Since the release of Synchro Monsters back in 2008, many Decks have been geared towards performing Synchro Summons as fast as possible. Decks like these have often met great success, and Christopher Biswell’s Synchrocentric Deck is no exception, earning him second place at the Kansas City YCS! [Editor’s Note: What does "Synchrocentric" mean, anyway? Good question! It describes a Deck whose main strategy is to Synchro Summon. Doesn’t matter with what, or what you get. As long as you get powerful monsters with a white card border, you’re golden. (With the introduction of Xyz Monsters, white OR black card frames are good – depending on the game situation!) Lots of Decks can be easily described by their theme. Monarchs. Lightsworn. X-Sabers. Magicians. Dragons. A “synchrocentric” Deck is less about the cards, and more about the end goal. Not focusing so much on what you Summon, as long as you do Summon. One of the great things about the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is that you can throw any card you have into your Deck, and make it work. So what do you call a Deck that doesn’t really have a theme? You could call this Deck any number of things: 41 Individually Wonderful Cards Extra Deck! (with special guest star: The Main Deck) Everything But the Kitchen Sink (or is that Kitchen Synchro?) The Usual Suspects THAT GUY’s Deck But since the main idea is to Synchro Summon, we’ve taken to calling it “Synchrocentric.”] Read on to see how Biswell made it all the way to the finals with his Synchrocentric Deck [Starring: The Extra Deck! – plus 41 individually wonderful cards, excluding the kitchen sink(ro).]. . Monsters: 23 1 Lonefire Blossom 1 Spore 1 Glow-Up Bulb 1 Dandylion 3 Tour Guide From the Underworld 1 Sangan 3 Reborn Tengu 2 Thunder King Rai-Oh 2 Caius the Shadow Monarch 1 Spirit Reaper 1 Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning 1 Effect Veiler 3 Maxx “C” 1 Gorz the Emissary of Darkness 1 Debris Dragon . Spells: 13 1 One for One 1 Foolish Burial 1 Mind Control 2 Mystical Space Typhoon 1 Dark Hole 1 Monster Reborn 1 Book of Moon 2 Enemy Controller 1 Heavy Storm 1 Scapegoat 1 Pot of Avarice . Traps: 5 1 Solemn Judgment 2 Solemn Warning 1 Torrential Tribute 1 Trap Dustshoot . Extra Deck: 15 1 Formula Synchron 1 Armory Arm 1 Ally of Justice Catastor 1 T.G. Hyper Librarian 1 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier 1 Orient Dragon 1 Ancient Fairy Dragon 1 Black Rose Dragon 1 Stardust Dragon 1 Scrap Dragon 1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier 1 Leviair the Sea Dragon 1 Number 17: Leviathan Dragon 1 Steelswarm Roach 1 Number 39: Utopia . Side Deck: 15 1 Tempest Magician 2 Dust Tornado 1 Mystical Space Typhoon 2 Gemini Imps 1 D.D. Crow 1 Thunder King Rai-Oh 1 Doomcaliber Knight 1 Smashing Ground 1 Mirror Force 2 Dimensional Prison 1 System Down 1 Fiendish Chain . YIN YANG – THE WHITE PART Lonefire Blossom, Spore, Glow-Up Bulb, and Dandylion form the main Synchro engine of this Deck, giving it ways to Synchro Summon quickly and easily: Lonefire Blossom searches out any Plant from the Deck. The Tuners, Spore and Glow-Up Bulb, can re-Summon themselves from the Graveyard. Dandylion Summons Fluff Tokens when it is sent to the Graveyard (including from the hand or Deck). You can use these Tokens to perform a Synchro Summon. Reborn Tengu also helps in this goal; since it replaces itself when it leaves the field, you can repeatedly Summon (or re-Summon) Tuners and use up all your Tengus for Synchro Summons – possibly in one turn. This Synchro Summoning team is topped off with Debris Dragon, which can grab any of the Plants back to use in even more Synchro Summons. With almost half of Biswell’s Extra Deck being Dragon-type Synchro Monsters, Debris Dragon was an integral part in bringing them out quickly and easily. . YIN YANG – THE BLACK PART Biswell’s Deck wasn’t just able to make Synchro Monsters though. He could also summon Xyz Monsters like Leviair the Sea Dragon and Steelswarm Roach just as easily! Leviair is especially useful in this Deck, since it can Special Summon the monsters banished by Spore and Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning. Plus, since Biswell used Tour Guide From the Underworld in his Deck, he could set up Leviair plays in a snap. Tour Guide could also be used to search for Sangan in order to get pieces of the Plant Synchro engine if a Synchro Monster was needed, and Sangan and Tour Guide fuel the Graveyard for Black Luster Soldier, too, since they’re DARK monsters. . This Deck is also able to control the opponent’s moves fairly well. Maxx “C”, a now very popular tech choice, can deter the opponent from Special Summoning. Teamed up with Effect Veiler and Thunder King Rai-Oh, you can lock your opponent out of big plays. Book of Moon, Solemn Judgment, and Solemn Warning control whether you want your opponent to summon big monsters as well. Biswell’s Synchrocentric Deck made a massive impact at the Kansas City YCS, showing everyone once again how powerful Synchro Monsters can truly be. This sort of Synchrocentric Deck seems to be one of the best Decks around at the moment.