Rerouting: Seed of Flame
2/8/2017 11:00:00 AM
For the longest time, whenever someone said “Plants,” you could assume they were referring to a Synchro Plant strategy with Lonefire Blossom
, Glow-Up Bulb
, and a number of Dandylion
s or Tytannial, Princess of Camellia depending on what year it was. Now with more Plant Princesses, Sylvans, and Predator Plants, it's impossible to telegraph what you mean when you speak of the monster-type alone. For all you know, you could be up against Rainbow Flower
That concept of unpredictability is certainly relevant to today's deck submission. Today's submitter wrote…
Plants are one of my favourite monster-types in Yu-Gi-Oh!, and I've been playing various Plant decks for years. This deck came about when I noticed the interaction between Mariña, Princess of Sunflowers and Fragrance Storm. Fragrance Storm will destroy one of your monsters, but in return, you'll draw a card and Mariña will pop something. I figured this would kind of require its own deck, so I thought I'd make one.
-Caroline G. ~ London, England
Of course, a single two-card interaction doesn't make a deck, especially when one of them isn't searchable. I needed to find something else. Ideally it would be searchable, it would give me a benefit as well as destroying my monsters, and in an ideal world, it would also be Spell Speed 2 or higher.
My answer was Circle of the Fire Kings, which happens to accomplish all of those things. If we focus this deck on Fire Plants there's a really powerful interaction there, and it doesn't rely on unsearchable cards.
Today's submitter could have tacked on any cards, themes, or rants to their submission, but I was hooked as soon as I saw Seed of Flame with a starring role in the strategy. Carly's submission is a bucket of fun and I was thrilled to see it in my inbox.
Perhaps it's a bit unfair for me to write about this deck so late; Carly submitted it at the end of 2016. Partially due to a concentration of other columns and partially because I just couldn't think of anything completely crazy, it took me a hot minute to articulate what I wanted from the strategy.
This one needed some time, but I'm happy with the results!
Life Hack: Destroy Your Own Cards
Seed of Flame
's an interesting card that never saw any play because destroying your own cards typically
doesn't work in your favor. Generation Shift
and Fire King Island
are functional in their own right, but it wasn't until Metalfoes that a theme truly rewarded you a million times over by blowing up your stuff. If you don't know where I'm going with this, I'll be forthright - the Metalfoes are coming in here. Not only will they search their signature spells and traps, but they trigger Seed of Flame
to Special Summon… uh… to Special Summon...
See, that's the first problem I ran into.
Seed of Flame works wonders when Lonefire Blossom's in your graveyard, but on your first turn, you can't exactly capitalize on Seed of Flame's revival effect with Fire King Island, Circle of the Fire Kings, or any Metalfoes card. Once you've finally yarded a Plant, you can wombo combo with Seed of Flame and make some killer fields with a flurry of Synchro Summons. I toyed around with Mount Sylvania, Fire King Island, Brushfire Knight, and a few other options, but I just never fell in love with any of them. Those ideas relied around drawing specific cards and often wasting a Normal Summon.
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Instead, I turned to Unexpected Dai and Painful Decision. At worst, the Metalfoes would be valid options for those spells, but Angel Trumpeter fits the bill just as well. You'll either yard a Plant or field a Level 4 Tuner, but both set you up for plays without eating your Normal Summon. And while the Metalfoes are Pendulum monsters, you can't rely so much just on Pendulum Summons to get your combos started.
I felt the deck needed another way to plop a monster on the field; ideally one that just happened to be a Tuner and a Fire monster for Circle of the Fire Kings. Red Resonator fit the bill. Things started snowballing out of control once I committed to Red Resonator.
Shooting Quasar Dragon? EZPZ
First, let me say that outside of the Synchron Explorer
, Quickdraw Synchron
, and Level Eater
combo, I don't know any easy
ways to bring out Shooting Quasar Dragon
. Adding Red Resonator
spurned me to come up with a combo that only takes the aforementioned Red Resonator
, a Level 4 monster, and Circle of the Fire Kings
You start by Normal Summoning Red Resonator to bring out whatever Level 4 non-Tuner you have lying around, which I'll discuss later. Synchro Summon into Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince, bringing out Lonefire Blossom from the deck. You'll have to yard at least two Lonefire Blossoms before you summon Seed of Flame so when you play Circle of the Fire Kings, you'll bring back both copies of Lonefire Blossom.
