Thursday, 18 May 2017

Post-COTD Paleozoics

A Toadally Awesome deck.

============ Main Deck : 60 ============
Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow x1
Fairy Tail - Snow x2
Trickstar Candina x3
Dandylion x2
Swap Frog x3
Ronintoadin x2
Dupe Frog x2
Absolute King Back Jack x3
The Grass Looks Greener x3
Pot of Desires x2
Card of Demise x3
Paleozoic Leanchoilia x3
Trickstar Reincarnation x3
Paleozoic Pikaia x3
Paleozoic Olenoides x3
Reckless Greed x3
Paleozoic Dinomischus x3
Fiend Griefing x3
Paleozoic Marrella x3
Paleozoic Canadia x3
Vanity's Emptiness x1
Anti-Spell Fragrance x3
Imperial Order x1
Solemn Judgment x1
Solemn Warning x1
============ Extra Deck : 10 ============
Number S39: Utopia the Lightning x1
Number 39: Utopia x1
Bujintei Tsukuyomi x1
Paleozoic Anomalocaris x3
Toadally Awesome x1
Paleozoic Opabinia x3
============ Side Deck : 2 ============
Farfa, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss x1
Tour Bus From the Underworld x1


Taking a page from the TCG players, OCG players started playing Paleozoics using That Grass is Greener and Absolute King Back Jack.

Code of the Duelist gave Paleozoic players a gift - Heavy Dust Storm.

Being a trap, it is loved by the trap-based Paloezoics deck, and is in the perfect position to replace Twin Twisters. Capable of clearing floodgates and traps with no cost in card economics. The recent Rank 2 monster, Phantom Knight of Cursed Javelin also gave them an out to problematic cards for the deck, cards such as Jinzo and Denko Sekka. It can be accessed via the Frog engine, which is another reason why the engine can't be neglected. Number 45: Crumble Logos is another option.

The Frog engine also works fine with the milling engine of the deck. While milling your Frog the Jam instead of having it in hand is a sad thing, stacking your graveyard with targets for Roadintoadin to banish and be revived is a sound strategy too.

Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow is practically staple in the current format. It is a one-card Link Monster on its own. Maxx "C" may not be as useful as before, but it can normal summoned for an Xyz Summon, since it is coincidentally Level 2 too.

Just note that you are obligated to return the Limited copy of Toadally Awesome back to your Extra Deck with its own effect in order to be able to keep re-using it over the course of the entire duel.

I enjoy the Trickstar engine. It can be improved on by adding the Level 2 Trickstar Lilybell. More cards can be added, such as the field spell Trickstar Lightstage to turbo Trickstar Lilybell out. However it carries the risk of taking up valueable space, making That Grass Looks Greener mill cards that would otherwise profit by being in the graveyard.

Ygopro has not been updated and hence I could not get Link monsters into the deck screenshot. The Extra Deck will be quite standard probably. The best of the best for Rank 2s, a Rank 4 or two, and staple Link Monsters:
  • Link Spider x 2 
  • Missus Raidant
  • Decode Talker


The greatest threat to the deck is still Ghost Ash and Joyous Spring, which stops the main engine of the deck. Also, watch out for the occasional Macro Cosmos and even Skull Invitation from rouge decks, waiting to chain to your That Grass Looks Greener.

Collector Pack also introduced another useful Rank 2 for Paleozoic decks to abuse -  Number 29: Mannequin Cat. It will be useful in Mirror Matches and may ultimately shine when a similar-attribute deck emerges.

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