Rerouting: Scrapfoes

Loukas Peterson

10/12/2016 11:00:00 AM

The Scraps are a hodge-podge of monster types, but they're all Earth attribute. When I look at Scrap Golem, I see a refrigerator, not a rock. You can search Scrap Goblin with Fire Formation - Tenki, and yes I've done it before. Scrap Worm is one of the few Insect Tuners, so, yeah, nothing makes sense anymore.

Today's contributor writes from Oshkosh Wisconsin, just a few hours north of yours truly.

Hello Loukas,

First off, I just want to tell you that I hate PSY-Framelord Omega. So if, by the grace of whatever higher power you believe in, you choose this deck for Rerouting, please do not include it.

That being said, my name is Derick S. and I am from Oshkosh Wisconsin. The deck I have for you is something I like to call "Scrap Metal". Thanks to my best friend, Chris (someone I know you're highly familiar with), I was able to combine one of my favorite themes with a new pendulum archetype. This deck is Scrap and Metalfoes combined.

I really like this deck because the Metalfoes work well triggering Scrap Factory's Special Summon effect. The one card in this deck that really comes out of nowhere is Beautunaful Princess. It really helps get the Scrap Factory and Scrap Shark combo going.

-Derick S. ~ Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Derick's truly a gentleman after my own heart: “Basically, use everything you have to make boss fields and win the game.” It's almost as brilliant as saying “Beat your opponents before they beat you.”

Take a look at his deck list, packing some of the ugliest fish known around these parts.

    Scrapfoes Ver 1.0 Derick S.    
Main Deck
Side Deck
3 Beautunaful Princess
1 Foucault's Cannon
3 Metalfoes Goldriver
1 Metalfoes Silverd
2 Metalfoes Steelen
3 Metalfoes Volflame
2 Scrap Beast
2 Scrap Goblin
3 Scrap Golem
3 Scrap Shark
Monsters [23]
2 Instant Fusion
1 Metalfoes Fusion
1 One for One
1 Soul Charge
3 Summoner's Art
3 Terraforming
Spells [11]
2 Call of the Haunted
1 Metalfoes Combination
1 Metalfoes Counter
3 Scrap Factory
Traps [7]
Deck Total [41]


1 Clear Wing Synchro Dragon
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Elder Entity Norden
2 Metalfoes Adamante
1 Metalfoes Orichalc
1 Nirvana High Paladin
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
1 Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend
3 Scrap Dragon
2 Scrap Twin Dragon
Extra Deck [15]

I'll try not to scrap the deck too much or drag on about too many crazy combos. I'd keep going, but I'm already out of wordplays.

The phrase “well-known” is subjective depending on your circle of involvement, so I should say the most popular combo for the Scrap theme, ever since Scrap Factory was released, involved Scrap Shark. It's the ugliest thing I've ever witnessed, and I say that having seen Doug “My Girlfriend Cares More About Your Broken Neck Than I Do” Zeeff throw a tantrum over cheese.

You Summon Scrap Shark via Normal Summon or Beautunaful Princess, activate Scrap Factory, and watch Scrap Shark explode. Looking at its face, its effect probably works the way it does because it's so ashamed to be in the presence of another sentient creature. Scrap Shark will send a Scrap Tuner to the graveyard while Factory Special Summons Scrap Golem, which in turn gets to Special Summon a Tuner of Level 1 to Level 4, depending on how you stack your deck.

I've often seen Scrap Shark yard a Scrap Beast for Scrap Twin Dragon. With Scrap Factory that's a 3200 ATK Level 9 behemoth that really puts your opponent on a clock. They absolutely have to destroy it, or they'll lose the game in short order.

Looking at Derick's deck, his options for Turn 1 come out to be Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend, Scrap Dragon, and Scrap Twin Dragon. Sadly, there are too many other rock solid options for first turn boss plays. PSY-Framelord Omega would be underwhelming, Void Ogre Dragon and Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon can't be made here, while Stardust Spark Dragon isn't a very good fit for most competitive metagames at the moment. Since Scrap Golem can't revive Scrap Soldier, any plan of an easy Ultimaya Tzolkin is out the window.

 Painful Decision
Painful Decision122448
Set 2016 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP16-EN151
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

Send 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from your Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, add 1 monster with the same name as that card from your Deck to your hand. You can only activate 1 "Painful Decision" per turn.

