Rerouting Deck Fix: Raccoon Kaijus

Loukas Peterson

9/14/2017 11:00:00 AM
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I don't think I'm being haughty when I say there's a handful of things I'm really good at, but my good sides are often overshadowed by some simplistic shortcomings.

Can I drink water without spilling it on myself? 50/50 shot. Am I bad at eating sandwiches? Just ask Doug “Stealer of Dreams” Zeeff. Can I spell Raccoon? About 85% of the times you'll see the word “Raccoon” in this article were automatically corrected by my spell-checker.

Regardless of that, I've always liked the Raccoon strategy… if you can call it that. Baby Raccoon Ponpoko and Baby Raccoon Tantan boosted by Obedience Schooled resulted in a strategy affectionately nicknamed for the aforementioned cards, but it's more accurate to call it a Level 2 Beast deck since your primary restriction comes from Obedience Schooled. That acknowledged, I like the cute moniker instead.

This week's contributor from France writes…

The link format is really a boon for the raccoon deck thanks to the arrival of Missus Radiant! That's We don't have Number 29: Mannequin Cat quite yet, but the deck's still powerful! Small creatures can turn into scary behemoths!

The addition of Kaiju allows me to get rid of monsters I otherwise couldn't. I know it's not defense in the traditional sense, but with Interrupted Kaiju Slumber, you can turn your defense into an offense is well. I give it up to you to help me maximize the deck's potential. Thank you again for your tremendous work!

-Kevin C. ~ Poitiers, France

And here's the deck!

    Kaiju Raccoons Ver 1.0 Kevin C.    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Baby Raccoon Ponpoko
1 Baby Raccoon Tantan
1 Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju
2 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
1 Kalantosa, Mystical Beast of the Forest
1 Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
1 Peropero Cerperus
1 Radian, the Multidimensional Kaiju
1 Rescue Cat
1 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
2 Summoner Monk
3 Valerifawn, Mystical Beast of the Forest
1 Wind-Up Kitten
2 Yokotuner
Monsters [20]
3 Ayers Rock Sunrise
1 Cattle Call
2 Forbidden Chalice
1 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
3 Obedience Schooled
2 Scapegoat
1 Soul Charge
1 Upstart Goblin
Spells [14]
2 Dimensional Barrier
2 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
1 Torrential Tribute
Traps [6]
Deck Total [40]

EXTRA DECK

1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
1 Firewall Dragon
1 Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow
1 Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree
1 Master of Oz
2 Missus Radiant
1 Naturia Beast
2 Number 64: Ronin Raccoon Sandayu
1 Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend
1 Sky Cavalry Centaurea
1 Stardust Charge Warrior
1 Tornado Dragon
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


Kaiju revolve around Interrupted Kaiju Slumber while Raccoons are centered on Obedience Schooled. At first, the two themes might appear to contrast really well, but there's hardly a situation you'd need to play both cards in the same turn. Kevin's deck makes for a surprisingly interesting combination!

Back in the day, Rescue Cat was the cat's pajamas [Loukas' note: I had to stop writing for about five minutes because my terrible joke was apparently that funny to me]. When the card was errata'd and its effect was changed to make the monsters summoned by Rescue Cat moot, its impact was drastically decreased. Playing Summoner Monk for another Summoner Monk, bringing out Rescue Cat and following up with two X-Saber Airbellum used to be a phenomenal play. It's weird how Yu-Gi-Oh's changed that significantly, but my point is that I really didn't like Summoner Monk in this build. It would be better if we added Rescue Ferret, but that's a deck for another day.

Why no love for the Monk? There's no really pressing reason to remove Rescue Cat, but I found that resolving a Rescue Cat was never the difference between winning and losing. Especially on Turn 1, what would Summoner Monk really accomplish? Before Link Summoming, Summoner Monk may have had more of an impact on your games, but now you're either forced to feed Summoner Monks to premature Link Summons or waste a Rank 4 with the exhausted Monk(s). On top of that, it eats up your Normal Summon and wastes otherwise valuable spells from your hand. Ultimately, Rescue Cat's new restriction means the once powerful kitty now produces mostly useless and effectless monsters.

 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
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Interrupted Kaiju Slumber111188
Set Breakers of Shadow
Number BOSH-EN089
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Destroy as many monsters on the field as possible, then Special Summon in Attack Position, 2 "Kaiju" monsters with different names from your Deck (1 on each side), but they cannot change their battle positions, and must attack, if able. During your Main Phase, except the turn this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can banish this card from your Graveyard; add 1 "Kaiju" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only activate 1 "Interrupted Kaiju Slumber" per turn.


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Just because Summoner Monk proved to be too niche of a card doesn't mean netting free monsters is a bad thing. Even though Yokotuner can only Special Summon Tuners, I found it just as good as Rescue Cat when it came to netting free cards as long as I added a Level 2 Tuner - in this case The Fabled Cerburrel. Your first chunk of Extra Deck Summons will obviously be delegated to a Link Monster like Missus Radiant. And all other things being equal, Yokotuner will do a fine job adding to your on-field monster count, and it also lets you reuse monsters you're playing in short supply. With The Fabled Cerburrel, Yokotuner can revive a Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 Tuner.

