Dragon Ravine

Dragon Ravine has recently been released back to two under the latest OCG Limit Regulation. While Dragunity has yet to make an impact on the current metagame, ABC players are welcoming Dragon Ravine as a new addition to their deck.

Effect

Dragon Ravine
Field Spell
Once per turn: You can discard 1 card, then activate 1 of these effects;
● Add 1 Level 4 or lower “Dragunity” monster from your Deck to your hand.
● Send 1 Dragon-Type monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.

 

Decklist

A typical ABC decklist running Dragon Ravine would look like this:

Cards in Japanese indicates that it has yet to be released in the TCG.

 

Utility

The main function of Dragon Ravine is to tutor out Destrudo, the Dead Drake of Dread by sending it to the graveyard.

From there, using its effect on an ABC Union Monster, Destrudo, the Dead Drake of Dread can Synchro Summon a Level 7 Synchro Monster. We have previously talked about the various Level 7 Synchro Monsters that can be summoned out, but ABC players prefer Ancient Fairy Dragon.

With Ancient Fairy Dragon‘s effect, one can replace Dragon Ravine with the recently Semi-Limited Union Hangar. Since Ancient Fairy Dragon can interact with Field Spells, playing multiple copies of Chicken Game is also an option.

If you have already committed your Normal Summon for the turn, Ancient Fairy Dragon‘s second effect can special summon the searched Union Monster, triggering Union Hangar‘s equipping effect.

Dragon Ravine also provides an outlet for players to discard their Union Monsters if there is a need to.

All these will make it easier to Special Summon ABC-Dragon Buster.

 

Alternatives

Torque Tune Gear

To expand on the engine, Torque Tune Gear can also be played to enable Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon.

Previously, Cockadoodledoo was played in the deck to summon out Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon alongside ABC-Dragon Buster. The play would involved having Torque Tune Gear in the deck and starting with Cockadoodledoo and Union Hangar.

Gadgets

Gadget monsters – Gold Gadget and Silver Gadget – can still be played along with Bujintei Tsukuyomi. To make space for that, Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju can be moved to the Side Deck, and Artifact Lancea can be reduced to two copies. However, under the New Master Rule, Bujintei Tsukuyomi might be less effective.

One can consider relying on Link Monsters instead.

  1. With either Gadget monster and Union Hangar, Special Summon the searched Union Monster (usually A-Assault Core) with the Gadget monster’s effect.
  2. Union Hangar triggers, equipping B-Buster Drake to A-Assault Core.
  3. Send A-Assault Core and the Gadget monster to the graveyard to Link Summon Proxy Dragon. B-Buster Drake searches for C-Crush Wyvern.

Bujintei Tsukuyomi is more suitable for previous builds of the deck, which are more Trap-heavy with plenty of floodgates such as Dimensional Barrier and Anti-Spell Fragrance. To benefit the most out of Bujintei Tsukuyomi‘s effect, one has to empty all but one card in hand. This strategy would unfortunately not work as well as before in the current proposed build.

Akashic Magician is an available choice for an alternative Link-2 Monster. While using its second effect to excavate cards is harder to achieve in an ABC deck, it does align with the deck’s strategy. It is worth noting that Akashic Magician can allow you to reuse Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju, doubling Gamecial‘s utility in the Main Deck.

Brilliant Fusion

Dsummon suggested using a Predaplant Brilliant Fusion build. The decklist and videos of gamplays are available here in his video.

 

Drawbacks

As Destrudo, the Dead Drake of Dread requires a steep cost for its effect, it limits the deck’s ability to play Solemn Strike and Solemn Warning. Taking this into consideration, players might consider replacing Cosmic Cyclone with Twin Twisters.

 

Conclusion

It is nice to see ABC making a comeback.

As an effective answer towards Invoked variants, and to prevent System Down from successfully resolving, some players are playing Artifact Lancea in the Main Deck. It occassionaly gets to interfere with the opponent’s Cosmic Cyclone as well.

Hilariously, I would name this deck ABC-D, with the final letter derived from the name of Destrudo, the Dead Drake of Dread.

 

So which is your favourite build? How do you prefer playing the ABC deck?

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