Rerouting: Obliterate!!!

Loukas Peterson

1/11/2017 11:00:00 AM

I'm not sure if it's an inside joke at Konami, but what's up with all the random Exodia support we've seen over the years? We haven't seen a competitive Exodia deck since, well, ever, and half the Exodia cards directly clash with the alternate win condition of Exodia the Forbidden One.

Exodia doesn't have a ton of direct references to any specific lore, historical piece, or myth, but the design and name certainly hint at a reference. I'm glad cards printed more recently correlate to tangible events. Knowledge is power!

The mysterious Mr. H from Dubai writes...

We don't have to be from a specific country, right?

My deck right now is Shaddoll Exodia - simple, right? So what I was thinking was, maybe later I can use the Invoked or Zoodiac core, or maybe remove the Exodia part to make the deck Invoked or Zoodiac Shaddolls, but I'm not so sure. Anyway, do whatever you can to make the deck better! I know not everything is available right now in the TCG…

-Mr. H ~ Dubai, UAE

It's rare for it to happen, but I actually didn't know what a card did: The Legendary Exodia Incarnate.

Not sure how I missed that one, but I didn't know that card existed.

    Obliterate!!! Ver 1.0 Mr. H    
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Exodia the Forbidden One
1 Left Arm of the Forbidden One
1 Left Leg of the Forbidden One
1 Right Arm of the Forbidden One
1 Right Leg of the Forbidden One
3 Shaddoll Beast
2 Shaddoll Dragon
3 Shaddoll Falco
3 Shaddoll Hedgehog
3 Shaddoll Hound
3 Shaddoll Squamata
3 The Legendary Exodia Incarnate
Monsters [25]
3 Curse of the Shadow Prison
1 El Shaddoll Fusion
1 Nephe Shaddoll Fusion
2 Shaddoll Fusion
Spells [7]
3 Obliterate!!!
3 Shaddoll Core
3 Sinister Shadow Games
Traps [9]
Deck Total [41]


2 El Shaddoll Anoyatyllis
2 El Shaddoll Grysta
2 El Shaddoll Shekhinaga
1 El Shaddoll Wendigo
2 El Shaddoll Winda
2 Number 39: Utopia
2 Number S39: Utopia Prime
2 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
Extra Deck [15]

Whether to save digital ink or just as matter of legitimate play preference, Mr. H. tossed a ton of duplicates into his deck. How many Shaddoll Hounds are in a normal Shaddoll deck? Mr. H doesn't care and said three was the ideal number.

Obliterate!!! makes me glare angrily at my computer screen every time I look at the card, because it's downright ridiculous. It's a surprisingly useful card, even if you have to run the Forbidden One and a bunch of Exodia cards to use it. The secondary effect is a nice buffer in the end, but the first effect – a continuous Compulsory Evacuation Device – mitigates the cost of running all the bad cards you're required to play.

The Legendary Exodia Incarnate's one option to yard with Obliterate!!!, but its on-field effect is the real reason to use it. It'll only cost you an arm or a leg to field, and it has the nice ability of being “Unaffected by other cards' effects.” Only eleven cards have that text, and most of those cards require a crazy cost to make your monster immune. The Legendary Exodia Incarnate is too cool for that.

Combine it with Obliterate!!! and you'll have a giant unkillable monster with upwards of 5000 ATK, and it'll reload your continuous Compulsory Evacuation Device - why wouldn't you want to tap into that power? The only reason I can think of is if your name is Doug “I Can't Believe You Made Me Use Gishki Mollusk” Zeeff.

Obliterate!!! yards the Forbidden One monsters from your hand, but more importantly your deck as well, meaning big Exodia Incarnate can be somewhat strong from the get-go. By “somewhat strong,” I mean it can kill a Red Moon Baby. But then if your opponent's Red Moon Baby kills your monster with a Black Pendant attached, you'll draw a card!

 The Legendary Exodia Incarnate
The Legendary Exodia Incarnate123484
Set Legendary Decks II
Number LDK2-ENY01
Level 10
Type Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by Tributing 1 "Forbidden One" monster, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. This card gains 1000 ATK for each "Forbidden One" monster in your Graveyard. Unaffected by other cards' effects. Once per turn, during your End Phase: Add 1 "Forbidden One" monster from your Graveyard to your hand. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: You can reveal any number of "Forbidden One" monsters in your hand, and if you do, draw 1 card for each.

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Anyway, Shaddolls are a good pairing with the Exodia cards. They have some inadvertent synergy: Shaddoll Beast and Allure of Darkness draw cards, Armageddon Knight, Shaddoll Fusion, and Mathematician yard Dark monsters, and Shaddoll Falco opens up a bunch of Synchros in the Extra Deck. But despite all that combo potential, Mr. H elected to play cards like Shaddoll Hound and Curse of the Shadow Prison. If Shaddoll Hound's two effects were switched and El Shaddoll Construct was still legal for play, then those cards could be good choices. But they're not, so I'll immediately purge them from the deck. They're the definition of dead weight here.

I really see too many Shaddoll monsters here, and not enough cards to fill the graveyard. At first I wanted to go with Kuribandit since it can yard Exodia and trigger a bunch of effects, but blindly rolling the dice on a weak Normal Summon isn't very good here. Pick five random cards from the deck and see how great Kuribandit would be. I found if I didn't hit a Shaddoll Falco or Shaddoll Squamata, things really hurt.

