Rerouting Deck Fix: Rescute Metalfoes

Loukas Peterson

10/12/2017 11:00:00 AM

I wasn't overly kind when I removed Emerging Emergency Rescute Rescue from my Robo Rabbit strategy last week, but I hope I didn't come across as an opponent of the card. It's totally adorable – just super cute – and in the right context it could be a powerful asset.

Did I mention how cute it is?

Ironically enough, the four Rescue Squad members usually don't work well together, since each is tied to a different summoning mechanic. Why would a card supporting Pendulum monsters work well with Xyz? It's not entirely moot; you could summon Rescue Cat or Rescue Hamster with Rescue Ferret, it's just not a great idea since it negates the effects of its Rescue counterparts.

This week's contributor from New Mexico writes…

Metalfoes haven't been doing as well as I thought they would in the new format. When the new Forbidden & Limited List dropped a short time ago, didn't you think that Paleozoic and Metalfoe strategies would rise to the top like they were in early 2017, before Zoodiacs hit the stage? Maybe I was just being overly optimistic, but maybe I'm not. Keep in mind, we have three Rescue Rabbits at our disposal, so why not leverage that card while we can?

Metalfoes Mithrillium is my favorite card by far - and for good reason. With Daigusto Emeral finally landing on the F&L List, you have to turn our attention elsewhere to recycle cards back to your deck. Perhaps we'll get Emeral back one day, but the in the meantime… not so much.


-Alex S. ~ Sante Fe, New Mexico

The cat's out of the bag with how I'm going to transform this deck. I don't always hijack a strategy and run with it in a different direction, but when someone sends me a run of the mill Metalfoes build, I figure I have a lot of creative freedom.

So, yeah, the joke's on you, Alex. Check out his submission.

    Rabbit Metalfoes Ver 1.0 Alex S.    
Main Deck
Side Deck
3 Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow
3 Metalfoes Goldriver
3 Metalfoes Silverd
3 Metalfoes Steelen
3 Metalfoes Volflame
3 Raremetalfoes Bismugear
3 Rescue Rabbit
2 Sabersaurus
3 Sangan
Monsters [26]
2 Fullmetalfoes Fusion
1 Metalfoes Fusion
3 Painful Decision
3 Pot of Desires
3 Summoner's Art
Spells [12]
2 Metalfoes Combination
2 Metalfoes Counter
Traps [4]
Deck Total [42]


2 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
2 Decode Talker
1 Evolzar Dolkka
1 Evolzar Laggia
1 Firewall Dragon
1 Fullmetalfoes Alkahest
1 Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer
1 Link Spider
2 Metalfoes Mithrilium
1 Metalfoes Orichalc
1 PSY-Framelord Omega
1 The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
Extra Deck [15]

If my endgoal was to build a run-of-the-mill Metalfoes deck, I wouldn't have much critique for this; there wouldn't be much I'd choose to do to streamline Alex's strategy.

But that's not the case today! Too bad, so sad. Let's get to work.

How About We Call them Metalfriends?
Most of my aversion to Metalfoes stemmed from their complete dominance in the competitive scene for parts of 2016 and 2017. When you see them in every match of every tournament, their mere use in a modern strategy could drive you up the wall. Metalfoes are a pretty solid Pendulum theme, but Magicians, Performapals, and Qliphorts would give them a run for their money. That said, Metalfoes won't be the focal point of today's fix.

Talk about anti-climactic if you thought my topic would purely be Pendulums.

Looking at all four of the Rescue monsters - Rescue Ferret, Rescue Cat, Rescue Hamster, and Rescue Rabbit – you can make the argument that all four will work together if you bend a few conventions. Rescue Cat merely dictates that you use Beast monsters and Rescue Ferret takes a hefty investment to produce. Rescue Rabbit and Rescue Hamster naturally fit into the Metalfoes strategy, so those two cause no problems. But those first two? They spell trouble.

Let's talk about Rescue Cat first. Sadly, Rescue Cat's errata makes it extremely hard to work with. Pretty much every Level 3 or lower Beast monster is useless by virtue of it being an effect monster and directly clashing with the whole “negated effects” clause of Rescue Cat. When you're searching through cards, you'll find there isn't a Reborn Tengu or Performage Trick Clown equivalent that Rescue Cat can bring to the field, so it really has no saving grace extending its range or creating bigger plays. That's the biggest reason I think we need some alternative ways to capitalize on a niche card.

I might sound optimistic, but it's hard to beat the Synchro Cat decks of old. But fear not, we can always modernize the strategy. In looking for Rescue Cat options, I was pleasantly reminded of the Cat's ability to bring out both Tuners and non-Tuners; a single Rescue Cat can be a free Synchro of Level 2 to Level 6. One card stuck out in particular - XX-Saber Hyunlei. Its requirements are surprisingly simple - a non-Tuner X-Saber monster and a Tuner. If I had to guess, I would've assumed they were more restrictive, but a simple XX-Saber Darksoul is a simple segue to a Synchro monster that will shatter most if not all of your opponent's spell and trap cards.

 XX-Saber Hyunlei
XX-Saber Hyunlei34547
Set Absolute Powerforce
Number ABPF-EN044
Level 6
Type Synchro/Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 2300 / 1300
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

1 Tuner monster + 1 or more non-Tuner X-Saber monsters. // When this card is Synchro Summoned, you can select and destroy up to 3 Spell or Trap Cards on the field.

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With X-Saber Airbellum as your Level 3 Tuner, you aren't solely restricted to X-Saber Synchro monsters. Given the current restrictions of the Extra Monster Zoe, Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing is one of the strongest Level 7 monsters right now. Not only does it have a sizeable ATK and built-in protection, it can destroy your opponent's cards in a flash.

