I have so much disdain for the TCG/OCG divide. It’s not good for the game. I believe it’ll be part of Yugioh’s eventual downfall if it doesn’t change. But it exists, and like YCS prize cards and inconsistent F&L lists, I have to deal with it because I love the game. Treatoad exists. Japan got it July 9th and we will get it in November. People will have been hyping Treatoad for more than four months when it finally releases. And by the time it releases, no one will care. But this is the casual Yugioh community.
I’m not going to continue to rant about how awful the TCG/OCG split is. I just think it’s ridiculous that you only ever hear the casual players talking about Yugioh on the internet. It’s because Konami isn’t providing a healthy competitive environment with incentive to compete. There also isn’t a reason to create competitively geared content, but here I am doing it anyway. Let’s pretend I don’t have a bad taste in my mouth from Treatoad because it’s a SWEET card.
WATER // Aqua // Xyz // Effect
RANK 2 // ATK/2200 // DEF/0
This is it. No name confirmed. No English text confirmed. That’s it. Come back Wednesday.
Okay,wait. It does have unconfirmed English text, so let’s at least look at that.
“2 Level 2 Aqua-Type monsters
Once per turn, during the Standby Phase: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 “Frog” monster from your Deck, except “Frog the Jam”. Once per turn, during either player’s turn, when your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect: You can send 1 Aqua-Type monster from your hand or face-up from your field to the Graveyard; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card, then you can Set the destroyed card on your field. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 WATER monster in your Graveyard; add it to your hand.”
It has no effect in the Extra Deck but it does on the field. How do we summon it? There are a few ways.
3) Rescue Rabbit
4) Bahamut Shark
Japan has people actually playing Treatoad decks. The two Treatoad decks are a Frog/Rabbit version and a Paleozoic Froggo version. Both are solid ways to use Treatoad. But what does it even do? The first effect fuels the second. During the Standby Phase you can detach an Xyz Material and summon any Frog from your deck, except Frog the Jam. Swap Frog, Dupe Frog, Treeborn Frog, even Des Frog. The second effect sends a Frog from your side of the field or your hand to the grave to negate the activation of a Spell/Trap card or monster effect and destroy it, then you can Set the destroyed card. I don’t think I need to tell you that Treatoad can’t stop Counter Traps, so no taking Solemn Strike. You can take Pot of Desires, Raigeki, Blue-Eyes Alternative Dragon, or anything else your opponent activates. The last effect is similar to Dante in that it puts WATER monsters back in your hand. You can get any WATER, but don’t forget it can put back itself or other Treatoads. It’s a good card despite it only having 2200 ATK and a once per turn clause. Even though this is card of the day, let’s look at the decks it goes in.
This is a typical Froggo Rabbit list. Add Pot of Desires if you have them. Unifrog and Flip Flop Frog kind of stick out but they’re fine. They’re just two more Frogs for Treatoad fuel and to make Treatoad. The next most out of place card is Paleozoic Dinomischus. Think about what it does for a second. It’s like Karma Cut, which is still a good card but Dinomischus hits any face-up card. Vanity’s Emptiness is the biggest threat I can think of that Karma Cut can’t hit. Then, when anyone activates a Trap Card, you can bring Dinomischus back as a Level 2 Aqua monster for additional Rank 2s. The deck is strong. It’s biggest weakness is solved by Cat Shark. Cat Shark turns Treatoad into a 4400 ATK guy. Sky Cavalry and Utopic Future also help you to deal with monsters that are just too big to attack with Treatoad.
Coral Dragon is an interesting choice for the Extra Deck. I don’t see a way to make it. Nothing is a tuner. If you know why Coral Dragon is often included, let me know in the comments. The fusions are in the Extra Deck because Super Polymerization is a legal card in the OCG.
Without triple Rescue Rabbit, this deck just can’t function. Psychic Kappa and Frog the Jam are neat, but in the TCG we only have one Rabbit. I suggest cutting the Rabbits and all of the normals. We also can cut Unexpected Dai and Moray of Greed now. Actually, we should just cut Maxx “C” and the two extra Frogs for Card of Demise and traps. And, that’s exactly what this other deck is.
Paleozoic Froggos trims all of the fat from the Frog engine down to a bare minimum and uses the Paleozoics to make Treatoad and other Rank 2s. I’d throw in another Cat Shark, Crumble Logos and a Gachi and whatever else you want to take the place of the Fusions. This deck doesn’t need much explanation. It’s pretty simple and pretty simple to play. I find it more difficult to play on automated services because I’m so trigger happy with the right click, which says no to my Paleozoics when they want to summon.
The last way to summon Treatoad is through Bahamut Shark. Mermails are the only deck that this would be scary in. Mermails just want to OTK, not control the game. Dinomist are too slow to abuse this. Rescue Rabbit is limited, so Rabbit into Level 4 WATER isn’t scary either. Bahamut Shark is a bust.
Treatoad is a fine card. It’s fair. We don’t have triple Rescue Rabbit for the build I think is better. Cards like Infinity and Treatoad are already powercreeped. Burning Abyss and Pendulum decks can throw so many activations at it that the negations don’t matter. Blue-Eyes and Pendulum decks can also just summon big monsters and attack over it. The only way to have a walking negation guy now is to have it be over 3000 ATK/DEF, like Herald with the Cyber Angels. Maybe I’ll talk about that soon.
Since this was so short, I’ll just mention that the OCG list changed. The differences will be updated sometime this month. If you like Froggos, show me your list on Twitter or Facebook and let me know if I’m wrong about Bahamut Shark Treatoad combos. If you like my content and want to help me continue to write, you can support me on Patreon. And if that’s too much of a commitment, go ahead and click an ad or buy up some Frog cards.
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Gateway of the Six
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I think most of the changes are fine. I don’t play OCG, so this doesn’t affect me.
… If only TCG and OCG joined and became just Yugioh.
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