With Mathematician, Armageddon Knight, and Allure of Darkness in the mix, I felt a lot more confident in this deck's opening hands, but one Earth monster wasn't enough to support El Shaddoll Shekhinaga. Nephe Shaddoll Fusion and Shaddoll Core were designed to mitigate that, but barf, no, you can't rely on those for your Earth quota either. Obviously Maxx “C” is a great Earth monster, but the ridiculously named Snow Plow Hustle Rustle actually fits really well here.

Ironically, the majority of Shaddoll Train decks you'll see don't run that card, but the Earth train can blow up an Obliterate!!! or Shaddoll Core for added bonuses, while shutting down attacks. Most attack stoppers fall short in some category - Speedroid Menko and Battle Fader are grossly attributed, Gorz, the Emissary of Darkness conflicts with the continuous traps, the ghost that lives in my basement told me not to run Swift Scarecrow, and Swords of Revealing Light is a painful reminder that El Shaddoll Construct is still Forbidden.

If You're Sad, Just Say “Snow Plow Hustle Rustle” Five Times Fast
It's hard to capitalize on the Forbidden One pieces because they're Limited Level 1 Normal Monsters that are fodder, plain and simple. You don't have much Normal Monster support that meshes well with the slow but sturdy Shaddoll deck of 2017. Revival cards like Swing of Memories and Tri-Wight don't pay off here because they're extremely narrow in their function and require follow-up plays. I thought about them, but I ended up gravitating to the one card that was more flexible: Dark Factory of Mass Production.

Swing of Memories does save your Normal Summon, but Dark Factory of Mass Production has the niche ability to give you an alternate win condition. It sounds hokey, but with Dark Factory of Mass Production, Obliterate!!!, and The Legendary Exodia Incarnate, it's not as farfetched as it seems. Even though you can't Factory back Exodia the Forbidden One, the other two cards can, and Factory turns into a wild card. Worst case scenario, you'll have more options to pitch with Obliterate!!!, more Shaddoll Fusion fodder, a tribute for The Legendary Exodia Incarnate, or just a chump Blocker.

Set Legendary Decks II
Number LDK2-ENY03
Type Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

You can target 1 monster on the field; send 1 "Forbidden One" monster or "Exodia" card from your hand or Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, return that target to the hand. If this card is sent from the Spell & Trap Zone to the Graveyard: You can target 1 "Forbidden One" monster or "Exodia" card in your Graveyard; add it to your hand. You can only use 1 "Obliterate!!!" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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While I'd love for Exodia's win-con to be a dominating factor, I'd rather up the deck count to fit in, well, the “useless” Normal Monsters. Incarnate, Obliterate!!!, Exodia, and Dark Factory take up a surprisingly big chunk of the deck, and I didn't want to sacrifice much-needed Shaddoll cards just to make the deck a tight 40. In truth, the most changes happened over in the Extra Deck. Take a look.

-1 The Legendary Exodia Incarnate
-3 Shaddoll Hound
-1 Shaddoll Hedgehog
-1 Shaddoll Falco
-1 Nephe Shaddoll Fusion
-3 Curse of the Shadow Prison
-1 Shaddoll Core

-1 El Shaddoll Annoyatyllis
-2 El Shaddoll Grysta
-1 El Shaddoll Wendigo
-1 Number 39: Utopia
-2 Number S39: Utopia Prime
-1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning

+1 Mathematician
+2 Armageddon Knight
+2 Snow Plow Hustle Rustle
+2 Maxx “C”
+3 Allure of Darkness
+1 Shaddoll Fusion
+2 Instant Fusion
+1 Dark Factory of Mass Production

+1 Armades, Keeper of Boundaries
+1 Elder Entity Norden
+1 Arcanite Magician
+1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
+1 Abyss Dweller
+1 Black Rose Dragon
+1 Daigusto Emeral
+1 Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max

Here's the final list – it's a bit bulky, even after slimming down a few cards I really didn't want to cut! Also noteable: I wanted a third El Shaddoll Winda to use with Instant Fusion, but that almost never came up.

    Obliterate!!! Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Armageddon Knight
1 Exodia the Forbidden One
1 Left Arm of the Forbidden One
1 Left Leg of the Forbidden One
1 Mathematician
2 Maxx "C"
1 Right Arm of the Forbidden One
1 Right Leg of the Forbidden One
3 Shaddoll Beast
2 Shaddoll Dragon
2 Shaddoll Falco
2 Shaddoll Hedgehog
3 Shaddoll Squamata
2 Snow Plow Hustle Rustle
2 The Legendary Exodia Incarnate
Monsters [26]
3 Allure of Darkness
1 Dark Factory of Mass Production
1 El Shaddoll Fusion
2 Instant Fusion
3 Shaddoll Fusion
Spells [10]
3 Obliterate!!!
2 Shaddoll Core
3 Sinister Shadow Games
Traps [8]
Deck Total [44]


1 Abyss Dweller
1 Arcanite Magician
1 Armades, Keeper of Boundaries
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 El Shaddoll Anoyatyllis
2 El Shaddoll Shekhinaga
2 El Shaddoll Winda
1 Elder Entity Norden
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
1 Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max
Extra Deck [15]

If you're not sold on the deck, then give it a shot. You'll be convinced. Go forth and infect others like parasites as they look at you strangely, wondering what in the world you're playing. Once they're hooked, well, let's just say my plan is to get someone to cosplay as Yugi at a Regional, stand up, and scream “Obliterate!!!” at their opponent.

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.

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