Lightning Overdrive is upon us! And as we get closer to the full release on Friday, it's time to get ready for the Tri-Brigade takeover.

Since Phantom Rage dropped late last year, Tri-Brigade decks have been comfortably positioned as a deck you should expect to see, and that you should respect in your deck building, but it wasn't necessarily the best deck in the room. Data from the most recent Remote Duel Extravaganza shows that the Tri-Brigade deck was hugely popular, taking up 25% of the Top 16.

Now that Lightning Overdrive's here it's time to look at the NEW version of Tri-Brigade. Here in the TCG, the Tri-Brigade deck's almost caught up to the OCG version over in Japan, give or take the differences between the two Forbidden & Limited Lists. Tri-Brigade's been the deck-to-beat in the OCG for a while now, thanks to Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager.

Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager a brand-new Link 2 for the Tri-Brigade strategy with, similar to each of the other Tri-Brigade monsters, two different effects, each of which can only be used once per turn. Its first effect lets you Special Summon one of your banished Level 4 or lower "Tri-Beast" monsters at the cost of two cards in your hand. The challenge with this effect is its hefty cost: two cards from your hand is a lot, and you can't always justify in in your early turns (aside from using it to get extra material for Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess). But it can be nice to bring out a Tri-Brigade with an effect you haven't used yet!

The second effect is the one responsible for all the hype:

If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 "Tri-Brigade" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand, then, place 1 card from your hand on the bottom of the Deck, also you cannot Special Summon for the rest of this turn, except "Tri-Brigade" monsters.

Can I just start off by saying how ridiculous this effect is? It literally says "go get the best card in your deck". Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager gives Tri-Brigade that extra push it needed, by giving the deck the ability to search out your on-theme spells and traps.Tri-Brigade Revolt a very powerful card; triggering all of your Tri-Brigade grave effects AND summoning Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen on your opponent's turn makes everything a little better. For you, I mean. Not your opponent.

It makes things much, much worse for your opponent.

We've had an idea of how to build the Tri-Brigade Zoodiac deck for a while now, but how does it look with Lightning Overdrive? Here's a list I've been working with that I feel comfortable with:

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Deck - Anthony's LIOV Tri-Brigade Deck by Anthony Tachella

'Anthony's LIOV Tri-Brigade Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Cards

Accesscode Talker

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2+ Effect Monsters

Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this card's effect activations. If this card is Link Summoned: You can target 1 Link Monster that was used as material for its Link Summon; this card gains ATK equal to that monster's Link Rating x 1000. You can banish 1 Link Monster from your field or GY; destroy 1 card your opponent controls, also for the rest of this turn, you cannot banish monsters with that same Attribute to activate this effect of "Accesscode Talker".

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Tri-Brigade Fraktall

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You can send this card from your hand or field to the GY; send 1 Level 3 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your Deck to the GY. You can banish any number of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters in your GY; Special Summon 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck, with Link Rating equal to the number banished, also you can only use Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Fraktall" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Rugal the Silver Sheller

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2+ Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters

During your opponent's Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your hand or GY, but negate its effects, also, return it to the hand during the End Phase. If this card is sent to the GY: You can make all monsters your opponent currently controls lose 300 ATK for each Monster Type you control, until the end of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Rugal the Silver Sheller" once per turn.

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Pot of Desires

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Banish 10 cards from the top of your Deck, face-down; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Desires" per turn.

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Zoodiac Tigermortar

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3 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Tigermortar" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 Xyz Monster you control and 1 "Zoodiac" monster in your Graveyard; attach that "Zoodiac" monster to that Xyz Monster as Xyz Material.

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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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Zoodiac Drident

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4 Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Drident" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up card on the field; destroy it.

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Ice Dragon's Prison

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Target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; Special Summon it to your field, but its effects are negated, then, you can banish 1 monster from both players' fields that have the same Type as each other. You can only activate 1 "Ice Dragon's Prison" per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Kerass

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You can discard 1 other Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster; Special Summon this card from your hand. You can banish any number of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters in your GY; Special Summon 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck, with Link Rating equal to the number banished, also you can only use Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Kerass" once per turn.

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Salamangreat Almiraj

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1 Normal Summoned monster with 1000 or less ATK

(Quick Effect): You can Tribute this card, then target 1 monster you control; it cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects this turn. When a Normal Summoned monster you control is destroyed by battle, while this card is in your GY: You can Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Salamangreat Almiraj" once per turn.

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Imperial Order

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Negate all Spell effects on the field. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase, you must pay 700 LP (this is not optional), or this card is destroyed.

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Zoodiac Chakanine

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2 or more Level 4 monsters

Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Chakanine" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 "Zoodiac" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it, but for the rest of this turn, it has its effects negated, also it cannot be used as an Xyz Material for a Summon.

