Happy New Years Everyone
As we enter the new year I wanted to reflect on the decks I built over the course of the year.
2016 was a good year for deck creation. There have been a lot of decks/archetypes that can be made for very little money. So in hopes to make this post not a self-congratulatory slap on the back for every deck mentioned I will:
- Tell you how much it cost to build at the time/Most Expensive Card
- What sets the cards came in
- How strong the deck is/Is it fun to play
So with that in mind, let’s get started.
Apologies for the potato quality photo.
- Cost: $10 (Abyss Actor Wild Hope $1)
- Set: Destiny Soldiers
- Competitive/Fun?: Abyss Actors are a decent splash in Metalfoes. They have a powerful spell that destroys your opponent’s face-up cards that cannot be responded to. I liked the deck for its goofy artwork. As far as pendulum decks go it’s not terrible, is overshadowed by more consistent decks.
- Cost:$15 (Lunalight Panther Dancer $3)
- Set: Shining Victories
- Competitive/Fun?: Lunalights have potential as a splash engine in the upcoming Zoodiac deck. As it stands the deck is just a cheesy OTK deck that uses an Apoqliphort Towers style boss monster (that attacks twice). Of course I just got them for the artwork. Don’t judge me pls…
- Cost: $10 (Starving Fusion Dragon $11)
- Set: Invasion: Vengeance
- Competitive/Fun?: This deck is not even remotely finished. There are like 10+ other Predaplants and fusion monsters that will hopefully come out in Fusion Enforcers.
- Cost: $30 (Kozmojo $11)
- Set: Premium Gold (Mostly)
- Competitive/Fun?: Kozmo has been powercreeped. It’s kind of crazy, but I’d stand by that. Still it’s a really fun deck and I’d recommend it if you have the cash for it. This is likely the cheapest that the cards will ever be.
- Cost: $6.75 (Stumbling $2)
- Set: Dragons of Legend 3
- Competitive/Fun?: Ignoring that 1st word, if you want to stall in a maddened attempt to summon another Apoqliphort Towers knockoff that by no means ends the game then this is the deck for you. It’s really bad, like really really bad, but I get to play Bunilla and that alone makes it enjoyable. Though my strongest memory is the time my Zushin got negated by my opponent’s “Do a Barrel Roll”.
- Cost: $4 (Dinomist Charge $0.25)
- Set: Breakers of Shadow
- Competitive/Fun?: Dinomists are perfectly acceptable as a pendulum deck. With the right build you can drop Toadally Awesome or Cyber Dragon Infinity. Sadly this deck has been pretty much forgotten.
Chumley Huffington’s Koala Deck
- Cost: $5 (Master of Oz $2)
- Set: Soul of the Duelist
- Competitive/Fun?: Hahhaha. As far as being fun, who could be more fun to play as than Chumley? I haven’t a clue. I mean Master of Oz has 4200 attack! That kills almost every boss monster in the game. Much respect.
Pure Paleos (Without Toad)
- Cost: $10 (Barrier Statue of Torrents $3)
- Set: The Dark Illusion/Invasion: Vengeance
- Competitive/Fun?: This deck would be meta if I actually added Toadally Awesome and the frog package. Paleos are a really good deck that is very fun to play. Thy managed to make an all-trap deck viable in 2016. Color me impressed.
Full Power Dragon Rulers, but Big Eye and Dracossack are replaced by #7 Lucky Straight
- Cost: $0
- Set: Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy
- Competitive/Fun?: This deck is banned. I only built it because I had the cards lying on my floor. If you want to relive the 2013 format though this is the deck for you. It also costs alot less than Spellbooks!
- Cost: $3 (#20 Giga-Brilliant $1)
- Set: Shining Victories
- Competitive/Fun?: Digital Bugs are one of the most fair and balanced decks printed in years. This deck couldn’t been printed as XYZ monsters first were released… and it still would’ve been too weak. I like it for that reason. These bugs are what I wish more xyz decks were like. Not generic, hard to abuse, and decently flavorful.
- Cost: $20 (Satellar Knight Deneb $5)
- Set: Duelist Alliance/New Challengers/Invasion: Vengeance
- Competitive/Fun?: Tellarknights with Ties of Brethren (which this deck is) could be viable if you’re really lucky. With the new xyz, you can make Triverr turn 1 which is honestly pretty good. You could do a lot worse as far as decks go.
