• Magic: The Gathering
  • Magic: The Gathering Online

Which game do you want to buy from?

How to Buy at a Glance

  • 1. Search for items
  • 2. Purchase via PayPal or CC
  • 3. Receive items in the mail
    (usually in less than a week!)
Want Magic prices from CardShark.com on your Mobile device? - Try the Decked Builder app

Introduction to Me and a Beatdown Deck - Ben Ahrendt (12/15/2008)

Hi, I’m Ben and I’m a Yugioh nerd. Yes, I am. I play Magic in addition to Yugioh and I no longer have paper copies of my Yugioh cards. I use Yugioh World Championship 2008 right now for a deck testing/building engine and I must say, it works pretty darn well. I’ve designed at least 27 decks on there, with varying degrees of success. My favorite deck is my Fiend deck or my VWXYZ deck or my Beast/Beast Warrior deck or my Dragon deck, featuring Horus of the Black Flame and Armed Dragon. I love building decks with new tricks and experimenting with new abilities.

Right now, however, I’m going to discuss my deck that I use when I actually want to win, rather than gimmick, in the game. It’s called…Beatdown. Yes, it’s that simple. It hits things. It hits them hard. And it breaks combos. And that’s it. Before I discuss how it works, here’s the deck list.

Normal Monsters:
2 Alien Shocktrooper
3 Blue Eyes White Dragon
1 Cyber-Tech Alligator
1 Dark Blade
2 Frostosaurus
2 Gemini Elf
3 Gene-Warped Warwolf
1 Insect Knight
1 Luster Dragon
1 Sabersaurus
1 Summoned Skull
1 Vorse Raider

Effect Monsters:
1 Arcana Force Extra- The Light Ruler
1 Axe Dragonute
2 Beast King Bararos
2 Berserk Gorilla
2 Chainsaw Insect
1 Chthonian Emperor Dragon
1 Goblin Elite Attack Force
1 Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
1 Super Conductor Tyranno
1 Tyrant Dragon
1 Ultimate Tyranno

Spell Cards:
1 Amulet of Ambition
1 Axe of Despair
1 Fairy Meteor Crush
1 Heavy Storm
1 Lucky Axe
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Raigeki (May be replaced with Lightning Vortex)
1 Smashing Ground
1 Sword of Deep-Seated
1 United We Stand

1 Blast with Chain
1 Mirror Force
3 Sakuretsu Armor
1 Trap Hole
1 Widespread Ruin

Total: 49 Cards

As you can see, the deck is slightly over the minimum for decks during a normal duel. This is completely my fault, since I can’t not have more than forty cards. But that’s beside the point. This deck has no clever strategy, no devastating combo that results in my opponent’s instant loss. It relies on no interesting gimmick, only on its monsters.

In other words, it’s dueling in its purest form. It utilizes the strongest monsters of each sacrifice level (not including the ones with the crippling drawbacks, such as Jirai Gumo, Zombyra the Dark or Dark Elf), plus the Light ruler, who can be a finisher once I’ve swarmed the field, and Gorz, who’s effect results in ridiculously easy summonings.

The spells are all either removal or equipment, due to the deck’s lack of gimmick. I use Raigeiki (or Lightning Vortex) and Smashing Ground to remove an annoying defender or break an unbreakable wall combo, such as two Marauding Captains or two Solar Flare Dragons, and Heavy Storm and Mystical Space Typhoon to clear out destruction traps or gimmick cards, such as Tornado Wall.

Finally, the traps. My trap sections tend to be the same, unless I’m utilizing a certain trick that requires a certain trap. Mostly they’re defensive, for when I’m waiting out a creature drought, a Crush Card Virus or trying to recover from a Mirror Force, but also include Blast with Chain, which serves a double purpose as boosting my monsters’ attacks, as well as destroying any card if it gets blown up.

As I said, this deck is incredibly simple, but it wins. So far, it’s only lost two out of the ten games I’ve played using it. It doesn’t fail as soon as it loses a key creature, since it doesn’t have one. Frankly, it’s not my favorite deck, since I don’t get to get that little giddy feeling after pulling off a combo that my opponent is crippled by, but it does its purpose.

This is Ben, signing off. I’ll be back soon with an article discussing the removed for play zone and how to make it work to your advantage. Bye!

Forum link: http://cardshark.freeforums.org/introduction-to-me-and-a-beatdown-deck-t271.html

Rate Article

Discuss Article

Click here to discuss this article in forum or leave comments for the author.

RSS feed RSS Feed

This article is provided to you by CardShark.com - A Better Way to Buy and Sell Collectable Games Online. Please check out the rest of our site - you won't be disappointed.

View More ArticlesView More Articles