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  1. Raccoons

    So, I've been toying with this recently and it's pretty solid so far, but it can be improved.     16 Monsters : 3x Baby Raccoon Ponponko 3x Baby Raccoon Tantan 2x Beast King Barbaros 1x Elephun 2x Junk Synchron 2x Kalantosa, Mythical Beast of the Forest 1x Key Mouse 1x Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter 1x Wind-Up Kitten   The Baby Raccoons are the main monsters of the engine being able to fetch and trigger different kind of monsters. I'm using Mouse as an LV1 tuner and its effect proved to be useful a few times and it's a different name for Obedience, but it could go I guess. I'm running 2 Kalantosa because it sucks drawing into it and I'd like to resolve it as much as possible but I'm thinking of running only one in favor of another Kitten. Ryko has been efficient so far so I'm decided on keeping it. Junk is prefcet at 2 IMO being able to make an LV5 by itself. Barbaros is mostly for the Leo plays but I've actually been able to resolve its nuke effect a couple of times. Also, considering Redox in here but I don't know what to cut and Ayers has been nothing short of perfect so far. It can revive a 3K Barbaros among other things but IDK.   12 Spells : 3x Ayers Rock Sunrise 3x MST 3x Obedience Schooled 3x Upstart Goblin   Standard spells lineup. I've thought about going with 2 Ayers / 1 Soul Charge but said no finally, still considering it. Might move 1 MST to side in favor of Book or even Hole or any other card but I'm content with it. I only resolve like 1 Obedience per duel, but obviously I will keep it at 3.   12 Traps : 1x Bottomless Trap Hole 2x Breakthrough Skill 2x Burst Rebirth 1x Compulsory Evacuation Device 2x Dimensional Prison 1x Solemn Warning 1x Torrential Tribute 2x Wiretap   Strongly considering adding a 3rd BTS (or maybe switching for Fiendish but BTS is arguably better as of now) or a maining a Horn over CED. Burst Rebirth has been very clucth but I can't see myself maxing it to be frank. I guess the rest is pretty standard. Waboku might be an option, but..   15 Extra: 1x Ally of Justice Catastor 1x Armades, Keeper of Boundaries 1x Black Rose Dragon 1x Frozen Fitzgerald 1x Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree 1x Mist Bird Clausolas 1x Naturia Barkion 1x Naturia Beast 1x Stardust Spark Dragon / Stardust Dragon / Scrap Dragon 1x Daigusto Phoenix 1x Downerd Magician 1x Herald of Pure Light 3x Number 64: Ronin Raccoon Sandayu   The stuff I'm considering cutting are Clausolas & the LV8s since I've never went into them. If I do remove Bird then Mouse will be gone too. Frozen Fitzgerald might go too since Armades does pretty much the same thing but it does have a few pros as well. I've never went into Barkion but I'm not cutting it. Might add another Leo if I main Redox. Also, wondering if adding a Gachi or Kappa is worth it. The rest is very standard.   15 Side : 1x Effect Veiler 2x Maxx "C" 1x Thunder King Rai-Oh 2x Closed Forest 2x Black Horn of Heaven 2x Debunk 2x Light-Imprisoning Mirror 2x Needle Ceiling 1x Soul Drain   Maxx, BHoH, Debunk & Drain are staying. As for the rest, it's up for debate. I change the side often tbh so I'm still not decided on it completely. Used to main TKRO but put it in the side and might even cut it as well. The lone Veiler is because I had an extra spot, might replace it by a Crow. While Forest is theorically good vs a few decks, I've never had a situation where I sided it in so far. LIM too. Crossout should get in.    
  2. UK Nationals 2014 - 47th Place w/Raccoons     Backstory:   Boy meets Spellbooks. Boy plays Spellbooks. Boy tests and refines Spellbooks. Boy (after accurately analysing the meta) selects Spellbooks for Nats. Soul Charge gets released and Spellbooks become much bad. Boy says "Fuck it, lets play Raccoons, that'll be a laugh" --------------------------- Pre-Tournament:   I tell people I'm playing Raccoons and expect to go 0-3 drop, so I can play side events and trade all day, but everyone says its a waste of a trip, and just to play Spellbooks anyway, but by this point my mind has been firmly set on making shenanigans happen and making an impact at my 1st Nats, so my real decision is whether or not to sleeve up Raccoons or Gishki FTK. I decided I wanted to be remembered as the "cool guy who played Raccoons" over the "%@!#£ £@#"! who played this £&**^"@# pile of @£"&^!% degenerate £!@#&" so I eventually settled on Raccoons.   The rest of my group (Team Fancy Farm) was playing Geargia (Andy Thompson - Top 32), Mermail, Infernity, Spellbooks, Chain Burn, Fire King, which to an extent were all actually real decks, on the morning of the tournament we all made some ridiculous forfeit rule, where the person who scrubs the hardest has to do something ridiculous, naturally everyone looks at me playing the Ponpoko.dek, and assumes they're safe, WRONG MOVE BITCHEZ.   