Rerouting: Possessed Fairy Tail

Loukas Peterson

7/5/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Since I tend to use a lot of silly naming conventions, it can take me a considerable number of minutes digging before I can find a deck I wrote on previously.

I remember that at some point, I received a submission involving the Familiar Possessed monsters, but the name I gave it was hardly conducive to future Loukas finding the actual article. The aforementioned deck morphed into a Toadally Awesome strategy and strayed away from the Familiars in the end, but this week a certain Fairy Tale card led me back to the OG Spellcasters rocking 1850 ATK.

Our latest contributor from Texas writes...

Hey there Loukas,

First off your articles have given me Inspiration and taught me so much about innovative deck building and just the game in general. So thanks for that! A couple years ago I saw a deck profile of a Familiar-Possessed stratey and thought that it was such an interesting idea. Using Secret Village of the Spellcasters to stun your opponent and using Unpossessed for a string of monsters that could attack for 2650 ATK? Seemed pretty good to me. With the Invoked Fusions offering a variety of different attributes, and Aleister the Invoker being a Spellcaster, I thought why not put the two together?

Unpossessed is great for making Rank 4's and beating over big monsters with the Familiar-Possessed monsters, while Secret Village of the Spellcasters can be a nightmare for your opponent in the right matchup. While these cards are good, making an Invoked Purgatrio and flipping your opponent's monsters face down with Book of Eclipse or Quaking Mirror Force is just fantastic! The deck often steals wins, which is really fun. I'm open to any suggestions you might have, and I really think this deck could be even better if I could just see Unpossessed more often. Maybe it needs more ways to stun the opponent? Maybe it just needs fewer cards? What do you think?

Thank you for your time!

-Hayden B. ~ Conroe, Texas

Not to minimize anything else about the deck, but the entire strategy boils down to Fairy Tale - Luna. Its effect mirrors the Forbidden Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin while also being a searcher! Sure, you opponent has a window to negate its effect, but Luna is massively underappreciated.

Let's take a look at Hayden's submission.

    Possessed Fairy Tail Ver 1.0 Hayden B.    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Aleister the Invoker
2 Artifact Scythe
2 Chocolate Magician Girl
2 Fairy Tail - Luna
1 Fairy Tail - Snow
2 Familiar-Possessed - Hiita
2 Familiar-Possessed - Wynn
2 Inari Fire
3 Jigabyte
1 Nefarious Archfiend Eater of Nefariousness
Monsters [19]
1 Book of Eclipse
3 Double Summon
1 Invocation
2 Magical Meltdown
1 Secret Village of the Spellcasters
2 Supply Squad
2 Terraforming
2 Wonder Wand
Spells [14]
3 Artifact Sanctum
2 Quaking Mirror Force
3 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
3 Unpossessed
Traps [12]
Deck Total [45]

EXTRA DECK

1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Downerd Magician
1 Invoked Cocytus
1 Invoked Magellanica
2 Invoked Mechaba
2 Invoked Purgatrio
1 King of the Feral Imps
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number 80: Rhapsody in Berserk
1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
Extra Deck [12]
Notes:


Thanks to Unpossessed, the Artifact monsters, and Fairy Tail - Luna, you could make an argument that a stun variant would be the way to go with this, but let's save that for another day.

Yeah, yeah, it's probably good or something, but it's infinitely more boring than an Invoked version!

Searches On Searches On Searches
Familiar Possessed - Luna can search any Spellcaster with 1850 ATK from your deck, and while that may not seem like a lot, it's amazing for the singular fact that Luna itself is a Spellcaster with 1850 ATK. Imagine if Neo-Spacian Grand Mole could search a copy of itself. I know Luna's not a perfect comparison to Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin or Grand Mole, but it's arguable better than either of them thanks to its self-replacing effect, ease of Summon, and overall versatility.

