Rerouting Deck Fix: Skull Servants

Loukas Peterson

3/21/2018 11:00:00 AM
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Some decks are fun because they have impressive combos, and some are fun thanks to cute or cool monsters.

And then there's Skull Servants.

They look silly, they're all weak, and, oops, what's that? You've won!? King of the Skull Servants can end the game before you even realize it. It's a surprising treat for you and a huge pain for your opponent. Here's what our contributor this week had to say about his Skull Servant deck.

Dear Loukas,

I'm trying to make Skull Servants kind of viable to use for fun. I've been having trouble making them work with just one “That Grass Looks Greener,” so I added several supporting themes. My goal for the deck is an obvious one: make King of the Skull Servants have an insane amount of ATK and wipe out my opponent.

The best attribute of this deck is that it can have good reactions on my opponent's turn with Fairy Tail - Snow. The downside is that it can brick hard at the beginning of a duel. My favorite card in the deck is Wightprincess. It's an amazing hand trap and helps send names to the graveyard for King of the Skull Servants.

-Michael H. ~ Chicago, Illinois

Well said, Michael. Send what you can to the graveyard, abuse Fairy Tail - Snow, then win with King of the Skull Servants.

    Skull Servants 1.0 Michael H.    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
1 Electromagnetic Turtle
3 Fairy Tail - Snow
1 Giant Rex
1 Glow-Up Bulb
3 Goblindbergh
1 Gozuki
3 King of the Skull Servants
3 Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner
3 Mezuki
2 Necroface
1 Performage Damage Juggler
1 Performage Hat Tricker
1 Performage Trick Clown
2 Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn
3 Shiranui Solitaire
2 Skull Servant
2 The Lady in Wight
2 Uni-Zombie
2 Wightmare
2 Wightprince
3 Wightprincess
2 Wulf, Lightsworn Beast
Monsters [45]
3 Charge of the Light Brigade
1 Foolish Burial
3 Left Arm Offering
1 One for One
3 Solar Recharge
1 That Grass Looks Greener
Spells [12]
1 Super Soldier Rebirth
Traps [1]
Deck Total [58]

EXTRA DECK

1 Abyss Dweller
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Bujinki Amaterasu
1 Clear Wing Synchro Dragon
1 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
1 Decode Talker
1 Michael, the Arch-Lightsworn
1 Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn
1 Naturia Beast
2 PSY-Framelord Omega
1 Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Tornado Dragon
1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


I'll go ahead and make one edit. Literally every time I've ever played Super Soldier Rebirth in a mill based strategy, I've opened with that card. I don't know if I'm cursed, but I think it's destiny telling me not to run it.

Considering you have to yard Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning and Super Soldier Rebirth and then wait a turn, you might not be missing too much when you drop it.

The Grass In Fact Does Look Greener As good of a card as That Grass Looks Greener is, it's very frustrating at times, and always gives me idealistic visions of what duels will look like. In a 58-card deck like Mike's submission, you'll mill a maximum of 13 cards in 1 out of every 29 duels. At first that sounds mediocre, but turn that back around and realize that drawing That Grass Looks Greener will never hurt you. Even in some extreme situations where you have to bleed through a lot of your deck just to see it, you'll mill enough cards to justify it.

So barring the most extreme circumstances, That Grass Looks Greener is never a bad card and you it's best to build your deck around it. Luck isn't something that defines success over a long time, but if you can give yourself the most opportunities to be get lucky, you're building the deck right. That's why the Lightsworn decks that work best are ones that profit from barfing your deck into your graveyard.

Therefore, I'd like to put in more cards that you can yard with and without That Grass Looks Greener. Obviously, the Lightsworn cards like Wulf, Lightsworn Beast are fun to yard straight from the deck, but I think the Shaddoll Fusions are a good addition for several reasons. Sure, King of the Skull Servants is pretty useful as a standalone card, but it's nice to have other cards that act as boss monsters, or at least decoys.

 El Shaddoll Shekhinaga
$4.72
$2.94
$1.89
El Shaddoll Shekhinaga105329
Set 2015 Mega-Tins Mega Pack
Number MP15-EN161
Level 10
Type Fusion/Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 2600 / 3000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

1 "Shaddoll" monster + 1 EARTH monster
Must first be Fusion Summoned. During either player's turn, when a Special Summoned monster activates its effect while you have a "Shaddoll" card in your hand: You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that monster, then send 1 "Shaddoll" card from your hand to the Graveyard. You can only use this effect of "El Shaddoll Shekhinaga" once per turn. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 "Shaddoll" Spell/Trap Card in your Graveyard; add it to your hand.


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Using a simple Shaddoll Fusion to bring out El Shaddoll Shekhinaga either wastes your opponent's resources or at least pokes for damage. By using Shaddoll Fusion and subsequently Shaddoll monsters, the food you're using for the big Fusions is also another pool of cards you'd like to mill with That Grass Looks Greener.

Furthermore, El Shaddoll Winda makes for a cool segue into another card - Instant Fusion. Even with great malleability given you can revive cards with many different Levels, you might not always have exactly what you need to go into specific Xyz or Synchros. Instant Fusion fields a free Level 3, 4, or 5 monster, and if you Special Summon then yard El Shaddoll Winda, you can get back a yarded Shaddoll Fusion. From that, it's a cheap El Shaddoll Shekhinaga to push for even more damage.

