Rerouting Deck Fix: Fire Fist Toolbox

Loukas Peterson

12/21/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Despite a plethora of Xyz and Synchro Monsters and a strong base of recursion, destruction, and revival effects, the most notable Fire Fist deck in the history of the theme was “+1 Fire Fists.”

That deck was arguably the most boring strategy in the history of existence because it did roughly one thing and one thing only: accrue hand and field economy with simple effect activations and whittle down opponents card by card. It was less entertaining and more straightforward than H.A.T. – Hands, Artifacts, and Traptrix – and that's really setting the bar impossibly low. But this week's contributor from France writes…

If there is indeed a deck that has been at the top and has then completely disappeared from tournaments today, it's Fire Fists. The deck has many advantages, a great flexibility in monsters, and yet we see it nowhere. We have all the tools off the Forbidden and Limited list!

Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Rooster is clearly the all-star; it allows you to fetch any monster from the deck. The direct access to this card passes through Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince. Of course, you can see that's the real reason I added Red Resonator and Resonator Call. A Level 2 plus a Level 4 and blam - you have your Synchro!

Thanks,

-Simon H. ~ Montazeau, France

Kudos to Simon for putting together a string of Fire Fist cards that do something besides Summon Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear and activate Fire Formation - Tenki.

I appreciate that. Here's his build.

    Fire Fist Toolbox Ver 1.0 Simon H.    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Boar
2 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Caribou
2 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon
2 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Rooster
3 Coach Soldier Wolfbark
2 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
1 Maxx "C"
3 Red Resonator
2 Speedroid Menko
Monsters [19]
3 Fire Formation - Tenki
3 Fire Formation - Tensu
1 Forbidden Chalice
3 Onslaught of the Fire Kings
1 Raigeki
3 Resonator Call
1 Soul Charge
1 Twin Twisters
Spells [16]
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Fire Formation - Tensen
1 Solemn Warning
1 Storming Mirror Force
1 Trap Hole of Spikes
1 Traptrix Trap Hole Nightmare
Traps [6]
Deck Total [41]

EXTRA DECK

1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Cardinal
2 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Lion Emperor
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Crimson Blader
1 Decode Talker
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
1 Tornado Dragon
1 Traptrix Rafflesia
1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Vulcan the Divine
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


Virtually any time you add a spicy element to an established deck, especially an older fan-favorite that's gone out of style, I'm going to like what you're doing.

There are limitations to that I'm sure, but if a new add opens up a new pathway for powerful plays, I'm game. I love to see innovation.

Because “Fire Punch” Was Trademarked Already
There was another Fire Fist deck that briefly had some time in the sun, but the monsters in the 3-Axis Fire Fist deck still didn't span the full breadth of Fire Fists.

I'm not saying you need to play every Fire Fist monster in every iteration of the theme, but there are some cool interactions when you start combining themes. Also, I know that 4-Axis Fire Fist was technically a thing, but it was hugely overshadowed by 3-Axis Hybrids and “+1 Fire Fist,” so I largely discredit it as a best-of-the-best deck rather than a standalone strategy. There was hype for that deck at some point, sure, but there was significantly more noise than actual results.

Brotherhood of the Fire Fist – Caribou's one of the biggest cards I want to explore with this Rerouting. While it has two effects, the first effect is too slow to be reliable. In a pinch, it'd be useful to summon a monster, but I want to use its second effect. After all, Fire Formation - Tenki is the lifeblood of your deck, and using Caribou to Synchro Summon a Fire Fist monster – specifically Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince – will feed into more Fire Fist monsters and in turn more Fire Formation spells, and so on and so on.

And I'm in full agreement with Simon – the easiest way to do that is with Red Resonator. You've got Fire Formation - Tenki and Onslaught of the Fire Kings to fetch Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Caribou, and Resonator Call for Red Resonator, so keeping the deck as close to 40 cards as possible means you'll have a good chance of getting to Horse Prince. Again, Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince isn't necessarily your main play, but it's a good means to an end. It's a beefy monster, but the “style of play” if you will is more focused on generating cards.

Which means that Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Rooster is the other segue to keep the ball rolling. Fire Fists dominate by generating more and more economy in the form of Fire Fist and Fire Formation cards, so keeping that stream steady is definitely one of the best ways to keep your strategy running smoothly. The “+1 Fire Fists” deck used Cardcar D and Pot of Duality to see Fire Formation - Tenki more, 3-Axis Fire Fists played Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Leopard, and this iteration runs Caribou alongside the previously used Horse Prince to accomplish the same goal.

But instead of just using Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Rooster as your default off Horse Prince, adding in other cards diversifies what the deck can do. Adding in Lonefire Blossom, albeit only one, lets you dip into your Extra Deck in a different way. Obviously, not every deck should just try to mash monsters together until you have infinite copies of Firewall Dragon on the field, but a Lonefire Blossom that turns into a Dandylion means you have extra fuel for Link Summons.

Between Fire Formation - Tensu, Onslaught of the Fire Kings, Soul Charge, and my addition of Synkron Resonator, you'll have plenty of ways to get a third monster to Link Summon into Decode Talker, which in turn gives you two Fluff Tokens. Again, that's just another option beyond the standard Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Rooster.

