Hey there, duelists! Blazing Vortex drops next week, and it's set to shake things up a bit with some snazzy new cards. Personally, I'm hoping to see the new free agent cards get some love.

Underdog effectively a more balanced version of Skill Drain; you can use it to proactively shut down your opponent's cards, but also to bypass the negative restrictions on cards like El Shaddoll Winda on your turn. Heavenly Zephyr - Miradora stops powerful boss monsters like a 3-material Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess. Angel Statue - Azurune gives decks like Eldich even more removal, without requiring cards like Eldlich the Golden Lord to be on the field, and it gives Uria, Lord of Searing Flames decks more agency. I don't even need to get started on Pot of Prosperity.

That said, the card I'm most excited about is the new Eldlich Fusion, Eldlich the Mad Golden Lord. It's a stellar addition to the theme, and it changes everything for the Eldlich deck. You summon it by fusing Eldlich the Golden Lord with a Level 5 or higher Zombie, and while its effect is short and sweet, it really packs a punch.

Eldlich the Mad Golden Lord treated as Eldlich the Golden Lord when it's on the field, and it can't be destroyed by battle or card effects. Once per turn you can tribute a Zombie, then target a face-up monster and take control of it. The monster you take can't attack or activate effects for the turn, but it's out of your way, and apart from those two restrictions you're free to do whatever you want with it. If the monster survives, the restriction's lifted at the end of the turn.

Because Eldlich the Mad Golden Lord a Fusion Monster, I'm excited to play a more Zombie focused variant of Eldlich: specifically a build that leverages all the familiar Eldlich power plays, but also runs cards like Super Polymerization for new blowouts the deck didn't have before. Those cards open up new moves that can help you bypass negation cards like Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon.

Here's what I came up with.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Zach's Fusion Eldlich by Zachariah Butler

'Zach's Fusion Eldlich' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Zachariah Butler

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Market Price: $317.36

Cards

Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine

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Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your Deck or GY, but if you control no "Eldlich" monsters, you can only Special Summon "Eldlich" monsters with this effect. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except Zombie monsters. You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Pot of Extravagance

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At the start of your Main Phase 1: Banish 3 or 6 random face-down cards from your Extra Deck, face-down; draw 1 card for every 3 cards banished. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot draw any cards by card effects.

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Huaquero of the Golden Land

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Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Zombie/LIGHT/Level 5/ATK 1800/DEF 1500) (this card is also still a Trap), then, if you control "Eldlich the Golden Lord", you can banish 1 card from either GY. During the End Phase: You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Eldlixir" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Huaquero of the Golden Land" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Uni-Zombie

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You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; discard 1 card, and if you do, increase that target's Level by 1. You can target 1 face-up monster on the field; monsters you control cannot attack for the rest of this turn, except Zombie-Type monsters, also send 1 Zombie-Type monster from your Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, increase that target's Level by 1. You can only use each effect of "Uni-Zombie" once per turn.

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Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon

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2 Zombie-Type monsters

Must first be Fusion Summoned. Monsters cannot be destroyed by battle with this card. At the end of the Damage Step, if this card battled a monster that has an original Level: That monster's ATK becomes 0, also, if that monster is still face-up on the field, Special Summon 1 "Dark Soul Token" (Zombie-Type/DARK/Level ?/ATK ?/DEF 0). (When Summoned, its Level and ATK become equal to the original Level and ATK of that monster.) You can only control 1 "Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon".

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Foolish Burial

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Send 1 monster from your Deck to the GY.

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Conquistador of the Golden Land

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Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Zombie/LIGHT/Level 5/ATK 500/DEF 1800) (this card is also still a Trap), then, if you control "Eldlich the Golden Lord", you can destroy 1 face-up card on the field. During the End Phase: You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Eldlixir" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Conquistador of the Golden Land" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Striker Dragon

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1 Level 4 or lower Dragon monster

If this card is Link Summoned: You can add 1 "Boot Sector Launch" from your Deck to your hand. You can target 1 face-up monster you control and 1 "Rokket" monster in your GY; destroy that monster on the field, and if you do, add that other monster from the GY to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Striker Dragon" once per turn.

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Rokket Recharger

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If a DARK monster(s) you control that was Special Summoned from the Extra Deck is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can send this card from your hand or field to the GY, then target 1 of those destroyed monsters; Special Summon 1 DARK monster from your GY with a different original name from that targeted monster. You can only use this effect of "Rokket Recharger" once per turn. While you control a DARK monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck, your opponent's monsters cannot target this card for attacks.

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Rokket Tracer

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(Quick Effect): You can target 1 face-up card you control; destroy it, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Rokket" monster from your Deck, except "Rokket Tracer", also you cannot Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn, except DARK monsters. You can only use this effect of "Rokket Tracer" once per turn.

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Cursed Eldland

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You cannot declare attacks, except with Zombie monsters. You can only use each of the following effects of "Cursed Eldland" once per turn.

° You can pay 800 LP; add 1 "Eldlich" monster or 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand.
° If this card is sent from the Spell & Trap Zone to the GY: You can send 1 "Eldlich" monster or 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap from your Deck to the GY.

