YCS Indy Top 8 – An In-depth look at Billy Brake’s Inzektor deck

Hello Yugioh Community! As always, I want to start off with a big congratulation to our newest YCS Champion Junior Dorcin. He was able to take his Six Samurai deck all the way to top and take down YCS Indianapolis! For those who haven’t heard or weren’t following coverage for the event, I made it all the way to the top 8 with my Inzektor deck I discussed in my last article. I wasn’t able to capture a third win, but it was my 13th premier event top and I am glad I was able to take a deck that everyone had written off and show it still packed a punch! Even though it has only been a few days since the event took place I have had many questions about my certain card choices and if there is anything I would change now that the event is over. I figured there is no better place to discuss this than in my article this week!

Question of the Article – Do you think Six Samurai winning was a fluke or is it a real contender for this format?

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-My Overall YCS Experience with Inzektors-
Going into this tournament I knew most duelists were not going to be prepared for Inzektors and did not know they are still quite powerful. I felt pretty good going in that I was going to be able to do well and it ended up turning out that way. Through the first seven rounds I actually 2-0’d all of my opponents, and in most cases, I was usually finished within the first fifteen minutes of every round. I played against a wide range of decks, but at the weekends end the only deck type I faced multiples of were Wind-Ups (6) and Chaos Dragons (2). I felt I had a significant edge in every match-up with the exception of Dino-Rabbit, but I only faced one piloted by Shane Scurry (I ended up being his only loss during the swiss rounds). I faced multiple duelists whose decks were packed with Thunder Kings, Mirror Forces, etc. and at the end of almost every round of day 1 my opponents all had the same response, “Man, I really didn’t expect to see Inzektors this weekend…”. I did end up losing in the top 8 cut to Robbie Kohl’s Machina Gadget. I won’t go over the game in great detail, but in game 1 I simply drew no monsters and he was able to beat me down rather quickly, and game 2 he opened up with a six card combination that sealed him a very early victory. It almost felt like I really didn’t even get to play in that match, but Robbie was running hot and there was nothing I could do to stop him from defeating me! Congrats to him on his 3rd place finish! Looking back at it all, I was very happy with my deck choice and it turned out to be a great meta-call and I feel there is a chance we could see others do well with Inzektors in the future.

-My Deck List-
I am going to go over my deck list in sections and discuss why I used certain cards, didn’t use certain cards, and if there are any changes I would make now looking back.

Monsters: 19
3 Inzektor Centipede
3 Inzektor Ladybug
2 Mystic Tomato
2 Card Trooper
2 Effect Veiler
2 Maxx “C”
1 Sangan
1 Inzektor Giga-Mantis
1 Inzektor Dragonfly
1 Inzektor Hornet
1 Dark Armed Dragon

-The Monsters-
There are a few main questions that I have been asked over and over again that I want to address. The first one and most popular would be why I did not use any copies of Inzektor Hopper. For those who don’t know there was a ruling change made public at YCS Toronto that you could no longer use the effect of Inzektor Hopper on the first turn if you are going first since you cannot attack at all. Losing this ability is huge, if you go first with Inzektors and open up with an Inzektor Centipede and something to equip to it, you want to be able to get your search and get things started. He also doesn’t flow with the deck. He is level 4 so XYZ summoning with him can be difficult and not worth it in most cases, an Inzektor Hopper equipped with a Ladybug is only a two-card 2200 beatstick, and with only one Inzektor Hornet it is tough to do anything useful with this card besides get a free search that Ladybug does so much better.

The second most popular question would have to be is why I didn’t include Tour Guide from the Underworld in my deck. Through testing, I found I did not like Night Assailant or Tour Bus from the Underworld and knew they would not be an option for my deck so I would be stuck playing two copies of TGU and a Sangan as targets. While it got me Sangan sometimes, there would be a lot of times I would have already drawn a Tour Guide for Sangan and then would draw the dead Tour Guide. In my deck I wanted it to focus on getting Centipede to the field as fast and consistent as possible and Tour Guide using up my normal summon was not something I wanted to do. It is still a great card and can be played in this deck, but for this YCS I ended up cutting it for two copies of Pot of Duality.

