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Deck Profile: Ryan Pasnik’s WATER Link Deck

February 23rd, 2020

We’re in Day 2, and Team Scuba Diving for Scooby Snax has just finished with a 5-3 record. The team is made of friends Karl Jiang, Kesavan Kushalnagar, and Ryan Pasnik. Kushalnagar lives in San Francisco while Jiang and Pasnik live in New York, but they’ve made the trip here for the YCS to team up. Pasnik is using a WATER Deck today, featuring a mix of Mermail, Atlantean, and Frog cards that offer a variety of combos via the Extra Deck. Take a look!

Ryan Pasnik and his WATER Deck!

Main Deck: 40

Monster Cards: 26
2 Deep Sea Diva
3 Neptabyss, the Atlantean Prince
3 Atlantean Dragoons
2 Atlantean Heavy Infantry
3 Mermail Abyssteus
2 Mermail Abyssmegalo
1 Mermail Abyssgunde
1 Mermail Abyssmander
3 Swap Frog
1 Ronintoadin
2 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
1 Moulinglacia, the Elemental Lord
1 Fishborg Launcher
1 Lappis Dragon

Spell Cards: 14
3 Instant Fusion
3 Called by the Grave
2 Cosmic Cyclone
2 Forbidden Chalice
1 Moray of Greed
1 Pot of Avarice
1 One for One
1 Abyss-scale of the Mizuchi

Trap Cards: 0

Side Deck: 15
1 Topologic Trisbaena
1 Red Reboot
1 Abyss-Sphere
3 Twin Twisters
3 Evenly Matched
3 Dark Ruler No More
1 Imperial Order
2 Anti-Spell Fragrance

Extra Deck: 15
2 Toadally Awesome
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Bahamut Shark
1 True King of All Calamities
1 Coral Dragon
1 I:P Masquerena
1 Cross-Sheep
1 Borreload Dragon
1 Knightmare Unicorn
1 Mermail Abyssalacia
1 Marincess Coral Anemone
1 Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax
1 Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess
1 Rare Fish

The preferred goal of the Deck is to play a turn 1 True King of All Calamities. This can be achieved in a few ways, so long as you get Mermail Abyssmander in the Graveyard. The easiest way is to simply have Mermail Abyssteus and Atlantean Dragoons together. Use Abyssteus to send Dragoons to the Graveyard, and both monsters’ effects will search for something. The rest of the play will depend on your other cards, but you’ll search for a way to get Abyssmander in the Graveyard while putting another Level 7 Mermail on the field, likely Mermail Abyssmegalo. Then Abyssmander will boost the Levels of your monsters and allow you to play True King of All Calamities.

Another strong opening play is the combination of Deep Sea Diva and Instant Fusion. You’ll use Diva to get Neptabyss, the Atlantean Prince and use its effect to send Atlantean Dragoons to the Graveyard, using both effects to search for more cards. Diva and Neptabyss are then used to Link Summon Cross-Sheep, followed by Instant Fusion for Rare Fish. Cross-Sheep’s effect will Special Summon the Dragoons you just sent to your Graveyard. Now you’ll use Rare Fish and Dragoons to play Bahamut Shark, which will Special Summon Toadally Awesome, and you’ll get another search with Dragoons! You’ll finish with Toadally Awesome, Shark, Cross-Sheep, and three cards that you searched for with Neptabyss and Dragoons, all from just Diva and Instant Fusion.

Both of the above opening plays also lead into Moulinglacia, the Elemental Lord (searchable with Atlantean Dragoons) and Abyss-scale of the Mizuchi (searchable with Mermail Abyssmegalo) adding even more control on the field.

When opponents use more Traps to stop him, he’ll side in Topologic Trisbaena and Abyss-sphere. He’ll use I:P Masquerena to play Trisbaena on his opponent’s turn after they’ve already Set all their back row cards, then use Abyss-sphere to immediately trigger its effect.

If his opponent goes first and sets up a field, he alters his plan so he can break through as much of it as possible. His preferred option is to use Neptabyss, sending Dragoons to the Graveyard. With both effects he’ll search for Atlantean Heavy Infantry and Lappis Dragon. Lappis’s effect lets it be Special Summoned, and it’s a Tuner! He then Synchro Summons Coral Dragon, which discards Heavy Infantry, and he gets to destroy two cards. All that simply by Normal Summoning Neptabyss, leaving him with plenty of other cards to continue his plays.

Pasnik’s Deck is one of the most interesting ones we’ve seen in Day 2 here at Team YCS Las Vegas, with a lot of cool and consistent plays. Check back for more Deck Profiles, and keep watching the live stream for more coverage!