Juggling Your Card Resources I don't think all cards you mill are going to pull equal weight. Necroface has merit, but in virtually every instance, I'd rather see something like a Shaddoll Beast even if I'm blindly drawing another card.

Even though Performage Damage Juggler acts as defense and gives you access to another Performage monster, I realized I needed to cut some cards to make space for the Shaddolls and Instant Fusion. More often than not, I found myself searching out Performage Hat Tricker and making a Naturia Beast with a revive Glow-Up Bulb, but you know what's a lot easier than that? Using something like Giant Rex, Goblindbergh, or even the Instant Fusion target of Karbonala Warrior.

Naturia Beast can be paramount to instantly winning some match-ups, but it happens incidentally as an after effect more often than not. With only one Link Monster in the Extra Deck, you can't very well spam tons of Synchro, Link, and Fusion Monsters. It's either OTK your opponent, sit on one good Extra Deck monsters, or perhaps try to push using your Link monster.

I wouldn't call it fixing the Extra Deck, but I definitely changed a lot of things due accommodate the Fusion hordes I'm vouching for. Some cards like Black Rose Dragon are mandated in the deck to clear the way for your eventual King of the Skull Servants. Others like Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn PSY-Framelord Omega are almost too easy to make and help mill your deck, or recycle Mezuki.

Other cards may have their uses but are hard to actually summon or don't net you enough economy. Bujinki Amaterasu's one of my favorite Xyz but fielding it using three Level 4 monsters just to recycle a Mezuki is a rough proposition. Clear Wing Synchro Dragon and Stardust Dragon were rarely the first monsters I wanted to hide behind, since Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon and Naturia Beast are simply better options.

Even though Bujinki Amaterasu helps you out on your opponent's turn as well, Leviair the Sea Dragon's a lot easier to summon. If you want to play Amaterasu instead, you can drop Leviair and the Level 3 Fusion Zombie Warrior. Again, I'm partial to Leviair.

After all, most of your wins will come from King of the Skull Servants smashing over your opponent's weakest monster for lethal damage. Most everything you can do should facilitate summoning that Level 1 or milling cards. That, or just ruin your opponent's day with Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier.

 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
$8.00
$2.93
$1.71
Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier136849
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN060
Level 9
Type Synchro/Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute WATER 
A / D 2700 / 2000
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

1 Tuner + 2+ non-Tuner monsters
When this card is Synchro Summoned: You can banish up to 1 card each from your opponent's hand, field, and GY. (The card in the hand is chosen at random.)


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Here are the changes. There's not too much to change in the way of Skull Servant monsters, especially when adding in the rest of the Fusion cards.

-1 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
-2 Necroface
-1 Performage Damage Juggler
-1 Performage Hat Tricker
-1 Performage Trick Clown
-1 Super Soldier Rebirth

-1 Bujinki Amaterasu
-1 Clear Wing Synchro Dragon
-1 Michael, the Arch-Lightsworn
-1 PSY-Framelord Omega
-1 Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend
-1 Stardust Dragon

+3 Instant Fusion
+3 Shaddoll Fusion
+1 Shaddoll Dragon
+2 Shaddoll Beast

+1 Leviair the Sea Dragon
+1 Sea Monster Theseus
+1 Zombie Warrior
+1 El Shaddoll Winda
+1 El Shaddoll Shekhinaga
+1 Karbonala Warrior

That said, most of the time it's best to run maxed out copies of all the Skull Servant cards, but space is really tight. Considering that most duels don't last more than a couple turns, you don't need the longevity the added Skull Servant cards would add.

    Skull Servants 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
 
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Electromagnetic Turtle
3 Fairy Tail - Snow
1 Giant Rex
1 Glow-Up Bulb
3 Goblindbergh
1 Gozuki
3 King of the Skull Servants
3 Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner
3 Mezuki
2 Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn
2 Shaddoll Beast
1 Shaddoll Dragon
3 Shiranui Solitaire
2 Skull Servant
2 The Lady in Wight
2 Uni-Zombie
2 Wightmare
2 Wightprince
3 Wightprincess
2 Wulf, Lightsworn Beast
Monsters [42]
3 Charge of the Light Brigade
1 Foolish Burial
3 Instant Fusion
3 Left Arm Offering
1 One for One
3 Shaddoll Fusion
3 Solar Recharge
1 That Grass Looks Greener
Spells [18]
Deck Total [60]

EXTRA DECK

1 Abyss Dweller
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
1 Decode Talker
1 El Shaddoll Shekhinaga
1 El Shaddoll Winda
1 Karbonala Warrior
1 Leviair the Sea Dragon
1 Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn
1 Naturia Beast
1 PSY-Framelord Omega
1 Sea Monster of Theseus
1 Tornado Dragon
1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Zombie Warrior
Extra Deck [15]
Notes:


What's best about Skull Servants is that most opponents forget all about King of the Skull Servants. With the ability to instantly kill your opponent out of nowhere, it's quite the shock pop off a giant monster with enough ATK for lethal damage.

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 mice. Hailed as the only person capable of cooking Minute Rice in 56 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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