Rerouting Deck Fix: The Amazonesses
The Amazoness theme is one of those archetypes that never really had much to hold it together; many of the Amazoness cards have had literally nothing to tie them together outside of a shared name. It's one of the most diversified themes ever printed, and until Legendary Duelists last year, Amazoness Village and Amazoness Archers were about the closest thing to cohesion you could find.
But we don't shy away from challenges! Today's submitter taps into this expansive theme and pulls it together into something new…
I should say up front that while I'm writing to you from Sicily, I don't live there all the time. I'm on an extended vacation right now, and for whatever reason, my Inspiration for this deck came to me one night on the beach. I didn't think that a lot of Amazoness cards were very good, but the new ones are sick! It's enough to make a mean fighting machine!
The Fusions are the best cards I've seen in a while, and they're really easy to summon. Amazoness Baby Tiger's really cute, and beyond that the effect is really good. I thought about making a Rank 2 deck with the cards, but it's not that good. It's better to focus on the fusions. I wish Amazoness Spy was a bit better, and then we'd have some fun with Metalfoes. I'm curious to see any changes you make!
-Thom F. currently in Sicily, Italy
At the very least, I appreciate the abundance of Legacy support. Thom pulls a lot of it together in his deck.
Here's what it looks like.
@@@@@DECKID=108268@@@@@ Looking back at some of the older artwork, I think it's fun to compare the change in art style to what you'll see today on the Amazoness cards. They've really come along way, but those first cards definitely had their charm.
Regardless, it's great to see them working together in a modern strategy!
Yes, The Others…
Splintering off and looking at all the Amazoness cards, many of them are basically just Normal monsters without the added benefit of being a target for things like Unexpected Dai. Sadness. The game's changed so much since many of these cards were released, that you simply don't have time to wait around for your opponent to attack into Amazoness Chain Master. Thankfully there's a lot more support that you can capitalize on!
Amazoness Princess and Amazoness Call are exactly what the deck needed. You always had tons of decent cards in theory, but there weren't many ways to actually use them. Amazoness Queen was fantastic for protecting all your monsters, but it was such hard work to get it on the field. The same can be said of Amazoness Scouts. Who wouldn't want to protect all their Amazoness monsters, right? The only problem was actually fielding the Level 2 monster as well.
And the cycle kind of goes on like that - you'll either use Amazoness Call to search Amazoness Princess or use Amazoness Princess to search the spell. Both secondary effects come into play to OTK your opponent or field one of the aforementioned cards, and while that might seem like an added bonus, you'll find those effects actually tie in well with the core of your Amazoness strategy and reap major benefits when using both effects.
Amazoness Call combined with Amazoness Princess' ability to field any of your Amazoness monsters lets you play niche copies of just a few, instead of trying to cram in everything you'd like to do just in case. Even though Amazoness Princess acts as Amazoness Queen on the field, the Queen's ability merits one copy, and the same extends to other Amazoness cards like Amazoness Sage and Amazoness Swordswoman.
Even if they're all really specific, the Amazoness monsters all have unique effects that are extremely good in the right situations, even if those situations themselves are rare. Facing down a hoard of monsters, Amazoness Swords Woman could steal a victory for you if you combine it with an Amazoness Call for banishing. Amazoness Fighter combos well with Amazoness Onslaught in keeping your Life Points safe. At the very least, Amazoness Sage is something to summon with Amazoness Village, but it can take out spells and traps in a pinch as well.
The other Amazoness monsters - Amazoness Tiger, Amazoness Chain Master – aren't really worth a spot in this deck since we have other options that simply do more. I like my Super Rare copy of Amazoness Paladin, but do I need a monster whose best characteristic is a meager ATK boost?
Free Fusions Forever!
Amazoness Baby Tiger has a built-in self-revival effect, and with the multitude of ways to field Amazoness Princess – including Amazoness Willpower – and the final effect of Amazoness Onslaught, the only thing that's any sort of challenge to obtain is a way to fuse the monsters together after getting to them. Thom has three copies of Polymerization, but there's the better alternative in Fusion Substitute.
With the added bonus of Amazoness Spy being able to come down from your hand for free, virtually every time you want to fuse two Amazoness monsters together, you'll be able to put them on the field. And to be honest, you'll probably be able to do it without your Normal Summon. Either Amazoness Willpower, Amazoness Spy, or even Amazoness Village can field your Amazoness in addition to the literally-no-strings-attached Amazoness Baby Tiger.
That means you don't have to max out on your Fusions, and by putting them back you can draw more cards for future plays. By also adding Fusion Recycling Plant, you can turn useless cards in your hand into Fusion Substitute and even get Amazoness Princess back to your hand to throw down on the field with Amazoness Onslaught the following turn.
Start off your turn with Amazoness Princess to search Amazoness Onslaught, then use Fusion Recycling Plant to pitch Amazoness Baby Tiger for a Fusion Substitute straight from your deck. After you fuse the two together, you'll have a giant Amazoness Empress dominating the field and get back Amazoness Princess for the following turn, only to get its effect for more Amazoness searches!
I talked about Spell Striker being a nice tech choice, and with enough spells to spare, I think it can help you clear the way for some of your more powerful plays. Any time I can have something like The Phantom Knights of Break Sword, I'll probably gear things to go in that direction. Combined with Amazoness Spy, it's an out to any pesky threats your opponent has. While Amazonesses may be good at dealing with bigger monsters and dealing damage, everyone could use some help getting rid of that one card in your way.
Enough talking about the changes - let's show em!
-1 Amazoness Swords Woman
I kept the Solemn Strike and Lost Wind because they're some of the better defensive options in terms of card economy. Solemn Strike's 1500 LP cost isn't going to cripple your deck, and Lost Wind's two effects make it a very effective card that offers a lot of value.
I rarely tapped into the power of the Amazonesses before, but I thoroughly
enjoyed playing around with the cards this week! While the deck still isn't
the most cohesive strategy around, the diversified effects of the Amazoness
monsters mean you can throw everything, including the kitchen sink, right
at your opponent.
Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!
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