Rerouting: Skull Servants

Loukas Peterson

12/28/2016 11:00:00 AM
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Don't ask me why, but I think everyone secretly likes Skull Servants and wishes the deck was better. The same goes for other adorably mediocre cards like Mokey Mokey, but Skull Servant takes the cake for most cutely pathetic, and having garnered the most support. Even if the Skull Servant theme isn't buffed by every card Skull Servant shows up in, I get a kick out of seeing Skull Servant and company vacationing in the background of cards like Quarantine.

Even if you only built a Skull Servant deck just to make your opponent feel bad about themselves when they lose, I guarantee it'll be a great time for you. We don't have Wightprincess or Sylvan Princessprout in the TCG, so I'll be scaling back today's submission a bit. After all, I'm too impatient to wait until February to play some iteration of Skull Servants! Today's contributor writes...

My name's Dustin and one of my favorite decks of all time is Skull Servant! Although you have to run the vanillas, I still like the flavor text of the original Skull Servant and it's definitely true: "A skeletal ghost that isn't strong, but can mean trouble in large numbers."

I like the deck because you can beef up Skull Servants' rel="/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=King of the Skull Servants">King of the Skull Servants to over 10,000 ATK! The King is my absolute favorite monster – I love basically everything about it. Even if you can run it over in battle, you can just bring him right back out!

-Dustin ~ Huntington, West Virginia

I'm as excited as anyone for some OCG cards to hit our shores, but we have a surprising amount of support ready and able to help us here in in the West. Take a look at Dustin's deck.

    Skull Servants Ver 1.0 Dustin    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
2 Chaos Sorcerer
3 Effect Veiler
3 Gallis the Star Beast
1 Genex Ally Birdman
2 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
3 King of the Skull Servants
2 Maxx "C"
3 Mezuki
3 Skull Servant
3 The Lady in Wight
3 Uni-Zombie
3 Wightmare
3 Wightprince
Monsters [35]
3 Allure of Darkness
1 Foolish Burial
1 Upstart Goblin
Spells [5]
Deck Total [40]

EXTRA DECK

2 Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
1 Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
1 Ghostrick Alucard
1 Ghostrick Dullahan
2 Leviair the Sea Dragon
1 Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction
1 Number 47: Nightmare Shark
2 PSY-Framelord Omega
2 The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
Extra Deck [13]
Notes:

The Extra Deck included 2 Sylvan Princessprite, not yet released in the TCG


Feel free to call me petty, but I'm feeling torn seeing many of the cards in this deck. After all, who doesn't like PSY-Framelord Omega?

Well, the answer is your opponent, that's for sure. Let's see what we can do today to give Dustin an assist!

These Old Bones Need Some Help
Even though the deck's namesake is our cute lil' bone man, it's no surprise that the deck's strength doesn't really come from the Normal Monster itself. In the same vein of Genex Controller or Blue-Eyes White Dragon, the Skull Servant is vital to the strategy, but useless by itself.

King of the Skull Servants has a built-in revival mechanic and gets beefier the more Wight monsters you put in the graveyard - The Lady in Wight, Wightmare, Wightprince, and of course Skull Servant. You'll often score free wins by punching your opponent in the face with a 6000 ATK Skull Servants' rel="/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=King of the Skull Servants">King of the Skull Servants.

To do that, you'll need to keep the Skull Servant family in the graveyard… but King of the Skull Servant and Wightprince keep banishing themselves, and generally just ruin everything. In short, getting and keeping your Wights yarded is priority number one. Dustin's idea is definitely the path of least resistance, but it needs to be expanded. Leviair the Sea Dragon and Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss may be the best options, eclipsing all other methods of sending cards to the graveyard from the deck and removed zone.

 Speedroid Terrortop
$13.74
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Speedroid Terrortop105998
Set High-Speed Riders
Number HSRD-EN001
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute WIND 
A / D 1200 / 600
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

If you control no monsters, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). When this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Speedroid" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Speedroid Beigomax". You can only use this effect of "Speedroid Beigomax" once per turn.


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Sure, Leviair technically fields the monster, but it's an Extra Deck version of Miracle Dig in the long run. Dustin did opt for Gallis the Star Beast as an easy-peasy Level 3 monster… but… why is Speedroid Terrortop not here? Foolish Burial, Armageddon Knight, Kuribandit… those are all great options for yarding things but each has fatal flaws. They may conflict with Gallis, waste your Normal Summon, or blindly hit nothing good.

The Rank 3 options may be a shot in the dark with Dante or slow with Leviair, but the threat of cheap Xyz you can just splat onto the board any time you want is definitely worth it.

Lions! Tigers! Zombies! Oh My!
I know that you're probably sick of me talking about PSY-Framelord Omega, but it's a huge incidental bonus here. As Dustin noted, Uni-Zombie's just too good to pass up in this strategy. It'll pitch cards from your hand, load up Mezuki, yard Wightprince, and you can get it going with Shiranui Solitaire.

