Ryan Pasnik got 17th at a regional out of 280 players. He played Mermail/Atlanteans. While 17th place isn’t spectacular, it is better than 280th or 33rd. Atlanteans are decent or rather triggering them is. Going into the event Ryan told me he felt confident with “Murmail” as they don’t auto lose to the top decks and turns out he only played meta. His matchups were as follows.
Round 1: Mermail W 2-0
Round 2: Monarch L 0-2
Round 3: Mermail L 1-2
Round 4: Deskbots W 2-0
Round 5: Kozmo W 2-0
Round 6: DracoPals W 2-0
Round 7: Kozmo W 2-0
Round 8: Kozmo W 2-0
Round 9: DracoPals W 2-1
Kozmo is an especially easy matchup because of Dweller and 3200 Megalo and 3300 Moulinglacia.
Ryan Pasnik 17th place, 280 players – 40 cards
1 Deep Sea Diva
3 Atlantean Prince Neptabyss
2 Atlantean Heavy Infantry
2 Atlantean Marksman
2 Atlantean Dragoons
3 Mermail Abyssmegalo
3 Mermail Abyssteus
1 Mermail Abyssleed
1 Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord
1 Mermail Abysspike
1 Mermail Abyssgunde
3 Effect Veiler
3 Maxx “C”
3 Upstart Goblin
3 Instant Fusion
3 Twin Twisters
2 Forbidden Chalice
1 One For One
Extra Deck: 15
2 Abyss Dweller
1 Daigusto Emeral
1 Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer
1 Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
1 Number 39: Utopia
1 Number S39: Utopia The Lightning
1 Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack
1 Herald of the Arc Light
1 Armades, Keeper of Boundaries
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
2 Elder Entity Norden
Side Deck: 15
3 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
2 Droll & Lock Bird
1 Mermail Abysslinde
1 Forbidden Chalice
3 System Down
2 Anti-Spell Fragrance
2 Royal Decree
The Main Deck
It’s pretty boring and standard as far as Mermail/Atlanteans go. It’s not pure Atlanteans due to the Teus, Leed, Pike and Gunde, but it’s still effective. The thing that is the most thought provoking is probably the Sphere in the main deck. I talked with Ryan and he said it’s better than another equip spell when resolving second megalo search. I disagree because the deck only wants to go second and OTK on that turn. Raigeki and Abyss-Scale of the Kraken are better choices for this deck because they both do things that help the deck’s game plan. In case you forgot, that plan is to go second, get an extra draw and OTK. There isn’t much more to say about the main deck that isn’t information from 2012 + Neptabyss.
The Extra Deck
Ryan told me he regretted the Extra Deck. There are so many things you want to include that won’t fit in 15 cards. I asked Ryan what he would change if he were to play the event again and he said he would cut Arc Light, Armades and Black Rose for Giant Hand, Number 37: Hope Woven Dragon Spider Shark and Armory Arm.
While I agree with many choices, I disagree on a lot of fronts. I’ll just run through his extra deck and say what I think.
Perfectly fine. You’ll often want to use one just to trigger Dragoons or for the ATK boost. Then the other is there in case you need it. Also, two Dwellers on the field gives +1000 to basically all of your monsters.
Emeral isn’t necessary, but it’s in here just in case you’re losing or need a Rank 4 to activate. Yes, it puts back Atlanteans for our new Prince. But he’s just a self-entitled Prince. He isn’t our King.
Castel and 101: S.H. ARK
When ARK was first announced it was crazy, but was quickly replaced by Castel in most decks because Castel shuffles away any threat and ARK only solves face-up Attack Position monsters that were Special Summoned. ARK has more uses in Mermaiders simply because it is a water that will trigger Dragoons again. Not going to argue with either card taking up a slot because both deal with problems. 101 also has the bonus of being 2600 with a Dweller.
Utopia and the LIGHTNING
Utopia the Lightning takes up two or three slots in the Extra Deck. That’s just the way it is. Cyber Dragon Infinity took three. Two spots for one use, three for two is fair. The Lightning still has the Armades effect built in. Lightning is on the same power level of Infinity and Rafflesia. In fact, its power level is more like 5000, usually about double what Infinity has. I think Spider Shark is a better choice because most things are under 3600 anyways. I wouldn’t play the Lightning due to space, but it does help with Kozmo if you can’t make Dweller.
Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack
This card hasn’t seen play since the first half of 2014. We’re a quarter of the way through 2016 and someone is still playing this? I know Dracossack is still a good card, but 2600 isn’t enough ATK for its now subpar destruction protection. I’d chose other Rank 7s first, but Ryan said he really likes Dracossack in most situations more than he likes other Rank 7s. I just think it’s odd he didn’t play any other Rank 7s.
