Invited Author: ASPROS DAIMON[DAMIAN]
At first I was just wondering how Hina Linkz deck is going to do in this new meta, where Xross Heart is getting stronger, Black Wargreymon X is a dominant force, and a tamer destroyer. And since I saw almost no one uses the Hina Linkz Deck, so I decided to try and run this deck, in the meta of Xross Heart and Black Wargreymon X
Originally I was in doubt whether I should just play “Marsmon & Phoenixmon”, rather than Hina Links because I saw 2 “Black Wargreymon X” players. Cause paper-wise, my Hina won’t survive, it’ll get blown up by “Black Wargreymon” or “Hades Force”. But I just trust my gut and jump in with the “Hina Linkz”.
To my surprise, I did really well in this tournament. I managed to get a clean swipe! I was so happy since it was my first time running this deck. I guess the time I spent watching 10-15 videos of people playing “Hina Links”, really helped me in my decision making. Huge shout out to “ファイル島の民”, since they always do a what if scenario at the end of their match.
To players who play or know the deck, there’s nothing new in my build ever since the deck was released in EX3. Where Examon and Purple Imperial is a big trend XD. So this is just some cards that I want to high lights.
Blocker and Reboot, his on-play effects to "De-Digivolved 1" and destroy 1 opponent's Digimon with 5 cost or lower, and if you didn’t destroy any Digimon with this effect your opponent can’t evolve their “unsuspended” Digimon till their turn ends.
Considering you can activate this guy on play effects with suspending one of your Hina, including 4 of these cards is a MUST in my opinion since it’ll hinder the growth of powerful decks, that need their evolution to actually start the engine of their decks, such as Jesmon, Grandis, even Black Wargreymon X.
This card is also good to hinder your opponent's field growth since the on play effects are delete all of your opponent's lowest DP Digimons, and if the effect did not delete any Digimon, your opponent can’t play digimon with 5000 Dp or less. It’ll cause trouble for the opponent from playing searchers, blockers, and things like Dorulumon to shoot at your Solarmon, if you have a Solarmon besides your Volcanicdramon. And of course, it’ll hinder decks like D-brigade and BloomHydra.
I did consider running only 2 dobrickmons, but after running some games, it didn’t show up when I need him to finish the game or get the field back to my favour, that is why I decided to run 3 of these guys.
The idea of this guys is, to waste BWGX's negate effects. So you can destroy them with another Dobrick if you have one or other effects such as the Volcanicdramon effect, or any other removal options, then you can freely swing next turn.”
Then for the level 5’s I run 4 of Jazarichmon and Lavogaritamon. Besides the obvious reason why to run these 2, the other reason i run these 2 are to get more board control and to activate the Volcanicdramon and Metalicdramon effects. Since the Jazarichmon effect is De-Digivolve 1 then play a Hina. This effect is good enough cause it’ll make your opponent take a step back from their game play, and the inheritable is also worth mentioning ,“ +1security” , so you can swing with your level 6th as a double breaker, hoping you didn’t crashed into option.
Then for Lavogaritamon, this guy effect is to destroy Dp 5000 or lower then play a Hina. This guy really helps you to activate Metalicdramon and Volcanicdramon's 2nd effect so that your opponent either can’t play a searcher or any blockers with 5000 Dp, or evolve their unsuspended Digimon. This card really helps you gain more control over you opponent field.
And lastly the rookies. I tried running 4 vorvomon,4 Jazamon, and 4 Agumons from the ST-07. But then when I try that build, i’m quite dead with digicross deck since they have X7 where they could pop my volcanicdramon or metalicdramon, with 3-4 cost. Hence Solarmon has came to solve the problem, I can make them at least waste 2-4 memory to get rid of my Solarmon.
BUTEINZORG DIGIMON TOURNAMENT
Round 01, Mervamon Loop (W)
With the new support for Minervamon loop deck, this deck can get scary at times. The Mervamon and the soulmons are a very great addition to this deck.
My opponent almost had an early lead since I’ve only got 3 Hina’s, 1 Vorvomon and 1 Lavorvomon. But thankfully I go second, hoping my draw brings me a level 5, which it did. But at the first turn, my opponent is ready to do their loop since he already got into his eyesmon. At first i only evolved my kapurimon into Vorvomon not evolving him into Lavorvomon planing to search for the lv6 next turn, then dropping the Hina giving my opponent 1 memory. When he swing with his eyesmon, it crashed into a Hina, so I was lucky this round. Then instead playing death claw he evolves his Eyesmon into a Cerberusmon , giving me 1 memory but since i have 2 hina’s so i have 3 memory to do my magic:
“ I promoted my Vorvomon into a Lavorvomon, at there i was in deep thinking whether should i tap my hina or not. Then I decides to gamble this time, I evolve my Lavorvomon into a Jazarichmon, tapping 2 Hina’s De-Digivolve his cerberusmon, into an Eyesmon then into a Ignitemon, then I dropped 1 Hina and giving my opponent 2 memory, so he can’t get into a Cerberusmon on his turn. I was expecting another eyesmon, but he kill of his Ignitemon using “Calling from darkness’ then grabbed the Eyesmon and the Cerberusmon from the grave. Then he played Analog Boy grabbing Minervamon. From here on I already have control on his field, since My draw is a MetalicDramon. After I hatched my Digitama and evolve it into vorvomon, then I evolve my Jazarich into a Metalicdramon, throwing off my opponent's gameplay since he can’t evolve his unsuspend Digimon for the next turn. He promoted his Gazimon just to get the Draw from Petimeramon since I’m gonna block can’t lose security in case he gets his Mervamon and Cerberusmon loop on the next turn. So he passed the turn by playing another analog boy not getting any hits, and he decides to just past the turn, letting me have 3 memories.