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But despite the crazy lack of space, I wanted to to put it in because I hate myself and like making things hard when they don't need to be. I'm still mad about Scrap Golem's inability to revive Scrap Soldier, but Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow fills in for the Level 5 Tuner quite well. With a clear field, it's easy tribute fodder for Scrap Golem in a pinch or it can make Ultimaya Tzolkin once Scrap Factory does its thing. With a spare Scrap Shark, it's a Level 9 Synchro, and the Tokens are easy targets for Scrap Dragon, Metalfoes Pendulums, and Metalfoes Fusion!

Adding Gofu didn't make all my problems disappear, and Derick's explained in his email that “the main point of the deck is to get Level 8 Synchros and Rank 4 Xyz.” I'm not so sure I follow because combined, those figures comprise less than half of the Extra Deck, and I'm counting the segue card of Number 39: Utopia and all three copies of Scrap Dragon in that calculation. Furthermore, Scrap Chimera was nowhere to be found, which is by far the easiest way to make both aforementioned groups of monsters.

I wish Jason would let me write in memes because I have tons of goodies perfect for this paragraph.

I Despise Tuna: On My Plate And On My Field
Actually, I really like tuna and Beautunaful Princess is one of my favorite cards, but writing these taglines is hard, ok? Doug makes fun of me for half of them… Anyway, let's move onto the Princess.

Ideally, with seven ways to see Scrap Shark and six copies of Scrap Factory, you'll open the game with your main combo more than half the time. Feeling all nice about yourself, you'll end your turn with a Scrap Twin Dragon which your opponent promptly tributes for Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju.

Hopefully that never happens, but my point is that Scrap Factory's your best friend - not Scrap Shark. In fact, Scrap Shark's pretty horrible most of the time and useless outside of situations where you fetch it with a destroyed Scrap monster or you use it to trigger Scrap Factory. Beautunaful Princess is adding to those woes. With Metalfoes giving you more chances to blow up a Scrap and thus trigger Factory, I'd remove the Princesses altogether in favor of Scrapyard.

Scrapyard searches out Scrap Beast, Scrap Goblin, and the surprisingly important Scrap Orthros. The ratios are going to wind up being a Little Different, but a Scrapyard and a Metalfoes monster is just as good as a Scrapshark when you're looking to make a play with Factory, and a million times better in every other situation.

I was really surprised to find in testing that I often didn't have anything good to grab back when I repeatedly destroyed my own Scrap Beasts. I did toy around with Scrap Chimera, but since its effect only activates upon Normal Summon it didn't help that much on Turn 1. That said, I kept one copy thanks to Shark's yarding ability. Scrapstorm, sadly, was extremely redundant with the Metalfoes cards and I realized that getting the deck to 40 cards was like trying to park an SUV in a shoebox.

The more I played around with the build, the more I really didn't like going first unless I could open up with a relatively rare play like Gofu into Tzolkin. The Scrap Synchros don't facilitate any Turn 1 combos because they require your opponent to have cards to get rid of and have to be destroyed by them. That ruled out popping your own Synchros on Turn 1 for crazy plays, and likewise eliminated the idea of destroying set Metalfoes spells and traps.

 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon117941
Set Shining Victories
Number SHVI-EN049
Level 8
Type Synchro/Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute WIND 
A / D 3000 / 2500
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner Synchro Monsters
Once per turn, during either player's turn, when another monster's effect is activated: You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that monster, and if you do that, this card gains ATK equal to the destroyed monster's original ATK until the end of this turn. If this card battles a Level 5 or higher monster your opponent controls, during damage calculation: This card gains ATK equal to the current ATK of the opponent's monster it is battling during that damage calculation only.

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At the risk of just playing triplicates of everything and relying on cards like Into The Void and Supply Squad, you'll have to find a middle ground given your matchup. At one point I tried to abuse Scrap Lube, and I even tried Quill Pen of Gulldos with Wind monsters. I started with Fire Formation - Tenki and Reborn Tengu, and before you knew it I was crying in a corner holding three copies each of Empowerment and Vendtra, the Powered Warrior, suddenly having eaten my way halfway through a carton of froyo.

