Plants vs Zo…Dragons

jeff jonesHonestly, I don't think I personally know 1 person who hated Plant based decks. I'm sure they exist, but Tengu Plants, Quickdraw Plants (my personal favorite deck of all time) and other Plant variants I think are some of the most beloved decks of Yu-Gi-Oh's past. Just recently I posted a facebook status about Lonefire Blossom, and easily got tons of comments and hundreds of likes, just because those people loved Plants.

Oddly, Plants are my favorite Type of monster. A lot of peoples are Dragons, Spellcasters, and Warriors, but not me. Ever since [ccProd]Lonefire Blossom[/ccProd] came out in Phantom Darkness, I fell in love (screw [ccProd]Dark Armed Dragon[/ccProd], all about dem Lonefires!) and any chance I get to try and use my ole buddy [ccProd]Dandylion[/ccProd] and Lonefire, I will take.

So recently the amazing utility of Redox and its effect to be used as a pseudo Monster Reborn has made me want to just throw it into basically everything. I also realized that [ccProd]Lonefire Blossom[/ccProd] + Redox... is just like Lonefire + [ccProd]Monster Reborn[/ccProd]. So that right there is amazing in itself.

lonefire blossomSo this is what I've come up with

1 [ccProd]Dandylion[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Effect Veiler[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Evil Thorn[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Gigaplant[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Lonefire Blossom[/ccProd] 3 Maxx C
3 [ccProd]Naturia Cherries[/ccProd] 3 Redox, the Dragon Ruler of Boulders
1 [ccProd]Spore[/ccProd]

3 D.D.R. Different Dimension Reincarnation
1 [ccProd]Dark Hole[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Foolish Burial[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Heavy Storm[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Mark of the Rose[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Mind Control[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Monster Reborn[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]One for One[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Pot of Avarice[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Super Solar Nutrient[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Supervise[/ccProd]

1 [ccProd]Ally of Justice Catastor[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Armory Arm[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Black Rose Dragon[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Crimson Blader[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Formula Synchron[/ccProd] 3 [ccProd]Power Tool Dragon[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Scrap Dragon[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Stardust Dragon[/ccProd] 1 TG Hyper Librarian
1 [ccProd]Constellar Ptolemy M7[/ccProd] 1 [ccProd]Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack[/ccProd] 1 Number 11 Big Eye
1 [ccProd]Photon Strike Bounzer[/ccProd]

EffectVeiler-ORCS-EN-SR-LEGigavise is an old deck, but now has some new tricks. Lets start off with talking about our Monsters.

[ccProd]Effect Veiler[/ccProd] is very common in this format, and this deck is no different. It runs 3 because not only is it great against Dragons, but being a Level 1 Tuner makes this very important. It's a [ccProd]One for One[/ccProd] target if needed, but most of all it allows you to make [ccProd]Crimson Blader[/ccProd] with Redox to get those instant wins against Dragons.

3 Maxx C is also good against Dragons, but whats actually more important in this deck is the fact that Maxx C is an Earth. This means that you can turn dead Maxx C's into [ccProd]Monster Reborn[/ccProd] with a Redox.

[ccProd]Evil Thorn[/ccProd] is a card many people might not be familar with. It's a Dark Level 1 Plant-type Monster that allows you to get 2 more copies of the card from your deck by tributing it. This card has one single and very important use; [ccProd]Super Solar Nutrient[/ccProd]. We are going to talk a bit out of turn by talking about this Spell card because it is very important. [ccProd]Super Solar Nutrient[/ccProd] allows you to tribute a low level Plant-type Monster, to get a larger one from your deck. So by tributing one of your [ccProd]Evil Thorn[/ccProd]s, you can Special Summon your boss of bosses, [ccProd]Lonefire Blossom[/ccProd]. The quicker we get to [ccProd]Lonefire Blossom[/ccProd], the better. From there you can use [ccProd]Lonefire Blossom[/ccProd] to tribute the other [ccProd]Evil Thorn[/ccProd], grab a [ccProd]Spore[/ccProd] and make a level 8 Synchro Monster, or of course go into your win condition, [ccProd]Gigaplant[/ccProd].

[ccProd]Gigaplant[/ccProd] is how you win (in combination with[ccProd]Supervise[/ccProd]). It's an Earth Monster, and when you draw it that means you can ditch it with Redox, simply to bring it right back (and even use its effect if you haven't Normal Summoned yet).  [ccProd]Gigaplant[/ccProd] and [ccProd]Supervise[/ccProd] into [ccProd]Power Tool Dragon[/ccProd] is of course your main combo of the deck.

Naturia CherriesFinally 3 [ccProd]Naturia Cherries[/ccProd] round off the Monsters. Its Level 1, its a Plant, its a Tuner, and it's Earth.. it's literally everything you want for this deck. It sucks that they are ridiculous hard to find in real life though...

Next lets talk about the Spells.

3 DDR, 3 [ccProd]Mark of the Rose[/ccProd], and 3[ccProd]Supervise[/ccProd]. I kind of want to talk about [ccProd]Mark of the Rose[/ccProd] first, simply because this card is straight up busted. This card is the straight up nuts against Dragons. Steal their Dracossack, get 2 tokens, and if you want, pop the Draccosack (so they don't get it back) to kill an opponents card. Or, steal a Big Eye to Big Eye something else. You seriously cannot go wrong as even your worst case is you steal an E-Dragon and make a [ccProd]Crimson Blader[/ccProd]. [ccProd]Mark of the Rose[/ccProd] = MVP.

