What is Beastdown?
Beastdown, often known as “Zoo”, is a Yu-Gi-Oh! Goat Format deck that is distinguished by its aggressive beast and beast-warrior monsters: 3 Berserk Gorilla and 2-3 Enraged Battle Ox in particular. There are a few different directions that the deck can be taken from there, but all of them focus on aggression first and foremost.
How Does Beastdown Work?
Its general strategy is fast, no-nonsense aggression. Like other aggro decks, it can use 3 Trap Dustshoot to apply further pressure. Berserk Gorilla is psuedo-card advantage in that it can attack over some of the most commonly played monsters in Goat Format like Abyss Soldier, Airknight Parshath, Tribe-Infecting Virus, and Skilled White Magician.
Beastdown is an underexplored strategy that has a lot of different options. It can incorporate an anti-meta flavor by adopting King Tiger Wanghu or Skill Drain. It can also use Giant Rat (but not alongside King Tiger Wanghu), which can gain piercing from Enraged Battle Ox and can search out either Exiled Force or Injection Fairy Lily. Another approach could be to build the deck around Return from the Different Dimension using Bazoo the Soul-Eater, D.D. Assailant, and Gigantes.
Beastdown Example Decklist
Why Beastdown is Viable
Berserk Gorilla is a great card against other aggro decks due to its superior attack points. Skill Drain can be devastating against most strategies in the format. Beastdown’s fast clock combined with Trap Dustshoots and Skill Drain makes it a good choice to beat combo decks, which are picking up in popularity. Gravekeeper’s Spy is still vastly underplayed (as of April 2019), which is Beastdown’s biggest weakness. Beastdown has a pretty straightforward gameplan, which makes it difficult to misplay with and easy for new players to pick up.
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