But anyway, we go down the day before, on the Friday, we make the journey from Glasgow > Birmingham by coach, and entertain the rest of the coach with our ridiculous bants for seven hours (and I quote "Can you guys stay on to Bristol? You guys have made this journey amazing!) - so we arrive in Birmingham and we're like, well English people are really strange, because all we did was talk about Llamas with Hats and dead relatives.   We check out the City Centre, and head to the hotel to do some late-night testing, where I actually try to apply theory-oh to the Raccoon deck. It works fairly well, I mostly finalise the side deck, because I figured that I could just hope to open Obedience + 5 good purple cards and I might win a match.   On Saturday Morning we register, I sleeve up in Pink PC sleeves, and decide to try and look as professional as possible to maybe psyche out a win, turns out I forgot my hand-drawn Raccoon Mat, so I decided to stuff this idea, I played all of the tournament with no mat, and decided the opposite may be better, let opponents assume I'm a scrube.   I will take a bit of time to mention that although my last report was hilariously trollsy, this is 100% serious, I'm legit not making up the plays that happened, there was much salt to be had (see R3, Game 3) ------------------------------   Tournament:   They are doing this cool online pairings system, so instead of flocking over with the crowd to the paper pairings, we were able to chill out and just access them via Mobile. Pairings go up for R1, we perform the Team Fancy Farm ritual and charge the English I mean start the tournament. -------------------- Round 1 - Ryan Cook (Raccoons) vs John (Noble Knights) - Lost Dice Roll   Guy was a pleasure to play against, really friendly guy from South Shields area.   G1 - He performs standard Noble Knight shenanigans on a level I could only dream of, and I lose fairly quickly.   G2, I set up my sick combo from my sick combo.dek, I open Obedience Schooled & Barbaros, get Elephun + 2 Beasts, normal Barbaros, overlay 2 Beasts for Sandayu, sync Elephun + Barbaros for a Leo, and then Sandayu brings me a 3100 Token. The game was pretty soon over.   G3 - I open double Veiler, I Veiler his T1 Medraut, play around the backrow, make a Sandayu, run over the Medraut. He then clears my backrow, Foolishes into Artorigus, summons Lady, brings back Artorigus, makes the Synchro, I Veiler, and then proceed to run him over with raccoon shenanigans*   *If at any point I mention Raccoon shenanigans it was probably involving something like Tantan > Kalantosa into Sandayu or some other thing, because all the raccoon shenangians kind of run into one another!   1-0 ---------------------- Round 2 - Ryan Cook (Raccoons) vs Stuart (Mermails) - Lost Dice Roll   Looking back on this match, another guy who was a pleasure to play.   G1 - I'm pretty sure I just get steamrolled, I think he opens something along the lines of Dracossack/Lavalval Chain with the floating Tidal, which was just too much pressure for me to deal with, I'm pretty sure I scoop this one without revealing my deck.   G2 - I'm pretty sure I open Ponpoko/Tantan (fun fact- didn't see Obedience in any of my first 2 matches) or something similar, the game turns into a huge grind, I'm sure I try to play Unicore control in this game for a bit. It gets to the stage where I Maxx C a push, and realise I can simplify the gamestate with my purple cards. He ends his turn with 1 in hand + Controller, and I draw to 3 and I grind out the win with another Ponpoko eventually establishing another Sandayu.    G3 - As I'm shuffling my deck after siding for G3, I notice only 39 cards, and only 15 in the sideboard. I don't present my deck illegally, but we call a judge anyway to explain the situation. Turns out Players Choice get really sticky and a card was hiding on the back of another card. But regardless, because of this, we were starting Game 3 with about a minute left on the clock. I'm fairly sure that he doesn't do much on his turn, sets 1 back and quickly passes. I just let time get called on my turn, I Ponpoko/Tantan, set 2 backs and pass. I chain my in-hand MST to his Sphere, and its his turn. He goes Teus pitch Infantry, I Debunk his Teus, he pops Ponpoko. He goes Teus pitch Turge, I Maxx C, I think he summons Tidal from hand and makes Big Eye (or some other way of making it) He tries to take my F/D Tantan but I Fiendish. He sets the Linde he searched with Teus leaving him with 0 in hand I think. He passes, I flip Tantan, get Kalantosa, pop the Linde, and he grabs Leed. I normal Wind-Up Kitten, make Sandayu, get a 2700 Token, Kitten bounces the Big Eye, then I Soul Charge for the Beast I detached, make a 2nd Sandayu, and another 2700 Token and pass. He draws nothing, and I run over his monsters and kill him in T4 of time.   2-0 ---------------------- Round 3 - Ryan Cook (Raccoons) vs Sheldon (Bujin) - Lost Dice Roll   I'm getting higher up the tables now and I've been having the most fun ever with Raccoons, this guy was also fairly pleasant (this was a recurring theme) and when I revealed my deck he told me I must have "big nuts to play a deck like this at Nats" so that was nice. However, on the Sunday this was the guy who was involved in the confrontation/fight, so maybe Raccoons pushed him over the edge :D   G1 - He does standard Bujin things with Kaiser Colosseums and I can do virtually nothing. The game was over fairly quickly since I'm not playing a real deck.   