Primal Birst gave birth to an expensive control deck with Volcanic Rocket, and now with Resonance of Contrast that control deck has become even more expensive with the addition of Snipe Hunter. If you are a F2P player you should not look at investing in this deck and if you hate expensive decklists, or decklists that use Sergeant Electro, you should just close this guide right now.
The idea behind this deck is to gain board control through the effect of Snipe Hunter. The effect of Snipe Hunter is you discard a card (this is a cost) , then you can target a card on the field and you’ll roll a die, that target will be destroyed unless you rolled a 1 or 6. This means you have a 66.67% chance of destroying a card in exchange for one of yours, however if you target your opponent’s backrow with this effect, and he can chain it, he’ll more than likely use it because the odds aren’t in his favor meaning you still got him to waste his backrow in many cases (for example if it was Super Rush Headlong) even if you did roll a 1 or 6.
This card is great because it can get some use out of every card you have, even if a card has become useless in a duel.
This is why this deck runs the skill Sleight of Hand, because every time you lose 1500 life points you can use the effect of Snipe Hunter an extra time. Don’t forget you can proc your own skill by paying for Mirror Wall.
Besides having a very high attack of 1900, the main reason this card is in the deck is to either draw a Blaze Accelerator from your deck, or bring it back from your graveyard if you already sent one there through the effect of Snipe Hunter/Eliminating the League (that’s why the deck only has to run 1 copy of Blaze Accelerator).
This card has been the MVP in many control decks and for good reason. You either force your opponent to activate cards early or they risk having that card locked down for a long time. Going first and starting out with a Sergeant Electro and Floodgate Trap Hole is devastating for your opponent. Always use Sergeant Electro’s effect first before changing the battle position of a monster, setting any cards or summoning a new monster.
Don’t forget if you have a “7 Completed” thanks to your skill you can use it to boost this card’s attack (if you don’t have access to Snipe Hunter or Eliminating the League).
This card gained popularity back in the day with Handless Balance decks because you could get some use out of spells that had become useless to destroy one monster your opponent controlled (possibly more if he has copies of that same monster in hand).
In this deck the fuel for this card will mostly come from Blaze Accelerator (which can be recycled thanks to Volcanic Rocket) and “7 Completed” thanks to your skill.
Don’t underestimate the added advantage of looking at your opponent’s hand. Take note of the backrow they have ready and play accordingly. If you can start out by using this card on the first monster they summon, before they set any spells/traps you’ll have a big advantage.
As we mentioned in other guides, this card is getting very popular again with the nerf to Cyber Angels (and Enemy Controller losing popularity because of it). It’s a great offensive and defensive card in many decks, plus in this deck it can also be used for the effect of Eliminating the League if necessary.
Remember when attacking to use it in the Battle Step and NOT during the attack declaration , as to play around Sphere Kuriboh. If you are confused; to do this you put your toggle to “ON” and declare the attack, when it asks if you want to activate Super Rush Headlong you say no. You wait until your opponent decided if he wants to activate cards, and if he has Sphere Kuriboh in hand this will be the only time has can use it. If he decides not to use Sphere Kuriboh you will now get a prompt saying you entered the Battle Step and asks if you want to activate Super Rush headlong, now you activate it and your opponent will not be able to respond with Sphere Kuriboh.
Also don’t forget that the turn player has priority with Super Rush Headlong, meaning if both players activate Super Rush Headlong, the person who declared the attack will be the person whose Super Rush headlong will take effect first and thus win the battle.
Snipe Hunter can also work well in a Necrofear deck, you can discard fiends for Snipe Hunter’s effect, and to bring out your Necrofear faster.
Snipe Hunter’s effect does NOT work with Dark World cards because the discard is a cost and not an effect.
People have tried versions with Volcanic Shell as well, as they can be used with Blaze Accelerator and work well with Snipe Hunter because you can pay to add more to your hand, however after testing, these versions seem to brick more often. If you want to play Volcanic Shells you are better of playing the Volcanics control deck in that case which you can find here; http://duellinks.gamea.co/c/44i0uys6 .
Snipe Hunter is a card that actually was on the Forbidden & Limited list in the TCG many years ago.
The reason this card works well with this deck is that the cost to activate it is 1500 life points, exactly enough to proc your skill, and even if you don’t have enough life points anymore you can still use it with Eliminating the League.
This card also works well with Sleight of Hand and Blaze Accelerator because you need to discard a spell card to destroy one spell/trap your opponent controls. However this effect can only be used once per turn.
This deck is not for "rich" kids. I got 3 Snipe Hunter during the first 30 packs while looking for Red Eyes Slash dragon (only got 1 though).
Snipe Hunter + Volcanic Shell (R Rarity) + Thunder Dragon (Card Trader) makes a decent deck.
It's pretty cheap