My Experiences with "Cat Synchro"

I posted my "Cat Synchro" list last week. Now i have played it on two locals and can give you some advice about the deck. I won the first undefeated and lost in the top 4 in the other, cause of a missplay.

Here are some facts about the deck:
- "Book of Moon" is not good enough to run three. There are better cards and i will cut them complete or reduce to two to find space for better cards.
- You summon/draw "Dark Armed Dragon" very rare. Mot cases you don't draw him or you only have two dark monsters in the grave. So you need cards like "Allure of Darkness" and "Mystic Tomato" to get "Online". He's a match winner and so we have to support him.
- "Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter" and "Cyber Dragon" are filler in the deck. They are not a staple or something you have to run. We have to find better cards to play which improve our main strategie. I never used "Rescue Cat" to spezial summon "Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter", never!
- I play to much "Gravekeeper's". I drew multiple "Gravekeeper's Spy" in my opening hand and some times i wasn't able to get rid of them. Another problem where "Allure of Darkness" can help. I will reduce the engine to 3 "Gravekeeper's Spy" or 2 "Gravekeeper's Spy" and 1 "Gravekeeper's Guard".
- You can have a lot of monster filled hands so i will reduce the monster count to 18.
- You have no monster to attack outside of "X-Saber Airbellum". And this card runs in "Bottomless Trap Hole" or any removal the oppenent plays. So "Mystic Tomato" and "Blackwing, Gale the Whirlwind" should solve that problem and you can get them via "Sangan"
- If you play more other tuners like "Blackwing, Gale the Whirlwind" or "Plaguespreader Zombie" you will be able to reduce "Pot of Avarice" to 2. You have now more winning conditions outside of "X-Saber Airbellum".
- "Giant Trunade" is better than a third "Cold Wave" cause you can play "Monster Reborn" or "Brain Control" to seal the deal. And you can protect your new synchro monster or discard the backrow with "X-Saber Airbellum".
- You don't play a lot of defense. You should know that. You need to trade your cards with the oppenent that both players are low on ressources. Then you win with "Pot of Avarice", "Rescue Cat" or "Summoner Monk". You won't win, if the oppenent has access to all his combo parts.

So here is the result of my playtesting:

"Cat Synchro - Version 2"

Main Deck: 40

Monster: 18
3 X-Saber Airbellum
2 Mystic Tomato
2 Gravekeeper's Spy
2 Summoner Monk
2 Rescue Cat
1 Dark Armed Dragon
1 Gorz, Emissary of Darkness
1 Blackwing, Gale the Whirlwind
1 Gravekeeper's Guard
1 Sangan
1 Neo-Spacian Black Panther
1 Plaguespreader Zombie

Spells: 16
2 Allure of Darkness
2 Cold Wave
2 Pot of Avarice
2 Mind Control
2 Gold Sarcophagus
1 Giant Trunade
1 Heavy Storm
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Brain Control
1 Monster Reborn
1 Scapegoat

Traps: 6
2 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Crush Card Virus
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Mirror Force
1 Trap Dustshoot

Extra Deck: 15
2 Dark Strike Fighter
2 Arcanite Magician
1 Red Dragon Archfiend
1 Colossal Fighter
1 Thought Ruler Archfiend
1 Stardust Dragon
1 Blackwing Armor Master
1 Black Rose Dragon
1 Goyo Guardian
1 Gaia Knight, the Force of Earth
1 Tempest Magician
1 Magical Android
1 Chimeratech Fortress Dragon

I can't promise to play that deck at the European Championship 2009, but it's pretty much better than my first buildt. So if you also tested "Rescue Synchro", then post your experiences in the comments and i will read them and answer =)

See ya,

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Gelungener Artikel; das Deck sieht sehr viel besser aus als das erste. Selbst habe ich rescue Synchro noch nicht viel gespielt, da ich noch keine gold sarcophage habe; habe allerdings ausgiebig gegen einen Bekannten der es spielt gespielt. Wir haben auch bemerkt, dass man nicht nur auf airbellum als einzigen Tuner
zurueckgreifen sollte. Was haelst du von Rose in dem Deck? Im europaeischem und amerikanischem raum müssen wir uns vor allem
auf die Synchros mit level 7 und 8 konzentrieren, da wuerde Rose naheliegen.
Deshalb wurerde ich cyber drache nicht unbedingt als Lückenbueser in dem Deck bezeichnen.
Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob man wirklich alle cat
Ziele auser airbellum und Panther entfernen
sollte, warum hast du sea koala rausgenommen?
Ich schaetze die kombos mit ihm muss ich jetzt
nicht auflisten..
So wenig Verteidigung zu spielen finde ich ist
doch kritisch gegen blackwing; man kriegt halt
leicht einen otk reingedrueckt..
Wie ist eigentlich das Match up des Decks gegen lightsworn und twilight??
Entschuldigung wegen komischer groß und klein Schreibung, schreibe von meinem iPhone aus.
Mfg ardacris