- Cost: $30 (Tag Force 5)
- Set: Yugioh Tag Force 5
- Competitive/Fun?: Pffttt. This deck is just a bad homage to that one girl from Yugioh 5Ds, that managed to draw with Yusei and then never be relevant again.
- Cost: $20 (T.G. Hyper Librarian $3)
- Set: Extreme Victory
- Competitive/Fun?: Powercreeped as hell. This deck used to be a pretty good though. It took a game off my full power Nekroz deck too. It’s pretty cool all things considered.
- Cost: $10 (Flower Cardian Pine $0.95)
- Set: Dragons of Legend 3/Invasion: Vengeance
- Competitive/Fun?: This deck could be competitive. This could be the most powerful archetype ever created since almost every card reads draw 1 card. HOWEVER, the problem with these cards is that Cardians don’t make any sense. Half of them can’t be normal summoned. All of them pretty much fail if you fail to draw another Cardian. So as a result you have to play almost a monster mash deck which conflicts with the Cardian spells that stack your deck to actually enable your draws. So as a result you get the one of the most brick prone decks ever created. Also the cards are all a wall of text so unless you actually figure out, which is which your turn will take 10 minutes if if you whiff on your draws.
- Cost: $8 (Vanadis of the Nordic Ascendant $3)
- Set: Legendary Collection 5Ds
- Competitive/Fun?: This deck will never be remotely competitive bar some broken legacy support that cheats Odin onto the field and makes his protection effect work on both player’s turn (and then he’d still get Kaiju’d). This deck is not that fun, without a lot of work. I just threw all the cards with Nordic in their name and my most basic play was either the standard Nordic Valkryie into Odin play or set a Noric play Nordic Lights pass. Not that much fun, but still nice in terms of artwork.
- Cost: $30 (3 Structure Decks)
- Set: Emperor of Darkness Structure Deck
- Competitive/Fun?: If the heart of brick is on your side, Domain Monarchs can still win games to this day. What happened is I built full power monarchs, played it for 2 weeks and got sick of it. Then by the end of the year I reacquired all of the cards from the structure 2 twice. For that reason I keep it around.
St. Joan+Fire Princess Deck
- Cost: $5 (Fire Princess $1)
- Set: Legendary Collection Yugi’s World
- Competitive/Fun?: What is competitive? This deck is an homage to the old combo of Fire Princess with Marie the Fal- I mean Darklord Marie to burn the opponent for 500 every turn. It plays all the old stun cards and honestly should not fight against any modern yugioh deck.
- Cost: $15 (Gift Card $5)
- Set: Destiny Soldiers
- Competitive/Fun?: So Nurse Reficule the Fall- I mean Darklord Reficule used to be a $20 video game promo. However, with the release of Destiny Soldiers, she got her named changed to Darklord, which makes her searchable! Basically this deck is play Nurse, set some combination of Gift Cards/Tri and Guesses, then kill your opponent in their standby phase by burning them for 9000 damage. It’s not fair, and it’s not actually that bad either. The only thing holding back this deck is that it’s powerless going 2nd.
Full Power Rescue Cat, but the Synchros are All Unicorns
- Cost: $10 (Lightning Tricorn Ultimate Rare $2)
- Set: Duelist Revolution
- Competitive/Fun?: This deck is also banned 🙂 I think I watched too many cross-banlist duels on Youtube and thus made banned decks with the hope of having my own cross-banlist duels.
2 Gate Guardian Decks
- Cost: $17 (Gate Guardian $6.50)
- Set: Metal Raiders
- Competitive/Fun?: I’ve played this against more meta yugioh decks that I should have. Labyrinth Wall has not aged well, but using Sacred Sword to banish a gate guardian part to draw 2 makes me happy.
You thought we were done?
- Cost: $12 (Gladiator Beast Laquari $2)
- Set: Gladiator’s Assault
- Competitive/Fun?: War Chariot is a good card. Games where you have it are fun. Otherwise this is another deck that has aged to being unplayable. Luckily, the anime showed new support so maybe it will actually get legacy support someday.
- Cost: $5 (Cubic Fusion Guy $0.75)
- Set: Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack
- Competitive/Fun?: I… haven’t actually played this deck… ever. I read the cards, sleeved up the deck, put it in the corner of my room and promptly forgot about it. The reason being the deck seemed very awful since every card read: “have the cubic seed or I can’t be played”. The boss monsters were absurd tossing around 3000 burn damage for free, but the little ones bummed me out to much to play it.
