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"T.G.", short for "Tech Genus" (TGテックジーナス Tekkujīnasu) is an archetype used by Antinomy in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. They are all bionic in appearance to reference the identity of their user. They made their debut in Extreme Victory. In the Japanese anime, each of them has a code in their name which references their Type, followed by a number. This includes their status as they have X's at the end of their names to indicate their evolution of Synchro Monsters:

They are high tech monsters from the future and they share a variation of this effect in anime:

This card can also be treated as a Machine-Type monster. When a Spell or Trap Card you control targets this card, you can halve this card's original ATK and DEF. When this card is destroyed, you can add 1 "T.G." monster card from your Deck to your hand. You cannot Summon it this turn.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 5, it is possible to use the card obtained during the same turn, and the ATK and DEF reduction is not present among their effects.

The real life version of the "T.G." cards consist of monsters who can "replace" themselves with different monsters when they're destroyed. Most of the non-Synchro Monsters search for other "T.G." monsters besides ones that share their name (for example, a "T.G. Warwolf" can search for any "T.G." monster besides "T.G. Warwolf"), while all of the Synchro Monsters (except "T.G. Blade Blaster") draw cards or Summon monsters.

Despite their bionic appearance and names, the only existing Machine-Type "T.G." monsters are Accel Synchro Monsters. All "T.G." supporting Spell and Trap Cards have an initialism in their names.

Playing style

The goal of the archetype is to Accel Synchro Summon "T.G." monsters to control the field. "T.G. Blade Blaster" can negate Spells and Traps while "T.G. Halberd Cannon" can negate Summons. Due to the ease of low-Level Synchro Summons, Summoning the two aforementioned monsters is a matter of summoning and protecting the Synchro Material Monsters. A good rival of "T.G. Halberd Cannon" is "Shooting Quasar Dragon" due to the high attack stats and powerful effects. Although "Shooting Quasar Dragon" is preferred due to the multiple attacking ability. One could also Synchro Summon "Cosmic Blazar Dragon" or "Stardust Sifr Divine Dragon" instead for more control of your opponent or protection, respectively.

This archetype also excels at long, drawn-out Duels (a.k.a., "grind games"). A player can wear down their opponent's resources over time, while maintaining his/her own, due to the immense search and draw power of the T.G. cards.

"T.G. Striker", "T.G. Warwolf", and "T.G. Catapult Dragon" are the best cards to swarm with; the first two have easy Summoning requirements while "Catapult Dragon" can Summon more monsters and give "Warwolf" an opportunity to be Summoned by its effect. At the very least, in case you cannot Synchro Summon, you can build a defense and let your opponent destroy them, giving you plenty of cards to add to your hand at the End Phase.

Some good support cards are "Junk Synchron", "Kinka-byo", "Mischief of the Yokai", and "Star Changer".

Also, since the "T.G." cards share the ability to search once they are destroyed, support cards such as "Kuraz the Light Monarch" and "Needle Ceiling" can be used with little or no drawbacks. While the effect of "Kuraz" might seem too good to pass up on your own cards, remember that you can use it selectively: for example, you can choose to destroy your opponent's "Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En" and not target any of their other monsters. Additionally, mass-destruction staples like "Dark Hole", "Torrential Tribute", and "Black Rose Dragon" become even more effective, as they can be used with little to no drawback for the player.

Because of the extensive use of Level 5 Synchro Monsters, a T.G. Deck can easily summon powerful monsters outside the archetype, such as "Ally of Justice Catastor", "Hi-Speedroid Chanbara", "Armades, Keeper of Boundaries", and in some cases Naturia Beast. If you can manage two Level 5 LIGHT Synchro Monsters in one turn, you can follow up with "Constellar Pleiades".

Summoning the ace of this archetype ("T.G. Blade Blaster") it's relatively fast and can be done in a single turn if you control no monsters and your opponent does while you have in your hand to Special Summon "T.G. Striker" and "T.G. Warwolf", then Normal Summon "T.G. Cyber Magician" with "T.G. Rush Rhino" in your hand or Normal Summon "T.G. Catapult Dragon" and Special Summon "T.G. Jet Falcon" from your hand. In the event that you don't have all of them in your hand, then you can let your opponent destroy a few of your T.G. monsters that can search the Deck for other T.G. monsters during the end phase to build up the resources to Accel Synchro Summon""T.G. Blade Blaster" quickly.

