After staying off the competitive radar for over a year, it seems like Madolches are back in action! Kozmo Dark Destroyer and Kozmo Forerunner are two of the biggest threats in competition. They're huge, and you can't target them. That means you'll usually have to destroy them by battle, but then they just banish to Special Summon another Kozmo. Many strategies are struggling to beat the Kozmo spaceships, so it's no surprise that a card like Madolche Queen Tiaramisu is seeing more play.

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I thought the Kozmo matchup would be important at the Indianapolis Regional Qualifier I attended, and I was able to pilot my own Brilliant Madolche deck all the way to Top 8. Once per turn, you can detach and Xyz Material from Tiaramisu to target up to two Madolche cards in your graveyard. When Tiaramisu's effect resolves, you shuffle those cards back into your deck, then shuffle away cards your opponent controls up to the same number.

Since Tiaramisu's effect doesn't target you can easily wipe two cards off the board, avoiding the Dark Destroyer and Forerunner's protection effects and keeping your opponent from replacing them. Spencer Pierce played a four-card Madolche engine in his Performage Pendulums strategy last weekend, with the sole purpose of cranking out Madolche Queen Tiaramisu to give him an advantage over Kozmos. While regular Performage Pendulum decks can summon Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer and clear one spaceship, Pierce felt that Tiaramisu was ultimately worth four slots in his Main Deck.

It paid off, earning him a Top 8 spot at the Portland, Maine Regional. Whether Madolches will grow more popular in the coming weeks is uncertain, but it's a good idea to brush up on your knowledge of the theme so you're not caught unawares in a tournament!

-Doug Zeeff