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Okay, so I guess some explaining is in order. I'm going through some insane stuff right now so hopefully effortposting about this will get my mind off of it, or at least distract me for a little while.

 

First and foremost, congratulations to Titto Maret aka @Faith+1 for ending in top 8 of YCS New Jersey last weekend. He was the only one in the room playing my exact 70 card list. His profile is here:

 

 

In DN picture form, here was the list: 

 

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Typed out:

 

Main Deck: 40

 

Monsters: 9

 

3 Sky Striker Ace - Raye

3 Psy Frame Gamma

1 Darkest Diabolos, Lord of the Lair

1 Ghost Winter & Cherries Something

1 Psy Frame Driver

 

Spells: 28

 

2 Called by the Grave

2 Foolish Burial Goods

>>>2<<< Metalfoes Fusion

3 Pot of Desires

1 Reinforcements of the Army

1 Sky Striker Area Zero Space

2 Sky Striker Mecha - Afterburners!

1 Sky Striker Mecha - Jamming Waves!

2 Sky Striker Mecha Hornet Drones

1 Sky Striker Mecha - Shark Cannon

2 Sky Striker Mecha - Widow Anchor

2 Sky Striker Mecha Modules - Multirole

3 Sky Striker Mobilize - Engage!

1 Terraforming

2 Twin Twisters

1 Upstart Goblin

 

Traps: 3

 

3 Infinite Impermanence

 

Extra Deck: 15

 

1 Psy-Frame Lord Omega

1 Scrap Dragon

1 Heavymetalfoes Electrumite

1 Isolde of the Noble Knights

1 Knightmare Mermaid

1 Knightmare Unicorn

1 Knightmare Phoenix

1 Linkuriboh

3 Sky Striker Ace- Kagari

3 Sky Striker Ace - Shizuku

SPYRAL Double Helix

 

Side Deck: 15

 

3 Ash Blossom & Something Something

1 Darkest Diabolos, Lord of the Lair

2 Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode

1 Called by the Grave

2 Mystical Space Typhoon

1 Sky Striker Area Zero Space

1 Twin Twisters

1 Sky Striker Mecha Hornet Drones

3 Typhoon

 

Here were Titto's matchups:

 

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Feature Matches:

 

Round 6 vs James Sooklaris: https://yugiohblog.konami.com/2018/06/round-6-feature-match-titto-maret-vs-james-sooklaris/

Top 16 vs Max Reynolds: https://yugiohblog.konami.com/2018/06/top-16-feature-match-maximillian-reynolds-vs-titto-maret/

 

It's worth mentioning as well that I'm currently 3rd place in DN matches with this list, with a 90% winrate (72-8.) However, some of my losses aren't exactly "real" (losing to giant bees flying into my room making me panic, losing to having a suicidal schizophrenic breakdown against an idiot mid-match, etc) so it's closer to like 76-4:

 

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Ok. Now let's talk about the actual list.

 

Why Play Pure Sky Striker?

 

Right. So the first thing I want to make clear is the context this deck was made in. It was around the time Gouki started getting extremely popular, about 2-3 weeks ago now. I had already wanted to play a go 2nd list since going 2nd is preferable in the mirror, and it just so happens that the hand traps that get around Called by the Grave in Gouki are better going second as well, such as Psy-Frame Gamma and Infinite Impermanence.

 

Note that this was right before Trickstar Brandish got extremely popular, which was at the end of last week. However, if you play well, this isn't actually a hard matchup. I'll explain more about that in another post.

 

Anyway, like I said, at the juncture of "good in the mirror" and "best outs to Gouki around Called," we arrived at a go 2nd list maining Gamma and Impermanence. That was the reason to actually play the deck for this event in the first place.

 

Card Choices

 

Some things might confuse people with this list, especially going by the YouTube comments. But there's a reason for every single choice with theory that goes back months now. I'll start with the weird monsters.

 

Diabolos

 

This card is part of a group of cards that go by the logic of "going for damage in the mirror (I'll include Trickstar Sky Striker in this too)." These cards include Twin Twisters, Called by the Grave, Diabolos itself, etc. They can't be considered in separation from eachother. What caused the need for going for damage in the mirror were the Cherries/Evenly builds that became popular online. The way that you beat that deck is just to ignorantly go for damage and not play into Evenly too hard. That's how we originally realized it and started playing these cards, but we stuck with them because going for damage just ended up being better in the mirror anyway regardless of their build, especially with the new End of Match Procedure rules.

 

Naturally, since the cards that adhere to this logic are stronger in the mirror, we want to side more of them in the mirror. That's how we ended up siding a second Diabolos, a third Twin Twister, and a third Called.