Another day, another deck fix.

-3 Beautunaful Princess
-1 Scrap Goblin
-1 Metalfoes Volflame
-1 Metalfoes Goldriver
-1 Foucault's Cannon
-3 Summoner's Art
-1 One for One
-2 Call Of The Haunted

-1 Clear Wing Synchro Dragon
-1 Daigusto Emeral
-1 Metalfoes Adamante
-1 Metalfoes Orichalc
-1 Scrap Dragon

+1 Scrap Orthros
+1 Scrap Chimera
+1 Scrap Searcher
+3 Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow
+1 Metalfoes Silverd
+3 Scrapyard
+2 Painful Decision

+1 Ultimaya Tzolkin
+1 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
+1 Metalfoes Crimsonite
+1 Cloudcastle
+1 Phantom Fortress Enterblathnir

I'm really partial to Scrap Searcher since you can Summon it to your opponent's side of the field to pop all their monsters via Scrap Golem, or you can give them a Scrap Goblin and just punch it in the face until your opponent's out of Life Points. The deck's also viable if you take out all the fun cards, but it's a bit nauseating to consistently open up with three or more Metalfoes.

    Scrapfoes Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
Main Deck
Side Deck
3 Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow
2 Metalfoes Goldriver
2 Metalfoes Silverd
2 Metalfoes Steelen
2 Metalfoes Volflame
2 Scrap Beast
1 Scrap Chimera
1 Scrap Goblin
3 Scrap Golem
1 Scrap Orthros
1 Scrap Searcher
3 Scrap Shark
Monsters [23]
2 Instant Fusion
1 Metalfoes Fusion
2 Painful Decision
3 Scrapyard
1 Soul Charge
3 Terraforming
Spells [12]
1 Metalfoes Combination
1 Metalfoes Counter
3 Scrap Factory
Traps [5]
Deck Total [40]


1 Cloudcastle
1 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
1 Elder Entity Norden
1 Metalfoes Adamante
1 Metalfoes Crimsonite
1 Nirvana High Paladin
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
1 Phantom Fortress Enterblathnir
1 Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend
2 Scrap Dragon
2 Scrap Twin Dragon
1 Ultimaya Tzolkin
Extra Deck [15]

Cloudcastle may look like a direct route to Photon Fortress Enterblathnir, but it doesn't negate your revived monster's effect. Scrap Twin Dragon's free to wreak havoc, and you can even keep Cloudcastle on the field as a buffer for attacks.

I'd forgotten how much fun it was to play Scraps until I finally pieced this deck together again. Nothing here is very expensive at the moment, and it's extremely satisfying to smack someone with Nirvana High Paladin.

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!

-Loukas Peterson

Loukas “Edelbae4Lyfe” Peterson moved back to the cold and desolate North to fulfill his dream as a popsicle in Madison, Wisconsin where he's earned the honor of Employee of the Century at his basket-weaving job. When he's not getting lost walking to the grocery store, his days are spent shaking his fist in the direction of Konami's North American headquarters demanding Fabled support or an archetype based around rainbow flags. In his spare time, Loukas enjoys yelling at happy people on the street that they “have it too good” and bursting into strangers' houses to turn off lights they foolishly left on.

Do you love winning with unconventional strategies? Do you love creating mash-ups? Does your deck need an injection of crazy? Send the following to to have your deck featured in the “Re-Routing” deck fix column!

-Your Main and Extra Deck list. (No Side Deck needed, but please send a written deck list, not a screencap; screencapped deck lists will be filed and then burned in the furnace accordingly… and your deck should be TCG legal).

-Your name and city.

-Remember, please use full card names! Abbrevs and mis-sipllngs make Loukas' life sad. Try your darndest to get the TCG name on there.

-A paragraph or two describing your deck: what it does, why you're playing it, and its strengths and weaknesses. “Winning” is not a strategy per se, and neither is “beating your opponents before they beat you.”

-Your favorite card from the build and why – make me fall in love with the deck! The cooler your strategy the more I'll want to fix it, and if you throw in funny jokes, that'll surely get my attention too; be warned, unfunny jokes will push your deck to the back of the stack. Don't be afraid to get creative! New stuff takes priority, because I'm not bored of it yet! -LJP

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