Invited Author: Robert Julian Torres
Upon checking the revealed BT9 cardlist, the first X antibody line that caught my eye was the Greymon X line since it has the protection from destruction and returning effects. Upon checking those, I was curious what would its counterpart, the Garurumon X line would provide. While the Greymon X line seems to be useful, the Garurumon X line protection is not that good since it only protects from battle. After seeing this, I still wanted to try a MetalGarurumon X deck as a counterpart to my Wargreymon X deck so I tried searching the Blue Cardpool to what to use.
This is where I remembered from the BT5 where there are Ancient Garurumon decks that utilise some Weregarurumons that can restand, that card is the Weregarurumon promo card. From this, I tried to build the deck around restand/unsuspend and attacking the opponent with multiple attacks. At first, I thought to add Weregarurumon Sagittarius mode to provide some jamming capabilities to be able to check freely. When I tried it, I realized that it will hinder the restand/unsuspend process and due to Garurumon X’s protection, the Jamming is not needed anymore. This is where I built my deck around Garurumon X’s protection and the restand/unsuspend capability of the Weregarurumons.
There are 2 core mechanics on which this deck revolves around, one of them is restanding/unsuspending. The newly released Weregarurumon X (BT9-028) is a 0 cost restand if you evolve on a Weregarurumon. This is where that I thought to incorporate its effect on another card that restands which is the promo Weregarurumon (P-008). As long as there is a “Garurumon” on its source, it can restand once.
Also, it has a very good inherited effect in which you need to have 8 or more cards to gain “SecurityAttack+1”. This pairs great with another promo card, Garurumon (P-007) where its inherited effect is not [once per turn]. But there is a downside on the promo Weregarurumon, its DP is small and can be killed by some level 4s and most of the level 5 and above cards.
And this is where the other core mechanic comes in. With the release of the new card from BT9, Garurumon X (BT9-024), it grants protection on battle for the Weregarurumon to attack safely by discarding same level digimon from its source. If you have a any Gabumon and Gabumon X (BT9-020), you will have 2 protections from battle (discarding both level 3s and level 4s for each battle that not survives).
Couting the attacks with the restand, you now have 3 attacks, 1 from intial Weregarurumon, 1 from restand of Weregarurumon, 1 from restand on Weregarurumon x. The restand is not yet finished, the MetalGarurumon X (BT9-031) also provides another restand and it becomes blocker until the end of opponent’s turn. Also, if it restands, it will return all of your opponents lowest level Digimon to their hand. This is a great removal if they only have a level 5 or higher digimon on the battle area or even a blocker. This will help a lot if you don’t have game for that turn.
The other cards on this deck helps digging the right pieces like generic searchers, Daisuke/Davis Motomiya (BT3-093), and Blue Memory Boost (P-036) which also provides memory stablity, X-antibody searchers, Cool Guy (BT9-092), and Gabumon X, and garuru searchers, BT5 Gabumon (BT5-020).
How do I run this deck
Now, for the combo of the deck, the cards you always want to have or find are Garurumon X, Weregarurumon promo, Weregarurumon X, and X Antibody (BT9-109) option card. These are the core combo pieces of the deck.
For the OTK startegy, you want to build safely on your hatching area a Weregarurumon promo line with any garurumon (most prefarably the promo one) and Garurumon X for protection. If you are lucky enough to have a Gabumon X as well, you might want to digivolve it on the breeding area on top of your Gabumon. But if you need to dig for more cards, you can play it instead.
To be able to OTK, you will either need 1 of the following cards on play, Nokia Shiramine (BT5-092), Blue Memory Boost, Cool Guy or your opponent gave you 4 memory. This will ensure that you will be able to digivolve to MetalGarurumon X and be able to attack for game since it is a 4 cost to evolve.
On your turn, you will raise Weregarurumon from hatching area. You will attack directly once, then restand/unsuspend (if you have garurumon promo, you will draw 1 card as well). If the security check is bigger, activate Garurumon X protection from battle. Then, play the X Antibody card and place it under Weregarurumon, attack directly again triggering the effect of X Antibody to digivolve to Weregarurumon X from your hand for free and be able to restand and return level 4 or lower Digimon.
Since you now have the inherited effect of Weregarurumon Promo active (as long as you have 8 or more cards in hand), it will now do 2 checks instead. If successful, you will now be able to attack directly again for 2 checks and trigger the effect of X Antibody to digivolve to MetalGarurumon X and restand again. You can attack for game here if you are still the turn player. Else, you will have a blocker and Digimon removed from your opponents side. As much as possible, you will want to always go OTK route. You can do this by setting up necessary cards or by attacking the security while building up the core pieces on the hatching area.
One of the deck’s weaknesses is that you hit a removal option card from opponent’s security, the OTK would stop at that moment. The Garurumon X-antibody will able to protect once if we have 2 cards with same level under its digivolution source. But we can set up again since our game is normally moving faster than the opponent.
Black/Blue Dedigivolve Source Strip: O-O
Purple Beelzemon Blast Mode: O-X-O
Black Alphamon Ouryuuken: O-O