CDP: Mikanko with Phantom Knight, Burning Abyss, and Danger!

Equips, Hell, and Fog Blades!


Strategic Summary:

Welcome back for another Creative Deck Profile, this time featuring the Mikanko archetype joined primarily by the Phantom Knight theme. The Mikanko theme revolves around its Equip Spells, while their Effect monsters gain effects while equipped. For example, Mikanko Water Arabesque can return the monster to which it is equipped to the hand and Special Summon a Mikanko monster from your hand or Deck to be equipped to instead. Then, if you summoned Ha-Re the Sword Mikanko or Hu-Li the Jewel Mikanko, you will get to tutor a Mikanko Equip Spell or Mikanko Trap Card, respectively. Additionally, each of the Main Deck monsters reflect all battle damage back to the opponent while equipped, punishing your opponent from leaving a strong monster undefended. As for the other Mikanko support cards, they are led by Ohime the Manifested Mikanko and Arahime the Manifested Mikanko (YGOrg Translation), two Ritual Monsters that primarily are used for their effects in the hand or GY rather than when Ritual Summoned.

Moving along, this brings us to the second half of the strategy, incorporating elements of the Phantom Knight Burning Abyss strategy from competitive eras past. The Phantom Knight archetype consists of DARK Warriors that consistently provide access to multiple copies of Phantom Knights’ Fog Blade, giving you even more control over a duel. Additionally, they’re mostly Level 3 Warrior monsters, giving you access to both Cherubini, Ebon Angel of the Burning Abyss and Isolde, Twin Tales of the Noble Knights, both of which are some of the strongest LINK-2 monsters in the game. Either way, I personally love that all of the Level 3 monsters present in the strategy can also be used as Synchro Material, either for Cupid Pitch via Infernoble Knight – Renaud, then/or to Muddy Mudragon, as that allows you to make some fun Fusion Monsters that your opponent just might not expect. The new Gaia Prominence, the Kindling Seraph (YGOrg Translation) offers the ability to negate monster effects in the hand or GY, or the other option I’m running in here is Cyberse Clock Dragon, which can send even more cards to your GY to benefit from the GY effects of your Phantom Knights. Reinvent past hybrid strategies, now with the addition of the Mikanko!

Provided Decklist:

Monsters: 28
| Danger! Nessie!
| Infernoble Knight Ogier
||| Neo Space Connector
| Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
| Danger!? Tsuchinoko?
| The Phantom Knights of Stained Greaves
| Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
| The Phantom Knights of Ragged Gloves
|| The Phantom Knights of Ancient Cloak
||| The Phantom Knights of Torn Scales
| Neo-Spacian Aqua Dolphin
| Psychic Wheeleder
| Danger!? Jackalope?
||| The Phantom Knights of Silent Boots
| Hu-Li the Jewel Mikanko
| Ha-Re the Sword Mikanko
| Ni-Ni the Mirror Mikanko
| Infernoble Knight – Renaud
| Arahime the Manifested Mikanko
|| Ohime the Manifested Mikanko

Spells: 10
| Reinforcement of the Army
| Mikanko Kagura
| Called by the Grave
| D.D.R. – Different Dimension Reincarnation
| Divine Sword – Phoenix Blade
| Phoenix Gearblade
|| Mikanko Water Arabesque
| Mikanko Dance – Mayowashidori
| Mikanko Fire Dance

Traps: 7
| Mikanko Promise
| Mikanko Spiriting Away
| Phantom Knights’ Wing
| The Phantom Knights of Shade Brigandine
||| Phantom Knights’ Fog Blade

Extra Deck:
| Gaia Prominence, the Kindling Seraph
| Cyberse Clock Dragon
| Muddy Mudragon
| Cupid Pitch
| Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS – Sky Thunder
| Arc Rebellion Xyz Dragon
| Raider’s Knight
| The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
| Leviair the Sea Dragon
| Accesscode Talker
| Knightmare Unicorn
| The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche
| Codebreaker Virus Swordsman
| Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights
| Cherubini, Ebon Angel of the Burning Abyss


Note: This is continuing the style of Creative Deck Profile articles, designed to showcase a build through replays and an attached summary. If you wish to see a CDP for an archetype, theme, or strategy you love, feel free to private message me on the YGOrg Discord server, the comments section of any of my YouTube videos, or just post a comment in response to this article on our Facebook page or through the site with your ideas for me to keep under consideration! On most YGO-related communities my username is Quincymccoy, so feel free to reach out. Current pending requested profiles include: Earthbound, Illusion Chimera, Shinobaron, Snake-Eyes, Tainted Treasure, Fluffal

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