For weeks now the popular discussion in the Yu-Gi-Oh community has been Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries and how it will kill Burning Abyss. This has caused many people to sell their Burning Abyss decks because of the fear of losing to Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries.
I wanted to write a post on this topic to let people know Burning Abyss is not dead and will not die because of Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries.
The issue with Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries in this meta is that it’s only good first turn It is not uncommon to see Burning Abyss players have a field of a Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss and a Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal. That is already two Dantes that they have used by the time you draw Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries it will be too late.
Assuming you are playing a 40 card deck and siding three copies of Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries then there is a 34 percent chance that you will open one copy Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries. Some people like to side two copies of each card, so the chances of opening it then will be 24 percent. Surely you might steal a couple of games away with this but you will not be siding this card if you choose to go first.
Of course, Burning Abyss players are prepared to tackle their new challenger. Cards like Exchange, Dragged Down Into the Grave, and the creepy Necroface can all be used to counter Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries.
All three cards above do have some cons to them. Exchange you have to lose a card in your hand, in Burning Abyss this can be huge as that can be the difference between ending with a Dante on board or a Beatrice.
Dragged Down into the Grave allows you to potentially trigger a Burning Abyss monster’s effect. The con of using this card is that your opponent can draw into their copy of Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries. Unlikely but it’s still possible.
Necroface is another option Burning Abyss players have. It’s used as a “just in case” card. There are many cons with using Necroface. The first two cons are its level and type. While the effect can help Burning Abyss players make a comeback it also sets them back. Level four monster have no room in a Burning Abyss deck and it makes it worse that it is a Zombie. This will force Burning Abyss players to pass turn and hope they don’t lose.
Another con is if your opponent does not have Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries you have a couple of dead cards in your deck. Topping decking this card when you don’t need the effect will be useless and can cause you from advancing your game state.
There are far better cards to side against Burning Abyss. Many good players will tell you it is better to side cards that are live the entire match than cards that are only good turn one. Maxx “C” is a card that if you’re not playing in the main deck you should be siding. With the amount of special summoning, Burning Abyss does you will force them to stop with a weak board or gain so much hand advantage.
Flying “C” is another C card that is good against Burning Abyss decks. This will stop them from summoning most Burning Abyss monsters as they would get destroyed and it stops them from advancing their game state. They will be forced to use their Alich, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss or Farfa, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss.
Hopefully, this post helped you play Burning Abyss with confidence again or helped you create a better side deck. What are your thoughts on Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries? Feel free to leave a comment down below.