- Cost: $8 (B.E.S. Covered Core $1)
- Set: Rise of Destiny
- Competitive/Fun?: So I built these because I like the artwork. Apparently they released a field spell that makes all the B.E.S. ships into Kozmo ships. This means that some day my dream of B.E.S. vs Kozmo may someday come true.
Toons (Without Kingdom)
- Cost: $8 (Comic Hand $1.50)
- Set: Dragons of Legend 3
- Competitive/Fun?: If Toon Kindgom ever gets reprinted this deck would be a lot better. Still if you actually Comic Hand your opponent’s dude it can lead to some quick laughs. My favorite so far has been Toon #77 The Seven Sins.
- Cost: $15 (Dark Fusion $3)
- Set: Jaden Yuki Duelist Pack 3
- Competitive/Fun?: This was made for nostalgia. It’s arguably the worst variant of Heroes to exist (unless you count Neo Spacians). The fusions have no major payoff and you have to run the vanilla OG E-Heroes. However, the jankness of that is what makes the deck fun to play.
Force of Will?
What the heck are you doing here?! Oh yeah I got sucked back into you against my better judgement after a buddy offered me 2 of the recent starters decks at a major discount. As virtually all of the cards in this game aren’t worth any money I threw some decks together. That being said since I don’t know much about the game anymore so I’ll just give a quick overview.
Valentina 3.0 Blue+Black Control
Overview: They fused Pricia and Valentina together. That’s all I needed to hear to want this card and as a result want to build this deck. It plays like the Esper Dragon deck of Khans standard which I really liked (though all I did that format was play Mono-Red). Basically to put it in a Magic perspective Valentina 3.0 makes all Darkness spells lower a creature’s toughness equal to the CMC of the spell you cast. This makes Space Anamoly (already the most powerful kill spell in this game imo) become eons better. Pretty much you kill your opponent’s dudes until you can drop a Dragon in the form of Pricia herself or a Leviathan, Lord of the Sea to kill the opponent. It loses to J/Ruler decks, but other than that it’s been alot of fun.
Lunya the Liar Girl Red-White Aggro
Overview: I tweaked the red starter deck to make this. It’s not awful, but I don’t think it’s strong enough to combat the meta (or at least what I’ve seen). The one plus is that you can abuse Demonflame with Lunya’s innate ping ability to kill any enemy creature (Lunya deals 100 damage to a resonator whenever you attack/Demonflame destroys any resonator dealt damage the turn it’s cast).
Mono Black Dark Alice Shadows:
Overview: I am constantly impressed by how well this deck does. Dark Faria is really good card and this deck swarms really well. It’s far better than most tribal decks in my experience and I honestly think it could be a decent deck if I actually modified the ratios and cut the janky cards.
Valentina 1.0 Control
Overview: So one of my problems with FoW is that it cares about its legacy format even less than Magic does. All they did was ban my favorite J-Ruler and then proceed to never think of it again. Anyway, this deck is all of the original terrible Valentina support alongside my 2 favorite rotated cards: Cheshire Cat, the Grinning Remnant and Sign to the Future. It’s not a good deck, but it gives me good memories.
Blue/Green Valentina 2.0 (Are you seeing a theme here yet?)
Overview: This deck is all of the flavor Valentina cards that do very little to help her core strategy. On the plus side though if you actually flip her she has the regalia to abuse all of the god arts thanks to Rewriting Laws (the only reason I bothered to splash Green btw) so that’s pretty fun.
Magic the Gathering
Basically over the course of 2016 I tried every one of these cards as an Commander/EDH general (technically Tariel was on January 1st, but I see it as close enough). For some reason I’m never satisfied when I play Commander so I keep switching generals and decks. Of all of these I would say Atraxa and Tasigur where the best (no surprises there).
Card Games I never actually play
I don’t really know what to say. I’m surprisingly ok with buying cards, sleeving them up and then never actually using them. That being said I’d lying if I said I like playing Weiss Schwarz or Cardfight Vanguard (especially in comparison to Ygo, MTG or Fow). These are pretty much for collecting purposes if anything.
And that’s it. I hope some aspect of this was useful to you… like at all. It should at least let you see just how cheap it can be to build a yugioh deck. Other than that I hope it was at least a tolerable post. Basically the main takeaway is to pick up the cheap archetypes that come in every set, that no one cares about and thus cost next to nothing. Repeat this and at the same time pick up every deck core you can.
Thanks for reading as usual.