Low Key: Box of Friends Metalfoes

Doug Zeeff

5/29/2017 11:00:00 AM

I don't think I'm the only player scrambling to play all the themes that Link Summoning is going to destroy in July.

If you're unaware, Yu-Gi-Oh! is about to get a new core mechanic this summer. While there's always an uproar any time a new card type's released, the addition of Link Summoning is the first time we've seen a new set of additions impact other mechanics as well. When Synchros were introduced, you weren't forced to stop running Fusion Monsters. When Xyz Monsters came out, you could still play fifteen Synchros in your Extra Deck. And when Pendulum Summoning hit the game, you could just ignore them completely.

Some people have manage to ignore them for two full years and counting.

But Link Summoning brings restrictions for all forms of Extra Deck monsters. Without a Link Monster on the field, you can only summon one monster from the Extra Deck. That's a big deal, and it affects a whole slew of strategies. Link Summoning sort of has a polarizing affect: decks that can spam a ton of monsters won't be hurt by it, nor will decks that don't spam any monsters. The decks that get touched the most are the ones right in the middle; the ones with enough resources to make one or two Extra Deck monsters per turn, but not enough to make a Link Summon.

I mention all this because today's deck will probably be unplayable once Link Summons arrive, so I thought I'd share the idea before it's gone. Pendulum Summoning takes a huge loss under the new rules, because the best Pendulum decks aim to destroy their own cards, load up their Extra Deck, and then Pendulum Summon five monsters for free. Metalfoes are the best modern theme that still do that, thought Pendulum Magicians will give them a run for their money uner the June Forbidden & Limited List.

Anyway, today's deck relies heavily on blowing up your own cards to perform a big Pendulum Summon. It uses the original Master Peace, too, which I thought was awesome.

Wait, There's An Original Master Peace?
Most of you are probably familiar with Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King from Maximum Crisis. It's a very real headache right now for duelists all across the world, splashed in decks like Zoodiacs and Kozmos to make unbreakable boards on Turn 1. But Master Peace, the True Dracoslayer actually came first, even if it's a bit harder to summon.

To bring out Master Peace, the True Dracoslayer you'll need to tribute a Dracoslayer and a Dracoverlord. The obvious choices for that is either Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer or Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer; and Vector Pendulum, the Dracoverlord. The good news is that Master Peace is a Special Summon, not a Tribute Summon, and you can field several in one turn if you get the proper setup.

 Master Peace, the True Dracoslayer
Master Peace, the True Dracoslayer121277
Set The Dark Illusion
Number TDIL-EN020
Level 8
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2950 / 2950
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by Tributing 1 "Dracoslayer" monster and 1 "Dracoverlord" monster, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. Once per turn, during either player's turn, when a card or effect is activated: You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. If this card in its owner's control is destroyed by an opponent's card (by battle or card effect): You can Special Summon 1 "Dracoslayer" monster and 1 "Dracoverlord" monster from your Deck.

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Master Peace can negate a spell card, trap card, or monster effect once per turn. There's no cost, and it's not a hard once per turn either; if you have multiple copies you can use all their effects. You might not get the blanket protection of Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King, but I think the negation effect is a lot more versatile than a destruction effect.

Lastly, if Master Peace is destroyed you get to Special Summon a Dracoslayer and Dracoverlord from your deck. That's great because it immediately compensates you for the tributes you used to summon it, making sure an untimely Zoodiac Drident won't ruin your entire play.

Outside of hard-drawing both a Dracoslayer and a Dracoverlord, how can this deck put both those monsters on the field? As the title of this article would suggest, Box of Friends is my go-to. When Box of Friends is destroyed by any means, you can Special Summon two different Normal Monsters with 0 ATK or DEF from your deck. That's a pretty specific set of requirements, but Master Pendulum and Vector Pendulum happen to fit the bill.