 

1 Cherries

 

The 38th, 39th, and 40th cards in my deck were 2nd Afterburner, Diabolos, and 1 Cherries. I had 3 spots left while building it. I decided that instead of playing three cards that shine in one match up but are bad against others, I'd play cards that are amazing in specific match-ups but that are decent otherwise, diversifying my match-ups. The 2nd Afterburner is good against Altergeist. Diabolos is good in the mirror. Cherries is good against Gouki and Spyral. Just like the Diabolos-Called-Twin Twister idea, these cards cannot be considered apart from eachother, and that's how we ended up with the numbers for them.

 

Now for the weird Spells.

 

2 Metalfoes Fusion

 

Elephant in room lol. So, just like the last two choices cant be understood apart from their context, the thing that must be realized about Foolish Burial Goods, Metalfoes Fusion, Twin Twisters, Called by the Grave, Airspace, etc is that they're Burning Abyss monsters. What do I mean by this? Recall the logic of the ratios of Burning Abyss monsters in my old BA decks from 2015. Instead of the "3 of one card before any of another" theory, they operated on "since they're the same card effectively and therefore redundant, spread them out as much as possible in numbers to minimize the chance of drawing two of the same one." The aforementioned cards in this deck operate on exactly the same logic. They're all combo cards that are bad in multiples.

 

All that would be left, then, is to demonstrate that Metalfoes Fusion belongs in this list of cards. It is by far the best card to send with Multirole and Airspace, and along with Diabolos, the best card to discard for Twin Twister. Considering we play 8 of those outlets total (even more post-side,) I think we can justify another Metalfoes Fusion. Worst case, it's not that difficult to get them to destroy it when you set it in a format with Trickstar Lightstage, Knightmare Phoenix, and Jamming Waves.

 

The last thing to mention is worries about "how many bricks we're playing." To begin with, it just so happens that Trickstar Reincarnation being in the format is pretty convenient for letting us play more bricks since they'll be replaced with the new hand. Second, Metalfoes Fusion and Diabolos are moreso combo cards than bricks in the traditional "Garnet" sense. The only real brick in the deck is Driver, and even then we still at least have Twin Twister.

 

1 Field Spell, 1 Terraforming

 

This is just the right order to play them. Seeing them both is fine because you can use Field Spell on the dead Terraforming, which you can't do if you played 2 Field Spell instead. 2nd Field Spell in side comes before 2nd Terraforming because the 2nd Terraforming makes banishing the Field Spell with Desires way more risky.

 

3 Pot of Desires

 

People say they don't like this card because the mirror is "resource-intensive" and they don't like "banishing too many resources." The reality is that if you're on the "go for damage" logic with Diabolos, Twin Twister, etc, then the mirror isn't about "resources," it's about just killing them. To add to that, you have to get to certain cards as fast as possible in other match-ups. Since, unlike Called by the Grave and Twin Twisters, this card is neutral to what matchup you're against while also being applicable to the same idea that made them 2 of's, this is the first card in order to go to 3.

 

Only 2 Widow Anchor, Shark Cannon

 

Shark Cannon is good against Trickstar, as well as when you're going for damage in the mirror to have a searchable way out of their Raye in Graveyard. It's also good if your Red or Blue get Cherries'd, to reborn theirs. These situations "come up" which dictate a need for it.

 

Widow Anchor is played at 3 a lot, which I don't think is bad. However, it is weak against boards with Knightmare Goblin. I suppose you could argue that they lose anyway when they have boards like this, but they can end on it potentially through a hand trap (ending on a worse board.) Considering you don't really need to Widow Anchor much in the format in a going second list (whereas in a going first one you might just wanna set a bunch of them,) there becomes less of a need for this card, but this counterbalanced by the fact of Desires banishing it and the 2nd in deck "coming up," brings us to 2 copies.

 

2 Hornet Drones

 

It just sucks when this card gets Cherries'd in the mirror, and Raye is almost always preferable to start with. With 9 starter cards in the deck, along with combinations like Multirole + Field Spell or Twin Twister + Field Spell, as well as the opponent's Reincarnations, I'm not that worried on the impact cutting one has on the consistency of the deck. However, against decks we side in Sphere Mode against, we want all 3. So we end up with 2 mained and 1 sided.

 

That's it for the Spells, and we've already discussed Gamma and Impermanence, which concludes the main deck. Now for the weird stuff in the extra.

 

1 Scrap Dragon

 

This, along with Omega, clears itself from the Extra Monster Zone. However, unlike Omega, it deals with Floodgates on board. So if they're playing Altergeist and have Anti-Spell up and use Multifaker in hand, you can Gamma it (which they can't Protocol because Faker activated in hand,) then get over the Marionetta or whatever on board to turn off Protocol, then Scrap Dragon the Anti-Spell and you're golden. Works fine against other helmet decks like True Draco as well.

 

1 Heavymetalfoes Electrumite

 

Mike was the one that convinced me to put this card in as the 15th card over the Hexstia vs Skull Dread I was slaving over. I guess one pendulum did top so it's sort of relevant, moreso than World Chalice anyway.