Unlike other graveyard-fueling effects that require your Normal Summon, Uni-Zombie has the benefit of being a Tuner. And a really good one at that. Combined with Speedroid Terrortop or whatever monster Leviair brings back from the removed zone, Uni-Zombie opens up the Extra Deck for Synchros and Rank 4's. Special Summon Gallis or Terrortop, Normal Summon Uni-Zombie, and depending on how you spin it, you'll have the option of a Rank 3 or Rank 4 Xyz, or a Level 7 or Level 8 Synchro Monster.

One complaint I did have was that I was drawing tons and tons of useless cards. Pretty much all the time, actually. Skull Servant and The Lady in Wight do nothing, and Wightprince is almost no better. We can change our tune a bit once Wightprincess is released in the TCG, but for now it's of the utmost importance to make our Rank 3 forces. With so many dead cards you could draw, the number of hand traps and Chaos monsters only added to the deck's consistency issues in the early game. Don't get me wrong - if I could run 78 Chaos Sorcerers in every deck I would, but you'll often dead draw those types of cards.

Effect Veiler and Ghost Ogre and Snow Rabbit are pretty swell hand traps, but they won't do much next to Skull Servant. Removing them went hand in hand with purging the deck of Chaos monsters, though I did circle back to include a lone Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning. Since there's virtually no game where you'll forgo a Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss, I convinced myself it was worth it to keep one heavy hitter in the main deck. I found that running any more off-theme monsters spelled doom for my opening hands.

 PSY-Framelord Omega
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PSY-Framelord Omega106032
Set High-Speed Riders
Number HSRD-EN035
Level 8
Type Synchro/Effect Monster
Monster Psychic
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2800 / 2200
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
Once per Turn , During Either player's Main Phase : You can Banish both this face-up card on the field and 1 random card in your opponent's hand until your next Standby Phase . During your opponent's Standby phase: You can target 1 Banished card; Return it to the Graveyard . If this card is in your Graveyard: You can target 1 Other card in any Graveyard; shuffle both that card and this card into the Deck .


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I took out Upstart Goblin because in the first three games I tested the deck, Gallis ran right smack into it. Call me petty, but enough was enough, and that spot felt better reserved for One for One. For a while I wanted to accent the deck with something like Turbo Booster to make proactive Rank 1's, but silly me - Sylvan Princessprout hasn't been printed for TCG use yet. There aren't really any Rank 1 monsters I want to make in the early game, so I went the defensive route with Battle Fader. The deck's sorely missing defense, and putting a Level 1 monster on board to keep yourself alive seems best. Take a look at the changes.

-1 Mezuki
-3 Effect Veiler
-2 Chaos Sorcerer
-1 Genex Ally Birdman
-2 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
-1 Upstart Goblin

-2 Sylvan Princessprite
-1 Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction
-1 The Phantom Knights of the Break Sword
-1 Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
-1 PSY-Framelord Omega

+3 Speedroid Terrortop
+1 Speedroid Taketomborg
+2 Battle Fader
+3 Shiranui Solitaire
+1 One for One

+1 Leviair the Sea Dragon
+1 Castel the Skyblaster Musketeer
+1 Downerd Magician
+1 Black Rose Moonlight Dragon
+1 Slacker Magician
+1 Abyss Dweller

Man, now I'm really excited for more Skull Servant support! I do this to myself way too often, becoming so hyped about a deck months before the release of new cards, but then getting bored of it by the time the new cards are actually released. For better or worse, I don't think I'm going to grow tired of Skull Servant.

    Skull Servants Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Battle Fader
1 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
3 Gallis the Star Beast
3 King of the Skull Servants
2 Maxx "C"
2 Mezuki
3 Shiranui Solitaire
3 Skull Servant
1 Speedroid Taketomborg
3 Speedroid Terrortop
3 The Lady in Wight
3 Uni-Zombie
3 Wightmare
3 Wightprince
Monsters [35]
3 Allure of Darkness
1 Foolish Burial
1 One for One
Spells [5]
Deck Total [40]

EXTRA DECK

1 Abyss Dweller
1 Black Rose Moonlight Dragon
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
2 Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
1 Downerd Magician
1 Ghostrick Alucard
1 Ghostrick Dullahan
3 Leviair the Sea Dragon
1 Number 47: Nightmare Shark
1 PSY-Framelord Omega
1 Slacker Magician
1 The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


I didn't dip into my Rank 4 monsters as often as I thought I would, and I wasn't too sad when I took out a PSY-Framelord Omega since fielding more than one was extremely difficult. But I'm sure that some day, Konami will release enough support so all my old favorites can stop collecting dust.

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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