Diva + Prince = Tatsunoko. We all know this, but without a Level 6 Synchro it loses a lot of utility it would have otherwise. No Star Eater or Leo furthers this problem. Tatsunoko pretty much requires you play a Level 6 in this deck and probably Leo, too. With this Extra Deck, I’d cut it unless I’m adding in more high level synchros.
Herald of the Arc Light
It negates attack negater dudes and floaters but doesn’t do enough to warrant a spot. I’d rather play Armory Arm all day. And so would Ryan. Arm is just better than Arc Light in Mermail.
Armades, Keeper of Boundaries
I met Ryan not long after Judgment of the Light came out and every deck I’ve seen him build he tries to squeeze this in. In Mermail/Atlanteans, Armades doesn’t pull its weight and doesn’t deserve to be one of the 15 allowed cards. Goodbye, Armades.
Black Rose Dragon
This will always be a powerful card as long as tuners exist. Black Rose cycles in and out of the meta but always remains one of the top contenders for a Level 7 Synchro Monster. There just isn’t a need for a Level 7 Synchro Monster in this deck. If there was, we’d probably fill that void with Gungnir.
Trishula + 2 Norden
I don’t think I need to speak about the power these cards have. Moving onto the cards not included.
This takes the spot Herald had starting yesterday. Armory Arm equipped to a double attacking Megalo usually means 6800 damage. I don’t think I need to tell you that is a lot of damage. Even if you play all three Upstarts, they only have 4200 LP left. Moulin usually deals 2800, which leaves them at 1400. Armory Arm is pretty decent.
Nothung and Dewloren
Both are competing for that Level 6 slot but do very different things. Nothung can help deal a little more damage while Dewloren puts things back in hand for reuse. I’d probably go with Dewloren over Nothung but I wouldn’t argue with Nothung over Dewloren.
Leo and Star Eater
You’re only ever going to make them with Tatsunoko and a big guy in hand. With 7 Level 7s, they can creep into your hand and Tatsunoko gets them out of your hand. Leo also has 3100 ATK and can’t be targeted (for the most part)
Number 106: Giant Hand
Rafflesia, CyDra Infinity and Giant Hand are probably the best defensive Rank 4s right now. And now that infinity isn’t a Rank 4 anymore, that leaves Rafflesia and Giant Hand. I’d include one copy of Giant Hand over Emeral most of the time. You don’t want to have to play Trap Holes for Rafflesia.
This is a new card and takes two WATERs. Norden is a WATER Monster if you didn’t know. Spider Shark also reduces all your opponent’s monster’s ATK by 1000. Pretty significant. That effectively makes Spider Shark 3600. 4100 with a Dweller. Spider Shark is actually only 3100, but an Obelisk at 3000 is much less scary than an Obelisk at 4000. The same is true for a Dark Destroyer or Titanic Galaxy with 2000 ATK. This is easily the best Xyz in the deck (second only to Dweller.) And when it dies, it revives any monster from your Graveyard. The only restriction is that it has to be a monster other than itself in your Graveyard. No level or ATK restriction. No negating of that monster’s effect. Pretty damn good. You can even get back Norden to get back Dragoons to make another WATER Xyz and search with Dragoons again. If you want to run 2 Spider Sharks the second can bring back the first, and the first the second. The problem with that is that you can only use the effect of Number 37: Hope Woven Dragon Spider Shark once per turn. What a ridiculous name.
I have no idea why Ryan didn’t run Big Eye or Gaios. He told me he considered Gaios but it wasn’t useful enough and that Big Eye never came up in testing. I don’t know how but I guess it’s not needed. Both are better than Dracossack most of the time. Red-Eyes Flare Metal is another popular Rank 7 not played. It burns for damage and can’t be destroyed by card effects. REFMD is a good card, but not in Mermail. The deck is too fast to play cards like REFMD.
The side deck played is nearly perfect. Ryan noted that Linde always goes in against Kozmo and the mirror. I disagree with Linde/Sphere now, but the cards chosen are still the best choices. I would just have maxed out on Droll & Lock and Anti-Spell Fragrance. And to make that space I’d drop the Linde and Sphere and move the Raigeki to the Main Deck. With minimal changes my list would look like this. Just remember to tune your side deck for whatever event you’re playing at, what you think will be there and what gives you problems. Such as the ‘new’ Powersink Stone.
The Giant Hand could be swapped out for Emeral, Dracossack or another Synchro. Spider Shark is better than the Lightning in most scenarios only losing out to Lightning when your opponent has Kozmo monsters and you don’t have the Dweller. Also, Lightning is only usable in North America, not Europe. Don’t fear readers residing in Europe, Lightning isn’t the best choice even if it is very good.
What do you think of Mermail/Atlanteans in the meta right now? Are they the best rogue deck of all time? Are they better than Burning Abyss? The deck has a fairly easy matchup against Monarch, Kozmo and Dracopals.
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