The Most Threatening of Roars – With Billy Brake

Hello Yugioh Community! I am back from my trip to YCS Philadelphia this past weekend and sadly I did not make the top 32 cut. A big congratulation goes out to Feng Chen who was able to come out on top with Chaos Dragons. Ever since their first showing at YCS Dallas and YCS Toulouse Chaos Dragons popularity has been on the rise and now it has won a YCS on American soil. I chose to try my luck with Inzektors again and I ran into a couple of Dino-Rabbit decks that had my number, one of them defeating me in just under five minutes! Even though I did not finish as well as I had hoped I was pretty happy with my deck choice and the tech cards I chose to run. For this week’s article I am going to show you all what I used and go over why I made certain card choices.

QUESTION OF THE ARTICLE: Were you surprised that Chaos Dragons took both First and Second place at YCS Philadelphia? What deck do you think should have won?

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Monsters: 20
3 Inzektor Dragonfly
3 Inzektor Centipede
3 Inzektor Hornet
3 Tour Guide From the Underworld
3 Effect Veiler
1 Inzektor Hopper
1Inzektor Ladybug
1 Inzektor Giga-Mantis
1 Sangan
1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning

Spells: 9
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
2 Inzektor Sword – Zektkaliber
1 Dark Hole
1 Monster Reborn
1 Heavy Strom
1 Book of Moon

Traps : 11
2 Fiendish Chain
2 Threatening Roar
2 Call of the Haunted
2 Solemn Warning
2 Torrential Tribute
1 Solemn Judgment

Side Deck: 15
3 Messenger of Peace
2 Dimensional Fissure
1 D.D. Crow
2 Level Limit Area - B
2 Trap Stun
1 Maxx “C”
1 Soul Taker
1 Gorz, The Emissary of Darkness
1 Mind Control
1 Transmigration Prophecy

Extra Deck: 15
1 Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
2 Wind-Up Zenmaines
2 Leviair The Sea Dragon
1 Temtempo The Percussion Djinn
1 Tiras, Keeper of Genesis
1 Number 12: Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja
1 Number 30: Acid Golem
1 Number 20: Giga-Brilliant
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Gaia Dragon, The Thunder Charger
1 Armory Arm
1 Photon Strike Bounzer

THE MONSTERS: My monster line-up was very similar to the one I used to take 3rd place at YCS Chicago a few weeks ago. The only change I made was to take out 1 copy of Inzektor Hopper and replace it with the newly released Inzektor Ladybug. Ladybug gives Inzektors a little bit more depth and access to almost any XYZ monster out there. She works like Inzektor Hopper allowing me to get the effects of my Inzektor monsters without having to destroy cards on the field with Hornet’s effect, but can provide access to cards like Tiras, Keeper of Genesis, Number 12 Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja, and the new Inzektor Exa-Stag who can be used as great monster removal in any match-up. The downside to swapping out a Hopper for a Ladybug is the power that I lose. Sometimes there are those hands with Inzektors where you just have to summon a monster, equip it with a Sword, and just try to out muscle your opponent. Inzektor Hopper is ideal for this situation since he is the biggest beater and replacing him with a Ladybug can contribute to making these bad situations worse since she can’t really do much on her own.

THE SPELLS: The only change I made to my spell line-up was cutting Foolish Burial. At YCS Chicago and in most of my play testing before YCS Philly I found this card to be very underwhelming. Even with the release of Inzektor Ladybug to give you more Foolish targets, I found this card was just not worth it. If you draw an Inzektor Hornet and Foolish Burial in the same hand it can be quite deflating. I ended up just cutting this card completely so I could have more room to fit in all the trap cards I wanted to use.

THE TRAPS: This section of my deck underwent the most amounts of changes. I decided to cut the 3 copies of Safe Zone since I was expecting a lot more of Dragon and mirror matches and felt that Threatening Roar would be the better pick. I cannot begin to tell you how many time I would be sitting on back row facing down Dragons and they would just Lyla/MST/Heavy Storm and then OTK me right there. Threatening Roar prevents any of that from happening, the card is chainable and essentially says “You cannot lose this turn”. Threatening Roar works a lot like Safe Zone in the sense that it protects my face-up Inektors from being destroyed by battle and can be quite useful if they had been Effect Veiler’d the turn before. Roar does have its downsides though. Any type of monster removal will still allow my opponent to take care of my on field Inzektor threats, but Threatening Roar usually ends up being a One for One since I hold it until my opponent uses some form of Spell and Trap removal on it. Since Roar is not the best card to have in the mirror match I decided to main deck a couple of copies of Fiendish Chain. Fiendish has lost a lot of popularity in recent events, but I felt it was a good pick to use at YCS Philly. Overall I was very happy with the way both of these cards performed. The only reason I lost one of my rounds is because my opponent was forced to Solemn Judgment my Threatening Roar and I had not follow up monsters to back it up. If you are going to use Inzektors I would strongly suggest you consider giving Roar a try!

Conclusion: At YCS Philadelphia I took a similar Inzektor deck that I had success with at YCS Chicago. While I did not make very many changes to the Monster or Spell line-up, my traps had a significant make-over. I decided to give Threatening Roar a try and I can honestly say it performed quite well. In this current format with all of these decks that can kill you in one turn, it is nice to have a card that says, “You will not lose the Duel this turn”. It is important to remember when you are building a deck just because a certain card isn’t widely used in a certain kind of deck doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try it out!

Thanks for reading! If you have any comments or suggestions about what you would like to read about in the future feel free to put it in the comment section down below and don’t forget to answer the question of the article!

-Billy Brake
-YCS Toronto and Columbus Champion