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Yu – Gi – Oh!: A Glimpse In the World of Archetypes and How They Play

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Since I made the blog, might as well go all the way to do these topics.

As an old – school player, I may hate the way the direction of the competition has gone to, but still I want to find some reasons why and how the gameplay changed to what it is today.

So I will tackle this by topic, namely: the archetypes, the links, and finally the meta game itself.

First, I will discuss this topic since it will also tackle the summoning processes and how it is played.

I first encountered archetypes while searching for a new deck that I could play with and have fun with. After being beaten countless times by pure archetype decks, I’ve seen fit to decide to see what they can do what my deck can’t do, and to find out what makes them tick in order to counteract most of them.

Not to say that I’m bored with the deck build that I have which is a modified version of Aki Izayoi’s deck, but I’m finding an archetype that can suit my play style. At the same time, I’m also looking for a deck that I can customize to my gameplay needs.

And the first deck that I had experienced is the Madolche archetype.

Madolche archetype is an archetype based on food and cuteness. Behind the cute façade though is an effect that all these monsters have that can make Yugi turn in his grave.

That effect is bouncing back from the graveyard to the deck, making them nigh – immortal unless someone pops up a Necrovalley (short info: This card blocks access to the graveyard) or if your opponent plays a deck that banishes cards.

Madolche Puddingcess and Tiaramisu are two of the most formidable cards, in which the former can destroy a card as the player wished after it attacked a monster and Tiaramisu returns up to 2 cards your opponent controls to the deck as long as you have Madolche monsters in grave.

A pure Madolche deck is formidable as long as you built the deck to its tailored specs. Until it faced the fact that it can send its monsters to the grave by being a material for the xyz monster or tributed as tribute materials for either ritual summon, fusion, synchro, or all of the above.

They found their answer in Hootcake and Anjelly, two monsters that seem to solve the problem.

Hootcake banishes one and summons another from the deck, and Anjelly summons another by tributing itself. These two cards solve the problem of being sent to the grave as costs, or worse, being used by Kaijus as tribute fodder.

When I found out about these monsters and how it can stand up to the current meta longer than my deck, I then searched for their cards, adding my own cards to it to stabilize and counter some effects the opponent may have.

And the results are nothing short of amazing.

As in most of them quit as soon as I did my combos and popped up surprises left and right.

Madolches are intended to be used for xyz summoning (using 2 or more monsters of the same level and overlay summon it to get a rank monster). But then, with my build, I can summon synchros from it.

For example, I just popped in Witch of the Black Rose for kicks, and from there, I summoned Beelze (a dragon with insane stats and effects). I think I can summon Trishula from there too, since Trishula is now unbanned from the list.

One player who I played with even said that it’s rare for him to see a Madolche player send Madolche cards to the graveyard or even see monsters in the graveyard.

But then, that’s the deck that I touched that can only function only if they had other cards with the same archetype. I can add cards to it, but I can never remove the synergy that they have with other cards. I only had one card used outside of its archetype: Aromaseraphy Jasmine of Aroma Archetype.

Aroma decks grounded their effects on Life Points. It’s a spa session with their gameplays. So if you have Upstart Goblin in your deck and they have Aroma monsters, start praying for a good draw after you activated it. Those decks will not give you a chance to even recover once they did their combos.

That’s the short summary of Aroma decks.

Back to Aromaseraphy Jasmine, it’s a plant type link monster (summoned by tributing two or more monsters with no level requirements, but in its place it’s only in attack position and has link arrows to let you or your opponent summon xyz, syncs or fusion) with 1800 attack. It caters to plant decks that wanted to summon synchros or xyz.

But with this link monster, it only gave a chance for me to prove that some decks can really keep up with the archetypes just by adding one or two cards and changing some cards to suit the gameplay.

In an ideal setup, my combo will be like this (I did a shortcut since nobody would like the words Special Summon to be spammed on everything. These are all special summons after the first sentence on this combo):

I have a monster on the field and a Rose Lover which I summoned on the previous turn. I used Super Solar Nutrient on Rose Lover to summon Evil Thorn. Summon 2 Evil thorns using the effect of Evil Thorn, then tribute it to Link Summon Jasmine. Jasmine tributes the monster in its link zone to get Lonefire Blossom. Lonefire Blossom tributes itself to get Gigaplant.

Then I summon Gigaplant again to get the Gemini effect to let me summon someone, preferably Tytannial. Or I can summon Tytannial with Rose Lover’s effect to place it in Jasmine’s link zone then get Fallen Angel of Roses using Gigaplant’s effect and place it on another link zone.

I did the complete combo only once or twice. Most of the time, I’m just summoning Jasmine, summon Lonefire Blossom using Jasmine’s effect and tribute itself to get Tytannial immediately. At other times, my opponent quits on me after performing the first half of the combo.

Next blog will be about links. Feel free to post what you think about this.


  1. Crimson Flight's Avatar
    I built a Madolche deck a few years back and I can testify to how hilarious it can be.