XX-Saber Darksoul rounds out the miniature strategy, searching more copies of your Tuner for future plays when you're bereft of Rescue Cat. After all, I don't want to bog the deck down with Cats. It's supposed to be a niche component of the strategy here, not the focal point.

Now Onto That Dastardly Ferret!
Based on the sheer number of cards that Rescue Ferret can Special Summon, you'd think there'd be an infinite number of decks revolving around the card.

Simply put, you're right, but all the extremely broken combos so far involve other specific cards. You'll need to open with Brilliant Fusion or something else to abuse your Rescue Ferret with. Strangely enough, Rescue Ferret has a lot of potential in Burning Abyss, but that's straying too far off the beaten path. I'd rather not toy around with a 60 card deck today.

You know one of the better ways to capitalize on Rescue Ferret? Just double down on the other tricks we already implemented. As I said, you could spend literally infinite time piecing together every possible combination of monsters Rescue Ferret can search, but in the end it's safer to focus on the X-Sabers and Metalfoes.

After all, wouldn't you like to actually summon boss monsters like Metalfoes Mithrilium? Rescue Ferret instantly turns into two Metalfoes monsters: Metalfoes Goldriver and Metalfoes Steelen to fulfill the requirements for Mithrilium. Even better, you can Special Summon an X-Saber Garsem and the aforementioned Metalfoes Steelen; Garsem's a prime target for a Metalfoes' destruction effect, making a segue into X-Saber Faultroll to further diversify your plays. Metalfoes Mithrillium won't win games on its own.

While it may seem like the deck's running away into an X-Saber strategy, I don't think that's really what we're doing. X-Saber decks largely hinge on XX-Saber Gottoms's hand disruption effect, but the individual X-Saber monsters here largely just a means to an end, Summoning big Link threats and putting pressure on your opponent with other Extra Deck monsters. Playing the X-Sabers with the Rescue family, you're adding another layer of power to the one-dimensional Metalfoes strategy.

 Rescue Ferret
Rescue Ferret139193
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-EN029
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 300 / 100
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

You can shuffle this card you control into the Deck; Special Summon monster(s) from your Deck, except "Rescue Ferret", whose total Levels equal 6, to your zone(s) a Link Monster(s) points to, but those Summoned monsters have their effects negated, also destroy them during the End Phase. You can only use this effect of "Rescue Ferret" once per turn.

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Here are the changes - some things I liked but simply couldn't keep in due to space. I romanticize the idea of Evolzar Laggia and Evolzar Dolkka in every deck I pilot, but fate is a cruel mistress in that regard.

-1 Raremetalfoes Bismugear
-3 Sangan
-1 Rescue Rabbit
-2 Sabersaurus
-3 Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow
-1 Painful Decision
-1 Metalfoes Counter

-2 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
-1 The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
-1 Decode Talker
-1 Evolzar Dolkka
-1 Evolzar Laggia

+3 Rescue Cat
+3 Rescue Ferret
+2 XX-Saber Faultroll
+1 XX-Saber Garsem
+2 X-Saber Airbellum
+2 XX-Saber Darksoul
+1 Mare Mare
+3 Summoner Monk
+3 Emerging Emergency Rescute Rescue

+2 Missus Radiant
+1 Mistar Boy
+1 XX-Saber Hyunlei
+1 Constellar Ptolemy M7
+1 Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing

One card I forgot to explain, which you might've noticed in the recap above, was Mare Mare. It's a target for Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing and a little more: using a Summoner Monk and a spell card, you can bring out X-Saber Airbellum and XX-Saber Darksoul and go into a quick Yazi.

When Yazi destroys itself, you'll fetch Mare Mare, spit out three Tokens for a Mistar Boy and set yourself up for even more plays having three monsters leftover. It's not revolutionary or anything, but it's a neat interaction hidden within a set of already strong cards.

So here's the final deck!

    Rescute X-Saber Metalfoes Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Mare Mare
3 Metalfoes Goldriver
3 Metalfoes Silverd
3 Metalfoes Steelen
3 Metalfoes Volflame
2 Raremetalfoes Bismugear
3 Rescue Cat
3 Rescue Ferret
2 Rescue Rabbit
3 Summoner Monk
2 X-Saber Airbellum
2 XX-Saber Darksoul
2 XX-Saber Faultroll
1 XX-Saber Garsem
Monsters [33]
3 Emerging Emergency Rescute Rescue
2 Fullmetalfoes Fusion
1 Metalfoes Fusion
2 Painful Decision
3 Pot of Desires
3 Summoner's Art
Spells [14]
2 Metalfoes Combination
1 Metalfoes Counter
Traps [3]
Deck Total [50]


1 Constellar Ptolemy M7
1 Decode Talker
1 Firewall Dragon
1 Fullmetalfoes Alkahest
1 Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer
1 Link Spider
2 Metalfoes Mithrilium
1 Metalfoes Orichalc
2 Missus Radiant
1 Mistar Boy
1 PSY-Framelord Omega
1 XX-Saber Hyunlei
1 Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing
Extra Deck [15]

Now that Link monsters demand a bigger share of your Extra Deck, hybrid strategies like these are becoming that much tighter; one of the main reasons I couldn't keep going with the X-Saber support.

If you're purely in the business of looping all of the cards from your opponent's hand, you could shuffle things around for that purpose. I'd personally like to have a more interesting deck by leveraging Emerging Emergency Rescute Rescue while I can, but perhaps we'll see an alternative strategy in the future.

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 trying to figure out his life 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 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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