G2 - I fire off an early Naturia Beast and just camp like a professional. I eventually draw another play before he draws an out to the Beast + some backrow and I Tantan/Kalantosa > Sandayu and win.   G3  - He opens fairly well against my deck with double Kaiser, backrow etc, but I'm ahead of the curve and Creature Swap his Yamato, and sit on it beating him down for about 10 turns as he fails to draw an out. He eventually clears my Yamato, he makes a guy and turn after sets a card presumably so he doesn't lose to Creature Swap. This nullifies his Kaisers which means I grind a foothold into the game again (its almost as if I'm playing a real deck) - we go into time and I'm at 5K after a few Soul Charge plays (now cleared) and he's at 2K, on T2 of time I make Gachi and stall against his Mikazuchi and a set Monster (been there forever) - on T3 he tops a monster, and makes a Heartlandraco with Decree already up (and Kaisers) - he hits me for 2K and passes. On my last turn of time, I  realise my only hope is to use Creature Swap I'd been saving, so I turn my 700 Gachi to ATK, and hit his set monsters which was Maxx C (I knew it!) - during MP2 I Creature Swap for his Heartlandraco and end. He had a set Bujincarnation but it wasn't enough and he offered the handshake   Note - Silliest way I won all day, there wasn't even any salt, it was all just disbelief with most of my opponents.   3-0 ------------------------ Round 4 - Ryan Cook (Raccoons) vs Matt (Geargia) - Lost Dice Roll - AGAAAIN   So I'm on Table 3 for this game, and at this point I'm getting tons of people spectating during my games because Raccoons are on the top tables, I had a few people ask about my build as well, so I was the local hero/celebrity as I'd always wished I could be since I was a little girl.   Opponent in this round went on to T16, caught up with him after the tourney, was also friendly.   G1 - He does Geargia things like setting Armor, but he doesn't have the Geargiagear so I live for a bit to play mad things like Ponpoko + Tantan. After we grind it out for a while, I resolve a huge missing the timing Torrential, and capitalise on it with an Obedience Schooled I drew on T3. I think I make Unicore and something else. Most of the Geargias are in the grave at this point, opponent is forced to keep recycling Accel, but is going nowhere He scoops with 16 minutes on the clock after somehow managing to make an Emeral which gets Bottomlessed.   G2 - This time it was Armor + Geargiagear if I remember correctly, my life counter shows I took lots of little hits, so I imagine I just got out-resourced this game, since its Raccoons.   G3 - I'm pretty sure we have a few minutes until time, we play really quickly to one another, I make a Unicore early on and it takes a while for him to clear it after Exciton gets Chained I think (details blurry as always) - I grind out with Tantans and Sandayus, and as we go into time I'm able to establish a Double Sandayu while I'm on higher life. Next turn he doesn't play a monster, so  turn everything to ATK and hit for 4K, and he couldn't come back from that.   After the game, I offered to tell is friends I was playing Dragons, but he said he would man up and tell them he lost to Raccoon shenanigans, I was a proud man.   4-0 ----------------------- Round 5 - Ryan Cook (Raccoons) vs Alexander Reed-Lofts (Bujin) - Lost Dice Roll    Another fairly friendly guy, he ended up coming Top 8, losing to my good friend David Stephen (Harpies) in the Top 8 Feature.   G1 - He opens standard Bujin things which is along the lines of Yamato + send Hare/turtle add Crane, Colosseum/backrow, and I can never establish any control, I geat beat down fairly straightforwardly.   G2 - I do get to go first this game, but my deck doesn't really get anything going, I believe I open very little backrow this game, I do grind with the Bujins for a little while, but the game was fairly easily taken by the Bujins.   My deck did draw kinda bad with stuff like Kalantosa/Ceburrel and no side cards, but I expected it to draw a lot worse than it actually did, so I can't complain :)   4-1 --------------------------- Round 6 - Ryan Cook (Raccoons) vs Hari Gardener (Hieratic Ruler) - Win Dice Roll (Woohoo!)   The guy was fairly quiet, but when I caught up with him after the match he was friendly, he made either T8 or T16, so went on and did very well in the tournament.   