Of course, Luna can search other monsters besides itself, hence the whole reason for this article. It'd be silly to build a deck solely around one self-searching monster that needs a Normal Summon to kick in. Not only do we have a handful of Familiar Possessed monsters that sync with Unpossessed, but the other Fairy Tail monsters are quite good, too! If you've ever played against a deck that yards Light monsters or just a whole lot of cards, then you're probably aware of the painfully annoying Fairy Tail - Snow. It's a free revival that delivers a built-in Book of Moon, even when it's Special Summoned.

And since the main suite of monsters are Spellcasters, monsters like Jigabyte, Nefarious Archfiend Eater of Nefariousness, and Inari Fire can join the fun with free Special Summons. There's some synergy with their specific secondary effects, but their use is largely warranted by the fact that they're a free drop on the field as long as you have a Spellcaster. But that's where we run into a slight problem.

 Fairy Tail - Luna
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Fairy Tail - Luna131155
Set Maximum Crisis
Number MACR-EN038
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1850 / 1000
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

When this card is Normal Summoned: You can add 1 Spellcaster-Type monster with 1850 ATK from your Deck to your hand. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; your opponent can send 1 card with that monster's name from their Deck or Extra Deck to the Graveyard to negate this effect, otherwise return both this card and that monster to the hand.


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Keeping a Fairy Tail - Luna on the board or dropping an Invoked Fusion monster isn't always congruent with spamming Rank 4 Xyz, but we want to strike a balance. For starters, I'd like to add a third Fairy Tail - Luna and another Fairy Tail - Snow. They don't lead to the same kind of trump sequence as Aleister the Invoker can, so I'd like to take things a bit further and capitalize on Double Summon by also adding Brilliant Fusion and Empowerment.

Neither of those cars are revolutionary on their own, but they help you churn out Rank 4 monsters in a pinch. Obviously, Fusions like Invoked Machaba and Invoked Purgatrio will be dealing the most damage, but quick access to other Extra Deck threats only makes your frontal assault that much stronger. Neither of them take a huge investment to play, and since Terraforming was here already it seemed like an easy choice. With three Double Summons and three Brilliant Fusions, your opponent could wind up trying to deal with a Rank 4, a Fairy Tail - Luna, and an Invoked Fusion all on their first turn.

As They Say, Stun Is Less Fun
I like the idea of a deck built around Spellcasters with 1850 ATK or DEF 1500, but there's not much there to hold the theme together on its own. After all, Unpossessed is only one card, so when you're trying to match a lot of themes together, you'll get less than ideal hands. Artifact Sanctum and Artifact Scythe can be extremely useful, but they can also lead to dead draws and those card slots could be better filled with Dimensional Barrier. Supply Squad's great in theory, but with very few active ways to pop your monsters, it falls short. The same goes for Wonder Wand. I like it, but to make the most of Wonder Wand and skyrocket your card economy you'll need an ideal setup.

Instead of adding Pot of Duality and shuffling up the traps, it's better to omit that leg of the deck completely. After all, we need space for Brilliant Fusion and extra copies of several monsters Hayden already plays, and Performage Trick Clown needs some room too, right?

I heavily debated adding the other Fairy Tail monsters, but Fairy Tail - Rella works best if we keep Wonder Wand in the deck and Fairy Tail - Sleeper just isn't up to par compared to the other Fairy Tails. While there are more than 50 Spellcasters with 1500 DEF, there aren't a ton that are worth playing here – the deck list's already pretty full.

You know what's surprisingly not full? The Extra Deck, where we have some wiggle room in light of a slim submission.

 Brilliant Fusion
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Brilliant Fusion122379
Set 2016 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP16-EN082
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

When this card is activated: Fusion Summon 1 "Gem-Knight" Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your Deck as Fusion Materials, but change its ATK and DEF to 0. If this card leaves the field, destroy that monster. Once per turn: You can discard 1 Spell Card; the monster Special Summoned by this card's effect gains ATK and DEF equal to its original ATK and DEF, until the end of your opponent's turn. You can only activate 1 "Brilliant Fusion" per turn.


