Rerouting Deck Fix: Cyber Angels

Loukas Peterson

11/30/2017 11:00:00 AM
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My friend Cordero turned me onto Cyber Angels one night when I was hanging out at his house, back when they were first released.

Maybe it was the 37 packs of fruit snacks he gave me or the sleep deprivation, but I was immediately hooked on the Ritual theme. Not only did the Cyber Angels look cool, they were used by a classic character from the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime - Alexis Rhodes! A lot of dedicated Herald of Perfection builds arose in the wake of the Cyber Angels' release, but a lot of the Cyber Angels themselves have stellar effects that can really bring the pain if you know how to use them.

Of course, there are a lot of ways to skin a cat. Or if you're not into meat, I guess there are multiple ways to cut tofu? Today's contributor writes…

I've always loved Ritual Summons, and what's more "perfect" than the Heralds? Fielding and supporting Herald of Perfection can stop your opponent in their tracks; I like how the Cyber Angels get effects when tributed because that helps you roll right into even more summons. I splashed Brilliant Fusion because it yards a Cyber Angel – to be banished later for a Ritual Summon – and you field a Level 5 Fairy!

I am sure the first change you make will be just cutting down the sheer number of cards. With the all the search effects, I probably don't need to run 3 copies of many cards I included! Thanks for your advice and keep the fun articles coming! They are the most interesting ones on the site!

P.S. I love your last name (even if you spell it wrong)

-Dan P. ~ U.S.A.

You can bet the farm here that I'm going to shave off a lot of cards. I can't sugar coat it; Dan's deck has way too many cards to be consistent, and to say I'm going to be shaving it down would be an understatement.

    Cyber Angels Ver 1.0 Dan P.    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
3 Cyber Angel Benten
3 Cyber Angel Dakini
3 Cyber Angel Idaten
3 Cyber Angel Natasha
2 Cyber Angel Vrash
2 Gem-Knight Garnet
2 Herald of Perfection
1 Herald of Ultimateness
3 Honest
3 Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands
3 Senju of the Thousand Hands
Monsters [28]
3 Brilliant Fusion
3 Dawn of the Herald
3 Instant Fusion
3 Machine Angel Absolute Ritual
3 Machine Angel Ritual
3 Oracle of the Herald
3 Pre-Preparation of Rites
1 Preparation of Rites
1 Raigeki
3 Scapegoat
3 Sprite's Blessing
1 Upstart Goblin
Spells [30]
Deck Total [58]

EXTRA DECK

2 Decode Talker
2 Firewall Dragon
1 Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow
3 Invoked Raidjin
3 Link Spider
2 Proxy Dragon
Extra Deck [13]
Notes:


I see a lot of what I like in there, so I've got a pretty good idea of where to take this deck fix: we'll be adding a handful of valuable cards to the Extra Deck and making the Main Deck a lean, mean Ritual machine.

Generation Next Power!
What I like best about Cyber Angels is the rich bounty of Ritual Spells at your disposal. It's extremely frustrating to play a Ritual deck if your Ritual Spells get exhausted early on, but with Machine Angel Absolute Ritual, Machine Angel Ritual, and Dawn of the Herald, they'll never be in short supply. Sprite's Blessing, though? You don't need to go that overboard.

Sadly, not all the Cyber Angels are Level 6 - if that were the case, then we'd theoretically have an infinite stream of ways to tribute and reshuffle Cyber Angels with Machine Angel Absolute Ritual. But look closer - Machine Angel Absolute Ritual can shuffle more than just Cyber Angels back into your deck - it shuffles back Warriors and Fairies!

With all the hand traps running around, Cyber Angels benefit most from fielding your Herald of Perfection - not so much Herald of Ultimateness. I like the idea of diversifying your options, but Herald of Ultimateness doesn't offer that much more protection. With 200 DEF, its steep cost to Ritual Summon Herald of Ultimateness only nets you the added benefit of also negating Special Summons.

But look at the top decks out there - SPYRALs, for example, profit heavily from using monster effects on top of monster effects. Negating the final Special Summon in a long string of effects and combos could be circumvented by simply negating a SPYRAL Double Helix or SPYRAL Quik-Fix. Remember, Herald of Ultimateness needs another 6 Levels of monsters to Tribute for a Ritual Summon and its own Ritual Spell; I don't think the costs associated with Ultimateness offset the benefits.

 Cyber Angel Benten
$5.00
$2.23
$1.64
Cyber Angel Benten121465
Set Dragons of Legend: Unleashed
Number DRL3-EN012
Level 6
Type Ritual/Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1800 / 1500
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

You can Ritual Summon this card with "Machine Angel Ritual". If this card destroys a monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard: Inflict damage to your opponent equal to that monster's original DEF in the Graveyard. If this car


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I didn't realize that until I'd actually looked over the exact number of cards, but cutting Herald of Ultimateness and Oracle of the Herald is simply not enough here. You'll need to cut more cards to actually thin the deck down to an acceptable size. After all, you'll want to summon Herald of Perfection early and consistently, but that shouldn't be your only goal.

Yes, you need lots of Fairy monsters to discard for Herald of Perfection, but it's nice to actually use those monsters for an aggressive strategy instead of just discard fodder.