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Ich finde in ich brauche nur gegen Gladi oder Lightsworn ein LV 8 Synchro. Gegen Blackwing und im Mirror bringen die nicht so viel. Nachdem ich auf der EM mit mehr Blackwing und Cat Synchro rechne, habe ich auch keine Rose reingegeben. CD ist ok, aber nicht essentiel. Deshalb habe ich ihn aus Platzmangel gekickt. Sea Koala ist schon gut, aber nur wenn er im Deck ist. Es ist schwer sich auf 40 Karten zu einigen in dem Deck. Ich will Death Draws vermeiden und dazu gehört Sea Koala leider. Sarcophag ist nicht so wichtig in dem Deck. Er ist gut um Summon Priest oder CCV zu suchen, aber man kann auch andere Karten wie Book spielen. Durch 2 Allure komme ich schneller durchs Deck und Book sehe ich nicht wirklich als Schutzkarte. Ich schaue da eher dass ich aggressiv spiele in dem ich mit Mind die Defense Monster schnappe oder alles was unter BTH durchkommt.


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hi i am adria, claudio don't you thing that there aren't enought beast to play with rescue cat in the last build cause if your phanter is in your graveyard and you only have rescue cat in hand and in play you can only summon 2 x saber?
i have tried with sea koala and it works very well
its only my opinion, contratulations for your blog

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I understand why ppl say Synchro Cat is a great build and when it goes off, its great. My Synchro build I only run two POA, 2 BOM and I use two Gravekeepers Guard and no Spy, because Mind Control is run by many decks in my meta in two or three and I tend to draw my 2 Spys early, but I cut them out. You think it is better without Spy? Many Japanese and Filipino decks don't use Spy.

I also run 1 Cat of Ill Omen, try it Claudio, it is very good tech and useable with CCV, it won me quite a few games. Synchro Cat in my meta is easy to beat because they play trash Beasts like 3 sea koala and 2 des koala that have no synergy with the deck other than Rescue Cat.

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You can play 2 or 1 RO it's vs the current metagame and you have 2 cold wave, 1 heavy storm, 1 giant trunade and 1 typhoon
Moreover 4 beast it's dangerous and sea koala work well with airbellum for airbellum make direct damage.


hey man, you remember me? we played in the last round of swiss day 1 in costa mesa

i like the build, its probs one of the best builds ive seen OF the deck..

but in my opinion without the syncs that japan has the deck is kinda of weak...i played my Lightsworn aqgasint a lot of versions agaisnt this deck and i won every time, LS is faster and the necro gardnas really annoy this deck...thats not all judgement takes a lot of cards out the field from this deck a lot of the time...

it seems that every meta but uk in europe is all about the dark decks, uk use a lot of lightsworn decks and at the moment lightsworn is still the best in our country, there arent many decks that can deal with getting hit by JD...i still like the dark deck with skill drain monk rose warrior etc

the deck ran valley as well which is very good agaisnt black wing in my opnion and it makes use of the mind controls more.. until we get more syncrhos i prefer the monk dad deck more than kitty

i aint going euros this year unfortunately but i will next year...good luck in this one.
every deck i


Thanks for all your Comments.

The deck i play will be very consistend. 15 rounds is very long... Kitty is a deck where you can add new strategies to it, cause you can't buildt it the same way as the Japanese cause we don't have this powerful LV 5 Synchros. They bring "Castator" or "Natural Beast" and we only bring "Android". We can only bring powerful LV 7 Synchro Monsters and that's why we play "Monk" and "Cat".

"Lightsworn" is good, cause in this meta there will be no "Skill Drain Synchro" cause it loses to "Dark Strike" and "Blackwing". And you have not such an easy access to "Crush Card Virus" like in Tele-DAD. But the bad thing about the deck is, that it's very hard to build it consitent!

See ya...

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how come urbellum isnt in your extra dec?

urbellum is another lvl 7, and lvl 7s are the most common brought out syncs in this deck , sometimes u have xsaber and a spy but they have a mosnter so u cant attack direct with airbellum but urbellum can probably kill the monster and rip a card back to the top

Nz player

hey man nice build quite like it except the cold waves to be honest i found cold wave not as good as it seems in sync cat but wat works for u works i guess good luck at euro 09

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