Imagine first of all that you’ve been buying trading cards since High School, and that while doing so you abandoned video games, vacations or any other thing a normal youth spends their money on. Secondly, imagine you have a penchant to build decks and then get bored of them rather quickly. However, after getting tired of your deck rather than take it apart you just leave it in a box (or my case a tin) for a few years. Well I have pretty much have done this my entire young life and now I decided to look back and see just how many decks I’ve come to have.
That’s a lot of cards. I really never stopped to see just how many decks were gathering dust in these Yugioh tins.
I don’t mean to sound disingenuous here as I actually do have a fondness for every deck I’ve built (except for maybe the Gruul deck, because I hate the Gruul…). Anyway, the rest of this post will be how I came to build/acquire all of these decks.
Royal Paladin (Seeker) – I was given a Royal Paladin deck by one of my closest friends after she returned from Japan. I then bought and combined it with an English copy of the same deck. I have no idea if in doing I made the deck any better as I’ve still never played it. This is main and only Vanguard deck.
Madoka – Some of the worst decisions for one’s wallet are made in the anime convention dealer’s room. Mine was getting all of my friends to buy a Weiss Schwarz deck with me. Madoka is my second favorite anime ever so when I saw the deck I caved despite not knowing anything about the game. 2 months later I can safely say I love the deck and that my only regret is not having any foils cards for it.
Mental Power – I spent my whole middle school life getting destroyed in Naruto. After failing to make a Kiba-based mill deck work I traded my entire deck for the basic pieces to build a Mental Power deck. This deck was ironically finished only after a $20 purchase of 2 cards from my school’s resident top player/dealer right as the school year ended. I then left the deck in a box (not even a tin) and gave away the rest of my cards.
Tenten Turbo – After randomly getting back into Naruto thanks the same friend I gradually got bored of my consistent mental power deck and tried building another deck. This very wimpy 1010 deck was the result. Why Tenten? Because of all the characters in Naruto, she got a pretty awful deal. She was never relevant, her man died and didn’t get brought back (R.I.P. Neji) and she didn’t even get married in the end. My condolences was building a deck in her honor. Sadly just like her, it kind of sucked.
Fossils – This Aerodactyl has an absurd ability that messes up the basic mechanics of the Pkm card game (it negates evolution, which doesn’t make any sense actually). I couldn’t help, but build a deck around it.
Kingdra Ex – This Kingdra Ex was the only card I ever remember opening in a Pokemon card pack as a kid. I’ve tried to have a deck built for it ever since.
Beedrill – Beedrill is one of my favorite Pokemon. When I tried getting back into Pokemon last year I tried to make the best Beedrill deck I could with my cards from the late 90s. I was then soundly thrashed by a friend who had just opened her first starter deck. I’ve been slowly upgrading my Beedrill deck since then and while it’s not legal in any format that I know of beyond casual it’s my favorite and main Pkm deck.
Rainbow Dash Swift – This was my first starter deck which was bought for me by a friend. I made some minor tweaks, but its still maintained the basic RD go really fast mindset.
Fluttershy Caretaker – Another modified starter deck this time based on Fluttershy’s ability to get absurdly strong when teamed with her critter minions.
Applejack Stubborn – Somehow Applejack has all of the Hand/Deck disruption. Neither of which is very honest, but nonetheless I threw all of her cards into this deck.
Luna Studious – This was a Twilight Sparkle deck until Princess Luna came along and did everything a lot better.
Maud Pie (Dredge) – Yet another tweaked starter deck, I only remember putting a lot of different card types in to fuel Maud Pie’s effect.
DJ Pon3 (Control) – I tried really hard to put all of the elements of a Magic the Gathering Control deck into MLP. Pink/Purple had a myriad of Draw/Dismissal cards (kill spells) to abuse however, I only ended up playing this deck once so I’m not sure if I got it right.
Rarity (Equipment) – RARITY IS BEST PONY. Ok now that that is out of my system, this was a deck I threw together with cards from the other starter decks and a few booster packs (mostly just Rarity and a pile of hats to be honest). While Rarity is my favorite pony I don’t think the deck ever worked if I didn’t open the right hat.
Hanayo (Red Aggro) – The series 1 Red Ambition deck tweaked with cards from 2 box openings. It plays like Mono-Red in Magic, burn your opponent’s creatures and attack directly in the first few turns (loses badly in the late game though).
Eldora (Blue Combo) – The series 2 Blue Request Deck tweaked with the same resources as Hanayo was. I’ve never won a legitimate game with this deck, though it’s still the most interesting deck I’ve ever played in any card game.
Iona (B/W Midrange) – The Black Crave deck unedited from the box.
I started doing this for the Magic the Gathering decks and the word count got distressingly long so I’ll leave that for another day. Thanks for dropping by, 17 decks and counting!