Hello Yugioh Community! I’m back this week and ready to start a new series of articles! On the old Metagame web site (the old coverage page for Yugioh events) they had an article series called “The Champions”. For those unfamiliar, they would take a look at a player who topped an event recently and discuss why their deck worked well and was able to bring them success. I am going to start doing something similar to this, but not only talk about what I like about the deck, but I am going to provide you guys with the changes I would make to the deck! This series isn’t to point out what is wrong with the decks, if they were bad chances are they wouldn’t have seen success, but more so give players out there an idea of how I add my own play style and thoughts to certain decks.
Question of the Article: Do you like to look at the decks that top major events and make your own changes? Or do you just copy them card for card?
Don’t forget to answer the question in the comments down below!
Since YCS Kansas City was only a couple of weeks ago I decided to take a look at one of my favorite deck list that topped that event. The deck I am going to look at today is none other than my own Brother's Dino Rabbit deck that took him all the way to Top 8! Let’s take a look at the deck list as a whole then dissect each section!
I want to start by looking at the spells because a change I have here will have a direct effect on some of my decisions for the rest of the deck. Overall, I like the spell line-up he chose. The main deck copies of Dimensional Fissure was a good meta call. With a majority of the field running a plant synchro deck and 3 copies of cards like Maxx “C”, a turn 1 Dimensional Fissure can really shut your opponent down. Now that the YCS is over I think it would be better and help add to the consistency to just cut all 3 copies of Dimensional Fissure out. It isn’t great drawing multiples and if you do play against a mirror-match the card just isn’t that great and I feel it would be better in the side deck. I would also cut 1 copy of Forbidden Lance out. Lance is very versatile and can not only protect your Laggia or Dolkka, but sets up plays with Jurrac Guaiba. Even with this fact I feel that a pair of Forbidden Lances would be just fine.
There are a couple spells I feel would really help this deck. The first one would be Pot of Avarice. This card will help keep your Rescue Rabbits live throughout the duel and can really help in any late-game situation. Now that the Dimensional Fissures are out of the deck it wouldn’t be a bad idea to add in Heavy Storm. The ability to clear all of your opponent’s back rows and go off with this deck is almost unfair. I would also add 1 copy of Gold Sarcophagus. If you open up with Gold Sarc and Tour Guide from The Underworld, it can spell bad news for your opponent if they aren’t holding a Maxx “C”. Using the Tour Guide you can overlay and make a Leviair The Sea Dragon, Gold Sarc for Rabbit, Special The Rescue Rabbit and go off from there. Even outside of the Tour Guide plays you can search out any power card in the deck such as Monster Reborn, Dark Hole, Heavy Storm, or Pot of Avarice.
The Monster line-up that Bobby used for the his Rabbit deck is pretty solid. The tech copy of Neo-Spacian Grand Mole was a great idea. This card helps with outs to almost any monster that can stand in this decks way. With Laggia and Dolkka constantly being on board the main obstacle for this deck is monsters like Spirit Reaper, who can’t be destroyed by battle, or even Ancient Fairy Dragon and it’s huge 3000 defense! Grand Mole is almost a staple in any Dino Rabbit deck in my eyes.
I would not take any monsters out of this deck, but there are a couple I would like to add in. I know in this particular build Bobby chose to ran 3 copies of Dimensional Fissure and as you saw earlier I made the choice to take them out allowing this deck to run a couple of key monsters. With no main deck copies of Dimensional Fissure, I would add 3 copies of Maxx “C” into the deck. This card will at least pay for itself against most decks and can be the only way to stop an opposing plant synchro deck from really going off on you; it can be a key card in this format. I also would want to add a copy of Gorz, Emissary of Darkness. With the Dimensional Fissure out of the deck there won’t be worry of having long-term existing back rows and if you can drop this card at the right time, it can really devastate your opponent. Gorz has a surprise factor and can also strike fear into your opponent when you activate a copy of Maxx “C”.
I agree with the most part with the trap line-up that Bobby used in his deck. The only cards that I really don’t like are the Bottomless Traphole and Starlight Road. Bottomless is a fairly decent card and can be huge in the mirror match and Agent match-up, but I feel it’s effectiveness against plant synchro is just not high enough to convince me to main deck this card. I believe that Bottomless Traphole would be better served in the side deck. As long as Heavy Storm is around Starlight Road should be a thought when building any deck that is back row dependent. I overall do not like this card as it is very reactionary and situational. I would rather take my chances and attempt to play around Heavy Storm then risk having this card as a dead draw. It can be devastating and practically win you the game, but I don’t think those situations happen enough to warrant running this card. I think I would also swap out Mirror Force for a third copy of Dimensional Prison. In the current format I feel this card is simply more effective. You can Dimensional Prison your opponent’s Thunder King Rai-Oh and then make a Leviair on your own turn taking it and using it against them! Also with Tour Guide in so many decks, it is much nicer to have a Dimensional Prison down when looking down an attack from Sangan or a Wind-up Zenmaines.
So now let’s take a look at what the deck looks like with all of the changes that I made to it!
Conclusion: Today I took a look at one of my favorite decks that topped in YCS Kansas City. Overall , I agreed with most of the card choices, but now that the meta has even shifted a little bit since then I felt it was needed to switch some things up. Hopefully the suggestions I made were helpful to you guys and helped give you all an inside look on how to look at someone else’s deck list and make it your own!
Thank you for reading! Feel free to leave some comments and feedback down below! Don’t forget to answer the question of the article! Remember, Play Hard or Go Home!
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