Sunday, 19 August 2012

Where did my third Tour Guide go?

Before I start, I want to say that I posted the new Forbidden and Limited list on the Navigation bar at the top of my blog. Might be worth checking it out if you haven't already.

So yeah, one of the many decent hits on the new list is Tour Guide from the Underworld to 2. But for some reason, instead of actually approaching the situation with thought, people have been trying to deal with the loss as a need to replace it. Of course, In decks you will now have 39 cards, but by no means should that new 40th card be something that works with Tour Guide. 

So apart from Sangan, which is still part of the team, what other cards can replace that 4th Tour Guide? The main ones are Cloudian - Acid Cloud, Night Assailant and the preferred choice, Tour Bus from the Underworld.

But the fact is, if you run 2 of a card that can get another card from your deck and 2 of those cards that needs to be ripped out of the deck, you're just as likely to draw a card you don't want. It's a 50/50 chance and that's not how it should be.

Tour Bus is the only acceptable option since once you have sent it to the graveyard, you can shuffle a Tour Guide back into the deck and be able to use it again, but I really wouldn't want to draw a 1000 attack vanilla  (essentially). 

The answer to the problem is to leave that 4th card. There is no need to replace it and having 2 Tour Guide + a Sangan means that you are going to draw Tour Guide before Sangan more often than not. AND if you draw that Sangan first, you can just search a Tour Guide and that can get the other one, leaving no dead cards in your deck.

So yeah, there is not much to say apart from that. Tour Guide and Sangan will never be as consistent as it was before, but adding anything else into the mix is just going to make it worse. Now if Sangan was banned, I would probably throw away the whole engine entirely. I love making Rank 3s just as much as the next guy, but without any search power from the engine, how is it going to help my main win condition?

Until next time, The TCG Lover out!


  1. So I go Tour Guide into Sangan for the search, and then just let the other Tour Guide be dead, when I could run a card that would be useful for my deck anyway, like Night Assailant, to make it live?

  2. Yup. That's exactly it. Tour guide gets the Sangan. Or if you need to xyz, then get guide instead. Whether or not there will be a dead copy is completely irrelevant unless you are playing some amazing yugioh trading card game where more than 10% of duels last more than 6 turns.

    I apologise for the sarcasm. I hope it brings the point home.

  3. All, I'm saying is that there are obvious applications where the search from the Sangan combos with having another tour guide available, the primary one being Rescue Rabbit decks, especially with Rabbit at two now.