Of course the, the most important card is [ccProd]Supervise[/ccProd]. It automatically turns on your [ccProd]Gigaplant[/ccProd], allowing you to Special Summon [ccProd]Lonefire Blososm[/ccProd] again, which gets you a Tuner. From there you Synchro Summon a [ccProd]Power Tool Dragon[/ccProd], and [ccProd]Supervise[/ccProd]'s second effect kicks in and brings back your[ccProd]Gigaplant[/ccProd]. Then Power Tool goes and grabs 2 more [ccProd]Supervise[/ccProd] and whatever Equip Spell would be next best in your situation (in most situations, [ccProd]Mark of the Rose[/ccProd]). If you get the[ccProd]Supervise[/ccProd], just rinse and repeat. If not, whatever other cards you have will be used.

DDR works well with [ccProd]Spore[/ccProd] as it Banishes Plants, but mainly because Redox banishes all your Earths. You can banish[ccProd]Gigaplant[/ccProd], and DDR it right back. The deck sets up large fields fairly easily.

The last Spell is [ccProd]Super Solar Nutrient[/ccProd] which we touched on earlier. I use 3 simply because it plus almost any other Monster in the deck allows you to grab [ccProd]Lonefire Blossom[/ccProd].

maxx cIn the Extra Deck we see very familiar things for the format and Plant like decks. 3 [ccProd]Power Tool Dragon[/ccProd] is there because well, we need that guy. Draccossack and Big Eye are easily made with 2 Power Tool Dragons, Redox, and also being able to Mark of the Rose a level 7 Monster to Xyz with. And finally [ccProd]Photon Strike Bounzer[/ccProd] and M7. which are both easily made with 2 [ccProd]Gigaplant[/ccProd]s. Bounzer helps finish off opponents to make sure something like Gorz doesnt drop, or many times you can get your opponent down to 1000 life or lower and Bounzer can prevent them from using any effects. M7 can bounce any card back to your hand, so if you cant kill your opponent you can return a Maxx C or [ccProd]Effect Veiler[/ccProd], or if somehow a Monster on the field is blocking your way you can remove it with M7 to push for game.

The deck is extremely fun, and it's really cool to watch Dragons squirm against this. You can pull of some sick combos, and you just feel good whenever you activate [ccProd]Lonefire Blososm[/ccProd]'s effect. Now, I'm not saying this deck is "the best of the best", but I'm not here for that. I'm here to help you guys have fun! After all, that's what Yu-Gi-Oh is really about; fun, and your friends.

Until next time duelist, play hard or go home, and let your duels be ever in your favor.




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  • Maudo

    why not play reactan? it give you access to naturia beast L=

  • Jon Mathison

    I guarantee you, there were plenty of us that hated plants. Those were arguably some of the most hated formats of recent years. I’m honestly surprised Glads didn’t see much play at the same time, since that had a fantastic match-up against the deck.

    • Joseph Cordero

      Plant formats were some of the best formats.

      • Jon Mathison

        I guess it wasn’t the format I hated so much as the deck (which is what he said in the article, that he doesn’t know anyone that hated plants). The consensus during those formats were that if you weren’t playing plants, you hated them. Now that I think back, I actually did have a lot of fun in those formats.

  • Dave

    what do you do for ladd in this deck..??

    • Eric Robison

      Try for Crimson Blader Game 2, if you don’t already know what your opponent is playing Game 1.
      Stops Dragons pretty well.

  • Pace

    But if you take Dracosack with Mark of the Rose. He Can’t pop himself right? Because you would still have one token on your field am i right?

    • Jordan

      Dracossack tributes itself(or any Mecha Phantom Beast monster) to destroy a card on the field. It isn’t like Scrap Dragon or Diamond Dire wolf.

  • FriedRiceYeah

    Have you tried Black Brutdrago in the Extra?

  • Bobby Kenny

    Gigavise (and unconventional plant strategies in general) is one of my favorite decks of all time, and yet it never occured to me how good Redox would be in the deck. I’m definitely going to have to try this. It’s great seeing some of my favorite plant techs (D.D.R. and Mark of the Rose) being used in triplicate, too. Have you considered using hidden armory at all? While it gives up your normal summon for the turn, being able to grab any of your 3 equip spells at will is really nice. In the past I’ve usually used 2 Marks, 1-2 D.D.R, and 2-3 Hidden Armory in various plant strategies, but the importance of the normal summon wasn’t as big back then, as you didn’t have to fear being completely blown out after being passive for a turn.

  • Gia Campola

    no love for Slacker Magician?

  • Nathanael Bangayan

    I dont think your super solar nutrient idea works. You can’t get lonefire off of it. I like some things in the deck and will probably use it to change up my version of plant exceed. Maybe we can collaborate?

    • Alan Davies

      Why can’t it get Lonefire exactly? It’s impossible for Lonefire NOT to be a target for Super Solar Nutrient regardless of what you tribute if I’m reading it right.

      • iconjr

        What I was told was it basically boils down to there is no way to go level 0+3 because that’s impossible in yugioh.

        • Henry Navarro

          Tribute 1 Level 2 or lower Plant-Type monster to Special Summon 1 Plant-Type monster from your hand or Deck whose Level is less than or equal to the Tributed monster’s Level +3

        • Angry Midgit

          it doesnt have to be exact, read the card.

          • Nathanael Bangayan

            I apologize. I understand now. i misread.

    • Jeffrey Michael Alexander Jone

      Uh, yes you can get Lonefire Blossom

  • DukeLukewarm
    How much do you believe will this card improve plants and how would you adjust the deck to accomodate it?

    • Donny

      2 rabbit 3 jerry beansman 3 crane crane. it’s crazy explosive. I personay woud drop the evil thorns and side the veilers.