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CardShark Content - Nathan Aldana (6/14/2004)

In this article, Mr. Sam V. tried to show you an effective beatdown build. Unfortinately, at least in my opinion, his deck had quite a few flaws, even for a budget deck. Flaws that I felt needed addressed, so, I shall address them.

For one, he contradicts himself. This deck is not cheap at all, its about as budget friendly as buying a Black Lotus in MTG. But that’s just being nitpicky about how he flip flops between expensive and not.

Lets move on to the deck itself.

Monsters
3 Gemini Elf
3 Mechanical Chaser
1 Jinzo
1 Witch of the Black Forest
3 Summoned Skull
1 Injection Fairy Lily
1 Cyber Jar
1 Winged Dragon of Ra
1 Beast of Talwar
1 Dark Elf
2 Gearfried the Iron Knight

Magic
1 Pot of Greed
1 Swords of Revealing Light
1 Monster Reborn
1 Change of Heart
1 Raigeki
1 Premature Burial
2 Axe of Despair
1 Mage Power
1 United We Stand
1 Harpie’s Feather Duster
1 Graceful Charity

Trap
1 Mirror Force
2 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Call of the Haunted
3 Magic Jammer
2 Seven Tools of the Bandit
1 Michizure

Alright, now, there are a few very obvious problems I'd like to address. For one, his monster selection is rather sub par.

I. Monsters
Gemini Elf is easily acquired in the IOC variant packs, but it’s far easier to just replace him and the Chasers with cheaper 1900 attackers like 3 Mad Dog of Darkness, and 3 Archfiend Soldier. They’re just as effective as Gemini, and worlds easier to acquire.
Jinzo is easily welcome in this deck, and one of the few Tributes worth using.
Same goes for WoTBF
Summoned Skull, and Beat of Talwar on the other hand, are heavily outdated. A single Dark Ruler Ha-Des should fill the Skull slot.
Gearfried and Dark Elf are also outdated, far better choices are available, such as Berserk Gorilla, and Goblin Attack Force for one shot creature destruction. (or for those on budgets, Giant Orcs to replace GAF)
And as a last note, and pay close attention,
RA IS NOT LEGAL IN TOURNEY PLAY, AND IS GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION AS IT IS A PROMO COLLECTORS CARD, WITH NO EEFECTS, NO DEFINED SUMMON COST AND RULES TEXT ON THE BOTTOM OF THE CARD STATING AS MUCH!

A more optimal monster selection would be,
Monsters (18)
1x Dark Ruler Ha-Des
1x Jinzo
3x Berserk Gorilla
3x Mad Dog of Darkness
3x Archfiend Soldier
3x Goblin Attack Force/Giant Orc
Witch
Sangan
Cyber Jar
Exiled Force

Now, onto Magic selection.

II. Magic
He makes a few errors in judgment here, too. He puts in cards as outdated and susceptible to removal as Mage Power and Swords of Revealing light, yet totally lacks any large amount of M/T removal to deal with opponents threats. Axe of Despair is also rather outdated, and not worth the deckspace. These would likely be better served being replaced with a full set of 3 Mystical Space Typhoons, and perhaps a Heavy Storm, or if that is unavailable, a Dark Hole

Magic should in turn, look like,

Magic (16)
Pot of Greed
Graceful Charity
3x MST
Harpies Feather Duster
Heavy Storm
Raigeki
Dark Hole
Premature Burial
Monster Reborn
United We Stand
Reload (although a super rare, it’s quite useful for getting rid of a dead hand and gaining new options)
Change of Heart
Delinquent Duo (1000 LP and one card loss to discard two? Card Advantage Wins Games.)

And finally, we come to Traps. This is where the age of his expertise truly shows.

III. Traps
First off, yes, you have to spell out to me just why someone should maindeck Mirror Force in an environment running rampant with Magic and Trap removal, Waboku is strictly superior due to its chainable nature, and its ability to be fired off at any time, not just when battle is declared. Nine out of ten times nowadays, Mirror Force will never see play before someone MST's it into the dust. While a Waboku could be fired in response, wasting their MST.

Similarly for Bottomless Trap Hole. It can't affect half the decks used nowadays. Chaos Emperor Dragon laughs it off. Yata is impervious, as is Don Zaloog. Catapult Turtle and Magical Scientist simply giggle and snort. A better option would be Torrential Tribute. It can target to any summon, and quickly clears the board of options, which is vital against current day decks that can bring multiple creatures out in a single shot.

Magic Jammer and Seven Tools are also outdated. For magic negation, Imperial Order or Magic Drain are better, as IO lacks any real cost, and Magic Drain forces your opponent to drop Card Advantage in order to bring their magic cards through. Traps for the most part, are handled by our slew of M/T destruction.

Michizure, once again, is simply a sub-optimal option, even on a budget. We're better served with the few extra dollars to buy a Torrential Tribute.

Traps should probably look more akin to.

Traps (6)
Call of the Haunted
Imperial Order
Ring of Destruction (effective monster removal + Damage)
Torrential Tribute
2x Waboku

He also seems to have no real grasp of the overall metagame. Exodia and Warrior are hardly the real threats. No, the real Threat decks are Magical Scientist, Hand D/Control, and Chaos Control, so we want to side deck against them.

IV. Side Deck
For scientist, it relies heavily on a single card combo being activated, so our main goal is to prevent the summoning of both,. To that end, we side deck a couple extra Torrential Tributes, as well as more Magic Drains, to strip them of needed monsters and magic cards.

Against Hand/D Control, the main problem is outpacing them in cards, and removing their ability to take down our monsters. Once again, we'll be relying on Torrential and Magic Drain, as well as perhaps side decking a couple D.D warrior Lady as an effective way to remove threat monsters.

As for Chaos? The main threat is their Chaos beatsticks, these things can seriously ruin the day. So, we'll deck in a couple Fissures, as well as Necrovalley to deal with their Chaos creatures.

Side Deck, then, should be.

Side Deck (15)
1x Dark Ruler Ha-Des
2x Torrential Tribute
3x Magic Drain
3x D.D. Warrior Lady
3x Fissure
3x Necrovalley

V. Tying it All Together

So, here's what our suggested decklist should look like.

Monsters (18)
1x Dark Ruler Ha-Des
1x Jinzo
3x Berserk Gorilla
3x Mad Dog of Darkness
3x Archfiend Soldier
3x Goblin Attack Force/Giant Orc
Witch
Sangan
Cyber Jar
Exiled Force

Magic (16)
Pot of Greed
Graceful Charity
3x MST
Harpies Feather Duster
Heavy Storm
Raigeki
Dark Hole
Premature Burial
Monster Reborn
United We Stand
Reload
Change of Heart
Delinquent Duo

Traps (6)
Call of the Haunted
Imperial Order
Ring of Destruction (effective monster removal + Damage)
Torrential Tribute
2x Waboku

Side Deck (15)
1x Dark Ruler Ha-Des
2x Torrential Tribute
3x Magic Drain
3x D.D. Warrior Lady
3x Fissure
3x Necrovalley

I won’t lie to you. Beatdown still isn’t exactly a good decktype anymore. It’s too focused on a single clunky win condition, and most of the time, it’s simply too slow for the environment. Nonetheless, at least I hopefully have shown just how to optimize the effectiveness of the deck.
That’s all for now, hope this article helps someone out. ^_^


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