Rerouting: Toadally Spellbinding

Loukas Peterson

12/7/2016 11:00:00 AM
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I wrote about Paleozoics a month ago, trying my darndest not to focus the deck around Toadally Awesome. As I was fixing up the deck, I quickly found myself on a slippery slope that was leading me to a cookie cutter version of the Frog Paleozoic decks we've now seen in Top Cuts for weeks, but my intention was twofold.

First, I wanted to cater towards Paleozoic Opabinia; and second, I wanted to abuse my newly acquired Gagaga Head. In addition, I didn't expect everyone to have multiple copies of the pricy Toadally Awesome, and in catering completely towards our new Toad, I would have squeezed out some Gagaga support.

Fortunately, Toadally Awesome's dropped a bit on the secondary market, meaning you could sell your second or third-born child instead of your first-born to get a copy - praise Exodia! Whether you're piloting a Barrier Statue, Paleozoic, Frog, or even Ice Barrier strategy, Toadally Awesome will shine like the slimy amphibian it is. Well, maybe both of the toads together are collectively Toadally Awesome. Maybe the Japanese orange on top is Toadally Awesome and the other creatures just happen to be in the way? [Loukas' note to Franco: kidding, I do my research!]

Regardless, another Australian contributor writes today...

Hey Loukas!

I'm a long time fan of the Rerouting series. I love to try and find unconventional ways to shake up the several local tournaments I go to, and I find your articles to be a great source of Inspiration!

Today, I write to you again with a new version of my Familiar-Possessed deck, my favourite theme since they were released. To me the idea of a Level 4 Spellcaster for each attribute screamed utility, and with Jigabyte, Inari Fire and Nefarious Archfiend Eater of Nefariousness, the Rank 4 toolbox was finally accessible. I've been struggling with the deck for a long time, originally using Elemental Doriado to help boost the stats.

I ended up realizing that Bahamut Shark and Toadally Awesome are workable here, thanks to Familiar-Possessed - Eria and Jigabyte. I tried to fit Lightning Chidori in too, but with no reliable Level 4 Wind with an easy Special Summon effect, I cut that idea and focused on the Ever Amusing Toadally Awesome. All in all the deck's ALOT of fun and can pack a mean punch. I look forward to hearing from you, and keep up the great articles! Sincerely from Australia,

-JT Cameron

JT's riding the success we've seen in strategies like Koty Angeloff's Mermail Frogs and Calvin Chow's Awesome Heroes, fielding Toadally Awesome via the much-easier-to-summon Bahamut Shark.

Any two Level 4 Waters make the beefy Shark and thus a Toadally Awesome, barring some effect negation. JT isn't working with Heroes or Mermails, but hopefully his submission gave you enough clues to deduce his strategy.

    Toadally Spellbinding Ver 1.0 JT Cameron    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Dragodies, the Empowered Warrior
2 Dragonox, the Empowered Warrior
3 Familiar-Possessed - Eria
3 Familiar-Possessed - Hiita
2 Gem-Knight Tourmaline
1 Inari Fire
3 Jigabyte
2 Nefarious Archfiend Eater of Nefariousness
2 Performage Hat Tricker
2 Performage Trick Clown
Monsters [22]
3 Brilliant Fusion
2 Empowerment
2 Instant Fusion
1 Raigeki
2 Secret Village of the Spellcasters
1 Terraforming
2 Twin Twisters
1 Upstart Goblin
Spells [14]
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
2 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
Traps [4]
Deck Total [40]

EXTRA DECK

1 Abyss Dweller
1 Bahamut Shark
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Elder Entity Norden
1 Gem-Knight Seraphinite
1 Kamionwizard
1 Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number S39: Utopia Prime
1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
1 Performage Trapeze Magician
1 Toadally Awesome
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


Before I start hacking away at the deck, I'd like to say I absolutely love JT's idea. Any deck that deals with the Charmers and the Possessed cards sits quite well in my heart. I've wanted to use them all since their initial release in Elemental Energy, way back before I knew what a Fabled even was.

Shall we get started?

