Competitive Corner: Dante is almost two years old

DanteTraveleroftheBurningAbyss-DUEA-EN-ScR-1EIf you don’t know by now, Jake Phinney and Alexander “Based Loli” Juneja are two good players. They both seem like nice guys, too, but I’ve never met nor talked to them. Regardless of how nice they are, both of them made Top 8 at YCS Origins with Speedy Spooky Demons. Much better name than PK Fire. The decks are pretty similar with only six cards being different. Let’s delve into it and see why Speedy Spooky Demons are still a good choice even though their ceiling is lower than Monarchs or Kozmo.

They ran almost the same list. The same 35 Main Deck cards, 13 Extra Deck cards, and 9 Side Deck cards. Alexander said in his deck profile video that he played the swiss rounds with 41 cards. The 41st card being a Calcab, which was obviously removed for top cut. Perhaps if Alexander had it in his match against Jake Phinney, he wouldn’t have lost. We can only guess. It was due to a deck list writing error, so I’m going to include it as part of Alexander’s list because he played all of the swiss rounds with it.

Main Deck (24 Monsters / 6 Spells / 5 Traps)

1 Tour Guide from the Underworld
3 Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
2 Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
2 Farfa, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
1 Barbar, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
1 Calcab, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
1 Libic, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
1 Alich, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
1 Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
1 Rubic, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
3 The Phantom Knights of Silent Boots
2 The Phantom Knights of Ancient Cloak
1 The Phantom Knights of Ragged Gloves
3 Speedroid Terrortop
1 Speedroid Taketomborg

3 Twin Twisters
2 Allure of Darkness
1 Foolish Burial

3 Phantom Knights’ Fog Blade
1 Vanity’s Emptiness
1 Solemn Warning

Extra Deck (11 Xyz / 1 Synchro / 1 Fusion)

1 Number F0: Utopic Future
3 Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
1 Leviair the Sea Dragon
2 The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
1 Number 47: Nightmare Shark
1 Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
2 Beatrice, the Eternal Lady
1 Virgil, Rock Star of the Burning Abyss
1 Dante, Pilgrim of the Burning Abyss

Side Deck (6 Monsters / 1 Spell / 2 Traps)

1 Maxx “C”
3 Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries
2 Vanity’s Fiend
1 System Down
2 Mask of Restrict

Jake and Alexander both had five other cards. Alexander went for three Effect Veiler and two Maxx “C”, while Jake chose to run Reinforcement of the Army, Upstart Goblin and the full playset of Anti-Spell Fragrance. The hand trap package is much better going second against everything than the Fragrances are, but it’s not like Veiler and Maxx “C” do nothing if you go first. They don’t help you establish Dantes and Beatrices, but the Fragrances don’t either, and these are their choices for defense. Maxx “C” is worst against Monarchs, where Veiler is worst against Kozmo. But neither do nothing.

jake phinney pk fire

Jake used his flex slots on Upstart and ROTA. Neither are surprising. I don’t like ROTA so much, but the 39 cards isn’t surprising. What is interesting is the full playset of main deck Fragrances. Fragrance is really good against Pendulums and Monarchs, not the worst against Kozmo, and bad in the mirror. ROTA and Upstart are non-bo* with Fragrance, but both help thin the deck by a card to get to Fragrance one card sooner. And getting first place at a YCS isn’t nothing, so clearly the Fragrances didn’t hurt that bad against the mirror.

*Non-bo: The opposite of a combo.

The Extra Deck is pretty standard. When WSUP came out I borrowed my friend’s BA deck, put F0 in and it was pretty good, but I wasn’t convinced of how great it was then. Then it caught on because Kozmo. The rest is pretty standard. Remember when Wind-Up Zenmaines was one of the best Xyz Monsters in the game? Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The difference is only two cards. Jake played the third Beatrice and Grampulse. Alexander played Giga-Brilliant and Corebage.

based loli pk fire
Calcab is the 41st card, but 41 cards makes for bad pictures. I’d say Raigeki is the worst card in this list.

Jake’s options are pretty normal. Nothing out of the ordinary. Grampulse for floodgates and that 2800 booty. 2800 DEF is a lot and really hard to get over. Beatrice also has 2800 booty. Looks like Jake is all about the booty. Alexander decided he’s gonna scare away big booties with bugs. Brilliant is generic, then you detach two materials from it and put Corebage on top. Corebage just shuffles any Defense Position monster your opponent controls away. Opposing Dantes, Beatrices, F0 if it’s in Defense Position, Prime Monarch, lots of things. Another neat interaction is making Break Sword, destroying itself and something, getting back two Pks, make Key Beetle and rank up into Corebage. Neither ran Key Beetle because Dark Rebellion is easily over 4000 ATK and Key Beetle doesn’t help much. Targeting Mask of Restrict/Fragrance would, but that’s too fringe to take up an Extra Deck slot. Jake chose booty, Alexander chose to not allow booty.

The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
Better than Dire Wolf, but not, because Dire Wolf is 4, Break Sword is 3.

Their side decks vary the most but are still similar. Vanity’s Fiend and Cherries for the mirror. Jake stated that the Maxx “C” is basically a fourth Ghost Reaper. Note that Alexander is more prepared to go second already, with the main deck Raigeki, Veilers and Maxx “C”s. Alexander sided the Fragrances that Jake mained. Jake has more monster destruction in the side, in addition to System Downs. The only stand-out cards are Shaddoll Dragon and Full House. I’m still not really sure what Full House is for. Qliphort maybe? Shaddoll Dragon is for Pendulums. It runs over Dweller and pops Sky Iris/scales.

Both players in their deck profiles admitted that Kozmo and Monarchs are more powerful, but this deck just gets there where Kozmo and Monarchs can sometimes fall short or brick.

What do you think of PK Fire moving forward? Is it better than Performapal variants moving forward? Or are Kozmo/Monarchs still top dog? Let me know in the comments. Until tomorrow, pick up Corebage while it’s in stock, click an ad and share this with your friends.

Bonus: Sorry for not posting anything in a few days. Life happens. Not sorry if you’re reading this in the future because you probably didn’t notice I missed two days.

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