CDP: Royal Straight Slasher Arcana Poker Knight, with Tearlaments, ft AC02 Support

I see your Full House and raise you a Royal Flush!


Strategic Summary:

Today’s profile features a return to the Poker Knight theme that received TCG WP support last year in King’s Court, except this time, I’m doing things a bit… differently. If you missed that video focused around using them with Slifer support, check it out here. Today’s build is possible due to a new Quickplay Spell for the theme, Royal Straight (YGOrg Translation). This Spell sends a Queen’s Knight, King’s Knight, and Jack’s Knight from your hand or field to the GY, then Special Summons any monster from your hand, Deck, Extra Deck, or GY that mentions all of them. The options to summon with this are Arcana Triumph Joker, which grows in power with hand size, Arcana Knight Joker, which serves as a difficult to overcome boss, and the other new AC02 card, Royal Straight Slasher (YGOrg Translation). Slasher can send 1 monster of each Level from Levels 1 to 5 from your hand/Deck to the GY to destroy all cards your opponent controls. This is a massive combo, but it also means you have to find decent cards to send for its effect. Enter my take – Despias, Tearlaments, and Shaddoll.

Looking back, if there is one thing that was missing from the Poker Knight deck, it was an effective win condition. A resolution of Slasher does just that, not just for the field destruction, but also because if you send Shaddoll Beast, any Level 4, Tearalaments Havnis, Tearlaments Merrli, and Despian Tragedy to the GY, you also get two Fusion monsters out of the deal, plus a tutored Aluber the Jester of Despia and a draw. This swing in advantage is enough to win just about any duel… except the one shown in the second duel of the replays apparently. Anyways, beyond this combo, the Poker Knight deck still has an amazing grind game, turning to supporting LIGHT Warriors in the Extra Deck such as Constellar Pleiades and Exosister Asophiel to give you just a bit of extra disruption before going for the pinnacle of poker hands. In other words, test your luck with the Poker Knights!

Provided Decklist:

Monsters: 19
|| Jack’s Knight
||| Queen’s Knight
| Arcana Triumph Joker
| Royal Straight Slasher
| Shaddoll Beast
||| Joker’s Knight
| Aluber the Jester of Despia
||| King’s Knight
| Imperial Bower
| Tearlaments Havnis
| Tearlaments Merrli
| Despian Tragedy

Spells: 16
| Heroic Call
| Reinforcement of the Army
| Tearlaments Grief
| Upstart Goblin
| Foolish Burial
| Monster Reborn
|| Dark Factory of Mass Production
||| Joker’s Straight
| Called by the Grave
||| Royal Straight
| Despia, Theater of the Branded

Traps: 5
| Branded Expulsion
||| Joker’s Wild
| Court of Cards

Extra Deck:
| Arcana Knight Joker
| Predaplant Dragostapelia
| Despian Quaeritis
| Masquerade the Blazing Dragon
| Tearlaments Kitkallos
| El Shaddoll Winda
| Constellar Pleiades
| Number 39: Utopia
| Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
| Exosister Asophiel
| Daigusto Emeral
| Abyss Dweller
| Arcana Extra Joker
| Lyna the Light Charmer, Lustrous
| Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights


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 with your ideas to keep under consideration! On most YGO-related communities my username is Quincymccoy, so feel free to reach out. Current pending requested profiles include: Ojama with DAD, Naturia, Floowandereeze.

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