Rerouting Deck Fix: Goukis
Loukas Peterson

Sometimes when new cards hit our shores, I'm ecstatic - I can't wait to play them!

Goukis were one of those themes: I felt really passionately about them, even though I never verbalized it to my friend Chris, a big Gouki supporter. Their names are “clever” wordplay, each combining a wrestling move with the animal the Gouki embodies. At least, that holds true for Gouki The Great Ogre, which translates roughly to Great Ogre, the Great Ogre. It's kind of like the Los Angeles Angels baseball team, right?

You're really just saying “the The Angels Angels.”

Anyway, Amos M. from Chicago writes…

I was bored one day thinking “When will Gateway of the Six come off the Forbidden and Limited List?” when I decided I needed a new deck that wasn't a trashy Ultimate Falcon Turbo strategy.

World Chalice came to mind, but those cards aren't budget friendly, and that's when I saw Goukis! I fell in love with the searching effects and set out to build a somewhat consistent strategy!

Obviously this deck does a few things - it's pretty good at a churning out Missus Radiant or throwing down Ultimaya Tzolkin, but my favorite card is Gouki The Great Ogre. He's hard to get out, but when he does hit the field it's because someone is in his swamp.

-Amos M. ~ Chicago, IL

I feel like we should be chanting “Gouki! Gouki! Gouki!” the entire time I talk about this deck. It just seems right. Here's Amos' deck as he submitted it.

@@@@@DECKID=107880@@@@@ Every time I see a new version of Gaia The Fierce Knight, I smile - I'm glad they've kept some traditions alive in Yu-Gi-Oh, and I'm glad Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow was created to bring the tradition into the Link format.

When I was a kid I often stayed up late watching WWE (previously the WWF) with my dad on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday nights. For some reason I loved wrestling, even if it was little more than a testosterone infused soap opera. In fact, now that I say that, it just makes me love wrestling even more. Combine my love of wrestling with Yu-Gi-Oh! and bam - instant affection for the Gouki theme.

In terms of the cards themselves, the Goukis share virtually everything. Their initial effects all play their part, but what I'm most concerned with is the last part of their abilities: you get to search a Gouki card when either Gouki Suprex, Gouki Riscorpio, or Gouki Twistcobra hit the yard. You can't search the same monster that you're using the effect of, and you can only use each effect once per turn, but those downsides are totally overshadowed by the positives.

The card that really sticks out to me Gouki Re-Match, an on-theme Feast of the Wild LV5. There aren't many cards that instantly throw two monsters on the field at no cost whatsoever. It doesn't matter that Re-Match brings them out in defense mode because they're essentially just free resources for Synchro, Xyz, and Link Summons. I'm at a loss to find more praise for that card. It's simple, but it's insanely good. Analyzing Gouki Re-Match any deeper than that would be a lot like detailing the strengths and virtues of Pot of Greed.

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Obviously you'll keep three copies of the Main Deck Gouki monsters, but Amos added Overlay Booster and Cyber Tutubon to supplement his forces. Both are Level 5, and while you might think they're here to facilitate Xyz Summons, I don't think that's the case. That's an ancillary goal, albeit important.

But one of the fastest ways to win with Goukis is simply to punch your opponent in the face with a lot of monsters, leading with Gouki the Great Ogre. Cyber Tutubon and Overlay Booster hit the field with ease, and Cyber Tutubon can yard Goukis to trigger effects in the process!

Gouki The Great Ogre has a nifty ability to reduce the ATK of all monsters on the field by their DEF. You know which theme doesn't have a single ounce of defense anywhere in sight? Yep, it's Goukis - so if you can flood the field with them, your opponent's monsters could get mowed down by one really determined Kuribioh. On the Gouki side, I really don't have any changes.

Give Him The Chair! Give Him The Chair!
There are a few things that need some tweaking here - chiefly the “other” ways of winning. It's a bit unlikely that you'll always have 97 Gouki monsters on the field or whatever arbitrary number was in my head when I envisioned a huge Gouki wrestling match just now. Amos played a few other tricks to fill in the gaps, specifically Ultimaya Tzolkin. It's not exceptionally easy to make since Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow is the only Tuner you can use, but it turns out with Transmodify, you have something else going on entirely.

Scrap Soldier's a Level 5 Earth Warrior with a restriction that pertains only to Synchro Summoned monsters. Fun fact, Ultimaya Tzolkin isn't Synchro Summoned, so your Scrap Soldier is free to make the great facilitator! Combined with Feast of the Wild LV5 Scrap Soldier's quite frankly a better Tuner option for Ultimaya Tzlokin over Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow. We'll keep both, but the versatility, recursion, and searchability of Scrap Soldier means you only need one copy of it.

A single Effect Veiler seems a bit random to me, so that will bite the dust as well. And in terms of staying alive, Soul Charge is a bit redundant and carries a hefty downside. With Gouki Re-Match and Feast of the Wild LV5 it seems like overkill at best. Those are more aesthetic changes than anything, but I have stronger feelings about Masked Chameleon. I know, I know, you aren't forced to revive anything and thus have a Tuner at your disposal, but in a deck with so many Special Summons, Masked Chameleon devolves into “just” a Tuner more often than not.

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Motivating Captain, on the other hand, doesn't restrict your Special Summon, and the only price you'll pay there is losing the ability to Special Summon Gouki Riscorpio. Honestly, that's a moot downside because you have plenty of other ways to field Level 5's and Motivating Captain fits the bill for your ever-important Link Summons. If you're really obsessed with Synchros but hate Tzolkin, then use Masked Chameleon. I don't like being handcuffed for an entire turn and Chameleon's removal works in my favor.

I was pretty generous this week because Amos's deck is really solid - I think another Transmodify is needed to aid Tzolkin, but for the most part everything checks out. It's just a handful of changes!

-2 Masked Chameleon
-1 Effect Veiler
-1 Soul Charge
-1 Dark Hole
-1 Heavy Storm Duster

-1 Link Spider
-1 Armades, Keeper of Boundaries

+2 Motivating Captain
+1 Scrap Soldier
+1 Maxx “C”
+1 Torrential Tribute
+1 Transmodify

+1 Decode Talker
+1 Adreus, Keeper of Armageddon

I contemplated adding Scapegoat to the deck, and moving forward I think that could be a good card. Gouki decks don't have much defense since they have no built-in protection effects, and Scapegoat is good fodder for Link Summons and a wall in a pinch. But since you'll need to play it during your opponent's turn for maximum potential, it sort of cuts you off from your Battle Phase similar to Soul Charge.

@@@@@DECKID=107881@@@@@ Dark Hole got the boot since blowing up monsters isn't exactly priority number one here. It's nice to have a blank field or a way to deal with an opposing Zoodiac Drident, but once copy alone felt inconsistent and didn't gel with me. I like to commit one way or another with destruction cards or defensive traps, and removing Dark Hole helped lower the deck count a bit.

I almost got reallllllllly carried away and considered morphing Amos' strategy into a Dododo hybrid, so just be thankful that didn't happen. It would have gutted the build beyond recognition, and honestly Amos' Goukis were solid enough that I didn't want to ruin his hard work.

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 playing cards 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 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