Rerouting Deck Fix: Nimble Critters

Loukas Peterson

11/9/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Sometimes themes and strategies in Yu-Gi-Oh! are carefully planned.

Other times, random cards like Nimble Momonga inspire a string of seemingly incoherent monsters that somehow morph into something totally legitimate. While not all of the Nimble cards facilitate the same strategy, the seven Nimble monsters do form quite the diverse card pool.

Today's contributor from Spain writes…

Hello Loukas!

Ever since its release, there has been a card that piqued my interest more than any other. It's a long forgotten card that was pretty useful back in the day, even if it was found only in a deck of its own, with Frogs and Monarchs. That card is Sea Lancer, and it was the crux of your first article!

With the new Link monsters and the release of Nimble Beaver, this deck is ready to open the floodgates by taking a whole different direction, while keeping the concept of Tribute Summoning Sea Lancer untouched. Here's my list!

-Juan José M. ~ Spain

I've toyed with the idea of doing an Under the Radar deck profile about Nimble Monsters, but I'm glad to have held off! Of all the Nimble monsters, I'm most accustomed to using Super-Nimble Mega Hamster, but that guy isn't even in the deck.

It's a new Nimble deck today; check out Juan Jose's build…

    Nimble Critters Ver 1.0 Juan Jose M.    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Battle Fader
3 Dupe Frog
2 Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord
2 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
3 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
2 Mathematician
1 Maxx "C"
3 Nimble Angler
3 Nimble Beaver
3 Nimble Manta
1 Poison Draw Frog
3 Sea Lancer
3 Swap Frog
3 True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer
Monsters [34]
1 Foolish Burial
1 Raigeki
1 Salvage
2 Scapegoat
1 Soul Charge
Spells [6]
Deck Total [40]

EXTRA DECK

1 Akashic Magician
1 Borreload Dragon
1 Decode Talker
1 Ib the World Chalice Priestess
1 Link Spider
1 Missus Radiant
2 Mistar Boy
1 Ningirsu the World Chalice Warrior
1 Number 45: Crumble Logos the Prophet of Demolition
1 Proxy Dragon
1 The Phantom Knights of Cursed Javelin
2 Toadally Awesome
1 Topologic Bomber Dragon
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


It sounds silly, but sometimes I'm surprised to see non-Link Monsters in an Extra Deck, ya know?

Link Monsters obviously benefit from the rule changes, but it's refreshing to see a handful of Xyz in today's strategy!

Mistar Boy And Pals
Right now, we only have Mistar Boy and Missus Radiant on the list of Attribute-exclusive boss Link Monsters, but soon I think we'll also get Link versions of Witch's Apprentice, Bladefly, Hoshiningen, and Little Chimera. Maybe we'll also get updated card texts to those monsters since they all read… slightly differently, given the latest printing of each card.

Mistar Boy isn't the crux of a Nimble deck, but it's the easiest way to throw down a bunch of Water monsters from your Extra Deck. For a few months, Link Monsters kept a tight and deadly grip on the Extra Deck, but with the influx of Links on the horizon, virtually every “type” of deck will have some form of generic Link Monster. If your deck is based around Water monsters, the easiest to Summon is obviously Mistar Boy, so I use the term “type” very loosely.

Backing up, let's go ahead and just say it: Nimble Beaver is the only reason a deck like Juan Jose's is viable. Nimbles used to live and die by Lemuria, the Forgotten City. Sure, the monsters it can Special Summon aren't the best, but Nimble Beaver is like a Coach Soldier Wolfbark and Tour Guide From the Underworld wrapped into one little watery cutie. When you Normal Summon Nimble Beaver, you'll have the option of a Toadally Awesome and a Mistar Boy - and those are the worst things you can do with them.

The remaining four cards in your opening hand could be four copies of Snapesnatch, and you'd still be in a pretty decent situation.

 Mistar Boy
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Mistar Boy148338
Set Circuit Break
Number CIBR-EN052
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Aqua
Attribute WATER 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Common
Card Text

2 WATER monsters
All WATER monsters on the field gain 500 ATK and DEF, also all FIRE monsters on the field lose 400 ATK and DEF. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 WATER monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Mistar Boy" once per turn.


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That said, it's not a card you can easily get to. There's no “Fire Formation - Nimble” or “Atlantean Nimble” that we can leverage. There are plenty of ways to yard Nimble Beaver, but sadly one of your best follow-ups to that is returning it with Salvage. Opening with a Salvage, or even two Salvages in your opening hand can be detrimental, but with many ways to field or yard a Nimble Beaver, I think it's worth the risk to run a second copy.

While Juan Jose's Nimble lineup is lean and perfect, there's a glaring hole in the Frog family - no Ronintoadin! Frogs go so well with some of the Nimbles for a lot of different reasons, a few of them being the Extra Deck monsters they can easily make. Ronintoadin provides a free material for Xyz Summons and a recurring monster for Link Summons - with enough Frogs to banish in the graveyard! Together, the Nimbles and the Frogs form a tight interspecies family that can throw down a ton of field presence.

Normal Summons Are Best Summons
One glaring downside to this deck is its dependence on the Nimble Beaver Normal Summon. As much as I'll eternally praise Nimble Beaver, I learned with just a few starting hands that the games where you don't have a Swap Frog or Nimble Beaver are drastically different than games where you do.

