Sunday, February 19, 2012

[Deck Profile] Photon Beat

We’ve finally reached the end of an old banning list and are now right in front of the upcoming new one. The new list is out and it seems that not whole a lot happened, right?
In regard of killing the plant engine to a point of no return Konami finally brought the Synchro Era to an end.

Never mind, more about the Bann List may come later but for now, let’s focus on the weekly Deck Review. For this week, we’ve decided to put up another low budget deck which everybody seemed to have ignored ever since it came out.
It’s an honor for Troll Decking to present you a new innovation for our current and most likely even next format of Yugioh! We proudly present, PHOTONS!

The time has come for a glory war! Join us or die! The choice is yours!  – Holy Photon Army

Deck List:
Monster (17):
3x Photon Thrasher
3x Photon Crusher
3x Photon Lizard
3x Thunder King Rai-Oh
2x Cyber Dragon
2x Effect Veiler
1x Honest
Spell (12):
3x Pot of Duality
1x Monster Reborn
2x Dragon’s Mirror
1x Dark Hole
2x Mystical Space Typhoon
3x Photon Trident

Trap (11):
3x Skill Drain
1x Torrential Tribute
2x Dimension Prison
2x Chain Disappearance
2x Solemn Warning
1x Solemn Judgment

Extra Deck (15):
2x Photon Twin Lizard
1x Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1x Catastor
1x Orient Dragon
1x Brionac Dragon
1x Black Rose Dragon
1x Stardust Dragon
2x No. 39: Aspire Hope
1x No. C39: Aspire Hope Ray
1x Inverz Roach
3x Double Ass Kicking Ninja

Now for real, Photons, is this some kind of a bad joke? Well… up to you, but, we at least are dead serious! In our eyes, Photons have become… decent… in regard of our format, in regard of our current Meta.

So in order to convince you, not in order to start liking this deck, but in order to acknowledge the potential of it, let’s check out its strong points.

I’ve tested this Deck against several Meta Decks such as Insectors, Wind-up and various Rogue Decks such as Whirlwind Blackwings. And the result was very satisfying. Note that I’ve not tested it against a Ninja Deck yet, but like against every other Meta Deck, small changes most likely have to be done with this “Side Deck” of mine in order to gain an extra advantage (Note: I’ve never swapped cards during the test runs of the final version, so you already have fair changes against the other meta decks without side decking).

The major advantage of this deck is similar to any other Skill Drain decks. Since there are almost only Agro Decks left these days, playing out Skill Drain is most of the time a death sentence for any opponent you are facing. Different than other Skill Drain Decks is that this Deck does not require Skill Drain in order to win. Similar to a Ninja Deck, this Deck manages to instantly summon an Armor Blade Ninja and thus directly inflict up to 4400 Damage in one single turn. Also, it is almost guaranteed to have a Photon Thrasher on the field on the first turn, giving your opponents a certain degree of pressure and most of the time forcing them to play defensive. This is where Photon Trident makes it move.

Since Photon’s only Fusion Monster happens to be a Dragon, the usage of Dragon’s Mirror was as good as inevitable, since thanks to Photon Lizard your Graveyard manages to stock up really fast. Most of the time, Dragon’s Mirror can already be used at Turn 2.

Now I know that it is common these days that it is almost a necessity to run at least 2 Fiendish Chains and 3 Maxx “C” in every competitive Deck due to Wind-Ups and Insectors. However, since this Deck runs Skill Drain and happens to be Light Based, plus having a lot of special summoning Monsters, the choice of playing Effect Veiler was picked instead. It just happened that the combination of Skill Drain, Rai-Oh, Chain Disappearance and Effect Veiler works so great against big shots such as Insectors and Wind-Up.

So, in a Nutshell, this Deck manages to be one of the most low-budget Decks out there worth playing at the moment which has not been discovered yet. If you are a fan of Common/Rare Decks (such as me), then this Deck almost manages to satisfy your expectations (except for Pot of Duality and Solemn Warning, seems there are no decent replacements for them yet *sob*). And of course there is no way for you to build a low Rarity and still half decent Extra Deck, but thinking back, that was never possible in the first place (I don’t count Common Fusion Decks from 10 Years+ in the past which I too, used to play).

Anyways, that's all for this week's Deckprofile.

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Extra Time: Thunderking Rai-Oh Artwork!

Just something I felt drawing...

-Kamishima Kimika

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