Hello Yugioh Community! Today I would like to take the time to indulge all of you duelist in what a competitive player like myself does when there is a Yugi-Off Season, which mainly happens every year in the months of December and January. During these holiday months there usually aren’t any YCS or major events, outside of a couple of regionals, so there isn’t too much reason to focus on building a completely competitive deck. I don’t let this “off-time” slow me down at all when it comes to the game I love! I take advantage of my free time and try to build decks that still have the ability to win, but sometimes in an unconventional way. I am going to give you all a peek at my very own version of a deck that is quite popular at the moment, but of course it will have a Billy Brake twist to it. Without further ado, let us take a journey into the past at my very own version of what I like to call a Prehistoric Dimension deck!
Question of The Article: Have you ever taken a deck you disliked and take it in a somewhat unique direction?
Don’t forget to answer the question of the article in the comments down below!
Why Dino-Rabbit? I Thought You Hated the Deck!?
Let me start off with a brief explanation to why I built this deck in the first place. Yes, Dino-Rabbit is not my favorite deck and I have suffered many losses facing it. Yes, Dino-Rabbit can be very auto-pilot and mask a player’s true skills. It is a general consensus that this deck is boring, uneventful, and all the games usually go the same way, but I wanted to see if I could build my own version that would break the mold and spice things up a little bit. Challenge Accepted!
3 Jurrac Guiaba
2 Rescue Rabbit
2 Tour Guide From the Underworld
1 Jurrac Velo
1 Night Assailaint
1 Neo-Spacian Grand Mole
3 Forbidden Lance
3 Fossil Dig
3 Enemy Controller
1 Book of Moon
1 Dark Hole
1 Monster Reborn
1 Heavy Storm
2 Common Charity
2 Solemn Warning
2 Macro Cosmos
2 Mirror Force
1 Solemn Judgment
1 Return From the Different Dimension
-What’s the Big Idea?-
As you can see there are quite a few card choices that set my own version of Dino-Rabbit apart from the basic builds you see every day at your local. In my opinion, Jurrac Guiaba is easily one of the best cards in the current format with his ability to take advantage of smaller monsters that a lot of the current top decks run and turn him into a possible game ending Laggia or Dolkka. This idea is why I liked the card Fossil Dig so much, not only can it search out a Jurrac Guiaba in any situation where I have one of my many support cards like Forbidden Lance or Enemy Controller, but it can just nab me a normal monster that I want to banish with Common Charity to dig deeper into my deck. Whether I banished my Rescue Rabbit with his effect, banished a couple of normal Dino monsters with Common Charity, or just have a lot of removed monsters because I activated an early Macro Cosmos, Return From the Different Dimension is usually always live and quite deadly. It is an old fan favorite and I use it the same way to used to be used back in the day, to finish the game in an instant. When I build a deck I love to make sure that my deck flows, meaning all of the cards work fairly well together. As you can see my Prehistoric Dimension deck does just this. I tried to design it in such a way where opening with Rescue Rabbit is just a bonus, but the main strategy of the deck is to grind it out with all of my dinosaurs backed by my many copies of Forbidden Lance and Enemy Controller, drop the occasional Laggia or Dolkka, and earn the win.
-Tips to Keep in Mind-
Common Charity – Make sure to use it properly!
Unless this card is the target of an opponent’s Mystical Space Typhoon or about to be destroyed by Heavy Storm, there is almost no reason to ever activate this card on your opponent’s turn. If it does fall prey to an opposing Mystical then it has done more than its job and not only given you speed, but netted you a plus one in terms of advantage. Waiting to activate this card until your own main phase means you will get to see a draw and give you more information to determine whether you need to dig or be cautious if you are low on monsters! Proper timing of the activation of this card can drastically affect the usefulness of Common Charity.
-Keep an Eye on your Monster Count!-
While the deck list I provided says there are 17 monsters, I like to include the three copies of Fossil Dig as monsters, bumping the new total to 20. Even though this sounds like a good amount, monsters are most certainly this decks most precious resource. You need to make sure you keep an eye on how many targets are left in your deck for Rescue Rabbit, make sure Jurrac Guiaba can still summon another Jurrac, and you don’t run out of monsters in general. As long as you play your games with a cautious attitude and don’t just throw your vanilla monsters you draw on to the field all willy-nilly like, then you should have no problem. This decks spell line-up is all about supporting the monsters that you summon, keep this in mind and reserve your resources wisely.
-This list has Room for Variation-
Don’t want to run three Fossil Dig? Have a problem with Grand Mole? Feel as if you need to main Mystical Space Typhoon? These are among a few of my own personal choices that I decided to go with in my testing, but each player has their own unique play style so it is understandable that duelist will have a few different tech choices, even if they are trying to use the same deck and idea. This is a valuable fact to keep in mind when building a version of any deck, playing cards you feel comfortable with or just think are good for the area that you play in, can make the difference between winning and losing.
Conclusion: In a time of “Yugioh Off-Season” a true duelist cannot sleep! Personally, I use this time to run with sometimes silly ideas that I have and see where it can take me. As many of you know, I brought Inzektors back on the map with a top 8 finish at YCS Indianapolis a few months ago and I began using the deck again post ban-list simply because I had a funny idea and wanted to try the deck with Double Cyclone and it eventually led me to success. I I just want you all to know that ideas that may seem to go against the grain can actually be a diamond hiding in the rough! In this particular article I decided to share with you guys my Prehistoric Dimension deck that I have been toying around with and while it may not be game changing, may not even be good enough to top an event, I at least had a good time building it and trying to come up with the right combination of cards that will net at least some chance at success. Hopefully my tips will help if you decide to try and build it or maybe I can help inspire the many duelists out there to run with one of their crazy ideas and we will see something wacky do well in Miami! Either way I hope everyone could take something from this article in their own way!
Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave any questions, concerns, suggestions, or just an answer to the question of the article in the comments down below!
-YCS Toronto and Columbus Champion