Michel Grüner's current deck explained

I talked with Michel Grüner and he wrote me an article about the deck that he played during the "UkayPro Championship" in Manchester. He is playing "Royal Oppression" as his answer to the current metagame.
Claudio:
So, it's not a tournament report, it's more a deck feature explained by Michel. Have fun reading it ;-)

Michel:
Today i'll write a guest article about my "Cat Synchro" deck, i used at the UkayPro Championship in Manchester. First of all the list ;-)

"Michel Grüner - Oppression Cat Synchro"

Main Deck: 40

Monster: 18
3 X-Saber Airbellum
2 Summoner Monk
2 Rescue Cat
2 Gravekeeper's Guard
1 Dark Armed Dragon
1 Gorz, the Emissary of Darkness
1 Rose, Warrior of Revenge
1 D.D. Crazy Beast
1 Mystic Tomato
1 Gale
1 Gravekeeper's Spy
1 Neo-Spacian Dark Panther
1 Sangan

Spells: 14
2 Pot of Avarice
2 Cold Wave
2 Book of Moon
1 Mind Control
1 Brain Control
1 Monster Reborn
1 Heavy Storm
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Giant Trunade
1 Gold Sarcophagus
1 Smashing Ground


Traps: 8
2 Bottomless Traphole
2 Royal Oppression
1 Crush Card Virus
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Trap Dustshoot
1 Mirror Force


The monster build includes everything a normal "Cat Synchro" deck needs:
3 X-Saber Airbellum, 2 Summoner Monk, 2 Rescue Cat, 1 Dark Armed Dragon, 1 Gorz, 1 Neo-Spacian Dark Panter and 1 Sangan .
The rest of the deck are my personal favorites for the remaining 7 slots. At first i needed more Crush Card targets beside of Sangan or Summoner Monk, that's why Gravekeepers Guard found his place in my deck. In this version, there are two Guards mained because in my mind Guard is better then Spy. He returns monsters to the hand (the clean effect) or sends synchro monsters back to the extra deck. The lonly Spy is mained because i can swarm for Dark Armed Dragon, Pot of Avarice or even stall as a big wall on the field. The best situation you can have is a flipped Spy with a Cat for the simple Dark Dive OTK =D
I also don't want two Spys in hand at any time, so one Spy and two Guards are the perfect fit for the deck. One Tomato is mained because of it's ability to work as a toolbox. I can search the perfect monster for a lot of different situations (Sangan, Gale or a Summoner Monk for a next turn OTK). In bad situations i can suicide it in a bigger monster to get a monk for a Black Rose Dragon or Arcanite Magician to clear the whole field. The Rose, Warrior of Revenge is my access to the level 8 synchro monsters. Normally it's pretty hard to get a Collosal, Stardust or Dark End Dragon on the field in a Cat Synchro and if all Airbellums are gone i have a backup plan. A level 8 synchro monster can manage critical situations like stalling a from the oppenent dominated board with a Colossal Fighter.

One of the most interesting monster choices should be D.D. Crazy Beast. Like Claudio said, Goyo is the best monster u could synchro out of a Rescue Cat and with only 1 Dark Panther in the deck, the chance to get Goyo out is very low. Panther could be in your hand or in grave already, so D.D. Crazy Beast is another chance to get Goyo. Crazy Beast has solid stats 1400/1400 and his effect is pretty good versus when an annoying Tomato or Sangan is lying on the field. A Crazy Beast that sneaks under Bottomless Traphole and removes your Sangan hurts a lot. You don't get your Rescue Cat or Summoner Monk to make big actions.
At the UkayPro Championship i removed 2 Necro Gardna in the tournament with my D.D. Crazy Beast and this won me games! With the rising numbers of Lightlords being played, D.D. Crazy Beast should be a good choice beside of Neo-Spacian Dark Panther.

The spell build includes everything you need, but everything only two times to reduce the chance of drawing three of a kind. Don't play cards three times if it's not that broken at any situation. That's why i play only 2 Pot of Avarice, 2 Cold Wave and 2 Book of Moon ( I play Cold wave over Nobleman of Extermination because of my Royal Oppressions ;D ). Also all staples found their way to my main deck, like Monster Reborn, Heavy Storm, Brain Control, Mystical Space Typhoon and Giant Trunade . I only main 1 Mind Control because of my lower count of tuner monsters and i think it's enough with all the Guards, Spy, Summoner Monk etc...
Also only one Gold Sarcophagus because i never want two in my opening hand. I don't want to wait 2 turns because sometimes i don't even have two turns to get my card. That's why i main only one Sarco to rise my chance to get CCV against Lightsworns or keycards like Summoner Monk or Monster Reborn against other decks.