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Solemn Strike

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When a monster(s) would be Special Summoned, or a monster effect is activated: Pay 1500 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

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Fire Formation - Tenki

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When this card is activated: You can add 1 Level 4 or lower Beast-Warrior monster from your Deck to your hand. All Beast-Warrior monsters you control gain 100 ATK. You can only activate 1 "Fire Formation - Tenki" per turn.

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Zoodiac Ratpier

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If this card is Normal Summoned: You can send 1 "Zoodiac" card from your Deck to your Graveyard. An Xyz Monster whose original Type is Beast-Warrior and has this card as Xyz Material gains this effect.
- Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; Special Summon 1 "Zoodiac Ratpier" from your hand or Deck.

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Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom

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2 Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters

During your Main Phase: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your hand, also you cannot use monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn, except Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monsters. If this card is sent to the GY: You can draw 1 card, then place 1 card from your hand on the bottom of the Deck. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom" once per turn.

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Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

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2+ monsters with different names, except Tokens

You can only control 1 "Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess". The original ATK of this card becomes 800 x the number of Link Materials used for its Link Summon. Once per Chain, when your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can make this card lose exactly 800 ATK, and if you do, negate the activation.

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Zoodiac Boarbow

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5 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Zoodiac Boarbow" by using 1 "Zoodiac" monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all "Zoodiac" monsters attached to it as Materials. This card can attack your opponent directly. When this card inflicts battle damage to your opponent while it has 12 or more Xyz Materials: You can send as many cards as possible from your opponent's hand and field to the Graveyard, then change this card to Defense Position.

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Ancient Warriors Oath - Double Dragon Lords

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2 Beast-Warrior monsters, including a WIND "Ancient Warriors" monster

All "Ancient Warriors" monsters you control gain 500 ATK/DEF. You can only use each of the following effects of "Ancient Warriors Oath - Double Dragon Lords" once per turn. If this card is Link Summoned: You can add 1 "Ancient Warriors" card from your Deck to your hand. (Quick Effect): You can send 1 card from your hand or field to the GY, then target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; return it to the hand.

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Tri-Brigade Revolt

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Special Summon a number of your Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters, that are banished and/or in your GY, but negate their effects, then, immediately after this effect resolves, Link Summon 1 "Tri-Brigade" Link Monster using only those monsters. You can only activate 1 "Tri-Brigade Revolt" per turn.

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Zoodiac Ramram

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If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 "Zoodiac" monster in your Graveyard, except "Zoodiac Ramram"; Special Summon it. An Xyz Monster whose original Type is Beast-Warrior and has this card as Xyz Material gains this effect.
- During either player's turn, when your opponent activates a Trap Card or effect that targets this card: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the activation.

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Torrential Tribute

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Activate only when a monster is Summoned. Destroy all monsters on the field.

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Zoodiac Barrage

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You can target 1 face-up card you control; destroy it, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Zoodiac" monster from your Deck. You can only use this effect of "Zoodiac Barrage" once per turn. If this card is destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 "Zoodiac" Xyz Monster you control; attach this card from your Graveyard to that Xyz Monster as Xyz Material.

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Zoodiac Whiptail

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During either player's turn: You can target 1 Beast-Warrior-Type Xyz Monster you control; attach this card from your hand or field to it as Xyz Material. An Xyz Monster whose original Type is Beast-Warrior and has this card as Xyz Material gains this effect.
- If this card battles an opponent's monster, after damage calculation: Banish that opponent's monster.

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Tri-Brigade Kitt

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You can banish any number of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters in your GY; Special Summon 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck, with Link Rating equal to the number banished, also you can only use Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn. If this card is sent to the GY: You can send 1 "Tri-Brigade" card from your Deck to the GY, except "Tri-Brigade Kitt". You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Kitt" once per turn.

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Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion

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When a card or effect is activated that includes any of these effects (Quick Effect): You can discard this card; negate that activation.

• Add a card(s) from the GY to the hand, Deck, and/or Extra Deck.
• Special Summon a Monster Card(s) from the GY.
* Banish a card(s) from the GY.
You can only use this effect of "Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion" once per turn.

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Trap Trick

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Banish 1 Normal Trap from your Deck, except "Trap Trick", and Set 1 card with the same name directly from your Deck, also it can be activated this turn. You can only activate 1 Trap for the rest of this turn after this card resolves. You can only activate 1 "Trap Trick" per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Nervall

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You can banish any number of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters in your GY; Special Summon 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from your Extra Deck, with Link Rating equal to the number banished, also you can only use Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters as Link Material for the rest of this turn. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 "Tri-Brigade" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Tri-Brigade Nervall". You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Nervall" once per turn.

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Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder

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2 Level 12 monsters

Once per turn, if an Xyz Monster battled this turn, you can also Xyz Summon "Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder" by using 1 Xyz Monster you control as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.) (Quick Effect): You can detach 2 materials from this card; send all other cards from the field to the GY. Once per turn, if another card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect: You can attach 1 card from your hand, Deck, or Extra Deck to this card as material.