 

On to the side deck, stuff that hasn't been explained yet.

 

How I Side

 

I'm gonna start by copy/pasting the text document on how to side with this deck. It doesn't include Trickstar because it was made before that deck became popular but the siding against that deck is -3 Gamma -1 Driver -1 Cherries -3 Impermanence +3 Ash +1 Called +1 Diabolos +1 Twin Twister +1 Airspace +1 Drones:

 

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Vs go first mirror:
-3 gamma
-3 imperm
-1 driver
-1 desires
-1 cherries
+3 ash
+1 diab
+1 called
+1airspace
+3 trap typhoon

 

Vs go 2nd mirror:
-3 gamma
-3 imperm
-1 driver
+3 ash
+1 diab
+1 called
+1 airspace
+1 twin

 

Vs gouki with real traps:
-2 foolish burial goods
-2 metalfoes fusion
-1 shark cannon
-1 diabolos
-1 terraforming
+2 sphere mode
+1 twin
+1 called
+1 hornet drones
+2 ash

 

Vs trapless gouki:
-2 goods
-2 fusion
-2 twin
-1 shark cannon
+3 ash
+2 sphere mode
+1 called
+1 drones

 

Vs spyral when u go 2nd:
-2 twin
-1 shark cannon
-2 foolish burial goods
-2 metalfoes fusion
-1 terraforming
+3 ash
+2 sphere mode
+1 called
+1 diab
+1 hornet drones

 

Vs spyral when u go 1st (they pick 2nd):
-3 gamma
-1 driver
-3 imperm
+3 ash
+1 diab
+1 called
+1 airspace
+1 twin

 

Vs Altergeist:
-3 imperm
-3 gamma
-1 driver
-1 cherries
+1 twin
+3 typhoon
+2 mst
+1 hornet drones
+1 diabolos

 

3 Ash Blossom + Something Something

 

This card's function is due to the popularity of Shared Ride, to make going second in the mirror and elsewhere still better even post-side. You hold it for that.

 

2 Sphere Mode

 

This card acts as another hand trap that they can't Called by the Grave.

 

1 Hornet Drones

 

This goes along with Sphere Mode mostly, since you can't normal summon Raye the turn you use it. But it's also good against Reincarnation and Anti-Spell Fragrance decks.

 

2 Mystical Space Typhoon, 3 Typhoon

 

We just aren't losing to Altergeist. MST vs Cosmic Cyclone is debatable, but you can MST your own Field Spell to unbrick yourself. Also, paying for Cosmic Cyclone is not as good with the new End of Match Procedures. Typhoon, it should be mentioned, is also important in the mirror cus it prevents you from losing to a turn 1 Multirole while not being able to be Called by the Graved (unlike Ogre.) We're playing that over Evenly Matched in that matchup because better Altergeist players have caught on to not setting a trillion cards against us, and if they just set a floodgate and maybe a backrow and just try to go aggro we can be in trouble.

 

And that's the deck. Might be subject to change some now that Trickstar is really popular though, but I don't think its a bad matchup if you play well.

 

Once again, huge shoutout to Titto for top 8ing this event. 2 Fusion 2 Strong!

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Faith+1    41

Won Providence Regionals yesterday (6/10/18) with the updated 70 card Noelle guuuuuuu.

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Any chance we can see a tournament report? Or a decklist? How many trickstar strikers did you play if at any? 

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Faith+1    41
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2 hours ago, AperfectKING said:

Any chance we can see a tournament report? Or a decklist? How many trickstar strikers did you play if at any? 

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Decklist is being held due to ARG AC next weekend and Nats the weekend after but the list is pretty similar to the YCS list except now it's built to beat any Trickstar variant with the correct technical play.

#2Fusion2Strong #FusionGang #GangGang

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3 hours ago, Faith+1 said:

 

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Decklist is being held due to ARG AC next weekend and Nats the weekend after but the list is pretty similar to the YCS list except now it's built to beat any Trickstar variant with the correct technical play.

#2Fusion2Strong #FusionGang #GangGang

Sounds legit. Any chance you down to play test on DB? Getting ready for Nats myself and I don’t live near any locals. 

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Faith+1    41
On 6/11/2018 at 3:42 PM, AperfectKING said:

Sounds legit. Any chance you down to play test on DB? Getting ready for Nats myself and I don’t live near any locals. 

My bad yo, gotta keep the testing within the team.

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48 minutes ago, Faith+1 said:

My bad yo, gotta keep the testing within the team.

Legit I can’t hate that. If anyone here would like to play test sky striker mirrors add me. DB Username: AperfectKING

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48 minutes ago, Faith+1 said:

My bad yo, gotta keep the testing within the team.

Legit I can’t hate that. If anyone here would like to play test sky striker mirrors add me. DB Username: AperfectKING

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