Now that we have an official English name for Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries, we can officially talk about it. Everyone is saying this card single-handedly kills Burning Abyss and it kind of does, but I want to talk about how to play against it instead of complaining that it ruins Yugioh.
Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries
Level 3 DARK/Zombie 0 ATK / 1800 DEF
“During either player’s turn, if your opponent controls more monsters than you do: You can discard this card; reveal 1 card in your Extra Deck, then look at your opponent’s Extra Deck, also banish all cards in their Extra Deck with the same name as that revealed card. You can only use this effect of “Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries” once per turn.”
So we all know by now that you just choose to go second against Burning Abyss, wait for them to commit two monsters to the field and discard this and reveal your own Dante. Burning Abyss/PK Fire already plays Dante, Kozmo is willing to fit one in and Xyz Monarchs would probably just play 1 to play Ghost Reaper. Dracopals seem to be missing from the meta, but they wouldn’t be willing to play Dante anyways.
Kozmo and Monarchs are effectively immune to Ghost Reaper and the only way to play around it in Burning Abyss is to either not summon anything, or not rely on Dante? But how can you not rely on Dante? The Burning Abyss build I’ve been playing has 3 Dante, 3 Beatrice and 2 Pilgrim Dante. That’s 8 cards you lose out on if your Xyz Dantes get banished. You just can’t play like that anymore if you don’t want to get blown out by Ghost Reaper.
How are you going to win with just Break Sword, Nightmare Shark, Acid Golem and maybe Leviair, Zenmaines or Grampulse.
Hey, Break Sword is pretty good, why not play Phantom Knights? I believe the best route to go is to play Phantom Knights (with or without the Malebranches) Break Sword doesn’t take up 7 or 8 spots, although it can due to Rank 4s. Your opponent is more likely to banish your Dantes first, leaving all the Break Swords accessible. And as we all know by know, Scrap Dragon is a good card, and cards similar to Scrap Dragon are good cards. Break Sword is similar to Scrap Dragon.
I know some people don’t like being told not to do something, but really, more often than not when your opponent has Ghost Reaper and you have 2 or 3 Dante in your Extra Deck, those Dantes will get banished. Just look at what Jason Grabher-Meyer has to say on behalf of Konami
“With Burning Abyss on top, Ghost Reaper’s a game-winning answer to Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss. If you’ve been struggling to beat that Deck, then Shining Victories has the answer you’ve been looking for.” – Last paragraph of this article.
And playing PK Fire is all well and good but what if they get your Break Swords, too? Less likely, but there were two deck lists from TCGPlayer that intrigued me. One was Burning Abyss Zombies and the other was Phantom Knight Zombies. If you’re playing Rank 4s, Rank 3s and Synchros, you run out of room pretty quickly, but I think that little bit of flexibility is worth the cramped space. You can include a few copies of Mezuki, Zombie Master and Uni-Zombie in your PK Fire deck and you’re off to the races. And since Ghost Reaper is a zombie, you can summon it back with Mezuki and Zombie Master. Not bad. The Dante milling and Beatrice dumping lends itself nicely to Zombies who can’t do anything without Lavalval Chain. You’re still susceptible to losing your Dantes, but at least you can attempt to recover by putting Dante back into the Graveyard with Omega, then putting a Dante back when he dies, then that Dante puts back more Dante, which is the slow road to recovery. Just be wary of more Ghost Reaper knocking out all your Dantes again.
If you want to preorder Shining Victories, it’s available on Amazon.com, but not .co.uk yet. Psy-Framelord Omega is, and he’s probably your best recovery option. Millenium Pack is available for Amazon US and Amazon UK, too.
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