Rerouting: The Pilica Chronicles Volume 6

Loukas Peterson

11/16/2016 11:00:00 AM
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I remember how excited I was when Pilica, Descendant of Gusto came out. Even though I can't remember how to spell Descendant without looking it up, I've never given up on the card. To boot, Pilica has a neat story line as told through card art that essentially sees her feeding Ritual Beast Rampengu a moderate amount of steroids. I just really, really like both of those monsters, and I can't say that I didn't shed a tear when I first saw wee baby Rampengu crying in the background of El Shaddoll Fusion.

Moving on, I have a reason to write about Gustos once again and I couldn't be more excited! Hailing from Jakarta, Indonesia, Kevin W. writes…

I had a lot of fun when Gusto's debuted; Creature Swapping for so many pluses is awesome. At the time, the Gusto "when… you can..." effects weren't as abusable since they could miss timing. Thankfully, they're a lot better with Metalfoes!

The game plan is to have Shrine of Mist Valley, Metalfoes, and a Gusto -- preferably Gulldo or Falco -- and pop the Gusto so both their abilities will trigger along with Shrine of Mist Valley's effect. Emergency Teleport's very useful since Pilica can immediately Salvage something to Xyz or Synchro, and even better since its summon restrictions can still give you access to Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon.

My favorite card here would be Caam, since she's so useful recycling Gustos it ensures that you always have Gustos around to target with your most important effects.

-Kevin W. from Jakarta, Indonesia

The Metalfoes are wonderful - it's like the Magician pendulums all over again, injecting mediocre decks to competitive playability with key nuances. I wrote about Gustos as a theme almost three years ago, dissapointed at how slow the deck could be. No longer are we Gusto enthusiasts forced to wait around for something to happen. The Metalfoes make it happen. Check out Kevin's deck:

    Pilica Metalfoes Ver 1.0 Kevin W.    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Caam, Serenity of Gusto
2 Gusto Egul
2 Gusto Falco
3 Gusto Gulldo
1 Majespecter Raccoon - Bunbuku
1 Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin
2 Metalfoes Goldriver
2 Metalfoes Silverd
2 Metalfoes Steelen
2 Pilica, Descendant of Gusto
2 Winda, Priestess of Gusto
Monsters [21]
2 Creature Swap
1 Emergency Teleport
2 Metalfoes Fusion
2 Painful Decision
1 Raigeki
2 Shrine of Mist Valley
3 Terraforming
Spells [13]
2 Icarus Attack
2 Metalfoes Counter
2 Solemn Strike
Traps [6]
Deck Total [40]

EXTRA DECK

1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Clear Wing Synchro Dragon
1 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Daigusto Gulldos
1 Daigusto Sphreez
1 Lightning Chidori
1 Metalfoes Adamante
1 Metalfoes Crimsonite
1 Mist Wurm
1 Old Entity Hastorr
1 PSY-Framelord Omega
1 The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
1 Totem Bird
1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


The synergy's there since your Gustos won't be dropping the ball and missing the chance to summon each other. The core of the deck's solid, but there's a lot of ways to expand on it!

Gustos and Metalfoes go together like peanut butter and jalapenos – amazingly well. Summon a baby Gusto, blow it up with a Metalfoes Pendulum, search a Metalfoes spell or trap and Summon another Gusto.

The baby Gustos can bring each other out to stop attacks, but I constantly have to read which one is which because they're mostly stupid identical green birds. Gusto Gulldo's your main avian - when it dies, you'll bring out a Level 2 or lower Gusto from your deck. They all have restrictions: Gusto Falco summons any Gusto, but they have to come out face-down; Egul must be destroyed by battle, and only Summons non-Tuners; while Kamui, Hope of Gusto needs to be flipped. Apparently consistency was too much to ask for.

Gusto Gulldo outshines the rest since it summons another Gusto face-up. Sure, it has to be a low Level Gusto, but with Shrine of Mist Valley at work you're more than breaking even. If you could start every game with a Gusto Gulldo, you'd have a consistent strategy!

 Painful Decision
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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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At first I wanted to take the deck in a Harpie direction since Kevin indicated his first deck was Harpies. With Terraforming hot and ready in Kevin's submission, adding Divine Wind of Mist Valley with Harpie Dancer seemed like a great fit.

