Sunday, March 21, 2010

Machina Gadgets and GB

Machina Gadgets have tested very well for me and are also winning Regionals around the US. I have tried it against Blackwings, Lightsworns and GB and it did quite well. No Chimeratech Fortress Dragon used tough. It mainly loses to double JD drops (Which deck doesn't?) or a well-timed Royal Oppression. I agree with Gambit01 about using 2 Machina Fortress, it works better this way. My changes:

- 1 Machina Fortress
+ 1 Creature Swap (mainly used with Peacekeeper and Gadgets)

I just found out that Machina Fortress's effect where it gets targeted by opponent's monster effect, will go off if targeted by Brionac or GB Murmillo other than Gale! Some more rulings on the card here:

Here's an interesting article over at by Jason Grabher-Meyer on the Machinas:

I've also taken most of the staple spell and traps used in the Machina Gadgets to build into a GB deck, OCG-style with low monster count.

Monsters (15)
3 Test Tiger
2 Gladiator Beast Laquari
2 Gladiator Beast Equeste
1 Gladiator Beast Darius
1 Gladiator Beast Bestiari
1 Gladiator Beast Hopolomus
1 Gladiator Beast Retiari
1 Gladiator Beast Murmillo
2 Cyber Dragon
1 Gale

Spells (12)
3 Gladiator Proving Ground
3 Book of Moon
2 Smashing Ground
2 Fissure
1 Heavy Storm
1 Mystical Space Typhoon

Traps (13)
2 Dimensional Prison
2 Bottomless Traphole
2 Gladiator Beast War Chariot
2 Waboku
1 Mirror Force
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Solemn Judgement
1 Trap Dustshoot
1 Call of the Haunted

The monsters can be actually be counted as 18, due to 3 Gladiator Proving Grounds. This deck works well too although a difference between it and the Machina Gadgets is that you will not be holding on to card advantages, relying more on the GB toolbox to gain advantage. Both decks are similar in not relying on Synchro but a single Gale is in the GB deck as Gale is still a good card on its own and provide synchro options. Gale can also allow you to try to swap in a third Equeste and tech in 1 Icarus Attack. It is kind of ironic that this GB deck uses 2 Cyber Dragon whereas the other machine deck does not, due to deck space constrains. Overall, I still find the Machina Gadgets actually playing out better than this GB deck.