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Kurbioh Kung-Fu!

June 16, 2008

I Fling My Furry Fiend Friend at You!
One day I was sitting at my computer thinking of what to write for an article. Well, actually I was bored and wanted to do something constructive now that school is out for me. So I set myself a challenge. Make a competitive deck using Kuriboh. And Yes, I collected all of the copies of Kuriboh that I could, so I guess I am a Kuriboh fan. D.D. Crow and Honest have both proven that discard from hand effects to get effect are very powerful. I just wish that they would make Kuriboh's effect like Waboku, but there yah go. Anyway how many times have you wished to have a Kuriboh in hand to block some damage because you had game next turn? At least 40 for me.
Basically this deck is designed to control damage to you with Kuriboh and Winged Kuriboh and then blast out a Sky Scourge Norleras to take out ALL of your opponent's resources. Sound fun? I thought it might. There is nothing sweeter than hearing an opponent say "I lost because of Kuriboh". That will certainly get you a feature at a Shonen Jump.
Kuriboh Karate Chaos!
3x Sky Scourge Norleras
3x Caius the Shadow Monarch

3x Winged Kuriboh
3x Kuriboh
3x Arcana Force XIV-Temperance
2x Mask of Darkness
1x Phantom of Chaos
1x Sangan
1x Morphing Jar
3x Flute of Summoning Kuriboh
1x Brain Control
1x Heavy Storm
1x Mystical Space Typhoon
1x Giant Trunade
1x Monster Reincarnation
1x Monster Reborn
1x Premature Burial
1x Swords of Revealing Light
3x Reckless Greed
3x Threatening Roar
1x Mirror Force
1x Torrential Tribute
1x Return from the Different Dimension
1x Crush Card Virus
Kuribohs! Unite into the Super Mega Ultra-Zord!
Pretty scary huh? Fortunately for Norleras to be summoned we only need 1 LIGHT Fairy and 2 DARK Fiends. You will notice that we only have 6 Light Fairies in the deck, but since we only need one, 6 seems like an overkill. The rest of the deck (minus Morphing Jar) in terms of monsters are DARK Fiend types. This makes it relatively easy to get 2 DARK Fiends into the graveyard. Here is a list of the monster lineup and why they are in there.
Sky Scourge Norleras-This is easily one of the most under looked cards in Yu-Gi-Oh!. The most powerful card in the game is Chaos Emperor Dragon, and they brought it back at 3 after it was banned in this version. Except that it is BETTER! Norleras lets you draw a card, whereas CED only did burn damage. Often that burn meant game, but sometimes your opponent just topdecked better than you, and won because you cleared the field. At least with Norleras, you have a leg up on the competition, drawing your ways to win the game already.  
Caius the Shadow Monarch-Also a very underrated card, the best Monarch monster not only gives this fluffy deck some teeth, it is also a DARK Fiend, allowing him to be Norleras fodder. He is also easy to get to the field with Flute of Summoning Kuriboh, allowing you to either send Kuriboh or Winged Kuriboh to the graveyard by tribute, whichever you need for Norleras. Then you can remove a card on the opponent's field, inflicting 1000 damage if it is a DARK.
Kuriboh and Winged Kuriboh-These guys are the enablers of the deck, stalling for time, being Tributed or even going aggro in some situations. They can be Special Summoned by the Flute of Summoning Kuriboh and even be Norleras fodder. not much to say about these guys except that girls find them cute, so a crowd of lady duelists will follow you everywhere if you play these guys.
Arcana Force XIV- Temperance- WTF!? WHat is an Arcana Force monster doing in a Kuriboh deck? Well it's simple. It has the same battle damage reducing effect of Kuriboh, only it is a LIGHT Fairy. Wait! Norleras needs LIGHT Fairies to be Special Summoned! Bingo. He also has 2400 ATK, making him have some teeth if you need to emergency summon him, unike Kuriboh himself, who only has 300 ATK. His effect can also be useful, halving battle damage, but it could go badly if you miss the coin toss, so use with extreme caution.
Mask of Darkness-This guy is not only a DARK Fiend he absorbs an attack AND gets you a Trap from the graveyard. Since our major draw engine is Reckless Greed, this guy can easily mean that you get two more draws when you need them, or that extra special Crush Card Virus right when you need it. He is also a target for Crush as well. He can also get back Threatening Roar to stall for your next turn, or even Mirror Force or Torrential Tribute.
Phantom of Chaos-This guy is in here almost for the sole purpose of copying Norleras. He is also Norleras fodder, and can copy Temperance or Caius for a monster take down, AND can be Crush Carded. I almost included 3 copies, until I realized that he would detract from Norleras too much.
Sangan-Well this guy is a no brainer. Crush Card and Norleras fodder as well as searching out a Kuriboh, Mask of Darkness, Phantom of Chaos or Winged Kuriboh when you need it. I would play him in 3's if I could.
Morphing Jar-The only card that does not contribute to Norleras directly by being fodder for it. This guy is in here simply because both Norleras and Kuriboh deplete your hand quickly. This guy fills it back up again.
Even Ninja Gaiden Uses Magic!
The Spell lineup is pretty straightforward. There are 3 cards that I want to go over, so bear with me through another list.
