Psylocke

After testing for almost a week with the new Psychic monsters from Extreme Victory, I had came up with a decent deck that was rather enjoyable (not so much for my opponent). The deck aims to summon T.G. Halberd Cannon, Naturia Beast and set Royal Decree all on the first turn.

T.G. Harberd Cannon will lock down one of his summon.
Naturia Beast will lock down his Spells.
Royal Decree will lock down his Traps.

With this holy trinity on the field, there’s nothing my opponent could do. Hence the name of the deck – Psylocke; a word play on “Psychic Lockdown”, and a tribute to the sexy mutant from Marvel Comics.

Note that the decklist is based on the March 2011 – September 2011 Ban/Restriction list.

Decklist

Monsters – 17
1 Mind Master
1 Psychic Commander
1 Reinforced Human Psychic Borg
2 Doctor Cranium
3 Psy Girl
3 Psychic Witch of Stillness
3 Taciturn Psychic Priest
3 Genetic Woman

Spells – 18
3 Brain Research Lab
1 Terraforming
3 Gold Sarcophagus
3 Pot of Avarice
2 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Giant Trunade
1 Monster Reborn
1 Emergency Teleport
1 One for One
1 Dark Hole
1 Book of Moon

Traps – 5
3 Royal Decree
1 Mirror Force
1 Torrential Tribute

Extra – 15
1 Formula Synchron
2 T.G. Hyper Librarian
1 Magical Android
1 Ally of Justice Catastor
1 Naturia Beast
1 Naturia Barkion
1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Tempest Magician
1 Arcanite Magician
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Black-Winged Dragon
1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 T.G. Halberd Cannon

Setting Up
The combo in this deck depends solely on Mind Master to set up.
The easiest method to set up would be having Mind Master, another Psychic monster and Brain Research Lab.
The next best method would be with One for One or Emergency Teleport and another Psychic monster. Despite not having Brain Research Lab, you will still be able to perform the full combo, by paying a total of up to 4800 LP for Mind Master’s effect. However, if you drew into any Taciturn Psychic Priest along the way, you would have to hope for a Pot of Avarice to recycle the Taciturn Psychic Priests.
The last method would be using Genetic Woman, Gold Sarcophagus and Brain Research Lab. Activate Gold Sarcophagus to remove Mind Master, activate Brain Research Lab and summon Genetic Woman. Activate Genetic Woman’s effect to retrieve Mind Master and summon Mind Master through Brain Research Lab’s additional summon effect. Having Gold Sarcophagus unrestricted from two to unlimited was rather timely.

By playing Reinforced Human Psychic Borg, I could perform the simple combo with 2 more Genetic Woman to add 2 Psychic monster cards to my hand, allowing me to discard them later for Taciturn Psychic Priest’s effect. Of course, Brain Research Lab is required for this; there is simply not enough LP to perform the combo without it.

Performing the Lock
The whole combo to get T.G. Harberd Cannon, Naturia Beast and Royal Decree is rather lengthy. I had made the steps into a nice image below, hopefully it is simple enough to understand. (The image is large, give it some time to load)

After the Lock
Ideally after the lock, you would be able to summon a Brionac to go for the win. If you have drew into Psy Girl with Genetic Woman/Reinforced Human Psychic Borg or Psychic Commander with Psychic Witch of Stillness/Taciturn Psychic Priest, you simply have to summon them with Brain Research Lab and perform the synchro summon.

Other Combos
The chances of drawing into the combo is still rather low, it’s very likely that you will not be able to lockdown your opponent on the first turn. However, the chances of performing it on the second and third turns are significantly higher. Since you would have a battle phase, you can try to perform an OTK. Hopefully you have activated a Giant Trunade or have an active Royal Decree before performing the combo. Continue until Step 9, where you fetch Psychic Commander instead of Psy Girl. Activate Taciturn Psychic Priest’s effect and remove a Psychic monster with ATK more or equal to 800, instead of Doctor Cranium. Tune Psychic Commander with Taciturn Psychic Priest into Brionac. You should have enough cards to bounce his monsters and go for a direct attack.