In removing the emphasis on Rescue Cat, it didn't seem important to keep Pero Pero Cerberus. Most of the time I wouldn't bring it out with Rescue Cat, and since Obedience Schooled can't bring it to your field, it was just another card I didn't want to draw. Speaking of one-ofs, I've never been a big fan of Ryko, Lightsworn Summoner in Raccoon decks. It's the very definition of telegraphing your plays to your opponent after Normal Summoning Baby Raccoon Ponpoko and it's really easy to play around.

The Best Offense Is A Good Defense?
You may have heard the mantra “the best defense is a good offense,” but the same can be said in some ways about the reverse. Outside of Obedience Schooled, you don't have a lot of powerful cards that will turn the tide of the game with a single activation. Sometimes preparing for your big turns will pay out in the long run, which is why I'm glad Kevin already played Scapegoat! I'm immediately bumping up the Scapegoat count to three because it's one of the best cards for a deck like this one.

The most obvious reason is the sheer defense it provides. By nature of their strategies, some decks benefit more than others from cards that shut down your opponent's attacks, whether it be Battle Fader or Threatening Roar. Scapegoat acts as four meat shields with the added bonus that you get to keep whatever Tokens remain after the battle. However if you wait until after the Battle Phase, you'll get to keep all four Tokens for your turn, instantly netting you a Firewall Dragon, Missus Radiant, or other Link Monster!

And without an Interrupted Kaiju Slumber or Obedience Schooled, you may find yourself up the creek without a paddle. With three copies of Scapegoat, one can argue you'll have another key card you'll want to see on your first few turns to get the game going. Scapegoat fills your defensive mandates while simultaneously fuelling your aggressive front.

Thankfully, there's not a whole lot you'll need to change to push the deck in a stronger direction. I really hate Soul Charge in strategies like this because your revived monsters are all so… bad. Don't bother paying so many Life Points for weak creatures sans any real effect. I don't think Torrential Tribute's really necessary as Kaijus will hopefully take care of the big threats, but one thing I'm missing is Pot of Desires. Hopefully you won't banish all the copies of certain cards you need, but I don't see a reason not to max out of Pot of Desires now that it's such an awfully affordable card.

 Pot of Desires
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Pot of Desires141277
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN004
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Banish 10 cards from the top of your Deck, face-down; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Desires" per turn.


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One more big change that I didn't want to lump in with the introduction of Scapegoat - I want to play Enemy Controller. At first that may sound confusing, but think about all the… dare I say useless monsters you'll inevitably control? Enemy Controller eats whatever extra Beast you have lying around and takes whatever opposing monster you deem worthy. That may seem like too big a cost, but I think it's an added punch Kevin's strategy really needs.

Heck, you could always revive something with Yokotuner, tribute it away to steal a Kaiju you just dropped, and make a big Synchro that way! Here are the final changes to the deck.

-2 Summoner Monk
-1 Peropero Cerperus
-1 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
-1 Upstart Goblin
-1 Soul Charge
-1 Solemn Warning
-1 Torrential Tribute

-1 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
-1 Stardust Charge Warrior
-1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
-1 Tornado Dragon

+1 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
+1 Baby Raccoon Tantan
+1 Yokotuner
+1 The Fabled Cerburrel
+1 Scapegoat
+1 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
+3 Enemy Controller
+3 Pot of Desires

+1 The Fabled Unicore
+1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
+1 Formula Synchron
+1 The Phantom Knights of Cursed Javelin

The Extra Deck was especially tricky because I always felt like I was leaving something out no matter which cards I included in given versions along the way. For example, do you need The Phantom Knights of Cursed Javelin?

Apparently I do, because I always seem to be reaching for it.

    Kaiju Raccoons Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Baby Raccoon Ponpoko
2 Baby Raccoon Tantan
1 Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju
1 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
2 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
1 Kalantosa, Mystical Beast of the Forest
1 Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
1 Radian, the Multidimensional Kaiju
1 Rescue Cat
1 The Fabled Cerburrel
3 Valerifawn, Mystical Beast of the Forest
1 Wind-Up Kitten
3 Yokotuner
Monsters [20]
3 Ayers Rock Sunrise
1 Cattle Call
3 Enemy Controller
2 Forbidden Chalice
2 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
3 Obedience Schooled
3 Pot of Desires
3 Scapegoat
Spells [20]
2 Dimensional Barrier
2 Solemn Strike
Traps [4]
Deck Total [44]

EXTRA DECK

1 Firewall Dragon
1 Formula Synchron
1 Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow
1 Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree
1 Master of Oz
2 Missus Radiant
1 Naturia Beast
2 Number 64: Ronin Raccoon Sandayu
1 Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend
1 Sky Cavalry Centaurea
1 The Fabled Unicore
1 The Phantom Knights of Cursed Javelin
1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


Note that while the deck count went a ways above 40 cards, that kind of padding is needed with the addition of Pot of Desires.

I considered playing to a bigger emphasis on Cattle Call, because its interactions with Missus Radiant are impeccable. You'd lose the ATK boost from your fluffy pup, but in exchange you'll get two free Linked Zones and you'll get a free monster when Missus Radiant dies. But the deck's already pretty big, so the single copy might be good enough. Bringing out a Master of OZ and getting a beefy Token is really awesome.

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 making “attempts” at “art” and playing his ukulele terribly, or on Thursday nights, practicing punching the air for an upcoming contest. 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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