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Deck Profile: Jonny Nagel’s Naturia Scraps

October 10th, 2010

One of the most memorable Feature Matches of the weekend was Jonny Nagel’s 3-Duel throwdown against Gary Diamond in Round 10.  Nagel didn’t make it to the Top 32 – with an 8-2 record he made 36th place, missing out on the playoff rounds by a handful of tiebreaker points.  But Nagel’s Deck is something totally unique, and he really impressed the spectators here today.  Here’s his build:


Jonny Nagel’s Naturia Scraps – 40 Cards

Monsters: 18

2 Lonefire Blossom

2 Dandylion

2 Naturia Pineapple

1 Naturia Bamboo Shoot

1 Gigaplant

1 Tytannial, Princess of Camellias

1 Spore

3 Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter

2 Scrap Beast

2 Scrap Chimera

1 Plaguespreader Zombie

Spells: 10

3 Super Solar Nutrient

2 Mystical Space Typhoon

1 Foolish Burial

1 Pot of Avarice

1 Dark Hole

1 Monster Reborn

1 Gold Sarcophagus

Traps: 12

2 Bottomless Trap Hole

2 Solemn Warning

1 Solemn Judgment

1 Mirror Force

1 Torrential Tribute

1 Dark Bribe

1 Call of the Haunted

1 Return from the Different Dimension

2 Phoenix Wing Wind Blast

Extra Deck: 15

1 Armory Arm

1 Ally of Justice Catastor

1 Naturia Beast

1 Splendid Rose

1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

1 Goyo Guardian

2 Black Rose Dragon

1 Colossal Fighter

1 Stardust Dragon

2 Scrap Dragon

1 Mist Wurm

2 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon

Side Deck: 15

2 Cyber Dragon

2 System Down

2 Magic Cylinder

3 Just Desserts

2 Ojama Trio

2 Mark of the Rose

2 Lava Golem

While Nagel played a pure Plant Deck focused hugely on Naturia Bamboo Shoot at YCS San Jose, he took a very different approach this time around.  “Bamboo Shoot’s an amazing card,” explained Nagel, “especially against Gadgets.  But sometimes it was tough to draw, and with so many Cyber Dragons being played, it could be difficult to keep on the field.”  Nagel still runs a single copy of Bamboo Shoot, but now the real star of the show seems to be Naturia Pineapple.  With Pineapple around to fuel Super Solar Nutrient, Nagel can Special Summon Lonefire Blossom, Spore, and Dandylion from his Deck at will, while using the Pineapple for Tribute Summons, Synchro Summons, and extra defense.

And because Scrap Chimera and Scrap Beast are both Beast-Type monsters, they don’t get in the way of the Pineapple’s Special Summon effect.  “I realized that the Scrap monsters can work with the same cards I was using to send stuff to my Graveyard, like Ryko,” explained Nagel.  “Tytannial, Gigaplant, and Scrap Dragon make 8000 damage exact, so that’s was what I was aiming for.  The cards work really well together in situations where I Summon Tytannial and Gigaplant, and my opponent doesn’t do anything immediate, but he still has defensive cards Set.  In cases like that, Scrap Dragon can clear the way for big attacks.”  Scrap Dragon’s effect can also destroy Fluff Tokens, Dandylion, or Naturia Pineapple, incurring little damage to Nagel’s position in a Duel while destroying his opponent’s best card each turn.  The Dragon itself can stop Pineapple from being Special Summoned, but Nagel seems to use it chiefly as a finisher, so it doesn’t seem to inferfere with his plans.

Nagel’s Deck makes huge use of his Graveyard: Naturia Pineapple, Spore, Dandylion, Plaguespreader Zombie, and Scrap Beast are all prime cards to send to the Graveyard.  Sometimes Spore’s Special Summon effect will even demand a particular Plant in the Graveyard, allowing Nagel to make a particular Synchro Summon and score crucial damage.  Nagel’s always conscious of how he can make game: his frequent use of Splendid Rose is 1 example of that, allowing him to deal as much as 3300 Battle Damage with a single Level 6 Synchro Monster – more damage than Goyo Guardian can dish out.  All these cards benefit from precise Graveyard setups, and Ryko alone can’t always create those conditions.  To boost his chances, Nagel plays a pair of Phoenix Wing Wind Blast too: they let him discard whatever he needs to the Graveyard, while removing whatever cards are stopping him from claiming victory.  Wind Blast’s versatility is a huge strength, since it can eliminate both monsters, and Spell and Trap Cards.

In the Round 10 Feature Match we saw just what Nagel’s Deck was capable of.  In the right hands, and the right Deck, Super Solar Nutrient is an incredible card that just gets better when you draw extra copies.  Nagel’s brought the Naturia theme to all-new heights here in Philadelphia, and the techniques he’s pioneered are sure to have an impact over the coming weeks!