Deck Profile: Stitch's Crystal Beasts
Yes, I know I was meant to do his Fabled deck, but this stood
out a bit more for me. CBs have always been an archetype due to the odd
way that they play. Their monsters technically float, but in exchange
they lose access to back row. This is would be a hindrance, but the deck
has access to some very powerful supporting spells in exchange.
Here's his build:
 Crystal Beast Amber Mammoth
 Crystal Beast Ruby Carbuncle
 Crystal Beast Sapphire Pegasus
 Crystal Beast Topaz Tiger
 Thunder King Rai-Oh
 Ancient City – Rainbow Ruins
 Crystal Abundance
 Crystal Beacon
 Crystal Blessing
 Crystal Promise
 Crystal Release
 Crystal Tree
 Rare Value
 Dark Hole
 Monster Reborn
 Horn of the Phantom Beast
 Torrential Tribute
First of all, I'd like to give him a cookie for staying away
from the Rainbow Dragon/Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder builds. Not
using Rainbow Dragon gives a lot of flexibility with the monster line
up, and not using Hamon is a given. After all, it would still be a -3
for a leech on your resources.
So this is where I pull out my NDS and test the build. Sure, WC11 doesn't have Exceeds, but it should play fine without.
I'm very impressed with its performance. If it's not netting
advantage due to Pegasus spam, it's netting advantage from Abundance. It
plays better than I initially expected it to, though there were a few
things I'd like to discuss about his build.
Firstly, lack of Summoner Monk. I don't know if this is
intentional or not, but it looks like it would be at home in this deck.
Discard one of your dead spells, summon Pegasus from deck and get a CB
in your S/T zone. Then you're free to Exceed away into Steelswarm Roach
or Gem-Knight Pearl or who knows what else. I would probably drop a TKRO
or a CB Ruby Carbuncle for one.
Next up is Rai-Oh. TKRO is an amazing card right now,
however, I think King Tiger Wanghu would be more supported in here. KTW
is Horn supported and almost none of the monsters in deck are affected
by it. It's a great card in the Plant matchup and a lot of other
marchups too. It keeps Tuners, Tokens and other small monsters off the
Crystal Release and Horn of the Phantom Beast in the same
build seemed a bit odd at first. Surprisingly, it works quite well. Six
in total might me a bit overkill though.
I noticed this deck has a few problems with Dimensional
Prison. Maining Reborn Tengu may solve this problem. It's compatible
with Horn, doesn't fill your back row, sponges D Prison and makes
summoning Exceeds a lot easier. A single mained BoM could also help.
Crystal Abundance is sooo good. The current game state
permits people to put as many cards into play as they are able to,
something that could be considered "overextending". Abundance milks
advantage off of this and can be a game ender depending on the size of
the opponent's hand. Immunity to Stardust Dragon is nice too. It's a
shame that AC-RR gets lost in the process, but you should have a second
one in hand by the time you use Abundance.
I only tested a few matchups, but I am impressed by this
build. Cookie for you, Stitch. Hopefully my suggestions are valid and
will help to improve this build. If anybody else wants me to analyze
their deck, just link it to me in the comments section.
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