Rerouting: Combo Bujins

Loukas Peterson

5/18/2017 11:00:00 AM

The Bujin theme, while rich with lore, anime references, and mythology, isn't the most fun deck to play.

Before the Duelist Alliance set dropped and changed Yu-Gi-Oh! so drastically, Bujin decks were a common sight in tournaments of all sizes. With three copies of Fire Formation - Tenki and Pot of Duality, summoning a Bujin Yamato and yarding some protection was a pretty good opening play. Bujingi Hare or Bujingi Turtle would keep your Bujin Yamato safe from destruction and Bujingi Crane would make Yamato almost unkillable in battle. But… that's about it.


As the times change so do themes, and Bujin decks have changed in many ways. This week's contributor writes…

Any suggestions for Bujins? I was really happy when Bujin Hirume arrived, but I was let down when I realized it didn't help Bujins that much. My feelings were pretty much the same when Ties of the Brethren came out and even more so when Bujin Hiruko was released. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? Or maybe Bujins just aren't that good.

I think my deck is about as strong as you can make it for a Bujin strategy centered around Ties of the Brethren. It's my favorite card, but I want to see something different. So if you have to, maybe you could take it out? I'm so up in the air about all this.

-Eric D. ~ Boston, MA

Why wouldn't Ties of the Brethren be Eric's favorite card? Even if you drain your hand to play Ties, your dividends pay out heavily in the end. Take a look at how he capitalized on Ties of the Brethren with his deck.

    Combo Bujins Ver 1.0 Eric D.    
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Bujin Arasuda
3 Bujin Hiruko
2 Bujin Hirume
2 Bujin Mikazuchi
3 Bujin Yamato
2 Bujingi Crane
2 Bujingi Hare
1 Bujingi Quilin
2 Bujingi Turtle
2 Honest
Monsters [21]
1 Bujincarnation
3 Fire Formation - Tenki
2 Instant Fusion
3 Left Arm Offering
2 Photon Lead
3 Unexpected Dai
Spells [14]
2 Dimensional Barrier
3 Solemn Strike
Traps [5]
Deck Total [40]


1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King
2 Bujinki Amaterasu
1 Bujintei Kagutsuchi
2 Bujintei Susanowo
1 Bujintei Tsukuyomi
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Elder Entity Norden
2 Zoodiac Broadbull
2 Zoodiac Drident
Extra Deck [15]

Eric's submission is solid; given that it's a Bujin deck focused around Ties of the Brethren, I have virtually no suggestions to improve it. You may be thinking it's ridiculous for me to modify the deck any further when there's nothing to correct with the actual strategy presented, but I'm only looking at it today so I can turn it around 180 degrees.

This will still be a Bujin deck by the end of this article, but it'll be quite a different approach.

Combo Wombo Time
Let me be redundant - Eric's deck is a good Bujin deck focusing on Ties of the Brethren. If you'd like to play a Bujin variant with Ties, then by all means stop reading. Instead of talking about how we can tailor the deck to better suit Eric's original idea, let me go ahead and start with the combo that inspired me to shift this deck so drastically.

Don't get me wrong - Eric's deck does have some combo elements to it, and it does a good job maximizing the potential of your turn before and after you activate Ties of the Brethren. With Instant Fusion, Photon Lead, and Unexpected Dai, you can do a fair number of Special Summons before you throw down Ties of the Brethren. Obviously, the best Ties play fields Bujin Yamato, Bujin Arasuda, and Bujin Mikazuchi - try for that as often as you can.

 Ties of the Brethren
Ties of the Brethren123485
Set Legendary Decks II
Number LDK2-ENY02
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pay 2000 LP, then target 1 Level 4 or lower monster you control; for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, also Special Summon 2 monsters from your Deck, with the same Type, Attribute, and Level as that monster, but with different names from each other and that monster. You cannot conduct your Battle Phase the turn you activate this card.

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At first it may seem like a minor change, and in terms of the cards you need to play for this combo to work it's a compact suite. Most of them search or yard each other and once you draw into any of the newly added cards, you can start your own combo in a somewhat reverse order. But for the ideal setup, begin with Bujin Yamato, Bujingi Hare, and Red Resonator.

