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Somewhere Over The Rainbow

February 19, 2008

Everyone knows the above is a reference to an elementary school method of teaching the colors of the rainbow. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet are all of the colors of the Rainbow. Now this relates to Yu-Gi-Oh! only in that I find it odd that three of the most powerful cards in our game have Rainbow in their name. I am referring to Rainbow Dragon, Rainbow Dark  Dragon and Rainbow Neos. Each of which when they hit the field will likely spell certain doom for your opponent.
Rainbow Dragon is of course the signature card of the character Jesse Anderson from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. Rainbow Dark Dragon was used I believe when Jesse was inhabited by the spirit of Yubel and let out his bad side. Rainbow Neos is from when Jesse and Jaden had a tag team duel and is a fusion of Rainbow Dragon (or Rainbow Dark Dragon) and Elemntal Hero Neos.
Now I know what you are saying, only the Rainbow Dragons are playable, but in completely separate decks. and you would be right, there is no way that we could get Rainbow Dark Dragon and Rainbow Dragon as they would both be dead draws most of the time. However, Elemental Hero Neos is the most searchable two tribute monster in the game. You can search him with Stratos, Ancient Rules, Foolish Burial, E-Emergency Call or just by drawing into him.
Here is the effect of Rainbow Neos in case you don't know, just so you can see what I am getting at.
Rainbow Neos
Warrior/LIGHT/Effect/ Fusion/10 Stars
ATK 4500/ DEF 3000
Elemental Hero Neos + Rainbow Dragon or Rainbow Dark Dragon
This card cannot be Special Summoned, except by
Fusion Summon with the above Fusion Material Monsters.
Once per turn, you can activate 1 of the following effects:
  • Send 1 monster you control to the Graveyard to return all monsters your opponent controls to the Deck.
  • Send 1 Spell or Trap Card you control to the Graveyard to return all Spell and Trap Cards your opponent controls to the Deck.
  • Send 1 card from the top of your Deck to the Graveyard to return all cards in your opponent's Graveyard to the Deck.

The goal of the deck that I am about to give you is to summon Rainbow Neos as quickly as possible. You will note three differences from typical Neos Fusions. First, it does not have "Elemental Hero" in it's name, so that we may not use the effect of Miracle Fusion in order to Summon it. Second, it does not have the annoying "this card returns to the Fusion Deck in the End Phase" effect that hampered the other non-tripartite Neos Fusions. Finally, you do not need to have Rainbow Dragon and Neos on the field in order to fuse them. You can use good old Polymerization.
With that out of the way, here is the deck:
Somewhere over the Rainbow...
2x Rainbow Dragon
2x Elemental Hero Neos
3x Crystal Beast Safire Pegasus
2x Crystal Beast Topaz Tiger
2x Crystal Beast Amber Mammoth
2x Crystal Beast Amethyst Cat
2x Crystal Beast Ruby Carbuncle
1x Crystal Beast Emerald Tortoise
1x Crystal Beast Cobalt Eagle
1x Elemental Hero Stratos
3x E-Emergency Call
3x Polymerization
3x Crystal Blessing
2x Crystal Promise
2x Crystal Beacon
1x Fusion Sage
1x Brain Control
1x Premature Burial
1x Heavy Storm
1x Mirror Force
1x Torrential Tribute
3x Rainbow Path
Value The Rainbow
The beauty of this deck is it's incredible searchability of the combo pieces. Each cards searches out another that either helps the combo or will search for a card that will help. Basically the idea is to finally get Rainbow Neos on the field with either of his field clearing effects (depending on which one you need) and then attack for 4500 Damage, which will either win you the game outright or get you that much closer to it. Here are some of the combo pieces and why they are in the deck instead of other cards.
Rainbow Dragon-Obviously this card is needed to Fusion Summon the mighty Neos of Rainbows. He can also be used on his own with the 7 Crystal Beast monsters in the deck. He is a beast in his own right.
Elemental Hero Neos-Again, one of the Fusion Material monsters for Rainbow Neos. He will most likely be a dead card in your hand, but can actually be summoned or revived to add another beatstick to your team.
Crystal Beast Safire Pegasus-One of the key cards in the deck. This guy will get the requisite Crystal Beast monster in the spell and trap card zone for Rainbow Path. He will also thin your deck, which is welcome in any combo deck.
Other Crystal Beast Monsters-They all have varying effects, but are in here to abuse with the deck thinning power of the Crystal Beast deck as well as an alternate win with Rainbow Dragon.
Elemental Hero Stratos-Easily one of the best cards in the game, he will let you search out Neos and get the combo rolling so you don't run into any dead copies of our Space Faring Hero.
E-Emergency Call-This can be used to search out Neos OR Stratos, whoever you need at the time. I used it over Reinforcement of the Army because Reinforcement cannot search out Neos on it's own, something you may have to do.
Crystal Beast Support Cards-These spells are here because they will help you get Crystal Beasts onto the field as well as giving you more outs when you need them.
Polymerization-Since we cannot use Miracle Fusion, we instead use the old stanby of fusing. It may be outdated, but works perfectly well to fuse two monsters together.
Fusion Sage-This card searches out Polymerization with the handiness of spell form. King of the Swamp works equally well, but I have been dying to put this card into a deck. 
Rainbow Path-This card will help protect our lifepoints as well as searching out the hardest to get part of our combo.
The Pot of Gold
This deck is incredible. I have built it in playtesting (using proxies) and there was barely a game where I did not get the combo off on my second turn. The searchability of each piece is incredible, allowing you to possibly get out TWO copies of Rainbow Neos and just own the game. It also has a backup plan in the form of the Crystal Beast monsters which are quite capable of taking the game on their own, as well as their accompanying Rainbow Dragon.
However, like most combo decks, it suffers from bad draws even though it has so much searching. Multiple copies of Rainbow Dragon and Neos can destroy your chances of winning successfully. Raiza also ruins your chances of getting your combo pieces, forcing you to draw into likely dead cards instead of more pieces to the puzzle. Phoenix Wing Wind Blast does the same thing, and spell negation cards like Cursed Seal of the Forbidden Spell and Magic Jammer can poke big holes on your plans.
I was also torn about whether to use certain cards or not, here is a list in case you find it necessary to try something new.
Hand Destruction-This allows you to cycle through your deck and get rid of unwanted cards. However it was not included as this deck has no real way to get cards from the graveyard.
Card Destruction-Same thing as the above.
Card Trooper-It does thin your deck and become a little beatstick but really hurts the deck by throwing away combo pieces.
Crystal Abundance-It could win you the game, but in a deck with enough situational cards, this was one too many.
There are others, but I am just too tired to type them all up right now. Mad props go out to Albert from Elk Grove California who gave me the idea for the deck and showing me that even in tag team you can summon Rainbow Neos for the win.
If you want to get ahold of me raptor1k@hotmail.com is where I'll be. Don't forget I have my Card Contest still going. Details are in my Articles Section. It's getting close to the deadline, so send in those cards!
Thanx for Reading!



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