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Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen

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2+ Beast, Beast-Warrior, and/or Winged Beast monsters

If this card is Special Summoned, or if another Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster(s) is Special Summoned to your field: You can banish 1 card on the field. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monster from your Deck to your hand, whose Level is less than or equal to the number of your banished Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast monsters. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen" once per turn.

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Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager

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2 "Tri-Brigade" monsters

You can discard 2 cards, then target 1 of your banished Level 4 or lower Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast monsters; Special Summon it. If this card is sent to the GY: You can add 1 "Tri-Brigade" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand, then, place 1 card from your hand on the bottom of the Deck, also you cannot Special Summon for the rest of this turn, except "Tri-Brigade" monsters. You can only use each effect of "Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager" once per turn.

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This is a pretty straightforward, pretty standard list to start with. Unfortunately, Tri-Brigade isn't one of those decks that fits our criteria for a "budget" strategy, since you need three copies of Tri-Brigade Fraktall and it's currently sitting at $25. Three copies of it brings the deck to a minimum of $75, plus two copies of Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen breaks that $100 price ceiling that we try to avoid making budget decks.

The rest of the Extra Deck is a whole other story too, thanks to Accesscode Talker and Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder. It's hard to find wallet-friendly alternatives for those cards.

How To Play It

The great thing about the Tri-Brigade Zoodiac deck is that it's pretty easy to understand. Typically, to make your typical go-to board on Turn 1, you'll need either Fire Formation - Tenki or Zoodiac Ratpier plus any two Tri-Brigade monsters.

Your board should now be Zoodiac Chakanine, Zoodiac Drident, and Zoodiac Tigermortar. If you were playing Pure Zoodiac you'd make Infinitrack Fortress Megaclops right here. But since you're playing Tri-Brigade you're going to take Zoodiac Chakanine and Zoodiac Tigermortar and make Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom instead.

This makes your board a minimum of: Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess with 2400 ATK, Ancient Warriors Oath - Double Dragon Lords, and Tri-Brigade Revolt. That gives you five points of interaction with your opponent. FIVE. Not to mention cards like Solemn Strike or Ice Dragon's Prison which you might have for further follow-ups.

That's a very powerful Turn 1 board. The fact that Tri-Brigade Revolt now so searchable is what makes Tri-Brigade so good. Again, that was just a barebones combo. Obviously you won't always have the perfect hand, and your opponent might have interruptions to try and stop your plays. Speaking of which…

How To Stop Tri-Brigade

There's a decent number of cards that that are popular in competition right now, that happen to counter Tri-Brigade. That said, there are some counters that are more likely to see play in the coming weeks.

Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion is a wonderful card that Hanko discussed in depth last week. This card works wonders against Tri-Brigade since it stops Tri-Brigade Revolt. That means the Tri-Brigade player won't be able to recoup the resources they spent making their board, and might have to play a bit of catch-up on tempo. The great thing about Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion is that it already has plenty of applications against other decks as well.

Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay a great card to play for the Tri-Brigade matchup, since it's good against Dragon Link as well. There should almost always be a point in a Tri-Brigade player's turn where they summon a Link Monster, while they already control one, so your Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay will almost always let you cycle through three or more cards.

Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion

Based on the combo I explained above, the best time to drop Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay on your opponent is after they Special Summon Ancient Warriors Oath - Double Dragon Lords in the arrow the Nibiru, the Primal Being and gives you a monster that's strong enough to crash with their 3-material Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess or force the banish from their Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen.

Artifact Lancea interesting because there are moments where it can almost end the Tri-Brigade player's turn, and at the same time there are moments where it does nothing. Depending on the hand, Tri-Brigade can still combo through an Artifact Lancea, they just won't get to cheat out any of their Tri-Beast Links. It does make their end board a little less optimal, but sometimes that is all you need.

I don't think I need to explain how good Nibiru, the Primal Being is in the matchup, just be careful! In the early game, Tri-Brigade decks have a hard time playing around Nibiru, the Primal Being while setting up their board; as you get later into the game it actually gets easier and easier to play around. If you can, the best time to Nibiru, the Primal Being is before Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager hits the board, that way they can' search out their Tri-Brigade Revolt.

You should start siding Red Reboot if you don't already. I know many players have started to cut it in favor extra copies of other power cards, but it's still one of those cards that if you can resolve it when you go for game, you're gonna win.

As proven in the OCG, as well as at the Extravaganza last weekend, the Tri-Brigade deck is very powerful. Lightning Overdrive's only going to make it better, but hopefully with this you can have an idea of what to expect when you sign up for your next tournament. If it's your first time playing against Tri-Brigade, take your and make sure you understand how your opponent is piloting the deck; try and get a read on how much of a follow up they might have, before you make your attempt to interrupt them.

That's it for now! If you have any more questions on the Tri-Brigade deck, feel free to send me a message on Twitter or Facebook and I'll be sure to respond! I'm always happy to talk deck theory.