Rerouting: Necrofear Ghostricks

Loukas Peterson

7/26/2017 11:00:00 AM
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I know I say all the time that Fableds are my favorite deck ever, but if I was given the ultimatum of either Ghostrick or Fabled support, I would choose Ghostricks in a heartbeat. Simply put I've had more success with Ghostricks, and the strategy's a strong one overall. All they need is two or three cards with revolutionary effects similar to Ghostrick Angel of MIschief and they could really be competitive.

…Fableds need roughly 87 new cards to be decent.

Ghostricks can be much better now that Link Monsters are around. Since cards like Ghostrick Break circumvent restrictions mandated by Link Zones, you can spend your resources elsewhere. And since Ghostrick monsters need a decent amount of supplemental cards to be viable, you'll be happy all your investments won't be used up in Link Summons. Today's contributor from Gardonne, France writes...

As you like to say it: “Beat your opponents before they beat you!” But the most complicated issue is to find the best way to get there; for that, I wanted something new and different. Instead of destroying the enemy monsters I prefer to steal them, and the best monster for this is the original queen of fiends: Dark Necrofear.

However, I was never able to come up with anything very consistent. My best friends even advise me to abuse the effect of Rank-up Magic Astral Force, because the idea of going from Ghostrick Alucard into Crimson Knight Vampire Bram was just AWESOME. So I grabbed the idea of Dark Necrofear, smashed it together with the Ghostricks, and then added an engine for Rank 3 monsters, and ta-da!

Ghostricks give me a stable source for consistent monsters and card advantage, while blocking many monsters' attacks, and setting up for future plays. Alucard into Bram is not the only option for Astral Force either. I can go from Grenosaurus into Number 61: Volcasaurus to steal a game with hefty amounts of damage, or I can go from Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss into Constellar Pleiades to deal with annoying monsters. So while Bram steals all the monsters in graveyard, Necrofear will seduce my opponent's monsters on the field to come work for me.

-Moulinier J. ~ Gardonne, France

Rank-Up Magic Astral Force is fun - really, really fun.

Take a look at Moulinier's deck.

    Necrofear Ghostricks Ver 1.0 Moulinier J.    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Caius the Shadow Monarch
3 Crane Crane
2 Dark Necrofear
1 Ghostrick Jackfrost
3 Ghostrick Jiangshi
3 Ghostrick Mary
3 Ghostrick Specter
2 Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
1 Tour Guide From the Underworld
Monsters [20]
1 Allure of Darkness
1 Dark Hole
2 Forbidden Lance
3 Mystical Space Typhoon
2 Pot of Duality
3 Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force
Spells [12]
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
2 Call of the Haunted
3 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
1 Torrential Tribute
Traps [8]
Deck Total [40]

EXTRA DECK

1 Constellar Pleiades
2 Crimson Knight Vampire Bram
1 Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
1 Downerd Magician
1 Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger
3 Ghostrick Alucard
2 Ghostrick Angel of MIschief
2 Ghostrick Dullahan
1 Grenosaurus
1 Number 61: Volcasaurus
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


The Extra Deck's already really solid, I can tell you that. There will hardly be any changes since it's so streamlined and efficient, but feel free to take artistic liberty with the Extra Deck if there's something you're burning to play.

As for the rest of the strategy…

Them Ghosts Be Tricky
Ghostrick Alucard has historically been the most played Ghostrick card because it's a generic Rank 3 with potential to pop monsters, spells, and traps as long as they're facedown. In Ghostrick decks, Ghostrick Mary and Ghostrick Jiangshi are the most used Ghostrick monsters since they provide a healthy stream of defense while thinning your deck. Use Ghostrick Mary when you take damage to set Ghostrick Jiangshi only to search another Mary when it's flipped face-up!

Of course, there are other Ghostrick monsters with more practical applications than just that. Ghostrick Spectre fields a Ghostrick and draws a card while Ghostrick Angel of MIschief searches your deck for what Ghostrick Jiangshi can't. Despite their various flaws, the Ghostrick cards are, for the most part, actually pretty good cards with recursion and searching, but since they don't have any heavy hitters, the deck can't finish with anything flashy. Moulinier was on the right track by trying to add another component to the strategy.

That said, it's all a little slow. I'm a fanboy of the original anime series so Dark Necrofear is close to my heart, but the card is terribly paced and doesn't complement the Ghostricks at all. Caius the Shadow Monarch is similar - it has potential, but without any real way to search it or field tributes outside of Ghostrick Mary, the card seems out of place. We need some way to ensure both of them can hit the field sooner.

 Kuribandit
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Kuribandit121495
Set Dragons of Legend: Unleashed
Number DRL3-EN042
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1000 / 700
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

During the End Phase, if this card was Normal Summoned this turn: You can Tribute this card; excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, you can add 1 excavated Spell/Trap Card to your hand, also send the remaining cards to the Graveyard.