After attacking with Metalicdramon,i play the Jazardmon to search for a Volcanicdramon,passing the turn with 1 memory. He ends up taking the bait, he played 3 Jacth Raid giving him 3 memories the digicrossed into a mervamon giving me 4 memories and with 4 Hina’s I got to 7 memories. And I end the game evolving my Jazardmon into Jazarich to Devolve the Mervamon so he don’t have anymore blockers, then Metalic checks for 2 then Dobrickg gets 2 check and finished the game with Jazamon which I promoted on the turn.
Xross Heart X7 (W)
This was the match that got me thinking hard, and the best in my opinion.
The game was back and forth, because it seems both of us bricked. My Opening hand are 2 Hina 1 Vorvo, 2 Lavogaritamon
But thankfully again I got 2nd turn. My opponent didn’t evo his Pickmon, dropping a Taiki which reveals 1 Dexmon,Taichi, God breath, and Sparrowmon. Honestly I think the reason I won against XH this time cause he bricked way harder than I am. My draw are quite good, but I want to test my theory of volcanic and solarmon. So with 3 memories after I evolved my Kapuri into a vorvomon, I drop 2 Hina’s. Honestly the first few turn wasn’t that big of a pressure since we both just dropping tamers.
I forgot what turn it is, but he finally promoted his sparrowmon swing into a Hiro, I was thankful for that swing since, last game my Hiro didn’t show up at all. then he drop a Shoutmon grabbing ballistamon, no tamers. I got to 5 memory.
Before evolving my Lavogarita that I promoted I drop a solarmon locking his Digicross, then evolves my Lavogarita into a Volcanicdramon, tapping 3 hina’s destroyin both his digimon and making him can’t play a 5000 Dp or lower digimon. Forcing him to use Fireball or Koen to destroy my Solarmon. He did play a crimson blaze for 4 cost, but what caught me by surprised is he have his X5 in his hand and digicrossed for 0 cost having rush swinging for 2 checks. But Luck was on my side, he ends up crushing into a Laser Cannon stopping the attack.
I was kinda afraid that he has the X4 on his hand, but turned out he don’t. So he passed the turn by playing taiki not hitting any card he’s looking for, after that I just finished the game with dobrickmons.
Round 3 Hina Linkz (W)
Well the top table is a Linkz Mirror~, He won against Mervamon and othe decks.
Proving although no one barely uses this deck anymore, it still can hold fighting against Bt-11 Meta.
This round was not as intense as the previous match, because unfortunately my opponent lost his Hina and bricked. I had a very huge lead from the start. And I was able to stop him from evolving and swing with the Metalic for 2 checks, then digicrossed into a dobrickmon. My opponent conceded because he had no answer to it.
Round 4 Mugendramon (W)
This round was so intense as well, till I can’t even remember the exact detail what happened in the match. To make it worse my Opponent has mastered his Machindramon/Mugen deck very well, since i think he played the mugen deck since ex 01.
I have no Hina in my opening hand, so I just evo in the breeding area, thankfully my opponent has no rookies in his hand and ending the turn by dropping an analog man. My draw at the start of the turn turns out to be a Hina, after 2 turn not promoting my Jazardmon. I promoted him and drop the first Hina then evolved into a Jazarichmon, then the evo bonus draw was another Hina so tapped the Hina to play the on play effects of the Jazarichmon to play another Hina from my hand, giving him a 3 memories.
Then at thee start of his turn, he played the option “Attack of the heavy mobile digimon”, hardcasting his mugendramon and giving it rush and blitz, checking 1 security and it was “Dark Gaia Force’ honestly it was helpful. In the next turn I go into a metallic dramon stopping him from evolving into a mugendramon bt-11 and i can’t quite remember what happened next.
But that what’s fun about DCG, no matter how much you anticipate your opponent’s movement, it’ll always going to have a Plot Twist in every game.
“Hina Linkz is still a fun and enjoyable deck, it’s still can go toe to toe with the new Bt-11 Meta decks such as BWGX, X7, Grandis, Mervamon,etc. And I’m proud that it can still compete with Xross and BWGX, especially when barely no one uses this deck anymore, after BWGX showed up.
Same with every deck out there, the key is to be patient which I’m still struggling to be. And have the courage to decide what you want to do on your turn, and if your digimon dies then just build back again and preparing for the upcoming turn. Don’t worry about the meta, or what deck you’ll encounter. Just focus on understanding your deck inside out, learn from your mistakes, and have FUN cause we’ll improve along the way.
Shout out to Buitenzorg as the host of the tournament, and to the Indonesia Digimon Community, you guys are the best community I’ve ever in, and a great friends.
Good luck! Have fun!