Antimeta - Becoming the Meta | The Irish Duelist

Antimeta - Becoming the Meta

Ever since the release of such cards as Banisher of Radiance and Thunder King Rai-Oh, there has been a core group of competitors who see the opportunity of shutting down the popular plays of that format down, and those cards gradually garnered more and more support on their journey through the releases in the game. For example, Light of Destruction brought us Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo, and the card largely went under the radar, in the UK at least until the nationals of that year, where players like Duncan Tang took the Fossil, saw it’s potential, and it took them to a strong finish that year.

From there a whole archetype grew, wherein anything to take advantage of common plays you would see at the top tables of tournaments was considered, and taken advantage of. Sometimes the deck took advantage of the Gadgets to maintain field and hand presence, while using one-for-one destruction to keep the field clear for the 1200, 1300 and 1400 hits to get in.

Lee Brook, an English duelist took Antimeta (Or stun as it is otherwise known) to the British nationals in London in the spring. His build took advantage of King Tiger Wanghu, a previously overlooked card, but with the immense amount of Frog FTK decks floating around, an excellent choice on behalf of brook, who went on to a strong showing, making the top 8 of that tournament.

From there, we find ourselves at YCS Milan, where Noel Garde, despite his questionable dance moves, took his stun variant to the finals of the 900+ competitor event, proving the deck is consistent, even through very long tournaments, and proving it is still highly competitive, even in the diverse meta of today.

Noel Garde
Monsters: 16
3 Thunder King Rai-Oh
3 Doomcaliber Knight
2 Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo
2 King Tiger Wanghu
2 Banisher of Radiance
1 Greenkappa
1 Spirit Reaper
1 D.D. Crow
1 Gorz the Emissary of Darkness

Spells: 11
3 Pot of Duality
3 Book of Moon
1 Dark Hole
1 Monster Reborn
1 Smashing Ground
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Nobleman of Crossout

Traps: 13
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Solemn Judgment
1 Royal Oppression
1 Mirror Force
2 Solemn Warning
2 Bottomless Trap Hole
3 Dimensional Prison
1 Trap Stun
1 Mind Crush

Extra Deck: 15
1 XX-Saber Hyunlei
2 Stardust Dragon
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Blackwing Armor Master
1 Colossal Fighter
1 Magical Android
1 Goyo Guardian
1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
1 Scrap Dragon
1 Ally of Justice Catastor
1 Thought Ruler Archfiend
1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
1 Infernity End Dragon
1 Arcanite Magician

Side Deck: 15
1 Nobleman of Crossout
1 D.D. Crow
1 Effect Veiler
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
2 Ally Salvo
2 Starlight Road
2 Poison of the Old Man
1 Ceasefire
2 Gottoms' Emergency Call
1 Cyber Dragon
1 System Down

The monsters are the basic set-up for the Antimeta deck, consisting of 2 Thunder King Rai-oh, 3 Doomcaliber knight, 2 Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo, and 2 King Tiger Wanghu (A card that gave the eventual winner Mat Collins problems). Wanghu was an excellent choice for Noel, as the card rarely sees play, so opponents are not used to seeing it, let alone knowing how to play against it, and it forced a misplay from Collins (Setting in the hope of getting tokens to tribute off for in-hand Caius the Shadow Monarch) and finally, a huge push of cards were needed to rid the table of the tiger, by then the tiger had put the work in, and put Garde in a great spot, eventually winning game one.

From here, Garde put his own unique twist on the deck, again opting for a very old and often overlooked card in Greenkappa; Greenkappa when flipped destroys 2 Spell or Trap cards on the field, potentially forcing out an opponent’s Solemn Warning, or gaining pluses from those Spell or traps being destroyed. Another questionable card was the inclusion of D.D Crow. Now considered a poor man’s Effect Veiler, the effect of D.D Crow does little more than Veiler does; it stops commonly played recursion cards such as Call of the Haunted and Monster Reborn. Whereas Veiler stops power plays from the opponent. Cutting the summon from Boggart Knight, Negating the destruction effect of Black Rose Dragon, or even the recursion effect of the commonly played Debris Dragon.

The spells are a solid line up of filter and control. Pot of Duality offering the filtering ability that Antimeta lacked before, while not really missing the ability to Special Summon, due to the lack of Special Summon oriented cards. The build holds on to some of the one-for-one mentality I mentioned earlier, with the inclusion of Smashing Ground, and Nobleman of Crossout, a stellar choice in the current meta, where the ideal play is to set a monster, set a spell or trap, and end your turn.

The traps are, again, solid choices for the Antimeta duelist, providing solid defences with Dimensional Prison (An out to the ever pesky Stardust Dragon, and the new Shooting Star Dragon) One choice out of the ordinary would be the inclusion of Mind Crush. Now, consider it vs the main decks this format; Good Vs Blackwing (Via Black Whirlwind), Light Beatdown (Stratos and Neos Alius), X-Saber (Darksoul) and to an extent, the Debris match up, but only when coming off of a Charge of the Light Brigade, or if you’re able to read Effect Veiler.

So all in all not the strongest choice from Garde in regards to Mind Crush, I think the spot could have been better used. That all said, Congratulations to Noel Garde for a strong showing at YCS Milan, and good luck in your future endeavours as a duelist.

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