
3x Evigishki Levianma
3x Gishki Vision
3x Gishki Shadow
3x Gishki Beast
3x Gishki Ariel
3x Gishki Abyss
3x Tinplate Goldfish

3x Salvage
3x Gishki Aquamirror
3x Mystical Space Typhoon
3x Creature Swap
1x Dark Hole
1x Book of Moon
1x Moray of Greed

1x Torrential
1x Dust Tornado

Bahamut SharkWait a second, this isn’t the kind of Gishki deck I’m used to seeing! Anyway, Joel describes his deck as a combination of Zealgigas OTK, and Acid Golem burn. The Zealgigas OTK is rather simple, just summon 2 Zealgigas, attack for 6200 then Gustav for game. The Acid burn gameplan is rather interesting though. This deck has multiple ways to summon a Bahamut Shark, and by Bahamut Sharking out an Acid Golem, then Creature Swapping the Acid Golem to your opponent, you both lock them out of special summons and they’re taking 2000 burn damage every turn.

You mentioned in your writeup that Levianimas weren’t doing much for you, and I agree, they seem a bit out of place here. I feel like if you want to play level 8 rituals, it would be an entirely different deck. In this deck they just look like they’re a bad backup plan.

Next, I don’t think Dust Tornado is really where this deck wants to be, if you want a trap answer to backrow, Royal Decree, or Trap Stun would both be better options here, and if not those, I’d rather run Night Beam over Dust.

Aside from those though, the rest of the deck looks really tight. Aside from these cuts, the only other flexible slots look to be the 1-of Moray, and Torrential, as well as possibly cutting back on a few of the 3-ofs like Tin Goldfish or Mystical Space Typhoon.

The cuts in summary:
-3 Evigishki Levianima
-1 Dust Tornado

royal decreeWith the list originally at 41, we only have 3 slots to add cards. The first thing I want to add is a single copy of Gozen Match. Gozen not only severely hurts the Dragon decks everyone is excited about playing come sept 1st, but it also helps reinforce your Acid Golem lock by disallowing them to tribute your Acid Golem for a tribute summon, and unless they run Water monsters, it prevents them from summoning in general.

To round out the list, I want to add 2 copies of Royal Decree to the main. With Heavy Storm gone, I predict a lot of people are going to be trying to play trap heavy decks, and Decree has always been one of the best answers to those styles of decks, especially in the main when they often don’t run MSTS in the main to counter it.

Additions in summary:
+1 Gozen Match
+2 Royal Decree

As far as the sidedeck goes, Imperial Iron Wall for Dragon variants is always something to consider, especially for a deck like this which doesn’t care about the RFG pile. Extra copies of Gozen Match to counter Dragons, or other decks with multiple attributes like Wind-Ups, or Frog Monarch. Running the 3rd Decree, and possibly copies of Night Beam in the sideboard to help fight against the people running trap heavy decks is always a solid plan.

Constellar PleiadesNext, we’re going to take a look at Matthew Maxfield’s Constellar list:

Monsters: 17
Constellar Kaus x3
Constellar Pollux x3
Constellar Algiedi x2
Constellar Sombre x2
Constellar Sheratan x1
Effect Veiler x3
Maxx 'c' x2
Honest x1

Spells: 14
Pot Of Duality x3
Forbidden Lance x3
Mystical Space Typhoon x3
Fire Formation Tenki x2
Dark Hole x1
Book Of Moon x1
Reinforcement Of The Army x1

Traps: 9
Dimensional Prison x2
Mirror Force x1
Torrential Tribute x1
Bottomless Trap Hole x1
Compulsory Evacuation Device x1
Solemn Warning x1
Breakthrough Skill x1
Xyz Reborn x1

Constellars is a deck that people were pretty excited about on release, but never really made much of an impact due to the format not being quite ideal for them. With both Dragons and Spellbooks knocked down a bit, Constellars are a great choice for the upcoming format. Pleiades is a card that can be very difficult for decks like Fire Fist, or Dragon to answer efficiently, and threatens to take over the game by bouncing Tenki repeatedly.

forbidden lanceI feel like while Forbidden Lance can be a great card for this deck, 3 is a bit excessive, it isn’t really a card you want to draw multiples of, since it’s primary use in this deck is as a protective spell. Similarly, Effect Veiler doesn’t need to be maxed here either, especially going into a largely unknown format. People are going to try to run all sorts of weird decks that Veiler doesn’t do much against, and this deck doesn’t have a way to capitalize on Veiler being a tuner. I’m going to cut both of these cards back to 2 copies each.

Breakthrough Skill is a card I really don’t like going into an undefined metagame. You’re going to have matchups where it’s really good, like versus Samurai, or Water, but you’re also going to have matchups where it’s practically a dead card, such as versus Blackwing, or Dragon. Similarly, I hate the idea of maindecking a card like Maxx “C” when you don’t know how special summon heavy the field is going to be. I’m cutting that card as well.

Xyz Reborn seems unnecessary in this deck. The card certainly isn’t bad, but you don’t even have the 3rd Sombre in the deck, and Sombre is miles better than Xyz Reborn.

I’m not a huge fan of Torrential Tribute in this deck. Generally this deck is pretty good at fielding a Pleadies turn 1, and your backrow should be designated toward protecting it, rather than just trying to clear the board.

The cuts in summary:
-1 Forbidden Lance
-1 Effect Veiler
-1 Breakthrough Skill
-1 Xyz Reborn
-2 Maxx “C”
-1 Torrential Tribute

safe zoneWith 7 slots to work with, the first card I want to add in is a singleton Safe Zone. Safe Zone both helps protect your Pleiades, an also functions as a removal trap in combination with Pleiades. The other cards I really want to add are the 3rd copies of both Sombre and Sheratan, who help you not run out of steam, and continue to drop rank 4s and 5s.

Fiendish Chain seems like the best trap a deck like this could ask for. Not only is it a really good card in general, but you can bounce it with Pleiades after its job is done in order to reuse it. I’m going to add in 3.

Lastly, I want to add a singleton copy of Brotherhood of the Fire Fist: Bear. Even with Tenki at 2, Bear is still a great monster for this deck. Should you draw it, you run plenty of traps that help him get an attack in and search a Tenki, and he just adds so much utility to your Tenkis that I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t want to run him.

Additions in summary:
+1 Safe Zone
+1 Sombre
+1 Sheratan
+3 Fiendish Chain
+1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist: Bear

This deck has a lot of interesting sideboard options. Pleiades + Deck Lockdown is really tough for decks like Spellbook, or even Dragons to deal with. Vanity’s Emptiness is another great card versus Dragon, not only does it lock them out, but you can turn it off at any time by bouncing it with your Pleiades. This deck can easily side Gozen Match for fighting against decks like Wind-up, and Six Samurai, which people are bound to start playing again with the new banlist. The Maxx “C”s I cut earlier also are great additions to your sideboard, alongside possibly a Tragoedia or two.

Anyways, that’s all for this week, if you have a decklist you’d like doctored, send a message to with a typed out decklist, and a brief description of how the deck plays. And remember, to Play Hard or Go Home!