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YGOmaster's Zone
State of the Game And Ways To Counter It
December 15
, 2006

Welcome to my very first article on this site.  I hope you enjoy the articles that I will post.  This time I will be going over our Metagame and ways we can counter it. 
 
Our Metagame is pretty good right now, much better than the last format's Chaos Return.  This format has opened up new possibilities, like Chimeratech Over Dragon, Dark World, Warrior Toolbox, Monarch with Sacred Phoenix of Nephythys (otherwise known as Jumper), and many other unique decks that we didn't' have last time.  So, what is wrong with this format? 
 
Every format has a Cookie-Cutter.  You can't stop that from happening, because there will always be something better.  Fortunately, people don't see all the ways to counter.  Nothing can't be countered in this game, and there will always be a deck that is called Anti-Meta deck. 
 
Monarchs are reigning supreme in this format.  You can see that from looking at the last Shonen Jump Championship decklists on Metagame.Com.  Those are the new Cookie-Cutters for the format.  They do have more weaknesses than people like to think though...
 
1.  Their Engine (Apprentice Magician)
They run this over Mystic Tomato or other recruiters because of the cards you can get out of it.  Flip Effect Monsters like Old Vindictive Magician or Magician of Faith can be used to get advantage, and then as tribute fodder for their Monarchs (mainly Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch or Zaborg the Thunder Monarch).  But, most of their cards go into Face-Down Position, leaving them completely vunderable for Mystic Swordsman LV2, Hydrogeddon, or even Sasuke Samurai.
 
2.  The Speed of the Deck
The average Monarch deck is very slow.  A high powered Aggro deck can easily run through it.  Many people have seen that, and are now packing triple Sakuretsu Armors, along with the other standard defensive trap; Ring of Destruction and Mirror Force.  Traps can be countered with cards like Royal Decree, Jinzo, and even Mobius the Frost Monarch, so why not run those?  My Body As A Shield will also protect you from their Monster Removal cards like Old Vindictive Magician, Zaborg the Thunder Monarch, Smashing Ground, Sakuretsu Armor, Mirror Force, etc.
 
3.  The Monsters
On average, most people will only run Breaker the Magical Warrior, D.D. Warrior Lady, and Monarch of their choice as a decent attack beater.  Enemy Controller and Book of Moon usually can kill them when followed up with a Cyber Dragon or Hydrogeddon.  So, those are pretty good cards to be included in the Anti-Meta Deck. 
 
With all that being said, it looks like many of those cards are Warriors, so why not run a pair of Reinforcements of the Army?  Those should be included in the deck so you can get to your killer beasts waiting to trample your opponent.  Let's look at the new Anti-Meta Deck!
 
Monsters:  22
 
3 Hydrogeddon
3 Cyber Dragon
2 Mystic Swordsman LV2
2 Mystic Tomato
2 Exiled Force
1 Sangan
1 Newdoria
1 Jinzo
1 Breaker the Magical Warrior
1 Spirit Reaper
1 Sangan
1 Don Zaloog
1 D.D. Warrior Lady
1 D.D. Assailant
1 Cyber Stein
 
Spells:  17
 
2 Smashing Ground
2 Enemy Controller
2 My Body As A Shield
2 Reinforcement of the Army
2 Rush Recklessly
1 Confiscation
1 Pot of Avarice
1 Premature Burial
1 Heavy Storm
1 Nobleman of Crossout
1 Book of Moon
1 Graceful Charity
 
Traps: 5
 
2 Royal Decree
1 Ring of Destruction
1 Mirror Force
1 Torrential Tribute
 
There's the deck.  It is aggressive, but it tries not to over-extend.  Never over-extend with the deck, because your opponent can grab control of your hold over the game.  This deck can counter Monarchs, Burn, Stein, and other decks with the selected cards.  It is extremely efficient, and could be the new Anti-Meta deck for the remainder of the format.  I hope you like the deck, and my first article on the site.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please email me at zbarvian@comcast.net.  I will also take original deck ideas to put on the site.  Thanks for reading.
 
This is YGOmaster, signing off.



 


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