Ogdoadic Shaddoll Deck Profile: The Overview
If you remember back when Ancient Guardians were first revealing the three Archetypes that it was debuting, I did a review of the Ogdoadic Archetype (Back then known by the much easier to pronounce name of Abhyss). In that review, I said that Ogdoadic had a lot of potential to it, due to being an archetype that had a few ways of being built, and of course, being the first true archetype to be able to abuse the stupidly powerful Snake Rain. Now that we have Ogdoadic in the TCG, it’s time to show you my Deck Profile using it, mixed with my favorite Archetype of all time, Shaddolls. Now, with that out of the way, you know the drill by now! Let’s take a look at Ogdoadic Shaddolls!
Ogdoadic Shaddoll Deck Profile: The Deck List
Nunu, the Ogdoadic Remnant x3
Nauya, the Ogdoadic Remnant x3
Zohah, the Ogdoadic Boundless
Keurse, the Ogdoadic Light
Aleirtt, the Ogdoadic Dark
Ogdoabyss, the Ogdoadic Overlord
Shaddoll Squamata x3
Reeshaddoll Wendi x3
Darkest Diabolos, Lord of the Lair
Shaddoll Fusion x3
El Shaddoll Fusion x3
Ogdoadic Water Lily x2
Snake Rain x3
Lair of Darkness x3
Harpie’s Feather Duster
Resh Shaddoll Incarnation
El Shaddoll Constr x3
El Shaddoll Apkallone x2
El Shaddoll Winda x2
Rikka Queen Strenna
Sacred Tree Beast, Hyperyton
King of the Feral Imps
Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy
Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star
Now, this deck is incredibly interesting because Shaddoll and Ogdoadic have inherent synergy, being two Archetypes that want to be in the Graveyard. The main cards you often want to see in your hand in the Ogdoadic Archetype are the two Remnants, Nunu, the Ogdoadic Remnant and Nauya, the Ogdoadic Remnant as they are your two main play starters, being able to send themselves from your Hand to the Graveyard in order to help set up your next plays. You only run four other Ogdoadic Monsters, as you really don’t want to see these in your hand but are still needed for specific plays, or in the case of Ogdoabyss, the Ogdoadic Overlord, a potentially powerful nuke.
The Shaddoll line-up is fairly standard, but with my own twist. Reeshaddoll Wendi and Shaddoll Squamata are two of the most important Shaddoll cards, able to get you a summon or to get a needed Shaddoll from your Deck to the Graveyard, respectively. Shaddoll Dragon, Shaddoll Beast, and Naelshaddoll Ariel are great utility cards while Helshaddoll Hollow acts as amazing removal and a way to get your El Shaddoll Apkallone into the Graveyard right from the Extra Deck, should the right Attribute target be on the field (Fun Fact! Should Lair of Darkness be on the field, all Monsters become a potential target for Hollow’s effect! Yay synergy!). Darkest Diabolos is a one-of tech in this Deck, not only because of how easy it is to summon with all the tributing you do in the Deck, but is another Level 8 Monster, allowing you to use it for Rank 8 plays.
The Spells and Traps are fairly self-explanatory here; Three copies of both Shaddoll Fusion and El Shaddoll Fusion make it easier to access your Fusion Monsters, Ogdoadic Water Lily is a combination of Foolish Burial and Monster Reborn and can be easily searched out through Nauya. Snake Rain is an absurdly broken card that actually results in a one card Combo that lands on two negations, or a negation and removal + Protection, depending on what the situation calls for (I will be sure to explain this combo in depth!) Lair of Darkness is here not as a key piece of the puzzle, but instead, as a way to help mitigate the cost of tributing your Monsters by…well, as the Soviet Meme likes to say…your Opponent’s Monsters become our Monsters. This is a great way to remove problem cards that are immune to targeting or destruction, like the much maligned Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon (Tributing is a cost for the Ogdoadic Monsters, so no negating!). The rest of the cards comprise of Harpie’s Feather Duster for backrow removal, Terraforming to help search for Lair, and copy each of Resh Shaddoll Incarnation and Shaddoll Schism for your Shaddoll Traps.
