Hello Mysidians, and welcome to The Mysidia Post! Right off the bat I want to say that I didn’t go 0-4 this week, I don’t think I would have had the heart to write about this deck again if I had a losing record tonight. Unfortunately, we had a slower week with only 9 players coming out, so our event at Magic Stronghold was only 3 rounds.
I tried my Mono Earth Prishe deck again, with some adjustments that I will cover after my match recap. Overall my night went much better this week, as I went 2-1 and came 2nd overall based on tiebreakers, earning me some store credit and a foil promo.
I did some testing with my friends Yuda and Phil before this week, and I learned some valuable lessons. The most important being that this deck doesn’t have to be all about Prishe. One signature of Phil’s water decks is his inclusion of 5 CP Yuna. When I saw him play it early in a practice match, I thought I was done for since she shut off my Prishe’s ability to play more Prishe’s. However, as soon as I gave up on Prishe’s and switched my gameplan, I realized this deck has so many more lines to play. I was even able to play some 9 CP Prishe’s from hand for 5 CP late in our match. This perspective change helped my mentality in matches and allowed me to play the deck more optimally.
Round 1: Vs Lightning/Earth Gilgamesh
I came up against the Mono-Lightning player that I wrote about in my previous article, however this time he was running something… different. He was trying out a brew with the new Opus 7 Gilgamesh and used Earth to power it up for its awesome abilities. The deck worked out pretty well for him, as he went 3-0 with it. If you are interested in his list, it is posted here.
In this match we both started slowly and set up, which my deck loves to do. I found myself in a very strong position until I made a rookie mistake. I was able to set up a 2 CP Prishe with 4 backups including an Enna Kros, and I even played a Yuri. His board consisted of 4 backups, his own Yuri, a WOL, and the new 2 CP Gilgmesh.
My plan was to 2 CP Hecatoncheir his Yuri after declaring a block with my Prishe, I would then use her ability to pull my 9 CP Prishe from my hand and ping off his WOL. By declaring the block on his Gilgamesh no damage would not go through even though Prishe died. However, I forgot one vital detail:
YURI CAN REMOVE A FORWARD’S ABILTIY.
When I placed Hecatoncheir on the stack, he removed Prishe’s abilities decreasing her power and preventing me from playing a Prishe from my hand. At this point I should have used my Yuri to ping his Yuri for 4K to finish it off, but I used his ability to draw a card. What can I say, I was a little flustered after forgetting to read Yuri’s abilities (I am not used to playing with or against him yet, and I have a bad habit of playing too fast at times).
I fell very far behind at this point and he closed out the game with WOL powering up Gilgamesh. There was a turn where I was able to establish 3 forwards and break his WOL with 9 CP Prishe, but he played a second WOL, a Gippal, and Couerl to force me to block a very powerful Gilgamesh (who could attack twice!).
I think this was a game I had a shot at winning if I hadn’t misplayed, but my opponent was very strong, and it could have been a tough match anyway.
Round 2: Vs Earth/Wind
This was an exciting round as my opponent was playing a meta deck meaning I could get a good test of how my Prishe deck stacked up. I set up this game by playing out my backups and getting a Noctis, Ingus, and later on a Yuri on board. This coupled with Enna Kros meant I had a very strong set of forwards. Ingus and Yuri with a full set of active backups is a very dangerous combo and forces your opponent to think quite a bit about your options during combat.
My opponent was able to get his Kam and Galdes package running, but at that point my forwards were bigger than his Kam. As he started to stabilize, I managed to play 9 CP Prishe twice from hand with CP, dealing a whooping 11k on entry to one of his forwards.
I was lucky not to see “the dad” (Dadaluma) and his spiky little friends, but I still felt proud that this deck I have worked so hard on finally WON A MATCH (1-5 is still not a great record though).
Round 3: Vs Four Colour Dawn Warriors
This round was a little less stressful for me. We both set up slowly and I set up a 2 CP Prishe and Yuri, my opponent Kelger’d in a Xexat, but a Prishe-Hecatoncheir combo brought out my 9 CP Prishe and I was able to close out the game with a WOL (#noexbursts) from there.
What did I learn?
What I liked
In this section, I am going to talk about the deck changes I made for this week. When I last wrote about this deck, I talked about adding in a Delita to break my Prishes, which wasn’t the best idea. I realized that Hecatoncheir does the same thing and can often take down an opponent’s forward. I also realized that this deck is more than just a Prishe deck, and that I can pivot when she isn’t operational. Here are some other changes I made:
This addition was huge for the deck, as I am able to set up back ups very quickly to play my big forwards. It also helped use Yuri, Noctis, and Ingus’s abilities.
The card is a powerhouse, I just need to become more versed on how to use his different abilities.
I ended up cutting one Cecil for an Asmodai after looking at the World’s list and reading some articles/ listening to some podcasts. The inclusion was worth it, as he is a very easy source of removal and becomes very strong with Enna Kros and Ingus on the board.
Great early game card, fodder for 5 CP Cecil’s special, and great against those Leila Vikings.
Playing Jecht made me want to try this card again, and he also activates Zaghnals. Some games he is easy CP, but he comes through in a big way in tight games, especially if you can Miner him out of your break zone and play him for a few CP.
I ended up opting for no Yojimbo and I cut my Noctis count from 3 to 2. This allowed me to put a Carbuncle (summon canceling) and another 3 CP Hecatoncheir into the deck. Carbuncle never came up, but the idea was to be able to cancel a Diabolos in a big spot.
Changes for Next Time
I really liked the way the deck ran today, and I will probably keep it the same for more testing. However, I am not convinced if the Zaghnals are optimal. I have also thought about testing a dark package instead, as this would give me access to a board clear and extra power against Mono Decks.
I am very happy to have put some wins under my belt this week. I think there is a lot of potential for Mono Earth Prishe, I would love to see what some of the pro’s would theory craft for this build. If you happen to try out my list or another Prishe build, let me know how it went in the comments! If you have any advice for me, please feel free to share as well.
P.S. If you are interested, come write for The Mysidia Post about how your last locals went, do it! At the very least you will become a better player for reflecting on your matches.
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Alex is a FFTCG player from Vancouver, Canada. His favourite Final Fantasy is IV and his favourite Elements are Earth and Ice, although he has a soft spot for fire.