Miguel Garcia's Synchro Cat
Top 16 at SJC Edison
Monster Total: 20
Spell Total: 12
Trap Total: 8
Deck Total: 40
Synchro Cat is a combo deck that seeks to utilize Rescue Cat to recruit multiple Tuners from the deck for powerful Synchro plays. Non-tuners are recruited from the Deck by beefy defensive monsters so that as soon as Cat hits the board you can make whichever Synchros suit the situation.
Rescue Cat’s status on the Forbidden and Limited list necessitates the use of Gold Sarcophagus or Summoner Monk to fetch our favourite feline directly from the deck. While waiting for Rescue Cat, you’ll be working to set up your non-tuners by setting Gravekeeper’s Spy and Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter / Super-Nimble Mega Hamster. Rescue Cat usually will be recruiting X-Saber Airbellum directly from the deck for use as a Tuner, but can also fetch a copy of Ryko if you need to Synchro for a Ally of Justice Catastor. To ensure a grind game, Cat Synchro makes use of Pot of Avarice to shuffle back Rescue Cat and monsters you wish to tutor from the Deck, such as Gravekeeper’s Descendant and Ryko. Synchro Cat can also be made to include Chaos Sorcerer due to the easily recruited Rykos often played alongside many DARK monsters.
Synchro Cat's Strengths and Weaknesses
The deck’s strengths stem from the recruitability of so many monsters directly from the Deck, allowing one to effectively stall the necessary turns until Rescue Cat has been added to Hand or Summoned to the Field. The weaknesses stem from this reliance on a single card to generate sufficient advantage for game swinging pushes. The entire play can be countered when resolving Cat as two Airbellums could easily fall victim to a Bottomless Trap Hole or a Torrential Tribute. The Main Deck monsters are also quite weak, with most of the removal work being performed by Ryko and Descendant. Caius and Chaos Sorcerer definitely add value over time if they are protected, but ultimately there are other decks that make better use of the mills provided by Ryko while playing many similar monsters, albeit without the whole Cat engine.