Florian Chitic’s Old School Chaos Recruiter

Die Deckliste:

Monsters: 23
3 Mystic Tomato
3 Shining Angel
3 Cyber Dragon
3 Caius the Shadow Monarch
2 Chaos Sorcerer
1 Sangan
1 Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind
1 Spirit Reaper
1 Breaker the Magical Warrior
2 Effect Veiler
1 D.D. Warrior Lady
1 Plaguespreader Zombie
1 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter

Spells: 15
3 Pot of Duality
1 Monster Reborn
1 Dark Hole
2 Creature Swap
1 Smashing Ground
2 Enemy Controller
2 Book of Moon
1 Pot of Avarice
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Scapegoat

Traps: 3
3 Royal Decree

Extra Deck:
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Magical Android
1 Mist Wurm
1 Thought Ruler Archfiend
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Armory Arm
1 Ally of Justice Catastor
1 Colossal Fighter
1 Brionac Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Goyo Guardian
1 Arcanite Magician
3 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1 Revived King Ha Des

Side Deck:
2 Nobleman of Crossout
2 Skill Dragin
1 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
1 Don Zaloog
2 Battle Fader
2 D.D. Crow
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Magic Cylinder
1 Starlight Road
1 Royal Oppression
1 Ceasefire

Über das Deck und die Strategie:

Florian Chitic’s name might ring a bell. He’s one of Germany’s most famous players, thanks to his past accomplishments and his pretty “vocal” appearance in the Yu-Gi-Oh! message boards around the world. He’s also known for his “comeback” at the German National Championship 2008; after not playing the game for more than a year, he started his preparations only 1 day prior to the tournament and won the whole thing! Could he do the same today?

Chitic’s running a deck he calls “Old School Chaos Recruiter”. After his great performance with Gladiator Beasts at the German Nationals 2008, he learned that a lot of Duelists aren’t prepared for decks that tended to be good some time ago (no one in Germany expected Gladiator Beasts to top out that year’s National Championship). “The format favors decks that work well with Royal Decree, so I thought about reviving Adrian Madaj’s “Recruiter” deck and pilot that through the field.”

“First and foremost, I’m trying not to get paired against Monarchs (he chuckled). Raiza the Storm Monarch is really strong against my deck. Returning my Monster Cards to the top of my deck is not just slowing me down, it can crush my whole game plan. However, I was lucky enough to play around Raiza the Storm Monarch even in the bad match-up.”

Chitc went into some more detail: “Generally, I try to always keep a monster on the field. It’s rather easy thanks to the effects of Mystic Tomato and Shining Angel and helps me to fight back with Chaos Sorcerer and Caius the Shadow Monarch. Usually, it’s possible to force through some damage early so I can force my opponent into a defensive position. I then try to to draw into Royal Decree (which is rather easy with Pot of Duality) and shut down his backrow (Trap Cards), catching him by surprise and claiming the win! You wouldn’t believe it, but the deck wouldn’t work without Pot of Duality – it’s an awesome card!”

The deck packs a lot more tricks than just some monsters which let you search through your deck, Royal Decree and Pot of Duality for example. Creature Swap works nicely with both Mystic Tomato and Shining Angel, allowing Chitic to trade one of his monsters with a stronger monster of his opponent and dishing out some more damage when attacking over the swapped monster. With so many ways to work through his deck quickly, Chitic can take advantage of the other Pot – Pot of Avarice.

It’s quite remarkable how well Mystic Tomato, Shining Angel, Cyber Dragon and Scapegoat work with Pot of Duality. Chitic had an explanation: “I tend to Set the searcher monsters very often, so their effects trigger on my opponents turn. Pot of Duality usually doesn’t interfere with my other effects.

The two cards that drew the most attention in Chitic’s Side Deck were Ceasefire and a lone copy of Don Zaloog. “Don Zaloog is another underrated card at the moment. There are a lot of decks that play monsters with low ATK and they tend to attack into my Set monsters, expecting a Mystic Tomato or Shining Angel. The look on their face when they just sent Green Gadget into a Set Don Zaloog is quite priceless.”

Ceasefire can come in against decks that make heavy use of Solemn Warning and Solemn Judgment. Very often, players try to use their Solemn Warning early on to gain a quick lead and they then think that it’s save to use Solemn Judgment and counter another strong card. However, this often means they just lost to Ceasefire. “It works surprisingly well and few players see it coming”, Chitic remarked.

Sometimes, it pays out to take a look back and check the older coverages. Sometimes, you can come across a deck archetype that used to do well, but didn’t quite perform in the most recent formats. A new Forbidden and Limited List can be seen as an opportunity to revive some of those classic strategies and use the element of surprise to your advantage!