Tribute one Lonefire Blossom to Special Summon Dandylion, then tribute the Dandylion to Special Summon 2 Fluff Tokens and a Glow-Up Bulb. Synchro into Formula Synchron with Glow-Up Bulb and a Fluff Token, then bring back Glow-Up Bulb to Synchro Summon Herald of Arc Light. While Horse Prince restricts your big Synchro Summons that turn, Formula Synchron's an immediate route to Shooting Quasar Dragon.
I quickly realized that I was going to be changing a lot of cards here. Caroline's submission didn't have any Metalfoes cards, but with the release of Fullmetalfoes Fusion and Metalfoes Mithrilium, the overhaul seems more drastic than it actually is.
I'm swapping out some of the slower cards for more reliable and efficient first turn plays. I mentioned earlier that Brushfire Knight was a candidate to yard Plants, but I turned to Armageddon Knight instead. Between Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite and World Carrotweight Champion, I felt a stronger case for yard-able cards that could do more than just throw Lonefire Blossom in the graveyard at the cost of my Normal Summon.
Perhaps the blame is on me for cultivating a completely different idea in my head when I saw Seed of Flame in the submission, but the root of the deck is still there. Adding in Metalfoes, well, that changed up the composition a little more than I intended, but I'll stand by my proactive changes. I was really thrilled that Angel Trumpeter is a Normal monster for some Metalfoes Fusion plays!
-3 Fire King Avatar Barong
-1 Fire King Avatar Kirin
-1 Lord Poison
-2 Mariña, Princess of Sunflowers
-3 Mystic Tomato
-1 Phoenixian Cluster Amaryllis
-1 Revival Rose
-1 Rigorous Reaver
-2 Fire Formation - Tenki
-3 Fire King Island
-2 Fragrance Storm
-2 Inferno Reckless Summon
-1 Symbol of Heritage
-2 Ties of the Brethren
-1 Ally of Justice Catastor
-1 Shooting Star Dragon
-1 T.G. Hyper Librarian
-1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Lion Emperor
-1 Gagaga Cowboy
-1 Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon
-1 Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragon
-1 Number 50: Blackship of Corn
-1 The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
-1 Wind-Up Zenmaines
+3 Metalfoes Steelen
+3 Metalfoes Goldriver
+3 Metalfoes Silverd
+2 Metalfoes Voflame
+3 Angel Trumpeter
+1 World Carrotweight Champion
+1 Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite
+2 Armageddon Knight
+2 Red Resonator
+3 Painful Decision
+2 Unexpected Dai
+1 Metalfoes Fusion
+1 Fullmetalfoes Fusion
+1 Metalfoes Combination
+2 Metalfoes Mithrilium
+1 Fullmetalfoes Alkahest
+1 Metalfoes Orichalc
+1 Metalfoes Adamante
+1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince
+1 Herald of Pure Light
+1 Stardust Charge Warrior
+1 PSY-Framelord Omega
+1 Scrap Dragon
Normally I complain about Extra Deck space being too tight, but my pain here was actually Main Deck restrictions. Without making any sort of first draft count, I had over 60 cards when I first started compiling everything I wanted in the deck.
I'm not sure how I eclipsed the deck size maximum, but it took a concentrated effort to whittle this thing down to a viable size at a final 42 cards.
If you haven't noticed, Metalfoes are really good - and my intention wasn't just to toss popular cards into Carly's deck. But between fueling Unexpected Dai
and triggering Seed of Flame
, I didn't have much choice. Fragrance Storm
was one of the cards that was definitely on my radar, but I think it would be more suited to a deck using Mount Sylvania
Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!
Loukas Peterson lives in Madison, Wisconsin where he enjoys freezing in the cold only slightly less than his job as a software engineer. When he's not playing cards, you can find him on his kayak reading a book and playing the ukulele or at his painting desk, probably on his 30th cup of coffee for the day. Hailed on the only one capable of cooking Minute Rice is 57 seconds, Loukas is always looking for another creative outlet.
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