-Normal Summon Red Resonator and Special Summon Bujin Yamato from your hand. Synchro Summon Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince and use its effect to Special Summon Lonefire Blossom from your deck

-Tribute Lonefire Blossom to Special Summon Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio. Use it to discard your Bujingi Hare and Special Summon Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra from your deck. Cobra searches Fusion Substitute.

-Overlay both Predaplant monsters into M-X Saber Invoker, and use Invoker's effect to Special Summon Zoodiac Ratpier

-Activate Fusion Substitute, fusing Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince and M-X Saber Invoker to make Elder Entity Norden; Norden revives Bujin Yamato

-Overlay Elder Entity Norden and Zoodiac Ratpier for Zoodiac Broadbull. Detach Elder Entity Norden to search Bujin Arasuda and detach Zoodiac Ratpier to Special Summon another Ratpier from your deck

-Overlay Bujin Yamato and Zoodiac Ratpier for Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King which will set Fire Formation - Tenki from your deck. Activate Tenki to search Bujin Hirume

-Summon Zoodiac Chakanine over your Zoodiac Broadbull without Xyz Materials. Since you have a Zoodiac monster in your graveyard, detach Broadbull but immediately summon it back to the field. Then Summon another Zoodiac Broadbull on your Chakanine with Broadbull's effect, detaching Chakanine to search Lunalight Black Sheep.

-Return Elder Entity Norden to your Extra Deck by banishing Fusion Substitute from your graveyard, drawing a card.

-Discard Lunalight Black Sheep for another Fusion Substitute and use it to fuse both Zoodiac Broadbulls on your field into Elder Entity Norden, reviving Bujingi Hare. Since you have a non-Beast Warrior on the field, detach Bujin Yamato to negate their effects.

-Xyz Summon Daigusto Emeral with Bujingi Turtle and Norden, then detach Norden to return Zoodiac Broadbull, Zoodiac Chakanine, and Zoodiac Ratpier to draw a card. You'll draw another card when you return Norden to your Extra Deck by banishing your second Fusion Substitute.

-Detach Zoodiac Ratpier from your Tiger King to Summon the other Zoodiac Ratpier from the deck.

-Banish Bujin Yamato to Special Summon Bujin Hirume, which also lets you summon Bujin Arasuda from your hand. Overlay both Bujin monsters for Bujintei Susanowo and detach a material to search Bujin Hiruko.

-Activate Bujin Hiruko and banish it. Your Bujintei Tsukiyomi becomes Bujinki Amatarasu which will in turn Special Summon your banished Bujin Yamato.

-Place Zoodiac Drident on Zoodiac Ratpier and overlay both Daigusto Emeral and Tiger King into Number F0: Utopic Future.

If you were keeping track you'll end with five cards in hand, and since you started with Bujin Yamato, you'll also get to cycle through another Bujin card from your deck, making your setup that much stronger. Oh, and you'll get Bujinki Amaterasu's effect during your opponent's turn too.

But Wait, There's More!
I totally restructured Eric's deck; it plays entirely differently now. Concentrating on the lengthy combo featuring the Zoodiac cards is certainly a lot more exciting, and personally, I'd rather have ancillary cards like Zoodiac Drident and Number F0: Utopic Force to bolster my overall defense. But the above combo does take almost all of your Extra Deck!

I know I started with Bujin Yamato and Bujingi Hare, but that was just the ideal iteration of the play. You'll need to alter your plays slightly depending on what you have to work with, but you'll have infinite options if start with two Level 4 monsters: one to Special Summon off Red Resonator and one to pitch with Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio. If one of them's a Beast-Warrior, your options grow. Even if you have to pitch a monster that isn't Level 4, you can still do most of the combo above. You'll just need to switch around a few steps and make Number F0: Utopic Future a bit prematurely.

 Number F0: Utopic Future
Number F0: Utopic Future97868
Set World Superstars
Number WSUP-EN026
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute LIGHT 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

2 Xyz Monsters with the same Rank, except "Number" monsters
f(This card's original Rank is always treated as 1.) Cannot be destroyed by battle, and neither player takes any battle damage from attacks involving this card. At the end of the Damage Step, if this card battled an opponent's monster: You can take control of that opponent's monster until the end of the Battle Phase. If this face-up card on the field would be destroyed by a card effect, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead.

