Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Archetype Analysis...The Amazon's Guide to Deadly Snu Snu

Well, with the anticipation for The Duelist Revolution, one particular set of cards began to take my interest as of late...The Amazoness

Monsters: 18

Amazoness Swordswoman x3
Amazoness Paladin x3
Amazoness Trainer x3
Amazoness Chain Master x2
Amazoness Sage x2
Amazoness Queen x2
Warrior Lady of the Wasteland x2
The Immortal Bushi

Spells: 14

Solidarity x2
Reinforcement of the Army
Pot of Avarice x2
Pot of Duality
Book of Moon x2
Brain Control
Mystical Space Typhoon
Amazoness Village x3

Traps: 8

Bottomless Trap Hole x2
Royal Oppression x2
Dimensional Prison x2
Torrential Tribute
Solemn Judgment

Note the Royal Oppression in the deck. It was an idea that hit me upon reading the text of Amazoness Village carefully...
All "Amazoness" monsters and "Amazon Archer" gain 200 ATK. When an "Amazoness" monster or "Amazon Archer" you control is destroyed by battle or by a card effect, you can Special Summon 1 "Amazoness" monster or "Amazon Archer" from your Deck with a Level equal to or lower than the destroyed monster's. This effect can only be used once per turn.

Since the Village allows them to summon when destroyed by battle, it will occur in the damage step, which seems ideal combined with Royal Oppression. This, along with Warrior Lady of the Wasteland allow for the mighty amazons to swarm the field during the damage step, while controlling your opponent via Oppression.

The Immortal Bushi is also a new idea for the deck, as it can be used to tribute summon for Amazoness Queen. Also, it can be combined with Amazoness Chain master. Ram Chain Master into a monster, pay cost, steal opponent's monster (Gorz, Monarch, Prime Material Dragon, LADD, Vanity's Fiend, Jinzo, among others). Then during your next turn, Bushi returns and you tribute it for your opponent's stolen card.

That's one good way of taking advantage of Amazoness Chain Master's effect in order to compensate for the loss of non-Amazoness support. Also, it gives you access to a wide variety of monsters, along with the ability to not interrupt your Solidarity.

However, there is another interesting idea for these strong ladies that has yet to be mentioned...

In today's meta, it is common for our opponents to use Starlight Road due to the great amount of removal in all decks (X-Sabers, Infernity, Frog Monarchs, etc.), so how can we counter that when we don't have Royal Oppression?

The answer is none other than Super Polymerization! With this, you can use their Starlight Road to your advantage in order to summon something completely unexpected...

Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste! Use your opponent's Stardust to not only summon this (combined with any Amazoness or even Bushi), but also take advantage of this card to copy Stardust Dragon's effect when you need it, removing it from your opponent's graveyard in the process.

With all the possibilities these Amazonian Warriors will be discovering, it's no doubt that the Amazon Decks will be a force to be reckoned with come DREV.

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