100 (Mind Master) + 2400 (T.G. Librarian #1) + 2400 (T.G. Librarian #2) + 2300 (Brionac) = 7200

The last Psychic monster should finish up the remaining 800 LP.

If you still have a Doctor Cranium in your deck, you can continue using Mind Master’s effect to fetch him, and continue to summon Formula Synchron to draw 3 cards. You might want to go for Stardust Dragon or Black-Winged Dragon since you do not have Naturia Beast to protect your Brain Research Lab. Black-Winged Dragon will absorb damage that Brain Research Lab would deal to you.

Another combo would be to Tune Mind Master with T.G. Librarian #1 for Tempest Magician, and Psy Girl with T.G. Librarian #2 for Arcanite Magician. Hopefully you have sufficient cards in hand to discard them to Tempest Magician and load the Spell Counters on Arcanite Magician. Clear any monsters with Arcanite Magician’s effect, direct attack with both and burn your opponent with Tempest Magician’s effect. That should seal the deal.

Tournament Result
I had tried this deck in a casual tournament yesterday and performed mediocre with it. The tournament doesn’t allow any side-decking.

Mini-Tournament @ CardMaster, 23rd Feb 2011
Number of Participants: 18
Match 1: Debris Dandy (Kevin) – XOX
Match 2: Blackwing (Eric) – OO
Match 3: Blackwing (Vishal) – XX
Match 4: Blackwing – OXO
Final standing: 9th

Weakness
The tournament allowed me to noticed a few weakness about the deck.

Debris Dandy is a terrible match-up due to the fact that they play Effect Veiler. Maybe siding the new Counter Trap from Extreme Victory, Revelation, might help against the match-up.

Blackwing is still a difficult fight, if they go for an early Trishula or if Spirit Reaper managed to force a discard. In addition to accumulating the 2-3 cards for the combo, an extra 2-3 cards is required for discarding to Taciturn Psychic Priest’s effect. I often find myself with the combo but not having enough cards to keep the combo running. Otherwise, Royal Decree wins the game for me.

Having Brain Research Lab (with 8 or more Psychic Counters) blown away by Mystical Space Typhoon is an instant game over if you have yet to summon Naturia Beast. I did considered playing Rainbow Life or even Hanewata, but as I mentioned earlier, having enough cards to perform the combo is still a problem.

Final Words
The built above was slowed down in an attempt to make the deck competitive by increasing the amount of removals. For those courageous souls out there, you can replace the Book of Moon, Dark Hole, Mirror Force and Torrential Tribute for 3 Upstart Golbin and 1 Terraforming. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about Thunder King Rai-Oh and Archlord Kristya.

Props to Bahamut84 from DuelingDays, t3chy as well as d3stin3d (Mango) for inspirations, deck testing and giving/lending me some cards for the deck.

If you have read this long article, thank you for having the patience. I hope you would enjoy playing this deck as much as I had enjoyed it. Too bad for your opponent though. Let me know if you found any crucial modifications for the deck or played in any tournaments with this deck as a comment below.

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20 Responses to “Psylocke”


  1. 1 Napoleon21 February 27, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Great article and you really put an effort in it.
    Thanks!

  2. 2 Joey February 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Yes, Its a really good article with a really good deck. Nice job!

  3. 3 Mike February 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Dude, since this is a combo deck, and the chances of it happening within the first or second turn is quite low, why not add 3 Duality to the mix?

    With Duality, you can pretty much earn as you can increase chances of drawing into combo pieces.

    If you have drawn into the combo pieces, you can discard Pot of Duality as fodder for Taciturn Psycho Priest.

    Just a suggestion, what do you think?

    • 4 winkles February 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      with duality u cannot sp

    • 5 Akira February 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      My aim was to have the deck perform the lockdown on Turn 1, hence I avoid cards like Pot of Duality that forces me to make my play on Turn 2. This is the same reason as to why Frog FTK and Six Samurai do not run Pot of Duality, but prefers Upstart Goblin and Hand Destruction instead.

      Pot of Duality does work in this deck, but it would be more of a Librarian + Brionac OTK. This is similar to Infernity where they have the first few turns devoted to accumulating the combo pieces.