Consistency Is Key
There are a ton of cards that simply don't need to be played in such high numbers. For example, do we really need two copies of Cyber Angel Vrash? Keep in mind, there are lots of ways to search all of the Cyber Angels and the appropriate Ritual Spell cards as well. Let the cutting begin!

Keep in mind, as powerful as cards like Cyber Angel Vrash are - with the ability to decimate your opponent's monsters and Life Points in the same turn - you'll never need multiple copies of it. It's very much a game-ending card, but the buck doesn't stop there. Cyber Angel Idaten is similar in its niche role, but even being Level 6 doesn't save it from the chopping block. In an emergency it can search Dawn of the Herald, but there are better ways to do that which I'll get to later.

And as much as I like Cyber Angel Dakini - remember, you can search just about anything we need, so there's no need to flood the deck with extra copies. Two Daikini will suffice, even if half the time the second copy will just be tribute fodder for the first. It's Level 8, meaning you can use it as a tribute for nearly every other monster, but three copies is beyond excessive.

The same goes for Cyber Angel Natasha - it can be insanely powerful if used right, but why bother with three copies? Personally, I'd just like to abuse Cyber Angel Benten again and again and again.

Good thing Dan included Senju of the Thousand Hands and Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands, snatching whatever piece of the pie you're sorely missing. What is missing, though, is Ritual Sanctuary. There's no good reason not to play Ritual Sanctuary if you're concerned about consistency, and it lets you get away with playing some riskier ratios. In fact, with all the searching, it's better to have lots of ways to search your individual combo pieces while trying to bury those cards you don't want to naturally draw.

 Ritual Sanctuary
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$3.76
$2.00
Ritual Sanctuary121469
Set Dragons of Legend: Unleashed
Number DRL3-EN016
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

You can discard 1 Spell Card; add 1 LIGHT Ritual Monster or 1 Ritual Spell Card from your Deck to your hand. You can shuffle any number of Spell Cards from your Graveyard into the Deck, then target 1 LIGHT Fairy-Type monster in your Graveyard whose Level equals the number of cards you shuffled into the Deck; Special Summon it. You can only use each effect of "Ritual Sanctuary" once per turn.


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And in playing some of your niche cards, don't undersell their power. I really like Brilliant Fusion as way to get more searches by summoning multiple copies of your Level 4 Fairies, and Instant Fusion is a fun treat to stamp down your opponent's plays! Invoked Raidjin can be used aggressively, and as tribute fodder, but can also be shuffled back with Machine Angel Absolute Ritual. In fact you can also shuffle back Gem-Knight Seraphinite, and since both of those Fusions are Level 5, it gives more validity to Cyber Angel Vrash and Cyber Angel Natasha.

Check out the changes below:

-1 Cyber Angel Dakini
-2 Cyber Angel Idaten
-2 Cyber Angel Natasha
-1 Cyber Angel Vrash
-1 Herald of Ultimateness
-3 Honest
-1 Instant Fusion
-3 Sprite's Blessing
-1 Raigeki
-3 Scapegoat
-3 Oracle of the Herald
-1 Upstart Goblin

-2 Link Spider
-1 Firewall Dragon
-2 Proxy Dragon
-1 Invoked Raidjin
-1 Decode Talker
-1 Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow

+1 Archlord Kristya
+3 Ritual Sanctuary
+3 Terraforming

+1 Binary Sorceress
+1 Tri-Gate Wizard
+1 Panzer Dragon
+1 Number 39: Utopia
+1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
+1 Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
+1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
+1 Tornado Dragon

And here's your final deck. If I was to play this in a tournament, I know at the very least my Side Deck would be full of niche cards and hand traps - stuff like Twin Twisters, Herald of Orange Light, Raigeki, and so on. It really depends on what level of competition you're piloting a deck for specific card choices to counter your opponent's plays.

    Cyber Angel Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Archlord Kristya
3 Cyber Angel Benten
2 Cyber Angel Dakini
1 Cyber Angel Idaten
1 Cyber Angel Natasha
1 Cyber Angel Vrash
2 Gem-Knight Garnet
2 Herald of Perfection
3 Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands
3 Senju of the Thousand Hands
Monsters [19]
3 Brilliant Fusion
3 Dawn of the Herald
2 Instant Fusion
3 Machine Angel Absolute Ritual
3 Machine Angel Ritual
3 Pre-Preparation of Rites
1 Preparation of Rites
3 Ritual Sanctuary
3 Terraforming
Spells [24]
Deck Total [43]

EXTRA DECK

1 Binary Sorceress
1 Borreload Dragon
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Decode Talker
1 Firewall Dragon
1 Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow
2 Gem-Knight Seraphinite
1 Invoked Raidjin
1 Link Spider
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
1 Tornado Dragon
1 Tri-Gate Wizard
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


I know some of the choices may seem a little offbeat, but this build manages to dive deeper into the Cyber Angel theme without playing the sme stuff that's been played ad nauseum. Cyber Angel decks that only play Cyber Angel Benten are barely Cyber Angel decks, and I'm not sure if you can even label them as such! The other Cyber Angels are really powerful in their own right, so don't sell yourself short on the other fun combos.

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 submitting ideas for Fabled support and a Fabled Link monster, you can find making “attempts” at “art” and playing his ukulele terribly, or on Wednesday nights, hanging out with the local raccoons. 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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