My trap lineup is a mixture between a regular "Cat Synchro" and an anti deck. All the staples like Mirror Force, Trap Dustshoot (too good versus Cold Wave), Torrential Tribute, Crush Card Virus are included. I main two Bottomless Traphole to get rid of big monsters (which hurts Blackwing most) and two copies of Royal Oppression in my main deck.
Normally Royal Oppression hurts a lot against such synchro decks and that's why i play them in my main deck. I want an out against all the good cards like all the synchro monsters and the gamebreaking cards like Judgment Dragon or Dark Armed Dragon (or even GB's ) in my main deck. This increases my chance to win the first game. With a face up Royal Oppression i just have to play a Heavy Storm, Giant Trunade or a Cold Wave to negate the effect of Royal Oppression and push for the OTK when i got all the pieces i needed.

My sidedeck looked like that :

Sidedeck: 15
2 Kycoo
2 Jujitsu
2 Mirror of Oaths
2 Lightmirror
2 Mind Crush
2 Roar
1 Bth
1 Lightning Vortex
1 Action Unit

The Jujitsu against GB or sometimes i sided one against Blackwing. 2 Kycoos are necessary against Lightsworns, they negate and remove Necro Gardnas to destroy the opponents
stall strategy and they have good stats and are dark. Also 2 Light Imprisoning Mirrors are very good to negate all the effects of the light monsters. 2 Mind Crush are very important against the Honests of my opponent or sometimes i can use it when they search for cards with Gold Sarcophagus or Charge of the Lightbrigarde. They also work perfectly with my mained Trap Dustshoot and my Crush Card Virus which are cards that give me informations about my oppenents hand. 2 Threatening Roar are pretty good to deckout Lightsworns or just not getting OTK'd (by greedy players).
The third Bottomless Traphole in my sidedeck is against Blackwings to remove their summon (which is the key to win this matchup). One random Lightning Vortex is good against lots of decks, like GB, the Mirror Match, Lightsworns and Blackwing to clear the whole field (sounds like maining this the next time i play).
2 Mirror of Oaths and one Autonomous Action Unit have their place in my sidedeck against Mirror Matches. Mirror of Oaths is awesome against Recue Cat, Gravekeeper's Spy and Summoner Monk and the Action Unit works perfectly with the opponents Rescue Cats or Monks. In my opinion, there should be everything in my sidedeck to improve my deck with my sidedeck choices.

That's how my deck looks like after sideboarding :

Monster: 18
3 X-Saber Airbellum
2 Summoner Monk
2 Rescue Cat
2 Gravekeeper's Guard 1 Kycoo vs LS
1 Gravekeeper's Spy
1 Dark Armed Dragon
1 Gorz , Emissary of the Afterlife 1 Jujitsu vs GB
1 Neo-Spacian Dark Panther
1 D.D. Crazy Beast
1 Gale
1 Mystic Tomato 1 Kycoo vs LS 1 Jujitsu vs GB
1 Sangan
1 Rose , Warrior of Revenge

Spells: 14
2 Pot of Avarice
2 Cold Wave 2 Mind Crush vs LS
2 Book of Moon
1 Mind Control
1 Brain Control
1 Monster Reborn
1 Heavy Storm
1 Mystical Space Typhoon 1 Threatening Roar vs LS
1 Giant Trunade 1 Threatening Roar vs LS
1 Gold Sarcophagus 1 Action Unit vs Mirror 1 Bottomless Traphole vs BF
1 Smashing Ground


Traps: 8
2 Bottomless Traphole
2 Royal Oppression 2 Mirror of Oaths vs Mirror 2 Lightmirror vs LS
1 Crush Card Virus
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Trap Dustshot
1 Mirror Force 1 Lightning Vortex vs LS

Claudio:
So, thanks Michel for your views and your decklist and i hope he will post more articles cause he's the guy who helped me to become what i'm now in this game.

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It's a nice build. I saw the game he played against Jamie Stafford (the feature match) and Michel admitted to me afterward that it was a game he shouldn't have won. Regardless, I like this variant and I think it can do well at SJC Indy, should anybody be willing to run it.

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