Now, on to why this deck works so well. Well, it’s the flexibility you get from simply hard drawing Snake Rain. The below combo is possible by simply having Snake Rain ready to use. Now, this combo will change only slightly, depending on what you open along with Snake Rain.
Activate Snake Rain: If you open up any of your Ogdoadic Monsters aside from Ogdoabyss, send that Odgoadic Monster to the Graveyard as the cost and then send a combination of Nunu, Nauya, Zohah, the Ogdoadic Boundless, Keurse, the Ogdoadic Light, or Aleirtt, the Ogdoadic Dark from your Deck to the Graveyard, changing the cards depending on what you discarded. Just make sure upon the resolution of Snake Rain the following Monsters at minimum are in your Graveyard: Nunu, Nauya, Keurse and Aleirtt.
Use Nunu’s effect to Special Summon itself from your Graveyard
Tribute Nunu to summon Keurse. Keurse will then activate to Special Summon Nauya from your Graveyard
Nauya will activate, allowing you to add Water Lily from your Deck to your Hand. From here you will do one of two things: If Zohah is in your Graveyard, use its effect to discard the copy of Water Lily you just added, and add it back to your hand. If Zohah is not in the Graveyard, use Water Lily to send it from the Deck to the Graveyard, then use Zohah’s effect to add it back to hand.
Normal Summon Zohah and overlay it with Nauya in order to Xyz Summon Rikka Queen Strenna
Tribute Strenna in order to summon Aleirtt from the Graveyard. This will then activate Strenna, allowing you to Special Summon Sacred Tree Beast, Hyperyton and attach itself to it as Material. This gives you a Monster Negation on your Opponent’s turn.
With Keurse and Aleirtt, overlay them to Xyz Summon either Number 38: Hope Harbinger for a Spell Negation OR Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star, for removal and destruction protection. If you are going first, I’d go the Hope Harbinger route, but going second, go for Dingirsu.
As you can see, by simply having Snake Rain in your hand, you get two negates on board. Depending on what else you have in your hand, you can go for some other plays. For example, if you have the Fusion Materials needed for a Fusion Summon + a Fusion Spell you can add a Shaddoll Monster for extra pressure. I have actually been able to extend the above board with an El Shaddoll Winda with a set Hollow and Incarnation in Graveyard, giving you both summoning restrictions and potential removal (This can be done turn 1 if you have either Shaddoll Fusion or El Shaddoll Fusion + Wendi and Squamata in hand).
Ogdoadic Shaddoll Deck Profile: The Conclusion
Ogdoadic is one of those Yu-Gi-Oh! archetypes that will most likely see the most experimentation. It is certainly the most popular Archetype to come out of Ancient Guardians, and this is probably one of the best ways to run it, if you ask me. The pressure that can be applied to your Opponent in a variety of ways due to how the Deck is constructed makes it so that it will be sure to keep your Opponent on your toes, as long as you know what you are doing. Be sure to look out for Decks that can interrupt your game-plan, especially Decks that have a heavy focus on Banishing cards, such as Gren Maju and Metaphys. Solo cards like Dimension Shifter are also your worst enemy, and if you run into such walls, play carefully until you draw an out to the situation you are in, and side accordingly.
Overall, this is one of my favorite Decks to play right now, and I’m currently building it IRL. It has a lot of potential, and the Ogdoadic Archetype as a whole can be fitted in many different builds, from Aline to Chaos. There is even an FTK floating around with Ogdoadic, and if you are feeling particularly spicy you could even side the components needed for the FTK, siding against Decks that Shaddolls have a poor match up against, or in games where you know you are going first. Simply switch the cores in siding and lose just a little bit of your dignity! All joking aside, while fun this isn’t the most competitive way to play this deck as you are sacrificing a lot of Side Deck space. Still, I highly suggest you experiment and comment on what you think are some fun and spicy Ogdoadic builds!