I toyed around with other standalone all-stars like Brilliant Fusion, Dragonic Diagram, and even Mermail Abyssteus, but in the end I found Genex Undine to be most beneficial. Side note: Queen Galaxy's Light and Mermail Abyssteus is a combo made in Loukas Heaven.

Searching a Genex Controller and fielding a Water monster are good effects, but yarding a Water monster is of paramount importance. Whether it's a clutch Ronintoadin or Swap Frog to bring back with Salvage, it's a way to jumpstart your early game. Obviously, yarding a Nimble Angler will launch your plays into next week, but I found a myriad of ways to leverage Genex Undine effect.

Unless you're a dedicated Crystron player, you may not be familiar with Crystron Rosenix. Honestly, why should you be? Crystrons aren't exactly dominating your local card shop, but Crystron Rosenix doesn't need other Crystron monsters to be useful. After yarding it with Genex Undine, banish Crystron Rosenix from your graveyard to get a Water Token! Obviously that can feed into Mistar Boy, but it's also food for Link Spider, which in turn can transition that “useless” Genex Controller in your hand into something useful.

That's all important because Nimbles can run out of steam pretty quickly, making Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord really important. Nimble Angler bleeds through Nimbles extremely fast, but Nimble Manta can do it even faster. You'll need powerful follow-ups to your first turn plays, and having a variety of primary monsters facilitating multiple paths to victory is your best shot.

Mathematician's finally Semi-Limited again, but even its secondary ability to net you a card in death doesn't make up for the fact it's an Earth monster. Genex Undine, at least in a Water deck, is simply better. Having three copies at your disposal is just the icing on the cake, marginally edging out Mathematician.

It bears a note that Sea Lancer isn't what it used to be. Granted, I love the card and I understand its merit, but it's hardly the type of card you want to see early on, nor very often. It's not the crowning jewel here that it once was. After resources have been exhausted from both sides, it's just the card you can ride to victory.

That said, do not fret, dear readers – Sea Lancer is staying! Why? Genex Undine lets us yard it and thus makes it an easy Soul Charge or Salvage target. So we aren't taking out the heart and soul of the deck since it's still an easy access card!

I feel like I'm being a bit tame with this deck, but there is one card I feel can make a sudden difference in some niche ways - Genex Ally Birdman. Playing True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer or Nimble Beaver is swell and all, but what if your best use for those monsters is to use them as Link fodder for something like a Firewall Dragon? Heck, even Swap Frog or Exodius could be nice to have waiting next turn! Genex Ally Birdman puts a reset button on whatever monster you've fielded and ultimately accomplishes the same goal if you're going the Link route.

 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
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Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier129647
Set Duelist Saga
Number DUSA-EN073
Level 6
Type Synchro/Effect Monster
Monster Sea Serpent
Attribute WATER 
A / D 2300 / 1400
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
You can discard any number of cards to the Graveyard, then target the same number of cards your opponent controls; return those cards to the hand. You can only use this effect of "Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier" once per turn.


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Lastly, Genex Ally Birdman also brings Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier into the picture. I mean, sure, it makes tons of other cards and you could even have the same argument that Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier is better, but Brionac removes threats, yards in-hand cards, and even recycles your own goodies! Check out the changes to Juan Jose's original build below…

-2 Mathematician
-1 Poison Draw Frog
-2 Sea Lancer
-2 Battle Fader
-2 Scapegoat

-1 Missus Radiant
-1 Number 45: Crumble Logos the Prophet of Demolition
-1 Toadally Awesome

+1 Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord
+1 Ronintoadin
+3 Genex Undine
+2 Genex Controller
+1 Genex Ally Birdman
+1 Crystron Rosenix
+1 Salvage

+1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
+2 Firewall Dragon

I'm making very few changes this week, but I think the renegade cards in the Rerouted version add another layer of depth to Juan Jose's already explosive deck. Between recycling and recursion, Nimbles have the resources to go crazy with Firewall Dragon combos and the like, so all I've done is give you more tools for your strategy.

Here's the final build.

    Nimble Critters Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Crystron Rosenix
3 Dupe Frog
3 Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord
2 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
1 Genex Ally Birdman
2 Genex Controller
3 Genex Undine
3 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
1 Maxx "C"
3 Nimble Angler
3 Nimble Beaver
3 Nimble Manta
1 Ronintoadin
1 Sea Lancer
3 Swap Frog
3 True King Bahrastos, the Fathomer
Monsters [36]
1 Foolish Burial
1 Raigeki
2 Salvage
1 Soul Charge
Spells [5]
Deck Total [41]

EXTRA DECK

1 Akashic Magician
1 Borreload Dragon
1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Decode Talker
2 Firewall Dragon
1 Ib the World Chalice Priestess
1 Link Spider
2 Mistar Boy
1 Ningirsu the World Chalice Warrior
1 Proxy Dragon
1 The Phantom Knights of Cursed Javelin
1 Toadally Awesome
1 Topologic Bomber Dragon
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


Despite raving about Scapegoat, I actually pulled it from the deck. I just found with so many other niche cards, it didn't make my bad hands good or even make my good hands better. If you're super attached to Scapegoat then by all means add it back in, but we had to make room for so much other stuff! The deck's already at 41 cards if you decide to keep Gamecial, the Sea Turtle Kaiju.

Also, I must apologize to everyone who submits a deck to be fixed! Sometimes my inbox gets really crammed, and I don't have an opportunity to reply to each and every submitter. Rest assured that even if I don't feature your deck, I'll work more to come up with any Loukas-flavored changes in a personal reply.

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 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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