Flute of Summoning Kuriboh-This card takes the place in this deck of the slot that Reinforcements of the Army does in otger decks. It will get you a Winged Kuriboh OR Kuriboh to your hand OR Field. Is that not a great deal? Not to mention it is a quickplay, so it can be chained to Heavy Storm and other destruction effects. This will get you the Kuriboh for every situation, where you need it.
Giant Trunade-This card will get your opponent's card off of the field, where a timely Solemn Judgment can take your entire field apart. This clears it all for Norleras, and unlike Demise, King of Armageddon, Norleras will discard your opponent's hand so those cards are gonna get destroyed anyway. It can also be used in cute combos to reuse Swords of Revealing Light and Premature Burial.
Monster Reincarnation-This lets you get back a fallen Norleras for use as well as adding requisite monsters to the graveyard for Norleras' summon. You can get back any monster too, so Caius, Mask of Darkness and any other monster in the graveyard are valuable targets. You may also wish to include Foolish Burial to combo with this card, so as to get out Norleras that much quicker.
Hahahahaha! I Set a Trap For You!
The most interesting thing about this deck is probably the monster lineup, but the Trap cards are just as intersting. They either further the purpose of the deck, or dig to get the right options that you have to get to.
Threatening Roar-Well here is a staple in this format. This keeps your monsters alive to be Tributed for Caius or just to block an attack that would damage you too much. It also shuts down DAD and Gladiators form dealing massive damage and tagging out. Even Lightsworn decks groan when they see this card, as it stalls and drops more of their cards to the graveyard, closer to a deck out.
Reckless Greed-I first thought of this card in Matt Peddle's Article on Metagame.com about Edgar Flores using it to give his deck some draw power when there normally isn't draw power involved. The same goes for Kuriboh. I would love there to be a Kuriboh discard/draw spell, but we don't have one, so this will have to do. It can also be chained, so that a Mystical SPace Typhoon is useless, and you have one less turn of not drawing than if you manually activate it.
Mirror Force-Many decks are dropping their copies of Mirror Force, and I don't know why. It isn't chainable, but if it is not in the graveyard, it gives your opponent some pause before attacking. Since every other Trap is either chainable or easily activated, they will think twice about destroying a card randomly. This makes Mirror Force even more potent as they are not expecting it.
Return From the Different Dimension-This is the win condition of the deck. You will always be able to chain it, as the cost is negligible and it can get a swarm of Caius, Kuribohs and Temperance to take out your opponent's lifepoints. This card is easily the best draw off of Norleras' effect, usually getting you the win or massive damage on the next turn. it can also be reused with Mask of Darkness for even more damage and mayhem.
Crush Card Virus-Why not include the best card in the game when there are 7 targets in the deck. It will let you gather info about when the best time to summon Norleras is, as well as getting rid of potential attackers and getting you a DARK Fiend in the graveyard with it's cost. It comboes well with Flute of Summoning Kuriboh as well as Return, as likely you will have a target or two from it's activation. Like I said the only reason this card is not in every deck is because not everyone has one.
It's Gonna Be a Bumpy Ride!
As with every deck, this one had vulnerabilities. Most noticeable are it's lack of High ATK monster to beat down the opponent. Also an activation of Deck Devastation Virus will leave you reeling. An overly aggressive deck like Gladiator Beasts could easily smash through your defenses by overextension. Also Shadow Imprisoning Mirror will ruin your day, another reason for the inclusion of Giant Trunade in the deck.
On the plus side, Crush Card Virus, DAD, Judgment Dragon and pretty much every deck out there will be very surprised by this deck. With most every Trap and Spell you are setting being chainable to draw you cards or stop an attack, you are sitting pretty after the activation of these effects. And every deck likes having a hand, so Norleras' destruction effect will make it very easy to disrupt whatever your opponent had going for them before the activation.
Bad draws are this deck's Achilles Heel. A hand full of Kuriboh doesn't do anyone good, neither does a hand full of Norleras, Caius and Temperance. Hopefully the stall cards as well as Reckless Greed will help  to mitigate these bad hands.
You could also change the deck to be more focused on the DARK aspect, with Norleras as a backup to DAD. you can even use DDR- Different Dimension Reincarnation to get back removed form play monsters. The other Sky Scourge monsters of Invicil and Enrise can benefit from this deck. You can even include Honest from LODT to give your WInged Kuribohs and Temperance some major teeth as well as get easy LIGHT Fairies in the graveyard. This deck is easily customizeable and rather cheap except for Crush Card Virus. You can even replace Crush Card with Trap Dustshoot, which works nearly as well. Test it out, you may like what you get...
That's all for today folks. You can reach me at raptor1k@hotmail.com by putting the word YUGIOH in your subject line, otherwise I might not get it. Test hard and play harder.
Thanx for reading!



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