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 Trading Card Game Tips from fans

 

July 2007
 

Name: Mark Dizon

Email: m4rk_dizon@hotmail.com

Second Look: Korey Stoner

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Second Look : Korey Stoner

 

            My hero over at Metagame, Matt Peddle recently posted his new editions of his mini series called the called “The Champions”, This week his article was a bout Korey Stoner who had  made the top 16 in Shonen Jump Phoenix/Mesa running an Earth aggro

Deck with which he had a 7-2 record. Korey Stoner’s deck list looked like this:

 

Korey Stoner’s Earth Aggro

Shonen Jump Mesa

14th place 7-2

 

3 Cyber Dragon

2 Exiled Force

3 Elemental Hero Wildheart

2 Gigantes

2 Raiza the Storm Monarch

3 Card Trooper

1 Treeborn Frog

1 Sangan

1 Elemental Hero Stratos

1 Morphing Jar

2 Brain Control

2 Enemy Controller

2 Reinforcement of the Army

1 Confiscation

1 Lightning Vortex

1 Pot of Avarice

1 Mystical Space Typhoon

1 Nobleman of Crossout

1 Heavy Storm

1 Snatch Steal

1 Premature Burial

 3 Trap Dustshoot

1 Mind Crush

1 Mirror Force

1 Magic Cylinder

1 Torrential Tribute

1 Ring of Destruction

1 Call of the Haunted

 

I’m not going to lie this is one pretty deck its amazing and as Matt said “explosive”. After seeing this deck , I immediately wanted to run it. It  was one of those decks that could  just swarm you in one turn and kill you , almost comparable to that of t-hero and perfect circle.  After deep consideration I realized something extremely daunting and a reason I couldn’t run this deck. I did not own Card Trooper  , not a single one and realizing that I’ t was a main component of the deck. I then realized that of us duelist that cant afford to buy ,trade or pull Card Troopers, there is no way to run 3 Card Troopers, also that not ever have I read an article detailing how to make a cheaper deck that can stand up to tier one decks and I realized at 4am in the morning it was possible and this was my creation

 

Earth Aggro

Mark Dizon

Local Tournament

4-0

Won the final against 12 –gauge

 

3 Cyber Dragon

2 Exiled Force

3 Elemental Hero Wildheart

2 Gigantes

2 Granmarg the Rock Monarch

3 Cyber Phoenix

1 Sangan

1 Spirit Reaper

1 Elemental Hero Stratos

1 Neo- Spacian Grand Mole

2 Injection Fairy Lily

2 Giant Rat

2 Brain Control

1 Reinforcement of the Army

1 Confiscation

1 Pot of Avarice

1 Mystical Space Typhoon

1 Nobleman of Crossout

1 Heavy Storm

1 Snatch Steal

1 Premature Burial

3 Trap Dustshoot

1 Mind Crush

1 Mirror Force

1 Magic Cylinder

1 Torrential Tribute

1 Ring of Destruction

1 Call of the Haunted

 

          With this deck I wanted the fast pace of Stoners deck but also more aggressive. I took out the troopers and traded them in for Cyber Phoenix. Seeing as Korey wasn’t running the little mechanic bird I have no Idea how brain control could of killed his deck. Taking out the Card Troopers leaded to very few monsters for Gigantes. So examining the list I realized if anything Raiza The Storm Monarch was to deal with set cards more than anything. Granmarg the Rock monarch is a really underrated card, though it is very versatile almost a cross of Zaborg The Thunder Monarch, Mobius The Frost Monarch, and the above mentioned Raiza. Since Granmarg was an earth type and could function as basically an awesome removal tool he was a plus, especially because he could be removed for Gigantes. Major additions included the removal of Treeborn frog because I didn’t understand what its purpose was for this deck, if for defense, it wasn’t the best choice, paving the way for Spirit Reaper. Throwing a Rat box did wonders as well. Not only did the deck explode bigger it also did it faster with the Injection Fairy Lily and Neo-Spacian Grand Mole. Seriously with Cyber dragon, Element hero Wild Heart and a Mole, The deck really doesn’t need to worry when attacking. With the recent format change Trap Dushoot has taken the place of Saskuretsu armor and the random Widespread Ruin is teched at 2, even if faced with a Widespread it would probably hit a cyber dragon. Also most removal is Ring of Destruction, Mirror Force, and Torrential Tribute. Of those removals you only need to be wary of Force but Wildheart can withstand any of them, and phoenix isn’t affected by ring

An opening game with you playing first should play with a set wild heart or phoenix and a set Dustshoot. Your opponent could easily respond with a set set as well which really makes the game dull. When he draws you Dust shoot revealing his strategy and thwarting him then say he summons, not very many monsters in this format can bust through 1600 defense but nevertheless if your opponent brings out a Cyber Dragon than your Wildheart is gone and your about to take extra damage from a possible Sangan. Then on your turn you summons your own Cyber Dragon, drop a Cyber Phoenix, then Snatch his Cyber Dragon with Phoenix on the field snatch is negated, and then you special summon Gigantes through removing wild heart. Very little other than a Torrential Tribute or Mirror Force could hurt you. In that one turn you have pressed 7300 damage, a come back form your opponent isn’t out of the question but the chances are slim. In that one turn you have left them with 700 damage and no life point gain from snatch. You basically win.

          This Metagame right now in the format is the best , before if it was like if you didn’t play chaos you couldn’t win, than we had stein who was the same and well it was really easy to play those decks cough* Austin Kulman*Cough just joking Austin Kulman is awesome. Now we have monarchs, burn, destiny hero, big city the dying demise, its no longer a game that u must conform to the format or lose just look at Thong Thao’s amazing run at SJC Minneapolis with a trooper less deck, Justin Womack’s amazing build at the American championships, Dexter Dalit winning my country’s national with Gadgets and my favorite Bryan Rockenbach and his 12 gauge Monarchs. Anything can happen. You don’t need troopers, malicious or D Draw to be a champ. Just go with the flow and you never know people could be net decking your build. Until next time enjoy the game and have fun.

                                                                                           Dizon out

 


 


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