G1 - I go first, I think I either open Obedience or a Ponpoko/Tantan, and do some Raccoon shenanigans. These games all seem fairly similar to one another. He opens enough to make some combo plays, I believe he Esets into the Su, he brings out a Flamvell Guard to make the Black Rose and I Fiendish. At some point in the game (next turn?) I think he makes a field of Atum + something under Maxx "C", on the following turn I Soul Charge for 4, and sack 3 of them for Barbaros to nuke his field, he has no outs and we go to G2.   G2 - I remember this game being fairly quick, he makes an Atum play and I Veiler. I'm forced to deal with the Atum and have to play aggro, I try to make a Sandayu and his backrow is the PWWB. Next turn I should've died, as I had a clear board, and he had Atum Atum Blaster Tempest (0/0), which translates into a ton of potential kill boards, but instead, he makes Draco + Gaia + Atum + 2 Tokens, and only hits for 5200. I don't draw a follow-up play however and can't break the board so I lose.   G3 - My deck does what it was supposed to do all tournament and I draw almost unplayable, I set Tantan and MST + a bluff, but he opens a couple of Hieratics and combos off with relative ease to take the match.   Bad hand in G3, but it happens, after this match I was now on the bubble, and with Raccoons so anyone I beat from now on would be knocked out on the bubble to Raccoons which in a way made this whole situation hilarious. I needed to win the next 3 rounds to Top 32, as no-one under X-2 would make it.   4-2 ------------------------------ Round 7 - Ryan Cook (Raccoons) vs Charlie? (Spellbooks) - Lose Dice Roll   Opponent was bouncing to the table, had a bit of banter, something felt a little off, but was overall an okay duel.   G1 - I lose the dice roll, and he sets up with Blue Boy + Priestess + Fate for 3 + Tower. I open my own power play of Obedience Schooled, and I know the game effectively comes down to my blint MSt on T1. He revealed a Wisdom for Master, so I know the 2 f/d are Fate + Wisdom. I calculate out the game, and realise I lose if I don't hit the Fate and try to make a play, so I make the read on where Fate is and blind MST it. He chains it to book his Magician, but now the board is free for me to make double Sandayu and clear his monsters. On the following turn he tries to get back into the game, but my board has created too much pressure to deal with. He Lifes back a Priestess, but I have the Chain + the Book of Moon to deal with it and win the turn after.   G2 - He goes first and starts with Blue Boy + Tower and a couple of backs. I open pretty much complete jank, at one point I have to normal summon Elephun to try and crash with his Blue Boy, he Book of Moons it anyway and just generates far too much advantage. I could stall out the game for longer, but I scoop fairly early on because I wasn't breaking his board.   G3 - I open what can only be described as the complete and ultimate RACCOON SHENANIGANS. I open Obedience Schooled + Masked Chameleon + Soul Charge which means I just win the duel. I Obedience into 3 Beasts, I normal Masked Chameleon. Make Sandayu with 2 Beasts, then sync for Naturia Beast with Chameleon + Token. I then Soul Charge 2 Beasts + Chameleon back from the graveyard, make a 2nd Sandayu, and then sync with Chameleon + Token #2 for a 2nd Naturia Beast. Final Board = Naturia Beast, Naturia Beast, Sandayu, Sandayu.  I set MST + something else. He actually opens potential outs to the baord and opens 2x Fiendish + Black Horn + another back. I have the MST for one of the chains, and win after a couple of turns though.   There was an issue during this game where my opponent called a judge because my Pink PC sleeves were curving my cards. The judge said it was most likely a factory defect and it was just a warning, but to re-sleeve after the round, so it all got resolved fairly easily. That was just the sickest opening I had all tournament, especially on the bubble.   5-2 ---------------------- Round 8 - Ryan Cook (Raccoons) vs Luke Laddow (Mermail) - Win Dice Roll   This guy was awesome, another friendly opponent, and he seemed the most relaxed out of anyone I played against.   G1 - I win the dice roll, and I open Ponpoko into Tantan, and set a couple of backrow. He just sets 3 backrow for his turn and passes back to me. I flip Tantan into Elephun and he Maxx "C"s me. I decide to make a raccoon shenanigan decision and sync for a Naturia Barkion into his 3 backrow. It resolves and I hit for 2500 before setting another back and passing. He draws for turn, only sets a monster and passes. During the EP, I sense an opening, Burst Rebirth for a Tantan, during my turn I flip Tantan into Wind-Up Kitten, Kitten bounces his monster, I make Sandayu, and a 2500 token and attack for game on T3 of the duel.   