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Kuribandit and Allure of Darkness are two cards that come to mind, and they're surprisingly absent here. Ok, so there's one copy of Allure already, but there's no real reason to play fewer than three. Half the cards in your deck will be redundant, and Allure of Darkness simply makes for a smaller deck. And Kuribandit? It loads up your graveyard for Dark Necrofear!

At first I wanted to move the deck towards The Dark Creator simply because it was a Level 8 monster that fed off of Kuribandit, but that hardly panned out. Needing no monsters on the field and at least five Dark monsters in your graveyard is a total killjoy, and The Dark Creator doesn't facilitate much besides Ghostrick Xyz monsters well after they'd be useful. It's flashy, but in the end trying to do too much is nothing more than clunky.

After all, Caius the Shadow Monarch should be more than enough to deal with threats that any crazy combination of conditional Dark boss monsters could. It's simple - with whatever monster you have on field, whether it be a Ghostrick Jiangshi or Ghostrick Specter, will be perfect fodder for Caius. I know, it's completely different than my typical craziness, but I spent way too long trying how to figure out the right proportions of Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of Horror and Archfiend Heiress.

Heck, I didn't even bother playing Archfiend Commander because adding a third Caius ended up being the best option. While Monarchs reigned supreme in 2016 with flashy combos and frightening boss monsters, earlier Monarchs like Caius the Shadow Monarch were all but forgotten. It's still a surprisingly useful card that comes out of left field without many immediate counters.

After all, adding a Rank 6 or Rank 8 emphasis would detract from the crux of the deck - Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force. Turning a corresponding Rank 3 into a Rank 5 powerhouse is the real strength of this strategy. Transforming a measly Grenosaurus into a Number 61: Volcasaurus could end the duel in a flurry of burn damage, but you'll also have Constellar Pleiades and Crimson Vampire Knight Bram at your disposal too!

The only way to field your Rank 5 monsters is to first make a Rank 3, which is best done with Ghostrick Jiangshi and whatever Level 3 monster you have lying around. Obviously another Jiangshi would be ideal, but you may have to use a Kuribandit in a pinch. Tour Guide From the Underworld's the most economical way to make a Rank 3, but you're limited to just one copy of her.

 Dark Necrofear
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Dark Necrofear66795
Set Legendary Collection 3: Yugi's World
Number LC03-EN002
Level 8
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2200 / 2800
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card can only be Special Summoned by removing from play 3 Fiend-Type monsters in your Graveyard. If this card is destroyed by battle, or by your opponent's card effect while it is a Monster Card, equip it to a monster your opponent controls during the End Phase of this turn. Take control of the equipped monster.


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By adding three copies of Kuribandit, you'll have to take out a Crane Crane and a Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss. Early in the game one of those is beyond dead, and the other is only good as a one-of since it dies anytime it hits the field unless under the veil of a Tour Guide.

Here are your changes!

-1 Dark Necrofear
-1 Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
-1 Crane Crane
-1 Ghostrick Specter
-2 Forbidden Lance
-2 Pot of Duality
-1 Mystical Space Typhoon
-2 Call Of The Haunted

+3 Kuribandit
+1 Caius the Shadow Monarch
+1 Ghostrick Lantern
+2 Allure of Darkness
+1 Dark Hole
+1 Raigeki
+1 Ghostrick Scare
+1 Ghostrick-Go-Round

And here's the final deck!

    Necrofear Ghostricks Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
3 Caius the Shadow Monarch
2 Crane Crane
1 Dark Necrofear
1 Ghostrick Jackfrost
3 Ghostrick Jiangshi
1 Ghostrick Lantern
3 Ghostrick Mary
2 Ghostrick Specter
3 Kuribandit
1 Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
1 Tour Guide From the Underworld
Monsters [21]
3 Allure of Darkness
2 Dark Hole
2 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Raigeki
3 Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force
Spells [11]
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Ghostrick Scare
1 Ghostrick-Go-Round
3 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
1 Torrential Tribute
Traps [8]
Deck Total [40]

EXTRA DECK

1 Constellar Pleiades
2 Crimson Knight Vampire Bram
1 Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
1 Downerd Magician
1 Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger
3 Ghostrick Alucard
2 Ghostrick Angel of MIschief
2 Ghostrick Dullahan
1 Grenosaurus
1 Number 61: Volcasaurus
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


It's fun to play Ghostricks with a twist like this - Rank-Up-Magic Astral Force is quite the card, transforming a typical Ghostrick deck with few threats into one with three Rank 5 boss monsters. But what's even more fun is winning with Dark Necrofear.

Worst case scenario, you can sit on the defensive position Necrofear and stall a turn or two since your opponent can't destroy it without handing over one of their monsters as well.

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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