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Mudragon of the Swamp

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2 monsters with the same Attribute but different Types

Your opponent cannot target this card, or monsters on the field with the same Attribute as this card, with card effects. Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can declare 1 Attribute; this card becomes that Attribute until the end of this turn.

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Shiranui Solitaire

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You can Tribute 1 Zombie monster; Special Summon 1 Zombie Tuner with 0 DEF from your Deck. If this card is banished: You can target 1 of your banished "Shiranui" monsters, except "Shiranui Solitaire", or up to 2 instead if "Shiranui Style Synthesis" is on the field; Special Summon them. You can only use each effect of "Shiranui Solitaire" once per turn.

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Zombie World

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All monsters on the field and in any Graveyard become Zombie-Type monsters. Neither player can Tribute Summon monsters, except Zombie-Type monsters.

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Seven Realms of the Golden Land

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During your Main Phase: You can Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using Zombie monsters from your hand or field as Fusion Material. If a Zombie monster(s) is Special Summoned by a card effect (except during the Damage Step): You can target 1 Set card in the Spell & Trap Zone; it cannot be activated this turn. You can only use each effect of "Seven Realms of the Golden Land" once per turn.

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Knightmare Unicorn

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2+ monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 card on the field; return it to the Deck, then, if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Unicorn" once per turn. While any co-linked "Knightmare" monsters are on the field, for your normal draw in your Draw Phase, draw 1 card for each different card name among those co-linked "Knightmare" monsters, instead of drawing just 1 card.

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Doomking Balerdroch

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During the Standby Phase, if a face-up card is in a Field Zone and this card is in your GY: You can Special Summon this card in Defense Position. You can only use this effect of "Doomking Balerdroch" once per turn. Once per Chain, when a Zombie monster, except "Doomking Balerdroch", activates its effect (except during the Damage Step) (Quick Effect): You can apply 1 of these effects (but you cannot apply that same effect of "Doomking Balerdroch" again this turn).
• Negate that effect. • Banish 1 monster from the field or GY.

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Constellar Pleiades

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2 Level 5 LIGHT monsters

Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 card on the field; return that target to the hand.

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Eldlich the Golden Lord

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You can send this card and 1 Spell/Trap from your hand to the GY, then target 1 card on the field; send it to the GY. If this card is in your GY: You can send 1 Spell/Trap you control to the GY; add this card to your hand, then you can Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your hand, and if you do, until the end of your opponent's turn, it gains 1000 ATK/DEF and cannot be destroyed by card effects. You can only use each effect of "Eldlich the Golden Lord" once per turn.

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Necroworld Banshee

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"Zombie World" in the Field Zone cannot be destroyed by card effects, also neither player can target it with card effects. (Quick Effect): You can banish this card from your field or GY; activate 1 "Zombie World" directly from your hand or Deck. You can only use this effect of "Necroworld Banshee" once per turn.

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Vampire Sucker

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2 Zombie monsters

If you would Tribute a monster(s) for a Tribute Summon, you can Tribute a Zombie monster(s) your opponent controls, even though you do not control them. You can only use each of the following effects of "Vampire Sucker" once per turn.
• You can target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; Special Summon it to your opponent's field in Defense Position, but it becomes a Zombie monster.
• If a Zombie monster(s) is Special Summoned from either GY: Draw 1 card.

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Called by the Grave

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Target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; banish it, and if you do, monsters with the same original name as that banished monster have their effects negated until the end of the next turn.

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Boot Sector Launch

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All "Rokket" monsters on the field gain 300 ATK/DEF.

You can activate 1 of these effects;
• Special Summon up to 2 "Rokket" monsters with different names from your hand in Defense Position.
• If your opponent controls more monsters than you do: Special Summon "Rokket" monsters with different names from your GY in Defense Position, up to the difference. You can only use this effect of "Boot Sector Launch" once per turn.

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Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon

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1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can excavate the top 5 cards of your Deck, and if you do, you can add 1 excavated LIGHT or DARK monster to your hand, also send the remaining cards to the GY. You can banish 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from your hand and/or GY, except this card; Special Summon this card from your GY, but banish it when it leaves the field. You can only use each effect of "Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon" once per turn.

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Skill Drain

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Pay 1000 Life Points. As long as this card remains face-up on the field, negate the effects of all face-up Effect Monsters on the field.

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Eldlich the Mad Golden Lord

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1 "Eldlich" monster + 1 Level 5 or higher Zombie monster
This card's name becomes "Eldlich the Golden Lord" while on the field. Cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. You can Tribute 1 Zombie monster, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; take control of it, but it cannot attack or activate its effects this turn. You can only use this effect of "Eldlich the Mad Golden Lord" once per turn.

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Starving Venom Fusion Dragon

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2 DARK monsters on the field, except Tokens

If this card is Fusion Summoned: You can make this card gain ATK equal to 1 opponent's Special Summoned monster, until the end of this turn. Once per turn: You can target 1 Level 5 or higher monster your opponent controls; until the End Phase, this card's name becomes that monster's original name, and replace this effect with that monster's original effects. If this Fusion Summoned card is destroyed: You can destroy all your opponent's Special Summoned monsters.