G2 - I have no idea what this guy is playing, but I put him on maybe bricked Geargia because I saw MST + Maxx "C" + lots of backrow, or I put him on some rogue like Constellar/Evilswarm. I side in an extra Dust Tornado, and the 2nd Black Horn. He wins the dice roll, and reveals to me he's playing Mermail! I mis-sided like a complete boss, but I figured I had to make that choice, I sided out Maxx "C"s and he goes off with the absolute nuts combo, using most of his hand to make Lavalval Chain + Angineer + Abyssgaios with a floating Tidal and double backrow. I think I try to summon a Ponpoko, but I just get completely steamrolled, on to game 3!   G3 - I'm fairly sure this game was very very very close, it was a huge grind! We get to mid-game and I've used most of my Beasts, I force him to use his MST on something like my Fiendish Chain to protect his board then I'm able to sit on Macro for about 4-5 turns to build my advantage back up. I use the last of my Beasts (my only monsters left are 1 Ponpoko and Soul Charges after this) to make a Barkion and thankfully with several of my own backrow the Barkion gets me there (possibly in time?) as he's forced to just keep setting guys. I think the game goes to time, I'm ahead in life, and he's froced to try to make -1 plays with Teus which my backrow deals with, and I win!   After this game I'm stunned into silence, personally the worst matchup this deck has is Mermail and I beat 2 of them (one without drawing Obedience) - like everyone else my opponent took the loss well, to be fair not many of my opponents were salty (to my face anyway) and when they realised they lost to Raccoons it was more disbelief than actual legitimate frustration.   6-2 ------------------ Round 9 Ryan Cook (Raccoons) vs Matt (Mermail) - Lost Dice Roll   Another mermail! I was sitting amongst the bubble tables, I could've gotten Gears, or Chain Burn, or other more favourable matchups, but the YGO gods had enough of the raccoon hilarity, and eradicated my little cuties. My opponent was someone I was next to for a few rounds earlier in the day, he was just in love with the fact I was playing Raccoons like so many others were.   G1 - I knew what my opponent was playing, but he won the dice roll and went first anyway. He opens fairly well, makes Bahamut Shark + Trite. I try to grind round his board, I save my MST for his Sphere, but he Warnings my Obedience Schooled which takes away my out to his field. He gains advantage over the next few turns gradually and I grind the game out.   G2 - I open pretty mediocre again actually, but I do have Macro. I set MST + Macro, and go Ponpoko + set Tantan. He draws for turn, thinks about his play then blind MSTs my MST (this is in G2, when obv I'll side in Macro/Soul Drain) I chain Macro and he dies a little inside. With no more outs to Macro the game was a lot harder for him, he is able to try to make a R4 play to grind the game out, but my hand gradually gets better, and my Raccoon shenanigans were far too much to handle.   G3 - I look at my opening hand and see no maxx "C" - I would give anything for my opponent to open complete jank, but unfortunately he openes Mermail combo god like real decks actually do, he makes a huge board T1, and my play consists of  a set Tantan and some backrow. He grinds through my backrow, then OTKs me on his 3rd turn with Megalo + Diva.   6-3 ------------------------------ Post-Tournament:   So my wave of momentum came crashing down, all in all I finished 47th place as the highest X-3 which shows how hard all of my matchups legitimately were. A lot of my opponents went on to Top 32 at least.   Despite being knocked out on the bubble, this tournament was legitimately the most fun I've ever had at a tourney, it was my 1st Nats, and I solely intented to just troll one or two people with the deck, but it turned into a tournament sensation.    What made the day worthwhile was the sheer disbelief on people's faces at 3 key points during the match:   - Discovering I'm playing Raccoons (known as the humungous cheesy grin) - Picking up Ponpoko and reading it (known as the shenanigan wtf face) - Losing to Raccoons (and getting knocked out on the bubble) (known as the omg i have to tell my friends i lost to this deck and i'm going to get ripped untuil 2015 face)   Pretty much all of my opponents seemed friendly though, and I dueled a lot of nice people through the day, I got a lot of attention from people for the deck choice, I also got an amazing quote from my R9 bubble opponent (who was also a nice guy):   "When I was sitting next to you earlier I saw you playing with no mat and I was like, man what a scrub!" "Then I saw you were playing Raccoons and I was like double scrub!" "But you've convinced me that you're definitely not a scrub"   So there you have it, official confirmation that I'm not a scrub (nor a scrube)    I actually felt a higher sense of achievement than a standard X-3 record, because not only where all my opponents good, I actually drew Obedience Schooled a lot less than in testing, people were actually asking me if I played the damn card. I also went 2-7 for dice rolls, and this should all have spelled disaster for the janky guy playing raccoons at Nationals.   