Saturday, 10 March 2012

Teleport Zombies

Hello, Yu-Gi-Oh! Blogosphere. As promised, here's the Zombie deck list. The ban list gave Zombies a lot to play with this format. For starters, E-Tele to 2. E-Tele gives Zombies the speed they've been craving for quite some time. We can now summon Brionac fairly quickly and have out grave set up within a few turns. Secondly we were given CotH at 3. Given all the floaters the deck can run, CotH works out very nicely.

Deck List:

Screenshot from DN, for those who prefer visual deck lists

Monsters: 22
[1] Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
[1] Card Trooper
[1] Dark Armed Dragon
[2] Effect Veiler
[3] Goblin Zombie
[1] Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
[2] Krebons
[1] Mezuki
[1] Mystic Tomato
[1] Plaguespreader Zombie
[2] Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter
[1] Sangan
[1] Spirit Reaper
[3] Tour Guide from the Underworld
[1] Zombie Master

Spells: 13
[1] Allure of Darkness
[1] Book of Life
[1] Charge of the Light Brigade
[1] Dark Hole
[2] Emergency Teleport
[1] Foolish Burial
[1] Heavy Storm
[1] Mind Control
[1] Monster Reborn
[2] Mystical Space Typhoon
[1] Pot of Avarice

Traps: 5
[3] Call of the Haunted
[2] Torrential Tribute

Synchros: 9
[1] Ally of Justice Catastor
[1] Black Rose Dragon
[1] Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
[1] Orient Dragon
[2] Revived King Ha Des
[1] Scrap Dragon
[1] Stardust Dragon
[1] T.G. Hyper Librarian

Exceeds: 6
[1] Daigusto Emeral
[2] Leviair the Sea Dragon
[1] Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
[1] Number 39: Utopia
[1] Wind-Up Zenmaines


This particular build focuses more on abusing floaters than it does Synchro/Exceed swarming. With Mezuki at 1, I find that aggressive builds suffer some consistency issues, so this is more of a control build that works by generating advantage, and then using that advantage to fuel plays. As always, the deck relies heavily on Brionac, mainly for the discard. Solemn Warning can cause Brionac a headache, but fortunately we have Emeral and Avarice to recycle it back to the Extra Deck and get a free draw too.

The E-Tele engine essentially allows one to summon Brionac (long with other synchros) a lot more easily. In the past cards like Deep Sea Diva were used, but I've found Diva to be inefficient for this format because it uses up ones normal summon. That's where E-Tele comes in. E-Tele gives one an instant level 2 Tuner on demand. One can then use that Tuner to Synchro with Sangan or Goblin Zombie to get your search. If one searches into PSZ/Mezuki, you can then discard it for Brionac and bounce a pesky Exceed or Synchro monster back to the Extra Deck, or get a free turn of attacks. This allows one to instantly set up the Graveyard for future abuse whilst not losing any real advantage. Additionally, Krebons is DARK attribute, which has plenty of support in the form of Allure, Dark Armed, Tomato and BLS-EotB.

In the past, the E-Tele engine has often been seen paired with the Destiny engine (Stratos, Malicious, Diamond, Doom Lord, RotA, Allure and D-Draw). I did test the engine since I had a lot of success with it in 2009 (the last time it was viable), but I found 2 copies of Destiny Draw to be insufficient and often resulted in dead hands. Feel free to try it if you can find space, but don't expect anything fantastic.

The second part of the deck is the Zombie engine. I'm using it to make advantage-neutral Synchro plays. The engine is fairly self-explanatory; use Goblin and Master for Synchros and take advantage of PSZ and Mezuki along the way. I'm only using 1 Zombie Master. With Veiler and other similar cards quite prevalent, I find that Zombie Master doesn't really do much very often. It's good enough to run, but not good enough to rely on in my opinion. I'm using 3 Goblin Zombie for consistency. I can also search other copies of Goblin off of it, so I can stay advantage neutral for most of the duel. Sprit Reaper is and always has been good in Zombies as a 1 of. It gives you stall and hand destruction, two things this deck appreciates. I threw in a random Book of Life for Leviair plays.

Finally, the near-staple Tour Guide engine. TGftU gives one access to Leviair, a card this deck likes a lot. For this deck, it's Burial From The Different Dimension 2.0. It lets one abuse all of the removal outlets in this deck, namely Mezuki, PSZ, BLS-EotB and DAD. Being able to continually reuse these cards is too good an opportunity to pass up. Additionally, it gives one access to Zenmaines, which is one of the best control cards this format in my opinion.

One of the new toys this deck got from the ban list was CotH at 3. With back row destruction so plentiful, CotH really shines. Chaining it to destruction lets you gain access to the effects Sangan, Goblin Zombie and Card Trooper, which will in turn give you a +1. And of course, it can just be used for general revival of monsters to help one make aggressive plays. I'm really liking this card at 3 at the moment.

I opted against the Solemn brigade. Torrential and Veiler are more effective for this particular deck. Veiler is graveyard fodder and Torrential lets you deal with swarms whilst not losing advantage due to the copious number of floaters.

Ryko is in there against Laggia. It also lets you fill up your grave as a bonus. One can also use it to bluff with CotLB by setting Goblin or Reaper instead, which could buy a turn to make plays.

The rest of the deck is staples, which don't need explaining. I'm only running 2 MST because of space constraints.


It's a fun Tier 2 deck to play around with. I don't think it's strong enough to consistently take on the Tier 1 decks, but it does fine against most other decks.

Hope you all enjoyed the deck list. Please rate and comment.



  1. If you mill your 2 Krebons with teleport, you're screwed?

    Might want to do something about that. It's a bad draw drawing into krebons, but drawing into Useless E-Teles is even worse.

    Good deck though :)

  2. 1 Zombie Master? 3 Tour Guides? Are you kidding me? It seems more like a Cookie Cutter deck than anything else. What if 95% of us don't have a rich man's Tour Guide and Black Luster Soldier?

    Why not you make a deck which everyone can build and play? This deck will easily be destroyed by more Gravekeeper's than itself simply because Gravekeeper's are a more budget deck than this. Period.

  3. @TheTCGLover: Not really. There are only 3 mill cards in there and PoA and Daigusto Emeral are in there just in case.

    @Ghakimx: That's not my problem. If you can't afford the deck, don't run it. I stopped playing IRL over a year ago. Money isn't an object for me. Zombies have always been Zombie Engine + Good Cards, so calling it cookie cutter is a bit of a redundant observation.