Posted by : Abdalaziz al-shammari Mar 26, 2010

It was never the most popular Deck, but if you were to go back into the archives and look at the results of the 2009 American National Championship as well as the 2009 Canadian National Championship, you’d see that Synchro Cat won them both. Synchro Cat was a powerful but under-represented Deck that used a full library of Beast-Type monsters such as “Neo-Spacian Dark Panther,” “X-Saber Airbellum,” and “Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter” along with “Rescue Cat” to Synchro Summon monsters like “Arcanite Magician” and “Dark Strike Fighter” at rapid speeds. It could wipe out your cards, your Life Points, or even both on just a moment’s notice.

Synchro Cat was able to achieve this impressive results largely due to “Summoner Monk” and “Rescue Cat”, which were both Semi-Limited cards at the time. Now, both “Rescue Cat” and “Summoner Monk” are Limited cards, so for Synchro Cat to adapt it needs a new way to search out and Special Summon monsters: “Super-Nimble Mega Hamster”!

Super-Nimble Mega Hamster” from Absolute Powerforce gives Synchro Cat Decks a new toy to play with. The Hamster’s Flip Effect lets you Special Summon a Level 3 or lower Beast-Type monster from you Deck in face-down Defense Position. It’s very similar to “Rescue Cat” and fulfills a similar purpose, bringing out whatever monster you need, when you need it most. Whether it’s“Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter” to destroy a Spell or Trap in preparation for a big attack; “Sea Koala” to drop a troublesome big attacker on your opponent’s side of the field to 0 Attack Points; or even “X-Saber Airbellum” to Synchro Summon a certain Synchro Monster, “Super-Nimble Mega Hamster” has you covered.

In order to build a Synchro Cat style Deck using “Super-Nimble Mega Hamster,” the first thing you need to decide on is your monster line-up. Thankfully, for the most part, your roster is fairly simple. You’ll need your “Rescue Cat”, your “Summoner Monk”, your “Super-Nimble Mega Hamsters”, and your set of Level 3 or lower Beast-Type monsters. What Beast-Type monsters to use is entirely your decision. While “X-Saber Airbellum” is very important due to its given access to Synchro Monsters, you’ll have to decide what to use between cards like “Des Koala,” “Neo-Spacian Dark Panther,” “Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter,” and “Sea Koala”. Those are just some examples; you could even try something else entirely if it tickles your fancy. Next, you have to remember that “Summoner Monk” is fairly useless without enough Level 4 monsters to Summon. Using a Level 4 Tuner Monster such as “Flamvell Magician” or “Mist Valley Soldier” might be a good idea just in case you need a quick and easy Level 8 Synchro Monster.

Your Spell and Trap Card line-up is incredibly open for creativity and personal decisions. While cards like “Heavy Storm” and “Torrential Tribute” are givens, cards like “Pot of Avarice” and “Gold Sarcophagus” are somewhat less obvious choices that could greatly help your deck’s consistency. With the constant searching and Synchro Summoning that you’re sure to do, your Graveyard will fill up very quickly. Since “Pot of Avarice” not only lets you draw 2 cards, but also puts your Beast-Type Monsters back in your Deck to be searched out once again, it’s a choice that you should very seriously consider. “Gold Sarcophagus”, on the other hand, gives you any card in your Deck in two short turns. This is the easiest and most effective way to quickly get your hands on a “Summoner Monk” or a “Rescue Cat”, and as such, should be another serious consideration.

As far as the rest of the Deck goes, it’s up to you. Every Duelist knows which cards they’re most comfortable with playing. Figure out which ones work for you, and practice with them!

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