I got to watch Andy Thomson (Geargia) play his T32 match, and then we cheered for David Stephen (Harpies) until his eventual Top 4 loss. He made this play in Top 8 Feature, where his opponent summoned FF - Bear, popped his Chidori, then mind controlled his Harpie Lady 0 in hand against 1 in hand 1 set and a face-up Hysteric Party + HHG. He flips the 2nd Party, summons 2 Ladies back, HHG pops his 1st Party which kills the Mind Controlled Harpie Lady, his opponent passes and he runs over + Cowboys for game. So sick, both those players deserve mad respect for representing Scottish YGO so well, since we were so under-represented in this tournament.   I did a deck profile with my mate Nadhir, and he also managed to get a lot of toher good profiles, like Ben Sherman's 1st place, David Stephen's 4th place Harpies, and other T8/T16 profiles from the event, I'll link to his channel once the videos are uploaded.   Overall, UK Nats was an amazing experience, the whole time was just hilarious, and nothing is as fun as knocking out opponents with raccoon shenanigans.   For those who are interested, here's my decklist from the event, which joking aside was actually the best Raccoon list I'd tested ( I did actually test a lot with this deck) and I found out during the event that with the exception of Royal Prison (didn't play against Mythic Ruler) the side deck was phenomenal: -------------- Decklist:   Main Deck(40):   3 Ponpoko 2 Tantan 1 Kalantosa 1 Wind-Up Kitten 1 Cerburrel 1 Elephun 1 Key Mouse 1 Ryko 1 Rai-Oh 1 Masked Chameleon 1 Barbaros 2 Maxx "C" - 3 Obedience Schooled 3 Upstart Goblin 3 MST 2 Soul Charge 1 Book of Moon 1 Creature Swap - 3 Fiendish Chain 2 Mistake 2 Burst Rebirth 1 Bottomless 1 Torrential 1 Compulse 1 Black Horn -- Extra Deck(15): 3 Sandayu 1 Gachi 1 Herald of Pure Light 2 Downerd Magician 1 Mist Bird Clausolas 1 Fabled Unicore 2 Naturia Beast 1 Thunder Unicorn 1 Armades 1 Naturia Barkion 1 Leo ---- Side Deck (15): 1 Maxx "C" 2 Effect Veiler 1 Creature Swap 1 Dust Tornado 1 Soul Drain 1 Macro Cosmos 1 Black Horn 2 Debunk 2 Needle Ceiling 2 Royal Prison 1 Ceasefire ------------------------ Deck Profile:   Here is a quick deck profile my friend recorded, he also managed to get Ben Sherman's 1st place Mermails, and some other really good profiles as well, his channel is new, so checking his coverage out would be nice :)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKWPqK9faAg   ------------------------ Conclusion:   Cons: - Me losing on the bubble - Fraser Anderson losing on the bubble (Chain burn) to Karakuri w/mained decree - Lack of good side events - Playing all meta (3 Water, 2 Bujin, Dragons, Gears, Noble Knights, Spellbooks) - 2-7 in dice rolls - Not drawing Obedience/Soul Charge nearly enough   Pros: - Not a scrube - Shenanigans - Hilarious bants - Going 6-3 with a deck that just isn't real - The look on everyone's face when they got #Raccoon Shenangianned for game - Everyone being generally good sports about losing to this deck - David Stephen/Andy Thompson getting their tops - Creature Swapping a Heartlandraco in my last turn of time to win the game - Opening double Nat Beast double Sandayu against Books G3  - Teaching the world how to shenanigan Scotland style!
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A lot of people ask me why I play Raccoons.   My answer never changes.   Tantan has a drum, and Ponpoko has pilot goggles.     Main Deck(40):   Monsters(18): 3 Baby Raccoon Ponpoko  2 Baby Raccoon Tantan  2 Kalantosa, Mystical Beast of the Forest  1 Wind-Up Kitten  1 Key Mouse  1 Dark Desertapir  1 Fabled Cerburrel  1 Elephun  3 Madolche Hootcake  2 Madolche Cruffsant 1 Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders    Spells(9): 3 Obedience Schooled  2 Transmodify 3 Upstart Goblin  1 Book of Moon    Traps(13): 3 Reckless Greed  3 Fiendish Chain  2 Burst Rebirth  2 Trap Stun  1 Solemn Warning  1 Torrential Tribute  1 Compulsory Evacuation Device    Extra Deck(15):   3 Ronin Racoon Sandayu 1 Herald of Pure Light  1 Leviair the Sea Dragon  1 Leviathan Dragon  1 Wind-Up Zenmaines  1 Ghostrick Alucard  2 Downerd Magician  1 Mist Bird Clausolas  1 Armory Arm  1 Fabled Unicore  1 Naturia Beast  1 Ally of Justice Catastor    =============================   Once I heard Obedience Schooled was being released as a TCG exclusive I started messing around with Raccoons (even before Sharpman gave them a bit of attention with his regional top)   I started off playing Earth-Hex Sealed Fusion for Exterio control, then realised it was really inconsistent.   I then played a line-up with 2 Key Mouse, 2 Kitten, 2 Kalantosa, 3 Junk Synchron, and found that the deck had no real other dimension apart from EP Burst Rebirths and your Obedience Schooled, and Junk Synchron (by association, Armades/Catastor/Fitzgerald) just weren't scary enough on their own anymore.   