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While I considered adding the other Invoked Fusions, they don't serve much of a purpose and don't mesh well with the natural flow of this deck. Without going out of our way, we won't have any Dark or Earth monsters to pitch for a quick Fusion, despite the chance to have a random Gem-Knight Seraphinite hovering around thanks to Brilliant Fusion.

And speaking of superfluous cards, I really didn't like Chocolate Magician Girl. With more ways to field or yard your monsters, like Empowerment and Brilliant Fusion, Chocolate Magician Girl's first effect rarely came into play. Without Toadally Awesome and Bahamut Shark, I felt like it didn't merit a spot.

-2 Artifact Scythe
-1 Familiar-Possessed - Aussa
-2 Chocolate Magician Girl
-2 Supply Squad
-2 Wonder Wand
-3 Artifact Sanctum

-1 Downerd Magician

+1 Familiar-Possessed - Hiita
+1 Fairy Tail - Snow
+1 Fairy Tail - Luna
+1 Performage Trick Clown
+1 Dragodies the Empowered Warrior
+1 Gem-Knight Garnet
+1 Green Turtle Summoner
+1 Terraforming
+3 Brilliant Fusion
+1 Invocation
+1 Book of Eclipse
+1 Empowerment

+1 Gem-Knight Seraphinite
+1 Daigusto Emeral
+1 Cairngorgon, Antiluminescent Knight
+1 Tornado Dragon

To be honest, I wanted to start throwing Gravekeepers in here just to see what would happen, but that's risky and doesn't offer enough of a reward. The only really crazy card I added was Green Turtle Summoner, which despite what its name would lead you to believe, removes monsters from the field instead of summoning them.

Here's the final deck, which even packs an Extra Book of Eclipse. As Hayden said, it's really fun to set all your opponent's monsters and OTK them right there!

    Possessed Fairy Tail Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Aleister the Invoker
1 Dragodies, the Empowered Warrior
3 Fairy Tail - Luna
2 Fairy Tail - Snow
1 Familiar-Possessed - Aussa
1 Familiar-Possessed - Hiita
2 Familiar-Possessed - Wynn
1 Gem-Knight Garnet
1 Green Turtle Summoner
2 Inari Fire
3 Jigabyte
1 Nefarious Archfiend Eater of Nefariousness
1 Performage Trick Clown
Monsters [21]
2 Book of Eclipse
3 Brilliant Fusion
3 Double Summon
1 Empowerment
1 Invocation
2 Magical Meltdown
1 Secret Village of the Spellcasters
3 Terraforming
Spells [16]
2 Quaking Mirror Force
3 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
3 Unpossessed
Traps [9]
Deck Total [46]

EXTRA DECK

1 Cairngorgon, Antiluminescent Knight
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Gem-Knight Seraphinite
1 Invoked Cocytus
1 Invoked Magellanica
2 Invoked Mechaba
2 Invoked Purgatrio
1 King of the Feral Imps
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number 80: Rhapsody in Berserk
1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
1 Tornado Dragon
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


If my bias wasn't too obvious, I'm all about Fairy Tail Luna: it's one of my favorite new cards and I want to shove it in everything - Spellbooks, Performapals, jars of peanut butter, you name it. While I'm undecided on if it will make the final cut in my World Championship Qualifier deck this weekend, it's going to take a lot of convincing to make me play a deck without it.

Today's creation isn't too expensive, but if you want an upgrade and have a spare leg to sell on the black market, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring would be helpful when you're going second. Don't sweat it, though - you still have a lot of threats at your disposal both in the Main and Extra Decks!

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!

-Loukas Peterson


Loukas Peterson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where it's warmer than warm, whatever that means. 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 on Thursday nights, practicing punching the air. Hailed as the only person capable of cooking Minute Rice in 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 rerouting.tcgplayer@gmail.com 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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