Playing for Fun: Rank 4 Xyz

Welcome guys, to the first article in the series Playing for Fun, in which I would discuss a deck profile based on a specific theme/strategy fortnightly (weekly if I have the time), and the deck is usually not designed to play competitively in the meta-game but rather more as a fun deck, either online on DN or in real-life with friends.

Before I go on to this week’s deck, let me start off with my intention of writing this series. I was a rather competitive player 4 years back then. I was hooked to the then Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s anime series and having built an OCG deck based on Agents, I joined tournaments in my own country and won quite a few. Then I quit the game at the same time the Zexal anime started to air, before joining the Yu-Gi-Oh community again this year when the ARC-V anime started. However, I had sold all my collection from the 5D’s era then and what I have left are my binder and the old Agents deck. Because I didn’t have the time and money to recollect those cards again, I couldn’t pick up with the pace of the real-life game. That was when I first go on to online, non-official Yu-Gi-Oh games namely DN and Devpro. I found fun experimenting with non-meta decks over there and I thought – why not share the joy with everyone?

So without further ado, let’s move on to the theme of today’s deck – Rank 4 Xyz!

Xyz Monsters. Their era started at the time I quit Yu-Gi-Oh (temporarily) and slowly replaced the popular Synchro Monsters over the course of 3 years. Being versatile, these black-bordered cards found their way into almost every deck in Yu-Gi-Oh today. Rank 4s, as compared to other Ranks, is in particular a lot more useful because of their splashability in decks – almost all decks have at least 2 copies of Level 4 monsters that they can use to perform an Xyz Summon.

The deck today is a deck that is filled with Level 4 monsters, designed to Xyz Summon powerful Rank 4 monsters quickly and efficiently. And of course, since we need to Xyz Summon “quickly”, we need to get the required materials out onto the Field fast enough.

The first monster that we need is Photon Thrasher. Photon Thrasher is a Level 4 LIGHT Warrior-Type monster acting like a Cyber Dragon, but better as the only condition for it to be Special Summoned is to control no monsters (whereas Cyber Dragon requires your opponent to have at least a monster on his/her Field). That means you can pretty much Special Summon this monster on your first turn, Normal Summon another Level 4, then Xyz for a Rank 4 directly. Its drawback in which it cannot attack if you control another monster is irrelevant since we need it for Xyz fodder anyway.

Next we have 2 monsters with nearly the same effect – Tin Goldfish and Goblinbergh. Their shared effect allows you to Special Summon another Level 4 from your hand after they are being Normal Summoned, thus quickly gathering the materials needed for a Rank 4 Xyz Summon.

Aside from their stats, Attribute and type, their only difference is that Goblinbergh changes to Defense Position if you Special Summon with its effect. But rarely that effect is used since after Special Summoning another Level 4 with Goblinbergh, the next thing to do is to directly Xyz Summon.

Then comes Kagetokage. This little shadow lizard can be Special Summoned if you Normal Summon a Level 4 monster. Although it cannot be used for a Synchro Summon, it’s irrelevant since we don’t have any Synchro Monsters in our Extra Deck. Be wary though, this card can miss the timing if you Normal Summon Tin Goldfish or Goblindbergh first, then Special Summon another Level 4 from your hand other than Kagetokage.

Following that is Summoner Monk. This is a well-known card for it’s a Rank 4 Xyz by itself. What I mean is that by it’s effect, you only need to discard a Spell Card, then you can bring out another Level 4 from your Deck and directly use for an Xyz Summon.

And therefore, completed now is the core of the Rank 4 Xyz spam deck allowing you to easily and swiftly assemble the Level 4 Xyz Materials on your Field in a turn: (number of each card used is according to the TCG October 2014 Forbidden List)

Photon Thrasher x2/3

Goblindbergh x3

Tin Goldfish x3

Summoner Monk x2

Kagetokage x2

For some of the other monsters in this Deck, first I chose the two Flamvell monsters Flamvell Firedog and Flamvell Grunika. Both of these work well with Rekindling, essentially a Soul Charge for FIRE monsters with 200 DEF but a lot better since you don’t lose Life Points and you don’t skip your Battle Phase. Flamvell Firedog is an excellent beater with 1900 ATK and its effect allows you to Special Summon another Flamvell monster from your Deck when it inflicts Battle Damage (which it can do so easily). In this case, the other Flamvell monster we are summoning is Flamvell Grunika, a 1700 ATK which can also serve as a good beater.

I also use Battlin’ Boxer Veil and Troubull Diver. The former can be Special Summoned when you take Battle Damage, acting as a sort of Gorz, whereas the latter can be Special Summoned if your opponent controls a monster and you have at least 1 Level 4 monster on your Field. Unfortunately Troubull Diver is still yet not released in the TCG and therefore I would replace it with some other tech cards like Effect Veiler or Gorz. 

So here’s my Main Deck lineup at the end:

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Monsters (22):

Goblindbergh x3

Tin Goldfish x3

Summoner Monk x2

Kagetokage x2

Photon Thrasher x3

Flamvell Firedog x2

Flamvell Grunika x2

Battlin’ Boxer Veil x2

Troubull Diver x2 (or Effect Veiler/Gorz as tech cards)

BLS x1

Spells (15)

Double Summon x3

Crashbug Road x2

Rekindling x1

Soul Charge x1

Raigeki x1

Mystical Space Typhoon x2

Pot of Dichotomy x2

Rank-Up Magic – The Seventh One x1

Rank-Up Magic – Limited Barian’s Force x2

Traps (3)

Mirror Force x2

Bottomless Trap Hole x1

Not exactly the best possible Main Deck choices, but still able to churn out Rank 4 Xyz Summons relatively fast. Pot of Dichotomy is a must for the Deck since you run out of your hand pretty quickly and your monsters in your Graveyard would usually be of at least 3 or more types.

Finally, moving on to the choices of the Xyz Monsters for the Extra Deck:

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Number 101: Silent Honor ARK x1

Number 103: Ragnazero x1

Number 104: Masquarade x1

Number 106: Giant Hand x1

Number 39: Utopia x1

Number C69: Heraldry Crest of Horror x1 (Summoned with RUM – Limited Barian’s Force)

Number C104: Umbral Horror Masquerade x1 (also with RUM)

Number C101: Silent Honor DARK x1 (also with RUM)

Evilswarm Exciton Knight x1

Evilswarm Ouroboros x1

Lavalval Chain x1

Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon x1

Castel the Skyblaster Musketeer x1

Gagaga Cowboy x1

Daigusto Emeral x1

Aside from the usual Rank 4 staple choices, also included are a number of Rank 5 Chaos Number monsters with powerful effects that can be summoned with Rank Up Magic – Limited Barian’s Force or Rank-Up Magic – The Seventh One. Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon is a strong Rank 4 monster that is not yet released in the TCG, but will be soon in November in the new set 902: The New Challengers.

(Source: http://yugico.com/user/25055-mlb11xnc22_/card/54107-Anime_Cards/452973-Dark_Rebellion_Xyz_Dragon)

And that’s all for the first article of Playing for Fun! Please do comment on how you feel about this Deck and how it could be improved further! As always, thanks for supporting this blog!

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