Rerouting: Genex Ally

Loukas Peterson

4/6/2017 11:00:00 AM

I know it hasn't really been forever since Genex Ally Axel was released, but Starstrike Blast released over six years ago - just think about how long that is in dog years!

I'm not sure if it's some weird inside joke, but Starstrike Blast has had the slowest reprints of any booster set - I can't give an exact science on numbers, but cards like Arcanite Magician' rel="/db/WP-CH.asp?CN=Supreme Arcanite Magician">Supreme Arcanite Magician, Gaia Drake, the Universal Force, Naturia Cherries, Dragunity Knight - Gae Dearg, and Genex Ally Axel still only have one printing, while Tuning, Dragunity Knight - Vajrayana, and Vanity's Emptiness took years and years to get reprints.

Outside of Genex Ally Birdman, Genex Undine, and Genex Controller, can you really name any Genex cards? Despite packing it in my Extra Deck dozens of times, I've only summoned Ally of Justice Decisive Armor twice, and unless you see Agents as a threat in the future, I don't know if I'll ever play it again.

Today's contributor from “Australia” writes...

Machines have always been my favorite types of monsters, but there's one big theme that's hardly seen play - Genex! Maybe it's because all the Genex cards are terrible, but I think there's another reason too - no one has ever given it the old college try.

Genex Ally Axel was the Inspiration behind this deck, and the easiest way I thought of playing it involved the Machina monsters. Machina Fortress is Level 7, and R-Genex Oracle is Level 1. You do the math - that's a Level 8 Synchro right there! I just wish that all the Genex Synchro monsters weren't so bad.

-Tommy R. ~ Australia

I've never been to Australia, but I'm fairly certain it's a large place. Saying one is “from Australia” could mean a lot of things, but for now I'll just assume Tommy has a pet kangaroo.

Here's his deck list!

    Genex Ally ver 1.0 Tommy R.    
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Cyber Dragon
3 Cyber Dragon Core
3 Cyber Dragon Drei
3 Galaxy Soldier
3 Machina Fortress
3 Machina Gearframe
2 Machina Megaform
3 R-Genex Oracle
3 R-Genex Turbo
Monsters [25]
3 Cyber Repair Plant
3 Instant Fusion
3 Iron Call
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
3 Twin Twisters
Spells [15]
Deck Total [40]


1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
3 Cyber Dragon Infinity
3 Cyber Dragon Nova
1 Elder Entity Norden
3 Gear Gigant X
2 Genex Ally Axel
1 Panzer Dragon
1 Scrap Dragon
Extra Deck [15]

I'm not sure what it is with you Aussies lately, but I've received more deck lists from Australian players than I have anywhere else in the world. Maybe if I visit, I'll see a shrine built to the worship of myself.

The Genex, Genex Ally, and Ally of Justice themes have a pretty neat story woven into the worldbuilding behind the Hidden Arsenal sets, but it's way too complicated and difficult to explain in our limited time today. Stories aside, Genex Ally Axel's a phenomenal monster, turning any useless card in your hand into a Machine on the field! The only problem is its Tuner requirement - you may think that a measly Genex Tuner isn't hard to come by, but there's no Level 4 Genex Tuner and that makes things ten million times harder. We have Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Genex Tuners, but that leads to a myriad of problems when you're trying to Summon Genex Ally Axel.

No one likes Machinas as much as I do. Virtually every time I create a combo deck or anything Machine-flavored, Machine Fortress is on my mind. Tommy ran the Machina suite because R-Genex Oracle + Machina Fortress is an easy Genex Ally Axel. R-Genex Turbo nets Genex Ally Oracle from the deck and plops it onto the field, but Axel's still a big investment since Machina Fortress take resources to summon and R-Genex Turbo needs to be Normal Summoned to search Oracle. It's a wonderful conglomeration of a whole bunch of stuff that doesn't match at all.

While I tried to add Genex Blastfan with Summoner Monk and Tin Goldfish, no matter how I spun the deck, it took a lot of effort to get Genex Ally Axel out. Yes, I'll stand by my claim of Axel being an amazing card, but not when it takes your entire hand to do it. Summoning Genex Ally Axel's one goal of this strategy, but it's not everything. It pains me to say it, but I'm bidding farewell to Machina Fortress.

Thus The Orchestra Boogied Moving Forward
If you're curious, that's what I always called And the Band Played On, the continuous trap that saw some competitive use a few years back. It features the Symphonic Warriors on the card art, and that's exactly what the deck needs. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of R-Genex Turbo searching R-Genex Oracle, but the missing piece is blatant - the extra Levels needed to hit Axel's requirement aren't a cheap investment. And subsequently, searching your combo pieces is already going to consume a Normal Summon.