Lastly, I have encountered many questions involving my choice to run Mystic Tomato and Card Trooper. Both of these cards worked wonderfully for me all weekend and I feel are very important in my deck. Card Trooper will mill and if I am lucky get me a Ladybug or Hornet into the grave, or in a lot of cases an Inzektor Centipede I can bring back with Call of the Haunted early in the game. Card Trooper let’s me dig through my deck at a fast pace and is a great floater, easily one of my favorite cards in this deck. I included Mystic Tomato in my deck for consistency and to act as a strong Tour Guide for my deck. No matter what kind of hand I have, Mystic Tomato can grab just what I need. While Sangan is my usual target, if I already have an Inzektor Ladybug or Hornet in my hand, I can crash Tomato into my opponent’s monster and bring out an Inzektor Dragonfly and prepare to demolish my opponent. Throughout the YCS I had no regrets of having these guys in my deck, and most games I opened up with either of them resulted in a win.

Spells: 13
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
2 Pot Of Duality
2 Inzektor Sword – Zektkaliber
1 Dark Hole
1 Monster Rebron
1 Foolish Burial
1 Heavy Storm
1 Book of Moon
1 Forbidden Lance

-The Spells-
As far as the spells go, I felt what I went with seems pretty standard with a few tech choices. I opted to max out on copies of Pot of Duality for consistency to really help me dig for my combo pieces and they worked very well. One of the only things I have seen people question me about were the two copies of Inzektor Sword – Zektkaliber. This is one of the most important cards in the deck, it allows for quick OTK’s when popped by my own Hornet while equipped to a Dragonfly and the main card I searched out with Inzektor Centipede at the YCS. Since Inzektor Dragonfly is restricted to 1, you really only have four monsters in your deck that you are able to abuse, so if you are not able to kill your opponent, Sword is that back-up plan that will put any one of your Inzektors back to finish off your opponent. Opening up with an Inzektor Centipede and Ladybug can really be strong, but even stronger when you search out the Sword, throw it on the Centipede, and leave your opponent to deal with this 2400 monster. Even if they find a way to destroy him, he will simply go back to your hand with Swords effect, but if they don’t kill it you get another free search and get one step closer to defeating your opponent.

The only other card in my spell line-up I feel that I should discuss is Forbidden Lance. I opted to tech a copy in my deck because of how versatile it can be. Most games at some point or another my opponent will try and use Bottomless Trap Hole on my Centipede, but Forbidden Lance just won’t let that happen and since I can activate it from my hand, there is almost nothing my opponent can do to see it coming. Once one of my monsters is under Forbidden Lance, it can no longer be destroyed by the effect of Inzektor Hornet, giving me access to target him for Hornet’s effect and trigger either Dragonfly or Centipede’s effect for free! In rare cases, if I am trying to beat my opponent down I can use it as a defensive trap when they start trying to attack my smaller monsters with their Thunder Kings and such; Forbidden Lance can really catch them off guard.

Traps: 8
3 Call of The Haunted
2 Solemn Warning
2 Bottomless Traphole
1 Solemn Judgment

-The Traps-
My deck list was pretty tight so I only included the main trap cards I felt were the most important and needed. I was not able to include Torrential Tribute or Compulsory Evacuation Device for these reasons. I felt comfortable leaving Torrential out of my deck because most duelist tend to play around this card and since it will never be in my grave, the thought of one of my back rows being a Torrential will usually keep my opponent at bay. I really wanted to fit Compulse in this deck, but just couldn’t find the room. It could certainly be card I would include in this deck in the future.

My favorite trap card in this deck is Call of The Haunted. Not only does it have insanely good synergy with Card Troopers, Mystic Tomato, and Sangan, anytime I can bring back an Inzektor, use its effect, and still have more normal summon, almost always results in game. As I mentioned earlier when talking about Sword, there aren’t very many copies of actual Inzektor monsters in my deck and I need a way to make sure I keep them flowing until my opponent is out of life. This card single-handily won me so many games and I can easily say it was my MVP for the weekend!

I released my Inzektor deck list just as YCS Indianapolis came to a close. Since I managed to do so well with a deck many thought were dead, I received a fairly big amount of questions wanting for me to go into detail over certain card choices. While some of the picks were fairly normal, I did go with some tech choices, and even some of the “standard” picks had a lot of thought behind them as well. I test played with this deck for the couple of weeks leading up to the event and was able to find a build I felt comfortable with and was able to find success. Looking back, there is very little I would change, but in Yugioh decks are always evolving and growing so don’t think this is the best version till the end of time. Feel free to take what I was able to do well with, make your own changes, and see if you might be able to take Inzektors to the top!

Thanks for reading! If you have any suggestions, questions, or ideas for future articles make sure to leave them in the comments down below!

-Billy Brake
-YCS Toronto and Columbus Champion