The goal, then, is to destroy Box of Friends with a card effect, get out two monsters, and tribute them both for Master Peace. That works especially well with Metalfoes for two reasons. The first is that you can destroy an on-field Box of Friends with any of the Metalfoes' Pendulum Effects. The second is that you can use the Metalfoes monsters to Pendulum Summon both Master Pendulum and Vector Pendulum Back to the field, which can quickly snowball into a ton of additional plays, including a potential second Master Peace.

The other interesting play here is that you can use Dragonic Diagram to not only destroy Box of Friends, but grab Master Peace as well. That's a straightforward two-card combo to get to your ace monster, and it's what drew me to this deck now more than ever. Take a look at what I've been testing.

    Box Of Friends Metalfoes Doug Zeeff    
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Archfiend Eccentrick
3 Box of Friends
1 Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
3 Master Peace, the True Dracoslayer
3 Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
3 Metalfoes Goldriver
3 Metalfoes Silverd
3 Metalfoes Steelen
3 Metalfoes Volflame
1 Raremetalfoes Bismugear
3 Vector Pendulum, the Dracoverlord
1 Zombowwow
Monsters [29]
1 Draco Face-Off
3 Dragonic Diagram
1 Fullmetalfoes Fusion
1 Metalfoes Fusion
1 Painful Decision
2 Terraforming
Spells [9]
2 Metalfoes Combination
Traps [2]
Deck Total [40]


1 Daigusto Emeral
2 Dinoster Power, the Mighty Dracoslayer
1 Fullmetalfoes Alkahest
1 Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer
1 Majester Paladin, the Ascending Dracoslayer
1 Metalfoes Adamante
2 Metalfoes Mithrilium
1 Metalfoes Orichalc
1 Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
1 Princess Cologne
1 Tornado Dragon
Extra Deck [15]

At first glance, one of the stranger things about this deck is the triple Master Pendulum and triple Vector Pendulum. While Master Pendulum was a staple three-of back when Draco Performapals were a big deck, Vector Pendulum was almost always a two-of, and occasionally players just ran one single copy. The reason to play more than one back then was to make sure your Draco Face-Off was always live, and the reason now is similar, even though Draco Face-Off is Limited.

You want access to both monsters not only when you resolve Box of Friends, but also when your Master Peace gets destroyed (which it will). That's two copies of each of those cards, so if there were only two Vector Pendulums and you drew one of them you'd be at a severe disadvantage. I will say that I sometimes used Box of Friends to grab Metalfoes Steelen instead of Vector Pendulum, because you can use it with Master Pendulum for Metalfoes Mithrilium. It's not a standard play by any means, but it came up often enough that I feel it's worth mentioning.

I also settled on just one copy of Zombowwow. I was running two for a while, but it's a bit more restrictive than Box of Friends because it needs to be destroyed on the field. What's cool is that if you have two Metalfoes and Zombowwow you can use both the Metalfoes to not only get to Box of Friends and the monsters it summons, but also two set backrow.

Obviously you're losing a lot of the power plays available to Metalfoes Zoodiacs right now if you're playing this build. But it's still an interesting alternative that I had a lot of fun winning with, and some of the Turn 1 boards are scary to go up against. Once you get to Box of Friends it's easy to summon Dinoster Power, the Mighty Dracoslayer and Majester Paladin, the Ascending Dracoslayer as well, lining up your hand for future turns.

In terms of fun Pendulum strategies you might want to check out before Link Summoning takes over, Box of Friends Metalfoes is definitely one of my favorites!

-Doug Zeeff

Doug Zeeff hails from Michigan and is currently an English major in college. When he's not found emailing Konami about why there's not a single walrus card in all of Yu-Gi-Oh! you can find him regularly posting unorthodox, unfiltered Yu-Gi-Oh! content on his Youtube channel, Dzeeff. In his spare time he enjoys eating cheese, Overwatch, and, of course, playing Yu-Gi-Oh. Click here to follow him and his adventures on Facebook!

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