The new Samurai Counter Gathering Combo Making Game Winning card is better than I thought. It easily comes into the 2 empty spots that were used to be Gateways.
I open with something like this A LOT just now :
Shien's Dojo, RoTA equivalent, another random Samurai. This is basically makes a Shi En.
Encounter this random situation this afternoon, Nick spammed the field into 5 monsters and attack into Marshmallon. And he lost because he decked-out about 10 turns later. Without synchro summoning into something, the guy have no way of beating my Marshmallon (pulled Dark Hole when I had Bribe). Funny thing is he had 2 Gateways up.
Lam took a look and was like, why not just Exceed into Aspiring Emperor Hope ... We were like ... Oh!