Monster Surge Deck

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Also known as Monster Mash, Monster Surge Decks can vary greatly from duelist to duelist, but they all all based around the principle of filling the deck with monsters and up to 3 spell or traps. In doing this, a player is almost guaranteed to draw a monster to attack with, but more importantly certain monster effects become much more reliable. Some key cards include "Gallis the Star Beast" and "Magical Merchant", but "Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter" also appears to be a frequent choice with this deck type. Since cards such as "Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter" and "Quickdraw Synchron" focus on sending cards to the graveyard, it would be beneficial to have cards with effects that activate in the graveyard.

The most common spell and trap cards appear to be only "Monster Reborn" and "Dark Hole" sometimes "Heavy Storm". Because of the lack of defensive trap cards, some Monster Surge decks include many defensive monsters like "Battle Fader", "Gorz the Emissary of Darkness" and "Tragoedia". These also make great tribute fodder for cards like the Monarchs, but also the higher level monsters can be used with "Level Eater" so that cards like "Light and Darkness Dragon" can be tribute summoned!

With the release of the Superheavy Samurai archetype with cards like Superheavy Samurai Warlord Susanowo, a deck based around the Superheavy Samurai archetype can be a viable strategy, as some of their support cards require a graveyard free of Spells and Traps, as well as Susanowo being able to use your opponent's Spells and Traps, covering some of the weaknesses of this deck type.

This type of deck can also said to be the opposite of "Chain Strike" decks. Since it usually has more Spells and Traps than Monsters.

Example Deck List

From 2010/06 - Chicago, Illinois, Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. Deck Profile: Danny McNally’s Monster Surge Deck

{{Decklist |monsters = Monsters: deck size varies

3x Gallis the Star Beast

2-3x Crane Crane

2x Tour Guide From the Underworld

0-1x Tour Bus From the Underworld

0-1x Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind

1x Genex Ally Birdman

0-1x Honest Depending on how many Lights you run.

0-3x Trap Eater (Mainly for side deck)

0-3x Flying "C" (Mainly for side deck)

1x Morphing Jar

1x Neo-Spacian Grand Mole

1x Thunder King Rai-Oh

0-1x Night Assailant

2x Card Trooper

0-3x Magical Merchant (Only for builds with spells/traps)

0-3x Witch of the Black Rose

0-3x Quickdraw Synchron (For Turbo Synchro Builds)

0-2x Caius the Shadow Monarch

2-3x Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter

2-3x Battle Fader

1x Chaos Sorcerer

0-3x Jinzo (Better as a side deck card but may be main decked)

0-3x Dark Simorgh (Good in main or side deck)

2x Tragoedia

0-2x Level Eater (Optional for tribute variants)

1x Lonefire Blossom

3x Necro Gardna

1x Dandylion

1x Treeborn Frog

1x Ehren, Lightsworn Monk

1-3x Light and Darkness Dragon

1x Dark Armed Dragon

1x Gorz the Emissary of Darkness

1-3x Tytannial, Princess of Camellias (Plant Variant)

2x Plaguespreader Zombie

1x Bacon Saver

1-3x Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress

1x Spore

1x Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite

1x Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning

2-3x Effect Veiler

1-3x Breaker the Magical Warrior

Elemental Dragons may also be used.

|spells = Spells: 5-7

1x Dark Hole

1x Foolish Burial

1x Pot of Dichotomy

1x One for One

1-3x Mystical Space Typhoon

|traps = 0-3 1-2x Breakthrough Skill

1x Treacherous Trap Hole

|Standard extra deck with "Junk Destroyer", "Drill Warrior", "Nitro Warrior", "Junk Archer", "Turbo Warrior" and "Zeman the Ape King" as anomalies.

Wind-Up Zenmaines

Black Rose Dragon

Stardust Dragon

Ally of Justice Catastor

Mechquipped Angineer

Number 49: Fortune Tune

Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction

Armades, Keeper of Boundaries

Flamvell Urquizas

Iron Chain Dragon

Mist Bird Clausolas

Mist Wurm

Leviair the Sea Dragon

Number 17: Leviathan Dragon

Formula Synchron

Scrap Dragon

Thought Ruler Archfiend

Balmung, Fighter from the Underworld

Armory Arm

Magical Android

Scarred Warrior

Colossal Fighter

Gallis the Star Beast non-OTK

Gallis non-OTK

Gallis Agents non-OTK


Weaknesses and Counter Strategies

When being played, the deck may be found to be somewhat unreliable, but other cards like "Vanity's Fiend" and "Mask of Restrict" could cause a problem.

Gravekeepers can be a big problem, as "Royal Tribute" can send all monsters from your hand to the Graveyard on the first turn.

Skill Drain can potentially kill this deck as well, due to the overabundance of Effect Monsters.

Decks that run "banisher" cards such as Dimensional Fissure and Macro Cosmos can easily put out the FTK/OTK.

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