Rerouting Deck Fix: Twilightsworn Paleozoics

Loukas Peterson

12/7/2017 11:00:00 AM

Some decks just get better with age, usually because the core mechanism driving them gets updated and enhanced – either intentionally or coincidentally.

Zombies are a great example – they always feed off any new cards that let you send specific monsters directly to the graveyard. By the same Token, any cards that “discard” monsters is a boost to Fableds. Any deck based off a relatively common mechanic will eventually get new support, even if that support is indirect and shares no connection by way of direct theming and name stamps.

Paleozoics and Lightsworn are two themes that fall under that umbrella. Chances are, we're always going to get new trap cards that can also act as revival for Paleozoics, and never in the future of Yu-Gi-Oh! will mass yarding be a bad thing. Obviously more direct support like Twilightsworn monsters will help, but today's contributor from Pennsylvania has some different ideas. He writes us…

With all the new Link Monsters being announced, how likely do you think it is that we'll get a Paleozoic Link? I know that Mistar Boy acts as a Paleozoic Link monster… kinda… but not really. I want a Link Monster that does something! Even if we don't get one, I'm always going to like Paleozoics - they beat your opponent passively!

I thought of the mash-up because Ryko, Twilightsworn Fighter's a Level 2 monster. Even if you just used the baby Ryko alone, you'd still have enough of an excuse to make Rank 2 monsters, right? It's kind of like Graydle Slime Jr., no? My favorite card in the deck is a tie - Toadally Awesome and Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn. Is that too cliche?

-Ron P. ~ Yorkshire, PA

It's quite the strategy, and certainly not one I would have arrived at on my own!

But who am I to judge other creative ideas? I've combined stranger things before, but I do agree that claiming your favorite cards in the deck are the boss monsters is a tad cliche.

    Twilightsworn Paleozoics Ver 1.0 Ron P.    
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
3 Dupe Frog
1 Ehren, Lightsworn Monk
3 Felis, Lightsworn Archer
1 Judgment Dragon
3 Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner
3 Lumina, Twilightsworn Shaman
1 Punishment Dragon
2 Ronintoadin
1 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
3 Ryko, Twilightsworn Fighter
3 Spell Striker
3 Swap Frog
3 Upstart Golden Ninja
Monsters [32]
3 Charge of the Light Brigade
3 Pot of Desires
1 Reinforcement of the Army
3 Solar Recharge
1 That Grass Looks Greener
Spells [11]
2 Breakthrough Skill
3 Paleozoic Canadia
3 Paleozoic Dinomischus
3 Paleozoic Marrella
3 Paleozoic Olenoides
2 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
Traps [17]
Deck Total [60]


1 Cat Shark
1 Daigusto Phoenix
2 Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn
2 Mistar Boy
3 Paleozoic Anomalocaris
1 Paleozoic Opabinia
2 Sky Cavalry Centaurea
3 Toadally Awesome
Extra Deck [15]

Can I judge now?

Just kidding! I don't mind larger decks. Outside of the fact that I occasionally knock over my sixty card decks and say “WHY CAN'T I HOLD ALL THESE CARDS?” I'm regularly a man of the bloated strategies.

The Grass Would Have Been Greener
Decks like Ron's typically want to send things to the graveyard as quickly as possible given the Lightsworns, but the strategy's a bit different given the addition of Paleozoics. Lightsworn and Twilightsworn both benefit from dumping half their deck into the graveyard, but with the surge of traps, you're going to be building big fields while also setting up your defenses.

Unlike a “regular” Lightsworn deck – and feel free to imagine literally any composition of cards since I've yet to see a “standard” deck list for it – a Paleozoic hybrid needs more versatile cards; monsters that have utility in more situations. Specifically, Felis, Lightsworn Archer isn't the best fit. Felis' ability only revives it when it's yarded by a monster effect, and since a good portion of Ron's deck is comprised of traps, your entire strategy isn't going to be “Felis friendly,” if you know what I mean.

