Hey all! Derrick here with my first ever Force of Will article to go over the deck I played for the new season’s online GP, Hyde, Solitary Assassin (TUS-068) – or as I called it, “I can’t believe it’s not Sherry”. Those who remember Speaker of Eternal Night (TSW-109) // Scheherazade of the Catastrophic Nights (TSW-109J) probably get the reference, but for those who may be new to the game, or just want a refresher, Sherry was one of the strongest rulers in the game’s history. She consistently would claim over 50% of the top 8 spots for many GPs (editor’s note: you can find the proof here 😉), eventually warranting a ban.
There were a number of things that made Sherry powerful, but I want to focus on the things I found comparable between Speaker of Eternal Night (TSW-109) // Scheherazade of the Catastrophic Nights (TSW-109J) and Hyde, Solitary Assassin (TUS-068), which were having access to a “2nd hand”, being able to play on your opponent’s turn, and having access to powerful cancel spells. Hyde, Solitary Assassin (TUS-068)‘s ability to play cards from your Shinobi EX area, the contract Rocket Dive (TUS-079), and the enter of Pink Spider (TUS-079J) allowing you to expand and place cards into your Shinobi EX area gives you that “2nd hand” that Sherry had, only better. You can effectively increase your hand size over the course of the game, and can even hide information from your opponent’s discard spells/effects. Iga, Village of Assassins (TUS-069) allows you to play your Ninjas (like Glowing Spider (TUS-001)) and Ninjutsus (like Ninjutsu Meditation (TUS-006) or Rocket Dive (TUS-079)) at quickcast speed, just like Speaker of Eternal Night (TSW-109) // Scheherazade of the Catastrophic Nights (TSW-109J) gave your dolls in hand quickcast. Since we’re already trying to play on our opponent’s turn, playing cancel spells synergises with our game plan, as we will already have the will available anyway.
With the background out of the way, let’s hop into the list!
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