Monday, November 7, 2011

Shi-En Saber deck

Last Saturday I added Elder of Six Samurai into my Saber deck since I thought I needed Shi-En's presence to maintain control without Brionac and Trishula. It end up doing very very well so I left it in there after re-building my deck this afternoon.

I now see why Agents play Elder, it wasn't just Shi-En. Of cause, Shi-En was the main reason people are playing it but there is more to it than just that.

1. This acts like a mini Tourguide for us OCG guys. We always have problem going to rank 3 cause there aren't many good level 3 that supports exceeds. Since there are tons of level 3 in Sabers, I can make Leviair or Revise Dragon easily (not as brainless as Tourguide, but still very easy); well, Special Elder, summon Venus; 2900 Revise is very good for me.

2. Shi-En is good, although this deck can't do a 1st turn Shi-En, its still very viable. Bottomless is useless against Shi-En and the cards use to make Shi-En are under 1500. My main point of playing Shi-En was that the chances of seeing Warning was 1/3 in team tourney, and thats IF my opponent can draw into it. But still, I rather they Solemn Shi-En than Emergency Call any day.

3. Another tech I come to love is Creature Swap, since thats how I plan to take out Krystia and Hyperion, by not taking them out. Just swap that dead Elder if you don't have Darksoul or Emmersblade.

After that tourney, I played a couple duels with a duelist from Melacca with Rabbit Laggia, note that this wasn't his tourney deck, so it has a full set of staples while I did not have Judgment, Dark Hole, Reborn and Mirror Force (although I've decided not to play Mirror Force now).

The results was something close to 50-50, all of my lost was to 1st turn Laggia backed with 3~4 back rows. Creature Swap was super fun, as it forces Raggia to negate it. My opponent also noted how annoying my Creature Swap was and Shi-En actually won me a few games.

I guess me buying Shi-En last weekend was not a fail investment, well, its just rm20 or 6~7 USD. I could care less.

Found out why I lost to Doppel yesterday, my deck was too defensive in nature and too dependent on combos. That and the simple fact that I totally did not took Junk Doppel into consideration when building my side deck.

I took out my Maxx C's for Snowman Eaters, which was a mistake as my deck doesn't really have a bad match up against BF and the Rabbit Raggia's can't go full force as they need a lot of staples (as mentioned by my opponent). I even have 2 copies of Malevolent Catastrophe in my side for Dimension Raggia and Keepers, but I've totally forgot about Starlight Road. Bad side boarding on my side, maybe because I wasn't playing competitively since school started.

Well, next weekend (or maybe this), we have another large tourney at Sungei Wang. I'll try to make it if my tome allows it.

Decklist for my Shi-En Saber or just X-saber featuring Shi-En.

monster (20):

3 XX-saber Darksoul
3 XX-saber Emmersblade
2 XX-saber Boggard Knight
2 XX-saber Fullhelm Knight
2 XX-saber Faultroll
2 X-saber Pashuul
1 X-saber Airbellum
1 XX-saber Regigura
2 Elder of the Six Samurai
2 Effect Veiler

spell (11):

2 Pot of Duality
2 Mystic Space Typhoon
2 Creature Swap
1 Mind Control
1 Monster Reborn
1 Dark Hole
1 Heavy Storm
1 Book of Moon

trap (10):

2 Gottom's Emergency Call
2 Bottomless Trap Hole
2 Solemn Warning
1 Solemn Judgment
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Trap Dustshoot
1 Reinforce Truth

extra (15):

1 Trishula Ice Barrier Dragon
1 XX-saber Gottoms
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 X-saber Urbellum (Souza if non-Asian tourneys)
2 XX-saber Hyunlei
1 Brionac Ice Barrier Dragon
1 AOJ Catastor
1 Legendary Six Samurai Shi-En
1 Number 39 Aspiring Emperor Hope
1 Number 17 Revise Dragon
1 Leviair the Sea Dragon
1 Gachi Gachi Gantetsu

Reason for me running Gantetsu with just 2 level 2 is :

1. I have Reborn, Mind Control and Creature Swap; and the meta is full of level 2s at the moment.

2. I have Maxx Cs in my side, and in desperate times, I may need it to stall for a few turns or for an extra boost.

3. Cause all I really need in my extra was those other 14 cards. I was debating between this and Chimera Fortress, but I don't really see a lot of machines running around as of late.


Josh Lowe said...

Any reason you're not using Naturia Beast or Barkion?

Zombie JFK said...

What he ^ said. Also, no Reinforce Truth? Stops OTK plus fairly consistent chance at SS elder, SS pashuul, synchro for Shi En and still have your normal summon? Yes please.

I love the Creature Swap though, IMO it's one of the best (if not the best overall) outs to Kristya this format. I also think I'd main Maxx "C" over Veiler this format.

Heavy shit eater said...

i would use 1 veiler, 2 maxxC, 1 elder. or either drop that veiler to include 3rd MST, since people are playing dimensional rabbit, wich hurts u a lot.

LGQ said...

@Josh : mainly cause they aren't allowed in official tourneys over here.

@JFK : Its in there, I just forgot to type it, my bad. Edited*

@Heavy Shit Eater : Maxx C is really dead here, there is no deck that constantly special summons aside from Doppel (which isn't the top deck anymore), I haven't seen much Laggia too but I'll consider the 3rd MST, Thanks.

Thanks for the reply guys!

MQU88 said...

i made a similar deck and everyone laughed at the idea of pulling shi en out outside of Sams it is honestly a legitimate threat.

LGQ said...

Shi-En is the only reason samurai is good, I don't see anything wrong with running a very good boss monster if your deck allows it. :)

Zombie JFK said...

No real reason for the third MST. In fact, you could probably get away with one. There's what Hyunlei is for. xD

Ariko said...

I used a build like that for my national last year and went 50.
Something that I find great with adding Elder is to bring back an old X-saber card: RotA.
With Elder you can choose to get a non tuner monster wich was previously unenable.
You are so lucky for having the right to put Souza in Extra!

And last thing, creature swap on Darksoul isn't that great like he doesn't trigger.

LGQ said...

@Ariko : Oh? DS doesn't trigger? Dont really understand that, can you explain a bit.

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Heavy shit eater said...

@Zombie JFK: if ur opp has a face up Laggia and a DFissure, u wont get rid of both using hyunlei, since it would be negated by Laggia and the monsters used for Hyunlei would go to grave and Gottoms E Call will be useless.
so, IMO, maining 3 MST is a must in this deck.

Ariko said...

It's written in his effect:
"During the End Phase, if this card was sent from YOUR side of the field to your Graveyard this turn..."

LGQ said...

@Ariko : Oh! Never notice the YOUR word. thanks man, appreciate that

Zombie JFK said...

@Heavy, so you're saying that one deck is a reason to main triple MST? Thanks but no thanks. Main one, maybe two. Side the others.