What is Chaos Control?
Chaos Control is a Yu-Gi-Oh! Goat Format deck that is distinguished by its 3 chaos monsters (1 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning and 2 Chaos Sorcerer), 3 Metamorphosis, and 2 Scapegoat. Staple monsters like Breaker the Magical Warrior, Sangan, and Tsukuyomi, along Thousand-Eyes Restrict serve as the deck’s dark monsters, while Magician of Faith, Magical Merchant, and either Shining Angel or Skilled White Magician are the lights (rather than Thunder Dragon). In most cases, the only non-chaos-typed monster that it plays is Sinister Serpent. Versions of this deck that play Shining Angel are often referred to as “Angel Chaos”, and the versions that eschew it for Skilled White Magician are called “Skilled White Chaos” or just “Skilled Chaos.”
Chaos Control Strategy
Chaos Control is an attrition-based deck that intends to answer whatever monsters the opponent throws at it with cards like Metamorphosis (for Thousand-Eyes Restrict) and Chaos Sorcerer. It is a very stable and flexible deck, with cards like either Shining Angel or Skilled White Magician that are always live in the early game and can play either offense or defense. The deck focuses entirely on card advantage and flexibility in lieu of trying to attack for big damage. It usually plays no Tribe-Infecting Virus or Asura Priest.
Chaos Control Core Interactions
Interestingly, Chaos Control is a fairly low-synergy deck that focuses mostly on individually powerful light and dark monsters, along with staple spells/traps. However, there are a few key interactions that are important to know.
Metamorphosis on a LV1 monster like a Magical Merchant for Thousand-Eyes Restrict can be a stronger play than it would be in Goat Control, because it not only can steal an opponent’s monster, but also provide you with the light and dark that you need later down the road. Having a Tsukuyomi to combo with your Thousand-Eyes Restrict is even better.
The Shining Angel version of this deck has a few more cool interactions than the Skilled White Magician list. Shining Angel can search a Magician of Faith or Merchant Magical to be used with Metamorphosis or flipped face-down with Tsukuyomi or Book of Moon. Searching Magician of Faith can be especially strong if you have a powerful spell like Pot of Greed in your graveyard.
Chaos Control Deck Skeleton
1 Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
2 Chaos Sorcerer
1 Breaker the Magical Warrior
2 Magician of Faith
1 Magical Merchant
3 Skilled White Magician (or 3 Shining Angel with 1 D.D. Warrior Lady)
1 Sinister Serpent
1 Pot of Greed
1 Graceful Charity
1 Delinquent Duo
1 Heavy Storm
1 Mystical Space Typhoon
1 Snatch Steal
2 Nobleman of Crossout
2 Book of Moon
1 Mirror Force
1 Torrential Tribute
1 Ring of Destruction
Chaos Control Example Decklists
Angel Chaos: www.duelingbook.com/deck?id=2758259
Skilled White Chaos: www.duelingbook.com/deck?id=2764116
Strengths and Weaknesses of Chaos Control
Chaos Control is well equipped to do battle with Goat Control, especially with Goat Control players who do not have too much familiarity with the matchup. You are heavily favored to win any kind of war of attrition between these two decks; just make sure that you don’t get surprised by a big OTK or a Morphing Jar.
Chaos Control is also quite prepared to play a matchup against aggressive decks like Anti-Meta Warriors, Reasoning Gate Combo, or Chaos Recruiter. Both Skilled White Magician and Shining Angel can hold off a lot of aggression, and Chaos Sorcerer can clean up the rest of their threats. If the opponent’s plan to beat you involves a lot of attacking each turn, they’re going to have a hard time getting through.
Chaos Control can have a difficult time dealing with hyper-defensive play, consisting of set monster after set monster for many turns in a row, because Chaos Sorcerer and Metamorphosis are more optimized to deal with faceup threats. In this case, you will need to pressure those facedown monsters with your Shining Angel or Skilled White Magician. Chaos Control also notably has a harder time dealing with Scapegoat than most decks, but luckily 3 Scapegoat is pretty uncommon.
Chaos Control is more prone to goat-locking itself (filling up all of your monster zones because of Scapegoat) than Goat Control is, so be careful. This is because of the fact that it plays no tribute monsters. If you activate Scapegoat, always consider what happens if your opponent decides to leave all four goats. Using Scapegoat at the right time will take a considerable amount of planning.
Common Misconceptions About Chaos Control
Some players are quick to disregard chaos decks that play Shining Angel or Skilled White Magician over the more popular Thunder Dragon, insisting that Thunder Dragon is required in any chaos deck. This is not the case, and the advantage of choosing Chaos Control over Thunder Dragon Chaos is superior early game options. Thunder Dragon Chaos, on the other hand, has more explosive plays with Card Destruction. Whichever one that you choose to use will depend a lot on your playstyle.
Another common assumption is that opening multiple copies of Shining Angel and/or D.D. Warrior Lady is very bad, but this is also not the case. Remember that your opponent won’t know what your hand is, so they will often be operational under the assumption that your Shining Angel has really juicy targets and not attack it, even if it would in reality be better for them to do so. Just use your first Shining Angel to bait some sort of removal (like Nobleman of Crossout or Sakuretsu Armor), and then play the next one.
The name “Chaos Control” can itself be misunderstood. This is because that nearly every chaos deck in the format could be described as some sort of control, and yet we don’t call every single chaos deck “Chaos Control.” Admittedly, a better name for this deck would probably be something like “Good Stuff Chaos,” because of its lower synergy and lower variance than most other chaos decks. However, the name “Chaos Control” has become the accepted convention by the rest of the Goat Format community, so we’ve chosen to stick with it.
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