      If your deck aims for a Turn 1 play (that requires Special Summon) avoid Pot of Duality; Upstart Golbin or Hand Destruction is better. Otherwise Pot of Duality is great for decks that aims for a big play on Turn 2 onwards.

      I would have to agree that the Librarian + Brionac OTK is much more consistent and competitive, but it takes the fun out of locking down your opponent. 🙂

    • 6 Tony March 19, 2011 at 12:57 am

      The duality would be nice to have for drawing into the combo but you can’t special summon once you play it. If you play a monster for defense you lose that amount of cards in your hand.

  4. 7 Joey March 3, 2011 at 1:54 am

    hey i’m from AEONS guild if u have seen our page,
    i’m really interested with this build of yours,
    and i might take this as reference to build my psychic deck.
    if i do, i’ll copyright u and give the credits to you 😀
    i would say this is a splendid job, and i hope to see more idesas from you 😀 keep posting!

  5. 8 Timmeh March 5, 2011 at 9:00 am

    If duality is a concern on the first turn combo, then why run gold sarcopohagus?

    • 9 Akira March 5, 2011 at 9:07 am

      As mentioned above, Gold Sarcophagus with Genetic Woman and Brain Research Lab is a three card combo to set up the turn one play. It makes performing the turn one play slightly more consistent as it is no longer limited to just Emergency Teleport and One for One.

    • 10 Ratty March 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      gold is for the cat woman

  6. 11 Timmeh March 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I totally forgot about that XD couldn’t you replace the 2 traps for 2 Hand Destruction or 2 Upstart Goblin? Or even make it more consistent by making the combo possible to have

    tg halberd cannon
    +
    Naturia Beast
    +
    Naturia Barkion

    and still have some trap support because personally I don’t like the fact that decree cannot protect you from attacks etc

    • 12 Akira March 7, 2011 at 6:07 am

      I did try Upstart Goblin and Hand Destruction, but I felt that having the traps to get rid of threats like Archlord Kristya & Thunder King Rai-Oh was more important.

      It is nigh impossible to get T.G. Halberd Cannon, Naturia Beast and Barkion together on the field without Monster Reborn; there is simply not enough monster slots. If you follow the combo till the Naturia Beast part, your field would consist of 1 Mind Master, 2 T.G. Hyper Librarian & 1 Naturia Beast. That is 4 monsters and you can’t perform a Synchro Summon with only 1 monster slot left. 😉

      I am currently testing Enemy Controller in place of the traps though. It works under Royal Decree, and combos with Taciturn Psychic Priest.

  7. 13 Ratty March 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Nice… lotsa weaknesses though… XD nice job, u rock ttm cos psychic rox ttm

  8. 14 sdajkjsajlaskjd March 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    why not try upstart

    if your goal is the “lock” LP don’t matter at all really

  9. 15 random person March 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    hey what about telekinetic power well with foolish? is that fine?

    • 16 Akira March 21, 2011 at 1:29 am

      That’s a viable option, but I’m not too fond of it due to the restriction of Foolish Burial. Telekinetic Power Well does open up the possibilities of recurring Mind Master though, which is always good.

      • 17 Random person March 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm

        Oh ok. Anywayz nice deck most probably making the same under u la. But may be replacing 1 gold sacrophagus and 1 POA for 2 telekinetic or 1 foolish and 1 telekinetic. Do u think that will is ok or should i not? Or shld i stick with adding 1 gold sacrophagus and POA.

        • 18 Akira March 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm

          The decklist above is simply for portraying some basic ideas that revolves around the new Psychic monsters. It is definitely not a finalized built. I would support running whatever idea you’re comfortable with and see how it turns out.

          I would probably try removing 1 Pot of Avarice and 1 Terraforming for 2 Telekinetic Power Well. Gold Sarcophagus for Giant Trunade is still a devastating play.

          On a side note, Shooting Quasar Dragon will probably replace T.G. Halberd Cannon.

  10. 19 Epicyugiohdude March 24, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    can you plz make an build that is playable for the tcg? (i mean the european, because of konami we can’t play t.g. hyper librarian) 😦

  11. 20 Simon May 2, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    This is the same deck posted on dueling days


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