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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Evolsaur Deck Profile- Digivolve

One of the most interesting decks from the newest era of Yu-gi-oh was the Dino Rabbit deck. Basically an assortment of cards with Rescue Rabbit and Tour Guide of the Underworld serving as a lynchpin, the deck was very powerful in its day, with its ability to quickly summon and utilize two of the most powerful Xyz monsters in the game- Evolzar Laggia and Evolzar Dolkka. A first turn Rescue Rabbit could Special Summon two level 4 Normal dinosaurs, and overlay them into a 2400 ATK monster with a Solemn Judgment effect, or a 2300 ATK monster with a Divine Wrath effect.

The thing is, the Evolzar monsters actually have their own archetype, one which, if used well, can be considerably more fun to use. These are the Evolsaurs, affectionately referred to as Digimon by some, which function as an Xyz toolbox that can summon the Rank 4 Evolzars easily, as well as utilize their own powerful effects.

So what are the Evolsaurs? Well, they are a group of Dinosaur-type monsters, supported by their Reptile-type cousins the Evoltiles. All of them are FIRE attribute, and they have a bevy of useful support cards as a result of this. The Evolsaurs effects are activated when they are summoned by the effect of an Evoltile, giving them functionality similar to the Gladiator Beasts’ ‘tagging out.’

The key cards to an Evolsaur deck will be the spell card Evo-force, which is simply an amazing card. By tributing one of your Evoltiles, you can Special Summon an Evolsaur from your deck and get that monsters effect. One of the best combos the deck can pull off is to tribute Evoltile Najasho with Evo-force- Najasho’s effect will activate when it is tributed and summon an Evolsaur from your deck, meaning that your Evo-force just netted you 2 monsters, who will activate their effects and then be used for an Xyz summon. The other Evoltile that should be ran is Evoltile Westlo, which when flipped will Special Summon an Evolsaur from your deck. I like to bring out Evolsaur Darwino with Westlo, which nets you a 2200 ATK monster that can also then be overlayed into Number 69: Vulcasaurus or another Rank 5 when the opportunity arises. Finally, the spell card Evo-diversity serves as a ROTA for the deck, searching your deck for any Evoltile or Evolsaur.  

As for which Evolsaurs to include, Cerato is a 1900 beater that can become a 2100 beater AND a searcher when it is special summoned by an Evoltile. Diplo is an MST with a 1600 ATK body. Vulcano is a Call of the Haunted for Evolsaurs. There are many options; I have gone with what I feel are the best cards for a Rank 4 build, but there is also a Rank 6 variant meant for summoning Evolzar Solda. It’s up to the player to decide which monsters suit them best, but I would consider the trio of Cerato, Diplo, and Vulcano to be staples in an Evol deck.  

The deck’s weaknesses have been well documented, but it’s worth restating here. Evols have received a lot of support throughout various sets, but the monsters themselves have rather average stats when compared to other archetypes. Vulcano in particular, despite having one of the most useful effects, comes with a paltry 1200 ATK. The Evol decks isn’t an auto-pilot deck, and it can be difficult to use properly, but it’s also one of the most entertaining new deck type I have come across. So, without further ado, here is my deck list.

Evolsaur Cerato x2
Evolsaur Darwino x2
Evolsaur Diplo x2
Evolsaur Pelta
Evolsaur Vulcano x2
Evoltile Najasho x3
Evoltile Pleuro
Evoltile Westlo x3

Pyrorex the Elemental Lord

Dark Hole
Enemy Controller
Evo-Diversity x3
Evo-Force x3
Heavy Storm
Monster Reborn
Mystical Space Typhoon x2
Pot of Duality
Primordial Soup
Swords of Revealing Light

Call of the Haunted
Dimensional Prison
Mirror Force
Solemn Judgment
Solemn Warning
Threatening Roar
Torrential Tribute
Ultimate Offering

Extra Deck x10
Evolzar Dolkka x2
Evolzar Laggia x2
Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger 
Number 17: Leviathan Dragon
Number 19: Freezadon
Number 39: Utopia
Number 61: Volcasaurus

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