Then I took some inspiration from Robert Boyajian or however you spell it, he wrote an article linking Raccoons with hootcake/Cruffsant plays, accessible through Transmodify. I first looked at it and thought it would be horrendously inconsistent, and after testing it out a bit, I really didn't like it. I loved the Hootcake plays, so I decided to tweak Bobby's build quite a lot. I cut down on the number of Beasts that were terrible to draw, like Dark Desertapir, Cerburrel, Elephun, Key Mouse, Kitten (kept 2 Kalantosa because having it in the deck is always amazing) - and the deck started to flow a little better.   I built it up in RL, and took it to locals and really liked how it played, the surprise factor this deck has at the moment is phenomenal, even good players (who don't look at jank decks) don't have a clue where to hit this deck, the number of resolved Tantans I push through, only to have Kalantosa Fiendished is downright hilarious sometimes.   But anyway, I had a good showing at locals, and it showed me that this deck can compete even when you don't draw the Obedience Schooled, and it was actually surprisingly grindy.   The deck has a lot of avenues to hit the opponent, easy Fabled Unicore access, Naturia Beast access, and access to Double Sandayu makes this deck hella' controlling,   I'll explain some of the combs the deck has, and the synergy the combo pieces have with one another, but on the subject of card choices, I could talk for an age about the different card choices, so if anyone has any questions then I can explain things that way.   Combos:   The OTK:   Obedience Schooled + Hootcake   Obedience Schooled into Dark Desertapir, Fabled Cerburrel and another Lv2 Beast. Synchro Cerburrel and Desertapir into Fabled Unicore Normal Summon Hootcake. use Hootcake to banish Dark Desertapir (it doesn't miss the timing) to SS Cruffsant from the deck. Desertapir gets back Cerburrel. Overlay Cerburrel and the Lv2 Beast for Sandayu, and get a 2300 token. 1500 + 1500 + 2300 + 2300 + 1000 = 8600 (if you can keep same cards in hand as opponent, Unicore locks your opponents whole backrow down early in the combo)   ==================   Alternate OTK:   Obedience Schooled + Transmodify + Lv2 Beast   Obedience Schooled into Cerburrel, Dark Desertapir, and Kalantosa. Sync Cerburrel and Desertapir for Unicore Normal the Lv2 Beast in hand Play Transmodify, sending Kalantosa to the grave to SS Hootcake from deck. Hootcake banish Dark Desertapir to get Cruffsant. Desertapir SS Kalantosa from Grave and it gets eff to pop a card. Overlay Kalantosa and Lv2 Beast for Sandayu and get a 2300 token. 1500 + 1500 + 2300 + 2300 + 1000 = 8600.   ================   Other misc. combos/synergy.   Obedience can give you Elephun and 2 other Beasts. If you have another Beast in hand, you can Normal summon it, overlay 2 Beasts for Sandayu, spawn a token, then sync Elephun, Beast and Token for Naturia Beast + Sandayu T1.   Flip Tantan, get Kalantosa, Pop a card. Transmodify the Kalantosa for Hootcake.  Banish Dark Desertapir (brought out with Obedience or something else) to get Cruffsant. Desertapir summon Kalantosa, pop another card. Hootcake + Cruffsant = Leviair. Leviair get back Desertapir. Overlay Tantan and Desertapir for Sandayu, get a Token.   A sub-part of the OTK if you don#t have Hootcake or Transmodify, but you can Obedience into Cerburrel/Desertapir/something else. Then Sync for Unicore, normal a Lv2 Beast from hand, overlay for Sandayu, and get a 2300 token.  Unicore + Sandayu + Token.   There's more stuff, the deck is just really cool, I mean Tantan has a drum, what reason is there not to play this deck?   =====================   Also I guess you can main Mistake in here which is also pretty awesome. Even when you don't main Mistake you rarely lose to Spellbooks (shame they're dying out) - with easy Naturia Beast access (and stuff like Redox to revive) as well as Unicore, coupled with sided access to Mistake/Closed Forest/EEV its difficult to lose a 2/3 to Spellbooks.   Also, you never ever lose a match to Chain Burn because you become pro like me and side a Des Wombat, because you can Transmodify any Beast into it and just win the game. Also, Naturia Beast helps out here.   Other real matchups do vary, I like to think of this deck is kind of like mini-Geargias, Tantan is very similar to Armor, and EP Burst Rebirth/Obedience is similar to Geargiagear. Obviously this deck doesn't make fields of Scrap + Draco + Burei, but it does make things like Unicore + Double Tantan + Leviair, and the deck isn't as slow to start off as Geargias, as we don't have to set Tantan T1, we have Obedience Schooled, Transmodify, and Ponpoko which are all better openings than setting Armor.   