On the other hand, the summoning of the strongest T.G. monster, "T.G. Halberd Cannon", it's very easy when you have "T.G. Blade Blaster" on your field and you have at least "T.G. Cyber Magician" in your hand and "Level Eater" in your graveyard. Normal Summon "T.G. Cyber Magician", then activate "Level Eater"'s effect in your graveyard by reducing "T.G. Blade Blaster"'s Level by 1 to revive "Level Eater". Tune "T.G. Cyber Magician" with "Level Eater" to "Synchro Summon" "T.G. Recipro Dragonfly", and activate it's effect to send your "T.G. Blade Blaster" to the graveyard and Special Summon the synchro material monsters used for it provided you have them in the Graveyard, and finally tune "T.G. Recipro Dragonfly" with "T.G. Wonder Magician" and the other Level 5 Synchro Monster to Delta Accel Synchro Summon "T.G. Halberd Cannon". "Level Eater" is also useful for many aspects in this Deck.

"Plaguespreader Zombie" can also be used in this Deck to accelerate the rate of "Synchro Summon". "Debris Dragon" can revive "T.G. Cyber Magician" and other 500 ATK monsters in your Graveyard, while also triggering "T.G. Warwolf" in your hand. Cards like "Gravity Collapse" (negates a Summon and destroys the monster making the opponent unable to Summon more monsters for the rest of the turn by Tributing a Synchro Monster), "Synchro Material" ("steals" an opponent's monster that you can use to Synchro Summon), "Safe Zone" (protects 1 of your monsters from any kind of destruction and targeting effects by giving up direct attacks with the monster you are protecting with it) and specially, "Inferno Reckless Summon" (summons 1 or 2 more copies of a T.G. monster from your graveyard, hand or Deck when you special summoned one T.G. monster which makes the combo even better if you don't use the spare monsters special summoned by this effect and let them be destroyed to search the Deck at the end phase), are a staple in this Deck to keep the opponent under constant pressure and control even if they use a fast and powerful Archetype like the "Six Samurai" or to some extent, "Blackwings".

T.G. Deck (Junk Doppel Tengu Plants engine)

Recommended Cards

T.G. Stun

Recommended cards

Junk T.G.

While it lacks the searching power of other T.G. Decks, this variant focuses on combos with "Junk Synchron", "T.G. Catapult Dragon", and "T.G. Jet Falcon".

Recommended cards

T.G. Ultimaya Dragon

Thanks by the swarming and drawing effects of the "T.G." monsters, this variant focuses on Special Summoning "Ultimaya Tzolkin" and then filling the field with powerful Dragon-Type Synchro Monsters.

Recommended cards

Weaknesses

Since this archetype is one of the most Synchro-focused archetypes, rivaling Yusei-themed and Inca Decks, all anti-Synchro support ("Discord", "Synchro Control", "Greed Grado", "Meklords", "Shiny Black "C"", etc.) can kill the Deck, in addition to all the typical Anti-Meta strategies that most Decks fall prey to. "Dimensional Barrier" can prevent you from Synchro Summoning for a turn. "Soul Drain" completely turns off almost all of your "T.G." monsters, preventing you from activating your Graveyard effects to draw, Special Summon, or search. None of the non-Synchro Monsters provide any offensive capabilities, barring "Rush Rhino" with "TGX300" on the field. "Thunder King Rai-Oh" and "Mistake" can also stop their searching. Use "TG1-EM1" or "Creature Swap" to take control of your opponent's monster when you don't have strong attack power. Also, nearly all monsters have effects that ease the Synchro Summons while wreaking havoc on the player's hand. Therefore, field clearing becomes even more important so protect your monsters (especially "T.G. Hyper Librarian" with "Starlight Road" or "My Body as a Shield". You can also run multiple copies of "TGX3-DX2", due to the rate at which the T.G. monsters are Summoned, and - consequently - sent to the Graveyard to replenish your hand and recycle your T.G. monsters.

Additionally, the "T.G." archetype is extremely weak to many common Side-Deck cards, such as "Gozen Match", "Vanity's Emptiness", and "Mistake". "Rivalry of Warlords" deserves a special mention, because it completely shuts down the deck, due to the T.G. monsters consisting of entirely different Types. Because of this, one should build their Main/Side deck with these threats in mind. "TGX1-HL" is a great card that T.G.'s have at their disposal, which is functionally the same as "Mystical Space Typhoon", should one need additional Spell/Trap removal.

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