It's not simple, but it helps boost the deck's consistency. Any time Gear Gigant X is your go-to monster, I feel better about a given deck. The same things goes for King of the Feral Imps; I like having a Rank 4 that searches almost any monster from my deck. Using Gear Gigant X to search for Symphonic Warrior Guitaar, you'll get a free Symphonic Warrior Miccs hitting the field. Summon a Level 3 Genex Tuner, and there you have Genex Ally Axel!

 Genex Ally Axel
Genex Ally Axel38633
Set Starstrike Blast
Number STBL-EN099
Level 8
Type Synchro/Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2600 / 2000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

1 Genex Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters. // Once per turn, you can discard 1 card to select and Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Machine-Type monster from your Graveyard. Double that monster's ATK until the End Phase. It cannot attack your opponent directly, and is removed from play during your End Phase.

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You could go other routes summoning Axel, like Gallis the Star Bird or Junk Forward, but I'll concentrate on the Symphonic suite since I can piggyback onto other ways to bring out Gear Gigant X. Since the Main and Extra Decks are mostly machines, Geargiauger doesn't dampen your plays - especially on Turn 1. If you open with Geargiauger neither of its restrictions will really hurt you. If you kept the Machina monsters, then you'd be locked out of some Rank 8 plays capitalizing on Machina Megaform, but that's neither here nor there.

Shying away from R-Genex Turbo completely leaves us with few options - surprisingly, Genex Controller is the best candidate. Of all the Level 3 Genex Tuners to pair with Symphonic Warrior Miccs, it has the most ATK and additional benefits from being a Normal Monster. Unexpected Dai, while not revolutionary by any means, fields either your Genex Controller or a Level 4 Normal Machine for Gear Gigant X.

If only we could start every game with a Level 3 Genex Tuner and Symphonic Warrior Guitaar, I'd be a happy duelist.

Ah, Yes, The Cyber Dragons
I didn't forget about the Cyber Dragon suite Tommy was running either!

In short, I really like the idea for two incidental reasons. First of all, it means I can run Machine Duplication for free! Obviously Cyber Dragon Core and Machine Duplication is a match made in robotic heaven, but it also works with Geargiauger to make extra Rank 4's and thin your deck. Secondly, Cyber Dragon Zwei is a good option when you don't have a Genex Tuner for an easy Cyber Dragon Infinity. Cyber Dragon Zwei restricts your Summons to Machines like Geargiauger does, but… oh well?

When your boss monsters are pretty much all Machines, I think you can get over it.

While we have both Genex Ally Axel and Symphonic Warrior Guitaar as discard outlets to load the graveyard, both of those outlets are secondary; it takes setup to field either card. Originally I tried to steer the deck in a direction that involved the Superheavy Samurai, but Superheavy Samurai Scales needs yarded Superheavy Samurai monsters to reach its potential. The best time to summon Scales is when you have fuel for it in the graveyard, but that won't happen until you already setup your field. Just a tad delayed, no?

-3 R-Genex Turbo
-3 Machina Fortress
-3 Machina Gearframe
-2 Machina Megaform
-3 R-Genex Oracle
-1 Instant Fusion
-1 Twin Twisters
-2 Iron Call
-3 Mystical Space Typhoon

-1 Scrap Dragon

+1 Dragong
+3 Genex Controller
+3 Symphonic Warrior Guitaar
+3 Symphonic Warrior Miccs
+3 Geargiauger
+1 Geargiaccelerator
+1 Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 "Saizan"
+3 Unexpected Dai
+3 Machine Duplication

+1 Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X "Bureido"

The final deck list is below. Perhaps I'm concentrating too much on Cyber Dragon Infinity, but thanks to Galaxy Soldier, Infinity's easy to make in the early, mid, and late game. You can even make Genex Ally Axel with Galaxy Soldier, and fill up your graveyard for Cyber Repair Plant while you're at it.

    Genex Ally Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Cyber Dragon
3 Cyber Dragon Core
3 Cyber Dragon Drei
1 Dragong
3 Galaxy Soldier
1 Geargiaccelerator
3 Geargiauger
3 Genex Controller
1 Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 "Saizan"
3 Symphonic Warrior Guitaar
3 Symphonic Warrior Miccs
Monsters [26]
3 Cyber Repair Plant
2 Instant Fusion
1 Iron Call
3 Machine Duplication
2 Twin Twisters
3 Unexpected Dai
Spells [14]
Deck Total [40]


1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
3 Cyber Dragon Infinity
3 Cyber Dragon Nova
1 Elder Entity Norden
3 Gear Gigant X
2 Genex Ally Axel
1 Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X "Bureido"
1 Panzer Dragon
Extra Deck [15]

I tried not to shake things up too much since I was already cutting out a large part of the strategy to make room for my own Machine agenda. I have more ideas for how to abuse the Machine monsters, but all the ideas I had can't possibly fit into one deck. I don't want to subject you to another Destiny Hero/Diva/Plant/Zombie abomination.

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!

-Loukas Peterson

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.

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 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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