Loukas = Hypocrite
I know I literally just praised the Charmer theme, but I'm not so sure if it's appropriate for this deck. I went a little stir-crazy trying to figure out some hidden meaning, but Familiar-Possessed - Eria has two redeeming qualities: it's both a Water monster, and it's a Spellcaster. Since it's a Spellcaster you can play Jigobyte, Nefarious Archfiend Eater of Nefariousness, and Inari Fire really easily, or you could use Eria to make Trapeze Magician. Being Water, it makes Bahamut Shark and Toadally Awesome.

Sure, it has 1850 ATK, but that's not a pivotal number. Remember when Gem-Knight Garnet spiked in price, leaving cards like Gem-Knight Tourmaline to rot in people's binders? The 1900 ATK was surprisingly relevant against popular cards like Kozmo Goodwitch, Performapal Skullcrobat Joker, and more. But honestly, I can't find any game breaking reason this ATK is so relevant.

Scanning the card database, you'll see tons of options that could lead to other decks entirely. Chocolate Magician Girl can thin your deck in a pinch; Dance Princess of the Ice Barrier mirrors Giant Trunade for a unique effect; Gishki, Zefra, or Nekroz strategies could probably work; and Aqua Madoor is perfect with Unexpected Dai. But remember, I'm crazy, probably due to all the lead pipes in my house.

 Chocolate Magician Girl
$5.38
$3.23
$1.20
Chocolate Magician Girl120954
Set The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack
Number MVP1-EN052
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute WATER 
A / D 1600 / 1000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Once per turn: You can discard 1 Spellcaster-Type monster; draw 1 card. Once per turn, if this card is targeted for an attack: You can target 1 Spellcaster-Type monster in your Graveyard, except "Chocolate Magician Girl"; Special Summon it, then change the attack target to it, and if you do, the attacking monster's ATK becomes half its current ATK.


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Truth is, I knew where I was going with the deck before I searched for Level 4 Water Spellcasters. Instead of Familiar-Possessed - Eria, I'm using Strategist of the Ice Barrier as the centerpiece of the strategy. Not only is it searchable with Medallion of the Ice Barrier, but it thins your deck and discards any unneeded Ice Barrier monsters.

Oh, right, I should probably address that as well. To make Toadally Awesome more proactively, I'm vouching for the Level 2 Ice Barriers too.

JT lamented his inability to make Lightning Chidori alongside Bahamut Shark and Toadally Awesome, but I agree with him on that. Without a Wind version of Jigabyte, my mind was devolving to JT's original idea of Elemental Mistress Doriado. But Doriado's a Level 3 Ritual monster - it's pretty much useless. All that said, the Familiar Possessed monsters did nothing to wow me - they're effectively Normal Monsters that can't be summoned with Unexpected Dai or Swing of Memories.

Ice Barrier OTK!
TJ's submission is clearly focused on making Rank 4's angled towards Bahamut Shark, but some things irked me about the deck. With enough emphasis Special Summoning Water monsters to pair up for Toadally Awesome, Brilliant Fusion seems superfluous. I know Doug “Frazed” Zeeff probably died on the inside reading that, but aside from yarding a Performage Trick Clown, Brilliant Fusion doesn't offer much here – at least not nearly as much as it does elsewhere.

You're not using the Gem-Knight Seraphinite to Synchro or Xyz Summon, and the second Normal Summon isn't absolutely critical if our end game isn't some loop like double PSY-Framelord Omega. On top of all that, Gem-Knight Tourmaline and Brilliant Fusion taking up space, mostly as dead draws.

I'd rather cash in on one of the best cards in the game right now instead. TJ only has one Toadally Awesome in the Extra Deck, but making it the focus will no doubt lead to a higher win percentage. I know that sounds… somewhat contradictory if I'm also opting for more Ice Barrier monsters, but bear with me on this. Go ahead and scan the Ice Barrier monsters and rule out all the horrible ones.

 Bahamut Shark
$14.99
$6.26
$4.45
Bahamut Shark67302
Set Abyss Rising
Number ABYR-EN099
Level 4
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Sea Serpent
Attribute WATER 
A / D 2600 / 2100
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

2 Level 4 WATER monsters // Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 Rank 3 or lower WATER Xyz Monster from your Extra Deck. this card cannot attack for the rest of this turn.


