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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.
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
- 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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