Thursday, 13 June 2013

Incarnate Dragons/ Dragon Rulers - Making up the Colours

Alright, we're back to another Incarnate Dragons/ Dragon Rulers post again. It's not because I'm especially fond of these dragons, but they are the only deck that is really worth playing now other than Prophecy/ Spellbook and Verz/ Evilswarm. However, I'm not a really huge fan the latter two.

Back on topic again, after playtesting Incarnate Dragons/ Dragon Rulers (whatever you like to call them, I prefer to call them Incarnate Dragons), I've realised that among all the top builds that I've seen on many Yu-Gi-Oh! sites such as Shriek or Pojo, and especially those builds that have won the entire event, there is not really a build that is consistent. Of course, that excludes all the staple cards such as "Super Rejuvenation" and etc.

What I mean is, everyone has different tech choices in Incarnate Dragons, and they have all worked out to different advantages, and no advantage is really significantly superior to other advantages. If you have not seen the post by Mike from Dueling Legacy, you should really take a look. Here's the link for the post:

In Mike's post, he talks about the different build of Incarnate Dragons ran by different people. However, what is really significant about the two builds that he is discussing is that they have different tech choices, one mains "Psi-Blocker" while the other runs "Forbidden Chalice".

For my own Incarnate Dragon build, I have also incorporated my own tech choice to make my deck more smooth and playable. Just before I have started typing this post, I read up on a post by K'yde of Digital Mortal where he mentions that Incarnate Dragons helps to bring back several of the older cards back into the competitive scene. Here's the link for the post:

For my post, it is actually a combination of both Mike's and K'yde's post. My tech choice is an old card that have not seen play for a long while, and it's none other than "Swift Gaia The Fierce Knight"

Name: Swift Gaia The Fierce Knight
Level 7/ Dark/ Warrior/ Effect/ 2300/ 2100
Effect: If this is the only card in your hand, you can Normal Summon it without Tributing.

Alright, before you start thinking what a horrible card "Swift Gaia The Fierce Knight" is, please be patient and continue to read for my explanation.

The reason why I main one copy of this card is simple, I hate disadvantages in mirror matches. When you are playing against another Incarnate Dragon player, colours are important. The colours that I am referring to are not literally colours of the cards, but the four dragons themselves, which are Blaster, Tidal, Redox and Tempest. Each of these four dragons represent a colour.

So how does colours matter in a mirror match? It matters a great deal. If you start off with four colours vs. your opponent who starts off with only two colours, you are already in an advantageous position. The reason of that being that you are more likely to be able to go for more Xyz Summon plays. If you are the player who starts off with only two colours, and you go for a "Mecha Phantombeast Dracossack" but gets hit by an "Effect Veiler" when you try to use its effect to special summon the tokens, you are not likely to be able to go for a second copy of Dracossack to protect your first copy.

Back to the point of Swift Gaia, so how does "Swift Gaia The Fierce Knight" eliminate the disadvantageous position of having lesser colours than your opponent in a mirror match? The answer is, Swift Gaia acts as a pseudo colour in an Incarnate Dragon deck. Swift Gaia has the effect to be Normal Summoned without Tribute if this is the last card in your hand. Let me illustrate the purpose of "Swift Gaia The Fierce Knight" with an example.

1) You start off with a hand of:
"Super Rejuvenation",
"Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls",
"Stream, Dragon Ruler of Droplets",
"Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders",
"Reactan, Dragon Ruler of Pebbles",
"Swift Gaia The Fierce Knight".

2) A basic play will see you use Stream's and Reactan's effect by discarding Tidal and Redox. This allows you to special summon the following from your deck:
"Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls", and another copy of
"Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders",
while the four dragons you discarded are now in the graveyard.

3) You overlay Tidal and Redox for "Mecha Phantombeast Dracossack". You then attempt to use its effect to detach "Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls" to special summon Mecha tokens to protect your Dracossack. However, your opponent discards "Effect Veiler" to block this move.

4) You now realise that you have "Super Rejuvenation" and "Swift Gaia The Fierce Knight" in your hand. You have "Mecha Phantombeast Dracossack" on your field with no tokens. In your graveyard, there are:
"Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls",
"Stream, Dragon Ruler of Droplets",
"Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders",
"Reactan, Dragon Ruler of Pebbles",
"Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls".

5) Both Tidal's and Redox's effect have yet to be used. However, with only five dragons in your graveyard, you can only revive back one of them because after banishing for cost, and special summoning back the selected dragon, you would only have two dragons left in the graveyard. This is where "Swift Gaia The Fierce Knight" comes in.

6) You activate "Super Rejuvenation". Since you have already discarded four dragons earlier this turn, you would be able to draw four cards at the End Phase of this turn. Now you have only "Swift Gaia The Fierce Knight" left in your hand. This allows you to Normal Summon it without Tribute. Now, using "Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls'" effect, you banish Stream and Reactan to special summon it back to the field, and you can now overlay "Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls" and "Swift Gaia The Fierce Knight" for a second copy of  "Mecha Phantombeast Dracossack" to special summon Mecha tokens to protect both copies of your Dracossacks.

From this example, we can easily see how "Swift Gaia The Fierce Knight" acts as a pseudo colour to help you overcome the disadvantageous position of having lesser colours than your opponent. Of course the example that I illustrated was just a simple one. In a real duel, the situation could be more complex that that entails you to Xyz Summon for other Xyz monsters other than "Mecha Phantombeast Dracossack".

However, one thing to note is that in an Incarnate Dragon deck, it is extremely easy to exhaust your whole hand in one turn, so it would be easy to let "Swift Gaia The Fierce Knight" become your last card in hand. This tech has worked well for me so far, so you guys can give it a shot as well.


  1. why not try fusilier dragon ?
    it can be EEV when you set it. and its also a 7 star. and u can normal summon it without tributing even if you have hand cards.

    1. The point is, I don't really want an extra level 7 just for the point of EEV. While it can be normal summoned while I have hand cards, I don't like the idea of its attack being halved. Sometimes, when you need an extra monster to go for the OTK (without xyz summoning), Swift Gaia does better because it would have 900 more attack points (900 extra attack is good just like how Gagaga Cowboy's effect to burn is good).

      Overall, Fusilier Dragon is only better in the aspect that it can be used for EEV, but other than that, I still find Swift Gaia better.

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    1. Nope, none at all XD
      I'm not a really huge fan of monsters with 0 attack because I like a shot at an OTK haha, besides, since Dragon Rulers can deplete their hand so easily as I have mentioned, I still prefer Swift Gaia.
      That said, Fog King is still an awesome idea though :D

      Do visit my blog more often for more ideas :D