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Specifically, there comes a point where you'll make a Daigusto Emeral with a Zoodiac Ratpier and Elder Entity Norden if you weren't lucky enough to start your opening hand with two Level 4's, but in light of my smacking you over the head with a list above, I can't possibly detail every permutation of combos that will end with a strong field featuring Bujin Yamato at the front. Since Zoodiac Chakanine only needs two materials to Xyz Summon naturally, the permutations only get more and more cumbersome.

Of course, I had to supplement the strategy with a few other cards. The combo I mentioned can be done with a measly fifteen cards, by the way - and that's including the Prepaplant monsters, Red Resonator, and Lonefire Blossom. That also includes cards that search others like Fire Formation - Tenki with Bujin Hirume and Lunalight Black Sheep with Fusion Substitute.

For what it's worth, you'll have plenty of extra cards to buffer your strategy. If you happen to draw into another Bujin Hirume or perhaps an Instant Fusion, you can retool and adapt your end result. Even better, you don't need to begin everything with Horse Prince. You can achieve very similar results if you start with just Lonefire Blossom.

The cat's out of the bag, so I'll go ahead and show you the changes I made to Eric's build.

-2 Bujin Hiruko
-2 Bujin Mikazuchi
-1 Bujin Arasuda
-1 Bujingi Quilin
-2 Honest
-2 Photon Lead
-3 Unexpected Dai
-3 Left Arm Offering
-1 Bujincarnation

-1 Bujintei Susanowo
-1 Bujintei Kagutsuchi
-1 Bujinki Amaterasu
-1 Diamond Dire Wolf
-1 Bujintei Tsukuyomi

+2 Lunalight Black Sheep
+3 Lonefire Blossom
+1 Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra
+1 Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio
+3 Red Resonator
+1 The Rock Spirit

+2 Zoodiac Ratpier
+3 Fusion Substitute
+1 Solemn Warning
+1 M-X-Saber Invoker
+1 Zoodiac Chakanine
+1 Number F0: Utopic Future
+1 Daigusto Emeral
+1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince

And here's the final deck!

    Combo Bujins Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Bujin Arasuda
1 Bujin Hiruko
2 Bujin Hirume
1 Bujin Mikazuchi
3 Bujin Yamato
2 Bujingi Crane
2 Bujingi Hare
2 Bujingi Turtle
3 Lonefire Blossom
2 Lunalight Black Sheep
1 Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra
1 Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio
3 Red Resonator
2 Zoodiac Ratpier
Monsters [26]
3 Fire Formation - Tenki
3 Fusion Substitute
2 Instant Fusion
Spells [8]
2 Dimensional Barrier
3 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
Traps [6]
Deck Total [40]


1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King
1 Bujinki Amaterasu
1 Bujintei Susanowo
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
2 Daigusto Emeral
1 Elder Entity Norden
1 M-X-Saber Invoker
1 Number F0: Utopic Future
2 Zoodiac Broadbull
1 Zoodiac Chakanine
2 Zoodiac Drident
Extra Deck [15]

Because the Extra Deck is so tight, this strategy may seem a bit linear. That's ironic considering just how explosive the plays are, but you do need to devote about two thirds of your Extra Deck to the core combos to get the most out of this thing. In the end, I made this deck specifically to focus on a core of Bujins. If you're looking for a purer Zoodiac deck, this isn't the way to go as there are other Level 4 monsters that fill the same roll and accomplish different things.

Zoodiacs are a strange package – you can achieve a lot with just Zoodiac Ratpier and enough Extra Deck space. But I want to reiterate that today's rerouted deck isn't necessarily the best version of Zoodiacs available. I think it's a strong Bujin Zoodiac hybrid, but both pure Bujins and pure Zoodiacs will each excel in different ways. Whenever you build any sort of mashup, you're going to sacrifice some element of each involved strategy, compromising to get another theme into the deck. Heck, there's a Lunalight version of this deck that goes through similar plays but ends with different Xyz.

Despite the deck's off kilter nature, I really only wound up running one particularly random card - The Rock Spirit. It banishes Zoodiac Ratpier, which you can bring back with Bujinki Amaterasu. That doesn't come up very often, but it certainly helped in certain situations when I needed to field a Ratpier.

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!

-Loukas Peterson

Loukas Peterson lives in Madison, Wisconsin where every day he cries for warm weather, mollified by his job as software engineer and living in the basement. When he's not playing cards or crying about the lack of Fabled support, 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 and a dog to pet.

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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