On the other hand Wulf, Lightsworn Beast is simply the superior option. Your entire strategy isn't solely working to send cards to the graveyard, and the Paleozoics aren't geared towards that either. You can make the argument that Charge of the Light Brigade and Solar Recharge are moot ends for both Felis and Wulf, while Felis' secondary ability makes it more appealing, but the numbers just aren't there.

You'll simply have more opportunities to trigger Wulf.

If you could guarantee that every opening hand could always field Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss and Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn, I'd say you should move in the direction of Felis. But with three Solar Recharge and three Charge of the Light Brigade, a sizeable chunk of your deck won't trigger Felis.

 Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn
Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn136833
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN044
Level 4
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2000 / 800
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

2 Level 4 monsters
You can detach 1 material from this card; send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the GY, then draw cards equal to the number of "Lightsworn" cards sent to the GY by this effect. If this card is destroyed by battle, or if this card in its owner's possession is destroyed by an opponent's card effect: You can send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the GY, then you can destroy cards on the field up to the number of "Lightsworn" cards sent to the GY by this effect. You can only use each effect of "Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn" once per turn.

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And with so many trap cards, Judgment Dragon and Punishment Dragon are going to be useless virtually all of the time. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of blowing up everything or removing all threats, but that's just not terribly important for this strategy. The same follows with Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning. Seriously, don't get me wrong - I love mass destruction and giant boss monsters – but having a third theme with unique goals in addition to the smaller Lightsworns and the Paleozoics will invariably make things worse.

Useful Cards? Who Needs Those?
I talked at length about the Level 4 Lightsworn monsters earlier, but it might be nice to actually have some Level 4's that have effects instead of Ehren, Lightsworn Monk. Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn is a quick way to yard extra monsters and Lyla, Twilightsworn Enchantress pops spells and traps. I like diversifying your options without stuffing the deck with extra cards, so we'll keep the number of Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn and Lyla, Twilightsworn Enchantress to a minimum.

The same is true of the ratios of Paleozoics. You'll be able to use some Paleozoics freely, but some of them just aren't needed. Palezoic Marella's all but worthless unless you really want to send a specific card to the graveyard, but Paleozoic Leanchoilia's a blessing in disguise. Not only will Leanchoilia return other Paleozoics, but it'll also get back banished Twilightsworn monsters! Take out two Paleozoic Marella for sure.

Keep in mind, Lumina, Twilightsworn Shaman and Ryko, Twilightsworn Fighter are going to be banishing monsters all the time. Add in Allure of Darkness, and you'll have even more monsters to banish as well. Jain, Twilightsworn General doesn't garner any advantages in hand or on the field, while you don't need to play three copies of Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner. Remember, you can only cram so many cards into this deck.

Sorry, Jain - you're the lone Twilightsworn monster we don't need.

Lastly, the Extra Deck could use some work. You'll need to make multiple Xyz Monsters, so you'll need Link Monsters to make those bigger fields. Chances are, you're not going to win with only a Toadally Awesome or only a Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn, so you may have to position yourself in a particular way to exactly what you want.

To that end, Paleozoic Opabinia is of paramount import - not so much for its searching effect, but more for its ability that lets you play Paleozoics from your hand. You won't have any trouble yarding Paleozoics to summon from your graveyard, but proactively triggering them is a different story. Opabinia's easy to make, and simply fielding one Paleozoic is enough to segue into a Mistar Boy.

I really, really like Upstart Golden Ninja, but this deck's already cursed with a dangerously high number of Normal Summons. Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn is swell and all, but Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss feeds your early turns just as well. With a good hand, you'd end up using your Minerva as fodder for a Link monster anyway, so at the price of consistency I'm taking Upstart Golden Ninja out; Dante's just a lot easier to make with both versions of Lumina.

 Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss115862
Set Premium Gold: Infinite Gold
Number PGL3-EN077
Level 3
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Warrior
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1000 / 2500
Rarity Gold Rare
Card Text

2 Level 3 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card and choose a number from 1 to 3, then send that many cards from the top of your Deck to the Graveyard; until the end of this turn, this card gains 500 ATK for each card sent to the Graveyard this way. If this card attacks, it is changed to Defense Position at the end of the Battle Phase. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 "Burning Abyss" card in your Graveyard, except this card; add it to your hand.

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In the end, I'd argue that Nimble Beaver is a better choice for your non-Lightsworn and non-Frog Normal Summon. Given that you have no other real options starting the duel, I'd rather sit behind a Toadally Awesome than a Minerva, all other things equal.

Check out the changes. I did keep one Felis since you can revive it with both Luminas, but yarding it with Solar Recharge or Charge of the Light Brigade is pretty disappointing. With a 60-card deck this all might look a bit heavyhanded, but there just more cards than usual to manage.

-3 Upstart Golden Ninja
-2 Felis, Lightsworn Archer
-1 Lumina, Twilightsworn Shaman
-1 Ryko, Twilightsworn Fighter
-1 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
-1 Judgment Dragon
-1 Punishment Dragon
-1 Ehren, Lightsworn Monk
-3 Spell Striker
-2 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
-1 Reinforcement of the Army
-2 Paleozoic Marrella
-2 Breakthrough Skill

-2 Paleozoic Anomalocaris
-1 Toadally Awesome
-1 Sky Cavalry Centaurea
-1 Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn

+3 Nimble Beaver
+3 Wulf, Lightsworn Beast
+1 Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn
+1 Lyla, Twilightsworn Enchantress
+2 Caligo Claw Crow
+3 Allure of Darkness
+1 Soul Charge
+3 Paleozoic Leanchoilia
+1 Paleozoic Pikaia
+1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
+2 Lost Wind

+1 Paleozoic Opabinia
+1 Decode Talker
+1 The Phantom Knights of Cursed Javelin
+1 Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
+1 Borreload Dragon

By playing both Paleozoics and Lightsworn monsters, you're splitting your resources in two different directions. That means you can have a more diversified set of options, but both strategies will somewhat clogged by the other, and the glorious mash-up won't mean the best of both worlds every turn.

That said, here's the final list.

    Twilightsworn Paleozoics Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
Main Deck
Side Deck
2 Caligo Claw Crow
3 Dupe Frog
1 Felis, Lightsworn Archer
3 Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner
2 Lumina, Twilightsworn Shaman
1 Lyla, Twilightsworn Enchantress
3 Nimble Beaver
1 Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn
2 Ronintoadin
2 Ryko, Twilightsworn Fighter
3 Swap Frog
3 Wulf, Lightsworn Beast
Monsters [26]
3 Allure of Darkness
3 Charge of the Light Brigade
3 Pot of Desires
3 Solar Recharge
1 Soul Charge
1 That Grass Looks Greener
Spells [14]
1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
2 Lost Wind
3 Paleozoic Canadia
3 Paleozoic Dinomischus
3 Paleozoic Leanchoilia
1 Paleozoic Marrella
3 Paleozoic Olenoides
1 Paleozoic Pikaia
2 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
Traps [20]
Deck Total [60]


1 Borreload Dragon
1 Cat Shark
1 Daigusto Phoenix
1 Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
1 Decode Talker
1 Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn
2 Mistar Boy
1 Paleozoic Anomalocaris
2 Paleozoic Opabinia
1 Sky Cavalry Centaurea
1 The Phantom Knights of Cursed Javelin
2 Toadally Awesome
Extra Deck [15]

Despite having Mistar Boy, I think the deck would work better with the Link version of Hoshiningen or the teased Lightsworn Link monster from the Vrains pack in 2018. I won't even try to speculate on its English translation, as we've seen many cards like Toadally Awesome receive names that were… quite a ways off from what we expected.

If you want a name for the new Lightsworn Link monster, just call it Steve McGuffin, the Average Lightsworn.

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 at expanding his apartment to house every dog in the world.

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).

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-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.”

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