Consolidation Is King
Additionally, Simon opted to cover as much ground as possible with his strategy. Don't get me wrong - I'm doing the same thing by pulling key points from several iterations of Fire Fists, but I think there's a limit to how far we can reasonably take that. Some of the spells - like a single Twin Twisters and single Forbidden Chalice – don't really mesh with the rest of the deck. Since you're hoping for your combos early on and you need to see them consistently, you'd like your backup cards to be equally consistent. More on those changes later.

Adding a Synkron Resonator in place of a third Red Resonator makes sense; you have three Resonator Calls, and you don't need a surplus of monsters in your hand. I appreciate Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon because it can make Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Cardinal when Coach Soldier Wolfbark can't, but two copies is superfluous. I don't think Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Boar merits a spot here, and Speedroid Menko doesn't seem to fit the deck at all, even though I'm partial to it.

Thanks to Link Monsters there are really a lot of new ways to play Fire Fists that were previously impossible. Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Raven and Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Buffalo suddenly become useful, albeit in niche roles. When this ugly thing hits the shores in the booster set Extreme Force, you'll have another way to trigger effects like Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Raven.

But for now, I'm scaling the deck and resisting the urge to include every crazy idea under the sun. One card I'd like to highlight is Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Cardinal. Because it takes two “Fire Fist” monsters, it's obviously harder to summon than something like Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King, but Cardinal's effect is well worth the effort on two levels. Bouncing your opponent's cards is obviously good, but recycling your Fire Formation - Tenki and Fire Fist monsters is pivotal.

I remember back in Round 5 of this regional that my victory largely stemmed from my opponent running out of cards. I think he resolved all three copies of Tenki and used all his Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Leopards to search all three copies of Tensu, so I won by virtue of my opponent just not having anything useful left.

 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King (UTR)
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Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King (UTR)67700
Set Cosmo Blazer
Number CBLZ-EN048
Level 4
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Beast-Warrior
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 2200 / 1800
Rarity Ultimate Rare
Card Text

2 Level 4 Beast-Warrior-Type monsters
When this card is Xyz Summoned: You can Set 1 "Fire Formation" Spell/Trap Card directly from your Deck. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the effects of all face-up Effect Monster currently on the field, except Beast-Warrior-Type, until the end of your opponent's turn.
When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can send 3 face-up "Fire Formation" Spell/Trap Cards you control to the Graveyard; Special Summon 2 Level 4 or lower Beast-Warrior-Type monsters with the same ATK from your Deck, in face-up Defense Position.


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Here are the changes - I kept a lot of the rogue cards in, though the addition of Call Of The Haunted looks out of place. When you can leverage Coach Soldier Wolfbark's effect on top of your other plays by reviving it with Call Of The Haunted, the game could quickly spin out of control for your opponent.

-1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon
-1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Boar
-2 Speedroid Menko
-1 Coach Soldier Wolfbark
-1 Red Resonator
-1 Onslaught of the Fire Kings
-1 Forbidden Chalice
-1 Twin Twisters
-1 Storming Mirror Force
-1 Fire Formation - Tensen
-1 Traptrix Trap Hole Nightmare
-1 Trap Hole of Spikes

-1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
-1 Crimson Blader
-1 Traptrix Rafflesia
-1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Lion Emperor

+1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Spirit
+1 Synkron Resonator
+1 Lonefire Blossom
+1 Dandylion
+1 Upstart Goblin
+1 Fire Formation - Gyokkou
+2 Solemn Strike
+1 Fire Formation - Tenken
+1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
+2 Call Of The Haunted

+1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King
+1 Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
+1 Firewall Dragon
+1 Akashic Magician

Some cards don't really make sense in this strategy. Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier is extremely hard to field, and if you opt to play Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Boar, you might as well try and find a way to squeeze in Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer. Here's the final composition we arrived at after the changes.

    Fire Fist Toolbox Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear
2 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Caribou
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon
2 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Rooster
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Spirit
2 Coach Soldier Wolfbark
1 Dandylion
2 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
1 Lonefire Blossom
1 Maxx "C"
2 Red Resonator
1 Synkron Resonator
Monsters [17]
1 Fire Formation - Gyokkou
3 Fire Formation - Tenki
3 Fire Formation - Tensu
2 Onslaught of the Fire Kings
1 Raigeki
3 Resonator Call
1 Soul Charge
1 Upstart Goblin
Spells [15]
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
2 Call of the Haunted
1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
1 Fire Formation - Tenken
2 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
Traps [8]
Deck Total [40]

EXTRA DECK

1 Akashic Magician
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Cardinal
2 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Horse Prince
1 Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Decode Talker
1 Diamond Dire Wolf
1 Firewall Dragon
1 Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
1 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning
1 Tornado Dragon
1 Vulcan the Divine
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


The more I toyed around with this thing, the more weird ideas I had… some of them being the addition of Raven and Buffalo like I mentioned before. But there's no good reason to stuff the deck beyond its 40 card minimum.

Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should, though you're free to go as crazy as you want. This is Yu-Gi-Oh after all; who knows.

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 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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