Right now we can almost certainly say that the most powerful decks are Mermail and Fire Fist. These two decks are currently dominating the higher tier tournaments, with splashes of other decks in between (Geargia, Prophecy, Bujin, etc).
But as you all know, stuff can get a little boring from time to time when stuff like this happens, so thats when I start messing around with fun decks, and this week I am bringing you my cool deck I've been working on, Spirit Ghostricks, or as I call them, Spiritrix! Here's my deck list right now:[ccDeck="Main Deck"]3 Aratama
1 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
2 Caius the Shadow Monarch
2 Chaos Sorcerer
1 Dark Dust Spirit
3 Effect Veiler
2 Ghostrick Jackfrost
3 Ghostrick Jiangshi
3 Ghostrick Mary
2 Photon Thrasher
1 Allure of Darkness
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
3 Upstart Goblin
3 Raigeki Break[/ccDeck]
[ccDeck="Extra Deck"]2 Abyss Dweller
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
2 Downerd Magician
1 Evilswarm Exciton Knight
1 Gagaga Cowboy
1 Ghostrick Alucard
2 Ghostrick Dullahan
1 King of the Feral Imps
1 Lavalval Chain
1 Number 101: Silent Honor Ark
1 Starliege Paladynamo[/ccDeck]
Everyone I've played with this deck so far has sat there and been like, "Oh my gosh, what the heck is happening?". Its quite weird to look at, at first, so lets go over some of the cards and combos.
First of, [ccProd]Ghostrick Mary[/ccProd] is one of the coolest, and newest most splashable cards. She herself now can make decks have a "Ghostrick Engine" which I'm not sure many people have caught onto. With the release of the very well rounded Jackfrost as well, it makes it even more splashable. You simply take damage, use Mary to Special Summon Jiangshi, then use her effect to grab another Mary or Jackfrost to use later. Free card advantage and monsters on the field to use for fodder later.
Besides [ccProd]Effect Veiler[/ccProd], Mary and Jackfrost are also level 1 monsters, so that the Spirit monster Kinka-Byo can return them to the field for an Xyz summon of [ccProd]Ghostrick Dullahan[/ccProd], who can take down any monster with 2400 attack or less by himself. Also, when he simply goes to the Graveyard (in any way, this is important) you can return a Ghostrick card to your hand. This normally ends up being Jackfrost or Mary.
Being a Rank 1 Xyz monster also means that it can be overlayed for [ccProd]Downerd Magician[/ccProd]. This is very cool for getting a 2700 attack monster if needed, or if you need piercing damage, but also, as I said earlier, Dullahan gets his effect when he is sent to the Graveyard in ANYWAY. Even sent from being an Xyz Material for Downerd Magician.
Now that we got the Ghostricks out of the way, lets talk more about our Spirit monsters.
Aratama and Nikitama are a match made in heaven. Aratama, when ever is Normal Summoned, or flipped face up, can search your deck for a Spirit monster. Nikitama is usually your go to Spirit monster to search early game, while Kinka-Byo is for later once you've thrown some Level 1 monsters away.
Nikitama, once on the field, allows you to additionally normal summon a Spirit monster during your turn, and if at any time Nikitama goes to the Graveyard while you control a Spirit monster, you get to draw 1 card. This is where the fun stuff begins.
After you have both Aratama and Nikitama, you need 1 more card; Either [ccProd]Kagetokage[/ccProd] or [ccProd]Photon Thrasher[/ccProd]. You simply Special Summon your Thrasher or Kagetokage at their appropriate times, along with Normal Summoning both Aratama and Nikitama. You overlay your Aratama with one of your other level 4 monsters (not Aratama) into Lavalval Chain, detaching Nikitama for its effect to stack any monster on top of your deck. Afterwords, Nikitama will trigger allowing you to draw the monster you put on top of your deck.
99.9 percent of the time I do this, I simply go "Hey, I have all these Light and Dark monsters... it would be really nice to have a Black Luste.. Oh hello!" Thats right boys and girls. Having those cards says "Hey I will search my deck for any monster and add it to my hand! And his name is usually [ccProd]Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning[/ccProd]!"
I win most of my duels with this play, just simply taking my opponent by a surprise, out of nowhere a wild BLS appears! Of course the deck has loads of other tricks, as you can see as many of the cards replace themselves you have 1 card Rank 4 Xyz Summons everywhere. So free Exciton Knights to destroy opponents fields, or Silent Honor Ark to steal away Special Summoned monsters.
Because the deck has such easy access to Light and Dark monsters, I do also run a pair of Chaos Sorcerers. And along with those, I run 2 Caius the Shadow Monarch. This is because I can easily keep monsters on the field with Ghostrick Mary or Jackfrost to tribute. Sometimes, you can have a rough time dealing with problems early game. Caius helps out in these situations a lot, similar to the final Spirit monster I run, a single Dark Dust Spirit. Because you can search your deck for Dark Dust, you only need 1, and just like Caius it can also be summoned fairly easily, but even more so thanks to Nikitama. Since Nikitama allows you to additionally Normal Summon a Spirit monster, you can Summon Nikitama, tribute it for Dark Dust Spirit to destroy all face-up monsters, and because you control a Spirit monster, you will also trigger Nikitama's other effect to draw 1 card. Pretty great!
The Spell and Trap lineup is pretty small. 3 Upstart Goblin to help get you to your pieces quicker, 3 Mystical Space Typhoon to deal with cards like [ccProd]Fire Formation - Tenki[/ccProd] and floodgate cards like Mistake or [ccProd]Skill Drain[/ccProd], and finally Allure of Darkness to turn some of those Dark monsters into other cards. The only Trap card I run, and 3 of it, is Raigeki Break. The thing about Spirits is very early in the game, you can get too many cards in your hand and you have to discard down to 6 cards (because the Spirit monsters return to your hand). Raigeki Break helps turn these extra cards into taking away opponents advantage, doing similar things Mystical Space Typhoon does like dealing with problem cards, but also Monsters if needed.
In conclusion while not as powerful or explosive like Mermails, this is an extremely unique and fun deck to play around with, so I encourage any of you who are kind of bored, and love to surprise your opponents to try this out! With the ability to just call Black Luster Soldier from your deck at almost any given time... your opponent won't stand... a ghost of a chance!
Until next time guys, play hard or go home, and I hope to see many of you at the ARG Event coming up March 15-16 in Las Vegas! Click the pic below for more info!