Kansas City is right around the corner and the newest set Photon Shockwave will finally be legal and along with the new set many new powerful cards will be introduced, including the much hyped Rescue Rabbit! Rescue Rabbit is exactly the card I want to focus on for this article and I want to discuss and go over multiple cards that benefit the deck.
This card cannot be Special Summoned from the Deck. You can Banish this face-up card you control; Special Summon 2 Level 4 or lower Normal Monsters with the same name from your Deck. Destroy them during the End Phase. The effect of "Rescue Rabbit" can only be activated once per turn.
Now at first glance this card doesn't seem too overwhelming, but with the not so new XYZ game mechanic, and the release of two more XYZ Dinosaurs that have the ability to negate any card, this card gains a lot of strength. Lets take a look at the two new relevant level 4 XYZ Dinosaurs!
2 Level 4 Dinosaur-Type monsters
When a monster(s) would be Normal or Special Summoned, OR aSpell/Trap Card is activated: You can detach 2 Xyz Materials from this card; negatethe Summon or activation, and destroy that card.
Now this is the XYZ that has been getting the most hype, but in my opinion, the one that deserves some more attention is the TCG exclusive. In my opinion this card outshines Laggia in the majority of situations. Lets take a look at this monster!
2 Level 4 Dinosaur-Type monsters
When an Effect Monster's effect activates: You can detach 1Xyz Material from this card; negate the activation and destroy it.
Now the reason I say this card outshines Laggia is due to how the game of Yu-Gi-Oh! has transitioned. The majority of power plays are focused on monsters. If you take a look at Plants, they revolve on cards such as Tour Guide From the Underworld, Trishula, Lonefire Blossom, Dandylion, Black Luster Solder etc. If you look at the power cards in Agents, you run into the same thing: Master Hyperion, Venus, Black Luster Soldier, Tour Guide etc. If you look at any top deck in the format, they are all reliant on monster effects and this is the reason I see Dolkka as being the better of the two in most cases. Laggia is very good and has its uses, but in a very general sense, I think the Rescue Rabbit deck should focus on bringing out Dolkka and abusing its effect.
About a week ago me and Chris Bowling were actually discussing the deck for Kansas City, and after some testing, we came to the conclusion that Rescue Rabbit is an Anti-Meta deck at its heart. The reason I say this is because its boss monsters are few and are all about preemptively negating the opponents cards. By us reaching this conclusion, we were able to build a Rabbit deck that abused cards such as Dolkka as best possible, and we were also able to think of some cards that in theory would make sense in the deck. We came to the conclusion that the best way to play Rescue Rabbit is as a Anti-Meta deck.
With this in mind, lets take a look at a few cards that in my opinion work perfectly in the Rescue Rabbit deck!
First up is Dimensional Fissure!
Straight from the get go, Dimensional Fissure obviously has many strengths in the current format. First off, the most dominant deck is Plants by far and with Plants being a very Graveyard dependent deck, Dimensional Fissure works perfectly against the powerhouse of the format. Also by using Dimensional Fissure along cards like Dolkka and Laggia, you are able to make your negations even more deadly because many of the cards in your opponents hand should be dead and by being able to negate the few outs they have, after you use your Dinosaurs negating effects, they become big beaters that are amplified by the removal effect of Dimensional Fissure. Also Dimensional Fissure gives strength to the Normal Monsters you are bound to draw. Another important factor of Dimensional Fissure is that it forces your opponent to either chain their in hand Maxx "C", or hold it and allow you to use your Rescue Rabbit freely. Dimensional Fissure is important because it makes it so Maxx "C"v won't be seen and won't be allowing your opponent to draw extra cards. An important thing to note is that under Dimensional Fissure, your monsters that are attached as XYZ materials will still be sent to the graveyard, so Dimensional Fissure doesn't affect the use of Pot of Avarice, which is another very powerful card in the Rabbit deck!
Now if you choose to go the route of Dimensional Fissure, this means you will often have many back rows, and this leads to my point that I believe Starlight Road should be played in the Rescue Rabbit deck. This card has a wide array of uses, including stopping cards such as Heavy Storm, Dark Hole, Torrential Tribute, Mirror Force, and also Bottomless Trap Hole if used against your Rabbit! Another card to consider is Dark Bribe, but in my testing I stuck primarily to Starlight Road.
Next up is Forbidden Lance! In my opinion this card is extremely good because when I played the deck, I tried to focus as much as possible on the use of Dolkka. Many of my games most powerful hands consisted of activating Dimensional Fissure, using Rescue Rabbit to summon Dolkka, setting a Lance and multiple trap cards including Dimensional Prison or Solemn Warning/Solemn Judgment. By doing this, you have 2 monster negations in the form of Dolkka, and also Spell and Trap protection for your Dolkka in the form of Forbidden Lance.
Another card up for consideration I'm sure is to cause some controversy, but in theory makes sense to me. And that card is Skill Drain. Like I noted earlier, Rescue Rabbit is a Anti-Meta deck, and having Skill Drain to stop the abundance of Monster effects in the game right now is very powerful. You would need to play it similarly to when Tele-Dad played Royal Oppression. Obviously Skill Drain conflicts with your Dolkka and Laggia, but after you use your Laggia and Dolkka's effects, having a Skill Drain for a follow up can often times be game ending. Also after Dolkka and Laggias effects are used up, having Skill Drain simplifies the game into a state of beatdown, and Dolkka and Laggia both share a very high attack and are both very easily summonable through Rescue Rabbit. On the note of playing beatdown, your normal monsters really do not do much in your hand, so having a card that diminishes the usefulness of your opponents monsters too is a good thing for your vanilla beatsticks!
Gold Sarcophagus is a card that is really powerful in the Rabbit deck. It has its uses such as searching Pot of Avarice and also gives you the ability to make very powerful plays by just drawing Tour Guide from the Underworld and Gold Sarcophagus...
It goes as follows:
Summon Tour Guide, Grab a Level 3 and make Leviair...
Gold Sarc for Rescue Rabbit...
Use Leviair to get back Rescue Rabbit and use its effect to make either Dolkka or Laggia.
Next turn you can use Leviairs effect once again to get back the Rabbit and repeat...
Now this works in many ways such as Summoning Rabbit turn one and then using Tour Guide to make Leviair on the next turn to reuse Rabbit again. I think this is another powerful play that makes Dimensional Fissure important because of how badly Maxx "C" can tear you apart. Maxx "C" is a major problem for all of the decks most powerful plays, and I think that Dimensional Fissure is needed to safely explode on your opponent.
There are many routes you can take when building this deck, and taking the Anti-Meta route is certainly not the only way to go. By opting to use a build without Dimensional Fissure, cards such as Black Luster Soldier gain a lot of value in the Rescue Rabbit deck.
Two other potential routes I think that could be a solid route with dinosaurs includes using cards like Hydrogeddon and Jurrac Guaiba to meet the 2 Dinosaur requirements of Dolkka and Laggia. They both involve destroying a monster to search another copy of itself, which works well with Forbidden Lance, and also something neat about Jurrac Guaiba is it doesn't need to send the monster it destroys to the graveyard in order to get its effect, which obviously leaves potential for using it in conjunction with Dimensional Fissure.
So Kansas City is this weekend, will Rescue Rabbit live up to its hype, or will it fall short like Dark World seemingly did in Ohio. Let me know what y'all think below! Thanks for reading, and be sure to come back and check out all of my upcoming articles!