Hello Yugioh Community! I am back this week with a topic I feel every duelist should know about going into any major tournament! For those of you who don’t know there is a deck out there right now that is running rampant and must be stopped. I am of course talking about Rescue Rabbit! At the YCS Leipzig more than half of the decks that topped were this disgusting deck. I am here to try and help make sure we don’t have a repeat of this at the 100th YCS in Long Beach, California. So today I am going to go over some of my favorite card choice that I feel can beat this deck. I want the Yugioh Community to stand up and put a stop to this sorry excuse for a top tier deck!
Question of the Article: What is your favorite card to use to take down Rescue Rabbit?
Remember to answer the question of the article in the comments down below!
As a duelist for many years there have been very few decks that I personally have developed a genuine hatred for them. The first one of those decks would be Lightsworn during the SJC Columbus they won, Six Samurai’s at the start of last year (even though I did use the deck for its debut at YCS Dallas), and now Rescue Rabbit. All of these decks have something very similar in common; they take relatively no to little skill to play. Sometimes they just win the dice roll and no matter how well you built your deck to beat it, you just can’t do anything. Now I know there are a lot of duelists out there who have chosen to use Rescue Rabbit (Including other ARG Players) and I am not saying they are not skilled. You might be an incredibly skilled duelist, but are just choosing to wield a deck that requires very little of the thought process. Sadly, another thing all three of the decks have in common is that they were arguably the best decks of their formats. I have always tried to play decks that aren’t extremely auto-pilot and I have taken a stance to try and take down this top deck! In order to make sure it has less success I want to discuss some cards you can side or even tech them in your main deck to weigh the match-up in your favor.
TOGETHER WE WILL PUT A STOP TO THIS DINO-RABBIT
This card has seen an enormous increase in play as of lately. It is a great answer to the Dino-Rabbit deck since it can take down every monster they have with the exception of Evolsaur Dolkka. If you set a Snowman Eater and a Dimensional Prison you are set. Another cool thing with this card is that if they choose not to attack with Evolsaur Laggia you can flip summon it and he can’t be negated with Laggia’s effect! This is a little trick a lot of duelist don’t know and even went unnoticed in a top cut feature match at YCS Atlanta! This cards high defense and monster removal make it a really great side card for a lot of match ups. I except to see a lot of duelist using this card to make sure we stop every Dino-Rabbit from topping!
Black Horn of Heaven
In a Dino-Rabbit deck they rely almost completely on XYZ Summoning and this card can single-handedly shut down anyone who tries. Whether they activate Rescue Rabbits effect or summon a Tour Guide and try to make a Leviar the Sea Dragon, Black Horn will be there to stop them in their tracks. The only downside to this card is when you are going second it won’t help you get rid of the Evolsaur Laggia that might already be on the field, but even then you can use it to stop whatever they try to throw at you next. Since Black Horn of Heaven is a counter trap their Evolsaur Laggia won’t be able to stop it! This card is a good way to insure their powerful Dragons never see the light of day!
Mirror of Oaths
Mirror of Oaths used to always have a spot in the side deck for the once dominant Gladiator Beast. I now think this card might need to be called upon once again. It is a great answer to an opponent’s Rescue Rabbit, destroying both of the monsters they bring out and netting you a card in the process. It is not only free, but you will get a plus one off of your opponent since they lose their Rescue Rabbit and Mirror of Oaths is replaced by the card that you draw! I haven’t seen this card get too much play recently, but I really feel this could be the sleeper side board card of the format. It might be good enough to tilt the balance in your favor and put your opposing duelist’s Rescue Rabbit in the ground!
Smashing Ground is one of the greatest and easiest monster removal cards in the game. I have always liked this card in this match-up. It is great to draw after your opponent has already summoned one of their Evolsaurs or if they are just beating your face in with a Thunder King Rai-Oh. This spell can take care of any problem monster your opponent throws out at you. You just have to be careful if they make a Wind-Up Zenmaines, Smashing Ground won’t be very helpful.
If you haven’t noticed any sort of monster removal is your best bet when you are combating this deck. Dimensional Prison is very similar to Smashing Ground, but it requires your opponent to attack. Luckily however, this card has no problem taking care of an annoying Wind-Up Zenmaines! So when your opponent tries to ram their Zenmaines into one of your bigger monsters just to kill during the end phase you can surprise them with a D-Prison! I also mentioned earlier that this card in combination with a set Snowman Eater is an awesome set-up vs any Dino-Rabbit Duelist!
OTHER CARDS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN BUILDING YOUR DECK
Rivalry of Warlords
Arcana Force - The Fool
Compulsory Evacuation Device
Conclusion: When I was growing up there was a movie I used to love to watch called: Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Yugioh Scene right now gives me a reminder of one of my favorite parts from the film. A simple quote from this master piece can pretty much sum up the message I am trying to convey to all you duelist out there!
That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!
“I *warned* you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you *knew*, didn't you? Oh, it's just a harmless little *bunny*, isn't it?”
I am here to say this bunny is not harmless and it does have teeth. The deck is not unbeatable though and by using the right cards I think we can all stand up and put this Rescue Rabbit to sleep! It’s time to take this deck down!
Thanks for reading! As always if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about what you would like to see me write about in the future feel free to let me know in the comments down below! Don’t forget to answer the Question of the Article!
-YCS Toronto and Columbus Champion