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Super Polymerization

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Discard 1 card; Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from either side of the field as Fusion Materials. Cards and effects cannot be activated in response to this card's activation.

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Glow-Up Bloom

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If this card is sent to the GY: You can banish this card from your GY; add 1 Level 5 or higher Zombie monster from your Deck to your hand, or, if "Zombie World" is in a Field Zone, you can Special Summon it from your Deck instead, also, in either case, you cannot Special Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except Zombie monsters. You can only use this effect of "Glow-Up Bloom" once per turn.

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Eldlixir of White Destiny

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Special Summon 1 Zombie monster from your hand or GY, but if you control no "Eldlich" monsters, you can only Special Summon "Eldlich" monsters with this effect. For the rest of this turn after this card resolves, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except Zombie monsters. During your Main Phase: You can banish this card from your GY; Set 1 "Golden Land" Spell/Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use 1 "Eldlixir of White Destiny" effect per turn, and only once that turn.

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Knightmare Phoenix

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2+ monsters with different names

If this card is Link Summoned: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Spell/Trap your opponent controls; destroy it, then, if this card was co-linked when this effect was activated, you can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Knightmare Phoenix" once per turn. Co-linked monsters you control cannot be destroyed by battle.

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Quick Launch

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Special Summon 1 "Rokket" monster from your Deck, but it cannot attack, also destroy it during the End Phase.

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Mezuki

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This is a rough look at the concept, and I didn't include Pot of Prosperity, which would make this strategy even more consistent. Pot of Prosperity going to give you more room for flex spots in the Extra Deck, it's just going to cost an arm and a leg on release, and frankly I need my limbs.

The basic plan's really easy to remember: Eldlich the Mad Golden Lord is good. Seven Realms of the Golden Land is a cool card, since it's a searchable fusion spell. But I'd hesitate to play it. Super Polymerization is just so much more powerful and pushes your engine forward, whereas Seven Realms of the Golden Land is more limited in its impact.

Proactive Power

Super Polymerization is SERIOUSLY cool in conjunction with Zombie World. Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon an underappreciated bit of removal in any pure Zombie strategy, thanks to Super Polymerization and Zombie World.

All it requires is any two Zombies, and Zombie World luckily turns everything into them. Eldlich the Mad Golden Lord is the mainstay of the Extra Deck, and you can summon it with Super Polymerization if either player summons a Eldlich the Golden Lord, or a Level 5 or higher Zombie when you control your own Eldlich the Golden Lord.

One of the neatest things that Eldlich the Mad Golden Lord changes in the Eldlich deck, is that Super Polymerization becomes a game shot threat if your opponent lets you attack with a Huaquero of the Golden Land and a Eldlich the Golden Lord. Eldlich's an amazing strategy with a respected pedigree, but the deck has trouble closing out games due to the lack of fast, effect-driven threats. Now, one Huaquero of the Golden Land and a Eldlich the Golden Lord - not even a boosted one! - can end the game. Clocking in at 3800 ATK, Eldlich the Mad Golden Lord can win the duel against anyone who leaves their field open.

Cards like Uni-Zombie, Shiranui Solitaire, the Rokkets, and Pot of Extravagance create a powerful Turn 1 with low investment costs, only requiring one or two cards to land you on multiple traps, or even a copy of Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon along with those threats.

The Rokkets here chiefly to give your Turn 1 a strong "curve," helping you consistently create a powerful set-up, and then they become Zombies you can revive later (which is hilariously cool). It's the same concept I pushed for in my previous Zombie Rokket Eldlich deck, and the same theory applies here, only with more flexibility and more power.

Niche Points

Another interesting things that comes up in this build is the ability to dodge removal due to the flexibility of Super Polymerization; cards like Ice Dragon's Prison become less efficient at removing your Eldlich the Golden Lord, which is a big boon. In a cool way, it also makes your copies of Ice Dragon's Prison even more powerful, because everything's a Zombie.

Necro Fusion a big card to consider too, which makes it even easier to summon the Eldlich the Mad Golden Lord; cards like Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon give you a recurring Level 8 body that can load the graveyard with a myriad of spells, traps, and even Eldlich the Golden Lord itself!

Vampire Sucker gains huge viability thanks to the higher monster count in this build, granting you additional draw cards as well as targets to create Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon more easily. By merely existing in the Extra Deck, you get a higher level of threat and utility than the deck had previously, opening up plays I'm sure I haven't even encountered yet.

I'm thoroughly enjoying playing Doomking Balerdroch again too, offerinng removal and negation all wrapped into one neat little package. It's highly accessible via Glow-Up Bloom and Uni-Zombie, creating a much more consistent and flexible engine; something I always strive for in competitive strategies.

This is a quick build of a concept I've had in my head for a short time, but I really like the idea! If you have any suggestions for the deck, let me know over on Twitter, or the Yu-Gi-Oh Infinite page on facebook! I'd absolutely love to see this kind of concept succeed and get more attention, because there are so many underexplored cards that get to shine here.