I would say another positive about the deck is lack of side deck space which hurts this deck. Everything is Beast, mostly everything is Earth. (Gozen + Rivalry) - the deck doesn't search (Mistake) - the only thing which banishes is Hootcake, so Iron Wall at best is a niche side.   the only side cards I've come across so far are DNA Surgery/Fossily Dyna that have impaired the plays a little bit. Dyna can be ran over by Cruffsant or Hootcake. DNA Surgery in response to Obedience Schooled is pretty hurtful, as we can't XYZ or Synchro into anything, and the monsters will die at the EP, because we have to make Beasts. It also shuts off Sandayu access which can hurt the deck a little.   Lets get some theory-oh going in this thread, and lets get some Raccoon shenanigans going on, the deck is super fun to play, and its so satisfying 2-0ing someone with such cute little things.   I actually made this thread so I could post a picture of my "How to Play Raccoons mat" but rambled on forever and ever, I'll edit it in at underneath here :D http://imgur.com/nGCbZE7  
  4. Hello I have played Tanukits (Raccoon Rascals was the best name they had) since their upload to devpro.  I have endlessly tested them but towards the end of the Sept format I dropped the deck.  Now with the release of obedience schooled and recent tops I wish to pick the deck back up.   Here is my current build.  It is pretty standard and I made the addition of Junk Synchron so I can access level 5 synchros and have access to Leo.   Deck List:   Monsters: Baby Raccoon Ponpoko-3 Get's Tantan and starts combos Baby Raccoon Tantan-3 Gets kalantosa or kitten for problem solving Elephun-1 tuner for turn 1 beast Junk Synchron-3 access to level 5s and leo Kalantosa, Mythical Beast of the forest-2  free pops Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders-1 reborn effect, access to leo Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter-1 problem solver The Fabled Cerburrel-1 Unicore too good Thunder King Rai-Oh-1  Generic good card, I don't add anyway Tree otter-1  Helps otks and makes sure the token can beat over the monster Wind-Up kitten 1 Non-Destruction removal Spells: Book of Moon-1  Good staple card Mystical Space Typhoon-3  Might lower this down, not sure Obedience Schooled-3  Needed to get the combos and without the deck would be sub par Upstart hoban Goblin-3 less cards more win   Traps: Burst Reverse: 2  Get tantan at ep and plus Fiendish Chain: 3  Effect negation Mirror Force: 2 Field wipes on bad players and overall just a decent card Mistake: 2 I don't add why should you :P Torrential Tribute: 1  Board clearer Trap Stun: 2 I don't liek treps (combos being stopped really hurts) Side: Maxx c-2 Closed Forest-2 Dark Hole-1 Dimensional Fissure-1 Black Horn of heaven-2 Full house-2 light-imp mirror-2 overworked-2 (be careful, destroys your tokens) Soul Drain-1   Extra: Ally of Justice Catastor-1 Armades, Keeper of Boundaries-1 Frozen Fitzgerald-1 Junk Warrior-1 Leo, the Keeper of the Scared Tree-1 Mist BIrd Clausolas-1 Naturia Beast-1 The Fabled Unicore-1 Underworld Fighter Balmung-1 Daigusto Phoenix-1 Downerd Magican-1 Herald of Pure Light-1 Number 64: Ronin Raccoon Sandayu-3   I don't think the extra/side needs explaining as most of it is pretty standard or personal perference.  Notable interactions: Balmung getting back thunder king and using Herald of Pure Light to get beast targets back in the deck (damn you kalantosa)   Examples of some combos: Opening Hand: Obedience Schooled + Ponpoko (any beast will do but you get the most advantage from him) Obedience School grab ryko, elephun and ponpoko (any beast will do here I just like grabbing ponpoko) Overlay ryko and ponpoko into Sandayu and use effect to generate a token Summon Ponpoko setting tantan Synchro summon Naturia Beast using ponpoko, elephun and the token Field at end phase: Naturia Beast, Sandayu and  set tantan.  Overall you have went plus 1 from this (using obedience schooled and ponpoko)   Opening Hand: Obedience Schooled + Ponpoko (same as above for ponpoko) Obedience schooled, grab cerburrel, ryko and ponpoko. Synchro summon The Fabled Unicore using ponpoko and cerburrel. Summon ponpoko and set tantan. Overlay Ryko and Ponpoko for Sandayu and generate a token (2300 attack) Field at end phase: The Fabled Unicore, Sandayu + token and set tantan.  Overall another plus 1 (or 2 if you count the token)   The deck has loads of other little combos and plays but I thought I would just give you imo the 2 strongest openers.  The deck has loads of issues such as resources and it is hurt badly but effect negation and maxx c.  It relies heavily on generating advantage from Sandayu and keeping the stunish monsters you get from obedience school on board (unicore and nat beast).  I am no where near an expert on the deck as I have not played the new builds enough yet so if anything I have said is sub par or wrong I apologise.   If you have any suggestions or advice please comment below and thanks for reading :D.
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