Wind-Up Decks have competed at the top tables at almost every event for the last year or so. From winning National Championships and the occasional Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event to being an ever-present part of your Local and Regional level tournaments, Wind-Ups were, and are, a mainstay of Dueling. The recent release of Number 61: Volcasaurus in the Zexal Collection Tin gave Wind-Up Decks a great new Rank 5 monster to work with, and that means a certain toy shark from Cosmo Blazer: Special Edition is primed and ready to play a key role in new Wind-Up strategies!
Ever since the release of Order of Chaos, Wind-Up Decks have been a force to be reckoned with, and are one of the most powerful Decks you’ll come up against in any Regional Qualifier or YCS you go to. It’s a Deck that can start Duels at a ferocious pace and end them just as quickly, but it’s not unbeatable!
Nine of the Top 32 Duelists from YCS Atlanta played Wind-Ups, a nasty Deck that can devastate the opponent’s hand and Xyz Summon repeatedly. With intricate combos that can branch off in different directions, Wind-Ups can grow just two monsters into a packed field. Most Wind-Ups don’t have high ATK, but they’re really good at Xyz Summoning. They’re a serious competitor right now, so let’s review their strengths:
-Wind-Up Hunter lets them attack the opponent’s hand.
-Make many Rank 3, Rank 4, and even Rank 5 Xyz Summons, thanks to Special Summoning effects and level manipulation tricks.
-Use the search power of Wind-Up Factory and Wind-Up Magician to adapt your tactics on the fly, and hit your combos consistently.
Out of all the Wind-Up Decks that made the Top 32 at YCS Atlanta, Matthew Heath’s stood apart. While a lot of the Top 32 ran Tour Guide from the Underworld, Heath opted to play more Wind-Up monsters and more draw power instead, creating a more combo-heavy version of the strategy. Here’s what it looked like.
There are lots of different ways to build Wind-Up Decks. For example, some Wind-Up Decks Xyz Summon big monsters, and others flood the field with Wind-Ups. But the Wind-Up Deck that seems to be gaining the most popularity is the one that takes advantage of the Wind-Up Hunter combo.
One of the coolest things about new Decks like Wind-Ups and Ninjas is that there are so many different ways to build them. Since there are so many different Ninjas and Wind-Ups, and they all have different Types and Attributes and Levels, there are a ton of different ways to play with them, and tons of different cards to combine them with. Wind-Ups were the very first Deck to make Xyz Summoning a big part of their game plan, so today we’re talking about how you can build your own Wind-Up Deck, the cards and techniques you’ll need, and the cool plays you’ll be able to make!