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Obviously, Strategist of the Ice Barrier's a focal point, but Prior of the Ice Barrier's just as good for making Rank 2's and Rank 4's. Of the Level 2 Ice Barrier monsters, Dewdark of the Ice Barrier makes the cut, even if it's just to make Toadally Awesome with. Keeping the ball rolling, I added three Medallion of the Ice Barrier, and in realizing that Toadally Awesome could be made proactively, I was compelled to add in Swap Frog as well. It speeds up the deck and offers another way to abuse Toadally Awesome's first effect.

Even trying Gem-Knight Amethyst as a second Fusion option for Brilliant Fusion, nothing seemed to really work.

More Like Unfamiliars
Hopefully that joke made you cringe or die on the inside, but my point is the Familiar-Possessed monsters are meh on all fronts unless you're dedicating an entire strategy to them. Simply put, you have better options for Level 4 Water Spellcasters, one of which happens to be an Ice Barrier. I'll probably never say that sentence again.

What I really liked was the Empowerment suite, along with Secret Village of the Spellcasters, the first perfectly complementing the Ice Barriers. Empowerment ditches your subpar in-hand cards for a free monster, but it fuels Prior of the Ice Barrier, Surface, and Performage Trick Clown. The four Empowered Warriors is a bit too bulky, but the idea's very solid. With an added emphasis on Bahamut Shark and Toadally Awesome, Secret Village may hurt more than help, so I'm cutting it to one. You can't always expect to see a Performage Trapeze Magician on your first turn.

Hopefully it doesn't look like I'm gutting the deck since a lot of changes were more for sake of flash an aesthetics. Removing Familiar-Possessed Eria for a Chocolate Magician Girl or Strategist of the Ice Barrier keeps the strategy intact but gives the deck a little more room to breathe. As for the Pendulum aspect the Empowered Warriors bring to the table… that will probably never, ever, come up.

-3 Familiar-Possessed - Eria
-3 Familiar-Possessed – Hiita
-2 Gem-Knight Tourmaline
-1 Nefarious Archfiend Eater of Nefariousness
-1 Inari Fire
-2 Dragono, the Empowered Warrior
-1 Secret Village of the Spellcasters
-1 Upstart Goblin
-3 Brilliant Fusion
-2 Twin Twister
-1 Raigeki

-1 Kamionwizard
-1 Gem-Knight Seraphinite
-1 Number S39: Utopia Prime
-1 Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
-1 Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon

+2 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
+3 Swap Frog
+1 Ronintoadin
+2 Tin Goldfish
+3 Strategist of the Ice Barrier
+3 Prior of the Ice Barrier
+1 Dewdark of the Ice Barrier
+3 Medallion of the Ice Barrier
+1 Terraforming
+1 Surface

+1 Rare Fish
+2 Toadally Awesome
+1 Bahamut Shark
+1 Cat Shark

Aside from adjusting ratios and purging the Gem-Knights, the deck's effectively the same. The only major additions propel you towards Toadally Awesome, and I don't think that should disappoint anyone, least of all TJ. Even Prior of the Ice Barrier's drawback of restricting Level 5 or higher summons is bypassed, making me one happy guy.

Here's what the final build looks like.

    Toadally Spellbinding Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Dewdark of the Ice Barrier
2 Dragodies, the Empowered Warrior
2 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
3 Jigabyte
1 Nefarious Archfiend Eater of Nefariousness
2 Performage Hat Tricker
2 Performage Trick Clown
3 Prior of the Ice Barrier
1 Ronintoadin
3 Strategist of the Ice Barrier
3 Swap Frog
2 Tin Goldfish
Monsters [25]
2 Empowerment
2 Instant Fusion
3 Medallion of the Ice Barrier
1 Secret Village of the Spellcasters
1 Surface
2 Terraforming
Spells [11]
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
2 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
Traps [4]
Deck Total [40]

EXTRA DECK

1 Abyss Dweller
2 Bahamut Shark
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Cat Shark
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Elder Entity Norden
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
1 Performage Trapeze Magician
1 Rare Fish
3 Toadally Awesome
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


< There wasn't a great opening on Turn 1 in TJ's original build, aside from hoping to make a Bahamut Shark and squeeze out a Toadally Awesome without any Xyz Materials. With the added Rank 2 support, Toadally Awesome hits the field with two Materials, meaning your Swap Frog is only a Standby Phase away.

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!

-Loukas Peterson


Loukas “#spellberks4lyfe” 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 dresses up as various road signs around his neighborhood, intentionally spelling things wrong to confuse drivers.


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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