shinuikashi decks

Deck Information
Deck Type: Meta Decks
Deck Master: Yuki-Onna, the Ice Mayakashi
Submission Date: May 21st 2019
Author: Nightbrezee
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"Mayakashi" (まやかし Mayakashi) is an archetype of Zombie monsters that debuted in Deck Build Pack: Hidden Summoners.

The members of this archetype are based on yōkai from Japanese folklore and from Chinese mythology. The Main Deck monsters appear to be the humanoid form of the Extra Deck Monsters of the same kind of "Mayakashi" (e.g. "Dakki, the Graceful Mayakashi" transforms into "Yoko, the Graceful Mayakashi").

The main strategy of this archetype is to Synchro Summon each Synchro Monster, one after the other, primarily by using the effect of "Dakki, the Graceful Mayakashi". It can be easily Special Summoned by "Hajun, the Winged Mayakashi". The said Synchro Monsters are side-unique and have 2 effects, following the pattern below:

● If your Synchro Monster whose original Level is [two Levels higher than its own Level] is destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect while this card is in your GY: You can banish 1 other Zombie monster from your GY, and if you do, Special Summon this card.
● If this card is Special Summoned from the GY: You can [...]

The only exception to the first effect is "Gashadokuro, the Skeletal Mayakashi", a Level 11 monster that requires a Link monster to be destroyed, instead. The archetype in fact has a Link monster, the Link-2 "Yuki-Onna, the Ice Mayakashi", that cannot be targeted for attacks while pointing to a Synchro Monster and that halves the ATK/DEF of a monster when a Synchro Monster is destroyed by the opponent.

The second Trigger Effect of the "Mayakashi" monsters range from immunity against destruction/effects to card destruction and Deck milling. They can be used by being preemptively Special Summoned from the Graveyard by generic effects such as "Book of Life", "Mezuki", and "Call of the Haunted", for example, or by "Return of the Mayakashi". The two latter can be used to disrupt the opponent's plays, by Special Summoning the "Mayakashi" during their turn. Also, if their second effect is triggered by their own condition, they can be combined with "Shiranui" monsters, that can have their effects triggered when banished, especially "Shiranui Spiritmaster".

Since this deck can place many different monster in the GY in one turn, "Orbital Hydralander" can be easily summoned and its effect allows the player to destroy a opponent's card while milling the deck.

While it seems that rapid Synchro Summoning in one turn is great since it could bring the 3300-ATK "Gashadokuro" on the field easily, the Synchro Monsters actually unlock their full abilities when they are Special Summoned from the Graveyard; in other words, their existence on the field after their initial Synchro Summon is nothing but as monsters that rely on their ATKs only. Cards that shut down the Graveyard, such as "Necrovalley" and "Soul Drain" are obvious threats to this Deck and one-shot options such as "Called by the Grave", "Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion" and "D.D. Crow" can also be used against it.

The narrow variety of effects can also be a problem, as most Decks nowadays benefit from having their cards destroyed ("Tengu", "Yoko") or their Main Deck milled ("Tsuchigumo"), rendering the opponent still able to rebuild their strategy or even benefit from the effect of the "Mayakashi" monsters.

"Kaiju" monsters and similar removal mechanics, that bypass the requirement of the Synchro/Link Monsters to be destroyed, can also be an efficient way to avoid the Synchro monsters lurking in the Graveyard, waiting for the on-field monster to be destroyed, leaving the player with no option to Special Summon them and trigger their effects, unless they have cards like "Call of the Haunted", "Mezuki" or "Book of Life", which in turn could still be countered by the likes of "Called by the Grave".

The archetype is related to the "Shiranui" archetype. The shrine that appears in the artwork of "Mayakashi Return" is the same as in the artwork of "Shiranui Style Samsara", also, "Dakki, the Graceful Mayakashi" appears in the artwork of "Ghost Meets Girl - A Shiranui's Story" alongside "Shiranui Squire", presumably inside the said shrine, while "Fateful Hour" shows a confrontation of "Yoko, the Graceful Mayakashi" and "Shiranui Skillsaga Supremacy".

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MonsterMezuki x1
Shiranui Solitaire x1
Dakki, the Graceful Mayakashi x3
Hajun, the Winged Mayakashi x3
Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring x2
Shiranui Spectralsword x2
Shiranui Squire x1
Shiranui Spectralsword Shade x1
Yuki-Musume, the Ice Mayakashi x2
Shiranui Spiritmaster x1
Shiranui Samurai x1
Shafu, the Wheeled Mayakashi x1
Gozuki x1
SpellsBook of Life x1
Mayakashi Return x2
Foolish Burial x1
Mayakashi Winter x2
Ghost Meets Girl - A Shiranui's Story x2
Upstart Goblin x1
Shiranui Style Solemnity x2
Gold Sarcophagus x1
Burial from a Different Dimension x1
One Day of Peace x1
World Legacy Succession x1
Card Destruction x1
TrapsMayakashi Metamorphosis x1
Shiranui Style Samsara x1
Shiranui Style Success x1
Shiranui Style Swallow's Slash x1
Fateful Hour x1
ExtraGashadokuro, the Skeletal Mayakashi x1
Yoko, the Graceful Mayakashi x2
Tengu, the Winged Mayakashi x2
Tsuchigumo, the Poisonous Mayakashi x2
Oboro-Guruma, the Wheeled Mayakashi x2
Yuki-Onna, the Ice Mayakashi x1
Shiranui Shogunsaga x1
Shiranui Sunsaga x1
Shiranui Squiresaga x2
Shiranui Skillsaga Supremacy x1
SideUni-Zombie x1
Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit x1
Slash Draw x1
Hand Destruction x1
Shiranui Style Synthesis x1
Yuki-Musume, the Ice Mayakashi x1
Called by the Grave x2
Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion x1
Monster Reborn x1
One for One x1
Return of Zombie x1
Mayakashi Winter x1
Mayakashi Return x1

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