Throw in Harpie Harpist as a search method for Dancer, maybe a Genex Ally Birdman for good luck, and you have a deck that's… well, way over 40 cards, and relies way too much on Harpie Dancer to support the original Metalfoes and Gustos pairing. On top of that I wanted to add some fun stuff like Gusto Squirrel, but in the long run it's better to stick to your guns.

Don't get me started on what I tried with Lunalights…

Reborn Once Again!
When Reborn Tengu's Semi-Limit was lifted, it made literally no impact. Fire Hand and Ice Hand were arguably better than Reborn Tengu and even now those cards are “meh” by today's competitive standards. This game may change, but some things never will. With its built-in self-replication, pairing Reborn Tengu with a Metalfoes monster and Shrine of Mist Valley made a whole lot of sense. The only problem? Space is tight.

I took out seven cards to make way for Reborn Tengu, Fire Formation - Tenki, as well as a lone T.G. Warwolf. Tengu's purpose is obvious, Tenki will be Metalfoes food at worst, and T.G. Warwolf helps push for some higher Level Synchros like Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier. The deck's great at pumping out two monsters at a time, but due to the low Levels of the Gustos, higher Level monsters are a challenge.

You don't want to clog your hand with too many underwhelming cards, so I had to take out at least one Gusto monster and the second Metalfoes Fusion. Icarus Attack was too slow, the Terraforming and Shrine of Mist Valley ratios needed retooling, and the only “crazy” card I wound up indulging in was Quill Pen of Gulldos. It recycles your Gustos without the need for Caam, Serenity of Gusto, but more importantly it can help you reuse Tengus.

I took out the Majespecters because Shrine of Mist Valley negates Majespecter Bunbuku's effect, making me a very sad duelist. Take a look at the changes.

-1 Winda, Priestess of Gusto
-2 Metalfoes Silverd
-1 Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin
-1 Majespecter Raccoon - Bunbuku
-1 Metalfoes Fusion
-2 Terraforming
-1 Raigeki
-2 Icarus Attack

-1 Metalfoes Crimsonite
-1 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
-1 PSY-Framelord Omega

+1 Metalfoes Goldriver
+1 Metalfoes Steelen
+3 Reborn Tengu
+1 T.G. Warwolf
+3 Fire Formation – Tenki
+1 Quill Pen of Gulldos
+1 Shrine of Mist Valley

+1 Fullmetalfoes Alkahest
+1 Metalfoes Mithrilium
+1 High-Speed Chanbara

Here's the final deck! The Extra Deck gets a boost from the new Fusion monsters in Invasion: Vengeance, but hopefully you'll win enough games just with Daigusto Sphreez on its own. Fingers crossed that Sphreez will fly you to victory.

    Pilica Metalfoes Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Caam, Serenity of Gusto
2 Gusto Egul
2 Gusto Falco
3 Gusto Gulldo
3 Metalfoes Goldriver
3 Metalfoes Steelen
2 Pilica, Descendant of Gusto
3 Reborn Tengu
1 T.G. Warwolf
1 Winda, Priestess of Gusto
Monsters [22]
2 Creature Swap
1 Emergency Teleport
3 Fire Formation - Tenki
1 Metalfoes Fusion
2 Painful Decision
1 Quill Pen of Gulldos
3 Shrine of Mist Valley
1 Terraforming
Spells [14]
2 Metalfoes Counter
2 Solemn Strike
Traps [4]
Deck Total [40]

EXTRA DECK

1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Clear Wing Synchro Dragon
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Daigusto Gulldos
1 Daigusto Sphreez
1 Fullmetalfoes Alkahest
1 Hi-Speedroid Chanbara
1 Lightning Chidori
1 Metalfoes Adamante
1 Metalfoes Mithrilium
1 Mist Wurm
1 Old Entity Hastorr
1 The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
1 Totem Bird
1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


Maybe we'll get more Gusto support in the future? Even if the Gusto tribe's no longer around in the Duel Terminal World storyling, we could get some extended backstory some day. At the very least, I'd like to see more of the Duel Terminal World explained through future card art.

I think there's a lot of potential here, but I'll say that about any deck boosted by Metalfoes these days. Fire Kings, Yang Zings, Lunalights - blowing up your own cards has never felt so good.

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!

-Loukas Peterson


Loukas “UGH” Peterson lives 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 long walks on burning asphalt wearing only a shirt made of banana peels.


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 rerouting.tcgplayer@gmail.com 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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